One Thing I Have Never Told You About My Mother
By Ruth Shamaeizadeh
Benefits of Detoxifying the Body
I’d like to share with you a personal and very emotional experience that showed me, first hand, the benefits of detoxifying the body.
When my mother came to live with me after my parents divorced, she was highly toxic and in great pain. By then she had been suffering from the effects of arthritis for almost 20 years. The pain in her hands, back, hips and knees was so bad that she couldn't even bend to lift a small cushion off the couch without pain. The pain impaired her from doing simple things like picking up a glass of water, using scissors or opening faucets. She was taking 1000 mg of pain killers a day just to get by. As I saw my mom go about her days disabled by the pain, I was saddened that she found no relief in pain medication and I was determined to find a way for her to have a better quality of life.
When I approached my mom with the idea that she could be cured by detoxifying her body and changing her eating habits, she was open to it. However, when I mentioned to her that doctors don’t have the answers to everything, she was shocked and almost offended. My mom was told by her doctors that she would have to take medication and pain killers for the rest of her life; that there was no cure for arthritis. She believed this because she was raised believing that doctors have the cure for all disease and then raised my sister and me to believe the same. But after 20 years of pain without a true cure for her arthritis, she was ready for a change.
A friend of mine, who also suffered from arthritis, recommended that we implement the detox in Paavlo Aiola’s book, There is a Cure for Arthritis. My friend had done the same detox program and after seeing for my self the results she got, I was convinced that this would cure my mom. We immediately got to work on learning how to detox. We read Dr. Aiola’s book and we came up with a plan that would suit my mom’s needs. We also researched many kinds of supplements and herbal remedies that would assist in the detox process and would also help support her suffering joints.
For the first four months of the detox, I joined my mom on her journey. I ate what she ate and took some of the same supplements she took. I noticed an increase in our levels of energy and we were both sleeping better.
During the time of her detox, which was about a year’s time, I watched my mom transform into a completely different person. Because her body was getting rid of toxicity, she had greater mental clarity and she decided to go back to college for her AA degree in Child Development. English is my mom’s second language and for as long as I can remember she had trouble communicating in English and was frustrated by it; but as she progressed in her detox, she was writing college-level papers in English with ease because of her increased mental clarity. At one point, she even gave my best friend and me a lecture on friendship, all in English!
At about the nine-month mark of her detox, she got an internship at a local pre-school. She came home one day ecstatic to share her news. She announced that she had just spent three hours using scissors to cut the children’s crafts with NO PAIN in her hands. It was truly a miracle. Neither one of us thought that she would ever completely get rid of her pain, but following the detox program made believers out of both of us. She had indeed cured her arthritis. She did what doctors said was impossible.
My mom has been pain free for over a decade. She has remained faithful to her lifestyle of eating healing foods. She is active, healthy, joyful and most importantly free of arthritis.
With the current model of eating, our bodies become so toxic that we are not aware of our body’s potential. By eating toxic food Little by little we put our body in a defensive mode. It defends itself against chemicals and food devoid of enzymes which our bodies have to work harder to digest. Our body is designed to adapt to various situations in order to survive. Some food we eat is so toxic that the body rejects it immediately. There are obvious and sometimes violent reactions in the body to ex-pulse the food such as vomiting or skin reactions. However, this does not happen with all food even though much of the food we consume is laden with toxic substances. It may take years for the gradual build up of toxicity to manifest any visible symptom in our bodies. Once the toxicity is in the body it may create allergies to food.
Toxicity comes from anything that enters the body or waste that is produced in the body and it is not released. For a more detailed explanation on how the body becomes toxic see the Chapter named What Causes Toxicity? Detoxifying the body is like taking a soldier out of a war that he has been fighting for years without relief. When a body undergoes a detoxification, all the energy it was using to defend itself can now be used for constructive pursuits.
The first benefit of a detox is an increase of energy. During a detox, the body is infused with live food; that means food that has not been cooked or exposed to heat at more than 115 F. Live food contains enzymes that aid in digestion. The body was designed to provide only some digestive enzymes, but most of them must come from food. When the body has the help of food enzymes to digest, it frees up the body’s energy to produce other types of enzymes that are used for different purposes like digesting unwanted tissues such as tumors or cysts.
Because our bodies are designed to adapt, it produces many chemicals to relieve the symptoms of toxicity. For example, the brain might produce dopamine to dull physical pain. These chemical produce “brain fog”. This is a condition where a person can’t think as clearly or be as mentally agile as someone who is not toxic. By removing toxicity from the body and ceasing to ingest any more toxins, mental clarity is greatly increased.
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