Chinese 5 element chart
Dr. Elson Haas
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Dr. Elson Haas

Dec 31, 2017

Article Tags: seasonal health

Since 1987 I have offered a New Year’s Detox program every year at my clinic, the Preventive Medical Center of Marin, in San Rafael, California. I not only teach the 21-day course based on my book The Detox Diet, but I participate in it myself because this isn’t simply a health concept for me but a core lifestyle component—an intrinsic part of my own yearly health program. In fact I believe detox is the missing link in Western nutrition and a key to the health and vitality of individuals and of our society as a whole.

The Seasonal Approach

In addition to offering detox guidance and group support each January, I present similar programs each Spring (a 7-10-day juice cleanse) and Autumn (a detox program to get ready for the holidays). This seasonal approach is important because I have found that different styles of detox are more effective at different times of the year.

My guide for this approach is the model of the year’s seasons and elements found in Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has been a part of my healing philosophy and practice since my first book, Staying Healthy with the Seasons.

With this natural, seasonal dietary approach, you are aligning yourself with the energy of Nature, which is after all, the source of all health and healing. I hope you will make some of these suggestions a part of your vital New Year.

Here’s a more complete discussion of this idea from my article in Total Health magazine:

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