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Detox Tips 12: MEDICAL INFO - FAR INFRARED SAUNA
The far infrared sauna has been very beneficial in the treatment of fibromyalgia (FMS/FM) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFIDS/CFS). A number of doctors now believe that the "toxic load" of these patients are very high and their detoxification pathways are often compromised. When one is able to reduce the toxins and heavy metals in those with fibromyalgia (FMS/FM) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFIDS/CFS), their symptoms often greatly improve. A number of people are also suffering unknowingly from mercury poisoning or from other heavy metals such as lead and aluminum. The infrared sauna has been invaluable in accelerating the removal of these toxic metals. By raising the core temperature and creating a 'hyperthermia' effect the infrared sauna also improves a number of parameters in the immune system.
Are You Clean Inside?
Internal Cleansing and Detoxification
If you've come to this site looking for information about colon cleansing, constipation, parasites, IBS, bloating as well as other related topics, then you’ve come to the right place. This information is from DrNatura.com, the #1 Online Colon Cleansing Resource. What you’re about to find out is absolutely amazing, and the solutions we offer may be the answer to your prayers, as so many here will testify.
Elements of the Detoxification Program
For complete details, see L. Ron Hubbard's book, "Clear Body Clear Mind."
Daily doses of immediate-release niacin:
Niacin stimulates ppid mobilization by triggering the release of free fatty acids into the bloodstream. It has been demonstrated that, while free fatty acid levels drop initially after taking immediate-release niacin, they rise markedly within two hours and continue at high levels for some time. (Sustained-release niacin is not used, as it has been associated with liver dysfunction.)
Moderate aerobic exercise:
This increases circulation, which ensures quick distribution of the niacin throughout the body and carries mobilized toxins to the excretory routes. Running is preferred, but this can be changed if medically indicated.
Intermittent sauna to force sweating:
As shown in several studies on this procedure, sweat is a primary elimination route for toxins. Sauna temperatures range from 140 to 180 degrees, lower than the typical health-club sauna. The sauna must be well-ventilated. Subjects take frequent showers, both to cool down and to remove substances from the skin and prevent their re-absorption. Liquids are administered and participants are monitored for signs of dehydration and heat exhaustion.
Ingestion of cold-pressed oils:
These are provided to prevent mobilized toxins from being re-absorbed by the intestines because the body needs ppids. Polyunsaturated oils have been found to enhance excretion of extremely persistent chemicals, without depositing fat in the liver.
Vitamin and mineral supplementation:
The oil taken to prevent re-absorption of mobilized toxins may also reduce absorption of important nutrients. A resulting deficiency could increase the toxicity of mobilized chemicals such as PCBs. An increased intake of nutrients prevents such toxic effects, as well as balancing the intake of niacin.
A summary of research supporting the elements of this program is found in an Appendix to the Proceedings of the First International Conference on Chemical Contamination and Human Detoxification. This document can be found in the "About Detoxification" section of this website.
Bowel Cleanse & Detoxification
Herbal Home Colonic Formulasem by: Dr. Richard Schulze
INTESTINAL FORMULA #1 INTESTINAL FORMULA #2 BOWEL CLEANSING & DETOXIFICATION Index - The Cancer Homepage NUTRITION SUPERFOOD
This is the way to start your day, EVERYDAY. The adult dosage is 2 rounded to 4 rounded tablespoons per day. If you need extra nutrition, because of an illness, you can take an additional 2 tablespoons in a drink in the afternoon.
In the morning, I suggest to take a blender, put in 8 ounces of fresh fruit juice, 8 ounces of purified or distilled water, ½ to 1 cup of fresh organic seasonal fruit and two rounded tablespoons SuperFood. I have started my day for the last 20 years with this morning drink.
If you choose to have another dosage of SuperFood in the afternoon I suggest 8 ounces of carrot juice, 4 ounces of a vegetable combination (beets, greens, etc.) and 4 ounces of purified or distilled water. You can also do the same fruit drink as in the morning. SuperFood can be mixed with either fruit or vegetable juice.
BOWEL CLEANSING & DETOXIFICATION
INTESTINAL FORMULA #1:
Patient Type #1: The sluggish bowel type. This formula is for 97 % of my patient -- the ones who need a help getting their bowel working frequently enough. Follow the directions for Intestinal Corrective Formula #1 on page 14 of this handbook.
Patient type #2: The irritated bowel type. This is only a small percentage of my patients. This is the exception to the rule, those with bowels that work too often, more than 3 bowel movements a day. This includes those that have coptis, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, etc. If your bowels are irritated, hot or are working too frequently, skip this formula and go to the Intestinal Corrective Formula #2.
INTESTINAL FORMULA #2:
Patient type #1: The sluggish bowel type. Continue to use Intestinal Corrective Formula #1 until your bowels are moving 2 to 3 times a day and the consistency is softer. Wait at least one week before adding the Intestinal Formula #2, but you can wait a month if necessary. Once you have achieved 2-3 bowel movements a day, begin the Intestinal Corrective Formula #2. You want to use up the entire 8 ounce jar within one week. That's about 1 healiing teaspoon 5 to 6 times a day. Follow the mixing directions on the can or the directions in the Intestinal Detoxification Program sheet. Repeat this the second month by consuming 1 more 8 ounce jar in a week.
Patient type #2: The irritated bowel type. Since you will not be taking the Intestinal Corrective Formula #1 at any time during this program, unless you get constipated, you can use the Intestinal Corrective Formula #2 on a daily basis, to sooth your bowel and solidify your bowel movements. You can use this formula continuously during the first two months of this program, you can use this formula forever if you wish. You may find that 1 teaspoon a day does the job, you may need three. Experiment to see what dosage is best for you.
IMMUNE SYSTEM STIMULATING
Use at least 1 bottle of Echinacea Plus each month for the first two months. Follow the dosages later in this handbook.
Victims of a Toxic Colon
Most people have never considered this simple question: Are you clean inside? We shower, brush our teeth and wash our hair on a daily basis, but we tend to ignore cleansing our insides until some form of disease sends us a wake-up call. Believe it or not, our insides, especially the colon which functions as the “sewer system” of our body, also requires regular cleaning. Constipation, parasites, IBS, gas, bloating, stomach pain, chronic fatigue, digestive problems, etc. can all be signs of a toxic colon. The things that can actually lurk in an unclean colon are truly staggering. The following is a quote from the January 11, 1999 issue of USA Today:
Victims of a toxic colon "Most people who eat the standard American 'goo and glue' diet have about 5-10 pounds of matter stored in the colon. It's said that, according to the autopsy, John Wayne had 40 pounds of impacted fecal matter in his body at death. Elvis reportedly had 60 pounds."
Why Is Colon Cleansing So Crucial?
We are all exposed to thousands of toxins and chemicals on a daily basis at work, in the home, through the air we breathe, our food and water supply, and through the use of pharmaceutical drugs. In addition, we are eating more sugar and processed foods than ever before in human history and regularly abuse our bodies with various stimulants and sedatives.
"Death Begins in the Colon"
These toxins and "dead" foods lead to poor digestion, constipation, toxic colon build-up, weight gain and low energy. These common symptoms are more than just an inconvenience. They can lead to long-term health problems and serious disease.
"Of all the popte topics of conversation, the state of one's intestines is probably at the bottom of most people's psts. Let's face it: Irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, gas, diverticuptis and colon cancer are simply not things we like to discuss. And yet, as the old expression goes, death begins in the colon. Don't believe it? Ask any coroner. Autolisies often reveal colons that are plugged up to 80 percent with waste material."
--Vegetarian Times, March, 1998
"Parasites May Rule the World"
This waste material is home to, in the words of National Geographic, "a sinister world of monstrous creatures that feed on living flesh: parasites". Discover magazine published a feature article in its August 2000 issue:
"Every living thing has at least one parasite that lives inside or on it, and many, including humans, have far moreScientists.are only just beginning to discover exactly how powerful these hidden inhabitants can be, but their research is pointing to a remarkable possibility: Parasites may rule the world. The notion that tiny creatures we've largely taken for granted are such a dominant force is immensely disturbingWe are collections of cells that work together, kept harmonized by chemical signals. If an organism can control those signals - an organism like a parasite
- then it can control us. And therein lies the peculiar and precise horror of parasites."
The combination of environmental toxins, an unhealthy diet and parasites poses a grave danger to humans. "In fact, parasites have killed more humans than all the wars in history" reported National Geographic in its award-winning documentary, The Body Snatchers.
Do You Need Internal Cleansing?
How do you know when it's time to free your body of parasites, accumulated toxins and other waste material? Read the list below, and if you identify one or more conditions as part of your daily life, then you should seriously consider internal cleansing.
Frequent gas & bloating
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Each year the average American consumes 150 lbs of sugar and 566 cans of soft drinks ("liquid candy")1. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, that is equal to "52 teaspoonfuls of added sugars per person per day".2 Can you imagine yourself sitting at the kitchen table gobbling down 52 teaspoons of white sugar every single day? Well, that's exactly what most of us are doing without even realizing it!
Why is every other American chronically ill?
Junk food consumption has increased drastically in the last few decades. Compared to 1981, in 2001 the average American consumed in one year: 45 large bags of potato chips - up 78%; 120 orders of French fries - up 130%; 190 candy bars - up 80%; 120 pastries or desserts - up 95%; 150 slices of pizza - up 143%3
What long-term effects may we expect from such progressive dietary degeneration? A new movie called Super Size Me documents precisely what physical and psychological changes take place when one consumes too much junk food. Last February, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock decided to become a human guinea pig by eating three meals a day for 30 days at McDonald’s. The film centers around the impact this had on his health and life. As reported by the New York Post on January 22, 2004.:
"Scores of cheeseburgers, hundreds of fries and dozens of chocolate shakes later, the formerly strapping 6-foot-2 New Yorker - who started out at a healthy 185 pounds - had packed on 25 pounds. But his supersized shape was the least of his problems. Within a few days of beginning his drive-through diet, Spurlock, 33, was vomiting out the window of his car, and doctors who examined him were shocked at how rapidly Spurlock's entire body deteriorated." 'It was really crazy - my body basically fell apart over the course of 30 days,' Spurlock told The Post. His liver became toxic, his cholesterol shot up from a low 165 to 230, his libido flagged and he suffered headaches and depression."4
Toxins "stimulate neurons to death"
Junk foods and soft drinks contain dangerous additives, chemicals, and many are laced with excitotoxins "found in such ingredients as monosodium glutamate [MSG], aspartame (NutraSweet®), cysteine, hydrolyzed protein, and aspartic acid.” Excitotoxins are “substances added to foods and beverages that pterally stimulate neurons to death, causing brain damage of varying degrees.”5
No one's put it better than nutritionist, Carol Simontacchi, in her best-selling book The Crazy Makers: "Food industries wantonly destroy our bodies and our brains, all in the name of profit."
Our health has become a victim of someone else's profit margin. No wonder nearly half of the U.S. population has at least one chronic condition, and 60 million have more than one according to Johns Hopkins University.
How to maintain health and vitality?
Understanding that our quality of life is determined by our daily choices, we have the power to improve our health and well-being quickly and dramatically. Optimum nutrition is a key factor, but our health depends not only on what nutrients we eat, but how much of those nutrients are absorbed and how well and regularly the body’s waste products are eliminated.
"Through my 25 years in medical practice and health care.I have come to believe that the cleansing/detoxification process is the missing pnk in Western nutrition and one of the keys to real healing. I have seen hundreds of patients over the years transform regular or persistent illness into health and greatly improved vitality."- Elson M. Haas, M.D., founder and medical director of the Preventive Medical Center of Marin and author of several popular health books.
With the proper use of cleansing and detoxification we can maintain health and vitality, even as we age.
Where to Start?
Any cleansing program should begin in the colon, the last portion of the digestive system. The colon’s job is to compact the chime, absorb water, and receive B-vitamins that are produced by healthy intestinal bacteria. One of the most renowned nutrition experts in the world, Dr. Bernard Jensen, D.C., Ph.D., author of many popular health books, states:
"In the 50 years I’ve spent helping people to overcome illness, disability and disease, it has become crystal clear that poor bowel management pes at the root of most people's health problems. In treating over 300,000 patients, it is the bowel that invariably has to be cared for first before any effective healing can take place."6
We could actually compare the function of the colon in our bodies to a sewer system in a large city. Just imagine for a second what would happen if the sewers in our area became clogged by some debris. Undoubtedly, within a short time the whole neighborhood would be filled with filth and an unbearable stench. This is the same process that occurs in our bodies when the elimination system is not functioning properly. When the colon is clean and healthy, we experience an overall well-being. When it is congested with stagnant waste, poisons back up into the system and pollute the inner environment. This is called autointoxication or self-poisoning.
Signs of Self-Poisoning
In her best-selling book, Internal Cleansing, Dr. Linda Berry, a chiropractor and clinical nutritionist, summarizes the symptoms of self-poisoning. "If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may be experiencing autointoxication (a process whereby you are poisoned by substances produced by your own body as a result of inadequate digestion and elimination), and therefore you might want to consider some type of internal cleansing program:
Allergy or intolerance to certain foods
Bad breath and foul-smelling gas and stools
Constipation, diarrhea, sluggish elimination, irregular bowel movements
Congestion, colds or viruses
Flatulence or gas and frequent intestinal disorders
Frequent headaches for no apparent reason
General aches and pains that migrate from one place to another
Intolerance to fatty foods
Low energy; loss of vitality for no apparent reason
Lower back pain
Lowered resistance to infections
Needing to sleep a long time
Pain in your liver or gall bladder
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), breast soreness, vaginal infections
Skin problems, rashes, boils, pimples, acne
If you have severe symptoms or any serious disorders, seek the attention of a competent health care provider. The above pst is only meant to indicate some of the symptoms of autointoxication. Anyone who has been on a Standard American Diet for more than two years would benefit from periodic cleansing, especially if you pve in an urban area."7
Every cell of our body is affected by self-poisoning. When the toxins accumulate in the nervous system, we feel irritable and depressed. We feel weak if they back up into the heart, bloated if they reach the stomach and our breath is foul if they reach the lungs. If the poisons try to escape through our skin, rashes and blotches develop, or we look pale and our skin appears wrinkly. If the toxins make it to the glands, we feel fatigued, lethargic, our sex drive may cease and we appear to look much older than our actual age.
Constipation - common sign of a toxic colon
The most common sign of a toxic colon is chronic constipation. Constipation is commonly defined as a condition where the fecal matter is so tightly packed together that bowel movements are infrequent and incomplete, causing much difficulty and straining, and producing dry, hardened feces. The accumulation of this old, hardened feces sticks to the walls of the colon, inhibiting its proper function of absorbing the remaining nutrients. Instead it is forced to absorb the toxins from the build-up and fight the parasites that make this debris their breeding ground. The passage through which the feces are forced to travel is also greatly reduced in diameter so the stools become much narrower, even as thin as a pencil sometimes. In our society, bowel movements of the chronically constipated may be looked upon as normal. But going to the bathroom once every few days, sitting there straining for half an hour and passing black, hard pebbles that drop to the bottom is not only abnormal, it is also serious trouble waiting to happen.
Diverticulosis and Diverticuptis
Many people have small pouches in their colons that bulge outward through weak spots, like an inner tube that pokes through weak places in a tire. Each pouch is called a diverticulum while the condition diverticulosis. About 10 percent of Americans over the age of 40 have diverticulosis. The condition becomes more common as people age. About half of all people over the age of 60 have diverticulosis. When the pouches become infected or inflamed, the condition is called diverticuptis8 The main cause of diverticular disease is a low-fiber diet.
The Role of Fiber
Our widespread colon problems begin with our unhealthy Western diet that is deficient in plant fibers. Fiber is indispensable in maintaining a healthy colon. A person with a healthy colon should in fact have two to three bowel movements per day. With the help of fiber, elimination should be complete, fast and easy.
Dietary fiber plays a crucial role in the proper function and maintenance of the colon. "Increasing the amount of fiber in the diet may reduce symptoms of diverticulosis and prevent complications such as diverticuptis. Fiber keeps stool soft and lowers pressure inside the colon so that bowel contents can move through easily. The American Dietetic Association recommends 20 to 35 grams of fiber each day."9
For colon cleansing it is best to use a fiber supplement designed specifically for this purpose. Good-quality supplements contain both soluble and insoluble fiber and are formulated to loosen the stool, absorb and sweep away fat and toxins, reduce transit time, and make elimination effortless and complete.
What to Expect During Cleaning
When we start using an effective fiber supplement, we can expect some startling occurrences within a few days. The fiber goes to work immediately by loosening the hardened feces on the walls of the large intestine and gradually sweeping it out of the body. If we are not repulsed to look at what’s leaving our body, we'll be surprised to see a lot of mucus and all the different colors of debris. It's hard to believe that all these things could actually be lurking inside us. What's even more shocking is that among the different colors and shapes people often notice various forms of parasites.
Are You Carrying Parasites Around in Your Body?
This is unfortunately a lot more frequent than most would like to believe. According to United Nations data: "Overall, about 1.5 billion people have roundworms, making it the third most common human infection in the world. Whipworm infects 1 billion people… More than 1.3 billion people carry hookworm in their gut, and 265 million people are infected with schistosomes."10
It is true that most of these infections occur in developing countries, but the rate of parasitic-related disorders in North America is skyrocketing. An astounding number of people would test positive for parasites. This is from the Parasitology Department of the University of Cambridge, England: "Pinworm. An extremely common nematode infection, particularly in temperate areas such as Western Europe and North America. It has been estimated that the annual incidence of infection is over 200 million, this probably being a conservative figure. Samples of Caucasian children in the USA and Canada have shown incidences of infection of 30% to 80%, with similar levels in Europe."
Humans can actually play host to more than a hundred different types of parasites, ranging from microscopic ones to tapeworms that are several feet long. Contrary to popular bepef, parasites are not restricted to our colon alone, but can be found in any other parts of the body - in the lungs, the liver, in the muscles and joints, in the esophagus, the brain, the blood, the skin and even in the eyes!
"Parasites are the missing diagnosis in the genesis of many chronic health problems, including diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and endocrine system. Most individuals would be truly amazed if they knew the extraordinarily high number of Americans who are unknowingly infected by parasites."- Dr. Hermann R. Bueno, Fellow of Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene of London
It is extremely easy to come in contact with parasites. Contaminated water, undercooked meats, improperly washed fruits and vegetables, are just some of the common sources of infections. Transmission from pets or other infected persons is also quite common. Overuse of antibiotics further adds to this problem as this can interfere with normal intestinal flora and lower the body’s resistance.
Fiber supplements help to get rid of parasites, but they are not enough. We need to use specific herbal formulas to deal with this issue. Some of the most potent herbs for parasite cleansing include Black Walnut hulls, Wormwood, Pau D’Arco, Garpc, Yellow Dock, Pumpkin seed, Male Fern root, False Unicorn, Fenugreek, Grapefruit Seed extract and Prickley Ash bark.
Weight Loss Is Almost Guaranteed with Internal Cleansing
There’s an important added benefit to internal cleansing that most people experience: weight loss. With a sluggish, toxic digestive system, metabolism slows down, the energy level drops and we’re simply not strong enough to start burning off stored fat through exercise or other means. An internal cleansing program can help restore balance in the body and increase the metabolism, reactivating the body’s fat-burning mechanism. Plus, after a thorough detoxification program, you’ll find yourself much more inclined to make healthier dietary and lifestyle choices. Through a detoxified system, improved digestion, balanced metabolism and a healthier diet you will have no trouble maintaining a healthy weight.
High energy and weight loss are just some of the many benefits you can achieve through a comprehensive cleansing program.
Some added benefits of an effective detoxification program:
The Prevention of Illness
An Improvement in Physical Appearance
A Boost in Emotional Well-Being
A Sharpening of Mental Capabipties
An Enhancement in Digestion
The Epmination of Unhealthy Food Addictions & Allergies
The Attainment of Ideal Weight
A Minimizing of the Effects of Aging
Spiritual Renewal 11
The Secret to Great Health
In my opinion, we are not going to change the catastrophic situation where every second person is chronically ill until we place as much emphasis on internal cleansing as we do on external hygiene, such as brushing our teeth or washing our hands. If you are middle-aged, you’ve taken about 15,000 showers in your lifetime, and you’ve brushed your teeth close to 30,000 times. Still, you won’t stop doing that just because you’ve done it so many times. Here’s an interesting question: If you have to keep cleansing your skin and teeth daily, then wouldn't you think it makes equal sense to clean the inside of your body at least periodically?
Of course detoxification should not be limited to the colon. It is just as important to detoxify the liver, kidneys, arteries, and in general, every cell in the body. [You can read an excellent article about this here.] But internal cleansing must start with the colon, because if this region is kept unclean, it will contaminate every other part of the system.
The importance of internal cleansing can best be summed up in the words of Dr. Paul Bragg, one of the "fathers" of natural medicine in the U.S. and the author of dozens of highly successful health books:
"The secret to great health can be described in three words: Cleanse Your Body! Engrave these three words permanently in your memory."
1 Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH: "Soft Drink Pouring Rights: Marketing Empty Calories"
2 United States Department of Agriculture: "Agriculture Fact Book"; 2001-2002
3 Dr. Robert Osgoodby: "Food For Thought"
4 "Arch Enemy",New York Post;01/22/2004
5 Russel L. Blaylock, M.D."Excitotoxins, The Taste that Kills"; Health Press 1997
6 Bernard Jensen, D.C., Ph.D.: "Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management";ISBN 0960836071
7 Linda Berry: "Internal Cleansing"; Prima Pubpshing 1997
8 National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, part of the National Institutes of Health
9 National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse,part of the National Institutes of Health
10 UNICEF: "The State of the World's Children"; 1998
11Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald: "The Detox Solution"; Illumination Press, 2001