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About Our New Book

Book Title:
Toxic to Terrific: The step-by-step detox guide to safely remove dangerous toxins from your body and life!

Authors:
Dr. Mitch Kennedy, ND, LEED-AP and Dina Pelletier, MPH

Is it actually possible to remove toxic substances before they cause you damage? YES!

All of us living today have been exposed to toxic chemicals and compounds; there are approximately 14,000 chemicals in use around the world! And because these chemicals are only studied individually rather than in the combination of toxin soup we are exposed to daily, we have no idea what they are doing to us.

Scientific research has shown that industrial pollutants (pesticides, heavy metals, and solvents) affect specific organs (the liver, the brain, and the reproductive system). Many of the diseases caused by these toxic substances can cause serious health issues, shortening, and reducing the quality of a person’s life. Cancer, heart disease, stroke, autoimmune diseases, mental dysfunction, depression, infertility… are all things linked to all of the toxins in our modern world.

Whether you want to address a current condition so you can feel better now, or prevent getting a chronic, debilitating or deadly disease in the future, detoxing can help! Toxic to Terrific guides you through the maze of safely removing chemical pollutants from your body.

In this book, you will discover…

  • What toxins are in your body
  • The 13 most common signs and symptoms of toxin overload
  • What is scientifically proven to work and what doesn’t
  • Who should detox and who should not
  • 5 things you can do every day to help your body detox
  • When is the best time to detox
  • What dangers are lurking in my home and how to get rid of them

Written by environmental health professionals with 50 combined years of education and experience. Dr. Kennedy and Dina Pelletier, MPH are your coach, teacher, and cheerleader in this deep dive into how pollutants such as lead, mercury, pesticides, and “forever-chemicals” get into your body, the harm they may cause you, your current, or future children and how to safely remove them.

Scientifically fact-checked with over 1,456 scientific references.
Endorsed by leading physicians.
More about the book


Possible Book Story Angles

  1. Is this something new?
  2. Is detox a real thing?
  3. Who is responsible for all these toxins?
  4. Are the wildfires releasing toxins into the air?
  5. Who is affected by air pollution in cities?
  6. How do toxins affect children?
  7. I’m planning to get pregnant, how should I prepare?
  8. Can you smell that smell? Toxins in everyday products.
  9. The undetoxables – what are the things that you can’t get out and how to avoid them?
  10. Are people becoming infertile?

Book Interview Questions

  • Where are toxins and how do they get into our bodies?
  • Can there be toxins in our food? Water? Even Supplements?
  • Who is affected by toxins?
  • What toxins are in your body?
  • Why do you need to detoxify?
  • What are the common symptoms of toxin overload?
  • Is it possible to test for toxins in your body?
  • How does your body get rid of toxins?
  • Why did you write this book?
  • What is scientifically proven to work and what doesn’t?
  • Can detoxing help with weight loss?
  • When should you detox and when should you not?
  • Can detoxing be dangerous?
  • What are 5 things you can do every day to help your body detox?
  • What foods help our bodies to detox?
  • Is it true that there are certain foods and beverages that inhibit liver enzymes?
  • What dangers are lurking in my home and how to get rid of them?
  • Can you give me a real-life example?
  • Does the book tell us how to detox?
  • Where can I find more help?

Excerpts from the Book

“This is not a depressing book about our polluted way of life. We see great potential and opportunity in detox to show people how they can live a healthier, safer life that is more in sync with the Earth systems to which we are intricately connected.”

Toxic to Terrific: The step-by-step detox guide to safely remove dangerous toxins from your body and life!
Dr. Mitch Kennedy, ND, LEED-AP and Dina Pelletier, MPH

“In the 1940s and 50s, we were promised a Golden Future with a slogan of better living through chemistry. In the rush of our technological advancement during those decades, no time was spent considering the potential consequences of that rush. This lack of forethought had a steep price we did not foresee, from children with developmental delays to elders stricken with Alzheimer’s and arthritis.”

Toxic to Terrific: The step-by-step detox guide to safely remove dangerous toxins from your body and life!
Dr. Mitch Kennedy, ND, LEED-AP and Dina Pelletier, MPH

How Widespread Are Toxic Substances?
“Most people do not know that some of our smartest scientists regularly monitor groups of the US population for industrial toxins. Every two years since 1999, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) conducts the National Health And Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to assess the US population’s nutritional status and exposure to various chemicals.”
“NHANES mails surveys, does in-person interviews, and collects blood and urine samples of participants. This is a nationwide survey of all age groups, genders, and large ethnic groups which measures 212 chemicals coming into the human body from food, water, air, and products applied to the skin.
The findings in the Fourth Report indicate widespread exposure to some commonly used industrial chemicals:

  • Flame Retardants (Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers) used in consumer electronics and other electrical products are accumulating in human fat tissue. One type of polybrominated diphenyl ether, BDE-47, was found in the blood of nearly all of the NHANES participants.
  • CDC scientists found that more than 90% of the urine samples contained bisphenol A (BPA), a component of epoxy resins and softener in plastic products. BPA may have potential reproductive toxicity, with the US population’s exposure to BPA likely from foods in contact with BPA-containing materials.
  • PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic Acid), the chemical that gives Teflon, Stain-Guard, and other products their non-stick and wrinkle-guard properties, was detected in measurable levels in almost all the participants’ blood samples.
  • Children ages 6-11 years old were the group with the highest levels of perchlorate found in their blood samples, a chemical found in rocket propellant, flares, and explosives.”

Toxic to Terrific: The step-by-step detox guide to safely remove dangerous toxins from your body and life!
Dr. Mitch Kennedy, ND, LEED-AP and Dina Pelletier, MPH

“The vast majority of chemical safety studies focus on the effects of one chemical on one part of the body (i.e., the liver or the brain). Given that there are over 14,000 man-made chemicals in use and that is just in the US, it would seem impossible to study all the potential interactions of these toxins with each other and with chemicals already in a person’s body from previous exposures.”

Toxic to Terrific: The step-by-step detox guide to safely remove dangerous toxins from your body and life!
Dr. Mitch Kennedy, ND, LEED-AP and Dina Pelletier, MPH

There is not one single human on Earth who does not have some man-made chemicals in their body. Of the almost 7.7 billion people now alive, everyone on Earth has been exposed to these chemicals even if they do not have a car or home, or live in a city, or live in an industrialized country like the USA that has so many technological devices and consumer goods.
Why? Because we live in a fishbowl. As the saying goes, ‘what comes around, goes around.’ And humans have been using heavy metals and inventing persistent (substances that do not break down into harmless constituents) chemicals for more than 70 years.

Toxic to Terrific: The step-by-step detox guide to safely remove dangerous toxins from your body and life!
Dr. Mitch Kennedy, ND, LEED-AP and Dina Pelletier, MPH

About the Authors

Dr. Mitch Kennedy and Dina Pelletier, MPH are a husband and wife team who met at an Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxic Use Reduction conference at the University of Lowell, Massachusetts. Mitch was an environmental engineer helping manufacturers reduce their use of dangerous chemicals and Dina was working for Connecticut Hazardous Waste Management. It was love at first sight. Together and both working in environmental health for more than 25 years, they bring their combined knowledge to you in a new book, Toxic to Terrific – The step-by-step detox guide to safely remove dangerous toxins from your body and life!


Mitch Kennedy ND, CEM, LEED-AP, 6SigmaBB

Dr. Mitch Kennedy is a Naturopathic Doctor and a Connecticut-licensed primary care provider. He was the first Naturopathic Physician credentialed to practice medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center, (UCHC,) the largest hospital in Connecticut. At UCHC he practiced in the Center for Women’s Health, the Reproductive Fertility Department, and the Cancer Treatment Center. He also served as a clinical instructor at the UCONN School of Medicine, the University of Bridgeport School of Naturopathic Medicine, and Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.

Before becoming a doctor, Mitch received a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, majoring in both Civil Engineering and Geology, and ran his own environmental consulting firm.

As an environmental engineer, Mitch earned an international reputation as a leader in pollution prevention, showing industries around the world how reducing toxic chemical use saves money and the planet. His textbook on financial analysis of environmental projects, published by John Wily & Sons, is considered the authoritative text that proves doing the right thing for the earth is profitable for corporations.

Dr. Kennedy now specializes in sustainability and resiliency planning. He is also a LEED-certified “Green Building” consultant, helping people to build and remodel homes, offices, and factories in a non-toxic, and energy-efficient way.

He was among a select group of the first 1,000 people from across the United States trained by Al Gore to teach about global warming and what we can all do to help. Dr. Kennedy volunteered for 2 years to present to over 10,000 people in groups such as lawyer’s associations, medical boards, regional governments, and manufacturing groups.


Dina Pelletier, MPH, NCHES

Dina Pelletier, MPH, NCHES, is co-author of the upcoming book, Toxic to Terrific: The step-by-step detox guide to safely remove dangerous toxins from your body and life. Dina received her Master’s degree in International Environmental Public Health from Tulane University in New Orleans. While there, she administered a UNICEF child survival education project; wrote and won a Kellogg Foundation grant; published an international newsletter; and volunteered as an Aids Test Results Counselor and speaker with the NO/AIDS Task Force. She also became a Nationally Certified Health Education Specialist.

After graduating, Dina won a NATO Fellowship from the Committee on Challenges to Modern Society. She analyzed governmental policies for environmental planning and management in Kathmandu, Nepal, then presented her findings at an international NATO conference in Rome, Italy.

Back in Connecticut, while managing a Naturopathic medical practice, she became a Green Realtor, Organic Landcare Specialist, certified Permaculture Designer, and Nationally Certified Life Coach.

Dina received her Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health Education. She has conducted rural nutrition research in Kenya and designed and presented nutrition seminars in Guatemala. Her senior thesis research was on the successful Primary Health Care System in Jamaica approved by the Pan American Health Organization’s head of the Latin America Region.

In college, she worked 2nd and 3rd shifts as an Emergency Medical Technician in Hartford, a Medical Assistant for 3 Internal medical doctors, and managed a dermatology office.


Endorsements

“Toxic to Terrific is terrific! Kennedy and Pelletier provide readers a practical guide for healthy living in a chemical-laden world. The writing is accessible and illustrated with patient case histories from Dr. Kennedy’s practice. With its well-referenced, evidence-based, and unbiased recommendations, Toxic to Terrific is equally valuable to practitioners and patients.”

Paul Mittman, ND, EdD
President & CEO, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences and published author.

“Toxic to Terrific is a user’s manual for our modern toxic world. For those with ailments that have not responded to conventional medicines, Toxic to Terrific provides accurate information on the risks of exposure and practical tools for eliminating toxins from the body and improving health. For clinicians and those with experience in this field, this work will add referenced tools, prescriptions, and a Naturopathic perspective on these effective methods.”

Michael J. Cronin, ND, Founder and Past President of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Trustee & past President of American Assoc. of Naturopathic Physicians, 30+ years of family practice with an environmental medicine focus. NaturopathicGroup.com

“This book does a marvelous job of outlining evidence-based, best practices for detoxification, reflecting advances in genomics and metabolomics, and supporting the body’s own miraculous powers of self-regeneration.”

Peter D’Adamo, N.D., Former Distinguished Professor of Clinical Medicine, The University of Bridgeport, Department of Health Sciences, Author: Eat Right For Your Type. D’Adamo.com

“This is such a valuable, well-resourced book that will be a manual for all of our patients (and practitioners). Very easy and fun to read! (Love all the appendices.) Thank you guys for this important work!”

Dr. Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO – Founder and CEO, DrNasha.com, Durango, CO Dr. Nasha Winters is a global healthcare authority and best-selling author in integrative cancer care and research, consulting with physicians around the world.

“This is a phenomenal and extensive work, masterfully compiled. This is so comprehensive that it can serve as the clinical basis for a practice model. I must confess that I couldn’t help but be influenced by it (and I allowed it!); my practice will definitely be different after this book!”

Dr. José M. Mahfoud, MD, ND, MSc is the former Chief Medical Officer and Associate Dean of Clinical Education at the University of Bridgeport School of Naturopathic Medicine. He practices naturopathic medicine and acupuncture in Brookfield, CT at the SOPHIA Natural Health Center, where he offers evidence-based, integrative approaches to patient care.

“After completing post-graduate studies in Environmental Medicine, I practiced and ran a detox clinic for 20 years. Toxic to Terrific is the book I wish I could have suggested to all of my patients. There is a wealth of valuable information, with detailed steps to assist all who are interested in staying healthy. Toxic to Terrific is well researched, provides sound scientific evidence, yet is also understandable to the non-science person interested in this increasingly important topic.”

Dr. Stacey Raffety BSN, LAc, ND earned her bachelor of science in nursing, followed by a doctorate from National University of Natural Medicine and an acupuncture license from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine after which she ran a detox clinic for 20 years at the Tigard Holistic Health Clinic in Oregon.

“Toxic to Terrific reflects the passion for health of its authors. It is an exhaustive guide to understanding the history, danger, and detection of toxins and an invaluable tool of empowerment for people who seek to live with a lower toxic burden. I have learned much in reading this book, and I recommend it without reservations to all who seek to better understand how their bodies work and how to feel better. I know this book will profoundly help many people.”

Dr. Jonathan Goodman ND is an author and former adjunct professor at the University of Bridgeport’s College of Naturopathic Medicine. He was appointed by Governor M. Jodi Rell to serve on the Connecticut State Board of Naturopathic Examiners and serves as vice president of the CT Naturopathic Physicians Association. DrGoodmannd.com

“Toxic to Terrific is a comprehensive guide to the many toxins in our environment and how to safely and effectively detoxify. It is a riveting read, and an equally as useful guide that is organized to allow readers to quickly find the most applicable information and start on the path to good health. I will use and refer to it regularly. This is one book that can help so many!”

Terry Walters, Author of Clean Food: A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source. TerryWalters.net

“This comprehensive book on detoxification is a must-have resource for both clinicians and the public! In contemporary times it is critical to alert ourselves to environmental toxicants we are exposed to every day. This book empowers us with the tools we need to identify sources of exposure and change our lifestyle to limit our exposures. It provides the practical tools and resources to safely detoxify our bodies and support our long-term health. Equipped with the tools and techniques to thrive, this book does help you transform from Toxic to Terrific!”

Katherine Carvlin, ND, MS, Executive Director, National Association of Environmental Medicine – envmedicine.com and DrKatherineCarvlin.com

“It is truly amazing to learn how our bodies are designed to process and eliminate large amounts of toxins daily. Unfortunately, while in the past the toxic load was small, today our body’s systems are overwhelmed which can impact an individual’s health significantly. This often requires professional assistance, or at a minimum, a disciplined, well-researched effort by the individual. Now, there are tools that carefully and effectively help detoxify the body which can be found in the new book, Toxic to Terrific!”

Dr. Rob Streisfeld, NMD is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and a Certified Natural Food Chef. “Dr. Rob” is a passionate consumer advocate and educator with nearly 20 years in the natural health and natural products industry. DocRob.com

“Toxic to Terrific is an excellent book for the general public and health professionals alike. I appreciated all of the well-sourced information and the thought-provoking journey that this book ignites. I learned so much starting from the introduction!”

Tejal Jamidar, DMD, member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. OceansideDentalDaytona.com

“Good and up-to-date books on environmentally-related health illnesses are a rare find. Toxic to Terrific is one of these books! The information collected here will be a useful tool in my practice. A book that I will be recommending for my patients to read.”

Dr. Aviad Elgez, ND, EnviroMed Clinic in Toronto, Canada. EnviroMedClinic.com

“Detoxification is one of the foundations of good health in this modern world. Working to reduce the number of toxins coming into your body and increase the number going out is on par with increasing nutrients and decreasing empty calories. Knowing smart ways to detoxify, like those in this book, can help you to boost energy, lose weight, avoid chronic illness, and change your health outcomes long-term.”

Dr. Amy Neuzil, ND, Coach, Author, Host “To Health With That!” Podcast, Dr. Neuzil is a leading expert in MTHFR and epigenetics. DrAmyNeuzil.com

“Toxic to Terrific is a tour de force of all the commonly found toxins in our homes and environment, which make their way into our bodies. This body burden of toxins that we all carry can no longer be ignored if we are to overcome the chronic diseases of our day in order to thrive, not just survive! Practical, thorough, and well-referenced, this book will inform and guide you.”

Anne Marie Fine, NMD, FAAEM, Medical Director, Environmental Medicine Education International, LLC, a clinical training certification program in environmental medicine – EMEIglobal.com

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