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Your May 2004 Newsletter - Tools for Health, Issue #002 is here
May 08, 2004
It's time for Spring Cleaning! The chimney's need to be cleaned and the furnace stoked. "What?" ...you say. Take a minute to read the furnace analogy (scroll down a couple paragraphs below the disease tree). Then come back here to learn how you can:
May 2004 ......................... Issue #002
In This Issue
Spring Cleaning… Do I Need a Cleanse?
Rate yourself below. The more "2's" you have, the greater your need for a detox.
No (0) Rarely (1) Often (2)
Total possible points 38. If you have 12 or more points you may want to consider a spring cleanse.
These symptoms can result from many medical conditions, many of which cannot be adequately helped by a detoxification diet. If you experience any new or persistent symptoms, always consult a qualified health care practitioner.
Why Should I Cleanse?
Millions of us suffer from disease, sickness and pain because we simply don't know this truth about our own health: our bodies are not properly eliminating poisons and environmental toxins. The colon's job is to hold waste before it is evacuated from the body and to reabsorb water from the waste. Years of poor eating habits, low-fiber diets, sedentary living and other lifestyle choices can slow the digestive processes. If waste sits in the colon too long, toxins build up there and are eventually absorbed back into the body. A toxic colon eventually leads to a toxic liver, which pollutes the tissues and the bloodstream, making a person very sick. Toxins can seep out of the colon and poison the rest of the body through the blood stream which nourishes all organs.
Here's a list of some poisons found in a toxic colon:
Phenol, Cadaverin, Agamatine, Indol, Sulphurretted Hydrogen, Cresol, Butyric Acid, Botulin, Putrescin, Urrobilin, Histidine, Ammonia, Muscarine, Methylmercaptan, Indican, Methygandinine, Idoethylamine, Sulpherroglobine, Ptomarropine, Pentamethy Lendiamine, Neurin, Sepsin
Poisons from the colon can:
Our Polluted Environment
We live in an environment of polluted air, water and soil; a surrounding full of chemicals, preservatives, pesticides, additives and other potential toxins. Ideally these toxins are processed by the liver, dumped into the large intestine (or colon) and eliminated from the body. But when this process malfunctions, serious problems arise that no simple laxative can cure.
Autointoxication is defined as a state of being poisoned by toxic substances produced within the body. So, the second reason for concern about colon health involves autointoxication, or self-poisoning. When the digestive system doesn't work properly, autointoxication may set in. This happens when food begins to break down without being eliminated. Proteins putrefy and rot, carbohydrates ferment, and oils and fats turn rancid. The body becomes poisoned from its own waste.
Doctors Promote Cleansing
"If the colon is not working properly, toxins must exit the body through other routes: the kidneys, the skin, the breath. Many of these patients have bad halitosis, body odor, etc. When a person becomes ill from colon disease, he or she may develop a variety of symptoms, including headaches, muscle aches, fatigue, autoimmune diseases like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, cancer or cardiovascular diseases."
"I like to think of colon cleanses as whole-body cleanses. Cleansing the colon helps virtually every tissue and cell in the human body. Laxative herbs are important, and they are the major component of many cleanses. Many cleanses contain too much of strong laxative herbs, which results in cramps. Consequently, people won't use the cleanse. I think it's better to use a combination of well-proven herbs that can balance each other and provide a more desirable product."
"The body is designed to move the bowels every time we eat. It's called the gastro-colic reflex. After we eat, the stomach gets the signal that it's distended, and it sends a nervous energy to our colon telling it to make room. But in western civilization we live on tight schedules. And it's a little inconvenient to get a call of nature right after lunch when you're supposed to be back at work. So we have taught our bodies not to do that. When food becomes backed up in the colon, serious problems can develop."
Those Who Should Not Cleanse:
Cleansing is not recommended for pregnant and lactating women. Debilitated individuals (those who are underweight or in a weakened condition) should generally concentrate on building before cleansing. Contact me for specific needs.
While We're On the Subject...
Remember the first "R" -- Remove? If you are going to spring clean your house, try switching to less toxic cleaners. Look for biodegradable cleaners which contain no polluting phosphates, borates, or nitrates. Your skin, lungs and every cell of your body will thank you!
Have a healthy day,
Teri P.S. Happy Mother's Day to all Mom's - by birth, by adoption, and by proxy!
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