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We are approaching Equinox, the beginning of the fall season on September 23. Seasons are a time of transition and many do a cleanse with colonics during this time. For those of you who are following seasonal colonics, give us a call or email to set up your appointment. We look forward to working with you.
We've been writing about cleanses combined with colonics. I include a note from Tanya who describes her experience.
"On August 14, 2006, I started the Arise and Shine 7-day program in conjunction with colonics at the Intestinal Health Institute with Sheila and Julianne. I signed up for 5 treatments.
Before doing the Arise & Shine program, I was on Weight Watchers. I weighed 157 in August 2005 and I lost 15 pounds in 6 months on that program. However, I hit a plateau when I stayed at 142 pounds for over 6 months even though I had been working out by swimming 5 times weekly, weight training, treadmill/walking and ab toning classes. I ate healthy, small low carb snack type meals and had about 1-2 BM's daily. They were pencil thin and sometimes like pellets. In addition, I was experiencing gas and bloating. My body was toning up however my belly looked like I was 5-months pregnant. No amount of ab work helped.
While on the Arise & Shine program I cut out all dairy, meat, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, processed foods and grains (except for millet and quinoa). My first 3 days on the program was a little rough since I was also working 8 hours a day. I had to quit my vices of coffee, wine and popcorn. I experienced some withdrawal symptoms: tiredness, mild headaches. I kept my physical activity to a minimum. I had my first colonic with Julianne on the 1st day of the program, just to clean me out a bit. During the next two colonics (3rd day and 5th day of the program), a lot of gas was released. That gas had kept me bloated and stopped up.
During my 4th and 5th colonic, the "log jam" broke. More gas was released as well as mucoid plaque and lots and lots of waste! I lost 7 pounds during this 7-day cleanse. My stomach shrank, my gas was practically gone and my mood was much lighter. I found myself laughing and found joy and a positive way of looking at things. I also had more energy and slept well. My skin was smooth and soft. It was a bit of work but after three days of cleansing, it got easier and easier. I felt I could go on forever. It is now August 29, 2006 and I feel great. I have been eating a lot more fruit and vegetables than before the cleanse and I continue drinking psyllium shakes for more fiber."
Now, for the first time, a recipe. Toxic metals exit the body through the intestines. Colon hydrotherapy is part of the protocol for cleansing toxic metals out. The recipe helps to move them from the body to the gut and also the bladder for elimination. Put the Pedal to the Metal!
Cilantro Chelation Pesto (use organic ingredients)
4 cloves garlic
1/3-cup brazil nuts (selenium)
1/3-cup sunflower seeds (cysteine)
1/3-cup pumpkin seeds (zinc, magnesium)
2 cups cilantro (packed fresh)
2/3-cup olive oil
4 TBS lemon juice
2 tsp dulse powder or flakes
To taste sea salt
Soak the nuts in water over night. Next day, drain the nuts and seeds and blend in the processor with olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt and dulse. Then blend in the garlic. Add the cilantro and pulse it in until blended. The author of the recipe says that two teaspoons of this pesto daily for three weeks is enough to clear mercury, lead and aluminum from the body. It may be frozen and stored. When I make it, I use it as a veggie dip or eat it by the spoonful! It's gone in 2-3 days!
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The new calendar of classes for 2007 is available at the website now. Check them out. We offer them monthly and are looking forward to a great new year. We are also filling our classes for October, November and December. We look forward to receiving your applications. Give a call or email if you have any questions about the application process or catalog content. It's quite extensive. We offer the best in quality education.
Our next class is from October 9-14. For those clients who enjoy being guinea pigs for the students and getting a reduced price, please call or email to get on the list.
On another note, Julianne and I discussed another quality of colon hydrotherapy. The social aspect of colonics is a one-to-one relationship with each client throughout the day. One has to enjoy people however one is not working in or with a group of people. Some clients are high energy, others are sick or with low energy. Their energy has the capacity to affect your energy and vice-versa. The student needs to know herself, her social needs and her ability to deal with many types of energy. It's important to understand each aspect of the field so your decision to make this a career is fully informed.
Sheila's Blog (or Glog - Gut Log)
Last newsletter I mentioned Traveling and Pooping. Well, I got some interesting replies from a few people and I thought I would include them in the gutlog this month.
The first one is from Heather. She has a successful website for eating disorders and some of you might want to visit. transcendbulimia.com
"Here is my 2 cents on travel and constipation. I'm with you about bringing the enema stuff. I bring my 2-quart stainless steel bucket, etc., with me. On my recent trip, it saved my life. I agree that getting a colonic before the trip is ideal. I would have done that if I wasn't 3 hours away from the closest colon therapist. Instead, I did a colema the night before my trip and then a few enemas as needed over the course of the two weeks I was gone. This allowed me to avoid the overfull, cravings-laden, uncomfortable feelings I have when traveling and being constipated. I found that if I didn't eliminate for a whole day and I knew I'd be out the next day from early morning until late night I could do an enema the night before and feel excellent the next day. What a lifesaver!"
The next note is from Bobby. He would make a great novelist.
"Thanks for this month's newsletter. I really enjoyed it especially the part about pooping while traveling. I recently took a trip back to Iowa for a few days to see my father who is in a nursing home. I was stuck in a small town motel with only a few choices for eating establishments. Everything in Iowa is fried, deep fried and comes with an iceberg lettuce salad. I don't think they even know what Romaine is. We noticed they did use some dark leafy lettuce as a garnish and my son started ordering a bowl full of garnish for me to eat and sent the iceberg lettuce back to the kitchen. How did I ever survive growing up there?
While packing, I thought I would be fine without my daily dose of ground flax seed. I was terribly wrong and couldn't wait to get home to have a healthy colonic and BM. My normal routine to keep me on track is to take one third cup of flax seed, grind them for about 16 seconds and add this to 16 ounces of pure tepid water. Stir and drink the whole thing down. I purchase golden organic flax seed from a distributor who gets it from South Dakota, but you can also find it at Vitamin Cottage too.
My next trip will definitely include my flax seed and my grinder. For years, I was IBS housebound and after 1 year of colonics once a week, (now I do them at home with a Colema Board) I am totally IBS free. I also changed my eating habits to include mostly raw organic veggies, fruit, seeds and nuts and a very little amount of protein and starch per Dr Bernard Jensen's protocol on keeping pH balance in check.
So, for anyone who needs to travel they should start taking the one third cup of the ground flax seeds drink daily a week or two before traveling. I find it works much better on a regular basis, is cheaper and has other health benefits. When I was doing colonics with a therapist, I took Fiber Max and soon replaced it with the flax seed. Now my colon hydrotherapist recommends the flax seeds to her clients. When you think about trying to get enough fiber in your diet eating just food, it is almost impossible. I keep a fiber chart on my frig and know the only way I will get my daily dose is from my flax seed drink. Just my two cents."
Personally, I think the information from Heather and Bobby is worth far more than two cents! That's my two cents!
I spent some quality time in Costa Rica at the Amatierra Bed and Breakfast. It is a very peaceful and beautiful place that my friends who own it, Jill and Bob, would like to convert to a healing center. I feel this a destination resort and would be ideal for the person who would like to recharge and rest in nature. The area is mountainous and remote. The casitas are ideal for meditation. Pathways and a stream provide space for contemplative walking. For those of you who wondered how I did with pooping on my trip, Amatierra has the most spacious and clean bathrooms. That made it easy to take an occasional enema when needed. Each bathroom also has a private Jacuzzi. That's another relaxing plus. Also, Jill offers massage therapy and yoga daily!
During my week (8/25-9/1/6) at the Omega Center in Rhinebeck, NY with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa and Gurushabd Singh Khalsa, I participated in five hours of yoga per day and a 7-day Yogic Cleanse. I met wonderful people, had several emotional releases as I experienced my body reaching heights of endurance that I never knew existed and was re-inspired to satisfy a deep yearning to visit India with Gurmukh in February 2007. Here is a little bit about the cleanse.
The Yogi's Cleanse is designed to restore your inner health, strengthen your immune system, encourage a pattern of healthier living and eating and create a more balanced life. The Yogic and Ayurvedic traditions both find that all disease begins in the colon.
The Yogic Cleanse we did incorporated a program based on the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. It included an organic alkaline vegan diet, fresh juices and liquids (Master Cleanse and Liver Flush), body therapies, Kundalini Yoga, Yogic Herbal Therapy and Superior Chinese Herbs.
Some people experienced irritation, exhaustion, nausea, headaches, soreness and cravings. I experienced a few mild headaches and nausea on one morning (that led to some toilet worship) in addition to some soreness and intermittent flashes of chocolate crave waves. Two people dropped out of the cleanse because it was too harsh. We all honored them honoring themselves. I believe it is imperative to stop when our body tell us so and to let it be 'okay' rather than get into judgment about not completing the cleanse. That is part of life-stopping, resting and starting again. It is a process.
It seems that I had somewhat of an advantage in that I am familiar with the cleansing process and my diet is already pretty clean (mostly raw, including about 10-15% fish and dairy) except for the addictive chocolate, wine and coffee kicks. Upon returning I have committed to leaving wine or any alcohol out of my diet, and to decrease my coffee and chocolate consumption significantly (from daily to perhaps 2-3 times per week).
In summary, I would like to encourage you to dedicate your next vacation to some form of retreat - be it meditation, yoga, cleansing or other rejuvenation. It will continue to become more important to rejuvenate as we enter the Aquarian Age. Also, I will begin a 9-month Kundalini Teacher Training Program here in Tucson beginning at the end of this month. Please come join me in Kundalini Yoga here in Tucson. It's FUN and exhilarating. I love it and am confident that you will too.
New classes are beginning next week at Anjali, 330 E. 7th St, 85705. Phone (520) 623-0913. Classes will be held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:30pm-8:00pm. If you've never done Kundalini Yoga, Friday is a great day to come because it is a class structured for beginners in the community.
Julianne Montaņo, MPH