FRESNO, Calif., May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As someone who has dealt with serious and chronic illnesses resulting from exposure to heavy metal toxins, James Bunetta has had his share of ups and downs. In the first stages of his illness, he and his doctors were baffled, and a sense of hopelessness threatened to sap Bunetta's will to keep fighting. Since then, however, he has achieved several noteworthy milestones. With his recent book, "Determined to Detoxify," he hopes to spread his message of positivity and hope to others who have suffered a similar crisis. More information is available on Bunetta's blog: http://determinedtodetoxify.com. Bunetta's illness began with unexplained rashes, headaches, dizzy spells and trouble breathing. The underlying physical cause of these symptoms was damage to the central nervous system. Soon, Bunetta had problems with coordination and motor control, a condition known as ataxia. Although diagnosed with a toxic exposure-related disease in 2003, Bunetta only began detoxifying in 2008. In the five years since beginning a detox regimen, he has witnessed slow but steady improvements in his overall health. These include improved balance, less fatigue, fewer bouts of dizziness and improved brain function and clarity of thought. The detoxification regimen adopted by Bunetta is not a gimmick. Instead, it's a multi-faceted lifestyle change that cleanses the body of harmful, artificial materials. Daily regimens of vitamins, minerals and specialized, all-natural detox compounds help to strip residual toxins and free radicals from the body. Exercise is equally important, as is maintaining a positive outlook on life. "I will live with my symptoms forever," remarked Bunetta, "but detoxification has afforded me a better quality of life than my doctors ever thought possible. I feel empowered to work toward improved health, as well as share my success with others in a similar situation."