Hi everyone,

I want to write a few thoughts about detox and diet and how we as physical therapists came to be doing so much detox and dietary work with our patients.

Over the years, we’ve been able to help chronic pain sufferers actually clear their pains and return to normal lives; and by normal I mean painfree and able to do what they want to do in life such as return to work after long disability or write a book and do book tours.  Both actual past patient stories.

What we did to help these people is Integrative Manual Therapy and we can write more about that later.  But what we  found helped besides our hands on therapy was paying attention to our patient’s diets.  We found that by eliminating some allergenic type foods, and getting people off processed foods and on to a diet high in vegetables, we were able to fix up their problem permanently.

As we studied more and more about diet and toxins we started our patients on detox diets to “jump start” their bodies back to health; and we noticed that they improved even faster; much faster.

Years of studying and working with patients has resulted in us having a good grasp of how eliminating toxins and implementing good diets are vital to help a patient.

It all goes back to Hippocrates 2500 years ago, who said “First make food your medicine” or the Ancient Chinese Medicine principles where Mindfulness and Diet are #1 and #2 in how to help a patient and supplements, herbs, and medicines are last resorts.

We have found this to be true as well.  I’m confident, based on years of clinical research ( i.e. working with and finding out what actually works for patients) that if a patient with chronic conditions, including fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic headaches and many others does what we say regarding their treatment plan we can make permanent and quick changes in their health and function.  This means doing the simple but effective dietary changes, doing the individualized detox program, getting some integrative manual therapy and doing the home program; Even conditions un-helped in the past, have been turned around and a return to a normal life achieved.  There are many testimonials on our web site.

I hope this helps ,

my best to you,

Ralph Havens, PT, OCS, IMTC



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