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Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body's Natural Ability to Heal Itself

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“The Clean program works….The wisdom and information contained in this book is deeply helpful and life changing.” —Gwyneth Paltrow

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From Alejandro Junger, Eastern medicine specialist, cardiologist, and head of the Integrative Medicine program at Lenox Hill Hospital (as well as a doctor at New York City’s renowned Eleven Eleven Wellness Center), comes
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by HarperOne (first published 2009)
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Stephanie *Eff your feelings*
Back in March I met up with a couple of good friends, Kevin and Kristie (Kristie, I have known for almost 30 years) at a restaurant called The B Spot. Fantastic! Check out the menu....

During dinner Kristie mentioned that they had just finished this cleanse from this book, Clean, for the second time. They explained, in short, what it was. You eliminate certain foods from your diet, stuff that can cause inflammation and allergic reactions. Then during a three week period you have a liquid meal in
Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book completely changed the way I think about food -- and I already eat a pretty healthy diet. Dr. Junger provides some eye-opening information on how the standard American diet -- full of processed foods, fast foods, and other unhealthy items -- puts our bodies into a constant state of inflammation as it tries to fight off the dangerous chemicals and artificial ingredients we are consuming. As a result, the body can never fully enter into detoxification mode, and we are left with a host of ...more
Jun 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Immediate disqualification for its association with

Just kidding. Sort of. I thought this book was a huge eye opener in terms of all of the crazy toxins we are consuming whether we want to or not. Even if we eat the healthiest local organic foods, we are still being bombarded with toxins from the air we breathe, the water we shower in, the lotions and cosmetics and sunscreens we put on our skin. Even our clothing is toxic! It's downright depressing.

Once I got past the part about how I a
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I don't know what motivated me to pick this book up while browsing the newer reads my local library. Maybe it was my gut sending a signal to my brain, wanting a more conscious diet - rather than "Whatever is around that seems decent enough to eat".

This is not a "Personal Trainer to _____ writes a get thin quick book." Dr. Junger is a cardiologist who, after facing a bout of depression, decided to be more "open" about the facets of treatment for the human body. Through his studies in India and Ca
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
describes fairly severe 3-week program (one solid meal/day -- no dairy, wheat, peanut butter, coffee, alcohol, sugar.........) aimed at removing toxins and restoring your gut's ability to do so more effectively.

I'm not a nutritionist so I wouldn't presume to evaluate all his claims about toxins, alkalinity of foods, etc., and some of his associated commentary about inflammation and heart disease is definitely on track from what I do know. But........

1. I'm very skeptical of any eating plan predi
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had the luxury of reading this book after my mother did. I say luxury because she marked with sticky notes all the "important" stuff, so I didn't have to read through all the tedious information that people who write diet and healthy eating books put in i.e. their personal story, a definition of the word fat, the kudos they get from the people who have tried their way of doing things and succeeded. I just read the important parts and checked out the recipes. This does not mean that I didn't re ...more
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is the Cleanse that my husband and I used to jump-start or new eating philosophy. The book is clear and well -written. It is very easy to follow and has all that one needs to do the cleanse and make important dietary changes. We decided to do a cleanse because my hasband was having joint pain frequently and we were convinced that it is diet related.As the Clean Program has you eliminate all known allergens from your diet, it was a good choice for us, as during the reintroduction pahse, ...more
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Life-changing, a real eye opener. I can now finally put my finger on everything that's wrong with traditional medicine today. These are the doctors of the 21st century. ...more
Jul 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I found this book while looking for a way to detox and lose weight fast. The majority of the book discusses his theories about detoxing based on his experiences. He states himself that there is no real scientific evidence because no one can get funding to research fruits and vegetables. Overall i felt his theories were pretty logical and believable.I lost 7 pounds over 2 weeks on his plan. Despite being hungry the first week things actually got better the second week and I felt pretty good. I di ...more
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read about this book (author's premise and program)in Outside magazine last December.
(chk out article bv author Christopher Keyes:
I was intrigued. So I ended up reading the book. Most (not all!) of what the author discusses and/or proposes for better health MADE SENSE. I actually did the 21 day cleanse (NO THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL FAD CLEANSE OR FAST where you end up starving yourself and/or feeling lightheaded. No cayenne pepper/molasses/et al concoctio
May 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book more than I did, however, the author spends WAY too much time sharing unnecessary vignettes about supposed success stories before elucidating his central point or main topic of interest--the Clean Diet--itself. The result: you feel as if you're being forced to sit through a seemingly ceaseless infomercial, instead of enjoying a book on functional or integrative medicine that ventures to say something new about the intersection of psychological wellbeing, nutriti ...more
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: health, self-help
If you've ever suffered from any health condition, big or small, this book will change your life. It is, at least, starting to change mine. I've been battling chronic, debilitating conditions my entire life and no one has ever been able to help me or offer me any answers.

Although this may look like just another detox fad, it's not. It's a whole new way of approaching wellness. It reveals the holes in Western medicine, and illuminates the path to true wellness. If you think that sounds like fluff
Maxine Robinson
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I was able to take quite a few things away from this and I will hopefully implement them into my diet and life. Things like 12 hrs between dinner and breakfast and having a liquid dinner to help aid digestion, adding vitamins and probiotics as well. I'm also going to do a lot more research on the topics introduced in the book, like toxicity and gut health. So I have got some things from it.
My biggest gripe was that throughout the first half of the book he was saying "studies have shown" or "repo
Aug 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Health nutters
Recommended to Kassin by: Gwyneth Paltrow - no joke!
Any nutrition book that gets me to put down the madeleines and stop drinking coffee (3 days and counting!) automatically deserves a fourth star. I don't have the willpower to follow this program to the letter, but I certainly got the message. This book drives the point home about just how many bad things we are putting in our bodies, through our air, water, and food, and how it's starting to become a toxic epidemic for humans in the same way toxins are polluting the earth. Pretty interesting if ...more
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
My husband and I did the clean detox about a month ago. Neither of us had previous detox experience. We did not buy the kit (I didn’t find it too heavily advertised as others have said), but we did utilize the clean website. We made it the full 3 weeks. At the end I didn’t feel amazing, but I have to admit I felt pretty darn good. It eliminated about 90% of my IBS. I lost about 8lbs, my husband lost around 22lbs. Some of the recipes felt like fear factor: detox edition. But we loved the almond s ...more
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
After I read this book, I would have rated this a 5. It has some great information pertaining to health and wellness, even if you don't want to do a detox. But then I followed the program. I did the detox for 2 weeks and followed it to a tee. It was killer! The purpose wasn't to lose pounds, but to just clean my body, hence the name Clean. But I lost three pounds, returned to eating regularly, and gained 10. And exercising regularly, I gained another pound. The dumb detox screwed up my metabolis ...more
Mar 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you don't want to know how good you feel when you don't eat sugar, wheat, dairy, caffeine, soy, corn, nightshades, and much more, then don't read this book and don't do this clease! We followed the cleanse in this book for 3 weeks and it changed the way I interact with food emotionally, physically, and mentally. And I admit, not always for the better! But, we will definitely do this cleanse again and I am currently integrating some of the aspects of the diet into my every day food life. Highl ...more
May 02, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dislikes
Your typical American bullshit. I can't even put this book on my non-fiction shelf, that's how bad it is.

If you want to read one really loooooong infomercial about how thousands of people miraculously cured from diseases such as cancer, heart disease and so on, then this is a book for you. There is not ONE single reference to any scientific study or anything whatsoever. The author defends this by saying scientific studies cost so much money only pharmaceutical companies can do them and they will
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book at the library after reading that it is the new fad cleanse program a la the Master Cleanse and the Martha Vineyard diet. This book actually made a lot of sense. The early chapters focus on the “science” of why the body needs to detoxify. I put “science” in quotations because I don’t have the inclination to figure out if what the authors claim is true. True or not – some of the claims make sense. For instance, the author explains how our cells aren’t meant to deal with all ...more
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful read that I got through quite quickly. I will be keeping this book as a reference as well. I am fortunate enough to have a natural health physician that I had been working with who facilitates this cleanse, herself. This was how I first learned of Dr Junger's program. Upon the recommendation of her assistant, I picked-up this book to learn more. I was immediately drawn to it. I have now successfully completed the entire program and feel better than ever... and I didn't even f ...more
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I first read this book in the summer, embarked on the three week cleanse, and felt great. I was convinced by Dr. Junger's commonsense analogies and arguments about global toxicity (sometimes he's a little woo-woo, but I wouldn't expect anything less). My husband decided to come along for the ride, and he even without 100% following the Clean principles said that the soups were delicious and that he felt better too. I didn't lose a lot of weight, but I felt and looked really good. Once over the i ...more
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book is amazing. Finally someone that understands the environmental toxins we are exposed to and more importantly what we can do to help our bodies fight against them. Doctors do not have much knowledge on nutrition and continue to ignore the science proving toxins are making us sick. It is a breath of fresh air to see this cardiologist apply critical thinking and investigate health problems beyond the West mindset. We live in a world today that our grandparents did not grow up in, thousand ...more
Robert Van
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Although I do agree with most of the viewpoints laid out in this book, it is hampered by several issues:

1) Endless bombardment of anecdotal success stories and repetitive naming of all the toxins we are exposed to in our daily lives, before even getting to the main point - his Clean program.
2) Although many of the points put forward regarding the bad of dairy products, red meats and cooked veggies (as opposed to raw), are shared with many other books on the subject, the author fails to include p
May 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
1- The author is a cardiologist, which, in my mind, doesn't give him the credibility to write about the intestines and the digestive system. It would have been better if it had been written by a team of experts including at least a gastroenterologist and a nutritionist.
2- He doesn't cite ANYTHING! As a man of science, he should know you must always cite your sources! There isn't any sources as to studies or anything to support what he's writing. At the beginning he says he got his information fr
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
This isn't a bad book, and I think people who follow Dr Junger's advice can see many benefits. Nevertheless, one has to wade through a bunch of bullshit before getting to the "plan." Lots of anecdotal evidence, which sound good, but aren't particularly convincing.

I've not done the full cleanse, but I adopted a lot of what Junger's plan entails a few years ago when I started eating a mostly Paleo diet. It's not rocket science to cut out the sugars, refined carbs, and processed food, as a way of r
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book made a lot of sense to me. Very well written and motivational, and an easy read as well. It is definitely time to start thinking about how our typical American diet is effecting our bodies, not to mention all the toxins in our homes and environment. Our bodies couldn't have adapted to all these toxins so quickly. This is where the detox steps in. The author encourages you to adopt his "fast" for 21 days. The fast is made up of two liquid meals a day (vegetables and fruit smoothies and ...more
Michaele Menges
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars actually. This book has a LOT of really good information. I highly recommend it. Many modern diseases can be prevented or reversed with nutrition. More than half of all American deaths are from cancer and heart disease. "If you do what most American's do, how can you expect anything different?" Do yourself a huge favor and read this book. I actually listened to the audiobook read by the author and he has a really lovely reading voice so if you get a chance, that would be an option. ...more
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book brought me high, knocked me down, spit me out and lifted me back up. This was the the dieter's version of Dante's Divine Comedy. Within one month the cycle went like this: Phase 1: inspiration, commitment, determination - 5 star rating on Goodreads, Phase 2: acute headaches, indigestion, vomiting - demotion to 2 star rating on GoodReads, Phase 3: continued self-flagellation, punishment ... and redemption. Loose pants. A few belt notches. Lean, hungry look. Better sleep. Sharper focus. ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: health
I agree with the sentiment of all the toxins in our environment, but could have been condensed to 50 pages plus recipes.
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
A straightforward guide to cleaning up your diet and habits. While I have yet to commit to the full 21 day detox, I have adopted some of the habits into my daily routine with good results.
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Dr. Alejandro Junger was born in Uruguay. He graduated from medical school there in 1990 and moved to New York City for his postgraduate training. He completed three years of training in Internal Medicine at NYU Downtown Hospital and three more years of fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at Lenox Hill Hospital.

His drastic change in lifestyle and diet from his move to New York City soon reflecte

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