Detoxification is very hot topic today. Unfortunately, it is often practiced as a self-help procedure; without professional support one may be compromising safety and effectiveness..  For example, some people use detoxification as a weight-loss program;however, those who are dieting may be unaware that rapid breakdown of fatty tissue can result in a surge of toxins being released into the circulation requiring careful monitoring of the detox process. 

The following symptoms can usually indicate a need for a detoxification: nausea, constipation, bloated feeling, heartburn, headaches, insomnia, cancer sores, cough, itchy ears, itchy eyes, stuffy nose, sneezing attacks, exessive mucous formation, pain or aches in joints, mood swings, acne, hair loss, exessive sweating, fatigue, restlessness, craving certain foods, water retention, excessive weight, frequent illness, poor concentration.
I would like to talk about different types of naturopathic detoxification, all of which may be beneficial, but each providing  a different degree of cleansing.

  1. Gentle detox is usually the first step toward even the most complex detoxification.  It is a non-specific, though safe initial method that naturopathically  addresses the whole person and is concerned  with reviewing  and modifying  lifestyle, diet, and  potential stressors which contribute to body toxicity. Before we even start talking about the detox itself, we encourage a change of diet for a few weeks.  We stress the importance of a healthy diet, that is the incorporation of organic vegetables and whole grains, and moderation in meat and fish consumption.   We attempt to eliminate sugars and processed foods and to uncover food allergies, the presence of which may inhibit the patient’s healing potential.

Note that Hydration is a vital part of any kind of detox. I advise that people consume half of their body weight in ounces of water during the detox. For example, a 150 pound person should drink 75oz of water a day, or  approximately 9  cups a day.

2.  Toxicity assessment                                                                                                      I like to evaluate the toxicity status of each patient using a questionnaire, performing lab tests, and assessing their  environmental exposures. I may order some genetic testing that assesses the liver’s ability to detoxify. This helps to determine whether or not the patient should avoid some medications, and what dietary modifications are required to improvethe  functionality of specific detox-related metabolic pathways. We are now ready to address a more specific detox program.

3. Toxin specific detoxification is another type of program. Naturopaths are well trained in sequencing patients safely through detox phases of excretion, liver detoxification, and immune system support. It is important to ensure effective release of toxins, while minimizing the risk of re-toxifying the body. Some patients may require chelation of heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and cadmium. Others may have been exposed to solvents, PCPs and chlorinated pesticides and may need nutrient- specific detox and colon hydrotherapy. It might be necessary for such patients to use heated rooms such as saunas, steam rooms  etc. While detoxing, it is important to ensure the intake of adequate nutrients and protein sources.

4. Reducing exposures. To reduce toxic load, I encourage patients to read labels, drink cleaner water, and become aware of significant sources of toxic exposure in their environment. I always encourage patients to buy organic fruits and vegetables, and to select free- range meats. The following link will make shopping easier for you:

 In summary, detoxification can be an important step in the pursuit of good health.  It is a process best performed by a trained and experienced professional.


Welcome to Naturopathic Medicine!

Naturopathic medicine is a concept  that should be familiar to all of us. We have all experienced remarkable episodes of “natural” healing such as when a wound heals without the benefit of any medical intervention. We often take such  an occurrence for granted ,not  realizing that it represents the body’s “natural” ability to heal itself using its innate natural defense mechanisms.  If we are attuned to our bodies and our environment, we will be more cognizant of such “miracles” occurring in our daily lives.  Naturopathic medicine recognizes, encourages and boosts this ability of the body to heal itself.

 Encouraged by my patients and colleagues, I am very excited to be starting this blog.  As the series goes forward, I will be discussing many examples of protocols used in Naturopathic care. Among those natural therapeutics we will discuss are reiki, craniosacral therapy, homeopathy, nutrition and herbal medicine.  I will devote a number of articles to acupuncture, which is a very powerful healing tool.  There will be a whole section on women’s health where I will talk about fertility, pregnancy, menopause, and various conditions such as endometriosis, fibroids, osteoporosis, ect.  I will cite examples of healing, recovery and cures that my patients, friends, family and I experienced over the years. We will discuss why sometimes the best approach is no intervention at all.

I hope you enjoy this blog and  will find information which will be useful to you and your friends and family.

Marina Yanover, ND, LAc



Big Apple Health

Big Apple Health offers:

  • Naturopathic medicine
  • Holistic medicine
  • Chinese medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Herbal medicine
  • Detoxification
  • Micro current therapy
  • Homeopathy
  • Craniosacral therapy
  • Management of Chronic Disease
  • Holistic Approach to Skin Disorders
  • Facial Rejuvenation
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Women’s Health
  • Men’s Health
  • Children’s (Pediatric) Health
  • Detoxification