Detox Diet: Symptoms to expect when you improve your diet!
Body Detox Diet
by Dr. Stanley S. Bass
3119 Coney Island Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11235
If I were asked which is the area of greatest misunderstanding and
confusion in the field of nutrition, I would immediately be forced to
reply that it is the failure to properly understand and interpret the
symptoms and changes which follow the beginning of a better nutritional
What is meant by a better nutritional program?
It is the introduction of foods of higher quality in
place of lower quality ones. For example, if a person replaces a
protein rich food such as pork with beef, the beef may be considered
the superior of the two due to its easier digestibility, lower and less
saturated fat content, etc.; chicken is superior to beef and fish is
superior to chicken because of its more rapid digestibility and lower
saturated fat content. Lima beans, lentils, or chick peas, which are
eaten at the same meal with vegetables are superior in all the
nutrients needed to rebuild health.
As we go higher on the scale of quality, we begin to
include protein rich food which may be eaten in the unfired state, such
as cheese which is made from raw milk and unsalted. Then we ascend to
the nuts and seeds which are eaten in the natural state (raw and
To summarize: the closer the food comes to the natural state in which
it occurs, or the closer to its raw, unfired form, the higher its
quality. In this condition, all the enzymes are found intact. The amino
acids are in their finest form. The minerals, vitamins, trace elements,
carbohydrates, and "life force" are present. The life force, in turn,
is capable of reproducing healthy tissue.
This same classification of quality which we analyzed in relation to
protein rich foods applies to the carbohydrates (the starch and
sugar-rich foods), the fats, and the mineral-rich foods.
The quality of a nutritional program is also improved by omitting toxic
substances such as coffee, tea, chocolate, tobacco, salt, pepper, etc.
from your diet.
What is the relation of quality of foods to recovery from illness? It
is this in a nutshell: The higher the quality of food we eat, the
quicker we recover from disease, provided we are able to digest and
To this must be added the knowledge of (a) proper food combining; (b)
proper order of eating the different kinds of food at a meal, e.g., the
most easily digested food should be eaten first, the more complex one
second, and the most concentrated item last; (c) the correct quantity
of food to be consumed (of each type) in the meal; and (d) the correct
time for eating (when hungry and not by the clock).
Now, what happens when a person follows these rules and
makes a decided improvement in the quality of food consumed?
Remarkable things begin to happen to the body as well as
the mind. The amazing intelligence present in every cell of the body
and the wisdom of the body in its operation immediately becomes
manifest. The rule may be stated thusly: When the quality of the food
coming into the body is of higher quality than the tissues which the
body is made of, the body begins to discard the lower grade materials
and tissues to make room for the superior materials which it uses to
make new and healthier tissue.
This is the plan of Nature -- the body is very selective and always
tries to produce health and always will, unless our interference is too
great. Only then do we fail to recover and degenerate further into
disease. The self-curing nature of many conditions such as colds,
fevers, cuts, swellings, injuries, etc., furnishes endless examples of
how the body tends towards health--always--unless we do something to
stop the process.
Symptoms and signs
What are the symptoms or signs which become evident when
we first begin to omit the lower grade foods and instead introduce
superior foods--those which are most alive, more natural than we are
accustomed to? When the use of toxic stimulants such as coffee, tea,
chocolate, or cocoa is suddenly stopped, headaches are common and a
letdown occurs. This is due to the discard by the body of the toxins
called caffeine and theobromine which are removed from the tissues and
transported through the bloodstream during its many bodily rounds.
Before the noxious agents reach their final destination for
elimination, these irritants register in our consciousness as pain--in
other words, headache. The letdown is due to the slower action of the
heart--the resting phase which follows the stimulation of more rapid
heart beat forced upon the body by certain poisons called stimulants.
The more rapid heart beat (or pulse) produces a feeling of
exhilaration, and the slower action produces a depressed state of mind.
Usually, within three days, the symptoms vanish and we feel stronger
due to the recuperation which follows.
To a lesser extent, the same process occurs when we abandon lower
quality foods and replace them with better foods. Lower quality foods
have undergone more preparation. Spices, salt, and other ingredients
have been added, as they tend to be more stimulating than less prepared
and more natural foods. Animal foods such as meat, fowl, fish, etc. are
more stimulating than cheese, nuts, and vegetable proteins.
Consequently, the withdrawal of stimulation which follows the
abandonment of animal food produces a slower heart action--a resting
phase--which registers in the mind as relaxation or a decrease of
energy. This initial letdown lasts about ten days or slightly longer
and is followed by an increase of strength, a feeling of diminishing
stress and greater well-being.
Now let us return to the symptoms which occur in the process of
regeneration. The person who starts a better diet, stays on it for
three days to a week, and then quits will say, "Oh, I felt better on
the old diet--the new one makes me feel weak." He failed because he
didn't give his body a chance to adjust and complete its first phase of
action--recuperation. If he had waited a while longer, he would have
begun to feel better than before he started.
During the initial stage (lasting about ten days on the
average to several weeks in others), the vital energies which are
usually in the periphery or external part of the body such as the
muscles and skin, begin to move to the vital internal organs and start
reconstruction. This shunting of much of the power to the internal
region produces a feeling of less energy in the muscles, which the mind
interprets as some weakness.
Actually, the power is increased, but most of it is being used for
rebuilding the more important organs and less of it is available for
muscular work. Any weakness which is felt here is not true weakness,
but merely a redeploying of forces to the more important internal
parts. Here it is important for the person to stop wasting energy, and
to rest and sleep more. This is a crucial phase, and if the person
resorts to stimulants of any kind, he will abort and defeat the
regenerative intent of the body.
It is important that he have patience and faith and just wait it out,
and after a while he will get increasing strength which will exceed by
far what he felt before he began the new program.
Success in recovery or improvement of health hinges upon the correct
understanding of this point -- realizing that the body is using its
main energies in more important internal work and not wasting it in
external work involving muscle movements. Be wise, take it easy here,
and relax. Just coast in your work and social obligations until you're
out of the woods.
As one continues on the improved diet and gradually
raises the food quality, interesting symptoms being to appear. The body
begins a process called retracing. It says to itself, "Now we have a
chance to get rid of this old garbage and build a beautiful new house.
Let's get started immediately. Let's get this excess bile out of the
liver and gall bladder and send it to the intestines for elimination.
Let's get the sludge moving out of the arteries, veins, and
capillaries. These smelly, gassy, brain-stupefying masses have been
here too long--out with them! These arthritic deposits in the joints
need cleaning up. Let's get these irritating food preservatives,
aspirins, sleeping pills, and drugs out of the way, along with these
other masses of fat which have made life so burdensome for us for so
long. Let's get going till the job is down--till we have a beautiful
house--and from there on we'll keep it a beautiful ideal model house."
During the first phase (called catabolism), the accent
is on elimination, or breaking down of tissue. The body begins to clean
house--in short, to remove the garbage deposited in all the
tissues--everywhere. During this period, the body removes the ashes
from the furnace preparatory to getting a better fire. Here the
accentuation is on removal of the gross and immediate body
obstructions. Wastes are discarded more rapidly than new tissue is made
from the new food. This becomes evident as weight loss. This persists
for a while and is then followed by the second phase--called
Here, the weight remains more or less stable. During this phase, the
amount of waste material being discarded daily is equal to the amount
of tissue which is being formed and replaced by the newer, more vital
food. This occurs after the excess of obstructing material in the
tissues has been removed.
This state persists for a while and is then followed by
a third phase -- a build-up period called anabolism, wherein weight
starts to go up, even though the diet is lower in calories than it was
before. At this point, much or more of the interfering wastes have
already been discarded -- the tissues which have been formed since the
diet was raised in quality are more durable and do not break down
easily. Also, new tissues are now being formed faster. This is due to
the improved assimilation made possible by the ceasing of wrong food
combining. The body's need for the usual amounts of food decreases, and
we are able to maintain our weight and increased energies with less
Many are able to function very efficiently on two meals a day. As the
body progressively increases in efficiency and decreases in tissue
breakdown under exercise, so do we gradually need less and less food to
maintain life. The higher the percentage of raw food one lives on, the
slower the rate of tissue deterioration which one evolves into. A sick
body requires a gradual, carefully worked-out entry into this stage,
where one is able to live on a 100% unfired (raw) diet, if desired.
Returning to the symptoms which occur on a superior
nutritional program, people who have had tendencies in the past to
recurring skin rashes or eruptions will frequently tend to eliminate
poisons and harmful drugs through the skin with new rashes or
eruptions. If they go to a doctor now who is not familiar with this
aspect of nutrition, he will diagnose it as an allergy.
They ask, "How come? I'm eating better now than I ever did before, and
instead I'm getting worse." They don't understand that the body is
The skin is getting more alive and active. It's throwing out more
poisons more rapidly now that the body is building more power which is
saved from those hard-to-ingest meals which have been discontinued.
These toxins being discarded are saving you from more serious disease
which will result if you keep them in your body too much
longer--possibly hepatitis, kidney disorders, blood disease, heart
disease, arthritis, nerve degenerations or even cancer--depending upon
your hereditary or structural weaknesses. Be happy you're paying your
bills now in an easy-payment plan.
With some, colds which haven't appeared for a long time may occur, or
even fevers. This is nature's way of housecleaning. Understand that
these actions are constructive, even though unpleasant at the moment.
Don't, but don't, try to stop these symptoms by the use of certain
drugs, or even massive doses of vitamins which will act as drugs in
huge concentrations. These symptoms are part of a curing process, and
don't try to cure a cure.
These are not deficiency conditions or allergic manifestations -- not
if you're eating properly in quality, quantity, combination and
sequence. Here is where experienced advice is a great value.
Unfortunately, there are few good books present today which give full
guidance to the average reader. Try to find guidance through a doctor
or teacher who has the requisite experience in this most confusing of
all subjects--nutrition in relation to health and disease.
You may be eating perfectly in regard to quantity, quality, and
observing all the correct rules, and still symptoms will occur. Those
who have lived better lives in the past--who have eaten better foods
and who have abused their bodies less with over-eating will have
reactions ranging from almost none at all or very mild symptoms which
may be uncomfortable or acute. Those who have lived worse lives and
poisoned themselves more will experience more severe symptoms if their
liver, kidneys, or other important eliminating organs have been
damaged. When they have been renovated to the point of fair working
order, they will no longer produce symptoms.
Headaches may occur at the beginning; fever and/or colds may also
appear; the skin may break out; there may be a short interval of bowel
sluggishness, occasional diarrhea, feelings of tiredness and weakness,
disinclination to exercise, nervousness, irritability, negativity or
mental depression, frequent urination, etc. However, the great majority
of people find their reactions tolerable and are encouraged to bear
with them because of the many improvements which have already occurred
and are becoming more evident with each day. This acts as an
inspirational force to them.
The symptoms will vary according to the materials being discarded, the
conditions of the organs involved in the elimination, and the amount of
energy you have available. The more you rest and sleep when symptoms
are present, the milder they are and the more quickly they are
Be happy you are having symptoms. Realize deeply that your body is
becoming younger and healthier every day because you are throwing off
more and more wastes which would eventually have brought pain, disease,
and much suffering. Those who have the worst symptom-reactions and
follow through to their successful termination are thus avoiding some
of the worst diseases which would eventually have developed had they
continued their careless eating habits.
Don't expect to go on an ascending scale of quality, that improving
your diet will make you feel better and better each day until you reach
perfection. The body is cyclical in nature, and health returns in a
series of gradually-diminishing cycles. For example, you start a better
diet and for a while you feel much better. After some time, a symptom
occurs--you feel nauseous for a day and have diarrhea with a
foul-smelling stool. After a day, you feel even better than before and
all goes fine for awhile. Then you suddenly develop a cold, feel chills
and lose your appetite. After about two or three days (assuming you
don't take drugs or do anything else about it), you suddenly recover
and feel better than you did for years.
us say this well-being continues for two months, when you suddenly
develop an itch or rash. You don't take anything special for it. This
rash flares up, gets worse and continues for ten days, and suddenly
subsides, immediately after this you find that your hepatitis is gone
and your energy has increased more than ever before. The rash became an
outlet for the poisons in the liver which produced the hepatitis.
how recovery occurs--like the cycles in the Dow-Jones Average at the
beginning of a bull market recovery. You feel better, a reaction occurs
and you don't feel as well for a short while. You recover and go even
higher. Then another reaction occurs, milder than the last. You recover
and go even higher. And so it goes, each reaction milder than the last
as the body becomes pure--each becoming shorter in duration and being
followed by a longer period of feeling better than ever before, until
you reach a level plateau of vibrant health. Here you become relatively
We must learn to obey the laws of Nature. We must learn to eat simple,
pure, and natural foods, properly prepared and combined, and our bodies
in return will cast off all the poisons we have taken in during our
lives. The mysteries of the body, the operations of nature, the vital
forces working in nature are far beyond what our minds are prepared to
understand at present. Every great physician or scientist who ever
lived marveled in awe and humility at the wonders of nature. Yes--we
are "fearfully and wonderfully made!"
Comments from Chet Day about The Detox
Bible Program ...
What is a Detox Routine?
Simply put, a detox routine is an all-natural method of
giving your body the time and conditions it can use to rebuild and
heal. There are many different detox routines in the natural health
* water fasting
* juice fasting
* minimal eating
* herbal detox
* detox baths
* colon cleansing
* and a host of others
In my 118-page special report The Detox
Bible: How to Rejuvenate Your Body on Nature's Operating
Table you'll find detailed "how to" information that people have used
for centuries to detox, energize, and rejuvenate their bodies.
Besides all the above alcohol is definitely a toxic
substance you should consider omitting and if you need an alcohol detox
before you start you diet it would definitely be helpful.