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Detoxing 101

Hello. Yes, at long last I’m finally writing about detoxing! =)
First I want to say that I do not consider myself an expert on this subject. So far I haven’t met anyone who is. I’m simply sharing what I’ve learned from experience, both good and bad, and what works for me.

There are many different methods for detoxing out there, including – detox supplements, herbal and homeopathic remedies, coffee enemas, chelation, sauna therapy, etc.
My personal opinion is that most of these things are actually stressful for the body, thus not the best or most effective methods. You definitely need dr supervision for chelation and sauna therapy. They can be powerful detoxers, but also can be risky.

I tried different ways to detox, including foot baths (with a special machine that pulls toxins out of your feet), rebounding, and supplements, but they either didn’t work or made me feel much worse. One dr even told me that maybe my body wasn’t capable of detoxing. (There are genetic studies about that and everything.)

Then God brought a dr along who taught my mom and I about lymphatic massage. What I learned amazed me! I’ve been doing lymphatic massage for about 9 months now and I’m very satisfied with the results. I think it’s not only the best way to detox, but also the key that unlocks the body’s natural detox system so that everything else you do to detox will be more effective.
I’ll write a separate post about the massage next time.

Once I started doing the massage, my body was finally able to detox. So my detox program at the moment includes the following things:

* 2-3 massages a week, foot massages every day if possible (my mom does this for me, the techniques are not hard to learn)
If you don’t have anyone who can massage you, then I recommend dry skin brushing. I haven’t actually tried it myself yet because I’ve been doing the massage. But I have heard many good things about it. This website has great information and instructions for it –
http://www.naturalhealthtechniques.com/healingtechniques/Dry_Brushing_Technique.htm

* a detox bath every day (for most people 1-3 baths a week is probably enough)
There are different ways to do this. I use a mineral powder from my naturopath that helps pull toxins out through the skin. You can also use equal amounts of epsom salts and baking soda (1/4 cup each up to 1/2 cup each) or just epsom salts (1/2 cup) in a full tub of water, as hot as is comfortable for you, for 10-30 minutes depending on how you feel. The bath should feel good. If you start to feel uncomfortable it probably means the water is too hot or you’ve been in long enough. Rinse off well with a shower afterwards.
An important note – taking a bath (or shower) is like drinking a full glass of that tap water because the water is absorbed into your skin. So unless you have clean well water, it’s vital to have a whole house water filter (you can get them at Lowes for about $50) or a shower filter (you can order them online at needs.com), or even both. If you don’t filter out the chlorine and other chemicals in your tap water then taking a detox bath will actually cause you to absorb the chemicals from the water.

* rebounding (helps the lymphatic system also)
This is basically bouncing on a mini-trampoline or you can just bounce up & down on the balls of your feet. I only do about 1 minute of rebounding at a time, but I try to do it 2-3 tiimes a day. It depends on how it feels. If you start to feel sick after doing it, then decrease how long or how often you do it.

* exercise/sweating
Any exercise will help you detox, and sweating is a great way to get toxins out. Just remember to get a shower immediately after sweating. If you let the sweat dry on your body your skin will simply reabsorb the toxins that are in your sweat.

* stretching
You always hear about exercise but seldom about stretching. It’s very important to help keep muscles, ligaments, etc. loosened up and not choking the lymphatic system. I do a simply stretching routine every day that takes about 3 minutes. I put it together using things I learned from aerobics, P.E., and my physical therapist. Find some stretches you’re comfortable with put also push you a little. Then stick with it and try to add new ones now and then.

Well, there you have my recommendations for starting a detoxing program. The nice thing about these methods is that anyone can do them, at home, with little or no expense, not requiring a doctor (though having a dr who is knowledgeable about detoxing is always beneficial!) and with good results.

The last thing I want to say is just remember to listen to your body. When it comes to detoxing, pain is NOT gain. If it feels awful or painful – don’t do it! Start slow. Don’t push your body. Work with it.
If you are genuinely detoxing you will feel a little worse after your massage, bath, exercise, etc. because the toxins are coming out. But you shouldn’t experience pain while doing those things. If you do, then slow down, back up, and do less. Give your body time to work out those toxins before you start the next detoxing step. Remember that it took years for toxins to build up in your body. It will take time for your body to push them out.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I’ve adjusted the settings on my blog so anyone can post comments now, even if you don’t have a blogger id.
I really want this blog to be helpful, informative, and encouraging. I hope it is for you.

Happy Detoxing! =)

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Sponges

Well, I promised you I’d write about detoxing this month, but I think first I need to say a few words about toxins.

A toxin basically is a poison or something that is harmful. You cannot begin to imagine how many toxins are in our environment today. And many of them are hidden or unpredictable. Just last week I found out that the “natural” coconut oil I’ve been using is processed using petroleum products. No wonder I always seemed to react to it! I also read recently that certain kinds of baby formula have an ingredient that is the same one used in rocket fuel! If that doesn’t scare you, I’m not sure anything will.
(I got that information from ewg.org – an excellent resource for learning more about what toxins are around you.)

There are toxins in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, the buildings we live and work in, and in almost every product we use on our bodies.
The worst part about all this is that our bodies are not made of metal or plastic. They are more like sponges. We can’t walk around thinking we have an indestructible shield around us. We are, in fact, absorbing every toxin we encounter into our bodies.

Thankfully, God created our bodies with a built-in detoxing function – the lymphatic system. However, the level of toxins in our environment is so much higher than it was even 20 years ago, that it’s becoming next to impossible for our bodies to keep up. More toxins are coming in than the body can filter out. Picture yourself as a sponge, soaking up toxins all day long until you’re dripping wet. Your body works hard to wring out a little water at a time, but at the end of the day, you’re still dripping. That’s when health problems begin to show up.

For a concrete example, let me give you a short list of some of the things I have detoxed in the last 9 months. (We’ve determined these things through symptoms like the taste in my mouth, smell of my sweat, etc. as well as through muscle testing.)

So far I’ve detoxed:
lead, mercury, copper, aluminum, silver, cadmium, asphalt, formaldehyde, acetone, epoxy, paint thinner, phenol, chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, pesticide, herbicide, 5 kinds of antibiotics, at least 5 other medications, childhood vaccinations, crude oil and petoleum produts, smoke, perfume, lotion, shampoo, castille soap, propane, natural gas….
The list could go on, but I think you get the idea.

If you eat it, drink it, breathe it, wear it, or put it on your skin, it becomes part of you. Then your body has to work extra hard to get it OUT.

Maybe you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by all this. I HOPE so! Until you realize how toxic your body probably is, you won’t be able to help it.

The first step is simple. Sit down with a piece of paper and pen. Think through your day from start to finish and write down as many things you can think of that you encounter each day that are toxic, or harmful, to your body. Remember, if it’s not something God created, you can be pretty sure it’s toxic. (And even some “natural” products have hidden toxins.)

Next, mark those things on your list that you can give up, avoid or replace with a natural alternative. — If this part seems too hard, just think about the money you’ll save by giving up certain products. =) (You can also read my “Fragrance-Free Challenge post from January for more info on household toxins and natural replacements.)

Finally, prepare your mind for action! It’s time to start a detoxing program. Consdering that there are SO many toxins you won’t be able to avoid, your body needs all the helpl it can get.
Next time I’ll write about how to get started detoxing.

Thanks for reading, my dear “spongy” friend. May you have a “dry” day today. =)
God bless.

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Kudos to Non-Toxic Woman

Every person who suffers with E.I. really needs a dedicated caregiver. I am so blessed to have the best caregiver in the world – my mom. (She’s known in the super-hero world as “Non-Toxic Woman.”) =)

She has given up so much for me.
-She washes her hands & hair wtih baking soda so she can stay “fragrance-free.”
-She always gets a shower after going anywhere so I don’t have to risk reacting to some smell or toxin she might have encountered.
-She does all the grocery shopping, cooking, laundry…you name it. Not an easy task, especially lately when she’s had to wash all the dishes by hand (because I’ve been reacting to the dishwasher) and wash some of my laundry multiple times (to get all the toxins out that I’ve been detoxing).

Anyway, these are just a few of the things Non-Toxic Woman does for me, to help keep my environment as safe and toxin-free as possible.

I just wanted to give her big kudos this week for adding to all of that, the willingness to help someone else – one of our friends with E.I. needed us last week. In spite of all the things she has on her plate, Non-Toxic Woman was there! She really is a super-hero! (especially to me)

Non-Toxic Woman – I know I probably don’t say it enough, so here it is one more time:
THANK YOU!
You are the wind beneath my wings.
=)

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My Soapbox

The nice thing about a blog is that it gives me a place to really get on my “soapbox,” when otherwise I wouldn’t be able to. So here goes. =)

At this point in my life, almost more than anything else, there are 2 things that frustrate me and break my heart at the same time.

#1 – People whose health is declining, but for some reason they pay no attention or think their health problems will somehow take care of themselves. Their bodies continue to deteriorate, but they do nothing because they are either clueless or in denial.
(Lest you think I’m being harsh, let me just say that I used to be one of these people – until my health COMPLETELY collapsed, and I was forced to pay attention to my body’s needs. I don’t ever want to see someone I care about go through the same thing.)

#2 – People whose health has already collapsed (like me, like others with E.I.), but all the doctors they’ve been to have been little or no help, and they’re left with little or no hope of ever getting well.
(I’ve been in this place too, and let me tell you it’s NOT pleasant.)

If you are reading this and you are not 99% satisfied with your health and pysical functionability (I’m not sure 100% is possible on this fallen earth), then you are included in group #1.
What I’d like to say to you is – STOP! Right now. Be stil for a moment and listen to your body. What is it saying?
If you’re tired a lot, have aches and pains, difficulty concentrating, etc. – please hear this: it’s your body trying to tell you that something is wrong. If you ignore the messages your body is sending you, just keep going and hope it will somehow take care of itself, you’re in for a rude awakening.
Everything that happens in your body has a CAUSE. I’m convinced that if more doctors were genuine detectives, we’d have a lot fewer sick people. Unfortunately, most of them just treat symptoms. They don’t take the time to dig long enough to find the cause.
For example – one of my worst problems for years has been low or no adrenal function. When one doctor first noticed it, he said ‘let’s put you on this drug which makes the same thing your adrenal gland makes (cortisol) and then your adrenal gland can rest and you’ll recover.’
I don’t think so.
I’m still on that drug 7 years later and my adrenal function is worse now than it was when I started!
What he should have done was asked, WHY is your adrenal function low? Maybe it’s because your body is overly toxic, thus making the adrenals work harder. Or maybe it’s because there’s a virus settled in your adrenal gland so it can’t do it’s normal function. (These are the conclusions I have come to after years, and with the help of a doctor who did finally diagnose me with a virus in my adrenal gland.)

There is a CAUSE for every ache, pain, symptom, and malfunction in your body. What can you do?
1) Write down every problem, complaint, or symptom you have.
2) Pray over that list. Ask God to show you what the cause is. It could be something you’re eating (sugar is a known inflamatory, preservatives are toxic chemcials, etc.), or something in your environment (fresh paint, mercury detnal fillings, etc.), or an unhealthy habit (not enough sleep, not enough water, etc.), or even something else.
3) Then ask God to lead you to the answers that you need to help restore your health in HIS timing.

If you fit in group #1, please listen to me before it’s too late (and you end up in group #2). – It’s time to take responsibility for your own health, your own body, the temple of the Holy Spirit living in YOU! Please don’t be clueless, and please don’t live in denial. Please take better care of your body than you do of your car. =)

Now, for those people in group #2 – I feel your pain, my heart aches for you. But please hear this: There IS HOPE! I know what it’s like to think no one would ever figure out what was wrong with me or how to treat my health problems effectively. But God, in His mercy, has brought me some answers at last!
This month I’ll be sharing information about the things that are helping me, what I call the 4 D’s:
-detoxify
-debug
-desensitize
-destress

No matter how hopeless you feel, there are answers out there. There are Christian doctors, researchers, and health care providers who are working to spread information and provide treatments that work. So please don’t give up!
You can do the same things I suggested for group #1:
1) Make a list of your problems (or at least the most pressing ones).
2) Pray over the list asking God to lead you to the underlying causes.
3) Keep asking Him to lead you to the answers you need.

I really hope to see many people in group #1 finding answers, working hard for their bodies, and seeing their health improved. And I long to see those in group #2 finding the help they need and being delivered from the agony of life with E.I.
I pray by God’s grace, that I will see these things happening soon.
(Then I can find a new ‘soapbox.’) =)

Thank you for listening.
I’m stepping down now. =)