Detoxing the body is important

Detoxing the body is important

In the book “Slow Death by Rubber Duck” authors Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith reveal frightening facts about toxic substances that surround us constantly. Recently, Mr. Lourie was interviewed about how to detox the body and cleanse the harmful chemicals that we get from cosmetics, food preservatives, cleaning products, shampoos, soaps, carpeting, fabrics and elsewhere. His interview was written up in Vancouver’s Georgia Straight newspaper in an article by Charlie Smith titled “Purging toxins is easier than it might seem. Here are some highlights…

Another family of chemicals called phthalates are found in cosmetics, upholstery, perfumes, plastics, paints, adhesives, and other products. Studies in peer-reviewed scientific journals have linked some of them to reproductive disorders, behavioural changes in children, asthma, allergies, pregnancy loss, and metabolic disorders, according to Toxin Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World (Knopf Canada, 2013).

So is it possible to rid yourself of these toxic substances once they’ve entered your system? The Toronto-based coauthor of Toxin Toxout, Bruce Lourie, has conducted experiments on himself to see if this is possible.

“The most important thing is to avoid putting chemicals into our bodies in the first place,” Lourie emphasized to the Straight over the phone. “It’s a lot easier to avoid chemicals than it is to get them out of our bodies once they’re in there.”

Lourie writes about how he underwent various purification treatments and then tested the impact they had on the levels of metals and chemicals in his urine, sweat, and blood.

In the book, which he wrote with Broadbent Institute executive director Rick Smith, Lourie describes how he drank water containing Zeta Aid crystals, ingested a capsule of Phyto5000 said to contain 42,000 units of antioxidant power, underwent chelation therapy to reduce metal levels, and used sauna treatments to sweat out toxins.

“The idea that chemicals are not only harming our bodies but are in fact preventing our bodies from detoxifying properly is critical,” Lourie writes. “If toxic chemicals are compromising our immune systems, our bodies are constantly fighting just to stay healthy and our major detox organs, such as our liver and kidneys, can’t focus on their main job of removing toxins.”

Chelation and saunas expel toxins

Lourie also interviewed Edmonton physician and researcher Stephen Genuis, one of Canada’s leading authorities on detox medicine. After reviewing detox therapies, Genuis has concluded that “proven” approaches include chelation to address heavy-metal poisoning and sauna therapy to rid the body of toxins through sweating.

According to Genuis, exercise and fasting have “limited” effectiveness in terms of detoxification. These activities do, however, break down fat cells, freeing toxins stored in this tissue. Genuis has also noted that ingestion of prebiotics, probiotics, and herbal supplements can enhance natural detoxification processes.

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New Age Journal was both surprised and frightened to discover that there are even more sources of toxic substances than we realized that we come into contact with on a daily basis. That is why we are going to look further into the topic of toxins and how to detox the body, and bring the information to our readers more regularly.

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