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The Detox Prescription: Supercharge Your Health, Strip Away Pounds, and Eliminate the Toxins Within

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The human body has an extraordinary ability to detoxify itself. We rely on this system when we wait for a hangover to lift or recover from a bout of food poisoning. However, cutting-edge science is revealing how toxic exposures can actually affect our genes and lead to conditions such as obesity, diabetes, arthritis, mood disorders, energy, allergies, fertility, and heart ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published December 24th 2013 by Rodale Books
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Louisa
Jan 13, 2014 Louisa rated it really liked it
Highly recommend this book. I'm on day 4 (of 21) and feeling good. Highly time intensive program in terms of food prep.
Jennifer
Jan 02, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The Good: Merrell's nutritional plan is based in easy to understand medical science. He explains the concept of detoxing well and makes a convincing argument as to why his way would be the most effective. He offers ideas for behavioral changes in addition to nutritional changes, encouraging an easy to follow lifestyle change. Speaking of easy, he describes three cleanse plans of varying length, each with in-depth menu plans and recipes making it quite easy to follow along.

The Bad: Merrell expect
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Beth
Feb 01, 2014 Beth rated it really liked it
If you know me at all (or read my blog) then you know how much I love and appreciate food. So it might come as a shock that I'm considering a detox, but I certainly don't plan on changing my diet forever. I just need to reset my system, and even though the idea of going vegan for 21 days makes me nervous, I think in the long run, this will be a helpful experience. I'm also hoping it will help me to continue to diminish the amount of meat I eat on a weekly basis. As a country, Americans eat far t ...more
Ruthie Jones
Jan 16, 2015 Ruthie Jones rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
This book isn't full of the typical detoxing hype and weird diet plans that we are bombarded with these days. The Detox Prescription offers realistic ways to introduce healthy fruits and vegetables into our diet. You can do the 3-, 7-, or 21-day cleanse if you feel the need to rid yourself of toxins quickly, or you can add the blender/juicer recipes to your regular diet to help in that never-ending quest to eat healthier.

I choose to blend everything because I don't own a juicer, and I prefer to
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Sarah
Jan 29, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book in goodreads firstreads giveaway.

I've always wanted to try a detox but really had no clue how to start or do one in a healthy way. This book does a great job of walking you through the entire process. In this book you learn the benefits of doing the detox, and where the toxins in our bodies are coming from. I especially found the questionnaire that allowed me to figure out how toxic my own body was to be very helpful. The book is well written and the cleanses for 3, 7, and 21 day
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Ashley Katsuyama
Jun 24, 2014 Ashley Katsuyama rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
If you are looking to jump start a major overhaul in your diet (or to get really strict about what you are eating) I think this is a great book. The plans are manageable, and seem sound nutritionally.

Personally though, not a whole lot of this worked for me. First off, I'm a runner training for a marathon. Drinking shakes and juices and such simply doesn't supply the fuel I need, and after even one day of attempting the cleanse, I could barely walk a few miles, let alone run. Secondly, I really
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Jane
Apr 30, 2015 Jane rated it it was amazing
I want to thank the author and Goodreads First Reads for the book, The Detox Prescription: Supercharge Your Health, Strip Away Pounds, and Eliminate the Toxins Within.

The Detox Prescription: Supercharge Your Health, Strip Away Pounds, and Eliminate the Toxins Within is a well organized book that starts explaining the toxins in our environment and gives several surveys for the read to take to discover the toxic level of the individual. The next step is the grocery lists for the detox diet, which
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Angela Lynn
Jul 03, 2015 Angela Lynn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
Dr Merrell presents a very compelling argument for the benefits of a whole foods, organic diet. In addition, he explains how exposure to toxins, which are virtually ubiquitous, can lead to seemingly innocuous and more serious medical problems. Merrell provides a prescription for relief from headaches to arthritis pain to IBS. This book contains a complete description of the process of detoxification, a menu for several detox diets each varying in duration, shopping lists and recipes. If you are ...more
Mike Hovis
Not Practical For Several Reasons

I saw Dr. Merrell promoting this book one night while my wife was binge watching Dr. Oz. I've lost 85 pounds over the last year and still have a lot to go. And having taken a greater interest in being healthy I decided to get a copy of The Detox Prescription. While I'm convinced Dr. Merrel has good intentions, the equipment, food, and amount of prep time to do the things promoted in this book are just not practical for people like me who aren't rich and who have
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Rhonda
Feb 15, 2014 Rhonda rated it it was amazing
Woodson Merrell explains toxins in our environment and our bodies as well as how to detox for better health. I love that he includes breathing, meditation, etc. as well as juicing and recipes. His program is definitely the next step to my current gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free and nightshade-free diet!
Pamela
Dec 05, 2014 Pamela rated it liked it
Well written. I liked the first half of the book, but the detox plan itself looks too time consuming for me. Recipes are detailed and too many juices and smoothies. The first 3 days has only liquids. I tried a few recipes but they were not for me.
Debra Longmire
Aug 21, 2014 Debra Longmire rated it really liked it
Good hints. Tried the 3-day Juice Cleanse and actually enjoyed it, though I did miss "protein" by the third evening. Will do it again.
Barbara
Nov 05, 2014 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Excellent book with wonderful recipes.
Doan
Jun 21, 2014 Doan rated it really liked it
Great idea. Pretty complicated recipes and plan.
Nicole
May 21, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, non-fiction
Good information in this book.
Allie Smith
Jan 13, 2014 Allie Smith rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
Very informative and hopeful.
Vito
Feb 14, 2015 Vito rated it it was ok
Offers some good fundamental info but is bias toward a vegetarian lifestyle which often times leads to eating protein sources that are not for everyone. I don't agree with a one fits all detox method, the key is to study a variety of opposing material, experiment and listen to your body.
Joann TRAVIS
Feb 27, 2016 Joann TRAVIS rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book explains the things to eliminate in your diet that causes you to gain weight and detox your body to promote better health and energy for your body...once you eliminate the toxins in your body you will feel better and lose the weight much easier....
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New York City-based internist, Woodson Merrell, MD, is a pioneer and leading practitioner of Integrative Medicine, which combines the best, evidence-based therapeutic approaches from conventional and complementary medicine. He is chairman of the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center of the Mt. Sinai Health System and assistant clinical professor of medicine at Columbia U ...more
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“Food can be a poison or a cure. Why would you choose to ingest toxins when you could be taking the world's best detox medicine. For the purposes of detoxification, let me be clear; always try to eat organic.” 3 likes
“You replace every molecule of every cell in your body within the course of only one year. I am not being flip when I refer to the "new you." It is quite literally possible, no matter how bad you are feeling or eating today, to be utterly transformed in just 365 days. But it won't take you that long. You can be feeling significantly better in just a couple of days and make lasting changes to your health within a month.” 2 likes
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