How Much Detoxing Do You Really Need?

We constantly are bombarded by alarmist information about products that we use, which can supposedly result in anything from allergic reactions to hormone disruptions and to cancer.

Owing to this, we are constantly wondering what to eliminate from our diet and our home to be safe and to be healthy and it can be easy to become obsessive about this.


Gerard E. Mullin, M.D., is associate professor of medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and he recommends that we make the effort to detox; however he warns that taking detox to an extreme may cause more harm than good, owing to the increased levels of anxiety that it may result in.

Then there is also the cost factor, with “organic”, or “pesticide free”, or “synthetic chemicals free” products and foods; and attempts to cut out electromagnetic waves or radiation that could contribute to the anxiety factor.

The important thing however is to add health to one’s everyday life rather than trying in vain to eliminate all that is supposed to be bad for you, and trying so hard to keep it out.

Try using these simple “Green Steps” to try and reduce the amount of toxins that you let into your life:

  • Don’t use bleach or items containing bleach such as certain detergents. Just feeling the fumes and the malodorous smell should convince you that this is something that you can do without in your home.
  • If you are wondering what foods to go organic with, a helpful list put together by, tells you about the items that are the best and worst in terms of pesticide content – their Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides will tell you what to avoid and what is safe to have even if it isn’t organic.

Cut air fresheners out of your home because of their phthalate content which is known to disrupt hormone levels.  In any case they are not a necessity.