8.1The Options Cleanse
was designed for individuals who want to reset their systems, and re-start
their physiology and perhaps most importantly, lose weight. It is especially important to do this
type of supported detox program with fasts and weight-loss programs because a
wide-range of nutrients and metabolic enzymes are required to enable the body
to truly detoxify-as opposed to just ‘stirring the pot’ and allowing the toxins
to settle back into the body. The Options Cleanse provides those specific nutrients. Really, the
cleanse would benefit everyone since toxins are a given part of
our lives in 2011.
But WHY does one need to a cleanse, you might ask? One study by the Environmental Working
Group says it all; this study found 287 different man-made chemicals in the umbilical cords of merely 10
newborn infants. Newborns! Read
the full details here.
These chemicals are so ubiquitous in the human system
because they are often fat-soluble, meaning they love to settle down in a slab
of fatty tissue…and never leave. Many of them are cancer-causing,
neurologically damaging or cause birth defects and/or abnormal development in
animal tests. No one fully
understands the implication of such a unique blend of man-made chemicals in our
systems, but most trust that they cannot
be good for health.
We do know that two of the most-common types of fat-soluble
toxins, PCB’s (poly-chlorinated biphenyls) and chlorinated pesticides, block
mitochondrial function. The
mitochondria are the “powerhouses” of our cells-where we actually make
energy. If your mitochondria are
blocked, you cannot burn fat (i.e. you cannot lose weight!) and you end up feeling fatigued. Weight loss-programs should thus heed
the particular importance of these supportive compounds found in the Options
Cleanse for complete detoxification and successful weight loss.
Why does one need to do the Options Cleanse, specifically? Many think that a
"fast" is a sufficient form of detoxification and do a two-week fast
with the recipe called the “Master Cleanser” that merely uses lemon juice and
maple syrup diluted in excessive amounts of water. Recent research shows, however, that the plethora of fat-soluble
toxins in our bodies, accumulated from exposure to PCB's in dairy and fish,
chlorinated pesticides in non-organic food and benzo-a-pyrene from auto exhaust
and cigarette smoke, will NOT exit the body with this type of fast. Compounds commonly placed in
manufactured goods, such as flame-retardants, break down into PBDE’s (Polybrominated
diphenyl ethers) and thus are ubiquitous in our home environments. These
chemicals are in our curtains, our furniture, our computers and our
televisions. In fact, it is actually a challenge to buy children’s clothing
that is NOT treated with flame-retardants! As all of these items begin to break down, the industrial
chemicals become part of our living and breathing space. These toxins
love fat-tissue and thus need help to be eliminated from the body. Otherwise, a fast will simply mobilize these
chemicals into the systemic circulation during the fasting period, but will not
assist them to exit the
body. Once the fast is over, these
xenobiotics (foreign compounds in the body) settle right back into the tissue
they love-which is most often, fat. And we all have a little of that, don’t we?
The Options Cleanse
provides an array of nutrients, homeopathics and substances that have been
researched to enable these fat-soluble compounds to leave the body. Fiber,
green tea, nutrients to support the liver’s Phase I and Phase II detoxification
pathways are specifically what are included to enable the body to mobilize
these specific compounds.
Also, for those who want a more-well-rounded detox, we have included
liver supportive homeopathics and herbs, to ensure the body also receives the
vitality of our plant medicines when doing an annual or semi-annual cleanse.
Often, it is the herbs and the homeopathics that have the most profound effect
when stimulating the living vital force to throw off the toxins.
Remember that a change of seasons signals the most
cooperative time of year for our bodies to naturally cleanse. This is so often why people develop
acute colds or their annual infections in spring or fall-because the liver
naturally becomes more active at these times and throws the toxins off. Acute
illnesses are really an attempt by the body to heal itself, don’t forget!
How much do these items cost?
The Options Cleanse -includes everything you need, from the
fiber to the energetic homeopathic cleansers –that we find often have the most
powerful effect. This cleanse
should specifically be used for those who are overweight, have a history of
occupational exposure or want to do the most comprehensive program
possible. Ideally, everyone!
The total for all the products below is $366.94
If two people wanted to do the cleanse, you would have
enough of everything, but would need TWO of the following items: Mediclear
Plus, Cellulose Fiber, and Detox Formula, for a total of $476.24. (The HMF and Unda #’s will be stretched thin, but
should last close to two weeks, duplicate these items to insure adequate supply
or to extend their use beyond the 15-day period).
Ideally everyone should do this broad-based program, but we
created the Mini-Cleanse for economical reasons.