It’s a question I’m often asked. It turns out there’s no easy answer, since there are dozens, if not hundreds of detox programs out there, and even more variations on the theme.
I don’t at all question the value of doing a Detox or “Cleanse” program — in modern society we are exposed to a shameful number of toxic chemicals simply by breathing air, drinking water, and eating food. An interesting study was done last year by the Environmental Working Group; researchers tested 5 female environmental activists from different areas of the country — whom you would imagine might have some knowledge and skill in avoiding avoidable toxins. The researchers looked for 75 chemical contaminants that are in common use in everyday consumer products, but are poorly (or not at all) regulated. All five were “contaminated with flame retardants, Teflon chemicals, synthetic fragrances, the plastics ingredient bisphenol A and the rocket fuel component perchlorate.” As for the rest, each woman had between 35-60% of the 75 chemicals tested for, detectable in their systems.
Thus the value of Cleansing in concept is not in question, even though studies evaluating various cleansing protocols don’t exist. In my opinion these chemicals don’t belong in our bodies, and if we can do something to reduce the “total body burden,” even though we can’t necessarily eliminate it, that is goodness. My experience in seeing notable clinical improvements in patients who have undertaken a systematic Cleanse certainly bear this out.
That said, there are more healthful and effective variants, and ones that are less so. To help you understand what to look for in various Detox options, I will be offering a talk on the general topic of Spring Detox. Come learn about why to do a Detox (or “Cleanse”), what some major versions look like, and the pros/cons of including vs. excluding certain elements. Do also bring your questions about programs you’ve heard about, done, or are wanting to try and I will do my best to guess what other folks are up to – I’m sure it will generate a lively discussion! Click here to find out more.
May you enjoy luminous good health,
Dr. Deborah Epstein