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Monday, February 13, 2017

Review: "Tox-Sick"

Suzanne Somers argues in her book, Tox-Sick, that we have allowed scientists and marketers to alter and “enhance” our food in such a way that it makes us sick. GMOs and the addition of sugar to everything has caused a flourishing of illness.
Somers explains that the symptoms our bodies present belie the toxic substances we have allowed into our homes and dinner tables.
In the ensuing chapters, Somers examine the toxic results on the gut, the brain, the heart, the thyroid, and everything else.  Each chapter also includes an interview with a doctor who specializes in the area being discussed, and concludes with recommendations on how to detox the are in question – frequently with supplements from Forever Health or Life Extension.
In the ninth and tenth chapter, Somers leads the reader through a thorough detoxification of home and self – with daily practices and dietary changes.
This is followed by an appendix identifying toxic synthetic chemicals, an extensive “further reading” section, bibliography and index.
I applaud the author for bringing the issue of toxicity and identifying diet as a main issue in detoxification.  However, having read Neal Barnard, Caldwell Esselstyn, Joel Fuhrman, and others, I cannot agree with her promotion of lean meat and oils – though, if you are to partake, I agree that these should be organic!
This book is a wonderful resource for learning about the problems of toxicity and how they might be addressed.  I hope work like this will be continued to put forward.  My one great disappointment with this book is – with all the research presented, interviews given, studies mentioned – with the exception of the appendix, there is not a single reference given.  Please update this book with footnotes to where all this information came from.
[This review appears on my blog and on  I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.]

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