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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?" 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:

  • Prevent constipation and disease of the colon
  • Eliminate waste such as fatty tissue, cholesterol, cellulite, toxins, mucus, hardened fecal matter, harmful drug residue
  • Control your weight
  • Increase your energy level
  • Have the glow of health inside and out that shows with clear skin, bright eyes, and shiny hair

May 2004 ......................... Issue #002

In This Issue

  1. Spring Cleaning... Do I Need a Cleanse?
  2. Why Should I Cleanse?
  3. While We're On The Subject...

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)

  • Do you feel tired, lethargic or sluggish? 0 1 2
  • Do you have difficulty concentrating or have slow or fuzzy thinking? 0 1 2
  • Do you feel depressed or have mood swings? 0 1 2
  • Do you get more than one or two colds per year? 0 1 2
  • Do you get postnasal drip, congestion or "stuffed up" in your nose or sinuses? 0 1 2
  • Do you have bad breath, a coated tongue or a bitter or metallic taste in your mouth? 0 1 2
  • Do you have trouble sleeping or feel unrefreshed upon waking? 0 1 2
  • Do you have sore muscles or joints? 0 1 2
  • Are your nails weak or brittle? 0 1 2
  • Do you have dark circles under your eyes? 0 1 2
  • Do you have digestive disturbances such as bloating, gas, indigestion? 0 1 2
  • Do you have constipation or diarrhea? 0 1 2
  • Do you feel anxious or stressed out? 0 1 2
  • Are you sensitive to odors, foods or chemicals? 0 1 2
  • Do you have allergies? 0 1 2
  • Do you have eczema, dry skin, acne or skin rashes? 0 1 2
  • Do you gain weight easily? 0 1 2
  • Do you have food cravings? 0 1 2
  • Do you feel like you're not as healthy as other people your age? 0 1 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:

  • Weaken and stress the heart
  • Go to the skin and cause blemishes, paleness, psoriasis, liver spots, wrinkles
  • Irritate the lungs and cause foul breath
  • Go to the brain and disturb mental function
  • Go to the joints and cause pain and stiffness
  • Go to the muscles and cause weakness and terrible fatigue
  • Rob you of your youth and ruin your health

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."
(William L. Cowden, M.D, internist, classical specialist in internal medicine and cardiology)

"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."
(Alvin B. Segelman, Ph.D., CNS, pharmacognosist)

"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."
(Marvin D. Berman, gastrointerologist, former assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School)

Cleansing Options:

  1. Clean Start 14-day Program
  2. Tiao He 10-day Chinese Cleanse
  3. Para-Cleanse for Targeting Parasites

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...

...of spring cleaning...

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!

Comments? Ideas? Feedback? Please reply to this e-newsletter. I’d love to hear from you. Just reply to this newsletter and tell me what you think!

Teri Hayes is a Certified Natural Health Consultant, Herb Specialist, and Certified Reflexologist

You can e-mail her at or visit her at Natural Health Coach for Women

The herbs and supplements she recommends to clients can be found right here.

To schedule an appointment you can reach Teri at 863-676-8766. Initial consultations (usually 1 ˝ hrs.) are $50 which includes a follow-up visit (approx. 30-45 min).

The suggestions in this e-newsletter are meant to encourage personal responsibility for health and are not given as medical advice. For your individual health concerns such as chronic or acute warning symptoms, in emergency situations, or when in doubt, seek the advice of your primary personal health car practitioner.

"Those who do not have enough time for good health, will not have good health for enough time."

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