Cleansing the Body of Toxics

Get this toxic stuff out of my body! But how?

Few if any of us live a toxic-free life now, and certainly we didn’t in the years past prior to our “health enlightenment.” At the present moment we would like to purge our bodies of their accumulated load of toxics – the “body burden.” The question is, How? Undergo a so-called “detox regime”? I don’t think so.

It would be natural to seek some external means to remove the toxics we all have in our bodies. For a few substances, such as arsenic and lead, chelation therapy with simple chemicals can remove the intruders. But there is probably no “treatment” to magically purge pesticides and industrial chemicals from our bodies. An article in Wikipedia encyclopedia characterizes the situation this way: “Many alternative medicine practitioners promote various types of detoxification such as ‘diet detoxification,’ but there is no evidence that detox diets have any health benefits.” According to Katherine Zeratsky of the Mayo Clinic, “There’s little evidence that detox diets actually remove toxins from the body. Most ingested toxins are efficiently and effectively removed by the liver and kidneys and excreted in urine and stool.” Sense About Science, a UK-based charitable trust, determined that “detox claims for most commercial products lack any supporting evidence, and can be considered a waste of money.”

In spite of this, there is good news. An article in the September 2, 2005 Los Angeles Times describes the beneficial results of a brief organic diet on pesticides in children. Two universities cooperated with the CDC in a study of pesticides in the urine of 23 elementary age school children in the Seattle area. They found that two organophosphate pesticides (malathion and chlorpyrifos) declined substantially during a five day period when organic foods were substituted for conventional foods. In fact, both pesticides decreased to non-detectable levels immediately after the change in the children’s diets. The lesson of this study is that by switching to organic foods you can easily and quickly lower the level of organophosphate pesticides in your body and the bodies of your children. Organic foods – essentially free of toxic substances – are becoming more available, even on the shelves of supermarkets.

A 2011 report in Environmental Health Perspective tells of a study to discover how people’s body burdens of Bisphenol-A (BPA) and Diethylhexylphthalate (DEHP) would change after eating fresh foods instead of their usual canned and packaged foods. The urine levels of BPA and DEHP of twenty persons in five families were measured during the normal diets, and again after three day of only fresh foods – none canned or packaged. This simple brief change in diet lowered levels of both chemicals by 55 to 65%. A dramatic change!

The good message is a person can get rid of many of toxics in his or her body by simply switching to toxic free foods and food containers.


About donlouis

The author has long had a keen interest in staying healthy and fit, and in doing whatever I can to keep the natural environment unpolluted and a healthy space for people and all animals. As a former Board Member of a municipal water district, I regularly had to deal with the issue of water quality. I first became aware of radiation hazards from toxic materials while working on uranium for nuclear reactors. During the 1960s I was tuned into the global hazard from Strontium 90 raining down from atmospheric testing of nuclear bombs. While working in the chemical industry in later years I became aware of the many forms of chemical contaminants entering the environment every day, and resolved to do something about it. I am able to make sense out of the voluminous descriptions of common toxic chemical because of my training in chemistry, with a Ph.D. degree and several decades of research and development work in the chemical industry. My training and experience enables me to present to readers reliable and current information on the topic of chemical hazards in the environment, and their threats to human health. All my life I have loved hiking and camping in nature. Skiing, river kayaking, and tennis have been my favorite physical activities. Nature photography is my artistic passion.
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