Picture The planet has hit a barrier which prevents any widespread social progress—drugs and other biochemical substances.

     These can put people into a condition which not only prohibits and destroys physical health but which can prevent any stable advancement in mental or spiritual well-being.

     That’s the situation today.

     We live in a biochemical society.

     Bio means “life; of living things.” (It is from the Greek word bios, which means “life” or “way of life.”)

     Chemical means “of or having to do with chemicals.” And chemicals are the substances, simple or complex, which are the building blocks of matter.

     By biochemical is meant “the interaction of life forms and chemical substances.”

     Toxic substance is a term which has been used to describe drugs, chemicals, or any substance shown to be poisonous or harmful to an organism. The word toxic comes from the Greek word toxikon which originally meant a poison in which arrows were dipped.

     The human body is made up of certain exact chemicals and chemical compounds, and complex chemical processes go on continuously within it. Some substances, such as nutrients, air and water, are vital to the continuation of these processes and for maintaining the body’s health. Some substances are relatively neutral when entered into the body, causing neither benefit nor damage. Toxic substances are those which upset the body’s normal chemical balance or interfere with its chemical processes. Some of them can wreak havoc, blocking or perverting vital body functions and making the body ill or even killing it.

     Detoxification would be the action of removing a poison or a poisonous effect from something (such as from one’s body).

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