Detox programs that work!

by James Khan

With the level of pollution that we are faced with, it is necessary to do a set of regular detox programmes for the whole year. The body starts to re-tox as soon as we complete a detox program, so we need to be regular with it.

That is, detox needs to be done on a regular basis through out the year. As you start to do this, it will become the normal way of life for you.

Think of it as Detox and Re-tox as a cyclical process where a period of fasting/detox is followed by a period of feasting and the accompanying Retox. You then follow this with another detox and so on.


Rossetti Lotus Detox Retreats

We now offer all these detox programmes at our new Retreat Center. They are fun-filled, very enjoyable prgrammes, with varying retreat themes. For more details see the: Lotus Detox Retreats page.

A complete detox program will include a 1 day a week detox, 1 or 2 weekends a month and an annual or bi-annual 7 day detox programme.

1 Day a Week Detox

A simple detox program involves just drinking pure Ionized Water one day a week, and nothing else.

For example, you could leave Mondays as a day for this water fast. Keep in mind as you do this that the water will hydrate and flush out the toxins from your body for you, so drink lots of water and nothing else and let it do the work of clensing your cells.

This is something that you could do at home, or at our Lotus Retreat Centre

To help this process, go for brisk walks, practice Chi Gung or Tai Chi, have massage therapies and relax in an infrared sauna.

People that do this regularly find that the body seems to start the detox process on the Sunday, as it knows what is coming and starts to look forward to being able to do the house clean.

The body wants to cleanse itself, but since we keep eating all the time, it can’t do this because the top priority for the body is to process the food that we consume.

Doing this on a weekly basis will make a huge difference to your general health.


1 or 2 Weekend Retreats a Month

Once or twice a month you could do a Weekend Retreat, where you again drink lots of pure ionized water, but you can supplement it with potent raw vegetible juices, fruit and raw food.

Fresh fruit and raw vegetable juice fasts are also very effective cleansers and can be used during any detox program. Raw carrot juice mixed with raw beetroot juice is overall the most therapeutic.

For more details about the best juices and foods to eat, read: Therapeutic Juices and Food Profiles

Though a weekend fresh raw juice and ionized water fast is great for your health, some experts say that just ionized water by itself is sufficient..

Ionized water has the ability to quickly penetrate deeply into your cells and tissues and remove the lodged poisons. A ionized water detox program also gives your digestive system a much needed complete rest.

1 Week Annual or Bi-Annual Detox

Once twice a year you should carry out a full 7 day detox program.

This is the Irons Program Description:


The seven day cleansing programme description

The V.E Irons Vitratox Seven Day Cleansing program is an integrated system of self-purification that combines the benefits of fasting, a fibrous intestinal cleanser, nutritional supplements and daily colon irrigation.

It is a complete program of blood and tissue detoxification that rejuvenates each and every organ, gland, tissue and cell in the body.

All of the organs of the body get a chance to stop and rest. When we are eating, our organs are constantly working-digesting, assimilating and eliminating. But when we stop eating, all of this energy goes into a serious house cleaning.

Old accumulations of toxins are eliminated from the system and flushed out of the body. This is why daily colonics or enemas during the cleanse are very important…the toxins MUST be removed from the body on a daily basis, or they are re-absorbed into the active bloodstream, which may result in a feeling of sluggishness, nausea, etc.

Please read carefully the directions enclosed in the Kit for the 7-Day Cleanse. Read them a couple of times until you understand the required steps. Then you are ready to begin.

If you have done little or no fasting in your life, we recommend that you start out slowly. Do a 24-hour cleanse first. Then in a couple of weeks try a 3-day cleanse. If you feel comfortable with the 3 days, try for 5, or 7 days, or repeat the 3-day cleanse until you feel comfortable with proceeding for a longer duration.

For Seven Days you eat nothing at all. It may sound severe, but you are going on a fast with cleansing and nourishing products that help detoxify and supplement the body.

Make no mistake, this is the real McCoy, it is not a herb based program that does very little for you.

These products may be used on a daily basis as well as on the Seven Day Cleansing Program. They are products of the highest quality! Great care has been taken to preserve the live enzymes in the GreenLife, Wheat Germ and Flaxseed Oil capsules and the Whole Beet Plant Juice Tablets.

There are no “high potency” supplements, because we believe that Nature provides the best quality combined with all its synergists. There are NO binders or fillers contained in these natural Supplements. Only Natural sweeteners such as blackstrap molasses and honey are used in our Natural Source Vitamin C.

You can be assured of supplementing with some of the best products nature has to offer and you will also be amazed at the results of this program.


Note: Consult a Naturopathic Doctor or Health Professional for diabetic, tubercular, cancer and extreme degenerative diseases, or if you have serious colon or eliminative problems. These conditions must have guidance and assistance during any fasting or cleansing program.


Cleanse Programme Supplements


Bentonite Clay 

A purified Bentonite (clay suspended in water). The Detoxificant is very useful in adsorbing toxic substances. It is negatively charged which allows it to attract positively charged particles in the alimentary canal. In fact, it can adsorb 40 times its own weight in toxic substances. It acts like a sponge, mopping up undesirable debris. The clay is also very soothing to an irritated bowel.


Psyllium Seed and Husk Powder

A fine powder of a special grade of Psyllium which contains both the seed and husk. This material holds moisture well and attaches itself to the mucous lining, making it soft and loose so it will move away from the bowel wall. This is a very important ingredient to the success of the cleanse.


Super Green

Wheat Grass Powder, Barley Grass Powder, Spirulina Powder or Moringa Powder work well.

You can also juice ordinary lawn grass to get the super greens.


The cleanse itself

A. Each day for 7 days take the following Cleansing Drink:

  1. Pour about one inch (or two tablespoons) of your choice of fruit juice into the pint jar. (This is to prevent the mixture from jelling too quickly and to give your drink flavor, although it is not necessary.)
  2. Add at least 10 ounces of water.
  3. Add 1 tablespoonful of the Bentonite solution
  4. Lastly, add 1 heaping teaspoonful of Psyllium Husk and Seed Powder
  5. Put the cover on tightly and shake vigorously for 5 to 10 seconds.
  6. Drink quickly. Follow with fresh water, if desired.

B. 1 ½ Hours after taking the above Cleansing Drink take the Supplements: Super Greens, Vitamin C, Beetroot tablets


After the 7th day


Resume normal eating, but eliminate from your diet anything containing bleached whole wheat or bleached and refined white flour products. Also eliminate anything containing artificial color or flavor, corn syrup or refined sugars. Instead, use whole wheat, stone ground, or sprouted whole wheat flour and molasses or honey. Inquire until you find them.

Eat a good size raw vegetable salad daily and one cooked leafy vegetable.

Use fresh, raw fruits, in season, between meals and for desserts.

Cook, bake, or steam all vegetables definitely on the raw side.

Cook beef very, very rare. Broil fish on one side only. Cook eggs softly.

Eat melons between meals.

Drink water generously between meals only. Drinking water during meals dilutes the digestive enzymes in the mouth and stomach.

See that one half of your food intake is fresh and raw, and gradually increase.

Be sure to eat something raw at each meal. If this is not always practical, then augment the meal with super greens


Exercise. Even well-balanced blood is ineffective unless it is aerated (oxygenated), so walk, walk, walk.



7-Day detox cleanse programme: a personal experience

I have been doing alternate therapy and healing practices including Massage, Shiatsu, Aromatherapy, Chi Gung, Yoga, Paranayama and Meditation for over 20 years.

In 1994, some 12 years ago I did my first Seven Day Cleanse Program, involving a 7 day water fast, with daily colonics as designed by the late V.E. Irons after reading a book about the Tao by Daniel Reid called The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity.

I had been following Taoists principles for some time (Bruce Lee got me hooked!), then followed up with books, including ones by Mantak Chia, but the Health specific information in the Tao of Health was unique.

V.E Irons is considered to be the pioneer and one of the worlds leading authorities on therapeutic detoxification for health and longevity.

I had never fasted for more then a day – seven days on water alone seemed a very difficult task. Friends told me that I was nuts, that it was an extreme thing and possibly a dangerous thing to attempt.

At the time I was working as an IT Consultant and one of my friends (actually my boss) said the same thing. He is a very wise and highly intelligent man, who had graduated from Oxford, then had followed a Spiritual calling to become a Tibetan Buddhist and lived in a Tibetan monastery for the next 10+ years. I held a lot of respect for his views, and he was invariably correct.

But I felt that it was the right thing to do, I trusted Dan Reid and I wanted to find out if it was actually effective or not.

I followed the detailed instructions described by Dan to the letter.

I purchased a Colema Board (a simple device invented by Irons that allows you to safely administer your own home colonic irrigations) from the Colema Boards of California in the US, and when it arrived, I took the plunge.

I removed so much toxic rubbish out of my body in those seven days, that I have continued this program once or twice yearly ever since, and would recommend it to everyone.

At the time I had been following healthy eating/food combining guidelines for over a decade, and believed that my digestive and excretory systems were in a very good shape, particularly with the Chi Gung I did.

Chances are that you are carrying the same poisons, that are slowly killing you.

These are Pictures from my 2006 Cleanse and a video. These and other cleanses by many people show the kind of black, rubbery, snake like deadly junk that comes out.

You’d be surprised, but that’s what is in there and it needs to be taken out if you want to live a healthy, vibrant life.

I encourage you to make the effort and do this program, you’ll do more for your health in those seven days then you can imagine.

This is something that you just have to do. Nothing else can take it’s place.

Over the years I have met many people that have read Reid’s book or extracts from it on the internet, but haven’t done it.

They said things like ‘So it’s really true!‘.

Yes, it’s true, you do pass out all the deadly junk that has accumulated in there for years.

Initial disbelief

Some Naturopaths and doctors that I’ve spoken to over the years have expressed initial disbelief. Even experts that run regular detox fasting and cleansing programmes are not aware of this. For example, a doctor and author of several books on health near Pretoria, South Africa does periodic resident detox programmes consisting of fasting with fresh fruit and water and daily hikes. I met him some 8 years ago when I used to live in Johannesburg, and went to his resort for a weekend detox.

We had deep discussions about the absolute need for a regular detox regime; he also did the one day water fast. However, he didn’t use colonics, without which you just don’t get all the rubbish out of your colon. I asked him why they didn’t use colonics. He said that they used to do colonics but they stopped as it wasn’t effective. He said that no one passed out the stuff that I talked about – he’d heard about this, but didn’t believe it was possible!

I assured him that it was, and explained to him that you must use the Intestinal Cleanser (psyllium seed powder) supplement, otherwise the colonics and fasting were ineffective. He wondered if it was the psyllium powder that was coming out! I assured that it wasn’t, and explained that the junk is lodged in too firmly to be removed by any other means.

The same is the case with other resident detox programmes that I’ve visited in different parts of the world like Spa Samui in Thailand, and another in Bali – they are good, but would be even more effective if they follow the full Irons/Reid program. Spa Samui now do their detox program based on the Irons/Reid program, and it is run by a former student of Daniel Reid.

Clinics in the UK and elsewhere also offer Colonic Hydrotherapy, and I’ve spoken to people there who said that they had not heard of anyone passing out such deadly junk. Again, this is because they are not following the Irons Program – only it, or slightly modified systems based on it, work.

The essential ingredients, without which it does not work, are:

A. 7 Day Ionized Water Fast with Daily Colonics

B. Psyllium Seed Powder and Bentonite

C. Super Green  (Wheat Grass, Barley, Moringa, Spirulina or other Green Powder)

See the pictures and do it – and you will know the truth for yourself.


Not as bad as it sounds – try it!

Though a 7 day fast is not as easy as just drinking alkaline water and relaxing in an FIR sauna, it’s not bad as it sounds because you take the Intestinal Cleanser made from psyllium powder with lots of water, adds bulk to your stomach and intestinal track, so you don’t feel hungry.

In addition you take a supplement called Green Life, made by juicing young wheat and barley grasses and then drying the juice. This provides your body with all the nutrients that it needs, in an easily assimilated form that doesn’t interfere with the detoxification process.

You can do a 3 day water fast initially, and get your body used to the detox process.

For me this self-detox, cleansing and fasting program has become a way of life; I do it once or twice each year.

I still use the same Colema Board that I bought over 10 years ago.

Colema Boards of California now produce the Deluxe Colema Board, which has a number of improvements over the original. In the UK, Colema Boards and Vitratox supplements are available from

The process is described in detail by Daniel Reid: Fasting and Colonics

Equipment needed

A. Essential items

1. A Colema Board

2. Psyllium Husk and Seed Powder (Fine)

3. Bentonite Solution

4. Super Greens



The Vitratox brand is the original and still the best source of these. It contains all the supplements that you need.

However, you can use locally supplied supllements, or water alone as I do, but you must have Psyllium powder, Bentonite mix, and the Wheat Grass Juice Powder.

In the UK, Original Colema Boards and the Original Vitratox Cleanse Kits, as manufactured by VE Irons over 60 years ago, can be ordered from:


B. Optional, but highly recommended

1. A Water Ionizer

Note: This is optional, but highly recommended. You will be just drinking water for the 7 days, and using water for the 2 daily colonics, so may as well use the best water. I have done the last 3 cleanses with ionized microwater, and I feel that it is a very significant improvement to charcoal filtered water, which I used to use before.


2. An infrared sauna

The skin is the largest and most important organ for detoxification. An FIR sauna is more pleasant then a conventional sauna, but any sauna will help.

In the UK/EU Water Ionizer’s and Lotus Infrared Saunas can be obtained from:

3. The Book – “The Tao of Detox” by Daniel Reid

Again optional, but it contains precise instructions and is a great reference. Also get Dan’s “The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity” while your at it, this in my view, is the best book on the Tao.

Available from


4. Massage, Aromatherapy oils and hot stones

Arrange to have daily massages therapies with essential oils, hot stones, thai yoga, Shiatsu or other massage therapies of choice. This will greatly help the detoxification and cleansing process and make the program much more enjoyable.

Check on your local therapists.

All these detox programmes are now available at our Lotus Retreats, where I look forward to meeting you and personally guide you through your detox programme.