Detoxify or Die

by Patricia S. Lemer, M. Ed., NCC

A Detoxify or Diefantastic new book with this title, by Sherry Rogers, MD, certainly got my attention. A leading environmental medicine authority for over 20 years, Dr. Rogers shares her insights on the irrefutable relationship between toxins from the environment and personal health. After scaring you to death, she puts you on the track to recovery.

Everyone’s Toxic

Even though I had read, and was impressed by the recent CDC and Mt. Sinai "Body Burden" reports on widespread human contamination by industrial chemicals, I assumed I was fine. Yes, I have a few dental amalgams, grew up in a filthy, industrial city and bike ride behind putrid cars.

What a surprise to learn that my body, like those of DDR members was a "toxic waste dump," full of mercury and PCBs. My only symptom: extra weight, despite an excellent diet, ample exercise and "clean living." According to Rogers, I had grown larger every year to store the toxins, rather than put them out into my blood stream, where they could damage my vital organs.

The Phases of Detoxification

So off I went, on a detox odyssey. Bennett and Barrie in their book, 7-Day Detox Miracle, Revised 2nd Edition: Revitalize Your Mind and Body with This Safe and Effective Life-Enhancing Program7-Day Detox Miracle, compare the detoxification process to a two-phase wash cycle. In Phase One, the cells must be cajoled into breaking down stored toxins into intermediate forms. Some toxins are ready for removal at this stage, but others need a second wash cycle. Phase Two requires that toxins be excreted safely, usually in partnership with an "escort" nutrient. If the process stops after Phase One, sickness, and even death can occur.

What’s a Family to Do?

In the past six months I have learned about some extremely easy, powerful detoxification techniques that are both reasonably priced and generally available. While all would agree that heavy metal detox must be done under the strict supervision of a qualified health care practitioner, everyone should consider adding these activities to your already full "To Do" list.

The Thermal Life far infrared sauna from High Tech Health (800-794-5355) and at is recommended by many health care practitioners. The company has agreed to donate 10% to DDR for every one sold, if you mention that you read about it in this newsletter. Although the price tag is high, doctors can recoup their investment quickly as their patients enjoy its benefits. It is the best "health insurance" a family can buy.

Try a Footbath. The electro-magnetic footbath, available at many chiropractors’ offices claims to help the body excrete toxins through the bottoms of the feet. Although little research has been done on this novel technique, it is difficult to refute that something is happening when after an hour of soaking, the water looks like a polluted river. It would certainly be interesting to analyze the sludge chemically to determine its composition.

Detoxification appears to be the key to restoring health and reversing everything from hearing loss to autism to cancer, according to Sherry Rogers. Take your daily Detox Cocktail of anti-oxidants and fatty acids. If we all dextoxify, we can look forward to a natural, not a chemical death. Read the Mt. Sinai Report and go to the Environmental Working Group website. For more ideas on what you can do, subscribe to the Green Guide at

[Initially published in New Developments: Volume 9, Number 3 - Spring, 2004]

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