Friday, October 28, 2011

Interview with a Detox Expert

Today we’re chatting with Sandy Halliday, a former nurse, who now blogs about nutrition, natural remedies and how to detox to regain your health at Sandy wrote The Definitive Detox Diet ebook to help people regain their health and stay healthy in a toxic world.

Tell us about your background in the health industry?
I was very interested in human biology at school and fascinated (still am) by how the body works. I originally thought I would like to study medicine, but was put off by my teachers. In those days, it was difficult and unusual for women to get into medical school. So I decided to train to be a nurse instead.

Working in hospitals was a great eye opener for me. I was amazed to learn that the human body is such an incredible machine and so very complicated. I discovered there was still a lot not known about how it all worked.

I learned that drugs do not really cure anything. Of course, they can and do help to save lives, but they only block a reaction that causes a symptom. In doing so the drug often creates another symptom which needs another drug. That did not make a lot of sense to me and fueled my interest in nutritional biochemistry.

What got you interested in nutrition?
My son had eczema on his feet as a baby when I met someone who suggested a homeopathic doctor. I took my son to see him and he recommended I cut milk out of his diet. His feet were very sore at the time and taking him off milk had an almost miraculous effect. His feet cleared up almost instantly. That sparked my interest in nutrition.

I really got into it a couple of years later when, after going through a particularly emotion and physically challenging time, I developed chronic fatigue. I suffered from irritable bowel syndrome and intestinal yeast overgrowth too, although I did not know it at the time. It turned out that I had parasites as well.

Traditional doctors were unable to help me, so I started exploring other avenues. Nutrition was something that I looked into and eventually it helped me recover.

What suggestions did doctors have for your health challenge?
Traditional doctors did't know what was wrong with me. All the tests they did were normal so they were unable to offer me any solutions. The only advice they had was to rest as much as possible and not eat spicy food nor drink alcohol.

How did you go about making changes to your diet and what were those changes?
When I first saw a dietary therapist she advised me to go on a vegan diet. I had never cooked brown rice, beans or lentils before—it was all quite alien to me. I found it impossible to make all the changes she suggested straight away.

One of the first things I did was cut wheat and dairy products out of my diet. I had discovered several years previous that eating sandwiches for lunch caused my stomach to bloat. When I had a salad, bloating did not happen. It was difficult to find wheat and dairy substitutes. There were not so many gluten-free, wheat-free and dairy-free products around then.

I also stopped drinking coffee. In the mornings I felt dreadful until I had my first coffee fix. I knew that drinking coffee to prop myself up was not the answer. It was very hard at first, but with the support of some nutritional supplements I managed to do without coffee. At the time I drank weak herbal tea without milk until I acquired a taste for it.

In addition, I started to eat organic vegetables when possible. I had a vegetarian friend with a large family who ordered in bulk for a number of us.

What got you started juicing?
I heard about the Max Gerson Therapy and read Dr Gerson’s book A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases and the Cure of Advanced Cancer. It got me excited about the idea that fresh vegetable and fruit juices could detox and cure people of all sorts of diseases.

Additional research I did to find a solution for my health problems also suggested that juicing was a good way of detoxing the body so it could repair itself. I invested in a Champion juicer and got started.

Describe how you help your clients?
I don’t see clients anymore, but when I did, I got them to think more about what they were putting into their mouths. I guided them towards a diet that would help support detoxification, nourish and repair their bodies.

I liked to do nutritional tests to see if they had toxic metals and any mineral deficiencies. Then they followed a program to help them detox the metals and rebuild their mineral stores.

If their symptoms warranted, I had them do stool tests to discover if they had parasites, yeast or bacterial overgrowth.

I often recommended bowel and body cleanses, which improved many of their symptoms and increased their energy levels.

I also supervised some clients who were following a program of juicing and diet for cancer.

Tell us what we’ll learn in your ebook?
You will learn about bowel cleansing, yeast and bacterial overgrowth and leaky gut. I go into liver detox and the liver/gallbladder flush, acid/alkaline balance, the importance of good thyroid function and detox. I discuss juice fasting, the use of nutritional supplements for detox, aids to detox, detox reactions and of course the detox diet.

I give three different detox plans which allow people to choose a plan to suit their lifestyle and the time they have available. I include a lot of relevant health information in the eBook to help one understand the importance of healthy eating choices.

What are the three most important things to achieve good health?

The three most important things to achieve good health are:
  1. Eat to live. Don't live to eat. Healthy eating begins with learning how to eat smart. It means thinking about what you are putting into your mouth. Numerous studies show that the right food choices can reduce your risk of illness such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
  2. Exercise regularly. Exercise is important for managing everything from stress and depression to preventing disease.
  3. Detox your body. Follow a good detox diet plan at least twice a year with several 2 or 3-day juice fasts in between. It brings renewed energy, vitality, longevity and good health.
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Sandy.

What symptoms might you have that could be relieved by a detox routine?


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