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Caffeine, alcohol, processed foods, make-up, skin products, sugar consumption, medications, dyes, dental fillings, polluted air, pesticide, non-organic meat and seafood.

What do they have in common? They can all put a huge burden on the liver, which has to process and neutralize toxins. How can a toxic liver affect you?
Constipation, fatigue, weight loss resistance, acne/dry skin, allergies, bloating are some of the reactions the body can have to a congested, toxic liver. Just about everyone in today's world could benefit by cleansing out their liver to some extent. If a person watches what they eat, pays attention to the world around them and doesn't have many symptoms, a mild cleanse is probably all that's necessary. If a person has more frequent or intense symptoms, or works in a more toxic environment, the cleanse should be longer in duration or higher in intensity.  

Occupations like working in a hair salon, working outside in polluted air a lot, working with things like paints, metals, asphalt, poisons or having addictions or alcoholism in your past would be reasons to make the detoxification of your system a much higher priority. It's important to take in good, healthy things to build your system up while you are detoxifying. The toxins that get eliminated will generally come out through your skin and intestinal tract. They are stored in fat-soluble tissues so they need to go through a transformation to turn into something water-soluble so they can be excreted. You have to make sure you have a lot of fiber and water in your system during this period so the toxins get eliminated through the intestines and don't just re-circulate and make you feel bad. You want to be sure to do it correctly so you don't feel worse than before you started. During the detox, your diet, sleep times, rest and relaxation factors should all be as high as you can make them. Your liver is the hardest working organ in your body. It needs a break now and then if you want it to help you as effectively as it can.  

Talk with your doctor or dietician before you decide to do a detox if you're under 18 years of age, pregnant or lactating, have any gastrointestinal or autoimmune disease or have any serious health problems.

If you'd like to take a detoxification questionnaire to see how toxic you may be, go to [Link Removed] and take the quiz. If you have any personal questions about detoxifications, visit my website at www.drmichaelmadden.net and click on the "Can Dr. Madden Help Me?" icon.


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      Safari wrote Apr 22, 2009
    • Very interesting subject. Diet and free radicals can threaten your health. How many times a year you should detox?



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      Vikki Hall wrote Apr 22, 2009
    • You mean to tell me that working in the salon biz for thas 27 years is what my problem is?

      Oh my I need to look into this more.



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Apr 22, 2009
    • Dear Safari,
      There are different kinds of detoxes. Many people do a colon detox to cleanse bacteria, parasites and undigested material or to lose weight.This is more of a liver detox. The key is paying attention to your body and starting slowly. For an “average” person without significant symptoms, once a year would benefit just about everyone. If you have ongoing problems that you‘re trying to alleviate, you should monitor how they‘re doing with some pre and post subjective and/or objective measuring systems.



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Apr 22, 2009
    • Vikki,
      There are many toxins in the hair dyes, manicure/pedicure chemicals, beauty products etc. Ask someone who doesn’t work in your salon if they smell anything when they come in. Most of the time, the person working in that environment doesn’t even notice the smell and fumes any more. Good luck.



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      Safari wrote Apr 22, 2009
    • Dear Dr Madden,
      Thank you for your promptly response. In my case, I am an “average” healthy person. I do care about the intestinal flora; I guess once a year is not bad for it, right?

      Thank you.



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Apr 22, 2009
    • Safari,
      Make sure you‘re taking some form of probiotics during this process to replace that “good” intestinal flora you‘re losing.



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      Safari wrote Apr 22, 2009
    • Dr. Madden,
      Thank you so much for this great/interesting info.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Apr 22, 2009
    • Thx Dr M
      I am going to look into this deeper. My sister also does hair and has some health concerns. It would be funny (good) if it turned out to be toxins from work and a semi easy fix.



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      Susan Sullivan wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • Toxins have turned out to be the major factor in my health issues. As I detox, replace bad foods with goods, use natural products over manufactured ones, stopped coloring my hair and basically cleaned up my life, my symptoms and the extra weight is slowly changing for the better. We also did a heavy metal test that gave me some interesting data to work with.  Couldn’t agree more with the extra water/fiber/rest/sleep with detox...it’s amazing how sick you can feel if you do it without all the help you can get.



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • Dear Susan,
      Congratulations on figuring out your health. It’s really pretty simple, isn’t it? Have you tried going off of Gluten for any length of time? Heavy metal tests are incredibly important when someone has systemic diseases or issues. The blood test for heavy metals doesn’t show much unless you have massive and recent amounts of heavy metal exposure. The 6-8 hour urine test after you take a chelating agent is a much more accurate representation of what you have in your system. A lot of toxins get stored in fat tissues to protect your liver and that makes it harder to lose weight and especially fat.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • I just had my annual fun exam. My BP was slightly elevated but it could have been due to all the fun. My glucose and cholestral was slightly elevated too. The Dr wasn’t too concerned since I just started a diet for diabetes.
      Is there any added benefit to cleansing before I started this diet? And would that help with the elevated but nothing to worry about BP, cholestral and glucose?



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • Dear Vikki,
      20-25% of people have elevated blood pressure at their doctor’s because of the stress, fear and concerns they‘re feeling at the time. It’s called “whitecoat hypertension“. I don’t think that a cleanse would interfere with your diabetes diet. Slighter higher than normal BP, cholesterol and glucose should ALL be able to be significantly improved if not completely controlled by the right diet, exercise and stress reduction. Good luck Vikki.



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      Susan Sullivan wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • Dr. Madden,

      I learned years ago that I was sensitive to gluten, msg and aspertame.  That radically changed my diet. I can have those things, but it has to be in small amounts and I do pay a price for it.  Lately I’ve been taking Betaine hcl with my meals and it’s done remarkable things for my digestion and the belly fat that seemed to swell with every meal.  I know that I don’t digest certain things properly - am taking my b12 via injection.

      When I eat very very well AND exercise AND rest properly, my pain level (which is pretty much always present) goes way down and my stiffness is reduced. I was tested extensively years ago and they found no reason for the pain or the numbness or the stiffness. I know all the things that I don’t have. So, by process of elimination, we determined I had a reaction to a prescription med and am left with pain and stiffness and numbness. So, a chance weekend of juicing led me to realize that my diet directly contributes to my symptoms and it’s been a learning experience from there.

      My roommate and I both did the 12 hour before and after chelation urine testing for heavy metals.  The results should be in my mailbox as we speak but I know I tested high for Uranium, but was a surprise.  I understand the heavy metal detox can be a bit rough.



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Apr 24, 2009
    • Dear Susan,
      The roughest thing about the heavy metal detox is how many things you need to take to minimize a bad reaction to the detox. You take a chelating agent to liberate the metals from your bones or tissues. You need specific nutrients to bind up the released toxins and get them through the liver for detoxing. You need anti-oxident support, Vitamin C and general Vitamins to handle the free radicals that are being released by the chelator. Minerals need to replace the good ones that are being drawn out with the metals and fiber is especially important to bind up those released toxins and remove them. Drink 6-8 glasses of good water a day and try to sweat more than normal to help cleanse the toxins out, especially under an infrared light.



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      Rose Nino wrote Apr 27, 2009
    • Thank you for that amazing article drmadden. I never knew about the effects of toxicity had on people UNTIL I myself struggled with my own health, including the inability to lose weight, lack of energy, unable to sleep, etc. I am blessed to have come across a product that changed that for me and many of my family and friends. I thank you and all the other healthcare professionals out there for helping to educate us on the importance of cleansing (all vital body organ cleanse is best), good supplemenation, and drinking plenty of purified water to help us along the way. Thanks again!  

      Blessings estatic



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      Patsy52 wrote Apr 29, 2009
    • Hi Rosenino,
      I have just read your post tonight.  Would you mind please telling the name of the product that has helped you detox.  I too am suffering with the ability to lose weight.  Am 53 and in relatively good health.  Just 30 lbs overweight.  Many thanks.  Patsy



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      Rose Nino wrote Apr 29, 2009
    • Patsy,  

      I sent you some information. Check your messages.  

      Blessings,
      Rose happy



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