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Juices

In this article I thought I would talk about juices. We have all had such a long hot summer and many people have been feeling overly tired from the effects of the heat. I have had practically every person who has come in for a Live Blood Analysis complain of being excessively tired. Lots of people have been dehydrated, even though they seem to be drinking more water than usual, and most are mineral deficient, especially in Magnesium, a water soluble mineral.

A lot have been suffering the effects of toxicity, due also to dehydration. We’ve probably all had a toxic headache  from not drinking enough water at some time in our lives), as toxins are concentrated when we are dehydrated. It is very difficult to drink enough when it is so hot.

This is where the Ionised, alkaline water can help, as the smaller molecular structure helps the water to enter the cells of the body more easily, so it’s easier to stay hydrated (ring for more info if required).

Also fresh juices can help act as a “wetting” agent in the body. The best juices for this is apple juice, with it’s high pectin concentrations, also anything with chlorophyll in it, such as liquid chlorophyll, or anything green, such as wheat grass, barley grass, alfalfa, spinach, bock choy etc. and these also contain a rich source of magnesium. Fresh juice provides us with minerals, vitamins, essential fatty acids, carbohydrates, proteins and much more.

All these factors are vital to maintaining good health.  Although eating fruits and vegetables in their natural state provides us with adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals, we only obtain the maximum benefits from them when they are juiced, as much of their goodness is locked in the fibres which the body eventually expels.  However, when they are juiced, their goodness is released from the fibres and we are able to drink their highly concentrated nutrients which is then able to enter our bloodstream.

Very few people in today’s society eat enough raw fruit and vegetables.  The easiest way to start accommodating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet is through juicing.  Juicing provides a quick and easy way to increase your consumption of these foods which would otherwise be hard to eat.  You will find when making your own fresh juices and including them in your daily diet, that you will have increased energy levels, a glowing complexion,  strengthened immune system, stronger bones and a reduced risk of disease.

Juices can also flush toxins from your body, are good for your weight, heart and circulation and general well being.  Juices contain no saturated fats or added sodium and can be helpful with lowering cholesterol.  Enzymes are also found in raw foods.  They are the life principle in atoms and molecules that make fresh “living foods” so easy to digest.   The quicker “living food” is eaten after juicing the more enzymes and nutrients are present.

There are many bottled juices available on the market today.  One of the problems with these bottled juices is that many of the valuable nutrients contained in fresh juices are lost during the bottling process.  Making your own juices and drinking them whilst still fresh ensures the control over the quality of the fruits and vegetables you are consuming as well as saving you money. Another way to utilise juices is in fasting programs.  

Juice Fasting is the most effective way to restore health and rejuvenate the body.  Although the old, classic form of fasting was a pure water fast, all the leading fasting authorities today agree that juice fasting is far superior to a water fast.  Fasting on fresh raw juices of fruit and vegetables, plus vegetable broths and herb teas, result in more effective cleansing and rejuvenation of the tissues than does the traditional water fast.

During the juice fast, the process of elimination of the dead and dying cells is speeded up, and the new-building of cells is accelerated and stimulated.  At the same time, the toxic waste products that interfere with the nourishment of cells are effectively eliminated and the normal metabolic rate and cell oxygenation are restored.

Vitamins, minerals, enzymes, trace elements and natural colorings of fresh, raw vegetable and fruit juices are extremely beneficial in normalising all the body processes, supplying needed elements for the body’s own healing activity and cell regeneration.  These juices require no digestion and are easily assimilated directly into the bloodstream. 

Mineral imbalance in the tissues is one of the main causes of diminished oxygenation, and consequent disease and premature aging.  Generous amounts of minerals in the juices help to restore the biochemical and mineral balance in the tissues and cells.  Also, raw juices contain an as yet unidentified factor which stimulates a micro-electric tension in the body and is responsible for the cells ability to absorb nutrients from the blood stream and effectively excrete metabolic wastes.

Here & Now Magazine March 2004

Coffee, the Great Liver Detoxifier? And the Gall Bladder Connection

Many people these days are in to doing a Liver and gall bladder flush using a heroic combination of olive oil and lemon juice, drunk in large quantities and followed by a chaser of Epsom salts.

There is no dispute as to the effectiveness of this therapy, as I have seen many a gall stone flushed this way myself, but another therapy for the good old Liver also bears mention, and this is in the use of coffee in an enema or colonic irrigation.

Max Gerson, famous for his treatments to cancer sufferers, uses coffee enemas as an integral part of his programs. Research has shown that enemas made from drip ground boiled coffee to prove themselves advantageous in restoring a dysfunctional liver. The caffeine drug in coffee administered rectally definitely detoxifies the liver.

During a 1985 conference on cancer treatment, specialist Harold Manner discussed the internal workings of a coffee enema, stating that while the coffee is being retained in the bowel for 12-15 mins., all of the body’s blood passes through the liver every three minutes.

The hemorrhoid blood vessels dilate from exposure to the caffeine, in turn the liver’s portal veins dilate too. Simultaneously, the bile ducts expand with blood, the bile flow increases, and the smooth muscles of these internal organs relax.

The blood serum and its’ many components get detoxified as the vital fluid passes through the individuals liver. The water being retained by the bowel stimulates the visceral nervous system promoting peristalsis (the rhythmical contractions of the colon).

So, much water delivered through the bowel dilutes the bile and causes an even greater increase in bile flow. There is a flushing of toxic bile which is further affected by the body’s enzymatic catalyst known as Glutathione-S-Transferase (GST).

The GST is increased in quantity in the small intestine by 700%, which is an excellent physiological effect, because this enzyme quenches free radicals. These quenched radicals leave the liver and gallbladder as bile salts flowing through the duodenum. The bile salts then get carried away by peristalsis in the gut, traveling from the small intestine, through the colon and out the rectum.

By now you may be wondering if drinking coffee can have the same effect, well unfortunately for coffee lovers it doesn’t. On the contrary, drinking coffee virtually ensures re-absorption of toxic bile. While other agents classed as stimulators of bile flow (choleretics) do increase bile production from the liver, they hardly enhance any detoxifying by that organ’s enzyme systems.

Instead, choleretics do nothing to ensure the passage of bile from the intestines. It’s a physiologic fact that bile is normally reabsorbed up to ten times by the body before working its’ way out of the intestines. The enzyme-intensifying ability of the coffee enema is unique among choleretics, because it does not allow re-absorption of toxic bile by the liver across the gut wall, so it is an effective means of detoxifying the blood stream through existing enzyme systems in both the liver and small intestines.

These enzyme systems are responsible for the conversion and neutralisation of the four most common tissue toxins, polyamines, ammonia, toxic-bound nitrogen, and electrophiles, all of which can cause cell and membrane damage.

Such protective gut and liver enzyme systems are massively increased in their beneficial effects by coffee enemas or colonics.

In summary research has shown that coffee administered rectally will accomplish the following physiological benefits: It dilutes portal blood and subsequently, the bile. Theophylline and theobromine, major nutriceutical constituents of coffee, dilate blood vessels and counter inflammation of the gut. The palmitates of coffee enhance glutathione-S-transferase which is responsible for removal of many toxic radicals from blood serum.

After many years of personally using coffee colonics in the clinic for not only people with cancer or other debilitating diseased states but also for general detoxification of the liver, and explaining how it works to many people along the way ,I hypothisised the thought that if the vein inside the rectum otherwise known as the hemorrhoid vein is dilating and causing subsequent dilation of the hepatic portal vein at the liver and gallbladder end of the body, then the reverse might also be true .

That is if the hemorrhoid vein is constricted such as in hemorrhoids then the hepatic portal vein may also be constricted meaning that the bile isn’t flowing from the liver and or gallbladder and may be due to obstruction due to gallstones or at least congestion of this area. This is only a hypothesis of mine but the more I talk to people about their condition the more this seems to be proven right.

Some people get hemorrhoids from pushing in childbirth or from constipation. The constipation often as a result of inadequate bile flow, as bile acts as a natural laxative, consequently people with loose stools often have too much bile flow happening due to an overactive gallbladder.

As for childbirth, I can relate to popping a hemmy from pushing the bub out, but this disappeared after a short healing process, so there shouldn’t be a hemmy years after child birth unless something is still happening to aggravate the situation.

Plus men don’t have babies but often have hemorrhoids. I have also noticed that not everyone is aware they have a hemorrhoid as these are often internal. To finish of, I would like to say that coffee administered rectally can be a helpful adjunct to any health therapy whether you have any problems with bowels, liver, gallbladder or not, as to have good liver health is to LIVE®

Here & Now Magazine April 2004

Fat Locked Toxins

As a clinic that specialises in detoxification I have employed over the last 11 years the use of various methods to detoxify the body.  The addition to the clinic of Live Blood Screening as a tool to identify what needs to be addressed has been extremely helpful as well as the use of Colonic Irrigation, herbs and the new Far Infra Red Sauna has seen many people regain and maintain good health.  But the body is very clever at holding onto certain resistant toxins.

These being mainly pesticides, herbicides, paint solvents and toxic metals.  These toxins are locked into the fatty components of various tissues such as fat itself and neuronal (nerve) tissue.  Water soluble techniques will not allow the release of these toxins and if they do, they are usually reabsorbed on the way out.

Over the years I have noticed a definate increase in the amount of people with chemical sensitivity.  Chemicals accumulated in the body produce chemical sensitivity.  Now I know you might be thinking, I have not been exposed to any chemicals and eat organically so it’s not my problem?  Well it propbably is.  If you have known chemical exposure then the problem could be even worse. 

Just a bit of personal history to bring home this point. Nearly 18 years ago when I was breast feeding my first child, it seemed that he didn’t want to feed very easily, so being the analytical person that I am, first thing I thought of was what was wrong with the milk, and because I had been working in a pathology lab, I thought I’d get my milk tested.  Well I was blown away with the test results as I had above acceptable levels of PCB’s, Chlordane, Heptachlor, Dieldrin and the list goes on and yes this is a person with no known chemical exposure.

In Sherry Rogers book “Detoxify or Die” she states research of the American Environmental Protection Agency study of 400 Americans and showed 100%, yes every single person studied had stores of carcinogens such as Dioxins, PCB’s, Dichlorobenzene, Styrene and Xylene just to name a few and research from Turusov of the World Health Organisation states “There are probably no clean pesticide free animal, fish or human left on the face of earth”. 

Since that time nearly 18 years ago I have been on a mission to clean myself of these toxic chemicals and to a certain degree, with the tools I have available I have been able to achieve this, but I find that I am still sensitive to some chemicals, such as if a client comes into the clinic wearing a strong smelling perfume I get a headache or sneeze.

So more recently, I used specialised herbs and healing techniques to clear these resistant toxins.  This is a process of deep tissue cleansing which is used after the initial removal of more water soluble toxins through Colon Hydrotherapy, herbs, Far Infra Red Saunas and liver regeneration.

What Are Heavy Metals?  There is actually no precise definition for the term “heavy metal” in chemistry.  The term is really slang for polluting metal ions that are persistant and potentially toxic in the environment.  A more meaningful term is therefore metal toxicity and the most commonly encountered toxic metals are aluminium, cadmium, lead, mercury and nickel.  Toxic metals tend to accumulate in fatty tissues, if there are indications of  metal toxicity you may opt to add clearance of toxic metals to the deep tissue cleanse process. 

Aluminium; associated with: Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, Psychosis, Osteomalacia, muscle pain, colic, gastroenteritis, liver dysfunction, microcytic hypochromic anaemia. 

Cadmium; ass. with: hair loss, (alopecia), dry scaly skin, yellow teeth, osteoporosis, kidney and liver damage, increased blood pressure, fatigue, emphysema. 

Lead; ass. with: behavioural abnormalities, cognitive impairment, uncoordination, depression, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, restlessness, anaemia, anorexia, constipation, muscle and bone pain, peripheral neuropathy. 

Mercury ass. with: depression, emotional instability, loss of vision or hearing, tremors, weak, tired, psychotic and thirst. 

Lead ass with:  skin allergies, fever, insomnia, headaches, nausea, vomitting, diarrhoea, short or rapid breathing, apathy. 

The above deep tissue cleanse and toxic metal clearance program marks the start of our new improved Ultimate Tissue Cleanse.

Here & Now magazine May 2004

The above program is no longer available, but you may contact the clinic for an alternative. 3/11/09

Magnificent Magnesium

Twelve years ago (written 2004) when I first started out in the world of naturopathy and was doing my clinic hours with a G.P/Naturopath in Sydney, the main observation that I noted was in his use of Magnesium. He prescribed it to nearly every client who came in, so I thought there must be a good reason for this.

Of course in my general studies in Naturopathy we are taught about so many different things, all seeming important, but this magnesium (Mg) thing really stood out in clinic practice back then as it does still for me today.

Mg has many uses, but the reason it is prescribed so frequently is that Mg is used up heavily in times of stress. This can be any type of stress, whether it is stress on the body from allergy or illness, mental or emotional stress or even the general life stress of say having a job, relationship or kids.

So as you can see, we all have some stress in our lives. Its part of being alive, but unfortunately this stress can deplete our reserves of Mg. and when we are low in Mg. stress tends to affect us more easily, thus further depleting our levels creating a vicious circle of further depletion.

The most common symptoms of sub-clinical Mg. deficiency are restlessness, mood disturbances, personality changes, anorexia, nausea, anxiety, depression, headaches, restless legs syndrome, muscle aches and twitches and the list goes on, or can be asymptomatic, at least to the individual.

Where is Mg. located in the body?
Mg. in the body is represented as either extracellular 1 %( that is – outside the cell) or intracellular 99% (inside the cells). Approx. half the Mg. is in the bones and most of the rest is in the muscles and soft tissues. Because most of the Mg is in the cells instead of in the blood, a blood test to determine Mg is an inaccurate estimate of levels in the body in general. However a live blood analysis may show the signs of the body’s needs.

An analogy I like to use to describe the Mg in and out the cells and how we can’t be sure if a blood test reflects our true levels in the body is one of an expressway and city parking. If the expressway into a city is our blood vessels, the cars are Mg. and the car parking spaces in the city our cells or storage spaces in our body then we can see that at times, say peak hour, we can have the expressway full of cars and nothing in the car park, but at say 10am the car spaces are all full up ,but the expressway is nearly empty. We can’t necessarily say that the car park is full by looking at how full or empty the expressway is, just as we can’t say if we have enough Mg by testing the levels in our blood.

What are some common sources of Mg?
Good sources include kelp, nuts, esp. almonds, cashews, brazil nuts and hazelnuts, seeds, esp sunflower and their sprouts, tofu, legumes (brown), whole grains, wheat bran and germ, dark green vegetables, seafood and chocolate. Incidentally a chocolate craving is a sign of Mg. deficiency. Also rich sources are the concentrated super greens mentioned last month such as chlorella, barley and wheat grass. You may already consume a lot of these foods and this will certainly help to keep up your levels of Mg., but if you have any ongoing stress in you life of any description then it may pay well to supplement with extra Mg.

What are the best forms of Mg. Supplements?
There are over 20 different types of Mg. however, not all forms are available in Australia, nor are all forms equal in their bioavailability and absorptive qualities. Forms that offer good to excellent levels of oral absorption include Mg; aspartate, chelates (bound to amino acids), citrate, fumurate, glycinate or diglycinate, lactate, malate, orotate, phosphate, picolinate, and succinate, with my favorite being the diglycinate form as it appears to give the best repeatable results.

Mg sulfate and hydroxide are used primarily as laxatives, as they are rarely absorbed, but rather are hydrophilic (draws water to itself) in nature. Mg. Hydroxide is also used in antacid preparations. Mg acetate and chloride are both used in food preparation, particularly in non-alcoholic beverages and in some supplements as a filler/binder.

Some medical uses for Mg (prescribed):
ADD, ADHD, adrenal exhaustion, alcoholism, angina, arthritis, asthma, atherosclerosis, autism, autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, Celiac disease, Chronic fatigue syndrome, cholesterol (high LDL), colitis, coronary thrombosis, dental caries, depression, diabetes, diarrhea, environmental toxin poisoning, epilepsy, oedema, fractures, gastric reflux, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hypertension, immune system depletion, inflammatory bowel disease, insomnia, irritability, kidney stones, migraine, muscle weakness and excitability, multiple sclerosis, myocardial infarction, nephritis, nervousness, neuritis, obesity, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s, PMS, psoriasis, radiation therapy, restless legs syndrome, serotonin synthesis, tremors and vomiting.

What things can deplete or antagonise Mg.
The conditions listed above will not only require supplemental Mg. but will often cause depletion in Mg. reserves. Other circumstances that deplete Mg. include: Alcohol, caffeine, sugar, saturated fat intake, excess sweating, stress, surgery, insomnia, ketoacidosis.

Excess calcium, copper, fluoride, iron, lead, mercury, phosphorus, zinc, oxalic acid (e.g. spinach), phytic acid, vit D. Ammonium chloride, thyroxin, pharmaceutical diuretics, oral contraceptives, beta-blockers. IBS, renal and hormonal diseases, parathyroid gland disorders, hyperthyroidism, pancreatitis, Paget’s disease, and malabsorption.

Conclusion
Magnesium is absolutely essential to good health in humans, not only as a structural component of the body, but as a functional agent in fueling hundreds of enzyme reactions and influences virtually all biological processes in the body, and is an absolute must for the control of stress of every day life. As I say to clients Mg. helps to bring the mountain back to the molehill. The stress may well still be there but how you handle it may differ if you have adequate levels of Mg. in your system.  On a nutritional level this is how I like to assist clients with stress. There are of course various herbs helpful as well as many therapeutic modalities.

Here & Now Magazine July 2004

Aging & The Endocrine System

The endocrine system is involved in all of the integrative aspects of life, including growth, sex differentiation, metabolism and adaptation to an ever changing environment.  This system is connected with your feelings and emotions.  Whether you feel energetic, tired, aggressive or passive, is determined by your endocrine system.  Altogether there are seven endocrine glands.

The pituitary gland is situated at the base of the skull, the thyroid gland is in the lower neck and the adrenal glands lie on the top of the kidneys.  The pancreas, sitting just behind the stomach, not only has a part to play in digestion but also functions as part of the endocrine system in regulating blood sugar levels.  Other endocrine glands are the ovaries in women and the testes in men.

Endocrine glands generally work in conjunction with one another, so that the release of a hormone in one gland will influence the operation of another gland.  Hormones released by the endocrine glands are generally thought of as chemical messengers that are transported in the body’s fluids.

Of particular interest lately is the human growth hormone.  Recent research suggests that somatropin or human growth hormone (GH) is useful as an anti-aging hormone.  GH has a pulsatile pattern of release, controlled by the pituitary gland, during various life periods and under diverse clinical circumstances. 

There are several factors such as exercise and levels of fitness, androgen and oestrogen production, sleep, body mass and nutritional status which impact on the production and release of GH and levels certainly decrease with age.  The decline in the overall GH level with age is called somatopause. 

Signs of somatopause in adults are; decrease in lean body mass, decreased joint cartilage, decreased cardiac endurance, decreased rate of wound healing, decreased sleep quality and quantity. 

Symptoms can be; fatigue, anxiety, increased social isolation, depression and weight gain.  These signs and symptoms can have a significant impact on the quality of a person’s life.  GH has profound effects on tissue growth and metabolism.  Most of these actions are thought to be mediated through GH dependent production of insulin-like growth factors (IGF) and associated binding proteins.  GH apparently stimulates IGF production after binding to specific cell surface receptors in the liver and possibly other tissues. 

As mentioned earlier, there are a number of lifestyle factors that influence GH.  These include stress, sleep, diet, exercise and body fat.  In the case of prolonged stress, the production of GH will be increased initially, but overall levels will be reduced significantly over time.

 An increase in cortisol levels experienced during prolonged stress, will inhibit release of GH.  Also there will be a reduction in the release of lutenizing hormone and testosterone.

GH is usually released during the first 30-90 minutes of sleep.  Decreased sleep causes an increase in cortisol, a decrease in GH and testosterone. High cortisol also causes weight gain, so this is where they say that you can put on weight more easily from not getting enough sleep. Also the release of melatonin will be affected and this further reduces the production of GH and quality of sleep. 

Low GH has also been linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndome, Fibromyalgia, Osteoporosis and even Leaky Gut Syndrome. 

Circulating GH is filtered through the kidneys and whilst most is reabsorbed, a small amount is secreted in the urine, making urine the best medium for testing GH levels.  Recently we have heard of athletes using human growth hormone to give them the athletic “edge”, as it helps to increase lean muscle mass, and being a natural hormone cannot be accurately picked up as an anabolic aid, but of course naturopathically speaking we prefer to look at things which influence the reduction of GH and adjust these factors as well as using herbs to influence the natural production of these hormones.

In recent years a herb, Tribulus, has gained a reputation as a natural ‘Viagra’, but is also known to help in the increase of GH and DHEA levels.  Clinically documented benefits of Tribulus include; GH regulation via Hypothalamic-Pituitary Axis, intensification of protein synthesis (anabolic), male and female fertility, menopause, andropause, impotence, erectile dysfunction and libido enhancement.

Adrenal hormones DHEA and Cortisol also play an important role in how well we age.  DHEA, the principle adrenal adrogen, and it’s sulphonated ester DHEA-S, decrease with age.  In addition to it’s adrogenic function, DHEA has been reported to have multitudinous other functions such as improving carbohydrate metabolism, neurological function and general well-being. 

Low levels of DHEA-S are involved in the decline in immunity, chronic fatigue, arthridites, insomnia, decreased libido, obesity, depression and osteoporosis.

Cortisol influences the activity of insulin, thyroid hormones and DHEA.  Cortisol is involved in balancing blood glucose levels, immune system responses, bone turnover rate, mood and thought, sleep and protein catabolism.  Elevated cortisol is associated with anxiety, insulin resistance, obesity, osteoporosis, sex hormone imbalance, onset insomnia (difficulty getting to sleep), accelerated aging and immune suppression and disrupts gastrointestinal microflora levels causing dysbiosis such as Candida overgrowth. 

Low cortisol levels on the other hand relate to CFS, depression, PMS, menopause, fibromyalgia, impotence in men, fertility and maintenance insomnia (difficulty staying asleep).
 Lastly I would like to discuss the thyroid hormone (TH).  Thyroid function has a profound impact on overall health via it’s modulation of carbohydrates, protein, fat metabolism, vitamin utilization, mitochondrial function, digestive process, muscle and nerve activity, blood flow, oxygen utilization, hormone secretion and sexual and reproductive health. 

An important function of TH is helping the body to convert food into energy and heat.  TH exists in two major forms T3 and T4.  Levothyroxine (T4) has four iodine atoms per molecule and is an inactive form that converts to T3 and is produced exclusively by the thyroid gland. 

Nutritionally the thyroid gland requires Tyrosine and iodine to produce adequate levels of T4.  Triiodothyronine (T3) has three iodine atoms per molecule and is eight times more biologically active than T4.  It is converted from T4 in the thyroid, brain, liver, blood stream and in various tissues in the body.  90% of circulating T3 is produced by peripheral conversion.  Iodothyronine deidinase (IDI) regulates the conversion of T4 to T3.  IDI is expressed in the liver, kidneys, brain, pituitary and brown fat cells with 80 % of conversion done in the liver, one can see the importance of a healthy liver to have a healthy thyroid.

In conclusion we can see that hormone balance plays an important role in how well we age.  Hormone testing request sheets are available through the clinic or your G.P.  All but the Thyroid test are best done by saliva. Thyroid Testing is best done with a blood sample. 
 

Here & Now Magazine August 2004

Bio-Oxidative Therapies

In an age of increasing medical specialisation, complex medical procedures and expensive medications, many health care consumers are interested in getting back to basics. They are looking for safe and effective medical therapies that will naturally enhance their innate healing powers.

There are two simple natural substances whose clinical use has been documented in medical literature. Physicians who have used them in this country have been threatened and harassed, despite the fact that these substances have been proved effective in treating some of our most common serious diseases including heart disease, cancer, and AIDS.

Overlooked by mainstream medical professions, ignored by the goverment and feared by the pharmaceutical industry, these treatments are now being used by a rapidly growing underground of healthcare consumers around the world.

The elements are hydrogen peroxide and ozone, used in a therapeutic approach known as bio-oxidative therapy.

Bio-oxadative therapies have been used for over 100 years and first appeared in mainstream medical journals in 1920. Since that time they have been studied in major medical research centres throughout the world. The foremost researcher of bio-oxidative therapies, Dr. Charles H. Farr, was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1993 for his work.

Hydrogen peroxide is involved in all of life’s vital processes and must be present for the immune system to function properly. The cells in the body that fight infection produce hydrogen peroxide naturally as a first line of defence against invading organisms such as parasites, viruses, bacteria, and yeast. 

It is also required for the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. As a hormonal regulator, hydrogen peroxide is necessary for the body’s production of oestrogen, progesterone, and thyroxine. It also helps regulate blood sugar and the production of energy in cells.

Hydrogen peroxide has long been known medically as a disinfectant, antiseptic, and oxidiser. Recently it has been used to treat a wide variety of diseases such as circulatory disorders, pulmonary diseases, parasitic infections, and immune related disorders.

Ozone is an energised form of oxygen with extra electrons and was originally used to disinfect wounds during World War I. It was later found that ozone can “blast” holes through the membranes of viruses, yeasts, bacteria, and abnormal tissue cells before killing them, without harming normal tissues.  Ozone was the focus of considerable research during the 1930s in Germany, where it was successfully used to treat patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disorders, ulcerative colitis, Crone’s disease, and chronic bacterial diarrhea.

There is evidence that ozone can destroy many viruses, including those related to Hepatitis, Epstein-Barr, cancer, herpes, cytomegalovirus and HIV. A growing number of physicians believe that if the body’s antioxidant requirements are met, adding certain oxidative substances to the body is safe as long as those substances are of the right kind and are introduced in the proper manner.

Utilizing the principals of oxidation to bring about improvements in the body is known as bio-oxidative therapy. While aerobic-type exercises, deep rhythmic breathing, and high oxygen foods (like fresh fruits and vegetables) promote the normal oxidation process in the body, two natural elements– ozone and hydrogen peroxide– are among the most powerful oxidisers  available to humanity today.

The medical potential for bio-oxidative therapies is based on the relationship of oxygen to human cells. Bio-oxidative therapies accelerate oxygen metabolism and stimulate the release of oxygen atoms from the bloodstream to the cells. When levels of oxygen increase, the potential for disease decreases.

When large amounts of oxygen flood the body, germs, parasites etc. are killed along with the diseased and deficient tissue cells. At the same time, healthy cells not only survive but are better able to multiply. The result is a stronger immune system and improved overall immune response.

Although few of us have heard of them, bio-oxidative therapies have been around for a long time. Today around 50-100 scientific articles a month are being published on the biological effects of ozone and hydrogen peroxide.

How are bio-oxidative therapies used?
In bio-oxidative therapies tiny amounts of ozone or hydrogen peroxide, added to a base of water, are used to flood the body with active forms of oxygen by intravenous, oral, intradermal, or rectal means. Once in the body, the ozone or hydrogen peroxide directly or indirectly becomes damaging to viruses, bacteria, fungi, microbes, and diseased and deficient tissue cells. Through oxidation, these diseased micro-organisms are killed and eliminated from the body. In this way ozone and hydrogen peroxide act as purifying agents.

How do Bio-oxidative therapies work?
According to Frank Shallenburger, M.D., Bio-oxidative therapies have been found to have the following effects on the human body:
1.   Bio-oxidative therapies stimulate the production of white blood cells, which are necessary to fight infection.

2.   Ozone and hydrogen P. are virucidal. (kills viruses)

3.   Bio-oxidative therapies increase oxygen and hemoglobin disassociation, thus increasing the delivery of oxygen from the blood to the cells.

4. Ozone and hydrogen peroxide are antineoplastic, which means they inhibit the growth of new tissues like tumors.

5. Bio-oxidative therapies oxidise and degrade petrochemicals.

6. Bio-oxidative therapies increase red blood cell membrane distensibility, thus enhancing their flexibility and effectiveness.

7. Ozone and H.P therapies increase the production of interferon and tumor necrosis factor which the body uses to fight infections and cancers.

8. Bio-oxidative therapies increase the efficiency of the antioxidant enzyme system, which scavenges excess free radicals in the body.

9. They accelerate the citric acid cycle, which is the main cycle for liberating energy from sugars. This then stimulates basic metabolism. It also breaks down proteins, carbohydrates and fats to be used as energy.

10. Ozone and HP therapies increase tissue oxygenation.

A major reason for the lack of interest in bio-oxidative therapies, according to Nathaniel Altman author of “Oxygen Healing Therapies”, is that, “ozone and hydrogen peroxide are no patentable substances that are very inexpensive to manufacture and utilize. There are no financial incentives to incorporate them into traditional medical practice”.

 For more information visit this website
www.o3zone.com  Search – articles / what is ozone.

Here & Now Magazine September 2004

Ileocecal Valve Syndrome

During the last couple of months I have treated a lot of people with problems with their ileocecal valve, so in this month’s article I will feature this condition. The ileocecal valve (ICV) is the joining point between the large and small intestines. 

The valve has two primary functions.  The first is to control the flow between these two areas to serve as a barrier to prevent the bacteria laden contents of the large bowel from contaminating the small intestine.  The second function is to keep the contents in the small intestine long enough for all digestive processes to be completed.

Control of Valve Function
Both open and closed ICV syndromes are recognized. In the open ICVS, there is regurgitation of colon contents into the small intestine; in the closed or spastic ICVS, material fails to pass from the ileum (end of small intestine) to the colon (large intestine) with open ICVS causing Diarrhea and the closed ICVS causing constipation.

Several factors control the ICV opening and closing: (1) a difference in the pressure gradation between the ileum and cecum, (2) neurological (nerve) imbalance from subluxation (spinal misalignment), or (3) neurohumeral causes. (Chemical effect on nerves).

The structural, chemical and mental sides of the triad of health have been found to be causes of iliocecal valve dysfunction. It is generally considered that the valve is opened by parasympathetic (PSNS) and closed by sympathetic nervous system (SNS) action.  People with hypo (low) adrenal action and hyper (high) adrenal activity have open and closed ICV respectively.

What does this mean? Basically we have two major influences of the nervous system, the SNS, which is our “fight or flight” response, or stress, rushing about – the exercise side of the nervous system where the majority of our blood is shunted to the organs and muscles of movement such as the arms, legs, heart and lungs, robbing blood from the other areas of the body. 

Then there is the PSNS which controls digestion, assimilation and elimination where a good deal of the blood is in the digestive organs. In SNS dominance we also have a release of adrenaline (hyper adrenal), so this is why stress can not only rob blood from our digestive system and shut its function down but also closes the ileocecal valve so we don’t release our wastes. Long term stress fatigues the adrenal glands causing hypo adrenal function and then we have the reverse situation of the ICV being open and releasing the contents too fast.

Symptoms of ICV dysfunction
Many symptoms of ICVS occur as a result of absorption of toxic products by the ileum that has been regurgitated from the colon. As the skin and lungs take over detoxification, there is usually a fetid breath and possibly body odor. In an open ICV there may be the combination of dehydration and fluid retention. Fluid retention is the body’s natural method of attempting to reduce the effects of the toxicity by diluting it with water. There will often be evidence of liver problems in severe conditions.

The symptoms of an open or closed ICV are very similar. Some of the symptoms that may be caused by an ICV problem are palpitations and feeling of the heart fluttering, chest pain with activity, migraine headache, edema, right shoulder pain simulating bursitis, neck stiffness, mid-afternoon dizziness, tinnitus, nausea, faintness, sinus, sudden thirst, dark circles under eyes, and general achiness.

The closed ICV posses an exception to the similarity of symptoms in that symptoms arising in the morning ease with movement. When the person becomes active, headaches and other symptoms improve, but are much worse if they sleep-in.  The type of food an individual eats may help create or irritate ICVS.

In my clinic I have noticed that wheat and sugar seem to be the biggest culprit. The glutinous nature of wheat can appear to stick the valve either shut or open. For this reason colonic irrigation is employed as a mode of therapy as well as dietary modifications and addressing any adrenal/stress situations.

I like to use colonics to un-stick the valve, as well as employing a massage technique to facilitate this process. A nutritional factor that has been found effective for an open ICV is liquid chlorophyll, given to help soothe and heal the bowel. Calcium is used for the closed ICV, and often Betain hydrochloride as well as adrenal herbs. Also there is often the need to correct any acid alkaline balance in the gut. In the open valve the gut is often too alkaline and the closed valve is often too acidic, and here digestive enzymes can also be of help.

Psychology of ICVS
Getting back to the nervous system, adrenals and stress connection side of ICVS, it seems to be quite common that the closed ICV relates to where there are emotions being held in. As the bowel is considered to be the seat of where we hold our emotions, it is very common that during a colonic irrigation that people experience an emotional release to varying degrees, and those with the closed ICV have very deep seated emotions that can take some time to surface compared to the open ICV people who freely release pent up emotions.

The body language of the closed ICV person is often considered “closed”, whereas the open ICV person exhibits open personality and can often be considered very extreme. This is not true in each and every occasion however.  Apart from the above symptom pictures and body language, ICVS can be picked up easily during a colonic, as massaging the IC valve area usually gives discomfort in the epigastric region (just below sternum).

Do you have ICVS ?

Far Infra Red Sauna

 “Far Out” It’s A Far Infra Red Sauna

Many of you are aware of my great interest in the importance of detoxification of the body to regain or maintain good health, and with this in mind I have in the past used Colonic Irrigation and detox programs to facilitate this process.

I have also in the past used our steam room to help speed up this process by detoxifying through the skin – our largest organ of elimination.  Well we have now superseded the steam with a new Far Infra Red Sauna. (Update – no longer have a sauna but still find them awesome)

(FIR)  Infrared light is part of the suns invisible spectrum.  Far Infrared waves are the safest and most beneficial, because they penetrate deeply and have a very uniform warming effect.

Do you remember standing in the sun on a cold winter’s day?  Despite the cold air temperature, you were probably still able to feel the warmth from the sun.  This is because of FIR rays – a completely safe energy that raises the temperature in objects without heating the surrounding air.

Radiant heat is efficient because it warms you, rather than the air surrounding you.   FIR Saunas use infra red energy to penetrate the body’s tissue to a depth of over 4 cm.  The energy output is so closely tuned to the bodies own radiation energy that our bodies absorb close to 93 % of the infra red rays that reach our skin.

So how does a FIR Sauna compare to a conventional sauna?  Conventional saunas must rely on direct contact of heat or hot air on the skin to produce its heating effects, thus, FIR Saunas are able to produce up to three times the sweat volume of a normal sauna at a much lower temperature.

Not only does the perspiration contain more toxins and less water, but more toxins will be expelled through your kidneys, liver and even hair!  Whilst sitting comfortably and enjoying a relaxing sauna, your body is hard at work.  Just 30 mins in a sauna produces the same amount of perspiration as a 10 km run.  And as your body increases sweat, your heart works harder to boost circulation.

This beneficial heart stress leads to a sought-after cardiovascular training and conditioning effect.  The use of a sauna provides cardiovascular conditioning as the body works to cool itself and involves substantial increases in heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate.

As well as strengthening the cardiovascular system and therefore strengthening the immune system through increased circulation, FIR Saunas relieves pain in conditions such as arthritis, muscle spasms, joint stiffness and sprains through increased blood flow helping with the treatment of inflammation, pain and speedier healing rate associated with such conditions, as well as reducing stress and fatigue through the immediate effect of relaxation.

The heavy perspiration involved with FIR Saunas helps skin by improving skin tone, texture and colour as well as removing roughness, reducing scarring and improving firmness and elasticity.   Skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema can also be assisted.

FIR Saunas also have a unique effect on caloric consumption and weight control.  In one thirty minute session, up to 900 calories can be burned.  While the weight of the water loss can be regained by drinking water, the calories consumed will not be.

My inspiration for researching the FIR Sauna was from reading Sherry Rogers book titled Detoxify or Die, which placed great emphasis on the use of Far Infra Red Saunas as a valuable resource for detoxification.  Dr Rogers maintains that we are a polluted people and do not have the metabolic processes in place to metabolise the toxins in the environment of the 21st century.

Whilst our body is trying to detoxify from these environmental agents, it is using up the very nutrients that the body would ordinarily use to protect us from disease and ageing.  We therefore need additional help for detoxification.

Health experts from around the world recognise FIR Sauna as amongst the most effective methods of removing chemical and heavy metal toxins from the body.  More and more as the years go by have I seen (using Live Blood Analysis) the ever growing effects of chemicals  on peoples systems and have felt the need to use more than one pathway i.e. colonic irrigation; to rid the body of these chemicals and toxins.

By far the most important health benefit of FIR Saunas is its efficiency in removing toxins from the body.  This is achieved by a process called “resonate absorption “whereby the frequency of the FIR matches the frequency of the water in the cell, causing toxins to be released into the blood stream and excreted through sweat.

Studies have shown that the sweat of people using a conventional sauna was found to be 95-97 % water while the sweat of those using the FIR Saunas was 80-85 % water with the non-water component being cholesterol, fat soluble toxins and toxic heavy metals such as mercury & aluminium, sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia and uric acid.

This unusually high concentration of heavy metals and other fat soluble toxins is not found in the sweat from normal exercise.  Increased blood circulation caused by sweating stimulates the sweat glands, releasing built up toxins and waste.

Regular sweating can help detoxify your body as it rids itself of an accumulation of potentially carcinogenic heavy metals.  This removal of toxins from the system can help assist the symptoms of conditions such as allergies, acne, chronic fatigue, frequent colds, muscle and joint pain, poor concentration, eczema and mood swings.

Here & Now Magazine February 2005

Please note that this article was first published  in 2005 and now with the clinic in a different location, it is not possible to have the sauna, but they are still great to use, so look out for one nearby you to benefit from these great treatments.

The Good Word On Summer Sun

With summer upon us once again, we often have thoughts of going to the beach and generally getting out in the fresh air and sunshine. But then there’s the nagging in the back of the mind of how bad the effects of the sun can be for us.

I think by now we all know of the negative effects of the sun, but do we have a full understanding of all the good things the sun can offer us? In this issue I would like to discuss some of these.

We get our Vitamin D mainly from the sun and we need Vitamin D for proper utilisation of calcium. Calcium of course is very important for our bones. The ideal daily sunshine exposure to ensure adequate calcium absorption, is 20% of the skin exposed for 30 minutes at sea level in the early morning or late afternoon sun (to avoid the damaging rays of sun during the middle of the day).

Many people only expose their face and hands (5% of body) and work inside. Most artificial lighting, both incandescent and fluorescent, lacks the complete balanced spectrum of sunlight and contributes to a condition known as “malillumination” (lack of illumination).

Malillumination (like malnutrition) can be damaging. For example, if certain wavelengths are missing in the light we receive, the body cannot fully absorb certain nutrients. The result is that even with adequate nutrition, the body can be malnourished without exposure to the right light. This can contribute to fatigue, depression, hair loss, and suppressed immune function.

Our lives, our health and well-being are dependant on the sun. The human body is nourished directly by the stimulation of sunlight, and indirectly by eating foods and breathing air that has been vitalised by the sun’s light energy. When light enters the eyes, millions of light sensitive cells convert light into electrical impulses that travel along the optic nerve to the brain where they trigger the hypothalamus gland, which is part of the endocrine system.

The endocrine system balances the automatic bodily functions such as breathing, digestion, moods, blood pressure, the immune system and can also regulate our hormones.

Not only the eyes, the skin also collects photons of energy from the sun via nerve ganglions which act like electric wires to conduct the photons to all organs for cellular regeneration (similar to what happens with plants in the process called photosynthesis).

Photons not only stimulate the endocrine system but also metabolic processes and activities in the brain.

 In countries with long dark winters there is a condition called SAD, seasonally affected disorder, which is shown to be a direct result of insufficient light stimulating the retina, specifically the reticular-endocrine system, and causing depression. It is now starting to show up in countries with lots of sunlight because people are so meticulous with their “slip, slop, slap and wrapping” that they are reducing their sun exposure to very low levels.

Of course we must be very careful not to go completely the other way with too much exposure at the wrong time of the day. Skin cancer is still very real and affects the lives of many people.

The sun is an important factor in skin cancer manifestation. But we must see it as a factor and not the total picture. Some people get skin cancer even if they have little exposure to the sun and there are some who have had lots of long term exposure to the sun and not experienced skin cancer. So what is it that makes one person get skin cancer and another not?

One of the answers is that the skin is the largest organ of elimination in our body and if any other organ of elimination is compromised in any way then this puts extra burden on the skin.

For example if you smoke (which puts more burden on the lungs, an organ of elimination) or if you have a toxic colon then you may increase your chance of contracting skin cancers, even with low sun exposure.

A case history of one of my clients may help to demonstrate what I mean. A 44 year old lady came to with a condition of painful muscles all over her body. She didn’t tell me about multiple skin cancers on her back (until later) as she did not think it was relevant at the time. She was actually scheduled for hospital surgery to have these multiple skin cancers removed. However because there was a waiting time she decided to see me for help with her other condition so she could cope better with the medication and surgery.

I suggested a course of colonic irrigation as her bowel was less than efficient. At the end of her treatments she felt much better and then also proclaimed that all of her skin cancers were gone and the surgery was cancelled. Now I do not suggest at all that colonics can cure skin cancer, but if the body is given the right conditions it can often heal itself.

Another factor in skin cancer production is the fact that the sun is actually purifying the body of toxins and it is the body’s release of these toxins via the skin that can then subsequently turn cancerous in some cases.

I’m often asked about my view on sunscreens. Normally I do not use a sunscreen on my body because the skin is an important organ of elimination, and I don’t want to block the pores of my skin from eliminating and detoxifying via sweating. However I am very careful not to expose my body to the harsh rays of the sun between 9am and 4pm. If I do use a sunscreen on my face when I am in the sun, I only use a non waterproof type, so my skin can breathe. I always reapply after swimming. I also prefer natural sunscreens without chemicals.
So what are some other benefits of solar rays?

Lactic acid, a by-product of muscle metabolism that causes soreness and stiffness after exercise, is significantly reduced by to the suns rays. The sun’s rays also increase the ability of the lungs to absorb more oxygen and the blood’s capacity to carry and deliver it. Oxygen deficiency is linked to a range of illnesses.

Studies have also found that some wavelengths of light can stimulate certain enzymes to be up to 500% more effective. More recent research has also shown that sunlight stimulates the thyroid gland to increase hormone levels, which can also increase metabolism and aid weight loss.

In western countries, summer is the time to play; the time to get outdoors and revitalise. Notice how the major holidays in Australia, USA and Great Britain occur in summer!   With more daylight hours available, we’re often able to achieve more and as a result feel better about ourselves. Overall, summer creates a general feeling of well being.

Summertime is a natural part of our lives and sunlight should not be totally avoided. Sensible exposure is important to both your health and your emotions. Beware of the harsh rays of the sun between 9am and 4pm, but still get out and enjoy your summer. After all, this is a great part of the world we live in so …GET OUT AND ENJOY IT!

Please note that the above article is based on my opinions and observations and does not reflect the views of any organisations.

The Immune System 1

Over the past few weeks there have been some interesting programs about parasites on television. This has raised a lot of interest in my clinic during Live Blood Analysis sessions, as quite often we see parasites in my clients’ blood. A common theme throughout the television shows was that the strength of an individuals’ immune system had a major influence on their ability to survive the terrible onslaught of these parasites and viruses. So in this edition of ‘Here and Now’ I will discuss the immune system and how it works to help us overcome these invaders.

What is the immune system?
The immune system is one of the most complex systems of your body and consists primarily of different types of white blood cells that reside in the blood and specific tissues. The role of the immune system is to eliminate foreign or infectious compounds, such as: Bacteria, Viruses, Cancer cells, Allergens and Chemicals. 

Components of the Immune System

1. Lymphoid organs/tissues refer collectively to places in the body that store, produce or process lymphocytes. (Lymphocytes: types of white blood cells, known as B cells and T cells- see later for details). Lymphoid tissues are typically located at sites that provide a possible route of entry of pathogens and /or sites that are liable to infections. These include the lymph nodes, spleen, thymus, tonsils, adenoids, appendix and bone marrow.

2. Bone Marrow
All the cells of the immune system are initially derived from the bone marrow. They form through a process called haematopoiesis. During haematopoiesis, bone marrow-derived stem cells differentiate into either mature cells of the immune system, or into precursors of cells that migrate out of the bone marrow to continue their maturation elsewhere. The bone marrow produces B cells, natural killer cells, granulocytes and immature lymphocytes (types of white blood cells), in addition to red blood cells and platelets (clotting factors).

3. Thymus
The function of the thymus is to produce mature T cells. Immature white cells called thymocytes leave the bone marrow and migrate into the thymus where they mature and are released into the bloodstream as T cells (T cells will be further explained soon).

4. Spleen
The spleen is an immunological filter of the blood. It contains B cells, T cells, other white cells and red blood cells. An immune response is initiated when the white cells present the foreign material to the appropriate B or T cell. This organ can be thought of as an immunological conference center. In the spleen the B cells become activated and produce large amount of antibodies. Also, old red blood cells are destroyed in the spleen.

5. Lymph Nodes
The lymph nodes function as an immunologic filter for the body fluid known as lymph. Lymph nodes are found throughout the body. Composed mostly of white blood cells, the nodes drain toxic fluid from our body.

More about B and T cells
B cells are involved in antibody-mediated immunity. On activation with antigens (foreign material), B cells either break down into cells, which secrete immunoglobulins (antibodies) capable of binding to a specific type of antigen, or the B cells differentiate into memory cells.

T cells act by direct cell-to-cell contact to protect the body, rather than producing antibodies. T cells bear unique T cell receptor proteins that only recognize specific antigens (foreign matter). There are three main types of T cells. T helper 1, 2 and 3.

  •  T helper 1 cells (Th1) regulate our defense against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. They are also largely responsible for attacking   tumor cells.
  •  T helper 2 cells (Th2) promote the production of antibodies.
  •  T helper 3 cells (Th3) provide immune control through regulating excess Th1/Th2 activity.

These T helper cells regulate themselves by having opposing effects. Whenever we have excess activity of one T helper type, this causes suppression of the other. In this way we can imagine our immune system as a seesaw, with Th1 on one side of the seesaw and Th2 on the other side and in the middle at the balancing point are the Th3 cells, which regulate excess Th1/Th2 activity.

 There are two main types of immune dysfunction:

 1.Th2 dominance (excess Th2 with low Th1) which is associated with allergic disorders (eg. Eczema) and frequent infections (due to a low Th1). As we get older, poor dietary and lifestyle choices, along with exposure to stress and environmental toxins perpetuate an underlying Th2 excess, which explains why 80% of immune complaints are due to Th2 excess and Th1 deficiency.

2. Th1 dominance (excess Th1 with low Th2). When overactive, Th1 can attack our own body and cause Auto Immune diseases, such as Rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, Psoriasis and some unexplained recurrent abortions.

Th3 (the regulator of balanced immunity) dysfunction is often caused by overgrowth of unhealthy bacteria in the gut leading to an imbalance of Th1 and Th2. This highlights the importance of maintaining a healthy diet, good digestion, and the need for an occasional gut detoxification program (including Colon Hydrotherapy) to keep your immune system functioning properly.

How does immune dysfunction occur?
Immune dysfunction can be caused by: physiological and emotional stress; toxicity; hormonal imbalances; lack of sleep, rest and relaxation; nutrient deficiencies (due to poor diet or poor absorption); and insulin resistance eg. diabetes, hypoglycaemia. These all lead to overgrowth of unfriendly bacteria/yeasts/parasites in the gut, and poor detoxification of chemicals and toxins in the liver, leading to an imbalance of Th1/Th2.
In the next edition of ‘Here & Now’ I will be discussing ways to help strengthen the immune system, covering topics such as lifestyle, digestion, metabolic imbalances, toxicity and specific herbs and nutritionals to support good immune function.

Here & Now Magazine April 2005