(The American Heritage® Science Dictionary.)
Your brilliant, annihilation-fearing brain does exactly what it should do to keep you alive. It works with the body to neutralize the toxin or create antitoxins.
It takes a lot of energy for the metabolism to neutralize a toxin or to create an antitoxin. In the brain’s hierarchy of necessary functions, the creation of antitoxins competes with other higher functions of the brain; but the formation of antitoxins will always trump, hm mm… say a desire to exercise or even have fun.
Without enough fuel, your brain will automatically look for energy where ever it can, eventually slowing, or stopping as many functions in the body as is possible. When the mind competes with the body for fuel, an unfair cycle begins.
The toxic body becomes heavier in weight. Caloric restriction contributes to the brain drain, so the brain responds and reprograms your metabolism accordingly; antitoxin production diminishes. You feel awful physically. The body will not lose weight when you deprive your brain of energy; it might start to gain weight.
When you don’t fuel your brain: you live less; become self-deprecating; psychologically beat yourself up. You are not lazy. You're only exhausted.
toxin. (n.d.). The American Heritage® Science Dictionary. Retrieved July 08, 2009, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/toxin
Stay tuned for my prescription for DETOXIFICATION: a multifaceted process that ideally creates an environment where the proportion of toxin release over a specific period of time exceeds the absorption of toxins.