Detox Truths, Myths and Tips with Dr. Tim Gerstmar (Podcast 69)

by Steven Wright


There are so many detox myths and bad advice that I honestly hate this subject. But like many, I’ve had questions in the back of my  mind. Like is detoxification really all that important? Won’t our bodies just “handle” it?

The word detox itself makes my skin crawl. There’s been so many slimy articles written, snake oil products and misinformation borderlining on damaging to health.

You’ll notice that Jordan and I rarely bring up the topic. Now, don’t get me wrong, we have at least 10 private multiple chemical sensitive clients in our consulting practice right now. I know from talking with these people that toxins are in our air, water, food, and basically everywhere. But not everyone reacts like them.

It’s kind of like people with Celiac disease. They CANNOT have a spec of gluten. And most of the rest of us should avoid it as well. But trust me, most of you are exposed to gluten even when you think you did everything right. I know this because of working, talking and hanging around people like Jordan. They are at the far end of the spectrum of sensitivity, just as a MCS person is at the far end of the toxin overload spectrum.

But where does that leave the rest of us who aren’t that sensitive. Do we need to care and how much of our daily budget, thoughts and pill count should be devoted to this idea of detoxification?

“Detox is a process, not a thing” ~Dr. Tim

Dr. Tim Gerstmar decided to jump into this deeeeeeep rabbit hole and find out what the deal was. I’m exaggerating somewhat but not by much. As I was eluding to in the beginning of this post, the idea of detox, toxins and cleanses might consume a lifetime of study, so I appreciate that Dr. Tim took the time and effort to get to the bottom of what is relevant for us right now.

He’s up in Seattle and if you’re in that area, you should track him down for help. He knows his stuff regarding digestion, detox and hormones. And he’s one of the few who realizes it’s important to keep learning regardless of age or experience.

On This Podcast with Dr. Tim, You’ll Learn:

8:19 Toxins, detox, and cleanses – separating the truth from myths
15:11 Testing toxin load in the body
17:30 What are the worst toxins to be aware of?
22:54 Do environmental toxins affect everyone… including those without symptoms?
28:53 Practical tips to limit toxin exposure in your life
38:11 How to improve the body’s natural ability to detox
47:01 Correcting glutathione levels
50:30 Should you supplement with detox products every day?


Massive thanks to Dr. Tim for taking time to do this podcast, even though he has a 4-week-old baby – also for being so generous in sharing tips in this podcast that anyone can use.

His preferred water filter is here.

The Great Lakes are toxic info is here.

And the curcumin we are both using is here.

Don’t forget to connect with Dr. Tim on Facebook here.



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Steven Wright Steve Wright is a health engineer and author. In 2009, he reached a breaking point when IBS took over his life and the doctors didn't know how to help. Since then, he has transformed his health and started to help others naturally heal stomach problems. You can check out his story here and find him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.

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Phil January 6, 2016 at 1:16 pm

The LIKES on the left make reading a pain on my iPad

Mariel Heiss January 6, 2016 at 3:50 pm

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ArtisticNutrition November 23, 2013 at 6:49 pm

If you are trying to stay on the SCD/GAPS diet.
Please read what is in any supplements you are considering. Often illegal on SCD/GAPS are Chicory root, Aloe, any polysaccharides, barley, sucrose, remember to compare with information on SCD and GAPS
and GAPS book when in doubt about supplementation and ingredients, there are few exceptions and GAPS site address them. Often companies have other products without these additions.

Miia October 3, 2013 at 6:43 am

I didn’t get all the supplements he recommended.

I got the herbal compounds:
milk thistle, tumeric and broccoli extract

But the supplements:
Fe, vit D, glutathione

But what was the “enscetial cystein”? And did I miss anything else?

jamie October 3, 2013 at 12:18 pm

n-acetyl-cysteine, or, NAC.