If you’ve been following GreenSmoothieGirl for a while, you might know that every 6 to 12 months, I go to my “home away from home,” the lovely Paracelsus al Ronc in the southern Swiss Alps.
I discovered them on a research tour I did, for 3 ½ years, looking for where to send people who want to opt out of “traditional” (chemo/radiation) cancer treatments in favor of something that detoxifies and rebuilds immunity.
It’s the most all-inclusive, beautiful, skilled, diet-focused, medically supervised place I found, on several continents. But imagine when I discovered that they do 7-day liver detox program, or a 7-day heavy-metal detox program. (All of us, and I mean ALL of us, need both of those.)
I’ve led quite a few trips to Al Ronc, and I just got back from having a blast with the folks in these photos. And the goats in the photo. (Above the clinic, a short hike takes you to goat herds above the hamlet of Santa Maria. We also went to an amazing symphony at the gorgeous 600-year old church in Santa Maria.)
You’re confused by these ladies drinking Prosecco at a liver detox? GSG readers from Canada to New Jersey to Texas. Well, that’s a good point. We eat vegetarian meals, beautifully prepared, three times a day. But on Friday night, after the “liver flush” on Day 6, we enjoy a Gala Dinner with Dr. Petra Wiechel, M.D. and her husband, Ulf, my good friends who own the clinic. In this photo, Marianna bought a couple bottles of Prosecco and shared with everyone before dinner got started. All detox and no play……well, and we made a couple of sightseeing and shopping trips into the beautiful lakeside towns in Switzerland and Italy as well.
All over North America, Central American, Europe, and Asia, I found nowhere with a value like this clinic offers. Diagnostics, treatments, and R&R. You can read more about the clinic and why a $25 million facility is able to give us incredible prices for the detox program that would be unsustainable anywhere else, even Mexico. I will release a short video with footage I just took at Al Ronc, in a few months. Stay tuned for that by watching my newsletter.
I already can’t wait to go back. You can go, without me, over Thanksgiving this year (for about $4,000 USD), or next April. I’ll be leading a trip in August 2016. You can check the dates out and let us know if you’re up for a trip of a lifetime.
One of our amazing GSGLife Founding Instructors, Natalie Hadley of Ogden Utah, introduced her friend Shelly to the GreenSmoothieGirl Detox in December.
Shelly shared an amazing story that I thought you would enjoy reading. If you’re like me, before you undertake a signification cleanse program, you’re terrified! (I wanted to do one for years, before I finally did it. This was long before I developed the GSG detox, of course, which is fully supported and anyone can do it. It’s challenging, but not scary, like the one I did 20 years ago, when I ate nothing but veggie juice, and bentonite clay and psyllium husk powder in water, for 3 weeks!)
We do a supported Detox just 3 times a year, so join us! The average person loses 12-13 pounds and enjoys deep cleansing of the liver, kidneys, and gall bladder. Watch my short video about it HERE.
This is Shelly’s story:
What a great start to 2015! My sister and I were talking at the beginning of this year. She told me how her friend, Natalie Hadley, had told her about a detox program she was going to do. My sister and I had for several months compared aches and pains we have been having, as well as lack of energy. As she shared about the detox with me, I told my husband and 25-year-old daughter about it.
My husband was just going to start a biggest loser contest at his work. As we talked about it, we were all at a mental state where we were ready to go for it, so January 3 started our new adventure—GreenSmoothieGirl Detox #1!
I probably ought to tell you a bit more about my family. My husband is Samoan and so a meal was not complete without meat, and it is heavily salted to make it taste even better. For family gatherings, often four or five meats are common and maybe one salad. Sugar has always been my weakness, so I have battled weight for many years. This detox was definitely a big change for all of us.
I must admit the first couple of weeks when I was using our Ninja blender, our vegetables were not blended as much as we would like and it made for some interesting smoothies—but we stuck with it. When my daughter bought us a Blendtec, we all celebrated.
After the first couple of weeks of the detox, my husband commented on how he felt his hands weren’t as swollen and joints didn’t hurt as much. We started going on more walks, and walking farther each time. We stuck with the detox for the whole 26 days and saw some great changes.
After the first detox was over, we decided to do the 31 day green smoothie challenge and try to eat more whole food, plant-based meals. We stuck with this then realized in March that my husband had just about 26 days to go before his contest was over at his work. We decided to do the detox one more time! Doing this the second time, we realized what we were getting into, so our attitudes were even better.
Our daughter in Florida also did it with us the second time, and it was great to share our successes with each other. Eating healthy has become a good topic for all of us to visit about. We are sharing recipes and good tips with each other.
When my husband weighed in at the end of his contest, he had lost 48 pounds (16.9% body fat)! And won the biggest loser contest! I lost 37 pounds and my daughter lost over 30 pounds! Not only did we lose this weight, but we have all felt better with more energy. We are exercising more. My daughter has several times said, “Thank you, Mom, for doing this for us.” We all did it together–it definitely was a team effort!
Another real benefit is that before we never used to have breakfast. Now the three of us get up together and have our green smoothie as well as fix our lunch bags before we go to work. It is nice to spend this time together in the morning and start our day out right.
I am starting a new hobby this summer of gardening, and I look forward to trying new recipes with our garden vegetables and herbs. We are heading to Samoa in October, and my husband has already said that he wants to do one more detox in September before we go.
Thanks so much to Natalie Hadley for her great classes, encouragement and willingness to share with us. Thanks to Robyn Openshaw for sharing all of this information with us and for all the research that she has done. I am so excited for the 12 Steps to Whole Foods Workshop this Saturday, and to continue to develop healthy habits.
[Note: Robyn is teaching the local GSGLife Instructors her 12 Steps to Whole Foods course, this Saturday, and it is sold out and wait-listed. However, she is teaching it to ANYONE who wants to attend, Saturday, June 6, get tickets HERE!]
Dear readers, it’s been a while since I posted on my research about the exciting, burgeoning field of “biological dentistry.” A couple of years ago I wrote fairly extensively about my own dental saga (thanks to the first 30 years of my life eating a LOT of sugar, and doing lots of toxic dental work needing to be replaced).
I have been fascinated by Dr. Michelle Jorgenson’s conversion from traditional dentistry to “biological dentistry.” Today I was in her office and saw her employees reading articles she required, on how to treat dental problems as part of the whole organism’s overall health. Very exciting! Because she lives near me and has shown her education in, and commitment to, holistic dentistry, she is now my family dentist.
I think you’ll find this very interesting, Dr. Jorgenson’s story, and her thoughts on mercury fillings and the state of modern dentistry:
My name is Dr. Michelle Jorgensen, and I am a second generation dentist. My father is a dentist, and knew I wanted to be just like him. He is an avid runner and has been extremely healthy his entire career, and that’s what I thought all dentists were like. When I started to have nagging health issues about 15 years into my practice, I didn’t think it had anything to do with dentistry. Food sensitivities, numbness in my right hand and arm, forgetting things, my nose constantly plugged, difficulty breathing…what in the world could all of these things be from?
Gloomy days started and I thought about leaving my practice. I emailed a colleague about my issues, and he said my email reminded him of himself 10 years earlier. He suspected mercury toxicity. I was shocked. I had not placed a mercury filling for over 15 years. He asked if I removed mercury fillings in my practice. Every day I do! That was the beginning of my journey to become a biological dentist.
Mercury + Silver = Amalgam
Let’s step back. The first mercury dental filling material was made in France in 1816. A Frenchman mixed mercury with shavings from silver coins. It formed a soft paste that could easily be packed into a hole in the tooth, and shaped before it turned hard. This was brought to the US in 1830 and was an instant success. This new filling material was inexpensive, easy to use, lasted a long time, and sealed the tooth fairly well. It became popular very quickly.
That first filling material was 50% mercury (the liquid shiny stuff in thermometers) and 50% silver. When I told a friend, who was a successful professional, about my health problems from mercury, he looked confused. “There is mercury in silver fillings?! They don’t put mercury in, anymore, do they?” I’m afraid so – in fact, 50% of those “silver” fillings today and 150 years ago, are mercury.
When this material was introduced, barber/dentists did much of the dental work, and they loved these new fillings. They were easy to place and they could make money on them. The few doctors that did dentistry were not so excited about it. They knew the symptoms of mercury exposure from watching hat makers. The hat makers would use mercury to turn fur into felt. After repeated exposure to this mercury, the hat makers started showing bizarre behavior. This is where the term “mad hatter” comes from – the mercury quite literally was making them mad!
The doctors were concerned that mercury was being placed into teeth. but the barbers didn’t care. They were making money on these easy fillings. Mercury/silver fillings were here to stay.
That is the background to dental mercury fillings, and they are still being used today in nearly 50% of dental offices in the US. Science and medicine has since confirmed that mercury is a poison to our system. Why are dentists still placing these fillings? Recently, I talked to a dentist who graduated from dental school 4 years ago. I explained my concerns about my patients and myself breathing in mercury vapors as I remove old mercury fillings. He said he’s never heard anything about it. He didn’t know it could be a problem for patients or dentists. He graduated FOUR years ago. This is not new information. It’s obvious the dental community at large doesn’t even understand the problem.
The safety of mercury fillings continues to be a very controversial subject. For your information, here are some undisputed facts:
Mercury is the most neuro-toxic, non-radioactive element on the planet. It is more neurotoxic than arsenic or lead.
Dental researchers now concede that mercury vapor is released from unstimulated amalgam fillings 24 hours a day.
Chewing, brushing, temperature increases and clenching/grinding have been shown to release mercury vapor.
The FDA and the American Dental Association promote amalgam fillings as standard of care dentistry. Dentists who place amalgam fillings do so in good faith, believing in the efficacy, safety, cost-effectiveness, and longevity of amalgams.
Sweden, Austria, Denmark, and Norway have all banned amalgam fillings.
So… Do mercury fillings affect your health? STUDIES SUPPORT BOTH SIDES OF THE CONTROVERSY. You must do your own research and decide what is best for you. When existing amalgam fillings are still functioning, it must be your personal choice to have them replaced with other materials, either for health reasons or if you want your teeth to look better.
Fix What’s Broken
Even if you choose not to have them removed for health reasons, mercury fillings aren’t a permanent fix for a tooth. They have an average life-span of 8-12 years. How long have you had your old fillings? You most likely will need to have them replaced, and you need to know how to keep yourself safe when you do.
I was a “mercury-free” dentist for 14 years. Now I am a “mercury-safe” dentist. There is a difference. The greatest exposure to mercury comes when the old filling is drilled out. Safe procedures can reduce exposure by up to 90%.
What are those procedures? There are 10 that are generally regarded as the standard to be mercury safe.
1. Keeping it cool–to reduce mercury release, a lot of water is used to keep the filling cool.
2. Rocks, not pebbles–the filling is cut into large chunks, which reduces the amount of drilling.
3. Get it all out–the vacuum must be very strong and placed as close to the tooth as possible.
4. To breathe or not to breathe–avoid breathing through your mouth during the procedure.
5. Dam it – a rubber dam won’t keep vapors out, but it will keep particles out of your mouth.
6. Clean up, clean up–everything in the area and around the area should be rinsed very well.
7. Big vacuum–a very large vacuum is placed right below the chin.
8. Ions are friends – An ionizer traps any mercury still left in the air.
9. Rinse and spit–after the procedure, rinse very well, even gargle in the back, and spit.
10. After the fact–removing mercury fillings ,even in a safe way, will always produce a temporary increase in a person’s exposure to mercury. Make sure all of your routes of elimination are clear and ready to do their job.
I am now using all of the mercury safe procedures in my office, and things have started to look up for my health. I don’t know if that was the main source of my health problems or not, but I don’t want to risk becoming a “mad dentist”! I’m staying safe, and keeping my patients safe from now on! For more information, look up biological dental information at www.totalcaredental.com.
–Dr. Michelle Jorgenson’s practice, Total Care Dental, is in American Fork, Utah
I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season. It’s cold here in Utah, but NO SNOW! So, no skiing! My family moved on Dec. 10th, our 3rd move in the past 18 months (long story!). But we now have a little miniature Christmas tree and a fireplace in our new house, and it’s been lovely to have my 19-year old daughter Emma just home from working in Europe for 7 months.
I’m excited to do the GreenSmoothieGirl Detox again on Jan. 3! Remember we’ve NEVER had a discount on the Detox before. And THIS MONTH we’ve discounted Full Support for 1 ($20 off) and Full Support for 2 ($30 off). So it’s a great time to do this unparalleled full-support program. The sale is over Dec. 31 at midnight—check out the various options to participate HERE.
January is a wonderful time to focus on our health. I’ll be joining you, for live calls during the Detox, with lots of moral support. The average weight loss doing our 26-day program is almost 13 pounds, but that’s just a byproduct many people enjoy while eating plenty of food. Our focus is on detoxifying colon, liver, kidneys, and gall bladder.
Check it all out HERE, and I’ll see you Jan. 3, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
On Jan. 3, we do the live, full-support GreenSmoothieGirl Detox together again! We have had well over 4,000 people join us since it launched 15 months ago!
It’s 26 days of eating a very pure diet to achieve cellular detoxification, as well as targeted cleansing of the colon, liver, kidneys, and gall bladder. Learn about it HERE.
A few weeks ago, Carrie in Oregon wrote us, about her experience finishing the program. I can really relate to emotional detoxification, which was my experience as well, the first time. I let go of things I had been harboring for years. As the body releases waste that may have been accumulating in the colon or elsewhere, for many years, protein fragments are released that some theorize contain the essence of emotions, including trapped negative emotions. Carrie said:
I decided to take the 26 day detox challenge to improve my health, I was utterly shocked when I lost 8 pounds, 6 of which I lost in the first week! I haven’t weighed this little in over a decade!
I also lost 2″ off of my stomach and 1″ off of my hips, although I FEEL like I lost about 6″ off of my stomach! I was dreading the 2 day watermelon section – I hate watermelon – but to my surprise they were very easy – I was a little hungry, but not starving or going crazy – I still hate watermelon though!
The biggest gain for me was letting go of some very strong emotional baggage. For the past 3 years my husband and I have been dealing with a very difficult situation that filled me with anger and frustration. I was always upset and felt out of control, and just in general “wound up way too tight.” I noticed on this cleanse how clear my head felt, literally and figuratively. Something would upset me, and I would speak my piece and move on. I wasn’t carrying around this dead weight anymore.
My mom was simultaneously on a different cleanse, when she saw how much weight I was losing, she started asking me about what I was doing. My sister is thinking about doing this cleanse as well. I highly recommend it. It’s worth the investment—I will do it again! The full support is so important, it gives you so many more aspects to think about and I loved the lectures from the doctors. Know the science behind what you’re doing and seeing that there are individuals in the medical industry that agree with the “health nuts” is awesome!
My favorite foods were the hot pink breakfast smoothie (my daughter wants it every time I make it), the purple heaven, and the crunchy avocado salad.
I get it! The first time I did a 3-week detox program, it was after years of thinking about it, wanting to, but avoiding it. All out of fear of the unknown. I was sure that I’d have to crawl into bed and get someone to take care of my little children. I was sure I’d be miserable. I was worried I would fail.
I spent 20 years of studying and practicing detox practices and science, and 3 more years developing one of TWO most important things I’ve ever done. Just last year, we launched
And we’re doing it with LIVE SUPPORT on Jan. 3. Don’t be afraid to join us! Because you want the rest of the winter to be healthier than the first part was. Because you’d love to ditch that holiday weight gain. Because your want your every cell to sing! Not sag and shrink.
My favorite thing about people stopping me in public to tell me about their experience with the Detox isn’t the weight loss stories. Thought they’re cool.
(The average is nearly 13 pounds in 26 days! How do we know? Because you fill out a questionnaire at the end. I get every single one, and I tabulate responses.)
My favorite thing is actually when a Detoxer tells me about emotional issues clearing, and physical symptoms improving or disappearing. This is when I know that you’re making the connection between food, and your health.
(You’re going to have an entirely new liver in 90 days. Why not clean it out? And build it out of EXCELLENT raw materials? After all, it does more than 500 things for you EVERY DAY.)
We’ve never had a DISCOUNT on the Detox program before! But we feel so strongly about the LIVE SUPPORT program, and the BUDDY program, that until Dec. 31 only, we’re offering
$20 off Full Support for One
$30 off the already-discounted Full Support for Two
We have very nearly a 100% success rate for participants who do Full Support, and who bring a buddy. You’re SET UP TO SUCCEED!
I’m very much looking forward to doing another great live-supported event with my readers (I’m on a live Q&A call on Day 2), starting Jan. 3. Enjoy the discount, and we’ll see you right after the New Year in the forum, on the calls, all eating and doing the same things, and learning together!