Saturday, November 4, 2017

Chemical Exposure and Colonics


I heard someone say the other day, " I don't need colonics, I'm regular."

The purpose of colon hydrotherapy is not to simply to promote regularity. It is to cleanse the length of your colon which kicks off a cleanse of the rest of your body.


The goal of cleansing the length of your colon (also called the large intestine or bowel) is to cleanse your tissues, organs and cells.  


This type of tissue cleansing does not occur in this deep way from your daily bowel movements alone.

We are exposed to a lot of chemicals in the world today and have been through out history. There was a time when the chemical DDT was sprayed directly and liberally onto people including children. We now know that is very very toxic.  Today many are exposed to chemicals on the job, from indoor environments where various furniture, flooring, and paints are off gassing. Indoor environments can be among the most toxic environments.  Chemicals can build up in the body. Often people notice health issues after being exposed to certain chemicals.

There are chemicals in the air from car exhaust, pesticides, factories, etc. Living in Los Angeles or other densely populated cities, you may notice a black dust accumulating on your furniture, etc. You are also breathing this all the time.

And we are ingesting chemicals in the food supply and recreational drugs. Some of this is eliminated and some builds up in the body.

Colon hydrotherapy's aim is to alleviate the build up of toxins in the body so it can resume optimal performance.

Monday, December 15, 2014

1, 2, 3 Easy Holiday Herbal Tea

I love making tea from fresh herbs.  It is so easy to do and the flavors will make your taste buds sing.
This holiday tea is warm and cozy for a winter day.


 Cozy Holiday Herbal Tea

3-5 slices fresh tumeric
2 slices fresh ginger
1 tsp dandelion root
1/2 tsp licorice root
2 cardamom pods
1 tsp cleavers
small piece of nutmeg
1/2 - 1 cinnamon stick
optional 1 tsp cacao powder


1.  Crush and grind your spices with a mortar and pestle.

2.  Add to tea pot and pour hot water over it.

3.  Steep for 20 min or longer. The longer you steep it, the richer the flavors will be.  You can reuse the herbs 2 or  3 times for good tea.

Cheers!


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Colonic Success Stories: Energy Up and Waist Size Down


Recently, Rafael (name changed for privacy) came to me curious about trying colon hydrotherapy. He was nervous about the process.  He had never done any type of colon cleansing before and over the past year had put on about 10 stubborn pounds.

Rafael did 5 colonic sessions over a 5 week period and did a 12 day herbal detox that I had recommended. He also added a green smoothie and some flax seeds to his diet.

Rafael shared with me that before he began his colonic sessions, his energy level was about a 5 out of 10. At his last session, he reported that his energy level was a 10 out of 10 and his pants were fitting looser.  He was losing weight and felt more motivated to exercise.  I also noticed that his skin had more of a healthy glow and the whites of his eyes looked brighter.

Amazing!

www.vitalityflow.net


To see the original article or to find out why I became a Colon Hydrotherapist, you can go to my other blog:

http://colonhydrotherapylosangeles.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/colonic-success-stories-energy-up-and-waist-size-down/

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Cold Showers: Building Strength in Challenging Times



Well, the picture tells you how it feels when you first get into a cold shower in the morning.

Recently, I have been seeking ways to strengthen my inner self while going through some life challenges. It was recommended to me that by choosing to consciously confront the cold / discomfort it would strengthen my mind and nervous system.

I was certainly intrigued.

On the first day of this cold shower quest, I sat and procrastinated, thinking, "I can't do this...I don't want to do this....this is ridiculous".

And then I went for it.

As the cold water hit my body, my mind was full with the thought "I HATE THIS!!!!!" Then, my breathing took on a life of it's own - I began to gasp for air, pant like a dog, neigh like a horse and hiss like a cat.  As I vigorously massaged my body all over, I began to get used to it. After 3 or 5 minutes, my body no longer felt cold.  I got out of the shower and I felt amazing - clear headed, energized and a sense of victory.

I have been jumping into cold showers in the morning now for almost 2 weeks. And I have to say, it is getting easier. I feel more grounded and strong.

I have also noticed an overall increase in the elasticity and softness of my skin. I was starting to form grooves/circles under my eyes which I chalked up to aging and they seem to be filling in after just two weeks. I feel clear and focused afterwards and ready to take on any challenge the day might bring.

Hydrotherapies have been around for centuries. The cold shower, known as Ishnaan in Eastern traditions, is a simple yet revitalizing yoga technique.

Cold showers cause the blood which has been stored deep within the internal organs and glands to rush to the surface of your body. This flushing of the organs is detoxifying and improves circulation in general. Your breath automatically deepens as you gasp from the cold, cleansing the lungs.

The other interesting benefit I noticed is a lack of wanting sweets - not something I have encountered before. During the holidays (and a lot of my life!) I seemed to be in a rhythm of having something sweet every day.  It struck me that  I hadn't really thought about chocolate or sugar in about a week and a half - it was completely off my radar.

Cold showers:

Tone the skin and muscles
Flush the internal organs
Clean the circulatory system
Tone and energize the glands
Strengthen the nervous system
Prevent the body from developing extra fat
Make you strong psychologically
Increase in Glutathione (a powerful antioxidant)

To Take a Cold Shower:

1.   Give a quick oil (almond oil, sesame oil, etc.)  massage to the whole body. You won't feel oily after as the water helps the skin absorb the oil.
2.  Jump in the cold shower while rubbing all the parts of your body vigorously.  Don't forget your face, underarms and soles of the feet.  No need to wet your head.
3.  Stay in 3-5 minutes or until you don't feel cold anymore
4.  Dry off with a towel.
5. Start your day feeling marvelous!

Apparently, women should not take a cold shower when menstruating along with people with certain heart or thyroid conditions. Your doctor would be the best person to seek advice from on this topic if there is any doubt.

Showers should be cold. Cold showers preserve a woman as a woman; they correct imbalanced menstruation, prevent early menopause, skin problems and they help her to keep her glow."
-Yogi Bhajan


References
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/cold-showers-are-good-for-you--official-738026.html
http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2012/04/27/cold-water-immersion-benefits.aspx
http://www.3ho.org/3ho-lifestyle/women/radiant-health-and-beauty/cold-showers-radiant-glow

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Health Benefits of Apples



By Dr. Mercola
Apples are the second most popular fruit in the US (bananas are the first),1 with each American eating about 19 pounds a year. 2
Undoubtedly, many of those apples are consumed right now, during the fall, which is peak season for apples in the US. This is one sweet treat that you can feel good about eating, too, as apples are packed with disease-fighting vitamins, antioxidants and more, easily making them one of the top-ranked fruits for your health.

Apples Ranked Second Highest for Antioxidant Activity

Compared to other commonly consumed fruits in the US, apples ranked second for highest antioxidant activity. However, they ranked highest for the proportion of free phenolic compounds, which means they are not bound to other compounds in the fruit and therefore may be more easily absorbed into your bloodstream.3
Notably, much of apples’ antioxidant power is contained in the peel, where you’ll find antioxidants like catechin, procyanidins, chlorogenic acid, ploridizin and more. According to the New York Fruit Quarterly:4
“Since apples are so high in antioxidants, it is no surprise that apples, specifically, are associated with a decreased risk of chronic disease.
Three studies have specifically linked apple consumption with a decreased risk for cancer… [and] a study has shown that apple and pear consumption has been associated with a decreased risk of asthma.
Apple consumption has also been associated with a decreased risk of coronary heart disease… [and] a reduced risk of Type II diabetes was associated with apple and berry consumption in another major Finnish study.
In the laboratory, apples and the compounds in them have properties that may explain their effects in protecting against disease. Our lab has found that apples, and especially apple peels, have powerful antioxidant activity and can greatly inhibit the growth of liver cancer and colon cancer cells.
Based on results from all of these studies, it appears that apples may play a significant role in reducing the risk of a wide variety of diseases.”
I have four apple trees where I live in Chicago but hadn’t eaten that many of them. After reviewing this information, I think I will be consuming more next year, as the harvest season just finished for this year.

An Apple a Day to Keep 5 Chronic Diseases Away?

A wealth of research suggests that eating apples may impact your health in a number of beneficial ways:5
  • Brain Health: Apples have been found to protect neuron cells against oxidative stress-induced neurotoxicity and may play an important role in reducing the risk of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease.6
  • Stroke: Eating apples is linked to a decreased risk of stroke.7
  • Diabetes: Three servings of apples (and other fruits, such as blueberries and grapes) is linked to a 7 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes.8 This may be due to their beneficial role in blood sugar regulation, as apples contain compounds that may:9
  • Lessen absorption of glucose from your digestive tract
  • Stimulate beta cells in your pancreas to secrete insulin
  • Increase uptake of glucose from your blood by stimulating insulin receptors
  • Cancer: Apples have a number of properties that may help reduce the risk of cancer, including antimutagenic activity, antioxidant activity, anti-inflammatory mechanisms, antiproliferative and apoptosis-inducing activity, as well as "novel mechanisms on epigenetic events and innate immunity." According to the journal Planta Medica:10
“Apple products have been shown to prevent skin, mammary and colon carcinogenesis in animal models. Epidemiological observations indicate that regular consumption of one or more apples a day may reduce the risk for lung and colon cancer.”
  • Heart Disease: Eating apples is associated with a lower risk of death from heart disease, an association that’s thought to be related to their content of antioxidant flavonoids.11

Eat Whole Apples for the Most Health 'Bang' for Your Buck

While applesauce and apple juice do contain some valuable vitamins and antioxidants, eating apples in their whole form will give you the synergistic blend of nutrients and fiber the way nature intended. This is important for a number of reasons. For instance, apples are often thought of as a high-fiber food and many of its heart health benefits are linked to a type of fiber called pectin.
In reality, apples really only contain about two to three grams of fiber per ounce, of which pectin accounts for about half. Even though this is a modest amount of pectin, it has a powerful impact on your health because of its interactions with other apple phytonutrients. As explained by the World’s Healthiest Foods:12
“… this relatively modest amount of pectin found in whole apples has now been shown to interact with other apple phytonutrients to give us the kind of blood fat lowering effects that would typically be associated with much higher amounts of soluble fiber intake.
In recent comparisons with laboratory animals, the blood fat lowering effects of whole apple were shown to be greatly reduced when whole apples were eliminated from the diet and replaced by pectin alone.
In summary, it's not fiber alone that explains the cardiovascular benefits of apple, but the interaction of fiber with other phytonutrients in this wonderful fruit. If you want the full cardiovascular benefits of apples, it's the whole food form that you'll want to choose. Only this form can provide you with those unique fiber-plus-phytonutrient combinations.”
Similarly, research shows that eating a whole apple before a meal may lead you to eat 15 percent fewer calories – an effect that was not associated with applesauce or apple juice.13 Eating a whole apple was also linked with greater feelings of satiety after a meal.

Some People May Need to Eat Apples in Moderation

The other variable we haven’t yet covered is fructose, a type of sugar that is linked to many chronic health problems when consumed in excess. I believe most will benefit from restricting their fructose to 25 grams a day, and as little as 15 grams a day if you have insulin or leptin resistance.

This includes fructose from whole fruits like apples. Apples are a relatively high-fructose fruit, with 9.5 grams in a medium-sized apple. Apple juice will contain considerably more, which is another reason why you’re better off eating apples in their whole form.
It is also important to time your eating of fructose-rich foods like apple correctly. One of the tricks that I personally use is to time my fruit intake. Eating one after a calorie-rich meal for ‘dessert’ will not have the same effect as if you eat it after a glycogen-depleting workout.

In the former case, the apple’s fructose is more likely to contribute to weight gain and insulin resistance; in the latter case, it will harmlessly replenish your glycogen stores within your muscles or be burned directly during your workout. I have actually been able to lose weight by increasing my fruit intake in this fashion. This works far better if you are metabolically adapted to burn fat as your primary fuel. 
If you’re insulin or leptin resistant (are overweight, diabetic, hypertensive, or have high cholesterol), which includes about 80 percent of Americans, then it would be advisable for you to limit your fruit intake to about 15 grams per day, which would be equivalent to eating approximately one apple and a handful of blueberries -- unless you timed the fruit consumption as described above and were doing fairly significant exercise in which you were burning a few hundred calories.
If you are not insulin/leptin resistant, (are normal weight without diabetes, hypertension or high cholesterol) and regularly engage in strenuous physical activity or manual labor, then higher fructose intake is unlikely to cause any health problems. In this case, you can probably eat more fruit without giving it much thought.

What Else Should You Look for in an Apple?

Because much of the antioxidant content of an apple is found in its peel, you’ll want to leave the peel on when you eat it. For this reason, look for organic apples, which will be free from pesticides and other chemicals. Apples are one of the most pesticide-contaminated fruits there is,14 so if you’re planning to eat more apples, make them organic. If you purchase conventional apples, briefly soaking them in a solution of 10 percent vinegar to 90 percent water may help to remove some pesticides (and bacteria).
But keep in mind that many pesticides are lipophilic, and are therefore capable of entering through the surface of conventional produce deep into the flesh of the fruit or vegetable within minutes. If you have your own apple trees, you can integrate high-performance agriculture techniques that will radically increase the nutrient content and also virtually eliminate any diseases that the apples might be acquire. When it comes to choosing an apple, the Washington State Apple Commission recommends:15
  • Choosing an apple with shiny, not dull, skin (dull apples will not be crisp)
  • Firm apples free from bruises and punctures
  • Refrigerating apples at 32 degrees F to maintain crispness
  • Protecting cut apples from browning by dipping them into a solution of one part citrus juice to three parts water
If you’re looking for even more apple facts and nutrition information, be sure to check out our apple food facts page.
You can find the original posting of this article at http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/10/28/apple-health-benefits.aspxe_cid=20131028Z1_DNL_art_2&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20131028Z1

Friday, October 11, 2013

Coffee Enemas: A word of caution

http://www.11roasters.com/data/photos/15_1kenya_coffee_bean.jpgThe coffee enema is an effective way to cleanse the liver. The caffeine in the coffee, when administered rectally, is transported though the hepatic portal vein to the liver where it causes the bile ducts to open and purge bile into the colon for elimination from the body. Coffee enemas are a big part of the Gerson Therapy (a natural therapy shown to have healed some types of cancer).

It is important to keep in mind that in addition to removing toxins, coffee enemas can also remove valuable minerals and B vitamins from the body. To balance this effect, one must replenish the body with fresh juices, foods high in B vitamins and plenty of water.

A friend recently shared with me that he was feeling very tired and weak for several weeks. He had been doing regular weekly coffee enemas which he felt were helping him with mental clarity. He was eating a primarily vegetarian diet which was low in B vitamins, particularly vitamin B12.  After adding a B complex vitamin to his regime, he immediately felt better and his energy rapidly returned. B vitamins are used up quickly when we are stressed.

I personally like coffee enemas.  I find them energizing and cleansing and they have helped reduce back and neck pain for me. I don't do them very often  (a handful of times a year) though because they can be drying to the body and I don't want to deplete my minerals.

This is my favorite coffee enema taken from the SA Wilson's coffee enema website:  http://www.sawilsons.com/basicenema.htm

I also like their coffee best as I find it easier to retain, but any organic coffee can be used.  I generally do the enema one time and not twice as indicated below.

COFFEE ENEMA INSTRUCTIONS:

Procedure
Put a little over 1 quart of clean water in a pan and bring it to a boil. Add 2 flat tablespoons of coffee (or the coffee amount that has been prescribed for you). Let it continue to boil for five minutes, then turn the stove off, leaving the pan on the hot burner.

Allow it to cool down to a very comfortable, tepid temperature. Test with your finger. It should be the same temperature as a baby's bottle. It's safer to have it too cold than too warm; never use it hot or steaming; body temperature is good.

Next, carry your pan or pot and lay an old towel on the floor (or your bed if you are careful and know you won't spill - for safety, a piece of plastic can be placed under the towel). If you don't use an old towel, you will soon have many old towels since coffee stains permanently. Use another bunch of towels, if you want, as a pillow and bring along some appropriately relaxing literature. Pour the coffee from the pan into the enema bucket or bag without getting the coffee grounds in the cup. You may prefer to use an intermediate container with a pour spout when going from the pan to the enema bucket. Do not use a paper filter to strain the grounds. Put your enema bag in the sink with the catheter clamped closed.

Pour the coffee into the enema bag. Loosen the clamp to allow the coffee to run out to the end of the catheter tip and re-clamp the bag when all the air has been removed from the enema tubing.
Use a coat hanger to hang the enema bag at least two feet above the floor; on a door knob or towel rack. The bucket can rest on a chair, shelf or be held. Do not hang it high, as on a shower head, because it will be too forceful and the hose won't reach. It should flow very gently into the rectum and distal sigmoid colon only. It is not a high enema or colonic. Allowing it to go well up into the colon may introduce caffeine into the general circulation as though you had taken it by mouth.
Lie down on the floor on your back or right side and gently insert the catheter. If you need lubrication, food grade vegetable oil such as olive oil, a vitamin E capsule, or KY jelly should be fine, unless you are chemically sensitive. It is generally a good idea to avoid petroleum products.

Gently insert the tube into the rectum a few inches and then release the clamp and let the first 1/2 of the quart (2 cups maximum) of coffee flow in. Clamp the tubing off as soon as there is the slightest amount of discomfort or fullness. Do not change positions or use an incline board to cause the enema to enter further into the colon; this defeats the purpose of this type of enema.

Try to retain the enema for a minimum of 12 or more minutes. Sometimes there will be an immediate urgency to get rid of it and that is fine. It helps to clean the stool out of the colon so that next time around you can hold more of the enema longer. Never force yourself to retain it if you feel that you can't. When you have clamped the tubing, remove the catheter tip and void when you have to. It is best to hold it for at least 12 minutes each time. After you have emptied the bowel, proceed with the remaining 1/2 quart and likewise hold that for at least 12 minutes, if able, then void.

The goal is to have two enemas, not exceeding 1/2 a quart (2 cups) each, that you are able to hold for 12 to 15 minutes each. Usually 2 or 3 times will use up all of the enema, but that is not your goal. Being able to hold it for 12 to 15 minutes is. When you have finished your session, rinse out the bag and hang it up to dry. Periodically run boiling water, peroxide, or other comparable antimicrobial agent through the empty bag to discourage mold growth when not in use.

If you feel wired or hyper, or have palpitations or irregular heartbeats after a coffee enema, you should reduce the amount of coffee, usually by half for a few days or weeks. Or consider that you really need organic coffee. Be sure the source of your water is good clean chemical-free spring, well, or filtered water.

Sometimes you will hear or feel a squirting out and emptying of the gallbladder. This occurs under the right rib cage, or sometimes more closely to the mid line. If after a week of daily enemas you have never felt or heard the gall bladder release, You should consider making the coffee stronger, going up in 1/2 Tablespoon increments per quart, not exceeding 2 Tablespoon per cup. Alternately, you may need a slightly larger volume, such as 3 cups at a time. Sometimes, 3 enemas (2 cups or less each) rather than two at a session are more beneficial for some.

Always discontinue the enemas if there is any adverse reaction whatsoever, and discuss it with the doctor at your next appointment. If you find the enema helpful, do not use it more than once per day for any extended period without medical supervision. Use it as necessary, perhaps several days in a row, but more commonly a few times a week.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Real Apple Cider Vinegar is Brimming with Life and Delicious!

I love apple cider vinegar. It's health properties are far reaching. From helping acid reflux to to easing the pain of arthritis to being a good electrolyte it seems apple cider vinegar is multifaceted. I was buying a good quality raw, unpasteurized brand from my health store and was quite happy with it until yesterday.

I stopped by a friend's place and he offered me some home made apple cider vinegar that he had made. It was like nothing I had ever tasted before. It was so vibrant and full of life and enzymes. My taste buds were singing the moment it touched my tongue and I felt energized. It was delicious! Wow.

He shared with me his recipe which takes about two months for the whole process to unfold. First the apples ferment to alcohol and then to vinegar. He mentioned that fruit flies contribute to part of the process which I found fascinating and a testament to the interconnectedness of things.

One of my clients had a problem with acid reflux for a long time. She shared with me that by using apple cider vinegar, she was able to correct the problem completely.

I like to start my day with a glass of water with a bit of apple cider vinegar and raw honey.