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Detox Success
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Eat a Colorful, Fresh, Raw/Steamed, Whole, Living, Organic, Plant-Based Diet and

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- Key Elements For Success In Any Detoxification Program - 

The 26 Key Elements listed below are an integral part of my cleanse/detox/fasting program. Things like exercise, colon hydrotherapy, and far infrared sauna sessions are vitally important to your success. I would almost be willing to say that the items listed below are equal in importance to any of the detoxification supplements listed later.


Element 1:  Get Yourself Edumacated  I:)
I highly recommend that you give yourself a solid education regarding nutrition and detoxification.

Suggested Reading:
  • The International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology - The Scientific Case Against Amalgam
  • Dr. Mark A. Breiner, D.D.S. - Whole-Body Dentistry
  • Dr. Tom McGuire, D.D.S - Mercury Detoxification - The Natural Way to Remove Mercury From Your Body
  • Dr. Sam Ziff, Dr. Michael F. Ziff and Mats Hanson, Ph.D. - Dental Mercury Detox
  • Dr. Sam Ziff and Dr. Michael F. Ziff - Dentistry Without Mercury
  • Dr. Murry J. Vimy - Your Toxic Teeth
  • Dr. Hal A. Huggins - It's All in Your Head: The Link Between Mercury amalgams and Illness
  • Dr. Hal A. Huggins - It's All in Your Head: Diseases Caused by Silver-Mercury Fillings
  • Dr. Hal A. Huggins - Mercury in My Molars
  • Dr. Hal A. Huggins - Mercury and Other Toxic Metals in Humans: Proceedings of the First International conference on Biocompatibility of Materials: 1988, Colorado Springs
  • Dr. Andrew Hall Cutler, Ph.D. - Amalgam Illness, Diagnosis and Treatment: What You Can Do to Get Better, How Your Doctor Can Help
  • Dr. William Rasmussen, M.D. - Natural Mercury Detoxification
  • Dr. Myron Wentz - A Mouth Full of Poison: The Truth About Mercury Amalgam Fillings (
  • Dr. Gary Null, Ph.D., Martin Feldman, M.D. - Mercury Dental Amalgams: The Controversy Continues
  • Dr. Chester V. Clark, Jr., D.D.S. - Mercury Poisoning - Beware!
  • Dr. Sherry A. Rogers - Detoxify or Die
  • Dr. Sherry A. Rogers - No More Heartburn
  • Dr. Doris J. Rapp, M.D. - Our Toxic World - A Wake Up Call
  • Dr. Robert Morse, N.D., N.MD., D.Sc., M.H., I.D. - The Detox Miracle Sourcebook
  • Dr. Linda Page, N.D. - Detoxification
  • Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, M.S., CNS - The Fast Track One-Day Detox Diet
  • Dr. Elson M. Haas, M.D. - The Detox Diet
  • Dr. Sandra Cabot, M.D. - The Liver Cleansing Diet
  • Dr. Jeff McCombs, D.C. - Lifeforce
  • Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, M.D. - The Dangers of Vaccines (
  • Ernie Mezei, B.Sc., Eng. - Tooth Traitors
  • Lynne McTaggart - What Doctors Don't Tell You - The Dangers of Fluoride Use
  • Donna Gates - The Body Ecology Diet - Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity
  • Randall Fitzgerald - The Hundred Year Lie: How Food and Medicine Are Destroying Your Health

Element 2:  Ascertain Your Detox Capability
Work with your medical practitioner to determine whether you are physically able to undertake a detox program (especially if you are taking prescription drugs). Also ask for test to determine if you have any mineral deficiencies.

Dr. Sherry A. Rogers, M.D., in her book Detoxify or Die, underlines the seriousness of the matter. "The protocol is to first be sure your mineral levels and detox pathways are healthy. Have your doctor write a prescription for the RBC Minerals and Heavy Metals, as well as for the Detoxification Capability Pane, (MetaMetrix). For to mobilize mercury from "safe" storage in tissues and bring it out into the blood stream, can force it into the kidneys, brain or other organs if your detox capability is not strong enough to complete the job and flush it out into the urine. People have died because of failure to assess detox capability before oral chelation."

If you are ill or fighting a disease, it may not be appropriate for you to do a heavy metal detoxification. Dr. Rogers goes on to say, "Remember, a body with cancer is already stressed to the max. To start mobilizing nasty chemicals, especially heavy metals that were put in "safe" storage, can be disastrously fatal. You must be sure that the detox capability is optimum and that mineral and fatty acid deficiencies have been corrected." If you are pregnant or lactating DO NO UNDERTAKE A DETOXIFICATION PROGRAM.

Element 3:  Ascertain Your Oral Health Status
As Previously mentioned, various oral health problems can diminish the effectiveness of a mercury detoxification program. Work with your dentist to determine your oral health status.

Quoting from Mercury Detoxification: The Natural Way to Remove Mercury From Your Body, by Tom McGuire, DDS: "There is a direct relationship between a healthy mouth and a successful mercury detoxification program. By decreasing the effectiveness of the immune system, the above oral infections can interfere with the body's ability to remove harmful metals and other toxins. In addition, some of the symptoms directly related to oral disease can mimic those of chronic mercury poisoning. Thus you could be successfully eliminating mercury and still exhibit symptoms that imitate those of chronic mercury poisoning; but are actually being caused by an oral infection, or infections.

You can be certain that unless you identify, treat, and eliminate all of these oral health issues you may not get the results from your detoxification program that you'd hoped for. This doesn't mean that you need to wait to begin your detoxification program until you have eliminated all of your oral health problems. On the contrary, the reverse is also true and mercury can interfere with the body's ability to deal with these oral health conditions, such as making gum disease more difficult to treat.

Ideally, the most effective way to deal with both the oral health issues and chronic mercury poisoning, is to treat them simultaneously. So please don't postpone starting your detoxification program while you take the necessary steps to deal with gum disease or the other oral health problems listed. But know that if any existing oral disease or condition goes untreated it can seriously undermine the benefits of your mercury detoxification program."

Element 4:  Have The Courage To Fire Your Dentist
If, after educating yourself about the dangers of dental amalgams, you find that your own dentist is not aligned with your new standards, you may simply be foreced to change dentists. In my case, my longtime dentist told me that "the use of fluoride protects teeth, and that the amount of mercury in fillings is insignificant." I fired him on the spot, and told him i wanted to find a smarter dentist. Find a "mercury free," trained, accredited, biological dentist who appreciates and understands the truth of the matter. Phone the I.A.O.M.T. (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) at 863-420-6373 to find an accredited dentist in your area. you can also access a database of mercury free dentists at

The subject of finding a "biological" dentist is important. Biological dentists consider your total health situation, have extremely advanced training, and have the special equipment which is required to remove amalgams safely and correctly. Although your local dentist can remove your amalgams, you are much better off having a biological specialist. Specialists practice a special technique called sequential amalgam removal, and they can do blood serum compatibility testing to determine which replacement composites are safe for you.

Element 5:  Get Your Nutritional Act Together
Eating plenty of organic, whole food is absolutely essential during this program (and forever thereafter). There's not much point in ingesting great nutritional supplements if you are going to go have lunch at McDonald's. Also, while trying to rid your body of mercury, avoid both saltwater and freshwater fish. Both have heavy concentrations of methyl mercury.

I'm not going to go into scientific detail here, but your glucose, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels all play an important part in mercury detoxification. The most important thing you can do to assist these processes is to avoid sugar, alcohol, caffeine, and smoking. (Smoking interferes with heavy metal processing. Study the subject for yourself.)

Element 6:  Eat Organic Foods
Organic foods contain less pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and other toxins... and they taste better! Stay out of the big-chain food stores where 99% of the foods contain poisonous chemicals. Literally put your money where you mouth is... Support businesses which support your health. Shop at health food stores and local farmer's markets. Buy Organic!

Element 7:  Chew Your Foods Well
The first stage of digestion starts in your mouth. Or better yet... drink green smoothies!

Element 8:  It Is Extremely Important That You Take In An Extraordinary Amount Of Fiber
There are three consecutively ongoing stages of a detoxification process. "Mobilization," "Chelation" (binding with, or latching onto), and "Removal." The natural supplements and pharmaceutical chelators do an excellent job of dislodging the heavy metals from your tissues and "mobilizing" them in your system. They also do an excellent job of hooking up with, or binding to, the metal molecules that are dislodged. The third stage of the process is removing the toxins from your body via your urine, feces, and sweat. Dietary and supplemental fiber (as well as chlorella and charcoal) play a major role in the excretion process. Chances are, the dietary fiber (the fiber coming from the foods you eat in the Standard American Diet) is not adequate for the detox removal stage. You MUST, therefore, take supplemental fiber often, and in larger-than-normal quantities. Fiber affects debris transit time. If you don't increase your fiber intake, the toxins can be more easily reabsorbed in your intestinal tract, and you will have wasted your time/effort/ money on mobilization/chelation supplements. I can't stress this point enough. Take the fiber supplements!

Element 9:  Be Ready In Case Of Constipation!
Again, to prevent reabsorption, you don't want your system backed up while full of toxins. Have a laxative at hand in case you need it. There is an herbal laxative included in this website's Supplementation list.

Element 10:  Drink Plenty Of Clean, Good Water
In addition to hydrating your body, water flushes the toxins out. Some doctors recommend eight, 8-ounce glasses a day. Others recommend 1/2 your body weight in ounces, i.e. if you weight 200 pounds, drink 100 ounces of water daily. Do not, however, drink great amounts with meals except (1) to flush debris from your mouth or throat, and (2) to take your nutritional/chelation oral supplements. Drinking with meals dilutes stomach acid and digestive enzymes. do not drink milk, alcohol, and/or caffeine liquids with meals. They all upset the stomach's pH level, disrupt digestion, and affect nutrient transport through the bloodstream (albumin). The convenience store "Big Gulp" is a killer to your digestive system. Drink water first thing in the morning to rehydrate your body. It has not had water all night long. Drinking plenty of water is one of the fundamental keys to a successful, healthy life.

Element 11:  Get Some Sun
If you think the sun is bad for you, you've bought the brainwashing propaganda handed out by the people who manufacture and sell anti-sun products. Is the sun good for plants? Is the sun good for animals? Do you think you are any different? Listen to a quote from Kevin Trudeau, author of the books, Natural Cures and More Natural Cures Revealed. "In the Natural Cures book I talk about the fact that the sun does not cause skin cancer. The sun is needed for life. If you do not spend time in the sun you will be sick. The sun is vital for health, longevity, and to be disease free. If you are sick, one of the things that you must do is get out in the sun. I can tell you this, that the sun itself can virtually cure disease. Every living thing on the planet, with rare exception, cannot live without solar energy from the sun. Virtually every living thing on Planet Earth needs the sun to survive. (There are rare exceptions to this, of course.)"
[Doug's note: I do not use sun block. Most sun blocks are full of toxic chemicals.]

Element 12:  Colon Hydrotherapy is A Major Part Of A Detox Program
Your large intestine, called the colon, is a major part of your eliminative system. It is the area within your body where:
  • vitamins, trace and micro-trace minerals are absorbed
  • water is absorbed, keeping the body hydrated, and
  • wastes, by-products from metabolism, pathogens from your lymphatic system, and excess water pass through for discharge.
Years of bad eating eating habits have most likely left the walls of your colon caked with hardened fecal material, undigested, putrefied foods matter, and parasites. This "caked on" material clogs the "walls" of your colon and blocks the absorption of nutrients and water through the wall membrane. You could transform your eating habits, begin to eat only wonderfully nutritious foods, and not get any benefit out of your diet at all, if you have not taken the steps to clean the interior "walls" of your colon.

A colonic, often referred to as a colonic irrigation, colon hydrotherapy or a colon cleansing, is similar to, but more thorough than, an enema. A colonic is a painless, gentle water cleansing of the large intestine. There is no water "pressure" applied other than gravity feed. You almost don't feel the water inside you at all. It usually takes several colonic sessions to gently wash the caked on muck from your colon wall. There really isn't much reason to undertake a detoxification program at all if you are not willing to clean out your body's sewer system by cleansing your colon.

Colon hydrotherapy is directly related to detoxification. All the nutritional supplements and pharmaceutical chelators serve to mobilize the toxins throughout your body tissues. Once the toxins reach your colon, if they are delayed in transit by accumulated colon debris (or by constipation), they can be reabsorbed back through the colon wall membrane and back into your blood stream. Colon hydrotherapy helps clean the toxins out before they have a chance to reabsorb. Dr. Sherry A. Rogers, M.D., in her book Detoxify or Die, speaks to this point. "If you are constipated or the gut is not completely healthy, (see her book No More Heartburn for details), the nasty chemical that has been dragged into the gut attached to glutathione does not end up in the (toilet) tank. Instead, the glutathione falls off the chemical and the chemical is now reabsorbed into the body, ready once again to do its damage. However, if you are hosing out the intestine, you reduce the work of the gut and detoxification system, while simultaneously making sure that the nasty chemical is not reabsorbed."

Colon hydrotherapists are experienced, certified professionals who assist your hydrotherapy session. They hold the standards that your comfort and privacy are priorities.

Have at least five colon hydrotherapy sessions during the first two weeks after your dental amalgams are removed. This is the time period when heavy metal toxins will be "stirred up" the most in your system. Sessions should be once a week for the next few weeks, and every two weeks thereafter. Colon hydrotherapy sessions are vitally important.

Element 13:  Exercise Daily
Moderate exercise is vitally important, but you don't want to exhaust yourself either. Rebounding on a mini-trampoline is highly recommended during a detoxification program. Gentle rebounding enhances movement of your lymphatic fluid, which carries toxins to your liver. Joint rotation, moving your arms and legs around, also contributes to lymphatic stimulation. Your lymphatic system is actually quite larger than your "blood" system. Unlike your circulatory system, which has a heart to actively pump it's blood, your lymphatic system has no pump to pump it's fluid. It depends SOLELY on your body movement to shift the lymphatic fluid throughout your body. Bottom line?... couch potatoes are full of toxins. Move your lymphatic fluid, increase your oxygen intake, stimulate cell excretion, release tension and stress... all through daily exercise and deep breathing. YOU HAVE TO MOVE YOUR BODY TO MOVE THE TOXINS!

Element 14:  Get Periodic Lymphatic Massages
Again, exercise your lymphatic system. Find a massage therapist who specializes in deep massage.

Element 15:  Get Periodic Chiropractic Adjustments
Keep your body's lymphatic and energetic channels open.

Element 16:  Far Infrared Saunas Are A Major Part Of The Cleansing Process
Your skin your largest eliminative organ. As you detoxify, your body will continuously discharge toxins through your skin. Saunas enable you to increase this toxic discharge by "sweating" the poisons out of your body. Any toxins taken out of your body via sweat will ease the burden on your liver and kidneys. Exercise sweating is not a substitute for using saunas. Sweating during exercise does not product the same result as sitting in a dry sauna. Taking advantage of far infrared saunas to speed the eliminative process and advance your overall cleansing program. Dr. Jeffrey S. McCombs, in his book Lifeforce, states simply: "DON'T DO THE DIET, IF YOU DON'T DO THE SWEATING!" Dry saunas are vital to the detoxification process.

[note: Steam rooms, steam baths, hot showers and hot tubs should also not be a substitute for far infrared saunas. All of these are bad because the steam comes from tap water containing chemicals. Whatever toxins your body releases through perspiration also goes into the steam. Then you inhale the steam and reabsorb the toxins. I don't recommend swimming pools for the same reason. There is nothing like dunking your largest eliminative organ (your skin) in a swimming pool full of chemicals. Also, unlike steam units, dry saunas are less likely to develop mold and fungus.] 

During detoxification, I would try to spend a minimum of 45 minutes a day in the sauna, six days per week.

Element 17:  Carefully Choose What Products You Use On The Outside Of Your Body
With very few exceptions, soaps, sun blocks, skin creams, hand lotions, deodorants, shampoos, cosmetics, perfumes, insect repellents, etc. all contain toxins. All of these toxins get absorbed through your skin. Dr. Robert Morse, in The Detox Miracle Sourcebook, says "Use 100 percent natural hygiene products (soaps, shampoos, etc.). Read the labels. If they have chemicals in the, don't use them. (If you can't pronounce it - you probably don't want it.) What you put on your skin absorbs into your blood steam and circulates throughout your body. This can damage your brain, heart, kidneys, and especially your liver."

Element 18:  Use Only Nontoxic 100 Percent Organic Gardening Supplies, Household Cleaning Supplies, And Stop Using Air Fresheners
Again, try to keep toxic chemicals from entering you body via your skin and lungs.

Element 19:  Stop Using Fluoride
Stop using fluoride from toothpaste and drinking water (especially city tap water). Fluoride, a toxic waste by-product of phosphate fertilizer manufacturing, is a poison. It is more toxic than lead. Find out the facts for yourself. There is not much sense in putting all your time, money and effort into a detoxification program when, at the same time, you are continuing to put toxins into your body. ZHealth makes a great natural toothpaste called ClayBrite  (

Element 20:  Do Deep Breathing Exercises
Slowly, deeply inhale through your nose, and slowly exhale through your mouth. This gets more oxygen into your system and also stimulates the lymph system via lung movement. Try this exercise - Blow up a balloon a couple of times a day! (Be careful not to inhale the air which was inside the balloon. That air is tainted with toxins from the balloon.)

Element 21:  Go To The Toilet As Soon As You Get The Urge!
Get the toxins out of your body before they can be reabsorbed.

Element 22:  Here's A Valuable Recipe For A Thirty Minute Detox Bath
Mix 1 lb. of sea salt and 1 lb. of baking soda into the hottest bath water you can tolerate. The water level must be above your belly button. Soak for 30 minutes, then shower.

Element 23:  Diminish Or Stop The Use Of Antibiotics, Prescription Medications And Over-the-Counter Drugs
Antibiotics are poisons designed to kill things. Antibiotics kill the bacteria in your colon. The only problem is, and it is a major problem, that along with the "bad" bacteria, antibiotics kill the "friendly" bacteria that are absolutely necessary for healthy body functioning. Antibiotics enable the "bad" bacteria and fungal yeasts take hold, spread and multiply. Antibiotics (1) prevent vitamin and mineral absorption, (2) force toxins into your blood stream, (3) enable the overgrowth of Candida albicans, a yeast-type fungal infection, and (4) impede your immune system's ability to fight the problem you took the antibiotics for in the first place. "The body is designed to rid itself naturally of toxins and waste, but when we take drugs, we drive these toxins deeper into our systems, and they further weaken vital organs. Eventually, the weakened organs have no energy to eliminate toxins and fight disease; they give up the fight, and the body succumbs." - Donna Gates, The Body Ecology Diet - Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity.

As for other medications and drugs... don't you get it by now? Drugs are foreign materials which should not be put into your body.

Element 24:  Seriously Consider What's In Vaccines And Flu Shots
Before you get your next vaccination or flu shot, find out just what chemicals are in that shot you are about to take into your body. Once again... Dental amalgams (heavy metals), medicine (drugs), and vaccines are the cause of most of your health problems!

Element 25:  Get Plenty Of Sleep
Let your body give its full attention to cleansing.

Element 26:  Undertake A Long-Term Nutritional Supplement Detoxification Plan
Read more about that subject in the next section entitled, Detox Action Plan.