Yesterday, we shared with you some of the worst 14 toxic chemicals that affect children. Today, we share with you a book that promises to help us get rid of toxins from our bodies and world.
[amazon_link id=”1250051339″ target=”_blank” ]Toxin Toxout[/amazon_link] by Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith, authors of [amazon_link id=”1582435677″ target=”_blank” ]Slow Death by Rubber Duck[/amazon_link] (which we previously reviewed), subject themselves to toxins for our benefit. This self-experimentation reveals what detox methods work, including the popular trend to cleanse.
In Toxin Toxout, Lourie and Smith give practical and often surprising advice for removing toxic chemicals from our bodies and homes. There are over 80,000 synthetic chemicals in commerce today, and the authors use their outrageous experiments (they and their brave volunteers are the guinea pigs) to prove how easily our bodies absorb these chemicals. With trademark humor, they give us the good news about what is in our control, the steps we can take to help our bodies remove our toxic burden — and what we can do to avoid it in the first place. Furthermore, Lourie and Smith investigate the truth behind organic foods, which detox methods actually work, if indoor air quality is improving, how we dispose of waste (where do those chemicals go?), and the ins and outs of a greener economy. The result is nothing short of a prescription for a healthier life.
This book is very well researched and an easy read. I was especially interested in the chapter on organic food and on detoxing cleanses. Detoxing has become a multi-billion-dollar business, and I have read both pros and cons about various processes. The results published in [amazon_link id=”1250051339″ target=”_blank” ]Toxin Toxout[/amazon_link] are as follows. First the type of detox therapy is given, then its effectiveness at removing toxins from your body:
- Fasting: Limited
- Chelation: Proven
- Ionic foot baths: None
- Colonic cleanse: None
- Exercise: Limited
- Probiotics and probiotics: Limited
- Sauna therapy: Proven
- Food and drink cleanses: None
- Leeching: None
- Herbal supplements: Limited
- Hot springs: None
Hopefully the above information, and this book will help you to direct your detoxing efforts to proven results.
The book recommends that the best approach to detoxing is a personal assessment. Interestingly, if you are carrying around extra weight, you are also carrying around extra toxins, as “synthetic chemicals are often lipophilic (‘fat-loving’).” Weight loss is key to detoxification, which may be the only benefit to food and drink cleanses.
In conclusion, here are the Toxin Toxout Top 10:
1. Use green personal-care products that don’t contain chemicals like phthalates or parabens.
2. Eat more organic food to avoid pesticides
3. Drink water from your tap! And lots of it!
4. Use natural fibres and green products like low-VOC paints in your home and avoid products that might off-gas.
5. Eat more vegetables and less meat to avoid toxin-grabbing animal fat.
6. Sweat more-toxic chemicals like BPA and phthalates leave your body through your sweat.
8. Avoid wacky quick-fix detoxes and optimize your body’s natural detox mechanisms by adopting a detox lifestyle.
9. Buy less, buy green.
10. Support politicians who believe in a greener economy and organizations that work for a cleaner environment.
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