Standard Process Cleanse Program

Cleanses and detox programs are everywhere. From Hollywood stars like Gwyneth Paltrow endorsing her favorite cleanse, to stores like Wal-Mart, who carry liver and intestinal cleanses. Many patients come into my office asking me if I think that they should do a cleanse. For some people, it can be a very important step into improving their health and changing their life.
  
We live in a toxic environment, and our bodies are overwhelmed, and bombarded by toxins every day.  Toxins enter the body through the digestive tract, by food additives, contaminated soil (heavy metals; especially cadmium), and soft drinks, etc. The average American consumes 15 lbs. of additives and 200 lbs. of sugar per year.  

The U.S. allows over 10,000 chemical additives to our food supply. In 2008, the toxic release inventory report revealed 3,849,793,153 lbs. of toxins were released in all industries for all chemicals.  Another way that toxins enter the body is via the skin through everyday grooming products, like perfumes, hairsprays, etc.  

The lungs are also a route that toxins can find their way into the body (exhaust, toxic fumes, second hand smoke, etc.).  If you live and work in DFW area like I do, you can imagine what our bodies have to manage, day in and day out. The body has three options when dealing with toxins: It buries them in body fat, deposits them in tissues, or removes them.  

Our organs of detoxification (liver, blood, skin, kidneys, colon, and lungs) are working 24/7 to clear the body of toxins. Unfortunately, our bodies weren't designed to handle the exponential amount of toxic elements that modern day life has gifted us. Many people are in a state of toxic overload.  Our bodies can only handle so much before inflammation and disease appear.

The Standard Process 21 Day Cleanse is one way to safely detoxify the body.  Not all cleanses achieve this goal safely, gently, and effectively.  A cleanse that claims to detoxify the body in under three weeks is usually too good to be true. The key factor in an effective and safe cleanse is that it supports phase two Liver detoxification.  Phase two liver detoxification is essential for the actual removal of toxins from the body. Many cleanses only support Phase one Liver detoxification, which is when toxins are packaged and moved to other parts of the body. 

The problem with a cleanse is that it only supports phase one liver detoxification is that toxins are moved to other parts of the body, but not eliminated from the body. It is like redecorating with the same old furniture. Things are moved around so they look and feel different, but are really the same. Toxins or xenobiotics are generally fat soluble, meaning they are stored in fat cells of the body. The more fat that our bodies contain the more likely we are storing toxicity in the body.  Phase two liver detoxification allows for the conversion of the most harmful toxins into a water soluble form, so they can be eliminated effectively and permanently from the body.

I have done my share of research and have found the  Standard Process Purification program meets the goals to safely, gently, and effectively detoxify the body. What I like about this program is that it lasts for three weeks (this time frame is great for changing habits), is not based on deprivation (you can add in meat and fish after the 10th day and good fats like oils, etc.), is a phytonutrient, whole food based program with nothing synthetic or processed, and it supports both phases of detoxication.  

This process has been studied and peer reviewed in a journal. The conclusive results showed an average weight loss of 9-15 lbs. for men,  6-9 lbs. for women, and a significant reduction in cholesterol (on average 30 points), as well as lipid (fat) profiles. Many patients of mine have great success stories with the standard process purification program.

Standard Process Purification, Cleanse, and Weight Management Program
Maintaining a proper weight gives your body the best opportunity to be healthy. This 21 day purification program is an effective way to lose weight, reduce cholesterol levels, improve lipid profiles, and support all of your organ systems that play a role in purification. The purification program is more than just a diet. It encourages patients to adopt a healthier lifestyle, which, in turn, restores wellness.

Standard Process Clinical Study
A research article published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine discussed the clinical effectiveness of the Standard Process Purification Program. The results from 28 chiropractic patients strengthened the theory that a calorie-restricted whole food diet along with supporting nutritional supplements, administered under the guidance of a trained health care professional, can support healthy serum lipids and weight. 

Purification Program Details
The 21-day purification program is so effective because it focuses on the whole person making better food and beverage choices, taking whole food supplements, reducing stress, and increasing exercise. The purification program is more than just a diet. It encourages patients to adopt a healthier lifestyle, which, in turn, helps them look and feel better.

This streamlined, easy-to-follow program emphasizes whole, organic, and unprocessed foods; whole food supplements; and water. Vegetables and fruit are eaten from days 1-10, with select proteins added at day 11. Whole food supplements taken during the program included: 

  • Standard Process Cleanse®
  • Standard Process Green Food™
  • Standard Process Complete™
  • Standard Process Gastro-Fiber®

Other supplements such as Whey Pro Complete, a protein powder with 15 grams of protein per serving, can also be added to the protocol to support purification.

Clinical Study Results
This retrospective case series supports the hypothesis that a nutritional purification intervention program emphasizing fruit and vegetable consumption, energy restriction, and nutritional supplements reduces serum lipids and weight. The study proved:

  • Significant reductions in total, low-density lipoprotein.
  • Very low-density lipoprotein, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and triglycerides were observed.
  • Serum triglycerides decreased from 116.3 ± 54.6 (mean ± SD) to 88.6 ± 40.5 mg/dL. 
  • Total cholesterol decreased from 223.3 ± 40.7 to 176.2 ± 30.0 mg/dL. 
  • Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol decreased from 145.7 ± 36.8 to 110.9 ± 25.3 mg/dL. 
  • High-density lipoprotein cholesterol decreased from 54.3 ± 14.6 to 47.6 ± 10.5 mg/dL. 
  • Weight for patients decreased from 191.2 ± 38.8 to 182.2 ± 36.3 lb.