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Always look for the profit motive.  The larger the profit to be gained/lost, the more the people involved will lie/cheat/steal/threaten/injure/murder those who stand in their way.  Note that removing Poison/"Vitamin A" from the diet and environment doesn't really make anyone significant amounts of money, yet it could destroy entire industries once people figure it out.  Remember this when the resistance to this idea grows and the leaders of this movement (Grant Genereux and I) become targets.

The GOAL is to treat the ROOT CAUSE(S), not only the symptom(s).  That said, in the process & duration of treating the cause, it is perfectly acceptable to treat symptoms to help someone feel better during the process, so long as that symptom treatment doesn't create more issues later or interfere with treating the root cause.  The key is to understand which is which.  Removing established poisons and replenishing ESSENTIAL nutrients is always prioritized over other things.

"G-d helps those who help themselves."

"Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own." -Bruce Lee

Older studies have the benefit of generally not being as tainted by Big Pharma money.  Don't disregard old studies, they contain gold.

Communist country studies (ie. USSR) had the benefit of truly searching for the methods that gave the best results for the least amount of money. This resulted in open-mindedness to results from any direction, as the profit motive wasn't as heavy an influence.  Don't disregard non-US studies, they also contain gold.

There is no placebo effect in animal/veterinary studies, what you see is what you get.  Also, watching the natural behaviors of animals can give us great insight into things that are likely instinctually good or bad for us.

Traditional wisdom can give us guidance from the days before people had as much science to guide them, and was based on observed outcomes to determine if something is good or bad.  That said, we don't want to fall into the Appeal to Tradition fallacy either.  Everything needs to be put into context.

Just because something is "natural", does not mean it is implicitly good.  This is the Appeal to Nature fallacy. Again, everything must be put into context.

"Give the body what it needs, help it get rid of what it doesn't want, then get the hell out of the way."  -heard from Jim Sensenig ND, previous source unknown

"You will never be criticized by someone doing more than you, you will only be criticized by someone doing less." -heard from ArkNutrition on FB

“Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives and few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.” -Voltaire

When a combination of observations, anecdotes, logic, patterns, evolutionary biology, and veterinary/animal research combine to point in one direction...then THAT is where the answer lies, not in what paid-talking-head-"experts" tell you.  When MDs start denying all of this, just remember, when was the last time you saw MDs as "nutrition experts leading the path to true health" anyway?

The best way to DE-tox is to stop IN-toxing.  At the same time, we want to provide the body with the nutrition it needs--"testing, not guessing, then addressing"--so that it can run detox pathways properly and restore nutrient deficiencies...which gives the body the "breathing room" it needs to repair the damage.

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Erica Mulder
Dr. Garrett Smith, the "Nutrition Detective"
Licensed Naturopathic Physician (NMD) in Arizona, home of the Love Your Liver program
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