The Detox Prescription
The Detox Prescription
By Woodson Merrell, MD
with Mary Beth Augustine, MS, RD and Hillari Dowdle
Foreword by Dean Ornish, MD
The human body has an extraordinary ability to detoxify itself. We rely on this system when we wait for a hangover to lift or recover from a bout of food poisoning. However, cutting-edge science is revealing how toxic exposures can actually affect our genes and lead to conditions such as obesity, cognitive dysfunction, pain, allergies, infertility, and heart disease—all of which are on the rise.
The good news is that each of us can optimize this natural cleansing system for better health, greater energy, and efficient weight loss. In The Detox Prescription, Dr. Merrell draws on new research to help readers assess their own toxic risk factors and health deficiencies. Collaborating with Mary Beth Augustine, RD, he offers more than 100 delicious and nutrient-rich recipes incorporating juices and whole foods, broken into 3-, 7-, and 21-day cleanses. Dr. Merrell’s holistic system of light yoga, meditation, and other stress-busting practices will help reset body, mind, and spirit--and allow us to take control of our genetic destiny.
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The Detox Prescription, By the Numbers
6 - Number of apples you will use during the 3-day juice cleanse.
96 - Percent of Daily Recommended Value of Vitamin A in the "Pumpkin Oat Pancakes."
21 - Number of mind-body exercises in The Detox Prescription.
1/3 - Cups of unsweetened cocoa in the dairy-free "Moo-Less Avocado-Chocolate Mousse."
30 - Percent reduction in heart disease risk associated with eating a vegetarian diet.
20 - Number of plant species that comprise 90% of the American diet.
20,000 - Number of edible plant species on Earth.
117 - Number of different fruits and vegetables (not counting herbs and spices) in The Detox Prescription 21-day eating plan.
60 - Percent of the immune system that lives in the gut.
2 - Number of years rheumatoid arthritis patients in a Scandinavian study felt better after a one-week juice cleanse followed by three weeks on a vegan diet.
72 - Number of different types of juicers sold at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Excerpt from the Foreword by Dean Ornish, MD:
©The Detox Prescription
This avocado-pear smoothie is a crowd pleaser—adults and kids adore it. And what’s not to love? Avocado is a rich source of heart-healthy, cholesterol-lowering good fats (move over, oats!) and cancer-fighting beta-sitosterol. But that’s not all— carotenoids, vitamin E, glutathione (the body’s master antioxidant), and oleic acid make avocado a super-duper superfruit. Add the toxin-binding power of the soluble fiber in the pear, and you’ve got a glass of detox delight.
Makes 1 serving
4–8 ounces cold water
1⁄2 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage (such as So Delicious)
1⁄2 avocado, pit removed, flesh scooped
1 pear, peeled and cored
Add 4 ounces of water, the milk, avocado, and pear to the blender.
Blend on high for 1 to 2 minutes, or until smooth. Turn off the blender and check consistency. Add water as needed.
Serve immediately, in a chilled glass if possible. This smoothie does not refrigerate well (avocado oxidizes).
Per serving: 288 calories, 18 g total fat (6 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 11 mg sodium, 741 mg potassium, 34 g total carbohydrates (17 g sugar), 13 g fiber, 4 g protein
TIP: When buying avocados, use your sense of touch to establish the degree of ripeness. Buy avocados in three stages of ripeness—ripe, almost ripe, and unripe—and you’ll have avocados all week. Freeze the remaining avocado half for future use in smoothies. Before freezing, remove the avocado from the peel and cut in chunks.
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An interview about The Detox Prescription with Dr. Merrell:
Why did you write The Detox Prescription?
In discussions with Alex Postman, my editor at Rodale, it became clear that there was a huge amount of information on detoxification that could and should be expanded from the brief chapter on Detox in my previous book, Power Up. There was so much more information to give consumers and professionals both on how to avoid a toxic lifestyle, and especially how to clean up both our internal and external environment. It was a challenge to fit it all into 350 pages!
What is the main message of the book?
Toxins are literally killing us and the planet. There are tens of thousands of industrial toxins, many of which we are exposed to on a daily basis that can be absorbed into our bodies through our skin, air, food and water. You have to reduce your exposure. And there are many things you can do to help rid your body of the toxins you already have accumulated---thereby reducing your risk for all the main causes of death and morbidity today, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. You can extend your life and make the time you have here remarkably better.
Does everyone need to detox?
Everyone must. The CDC has shown us that we all have an average of 153 industrial chemicals in us. Studies on fetal cord blood showed that babies in the womb have already accumulated some of the worst toxins---heavy metals, dioxin, PCBs, etc.
Can everyone participate in a juice cleanse?
No. Not everyone. Everyone who is reasonably healthy can. People with precarious life-threatening conditions (heart, renal disease, etc) ...and pregnancies are two conditions that raise the caution flag. Everyone should check with their healthcare provider if they can go on a 3-day juice cleanse. But everyone can do the 4-day Vegan diet that follows the juice phase.
Will I lose weight?
Yes. Average 3-4 pounds for the first 3 days of juice cleansing, and more as the solid phase continues the detoxification through week one then into the 2nd and 3rd weeks. A number of toxins (like Bisphenol A and pathologic bacteria in the gut) have been shown to directly force the body to hold onto excess weight. The weight loss of the first few days is half water weight. The rest will be fat, especially if you maintain your muscle mass through mild activity.
Will I be hungry?
Not at all. Throughout the Plan there is more than enough food---given 5-6 times/day that you will feel satiated all day long. Actually in the 3-day juice cleanse, people often feel so satiated that they don't even need or want to drink the last juice (do it though). The main thing missed is the actual crunching of solid food--which passes in day 2. By the 3rd day people often don't even want to go back to sold food--the juices are so satisfying and liberating.
What's your best tip for detoxing?
Understand that this is a first step in feeling remarkably better--and that the first 3 days' effort will be quickly rewarded usually by more energy, better sleep, better digestion, and a lightness that may have been missing for a long while. To be successful, plan ahead--throughout the book, tips are given the day before for preparing for the next day--to reduce the amount of effort and time that has to be put into daytime preparations