Forward to “Internal Cleansing” by Elson M. Hass, M.D. Author of “The Detox Diet”
Through my 28 years in medical practice and health care as well as my personal and professional experience in juice fasting and detoxification, I have come to believe that the cleansing/detoxification process is the missing link in Western nutrition and one of the keys to real healing. I have seen hundreds of patients over the years transform regular or persistent illness into health and greatly improved vitality.
When we embark upon a purification process, we instinctively take more time for ourselves and make our health a higher priority, whereby we are inspired to reevaluate our life, activities, habits, relationships, and more. We are then motivated to make new goals for our future. These goals usually involve making habit changes, such as letting go of daily abuses of sugar, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, and junk foods. We also are inspired and guided to make decisions and take actions that we have sensed were important but about which we had procrastinated or made excuses. Now we feel clear and present enough to make these changes in out work and career, home, relationships, and health.
One of my favorite experiences in medical practice is when I see the many positive side effects of natural therapies, especially from the cleansing process. Some of these wonderful side effects include reducing symptoms, elevating energy and attitude, and looking and feeling younger. I also receive many letters from readers who follow the guidelines in my books and experience improved health and many other positive changes in their lives.
More specifically, some of the medical concerns that I believe are related to toxicity and which respond well to detoxification are allergies, arthritis, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, fatigue and sluggishness, backaches, body pains, and gastrointestinal disorders. In reality, most of the medical problems that take many years to develop and which we often label as chronic degenerative diseases respond well to cleansing therapies, as well as other natural therapies and lifestyle modifications.
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Dr Linda Berry offers us a fresh, clear voice in her simple, practical purification guidebook, Internal Cleansing. Dr Berry first helps us to understand the many areas of potential stress in our lives and the problems that may occur; then she helps to orient us to the many practical references for us to pursue further knowledge and support from her many helpful guidelines.
I recommend this book highly as a useful guide to improving health and not just treating symptoms or disease. Since I believe that cleansing the body and mind is a process crucial to long-term health with vitality, and a key way to attain and maintain health for the 21st century,we must be aware of sources of toxicity that surround us so we can protect ourselves from them. Internal Cleansing by Dr Linda Berry provides us with the beginning steps and long-range guidance by helping us to be informed and gives us the how-to’s to reach for that next level of health and our optimal potential.
Dr Elson M. Haas is the founder and medical director of the Preventive Medical Center of Marin, an integrated health-care facility in San Rafael, California. He is also the author of seven popular health books, including the new False Fat Diet (Ballantine Publishing Group), The Staying Healthy Shopper’s guide (Celestial Arts), and Vitamins for Dummies(IDG Books).