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Do you need to detox?

From among the many originating sources of toxins that effect us there are three sources of non work related toxicity that effect us every single day; the food (and beverages) that we consume, the air & water, and personal products we put on our bodies.

It is now fairly well known that the average American consumes about 10 pounds of chemical food additives per year. This becomes even more shocking when you realize that every ten years 100 pounds of chemicals are going inside your body. Imagine your liver having to process a 100 pound drum of chemicals every 10 years. Even the healthiest individuals have to be struggling to handle this toxic load.

In the year 2000, major US industries reported dumping 7.1 billion pounds of 650 industrial chemicals into our air and water. Care to guess how many billion pounds were dumped and not reported.

Personal Products
These are chemicals we put on our bodies every single day and don't give them a second thought. The ingredient lists on these bottles are so small we often can't even read them. Here is your chance, read what it is you are putting on your body every day. In one day's time the average person puts all of the chemicals listed below (or a similar list) on themselves, and you're doing it every day. We challenge you to try and read through this list of chemicals that you are "soaking in" every day.

Potassium Nitrate, Sodium Fluoride, D&C Yellow # 10, FD&C Blue # 1, Flavor, Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodimn Saccharin, Sorbitol, Titanium Dioxode, Trisodium Phosphate, Water, Xanthan Gum.

Shaving Cream
Water, Palmitic Acid, Triethanolamine, Oleth 20, isopentane, Sorbitol, Mineral oil, Isobutane, Cocamide DEA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Gossypium Herbaceum seed oil, Glycine Soja oil, Chamomilla Recutita flower extract, Bisabolol, Hydroxyethlcelluose, Polyisobutene, Peg1 4m, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, BHT, Fragrance.

Aluminum Chlorohydrate, BHT, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, PPG11 Stearyl Ether or PPG-I5 Stearyl Ether, Steareth-2, Steareth-20, Water, D&C Yellow #10, FD&C Red #4.

Hair spray
SD alcohol 40b, water, octylacrylamide/acrylates copolymer-VA/Crotonates/Vinyl Neodecanoate Copolymer-Comfrey Extract, Sage Extract, Wild Cherry Bark Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Wheat Starch, Aminomethyl Propanol, Cetearyl Octanoate, Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, D&C Orange No.4Ext. D&C Violet No. 2.

Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Comcamide MEA, Dimethiconol, Silk Amino Acids (Lysine, Arginine), Silk Protein, Phytantriol, Ammonium Chloride, PEG-5, Cocamide, Fragrance, Propylene-Glycol, Carbomer, Amodimethicone, TEA-Dodecylbenzensulfonate, Guar Hydroxypropytrimonium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Mica, DMDM Hydantoin, C11-15, Pareth-7, PPG-9, C12-16 Alcohols, Trideceth-12, Methychloroisothiazinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Oleic Acid, Titanium Dioxide.

Make Up
We won't bother listing what is in lipstick, eye shadow, rouge. Read on to get an idea.

Harmful and Synthetic Ingredients to avoid

When choosing Natural products it is important, you are getting exactly what you are paying for. Since 60% of everything that touches your skin is absorbed into your body, your personal care products should be selected with as much care as the food you eat. Many products on the market today use the words "Natural" and there is nothing natural when you read the ingredients. Many products on the market contain herbs but also contain ingredients that are harmful and therefore compromise the effectiveness and quality of these herbs. Here are a few ingredients to watch out for in you personal care products. Do any of your personal care products contain these? Imidazolidinyl Urea and Diazolidinyl Urea - These are the most commonly used preservatives. They are well established as a primary cause of contact dermatitis (American Academy of Dermatology). Two trade names for these chemicals are Germalill and Germall115. These chemicals are toxic. Diethylene glycol-highly toxic. Kidney, liver and central nervous system damage can result from usage. Dimethylodimethylhydantoin- this toxic compound, which contains 17.7% formaldehyde, is used a preservative in detergents, shampoos, creams and conditioners and hand creams. It is highly dangerous and toxic.

Petrolatum, Petroleum and Mineral Oil - Petrolatum is mineral oil jelly, and mineral oil causes a lot of problems when used on the skin like photosensitivity (Le., promotes sun damages), and it tends to interfere with the body's own natural moisturizing mechanism, leading to dry skin and chapping. Mineral oil is a by-product of gasoline! You are being sold a product hat creates the very conditions it claims to alleviate. Manufactures use petroleum and mineral oil because it is unbelievably cheap. Poly sorbate 20,60,80 - Extremely drying to the scalp. Propylene Glycol - This is a synthetic petrochemical mix used as a humectants. Has been known to cause allergic and toxic reactions.

PVPNA Copolymer - A petroleum-derived chemical used in hairsprays, wavesets and other cosmetics. It can be considered toxic, since particles may contribute to foreign bodies in the lungs of sensitive persons. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or DEA-Iauryl Sodium Laureth - These synthetic substances are used in shampoos for its detergent and foam-building abilities. It causes eye irritations, skin rashes, hair loss, scalp scurf similar to dandruff, and allergic reactions. It is frequently disguised in pseudo-natural cosmetic with the parenthetic explanation "comes from coconut': Stearalkonium Chloride - A chemical used in hair conditioners and creams. Causes allergic reactions. Stearalkonium chloride was developed by the fabric industry as a fabric softener, and is a lot cheaper and easier to use in hair conditioning formulas than proteins or herbals, which do help hair health.

Synthetic Colors - The synthetic colors used to supposedly make a cosmetic pretty "should be avoided at all costs, along with hair dyes. They will be labeled as FD&C or D&C, followed by a color and a number. Example: Red No.6 / D&C Green NO.6. Synthetic colors are believed to be cancer-causing agents. If a product contains them, don't use it. Synthetic Fragrances - On the label it will simply say "Fragrance': Some of the problems caused by these chemicals are headaches, dizziness, rash, hyperpigmentation, violent coughing, vomiting, skin irritation. Do not buy a product that has the world "Fragrance" on the ingredients label.

Triethanolamine or Diethanolamine - Often used in cosmetics to adjust the pH, TEA causes allergic reactions including eye problems, dryness of hair and skin, and could be toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time. DEA is used to alcohlize cosmetics.

It should be obvious by now that we cannot escape this sea of chemicals that we live in. People struggle under a toxic load that they cannot overcome. Years of exposure to this kind of toxic load can result in a myriad of chronic conditions. If indeed there is no escaping our chemical world, then it is absolutely critical that our body's own detox systems are cleansed and functioning.

Everyone should consider a complete detox program for every one of your chronic patients. Done together with standard treatment, health should return much quicker and more completely.

• Chronic Fatigue
• Candida Overgrowth
• Allergies
• Environmental Sensitivities
• Chronic Pain and Inflammation
• Hormonal Imbalance
• Cognitive Dysfunction
• DJD and Arthralgias
• Intestinal Distress
• Acid Reflux
• Overweight