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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Last year I accumulated all of Debra Watson's books, learned about the digestive system and the merits of a clean colon, and divested myself of 20 lbs. of body fat. With this book I aimed to get enough inspiration and information to repeat the feat this year. So far, I've lost 3 lbs. of body fat since I got her newest book, but I also have become more conscious of all the different ways we pollute our bodies, our homes and our world.

What I like about her books is that she makes it easy and guilt free to just change a small thing at at time. The cumulative effect is great and you don't feel like you've had to toss out your pantry, remodeled your home or be conversant about the latest sign of global warming. She just gently nudges you to make the small changes that will make a difference.

By the way, she looks a lot younger and better with her new haircut!
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
As my readers may know, I work in the spa retreat industry as the resident Pilates Teacher at the Como Shambhala Retreat at Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos. Right now the big spa buzz word is "Detox". People want detoxifying diets, detoxifying spa treatments, detoxifying products, and detoxifying activities such as Pilates and Yoga. Needless to say, I was more than interested to read a Detox book writtenn by well known PBS personality, bestselling author, and naturopathic doctor Brenda Watson, along with the prominent vascular and gastrointestinal surgeon Dr. Leonard Smith.

"This is the most important book I will write in my career. In June 2006 the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that nearly one-quarter of global disease is caused by environmental exposures... [saying] 'Well-targeted interventions can prevent much of this environmental risk,' saving what could amount to millions of lives every year."

We all know that our environment is full of synthetic and toxic chemicals that we must encounter and try to process every day. Watson begins The Detox Strategy by recommending a lab toxicity screen so that he reader can identify exactly what toxins and how much of them s/he is dealing with. These tests are relatively inexpensive (costs range from $79 to $359) and can be done by mail through analysis of feces, hair, liver function, blood, and/or urine. Hair can actually tell the best story, so is often the preferred sample. She also offers a self quiz for those unable to do the laboratory testing.

While she admits that it is impossible to live in the 21st century and avoid or eliminate toxins altogether, Watson offers attainable goals to limit and manage exposure to environmental toxins while strengthening our bodies' ability to manage such substances.

Her program is a 6 part RENEW-al, composed of steps to Reduce exposure to environmental toxins, Eliminate the toxins currently in the body, Nourish the body's cells to support natural detoxification, Energize the body via exercise and relaxation, and maintenance of Wellness. None of this is crazy and at it's most basic there are small steps that are easy and inexpenive to take and maintain.

For example, we can reduce exposure to toxins through air and water filters, natural non-toxic cleansers and body care products, organic foods, and probiotic and enzyme supplements. We can eliminate toxins already in our bodies through herbal cleansing regimens that involve taking morning and evening herbal cleansing supplements while also drinking lots of water, and if possible adding baths, saunas, and colonics. We can nourish our bodies through eating good whole foods (organic where possible), adding certain supplements known to help strengthen our cells, such as antiixidants, EFAs, amino acids, fiber, etc. Exercise, deep breathing, meditation, and other body-mind practices help us energize. And the combination of these steps leads to wellness.

Watson clearly explains and outlines every step of the process, giving options from the least invasive changes to the most radical. She explains why the changes are important and has done the research to back up her claims. I was prepared to not like this book, thinking it too difficult to implement and riding on the detox bandwagon, but Watson has done a great job of providing complex information in a clear, easy to understand, and most importantly easy to implement manner. Well done!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
This book covers every area regarding detoxification. All the way from the air we breath, the thousands of chemicals we put on our skin, in our bodies, vitamins, minerals and products we use, I loved this book. I am going to start making small changes.....for myself and my daughter.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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This is a great book to introduce people to the concept of toxicity in the body. I am tired of the comment "Well, there's chemicals everywhere, whatya gonna do!" Well, what you need to do is to educate yourself to the realities of the toxic soup that we live in. Alarming yes, but denial will not make it go away. Knowledge is power and the sooner you get on board and learn what you need to do to cleanse yourself, particularly your digestive tract, the better off you will be. Who wants to enter that medical nightmare ?
Brenda Watson is a voice that is finally being heard and I am very happy that she has done the PBS specials and offered plenty of educational materials. I can't say that I support all of her product offerings, as a Nutritionist I have my own preferences. Nevertheless, her books are all good, especially for the layman who is willing to learn the truth about the environment we live in. Highly recommend !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2011
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I purchased this book, because I have been in a 10 month weight loss mode. While I go to a nutritionist, and do some detoxing, this book is full of simple ways to get the toxins out of your system and do this for your life time. I would recomend this book to anybody who wants to cleane your insidebody and keep it that way.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2008
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This book is a great read for those who are new to wanting to eliminate as much toxic material as possible from their homes and bodies. It is also great for the old-timers who have been doing so for a while.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon May 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Author Brenda Watson does it again. Full of useful information not only from an eating view but the things around your house that you use for cleaning and caring for your home all can make you feel better!Resource section very handy information for finding websites and products.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book to read. Lots of knowledge on creating a healthier body from within. Very easy to read (I couldn't put it down)!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2014
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Excellent book with great ideas to get well as health authorities tell us 'death begins in the colon' where all problems have their beginning. Clean the colon and health issues will be eliminated if one's lifestyle will improve. Brenda Watson has excellent information on how to regain one's health and a plan to follow. I am still experimenting and knowing I am on the right road as there is so much confusion out there but I tend to believe Watson.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2013
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This is a great book that explains in simple terms a complex topic: How your digestive tract works. That's great. But the book isn't real strong on the way to go about detox. I didn't think the book went into as much detail as I needed to feel as though I could be successful and educated for a detox.
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