Detoxify – Buzzword of a New Era

Sherry Rogers Identifies the Key Culprits in Disease — and the Solutions

Dr. Sherry Rogers is coming to town. Rise out of your heavy metal-induced depression, take your pesticide-mediated anxiety seriously, and declare war on whatever ails you by attending the November Whole Life Expo. Rogers and other Environmental Medicine greats (such as Dr. Jozef Krop and Zoltan Rona) will describe how to fix what our environment has done to you and me and how to clean up this home planet of ours for ourselves and our descendants.

Dr. Rogers scared the hell out of us at last year’s Whole Life Expo with her immense knowledge of environmental medical science, and also gave real hope and usable tools for even the most awful illnesses. Author of several excellent publications, she has now published a zinger of a book that makes one shout Hallelujah! Its title, in true Sherry Rogers fashion, pulls no punches: Detoxify or Die! The health information she gives in this new release adds a whole world of meaning to the New Testament saying, “The Truth shall make you free.” Have courage and read some of the excerpts from her new book below — there is light at the end of the tunnel.

“Those scary media reports of hidden toxins in our environment are a spit in the ocean compared with what really occurs,” Dr. Rogers writes. So, here I am to tell you that it is worse than you thought: the world’s garbage crisis — usually confined to political hot-potato-fights over where to open a municipal dump — has become a profoundly personal crisis within the bodies of every living thing, especially in humans. The line between the personal and the political, which feminist Gloria Steinem once declared to be blurred for women’s issues, has totally disappeared when it comes to the universal human issue of health. The truth is that it is our bodies that have become the world’s toxic dump sites. The billions of dollars worth of pesticides, plastics, petroleum products, and heavy-metal containing technology have made the industrial world rich beyond belief, and threatens human survival as it conquers the earth. As in the story of King Midas, whose touch turned everything to gold — even his wife and children — our economy is killing us.

“We have conquered the world with pollution. There are no more pristine areas left without a trace of man’s manufacturing might,” Dr. Rogers writes. Indeed, every living thing now has DDT in its tissues and its toxic effects are increasing over time. The World Health Organization informs us that for purposes of scientific research, there are no control groups (organisms uncontaminated by toxic synthetic chemicals) to be found on planet Earth. Every aspect of life and all political policy are directly or indirectly affected by the sociological importance of environmental illness (see the excellent survey by S. Kroll-Smith in the sources below).

No environment is untouched. Pollution is found in smoggy and clean-looking air, murky and clear water, and especially in our food — from the Arctic to the rain forest, from downtown Toronto to the Himalayan village. Smog alerts have increase by 500% in the last 25 years (World Watch Institute). Nothing is too private not to be affected — from our brain cells to our hormones. Every bodily system and organ has its distinctive spectrum of outraged response to this arsenal of artificial stuff, against which our organism has no defence: it wasn’t evolved to deal with these chemicals. Without employing detoxification strategies for their elimination, one organ or another succumbs — and so we have epidemics of cancer, chronic disease and immune system failures that no amount of fancy genetics will explain away. The much touted genetic “program” seemed the perfect new candidate to take on the responsibility we try so hard not to accept. But we can’t use the gene theory to hide from the fact that the state of our health and that of our world has turned out to be our own fault, and our own responsibility.

On June 13 1999, the New England Journal of Medicine published results of an international study which examined the lives of more than 90,000 twins, to see whether the incidence of cancer was indeed familial — or genetic. It turned out that genetics has nothing to do with who gets cancer; environment and unhealthy lifestyles were the only indicators.

Semen, human eggs, and our entire endocrine system are so contaminated with the toxic residues from plastic products, heavy metals and pesticides that even conservative scientists agree that detoxification of both parents’ bodies before pregnancy would be a good idea. Our bodies took some seven million years to evolve, but not until 50 years ago did our enzymes and detoxification organs encounter the half million different synthetic chemicals never smelled, felt or ingested on this earth before. We are unable to metabolize any of this synthetic garbage. It passes right on to our offspring, damaging parent and child in the process. It sabotages the cell replication process in DNA of mother and foetus, causing cancers or chronic diseases; or it blocks the work of hormones which control developmental timing, and then our kids are further damaged during pregnancy.

The carcinogenic phthalates found in plastic products also, at the very least, target the brain — “and we sure have enough ADHD to prove that to be true,” Dr. Rogers observes. The thyroid is the target organ of pesticides. Dr. Rogers mentions in passing that ex-U.S. president George Bush, his wife, and their dog Millie have all developed thyroid disease. Since they are three unrelated creatures of two different genera, one can only conclude that their thyroids were unable to cope with whatever chemicals the White House lawns and roach-fighting brigades exposed them to.

The EPA confirms that 100% of all people in the world have traces of heavy metals such as mercury, lead and cadmium in their blood, substances which target the immune system, the memory areas of the brain, and the nervous system. These come to us through dental amalgams, paints , etc., and they result in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia gravis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. These connections are proven, and published in the mainstream literature. This year, the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association published an excellent series of articles (see citation at end) reviewing the methods and research of environmental medicine. As anyone who has ever read a book by Dr. Rogers knows, the worldwide scientific proof of both diagnosis and treatment methods are all painstakingly recorded in a bibliography that could scare a seasoned medical researcher.

And so, where are we now? Well, we live in a time on this precious planet when a gallon of clean water (the very stuff from which all life evolved some five billion years ago) costs more than a gallon of gasoline. Dr. Rogers writes that “to get clean ice [for climate research purposes] scientists have to drill a core down to a level that was formed before the 20th century.”

We live in a time in which the rapidity of species extinction is greater than in any other previous, natural, geological era before us. And our homes are the most contaminated and dangerous places of all: where we encounter, routinely, about 500 of the worst disease-causing chemicals. An average new carpet outgases about 200 volatile organic chemicals, which include carcinogens and neurotoxins such as formaldehyde, chloroform, phenol, xylene, toluene and many more. Carpets and perfumes (my personal pet peeve) in aftershave lotion, women’s perfume, hair spray and shampoos share the carcinogen benzene.

Our drinking water contains some 500 toxic substances (the last time the EPA looked), and many of those substances are toxic medication prescribed to somebody other than yourself and excreted in the urine.

Our techniques for understanding the damage we are doing to our environment and our bodies have become so sophisticated, we could begin to use these tricks for crime detection; each compound has its specific speed of entry into the blood stream and its individual time of residence there. Therefore, Dr. Rogers explains: “…if a crackerjack detective wanted to know where you had been all day and what you had done, all he has to do is draw a blood level of your chemicals. Trichloroethylene would tell him that you picked up the dry cleaning … benzene would tell him you probably stopped to gas up the car; and toluene could betray that you might have picked up the your kids at the gymnasium with a polyurethaned floor.”

The good news is that the evidence has become undeniable (oddballs like current U.S. president G.W. Bush proving the exception that proves the rule), and the research basis is all mainstream. The mainstream media and even the movies cover stories of our toxic world. Close to home, on October 17 David Suzuki’s CBC television show “The Nature of Things” aired a fabulous program on the toxins found in one’s home and what can be done about them (get a video or text copy of “Up Close and Toxic” from CBC’s customer service).

The creative minds of thousands of medical researchers are at work to understand the causes of environmentally mediated illness, trace the biological pathways, find ways to help living organisms rid themselves of these toxins, and develop ways to begin the repair.

Dr. Rogers gives her readers the unvarnished truth, but this is not a tale of doom. She offers a marvelous range of solutions for cleanup, healing, and prevention. This book, she tells us, is not only based on several decades of medical practice as an expert in environmental medicine, but on the research results of more than 300 pounds of toxicology textbooks and EPA reports. Best of all, her advice is based on the firm and unshakable ground of personal experience with pesticide and urea formaldehyde poisoning, which nearly killed her.

Helke Ferrie is a medical science writer with a master's degree in physical anthropology. Her specialty lies in investigative research into ethical issues in medicine and the politics of health. She started her investigative journalism career in the mid-1990s, looking at issues of medicine and environment. She has been a regular contributor to Vitality Magazine ever since. Helke has also authored several books on various subjects including: "Ending Denial: The Lyme Disease Epidemic", "What Part of No! Don't They Understand: Rescuing Food and Medicine from Government Abuse", and "The Earth's Gift to Medicine". Read her article: When governments abandon the public interest — look out for your own health Find her book -What Part of No! Don't They Understand Helke has also been a regular contributor for the Vitality Magazine. Links to few of her articles: The Tyranny of Government Protection Success Story - How I Recovered from Lyme Disease IN THE NEWS: Fluoride Dangers; Roundup Lawsuits; Lyme Disease Epidemic Helke Ferrie now lives a retired life and can be reached at

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