Natural Detox: Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Magnesium Malate
Posted by Julie (San Luis Obispo, Ca) on 07/17/2012

The malic acid in magnesium malate binds to any aluminum present in the body and eliminates it, allowing for healthy nerve cell growth and detoxification.

Malic acid is also known to cross the blood-brain barrier and bind to aluminum, helping to draw the aluminum away from a particular enzyme so magnesium can plug into the receptor sites instead. The aluminum can now be flushed out of the brain and the body.

This is one of the only ways to get rid of aluminum from the brain other than the complicated method of chelation.

Malic acid is also available to some smaller degree in the skin of some products like organic apples.

Magnesium Malate
Posted by Timh (Louisville, Ky, USA) on 07/18/2012 2077 posts

Magnesium Malate also helps fuel the krebs cycle of energy production. As most folks are Magnesium deficient, it would probably prove beneficial to also take other forms of Mg to free up the Malate to do the detox work.

Magnesium Malate
Posted by Muslim (Oslo, Norway) on 07/18/2012

Hi Julie, the most abundant source of malic acid that is found is hibiscus flowers which is used alot as tea.

Liver Detoxification: Epsom Salt
Posted by Dana (Tupelo, Ok/usa) on 07/08/2012

After all that, I didn't pass even one stone. I did everything but take the black walnut husk for liver flukes. I had recently been on the h202 protocol and didn't see the need. I may try the liver cleanse again in 2 weeks. Anyone else done this without passing any stones?

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Lisa (Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa) on 06/29/2012

Hi Rees, Most likely you are having a reaction to detoxing from the diatomaceous earth. I wouldn't stop since it is doing its work. DE is a powerful detoxer in many ways. You can slow it down though if you need to by either using less or perhaps skipping a day. I only take a small amount and only every few days. On the other hand, I believe detoxing on a regular basis is very important since our world is so toxic at this point. I do so many things on a regular basis that I never really have a reaction any more. Hope this helps you, Lisa

Barium Poisoning
Posted by Davye (San Diego, Ca) on 06/28/2012

I had a barium swallow with follow through. I was hesitant because barium is radioactive element. Later that night the lower part of my face was swollen with some hives. I took bendryl with aspirin as instructed by my Dr.the next day I felt shaky, my heart was pounding, my blood pressure shot up I had breathing difficulties, and I was sweating. We went to the ER by the time I saw the dr my symptoms began to subside. The dr did not think this was from barium! According to research my symptoms are directly related to barium many people have suffered from the same exact experience that I have it is clearly due to barium overdose. On the way home I had similar symptoms, I was so scared. How does one remove baruim out of the system quickly and safely?

Barium Poisoning
Posted by Muslim (Oslo, Norway) on 06/29/2012

Hi dayve sorry to hear your story about your health problems. I am not a doctor or any such and especially since I have not seen you I cant diagnose you. But if you want to detox barium I can give you a serious advice. You can use epsom salt especially the sulfur part of epsom salt reacts extremely with barium and detoxes it. Magnesium and Calcium also both hinder it to be absorbed into the nerves and bones since it is a aniagonist to calcium and magnesium also I think. What I recomend you to get some epsom salt powder and/or magnesium calcium tablets 2:1 and maybe chlorella could also be helping. Certain herbs are also blood purifying but I dont know any which chelate barium. Trust me epsom salt is a guarantee detoxing barium. I advice you also to read more about barium at wikipedia to know what you are handling with.

Barium Poisoning
Posted by M (Oslo, Norway) on 07/06/2012

Hi dayve, nice to hear that your symptoms are gone! Yes I would suggest to continue magnesium, calcium and chlorella regimen, especially epsom salt. Be careful because magnesium are a little antagonistic to potassium. I would take a little potassium just not get potassium deficiency and get dehydrated. ;) I did also and still have barium toxicity because I had a heart surgery which they used x-ray contrast fluid which is barium sulfate straight to the heart. It got so bad I have never been so sick in my whole life. You can trust my advice these which I have told would work is because it did work for me and others. And it is nutritious minerals which the body needs for enzymes and other biological reactions in the body. I would not take vaccines, they are unnecessary and harmful, Research that. May Allah help you further. Have a good day/night.

Barium Poisoning
Posted by Pat (Quebec, CA) on 10/31/2014

Muslim from Oslo, which type/brand of epsom salt powder do you take orally? I haven't found any around here. Same thing with a test with Barium. It is so high, I feel electricity all time in the body. So, but my test say I have high magnesium and high potasium in the system.

Grapefruit Juice for Drug Effects
Posted by Isis (St.louis, Missouri) on 01/11/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I have heard & read that, if you drink grapefruit juice, it slows down the effects of many drugs, if not neutralizing them entirely. As it was over a year ago since I read the book that I got this info from, I do not recall the name of the article. But I heard this exact same info on the DR. OZ show either in October or November of 2011.

Grapefruit Juice for Drug Effects
Posted by Kay (In The Valley, Ca) on 01/11/2012

Do you mean that it renders the drugs useless, or does it eliminate the side effects, or both?

General Feedback
Posted by Cheryl (Alexandria, Va) on 01/08/2012

Hi, I am a big supporter of Earth Clinic and recommend the community to all of my friends and family. I have a quick question for Ted or whomever may know.

Once you stop consuming foods that contain high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) how long does it take for HFCS to cycle out of your body? Is there a way chelate or remove it from your system?

Thanks in advance for your responses and have a wonderful day!

General Feedback
Posted by Timh (Louisville, Usa) on 01/10/2012 2077 posts

Cheryl, the fructose that your body doesn't burn during digestion, is converted into triglycerides and stored in fat tissue; this is why high fructose corn syrup can cause obesity.

To remove the triglycerides take lots of B vitamins. B-100 2 or 3 times daily. To further enhance energy production you can add any or all these nutrients: DMG, CoQ10, ALA. To increase thermogenesis, use caffeinated coffee or tea; along with some cardio, this should burn those stubborn fats.

Chlorine, Fluoride
Posted by Tula (Tampa, Fl) on 12/14/2011

Hello TED. Im 40 and I'm no different than the rest. I'm going to start using borax myself. But my bigger concern is my 4 yrs old son. I cannot afford filter for fluoride removal from water. So I figured I can give him borax to detox fluoride. but he is so young. Is it going to be ok same amount I consume? And the magnesium supplement for him? Plus he likes taking baths. But I smell the chlorine in the water besides he has mild eczema. How do I make the bath water safer for him besides using filter (like I said he likes to fill up the tub, cannot afford replacement filters.) I came cross seaweed is detox almost most chemicals and heavy metals from water. Do you have any info on this? Or baking soda or something what do you think? Thank you soo much in advance.

Chlorine, Fluoride
Posted by Sheila (San Diego, Ca) on 12/23/2011

Hi Tula from Tampa,

We don't have the funds now to purchase a whole-house water filtration system, and for our son's baths I used Epsom salt, fresh lemon slices/juice and Borax or Baking Soda to counter the chlorine/chloramine and flouride. There were no ill effects from using 1-2 cups of E salt (1 cup if I wanted our son to stay awake the rest of the day, or 2 cups for relaxation), juice from 1/2 a small lemon and a slice or two floating in the water, and one tablespoon of Borax or Soda. I made sure the Borax or Soda was completely dissolved before he climbed in. He didn't have a bath every day--every other day or two suited him, and me. If you do the same, make sure you're son understands not to swallow the bath water--E. salt encourages bowel movements.

Our son doesn't take many baths now since I purchased a filtering showerhead, but when he does, I do fill the tub through the showerhead. Unfortunately the filter doesn't filter fluoride. A chemist friend told me that the fluoride particulate isn't small enough to penetrate and be absorbed by the skin. I don't know if I believe this completely though. He did continue to say that it is the steam that should be a concern. Use cold or lukewarm water and use the bathroom fan.

I have my son drink water w/lemon before and after bathing these days, to help flush his system.



Chlorine, Fluoride
Posted by Nadia (Ajax, Ontario) on 02/15/2012

Regarding chlorine / chloramine removal. I use a shower filter with vitamin c in it to dechlorinate the water. They also sell vitamin c dechlorinating tablets for bath water - I've found 100 for under $19 and you only need to use a 1/2 tablet per bath. There are also dechlorinating bath balls on the market which last a yr before replacement crystals req'd. I've seen 2 kinds - one attaches onto your faucet (looks like a small round bucket) & water passes thru, but I hear water pressure makes it come off/water flows over filter and is not treated. The other is like a caged ball you swish thru bath water. Note -any bath products should be added after water has been treated-not during or before. I hope this helps.

Chlorine, Fluoride
Posted by Had (White River Jct, Vermont) on 04/15/2012

Sodium Thiosulfate detoxes and neutralizes chlorine and I believe flouride. I take the chrystals on the 'off borax' days; and when my water gets bleached (not by me! ) I through the STh into the bath water. hope this helps.

Chlorine, Fluoride
Posted by Anon (Anon) on 04/19/2012

Can't the ST and borax be taken together?

Food Supply
Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia ) on 12/11/2011

I read this article from the Mercola site. It is a must that everyone reads it. From the article it seems that what is being sprayed onto our crops and especially the GM crops has the potential to destroy our gut flora.

Seeing as many of our kids have damaged gut flora I wonder if there is a connection.

It also points out how bad soy is (it being a GM crop). I note that Ted mentioned the other day that Soy was getting a bad rap. I hope Ted reads this article and recognises how bad Soy is. Maybe where he is foods and drinks are not being made from the GM soy.

The article also states that cows are now becoming more infertile because of the food supply; something we should all be worried about for our children's future. As they say "knowledge is power".

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Toxic In South Australia (North Of Murray Bridge, South Australia) on 12/06/2011

Just stumbled on this. I had EXTREME gallbladder disease (nearly died) 5 years ago. I also have Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Muiltiple Chemical Sensitivity. Grew up in a "wood pulp/paper" are... Very very polluted and also worked the family CHEMICAL garden whilst very young for years. Now I do detox every day, Pall/Ziem therapy plus Gerson Therapy. We ONLY eat organic food and raise our own organic eggs from chickens we bred. Can't eat non-organics as it is agonizing.

This "oil pulling" looks like it could help my wife and I (she is also very ill with very similar things). We both have very bad teeth from medications we would die without (at some levels of pain, medication is the only choice other than death, as people NEED to eat and be able to move).


PLEASE do not ABBREVIATE impartant parts of what you do.

I have no idea what VCO is and many of you use it. There are other abbreviations I cannot understand. There is limited help in telling people what you do (so they can choose to experiment if they choose to) when there is no definition of the terms you use.

I intend on starting with organic olive oil and maybe organic coconut oil (which I already have as ). We will only be using organic oils, and I know that will limit us, but I am EXTREMELY reactive to pesticides (I get 'hand sized' deep blisters down into the fat layer) and as we are on disability there will be limits on what we can do financially.

We also both have very bad teeth (lots of infections, too many partial root canals to count to stop the infections). I hope this will clear up the intrenched infections that I believe are the cause (which thrive from poor imunity from toxicity).

I expect to start on std organic olive oil today before I sleep (not extra virgin) for five minutes, to avoid extra herx reactions.

We have been doing radical detox for several years now, and are far better now than we were (given out level of illness that is a scary thought, as to how bad we were).

The Gerson coffee enema, used widely even in normal western hospitals for many years (before the 1920s until the late 60s/70s, can drastically lessen the Herksheimer reaction of any detox you do whilst the enema is in place.

The all organic & all "pure" water coffee solution will grab the toxins straight out of the bile (coffee up your bum does not act the same way as when you drink it... My wife and I are BOTH intolerant of caffeine via the mouth). By grabbing the toxins out of the bile BEFORE they can be grabbed back up by the small bowel, they do not go back into the blood and into the liver again... So you avoid MUCH of the nasty cycle that causes the healing crisis.

This is done using organic coffee, pure water NOT CHLORINATED TAP WATER. NEVER USE ANYTHING BUT ORGANIC MATERIALS AND PURE WATER. This method allows us to detox without as extreme a Herksheimer reaction. My wife is SO TOXIC she still gets some, but she cannot take antioxidants without the enema or she will get a migraine. We are so toxic we have no other choice if we want to make detoxification progress without is taking decades.

Look into the Gerson therapy. We have coupled it with other forms of detox, to GOOD effect, and I intend on adding "OP" to my daily detox coffee enema as of tomorrow. I already do MXM, L-Glutamine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, nebulized reduced glutathione, Noni Juice & milk thistle with my "morning coffee" (ehem... not taken in the same manner).

General Feedback
Posted by Just Me (In The Australian Bush, Australia) on 12/06/2011

Due to having been exposed to 2-4D and DIazinone as a kid, and industrial polution, I have chronic health issues, and I can no longer breath in a city... Even a small town leaves me very ill all the time. We live in a world that is now so toxic that even Polar Bears above the Artic circle, have birth defects from polution. No great wonder those of us who lived in big cities, or agriculotural areas with lots of sprays, are sick... and mostly sterile.

The thing I find very useful about this is the relationship between what we eat and breath, our oral health and the rest of the bodies health.


Eating poison food, dousing ourselves in toxic water, breathing toxic air, is hurting all of us. The chlorine in the water creates dioxins when it hits plant matter.. And it kills *US*... Chlorinated water nbo longer kills giardia or crypto and it casues cancer, spina-biffida, miscarriage by failure to implant and serios mood swings (panic attacks and suicidal ideation). Using toxic self care products every day (our soaps, our shampoos, our toothpastes, and make-ups, etc) is contributing in a big way as well... Making the people of the first world very very sick.

When I was a kid ALMOST NOBODY got cancer. Now we are *all* expected to get it at least once. Pollutants are very often oestrogenic and xeno-estrogens MAKE CANCER CELLS GROW AND DIVIDE (a tumor will grow in a plastic petro dish, just from the plastic).

Less than 3% of these changes can be attributed to genetic changes in humans, and the rest is all environmental. Almost none of what is left (97%) is the result of any new micro-organisms. We are doing it to ourselves.... It is being done to us "for our convenience".

A toxic body makes for a sick bowel with bad flora, and a mouth filled with sub-clinical infections (which can poison the entire body) and which the body cannot fight until the body is not toxic anymore.


All that said... If we want people in the medical world to take us seriously, and not disregard all we say, then we honestly need to use terms that make sense in science, and know something about the natural world.

Bacteria reproduce by CELL DIVISION. They do not have embroyos.

They also have the ability to share genetic information with one another directly (rather like having an elephant borrow a few useful genes from a rat and passing them on to the next generation).
BUT...they do not have embryos.

I do believe that this method can have very real positive effects.

I do believe that it could get essential oils and other substances into the body (sublingual is a good route).

I do believe that it could seriously help in the removal of toxins and heavy metals, with a positive effect on overall health and be wonderful for chronic health problems that standard western medicine cannot treat at this point (although they are great at sewing things up, they are horrible at all chronic health issues).
I intend on experimenting with this soon, as I have serious problems with my mouth health.

General Feedback
Posted by Anonymosaurus Rex (Somewhere, Alone, Listening To Radiohead) on 09/01/2012

Hi there, Thanks for the rant. I liked it :)

Your post got me thinking. 2-4D is one component of Agent Orange, and it is a dioxin. Ted has posted about detoxing from it here:

Diazinon will break down into diaxozon when exposed to acetylcholine, a natural neurotransmitter. If you were exposed to diazinon more than a few months ago, you may be suffering from an accumulation of diaxozon in your body tissues. The best treatment for it is the oxidative therapy as Ted has kindly provided in the link above.

In addition, I would recommend you ensure you have a good amount of vitamin D intake and lecithin.
-For vitamin D get plenty of sunlight (and you probably will living in Australia - good thing you are conveniently located near that hole in the ozone layer, eh?)
-For lecithin, regularly consume poached eggs (just cooked, not over cooked.) Myself, I consume a raw egg in my morning smoothie which provides. You could also take 3 tsp of granulated Lecithin a day if you don't like eggs.

Have you posted the other toxins you have been exposed to on here? There might be people out there that can help you out if you do.

Posted by Jenny (Sydney, Australia) on 12/01/2011

Hi Rebel from somewhere... I am currently seeing a Dr who now specializes in a German Listening Computer that reads your body - heavy metal levels, immune system etc. I had a high level of arsenic and he said one of the main causes of this is from garlic grown in China that is sold in all the supermarkets. I had been eating a lot of raw garlic at night for candida and mold so it rang true. He recommends only eating organic garlic.

Incidentally he doesn't recommend organic flour, cereals or nuts as he says a lot of them have molds as they haven't been sprayed. Hard to tell which is better - the poisonous sprays or the molds! The more I read and learn the more confused I get. Thank you everyone for your posts - I am learning so much. All the best.

Posted by Lily (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) on 12/01/2011

Hi Rebel, I think that it is the apple juice that is made in China that has arsenic in them. Dr Oz said there are only traces of arsenic in them but if you drink it twice a day every day then this would add up to a substantial amount. He said he would give his kid's apple juice but only every once in a while. Maybe once a week I would assume. Lily.

Posted by Carolyn (Texas) on 10/24/2020

What is ST?

EC: ST = Sodium Thiosulfate

Posted by Tiffany (Forsyth, Ga) on 02/28/2012

I saw the Dr. Oz episode about arsenic in apple juice too. It was apples from China and South America. I started buying my child Indian Summer brand apple juice. It is made only from U.S. apples.

Posted by Dave (Surprise, Az) on 06/11/2012

There is arsenic in apple seeds, I would imagine our plants that produce the juice are trying to get all of the juice from the apple and are getting arsenic from the seeds, I would think it happens in all commercial types of apple juice.

Posted by Rouven69 (New York, Ny) on 10/19/2012

To Tiffany see the newest consumer report article in current issue 11/2012. Rice is the biggest concern and especially the one grown in the USA. You may want to check other sources because with pesticides heavily used in the US the inorganic arsenic is now found in high levels in ALL rice (and fruit juice etc). The one with lowest level came from India but that was just one brand. So your apples juice made in US wouldn't make any different and apperentaly even organic unfortunatley doens't make a difference. It's sad how this has been so undedected for years and government is only starting to look into it.

Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 04/06/2013

So sorry that you have to put up with the system of greed in your state, I know every state has issues. I was just reading in my book by Ob/gyn John Lee about osteoporosis and hormone replacement of progesterone and how much healthier the users bone density tests became as they continued to apply the hormone cream, it helped with mineral absorption. The book has charts of the increases in bone health from many years of tests collected from many women.

Master Cleanse
Posted by Maeryn (Calgary, Ab, Canada) on 11/29/2011

I would like to share my experiences with the Master Cleanse. I am 20 years old, female, in good health, and average weight.

The longest I've done the Master Cleanse is 5 days. I ended up breaking the fast because my friend tempted me with an organic green smoothie. Haha. I lost 7 pounds, but gained it all back pretty quickly.

I do the Master Cleanse in the spring time to help reduce allergy symptoms. I also use a nasal rinse bottle, and that helps a LOT. The lemonade has helped me expel a lot of mucous (mucous = toxins! ) but I am still having an issue with post nasal drip.

I have also tried the salt water flush numerous times, prepared many different ways, but it's never worked for me. I suppose it's my iron-strong stomach.

Bentonite Clay
Posted by Dee (Maryland) on 09/02/2013

Mary, Would you mind giving the name of the town or at least the state where the clay is located?

Multiple Remedies
Posted by A (Any, Usa) on 11/14/2011

Hi-everyone-you all inspire me with your healing! Hope you all feel better soon. I am already taking a lot of advice.

I used Calendula ointment yesterday when I naively punctured the boil on my finger to release the pus. I soaked the finger for a long while in water as hot as I could stand it, lemon juice, honey, ACV, H.P. I massaged my finger as well. Then put calendula ointment (homeopathic) and a bandaid. I feel better today. This is my first time after a hospital stay for one day or possbly from visiting a friend -her son had MRSA-anyway-I'm going to the doc today for anti-biotic and am taking garlic, turmeric, vit c, honey, lemon and green tea and have been detoxing luckliy after the hospital stay - might have had a low grade infection from the start-so.... the detox is super healing including a lot of hydration, enemas, some juice fasting (celery excellent) no sugar/flour/meat..meditation, music, and healing and loving thoughts for all... Wshing you al the best!

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Posted by Nancy (Colorado Springs, Co Usa) on 10/29/2011

I was exposed to exhaust fumes inside my car and was sick off and on for 3 weeks. I have stopped driving the car (last Wed was last time) but still feel ill off and on. I've been doing hydrogen peroxide footbaths and inhaling, coconut oil and ACV daily. Do I need to go get oxygen therapy at a doctor's or will these symptoms go away now that I'm not driving it?

General Feedback
Posted by Jil (Hendersonville, Tn) on 10/19/2011

Do I need to do a liver/kidney/colon cleanse if I am in my 50's and feel healthy? I take meds for hypothyroidism due to Graves and RAI, and more meds for menopause.

General Feedback
Posted by Timh (Louisville, Usa) on 10/20/2011 2077 posts

Jil, if you are serious about not getting cancer, and living a long, healthy life, it is only prudent to do the cleanses as our environment is so toxic nowadays. The body has not sufficient alert system for many diseases for many people. You may look fine, feel fine, then 1 week later nearly dead from some underlying chronic condition that's been eating away at your defenses.

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Debby (Monroe, Ct) on 11/15/2011

Hi, just wondering what is DIATOMACEOUS EARTH? Thanks

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Sheila (San Diego, Ca) on 12/23/2011

I would not recommend consuming DE to anyone with Mercury/Amalgam fillings in their teeth. DE will chelate.

When I took DE for the first time to cleanse, I immediately had a metallic taste in my mouth, at first I thought it was the taste of the DE, but I did some reading and found information on DE's chelation properties. I have since had my fillings removed, so I'm interested in trying DE again.

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Ellen (Raleigh, Nc) on 08/22/2011
1 out of 5 stars

I took diatomaceous earth (1 to 2 tbsp per day) for 6 months and got no benefit whatsoever. I had high hopes based on everything I'd read. I'm left wondering if the websites peddling this are a scam. I still give it to my dog daily in hopes it will prevent heartworm.

My husband took DE as well and did not see any help for his problems (skin issues, depression, anxiety, digestion, etc.).

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Bev (Long Beach, Ca Usa) on 08/21/2011

I have just begun taking this in the mornings. According to information I have researched, it's good for just about everything and filled with all the minerals the body needs. Wondering if anyone else has used it and what results you have had.

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Annie Mae (East Coast, New England) on 08/21/2011

Hello. I use a tablespoon of DE in simple water, not juice... Just pure liquid to get it down. The next day I felt only mildly different, not negatively. But looking in the mirror I said ok, no makeup today. My eyes were stunningly 'nice', I usually put a touch of liner, and usually darken my brows. Small touches. So I left it at just using moisturizer, and went out. A woman and I were chatting and eventually she said "you're so beautiful'. I tell you this because I had not heard this in decades, and it was day 1, following use of DE. The down side for me is that on the 2nd, 3rd day I am a bit constipated....

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