The Detox Prescription

A new release by Woodson Merrell, MD, ScD (hc)

The human body has an extraordinary ability to detoxify itself. We rely on this system when we wait for a hangover to lift or recover from a bout of food poisoning. However, cutting-edge science is revealing how toxic exposures can actually affect our genes and lead to conditions such as obesity, cognitive dysfunction, pain, allergies, infertility, and heart disease—all of which are on the rise.

The good news is that each of us can optimize this natural cleansing system for better health, greater energy, and efficient weight loss. In The Detox Prescription, Dr. Merrell draws on new research to help readers assess their own toxic risk factors and health deficiencies. Collaborating with Mary Beth Augustine, RD, he offers more than 100 delicious and nutrient-rich recipes incorporating juices and whole foods, broken into 3-, 7-, and 21-day cleanses. Dr. Merrell’s holistic system of light yoga, meditation, and other stress-busting practices will help reset body, mind, and spirit--and allow us to take control of our genetic destiny.

Dr. Merrell's newest book, The Detox Prescription (Rodale, 2013) is available now in stores and online. With a foreword by Dean Ornish, MD, it includes 3, 7, and 21-day plans for detoxing your life, including complete menu plans with more than 100 delicious detoxifying recipes, a 3-day juice cleanse and a complete lifestyle plan for detoxifying.

Read more about the book and order here.

For more information contact: Aly Mostel, Communications Director, Rodale Books - 212-808-1684 - [email protected]

Excerpt from the Foreword by Dean Ornish, MD: 

"This book can transform your life. Here’s why: Our bodies often have a remarkable capacity to begin healing if we allow them to do so—to a much greater degree and more quickly than had previously been realized—if we simply stop doing what’s causing the problem.

In this wonderful new book, Dr. Woodson “Woody” Merrell broadens the concept of detoxification beyond food to include these other aspects of our lives that so profoundly affect our health.

When we realize what’s causing the problem, we can make different choices that allow our bodies to begin healing. Dr. Merrell shows how, and why. He can help you tailor a program that’s just right for you, one that is based on good science and extensive clinical experience. You’ve come to the right place.

I’ve known and admired Dr. Merrell for many years. He is a renowned leader and pioneering clinician in helping to create a new paradigm of true health care, rather than just sick care—one that is more caring and compassionate as well as more cost effective and competent. He is an extraordinary healer and educator. His patients love him, and so do I. You’re in good hands.

I’m continually amazed by how dynamic the biological mechanisms are that affect our health and well-being—for better and for worse. When you follow Dr. Merrell’s recommendations, you’re likely to feel so much better, so quickly, it reframes the reason for making and maintaining these changes from fear of dying (which is not sustainable) to joy of living (which is).”

– Dean Ornish, MD

Praise for The Detox Prescription

"Dr. Merrell marries his massive clinical experience with smart science to craft a smart detox approach that will change lives."

– Mehmet Oz, MD

"In just a few short days of following the wise council of Dr. Merrell, you can have your health and your life back. "

– Mark Hyman, MD

"The one cleanse that’s really worth it. In writing The Detox Prescription (Rodale), Woodson Merrell, MD, has assumed the role of the sheriff who wants to run magical thinking and hucksters out of alternative-health town."

– Joseph Hooper, Elle