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Toxic Relief: Restore health and energy through fasting and detoxification
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156 of 159 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2002
Did you know that your liver is the size of a football and weighs about 5 pounds? Me neither... Well, I do now. But believe me, there's a whole lot more information in this book that little tidbits like that (hehe). That "slim-fast" drink diet has nothing on a live juice fast! If you wanna do things right, get this book and do it right!
Your liver is the hardest working organ in the body and with our typical American lifestyle it is under enormous strain. It will blow your mind to discover just how much toxin the liver works to eliminate from the body and how critical the liver is to your quality of life and protecting against and fighting disease. Your liver does about 500 or more different processes, many of them at the same time. It works constantly, without rest to keep you alive and well.
Toxic Relief will make you want to eat right and make you afraid not to. You'll want to be a lot nicer to your liver after reading this book. The book takes you step by step through a process of liver detoxification (2 week program) and juice fasting (which follows the liver detox - actually the 2 week program is to jump start your liver so that you will gain the most effective results from the juice fast and eliminate, safely and effectively, the most toxins from your system as well reap the most healthful benefits of the juice).
Not only does Dr. Colbert tell you how to go about juice fasting, he tells you what kind of juicer you need, where to buy it and even how much to expect to spend. He lists the important vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs and other nutrients and foods that are most beneficial to liver detox and restoring health to the GI tract (your intestines and digestive system) and he tells you how much of each to take, when to take it, and how. He also lists and explains the foods that are harmful to your liver. The book also includes juicing recepies for each day during the fast (morning, mid-morning, afternoon and evening). There are six recipie veriations for six different types of drinks for each time of the day or you could apply a different drink for each day of the fast. The recepies are fantastic and enormously simple, but it's also fun to totally create your own concoctions. Dr. Colbert tells you what juices are most important, even for your particular blood type, and tells you specifically what juice should make up the bulk of each drink.
Dr. Colbert spends the majority of the book discussing the health benefits and healing qualities of juice fasting and liver detox, but also explains the spiritual benefits of fasting and gives some practical tips about how to approach a spiritual fast.
This was an excellent book! Not boring in the least and gives you real information that you can put to use right away. He's not trying to sell the reader on some product or multi-level marketing scheme. This is just good information on how to jump-start your immune system, increase energy, fight disease, look and feel great! Every person in America should read this book and follow its prescribed program. I bought a juicer right after reading it and am on the program now! WOW!!! That's all I can say. You're gonna feel amazing and you're gonna get a ton of those poisoness toxins cleaned out of your system! Get this book! You will not be disappointed, I promise!
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97 of 97 people found the following review helpful
If you do not share Christian beliefs you will probably be offended by this book. Dr. Colbert clearly identifies himself as an evangelical Christian doctor. In fact, he is THE doctor to a lot of evangelical Christian evangelists. The latter part of the book is all about fasting based on Biblical principles.

According to the Bible, gluttony is the same as drunkeness, and people perish without knowledge. In other words, what you don't know can definitely hurt you. There may be not many drunk Christians but there are sure a lot of fat ones, and it isn't a good witness to the rest of the world if we are all fat and dying from illnesses that can be prevented with the right kind of information and discipline. We need to be incorporating sound knowlede to help us combat unhealthy habits and diseases.

I had tried the discipline part, it didn't work because I didn't have the valuable information that I needed. Our soils are depleted of a lot of nutrients and that is why we need a daily regimen of supplements. I love the book and have found MOST of his suggestions very helpful. I am a Christian who has struggled with weight issues for a long time, and I had been feeling really tired and down for the last couple of years. I had put on over thirty pounds over the last seven years and I didn't think the weight would ever come off. I tried exercise, extreme fad diets, drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water (in addition to about a liter of diet coke a day and coffee) and, I wasn't getting anywhere, and I felt the same as before I started, tired, sick, and hungry. I still had digestive problems, the same old cravings, and I couldn't seem to lose any weight, even when I was exercising regularly at least three times a week. I felt that my body just kept betraying me everytime I tried and I was really discouraged. Now I realize that part of my lack of success was due to toxicity in my body and high insulin levels as a result of the stuff I was eating and when I was eating it.

I found some practical answers for my own health and well-being in this book. He strongly suggests juicing which I have started doing. You don't have to spend some $400 on a Vitamix. I just got a juicer from my local Wal-Mart. My co-workers noticed immediately, I mean, within ONE week, that I had more energy, was more positive, and that my skin glowed. And that was just juicing once or twice a day, not the five times a day that he recommended when fasting. I wasn't ready to fast, so I started juicing breakfast, part of lunch, and made healthier suppers with more veggies and less animal protiens. Juicing does take a little preparation, but it is so worth it! It seemed cumbersome at first but now I'm used to it. And the recipes he lists taste so good, and it is so good to know that I am nourishing myself the right way.

I had to re read this book a couple of times to glean everything he mentioned regarding the supplements. And, those can be expensive (because there are so many) and difficult to find, when you live in an area without specialty health food stores. But I say, start with the ones you can find, get a pill box that divides the day into quarters, and separate them for a week at a time. I got myself a good pill box to arrange my supplements for the week, and although I can't possible buy all of them right now, the ones I do have I've been taking faithfully for about a month and a half, and I do notice that I no longer suffer from constipation, gas, nor bloating, and I've lost 8 pounds in three weeks. I used to just take a bunch of TUMS and suffer. And, my cravings have been reduced by about 50%. I have almost totally eliminated caffeine and I eat at least five to eight servings of fruit and veggies a day, based on the ones he suggests in his book.

I would also like to add that I used to have headaches a lot, and it would take about 3 extra strength tylenol tablets to "kill" them. After I tried the detox diet suggested in the book and used as many of the recommended supplements, I noticed within a month that my headaches had almost disappeared. I had one headache when I was premenstraul. I only had to take ONE tylenol to get rid of it compared to the three I used to take. And I am not a small person. So my own body is proof that a lot of what Dr. Colbert has presented in his book is true.
You don't have to follow Dr C's advice rigidly to have noticeable results. Get a juicer and make sure the water you use is filtered, and get some basic supplements and you can be well on your way to feeling better! I think the information on detoxification is very interesting and useful, and I feel that the information in the book has empowered me to make better choices for me and my family. I have learned to love vegetables and fruits, and my husband, who is a die-hard fast food/junk food junkie has started to eat what I eat and he doesn't complain when I serve up healthy meals.
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114 of 128 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2001
This book is a golden key to mind, body, and spiritual healing.
It is an in depth study of the miraculous benefits of juice fasting in detoxifying your body, mind, and connecting to the spiritual.
The first portion of the book is dedicated to the mechanics of what to feed our bodies and the direct affect it has on us and how this fast miraculously heals.
The final portion of the book explains the spiritual benefits of the fast. During fasting, the flesh begins to separate from the spirit and you begin see through new spiritual eyes, a purer heart, and an increased ability for discernment. You truly know the meaning of walking in divine health.
This book is not written in poetic phrases, but following it's instructions holds the key to unlocking the ability within ourselves to write divine poetry and connect to His Spirit like we never have before - and all this while walking in divine health. Here we find the answers we've been looking for.......
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2002
This book is perhaps the best book I have ever read on health.
I have seen Dr. colbert on TV and his knowledge on health is vast.
He gives sound advice and tells you what you need to do.
You can not build a building on quick sand. And you can not build your body until you build your liver back from all the damage you have done. I highly recomend this book>
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2002
I have seen Dr. Colbert on John Hagee's Ministries. In fact after seeing him on the program, I purchased the book. I did enjoy reading it. Dr. Colbert is easy to understand and it pertains a lot of good information. However, I am not willing to fast. If you are willing to do this then this book is for you. I would recommend it to someone who was considering fasting.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2003
Your face will shine, your stomach will feel relaxed, and your arteries will thank you for the information in this delightful book! I have never doubted the benefits of fasting periodically and this book reminded me that when the going gets tough the tough start fasting! There are a million and one books on the market telling us how to eat, what to eat, and when to eat it. This book doesn't do any of those things.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2003
This book is awesome. I bought a juicer and I love it. This book makes you think about the junk you eat and put into yourself and then you want to change... I did anyway!!!!! I want to get healthy and this really inspired me - not just to lose weight - but to cleanse myself from the inside!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2002
Next to the bible, there's no better and more beneficial knowledge than what can be found in this book. If you or someone you know has experienced major or minor health problems no matter how frequently, then this book is for you. It exposes the mystery behind fasting and simplifies health related issues while giving concrete practical solutions that could significantly restore or improve your health and possibly save your life. If you're not an expert on the relationship between health, nutrition and the functions of your bodily organs, then to NOT choose this book is to more than likely choose an early death. Why not choose life - buy this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The author describes the benefits of cleansing toxins from the

body system through various alternative medicinal means; such as.

liver detox formulas and colonics. The poisonous presence of

phenol is explained in the everyday application of a variety of

cleansers. The problematic aspects of anti-biotics kill off the

beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Candida yeast

infections cause yeast imbalances in the intestines. Coronary

disease may be reversed with a fruit/veggie diet and reduction

of protein to a lower/more manageable level. Free radical damage

is described together with a regimen of supplements designed to

deal with the negative effects of free radicals. Pain safe

foods consist of brown rice, green veggies, the sweet potato,

squash, dried fruit and jalapeno. Fasting has been shown to

combat some cancers according to the author.

Overall, the book provides good supplemental dietary information

for the general public. The acquisition would be an important

addition to the personal medicinal library.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2005
I love this informative Detox book. Just by reading the title you would think it only tells you how to detox your body though fasting, (juice fasting)but it also tells you why detoxing is good for your mind, body and soul. It is done from a Christian point of view. Don Colbert has also enclosed a Fast journal in the book. And the book also tell you what fruit, and vegetables are highly beneficial to you, which ones to avoid and which ones are neutral according to your blood type. I give this book five star because it has encouraged me to fast (something that I never like to do.)as a way to be closer to God.
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