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Detoxification Therapy

If a person's immune system has been damaged from chronic exposure to environmental pollutants, restoring these functions, organs, and systems can be accomplished only through detoxification therapies, including fasting, chelation, and nutritional, herbal, and homeopathic methods, which accelerate the body's own natural cleansing process. Intestinal detoxification is also an important method of removing toxins from your body and the intestines are in themselves an essential part of the immune system.

When the body gets overwhelmed with toxins, the immune system mechanisms malfunction, and fatigue, confusion, aggression, or mental disorder may occur. Other symptoms indicating that you may need detoxification are headaches, joint pain, recurrent respiratory problems, back pain, inhalant allergy symptoms, insomnia, mood changes, food allergies, and digestive ailments.

Scrubbing and Repopulating the Intestines

The intestinal cleansing plan consists of a blend of 80% insoluble and 20% soluble fiber from flaxseed and fruit pectin mixed with Vitamin C powder and fruit juices. This formula begins to disinfect and scrub the intestines, removing layers of yeast, bacteria, and parasites.

The next step is to repopulate the intestines with more friendly bacteria, or probiotics, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium. Repopulating causes a gentle war in your intestines. The unwanted yeasts and bacteria are killed off and the probiotics establish themselves as the predominant species. Research has proven that giving probiotics to rebalance the intestinal immune defenses reduces inflammation of the intestinal lining and is helpful in both treating and preventing food allergies.

Eliminate all foods known to produce allergic reactions in the patient; second, match the diet to the patient's blood type; and third, match the diet with the biochemistry of the specific disease process.

The skin is the largest organ of the body and 65% of body cleansing is accomplished through it. Cleansing the skin with detoxifying baths is a science. The hot water solution draws toxins out of the body to the surface of the skin. Then, as the water cools, the toxins are pulled from the surface of the skin by the change in temperature, and go into the water.

Formula #1: Environmental Radiation or Xrays-Do this bath if you have been exposed to environmental radiation or Xrays. Air travel for instance, will increase levels of radiation in your body; dental X rays will leave deposits in the body that interfere with healthy functioning. This bath is indicated if you have been feeling general muscular aches, mild nausea, fatigue, headaches, slight dizziness, or a disturbance in equilibrium. Dissolve one pound of sea salt or rock salt and one pound of baking soda in a tub of water as hot as can be tolerated. Mix salt and soda thoroughly with the water, then stay in the bath until the water has cooled.

Formula #2: Heavy Metal Exposure-If you have been exposed to heavy metals, carbon monoxide or unburned carbons, or pesticide sprays, this bath can help detoxify your body of these substances. Cooking with aluminum will bring on symptoms; frequent airplane commuters absorb carbon monoxide through the skin, which then gets inside the body; eating foods that have not been cleaned of pesticides contamination can lead to an accumulation of pesticides in the cells.
This bath is indicated if you are experiencing decreased energy, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, impaired equilibrium, or a general feeling of being out of sorts. Add one cup of regular brand Clorox bleach (with the blue and white label) to a full tub of water as hot as can be tolerated. Mix thoroughly with the water. Stay in the bath until water has cooled; do not shower for at elast four hours following the bath. The bath can and will remove toxins with utmost effectiveness. You'll feel the difference. If you are sensitive to chlorine don't do this bath.

Formula #3: Low Grade Radioactive Materials-If you have been exposed to low-grade radioactive materials in the atmosphere or have consumed food irradiated by cobalt 60, this bath will be useful. It is prudent to assume that residues of cobalt 60 are found in a wide range of foods, from fresh fruits and vegetables to grains and packaged meats; don't expect to find them labeled as such. Conditions that would benefit from this bath include soreness of the gums or mouth, swollen glands, sore throat, and indigestion (an inability to treat food comfortably in the stomach).
Dissolve two pounds of baking soda in a tub of water as hot as can be tolerated; mix thoroughly. Stay in the bath until water has cooled; do not shower for at least four hours after the bath.

Formula #4: General Toxicity-Try this general detoxifying bath if you are suffering from general muscle aches and pains, or fatigue brought about by physical exertion or mental or emotional stress. It is particularly useful to raise the acid level in the body to help build immunity and to ward off a feeling that you are about to be ill.
Add two cups of apple cider vinegar (pure, not the "flavored" variety) to a tub of water as hot as can be tolerated; mix thoroughly. Stay in the bath until water has cooled. Do not shower for at least four hours following the bath.

General Tips on Detoxifying Baths
Therapeutic bathing is most effective when done before bedtime, because the body detoxifies during sleep. Use only one bathing formula per evening. Do not mix ingredients from different formulas; each bath is recommended only for specific indications, as described. The baths can be continued without harm until relief from symptoms is noticed. If redness, dryness, or roughness of the skin develops, it is an indication that the body is working to remove the toxins. These aspects of cleansing are not uncommon. To minimize discomfort, rub a little olive oil or almond oil or non-petroleum based baby lotion on your skin after bathing. If you feel you have need for all the baths, alternate them on different evenings. If these baths are in any way too rigorous or unpleasant, cut back on your use of them, or discontinue.

Dr. Krohn suggests starting with a trial series of plain-water hot soaks as a preparation because, depending on one's toxic load, detoxification baths can make you feel very ill as the toxins move out of your body. She advises an initial five-minute immersion in water as hot as you can tolerate, then build in five-minute increments to a 20 minute soak. Before taking the bath, shower and scrub your body thoroughly using soap and a loofah sponge, and take another cleansing shower after the soak; follow the same procedure for the detoxification baths, described below. Always use extreme care when stepping out of a hot bath, as standing up abruptly may cause temporary dizziness. She cautions that if you experience dizziness, headache, exhaustion, fatigue, nausea, or weakness, stop the bath and wait a few days before resuming the program. If you experience none of these symptoms, then proceed with three detoxification baths per week. Take some vitamin C before and after each bath to help remove the toxins and drink an eight ounce glass of pure water during each bath.

Epsom Salts: start with 1/4 cup of Epsom salts added to the bath water, and build gradually to four cups per bath.

Apple Cider Vinegar: start with 1/4 cup added to the water, then increase gradually to one cup.

Hydrogen Peroxide: add up to eight ounces of food-grade 35% hydrogen peroxide to a tub half full of warm water.

Baking Soda: eight ounces of baking soda may be used; alternatively, mix equal amounts of baking soda and sea salt, gradually increasing to one pound of each.

Ginger Root: Peel and slice a small piece of fresh ginger root into numerous pieces, boil in water, then steep for 30 minutes and strain. Add the resulting herbal broth to your bath water.

Clay: Although clay is traditionally used for a facial cleansing pack, it can also detoxify when 1/2 cup is added to a tub of hot water.

Burdock Root: Slice a handful of burdock root into small pieces. Boil it in two quarts of water for 30 minutes, strain the liquid, then add it to the bath.

Oatstraw: Add a heaping handful of this herb to two quarts of water and boil for 25 minutes; strain and pour it into the bath.

Herbal Teas: Herbs such as catnip, yarrow, peppermint, boneset, blessed thistle, pleurisy root, chamomile, blue vervain, and horesetail may also work as detoxifiers when added to your bath. Mix one cup of a single brewed herb tea to the bath; use only one herb at a time.

Liver Flushes
They are used to stimulate elimination of wastes from the body, to open and cool the liver, to increase bile flow, and to improve overall liver function.

Citrus Juice: Squeeze enough fresh lemons or limes to produce one cup of juice. A small amount of distilled or spring water may be added to dilute thejuice, but the more sour it tastes the better it will perform as a liver cleanser. Orange and grapefruit juices may also be used, provided they are blended with some lemon or lime juice.

Garlic and Ginger: To the citrus juice mixture add the juice of 1-2 cloves of garlic, freshly squeezed in a garlic press, and a small amount of freshly grated raw ginger juice. Grate the raw ginger on a cheese or vegetable grater, then put the shreds into a garlic press, and squeeze out the juice.

Olive Oil: add one tablespoon of high-quality olive oil (such as extra virgin) to the citrus, garlic, and ginger juice. Either blend or shake the ingredients to guarantee complete mixing.

Taking the flush - the liver flush is best taken in the morning, preferably after some muscle stretches and breathing exercises. Do not eat any foods for one hour following the flush.

Cleansing Herbal Tea: After an hour has elapsed, take two cups of an herbal blend. It consists of dry portions of fennel (1 part), flax(1 part), burdock (1/4 part), fenugreek (1 part), licorice (1/4 part), and peppermint (1 part). Simmer the herbs (excepting the peppermint) for 20 minutes, then add the peppermint and allow to steep for ten minutes. For convenience, you may prepare several quarts of the tea in advance.

Continuing the flush: Do the liver flush twice yearly, in the spring and fall, for two full cycles each. A cycle consists of ten consecutive days of taking the flush ingredients, followed by three days off, then another ten days on.

In cleansing the liver there are two phases. During Phase 1, the liver converts toxic compounds into intermediate toxins. Phase 2 converts these intermediate toxins into substances that can be eliminated from the body

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Meditation

You need:

A Quiet Environment.

A Mental Device. This is equivalent to using a mantra while meditating. It's a single-syllable sound or word that you repeat silently or in a quiet tone. It helps you to remove yourself from logical thought and distractions. As the word one.

A Passive Attitude.This sounds simple and it should be, but people sometimes make too much of it, defeating the purpose. A passive attitude means not focusing on how well you're doing the exercise or whether you're getting the correct response. When either of these thoughts occurs you, let it go and focus instead on repeating your chosen word.

A Comfortable Position. You want to reduce any awareness of your muscles as much as possible. A comfortable chair that supports your head is good. It's even better if you can lie down.

1. Sit in a comfortable position in a quiet environment.
2. Close your eyes.
3. Relax your muscles beginning with your feet, then your calves, thighs, lower torso, chest, shoulders, arms, neck and head. Pay special attention to the muscles in your neck and face, which get very tense.
4. Breathe through your nose, paying attention to your breathing. As you exhale, say aloud or just think about your chosen word.
5. Do this for at least ten minutes - twenty, if you're able. You can open your eyes to check the time, but do not use an alarm.

Practice the relaxation response at least once, better twice a day. It's most effective if done during the middle of the day and again in the evening.

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Foods as Medicine

Chlorella

It takes up to 3 months to notice any changes after starting to take Chlorella. It may have a few side effects in the beginning, like irregular bowl movement, nausea, slight fever, rashes, and pimples. If these occur one should stop taking Chlorella for several days and then restart at a smaller doses, slowly working up to a higher doses.

Chlorella
- strengthens the immune system
- guards cellular integrity
- speeds up tissue healing
- promotes longevity
- retards aging
- controls diabetes
- improves digestion and bowel function
- protexts the liver
- helps for amount and odor of intestinal gas
- detoxifies metals (cadmium, lead, uranium, mercury, copper, chlorecone, and PCB).

Chlorella is effective against influenza, colds, gastritis, ulcers, arthritis, skin problems, and Leprosy. The side effects of chemotherapy lessens with the intake of Chlorella. At least 35% of cancers could be helped with proper nutrition. (The Cancer Society agrees to this).

Chlorella is a fresh water algea and has lots of chlorophyll.

Other foods rich in chlorophyll are Sardines, Legumes, Wheatgerm, Green leafy vegetables, and other seafood.

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How to make:

Glycerin
-vegetable glycerin can be ordered through natural food stores. It has a long shelf-life. Dose: 30 drops diluted in water, tea or juice. This is not as potent as tinctures.

1 ounce herbs
6 ounces glycerin
4 ounces distilled water
chop herbs and place in glass jar. Combine glycerin & water & pour mixture over herbs. Keep at room temperature. After two weeks strain with coffee filter. Stored in cool place it will last at least 2 years.

Pills -slower acting and less potent than tinctures.
Better and faster than tea.
More expensive then any form.
The body better assimilates an herb that has been tasted.
Some pill quality is poor.
Dose: roughly 2 pills

Tinctures - easy assimilated and needs no refrigeration.
- Dose: 30 drops under the tongue 4 x daily
- Easier to get down (taste)
1 ounce dried or powdered herbs
5 ounces vodka or rum (100% or 80%)
Chop herbs, place in glass jar. Do not pack tight. Cover herbs so that they're completely submerged and can slosh around. Store for two weeks at room temperature. Shake contents once or twice a day. If powdered stir with spoon and keep from clumping. After 2 weeks strain with coffee filter. Can be stored in a cool place for 6 years or longer.

Tea - least expensive and simplest
- Dose: 1 teaspoon of herb per cup 3 to 4 times a day
- Refrigerated tea will keep for a couple of days.

Infusions:
pouring hot water over herbs and steeping 5 to 10 minutes. To retain heat sensitive essential oils contained in herbs, cover the pot or pan (flowers & leaves).

Decotions:
gently simmer herbs in water 15 to 30 minutes. (Roots & Bark)

Cold Infusions:
soaking herbs in cold water for about 8 hours only for delicate herbs.

Body Oil (for rubs & massages)
2 ounces dried herbs
1 pint vegetable oil
Chop herbs, place in container and pour enough vegetable oil to cover. Stir to release air bubbles. Avoid powdered herbs. Heat herbs and oil for 5 hours at 80F in oven. Strain out herbs, pressing out the oil w/back of spoon. Stored in fridge will keep 6 month. Body oil can be thickened w/cocoa butter, lanolin or beeswax and then heating slightly. For every cup of oil, add 1/4 teaspoon cocoa butter, 1/2 to 2 teaspoons liquid lanolin or 1/2 ounce (weight) beeswax.

Syrups - sweetened & thickened with honey, glycerin, molasses, rice syrup or fruit syrup.
- Great for cough remedy because it coats and soothes the throat.
- Dose: 1 teaspoon

6 tablespoons herbs
1 pint of water
4 ounces glycerin
1 ounce honey, fruit syrup, etc.
Bring herbs & water to boil in large uncovered pan. Remove from heat, cover and let steep for 30 minutes. Strain herbs. Return to heat, allow to simmer, turn off heat. Measure out 1 cup of tea and stir in glycerin and sweetener. Let cool. Stored in fridge, syrup will last for at least 6 month.

Skin-Healing Poultice 1 handful herbs
4 ounces water
Blend ingredients in Blender into thick slurry. Spread on wound holding in place by wrapping gauze around it. Leave on wound for 20 minutes to 1 hour. To store, freeze in icecube tray and keep in plastic bag.

Herbal Compress 5 drops of essential oil
small bowl of water
Soft cloth
Add essential oil to water, soak cloth and wring out. Fold cloth and apply to afflicted area.
- for headaches, bleeding, bruises, muscle cramps and sore throats.

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