What Is Detoxification?
Detoxification is the process of clearing toxins from the body or neutralizing or
transforming them, and clearing excess mucus and congestion. Many of these toxins
come from our diet, drug use, and environmental exposure, both acute and chronic.
Internally, fats, especially oxidized fats and cholesterol, free radicals, and other
irritating molecules act as toxins. Poor digestion, colon sluggishness and dysfunction,
reduced liver function, and poor elimination through the kidneys, respiratory tract,
and skin all add to increased toxicity.
Detoxification involves dietary and lifestyle changes which reduce intake of toxins
and improve elimination. Avoidance of chemicals, from food or other sources, refined
food, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and many drugs helps minimize the toxin
load. Those lifestyle changes are a direct result of choices you make in your life.
Bowel movements are the basis of your health. If you don’t have at least 1 bowel
movement per day, you are already walking your way toward disease. Man’s body has
not changed very much in the past several thousand years... however man’s diet has
certainly changed a lot. All the refined sugar, white flour, hormone/antibiotics-filled
meats we constantly ingest constitute an assault on our bodies.
We are continuously violating our bodies by eating terrible foods. Colon cancer is
the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. So, all congestion and toxins
must be removed, and it must begin with cleansing of the bowel. One of the most
frequent bowel problems that people experience today is constipation. A constipated
system is one in which the transition time of toxic wastes is slow.
The longer the “transit time,” the longer the toxic waste matter sits in our bowel,
which allows them to putrefy, ferment and possibly be reabsorbed. The longer your
body is exposed to putrefying food in your intestines, the greater the risk of developing
disease. Even with one bowel movement per day, you will still have at least three
meals worth of waste matter putrefying in your colon at all times.
Disease usually begins with a toxic bowel. Those having fewer bowel movements are
harboring a potentially fertile breeding ground for serious diseases. Infrequent
or poor quality bowel movements over an extended period of time may be very hazardous
to your health.
A Proper Colon Cleansing Program Removes the Mucoid Plaque From the Colon.
The healthy colon weighs about 4 pounds. One autopsy revealed a colon choked with
40 pounds of impacted mucoid plaque! A proper colon cleanse and detoxification program
prepares your body for optimal health by removing the mucoid plaque.
Herbal colon cleansing using psyllium, internal cleansing herbs and other natural
colon cleansing products, is an essential part of a good detoxification program.
A good intestinal cleansing program will help you get rid of pounds of foul-smelling
food debris which may be empacted inside your colon. The person on a typical Western
Diet holds 8 meals of undigested food and waste material in the colon, while the
person on the high fiber diet holds only 3.
Every One Can Benefit From A Good Colon Cleansing Program
As the colon becomes impacted with dry putrefactive waste, its shape and function
are affected in numerous ways. It may stretch like a balloon in certain areas, or
develop diverticula (pouches on the intestinal wall which may become infected), or
fall down upon itself (prolapsed colon). All of these colon malformations greatly
impair your large intestine’s ability to function, which in turn places severe strain
on your digestive organs and glands and affects nutrient assimilation and absorption.
The colon is the body’s “sewer system”, and if not treated properly can accumulate
toxic poisons, which are absorbed into the bloodstream. This in turn can cause many
Once again here we see the axiom of an ounce of prevention being applied by a growing
number of health conscious Americans who are appying their knowledge and taking greater
responsibilty for their health and the health of their families...
“Starvation In The Midst Of Plenty”
This pan-epidemic reflects the inherent social ills of contemporary American society...
While we are all aware that obesity is primarily caused by lack of exercise and poor
nutrition, it is more than this, it is a powerful mirror regarding contempary American
life... We have become a self-indulgent nation... We have trapped ourselves in many
ways by technology..glued to our computers/TV sets and compounded by a frantic pace
of life. We have lost touch with nature and what is really meaningful and essential
for life and thus seek satisfaction from fast foods, meaningless “entertainment”
and other distractions... Our mass consumptive, materialistic lifestyles feed by
an incessant deludge of negative “news” has created a climate of fear and apathy
which is not only threatening our health, it is also threatenting our very survival
by systematically destroying our planetary eco-system... our life support system...
We are both the “problem” and the “solution”... The bottom line is that we must awakened
from our delusional hypnotic state of massive self-denial and fear and take greater
responsibilty for our selves, our cells and our planterary eco-system... The various
methodolgies from both a microcosmic and macro-cosmic level are discussed in detail
within this document and have been clearly articulated in The Light Party’s comprehensive
7 point platform which serves to address and resolve our surrent socio-economic and
ecological challenges (ww.lightparty.com)..In addition, we have created a powerful
wholistic health handbook entitled The Human Ecology Program..A Comprenhensive Health
Maintenance and Rejuvenation Process... This 78 page manual clearly explains how
to activate our creative potential while simultaneously de-stressing ourselves, our
cells, and our planetary ecosystem...
Over 30 million Americans suffer from this painful debilitating condition.
A) dietary change;
B) detoxification of the blood, lymph, and colon;
C) enhancing the immune system;
D) moderate exercise.
Thousands of people here in America and especially abroad have been significantly
helped through the naturopathic approach as outlined in The Human Ecology Program.
Depression, “the common cold of mental health,” is reaching endemic proportions
in all age groups. Depression and other thought disorders (such as schizophrenia)
are being successfully treated by orthomolecular (nutritional) physicians.
We know that our state of mind is intimately related to our biochemical status. Prozac,
a widely used, controversial, anti-depressant drug, raises the brains serotonin levels,
thereby alleviating the symptoms of depression. Better results (no side effects)
are obtained through nutritional awareness, exercise and stress reduction techniques.
Orthomolecular Psychiatry in Theory and Practice
Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD Drug Therapy
Dr. Hoffer is affiliated with the Huxley Institute for Biosocial Research, and is
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Orthomolecular Psychiatry
Orthomolecular psychiatry is one of two branches of psychiatry currently advocating
chemotherapy for schizophrenia. The other branch is toximolecular psychiatry. There
are vast conceptual differences between the two and great differences in efficacy
for the patient. Toximolecular psychiatry advocates the use of sublethal doses of
agents not normally found in the body. Their use has not significantly improved patient
recovery rate over that occurring naturally, and demands a terrible price from the
patient in the form of incapacity to work and irreversible toxicity. Single drugs
are used for treating schizophrenics unless additional drugs are needed to control
side effects. In this approach, a drug is promoted and required for patient maintenance.
Modern psychiatry generally depends on this system of drug use.
Orthomolecular psychiatry, on the other hand, emphasizes a system of treatment, not
any one drug or chemical. The schizophrenic is given optimal amounts of materials
that are necessary for good nutrition and optimal functioning - vitamins, minerals,
fats, carbohydrates, and amino acids. The orthomolecular program requires full patient
participation in changing lifestyle and discontinuing faulty eating habits. Thus,
sound principles of good nutrition are inherent in the program, and they include
adhering to a diet that provides high nutritional value for the individual and avoiding
foods to which one is allergic. In many cases, megadoses of the essential factors
are required, and patients are eventually maintained in a normal state by nutritional
therapy alone. Such patients relapse much less frequently than those maintained on
Orthomolecular Treatment – In Theory
Effective treatments are not any more effective because one understands why they
work. Frequently there is no correlation between rationale and effectiveness. Physicians
are more likely to accept a treatment when there is an explanation, even if it is
erroneous. For this reason, I consider rationale something to be sought after, but
a factor not nearly as relevant as proof of efficacy.
The propositions basic to orthomolecular psychiatry are as follows:
- When the brain is biochemically disorganized, so is the mind.
- There is great interindividual variation in biochemical needs and metabolic processes.
- Some nutrient requirements, especially those for vitamins, may vary up to 100-fold
Persons who remain well on average levels of needed nutrients may develop problems
if their diets become deficient or they are unable to absorb the nutrients. Others
who need larger amounts will develop a dependency and require supplementation. -
Deficiency disease can result from lack of, or dependency on, a particular nutrient.
For example, vitamin B3-deficient patients develop pellagra. But those who are deficient
because they require larger levels of vitamin B3 are actually vitamin dependent and,
in my opinion, constitute a major proportion of acute or subacute schizophrenics.
Prolonged malnutrition, as occurred in World War II concentration camps in the Far
East, will produce dependency. Dependency may develop any time in life. - Both the
biophysical (food, air, water, etc.) and psychosocial environments are important.
A normal biophysical environment ensures a nomal interaction with the psychosocial
environment. - A number of schizophrenic syndromes are caused by different biochemical
problems, each requiring a specific treatment. Tranquilizers, like sedatives, are
nonspecific. They will allow some control of symptoms for all the schizophrenias,
but do not help in determining cause. Obviously, no schizophrenic suffers from a
deficiency of any tranquilizer.
Orthomolecular Treatment – In Practice
In general, the “medical model” of orthomolecular psychiatry is the basis for diagnosis
and treatment. The prognosis is also discussed in earlier articles.
In nature, food does not exist as the proteins, amino acids, fats, carbohydrates,
vitamins, and minerals described by chemists. Food is a complex of living material.
When digested, the basic nutritional components in food are released. The most nutritionally
valuable foods are the least processed ones.
Unfortunately, 80% of the food consumed today is processed. “Nonfoods” have been
stripped of all essential nutrients. To be metabolized, they must “steal” accessory
nutrients - proteins, fat, vitamins, and minerals -from other foods. That is why
substances containing “empty calories” are so injurious to the quality of any diet
to which they are added.
Such depleted substances are best looked upon as ~junk” and avoided. Therefore, the
first rule of nutritional (i.e., orthomolecular) therapy is: Eat no “junk” food to
which sugar has been added. This rule excludes from the diet pastry, candy, chocolate
bars, soft drinks, ice cream, and processed cereals. Most people will eventually
lose the craving for sugar. Adherence to a nodunk food diet ensures that more nutritionally
valuable food (fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, etc.) is eaten, constituting
a better diet overall.
The second rule is: Avoid foods to which one is allergic. This includes avoiding
foods of which one is inordinately fond (craving may be fueled by allergy) or from
which one obviously becomes sick.
The third rule is designed to minimize allergic reactions: Eat as wide a variety
of foods as possible and do not depend heavily on a few.
Bad Behavior & Biochemical Imbalances
Ronald C. Dishinger
Ronald C. Dishinger has self-published a unique manuscript to teach parents about
the signs and treatment of biochemical imbalance caused by nutrient deficiency. The
124 page book is written to a skeptical “farmer friend” who is struggling with a
child who, unlike his other children, behaves badly, making life miserable for everyone.
The writer refers 6 the work of orthomolecular doctors and biochemists such as Eric
Braverman, Carl Pfeiffer, and Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD, who wrote an introduction for
the book, in order to explain biochemical illness and what to do about it. Dishinger,
a music publisher, knows from personal experience how biochemistry affects behavior.
Five out of eighteen family members have the “same biochemical behavioral illness
confirmed by tests,” and another four or five non-tested members exhibit symptoms.
At the heart of biochemical imbalance is nutritional deficiency. Dishinger explains
that growth spurts, during which a child grows 4 - 9 inches within 14 months, can
result in biochemical imbalance because of the huge demand for certain nutrients
during such growth. Trauma (physical, emotional, or psychological) also alters biochemical
balance and increases the body’s need for nutrients (especially vitamin C, B3, B6,
and zinc). If deficiencies persist and balance is not restored, early signs that
include depression, habitual withdrawal, or outbursts of anger can progress to more
severe behavioral manifestations: violence, cruelty to animals, aggression, rage,
lack of empathy, obsessive-compulsive behavior, apathy, and schizophrenia. Food allergies
(dairy, wheat, and corn), reactions to chemicals in the environment, and heavy metal
toxicity can also cause bizarre, inappropriate, and disturbing behaviors.
Dishinger repeatedly emphasizes to the reader: “It is your responsibility to correct
your child’s biochemical imbalance. Humans do want and desire to succeed at adventure,
whatever that adventure may be. Humans do not choose failure and pain. Biochemical
imbalance allows pain and confusion, and it clouds many desires for success or adventure.”
He encourages readers to give the child zinc, vitamin B6, niacin, and vitamin C (the
nutrients most often deficient in behavioral illness) and then find an orthomolecular
doctor. Dishinger has compiled a list of doctors who practice orthomolecular medicine
in North America. He also includes a bibliography and encourages readers to do their
As media, lawmakers, and experts try to explain the unreasoning, violent shootings
among students, biochemistry is rarely, if ever, mentioned. Yet, Bad Behavior and
Illness are Caused by Biochemical Imbalances clearly links hyperactive and anti-social
behavior to nutritional deficiencies and toxicity. The personal, story-telling quality
of this book creates an impassioned message about biochemistry and behavior.
Bad Behavior and Illness are Caused by Biochemical Imbalances is available free-of-charge
at the website: www.biochemimbal-behavior.com or by contacting Medici Music Press,
5017 Veach Rd., Owensboro, Kentucky 42303 (Phone 502-684-9233). Mr. Dishinger requests
that “if you have been helped by this book please contribute (by sending a check
to Medici Music Press) what you feel it is worth to you so that others can be helped
with free books and tapes.”
The Nutrition Mind Connection
Dr L Gerald Olarsch N.G.
& Susan Stockton, M.A., CR. C
‘OTbe fact that Johnie can’t read and that we have a $200 billion annual national
medical bifl bodi stem from the same cause a poor delivery of elements from the soil
in both quality and balance.” John Hamaker
The statement above was made in 1979 by John Hamaker. It remains true today, except
that our national medical bill is now closer to one tfillion dollars per year. Despite
the vast resources of our nation, our health status is deplorable. We rank on a par
with Third World nations in this regard due to a virtual plague of degenerative disease.
The situation today is that every third person is allergic to something. Every fifth
person is mentally ill. Every 30 seconds someone dies of a heart attack, and every
55 seconds someone dies of cancer, which has now become our number one childhood
killer, baffing accidents.
In 1981, Hamaker wrote, “Along with the rest of the country, Michigan’s scholastic
achievement scores have been dropping steadily for two decades.” The downward spiral
continues, and it is linked to nuttient deficiency. It is an established and. accepted
fact that impaired mental functioji results from nutrient deficiency. The brain requires
a vast array of nutfients, including vitamins, minerals and amino acids, to produce
neurotransmitters (brain chemicals that pass messages from cell to cell) and other
important brain compounds. Altered brain cherriistry can result from deficiency of
just a single nutrient, giving rise not only to diminished mental capacity, but also
to mental/emotional disturbances and behavioral disorders such as hyperactivity,
attention deficit disorder, anxiety, depression, eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia),
drug and alcohol addiction, autism and violence.
If impaired mental function results from nutrient deficiency, then improving nutritional
intake ought to result in improved mental function. The fact that it does indeed
do so was demonstrated in a study described in a reprint entided, “Tbe Impact of
a Low Food Additive and Sucrose Diet on Academic Performance in 803 New York City
Schools.” In 1980, 1981 and 1983, major “dietary policy revisions” were made with
regard to the use of sucrose, fats and food additives. During the four year period
in which these food factors were reduced in the diet of the school children, the
mean national academic performance of the 803 schools rose from 41 to 51 percentile.
This resulted in New York City schools moving from I I percent below the national
average to five percent above it. A “reduction in malnutrition” was cited by the
researchers as the cause of the rise.
School lunches, like hospital meals, are notoriously inadequate. Yes, they’re planned
by a dietitian. Realize, however, that it is the job of the dietitian to know how
many cans of #2 b6ans it will take to feed 382 mouths. It is not her job to assure
that nutrient dense foods go into those mouths. Most institutions (and households)
today make widespread use of processed foods. Food processing procedures like refining,
pasteurizing and irradiating seriously deplete foods of their nutrient content. What’s
worse is that the foods are already seriously depleted before they ever get into
the hands of the food processors.
The Bottom Line
This brings us back to John Hamaker’s point: Poor soil quality is the bottom
line common variable responsible for widespread physical and mental deterioration.
Poor soil quality makes for nutrient deficient crops, which in tum creates weak bodies
and minds. Diets lacking in nutrients especially trace minerals lead not only to
physical maladies and impaired leaming, but also to antisocial behavior and even
violence. It’s no coincidence that both degenerative disease and crime are escalating,
as IQ and nutritional status decline. These things are connected. At the bottom of
the chain is the connecting link of impoverished soil.
Minerals rule over all other nutrients. Vitamins, enzymes and aniino acids, as well
as fats and carbohydrates, require them for activity. Trace minerals (such as zinc,
copper, chromium) are needed in small or trace amounts by the body. They are no less
important than macro n tinerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulfur and chlorine),
which are needed in larger amounts.
There are 84 known niinerals, 17 of which are considered to be essential in human
nutfition. If there is a shortage of just one of these, the balance of activity in
the entire system can be dirown Qff. A deficiency of a single mineral can negatively
impact the entire chain of life, rendering other nutrients ineffective and useless.
According to state document #264, which was published 63 years ago, 99 percent of
Americans are mineral deficient. The situation is even worse today, as minerals continue
to disappear from our soils.
Where Have All The Minerals Gone
Modem agribusiness fanning methods, including widespread use of N P K fertilizer,
over farming, loss of protective ground cover and trees, and lack of humus, are some
of the factors that have made soils vulnerable to erosion. The result is a reduced
nutrient content of crops.
N P K fertilizer is highly acidic. It disrupts the pH (acid/alkaline) balance of
the soil, as does acid rain. Acid conditions destroy soil microorganisms. h is the
job of these n dcroorganisms to transmute soil minerals into a form that is usable
by plants. In the absence of these microbes, these minerals become locked up, unavailable
to the plant. Stimulated by the N P K fertilizer, the plant grows, but it is deficient
in vital trace minerals. In the absence of trace minerals, plants take up heavy metals
(such as aluminum, mercury and lead) from the soil. These toxic metals are then passed
on to us through the food chain and they are readily assimilated in the body, deficient
in protective nutrient minerals.
When trace minerals are scarce in plant bodies, they’re scarce in human bodies, and
we then hold on to toxic niinerals and traces of agricultural chemicals. Also, plants
deficient in trace minerals tend to be deficient in vitamins and in protein, as well.
It is primarily the amino acid component of protein from which neurotransniitters
are made. These neurotransniitters have a huge arnount to do with our mental functioning,
as well as our physical health. Mineral deficient plants are also protein deficient
plants. Between 1950 and 1975, the calcium content in one cup of rice dropped 21
percent, and iron fell by 28.6 percent. Protein content dropped nearly 11 percent.
In 1945, wheat was 17 percent protein; by 1985, its protein content dropped to 9
Tables showing the nutrient content of foods can no longer be relied upon, for minerals
are disappewing faster than updated charts can be published. There is also great
variation in niineral content of foods grown in different locations and under different
Trace minerals, rapidly disappeanng from our soils, play a major role in electrolyte
formation in the body.
Electrolytes are mineral salts which conduct electricity when dissolved in solution.
In the body, the bloodstream provides the fluid medium for electrolyte forination.
Electrolyte deficiency or imbalance results in energy loss and fatigue. The disruption
of balance, or homeostasis, that results leads invariably to disease.
Nature forms electrolytes through a transmutation process wherein inorganic colloidal
minerals are changed into a more usable crystalloid forin. This occurs when water
cascades over rocks, picking up minerals from the soil, tumbles over the terrain,
and forms vortices. Most of us today, however, cannot look to our drinking water
as a source of electrolytes. We drink, by and large, from stagnant, polluted sources.
Such water is noi only n dneral deficient, but the minerals it does contain remain
in the difflcult to use colloidal form. Therefore,
our best bet for obtaining onpolluted water that contains usable (crystalloid) electrolyte
minerals is to purify our water mechanically (preferably through reverse osmosis)
and return the electrolytes. Be sure to select a true electrolyte formula, one that
contains trace minerals in crystalloid form.
Replacement of electrolytes will balance pH and stabilize osmotic pressure (the force
on the inside and outside of cell walls). This will result in significantly lowering
the risk of infection, increasing digestive efficiency, restoring peristaltic action,
increasing oxygen to the cells, reducing water retention, correcting neuromuscular
imbalances, improving enzyme production, regulating blood sugar levels and hormonal
production, chelating (removing) heavy metals from the body, and increasing energy
The Ultimate Solution
The ultimate solution to the demineralization problem does not, however, lie in supplementation.
It lies in soil remineralization. We must abandon the use of chemical fertilizers
and pesticides that lock up soil minerals and poison both the soils and our bodies.
According to a 1993 study conducted by the Environmental Working Group, by age 5,
chfldren in this country consume more pesticides than is considered safe for a lifetime.
While we’re harrning ourselves gravely with.the use of pesticides, we don’t seem
to be making much of a dent in the insect population; over 500 species have now become
pesticide resistant. The answer to the pest problem is to change the terrain of the
soil from one that produces sick, nutfient deficient plants to one that produces
healthy, nutrient dense ones, for insects only feed off sick plants.
An escalating crime rate, social unrest, failing IQs they all relate to the disappearance
of soil microorganisms, which is the result of man’s attempts to conquer and control
the Earth rather than to honor her and work in harmony with her laws.
Dr L G. Olarsch is a widely published, retired naturopathic physician who has practiced
holistic medicine for almost 40 years. He has worked and studied at Earps Labs, and
has studied under Dr Bemard Jensen, a world expert on nutrition and iridology.
Susan Stockton is the author of several popular healih books and teaches altemative
To Summarize Depression, “the common cold of mental health,” is reaching endemic
proportions in all age groups. Depression and other thought dis-orders (such as schizophrenia)
are being successfully treated by orthomolecular (nutritional) physicians. We know
that our state of mind is intimately related to our biochemical status. Prozac, a
widely used, controversial, anti-depressant drug, raises the brains serotonin levels,
thereby alleviating the symptoms of depression. Better results (no side effects)
are obtained through nutritional awareness, exercise and stress reduction techniques.
Over 30 million Americans suffer from some type of sleep dis-order. Insomnia is
the result of free floating anxiety - unresolved/unaccomodated stress. It is vitally
important that we have deep restful sleep since it is in the dream state that we
resolve many of our day-to-day problems.
Through the use of herbs, natural biochemical substances and psycho-cybernetic
tapes we have a non-addictive technologies which promotes deep restful sleep.