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Detoxification, comment

April 6, 2011

I use massage therapy to assist with a detoxification process. This combination is enjoyed and useful by many of my clients. What type of water flush is to be used in the article Detoxification, comment is my question. I use water in multiple sessions for the colon flush, oral/gastrointestinal flush, and/or external skin flush in a shower.

Original Post
April 5, 2011
Title: Detoxification, comment
I agree that we need to focus on lymph and blood also, not just the liver and colon. There are several ways to accomplish this such as massage therapy with large water flush afterwards to help with the toxins that are mobilized during the massage. There are also many botanicals that work on restoring/cleaning the blood. Even yet another way that is commonly forgotten is through the skin. I always become alarmed when someone tells me they don’t sweat much anymore. I get this mental image that everything is blocked up inside not just pores. I always tell them they need to promote sweating to help rid themselves of toxins, especially plastic and dioxins that build up so much from our environment. I further recommend that they first off stop using anti-perspirants that stop this process. I also recommend they try botanicals and hydrotherapy that promote diuresis and diaphoresis like dandelion and nettles and increase their water intake tremendously. If that does do enough there is the far infrared sauna with high temperatures that can be tolerated by even clients with lung and heart disease and promote the removal of many toxins. Of course we are not to forget ways to rid our bodies of heavy metals that can build up and cause illness like the use of increased fiber to decrease transit time in the gut and chelating agents both orally (if not severe or IV EDTA for those with severe heavy metal poisoning. All in all, detoxification warrants our attention to assure our bodies are functioning at optimal levels and to prevent future illness with the ever increasing toxic load from our environment.

Original Post
October 4, 2010
Title: Detoxification
Detoxification refers to the elimination of poisons or toxins. Detoxification programs include a vast variety of treatments aimed at getting rid of body toxins and improving health. Many organs in the body such as liver, lungs, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, and skin all work to eliminate toxins that we take in. These organs detoxify toxins in a perfect manner. However, the huge amounts of today’s environmental contaminants attacking the immune system and it would be too tough to challenge for these detoxifying organs to eliminate the toxins and do their jobs. The toxins remain in our bodies and accumulating each day.

When the food we eat and the water we drink leave the stomach, they enter the small intestine where they mix with digestive enzymes. These enzymes break down the food’s fats, proteins, and carbohydrates into simple compounds. Some of these simple compounds go to the liver to be metabolized. Others are carried away by the lymph, an important part of the immune system. What’s left travels on through the large intestine, or colon, where water is removed and bowel movements are formed.

But if toxins in the food we eat and the water we drink cannot be destroyed by the digestive enzymes, or detoxified by the liver, or eliminated by the immune system, they begin to build up. As these toxins accumulate, they will affect every part of our body: slow our metabolism, rob us of energy, reduce our immunity, and can even lead to serious chronic illness. Therefore, the body needs a serious method of cleansing system.

Most detoxification supplements focus only on the liver and colon. That’s because significant amounts of our body’s own detoxification method happens in these important digestive organs. However, the only way to make sure that detoxification is truly successful, is to cleanse the whole body. Therefore, the detoxification of the blood and lymph considered very important. These two organs considered very important in nourish and protect the liver, colon, and every other organ, tissue, and cell. If toxins are present in blood or lymph, every organ, tissue, and cell will be exposed to these toxins and contaminants, too.

Detoxifying the colon and liver without cleansing the blood and lymph is considered nearly nothing. Therefore, in order to have the best result for detoxification program both organs and the blood and the lymph system must be in attention for detoxification plan. In this way we expect that the body working in its best performance.

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The Fate of Naturopathic Medicine, comment

April 6, 2011

I think people should also be free to choose massage therapist as one of the available healthcare providers. It is important for us to work with medical doctors, chiropractors and others. I work with medical doctors and chiropractors. My services are then covered by insurance, the client’s deductible, and the client’s copay. Some insurance companies to do cover massage therapy, but their client want it. The massage therapy coverage should be an option in all medical and health insurance. As long as the massage therapist is certified, the insurance companies do not need to worry about quality. There are some of us who are not certified, but working on certification. These therapists still provide quality massages.

Original Post
April 4, 2011
Title: The Fate of Naturopathic Medicine, comment

Well, I guess it has begun or for some it continues to worsen. The Constitution was signed to provide us with many freedoms. One of those was supposed to be the freedom to make our own medical choices. We don’t have that in this country anymore. If we don’t go along with the “medical mafia” (as my father fondly refers to them) and pharmaceutical companies and their plan for our health care, we have to pay for everything out-of-pocket.
The health savings account (HSA), flexible spending accounts (FSA) were originally a way that many alternative medicines and practices could be covered under our health insurance via our employer. Now, as of January 1, 2011, you must go to your “approved health care provider” (HCP) and get prescriptions for any herbals or supplements you may be using to treat illness and medical problems. You must also pay for these items in advance and go through the time and paperwork and expense of seeing your approved HCP to get such items. Then, after all of that, some bureaucrat with the government and/or your insurance company decides whether or not this expense will be approved. I currently have botanical meds, supplements, dental work, and other medical bills (preventative medicine) pending approval before my employer health benefit bank (HSA, FSA) (excess of $2,300.00) will release the funds to pay for these.

I do understand the need to protect the public from unsafe practices and practitioners out there, but there has to be a better way to allow people to choose their own health care whether it be traditional medicine, acupuncture and TCM, naturopathic medicine, homeopathic medicine or even a shaman or folk healer. Why can there not be designated experts in these areas to help keep the public safe while still allowing them to make their own decisions about how to care for their own bodies. We have rights to our bodies when we want to choose to terminate a life inside of us, but are losing our rights at an alarming rate to prevent illness and restore health in our bodies. (p.s. my father is now 80 years old, in excellent health and on no synthetic meds, he eats natural whole foods, does not smoke, likes an occasion beer or glass of wine and still enjoys operating his farm and carpentry.)

Original Post
May 17, 2010
Title: The Fate of Naturopathic Medicine
With all the buzz around about President Obama’s healthcare plan, how will this impact Naturopathic medicine and better yet, will there still be such a thin as a health savings account?

Currently, in regards to healthcare in this country, the only way I could benefit from by employers healthcare benefit for me was to have a high deductible insurance plan that would cover me in the event of a catastrophic illness or accident and adding a health savings account. Since I do not use traditional medicine very often, the high deductible insurance with it’s low monthly cost can provide some coverage for me if needed. I added a health savings account which I contribute fifty dollar to each month that is matched by my employer. They also started me off with one thousand dollars to be used over the first year until I could accrue more money on my own to offset the cost of doctor visits, hospital costs, vision and dental exams and prescription drugs, etc. I was able to use this money to cover the cost of thing that I use for medical treatment such as chiropractic adjustments, medical massage, nutritional supplements and even most of the bulk herbs I use.

This has worked out very well me myself and my family over the past few years. What will happen when Obama’s healthcare plan goes into effect. I fear that not only will I being paying for healthcare I might rarely be able to use, but also paying more as a nurse who currently is being considered high risk on the plan and more money will be taken from my paycheck. Also as a hospice nurse, currently, Obama’s plan is to either drastically cut the hospice benefit or possibly eliminate it all together. My field of nursing may also be eliminated.

The US Constitution promised us many freedoms. Many of these freedoms have been amended to suit the government and not the people. Certainly, the freedom to chose our own form of healthcare has not been provided for fairly in the past and it seems now will be restricted even more. Are there any thoughts on a course of action to help people who choose a more natural approach to medical care?

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