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Vitamin D Deficiency Is a Hormonal Issue
Vitamin D. The message is simple: to optimize your health, you must optimize your vitamin D levels
. To determine your vitamin D levels, go to your doctor and have a 25 hydroxy D blood test
done. Make sure your 25 hydroxy D levels are greater than 50 nl/mg. 65 nl/mg is better. If your health isn’t great, work toward a 90 nl/mg. Take this test 2-4 times each year in order to make sure your levels reach these numbers and keep them that way. Get plenty of sunshine
and vitamin D therapy bed
exposure when you are not able to get plenty of sunshine. Take vitamin D supplementation
. Your body will absolutely not be able to get enough of its vitamin D needs from food alone.
Vitamin D is crucial to good health for many reasons. Vitamin D contributes to the maintenance of normal levels of calcium and phosphorus in the bloodstream, enabling normal mineralization of bone; modulates cell growth; supports healthy neuromuscular and immune function; and reduces inflammation. It also encodes proteins that regulate cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis. Additionally, vitamin D is a "catalyst" or "activator" upon which the assimilation of all other nutrients depend -- protein, minerals, and water-soluble vitamins. In other words, without sufficient quantities of vitamin D, the body is significantly challenged to effectively utilize key nutrients.
Got it? Simple really. Yes, but here is a crucial detail when working to optimize your vitamin D levels that most people don’t know. Vitamin D is not a vitamin at all. Vitamin D is actually a group of fat-soluble steroid hormone precursors. Hormones. Turns out, when you think "optimize vitamin D," you need to also think "Balance hormones"! For women, and for men. And, even though this reality makes optimizing vitamin D more difficult, it is actually great news because when you are REALLY doing what is necessary to optimize vitamin D, you will ALSO be balancing your hormones. Balanced hormones influence every function in our bodies, drive our feelings, and improve our daily lives.
Imbalanced hormones can lead to fatigue, all types of skin problems (especially acne), mood swings, depression, weight issues, diminished sex drive, loss of memory, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivities, anxiety, endometriosis, fibroids, painful menstruation, female and male menopause, and VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY.
The first step in balancing hormones is to support the liver. The liver breaks down old hormones that float around in the bloodstream. If the liver isn’t doing its job, excessive hormone levels in the blood can clog receptor sites and tell the pituitary gland to slow down the production of new hormones. It is this deficit in the liver that causes many of the symptoms of hormone imbalances. What’s more is that vitamin D that is obtained from sun and UV exposure, food, and supplements is biologically inert and must undergo hydroxylation in the body for activation. This process of activation occurs in the liver, where vitamin D is converted to 25-hydroxyvitamin D.
Because the liver is key to optimizing hormone levels, many people find relief of their hormonal symptoms AND THEIR VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY ISSUES when following a liver detoxification program. There are several methods for detoxing the liver including: detoxification diets such as is laid out in my book, Ten Days to Optimal Health
, coffee enemas
, colon hydrotherapy
, in-home enemas
, and the Young Living essential oil blend JuvaFlex™
Additionally, excess hormones in the bloodstream (think insulin resistance), as well as environmentally troublesome hormone imposters from human activity, clog up hormonal receptor sites, making it that much more difficult for the cells to receive the hormones that are in the bloodstream. Of course, our cells also have vitamin D receptors. Fortunately, Young Living Citrus Essential Oils –- Orange
, and Citrus Fresh
-- actually clean out and reset the cell’s hormone receptor sites. Use a variety of citrus oils orally and in your colon cleanse program throughout each day.
Simply -- to optimize your vitamin D levels:
- Detoxify your liver
- Clear cellular receptor sites
- Give yourself sunshine exposure, vitamin D tanning bed exposure, vitamin D supplementation, and regular testing of your 25 hydroxy D levels
Within 2-6 months, you will see your vitamin D levels improve. And, your overall health.
Labels: detoxification, hormonal balance, liver, sunshine, vitamin d deficiency
Best Colon Cleanse
The best colon cleanse
clears out the entire colon, supports the liver in its efforts to detoxify the body, encourages tissue repair, neutralizes toxins, feeds the healthy flora in the colon, and kills Candida and other parasitic organisms.
An enema series
can meet all these goals when you are able to clear out the entire colon using three enemas in a row
, which are outlined below.
WHAT IS THE ENEMA SERIES?
Use 1-4 quarts of filtered water and a made-for-enema soap. To mix the soap and water, soak the bar of soap in high-quality water for 20-60 seconds to make a milky solution. While taking the enema solution in, massage the abdomen to receive the water with less cramping.
Our made-for enema goat milk soaps contain butyric acid
, which is the main food source of the cells in the lining of the colon, supporting them to function properly and maintain the integrity of the intestinal lining.
Butyric acid enemas can help to prevent or reverse colon inflammation
associated with IBS, Crohn's disease, prostatitis, ulcerative colitis, and even chronic constipation.
Programmed cell death, or apoptosis
, is a normal process in cells. For example, cells can undergo a process of self-destruction if their DNA is damaged so severely that they can't be repaired, or if there are too many cells in an area. Cancer cells, however, do not undergo apoptosis, and continue to multiply. In experiments with lab animals, butyric acid has been found to inhibit multiplication of cancerous cells in the colon and to stimulate apoptosis in these cells.
Our butyrate-rich Frankincense and Myrrh Goat Milk Enema Soap
stimulates the colon without irritating it, optimizes healthy hormone levels, can help to shut down cancer cells without harming healthy cells, and boosts immunity.
Also butyrate-rich, our Chamomile and Sage Goat Milk Enema Soap
promotes relaxation, regenerates nerves, detoxifies the blood and liver, optimizes healthy hormone levels, is antifungal, and stimulates the gallbladder.
If you take frequent enemas, rotate
your made-for-enema soaps. Also, rotate the soap you use to bathe. Rotation of the soaps offers broader support of the body and helps you to avoid developing a sensitivity or allergy.
How to Use Enema Soap
Use Purification Essential Oil Blend
mixed with a high-quality sea salt
in the second enema in the series. The oils in Purification (citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, melaleuca, lavandin, and myrtle)
are shown to act together to encourage tissue repair, neutralize toxins, feed the healthy flora in the colon, and kill Candida and other parasitic organisms. These oils can also kill a flu bug before you even know you have it, reduce overall inflammation in the body, and improve metabolism.
The importance of rotation applies here too. If you take daily enemas, choose a few different oils. Beneficial oils to use in the colon are:
How to mix the enema solution:
Hold the salt in the palm of your hand or put into a small bowl, drop oil into the salt and then add this mixture to your enema water. Use 3-5 drops oil and 1 tsp sea salt to each quart of filtered water
Take a coffee enema
as the third enema in the series in order to support the liver
and increase your body's antioxidant production
In short, an enema series
is the most optimal way to cleanse the colon. It consists of three enemas, taken one after the other, each with a different solution.
View/Print Enema Series Instructions
Chlorophyll Complex™ binds toxins tightly. Once coffee stimulates your gallbladder to contract and release toxin-laden bile into the small intestine, you want something where the bile duct enters the intestine to bind the toxins so tightly they will not be reabsorbed through the intestinal wall. Take a handful (about 5 to 10 perles) of Standard Process's Chlorophyll Complex, timed to precede the start of the enema by about 30 minutes. To order Chlorophyll Complex, contact the Optimal Health Network
To learn more about the colon cleanse and essential oils, watch our video, How to Colon Cleanse with Essential Oils
Labels: colon cleansing, constipation relief, detoxification, enema, enema solutions, essential oils, IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Genetics or Environment: Which Determines Your Health?
Linus Pauling, the founding father of molecular biology and author of Vitamin C and the Common Cold
, scientifically demonstrated that the origin of disease is based on specific changes in genetic materials due to environmental influences. Bishop and Waldolz, in Genome
, point out that "aberrant genes do not, in and of themselves, cause disease. By and large their impact on an individual's health is minimal until the person is plunged into a harmful environment..." (Simon and Schuster, New York, 1990). In February 2006, The National Institutes of Health launched the Genes, Environment and Health Initiative (GEI) to support research that will lead to the understanding of genetic contributions and gene-environment interactions in common disease. Each person's gene pool has the flexibility to express itself with health and longevity, or with illness and degenerative disease, depending on environmental conditions.
Given that the environment and health are so entwined and given that many environmental influences — stress, inadequate nutrition, toxins — modify genetic expression towards disease, wouldn't it be fantastic to have a tool to accurately monitor your health on an ongoing basis? Your conventional medical doctor uses blood tests. Unfortunately, blood tests often look good until something is "really" wrong.
Recently, I was talking to a client whose medical doctor had told him, "There is nothing wrong with you, but there is really nothing right."
On the other hand, your hair
can provide unique metabolic and intracellular information more readily than your blood. First of all, human blood is highly regulated to stay within narrow ranges. For instance, a buffer of carbonic acid and bicarbonate is present in blood plasma to maintain a pH between 7.35 and 7.45. These buffer solutions are necessary because many enzymes work only under very precise conditions. Because of this, the blood is often not an effective diagnostic tool for metabolic imbalance. Second of all, toxins such as lead are instantly removed from the blood as a protective measure. For 30 to 40 days following an acute lead exposure, elevated serum levels of lead are undetectable in the blood. Smartly, our bodies deposit the metal into tissues such as the liver, bones, teeth, and hair.
The hair is analyzed through a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)
HTMA areas of analysis are:
- Mineral/electrolyte levels in the body's tissues including calcium, chromium, magnesium, selenium, sodium, potassium, nickel, iron, copper, lithium, and zinc. All these minerals are key to good health. If you don’t know your mineral levels, how do you know if you need a multi-vitamin or how much of that multi-vitamin you need to take each day? Also, did you know that calcium loss from the body can become so advanced that severe osteoporosis can develop without any appreciable changes noted in the calcium levels in a blood test? And, did you know that magnesium is required for normal muscular function, especially the heart, and that magnesium deficiency has been associated with an increased incidence of heart attacks, anxiety, and nervousness?
- Toxic metal levels including lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and aluminum. Hair is used as one of the tissues of choice by the Environmental Protection Agency in determining toxic metal exposure. A 1980 report from the EPA stated that human hair can be effectively used for biological monitoring of toxic metals. The average person is continually exposed to toxic metal sources such as cigarette smoke (cadmium), hair dyes (lead), hydrogenated oils (nickel), anti-perspirants (aluminum), dental amalgams (mercury and cadmium), copper and aluminum cookware, and lead-based cosmetics. Your body is designed to cleanse; without this mechanism, you would die. If your individual biochemical needs are being meet, you can fight off pollution and the ill effects of stress and your biochemistry. However, most of us aren't. An HTMA allows you to track the heavy metals and biochemical stress within your own body, assisting you to create and more easily follow a personalized health plan.
- Significant mineral ratios that help determine carbohydrate metabolism, thyroid function, level of inflammation, adrenal reserves, copper toxicity, and tissue breakdown.
Take a HTMA
seasonally to develop a nutritional program that is tailored to your body's particular requirements to assist it to express health and longevity.
Labels: adrenal glands, adrenal stress index, electrolyte levels, environmental toxins, genetics, hair tissue mineral analysis, HTMA, mineral ratios, thyroid
My Mind Meets Lake Superior
Lately, I've felt stressed out, overwhelmed, easily triggered into a deep sense of dread by tasks that I usually handle easily -- answering the work phone, making lunch for my daughter, doing the dishes after a full day -- all simple, often meditative tasks. I would try to remind myself to breathe more deeply or of how much I love this work of life -- helping people, parenting, keeping a house; but, I couldn’t shake the overwhelm.
Now, after five days on Lake Superior, I can reflect that I needed time away to do nothing. I hadn't had more than a few sustained hours away from work for over a year. Yes, I love my work and life, so I often do not get the feeling that I need a vacation, but my mind and soul were craving other things.
When time away on Lake Superior emerged as a possibility, I found it surprisingly easy to cover my responsibilities.
My partner and I jumped into my black Prius, packed up our kombuchas, sardines, wintergreen essential oil, pocket knife, and iPhones, and left Madison. Six hours later, we arrived on the shores of the immense lake, near the Devils Island sandstone sea caves in Cornucopia, Wisconsin -- with nothing to do.
What did I find? Simple beauty: the beauty of my toes meeting the lake as the surf came in and left, came in and left; the beauty of an aquamarine bug I'd never seen before crawling on my hand; of nothingness; of light meeting sand; of a daddy longlegs scurrying across a stone sculpture. I also found memory and transformation. I remembered when, as a child, I would pull those towering, thread-like legs off the beautiful brown body and I felt horrified, horrified that I could add to the suffering of the world. I shivered, and moved on, pleased at the changes in myself. Later that day, I found an amber moon, setting on the eastern horizon of the lake, becoming a glowing tooth and then dropping down to a pinpoint of light. Moon on Lake Superior. I had never seen the moon set in this way. Then, in turn, the Perseid meteor shower. Not even planned. (How did that happen?) Then, the Northern Lights, all in one night, as we sat on a deserted beach next to our campfire.
I like this thing called life.
Sometimes, in these pages, I find it challenging to really share the depth of healing that I'd like for everyone. Yes, enemas work. Daily, I answer the phone or read the emails and find the joy of a story that someone's life has been profoundly improved. Here is one such story I've recently been honored to hear:
"About 6 months ago, thanks to a few blogs and your informational website, my life has changed. Literally. Lost half of my colon and rectum from cancer. Life was miserable. With no holding tank, I lived on Imodium and just not eating, because I went to the bathroom for hours at a time. Anyway, I learned about your enemas and I have a life away from the restroom. If there is anyone you think I can help that is going through a rough time and is on the fence about enemas every day, let me know.
Now I'm able to get back in life. I am very grateful for your passion and willingness to share your knowledge. Cranked up my hobby band again. Thank you soooo much."
~ Bob S.
I wrote back:
"This is awesome, Bob. And any more details would be useful! I'm sure your story will make a difference to others. I'm so happy you found the enema!"
"OK, kiddo, here goes:
Life was miserable after losing half of my colon and my rectum. Stage three colon/rectal cancer. With no holding tank (rectum), feces would ease out 24/7. Three to four hours at a time with a brief break. The area stayed inflamed from overuse. Sleep? Forget about it. Going absolutely crazy. Got to where I would not go anywhere. As grateful as I was for my doctors saving my life, I was just miserable. Was told the only option was a permanent colostomy. Tried all kinds of foods. High fiber to slow it down. Nothing worked. Was diagnosed with LARS (lower anterior resection syndrome). Imodium no go. Tried everything over the counter. No go. I didn't have loose bowels or constipation, just no holding tank. Like a Pez candy dispenser, just constant small pellet eliminations. Food in general would trigger bathroom duty. My record was 23 trips to the restroom in an hour and a half one Thanksgiving. My parents just hugged me and left crying.
Enough pity pot; let's get into solutions. The first enema I took gave me 23 hours of no bathroom duty. Yup, you read that right. Based on my experience, anyone that would benefit from emptying their large colon would benefit from what I call a proper enema. Was I scared to do an enema after the aftermath of chemo, surgeries, radiation, etc., etc., etc.? Sure, but I was desperate. A proper enema to me is as Kristina(angel with wings) suggests on her website. It gave sooo much information. I had never read that a daily enema was an option. Well, drum roll: I have done an enema a day for about five months, and guess what? No problems. Why? Beats me; I just did what was suggested. Bought a stainless bucket, quality surgical hose, and medium-size nozzle. Used salve, essential oil blend Purification, splash of sea salt, goat's milk soap, warm water, and my iPad (something to read). Forty-five minutes later, all done. As in 24 hours done. I use the 2-quart bucket.
Can you do an enema every day without problems? Absolutely. Just get the proper equipment (goes a lot faster) and the proper additives to the warm water. There are numerous additional positives to a clean colon. A little weird at first with the flow of water, however I don't even think about it anymore. A little crampy after all the solution is in, then as it starts coming out it's very cleansing. Has my life changed. Wow, wow, wow. Cruise, anyone? Pack the bucket and let's go. What can I eat? Anything. Do I get any sleep? Zzzzzzzzzz. Do I feel 20 again? Sorry, Charlie. I'm still 50 when I creak out of bed. Is my life perfect? No. Is it better? Way mucho. Best 45 minutes of the day.
Why am I writing this? I suffered almost two years before running across this website. I was desperate. Now? I have a life. Don't believe me? Check out www.gettheboomers.com. That's me, the shy one with shades on playing sax and keys and singing the way I used to. You can do this. You can do this. You can do this."
~ Bob S. (have enema, will travel)
Yes, I teach people how to colon cleanse, how to relieve physical suffering, how to enhance their lives with an enema, how to feel better. And, I'd like to continue to grow this colon cleanse website to its full potential as a healing resource, to share within its pages the millions of ways there are to restore a body, a heart, and a soul. Yes, the enema, even daily, can restore a life and thus sometimes a soul, like time to do nothing but notice existence on a vacation on Lake Superior. How else do we restore, and grow, the many facets of our lives? Here are a few ideas. If you find time, please share your own journey.
Labels: beauty, colon cancer, colon cleansing, enemas, escape, essential oils, meditation, nature, stress
Regular Colon Cleansing Can Change Your Life!
Lupus, autoimmune diseases, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, constipation, poor digestion, poor liver health, health problems from taking pharmaceuticals, multiple sclerosis, bacterial infections, muscle problems. This fantastic web series trailer
, detailing how the beginning of healing is to clean the colon, features people who have used colon cleansing to heal from this list of symptoms and more.
You will see a 4-foot tapeworm!
You will see a colon hydrotherapy session!
I am thrilled to find a video showing how many health situations are helped by simply putting water into the colon; showing how colon cleansing is a better choice than using GoLYTELY; showing how life changing regular colon cleansing can be.
And, with the resources of the Optimal Health Network, you can now give yourself colon hydrotherapy in your own home
Even though I do not know the people in the video, I feel as if I do because over the years I have worked with thousands of people, all over the world, who have similar stories to share.
Colon cleansing works and, as the video points out, often has fewer risks than many of the other forms of therapy available for health problems.
Labels: colon cleansing, colon health, colon hydrotherapy, colonic irrigation