This section of the Web site has two components: About Toxins and Sat Dharam Kaur's Seasonal Cleansing and Rejuvenation Program.

About Toxins

A toxin is a substance, which when we breathe it, drink it, eat it, inject it or absorb it through our skin, or when it is generated within the body, may disturb physiology or damage structures within the body.


Endotoxins are produced in the body/mind. Emotions and memories leave an imprint on organs, glands, and tissues, mediated by biochemical pathways linked to the nervous system and brain.

Endotoxins include:

  • By-products of intestinal bacteria and fungi, imbalanced intestinal flora (dysbiosis). Meat eaters usually produce more harmful intestinal toxins than vegetarians.
  • Bacterial or fungal toxins disseminated from root canals, gum disease or from other sources of infection
  • Intermediary metabolites (lactic acid, pyruvic acid, sulphuric acid, nitric acid, phosphoric acid, uric acid, homocysteine)
  • Hormonal overload (estradiol, C16, C4 estrogens, thyroxine, IGF-1, insulin, cortisol, prolactin, LH etc.)
  • Increased free radicals (lipid peroxides, reactive oxygen intermediates in the liver, etc.)
  • Cellular toxins that are a product of normal cell function
  • Immunoglobulins, immune complexes and circulating immune complexes which may be involved in autoimmune conditions and pain
  • Toxic emotions (excess worry, regret, grief, fear, lust, anger, jealousy, pride, greed, attachment, etc.)
  • Toxic memories (loss, rape, embarrassment, shame, violence, abandonment, guilt, etc.)


Exotoxins include:

  • Air pollutants (diesel fumes, ground level ozone, carbon dioxide, car exhaust, benzene, radon gas, carbon monoxide, tobacco smoke etc.)
  • Inhalant allergens (animal dander, molds, dust mites, algae, pollens etc.)
  • Xenobiotics (insecticides, herbicides, pesticides, organochlorines, PCBs, dioxins, furans, food additives, food colorings, preservatives, plastics, PVC, bisphenol A, phthalates, solvents, formaldehyde etc.)
  • Brominated fire retardants
  • Cosmetics (artificial fragrances and dyes; sodium laurel sulphate; bismuth; phthalates; methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl parabens; propylene glycol; stearalkonium chloride, triethanolamine, lead, isopropyl alcohol)
  • Toxic metals (lead, cadmium, mercury, copper, arsenic, aluminum, tin, nickel, etc.)
  • Organic toxins (aflatoxin, ergot toxins, fumosine, penicillium toxins, mycotoxins etc.)
  • Drug toxins (most pharmaceuticals have toxic side effects, especially on the liver, kidneys and heart)
  • Antibiotics (these turn off your white blood cells’ response to clean up dying tissue and bacterial toxins. Residual toxic material can then penetrate inside cells, damaging the nucleus and mitochondria). In contrast, a fever helps to cleans up this debris.
  • Vaccination toxins (commonly contain mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, foreign DNA, large undigested proteins, viral toxins)
  • Vitamin and mineral excesses (vitamin D, A, E, copper, selenium, iodine, sodium, iron etc.)
  • Infections (viral, fungal, bacterial, parasitic etc.)
  • Lifestyle toxins (caffeine, sugar, cooked fats, smoking, alcohol, recreational drugs, broiled meat, etc.)
  • Food sensitivities (gluten, wheat, yeast, dairy, citrus, eggs, pork, nightshades, peanuts, individualized foods)
  • Energetic phenomena (electromagnetic fields, ionizing radiation, geopathic stress, etc.)

Symptoms of Toxicity

  • depending on the level to which toxins have penetrated the body, symptoms may be superficial or deep, and reflect the body’s attempt to eliminate toxins.
  • symptoms of toxicity can include headaches, joint pain, fatigue, irritability, depression, mental confusion, digestive disturbances, cardiovascular irregularities, flu-like symptoms, or allergic reactions such as hives, runny nose, sneezing, and coughing.
  • long standing toxicity leads to serious illness such as autoimmune diseases, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease and cancer.
  • toxins may generate free radicals, which cause cellular damage and inflammation; combine with and destroy enzymes; stagnate in tissues and interfere with circulation, causing high blood pressure; and thicken the blood, resulting in decreased oxygenation and distribution of nutrients. Toxins can block the transmission of nerve impulses, resulting in psychological disturbances and can interact with hormones, causing glandular imbalance.

Six Phases of Toxicity

Each of the 6 phases below represents a deeper level of toxin retention and thus requires more intensive and lengthy cleansing for reversal of symptoms.

1.The Excretion Phase

  • superficial signs of toxicity may include skin rashes or blemishes, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, fever, perspiration, pus formation, increased urination, diarrhea and vomiting.
  • the body is using a route to the outside to effectively discharge toxins.
  • we excrete toxins through our stools, urine, skin, exhalation, hair, sweat and through phlegm and mucus.
  • women excrete toxins through their menstrual flow, which may be a mechanism that reduces the toxic burden passed on to the fetus
  • after childbirth, women release a hefty amount of fat-soluble toxins into breastmilk, and next to saunas, breastfeeding may be one of the most efficient means to rid ourselves of chemical pollutants stored in our fat, which unfortunately increases the toxic load in our children.
  • if we do not have 3 bowel movements daily; if we do not drink at least 2 liters of water daily so that we can excrete through our kidneys; if we suppress a fever; if we do not practice deep breathing; if we do not exercise and sweat daily; if we suppress menstruation and if we never have a cold to eliminate respiratory toxins, we will store toxins. This begins a journey to ill health.

2. The Reaction Phase

  • when attempts at excretion are suppressed (as in lowering a fever and halting perspiration) or are incomplete, the body may create a local inflammation in an effort to remove residual toxins.
  • symptoms of this inflammatory response may include eczema, shingles, abscesses, ear infection, arthritis, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, appendicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease or cystitis.

3. The Deposition Phase

  • if toxins continue to increase, they will be deposited in specific locations of the body, usually in the spaces around cells known as the interstitial fluid or mesenchyme.
  • the deposition phase may include the formation of warts, polyps, neuromas, gallstones and kidney stones, cellulite, varicose veins, swollen glands, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, breast cysts, edema, atherosclerosis and weight gain.
  • all of these are efforts by the body to isolate and contain toxins so they do not penetrate to the inside of the cell. High cholesterol and hypertension may result. Constipation, overeating, lack of exercise, inefficient perspiration, poor lymphatic circulation and insufficient water will allow toxins to be deposited in the mesenchyme.

4. The Impregnation Phase

  • if efforts are not made to remove toxins from the mesenchyme, the toxins penetrate to the inside of cells, causing free radical damage, the blocking of enzymes and a change in the function of the cell, which may progress to chronic disease.
  • illnesses which occur when toxins have entered the impregnation phase and are affecting cellular regulation include diabetes, asthma, hepatitis, angina, thyroid dysregulation, hormonal imbalances, cervical dysplasia, and other precancerous conditions.

5. The Degeneration Phase

  • in the degeneration stage the cells are increasingly and sometimes irreversibly damaged, with changes in cell structure and enzymes.
  • conditions representative of this phase include liver cirrhosis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis, tuberculosis, hyperthyroidism, scleroderma, heart attack, arthritis, nephritis of the kidney, infertility and dementia.

6. The Cancer Phase

  • in this final phase the toxins have affected the DNA causing genetic damage and the formation of malignant cells. All cancers fall under this phase.


The degeneration and neoplasm phases can sometimes be reversed by using catalysts, trace minerals, vitamins, herbs, vibrational healing, chelation therapy, homeopathic drainage and detoxification therapies to facilitate the removal of toxins from within the cell and from the extracellular fluid. When we practice daily deep breathing, improve lymphatic circulation with exercise, sweat daily, support the liver, have three bowel movements each day and regularly drink two to three liters of water to increase urination, we maximize our capacity to eliminate toxins.

How We Detoxify

To prevent and reverse our toxic burden, we need to:

  1. facilitate the movement of toxins out of our cells, across the cell membrane. This can be assisted by using 3000 mg daily of pure fish or flaxseed oil; having a high potassium/low sodium diet; maintaining a more alkaline pH of urine and saliva; using drainage remedies such as Unda 1, 2, 20, 258 and 48; using the ionic trace minerals copper-silver-gold (Cu-Au-Ag) and manganese-copper (Mn-Cu) (known as oligotherapy); using fresh vegetable juices, herbs and sea weeds as organic mineral sources.
  2. improve circulation with daily exercise, so carbon dioxide and cellular toxins can be carried away in the blood and oxygen can be delivered to cells
  3. increase the flow of the lymph through the lymphatic vessels by regular deep breathing, exercise, rebounding (jumping on a small trampoline), skin brushing and alternating hot and cold showers
  4. strengthen the thymus gland and improve immunity so white blood cells can demolish bacteria, viruses, fungi and toxins and digest the debris carried to the lymph nodes. This is accomplished by using an herbal combination of astragalus, codonopsitis, ganoderma, schizandra, cat’s claw, pau d’arco and ligustrum.
  5. stimulate bile flow in the liver (the bile carries out the toxins) and improve liver detoxification. Use castor oil packs over the liver as needed.
  6. improve kidney drainage, so water-soluble toxins can easily exit through urine. Drink 2-3 liters of pure water daily to facilitate this.
  7. improve the composition of the bowel flora so these organisms can break down environmental and hormonal toxins and carry them out through the stools. Use a probiotic daily.
  8. increase bowel movements to 3 daily by consuming 30-40 grams of fiber daily, so toxins can leave quickly. Incorporate the use of enemas if necessary.
  9. use exercise and regular saunas to increase perspiration, so toxins can be eliminated through sweat
  10. practice deep breathing throughout the day and a specialized pranayam once a day to increase oxygen and maximize removal of toxic gases with exhalation
  11. ensure adequate rest, as we detoxify mostly at night
  12. establish periods of occasional fasting to decrease the digestive load, so energy and enzymes can be directed towards detoxification. We can choose to fast either one day a week; twice a month on the full moon and the new moon; one week every 2 months; one week every season; during the solstices and equinoxes; or according to a self selected schedule.

Manual Lymph Drainage Therapists in Toronto

Sylvia Crowhurst RMT


Pam Hammond RMT

  • Spadina-Bloor Massage Therapy Clinic
  • 344 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON
  • (416) 928-9650


Kimberly Boersen-Gladman RMT

  • St. John’s Rehab.Hospital
  • 285 Cummer Ave., North York, ON
  • North of Finch E. off Young St.
  • (416) 226-6780 ext: 7053


Jessica McEwan RMT


Julie Groulx RMT

  • St. John’s Rehab. Hospital
  • 285 Cummer Ave., North York, ON
  • North of Finch Ave. off Yonge St.
  • (416) 988-7197


Franziska Vidovich RMT

  • 595 Coldstream Ave.,Toronto,ON
  • South of Lawrence W. & Bathurst St
  • (416) 787-2223


Ly Raha RMT

  • Lyra Natural Healing Arts LTD
  • 170 The Donway, Toronto, ON
  • South of Lawrence Ave. off Don Mills Rd.
  • (416) 446-5911


Kimberly Tweedie RMT

  • 3197 Dixie Road , Mississauga, ON
  • North of Dundas W. & Willocreek Prk.
  • (416) 569-5349


Nadine Maraj-Nyiri RMT


Myrna Baker BSc N, RMT

  • The Bakerwood Massage Clinic
  • 20 Glebe Rd. W., Toronto, ON , M5P 1C9
  • South of Eglinton Ave. off Yonge St.
  • (416) 483-1988


Pauline Becker BSc, RMT

  • Competitive Edge Performance Therapy
  • 680 Huron St.,Toronto, ON
  • 2 blocks East of Spadina & Dupont
  • (647) 402-3564


Janet McFarland BSs PT and Sharon Langfield BSs PT

Biological Dentists

Biological dental practitioners recommended by Sat Dharam Kaur ND who can remove and replace mercury fillings safely, and properly assess and deal with cavitations and root canals are listed below:

Ontario, Canada

Dr. Mitra Doherty

  • Address: Laurelwod Dental Care, 600 Laurelwood Dr., Unit 145, Waterloo, Ontario N2V 0A2 
  • Tel: (519) 746-8558


Dr. Roland P. Estrabillo

Dr. Ali Farahani


British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Ara Elmajian

United States

Dr. Wesley Shankland

  • Address: Central Ohio Center for Facial Pain 158-A Commerce Park Drive, Westerville, Ohio 43082
  • Tel: (614) 794 0033


Dr. Michael Margolis

Seasonal Cleansing and Rejuvenation Program

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there is an understanding of the relationship between the organs and the seasons. This program draws upon this ancient wisdom to facilitate seasonal assessment, detoxification and rejuvenation. After a year, a full cleansing and assessment of your body's systems will have occurred. Working together with your naturopathic doctor and medical doctor, you can use this as a guide to optimize your health year after year. Consult your naturopathic doctor at least every three months to diagnose any imbalance at its beginning stage, and to improve the associated organs and tissues, so that your whole body is kept finely tuned.
This Seasonal Cleansing and Rejuvenation Program was developed by Sat Dharam Kaur, ND.

The Fall Program: September 23 – December 20

Caring for Your Lungs, Large Intestine, Skin and Establishing Mineral Balance

Available Naturopathic Screening Tests:

  • Provoked urine test for toxic metals ($55 US plus $16 for DMPS) DD
  • Sulkowitch urine test for calcium (in office)
    Zinc tally taste test (in office)
  • Iodine skin test (in office)
  • Packed red blood cell levels of minerals ($136 US) DD
  • Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis with Parasitology ($245 US) DD
  • Blood Test for Pesticides, PCBs and Brominated Fire Retardants ($350 CDN)
  • Red Blood Cell Fatty Acids ($235 US) MM
  • Skin Exam
  • Pulse and tongue diagnosis, iridology analysis (in office)


The Fall Program consists of:

  1. Heavy metal assessment and detoxification
  2. Bowel cleanse
  3. Yeast and parasite cleanse
  4. Skin brushing and hot/cold showers
  5. Sauna detox
  6. Clay baths
  7. Immune enhancement – flu prevention protocol
  8. Lung rejuvenation
  9. Fall foods
  10. Protecting the air in your home and community

The Winter Program: December 21 – March 20

Caring for Your Kidneys, Adrenal Glands, Bladder, Bones and the Water Element

Available Naturopathic Screening Tests:

  • pH monitoring of urine and saliva at home
  • Urinalysis (in office)
  • Biological Terrain Assessment (refer out)
  • Darkfield Microscopy/ Live Blood Analysis ($110)
  • Pulse and tongue diagnosis
  • Koenigsburg test for adrenal insufficiency (in office)
  • Ragland Postural Blood Pressure Test for adrenal health (in office)
  • Pupillary response to light for adrenal screening (in office)
  • Salivary cortisol and DHEA for adrenal monitoring ($100 US) NS
  • Urine test for bone resorption and osteoporosis risk ($120 US) MM


The Winter Program consists of:

  1. Kidney cleanse
  2. Tonification of kidney essence, yin and yang
  3. Adrenal support
  4. Exercises for a healthy bladder
  5. Bone building program
  6. Dental care
  7. Winter foods
  8. Renewing the water element


Enjoy the relaxing ambiance of our studio with hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, gas fireplace, tin ceiling and soft lighting. Nurture your spirit as you unwind body and mind in our yoga classes guided by professional instructors.

Trillium Healing Arts is an oasis for healing, relaxation, rejuvenation and transformation in downtown Owen Sound. Experience our weekly classes in yoga and meditation or consult our naturopathic doctor, Sat Dharam Kaur ND to embark on a journey of improved health and wellness through natural therapies. We offer both group as well as personalized yoga and meditation classes.

We provide diagnostic services, including toxic metal testing, food sensitivity testing, salivary hormone testing, comprehensive digestive stool analysis, and extensive blood and urine tests for nutritional assessment.

The Spring Program: March 21 - June 20

Caring for Your Liver, Gallbladder, Tendons, Joints, Reproductive Organs, Breasts, Thyroid and the Wood Element

Available Naturopathic Screening Tests:

  • Liver and gallbladder palpation
  • Liver detoxification profile ($116 US) DD
  • Pulse and tongue diagnosis
  • Clinical breast exam
  • Breast infra red thermography ($250) MTI
  • Basal Body Temperature test (you may also need thyroid function tests from your GP)
  • Saliva, urine and/or blood tests for progesterone, estradiol, estrone, estriol,
    C2/C16 hydroxyestrone, SHBG, testosterone, melatonin, prolactin, IGF-1


The Spring Program consists of:

  1. Liver cleanse and support
  2. Liver flush
  3. Castor oil packs
  4. Gallbladder cleanse
  5. Gallbladder flush
  6. Joint support
  7. Breast care
  8. Spring foods
  9. Caring for the wood element, the trees

The Summer Program: June 21 - September 22

Caring for Your Heart, Small Intestine, Blood Vessels and Gums

Available Naturopathic Screening Tests:

  • Blood pressure
  • Tongue and pulse diagnosis
  • Darkfield microscopy ($110)
  • Biological terrain assessment
  • Cardiovascular Health Profile ($330 US) MM (total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, Lipoprotein (a), ferritin, fibrinogen, C-reactive protein, CoQ10, vitamin E, lipid peroxides, homocysteine, RBC magnesium, insulin, testosterone, SHBG)
  • Oxidata test for free radical activity ($25 in office)
  • Food sensitivity testing ($300 US) IMMUNOLAB
  • Intestinal permeability testing ($50 US) DD
  • TOPAS gum toxicity test ($25)


The Summer Program consists of:

  1. Regular exercise routine
  2. Normalizing the pH of urine and saliva
  3. Allergy elimination and rotation diet
  4. Gum care
  5. Arterial cleansing and reduction of inflammation
  6. Tonifying the heart
  7. Healing and renewing the intestinal lining
  8. Reducing your impact on global warming

The Late Summer Program – August 21 - September 20

Caring for Your Stomach, Spleen, Pancreas, Muscles and Earth Element

Available Naturopathic Screening Tests:

  • Gastro-test for hydrochloric acid levels ($25)
  • Blood or saliva test for antibodies to H. pylori ($25)
  • Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis ($255 US) DD
  • Metabolic Syndrome Profile - the test measures insulin, glucose, HDL, triglycerides, arachidonic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid, ADMA and determines degree of insulin insensitivity ($180 US) MM 

  The Late Summer Program consists of:

  1. Assessing and normalizing hydrochloric acid production in the stomach
  2. Testing for and eliminating Helicobacter pylori
  3. Avoiding sugar, sweets and high glycemic carbohydrates while balancing blood sugar
  4. Boosting the pancreas with increased raw food and enzymes
  5. Honouring the earth element – buy organic, grow organic, compost your food scraps

Cleansing Yoga Retreat

Are you looking for an opportunity to cleanse body, mind and soul? We have designed a week long retreat that encompasses supervised infrared sauna detoxification, daily yoga classes, fresh vegetables juices and a vegan diet. Accommodation is provided in a cozy apartment in beautiful downtown Owen Sound with delicious meals and juices prepared daily by the Ginger Press Café. Morning and evening yoga and meditation classes (approximately 8 per week) are available for you to attend nearby at Trillium Healing Arts with a variety of certified instructors. Sat Dharam Kaur ND is available for a naturopathic consultation and yogic advice at the beginning and end of your stay to help design your program. Your health can be monitored using Darkfield Microscopy and other in house testing at the beginning and end of the week.

The cost breakdown is summarized as follows:

Please contact us for more information or to set up your customized detoxification retreat.