Synopses & Reviews
A practical guide to preventing and treating the toxic assault on our bodies
• Shows how the practices of periodic detox and “rational retox” can counteract the toxic nature of our modern lifestyles, diets, and environment
• Provides ancient Chinese methods and remedies that help the body repair itself
• Includes detoxification techniques, formulas, and exercises that work within 10 days
Despite the wonders of modern medicine, the state of human health throughout the world is eroding at an alarming rate. The long-term accumulation of toxins and acid waste in our bodies--both from the chemically contaminated air we breathe and water we drink as well as the toxins we ingest in the form of low quality food, preservatives, and additives--damages our organs, corrodes our joints and arteries, enervates our nervous system, and inhibits our immune system. Chronic pain and fatigue, hypertension and heart failure, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, indigestion, insomnia, and even acne, are all caused by the long-term accumulation of toxins in our bodies.
In The Tao of Detox Daniel Reid combines traditional Eastern practices and the latest of modern Western thinking to offer detoxification methods that can repair in as little as seven to ten days much of the long-term damage done. He provides breathing exercises, massage techniques, and soft exercises such as yoga and tai chi that help the body to heal itself. He also explains the importance of “rational retoxification,” which allows the careful reintroduction of less healthy substances, and offers ways to counteract those toxins we cant--or dont want to--avoid, including alcohol and tobacco. Reid explains that, just as we care for our cars with regular tune-ups, by practicing periodic detox as well as “rational retox,” we can enjoy long and healthy lives and still be able to “eat, drink, and be merry.”
"This manual suggests a raft of Eastern therapeutic techniques for those suffering from anxiety, lack of sleep, poor nutrition, and general unhappiness, all of which Reid traces to 'toxic waste' polluting the body, a problem common to the 'Western lifestyle.' Some of the advice is grounded and practical: the author urges massage, Tai Chi, deep breathing and a sensible diet in a revolving plan of 'periodic detox' and 'rational retox.' Unfortunately, much of this guidebook's program is entirely unsubstantiated. The author is not a doctor, but rather a student of Chinese civilization, and his medical explanation ranges from shaky to irresponsible. For instance, he refers to 'toxemia' as a 'state of toxicity in the blood and tissues,' though medical parlance already defines 'toxemia' as a sometimes-fatal pregnancy complication. Specific claims come without any documentation, such as his statement, attributed to 'several studies,' that 'five glasses of pure water per day ... may reduce ... risk of colon cancer by 45 percent, breast cancer by 80 percent, and bladder cancer by 50 percent.' Most disconcerting are the dubious medical interventions he touts, such as the 'Zapper,' an electronic parasite-removal device he suggests as a treatment for 'asthma, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, and candida fungal infections.' More reliable sources on detoxification can be found in any self-help section." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A practical guide to preventing and treating the toxic assault on our bodies"--Provided by publisher.
In this practical guide, Reid combines traditional Eastern practices and the latest of modern Western thinking to offer detoxification methods that can repair in as little as seven to ten days much of the long-term accumulation of toxins and acid waste in one's body.
About the Author
Daniel Reid has a Master’s degree in Chinese language and civilization, and he studied Taoist practices in Taiwan for 16 years and in Thailand for 10 before moving to Australia in 1999. He is the author of several books, including The Tao of Health, Sex & Longevity and The Complete Book of Chinese Health & Healing, and the translator of My Journey in Mystic China, John Blofeld's autobiographical account of his years spent in pre-Communist China.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Tissue Toxicity
Part 1: “Detox”
Chapter 1: Basic Protocols of Detox
Chapter 2: Water: Hydration and Hydrotherapy
Chapter 3: Physiotherapy: Massage and Soft Exercise
Chapter 4: Air: The Breath of Life
Chapter 5: Detox Diet and Supplements
Chapter 6: The “Fast Lane”: Fasting and Colonic Irrigation
Chapter 7: “The Angel of Sunlight”: Heliotherapy
Chapter 8: The Eliminators: Herbal Detox
Chapter 9: High-Tech Electro-Detox
Part 2: “Retox”
Chapter 10: The Art of Rational Retox
Chapter 11: Retox Diet and Supplements
Chapter 12: Advice on Smoking and Drinking
Chapter 13: Advice on Medical and Recreational Drugs
Chapter 14: Setting Your Detox/Retox Clocks
Chapter 15: “Dont Worry, Be Happy, Feel Good”
Appendix 1: Recipes and Formulas
Appendix 2: Suppliers