Optimal Detox – Christopher Vasey N.D.

Optimal Detox

By Christopher Vasey N.D.


Chapter 4
The Different Illnesses Caused by Colloidal and Crystalline Toxins

Simply knowing that diseases are primarily due to the accumulation of toxins in the body is a good thing on its own. However, it is even better to know how to tell the difference between those diseases that are caused by colloidal wastes and those created by crystalline wastes.

So what do we need to learn in order to best apply this knowledge?

The first step consists of observing what excretory organ is most affected by the disease. Overloads of one kind of waste will target very specific excretory organs. The other eliminatory organs will be spared completely as they do not handle the waste products in question. For example, an excess of colloidal wastes can overwork and make several of the excretory organs that handle these toxins sick; such as the liver and the intestines. But the effects of this overload will have no bearing whatsoever on the organs that eliminate crystalline wastes from the body: the kidneys and sudoriferous (sweat) glands. This is why, when the liver and intestines are afflicted, we are seeing evidence of a colloidal disease (as these organs specialize in the elimination of colloidal wastes). When the liver or sudoriferous glands are suffering from illness, we are seeing signs of diseases caused by crystalline wastes (as these are the organs that are intended to eliminate crystals from the body).

The second way to tell what kind of illness is present–colloidal or crystalline–consists of observing two symptoms: discharge and pain.


Colloidal wastes contain a certain quantity of water and are discharged from the body by the respiratory tract (in the form of colds, bronchitis, and so on), by the sebaceous glands (whiteheads and oozing eczema), and the intestines (in the form of stools).

Crystals are basically hard, dry wastes. When there is an excess amount of crystalline waste in the body, they form deposits in the tissues. For example, these deposits can appear in the joints (arthritis), in the skin (eczema), on the walls of the blood vessels (arterioscleroisis), or in the kidneys (kidney stones).


When an excess of crystal toxins exists, they will compress the tissues, rub against them too energetically, or outright injure them. Crystals are hard and have an angular structure with sharp edges. When they remain stagnant in the body they easily injure the cells by scratching, pricking, and piercing them. At the onset, they will be perceived only as an irritant. Over time, lesions will occur. The inflammation of the tissues makes them extremely sensitive and all the more receptive to pain.

Conversely, colloidal wastes do not possess any of these effects whatsoever and do not cause pain. Their lack of structure sharply reduces any possibility of tissue injury. Being soft and malleable, they do not change the shape of the tissues with which they come into contact, and do not tear or injure them like crystals. To the contrary, they change shape to adapt to that of their environment.

About the Author

Christopher Vasey, N.D., is a naturopath specializing in detoxification and rejuvenation. He is the author of The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health, The Naturopathic Way, The Water Prescription, The Whey Prescription, and The Detox Mono Diet. He lives near Montreux, Switzerland.
Optimal Detox: How to Cleanse Your Body of Colloidal and Crystalline Toxins by Christopher Vasey, N.D., © 2013 Healing Arts Press. Reprinted with permission from the publisher Inner Traditions International.


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