What exactly is this nutritional cleansing?

Cleansing is a way of improving the body’s ability to eliminate excess metabolic wastes, as well as other toxins that have built up in our cells and tissues. There are several means of doing this, but the most effective central tool for doing this is our food: you stop eating things that create a backup of toxins, and start eating things that cleanse the cells and help repair damaged organs.

Cleansing is akin to a human body oil change. We would never consider driving our car, decade after decade, without changing its oil, yet we have no concept in our culture for the need to do this to our own body vehicle. From hundreds of books and writings on natural health, spanning two thousand years and scores of authors from Hippocrates, to America’s Dr. John H. Kellogg (yes, of corn flake fame), to the more recent Drs. Dean Ornish, Bernard Jensen, William Harris, Michael Klaper, Richard Schulze and many others, you will see references to repairing health through dietary cleanses. Why? Nothing comes close —not drugs, surgery, vitamin pills, expensive therapy, whatever—to its potential for cellular repair. A cleanse builds and returns a cellular foundation of health and vitality that most people only dream of.

And no, this program is not a fast, or a starvation program, something difficult where you are hungry and deprived. Nor is it “taking vitamins”. This working person’s program starts with a 28-day cleanse that is a sane, economical, educational and whole food/superfood based system that flushes the body with real food and concentrated nutrition throughout each day. The meals and foods that you eat are delicious (we even give you over 200 recipes to start with). They are designed to help remove built-up metabolic waste, and then feed the cells deep nutrition. These two simple actions—1. decreasing the sludge foods and 2. increasing nutrition—will give you the physical, undeniable experience of the power of cellular regeneration— which is nothing but our body’s natural ability to heal through little else than a change to better nutrition.

What foods do I need to eat in order to create a healing internal terrain?”

The answer  is: every person is slightly different. What will heal 10 people—each with the same symptom—will be slightly different for each person. That flexibility, and lack of a dogmatic approach, is not only critical to acknowledge, it is built into the 28-Day Cleansing Course.

Even given these differences, it’s not hard to find the underlying tenets for basic cell cleansing in all humans. For example, the large majority of people lose their symptoms and experience the cleansing of their cells best by doing their program on a more plant-based diet. However, we see long-term 100% vegetarians who struggle with skin and digestion problems and can’t repair until they add addional foods to their daily fare. Another tenet: virtually everyone heals with a large input of green foods. Another: for no other reason than speed of healing, a combination of some raw, and come cooked, is the best way (we see this especially with the healing soups). And another example: if you have skin problems, you have a digestion problem, and will need to focus on that during the 4 weeks.

So, the main suggested meals will be largely plant-based, a combination of some raw, some cooked. Even with that, there’s plenty of room for individualization.  Like the rest of us, you’ll need to experiment, take yourself out of whatever food rules you’ve created up to now, and start to play with the basic cleansing concepts that have worked successfully over time by many people. This is a dogma-free zone.

How did you get your start in all this?

I was born in 1956 and raised in Wisconsin during an interesting culinary experiment. It was a time in the US when Spam, Tang, Cocoa Puffs and Velveeta cheese were all considered part of the 4 Food Groups. What this experiment uncovered was that when a human being consumes a diet rich in these items, something has to give. In 1975, at the age of 19, tired of acne, a growing sinus problem and tetracycline, a friend shoved a book into my hands about a general approach to health called “natural hygiene.” She said, “Your diet is directly causing your health problems. Change that diet, and the symptoms and pain will go away.” Five weeks later, after a simple cleansing program, the symptoms were gone.

From that point on, I read everything I could find on the food/health connection. I was particularly impressed by Dr. Weston Price’s “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” and the shocking before-and-after photos of indigenous people–healthy, perfect teeth, strong bones—next to photos of their brethren who’d changed to modern, highly-refined diets. I witnessed this firsthand a few years later, during an epic (well, epic in my eyes) three-year hitch-hiking trip around the globe in 1979-82. When I got back, I knew I wanted to study and teach health. So, in 1984, I enrolled in the Kushi Institute, a school that taught the food-disease/food-health connection.

 Why did you develop the 28-day Regeneration Program?

Out of hair-pulling frustration. As a culture, I saw otherwise intelligent people getting lost in the pharmaceutical myth, which basically says, “your headache is there because of your body’s lack of aspirin.” It’s akin to a dentist moving into a town where no one has yet discovered toothbrushes and everyone’s wondering why they have cavities.

The 28-day regeneration program proves to each person that tries it that we are much more in control of the cause/effect of illness and symptom than we currently realize.

My Registered Dietician thinks cleansing is all nonsense.

If you ever get a chance, go to the Registered Dietitian’s annual meeting, called the American Dietitian Association (ADA) Convention. I did. Look around the room at the thousands of RDs that show up. Now close your jaw. You would be hard pressed to find a more unhealthy group of individuals in the world. It’s as if that entire organization followed what they had been taught about food.

In October, 1997, the ADA held their annual convention. Out in the lobby, there were representatives from Hostess, Kraft, Jimmy Dean Sausage, The Sugar Association of America (I’m not making this up), and many others. Most were handing out samples. Here’s a few examples:

The National Association of Margarine, where “a registered dietician will be available to discuss why leading health organizations continue to recommend margarine products.”

Mars, Incorporated, “a manufacturer of high-quality food products such as Milky Way, Snickers, and Uncle Ben’s rice.”

The Sugar Foods Corporation, who handed out packets of Aspartame, nondairy creamers, Ranch Dressing with monosodium Glutamate.

The monthly magazine for all American Registered Dietitians is called the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Pick up any issue and—I’m not making this up—along side ads for junk food, frozen Lean Cuisine dinners, and drugs such as Precose, you will find a list of corporate donors for the ADA, included Monsanto, Bristol-Meyers, and Dairy Mart. You will also find quotes such as this:

“The American food industry can be the nutrition professional’s ally when it comes to providing complete and reliable nutrition information to the public. The food industry can also help consumers understand emerging nutrition issues by providing accurate information and feedback.”

“Qualified dietetics need to continue to work with the food industry to help shape the public’s food choices [emphasis mine]… and their ability to think more critically about food and nutrition issues. Partnerships between the food industry and [the ADA]will help to communicate positive, simple, and consistent health messages for consumers.”

I have no doubt that your dietician friend worked very, very hard for her degree, and it shows a level of education. What I doubt, very much, is the source of the teaching that was taught. The RDs I’ve met can talk science and cells and math well over my head, but they have very little clue about the diet/disease, diet/symptom connection.

There are RDs out there that completely understand the diet/disease connection, but it’s worth noting: every one of them needed to learn about real cellular health outside of the ADA.

Do I need to become a vegetarian? Only eat raw food? Do Paleo?

It is not necessary to join a food philosophy in order to heal your symptoms. You don’t need to declare allegiance in order to get healthier.

Yes, there are numerous food philosophies that describe how to best stay healthy. They run the gamut from the Mainly Protein diets, to Only Raw Foods, to Absolutely No Animal Protein, to the Grain-based Theory, to Traditional American, Traditional European, and Traditional Ancient. And everything in between. They have names such as vegetarianism, macrobiotics, vegan, traditional, Atkins, Ayurvedic, Paleolithic, and many others.

And true: a cleanse works faster, at least in the beginning, by eating more plants than animals. You will be putting a lot of vegetables through your body during the first few weeks. However, this cleansing program doesn’t promote one particular school of food politics. Instead, it is teaching you the energetics of food. How food works in your body. One only needs to study a bit of dietary epidemiological history to see that there are many diets that can work to keep humans healthy and living drug free well into old age.

One of my passions and reasons for doing this work is to point out that there is more than one way to cleanse, and more than one way to stay healthy. Therefore, having some flexibility in your food beliefs and diet is not only necessary, it can be liberating, adventurous, and help keep you sane.

In the end, it doesn’t matter how people experience becoming symptom-free. I only care that they learn that their diseases are largely self-created. And cleansing is a critical key to returning to pure health.

I don’t have time to eat like this.

Then you have not accurately done the math.

I’m speaking of the math equation in two areas of life: one, how much your symptoms really cost you; and two, how much your sickness really costs your country’s health-care system.

Saying you don’t have enough time to eat a healing diet is like saying you don’t have enough time to brush your teeth, or educate your children, or exercise. Our nation can no longer afford to ignore the skills of feeding ourselves as if our health depended on it. The marketing geniuses of the last 50 years has duped us into believing that we can live without real food (better living through chemistry and convenience). The truth is: if you rely on processed foods, eventually you will pay a heavy, heavy price.

I can’t afford health food.

If you can afford to eat at McDonald’s, you can afford this.

You most certainly can afford the cleansing foods outlined in this program. There is no cheaper way to eat than whole foods. Can’t afford or get access to organic? That’s fine; just select the cleanest foods you can get ahold of.

Is this program expensive? What if I can’t afford the superfoods you suggest.

One of the points I’m trying to make with the 28-Day Cleansing Program is how inexpensive eating healthy can be. As you’ll see, you can do this program on an extremely tight budget. Any of the superfoods I suggest are not critical to your success; you can do a cleanse without them.

Can I ever return to eating what I used to?

Of course. You can eat anything you want. You always have been able to, and you always will be able to.

I think the real question here is, “Once I’ve gotten rid of my symptoms through a cleansing diet, can I ever return to eating whatever I want without my symptoms coming back?”

Yes and no. Once a body heals deeply, and a strong immune system is in place, people find that those with digestion or skin problems can eat some of their former meals and drinks without getting symptoms. They just can’t do it all the time. The occasional night of partying can be handled. Your skin or digestion or headache or kidneys will quickly tell you when enough is enough.

For example, let’s say you have acne. In most cases, you will be acne-free inside of the first 40 days. At some point, you’ll find you can occasionally eat the foods that helped create the internal condition that forced the skin to discharge as acne. Again, you just can’t eat them very often.

Here is an analogy that may help. If you get injured playing a sport you love, there’s no way you can return the next day and play the way you normally play. You have to go through a period of healing. The length of healing time will depend on the injury. Cut a finger? Take a day or two off. Bruise a calf muscle? Might take a week or two. Twist an ankle? It took me six months one time when I tripped over my dog’s toy in the back yard while running from the sauna to the house (midwinter—I was in a hurry). Break a bone? You could be out for a year, and during that year, you have to stay within a narrow range of physical behaviors in order to not re-damage yourself.

The purpose of this website and program is not to makes our choices about wrong or right. It is to show how your food choices are deeply connected to your current state of health and your current list of symptoms. Cleansing shows us the cause and effect relationship we have—and always will have—with food and our health.

The entire 28-Day Cleaning Course used to cost $75. It’s now free.  Download it by clicking on the Download tab.