Detoxing

I recently read two books that have broadened my perspective on Candida.  One is called CLEAN, by Alejandro Junger, MD.  The other is called Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing for Life, by Cherie Calbom, MS.  CLEAN is one of those books that you read and you want to buy it for everyone you know.  Dr. Junger is a Cardiologist who developed depression in his residency.  He had grown up eating homemade food with regular trips to the farmer’s market.  Throughout his residency in a New York City hospital, he developed eating habits that included fast food and vending machines.  When he became depressed, he was confused, because he loved what he did and he was good at it.  He was unwilling to accept the western medicine principle that had simply developed a neurotransmitter imblance.  Instead of taking prescription antidepressants, he went on a mission to figure out WHY?   In his book, he explains how toxins of any kind, especially those that we ingest through food, can lead to imbalance, chronic disease, and yeast (Candida) overgrowth.   He explains how to restore the body’s ability to detoxify and heal itself through our eating patterns and through periodic detoxing.  He combines healing principles from Functional, Western, and Eastern medicine to create a simple and comprehensive approach to healing chronic disease.  This book summarizes information that I spent years trying to understand.  Our world can have more healthy/happy people if you read it and pass it on.

Dr. Junger states that a “basic understanding of the mechanics of detoxification explain why the different detox programs have different effects and results.  Some are designed to release toxins in a rush, others, to let them out slowly.”  (p. 128)   He briefly explains the benefits and drawbacks to different types of detoxing programs, including water fasting, The Master Cleanse, juice fasting, blended fasting, raw food, and nutritional cleanses, ayurvedic detoxificaion programs, and elimination diets.  His three week program is a type of nutritional cleanse in which you consume two liquid meals and one solid, antiinflammatory meal each day.  After reading his book, I believe that the Candida Diet is simply a form of detoxing, but that it is much easier to be successful in eliminating Candida if you are focused on the toxins and the liver, instead of just Candida.

Cherie Calbom’s book,  Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing for Life, is also an excellent resource.   Ms. Calbom does a great job of explaining how to incorporate detoxing into your daily life.  Juicing is a way to assist the body with detoxing by providing an easily digestible source of antioxidants to remove the toxins so that they do not recirculate and cause more damage to the body as they are being released.   Juicing also gives your body the supportive benefits of phytonutrients and vitamins while you are detoxing.  She includes ideas for doing one-three day detoxes, along with 5-7 day programs for detoxing the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, and colon.  She also includes information on doing a Candida Cleanse.

Here is a short excerpt from the Candida section of her book:

“Drs. Michael Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, authors of The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, say that improving liver health and promoting detoxification may be critical factors in the successful treatment of candidiasis.  They note that damage to the liver is often an underlying factor in chronic candidiasis as well as in chronic fatigue.  Studies with mice have shown that even slight liver damage causes Candida albicans to run rampant.” p. 214

So….in our efforts to conquer Candida, perhaps a slight shift in focus to clearing toxins and healing the liver will help us all be more successful.  There are lots of liver support products at the health food stores.  Dr. Junger recommends milk thistle, N acetyl cysteine, dandelion root, and wormwood leaf.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kristin Roslund, NTP on August 4, 2010 at 4:32 am

    Amen! I love it when what Shawn and I learned along the way on our own and in school directly matches what other experts are saying. Yes, the liver is the center of the universe as far as the body goes. The liver must be healthy, or we are screwed. Slow daily detox is the way to go, otherwise you unleash a beast that can make you way sicker.
    In regards to Dr. Junger’s depression (I need to read this book), does he mention how the standard american diet ruins our digestive system and functions. When we fail to digest our proteins properly, we can not disassemble our amino acids that we need to restructure into the neuro-transmitters that feed the brain and keep it happy. Food for thought: isn’t it interesting how the more people we put on antiacids, the more people we have on anti-depressants! We need our digestion functioning properly and with the proper pH or the brain doesn’t get what it needs. Hint; get patients off the standard american diet, get them digesting (may need supplemental stomach acid, not antacids), and they will feel so much better and they won’t need anti-depressants!
    Eat real food everyone!

  2. Posted by Shawn Blount on August 4, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Yes, Dr. Junger discusses how the SAD and the toxins in our foods ruin the digestive system and functions. He also discusses the importance of establishing and maintaining a healthy intestinal flora, intestinal wall, gut-associated lymphatic tissue, and liver. It’s all in this book – the real way to get a body healthy – in a very simple and easy to understand format. You’ll want to give a copy to everyone you love!

    Of course….a detox program will not help anyone’s health long term if they do not work at eating nutrient rich foods without chemicals and toxins. As Kristin said, EAT REAL FOOD!

  3. Posted by Anonymous on August 9, 2010 at 4:57 am

    Here is a short excerpt from the Candida section of her book:

    “Drs. Michael Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, authors of The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, say that improving liver health and promoting detoxification may be critical factors in the successful treatment of candidiasis. They note that damage to the liver is often an underlying factor in chronic candidiasis as well as in chronic fatigue. Studies with mice have shown that even slight liver damage causes Candida albicans to run rampant.” p. 214

    So….in our efforts to conquer Candida, perhaps a slight shift in focus to clearing toxins and healing the liver will help us all be more successful. There are lots of liver support products at the health food stores. Dr. Junger recommends milk thistle, N acetyl cysteine, dandelion root, and wormwood leaf.
    Kristin here; I love this part.. I also believe this to be absolutely true. My liver still has major issues, perhaps that is why I still struggle with my Candida. I have just discovered this amazing supplement called Protandim. It is a combination of 5 herbs, with milk thistle being one of them. They synergistically work together to stimulate the body to fight free-radicals on a massive scale; leaps and bounds beyond that of traditional anti-oxidents. I am taking it for many reasons, one of the most significant, is to work on my damaged liver. Please visit http://www.mylifevantage.com/kristinroslund to learn more about Protandim and its amazing and countless benefits.

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