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From the desk of Tinesja Vanel, November 2017 issue

 

Ever wondered how to explain the value of Colon Hydrotherapy?  The following article written by Natascha Vogel explains it very well.

 

What Makes Colon Hydrotherapy Work?

A Hypothesis  

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Autointoxication is the notion that retained stool generates “toxins” that can be absorbed into the body and can cause malaise or disease.   Autointoxication has also been referred to as “toxemia”. 

The bowel toxemia theory has historical roots extending as far back as Hippocrates. In 400 B.C. he stated that, “...death sits in the bowels...” and “...bad digestion is the root of all evil....”. Autointoxication / bowel toxemia has historically been the basis of the claim to efficacy of colon hydrotherapy.

 More modern proponents of the bowel toxemia theory have included advocate of colon hydrotherapy Dr. Walter Bastedo in the 1930’s and Nobel Prize laureate and yogurt enthusiast Elie Metchnikoff in the early part of the 20th century.

A 1936 article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association explains “colon irrigation has come into extensive use for the removal from the bowel of abnormal mucus, toxic products and bacteria, therefore as part of our therapeutic armamentarium it deserves consideration”. 1

However, the idea of autointoxication has been a point of contention within the medical community for most of the 20th and into the 21st century with the allopathic medical community outright rejecting the hypothesis due to lack of evidence and thereby firmly rejecting colon hydrotherapy due to the lack of evidence supporting its benefits in addition to the possibility of adverse events. 

It is worth mentioning here that adverse events as a result of colonic irrigation are extremely rare and have often been sensationalized by opponents of colon hydrotherapy.  When modern colon hydrotherapy equipment such as the Aquanet along with the disposable Pro-Fit speculum kits are used and the correct medical precautions are taken, colon hydrotherapy is an exceedingly safe medical procedure.

While there have not been studies done to test the autointoxication hypothesis and indeed a double blind placebo controlled trial of colon hydrotherapy would be impossible, the plethora of reports of perceived improvements following colonic irrigation treatments make ignoring the potential benefit of colon hydrotherapy at best foolish and at worst irresponsible.  As Thomas Dorman, MD put it, “how many times can you hear of such an account (of improvement after colon hydrotherapy) and continue to avoid the obvious out of sheer obstinacy?”2 

Why might we be seeing so many anecdotal reports of improvement after colon hydrotherapy and how might the autointoxication hypothesis fit into it all? 

As it turns out, an understanding of human digestive physiology allows a solid understanding of how plausible a version of the autointoxication hypothesis actually is.  

The Digestive System

The gastrointestinal tract is one of the largest interfaces between the outside world and the human internal environment. From mouth to anus it forms an average nine-meter long tube, constituting the body’s second largest surface area and is estimated to cover approximately 250-400 m2. Over a normal lifetime, approximately 60 tons of food will pass through the gastrointestinal tract. It digests and absorbs nutrients and protects the body from dietary antigens, viable microorganisms, and bacterial products.3 There are over 700 species of commensal bacteria in the colon with many of them performing various functions.  For example, the bacteria break down undigested polysaccharides or fibers in the diet into short-chain fatty acids which can be absorbed by the large intestine by passive infusion. A by-product of this fermentation is gas (faltus) – which is normally a mixture of hydrogen, methane, and hydrogen sulphide.  Another important function of these commensal bacteria is the production of large amounts of vitamins including Vitamin K and Biotin (a B vitamin) which are absorbed in the large intestine.  

Intestinal Bacteria:  A Potential Source of Toxins

While bacterial fermentation is a crucial part of human digestion, bacterial fermentation can also be source of toxic material.  Bacterial products include endotoxins, hydrogen sulphide, phenols, ammonia, and indoles all of which can have detrimental effects on gastrointestinal mucosa and on the health of the host. 3

The presence and quantity of many of these toxic bacterial metabolites is directly dependent on the type of fermentation that occurs in the bowel. In turn, this fermentation is dependent on the type of bacteria present in the bowel as well as the substrates (food) available for fermentation. 3

Alterations in the bowel bacterial population and its activities are now believed to be contributing factors to many chronic and degenerative diseases. Irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis have been linked to alterations in the intestinal microbiota. 3 Bacterial “dysbiosis” or the imbalance of bacteria in the intestine, is being researched and we are increasing our understanding of the importance of bacterial balance in the intestine on both health and disease, but as of yet we still only have a cursory understanding of both the crucial functions and potentially pathogenic potential of the commensal intestinal bacteria. 

An interesting hypothesis of psychosis in relation to colonic health is put forward by Dr. Nikolai Shevchuk in his 2008 article “Hydrotherapy as a possible neuroleptic and sedative treatment”. Dr. Shevchuk acknowledges the metabolites that intestinal bacteria can make. “From what is known, components of bacterial waste can run the full gamut from toxic (lipopolysaccharide and exotoxins) to moderately toxic (skatole) to benign (vitamin K).” 4   The colon absorbs nutrients, minerals, water, vitamins, simple sugars, short and medium chain fatty acids, peptides, and other complex organic compounds and it is plausible that parts of human and bacterial waste can also be absorbed.4 He further posits that if the propulsion function and mucus production by intestinal cells are inadequate waste may be retained in the haustra (and diverticula) for weeks and even months especially if the diet is low in fiber and low intestinal motility is present. 4  We know that psychoactive compounds can cause intoxication if they are administered rectally indicating that partially retained human and /or bacterial waste could cause psychotic symptoms.  The plausibility of this hypothesis is strengthened when it is considered that incidence of comorbidity of gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation and mega colon with psychosis is high.  Add to all of this the fact that one of the most frequently mentioned benefits of colon hydrotherapy is improved mental state.4

Dr. Shevchuk proposes a regimen that includes a healthy high fiber diet and the regular use of colon hydrotherapy treatments. 

It should be noted that psychosis is considered by some experts to be a contraindication to colon hydrotherapy, and any treatment of a psychotic patient should only be done under the direct prescription by and supervision of a qualified medical doctor.

The use of colon hydrotherapy can serve to wash out toxic metabolites in an immediate fashion and, in theory, can have an immediate positive impact on health and wellbeing. In addition, a diet high in fresh vegetables and prebiotic foods such as legumes, stress management, regular exercise and supplementation of high-quality probiotics are known to shift the commensal bacterial in a positive way. 

Environmental Toxins

Toxins of environmental origin are often present in the stool (e.g. herbicides, pesticides, heavy metals).5 The large bowel serves to concentrate the contents passed into it from the small intestine through the re-absorption  of water into the circulation. Because water absorption is a key function of the colon it is logical that water-soluble toxins are absorbed in the colon. 5  

Bisphenol A (BPA) and perfluorinated compounds (PCBs) are toxic environmental substances that we are exposed to frequently and are of particular interest when considering the potential benefit of colon hydrotherapy and are discussed in more length in the Enterohepatic Circulation section below.

Colon hydrotherapy can serve as a method to remove water soluble environmental toxins in the stool before they have a chance to be absorbed.

Enterohepatic Circulation: Toxins Recycled

Enterohepatic circulation is a normal part of human physiology – it is the circulation of substances such as bile salts which are absorbed from the large intestine and carried to the liver where they are secreted into the bile and again enter the small intestine.

In addition to bile salts, there are many substances that are re-circulated via the enterohepatic system including essential minerals such as magnesium, iron and copper.6  Steroid and thyroid hormones, insulin growth factors, flavonoids (antioxidant), cholesterol, and pharmaceutical medications are also re-circulated. 7  

The environmental contaminant  bisphenol A (BPA) is an important industrial chemical used in plastic products and is thought to be an endocrine disruptor, mimicking the body’s own hormones and has received attention due to the probability of toxic effects on the body.  Perfluorinated compounds (PCBs) are potentially toxic compounds that are used extensively in furniture, clothing, food packaging, carpets and non-stick cookware such as Teflon (Polytetrafluoroethylene). Both BPA and PCBs can only be slowly eliminated from the body as they are recycled via enterohepatic circulation. 7

Failure of adequate bowel function can lead to the retention of toxins such as BPA and PCBs which, in turn, are dammed back into the circulation and can be associated with disease. 2  

Enterohepatic circulation is a normal and important process, however, it is plausible that problems arise when 1. Toxic substances receive prolonged exposure in the body due to slow intestinal transit time / constipation and 2. An excess of substances that occur normally in the body are re-circulated – for example, excess estrogen is thought to be implicated in breast cancer.

Decreasing intestinal transit time can help to block the possible negative effects of enterohepatic recirculation. “Slow transit is likely to favor disease processes that are related to over-efficient enterohepatic recirculation. These include gallstones, large bowel cancer and possibly breast cancer”. 8   

Colon hydrotherapy is an effective way of decreasing intestinal transit time.  In effect, we wash out the contents of the intestine before excessive enterohepatic circulation of harmful substances has a chance to happen. 

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It is worth noting that dietary intervention via increased dietary fiber consumption can also have a protective effect in terms of helping to block excessive recirculation and should always be an adjunct recommendation for patients receiving colonhydrotherapy.

Conclusion

A look at the physiology of digestion combined with knowledge of exposure to toxic substances of both bacterial and environmental origin show us that an autointoxication hypothesis of the efficacy of colon hydrotherapy may very well be accurate.

Colon hydrotherapy is likely to have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the recipient of the therapy.  The effect can be enhanced by healthful lifestyle choices including a high-fiber diet, regular exercise, and probiotic supplementation.

 

References

1. Bastedo W. Colonic Irrigations. Jour. A.M.A. Feb. 27 1932; 734-736.

2. Dorman T. Colonics: Forbidden Medicine. Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients. July 2004. Accessed online Dec. 11 2015. http://www.townsendletter.com/July2004/colonics0704.htm.

3. Hawrelak J. The Causes of Intestinal Dysbiosis: A Review. Alternative Medicine Review. 9(2), 2004; 180-197.

4. Shevchuk N. Hydrotherapy as a possible neuroleptic and sedative treatment. Medical Hypotheses. (2008) 70; 230–238.

5. Holt S. The Definitive Guide to Colon Hydrotherapy: A Modern Reappraisal of the Evidence Base, Principles and Practice of Colonic Irrigation. 2013 Holt Institute of Medicine.

6. Cikrt M. Enterohepatic circulation of 64Cu, 52Mn and 203Hg in rats. Arch. Toxikol. 1973 Aug 30; 31(1):51-9.

7. Hurd, K. Clearing of Metabolic Waste via Enterohepatic Recirculation. University of Wisconsin. Fall 2010.

8. Lewis S & Heaton K. The metabolic consequences of slow colonic transit. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 1999. 94 (8); 2010-2016.

 

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From the desk of Tinesja Vanel, November 2015 Issue

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Now receipts have joined the ever growing evil group of daily toxic exposures!

What can we do about it?

 

By know I am sure you all have become aware that there are many toxic chemicals that are lurking on us in every corner of the hundreds of cleaning and personal care product lines. It is important to do our research on every product that touches our skin and mouth as the skin and inner membranes are organs that absorb everything that touches them. And now one more super danger that literally lands in our hands = skin on a daily basis has joined the vicious culprits: RECEIPTS!  You get them with just about every credit card and cash register transaction. They contain high amounts of BPA (Bisphenol A), also contained and much criticized in all general forms of plastic. The BPA in the receipts is rubbed off quickly and absorbed by the skin, getting to a depth where it CANNOT be washed off, science controversies critic journalist Margaret Munro explains (http://o.canada.com/author/margaretmunro).

I am sure you agree, this every day threat is important to enter everyone’s awareness, and most of all of our pregnant moms! It is IMPERATIVE for pregnant moms to take caution, as these chemicals end up in the blood stream of the mother and ultimately the developing fetus via the placenta. Read more on Researchers advise pregnant women to limit exposure to receipts and plastics.

Here is more independent research on Triclosan and BPA? What can we do to protect our babies, children and ourselves from these ever increasing environmental toxic loads?

 

I am happy to report, that on my search to support and enhance the detox benefits of colon hydrotherapy, I have found a fully natural source of highly potent remedies: It is known as therapeutic grade Essential Oils!  They have the amazing ability to neutralize poisonous substances in- and outside of our bodies.  When we use them daily, in combinations with a regular colon lavage program (designed to your specific needs), they magnify the benefits colonics provide.  It is important though, when we use such oils, that they are of highest quality.  After importing such oils for many years from France and Switzerland, I have found that the company Young Living Essential Oils produces the highest grade Oils, with their “Seed to Seal” process.  This means, they are owning farms world wide controlling the whole method of production.   It starts with the testing of the soil, from there to the seed, the growing, distilling, testing and finally to the filling & sealing the bottles. I have not found another company that is providing such quality control.


One simple thing you can do, is rub an oil on your feet every morning, as nerve endings from every organ and system of the body have their endings there. This gives the body the chance to gently detox our bodies on a daily basis.  Great detoxifying oils are Juva Cleanse, Helichrysum, Digize, Tarragon, Peppermint.

 

Now as far as protecting ourselves immediately from toxic substances like the ones on receipts, I carry a 5 ml bottle of Purification Essential Oil blend with me everywhere, adding a few drops on my hands and rub them after every handling of receipts. The oil immediately goes to work, breaking down the toxic molecules the receipts leave on our hands. The small bottle easily fits into my pockets or purse and comes with me everywhere I go!

 

Like to know how to order the above mentioned oils? You may go to http://tinesja.com/how-to-use-eos/ and click on the Order Now button.

 

Yours to a healthy lifestyle!

Tinesja

 

All the statements found on this document are for informational purposes only. They have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nor Health Canada and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult with a licensed medical professional before embarking on a new health program or about any serious injury or disease.

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From the desk of Tinesja Vanel, May 2015 Issue

 

 

 


A Hidden Cause of IBS: Essential Information for Anyone Suffering from Chronic Irritable Bowel Syndrome


  

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Do you or anyone you know suffer from chronic IBS that just won’t respond to any kind of treatment? Maybe you are very constipated and find temporary relief from colon hydrotherapy. Maybe you have tried colon cleanses only to feel just as bad or sometimes even worse than before?  You may have tried every treatment you know of to feel better but nothing works.

 If you know anyone who fits the above description, this post is a must-read – this information might just change your or your friend’s life forever.

 

The name of the condition that might be causing untold misery to many who suffer from IBS is SIBO: Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. On a very basic level, this is a condition that happens when the commensal bacteria, that is the bacteria that normally live in the intestine, overgrow in the small intestine. If someone has more than 103 cfu (colony forming units) per mL anywhere in the small intestine, they fit the diagnostic criteria for SIBO.

The symptoms of SIBO include intestinal bloating and gas, constipation or diarrhea or alternating constipation and diarrhea. Associated conditions include chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut), acne rosacea, celiac disease, depression and anxiety, and many more.

Diagnosis can be tricky because it’s very difficult to get a sample from the small intestine for direct diagnosis. Normally, diagnosis is done indirectly using a breath test whereby the patient consumes a sugar – lactulose is preferable according to Dr. Siebecker at the NCNM in Portland, Oregon – then exhaled levels of hydrogen and methane are measured over the course of several hours. While this indirect method of diagnosis risks yielding false positives, it is much less likely to miss true positives than the direct sample method and it is far less invasive and less expensive to perform.

 

If you would like more information on SIBO – where to go or send friends to for testing etc, www.siboinfo.com is a great resource.

 

As we therapists always say:  Colon Hydrotherapy is not a cure all.  It can greatly enhance most health programs, however, if you have unexplained symptoms that nobody is able to address effectively, investigating the above advice may bring you the relief you have been hoping for.

 

 

 

 

 

All the statements found on this document are for informational purposes only. They have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult with a licensed medical professional before embarking on a new health program or about any serious injury or disease.

 

 

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From the desk of Tinesja Vanel, March 2015 Issue

 

 

The mysterious world of Bugs

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Help I caught a BUG – a common occurrence in winter and spring, we think. But have you ever asked the question:

 

What kind of Bug???

Did you know, that not all bugs are bad?  While the marketing world has spent the past decades hammering home the message that bacteria are bad and disease causing, a shift in thinking about microbes has been occurring in the scientific world.  As it turns out, not only are the majority of bacterial species found within the human body beneficial – their genes are so intertwined with ours that we are, functionally speaking, one!

 

Why we need microbes

It might surprise you to find out that only one in ten cells in your body is human – the rest of the trillions of cells belongs to the microbial world in your body!  Each microbe inhabiting your body has its own set of genes, and those genes affect how your body functions.

For example, certain microbial genes in the gut break down dietary fiber, amino acids, and toxic chemicals, while others manufacture vitamins and still others influence immune function and digestion. People and bacteria are so dependent on each other, that microbiologists are increasingly viewing microbes and humans as one super-organism!

Unfortunately, it is easy for the microbial balance of the body and primarily the gut to become imbalanced, which can wreak havoc with our digestion, elimination and overall feeling of well-being.  What is the cause for such imbalance?

There are many modern day lifestyle factors at play. Antibiotic therapy and most medical drugs have a devastating effect on our gut bacteria. So do heavy metals like mercury from dental fillings or vaccinations, bottle-feeding, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides on and in our food, chlorinated water – the list goes on. We live in polluted environments. In a perfect world 85% of all your microbes should be of the friendly kind. There are always some bad guys around, which would be the other 15%.  They can easily be handled by the 85% of good ones. However very rarely do we find such perfection neither in man nor in animals anymore. The higher the count of the dysfunctional microbial crowd, the more discomfort and disease takes place in the body.

You may say:  Let’s kill those bad microbes! And here is exactly the catch 22 we are facing with antibiotics. When you destroy the bad, pathogenic microbes, you also destroy the good ones, who are slower in growing back than the bad ones.  It is a losing battle. So what is the answer?

 

We need to change the Inner Ecology!

Drugs cannot do that, as they are patented and may never change their chemical composition. They are created to kill and their formula has to remain static or they would violate the patent. Eventually the bugs outsmart them and turn into super bugs that can no longer be killed. This of course makes the situation even worse. It actually is becoming an increasingly dangerous dilemma of our time.

Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils in contrast have an ever-changing complex chemical composition, depending on what time and place and kind of soil their respective plant has been growing on. So bugs can never know what to expect and cannot become resistant to them! It is so simple. Bugs either die, or sometimes they make a wise choice to adapt and become our intestinal friends! Nature truly always has the answer to all our ailments through the plant kingdom that was created for us right from the beginning, on the 3rd day of creation according to the book of genesis! As plants have evolved with us since our day one, they have an innate intelligence of what can help us and what cannot. Mother Nature works in co-operation with all of creation! So if we use a pure plant based Essential oil, it has the ability to kill specific pathogenic microbes while enhancing the ones that support us. There is an oil blend with the name of

DiGize from Young Living Essential Oils that contains 8 different single oils (call or e-mail our center to find out how you can order DiGize, 604-318-7662604-318-7662 or primvevitalitywellness@gmail.com.

 

Please note: If you suffer from any disease, or for children under the age of 12 consult your physician before following any suggestions made in this newsletter

Caution: Do not follow the program below if you are pregnant or nursing.

 

Here is a 5 week program that has worked wonders for many people at our Wellness Center:

First step:  Follow a strictly organic and wholistic diet.  If you eat meat, make sure it is grass fed.  Avoid all refined sugars and carbohydrates as well as commercial fats and cooking oils. Olive, coconut and organic ghee (clarified butter) are best. Focus on fresh and slightly steamed vegetables.  Reduce fruit consumption to one serving per day.

Second step: Supplement with high Omega 3 essential fatty acids such as in Hempseed or Flax seed oil and Fish oil. Liquid Vitamin A (follow directions on bottle), 1000 mg Vitamin C (not from corn derived), a balanced calcium/magnesium supplement are the basics.  You may want to consult with your Naturopath for dosages and brands.  Step one and two are the preparation phase.  If this way of nourishing yourself is new to you, follow it for at least 1 – 2 weeks, before moving into the cleansing program outlined in step three.

Step three:  Now we start cleansing and rebuilding your gut environment with the above mentioned essential oil blend DiGize.  For the first week just use it externally, 4 – 6 drops rubbed over your abdominal area before going to bed, covering it with about a tablespoon of organic castor oil and then a cotton towel. Use a hot water bottle on top as heat will drive the oil mixture deeper into the body.  Note:  Essential Oils have tiny molecules that are capable to penetrating the skin and enter the bloodstream within seconds.

In the second week continue this treatment and start ingesting 4 – 6 drops in a capsule or added to unsweetened nut milk, or water, mornings and evenings. After 2 weeks your gut environment will be ready to be supplemented with a high quality Pro Biotic product. However, be aware not all probiotics are equal in efficacy.  Most store brands are of little effect. Consult with your health care professional or colon hydrotherapist before embarking on a probiotic program as this is one of the most important factors in restoring your gut health.  From now on supplement your diet on a daily basis with your chosen Pro Biotic formula once a day. Double the recommended amount if you are recovering from any specific illness. However, do not start using Pro Biotics sooner than the two weeks mentioned above, as this may cause extensive bloating and discomfort.   You may want to add regular colonics to your cleansing program to clean out the non beneficial microbes that are dying off.  Discuss with your colon hydrotherapist what the best frequency of colonics is for you.

Follow the step one to three part of the program for 4 weeks, for a total cleansing period of 6 weeks or longer if that feels good to you.

Beware about Yogurt as a Probiotic:  Some people say – oh, I eat yogurt everyday. Yogurt is a transitory Pro Biotic, which means it will not multiply in your body. It is designed to help you break down meat and hard to digest proteins. If you are dairy tolerant it is a great add on, but not a replacement of Pro Biotics. Make sure you use yogurt from organic sources only.

A simple way of increasing your intake of Probiotics on a daily basis in addition to a high quality supplement is making your own Sauerkraut and add it to as many meals as possible!  I found an excellent and very simple sauerkraut maker at http://www.therawdiet.com/pisaandkimch.html. It makes the most delicious sauerkraut I have ever tasted!

Remember, our fellow microbes have 10 times more cells than we have human cells. They too want to be fed on a daily basis.  Decide on the best Pro Biotic program for you and use it for the rest of your life.

Think about it, wouldn’t it make sense that the energy of the kind of microbes we grow in our body not only influence our bodily functions, but also our state of mood and mind and possibly even a person’s character! Purifying our bodies pays fantastic dividends! It helps remove the danger of catching the dreaded bugs anytime of the year and holds the promise to lead to peace of mind!

Lovable bugs, lovable people!

 

References

1   Blaser, M. Stop the killing of beneficial bacteria. Nature. Vol 476, 393-94. Aug. 2011.

2   Bailey LC et al. Association of antibiotics in infancy with early childhood obesity. JAMA Pediatr 2014 Sep 29

3   Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013. US Dept of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

4   Osborn DA, Sinn JK. Probiotics in infants for prevention of allergic disease and food hypersensitivity. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2007;17: CD006475.

 

Some websites on the subject you may like to investigate:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aviva-romm/stop-killing-the-good guy_b_6396546.html

http://ndnr.com/gastrointestinal/small-intestine-bacterial-overgrowth-2

http://www.amazon.com/New-IBS-Solution-Mark-Pimentel/dp/0977435601

 

All the statements found on this document are for informational purposes only. They have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult with a licensed medical professional before embarking on a new health program or about any serious injury or disease.

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From the desk of Tinesja Vanel, February 2015 Issue

 

 

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Heart Healthy Chocolate!  (Scroll down for recipe!)

 

Study after study is confirming that plant chemicals in coco-rich dark chocolate called flavanols can lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation!  A 2011 study in the British Medical Journal found that moderate levels of chocolate consumption are associated with a one-third reduction in the risk of developing heart disease. (01)

 

So you mean, after all we can have chocolate for Valentines without feeling “naughty”?  Now the thing about chocolate is, that all the good stuff is found in the cocoa that it is made from, so you really want high-cocoa chocolate.  We are not talking about the candy bars here, that you get at the supermarket check out counter.  We are talking about the cocoa-rich chocolate that contains all the flavanols that have been found to be phenomenally healthy! White chocolate and milk chocolate have hardly any flavanols to speak of, so it is got to be DARK! Many dark chocolate bars will now tell you their cocoa content in percentage form.  Look for at least 60% percent cocoa, the higher the percentage, the better! (02)

 

To make your Valentines day extra special and health promoting, make your own chocolate treats with all raw and organic ingredients.  Benefits from keeping organic chocolate unheated include much higher levels of the famous chocolate antioxidants (oligomeric procynanidins, resveratrol and the polyphenols: catechin and epicatechin), as well as the preservation of vitamin C, phenethylamine (PEA, the feel good neurotransmitter responsible for the feeling of love!), Omega 6 fatty acids , which when heated become rancid and cause inflammation. Add tryptophan (a commonly deficient amino acid in those who consume a diet of mostly cooked food) to the list of benefits and serotonin. (03)

 

You can purchase raw organic cacao and all ingredients for the recipe that follows at http://navitasnaturals.com in the US and www.realrawfood.com in Canada.  The latter is a fantastic on line health food store located in Naramata in the Okanagan Valley, BC. They carry an incredible amount of all organic and mostly raw grocery products!  Check them out, you will be thrilled!

 

Now let us pull back our sleeves and create a masterpiece of a super healthy treat!

 

Recipe


Ingredients: (Makes 15 small hearts or Easter eggs)

  • 60-70g Raw Cacao Butter

  • 50g  Raw Cacao Powder

  • 1-2 tbsp DRY sweetener such as date or coconut palm sugar or Xylitol

  • Essential oil of your choice

 

Three important steps before we get going that apply to all raw chocolate recipes:

 

  1. Melt Raw Cacao Butter slowly, as you don't want to destroy the nutrients.  I do this overnight in the dehydrator set at low setting

  2. All utensils must be dry or the chocolate will separate

  3. Wash your silicone mould before it's first use and then dry it thoroughly

  4. Once melted, add the cacao powder and stir in thoroughly with a balloon whisk or fork, until it starts to slightly thicken
  5. The chocolate should be runny & easy to pou
  6. Add 1 tbsp of a DRY sweetener like date or coconut palm sugar & stir in very thoroughly. It will thicken as you add the sweetener
  7. Taste it and if you prefer it sweeter, add more sweetener 1/2 tbsp

     mixing thoroughly and tasting every time

  8. When the mixture passes the sweetness test add 4 - 6 drops of orange or 2 -3 drops of peppermint essential oil.  Tangerine or spearmint are also amazing!  1 – 2 drops of Black Pepper oil and 2 drops of ginger for a spicy zest!
  9. Pour gently into the mould using a jug or spoon
  10. Place it in the fridge to set for an hour or more (or in the freezer if you can’t wait that long!)

Any remaining chocolate is the chocolatier’s treat!

Variations

To give your raw chocolates a coconut dimension, you could add 1-2 tsp of virgin coconut oil to your chocolate mix in step 4.

Enjoy! 

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References

 

01.”Health Conditions”, Vitamin D Council, last modified Sept. 27, 2011. www.vitamindcouncil.org/health-conditions

02. The Great Cholesterol Myth, by Jonny Bowdern, Ph.D,  C.N.S. & Stephen Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C. 2012 Fair Winds Press, pg 186

03.  http://www.secrets-of-longevity-in-humans.com/raw-cacao-benefits.html

 

 

 

All the statements found on this document are for informational purposes only. They have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult with a licensed medical professional before embarking on a new health program or about any serious injury or disease.

 

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From the desk of Tinesja Vanel  Fall 2014 Issue 

Hydro Colon Cleansing has become a very popular therapy within the natural health minded community to help with relief of constipation, inflammation and leaky gut syndrome to name a few.  What is often lacking is a scientific understanding of the reasons why Hydro Colon Cleansing, in short Colonics, often proof to be beneficial. 

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The following article by Steven Horne will shine light on the scientific understanding of the benefits of Hydro Colon Cleansing.

ABSTRACT. Intestinal inflammation and leaky gut syndrome can be at he root of many health problems. Colon cleansing is a popular therapy among alternative practitioners, but many myths surround it. The scientifically inaccurate way many traditional healers try to explain therapeutic mechanisms is one of the obstacles that inhibits dialog between traditional healers and practitioners of modern medicine. The therapy actually has clinical value, but the explanations used to promote the therapies are the stuff of herbal legends, not scientific fact. The concept of cleansing is actually a metaphorical explanation for a therapy that improves detoxification via the liver and gastrointestinal tract and reduces inflammation or irritation tomucous membranes of the GI tract.

JOURNAL OF HERBAL PHARMACOTHERAPY

KEYWORDS.

Colon cleansing, leaky gut syndrome, intestinal inflammation, fiber, enzymes, probiotics

In my first introduction to herbal medicine, the practitioner I spoke to told me I needed to “cleanse my colon.” She showed me pictures of a distorted colon, encrusted with hardened fecal matter and informed me,“Death begins in the colon.”

Now, over 30 years later, I’m an herbalist myself, and although I actually utilize cleansers (both with myself and my clients), I also recognize the completely invalid way cleansing therapies are often promoted. In fact, I think the scientifically inaccurate ways many traditional healers try to explain why their therapies work is one of the obstacles that inhibits dialog between traditional healers and practitioners of modern medicine. Even if the therapy actually has clinical value, the explanations used to promote the therapies are the stuff of herbal legends, not a scientific fact.

Anyone who has really investigated the matter knows that the colon doesn’t become encrusted with fecal matter and that the black, rubbery material people pass, on a colon cleanse, is formed from the supplements they are taking. Nevertheless, as one who suffered from chronic sinusitis during childhood, which cleared up only after I did an extensive cleanse, I am a firm advocate of the benefits of the therapy. But, I want to emphasize that the concept of cleansing is actually a metaphorical explanation for a therapy that improves detoxification via the liver and gastrointestinal tract and reduces inflammation or irritation to mucus membranes of the GI tract. 

The goal is to offer a more scientifically valid explanation of why a colon cleanse can be such a valuable therapy for improving health, as well as providing some basic techniques for doing the cleanse. First, I’ll explore the relationship between the gastrointestinal system and various health problems. I owe much of my understanding of this science to Dr. Hugo Rodier, a medical doctor who publishes extensively in medical journals, backing up the value of traditional healing concepts. After showing why cleansing therapy can be helpful, I’ll provide instructions for doing a basic cleanse. 

WHY CLEANSING?

To begin with, research is beginning to show that the health of the colon is far more important to the health of the entire body than was realized earlier. For starters, by some measures, sixty percent of the immune systemis found in the gastrointestinal tract (1). This makes sense, since the most likely way for infection to enter the body is through the mucus membranes of the GI tract or lungs. This is why Henry Bieler, MD, who primarily used nutrition in his healing practice, called the intestinal membranes the first line of immune defense (2).

The actual problem that affects the GI tract is inflammation. Intestinal inflammation can start in infancy, from a variety of causes, including infections, excessive antibiotics, chlorinated water and even emotional trauma (3).

Inflammation causes plasma proteins, which maintain osmotic pressure in the bloodstream, to move into the tissue spaces, causing localized swelling. In the intestinal tract, this swelling increases the permeability of intestinal membranes, a condition that has been labeled leaky gut syndrome.

This excessive permeability of the intestinal membranes allowns neurotoxins, microbes and other substances, which would normally be rejected, to pass into the body, causing a host of health problems.

The reason chlorinated water and excessive use of antibiotics are a problem is because they affect the friendly flora of the GI tract. These friendly microbes that inhabit the digestive tract have a symbiotic relationship with humans. Also known as probiotics, these friendly microbes kill harmful bacteria or protect them from sticking to the intestinal walls and aiding in the assimilation of nutrients. When the normal balance of these microbes is disturbed, intestinal inflammation increases. Disruption of the intestinal microflora, intestinal inflammation and “leaky gut” have been linked with mood disorders such as depression, panic attacks, anxiety and attention-deficit disorders (4) arthritis (5) allergies, eczema (6), and asthma (7).

In my own experience, chronic sinus problems and respiratory congestion are also linked to intestinal problems. On that line, it is interesting to note that Chinese medicine links the colon and the lungs (organs lined with mucus membranes, acting as primary lines of immune defense) as part of the “metal element,” the energy that defends the body.The Chinese also considered the small intestine as “sifters and sorters,” selecting what is to be absorbed and what is to be discarded. These concepts are very similar to Dr. Bieler’s idea that the intestinal mucosa is the body’s first line of immune defense.

Liver health is also intimately connected with intestinal health. Dr.Bieler considered the liver the second line of immune defense, because once the integrity of the intestinal mucosa has been compromised, all the materials absorbed from the intestines are carried via the portal vein to the liver. I like to think of the liver as the quality control lab for the intestinal system. Possessing numerous enzyme systems that are part of the Phase I and Phase II detoxification systems, the liver has the capacity to neutralize many types of toxic substances that may have bypassed the filtering systems of the intestinal membranes. Once the offending substance has been processed through these enzyme systems, it is excreted from the body via the kidneys or by being sent back to the GI tract through the bile.

Both Phase I and Phase II enzymes require specific nutrient co-factors in order to be able to neutralize specific toxins. In addition, the enzyme detoxification systems can produce free radicals and intermediate metabolites that are capable of causing further tissue irritation and inflammation. So, antioxidant nutrients are also needed to protect healthy tissues during the detoxification process. If the body is lacking in some of these nutrients, then it may not be able to neutralize the offending substances or protect surrounding tissues during the detoxification process.

When this happens, Bieler’s theoretical second perimeter of immune defense becomes breached as well. His theory is that once the first and second lines of immune defense (the intestinal membranes and the liver) have been breached, the glandular system becomes stressed and toxins are able to cause inflammation and tissue damage throughout the body. They may also settle in weakened areas.

INTRODUCTION TO CLEANSING

With the understanding expressed above, the whole process of “colon cleansing” actually involves a combination of the following therapies:
1. Binding toxins and irritants in the gut to prevent inflammation and damage to intestinal mucosa.
2. Improving colon transit time so that toxins and irritants are removed from the GI tract on a timelier basis.
3. Reducing existing intestinal inflammation and restoring the integrity of intestinal membranes to reduce gut permeability.
4. Removing yeast and other harmful microbes and creating a healthy balance of friendly bacteria in the intestines.
5. Supporting Phase I and Phase II detoxification enzymes with nutritional co-factors and antioxidants.
6. Stimulating the flow of bile and urine to remove toxins that have been processed by the liver.

The foundation of any cleanse is water and fiber, especially water soluble fiber. Herbs like psyllium, slippery elm, marshmallow and many sea vegetables contain mucilage, a form of fiber that forms a slippery, slimy mass when dissolved in water. This fiber provides many of the actions described earlier. First of all, it binds irritating substances, reducing intestinal inflammation. When taken with adequate amounts of water, it improves colon transit time, too. Fiber absorbs materials released through the bile, including cholesterol, and binds themfor elimination. It also acts as food for and encourages the growth of the friendly flora in the intestinal tract (8). Materials that act as food for friendly bacteria have been called prebiotics.

Most cleanses involve a blend of fibers. By itself, psyllium can be rather harsh and even cause constipation if not taken with enough water. So, it is usually combined with gentler fibers. Slippery elm and marshmallow are better choices for people suffering from irritable bowel or colitis. Freshly ground flaxseed is another good source of fiber, and also provides anti-inflammatory Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Other fibers used in these blends include apple pectin and oat bran. When taking fiber, it is best to start with small amounts (one-half teaspoon) mixed with water or juice and gradually increase the amount of fiber over a period of a couple of weeks. This should be followed with a large glass of water. In my experience, a good time to take the fiber drink is first thing in the morning, about one-half hour before breakfast. It can also be taken before lunch or dinner or before going to bed (at least two hours after dinner).

Psyllium is responsible for creating the black, rubbery material people sometime pass on a cleanse. This happened to me. A chemist friend of mine, Mark Pederson, found he could recreate this black, rubbery material using certain chemicals mixed with psyllium hulls. We surpised that this material is actually created by the interaction of the mucilage with certain substances the liver is dumping into the bile.

If this is correct, it makes me wonder if this black material is the source of the concept of “black bile,” found in traditional Western medicine. Traditional Western medicine says that an excess of “black bile” was the cause problems like depression, constipation, stiffness (arthritis) and other diseases modern research has linked with intestinal inflammation and leaky gut. This again demonstrates that the clinical observation of benefit may be correct, even if the explanation of what is happening isn’t valid from the prospective of modern science.

Whatever creates this material, after two to three weeks of taking fiber, a person typically stops passing it. The stool will become lighter in color, softer and easier to eliminate. At that point, the person will usually feel “lighter,” have less digestive discomfort, and often report improvement in many other health problems.

In addition to the fiber, a typical herbal cleanse will usually contain a blend of herbs designed to reduce intestinal inflammation, tone intestinal membranes, increase the flow of bile and urine and improve colon transit time. These herbs are sometimes blended with the fiber, or they may be taken in a separate capsule or tablet. Here are examples of herbs commonly found in various herbal cleansing formulas.

• Artichoke Leaf – a bitter, which promotes bile flow and aids liver detoxification.
• Burdock Root – traditionally used to improve liver and digestive function. Burdock also contains the prebiotic inulin.
• Cascara Sagrada Bark – a stimulant laxative.
• Cat’s Claw (Una De Gato) Inner Bark – has been shown to reduce intestinal inflammation and gut permeability.
• Chamomile Flowers – stimulates digestive function and reduces intestinal inflammation.
• Dandelion Root – mild diuretic and hepatic herb that also contains inulin.
• Gentian – a bitter herb that promotes digestive secretions.
• Ginger – stimulates digestion and blood flow to abdominal organs.
• Licorice – has an anti-inflammatory action and a soothing effect on mucus membranes.
• Milk Thistle – aids in liver detoxification, protects liver tissue from toxins and promotes bile flow.
• Turmeric – has an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect; aids both liver and digestive function.
• YellowDock – traditionally used to “purify” the blood and improve liver function, has a mild laxative effect and reduces intestinal inflammation.

These, obviously, are not the only herbs that can be used in a cleansing program, but are good examples of the typical kinds of herbs commonly found in cleansing programs.

In addition to the fiber and cleansing herbs, two other supplements are helpful in restoring liver and intestinal health-digestive enzymes and probiotics. It is interesting to note that nearly all traditional cultures used some kind of fermented foods in their diet (9). These foods and beverages (including fermented vegetables like sauerkraut and kim chee, fermented dairy products like yoghurt and kefir and natural beers (made from herbs) all contained both enzymes and Lactobacteria.

In modern diets, just about everything has been cooked, heated to high temperatures to sterilize it, and/or treated with preservatives, which often act as enzyme inhibitors. This results in a diet very low in both enzymes and probiotics. Lack of digestive enzymes can cause leaky gut and a lack of probiotics makes one more prone to infection by other, less friendly, microbes.

For modern people who are unwilling to add traditionally fermented foods to their diets, enzyme and probiotic supplements are important to help normalize intestinal function. A plant enzyme supplement, containing amylases, lipases and proteases can be consumed with meals to improve digestive function and reduce intestinal elimination. The same enzymes can also be taken with the morning or evening fiber drink to help reduce intestinal inflammation and improve elimination.

A probiotic supplement, containing various friendly microorganisms such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, can be used to help normalize gut flora. Since these supplements contain live microorganisms, it is important they be kept refrigerated to maintain viability. There is some debate as to when is the best time to take them, but it is generally agreed they should be taken before or between meals on an empty stomach. They can be taken with the fiber drink, too.

When reexamined through the eyes of modern scientific research, the wisdom of traditional therapies often becomes apparent, even if the traditional explanation of that therapy does not. The traditional colon cleanse is one of those therapies–a basic health practice that often has far reaching, and sometimes surprising, benefits to overall health.

 

REFERENCES
1. Den Hond, E., Hiele, M., Peeters, M., Ghoos, Y. and Rutgeerts, P. Effect of long-term oral glutamine supplements on small intestinal permeability in patients with Crohn’s disease, Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Vol 23, Issue 1, s7.
2. Food is Your Best Medicine, Henry Bieler, Random House, 1965.
3. Horwitz, Brenda J., Fisher and Robert S. The Irritable Bowel Syndrome, N Engl J Med 2001 344:1846-1850.
4. R. Bruce Lydiard and Sherry A. Falsetti. Experience with anxiety and depression treatment studies: implications for designing irritable bowel syndrome clinical trials, American Journal of Medicine, 1991 107:71s.
5. Murray H. Passo, Joseph F. Fitzgerald, and Kenneth D. Brandt, Arthritis associated with inflammatory bowel disease in children: Relationship of joint disease to activity and severity of bowel lesion, Digestive Diseases and Sciences 1986 31:492-497.
6. Marko Kalliomäki, Seppo Salminen, Heikki Arvilommi, Pentti Kero, Pertti Koshkinen and Erika Isolauri. Probiotics in primary prevention of atopic disease: a randomised placebo controlled trial, The Lancet 2001; 357:1076-1079.
7. Ntonio Mansi, Salvatore Cucchiara, Luigi Greco, Paola Sarnelli, Chiara Pisanti, Maria-Teresa Franco and Francesca Santamaria, Bronchial Hyperresponsiveness in Children and Adolescents with Crohn’s Disease, Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 161:1051-1054.
8. Michael Blaut. Relationship of prebiotics and food to intestinal microflora. European Journal of Nutrition, Volume 41, Issue 0, Oct 2002, DOI 10.1007/s00394-002-11027.
9. Fallon, Sally, Nourishing Traditions, NewTrends Publishing, 2000, pp. 584-596.

 

 

All the statements found on this document are for informational purposes only. They have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult with a licensed medical professional before embarking on a new health program or about any serious injury or disease.

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NEWS YOU CAN USE!
From the desk of Tinesja Vanel  Spring 2014 Issue 

Welcome to SPRING - the Season of Renewal!  It is also the time where our liver, our biggest organ and master of detoxification is the most active according to traditional Chinese Medicine and can benefit the most from cleansing.  If you are a veteran “cleanser” you may want to venture into a liver & gallbladder flush as outlined in such books as “The Amazing Gallbladder & Liver Cleanse” by Andreas Moritz, or Hulda Clarke's "A Cure for All Disease".  There are also many such recipes on the internet.  However, if you are new to cleansing or suffer from an overload of toxins from chemical or heavy metal exposures, such cleanses may put an overload on all your detoxification systems.  In this case a milder yet very effective cleanse can do wonders! So let’s look at the...

“Mini Liver/Gallbladder Flush”!

To prepare this Liver Flush squeeze the juice of one or two lemons (use some seeds and white pulp from the lemon as well), add one tablespoon of organic cold–pressed olive oil and one or two cloves of garlic (if this is too strong use a small piece of ginger root instead).  Add 4 oz. of room temperature water, mix in a blender and drink first thing in the morning.  This is a great tonic and cleanser for the liver.
 
After drinking this mixture, relax or exercise for half an hour and then drink a couple of cups of warm seed tea, either fennel, anise, caraway or fenugreek.  Make this by adding two level teaspoons of seeds to two cups of water and simmer for 15 minutes in a covered glass or ceramic (non chipped) pot.  Let it steep for another 15 minutes and drink in sips over the course of 10 minutes or so.  This tea assists the action of the Liver flush and also acts as a relaxant and carminative (relieves gas) in the digestive tract.  In another half hour eat a light breakfast.
 
Repeat this cleanse once, twice and eventually 3 times per week in the beginning of spring in March & April.  Couple these procedures with a weekly colonic as the liver can only release toxins effectively when the elimination channels are open!  When you feel strong enough you can change to every other day for a week or two and then daily for 3 days.  After that take a break and repeat just the 3 day cleanse coupled with a colonic on a monthly basis to support the liver throughout the year. A clean liver is the foundation of youth – enjoy your journey to a younger feel and a younger look!

Here is a very brief review of the foundation of a healthy diet very important to adopt at least during such a cleanse and best to be incorporated all year through:

1.    Avoid all refined foods:  White sugar, white flour, hydrogenated fats, soft drinks.

2.    Eat organic vegetables, fruits, grains and meats, they are from double to several hundred times more nutritious than conventionally grown or raised food.

3.    Use the wisdom of proper food combining. It avoids mixing foods that in combination cause fermentation in our intestines, one of the major causes of digestive discomfort:
Do not mix highly concentrated proteins like meat and cheese with grains and high starch food like potatoes and dry beans.  Both food groups can be enjoyed with any kind of non starchy vegetables.

4.    Eat proteins for breakfast & lunch and the starches for dinner.  Do not eat after 7 pm, stop drinking liquids after 8 to secure a good night's sleep without interruption!

 

All the statements found on this document are for informational purposes only. They have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult with a licensed medical professional before embarking on a new health program or about any serious injury or disease.

NEWS YOU CAN USE!

From the desk of Tinesja Vanel  Winter 2012 Issue

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Give your Liver a well deserved break! From the book "The 9-Day Liver Detox Diet" by Patrick Holford & Fiona McDonald Joyce

In Health Circles there is a lot of talk going around of the importance of cleansing and detoxification, spring cleaning of the body sort to speak ! This is all fine and dandy, but who is the one who has to work double time, when we go on a detox diet, a colon cleanse, Master Cleanse, juice fast, water fast etc.? It is the world’s most complex chemical factory – our liver. Even the famous liver flush with Epsom salts and olive oil puts an extra burden on the liver and give us a cleansing reaction. If it is mild, we can allow it to pass, but when it turns into a healing crisis, we should stop and ask ourselves: "Are we doing the liver a favor or damaging it even more? So what should really come first?

What about giving the liver a 9 day break? What it takes for this is a bit of logic. If even staying away from food, aka fasting throws an extra load on the liver, due to the cleansing crisis, how about relieving the liver for a while? The answer is simple: For 9 days in a row feed your body only foods the liver likes and needs and leave out all the habits and foods that are its enemies.

Here are some basic foods that make the liver happy:

Fruits: Berries such as blue berries, raspberries, strawberries (organic only), black berries, boysenberries etc., followed by pomegranate, apples, lemons, pink grapefruits, avocados, red and yellow bell peppers.

Vegetables: Artichokes, red beets, carrots, celery,ginger, radishes, garlic, red onions, green onions, leeks, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, olives, squashes, yams, all deep colored veggies the liver likes and of course the very best, all green leafy veggies such as lettuce, watercress, spinach, kale, etc.

Grains: Quinoa, millet, amaranth, buckwheat (is not a grain actually but a relative to the rhubarb), whole grain rice

Seeds: Sesame, flax, sunflower, pumpkin, almonds

Legumes: Lentils green & red, garbanzo beans

Animal protein (in moderation): Wild fish such as salmon & halibut and slightly boiled eggs.

Good fats, cold pressed and high in Omega 3, 6 & 9: Olive oil, flax oil, pumpkin seed oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil

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And here the 5 devils totally forbidden during your 9 day cleanse:

Gluten (wheat, rye, barley, white rice)

Milk and milk products

Caffeine

Alcohol & Refined Sugar

Bad fats (hydrogenated, partially hydrogenated, refined, heated)

If you smoke, smoking is the devil #6!

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If you manage to leave these five (or six) devils entirely out for the 9 days and nourish yourself with the wealth of delicious liver supporting foods above, you will enjoy an increase of energy and if you decide to follow with a spring cleansing program of any sort the liver will be able to support it! This means, the likelihood of developing a discouraging healing crisis will be greatly reduced. By the way, possibly the best time to cleanse our bodies is around or just before the spring equinox on March 23rd. So ideally plan your "Liver Holiday" for January or February.

If you like to learn more on this subject, such as how you can measure your liver detox potential before and after the program as well as what kinds of specific supplements can enhance the outcome of your "Liver Holiday" you can order the book above from www.amazon.com. It is even available in e-book format for instant down loading! Best of all, you will also find delicious recipes in that book.
 

All the statements found on this document are for informational purposes only. They have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult with a licensed medical professional before embarking on a new health program or about any serious injury or disease.

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NEWS YOU CAN USE
From the desk of Tinesja Vanel   Fall 2011 issue

According to traditional Chinese Medicine spring is the time where the liver and gall bladder meridians are most activated and where these two organs can benefit the most from cleansing.  If you are a veteran “cleanser” you may want to venture into a liver & gallbladder flush as outlined in such books as “The Amazing Gallbladder & Liver Cleanse” by Andreas Moritz.  However, if you are new to cleansing or suffer from an overload of toxins from chemical or heavy metal exposures such cleanses may put an overload on all your detoxification systems.  In this case a milder yet very effective cleanse can do wonders! So let’s look at the...

 “Mini Liver/Gallbladder Flush”!

oliveoil.jpg

To prepare this Liver Flush squeeze the juice of one or two lemons (use some seeds and white pulp from the lemon as well), add one tablespoon of organic cold–pressed olive oil and one or two cloves of garlic (if this is too strong use a small piece of ginger root instead).  Add 4 oz. of room temperature water, mix in a blender and drink first thing in the morning.  This is a great tonic and cleanser for the liver. 

After drinking this mixture, relax or exercise for half an hour and then drink a couple of cups of warm seed tea, either fennel, anise, caraway or fenugreek.  Make this by adding two level teaspoons of seeds to two cups of water and simmer for 15 minutes in a covered glass or ceramic (non chipped) pot.  Let it steep for another 15 minutes and drink in sips over the course of 10 minutes or so.  This tea assists the action of the Liver flush and also acts as a relaxant and carminative (relieves gas) in the digestive tract.  In another half hour eat a light breakfast.
 

Repeat this cleanse once, twice and eventually 3 times per week in the beginning of spring in March & April.  Couple these procedures with a weekly colonic as the liver can only release toxins effectively when the elimination channels are open!  When you feel strong enough you can change to every other day for a week or two and then daily for 3 days.  After that take a break and repeat just the 3 day cleanse coupled with a colonic on a monthly basis to support the liver throughout the year.
 

This mini liver & gallbladder flush can also be combined with a herbal or homeopathic cleanse of your choice enhancing it greatly.  And remember: A clean liver is the foundation of youth – enjoy your journey to a younger feel and a younger look!

All the statements found on this document are for informational purposes only. They have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult with a licensed medical professional before embarking on a new health program or about any serious injury or disease.