Why should anyone have colon therapy?
We Are All Toxic!
A bold statement, yes, but recent studies suggest it's true. Each year, U.S. chemical companies manufacture more than 6.5 trillion pounds of 9,000+ different chemical compounds. These same companies release over 7 billion pounds of 650+ different chemical pollutants into the atmosphere and water. In addition, industrial manufacturing plants and fossil fuel combustion release heavy metals into the environment, including 48 tons of mercury annually. Exposure to these ubiquitous chemical compounds and pollutants has created an overall toxic burden that extends from the very young to the very old.
The Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Working Group (EWG; ewg.org), in collaboration with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, conducted a study to assess the levels of 219 industrial chemicals in nine adult volunteers who had no known previous toxic exposure. A total of 167 chemicals (the average was 91) was found in the blood and urine of the study's participants, including 76 carcinogens, 94 chemicals known to be toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 79 that can cause birth defects or abnormal fetal development. Another EWG study found an average of 200 industrial compounds, pollutants, and other chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of 10 newborn babies. Chemicals found in the second study included the organochlorine pesticides DDT and dieldrin, perfluorochemicals, brominated fire retardants, PCBs, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated and polybrominated dioxins and furans, polychlorinated naphthalenes, and mercury.
A toxin is a substance which can damage a living organism. It seems that “toxins” have become a household word, since everything we eat, drink, breathe and lather on our body is potentially filled with foreign chemicals.
There are physical toxins like heavy metals, chlorine and most medications. Then there are biological toxins like yeasts, bacteria and viruses. If you don’t facilitate cleansing of these toxins, they can accumulate in your body and affect your health on a cellular level and ultimately compromise your immune system.
If you want to achieve or maintain vibrant health, you must be proactive about cleansing the toxins from your body.
(Pasted from http://www.naturalhealth365.com/natural_healing/detoxify.html)
Detoxification is a very broad and complex subject. Below are two basic protocols to get you going in the right direction.
You will be pleasantly surprised to feel a renewed sense of energy and enthusiasm for life.
Before any type of cleansing occurs, the colon must be first in order. The colon can be likened to your body’s waste disposal system. A colon that is weak or spastic can create autointoxication, where numerous types of toxins are reabsorbed back into the blood steam and circulate throughout the whole body.
What is the best way to prepare for colon therapy?
The ideal preparation for a colonic is fasting for 3 or more days prior to your treatment.
I believe green juice fasting is the ideal way as it provides nutrients and still accomplishes the goal of deep detoxification….plus drinking lots of water each day is essential. (8-10 glasses, and add about ¼ teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt for each quart/liter of water).
Don’t drink fruit juice (except maybe a green apple added to your green juices for flavor enhancement). You can eat 1 or 2 pieces of fruit a day without impeding your cleanse, which will add fiber and ease the sense of deprivation from not chewing/eating.
You should also take some type of high quality fiber, such as organic psyllium seed 1-3 times a day with a large glass of water. Follow label instructions for serving size.
It’s important to eliminate every day you are on a cleanse, or your body can reabsorb some of the toxins that you are unleashing from the process and fiber should keep things moving even if you’re not eating solid food.
If that seems too extreme, then eating a “cleansing diet” for a minimum of 5-7 days prior to a treatment is also quite effective.
I consider a cleansing diet to be no meat, no wheat, no dairy, no sugar or refined foods and no alcohol. So basically a diet of mostly vegies, then fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes and whole grains. Try to get a fresh green juice in at least once a day as well. Chlorophyll is a potent detoxifier.
If you have a history of irregularity, then you should consider a colonic at the beginning of your fast and at the end.
If you are regular and generally eat a clean diet, don’t take a lot of medications or drink, then a colonic at the end of your cleanse can be sufficient.
Real Health Benefits of Fasting:
Fasting reduces the amount of input your digestive system needs to break down and reassemble. The stomach, pancreas, gall bladder, liver, and small and large intestines get to rest. (A Sabbath for your insides.) And rest is restorative. The digestive system becomes stronger.
Every tradition interprets the term “fasting” to mean different things. The biblical fasts that Jesus and Moses performed were extreme, “water only” fasts while a more moderate Chinese interpretation of fasting means “eating a vegetarian diet”.
Chinese medicine sees cleansing the body of toxins as a function of vegetable consumption. The classics say, “Grains are for energy, meats for strength, and vegetables for keeping the body clean.”
The Science of Fasting
Aside from its positive psychological and spiritual effects, fasting has been endorsed by just about every medicine tradition (including modern medicine) for the health benefits it promises.
Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, believed fasting enabled the body to heal itself stating, “”Everyone has a doctor in him; we just have to help him in his work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. …to eat when you are sick, is to feed your sickness.”
Paracelsus, another founder of modern medicine, wrote 500 years ago that “fasting is the greatest remedy, the physician within.”
According to Benjamin Franklin, “The best of all medicines is resting and fasting.”
Why should I prepare for a treatment?
You do not have to do any kind of dietary prep prior to having a colonic, but you will experience greater benefit if you do.
If you are experiencing digestive issues like gas, bloating and constipation you will benefit by having a treatment whether you change your diet beforehand or not.
Is there anything special I need to do on the day of my treatment?
I recommend not eating solid food for 2 hours prior to a treatment if you are not fasting. You can have liquids.
Should I do anything special after a colonic?
I always recommend a light vegetarian meal as your first meal post treatment. A heavy protein meal is harder to digest.
I also recommend a high quality probiotic supplement daily for at least 2 weeks after a colonic to replace the good bacteria lost during a treatment.
It’s a very good idea to start including raw fermented foods in your diet on a daily basis as well, as they provide superior probiotic supplementation. Fermented foods are things like kim chi, natto, miso, raw fermented vegies, sauerkraut, kombucha tea, cultured butter, certain cheeses, plain yogurt and kefir. There are more and more scientific studies being done that are proving the health benefits of these traditionally eaten foods.
Are colonics painful?
The vast majority of people do not experience discomfort during a treatment. Some people who have a preexisting condition such as irritable bowel or spastic colon may experience some discomfort. An experienced colon therapist can tailor a treatment to minimize this effect.
Are colonics safe?
In my experience as a colon therapist who has treated literally thousands of people in over 25 years without incident, I have to say YES!
All treatments are given by me, using all disposable, sterile tubing and highly filtered water.
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