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July 24, 2015

Death Begins in the Colon


"You are an active member of the Earth's microbiome."
~ Dr. David Perlmutter


In January 2006 I published my book, Ten Days to Optimal Health. Now, nine years later, science is catching up with the reality that "death begins in the colon." A book entitled Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain - for Life, by Dr. David Perlmutter, does a fantastic job explaining what "death begins in the colon" means through cutting edge science and why our microbiome is crucial to our personal and collective health. Dr. Perlmutter also explains the potent interplay between intestinal microbes and the brain, describing how the microbiome develops from birth and evolves based on lifestyle choices, how it can become "sick," and how nurturing gut health through a few easy strategies can alter your brain's destiny for the better.

Dr. Perlmutter's scientific examples include:
  • A 2013 report shows that since 1979, death due to brain disease increased 66% in men and 92% in women in the United States, which is connected to an unhealthy microbiome.
  • In the ten wealthiest nations, deaths from brain disease - which largely reflects deaths from dementia - have risen dramatically over the past 20 years, which is connected to an unhealthy microbiome. The United States leads the way in dementia deaths.
  • Mood and anxiety disorders are on the upswing, which is connected to an unhealthy microbiome. About 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. About 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. suffer from depression.
Do you want to dramatically improve your health? Work through a home nutritional and colon cleanse program using Ten Days to Optimal Health and Brain Maker, with a home enema series process to optimize your microbiome. For support, contact the Optimal Health Network. An excerpt from Ten Days to Optimal Health: "This internal cleansing provides the intestinal tract and the immune system with a fresh start, since the water flushes out tremendous amounts of toxins, bacterial wastes, and decaying particles residing in the colon. Frankly, most people feel so physically refreshed that they are motivated to start eating well for these first ten days, in order to maintain that good feeling."

For a complete explanation, read Chapter 7: Colon Hydrotherapy in Ten Days to Optimal Health.

Your healthy microbiome sustains you. An unhealthy microbiome kills you.

Kristina Amelong

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May 6, 2015

Help Optimal Health Network Grow Its Healing Resources!


"My business goals around this wisdom exchange are to increase the amount of scientific data on our website that supports the reality that health DOES begin in the gut and to build a rich whole body/mind/soul healing library that will focus on spiritual healing, how stored trauma affects your health, and how your microbiome drives your mental and emotional well-being."
~ Kristina Amelong

Has OHN helped improve your health and well-being? Donate to Kristina's educational trip to Ecuador via our FUNDRAISING RAFFLE [fundraiser now finished] to help grow these valuable healing resources for others (and for you!).

A Big Leap!

Hi! Firstly, thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting the Optimal Health Network and me over these past 18 years. Optimal Health Network is a healing resource to thousands of people.

Now I’ve decided to take a big leap in growing the resources of the Optimal Health Network. I am about to embark on a Wisdom Exchange on Transformational Leadership program in Ecuador. I will join health and wellness experts from five countries to explore behaviors and ideas that inspire greater professional and personal fulfillment through innovative approaches to well-being and positive social impact. As part of the experience, I will teach three classes at the Universidad de Cuenca and give a TED-like talk exploring diverse issues such as how health begins in the gut, spiritual healing, and entrepreneurship. To take this journey, I need your help and support. You can directly participate in making this a reality for me, and for the Optimal Health Network, by entering our FUNDRAISING RAFFLE [fundraiser now finished]. But first, let me give you a little background on how this all came about.

Throughout the world, a remarkable process of merging different ways of knowing and healing is unfolding. One story from my life illustrates what I mean. I spent a morning recently in prayer and study with His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, the head of the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu Lineage and guide to millions of Buddhists around the world. I am not a part of a Buddhist community, but the opportunity arose, and something within told me to join in.

Outside, every crabapple tree opened its pink, white, and red blossoms to a heavy spring rain. Inside, we pulled off our wet raincoats and took our seats. Monks, yoga instructors, professors of medicine, colon hydrotherapists, writers, neuroscientists, stay-at-home moms, security guards, translators, college students, retirees, and researchers prayed and then explored the fascinating conversation between science and spirituality, medicine and meditation.

This evolutionary conversation matters. It matters to all of us.

Twenty years ago, when I found myself in daily and wrenching gut pain, not able to leave my house because of my multiple chemical sensitivities, a medical doctor at the University of Wisconsin Hospital told me that I wasn’t eating according to the USDA food pyramid and that was why I was sick. He told me I needed to see a nutritionist. However, I did not feel that this advice spoke to my needs.

We are all aware of gluten-free foods; they are commonly available in most restaurants and grocery stores. Having celiac disease can be a blessing, a path to one’s own healing as well as a path to planetary healing. For instance, I’ve recently started including cricket flour in my diet (see video below) because it is healthy for my gut; it is gluten-free, tastes great, and is beneficial for the planet. I don’t know if I would so easily be able to choose to eat edible insects without the life experiences of eating different foods like bone broth soup, raw liver, and green vegetable juices, or exploring different healing modalities like the coffee enema, fecal transplants, and essential oil suppositories.


VIDEO:
Edible Insects -- Cambodian-style!

In Cambodia, insects abound at the beginning of the rainy season and many are collected and sold as food. Crickets, grasshoppers, water bugs, and water beetles are common fare; then there are things like silk worm pupae, even weevils... and that's not all!



Change is difficult. We are all growing and learning every moment of every day on this beautiful and crazy human journey. And we have a long, long way to go.

Through working with clients and supporting my own body, I am confronted with the need for merging different ways of knowing and healing every day. Again, on a personal note, my daughter fell off a trapeze over three years ago and now hardly ever leaves the house due to tremendous headaches. Since her injury, we've explored both mainstream medicine and alternative therapies to heal her body. Her head pain is greater than ever.

It is from the core of my being that I continue to deepen my knowledge of the healing arts. Just a few days ago, I was gardening. Over the past couple of years, I’ve created a spiritual hermitage for myself, a space to grow in my writing skills, in my relationship to God, in understanding how my history of trauma and abuse are still profoundly affecting my relationship to my body. As I smoothed over the dirt around my newly planted magnolia tree, I found myself standing up, looking to the dry blue spring sky, and saying out loud: I’m ready to take a next step, a step that takes me more fully into helping people. Please help guide me.

A few minutes later, I sprayed the dirt off of my bare knees and came into the house to check my email. The first message I opened was an invitation to join a group of healers on a Wisdom Exchange on Transformational Leadership in Ecuador, the exchange I described above. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I emailed back with a resounding YES! Within 24 hours, I was interviewed by the producer of the documentary which we will be making about healing and seeking. Within a few minutes of talking, he invited me to join the team.

My business goals around this wisdom exchange are to increase the amount of scientific data that supports the reality that health DOES begin in the gut and to build a rich whole body/mind/soul healing library that will focus on spiritual healing, how stored trauma affects your health, and how your microbiome drives your mental and emotional well-being.

This is such a big deal! I ask for your support through this time of tremendous growth and outreach by participating in our FUNDRAISING RAFFLE [fundraiser now finished]. The money raised through the raffle will help to pay my expenses for the trip. Also, please join me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram as I post new photos, healing resources, and stories around this unfolding journey. I would love you to take this trip with me!

In gratitude and healing,
Kristina Amelong

CLIENT TESTIMONIAL:
"Thanks for this information, Kristina. I love your business and the high, high quality of your care of people’s bodies. Your website is amazing." ~ Kathleen

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More About the Ecuador Trip:

No Regrets Productions in partnership with Spryte Loriano Global is hosting the trip, which will take place June 2 through June 11. The great majority of the people traveling on this trip are transformational leaders, messengers, and teachers who have been recognized for making a difference around the world through their endeavors. During the trip, the entire group will be filmed for a television documentary called Life-List Ecuador: Making a Difference from the Amazon to the Andes.
Each team will provide empowerment/leadership/motivational training to Ecuadorian teachers and students to support the advancement and transformation of our global society. Participants will speak on stage in front of teachers and/or students, and also work with them one-on-one in workshop settings.

Each participant will receive a 15-minute professionally produced personal film documentary on his or her experience in Ecuador, and will be included in the web/television series. This is certainly a high-value offer for participants, as it highlights them doing meaningful work across the world and puts a spotlight on the unique message that each shares.

During the trip, the entire group will have a number of different experiences, including delivering clean water systems to rural villages, camping overnight at one of the villages after arriving there on horseback, visiting schools, learning about local humanitarian programs, and relaxing and connecting at eco-lodges in the Andes mountains and Amazon rainforest.

Learn more about the team
Kristina will be a part of:

Learn more about Ecuador:
If you have any questions or just want to talk, please call us at the Optimal Health Network at 608-242-0200 or email us at kristina@optimalhealthnetwork.com.

If you'd rather support the people of the Kichwa community directly by purchasing a water filter, click here to learn more.

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April 14, 2015

Bone Broth Soup: Nutrition for Healing from Anal Fissures, IBS, Prostate Issues, and More

Finally, there is a company, The Flavor Chef, that will deliver delicious and properly prepared soup broth to your door. I've tried it myself and it is delicious! By using locally grown, organic produce and free-range, humanely raised meats and poultry, The Flavor Chef is able to bring extremely well-balanced and beautiful food to your table.

Executive Chef and founder of The Flavor Chef, a professional chef services and catering company out of Carlsbad, California, Lance Roll excels at making incredibly delicious food. He blends his culinary expertise and imagination with the concepts learned in lifestyle coaching and metabolic typing to create unique and extremely healthful bone broth soups. Lance is certified by The American Culinary Federation (ACF) as an Executive Chef (CEC).

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To learn more about the health benefits of bone broth soup, read Kristina Amelong's Ten Days to Optimal Health. The healing program in Kristina's book includes the nutritional research work of Dr. Weston A. Price. As a dentist, Dr. Price studied the diets of 14 traditional societies during the 1930s and 1940s. His goal was to understand what makes human beings healthy, allowing them to have perfect teeth. The foods Kristina recommends are the traditional foods that gave health to the populations that Price researched.

Every single one of the cultures that Dr. Weston A. Price studied used bones to make soup broth. Because of this, we recommend that you eat bone broth soup, which is an excellent source of gelatin.

Gelatin is a mixture of peptides and proteins found in bones and released into the soup broth when you boil the bones. It is the richest source of a key amino acid called glycine. In fact, gelatin consists of 27% glycine. This amino acid is a key player in phase I detoxification and it is also one of the three amino acids which form glutathione (phase II detoxification). Glycine is also used in the synthesis of creatine (the energy manager) and bile salts. Glycine supplementation has been linked to a reduced risk of asthma and can be used to prevent muscle wasting during fasting. If you have anal fissures, a daily cup of bone broth will decrease your healing time and reduce the chances of the fissure returning.

10-Day Detoxification and Cleansing Diet

Ten Days to Optimal Health: Book Review by Sally Fallon

Learn more about the anal fissure diet

You won't find a lot of science about bone broth soup (there isn't money to be made in it), but you do find science about shark cartilage. Obtained from the spiny dogfish shark and hammerhead shark, shark cartilage is promoted as a dietary supplement to treat cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, Kaposi sarcoma, macular degeneration, psoriasis, and inflammatory disorders such as prostatitis, Candida albicans, and IBS.

Shark cartilage extracts show antiangiogenic and antitumor activities in vitro and in animal models, but clinical use remains controversial due to lack of bioavailability data and unsatisfactory patient outcomes in clinical trials.

The evidence is abundant: bone broth soup is a highly therapeutic food choice.

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(Clinically, we find the diet laid out in Ten Days to Optimal Health brings about greater and more consistent health changes than a straight paleo diet tends to do.)

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April 5, 2015

Young Living Essential Oils and "Disease Claims"

You may have heard about the recent letter sent by the FDA to Young Living regarding claims made by a few Young Living members. The claims of particular concern to the FDA were claims that implied that Young Living products may be effective in diagnosing, curing, or preventing the Ebola virus. With the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa and the recent case in Dallas, Texas, this topic is garnering a great deal of attention.

Young Living and the FDA are now requiring that all sources of information regarding Young Living oils do not make health-related claims that can't be backed up by FDA-approved scientific studies. Unfortunately, even though the scientific literature is full of studies showing the therapeutic benefits of essential oils, many of these studies aren't FDA-approved.

Young Living is working on an list of FDA-approved studies, but this list has not yet been released. In the meantime, the Optimal Health Network will be working on never claiming or suggesting that Young Living products can cure, alleviate, treat, prevent, or diagnose a disease, symptom, or injury. These types of claims are called "disease claims."

Conditions generally considered to be diseases include: colds, flu, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, heart attacks, HIV, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, allergies, tooth decay, impotence, seizures, asthma, attention deficit disorder, ulcers, burns, mild abrasions, bruises, scars, head lice, obesity, anxiety, and depression. Many, many others belong on this list, but there isn't enough space for all of them here!

View the full report from Young Living:
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Choosing which oils are best for you and your family can be a difficult endeavor due to all the choices available. I recommend that you spend some time researching for yourself. A great place to begin your research is the archives of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health at PubMed.

If you need further support choosing which Young Living oils are right for you, please set up a consultation. We will use our collective experience of over 30 years of study and clinical practice to assist you to choose the Young Living essential oil protocol that provides ideal support for your body.

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March 10, 2015

The Enema Series: Our Best Colon Cleanser

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Liberate your colon!

Most of us are surrounded by an intense negativity toward colon cleansing. Unfortunately, enemas are where most of this negative attitude toward the colon cleanse lies due to a greater familiarity.

However, there is a long history of the use of enemas:
  • Ancient Mayan art shows us that the Mayans believed that there was benefit and wisdom to be found in taking enemas. (The Mayan civilization dates back to at least 1800 BC.)
  • The Ebers Papyrus, an Egyptian medical document dating back more than 3,500 years, includes written evidence that enemas were widely used in other ancient cultures. The Greek physician Hippocrates, referred to as "the father of Western medicine," also advanced the use of enema therapy.
  • Russian monument to enemas inspired by Botticelli
    Credit: Reuters/Eduard Korniyenko

  • Since the Age of Enlightenment in Western Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, Western culture has commonly used enemas to support health.
  • Dr. Max Gerson (German physician, 1881-1959) applied coffee and castor oil enemas to his cancer treatments.
  • Ayurvedic practitioners support the use of enemas (basti).
  • There is hardly a region of the world where people have not discovered or adapted the enema. Enemas are found in world literature from Aristophanes to Shakespeare, Gulliver's Travels to Peyton Place.
  • In Russia, there are many spas that give enemas. In the Caucasus Mountains, there are dozens of spas where enemas are routinely administered to treat digestive problems and other ailments.
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  • Chemical enemas, such as the Fleet Enema, generally using monosodium phosphate in their solutions. The Fleet Enema does not optimize your health as the Optimal Health Network enema series does, because the latter is designed to boost immunity, clear the entire colon, optimize for healthy bacteria, and support the liver. Additionally, the Fleet Enema comes in a disposable squeeze bottle that is thrown away after use, contributing to a toxic world. Finally, the FDA has become aware of reports of severe dehydration and changes in the levels of serum electrolytes from taking more than the recommended dose of OTC sodium phosphate products, resulting in serious adverse effects on organs, including the kidneys and heart, and in some cases resulting in death. Serum electrolytes include calcium, sodium, and phosphate. According to the reports, most cases of serious harm occurred with a single dose of sodium phosphate that was larger than recommended or with more than one dose in a day. This is not the case with our therapeutic enema series, which does not use serum electrolytes to cleanse the colon like the Fleet Enema products.
  • Nowadays many OHN clients are successfully using enemas to support their health!
therapeutic enema series - cleanse your colon

Over these past 17 years working with thousands of clients, we at the Optimal Health Network and the Optimal Health Center can confidently say that you will almost always improve your overall state of wellness by taking a regular enema series to cleanse the colon.

Many people need more health support than they are receiving. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2010 American had slightly less than a 1 in 2 lifetime risk of developing cancer; for women, the risk is a little more than 1 in 3.

Click here to learn how to take an enema

For support, please call or e-mail us any time. A clinical or in-home colon cleanse is easy, safe and affordable medicine.

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