Top 10 simple ways to detox
1. Go away and fast. This is the biggy. Fasting (water only) and complete rest under competent supervision at a place like True North Health in Santa Rosa, California, can work wonders of healing. Fasting practitioners would say: "It doesn't work wonders: it just gives your body the chance to heal."
2. Stay home (or go away) and do a juice diet. These are basically restricted diets or partial fasts that relieve your body of enough of the work of digestion that lots of healing can transpire. Best juices for fasting are greens with milder veggies and fruits to make them palatable. Healthy people should do fine on juice for a week to ten days, but if you're under a doctor's care, get clearance to do this. Among the conditions that contraindicate any unsupervised fasting or juice-feasting are diabetes, hypoglycemia, anorexia, pregnancy, and breastfeeding.
3. Sweat. In a sauna (not a steam room -- too much chlorine is in the steam), or a hot yoga class, or in a hot bath followed a snuggling under warm covers, let yourself sweat. It helps the skin, your largest organ of detoxification, do its job.
4. Rebound, i.e., bounce on a mini-trampoline. All exercise is good, of course, but a mini-tram is supposed to particularly target the lymphatic system and help it do its clean-up tasks. The lymphatic system has no pump like the heart, so it can use some help. I do my 5-minute warm-up at the gym on a mini-tram.
5. Scrape your tongue first thing in the morning. Your body does a lot of detoxing during sleep, and that coating on your tongue when you wake up (in Ayurveda, they call it ama, metabolic debris) needs to come off before your first drink of water. They sell inexpensive tongue scrapers in the dental care aisle at health food stores and many drugstores.
6. Use a neti pot. The yogis have long recommended "sinus bathing" as a part of enlightened hygiene, and you can purchase a neti pot (beautiful ceramic ones and low-cost plastic models) at most health food stores. You fill it with warm water made into a saline solution by the addition of some finely ground salt and, following instructions, let the water flow into one nostril and out the other; then do the other side. This is not always a pleasant experience, but it definitely clears your head, is a godsend during allergy season, and I swear by it after plane flights and when colds and flus are going around.
7. Dry body brush. Before your bath or shower, use a special dry body brush (ask at the health food store: this is a brush with a removable handle, meant to be used on dry body skin) to buff your skin, starting with the feet. Then work up, using upward strokes on the calves and thighs, fingers-to-shoulders moves on your arms, and gentler round motions on your abdomen, hips, and chest; this is not for the face. It helps the skin to detox, removes dead skin cells, is warming and energizing, and in Europe even standard MDs claim that it helps diminish cellulite.
8. Enemas and colonics. I include these because they're standard-issue detox practices and many, many people swear by them. They say that we have toxic build-up in the colon that's been there for years and needs to be washed out. Kevin Trudeau, author of Natural Cures They Don't Want You to Know About, suggests doing fifteen colonics in thirty days. In deference to people I trust who give much of the credit for their health and beauty to this "internal cleansing," I'm saying, "Do your research." It doesn't agree with me, but we're all different.
9. Get away to somewhere clean and quiet. By "clean," I mean where the air is pure (mountains, ocean) and where electro-magnetic-field radiation is at a minimum. The New Age Health Spa, pictured here, is in the Catskills, and I go there bi-monthly to speak (I'll be there October 4-8), is a place like this. Some people are irritated that they can't get much cell phone reception, but it's really a blessing. If you can get away for even one weekend a season, it'll help.
10. Eat raw food and think loving thoughts. Okay, that's two suggestions, but seriously: just eating a high-raw, plant-based diet, even without fasting or a juice diet, will go far toward your detoxification efforts. If you find yourself having a "detox crisis" -- headaches, fatigue -- rest, eat lightly, and let it pass, or rest, eat more heavily (add in more cooked food), and slow down the detox process to a comfortable rate. And your thoughts are ever important: make them loving, to yourself, your body, and everyone in your world. That way, you detox negativity from deep, deep inside.
by Victoria Moran who is a certified life coach specializing in spiritual-life coaching and holistic health coaching. To learn more, go to www.victoriamoran.com/coaching, or contact Monica McCarthy: firstname.lastname@example.org
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From Wikipedia (now I am not judging this woman - in fact I like her and I like a lot of her values. The only reason I report it - is that I was so surprised and to show you that people can change - a lot!)
In 1998, allegedly upset that he was snubbed by Schlessinger at an event, former radio mentor Bill Ballance sold nude photos of Schlessinger to media outlet Internet Entertainment Group (IEG).Schlessinger had posed for the photos while involved in a sexual relationship with Ballance in the 1970s. IEG, known for distributing a sex tape of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee, purchased the photos and subsequently posted them on its website which were later leaked to the general public. Schlessinger initially denied that the photos were of her, but then claimed a copyright interest in them in court. Attempts to have the photos removed from various websites failed after a court ruling stated that IEG had legally acquired the rights to the material. She later admitted that the photos were authentic, addressed the issue on her show calling Ballance a "mentor and friend", and said she was "mystified as to why this 80-year-old man would do such a morally reprehensible thing." She claimed to have possessed "no moral authority" when the photos were taken, citing her age at the time of twenty-eight and a painful divorce as factors contributing to her voluntarily being photographed nude. She added that she had undergone "profound changes over the course of my life, from atheist to observant Jew."
The incident brought to light accusations that Schlessinger had been unfaithful in her first marriage, caused the breakdown of her second husband's marriage, cohabitated with him while unmarried, and intentionally bore a child with him out of wedlock. Schlessinger had railed against infidelity, cohabitation, and intentional single-parenthood on her show, but never addressed that these were part of her personal life experience. Schlessinger responded to these criticisms saying "A hypocrite says, 'Do what I say, not what I do,' rather than, 'Do what I say, not what I did'."
People do change . . .