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Detox Is The New Word For Diet

By the time Frances Moore Lappe’s book, Diet For a Small Planet, was published in 1971 America had already slipped deep into a SAD menu of processed foods high in fat, sodium, sugar and artificial additives. There were also toxic chemicals spreading through our food supply like a dark dusting of poison seeping into the blood streams of Americans. Next thing we knew those 10 pounds of body fat became the holding tank for all the chemicals our organs could not eliminate naturally. Need I list even a few of the evil bad boys? Alright, but just to stun you with the depth of their migration into our every day lives: heavy metals mercury, dioxin, cadmium, lead, pharmaceutical drugs, recreational drugs, nicotine, formaldehyde, PCB’s, DDT, Pesticides, Herbicides, Plasticizers, Diethylstilbestrol (DES).

Suddenly going on a “diet” became something more than giving up Wonder bread and cheese, it became a matter of survival. The 2-week low calorie, low carb weight loss diet has been replaced by the 7-Day Detox plan, which in my mind is a cruel and torturous punishment to a body that has served you well. Still, people just want to feel good. They want to find the physical and mental vitality they lost, to feel less bloated, lighter, more clear in the head, I mean, to at least remember where they left the car keys.

When you overload an organic, living organism with inorganic chemicals, expose it to a consistent barrage of radiation from cell phones, computers, wireless toys and feed it a steady diet of dead micro-waved food you cannot expect that organism to function at its optimal best. Yet this is what we have done to ourselves as adults and to our children, who suffer the most from the effects. Nor can you expect immediate results with sudden fasting and laxative use. After 7 days of suffering it is no wonder people say they feel better.

I prefer to guide people through a slow process of raising the quality of the foods they eat. “Detox” is the new word for “diet” because when done properly by eating unprocessed, organic, locally grown, home cooked, nutrient rich foods your body will take care of detoxing itself, thank you very much. If you need some deeper level of detoxification due to heavy-metal poisoning, chemical exposure, or parasite infestation, then you should contact a medical practitioner who specializes in treating these conditions. Even then, remember that the quality of the foods you eat are what will naturally “detox” your body so you will never have to “diet” again. Bon Appetite!

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Delia Quigley

Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: and. To view her website go to


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12:35AM PST on Jan 8, 2011

Thanks for the article.

10:48AM PDT on Oct 18, 2010

I find that when I go through a detox, I lose my appetite and a few unwanted pounds drop off.

5:00AM PDT on Oct 18, 2010

thank you this was very informative

6:21AM PDT on Oct 15, 2010

We need to STOP the MADNESS of the poisons they are trying to FEED US! Join MAPS - Mothers Against Poisons and convo me to open up your STATE. We have someone who changed the laws for his town in Florida and he wants us to do the same thing NATIONALLY! We don't have to take their CRAP either:) (biosludge) Let's STAND UP AND BAN THE BULL on our FOOD!!!/group.php?gid=151638114849949

6:31PM PDT on Oct 13, 2010

Detoxing is an important health practice on a regular basis and it does clear out any junk food that so many people eat. You do not need to buy anything expensive,just stop eating what you generally eat and drink organic veggie juices for several days and see how you feel... Full of energy and light weight.
If you don't eat Organic food you are full of pesticides,herbisides and you do not get all the needed nutrients that keep you healthy and free from many diseases. There is a HUGE amount of documentation showing the benefits of Organic foods and millions of disease and deaths from non organic .

2:44PM PDT on Oct 8, 2010


10:17PM PDT on Oct 6, 2010

Thank you! So far I have resisted clicking on those "loose 10 pounds in 2 weeks" ads that appear even on our beloved Care2 site, but I can't say they make me feel good about myself...

9:44AM PDT on Oct 1, 2010

Thank you for this article. I believe it is vital to eliminate processed foods, pesticides, chemicals, etc from our bodies in order to maintain health and fight disease. While it's not always easy to do that every day, to make it as much a part of one's natural way of life reduces the need for a "detox." And to deprive one's body of nutrients needed by the very organs whose job it is to cleanse our bodies is's like running a car on empty. Instead of focusing on "detoxing" (esp with extreme juice or water fasts) we should all focus on nourishing our bodies so that they can cleanse and rejuvenate themselves.

11:27AM PDT on Sep 27, 2010

I too was surprised and alarmed to read that, in some corners of our world at least, detox is equated with diet. What's happened? I do know of a few extreme people here who use fasting as a method of weight loss, but they are a huge minority.

I liked the end of the article - urging us to eat natural food to give us maximal health benefits and help the body cure itself naturally and gently.

9:34PM PDT on Sep 25, 2010

In defense of the author I just heard former President Clinton talk with Wolf Blitzer on CNN tonight that he is, for all, practical purposes, now a vegan (he eats a little fish every once in a while), suggested by a Cleveland Clinic doctor, b ecause of his heart. It natually rids his body of calcium deposits and cholesterol he is hoping. He also lost 24 pounds!!

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