Written by Cassie Lipp
UC Communiversity instructor and freelance writer
After spending most of her adult life cutting toxins from her diet, Theresia Marsh shares with Communiversity students how to cut the chemicals for a healthier life.
With all the additives, preservatives, sauces, dressings, and more that is added to our food, it’s easy to believe that we live in a toxic world and carry residues of chemicals in our bodies. Sorting through the massive amount of information (or disinformation) on what’s safe and what’s not can be daunting. But fear not: healthcare professional Theresia Marsh shares the knowledge she gained on her own path to wellness.
As Marsh’s parents grew up on a farm, they instilled in her and her siblings a love for simple, wholesome food. Marsh’s mother cooked nutritious meals, including homemade chicken soup and herbal tea when the kids got sick.
“My father always made sure we had a garden, which we ate out of all summer long,” Marsh said. “Although we kids didn’t really like weeding it, we’re grateful for it now.”
Aside from her parents, Marsh was also inspired to live naturally by the environmentalism of the ‘60s and ‘70s. When she began working in oncology over 25 years ago, Marsh noticed something strange: whenever she ate in the cafeteria of the hospital she worked at, she would get heart palpitations.
“I eventually figured out that I was sensitive to MSG and began avoiding it by bringing lunch to work as much as possible,” Marsh said. “At the same time, I noticed that the more I ate non-processed whole foods, I just felt better, and that was some pretty powerful reinforcement.” Marsh was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia in the early ‘90s.
Marsh brings her years of experience cutting unnecessary chemicals out of her life to Communiversity in the course How to Detoxify Your Life. Students can join her as she sifts through the hard data and the hype to learn simple, yet practical steps to begin reducing overall chemical load during an eye-opening and fun workshop.
How to Detoxify Your Life takes place on Saturday, Jan. 27 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on UC’s Victory Parkway campus.
“The greatest benefit to reducing chemicals is that in reducing our overall chemical load the body is not as stressed and functions in a more natural and holistic way,” Marsh said. “These improvements can often be felt, and as they say, one good habit usually leads to another.”
Communiversity offers fun and innovative continuing education courses to enrich the lives of those around Cincinnati and beyond. With locations both on UC Victory Parkway Campus and around Cincinnati, Communiversity makes it easy for working professionals, retirees, and other lifelong learners to develop new skills and hobbies.
To register for How to Detoxify Your Life or other Communiversity classes, visit uc/edu/ce/commu or call (513) 556-6932.