Weight Loss Secrets
The following secrets may not be secrets from
you if you've been reading my
newsletters for a while, but they are from 99.9%
of America and their ignorance may affect you greatly.
Food is a very social item. Many people have
to schedule when they do their Master Cleanse because they
"have to attend" a wedding, or a birthday party,
or other social occasion. So, the more we can educate our
friends, co-workers, and family, the easier it will be to
have a social event and still do a Master Cleanse or eat healthy
food. Therefore, I encourage you to spread these "secrets"
far and wide, to all those who break bread with you. They'll
benefit... and you'll benefit, too!
Not All Toxins (Poisons) Kill
While some toxins (like rattlesnake venom)
kill very quickly, others worsen a person's health, but don't
kill. For example, lead "poisoning" causes learning
problems and increased violence; thus ruining a person's life,
but not killing them quickly. Still others merely make us
feel tired or irritable.
There Are Several Types of
Besides environmental toxins (like DDT, lead
or mercury), some toxins are the result of normal body function.
For example, uric acid from normal digestion of meat causes
gout; lactic acid from muscle exercise causes sore muscles.
Still others are from food additives or chemical sensitivities.
As of 1995, over 75% of all adverse reactions
(bad side effects of a drug) reported to the FDA were due
to aspartame. Aspartame is the technical name for NutraSweet,
Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure. ("Aspartame:
What You Don't Know Can Hurt You," Dr. Joseph
A study published in the March 1986 issue of
Preventative Medicine examined the use of artificial
sweeteners by 78,694 women ages 50-69. It found that users
were "significantly more likely than nonusers to gain
weight.... " It concluded that long-term artificial sweetener
use neither helped weight loss nor prevented weight gain.
article in the NY Times, February 5, by Nicholas Bakalar
reports on a new study published January 22, 2008, by the
American Heart Association in its online journal, Circulation.
He reports that the study was conducted for 9 years on more
than 9,500 men and women 45 to 64 years of age.
The authors of the study found that eating a diet of predominantly
refined grains, fried foods and red meat (Standard American
Diet) had a 17% increased risk of increasing cholesterol,
blood pressure, and obesity. Readers of my newsletter won't
find that surprising.
However, their findings that one, that's right, just one
can of diet soda, increased their risk 34%. That's more than
double the risk!
The Body's Defense
The body protects itself from toxins by storing
them primarily in fat cells. The more toxins consumed, the
more fat is needed to protect the body. "Toxins ... are
stored in the fat cells and tissues of the body," William
Richardson, MD ("Cleansing
and Detoxification to Build a Healthy Immune System")
Detoxification can therefore result in weight loss. More importantly,
it can also lead to increased energy, well being and increased
If the original problem is toxins, merely restricting
calories will not solve the problem permanently. "Yo-yo
dieting" (going on and off diets, never permanently losing
weight) may occur when someone ends a calorie-restricted diet
that did not reduce toxins (and perhaps even increased
them) and begins to eat again. The weight goes right
back on because the body needs to protect itself from the
toxins that are still there!
Detoxification diets (detox diets) on the other
hand do lead to permanent weight loss as long as a person's
diet remains relatively clean. On June 1st, 2002 I weighed
more than 230 pounds. (I'm 6'1".) After 6 months of eating
as much as I wanted on a completely 100% raw vegan diet, I
weighed 198 pounds. Then I did a 20-day Master Cleanse. At
the end of it I weighed 175 pounds.
Since then I have eaten a mostly raw vegan
diet, but there have been weeks and occasional months when
I ate a standard American diet. However, I have done a Master
Cleanse every 3 months or so.
What do I weigh this evening (October 4, 2008)
5 ½ years later? 175 pounds.