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Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Detoxing
It is not recommended for a woman to detoxify her body while pregnant and/or breastfeeding.

The first trimester is Nature's appointed time frame of detoxifying the female body in preparation of holding a fetus. Many women experience morning sickness during this time period. It is most common for so-called 'morning sickness' to occur in the morning time because this is the time that the body expels from all the detoxification that takes place at night during sleep hours.

Based upon the foregoing, pregnant women do not need to detox or perform a detox regimen or program (i.e. Full Body Detox). However, they may simply drink herbal tea that facilitates gentle cleansing of the body, i.e. Dherbs.Com "Detox Tea."

Pregnant women should instead concentrate on developing a strong uterus and cervix and providing the body and the developing baby nourishment during the First Trimester and this can be done with the use of herbs and consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables (including fruit and vegetable juice).

So during the first three months (and actually, all 9 months) of pregnancy don't concentrate on detoxing; concentrate on nourishment (minerals, trace elements, vitamins, B-vitamins, amino acids, etc.).

An exception to the rule above is that pregnant woman may choose to perform the liquid version of the Full Body Detox due to its gentle but effective cleansing effect as liquids are not nearly as strong or potent as capsules, despite entering into the bloodstream faster than capsules.

So if a pregnant woman wants to perform the liquid version of the Full Body Detox or even the Children's Detox, she may do so; but the regular capsule version of the Full body Detox or any other cleanse (i.e. Total Woman Cleanse, Anti-Viral Cleanse, etc.) is not recommended.

The uterus is a female's sixth eliminative channel and certain detoxing herbs could stimulate the uterus to expel toxins while the fetus is developing; this could cause the uterus to expel, resulting in spontaneous abortion. The same thing could also happen if a pregnant woman were to ingest herbs with an oxytocic or parturient (uterine-contracting) effect. These herbs would cause uterine contractions that could also induce spontaneous abortion.

So just eat plenty of organic raw fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts and drink plenty of good fruit and vegetable juice and water while pregnant (all 9 months) and you will be providing your body with cleansing material as well as nourishment. Do not worry about or focus on detoxing while pregnant, but instead, only focus on nutrition.

Breastfeeding and Detoxing

While breastfeeding, do not concentrate on detoxifying the body. Continue to focus on nutrition because that's what the growing baby needs.

Even though the woman may be thinking about detoxing (because of some apparent disease, i.e. genital herpes, HPV, etc.) the body is concerned with nourishing the baby and the mother first and foremost.

And again, many foods (including herbs) have a cleansing effect due to their alkaline nature or makeup. So if a breastfeeding woman eats right while breastfeeding, she and the baby will receive healing, cleansing, and nourishment simultaneously.

Some women are so cautious about taking herbs while breastfeeding that they ask me if the herbs have a detoxifying effect on their body and cause the breasts to eliminate toxins.

The breasts are not eliminative channels so the body would never allow the source for baby food to become a cleansing channel, especially if a baby was nurturing on the breasts. Even if a woman did consume detoxifying herbs (i.e. herbal bitters) she would not expel toxins via her breasts because her body would block such activity for the breastfeeding baby's sake and send the toxins to one of the six eliminative channels in a woman's body, i.e. liver, colon, lungs, kidneys, skin, and uterus.

Remember, breast milk is totally dependent upon what you consume and are made up of as a woman. If you drink beer, it will find its way to the breasts. The body is not detoxing; it is merely sending to the breasts what's in the bloodstream.

So a pregnant woman can most definitely take herbs while breastfeeding, but they should be the right kinds of herbs, i.e. mild/gentle cleansing herbs such as chickweed and sarsaparilla as well as galactagogue herbs that help increase and enhance the flow of breast milk.

So in closing, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not cleanse or detox (especially with one of the 3-week or 10-day cleanses). Wait until the baby no longer feeds on the breasts and then begin your cleansing.

And if you really feel the need to perform a cleanse while pregnant or during breastfeeding months, make sure the cleanse or detox program is in liquid form (i.e., tea, tincture/extract).

Oxytocic (uterine-contracting) herbs

Oxytocic and parturient herbs can be taken during the last month (and especially the last week) of pregnancy for pregnancy facilitation purposes.
  • Beth or Birth Root
  • Black Cohosh
  • Black Haw
  • Blue Cohosh
  • Canada Snakeroot
  • Crampbark
  • Pennyroyal
  • Rue
  • Squawvine Solutions

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Reasons to Stay Clear of Eggs

For many making the transition to a plant-based lifestyle, cheese and eggs can be the hardest things to give up. In fact, a love for eggs and cheese in particular is often cited as one of the reasons people go vegetarian as opposed to vegan. It seems meat is easy to give up for some, while many can’t let go of the dairy stuffs. Recently, a Huffington Post blogger posted on “5 Smart Reasons to Eat Eggs,” with mention of the high protein content of the food, a possible reduced risk of cancer, and more. We’re here to tell you, Green Monsters, this advice isn’t so great for you – or for the animals involved in the egg industry. Here are 5 Reasons to NOT Eat Eggs:

1. Many studies show egg consumption actually increases the risk of certain types of cancers, including colorectal and bladder cancers. Check this out: “A case-control study done in Argentina found that people consuming approximately 1 1/2 eggs per week had nearly 5 times the colorectal cancer risk compared with individuals consuming less than 11 eggs per year. And, the World Health Organization analyzed data from 34 countries and determined that egg consumption was significantly and positively correlated with mortality from colon and rectal cancers in both men and women. Moderate egg consumption also tripled the risk of developing bladder cancer as determined by a case-control study of 130 newly diagnosed bladder cancer patients published in the journal International Urology and Nephrology.” In other words, don’t risk it! There are so many egg alternatives out there that it’s silly to risk your health.

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Vermont to Pass GMO Labeling!

Against the odds and the lofty wallets of Monsanto lobbyists, Vermont is soon to be the first state to require mandatory GMO labeling.

On April 16, with a vote of 28 to 2, the Vermont state senate passed a bill that makes GMO labeling mandatory for all foods sold in Vermont. It also identifies it as being illegal for GMO-containing foods to be labelled as “natural” or “all natural.”

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