Dr. Elias Markou, ND
Everyone has a turning point…
Maybe it’s your doctor handing you a prescription for an antidepressant that you’d rather not take because of the 34 potential side effects. Maybe it’s wheezing your way through a Zumba class and discovering your urge to nap every 2 hours is adrenal fatigue. Or perhaps it’s being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that’ll make it impossible for you to whip out your robot dance at your daughter’s upcoming wedding.
Mine came in the form of an unassuming slip of paper that said I had 28x the amount of mercury in my blood than the Environmental Protection Agency considered safe.
Shocking? Sure. But even more shocking is how common my story is… Our cells are a playground for everyday toxins. And these hidden culprits are triggering everything from weight gain, to allergies, to wonky hormones and stop-drop-and-roll stomach cramps
I served as a firefighter for 7 YEARS before realizing how regular exposure to highly toxic fumes and my quicker-the-better diet was beating up my body.
I only slept 4 hours a night and dragged my feet like a vacant-eyed zombie all day… I pulled muscles and tore ligaments on the job, and couldn’t concentrate through the pain… I was popping anti-inflammatories and antibiotics that were rotting my gut… And I had the beginning stages of vitiligo, high blood pressure, and a cholesterol score that put me on heart attack watch… But I was managing. Living with my symptoms. Because what other choice did I have?
Until I held that 8.5 x 11” wakeup call in my hands, I didn’t even think I was that sick. Or that there were other treatment options available to me…
We Are Sponges
Think of the human body as a sponge
Our bodies soak up all the junk in processed foods and packaging, the water we drink, the creams we smear on our skin, the cleaning product residue on our countertops, and even the stress of sucky relationships. And that crap radiates through every cell. That means a long, healthy life isn’t just reserved for the Good Genetics Club. Our medical destiny isn’t solely determined by what “runs in the family”. We have the power to make positive and informed choices about our health, preventing or even reversing chronic medical conditions simply by changing our environment.
You get to decide how you want to live
I knew it was time for me to put out the fires in my own body. So I quit my job, dropkicked dairy and told gluten to bounce…because my body deserved better. I broke up with caffeine and fell in love with hot yoga. My meditation became chopping fresh veggies, getting my green juice on, or hitting the bike trails to work on my heart of steel. In a few short months of becoming a lean, green, detoxing machine, I started seeing amazing health improvements. I gave heavy metals the boot after 2 years. (I have a normal mercury level of 0.81 these days). Now I’ve got the energy to compete in the Endurance Dadathon with my two little girls. And I’m loving my wife and loving my life, all because my lifestyle is as natural as it gets.
Led by experience, backed by Science
My personal health transformation inspired me to enroll in a 4-year graduate program in Naturopathic Medicine, so I could share my knowledge and passion with people like you who are looking for new ways to press the refresh button on their health. In the past 18 years, I’ve traveled the world to study advanced alternative therapies and detoxification, learned from industry leaders in the fields of natural health and clinical nutrition, and championed a private naturopathic clinic in the Toronto GTA for the last 18 years. I love what I do. And even more, I love helping my patients rock their detox so that they can get healthy too.
Instead of treating diseases, let’s focus on building wellness.
After doing over 80 detoxes in 18 years, you could say I’ve got an addiction to natural health (and guacamole—you caught me). I can show you how to tap into the power of detoxing to unclog your mind, body and spirit…and actually have fun in the process. This isn’t about being in a kale cult or hoarding crystals under your bed. Anyone can do this, no matter how picky your palate or how un-woo-woo you are. Join the detox revolution today and clean it up your way. Work with Me. Your health will thank you.
Dr. Elias Markou, ND
Dr. Markou, ND is a firefighter turned certified Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) and a Registered Acupuncturist (R Acu.). Since graduating from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2003, his passion has been helping others get their health back with natural medicine, alternative therapies and detoxification. In 2008, he conceptualized and founded pureBalance Wellness Cancer Care in Mississauga, Ontario. He is also an International Speaker, runs corporate wellness programs and is the Chief Naturopathic Medical Officer of the Halton Hills Fire Department. The son of two once-famous restaurateurs, you can often find him whipping up a zesty guacamole for his family when he’s not sharing practical tips for natural health and preventative wellness online and on stage.