If I were asked which is the area of greatest misunderstanding and confusion in the field of nutrition, I would immediately be forced to reply, it is the failure to properly understand and interpret the symptoms and changes which follow the beginning of a better nutritional program.
A better nutritional program is the introduction of foods of higher quality in place of lower quality ones. The quality of a nutritional program is also improved by omitting toxic substances such as coffee, tea, chocolate, tobacco, salt, pepper, etc.
Remarkable things begin to happen to the body as well as the mind. The amazing intelligence present in every cell of the body and the wisdom of the body in its operation immediately becomes manifest. The rule may be stated thus: When the quality of food coming into the body is of higher quality than the tissue that the body is made of, the body begins to discard the lower grade materials and tissues and makes room for the superior materials that make new and healthier tissue.
What are the symptoms or signs which become evident when we first begin to omit the lower grade foods and instead introduce superior foods? When the use of a toxic is suddenly stopped, headaches are common and a letdown occurs. This is due to the bodily rounds. Before the noxious agents reach their final destination for elimination, these irritants register in our consciousness as pain or headache. Usually, within three days the symptoms disappear and we feel stronger due to the recuperation which follows.
As one continues on the improved diet and gradually raises the quality, interesting symptoms begin appear. The body begins a process called “retracing”. The cellular intelligence has a chance to get rid of old garbage and build a beautiful new house. The accent is on elimination and the body begins to move garbage deposited in the tissues.
People may experience skin rashes or eruptions due to elimination of poisons and harmful drugs through the skin. If they go to a doctor not schooled in nutrition, he might diagnose it as an allergy and suggest the diet be discontinued. They do not understand that the body is “retracing.” The skin is becoming more alive and active. The toxins being discarded are saving you from much more serious diseases which will result if you keep them in your body too much longer. Possibility: hepatitis, kidney disorders, blood disease, heart disease, arthritis, nerve degeneration, or even cancer. Be happy that you are “paying your bills” now in an easy payment plan. With some: colds or even fever may occur. THIS IS NATURE’S WAY OF HOUSECLEANING.
Understand that those actions are constructive, even though unpleasant at the moment. DON’T try to stop these symptoms by the use of certain drugs. These symptoms are part of a curing process. These are not deficiency conditions or allergic reactions.
Symptoms, then may include: headaches at the beginning, fever and/or colds. skin breakouts, bowel sluggishness, occasional diarrhea, tiredness, nervousness, irritability, negativity, etc.
by Dr. Stanley S. Bass