A WHOLISTIC APPROACH
"There are many detoxifying agents which may be useful under various circumstances, but we need to approach detoxification from a whole body perspective. We need to do more than just take care of the bowel or liver. We must have the right chemical balance for the body. It is not sufficient to use a drug to provide a chemical stimulus to drive the body to work right. Rather, we must repair, rebuild and regenerate the body as we go along. Proper breathing is important to get oxygen to the organs and tissues of the body. Exercise is good to get the blood and lymph circulating but too much exercise in a toxic-laden body is only stirring up muddy waters. Lymph drainage is important. Drainage can be increased through the use of protomorphogens or through the use of herbal substances such as blue violet tea. Stimulating increased lymph drainage, however, is not sufficient to carry off toxins that may be pouring into the lymphatic system via a stagnant bowel holding five or six meals before elimination takes place or from a bowel pocket holding a mass of putrid material which is being reabsorbed into the body. We dilute the God-given power of our body when the bowel does not eliminate eighteen hours after each meal."
Excerpt is from Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management, by Bernard Jensen, D.C., Nutritionist
BENEFITS OF THE ENEMA by Bernard Jensen, D.C., Nutritionist
"Enemas can be beneficial in restoring healthy bowel regularity. This is why I believe enemas should be used every day for a year by those who have problems with a sluggish, irregular or underactive bowel. Many ingredients can be added to enema water to increase its effectiveness in some specific manner. Coffee enemas help detoxify the liver. Flaxseed tea enemas relieve inflammation in the bowel. Bentonite, a clay water, when added to enema water assists in absorbing and mobilizing toxins from the bowel wall. Acidophilus culture taken orally is helpful in detoxifying the bowel and in building friendly bacteria. Acidophilus implants can also be inserted rectally over night. I believe that each of the many health professions and approaches to health care have a special value. I do not believe, however, that any therapeutic method - no matter how sophisticated - can effectively overcome disease in a toxic-laden body. The toxins must be eliminated first. Nor do I believe that any drug-based therapy can restore or rejuvenate tissue damaged in the course of chronic disease. Only nutrients from foods can do that. I believe when we work with nature, we get the results nature intends us to get. A clean body nourished by natural foods and uplifting thoughts will put anyone on the path to right living that brings health as a natural consequence. It is interesting to note that the famous beauty queen, whom I knew, Mae West, was a great believer in the benefits of the enema. She started every day with a morning enema. Im sure that this simple practice greatly contributed to her unusual vitality, bright mindedness and long lasting attractiveness, as true beauty is but a reflection of the beauty within."
Excerpt is from Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management, by Bernard Jensen, D.C., Nutritionist
How the Condition of Your Body's Water Affects Bacteria and Its Life-Long Influence on Health and Aging
Yoshitaka Ohno, M.D., Ph.D., and Howard Reminick, Ph.D. Explore Magazine
Modern medicine has developed rapidly over the past 100 years, thanks to the science of antibiotics and high-tech surgical procedures. We can all feel secure that a plague or epidemic will not wipe out large populations.
Most diseases that were common years ago are under control. Since modern medicine is driven by pharmacology, new drugs will always be discovered that will deal with any new outbreak.
Yet, when we take a closer look, the incidence in diseases that do not respond to modern medicine continues to rise. There is a steady increase in diseases such as Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, hypertension and diabetes.
According to the World Health Organization, diabetes will affect 300 million people by the year 2025. The rate is tripling in developing countries with access to modern medicine. Alzheimer's disease, which currently is at 2 or 3 million, is expected to rise to over 12 million by 2025.
Due to the increase in the aged population, multiple diseases are becoming common. This accounts for the huge pharmaceutical industry. Although new drugs have been effective for most acute diseases, more drugs are being prescribed for chronic diseases attributed to aging without any significant results. The aged are rapidly becoming a multi-drug culture.
What are we missing in trying to discover the causes of chronic diseases, which start us aging sooner while we live longer? A new population has now been identified--the chronically old and sick. It is very likely that most of us will be a part of this group.
Even more alarming is the increase in colon cancer and other intestinal disorders. Radiation treatment and chemotherapy are commonly prescribed for cancer patients. However, the statistics show that life expectancy is no greater for those undergoing these treatments than for those who refuse them. It seems that surgery and drugs are not really the answer.
The rate of colon cancer is rapidly increasing in Japan. Before World War II, Japan enjoyed one of the best health records in the world. Their diet consisted mostly of rice, fish and vegetables. The incidence of colon cancer was very low. After the war, their diet changed dramatically.
Western influence provided new foods such as beef, milk, and cheese. More dramatically was the rise in fast food restaurants, exposing the Japanese people to high intake of fats. Previously, fat consumption was 20 grams per day. This rose to 70 grams. Colon cancer began to rise in Japan to where it now equals the rate found in America.
One factor attributed to the sharp increase in colon cancer is a breakdown of the bile that is secreted by the liver and stored in the gall bladder. The chemistry of bile has been found to have changed drastically.
The change in quality of bile as it is transferred from the liver to the gall bladder to the colon has resulted in contaminated and toxic bile. Secondary bile acid, such as deoxycholic acid, is a major contributor to cancer. This, along with water toxicity and the high fat content of junk foods, has created an increase in colon and liver cancers in Japan.
The key to production of secondary bile acid is seen in analyzing the fermentation process in intestinal flora. Secondary bile acid is a major factor in the breakdown of fermentation in the intestines. As it builds up in the blood, chronic diseases that are related to the deterioration of intestinal flora and difficult to treat occur. The accumulation of calcium in the gall bladder, resulting in gallstones, is attributed to secondary bile acid.
How the Nature of Bacteria is Explained in Fermentation
Much of our work in research has involved the relationship and influence of the breakdown of intestinal flora and cancer. Flora exists in a healthy, productive state and is produced when fermentation in the body follows a normal pattern.
Fermentation is responsible for hormone production, immune system effectiveness, vitamin production and assimilation, cholesterol metabolism and synthesis, control of glucose levels and normal bowel functioning. Without healthy intestinal flora, protein synthesis cannot take place; thus effectiveness of vital amino acids is lost.
Fermentation is necessary in the production of many consumable products. Bacteria in fermentation make cheese, yogurt and buttermilk. Fermentation is responsible for the production of wine. In fact, it was because the grape crop in France was in danger of destruction that the wine industry commissioned Louis Pasteur to discover the cause. As a result, the application of Pasteur's theory of fermentation saved the day, making him the most respected scientist of his time.
During the second half of the nineteenth century, different schools of thought regarding fermentation developed. Pasteur, who had the attention of the scientific community based on his discoveries, strongly supported Theodore Schwann, who concluded that fermentation was based on a biological theory. Fermentation, according to Schwann and Pasteur, must occur within living cells.
Basically, Schwann believed that the growth of yeast could only be determined if living cells are involved in the process. When glucose ferments, it allows yeast bacteria to be continually produced. Pasteur added that this applied not only to alcohol fermentation but also lactic fermentation, caused by lactic bacteria, and vinegar fermentation, caused by vinegar acid fermentation. Since, according to Pasteur's thinking, the fermentation process could not take place outside of living cells it was called the Biological Theory.
However, about the same time Justus von Liebig argued against Pasteur's theory. He believed that fermentation was caused by changes in the molecular structure of bacteria, not the bacteria, per se, as Pasteur believed.
Von Liebig's argument was that fermentation was caused by the transfer of movement of bacteria, creating a chemical change in yeast, not in the bacteria itself. Fermentation took place during this activity.
Since fermentation is an anaerobic process, the electrons generated in the breakdown of glucose are donated to an oxidized organic molecule (oxidation). This stresses the importance of electron transfer, which becomes a catalyst in fermentation. Since this creates a change in the chemistry in a substance (such as yeast) and is responsible for its fermentation, his theory was known as the Chemical Fermentation Theory.
A Bitter Debate Continued Between Whom Was Right Until Pasteur Died
However, as a result of the attention it drew from the scientific world, Eduard and Hans Buchner found what is now the most accepted cause of fermentation. (An important fact to remember, however, is that Pasteur changed his mind and recanted his "Germ Theory" before his death. However, medicine was too committed to acknowledge this and continued to move ahead with Pasteur's theory. The result is seen today in the huge, lucrative pharmaceutical industry.)
Like most discoveries that make history, the Buchners' was accidentally caused during an experiment in which they attempted to make cell-free extracts of yeast to be used as a pharmaceutical. Because these extracts could not be preserved with antiseptics, they added sucrose, (a commonly used food preservative) to the yeast. Then they left their lab for the night.
The next morning they were astonished to find that the yeast fluid had become alcohol during fermentation. As a result, they were able to prove that alcohol fermentation does not need living cells and therefore, it is not created by the grape itself but by a chemical catalyzing reaction.
They also suggested what has become widely accepted, that an enzyme can be produced without originating from a living cell--enzymes are in themselves a life element. This changed what was almost universal thinking up to that time, as well as refuting Pasteur's theory. As a result of this discovery, the Buchners received the Nobel Prize in 1907.
As a footnote, there is still much resistance from the scientific community as to the acceptance of the Buchners' findings--how bacteria change in the body. Because of this resistance, we believe that medical science is losing an opportunity in understanding the role of bacteria in the disease and aging processes.
Since bacteria do not require oxygen to create an enzyme in fermentation, more than a dozen fermentation processes have evolved among bacteria, each using a different organic molecule as the hydrogen receptor. Each becomes a different acid.
To add even more credibility to what the Buchners discovered over 100 years ago, we now know through the results of numerous studies that many of the reactions of lactic fermentation are the same as those of alcohol fermentation. This brings into focus even more powerfully their biochemical similarity.
Bacteria, Fermentation and Putrefaction
We have been led to believe that all bacteria are harmful and must be destroyed. We believe bacteria are the enemy. We have come to rely on antibiotics to kill bacteria, thus killing disease in our body. This sells a lot of antibiotics.
Unfortunately, in the process of killing bacteria that become unstable and pathogenic, antibiotics also kill bacteria that keep us alive. The survival power of bacteria is so great that they have learned to adjust and flourish, rendering antibiotics ineffective. No wonder the incidence of chronic diseases continues to rise. In the process of killing the enemy we are destroying that which is necessary to keep us healthy.
Bacteria have been around almost since the earth's beginning. Bacteria have also lived in our body since man's beginning. There are over 100 trillion of these organisms living in our colons.
Most are necessary for digestion and elimination of waste products and play an important role in natural processing of foods. When toxins that enter our body in our food and drinking water invade bacteria, new harmful bacteria are formed. These create disease.
Historically, especially in primitive societies, man respected nature and was nurtured by it. Also, historically, man and bacteria have always had a healthy relationship. Bacteria supported all forms of life. But our search for scientific knowledge turned to arrogance and this relationship changed. Since that time, man and bacteria have been at war, and the spoils of this war have been increased--incurable diseases.
When we became sophisticated in scientific thought and discovery, it was decided that bacteria were no longer needed. Rational, scientific theory and medical science propagated Pasteur's Germ Theory--that disease was caused by bacteria and had to be destroyed. This theory was developed into standard practice, which is still driving modern medicine. The tools--antibiotics-- were now available for man to conquer his or her own destiny.
Through all this, bacteria responded, "Why are you destroying us? We're your friends. You owe your lives to us." Man continued to find new weapons--antibiotics--the state of the art defense system. The war with bacteria was going to be won. But the foe became a superior enemy.
Bacteria Are Stronger and Will Always Survive
Sometimes they go into retreat, making us believe we have won. Then they come back, even stronger and attack aggressively. New antibiotics are created and leveled at the body, but bacteria adapt and build a resistance. Disease flourishes.
The problem, therefore, is what we have come to believe--that bacteria are the cause of the disease. Yet, we have learned through our research that it is how the bacteria change in the fermentation process when they become unstable that result in disease, not the bacteria.
This is due to oxidation, or loss of electrons, which change the structure of bacteria, making them aggressive and dangerous. Intestinal flora break down and attack the organs rather than help maintain them. Healthy bacteria change and become dangerous. Many serious, chronic diseases begin.
We Hydrate Our Body Everyday With Toxic Water
Chemicals in our food enter the intestines. Fermentation is the result of healthy bacteria, and that creates a healthy body. Putrefaction is the result of a structural change in bacteria, making them aggressive and destructive, which leads to the body's destruction.
The difference between fermentation and putrefaction is the difference in electron oxidation/reduction and the same process that has been identified as the free-radical theory of disease.
Put simply, in fermentation, bacteria maintain paired electron stability, which allow them to perform their vital functions in the body. In putrefaction, bacteria lose an electron to become unstable and aggressive, attacking cells and stealing electrons making these cells unstable. This is what is seen in cancerous cells--unstable, aggressive cells with an odd number of electrons.
A simple example that explains how the body reacts differently to fermentation and putrefaction is seen in how the digestive and elimination systems function.
Under normal conditions, fermentation allows bacteria to perform a vital role in maintaining homeostasis of the body. We enjoy regular bowel movements to remove waste materials from the intestines before putrefaction overcomes fermentation. However, the results of putrefaction are seen in constipation, when the body is unable to eliminate waste materials, which changes the structure of bacteria and promotes the formation of disease in the intestines and colon.
Interestingly and fortunately, diarrhea becomes the body's way of eliminating a large build up of toxicity created by putrefaction. So it is constipation that is the more serious condition. Constipation is a breakdown of natural fermentation. When intestinal flora change from fermentation to putrefaction, disease begins.
What Are Some Of The Causes Of Putrefaction?
The overuse of drugs and toxins in food and water are the most common influences. It is not surprising that there is a direct relationship between the increase food and water toxicity and the overuse of prescribed medications and the increase in chronic, aging-related diseases. With this huge increase, intestinal flora is altered by the instability of bacteria that activated this process. The result is that there has been a drastic change from fermentation to putrefaction.
When putrefaction takes over, toxins and waste products that are normally eliminated from our body are retained and enter the blood. The blood pH changes due to high acidity in body fluids. Over time, if the body remains in high acidity, the blood with become acidic and a condition known as acidosis will occur. This puts the body in a diseased state, destroying organs and eventually leading to death.
Water is a Vital Force in the Stability of the Fermentation Process
To better understand the role of fermentation in the stability of bacteria in intestinal flora, we need to look at the significant role that the quality and content of the body's water plays. Briefly speaking, how water reacts to stabilize bacteria is critical to how bacteria either support or disrupt fermentation. Disrupted fermentation is putrefaction--chemical imbalance at its least threatening, or disease at its most harmful.
From the very beginning of the existence of life on Earth, water has provided the medium to prevent temperature changes from disrupting growth and development of an organism. It has been the catalyst in chemical changes, from simple to complex. It has provided the medium for electrical conduction required for ionization of cells and cellular mobility.
Fluid fluctuations affect blood volume and cellular function. This can be life threatening. When the amount of water within cells is relatively constant, there is an exchange of solutes and water between compartments to maintain unique compositions. Individuals with a greater percent of body fat have less total body water percentage and are more susceptible to fluid imbalances that cause hydration.
Total body water percent decreases with age, resulting in inadequate cellular hydration. Most critical is the decrease in the intra/extra cellular fluid ratio. With age also, kidney function becomes less efficient in producing urine and conserving sodium.
It seems that there are two major issues about water in our body that must be resolved if the body is to remain in a state of harmony and balance. First, the water in our body must be able to prevent toxins and chemical substances from accumulating and creating destructive influences in cells. Water must bring all minerals and nutrients required for metabolism into the cells and remove any substances that can damage the cell. It must be able to protect the cell membrane from damage and invasion.
Second, since water is involved in every function of the body, it must act as a conductor of electrochemical activity, such as neurotransmission, by transferring information from one nerve cell to another smoothly and efficiently. When water with a weak, electromagnetic signal enters nerve cells, the synapses cannot generate strong impulses between cells.
Relationship of Magnetism, Water and Cell Stability
What is a living cell? It is one large molecule, tied together by a matrix of water molecules. Like the atoms that compose them, they are tied together by ionic bonds consisting of positive and negative charges on their outer surfaces. In order for water to form ordered, structural energy bonds around cells, there must be an active magnetic influence present.
Water molecules lose order when they are not adequately magnetized. Inadequate magnetized molecules will disrupt hydration around them, creating disorganized movement for both the cell and surrounding water. Magnetism takes place when electrons orbit round their atoms. The electrons circling around atoms resist attempts to disturb their usual orbits so they can create their own magnetic fields. If neighboring electrons are made to spin so their poles are aligned in the same direction, the cell becomes magnetically activated.
The energy in moving water generates many negative ions. As water breaks up, positive charges remain and the negative charge moves freely, forming negative ions. Recent studies have reported that ions have a pronounced effect on all of life. Studies on air borne bacteria that cause respiratory illnesses have found that an amazingly small amount of negative ions could kill these bacteria and remove them from the air.
Since water is the medium through which all electrochemical activity takes place, its ability to respond to the electromagnetic field is also critical in the body's health maintenance and healing process. Water does not exist as a single molecule, but resembles a bunch of grapes, with about 30-40 molecules in each cluster. (Sometimes there are as much as 50 or 60.)
However, if water has been naturally formed with its own magnetism, molecular clusters separate into smaller clusters of five or six molecules per cluster. It is also more organized in structure and movement.
Water, despite the simplicity of its molecular structure, exhibits a complex behavior when it is influenced by electromagnetism and exchanges energy with its environment. The bonding of two molecules creates interactions of cooperation and coherence that changes the random behavior of molecules.
If water has natural magnetic properties, including its own magnetic wave, it can communicate and transfer information from one molecule to another to maintain consistency in the way various bodily processes function. This keeps water at a consistent frequency, much the same as when a radio dial is on a direct frequency. When the dial is moved even slightly, static occurs and the signal is lost.
Chemistry of body fluids must be balanced in order for the process of fermentation to function normally. This requires a pH acid/alkaline balance. Normal blood pH has a very small window of normalcy. It must range between 7.35 and 7.45. This means that there is an adequate amount of oxygen in the blood. Any slight decrease in blood pH will result in lower oxygen levels and, therefore, in the cells. Even a slight drop in pH is the beginning of a disease state.
For water to be most effective in our body, it is necessary that it contain ionized minerals required to nourish and protect cells, including bacteria. It should have a slightly higher pH, which is necessary to assure that the body fluids do not become and remain over acidic, resulting in putrefaction. However, because of contamination in our environment (such as toxic wastes and chemical additives to food and drinking water) minerals have been depleted, resulting in metabolic disturbances, creating a more rapid disease and aging process to occur.
Discovering a Naturally Magnetized Water from Japan's Ancient Magnetic Mountain
We have spent several years researching and studying a naturally magnetized water that Dr. Ohno discovered in Japan. The history of this water is remarkable and explains why it can have health and anti-aging benefits. According to geological records, a sea volcano erupted millions of years ago and rose to the surface, becoming a mountain.
This occurred about the same time a huge meteorite shower poured down in this region. As a result, the magnetite from the meteorites bonded with the granite and limestone in the mountain and created a continuous magnetic effect on the water deposited in this magnetic mountain. The water has a stable history of magnetic influence on the ionization of its 74 minerals. In comparison to other water that we have studied which is artificially magnetized, the magnetization in this water continues after it is removed from its source. This has been verified in scientific study.
Three natural conditions are created in this magnetic environment, which give this water its unique qualities.
First, it contains a balance of essential minerals not found in any other water. This includes trace minerals that have been depleted in soil and drinking water sources.
Second, its natural magnetization allows molecules to be more highly organized in structure and movement, forming smaller clusters and allows it to be more easily absorbed and utilized by cells.
Third, it has a slightly higher alkaline pH, between 7.60 and 7.80 which helps keep bodily fluids from becoming acidic. Because of its natural ionization, it can replace electrons lost by cells and bacteria before they become free radicals. It has a 1.02:1.00 density ratio to non-magnetized water.
The quality, content and activity of the water in our body and how it creates stability of bacteria and all other cells will affect how well we age and how well our body can control disease. If the water in our body is magnetized with ample negative polarity in its ions, it can provide electron reduction to bacteria through its magnetization effect, thus stabilizing bacteria. Much of what has been learned about naturally magnetized water relates to its effect on the environment of the cells.
The cells are constantly exposed to toxicity, both from the external environment and the body's internal environment.
As a result of many years of studying the effects of naturally magnetized water on health and aging problems, Dr. Ohno has concluded that if the body is 70% water, bacteria and all other cells are 70% water, then the relationship of water to human health must be given priority and investigating causes of health and aging disorders. This can add credence to theories regarding aging and disease, which are creating a new force in medicine.
Explore magazine Volume 10, Number 3, 2001
Distressing Gut Symptoms May Trace to Sweets
U.S. diners are notorious for having a sweet tooth. It's hard not to succumb to the pervasive siren calls of sugary confections. Television commercials bombard viewers with enticements for presweetened cereals, breakfast bars, sugar-laden soda pop, and fruit-flavored beveragesmany containing, at best, only about 10 percent real juice. Grocery stores seduce consumers with aisle after aisle of temptingly packaged cookies, ice creams, jellies, and jams and then display even more candies and gum at the cash register to boost impulse buys.
The trend of packaging sugary items in larger and larger quantities further fuels U.S. consumption of sweets. For instance, fast-food franchises and movie theatres routinely push consumers to spend a few pennies more to "super-size" that cola or slurpeefrom perhaps a 12-ounce serving to a 32- or even 64-ounce jumbo treat.
Bulging waistlines are one sign that too many of us overindulge our sweet tooth. A more immediate side effect of these sweet obsessions may be a bellyache, sometimes accompanied by bloating, cramps, or diarrhea. Researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center now offer experimental data suggesting one explanation for those gut-level responses.
In Seattle this week at the American College of Gastroenterology annual scientific meeting, the Kansas team reported that in many people, such symptoms can trace to overconsumption of fructose. It's one of the primary sugars in fruits and vegetables and a sweetener commonly added to manufactured foods. The group's finding may explain why eating too much fruit at one sitting can trigger a churning stomachand why gulping down a large non-diet soda may elicit the same effect.
A breath of hydrogen
Because fructose is sweeter and less expensive than sucrose, or table sugar, manufacturers have increasingly been substituting it for sucrose in their recipes. Corn syrup serves as a primary source.
Physicians have long known that although people's bodies seem to absorb small quantities of fructose easily, they can't digest large amounts. So, if people eat too much fructose, a large share remains unabsorbed.
As that unabsorbed fructose wends its way through the gut, intestinal bacteria chow down on the sugary fareand expel hydrogen. Some of their hydrogen exhalations are picked up by the blood, causing the gas to circulate and eventually escape via the breath.
And that's how the Kansas scientists studied fructose absorption in 15 adults. They fed pure fructose to the volunteers and then analyzed their breath for hydrogen. In one test, each person received 25 grams of fructoseroughly the amount in a 12-ounce can of soda sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup. In a second test, each individual downed twice that amount. Over the next few hours, the researchers monitored the volunteers' exhalations.
Breath concentrations in excess of 20 parts hydrogen per million connote malabsorption, observes Peter Beyer, the nutritionist who reported these data. And in the first test, hydrogen levels in the breath of seven of the volunteers exceeded 20 ppm. After downing 50 grams of fructose, 11 of the 15 exceeded the threshold value that signals malabsorption, with the group average at 51 ppm.
Many of the malabsorbers at each dose also experienced gastrointestinal discomfortbloating, diarrhea, and other symptoms of "fructose intolerance"that peaked between 45 and 300 minutes after ingestion.
Doses mimicked the diet
The biggest surprise here, Beyer says, is that so many of the ostensibly normal, healthy people showed problems resulting from the quantity of fructose found in a single can of cola.
Average fructose consumption in this country is about 37 grams per day, his team reports, although some people easily exceed 60 grams. Soft drinks are one of the primary contributors, Beyer points out. In fact, they provide about one-third of the added sugar in the U.S. dietthis is sugar that is not an integral part of a meal's plant ingredients, such as a pear, carrot, or tomato. Although a single 12-ounce serving of many soft drinks contains 20 to 30 grams of fructose, a 16-ounce bottle sometimes packs in 50 grams of fructose.
Even pure fruit juice contains a potent jolt of fructose, Beyer notes. That's why Grandma traditionally served juice in those tiny 4-ounce glasses, he says. Today, convenience markets and gas stations host refrigerator cases offering 16-ounce bottles of real juice or corn-syrup-sweetened fruit beverages such as lemonade or juice cocktails. These, Beyer notes, can easily carry 25 to 50 grams of fructose.
Data compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that consumers average 13 teaspoons of high-fructose corn syrup in the 32 teaspoons of sugary sweeteners that they take in each day.
Commercial use of this sugar for baking and sweetening beverages has escalated in recent decades. Daily per capita consumption in 1996 was 2.5 times the daily average in 1978, USDA data indicate.
Annual U.S. consumption of high-fructose corn syrup amounts to 59 pounds per person, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a nutrition-advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.
Indeed, the nation's escalating consumption of fructose and other sugars has prompted CSPI to campaign for including information about added-sugar content in the mandatory labeling of foods.
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CONSTIPATION AND BREAST CANCER
SATURDAY EVENING POST APRIL 1982
Around the turn of the century, doctors blamed all sorts of diseases on constipation. It was thought that a slow transit time through the intestines caused toxic waste to build up, enter the bloodstream and affect various organs of the body. This theory was laid to rest after researchers, using the primitive techniques then available, had failed to identify any toxic substances in the blood of constipated sick people.
However, recent statistical correlation's suggest that there may be something valid in this discarded theory after all. Physicians Nicholas L. Petrakis and Eileen B. King of the University of California, writing in Lancet, have found that women who have two or fewer bowel movements per week have four times the risk of breast disease (benign or malignant) as women who have one or more bowel movements per day.
The doctors studied more than 5,000 women by employing nipple aspiration ( a variation on the use of the breast pumps nursing mothers use) to get small samples of breast fluid, which is normally secreted by these glands. The presence of large numbers of abnormal (dysplastic) cells helps to identify women who are at a higher than average future risk for breast diseases - including breast cancer.
Dr. Petrakis reviewed the history of past researchers who failed to identify constipation as a factor in the development of malignancies. As a matter of curiosity, he chose to include questions concerning bowel function in the research protocols developed for his studies of breast-fluid chemistry and cytology.
To quote Dr. Petrakis, "We found that 5% of women having one bowel movement per day would have abnormal dysplastic cells, while 10% of women having fewer than one bowel movement a day would have this abnormality and 20% of women having two or fewer bowel movements per week would show these dysplastic changes in cell character of the breast fluid."
In his view, these findings reactivate turn-of-the-century questions concerning an association between constipation and, in this particular instance, breast disease. He added a concern that this supposition should not be allowed to create a cancer panic among constipated women.
Dr. Petrakis added that "We found that 70% of the women we tested had exogenous (foreign) chemicals in the breast fluid. We don't know why they are there, but we do know that the breast cells are in contact with the bloodstream, which will contain foreign substances absorbed into the circulation system from the skin, lungs, and the gastrointestinal tract."
Dr. Petrakis also cited dietary consideration of interest to vegetarians, including the observation that the bowels of people who eat meat contain greater amounts of mutagenic substance than do the bowels of those who abstain from eating meat. Also cited were observations that the intestinal bacterial flora of meat eaters include certain species that interfere with so-called glucuronide linkages necessary to complete the excretions of estrogen delivered to the gut in bile. It is theorized by some that such "unlinked" estrogen's are reabsorbed in the large bowel of meat eaters, a circumstance leading possible to higher estrogen levels and a greater change of cancer-producing effects.
WOMEN WHO HAVE TWO OR FEWER BOWEL MOVEMENTS PER WEEK HAVE FOUR TIMES THE RISK OF BREAST DISEASE AS WOMEN WHO HAVE ONE OR MORE BOWEL MOVEMENTS PER DAY.
Is there a connection between old emotions and colon cleansing?
Yes. You will find that in many cases a colon cleanse will purge old emotions and attitudes stored in the intestines.
Consider this case: Jessie, 20, was a vegan yet was bothered by digestive problems and candidiasis. Candidiasis, or the overgrowth of Candida albicans in the intestines, is a condition often reversed by an intense colon cleanse. During the first two weeks of the cleanse, Jessie began feeling better, but the turnaround came in week three. Jessie passed what looked like three white cotton balls (presumably Candida masses lodged in her colon), and thereafter had no more candidiasis symptoms.
In addition to her physical improvements, Jessie had an emotional benefit as well. She felt an increase in will power, a clarity in her feelings, a new desire to be of service to others, and a release of long-held resentments.
These points highlight an important aspect of colon cleansing. Many people, after completing a cleanse, feel energized, uplifted, and freed of old patterns, thoughts, feelings, and memories that have held them back. When a person is on a course of personal growth and wants to change their consciousness but is stuck in old negative patterns of thinking and feeling, there is nothing that will get them unstuck and change them faster than a colon cleanse.
In my observation of many individuals doing the colon cleanse, a negative state of consciousness is often, at an energy level, at the root of whatever physical problem they suffer from. Every thought or feeling we have has the potential of moving from the mind into the physical structure of the body where it can provoke illness. I estimate that about 70% of those doing the intensive colon cleanse will experience long-forgotten memories and buried emotions.
Often the memories and emotions surface into awareness with all their original charge and soon afterwards you pass a large section of mucoid plaque. As it passes out of your body, so go the emotions. In most cases, you dont reexperience those particular emotional memories.
Here is what I think happens. It is as though you can magnetize proteins or undigested food left in the intestines with certain thoughts and feelings. These proteins hold onto the feelings for as long as the proteins remain in the intestines, and the old emotions and thoughts continually radiate through the body and mind.
They remain literallytangiblystuck in your body, somehow bound up with the mucoid plaque and contributing, though not often usefully, to the personality. Both the individuals biochemistry and psyche are continuously negatively affected by these residues of emotionally magnetized matter.
Lets say you were 13 and had a traumatic or deeply embarrassing experience. At some level, every cell in your body was affected by the emotions of that event. It is conceivable that some intestinal matter imprinted by that experience remains in your intestines, wrapped inside mucoid plaque and bearing the memory of the original pain (even though you are now 45 and barely remember the episode).
The personality and ones operating belief system, after all, are controlled mainly by a massive accumulation of past thoughts and feelings. To a large extent, intestinal matter helps hold these feelings in place. The colon cleanse, by purging the intestines of the mucoid plaque, flushes out this accumulation of old negative thoughts and feelings.
written by Richard Anderson, N.D., N.M.D., author of Cleanse and Purify Thyself
Detox - General Prerequisites
a. Locate an experienced holistic healing practitioner to discuss these detoxification techniques with. There may be contraindications for you performing a specific detoxification technique. Please consult your chosen healthcare practitioner. These instructions are only meant as ideas to discuss with your practitioner and not meant as a recommendation.
b. If you feel that you are significantly overweight (i.e., more than 40 pounds/18 kg over your ideal weight), then it is often much better to do the following *before* you attempt a detoxification technique:
i. Stabilized your diet so that it is close to a natural foods diet as described in the "Food and Nutrition" chapter.
ii. Learn and practice Yoga and breathing exercises regularly as described in the "Yoga" chapter. If you can practice a moderate amount of aerobic exercise, find exercise that you really enjoy and do it.
iii. Concentrate heavily on enjoying yourself and nurturing yourself. When you have stabalized in a reasonably healthy lifestyle, then you will be ready to do the following:
iv. Throw out your scale! The detoxification techniques are *never* used to lose weight. If you happen to lose weight, it may be considered an added bonus. However, some people gain a little weight during and after the detox. Detox techniques are used for *healing*. Consciously or subconsciously letting your emotions "ride" on your current weight is likely to lead to major difficulties.
v. Discuss with your practitioner what detox technique would suit your condition. It's usually best to begin with a non-extreme detox if you are overweight (i.e., Arise & Shine precleanse).
vi. Do not expect huge changes from a simple detox technique. However, you may find that the simple detox techniques will lead to a more permanent healing and weight loss (eventually) than had you started with a more powerful detox techniques (which you can try at a later date). In some cases such as moderate to severe pain, chemical exposure, extremely poor digestion, poorly functioning GI Tract or liver, etc., a detox may be performed right away to reduce the symptoms significantly. It must be remembered however, that *permanent* weight loss will come not from the detox technique, but from a gradual change in lifestyle after the detox. It is really a decision for a practitioner as to whether you should detox immediately or not. It will probably be okay either way you go (as long as you concentrate on ideas i. - iv. above) after the detox.
c. Pre-Cleanse Lifestyle Changes - In most cases it is helpful to spend at least a couple of months before your first cleanse making gradual positive lifestyle changes in the following areas:
i. Food and Nutrition
ii. Enjoying Life / Nurturing Yourself regularly
iii. Building Self-Acceptance / Self-Love
iv. Considering the Avoidance of Toxic Substances
v. Yoga and/or Breathing Exercises If you decide to begin a cleanse immediately, then you should consider making these lifestyles changes *gradually* after the cleanse.
Feeling Fit: Good Bacteria
February 5, 2002 Posted: 1:22 PM EST (1822 GMT) (CNN)
-- It's happening all across the country -- probably even in your neighborhood. People taking live bacteria to stay healthy.
They're called probiotics -- the "good" bacteria that are found naturally in foods like yogurt. Proponents say these beneficial bugs promote health, especially in the colon and intestines. Some people even say the bacteria can boost immunity.
But because it can be hard to get good bacteria through diet alone, many people are turning to supplements. And increasingly, food companies are finding ways to add good bacteria to more of their products.
Liz Weiss has details ... http://www.cnn.com/2002/HEALTH/diet.fitness/02/05/feeling.fit.probiotics/index.html
Princess Di Cured All Her Ills with Weird Water Therapy
There is a a great deal of confusion and misinformation among the general public about the subject of colon hydrotherapy and it's benefits. As one long time colon therapist explained to me, it's just not a subject that is discussed in polite conversation, at least not until recently.
A great deal of credit to opening up discussion of this topic in recent years must go to the late Princess of Wales, Diana. But as recently as 1993, as the following article demonstrates, some people still look upon this healthy and beneficial procedure as something strange, even weird.
The GLOBE, Vol. 40, Number 22
June 1, 1993
"She has her bowels washed out with 12 gallons of water 3 times a week. Now she's free from: tiredness, anorexia, headaches, allergies, depression, candida. PRINCESS DI'S bizarre secret to health, a slim figure and glowing beauty is giving her body the Royal Flush!
Three times a week, the 31 year-old princess goes to London's prestigious Hale Clinic for colonic irrigation - a super enema treatment that scrubs her bowels out with 12 gallons of water.
"She swears by the process," reveals one of Di's closest confidantes. "She says that it pumps up her energy and keeps her looking young. She even credits the enema treatment with curing her fatigue, allergies, depression, infections, migraines - and bulimia!"
"For years I've been trying to bury my troubles under mountains of food," she confessed to me. "But after I binge, I worry about my figure. And I make myself throw up. It's a terrible vicious compulsion. But now that I'm getting regular colonics, I don't worry so much about what I eat. I know all the excess food will be washed away, along with the poisons that cause my terrible headaches. My migraines are caused by food allergies, and I haven't had one since I started the treatments."
Each time she visits the Hale Clinic for her $75 session, Di is placed on a couch and modestly covered. Distilled water is then pumped into her colon through a tube connected to a large stainless steel pump apparatus. The water is body temperature and washes out years of collected fecal matter, mucous and built-up poisons. The whole process is over in 40 minutes and is capped by a cup of special acidophilus tea, which restores "good bacteria" to the system.
"I can actually feel the toxins being flushed out of my system while I'm on the table," Di bubbled to her pal. "It's surprisingly pleasurable and comforting. It makes me feel brand new and pure. The treatments put the color back in my cheeks and a new bounce in my step. And I don't get infections anymore - I used to suffer from candida, a fungus infection that gave me chronic sore throats. They're gone for good thanks to my enemas!"
Although Di is convinced the treatments are a miraculous cure-all, pals say the rest of the royals are horrified by Di's quirky health kick. Charles is appalled that his estranged wife and a member of the royal household would subject herself to this quackery." says one insider. "And he certainly doesn't want her to put their two sons through the same kind of thing. The Queen thinks the treatments are distasteful and disgusting, too. But Diana refuses to listen."
Intestinal Flora and Bowel Gardening
Too few people in our culture experience the benefits of proper bowel function. Too few people live in a manner that enables them to maintain the natural balance of the body. Therefore, if we are going to live unnaturally, it would be wise to learn what is necessary to counteract some of the maladies that we create in our personal environment.
Sometimes I wonder if a person can ever be truly happy or healthy while living in a city where natural processes are so disturbed, and often absent altogether. Are we trying to keep people well against all odds?
The medical arts today spend much time and money patching up the effects of an environment that is actually toxic and hazardous to health. Most of todays doctors are treating people for ailments that are direct results of civilized living. These environmental ailments are reaching epidemic proportions, and rather than eliminate the cause of the disturbance, it is a case of keeping people going while they continue to addictively tear themselves down.
True, lasting and abiding health is the result of conscious discipline in cleanliness of body, mind and spirit. All else is a compromise. When the body becomes polluted with toxic substances, those forces that maintain health and vitality diminish in proportion to the extent of the invasion. As they diminish, the morbid (disease producing) substances flourish. Such is the case with intestinal flora.
Intestinal flora are those micro organisms which live in the bowels of man. There is a great variety of these microscopic life forms and they play a very important role in health and disease.
Where health and vitality are found, we invariably find the friendly and beneficial microbes. Where there is decay and disease we find the organisms that perform this function. There is no aspect of earthly life in which these life forms do not have an important role to play. They are everywhere; we literally live in an ocean of them. They work unceasingly to bring about the transformations that they are designed to produce.
To a large extent the flora in the bowel determines the state of health in an individual. The large bowel is in fact a mobile compost heap, constantly giving up finished compost and taking on new materials for treatment. As everyone knows, a compost heap is a very special thing. Here is where the waste products of living things, both animal and vegetable, are collected for the purpose of promoting a process of decay and breakdown. When the process is completed, we have the finest beginnings for new life to get started. Out of the old and dead, comes the new and alive.
What is at the interface of this paradoxical phenomenon? Bacterial and micro life forms. They are the recyclers, the transformers. They are natures labor force, accomplishing some of the most complex chemical reactions known to man. We are constantly trying to copy or some how utilize the processes they are capable of producing.
Some of the deadliest substances in existence are produced as metabolites of these bacteria. All life upon the planet is affected by their presence. It has been determined that the colon contains not only 400 to 500 varieties of bacteria, fungi, yeast and virus, but that the populations vary from the center of the colon to those living in the mucous lining; from those inhabiting the right side to those that inhabit the left side of the bowel. Research has found evidence which indicates that the mucus secreted by the intestine very much determines the kind of bacteria that will grow there. In addition, it has been found that it takes more than a year on the average for a new diet to produce any noticeable change in the flora.
Of those things that greatly alter the bacterial life in the colon, drugs are the most powerful. In particular are the broad spectrum antibiotics. It has been found that antibiotic-treated animals have higher blood cholesterol levels. Those bacteria which help control cholesterol levels are killed off by the drug. These drugs can also cause inflammation of the intestinal wall. Antibiotics will, as a rule, wreak havoc in the intestinal ecology, and should, if possible, be avoided. In addition, there is an immunity reaction that can occur in which the body develops an inability to utilize the drug, therefore putting the beneficial qualities of it out of reach. Overuse develops this syndrome and makes it ineffective in many cases. Penicillin is one in particular that has seen much abuse and in a time of great need, may prove to be powerless in many people.
WHAT CONSTITUTES POOR INTESTINAL FLORA?
Those things which man loathes most, morbid substances, are the same things provided by bacteria that can and do live in mans intestines. I believe the preponderance of unfriendly bacteria in the average American bowel would reach as high as 85%.
Bacillus coli is considered to be the king of the court, providing the most offensive reactions. There are many others. The opportunity to have such a guest is facilitated today because of the dietary habits and quality of foods we are using.
Flatulence is produced largely by these organisms. Their chemical reactions are hazardous to the well-being of the body. These substances are very toxic. Very small amounts of specific compounds can produce bizarre reactions in the body. They cause disharmony in the body, chasing away the life force. They are hazardous to living organisms, constantly occupied in breaking down tissue and reorganizing it.
The average bowel provides an ideal environment in which these organisms flourish. We have unwittingly provided the breeding ground on a mass scale by the lifestyles we live. Basically, Western man through the use of technology has so adultered his food that it no longer promotes the friendly bacteria, rather it nourishes the destructive bacteria.
Bacillus coli prefer an alkaline environment, with protein for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A dark, warm, moist place rounds out their habitat. Undigested protein reaching the colon is perfect food for these bacteria; they thrive on it. We literally feed them and promote their growth this way. Meat in particular provides this medium. When these conditions are met, and it doesnt take long, we are opening the doors for guests of this sort. They can invite most chronic diseases man is aware of. They are not good boarders. They are always taking more than their share and never pay the rent. They are not easily evicted and oftentimes claim the whole house from its landlord.
How can we best avoid these things? Ideally, we should never get into this situation. Bowel hygiene should be taught at an early age by our parents. It should be common knowledge and our government should be made responsible to see to it that it is part of our educational system. Those practices and processes that contribute to degeneration should be avoided, and those who promote such abuses should be reeducated. Until such an ideal is realized, we must deal with the problem the best way we are able according to our individual beliefs and morality. We can begin with a total cleansing of body tissues in as much as the art has progressed.
Releasing the grip of toxic substances in the body is no small task. It takes work and perseverance, a willingness to release the old and embrace the new.
Fasting, elimination diets, enemas, colonics, herbs, massage and all the healing arts are in one way or another trying to do the same thing; release from the body some undesirable substance whether it be a negative attitude, spastic muscle or lead accumulation, those things that cause disharmony in the body.
Bowel cleansing is an essential element in any lasting healing program. The toxic waste must be removed as quickly as possible to halt the downward spiral of failing health. This is best done by (1) removing accumulated fecal material from the bowel; (2) changing the diet from a toxin-producing process to that of an elimination and cleansing diet; (3) fasting; (4) colonic flushing with enemas or colonic irrigations; and (5) cleansing the mind of old habit patterns. This sounds like a big order to handle, but it shouldnt be at all. Going slowly but surely in the right direction is the main successful ingredient. Dont try to do it all at once. Too much change too fast causes disorientation, a disease known as future shock.
It is best accomplished by surrounding yourself with the right people - people who are knowledgeable about these things and have your best interest at heart. A disagreeable, uncooperating spouse or parent can be a major roadblock to success. It may require changes in your life that go very deep. Many people give up rather than change, and ride out the consequences of their decision the rest of their lives.
Once the toxic environment in the colon has been purged by cleansing and elimination; the diet corrected; and all efforts directed toward balance, the body will begin to respond by deeper cleansing of all tissues. The elimination reactions brought on by cleansing, proper and vital nourishment and a change in attitude are a vital part of the rejuvenation process.
As this process proceeds, the house is being prepared to receive new guests. Slowly, but surely, the bowel flora will change with constant encouragement. The once alkaline, high protein, putrefactive environment will change over into one of cleanliness and sweetness, where peace and harmony reign.
IN SEARCH OF THE LACTOBACILLUS ACIDOPHILUS
Throughout known history, man has been enjoying the benefits of a particular food renowned for its health qualities. It provides, in part, substance to every good aspect of human health. It gives endurance, vitality, strength, long life and cheerfulness. It responds wonderfully in the digestive system, promoting every good quality of a healthy bowel. This food is soured milk. Bacterial action in the milk produces a chemical reaction which digests the milk substances, and makes them an ideal food for the human body. The bacteria that cause this reaction to occur are known as lactobacillus, acidophilus, bulgaricus, brevius and saliveria. There are others, but these are the most widely known. These are the friendly bacteria to the human body. They provide many wonderful qualities for the organism. First of all, where they live abundantly, the other kind do not or cannot. The acidophilus gets its name from the fact that it loves an acid environment. An acid bowel environment is ones best defense against unfriendly bacteria. When we provide a favorable environment for the acidophilus, we are at the same time wiping out the breeding environment for the bacillus coli.
So, the process in many respects is aimed at reestablishing the naturally occurring lactobacillus acidophilus. This bowel condition is the one from which mans greatest health can be obtained. Maintaining this condition puts one upon the path to healthy and vital living.
When I say that we want to reestablish the naturally occurring acidophilus, I mean that the acidophilus is normally established at birth. Within the mothers milk is a substance known as colostrum. This substance produces a babys first peristaltic action in the bowel. Being the first nourishment ingested into the system, mothers milk produces an acid environment in the colon. This occurs due to the lactose or milk sugar that reaches the colon. When a mother breast feeds her baby, she gives it the best possible start in life and health.
The first bacteria to enter the childs digestive tract will establish itself within a matter of hours from birth. It is now that a very critical decision has been made that will influence the growth of the individual for its lifes duration. If the colon is found to be acid, promoted by mothers milk, then the acidophilus will take root and flourish. If the colon is found to be alkaline or neutral the chances of bacillus coli to flourish are encouraged. The lactose of mothers milk has the unique quality of being slowly metabolized by the body. It reaches the colon still intact and provides nourishment for the acidophilus bacteria.
Formulas other than mothers milk deprive the colon of this food and therefore set the stage for coli inhabitation-the beginning of disease. Ask around and compare illnesses with those who have been breast fed and those who have not. Even if one is fortunate to have come in with this natural blessing, it is no guarantee that it will stay that way. Defoliation can occur quite easily. Poor dietary habits in particular cause this destruction of the acidophilus environment. Also, antibiotics will cause great damage.
Lactobacillus bacteria has a symbiotic relationship with the human body. It is a good boarder and always pays the rent in advance, doing more than its share. When we properly care for the bowel, we are automatically providing a welcome home for those favorable life-giving bacteria that are essential to good health. Among other things, they provide very valuable nutritional metabolites for the body to use in rebuilding and maintaining health. Examples are portions of the vitamin B complex, enzymes and essential amino acids, the increased and more efficient absorption of calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. They are responsible for the synthesis of certain vitamins. They maintain an antibacillus coli environment. They contribute to good health in many ways we are not scientifically aware of yet.
THE VALUE OF LACTIC ACID
Milk, when first secreted from the udder of a healthy cow or other lactating animal, is sterile, but it becomes invaded by bacteria almost immediately. Milk is a good medium for breeding bacteria of all kinds, good and bad. Any changes which occur in the milk after it is secreted are the result of bacterial action converging nutrients into other substances. If bacteria could be prevented from contaminating the milk drawn from the udder, it would remain sweet indefinitely; but this is an impossibility.
John Harvey Kellogg performed an amazing experiment demonstrating this fact. He immersed a one-pound piece of raw meat, slightly tainted, in buttermilk. The milk was changed at regular intervals. The meat remained perfectly free of decomposition for some 20 years! This demonstrates the efficiency of an acid medium in inhibiting decay producing, putrefactive bacteria.
Soured milk is also called turned, fermented, curdled and clabbered milk. The Bulgarians and Turks called it yogurt; the Russian calls it Kefir. Among the essential goods of some Nomadic people is a lump of casein milk curds, wrapped up to prevent its drying. This lump of casein is put into the milk bag containing the freshly drawn milk and allowed to remain there until the milk sours. Then the curd ball, rejuvenated in the process, is returned to its wrapping. Using this process, the Nomad knows his soured milk will not rot nor putrefy. In this condition, the milk retains its food value until it is used up.
In more recent years, since the studies of Metchnikoff, fermented milk has been in great demand and widely used. It has been prescribed for better health in general and for a wide range of ailments, particularly those arising from intestinal and metabolic disturbances.
Metchnikoff is really the father of modern-time fermented milk. He made it popular and as the head of the Pasteur Institute in Paris stimulated a great deal of scientific study about the remedial value of fermented milk. He was an indefatigable worker on the subject of longevity. His experiments for attainment of better health and longer life attracted world-wide attention. He maintained that stasis and putrefaction of the bowel shortens life and causes diseases, early senility and premature death for which he recommended fermented milk best neutralizer and antidote. He deduced this from the fact that the Bulgarians, Turks, Arabs, Jews and others who are addicted to the use of fermented milk as the English are to the afternoon tea, produce more centenarians than any other nationality, Bulgarians showing 1,500 centenarians out of every million of population. In America, only nine out of every million reach that age. No doubt the fact that these people use a great deal of fermented milk, and because it contains the very valuable lactic acid and the changed proteins, can be considered as a factor in their longevity. But, lest we forget, how about their simple fare, simple mode of living, the outdoor life they lead! Are these not just as important, perhaps more so, as factors in longevity than just fermented milk?
Metchnikoff inferred that their longevity was due solely to the fermented milk. He obtained a microbe which he called Bacillus Bulgaricus from the casein ball the Bulgarians used to induce souring in freshly drawn milk of their herd, and found it would indeed induce souring of milk, and very rapidly. He tried to implant this Bulgarian bacillus in the intestinal tract of man, and thereby induce lactic acid formation, thus eventually to crowd out the malignant microbe that may be causing putrefaction, but the experiment was not successful. The Bulgarian bacillus is a milk parasite. Many bacteria produce lactic acid, but relatively few grow well in the alimentary canal.
Time, observation and experimentation have proven that the bacillus bulgaricus is not viable, which means that when ingested, it does not thrive in the gastro-intestinal tract, but it is digested and destroyed in the stomach and small intestine and does not reach the large intestine. It does not get into the colon where it is most needed. The bacillus bulgaricus after being ingested, does not appear in the feces when examined.
Lactobacillus Bulgaricus preparations have been omitted because they contain an organism foreign to the intestinal tract of man and incapable of being implanted in the human intestine. The lactobacillus acidophilus preparations have been retained because this organism is capable of implantation, growth and lactic acid-production in the intestine of man.
The presence of any bacillus acidi lactici in the feces is the only real proof of their value as definite remedial agents in colonic disturbances, especially in constipation. Out of the more than one hundred species of bacillus acidi lactici, including the bacillus yogurt, streptococcus lacticus, thermophilus, lactobacillus adondolyticus, Boas Oppler bacillus, lactobacillus lopersici, etc., none thrive or can be implanted in the large intestine, other than the lactobacillus acidophilus.
Rahe made a critical investigation, of the implantation of L. bulgaricus. His work tends to show that although L. bulgaricus milk is ingested, it disappears very soon after ingestion has stopped. This investigator also points out a very significant fact-that the difference between L. bulgaricus and certain acid-forming bacteria, which are known to occur normally in the intestines, is so slight that they can be distinguished only with difficulty. He suggests that the belief on the part of some investigators that L. bulgaricus becomes established in the intestines was caused by their inability to distinguish between these two types. The only bacillus acidi lactici that can thrive and can be implanted into the adult large intestine is the lactobacillus acidophilus.
Lactobacillus acidophilus belongs to the aciduric lactobacillus group which is widely distributed in nature. This group of bacteria contains many varieties of related organisms. Lactobacillus acidophilus and lactobacillus bifidus are found in the gastro-intestinal tract of man and animals. Lactobacillus bulgaricus usually occurs in the intestinal contents of cattle. It is frequently present in dairy products, contaminated with fecal material from cows.
The lactobacillus bifidus predominates in the infant colon. It keeps the child from developing many infant diseases, and makes him also immune to many diseases, as long as he is fed on breast milk, for then the colon is normally acid in reaction. But as the child grows older and the change of diet takes place, proteins are increased at the expense of carbohydrates and sugar--milk sugar. As a result, unfriendly bacteria begin to enter the colon, such as the bacillus coli, the B. Welchii, B. putreficus, streptococci fecalis, etc. Putrefaction and fermentation now are in order. Thus toxic material-indol, skatol, phenol, ammonia, phenylsulphate, ptomaine, pyrrhol, cadaverin, isoamylamine, ethylamine, idroxyl-phynel, and other poisons-swarm in the large intestine.
Within the past 50 years methods have been developed for changing the nature of the germs that live in the intestines. Metchnikoffs original idea that the bacillus bulgaricus was the normal inhabitant and that its presence was synonymous with long life has been changed to emphasis on another germ called the B. acidophilus.
As already hinted, with the exception of the lactobacillus acidophilus, all other species of bacillus acidi lactici are not viable; that is, when imbibed, when taken by mouth, they are digested and destroyed in the stomach and small intestine, and, therefore, do not reach the colon or, if they do, their number is negligible. L. Acidophilus is a normal inhabitant of the intestinal tract and under the influence of the ingestion of lactose or dextrin can be made to predominate the intestinal flora. The ingestion of L. Acidophilus milk with or without added lactose brings about the transformation of the intestinal flora more quickly and is generally conceded to be the most logical and practical method of bringing about the preponderance of L. Acidophilus type of bacteria in the intestines. By administering L. Acidophilus milk implantation the proliferation of the organisms in the intestinal tract are more rapidly accomplished for then there is direct implantation of large numbers of viable organisms. The lactose of milk induces the multiplication of the desired type of bacteria. It is necessary that large quantities of very active cultures should be taken, and special measures must be adopted to supply to the B. acidophilus, when in the colon, the carboyhydrates which it requires for efficient growth.
The growth in the large intestine of lactobacillus acidophilus depends solely on starch and sugar, but more so on milk sugar. In order to change the intestinal flora, it is best to adopt the following rules.
For fifteen days, about eight ounces to sixteen ounces of culture of lactobacillus acidophilus, in which three large tablespoons of lactose is dissolved, should be taken daily thirty minutes before breakfast; and for the same length of time, three large tablespoons of lactose should be dissolved in any kind of fruit juices, milk, soups, broth or water, and taken daily thirty minutes before supper. After this, four ounces to eight ounces of lactobacillus acidophilus culture, in which three tablespoons of lactose have been dissolved, should betaken every morning for fifteen more Jays. The lactose, however, should be taken as before. After this, the quantity of the culture of the lactobacillus acidophilus can be reduced to four ounces every day for fifteen more days. For the remainder of the time, the ingestion of the culture of the lactobacillus acidophilus, two ounces every day, may be sufficient to keep the required amount of lactobacillus acidophilus present in the large intestinal tract. One must remember that the amount of the daily requirement of lactose, should continue to be about three tablespoons, morning and evening, as the daily requirement.
As to the length of time that the lactobacillus acidophilus culture (together with the lactose) should be taken in order for one to gain the desired results depends on the severity of the condition that is being treated. However, a period ranging from four to six months may be necessary. A period of about three months of rest may be taken and then the procedure, if necessary, may be repeated. It is possible that the taking of the lactobacillus acidophilus culture and the rest periods may have to go on for some time.
When is the intestinal flora changed? The intestinal flora is changed when the stools are soft, frequent (three times a day), and free from putrid or rancid odor. Examination by a bacteriologist should give positive 80 and negative 20, which means 80% of the acid formers and 20% of other bacteria. In a bad flora, the percentage will be the reverse, 20-80. Of course, a change from 20-80 or worse to 40-60 or 50-50, is a decided improvement, but this should not be considered at all satisfactory. Old troubles may still continue, perhaps somewhat modified. But when the change reaches 75-25, marked improvement will be evident, and the more complete the change of flora, the more decided will be the change for the better in the patients symptoms.
The advantages of regularly using lactobacillus acidophilus together with the lactose mixture are obvious. Through not a cure-all, yet one would be tempted to say that it should be used not only when diseases have already made their inroad, but more so as a preventive of disease.
A few more suggestions about the lactobacillus acidophilus therapy: The culture, to be effective, must contain at least 200,000,000 lactobacillus acidophilus per cubic centimeter. Although clinicians experience has been that lactobacillus acidophilus therapy has to be taken in large doses to be effective, there have been cases in which daily doses even as small as four ounces has proved satisfactory when it was mixed with a like amount of lactose. In about 75-80% of non-complicated constipation, lactobacillus acidophilus therapy has given uniform good results. The lactobacillus acidophilus culture should be used within or before the expiration date marked on the bottle.*
Current research into intestinal flora of the human bowel has revealed some new and valuable information for the health-seeking individual. (See Bibliography for further reading.)
Dr. Paul Gyorgy of the Institute of Nutrition Academy of Medical Sciences of the USSR (discoverer of vitamin B-6), has determined that the main component of the normal intestinal flora of man is lactobacillus bifidus. Bifidus bacterium readily establishes itself in the colon of newborns when fed mothers milk. It is bifidus that is found in the nipple of lactating mothers. Very encouraging research in both the USSR and Germany have demonstrated the rejuvenating qualities of this bacteria when it is well established in the colon.
The only commercially-available form of lactobacillus bifidus that I am aware of comes under the brand name of Eugalan Topfer Forte, and can be found in your health food stores. If not locally available, address your inquiry for this product and information to:
Bio-Nutritional Products (see Bibliography)
A program using this bacteria following the former instructions should bring encouraging results to those who suffer from a lack of proper intestinal flora.
Everyone should take a good replenishment of acidophilus culture, which can be purchased at any health food store. I recommend taking this culture regardless if you have been on the colema treatments or not. However, it is strongly recommended to be taken after the colema treatments.
* The intestinal Flora in Constipation by N. A. Ferri, Sr., M.D., Chicago, IL.
Above excerpt is from TISSUE CLEANSING THROUGH BOWEL MANAGEMENT, by Bernard Jensen D.C., Nutritionist.
Company Says Curry Spice Might Prevent Bowel Cancer
Monday January 8 2:42 PM ET
LONDON (Reuters Health) - A spice used in curry powder
might help prevent and treat bowel cancer, according to study results released Monday by
the UK botanicals' pharmaceutical company Phytopharm.
The spice, turmeric (curcuma longa), a member of the ginger family, is believed to have medicinal properties because it inhibits production of the inflammation-related enzyme cyclo-oxygenase 2 (COX-2), levels of which are abnormally high in certain inflammatory diseases and cancers.
Phytopharm said in a news release that its natural product, P54, had now been subjected to a study in 15 patients with advanced colorectal cancer at the Leicester Royal Infirmary NHS Trust and the Medical Research Council Centre for Mechanisms of Human Toxicology.
Five groups of patients were dosed orally once a day with 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 capsules of P54, for up to 4 months. Anti-tumour activity was assessed clinically, biochemically and radiologically every 28 days.
"No dose-limiting toxicity was identified and all of the patients tolerated their allocated dose without any significant safety issues,'' the firm said. In addition, dose-related inhibition of COX-2 was noted.
"We are all cautiously optimistic that inhibition of COX-2 may be an important mechanism to reduce cancer risk. The results of this trial appear to confirm that P54 is able to inhibit COX-2 and may have a role in both the prevention of colon cancer and, possibly, could form part of a treatment regimen for established disease,'' according to lead investigator, Professor Will Steward from the University of Leicester School of Medicine and Biological Sciences.
Dr. Richard Dixey, chief executive of Phytopharm, told Reuters Health that the firm is discussing development opportunities with three companies.
The firm was particularly interested in developing P54 as a food product for chemo-prevention of bowel cancer--thereby bypassing the normal pharmaceutical regulatory pathway.
This represents a huge potential market--300,000 people with colonic polyps in the UK alone who could start chemo-prevention in their 40s and 50s and continue for the rest of their lives.
Dixey said P54 works earlier in the chemical pathway than do conventional COX-2 inhibitors and should therefore avoid their side effects while still being as effective.
As a natural product, turmeric had been used in cooking for thousands of years.
He stressed that P54 contains certain volatile oils, which greatly increase the potency of the turmeric spice. "You would have to eat a hell of a lot of curry to have the same effect.''
Two major companies--American Home Products and Merck--have already launched COX-2 inhibitors for arthritis and cancer indications may follow.
High Colonic Irrigation
Suppose you've jogged, dieted, gulped your vitamins, yet still feel fagged out and frail.
This writer despaired of ever being jazzily
vital, until she rediscovered a decades-old method of releasing natural energy... By Carol
Colonic what?!" I exclaimed, "Colonic irrigation," Connie explained. "Like an internal bath to wash the poisons out of your system. You already know about all the unwanted food additives in our diets, and just think of the little extras not listed on the label. The pesticides sprayed on your fruit and vegetables, the hormones and antibiotics fed to your beef and poultry. And then, if you want to talk about pollution..." "All right, Connie. So what happens when you're irrigated?" "Simplicity itself. Water -- tap water, usually -- is slowly pumped into the colon, our large intestine." "An enema." I shuddered. "In a way. But more water -- an average of 25 to 30 gallons -- is used, and, under gentle pressure, it travels and cleanses the length of your colon, washing out all of the stale bile and putrefied waste poisoning your system. A colonic only takes an hour and is completely painless. You might even sleep too." Hmmm, not likely, I thought. Still, I had to admit that Connie's appearance had certainly improved since the first colonic irrigation three months before. Her eyes, skin, and hair all glowed. In fact, its hard to describe Connie without making her sound like an ad for Short and Sassy. That evening, on the subway (where I do most of my serious thinking), I tallied my complaints. Burning, itching eyes. Yellow, dull skin. Depression. Anxiety. Muddled head, uncoordinated body. Energy plummeted to dreary low. For years I've been busy trying out every possible cure for my persistent physical/emotional malaise: I'd jogged, quit smoking and drinking, added bran and dried fruit to my diet, even experimented with megavitamin therapy, but all to little avail. I remained dragged out, anxious, and definitely not my most vital self! Why give up now? I thought. Maybe colonics could be a solution. Still, I wasn't going to let Connie talk me into anything without doing some independent research first. Naturally enough, I started with the American Medical Association -- they , however, were less than helpful: "the AMA," I was told, "has no definitive statement on colonic irrigation; we neither recommend them nor are against them." A trip to the library at Columbia University College for physicians and surgeons proved equally unenlightening; their latest text on colonic was a 1927 volume entitled "Troubles we don't talk about."
The first professional opinion I sought out also proved to be discouraging. My internist, Dr. Richard Nachtigall, who has a thriving Park Avenue practice, advised to me to forget colonics. "I can't see much use for these irrigations," he said. "I've never heard of any real proof that they are useful except for certain abnormal conditions such as a defective liver, where it is necessary to remove bacteria -- producing toxins." Dr. Milton Brother, husband of Dr. Joyce Brothers, was even more emphatic: "I would never recommended them. It's an archaic practice and could be harmful. Colonics may induce a condition called electrolyte depletion. The bowel needs certain electrolytes -- essential salts, acids and alkalis -- to perform its functions properly, and this sort of intensive irrigation could deplete the colon of these substances."
Not yet entirely deterred, I consulted another physician who believed colonics could improve health. Nobody is really certain, he said, where those all-important electrolytes are conserved, nor can any certain case be made for irrigation affecting their presence in the colon. Admitting that he personally believed in colonics (without including them in his practice), he also told me that these treatments are very popular among the rich and celebrated on the West Coast and Europe. "Of course it's just not been something people want to talk about much," he explained, and then asked me to keep his name confidential. My anonymous source did, however, refer me to a Manhattan chiropractor and physical therapist who regularly performs this procedure, Dr. H. William Baum.
Dr. Baum, whose spritely step, taut, satin like complexion bely his 85 years, practices naturopathic medicine; that is, he treats sickness primarily through natural means, believing that drugs and surgery should be resorted to only in extreme cases. Taking the holistic approach to health, the naturopathist views disease not as an isolated malfunction, but rather as the indication that the entire body is in the state a "dis-ease."
For over 60 years, Dr. Baum, has been performing colonic irrigations and has never found them less than effective and safe. I mention the negative use of the physicians I'd consulted, but Dr. Baum remained unfazed. "Most doctors don't prescribe vitamins, either," he said, sensibly enough. Reassured by Dr. Baum's manner and remembering the glow colonics had brought to my friend Connie, I swallowed hard and asked to be treated.
At first it was familiar enough; I changed into a pair of paper slippers and one of those thin, hospital green gowns that opened in the back. Then, clutching a pamphlet about colonic, I climbed aboard a long leather table and laid down on my side. The rectal applicator was inserted and the irrigation process began.
Throughout the colonic, I was attached to what resembled an old-fashioned water cooler, about four feet high and place on the end of the examining table. When Dr. Baum pulled a lever in one direction, water burst into the clean, glass tank until at least half way to the top. Then the lever was reversed, and water began to slowly feed into me. The Dr. moderated the pressure so that the water slowly worked its way through the twists and turns, obstructions and gases of the long large intestine.
After a while, I realized with something like amazement that the water slushing up my intestinal tract had risen to just under my rib cage. Even so, I felt relaxed and experienced no pain. Dr. Baum's irrigation was much less unpleasant than either a home or hospital enema. I was not relaxed enough to drift right off to sleep, but I felt sufficiently comfortable to chat with Dr. Baum and learned a bit more about how and why colonics work.
Washing Away Wastes
The indigestible portion of the food you eat, Dr. Baum explained, lodges in the large intestine and stays there until eliminated in a bowel movement. Infrequent movements or periods of constipation can, however, result in a partial decomposition of these waste substances which encrusts the colon and further hinders elimination. These toxins are then reabsorbed into the bloodstream, lowering the body's defenses against bacteria and viruses. The body strains to fight against the poisons, and, if the effort is too great, various organs or even the circulatory system itself can break down.
The early indications of
this, Dr. Baum continued, includes sallow skin, nervous irritability, coated
tongue, bad breath, offensive body odor, headaches, bloating, poor appetite, and a feeling
of stomach heaviness -- symptoms which bore a marked resemblance to my own complaints.
Colonics might not been necessary, Dr. Baum went on, if Americans had enough bulk in their diets, exercise regularly, and avoid the chemical toxins contained in alcohol, tobacco, polluted air, and processed foods. Few of us, however, do lead such uncontaminated lives.
Why, I wondered, can some people smoke and drink and eat poorly and still remain in good physical health? Dr. Baum explained that this lucky group has a tremendous natural capacity to eliminate toxins from their systems; but even so, he advised me not to be too jealous: "they're bad habits will catch up with them someday."
Colonic irrigation can be performed with varying frequency. Dr. Baum thinks first-time patients should have three in a row to be sure they're thoroughly cleansed, and after that, the period of treatments "depends on what I see coming out." A few people do emetics once a week for years, others one a month, while most people are satisfied with three or four irrigations a year, often timing their treatments to correspond with the change of seasons. "This shift to warm or cold weather," says Dr. Baum, "can set up the body's rhythms. An irrigation helps you adjust. Actually, these treatments aren't designed to cure any specific ailment; rather, they're designed to tune up the system so it becomes more capable of healing itself."
I asked Dr. Baum if a laxative would be equally effective. His answer was an emphatic no: "colonics involve only the large intestine," he explained, "while laxatives pass through the small intestine as well. That's where digestion and absorption of nutrients occur, vital processes which should not be interfered with. Besides, laxatives are, in a sense, addictive and for them to continue to be effective, you need to take a larger and larger dosage."
So, with irrigation, the small intestine is left to itself (as it should be) and only the toxins contained in the colon are washed away. Dr. Baum's reasoning seemed sound enough to me as my hour long irrigation drew to a close and I prepared to reap the benefits of his ministrations.
As I climbed off the treatment table, I felt wonderful -- high, energetic, positive, and strong. Before I left his office, Dr. Baum told me to take it easy the rest of the day and suggested I change my diet to include a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as plenty of bulk, and that I stay away from refined or processed foods. These changes would improve bowel functioning, he said, and lead to better overall health as well. I left feeling both peppy and inspired.
A few hours later, however, my high had completely faded, I was nauseous,dizzy and nervously dialing Dr. Baum. He was not just reassuring me, but positively congratulatory as I reeled off my symptoms. "That's the body's continuing where the treatment left off," he told me. "The irrigation obviously stirred up a lot of poisons. Eat something mild at regular intervals, rest, and come back in a few days for another treatment."
I did just that and continued the treatments once a month for nearly a year, sometimes adding an extra one when life was particularly stressful. I also followed Dr. Baums advice about diet and within a few months notice that I no longer had to discipline myself to eat properly. My craving for sugar had disappeared -- I genuinely preferred an apple or helping of low-fat yogurt to a rich sweet. I also found myself developing a queasy aversion to coffee, cigarettes, and to food preservatives -- my body had learned to be naturally repelled by toxic substances.
After a year of colonic, my appearance and energy levels were both radically improved. No more draggy mornings or late afternoon slumps. The bags under my eyes have disappeared entirely, and a sallow, yellowish tone that had spoiled my skin has been replaced by a healthy glow. I seem to think more clearly now, and I need less sleep. In a word, both my body and mind feel marvelously clean.
I couldn't be more enthusiastic about colonics, and, as it happens, I'm in pretty distinguished company. I understand that John Lennon, John Carradine, Mae West, and Dick Gregory are all regulars. Want to join this select company? You should know colonic irrigations cost about thirty dollars, and most M.D.'s don't give these treatments, you are likely to get help from a chiropractor or physical therapists.
To find out more about colonic, write Dr. Baum at his office, 130 West 42nd Street, New York NY 10036; or pick up a copy of the book Colon Health by Dr. Norman W. Walker, available in most health food stores.
A WORD ABOUT COLONICS
"Colonics, as administered today, vary greatly in their effects due largely to the expertise of the colonic technician. We feel that in some respects colonic therapy is taking advantage of people by making them believe that long and costly treatments are necessary. Also water applied under pressure is potentially hazardous. Those individuals with known or suspected serious bowel problems should approach pressurized colonic treatments with extreme caution. Those practitioners who administer colonic therapy properly are offering a useful service to the public. This service can be greatly enhanced with the addition of sound dietary counseling so as to eventually overcome the need for colonic therapy. Without this knowledge, the colonic recipient is merely digging holes and filling them again--a net zero toward building a better health quality. Many professionals giving colonics today are getting successful but temporary results. The reason for this is that just getting rid of the toxic waste in the bowel is not the complete answer, although it is the first step along the correct path. Unless proper exercise, diet and right living are practiced, good and lasting results will not be achieved. We must be interested in making bowel tissue changes."
Excerpt is from Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management, by Bernard Jensen, D.C., Nutritionist
COFFEE: THE ROYAL FLUSH!
From The Cancer Chronicles #6
© Autumn 1990 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.
This is a two-part story on the history of the coffee enema.It has been reprinted often around the world. --Ed.
The most controversial alternative procedures has to be the coffee enema. Along with other detoxification routines, the coffee enema is a central part of both the Gerson and the Kelley programs. It is always good for a laugh: "with milk or sugar?" This bizarre-sounding treatment can also be used to scare people away from alternatives in general. No quackbusting article these days is complete without a reference to "enemas made from roasted coffee beans." So what's the story? Is the coffee enema crackpot faddism or is there some rationale behind this procedure?
An enema is "a fluid injected into the rectum for the purpose of clearing out the bowel, or of administering drugs or food." The word itself comes from the Greek en-hienai, meaning to "send or inject into." The enema has been called "one of the oldest medical procedures still in use today." Tribal women in Africa, and elsewhere, routinely use it on their children. The earliest medical text in existence, the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus, (1,500 B.C.) mentions it. Millennia before, the Pharaoh had a "guardian of the anus," a special doctor one of whose purposes was to administer the royal enema.
The Greeks wrote of the fabled cleanliness of the Egyptians, which included the internal cleansing of their systems through emetics and enemas. They employed these on three consecutive days every month said Herodotus (II.77) or at intervals of three or four days, according to the later historian Diodorus. The Egyptians explained to their visitors that they did this because they "believed that diseases were engendered by superfluities of the food", a modern-sounding theory!
Enemas were known in ancient Sumeria, Babylonia, India, Greece and China. American Indians independently invented it, using a syringe made of an animal bladder and a hollow leg bone. Pre-Columbian South Americans fashioned latex into the first rubber enema bags and tubes. In fact, there is hardly a region of the world where people did not discover or adapt the enema. It is more ubiquitous than the wheel. Enemas are found in world literature from Aristophanes to Shakespeare, Gulliver Travels to Peyton Place.
In pre-revolutionary France a daily enema after dinner was de rigueur. It was not only considered indispensable for health but practiced for good complexion as well. Louis XIV is said to have taken over 2,000 in his lifetime.Could this have been the source of the Sun King's sunny disposition? For centuries, enemas were a routine home remedy. Then, within living memory, the routine use of enemas died out. The main times that doctors employ them nowadays is before or after surgery and childbirth. Difficult and potentially dangerous barium enemas before colonic X rays are of course still a favorite of allopathic doctors.
But why coffee? This bean has an interesting history. It was imported in Arabia in the early 1500's by the Sufi religious mystics, who used it to fight drowsiness while praying. It was especially prized for its medicinal qualities, in both the Near East and Europe. No one knows when the first daring soul filled the enema bag with a quart of java. What is known is that the coffee enema appeared at least as early as 1917 and was found in the prestigious Merck Manual until 1972. In the 1920s German scientists found that a caffeine solution could open the bile ducts and stimulate the production of bile in the liver of experimental animals.
Dr. Max Gerson used this clinically as part of a general detoxification regimen, first for tuberculosis, then cancer. Caffeine, he postulated, will travel up the hemorrhoidal to the portal vein and thence to the liver itself. Gerson noted some remarkable effects of this procedure. For instance, patients could dispense with all pain-killers once on the enemas. Many people have noted the paradoxical calming effect of coffee enemas. And while coffee enemas can relieve constipation, Gerson cautioned:
"Patients have to know that the coffee enemas are not given for the function of the intestines but for the stimulation of the liver."
Coffee enemas were an established part of medical practice when Dr. Max Gerson introduced them into cancer therapy in the 1930s. Basing himself on German laboratory work, Gerson believed that caffeine could stimulate the liver and gall bladder to discharge bile. He felt this process could contribute to the health of the cancer patient.
Although the coffee enema has been heaped with scorn, there has been some independent scientific work that gives credence to this concept. In 1981, for instance, Dr. Lee Wattenberg and his colleagues were able to show that substances found in coffeekahweol and cafestol palmitatepromote the activity of a key enzyme system, glutathione S-transferase, above the norm. This system detoxifies a vast array of electrophiles from the bloodstream and, according to Gar Hildenbrand of the Gerson Institute, "must be regarded as an important mechanism for carcinogen detoxification." This enzyme group is responsible for neutralizing free radicals, harmful chemicals now commonly implicated in the initiation of cancer. In mice, for example, these systems are enhanced 600 percent in the liver and 700 percent in the bowel when coffee beans are added to the mice's diet.
Dr. Peter Lechner, who is investigating the Gerson method at the Landeskrankenhaus of Graz, Austria, has reported that "coffee enemas have a definite effect on the colon which can be observed with an endoscope." F.W. Cope (1977) has postulated the existence of a "tissue damage syndrome." When cells are challenged by poison, oxygen deprivation, malnutrition or a physical trauma they lose potassium, take on sodium and chloride, and swell up with excess water.
Another scientist (Ling) has suggested that water in a normal cell is contained in an "ice-like" structure. Being alive requires not just the right chemicals but the right chemical structure. Cells normally have a preference for potassium over sodium but when a cell is damaged it begins to prefer sodium. This craving results in a damaged ability of cells to repair themselves and to utilize energy. Further, damaged cells produce toxins; around tumors are zones of "wounded" but still non-malignant tissue, swollen with salt and water.
Gerson believed it axiomatic that cancer could not exist in normal metabolism. He pointed to the fact that scientists often had to damage an animal's thyroid and adrenals just to get a transplanted tumor to "take." He directed his efforts toward creating normal metabolism in the tissue surrounding a tumor.
It is the liver and small bowel which neutralize the most common tissue toxins: polyamines, ammonia, toxic-bound nitrogen, and electrophiles. These detoxification systems are probably enhanced by the coffee enema. Physiological Chemistry and Physics has stated that "caffeine enemas cause dilation of bile ducts, which facilitates excretion of toxic cancer breakdown products by the liver and dialysis of toxic products across the colonic wall."
In addition, theophylline and theobromine (two other chemicals in coffee) dilate blood vessels and counter inflammation of the gut; the palmitates enhance the enzyme system responsible for the removal of toxic free radicals from the serum; and the fluid of the enema then stimulates the visceral nervous system to promote peristalsis and the transit of diluted toxic bile from the duodenum and out the rectum.
Since the enema is generally held for 15 minutes, and all the blood in the body passes through the liver every three minutes, "these enemas represent a form of dialysis of blood across the gut wall" (Healing Newsletter, #13, May-June, 1986).
Prejudice against coffee enemas continues, however. Although this data was made available to Office of Technology Assessment it was largely ignored in their box on the procedure. They dismissively state "there is no scientific evidence to support the claim that coffee enemas detoxify the blood or liver."
No medical procedure is without risk and OTA is quick to point out alleged dangers of the coffee enemas. For instance, they cite one doctor's opinion that coffee "taken by this route is a strong stimulant and can be at least as addictive as coffee taken regularly by mouth." This may indeed be true. Yet one wonders where the data is on this, and whether OTA would issue a similar warning about the perils of coffee drinking.
Another potential danger, they say, is physical damage to the rectum"fatal bowel perforation and necrosis" which have been associated with "various other types of enema." The risk of perforation comes from the insertion device used. At the Gerson clinic, for instance, they use a short nozzle which couldn't inflict much harm; Gonzalez uses a soft rubber colon tube. In neither case would this caveat seem to apply. On thin evidence, OTA also suggests enemas can cause colitis.
The agency also cites the case of the two Seattle women who died following excessive enema use. Their deaths were attributed to fluid and electrolyte abnormalities. One took 10 to 12 coffee enemas in a single night and then continued at a rate of one per hour. The other took four daily. As OTA points out, "in both cases, the enemas were taken much more frequently than is recommended in the Gerson treatment."
In general, coffee enemas are an important tool for physicians who try to detoxify the body. This is not to say they are a panacea. They certainly require much more research. But coffee enemas are serious business: their potential should be explored by good researchnot mined for cheap shots at alternative medicine or derisively dismissed as yet another crackpot fad
Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.is the author of eight books and three documentaries on cancer-related topics. He is an advisor on alternative cancer treatments to the National Institutes of Health, Columbia University, and the University of Texas. He researches and writes individualized Healing Choices reports for people with cancer. For information on Healing Choices, you can contact coordinator Anne Beattie in the following ways:
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Can Colonic Irrigation Heal You?
The human body is a wonderful thing. Each organ works together with the others to process the things that are taken into the body. Down at the lower end the whole system can slow down. What can be done to get the juices flowing again? Try Colonic.
Colonic, also called colon hydrotherapy or colon irrigation refers to the process of cleansing and detoxifying the system. While the lower intestinal tract is cleansed, the whole system is detoxified. Proponents of colon irrigation claim that it actually heals their bodies. Toxicity is a major cause of illness, disease and feelings of general malaise. How is it that when our wonderful body systems are made to work perfectly, that we wind up not being able to expel toxins through our colon? If we all had enough bulk in our diets and avoided the chemical toxins contained in alcohol, tobacco, polluted air, and processed foods, our colons might stay healthy. While colon therapy does not heal any specific disease, it greatly enhances the bodys ability to function at optimum level, so the body is more able to heal itself.
Copyright 2001 by PageWise
The Economic Bias Against Colon Cleansing
Colon Hydrotherapy and Enemas
Colonic irrigations and enemas are among the oldest health care practices. The implements of giving enemas and records of their use are recorded in Egyptian artifacts over 4,000 years old. It is clear that Galen and Hypocrates both used and taught enemas as a part of their health care systems, and they continue to be used today. Enemas have been used successfully to treat constipation, diarrhea, dysentery, painful menstruation, depression, toxicity, colitis, diverticulitis, common migraine, tension headaches, acne, allergies, fevers, to stimulate the immune system in infectious disease, as preparation for childbirth, and for religious rites. But they continue to be used against orthodox medical opposition.
It is interesting to explore how such an ancient and simple remedy falls out of favor. You would think that enemas were of the class of blood letting, and would assume they had been found to be either dangerous or ineffective in treating disease to replaced by more modern, safer treatments. It is surprising to learn as you explore medical literature that little or no sound scientific criticism of the treatment has ever been made. There have been legitimate criticisms of techniques and lack of minimal sanitation in the giving of colon hydrotherapy and enemas, but there has been no published scientific literature criticizing the purpose nor effectiveness of treatment, with the exception of a recent article in the Journal of Joint and Manipulative Therapy.
In this article there is a rather lengthy criticism of colon hydrotherapy and enemas being used to remove all the bacteria from the lower GI tract. They ignore the fact that most if not all colon therapy is directed at restoring normal colon function and to promote the growth of normal GI flora. It seems that what little criticism there is does not attempt to examine the physiology, anatomy, microbiology, or pathology of the body in relation to effects of colon hydrotherapy and enemas.
To see why colon hydrotherapy is now under fire in this country, and to see why the administration of enemas by the medical profession is at a low point, one must dig a little deeper. As I stated, there is little or no justification for the reduction of recommending enemas and colon hydrotherapy in the last 60 years of scientific literature, but in that time there has been a large change in the way medicine is practiced. Beginning about 1910 there was a shift in medicine. First there was accreditation, reducing the number of schools with the attendant increase in social and financial position of physicians.
Prior to the middle 1800?s almost all healers were midwives and lay nurses who worked in the fields by day and treated their neighbors as a sideline. They used the enema rather extensively, and effectively, along with herbs, manipulation and other tools they had. But modern science grew rapidly during this time, reaching levels which required technical education to apply the new treatments.
While the midwife became the nurse, the lay scientist became the doctor, and while it was not unseemly for one's mother or nurse to apply enemas, it was most unseemly to more and more doctors. The enema and colonic instruments were in most hospitals, manned by the lower ranking nursing staff. Through the 1920's and 1930's the colonic and enema were ever-present in most hospital stays. If you didn't have a movement on day one, you had a good enema on day two. Colonic machines were kept busy, and a good portion of a nurses day was spent tending the bowels of her patients. But, then it changed.
First there were better procedures, antibiotics, sterile techniques, and the chances of dying from infectious diseases dropped. The nature of health care changed. We entered the pill and scalpel era. I am here to write this because I survived pneumonia as a child thanks to penicillin, as did millions of others. Physicians could sit at the desk and write a note and the patient would get well. Great stuff, no more need for time-consuming treatments, including colon hydrotherapy and enemas. A pill can cure pneumonia, why can't a pill cure everything?
Here we come to one of the major reasons colon hydrotherapy in particular was abandoned. Colon hydrotherapy is a treatment requiring a skilled operator, not necessarily educated, but skilled. As well as knowledge on the part of the nurse/hygienist, it requires empathy and a sense of what he or she is doing, a tuning in to the patients and their emotions in order to help them relax and make the treatment successful. One cannot come in a white suit and tie and say I am now going to give you a good colonic. It is a technique, such as painting, psychology or any other art.
So the colon hygienist had to be a good nurse. You had to use a person with patient skills for about one hour per patient. This is expensive. For a modern hospital to give colon hydrotherapy they would have to bill at least $500 per treatment. Pill giving for a nurse may take a few seconds, a much more profitable use of time in the economics of medicine. The same is true for the enema, but to a much lesser degree. Even the most unskilled aide can stand behind a patient and pour in a quart or two and call it an enema, but it still takes time, is potentially very messy, and if it can be avoided saves time and money.
Add to this the increasing stature and pay of nurses. The nurse is no longer the lowest paid job in society. The picture of the nurse is no longer with an enema bag in one hand and an overflowing bedpan in the other. It is a profession requiring more education than physicians had 40 years ago, and it is demeaning for them to have to give enemas, much less spend an hour giving a colonic. So the economic tide turned away from these simple physiologic procedures in order to make better use of skilled expensive personnel, more in line with their social ranking.
Between 1930 and 1980 the medical profession completely abandoned colon hydrotherapy and severely reduced the use of enemas in medical practice, not because they had proven ineffective or unsafe, but purely due to social and economic reasons. These are the same reasons that manipulation and other natural therapies have disappeared from medicine over the centuries. Until the 1950?s in almost every city a chiropractic clinic could be found which did colon hydrotherapy. Now there are only a few, as our time is worth more and our status is higher. In Florida colon hydrotherapy may he given by massage therapists if they were trained and take that as part of their state license.
This doesn't explain all of it though. If it were just social position of the physician, chiropractor, nurse, therapist, or aide, some other lowly ranking individual would have been recruited to do the necessary work. There are two more sides to the coin - psychology and commerce. The latter is easy to explain - simply put, nobody will work on a project unless there is money in it. All western research must make money for those that support it. If you get rid of a disease or have a treatment by some simple low-cost treatment that disease must have penetrated the upper crust of our society with enough terror to overcome the innate profit motive.
If on the other hand you can develop a cure that cost tens of thousands of dollars for any disease, you will be welcomed as a great scientist. This is the stigma that has forever darkened the skies of chiropractic research. If you prove that an adjustment can cure an illness, that may help patients. It may help the patient flow to chiropractic offices. But it does nothing for the economic machine, except perhaps remove some of the clients who were previously using their products. To be accepted, a cure must be economically rewarding. There has been no research on enemas or colon hydrotherapy of any stature because there is no money in it. They use water, a hygienist, and time. There is no real money to be made in this therapy. They may help people but they are too time consuming to he used by a nurse or doctor who may he making $20 to $100 an hour.
The psychology of colon hydrotherapy and enemas is similar, and is I believe at the root of the venomous opposition colon hygienists and purveyors of enemas often meet. In our practice we never sell colon hydrotherapy. We offer it. I practice a general spinal adjusting type of chiropractic with a colon therapy instrument and hygienist well hidden in the rear of the office. If I feel a patient may benefit from a colonic or enema, I will mention it and explain what I feel is the physiologic or anatomical basis of the treatment, and how it applies to them. There are those that on the slightest suggestion will rush headlong for the treatment room and those who will rush headlong for the door never to be seen again! It has appeared to me over the years that most patients seem to be clearly one or the other of these types. Very few people are neutral on the issue of their bowels.
Freudian psychology spends a lot of time dealing with bowel hang-ups. Everyone reading these words has been programmed by society. The most fundamental programming is that of toilet-training. In modern society it is absolutely necessary that each of us control our bowels. There is no greater faux pas than to soil ones pants. At a very young age we are all toilet trained, and that training is probably more basic than any other function.
Here is where the rub comes. There are two basic ways to toilet train. One is teach the child that their poo poo is icky, bad, awful and foul smelling, and that they are bad for letting it out, (negative feedback). By teaching the child that the bowels and their products are bad, this kind of child grows up to be very private about their bowel movements, and will not usually seek out or accept an enema or colon hydrotherapy if offered. At best they may administer one to themselves if absolutely necessary. If a child is abused because of soiling themselves, their inhibitions about their bowels may likely to be greater than their inhibitions against violence. With a person that was negatively toilet trained it is best to leave the subject untouched.
Since I have never met anyone that has their method of toilet training tattooed on their forehead, as a doctor, I mention appropriate therapy and drop the subject. If the patient pursues it further I give them more information or encouragement. When you find a person that is violently anti-enema or colon hydrotherapy you have found an anal retentive that was negatively toilet trained. The other side of the coin is the person that is positively toilet-trained. You are a good boy or girl for going in the potty. Mama is so pleased with you. Yes, it is icky, but you did it where you were supposed to, and the child grows up with a positive feeling about their bowels. The mental blocks they develop are much less of a conflict than the negatively trained child.
As you see, the negatively trained child lives with a conflict between what their body tells them, that going to the bathroom feels good, and what their mommy tells them, that it is bad. This is what you call a no win situation. Positive toilet training is more consistent with reality. Bowel movements do feel good and we all feel better for having them. Yes, they are icky, but that is the way they were designed, so we would want to get rid of them. It is after all a waste product, toxic to us. When we are positively toilet trained we seek to eliminate for approval.
Of those people that do receive colon hydrotherapy, it is apparent that on average they are bright, usually more educated than the general population. A person that accepts the functions of the body, who can seek and receive care, is also a person that can get on with life in other ways. Each of us has some barriers and things to work through. Those who receive colon hydrotherapy in general have accepted and worked through the anal phase.
It is my opinion that the vast majority of people have not worked through the trauma of toilet training. As said earlier there are few taboos so great as those against the free exercise of the bowels, and that, along with economics, has been the reason for the current opposition we see to colon hydrotherapy.
It is no surprise to find that an area of the body so subject to psychological forces has important implications in health and religion. Health is a homeostatic relationship of balance. One critical balance is between assimilation and elimination. Like all systems, the elimination system is less than 100% efficient. Attention to providing extra bulk and roughage is vital to health. Washing of the colon is comparable to washing the skin, it has a profound positive effect on health. The quest for cleanliness or purity has accepted health benefits. Cleaning the skin, teeth and hair are basic necessities to participate in modern society.
Cleaning the digestive tract and internal body is vital to participation in some religious orders. In translations of some Arabic text in the Vatican and Hapsburg libraries in Vienna by Dr. Edmund Szekely, Christ required his disciples to fast for seven days and take daily enemas prior to joining his ministry; the diet of the church was lacto-vegetarian, and the taking of animal life was proscribed. Mohammed, Buddha, and many other originators of the great religions fasted prior to beginning their ministries. Some Jewish rituals require cleaning of the colon, as do Shite Muslim, Essene, Hindu and others. I feel that there is no coincidence between the positive health aspects of colon hydrotherapy and enemas and the use of them as a part of spiritual preparation. Health care and spiritual care are not mutually exclusive.
To know and understand the significance of colon health, and apply it with proper care, has been known to do no harm and it may be of great benefit.
J. Glenn Knox, D.C.
P.O. Box 792
Pendleton, OR 97801
Odd remedy said to slow deadly cancer
HEALTH SCIENCE By Judy Foreman, Globe Staff, 08/09/99
Four years years ago, Betty Frizzell, a
retired school teacher from Cookeville, Tenn., was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, one
of mankinds deadliest malignancies.
Normally, people with advanced tumors, like Frizzell's, live only about five months after they are diagnosed. Frizzell, now 64, is thriving on a diet of fruits and vegetables plus a regimen of dietary supplements including pancreatic enzymes and - believe it or not - coffee enemas.
She does get a bit tired of carrot juice, she says, and the coffee enemas - two in the morning, two at night - are ''very time consuming.'' But she's convinced it's worth it: ''I'm sure I wouldn't be alive today if I had not chosen this route.''
''Pancreatic cancer strikes almost as many people as leukemia, yet so far, less progress has been made,'' says Dr. Robert Mayer, director of the center for gastrointestinal cancer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
In fact, pancreatic cancer is so tough to detect that by the time it is discovered, survival is often counted in weeks: 36 to 40 weeks if the cancer hasn't spread to nearby organs, 16 to 20 weeks if it has. This year, 28,600 Americans will be diagnosed with the disease and 28,600 will die of it, according to the American Cancer Society.
That's why the mere hint of good news, even from a tiny study of a wacky-sounding therapy involving mega-doses of dietary supplements and coffee enemas, is making the mainstream medical establishment sit up and take notice.
In the July issue of the journal Nutrition and Cancer, a pair of New York private practitioners, Drs. Nicholas Gonzalez and Linda Lee Isaacs, reported their findings on a preliminary study of 11 patients, including Frizzell, with inoperable pancreatic cancer. In all 11, pancreatic cancer was confirmed by a biopsy.
The patients, who followed a dietary regimen at home developed by Gonzalez and Isaacs, lived a median of 17 months after diagnosis, nearly triple the usual survival rate.
The regimen included mega-doses of vitamins and minerals plus pancreatic digestive enzymes such as trypsin and chymotrypsin.
Patients ate no red meat or poultry, had fish several times a week, plus eggs and whole grains. And twice a day, they gave themselves coffee enemas (admittedly bizarre, especially given the fact that a decade ago coffee was thought to possibly cause pancreatic cancer; it has since been shown not to.)
Gonzales suspects that caffeine taken rectally may relax muscles of the liver and gallbladder ducts, causing ''toxins,'' including byproducts from the body's attempts to destroy cancer cells, to spill into the intestines. Drinking coffee doesn't have the same effect, he says. (For what it's worth, he adds, decaf doesn't, either; what appears to work is one tablespoon of ground coffee, brewed or percolated, per pint of water.)
Odd as the regimen sounds, it ''certainly warrants further investigation,'' says Dr. Jeffrey White, who heads the office of cancer complementary and alternative medicine at the National Cancer Institute. In fact, his office recently decided to give $1.4 million over five years to researchers at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons to test the regimen.
Even the director of the new study, Dr. John Chabot, vice chair of the department of surgery at Columbia, doesn't have the faintest idea why the Gonzalez-Isaacs regimen might work.
''Frankly, when I first read'' about it, ''I said, `That can't possibly work.' Then I read the pilot data...[and] said, `There really might be something there. I had to come to grips with it myself. I have no idea how or why it might work, but the data are compelling enough that I can't ignore it.''
In fact, he adds, ''it doesn't matter what the underlying theory is about why it works because I think that's something for us to investigate once we demonstrate that it works.''
If it does. The pilot findings could be due to ''selection bias,'' notes Dr. Karen Antman, who heads Columbia's cancer center. The people who were able to find Gonzalez and Isaacs and to follow the strict regimen may, for instance, have been more highly motivated or healthier than other patients.
And she can't imagine why coffee enemas would help: ''I don't get it.'' But the mere fact that some patients are alive after three years when they ''should have had a median survival of four to six months'' means doctors should test the regimen, not just argue with advocates of alternative therapies, she says.
Barrie Cassileth, chief of integrative medicine at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, agrees. Variations on the Gonzalez-Isaacs regimen have been around for decades and have been ''something everyone has scoffed at, including me,'' she says.
What's new is that Gonzalez ''is going about the situation very systematically, trying to collect research data. That is impressive...I support him 100 percent and I will continue to let patients know about this study'' at Columbia, she says.
She wishes the coffee enema part could be dropped because ''that's what makes people laugh at it.''
But the researchers say that, to be valid, the new study has to replicate the whole regimen because nobody knows which parts, if any, may help.
Gonzalez concedes that he, too, was initially taken aback by the idea of coffee enemas. ''When I first heard about coffee enemas, I thought that was the single weirdest thing I ever heard of,'' he says.
Until 20 years ago or so, the coffee enema was actually listed in the Merck Manual as a general treatment to help people feel better, though not for any particular disease. Since then, it has gained some notoriety, mostly as a new-age remedy for depression and other ailments; coffee enemas have been widely publicized on the Internet and by Hollywood stars such as Janet Jackson.
Michael Lerner, president of Commonweal, a health and environmental research institute in Bolinas, California, has researched what scientific literature there is on coffee enemas and, while not an advocate, notes that they were part of a cancer treatment developed decades ago by Dr. Max B. Gerson, a German physician. But solid data on efficacy is scarce, Lerner says.
Cassileth of Sloan-Kettering agrees, noting that repeated enemas could weaken colon function, triggering constipation. Coffee enemas could also remove potassium from the body and trigger potentially fatal electrolyte imbalances, as well as dehydration, she says, though Gonzalez says this is unlikely.
As for the pancreatic enzymes, Gonzales thinks they may have a direct anti-cancer effect, though this is unproved.
The design of the new study is simple. Columbia researchers are seeking a relatively small group of people - 72 to 90 patients - with pancreatic cancer at Stages II, III or IV, that is, cancer that is confirmed by biopsy to have spread beyond the pancreas.
Half the patients will then be randomly assigned to get the dietary regimen through Gonzalez and Isaacs and half to a chemotherapy drug, gemcitabine, which improves quality of life but prolongs it only slightly.
About 30 patients have been interviewed, but all want the dietary regimen, not gemcitabine. There's another problem, too. Ideally, says Mayer of Dana-Farber, the researchers should not lump together three stages of cancer. If one group lives longer but has more people with less advanced cancer, it will be impossible to know whether the treatment was better or the patients were simply less sick.
Meanwhile, Betty Frizzell just keeps growing organic veggies in her garden, making her own bread and cooking Sunday dinner every week for 14 people. (Then she prepares her own meal.)
Her big problem now is that the government ''is fixing to build a big interstate highway'' on half of her 90-acre farm. She fears ''it will be harder to fight the federal government than pancreatic cancer.''
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As can be seen from the above, good health depends on having a balanced intestinal flora. Due to our bad lifestyle and eating habits, you will need to constantly implant healthy micro-flora.
Successful implantation cannot occur until the intestines
are cleaned out since harmful intestines will always overrun the friendly bacteria before
it can get a stronghold. This fact is especially true when large amounts of mucoid matter
have, over years, built up on the intestinal & digestive tract walls.
Acidophilus will not implant properly in humans. It seems that lacto bifidus and streptococcus will, which is why I recommend products that get the job done.
The problem is that most lacto acidophilus on the market is derived from a strain of animal bacteria (from cow's milk).
Although it may assist human digestion because of its similarity to the human lacto bacteria, it must be constantly fed or replenished because it is not an exact duplicate of the human strain required and dies out easily (maybe because we don't eat and drink the same things a cow does)
The lacto bifidus on the other hand, is a strain of bacteria which is derived from human mothers milk. At birth, the infant who is breast fed thus receives an immediate implant of friendly bacteria. That is why Nature designed mothers to breast fee their babies and why children who are not nursed are said to have more physical and emotional problems.
After cleansing the intestinal tract, implanting the friendly bacteria for healthy intestinal flora and eating raw foods, you will be well on your way to a really healthier living experience.
Rectal implants- are you ready yet?
It is highly advisable once completing a cleansing fast to immediately implant friendly bacteria in massive amounts.
The most efficient means to due that are oral and rectal implants simultaneously.
The correct doses to implant are the following:
Rectal implants: 4 capsules in 16 oz water overnight 8-12 hours.
Oral implants: 2 capsules in 12 oz of water overnight, 8-12 hours.
It is advisable to take one or more capsules of friendly micro flora two or three times per day, either 15-30 minutes before a meal or one hour after a meal.
Jos-hua's, Medicine Man's personal experience shows that when orally taking any brand of acidophilus, the 15-30 minutes before a meal regimen seems to work much better than the 60 minutes after a meal. Usually 3-7 weeks of continuous oral implants are sufficient.
How do you know when you've taken the correct amount and can stop taking anymore?
When your feces starts to smell like rose petals. It's that simple. Mine does, does yours?
You must experiment and see which application works best for you. More micro flora can be taken in special times of need. It is also recommended that once opening a bottle, keep it refrigerated and tightly closed.
July 14, 1999 |
Charm is a gastroenterologist, professor of medicine at the University of California and amiable oddball who calls himself -- sans any trace of irony -- America's No. 2 Doctor, the King of the Colon and the Prince of Poop. He spells out his last name as an acronym for his personal mantra: Choosing Health And Realizing Miracles. And he believes in the miracle of colonics.
You've seen the ads in the back pages of certain health magazines, in "personal services" sections of alternative newspapers and on bulletin boards at organic food stores: colon hydrotherapy, colonic irrigation, get your colonic here. It's the naturopathic procedure that calls for gallons of water to be pumped through your large intestine to wash out any lurking toxic sludge.
In recent years, getting a colonic has become the celebrity health fad du jour.
Princess Diana was an outspoken fan -- British newspapers reported that she spent $4,300 a
year grooming her colon -- and just a few weeks ago Damon Wayans was chatting up the
procedure on Howard Stern's radio show. The name itself has the ring of the high life --
it sounds like the trendy cocktail you'd overhear a celebrity ordering at some Hollywood
Maybe you've wondered about the procedure. How does it work? Is it good for your health? Or is it, in fact, bad for you? Is it dangerous? It depends on whom you ask.
"It's extremely beneficial," says A.R. Hoenninger, a naturopathic doctor and executive director of the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy in San Antonio.
"It's insane," says Dr. Stephen Barrett, a retired psychiatrist and investigative reporter who runs the nonprofit watchdog agency QuackWatch.
The enema within
Ian Belcher took some persuading to go on a colonic irrigation holiday, even at a Thai beach resort. It is, he discovered, quite astonishing what gets flushed out in the course of a week's treatment. But did he feel the better for it?
Saturday March 9, 2002
When photographer Anthony Cullen heard the clank of glass on porcelain, he didn't need to examine the contents of the toilet bowl between his legs. He instinctively knew he had just passed the marble he had swallowed as a five-year-old; the small coloured sphere - "I think it was a bluey" - had lodged in his colon for 22 years. His nonchalance was understandable. Having flushed 400 pints of coffee and vinegar solution around his large intestine through 10 enemas, and taken 100 herbal laxatives, he had become hardened to extraordinary sights. He had already excreted yards of long stringy mucus "with a strange yellow glaze", several hard black pellets and numerous pieces of undigested rump steak. Like an iceberg breaking away from a glacier, the marble was simply the latest object to drop off the furred up wall of his colon.
Within 30 minutes it had become a burning topic of conversation among guests at The Spa resort on the Thai island of Koh Samui. Most listened, nodded earnestly and smiled, a flicker of mutual support, before describing their own bowel movements in unnervingly graphic detail. It was just another day at the tropical health farm where conversations that would be deemed unpleasant, if not obscene, in any place outside a gastro-intestinal ward, are mere idle chit-chat among the sun-soaked clientele.
They may have travelled across the world to The Spa's thatched beach huts, encircling its renowned restaurant whose Pod Ka Pow Nam Many Hoy - prawns and chilli, stir-fried in oyster sauce - is a house speciality, but not a morsel of food, nor a single calorie, will pass their lips. Instead they order around 70-odd gallons of coffee and vinegar, lemon or garlic solution - lightly warmed, please waiter - to be squirted up their anus. You are unlikely to find this particular dish on Masterchef.
The roots of their truly alternative activity holiday lie in our modern lifestyle. Some doctors, such as Richard Anderson, inventor of the Clean-Me-Out Programme, claim our high stress existences and over-processed diets - chips, pizzas, burgers - have left us with clogged-up digestive systems. And that, according to advocates of intestinal cleansing, makes us disease time bombs, at increased risk from cancer, heart trouble, infertility, diabetes, premature ageing and, pass the smelling salts this instant, wrinkles.
Their solution is to fast: to put nothing in one end, while simultaneously purifying yourself by propelling significant amounts of liquid up the other. "It's like changing the oil in your car," says Guy Hopkins, the 60-year-old owner of The Spa, whose eyes glint with evangelical zeal when he talks about colonic irrigation. "If you don't do it every so often [your body] isn't going to run that well. We constantly put the wrong fuel in our bodies and, sure, they keep on going, but cleanse yourself and you'll be amazed how much better you'll feel."
A tempting sales pitch, yet when my editor suggested a first-person report, I had grave reservations. As someone whose only concessions to healthy eating had involved switching from butter to olive oil and occasionally cutting the fat off my steak, the fast sounded frankly insane. Then I began hearing about the "lifestyle benefits" of the cleanse, of the 90-degree heat and tropical beaches. Words such as "de-stressing" and "life-changing" were tossed around.
I weakened, dithered and finally relented. The photographer, Anthony, it was agreed, must also fast.
Our preparation began well before we spotted our first palm tree. The Spa recommended we prepared with a fortnight of abstinence from meat, processed foods (adios my daily staples, pasta and bread), milk, cheese, booze, coffee or soft drinks. Instead, our gastric juices were stimulated by salads, fruit, slightly cooked vegetables, herb teas and water.
It wasn't easy. Both Anthony and myself are what might charitably be termed "stocky", enjoying cooking and, more importantly, eating. Within days, food, or lack of it, had become an obsession. We had long phone discussions about interesting ways to grill aubergine; Anthony bragged about his spicy ratatouille. Life was changing.
As the first toxins were expelled and severe caffeine withdrawal set in, I experienced headaches, aching muscles, a lack of energy, and an increasingly short temper. I also faced a new menace: the liver flush drink. Designed to sluice out your system, it's a vile mix of olive oil, raw garlic, and cayenne pepper blended with orange juice. I've no idea if it worked, but my urine turned clear and I always got standing space on the tube.
We stuck rigidly to the diet until disaster struck: an upgrade on the flight to Bangkok. Our willpower collapsed and over the next "lost" 12 hours we demolished peanuts, smoked salmon and oyster mushrooms, roast goose, cheese, port, champagne, Baileys and chocolates.
We had four more days before the fast, but while I got back on track, the photographer went totally off the detox rails. He consumed beer, Pringles, coffee and, as we waited for the Koh Samui connection at the airport, slipped in two Burger King chicken sandwiches, a huge pile of fried onion rings, a large Coke, followed by a chicken dinner on the plane. He was clearly heading for a remarkable first enema.
By the eve of the cleanse, I'd already lost over 2kg, weighing in at 86kg. Anthony was a little heavier, at 91kg. After demolishing an emotional last supper, we met our fellow fasters. They appeared a cosmopolitan crowd, confounding fears of being stranded among the sandals and lentil brigade.
There was Derek James, an engineer from Leeds, and Margaret Barrett, a sales rep from Cambridge, both in their mid-20s and aiming to clean up their acts after "caning it" while working in clubs in Tokyo. Nicky McCulloch, a 27-year-old Australian teacher, hoped to sort out a range of allergies, including wheat and alcohol. She was travelling with Mez Hay, a worm farmer with a shock of blond hair and strident ocker accent. Passionate about Italian food, along with steak, chops and sausages from her parents' farm, Mez admitted she was keeping her friend company and hadn't put in a single second's preparation. "I didn't know about it," she snapped. "Who the hell are you, the bloody fast police?"
Others also had tangible goals, including tackling stomach complaints, severe constipation and mystery lumps. Most were keen to stress - a cynic might say too keen - that losing weight was not the goal. "It's a bit extreme to travel half way round the world just for a diet," argued Mez. "You'd be a bit superficial. Mind you, I wouldn't mind shedding a few pounds."
That didn't promise to be a problem. After checking our pH levels - too low and the fast isn't advisable - we immediately learned that while we wouldn't be eating, a great deal would still pass our lips. The relaxed, stress-free week on the beach would involve a Stalinist adherence to a pill-popping timetable. Each day started with a charming 7am detox cocktail of psyllium husk and bentonite clay. It had the texture of liquid cotton wool, but would be crucial for pushing toxins and garbage through my system.
Ninety minutes later, we had to swallow eight tablets. They looked like rabbit droppings, tasted like rabbit droppings but were, in fact, a mix of chompers (herbal laxatives and cleansers to attack the accumulated gunge in our colons) and herbal nutrients to help compensate for those missed during starvation. We had to repeat these two doses every three hours, every day, with a final handful of pills at 8.30 each night. There was just one more lesson, the small matter of the self-administered enema. Our teacher was the sickeningly lean, tanned resident alternative health expert, Chris Gaya, who appeared to have stepped straight out of a Californian aerobic video. He made the colonic irrigation equipment - bucket, piece of wood, plastic tube, bulldog clip and nozzle - sound like straightforward DIY, although it's unlikely to feature on Blue Peter in the near future.
All we had to do, he informed us, was to lie on the wooden board between a stool (stop giggling at the back) and the toilet basin. There's a hole at one end of the board over the loo; above it a nozzle connects to a tube, which in turn leads to a five-gallon bucket of liquid hanging from the ceiling. We would liberally coat the nozzle, which was the width of a Biro ink tube, with KY jelly, lie back, think of profiteroles with chocolate sauce, and slide on.
Controlling the flow of liquid with a bulldog clip, we were to let it flow until we felt full, before massaging it round the colon (roughly following three sides of a square around the lower belly) and releasing. Fluid would, apparently, be flowing in and out of our backside at the same time. "We'll be on the board for around 40 minutes," cooed Chris. "So let's make ourselves as relaxed as possible. Put on some soft music, light a candle, create a romantic atmosphere."
We clearly took different approaches to seduction. But mastering the enema, once I'd got over muscle-clenching nervousness, really wasn't difficult. I somehow ended up with my right foot half way up the wall, but five gallons went in and out without major trauma. By that night I'd shed another kilo, and although light-headed after 24 hours without food, felt strangely satisfied with the mix of supplements and detox drinks.
Next morning, my first enema of the day down the pan, I sat in the restaurant staring longingly at the menu, and found inspiration in the shape of two women nibbling their post-fast fruit. They exuded some of the rudest health I'd ever seen.
Carol Beauclerk, a "global nomad" with a mop of curly black hair, was a vegetarian, practised yoga, meditated and warmed up for her fast with a 17-day hike in Nepal. At 54, she had the energy and enthusiasm of someone half her age. "This place is really jumping," she enthused. "I'm now hoping to do a week-long fast each year."
Two tables away, scribbling in a diary, was Claire Lyons, a 32-year-old British journalist who had recently completed 21 days without eating. Having not gone near a set of scales, she had no idea how much weight she'd lost, but told me, "I feel great. Once I got past day 10, over the hump, it was surprisingly easy." Claire oozed serenity, but three weeks without food is unlikely to leave anyone hyperactive.
By mid-afternoon, their shining example was all but forgotten. I was feeling awful. Tired, lethargic, simply lousy. Having not eaten for 36 hours my body was apparently going into detox mode. Margaret, who had felt nauseous since waking, had actually thrown up, and was questioning her motivation. Nicky, meanwhile, had produced "something about nine inches long, it was very dark, very scary".
Things were no better for Mez. Already ravenous, she was spending an inordinate amount of time sniffing around plates of steaming Thai curry in the restaurant. She had also failed to grasp the basics of colonic irrigation. Instead of letting the liquid flow out, she had taken a massive amount in - until she was about to burst - before struggling to sit on the toilet and release it. "I had a huge stomach," she gasped. "I was thinking, this must be wrong. If anyone can take the whole bucket in one go, they're sensational." I made a mental note to watch out for spectacular explosions from chalet six.
It wasn't all bad news, however. I discovered we were allowed the luxury of a daily bowl of vegetable broth. It made me pathetically happy, savouring every drop as if it were a Gordon Ramsay creation. Filling perhaps, but it did little to halt the weight loss, and by the end of day two, a further two kilos had vanished.
By next morning, tiredness had been added to my hunger. I seemed to have been up half the night on the loo, the result of drinking a copious amount of fluid. My bodily functions had also taken a turn for the truly bizarre. I experienced flu-like symptoms as I started to expel 36 years' worth of toxins with headaches and aching muscles; my nose ran constantly, my eyes were sore and weepy, my ears waxy. I felt like something out of The Omen. I had also plucked up the nerve to put a colander down the toilet. Close examination showed I had passed several feet of long brown string that shimmered as if subtly illuminated by a photographer's light.
And I wasn't alone. Margaret had picked through her colander with chopsticks to reveal yellow fatty chunks, Mez had filled hers to the brim with brown stringy "chicken skin" mucus ("We're talking litres"), as had Derek, whose output included a strip about eight inches long, while Anthony described his as "patchy, like rabbit droppings". Similar surreal conversations with virtual strangers became the norm, achieving levels of intimacy beyond the range of couples who have been together for years. Perhaps avoiding frank discussion of bowel movements is one secret of a long-lasting relationship.
That night, as I escaped the dense tropical warmth, and flicked through books on diet and nutrition in The Spa's library, I discovered a remarkable document: The Healthview Newsletter. Inside, octogenarian bowel specialist, V E Irons, attempted the Herculean task of selling colonic irrigation on its erotic potential. I would lose my frigidity, he promised, my sex life would go stratospheric.
"How could anyone fully enjoy sex when he has up to 15 years of encrusted fecal matter and mucus in his colon?" asked Irons. "HE CAN'T - and HE WON'T. If you want to remain sexually potent for your entire life, start cleaning your colon today. I'm 87, and I still enjoy sex. And if I can at my age, I know you can at your age... so get on with it!" It was of little consolation to Mez, whose hunger had now assumed epic proportions. She was considering eating her apricot moisturiser, she told me.
That night produced the most vivid dreams of my life, a typical symptom of detox, with blockages disappearing from the mind as well as the body: I'd attacked Vietcong gun positions in a hot air balloon, I'd played golf with exploding balls, I'd been savaged by a grizzly bear. Other guests' dreams were more grounded in reality: Anthony and Mez had raided their parents' fridges, with the worm farmer devouring steak, potatoes and cheese sauce.
And some simply begged for the psychiatrist's couch. Nicky, who in reality sees her divorced father only sporadically, dreamed he had turned into her boyfriend. Freud would have enjoyed that. Indeed, in private conversations with guests, well away from my notebook, many fasters admitted to having recently split up, or having travelled to Koh Samui to get a long-distance perspective on relationships. I had unwittingly stumbled on Relate-On-Sea.
There was further physical fall-out, too. Day four was supposedly the worst of the week, with toxins expelled through the skin and lungs, as well as the kidney and colon. I didn't disappoint. My nose, ears and eyes deteriorated, my sinuses throbbed, I was yet more sluggish. It felt like a beer, wine and whisky hangover. Increasingly strange things appeared in our colanders. Derek was shocked to find rubbery nuggets, Mez had found black oval shapes "up to five inches long", my offering had an almost luminous green tint.
As if to celebrate crossing the halfway point of the week, many of us switched enema solutions. Abandoning coffee and vinegar, I flamboyantly opted for garlic, claimed to get rid of parasites. It seemed as natural as ordering gin and tonic instead of margarita, but when I casually told my girlfriend in a telephone call to London, there was a long silence. "Are you aware how tenuous your grip is on reality?" she asked. "Are you with a cult?"
I clearly needed to get out more. Many people hadn't left The Spa for days, it was developing its own micro-culture. But when I summoned up the energy to sip mineral water in a bar in nearby Lamai town, I felt instant paranoia. The lights, the noise, the crowds, the smell of food. It was a world in which I didn't belong.
I returned to the womb to find new guests. John Twigg, a burly 37-year-old Kiwi, had prepared by drinking more wine. "It's made of grapes," he argued. "Grapes are vegetables, so what's the problem?" He was joined by the Lycra-clad Mimi and Dave Hatherley from Fairbanks, Alaska, who had an unnerving habit of finishing each other's sentences. Forty-two-year-old Mimi ran, biked and did step classes five times a week; Dave, 43, ran, skied, hiked, climbed and mountain biked. They were both "into vitamins and nutrition" and while fasting were also exercising hard because "the results will be better". After talking to them, I felt strangely giddy.
My mood and physical condition, however, were about to go through a dramatic change. By lunch - sorry, by the second dose of herbal laxatives - on day five, my nose, eyes and ears had cleared, and I had more energy. Remarkably, without nibbling a single shred of food for 120 hours, the irrigation still washed out huge amounts of gunk. I passed six-inch strips of gristle and what appeared to be large chunks of fillet steak. I don't know how I ever afforded them, let alone swallowed them.
At least I could contribute to the increasingly competitive enema discussions. Someone had always passed something harder, brighter, more bizarre. Margaret's chopsticks had unearthed some gristle, about a foot long, and hard, black pellets. She was so impressed she took a photograph. A few chalets away, Mez had passed "rubbery brown, fat worms" with a strange purple glaze, which she insisted on showing to me in her bathroom. But the clear winner was Anthony's 22-year-old marble. Perhaps the most bizarre thing, which I didn't appreciate until days later, is that it all seemed perfectly normal at the time.
When I next bumped into Alaska Dave, he was jogging rapidly between the restaurant and his chalet. As panpipe music played in the background and he told me about today's three-mile hike, I noticed he wore a strange electrical device. It was a zapper that emitted an electrical current to kill parasites, and carried the printed warning: "For research only. Not approved for use on humans." Even for The Spa, that clearly wasn't normal.
The improvement continued into day six. A nearly detoxified brain and bloodstream meant I awoke clear-headed, and full of energy. The enemas now produced less, but it was darker and harder as the fast broke away the older, more ingrained plaque.
It was the same story the next day. Our bodies seemed to reflect a mood of demob happiness. I had rarely felt so healthy, so energised, in my adult life. That didn't, however, mean the end of the bizarre revelations. John passed "something from an alien movie" into his colander - and then videoed it for his office colleagues. He was joined by an outsized oil worker, Pipeline Pete, embarking on his 10th fast. "The first time I came," he boasted, "they needed to dig three cesspits."
And there were more. Early that evening, I found Mez huddled over a well-thumbed tome in the library. "Jesus, have you read some of these?" she groaned, handing me a book of ex-guests' awed testaments. "I'd have bet £1,000 my bowels were clean," wrote Chris Markvert, 67, "seldom have I been so surprised." "Great pooing," said Roy from San Francisco, "the best month of my young life." And RTM contributed seven pages of increasingly manic scrawl, which included interesting facts about the Vikings.
It also contained graphic photographs of people's enemas, footnotes in The Spa's history to go alongside stories of legendary guests, such as the alcoholic whose detox included hiding whisky bottles and wandering naked into neighbouring resorts; and "Kathmandu Joan", who fasted for 140 days over two and a half years, passing over 70 green and black "buttons" and clearing up an abdominal disorder.
We couldn't compete with that, but by the morning of day eight, the fast was being credited with impressive results. It had, people claimed, got rid of allergies; removed worrying lumps that had necessitated appointments with gynaecologists; eased severe period pains and sinus problems; helped people lose kilograms while improving their skin and strengthening their nails. I'd lost well over 6kg, had an indecent amount of energy and, as people kept observing, had developed unnaturally bright eyes. I wasn't aware they were cloudy before, but felt I had earned some flattery after 14 enemas and no food for roughly 170 hours, 35 minutes and four seconds. The cost of the seven-day programme, by the way, is £184, and accommodation in a chalet for the week adds another £60 or so.
The first post-fast meal of papaya made my toes curl with pleasure, but, as George Bernard Shaw observed, "Any fool can fast, but it takes a wise man to break a fast properly." Raw fruit and vegetables should be the order of the next three days, but within hours Anthony had consumed two Snickers bars and a fish supper. It appeared to have no ill effects. They came 24 hours later. After demolishing piles of local prawns, we unwisely sipped a shot of Mekong whisky. Toxins tasted good, very good indeed. So good in fact, that by midnight, we had drunk a bottle each. The next morning, on the beach, my glasses were smashed, toxins pulsing around my bloodstream, the hangover indescribable.
But the week was not wasted. As a nutritional Philistine, I was inspired to read more, to learn some basic lessons. It's hardly double-blind scientific research, but I defy anyone to examine a post-irrigation colander with its chunks of apparently undigested family roast and not make some small changes to their diet. I love meat; the smell, the taste, the texture, but now it only makes a rare appearance on my plate.
Frankly, even that's too much for the gurus of cleansing, who believe a truly health diet revolves around fruit, vegetables, nuts and pulses - the more that's raw or steamed the better. Along with fish, they've become the staples of my diet. If I occasionally lapse - and nothing will make me give up Christmas turkey or goose - a flashback to The Spa reins me in.
While I'll take caffeine, alcohol and chocolate to the grave, I've also cut back on most dairy and wheat products. It might make me the dining companion from hell, but I do, at least, have the stories. People are constantly appalled yet fascinated by the idea of cleansing, and for some masochistic reason, demand the grim details between starter and main course. As they wait for their medium rare fillet or pork Dijonnaise, they crane forward to hear more about the decaying contents of people's colons.
As for Anthony, he never considered giving up meat. Or cream sauces.
Certainly not Snickers. Life, as he sees it, is too short. And who am I to argue? But
remember, this is the man who has lost his marble.
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