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simplest way to understand symptoms and disease integrates Western
linear thinking Chinese medicine and its philosophy of yin and yang,
and the naturopathic approach to health and illness. Problems in the
body (and mind) often arise from either deficiency, where we are not
acquiring sufficient necessary nutrients to meet our needs and body
functions, or congestion, where we are having excessive intake, both
from reduced eliminative functions and the over consumption of foods or
non-food substances such as caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, refined sugar
and food chemicals.
People who are deficient may experience such problems as fatigue,
coldness, hair loss or dry skin, and they need to be nourished with
wholesome foods to aid healing.
Congestive problems, however, are more common in Western,
industrialized civilizations. Many of our acute and chronic medical
diseases and dilemmas result from the clogging our tissues and tubes,
and the suffocating of our cells and vital energy. Colds and flues to
cancer and cardiovascular diseases, arthritis and allergies are all
examples of congestive disorders. These medical problems may be
prevented or treated at least in part, and often dramatically by
embarking on a process of cleansing and detoxification. The
incorporation of dietary changes, including consumption of more fresh
fruits, vegetables and water, while reducing animal fats and proteins
and eliminating any damaging substance abuses is the beginning of the
rejuvenation process for the human body. This was discovered long ago
and is still true today, even though medical science may make light of
it in deference to the quick solution.
I consider the cleansing/fasting/detoxification process (different
degrees of the same process of reduced toxin intake and enhanced toxin
elimination) to be the missing link in Western nutrition, and a key to
the health and vitality of our civilization. In my 25 years of medical
practice, in which I have utilized extensively various detox and
healing/rejuvenation practices for both myself and literally thousands
of patients, I can tell you that I truly believe that
cleansing/detoxification is virtually one of the most powerful healing
therapies I have seen. (That is, real healing of ailments and not just
suppression of symptoms.)
I have written extensively about detoxification, and have examined both
the medical and health factors of the cleansing process. In truth, what
I attempt to do in my writing and practice is to place your health and
that of your family into your hands, because so much of it is up to
you. It really matters how you live-what you do and what you eat, and
what you think and feel. Take hold and do what you can to be vital and
healthy. It is really worth it!
The basics of The Detox Diet I have developed are listed here
to give you the general idea of what is involved.
1.) Chew your food very well and take enough time when
2.) Relax a few minutes before and after your meal.
3.) Eat in a comfortable sitting position.
4.) Eat primarily steamed fresh vegetables and some fresh
5.) Take only herbal teas after dinner.
Morning (upon arising): Two glasses of pure water, one
glass with half a lemon squeezed into it.
Breakfast: One piece of fresh fruit (at room temperature),
such as apple, pear, banana, grapes or citrus. Chew well, mixing each
bite with saliva.
15-30 minutes later: One bowl of cooked whole grains, specifically
millet, brown rice, amaranth, quinoa, raw buckwheat or buckwheat.
Flavoring can be two tablespoons of fruit juice for sweetener, or use
the "better butter" mixture mentioned below with a little salt or
tamari for a deeper flavor.
Lunch (noon-1 pm): One-two medium bowls of steamed
vegetables. Use a variety, including roots, stems and greens (e.g.
potatoes & yams, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots,
beets, asparagus, kale, chard, cabbage.) Chew well!
Dinner (5-6 pm): Same as Lunch
Seasoning: Butter/Canola oil mixture-make this "better butter" by
missing a half cup of cold-pressed canola oil (or olive or flaxseed
oil) into a soft (room temperature) half-pound of butter, then place in
a dish and refrigerate. use about one teaspoon per meal or a maximum of
3 teaspoons daily.
11 am and 3 pm: one-two cups vegetable water, saved from
steamed vegetables. Add a little seasalt or kelp and drink slowly,
mixing each mouthful with saliva.
Evening: Herbal teas only, such as peppermint, chamomile,
pau d'arco or blends.
NOTE: You may feel a little weak or have a few symptoms the first
couple of days; this will pass. Clarity and feeling good should appear
by day 3 or 4, if not before. If during this diet you start to feel
weak or hungry, assess your water intake and elimination. If needed,
you can eat a small portion of protein food (3-4 ounces) in the
mid-afternoon. This could be fish, free-range, organic chicken or some
For more information about the Detox Diet and Dr. Elson Haas,
please call (415) 472-2343 or visit www.elsonhaas.com
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