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October 8, 2019

The 9 Best Essential Oils for Weight Loss Support

essential oils for weight loss support Losing weight in a healthy manner is an individual journey. For most people this journey must center on balanced nutrition (eating appropriate portions of the right high-quality foods at the right times), burning enough calories (for example, through regular exercise), drinking enough water, getting enough quality sleep, and other important lifestyle adjustments.

Without such key puzzle pieces in place, losing weight in a healthy way isn't really feasible.

However, if you're struggling with your weight loss journey either emotionally or physically despite properly following established weight loss guidelines, there are other tools you can use to help!

One such tool is essential oils.

Certain essential oils can provide a host of health benefits -- such as the ability to reduce anxiety and depression, improve digestion, relieve muscle pain, and reduce inflammation --  that can help you lose weight and become healthier and happier overall.

Using the following essential oils topically, diffusing them, adding a couple of drops to a glass of water, and/or taking them in an enema or suppository can energize you, help curb food cravings, and support you in balancing your body and mind.

Each essential oil listed below provides your body with different benefits, so read about each one carefully in order to choose the oil(s) that will help you the most.

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  1. Peppermint Essential Oil

    Peppermint is widely known to boost mental and physical energy.

    A 2013 scientific study on the effects of peppermint on athletes notes that "Mint is one of the most famous natural herbs for its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antioxidant, and vasoconstrictor effects." Because of this, peppermint essential oil can be used to soothe sore muscles and reduce fatigue after a workout. The study found that peppermint essential oil supports respiratory function, and has a positive effect on heart rate, blood pressure, and overall exercise performance.

    Use this oil in a diffuser, add a few drops to your bath water to relax and help muscle aches, or rub topically on sore muscles or your stomach. (You may want to dilute with coconut oil or another carrier oil.)

  2. Grapefruit Essential Oil

    Grapefruit essential oil is a wonderful tool to help you lose weight because it contains limonene, which help break down body fat and support your metabolism.

    A study conducted in 2005 found that "The scent of grapefruit oil, and particularly its primary component limonene, affects autonomic nerves, enhances lipolysis through a histaminergic response, and reduces appetite and body weight." Specifically, the study found that a 15-minute exposure to the scent of grapefruit oil three times a week can reduce food intake and body weight.

    Apply the oil topically (dilute with a carrier oil first) and/or diffuse daily. You can also add 5-10 drops of this oil to your enema or coffee enema solution, or to a suppository.

  3. Lemon Essential Oil

    Lemon essential oil is able to enhance your body’s detoxification capabilities, supports healthy digestion, boosts energy levels, reduces inflammation, and promotes the breakdown of body fat.

    Additionally, breathing in the scent of lemon is known to improve neurological activity, and has a calming and mood-boosting effect.

    Diffuse this oil at home or work, rub on your temples to keep your mind alert, or add a couple of drops to a glass of ice water each day.

  4. Ginger Essential Oil

    Ginger has been used for centuries to support digestive health. It is an antioxidant, and improves your body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals from the food you eat.

    Ginger contains gingerols, which reduce inflammation throughout your body, most importantly in your gut. Keeping intestinal inflammation down helps reduce the risk of acquiring certain diseases.

    Finally, ginger can also reduce sugar cravings.

    Rub ginger essential oil on your stomach, neck, arms, or bottoms of your feet (dilute with a carrier oil first), diffuse, and/or drink a couple of drops in a glass of water daily.

  5. Cinnamon Essential Oil

    Cinnamon has the remarkable ability to help regulate your blood sugar levels, and can also minimize sugar cravings.

    Take a couple of drops of cinnamon in a glass of water before eating a meal, diffuse, or rub on your stomach, back of your neck, or arms (dilute first with a carrier oil).

  6. Bergamot Essential Oil

    Refreshing and uplifting, bergamot is a wonderful stress reliever and mood booster. Being in a healthy emotional state is an important aspect of losing weight.

    Diffuse this oil or rub on the back of your neck to help reduce your stress and anxiety.

  7. Sage Essential Oil

    essential oils for weight loss support Sage (Salvia) has a long history in traditional medicine as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory agent, and pain reliever. According to a 2013 study, sage may prove to be an effective treatment for many common health concerns and illnesses, including obesity, depression, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

    Diffuse sage oil, or rub on the bottoms of your feet, back of your neck, or arms.

  8. Lavender Essential Oil

    Lavender is the essential oil that is perhaps best known for helping you relax and sleep well, both of which are important if you wish to optimize your health and lose weight. If you’re having trouble sleeping, you’ll have less energy to work out and live your best life.

    There are many ways to incorporate the calming effects of lavender oil into your life: rub a drop or two of lavender essential oil on your temples before sleep or if you’re feeling stressed out or anxious; diffuse in your bedroom or office space; add a few drops of lavender oil to a pre-bedtime bath; rub a couple of drops on your pillowcase or into the collar of your pajamas; or add a few drops to your favorite lotion before applying.

  9. Fitness Essential Oil Blend

    Several of the essentials oils listed above are combined for you in Rocky Mountain Oils’ Fitness Essential Oil Blend. This blend is formulated to assist in managing the appetite and stop cravings between meals and impulsive eating. Stimulating but grounding, it can lift your mood and relax your stomach. It gives a delicious flavor to water and supports hydration with exercise.

    Fitness Blend contains: pink grapefruit, lemon, peppermint, cinnamon bark, celery seed, and ginger root essential oils.

    You can add 5-10 drops of this oil to your enema solution or suppository; diffuse the oil in your home; apply topically; or add a couple of drops to a glass of ice water.


Safe Rate of Weight Loss

Whether your goal is to lose a few pounds or 100 pounds, essential oils can play an important role in supporting a successful weight loss journey. Whatever tools you use to support your weight loss, it is essential to lose weight at a safe and steady pace. If you lose weight gradually and steadily, you are more likely to be able to maintain the lower weight you reach. Losing weight slowly also comes with far fewer health risks, such as nutritional deficiencies or losing critical muscle mass.

Depending on initial body weight, a reasonable rate of loss for overweight adults is 1 to 2 lbs (up to 1 kg) per week, or 5 to 10% of body weight over 6 months. Example: For a person weighing 250 pounds (113 kg), a healthful 5 to 10% weight loss over 6 months would be 12 to 25 lbs (5 to 11 kg).

▶︎ Learn more about how to healthily lose weight and cleanse your body of toxins using enemas

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Need Support with Your Healthful Weight Loss Journey?

For a personally tailored weight loss program, including individualized dietary support if needed, I would be happy to assist you via a scheduled phone consultation. I charge an affordable $1.80 per minute. First complete any relevant sections of my secure online intake form pertaining to your concerns. Upon submitting the form, you will be prompted to set a consultation time with me via my online booking system. Please note that appointment times are USA Central Time.


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September 22, 2019

Essential Oils for Prostate Health

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Prostatitis and BPH

Many men have prostate issues as they age.

BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland, affects approximately 50% of men aged 51-60 in the US, which makes it the most common prostate problem for men over 50.

Prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate), on the other hand, is the most common prostate problem for men younger than 50, and affects 10-15% of the US male population.

Just because these problems are common, however, doesn’t mean they are inevitable. With the use of essential oils, you may be able to naturally heal from and prevent these problems, and ensure that your prostate remains healthy throughout your life.

Essential Oils for Prostate Health

Optimal Health Network has created two essential oil blends specifically designed to help you heal from the prostate issues mentioned above.

Our BPH Essential Oil Blend supports overall prostate health, and should help to ease pain and optimize urinary function. It contains therapeutic-grade frankincense, myrrh, orange, sage, peppermint, and geranium essential oils.
  • Frankincense is known to reduce pain and inflammation and inhibit the growth and spread of cancerous cells. 
  • Myrrh has a relaxing effect on muscles, and has antiinflammatory, anticancer, and antibacterial benefits.
  • Orange is anti-inflammatory and rich in limonene, which helps fight/prevent cancer.
  • Sage is effective at fighting bacterial infections, is a nervous system stimulant, and helps balance hormones. It supports the reproductive, respiratory, and nervous systems.
  • Peppermint has antiviral, antiinflammatory, and antimicrobial properties.
  • Geranium supports the immune system, is soothing for anxiety and stress, and effective at treating hormonal disturbances. Antibacterial, it promotes cellular regeneration and healthy urination.
Our Prostatitis Essential Oil Blend helps to reduce infection and swelling, improve urinary function, increase circulation, improve sexual function, and ease pain. It contains therapeutic-grade rosemary, myrtle, thyme, frankincense, myrrh, sage, and spruce essential oils.
  • Rosemary is antibacterial, an immune stimulant, relieves pain, increases circulation, and reduces inflammation.
  • Myrtle is antimicrobial and has beneficial effects on glandular imbalances.
  • Thyme is antispasmodic and antiseptic abd effectively supports the reproductive and immune systems.
  • Frankincense is known to reduce pain and inflammation and inhibit the growth and spread of cancerous cells.
  • Myrrh has a relaxing effect on muscles, and has antiinflammatory, anticancer, and antibacterial benefits.
  • Sage is effective at fighting bacterial infections, is a nervous system stimulant, and helps balance hormones. It supports the reproductive, respiratory, and nervous systems.
  • Spruce (Tsuga) relieves muscle pain, promotes balanced hormones, promotes a strong immune system, and may help boost testosterone levels.
These two OHN essential oil blends have a lot of power between them, and we regularly hear from patients how well they work. Use one or both of these blends in coconut oil suppositories and/or add them to your enema solution.

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Additional Tips for a Healthy Prostate

If your prostate isn't at its healthiest, there are several other things you can do alongside using essential oils to help:
  1. Take Supplements like Prostatrol Forte

    Ortho Prostatrol Forte is specifically designed to help men who suffer from BPH and/or prostatitis. Prostatrol forte contains saw palmetto extract, which reduces the amount of hormonal stimulation of the prostate. It also contains nettle root extract, which blocks estrogen binding; pygeum, which inhibits the effects of growth factors on prostate cells; zinc, which is necessary for prostate functioning; and selenium, which destroys free radicals and is needed for proper prostate function. Additionally, both saw palmetto and pygeum reduce the inflammatory pathways to help alleviate prostatitis.
  2. Enema Series

    If you're suffering from prostatitis or BPH, I recommend taking the 3-step enema series 1 to 7 times per week for at least three months, in conjunction with essential oil suppositories
  3. Diet/Detox

    One of the main jobs of the prostate gland is to protect sperm from unwanted toxins. Following the diet and detox program laid out in my book, Ten Days to Optimal Health, will help you fully cleanse toxins from your entire body, which will benefit any prostate issues you're experiencing, as well as your overall health.

DISCLAIMER: If you have been diagnosed by your doctor with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or prostatitis, the Optimal Health Network offers the above therapeutic products and protocols to support your prostate health under the supervision of your doctor. We make no claim or guarantee for cure or relief of any specific symptom, medical condition, or disease when using any of these products or protocols.

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September 9, 2019

10 Beneficial Uses of Essential Oil Suppositories

essential oils Although the healing powers of essential oils are widely discussed by health practitioners and their patients, many people don't know the most effective ways to use essential oils to improve their health.

Aromatherapy, topical use, and oral ingestion of essential oils can all have a significant favorable impact on one's health and well-being. However, absorbing therapeutic essential oils via a rectal suppository is often the most direct and effective way to receive the intended healing benefits, because the rectum rapidly absorbs the plant's chemical constituents through its mucosal surfaces.

Furthermore, pH levels in the rectum are more optimal than pH levels in the stomach. Essential oils work best in an alkaline (non-acidic) environment. The acidic internal terrain of the upper GI tract can decrease the potency of the therapeutic constituents of the plant.

Essential oil suppositories can support you in optimizing your health if you are faced with one or more of the following health conditions (and more) or are just looking to accomplish a general detox or support your overall colon health.

1. Hemorrhoids

Statistically, about 75% of us will develop hemorrhoids at some point in our lives. Hemorrhoids can be very painful and uncomfortable. Essential oils can help not only to ease the symptoms, but also assist you to heal from hemorrhoids.

If you're suffering from hemorrhoids, use 6-8 drops of Lime Essential Oil and/or OHN Hemorrhoid Essential Oil Blend in a daily coconut oil suppository.

2. Cancer Support (Preventive Therapy or Fighting Cancer's Progression)

Scientific studies have shown that Frankincense Essential Oil can stop some types of cancerous tumors from growing and spreading.

The oil has been shown to differentiate healthy and cancerous cells and suppress cancer cell viability, and the boswellic acid found contained in it helps reduce inflammation and can inhibit the growth of tumor cells.

Most cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, also kill healthy cells as they fight cancer. Frankincense's ability to specifically target cancerous cells in some circumstances means that it has the potential to be a powerful option for fighting and preventing certain types of cancer.

Because the colon is an optimal location for essential oil absorption, coconut oil suppositories with frankincense essential oil may be especially effective at preventing colorectal cancer, which is the third most common cancer in the United States.

3. Constipation

Constipation is a common gastrointestinal disorder, with a prevalence in approximately 20% of the population. In the elderly population, the incidence of constipation is higher, with elderly females being particularly at risk for severe constipation.

Essential oil suppositories can help not only to relieve constipation, but also to improve your overall health. OHN Colon Cleanse Essential Oil Blend suppositories can help you maintain a healthy flora balance, optimize the health of the lining of the colon, and reduce inflammation.

4. Anal Fissures

Anal fissures are tears in the anal canal, usually caused by overstretching the anus. Anal fissures can also be caused by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Candida albicans, chronic diarrhea, hemorrhoids, or any other biochemical imbalance that leaves the anus inflamed. Anal fissures occur in both men and women of all ages. The prime symptom of an anal fissure is pain, which is often extreme.

OHN Anal Fissure Essential Oil Blend has been specially formulated to heal anal fissures. It can help restore anal elasticity, help prevent infection, and help reduce bleeding and inflammation.

5. Prostatitis and BPH

Essential oil suppositories can help improve and maintain prostate health, and can help men heal from conditions such as prostatitis and BPH.

Learn More: OHN Prostatitis Essential Oil Blend

Learn More: OHN BPH Essential Oil Blend

6. Lyme Disease

A study conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins University found evidence that certain essential oils can help eradicate the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.

These identified essential oils are garlic, allspice, cumin, palmarosa, myrrh, hydacheim, amyris, thyme, Litsea cubeba, lemon eucalyptus, and cinnamon bark.

Rotating several of the essential oils mentioned above in order to target a Lyme infection in layers may be a beneficial strategy for many Lyme patients.

I detail my recommended protocols for using essential oils with severe and mild Lyme cases in this article.

7. Candida (Candidiasis)

Candida albicans, a naturally occuring yeast-like organism in our microflora, can be very difficult to remove from the body if it proliferates and gives rise to fungal infections, both locally and systemically.

Certain therapeutic-grade essential oils can be effective in supporting the body to rid itself of a Candida overgrowth.

OHN Candida Essential Oil Blend has been designed to support you in overcoming Candida overgrowth. Composed of lavender, bergamot, eucalyptus, and lemongrass essential oils, this blend is safe for long-term use and gently supports the body broadly while helping to eliminate fungal infections. Use this blend in a coconut oil suppository daily for at least 3-4 weeks to heal from Candida overgrowth.

More Information on Our Candida Healing Protocol

8. Coffee Enema Alternative

Essential oil suppositories can also be a good alternative to coffee enemas if you're allergic to coffee. In this case try our OHN Coffee Enema Essential Oil Blend in coconut oil suppositories.

9. Detoxification

European scientists have studied the ability of essential oils to work as natural chelators, binding with heavy metals and petrochemicals and helping to carry them out of the body. Adding essential oils to your daily routine through suppositories can help your body repair cells and remove toxic waste from the body.

Tangerine Essential Oil can be very effective at removing petrochemicals, for instance.

Lavender Essential Oil is an excellent tonic for the nerves and often helps with migraines, headaches, anxiety, and/or depression.

10. Promoting Overall Colon Health

Essential oil suppositories are a powerful tool to help you maintain a healthy flora balance, support the health of your colon lining, and reduce inflammation.

An important aspect of colon health is microbial balance. We now know there are over 10 million different types of bacteria in the colon. Many of these bacteria are vitally beneficial. Some are not. A proper balance of the different types of bacteria in the gut is crucial for digestive as well as overall health.

In a preliminary preclinical study, Italian researchers found that ingested geraniol effectively supports healthy microbial balance (March 2016). Geraniol, a component of geranium essential oil, is known to support colon health. Geranium essential oil is included in our OHN Coffee Enema Essential Oil Blend. This blend also supports liver health, with similar benefits to taking a coffee enema.


Studies show that absorbing essential oils in the rectum/colon is by far the most direct and effective way to receive their intended health benefits. Essential oil suppositories can help you heal from a variety of health issues, or support an overall detoxification and colon health program, and and they are easy to make!

How To Make Rectal Coconut Oil Suppositories to Deliver Essential Oils

Recommended Essential Oil Suppository Recipes

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July 21, 2019

What Do Coffee Enemas Do for You?

coffee enema kit During health consultations, many of my clients ask me, "What do coffee enemas do for you?"

Coffee enemas are well-known to help relieve pain, nausea, general nervous tension, and depression. Coffee enemas can also increase mental clarity, focus, and energy.

By lowering blood serum toxin levels, coffee enemas are thought to increase cell energy production and improve blood circulation, immunity, and tissue repair.

Coffee enemas support the body in part by increasing glutathione levels in the bloodstream. Glutathione reacts with free radicals (which cause cell damage) and makes them inert. These neutralized substances are then dissolved in the bile, released through the bile flow from the liver and gallbladder, and excreted through the intestinal tract.

As part of a detoxification program, coffee enemas facilitate the release of toxins in your body by:
  • stimulating the liver to produce more bile. Bile is a bodily fluid that has a role in fat digestion and into which many are dissolved for removal from the body through the gallbladder, small intestine, and colon.
  • causing the muscles of the bile duct to relax, opening the duct widely to produce a large flow of bile from the gallbladder into the small intestine. This allows the liver to rid itself of many toxins quickly, freeing it to process more blood-transported toxins from throughout the body.
  • dilating blood vessels via action of theophylline and theobromine in the coffee, further increasing blood flow to the liver.
  • increasing production of glutathione s-transferase (GST), a key detoxification enzyme, by 600% to 700%, via effects of palmitic acid in the coffee. GST shuttles toxins for binding with glutathione, which neutralizes them and carries them out of the body in the bile.
  • speeding transit of waste through the colon.

What type of coffee is best for coffee enemas?

coffee enema kit It's important that the coffee you use in coffee enemas is organic, low-acid, and high in caffeine and palmitates, which are the key therapeutic elements of coffee that our bodies use for effective detoxification. We offer a special made-for-enema coffee that meets these criteria.

Never use decaffeinated coffee for your coffee enema.

The preparation of the coffee you use for the enema is also important. Air-roasted coffee is ideal for coffee enemas. Air roasting does not add smoke or flame to the beans, so there are no carcinogens introduced.

For those with gluten sensitivity, air roasting prevents cross-reactivity with gluten in the body.

Finally, it is important to use brewed coffee promptly. Do not store it once brewed, as it becomes more acidic.

How often should I do coffee enemas?

The answer to this question varies depending on your state of health, the amount of free time you have, and the results you're seeing with coffee enemas.

It's also important to individualize your enema program to meet the specific needs of your own microbiome.

For some people, especially those experiencing more extreme health issues or high levels of environmental toxicity, daily coffee enemas may be ideal.

For others, doing coffee enemas or the enema series anywhere from 1 to 4 times per week may be appropriate.

Listening to your body is key when determining how frequently you should do a coffee enema.


What are the potential side effects of a coffee enema?

Consult your doctor before beginning a coffee enema program. When taken correctly, coffee enemas are very safe. However, some minor side effects can occur, and enemas may not be the best choice for everyone. Minor side effects may include:
  • Dehydration. Be sure to stay well-hydrated before, during, and after a coffee enema.
  • Feeling too "buzzed". Don't use too much coffee in your enema, or make the solution too strong. You do not need a very strong solution to enjoy the benefits of a coffee enema. (One tablespoon of coffee to one gallon of water can be enough.) If you’re sensitive to caffeine, start with small amounts, and pay attention to how your body responds.
Although in the medical literature you may see more serious risks mentioned in association with coffee enemas (such as rectal tears or infection), I can state confidently, having worked with thousands of clients over the past 20+ years, that when done with the quality enema equipment and following proper instructions, coffee enemas are a safe and effective health tool for most people!

Do coffee enemas deplete minerals?

While coffee enemas are very effective at detoxification, they can also deplete essential minerals in your body. To counteract this, I have created a 3-step enema series protocol which does not deplete the body of electrolytes, increases the amount of healthy microorganisms in the colon, helps improve overall immunity, supports the liver, and does not irritate sensitive colonic tissues. (The coffee enema is the third and final enema in the series.)

Coffee enemas vs. the enema series

A full enema series reduces imbalances and inflammation in the gut microbiome and supports the key bodily detoxification processes that occur during the coffee enema.

Furthermore, because the primary action of the coffee enema is to allow the coffee solution to be absorbed into the portal vein, you don't want to reabsorb any toxic byproducts of the waste sitting in the lower colon. Therefore, it’s important to first cleanse that waste with the first two enemas in the series.

For these reasons, an enema series is much more effective than taking just a single coffee enema.

How can I further enhance my coffee enemas?

Chlorophyll Capsules

It is important to take some sort of binding agent when doing coffee enemas. Chlorophyll tightly binds the toxins that are released in the bile during a coffee enema, so that they will not be reabsorbed through the intestinal wall.

Take 4-8 chlorophyll capsules approximately 30 minutes before the start of the enema. Then, just before starting the enema, take another 4-8 capsules.

Tangerine Essential Oil

Tangerine essential oil increases the efficacy of coffee enemas in several ways. It enhances the absorption of the coffee through the colon and into the circulatory system. It assists the liver to process the coffee more efficiently and will balance the strong purgative effects of the coffee with its regenerative healing properties. It also helps the body to produce glutathione, which aids in detoxification of the liver.

Add 3-10 drops of Tangerine Essential Oil to your coffee enema solution.

Geranium Essential Oil

In 2012 researchers at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey found that geranium essential oil also enhances glutathione levels in the bloodstream.

This is important for a number of reasons:
  • Many people are sensitive to caffeine. Caffeine is what increases your glutathione levels when you take a coffee enema. Thus, geranium can be used instead of coffee in a therapeutic enema.
  • If you aren't sensitive to caffeine, you can add geranium to your coffee enema for even greater benefit.
  • If you don't have enough time to take coffee enemas, consider using geranium essential oil suppositories.
coffee enema kit To substitute geranium essential oil for coffee in your enema, mix one teaspoon of Celtic Sea Salt and 4-6 drops of Geranium Essential Oil or 5-20 drops of our Coffee Enema Essential Oil Blend per quart of filtered water. Like a coffee enema, this is best done after first completing the first two enemas in the enema series.

Coffee Enemas and the MTHFR Gene Mutation

One significant factor that impacts many people's ability to naturally eliminate toxins from their bodies is a mutation in the MTHFR gene.

This variant is fairly common, with research finding that 20-40% of Americans may have either one variant (heterozygous, which is unlikely to lead to any health issues) or two (homozygous).

MTHFR gene mutations are inherited from your parents.

Homozygous mutations can create issues with your body’s ability to detoxify and methylate. Thus people with the homozygous MTHFR mutation may need to take additional measures to to help rid their bodies of toxins, and coffee enemas can be one important tool to do so.

You can get tested for the MTHFR gene through saliva testing such as


A coffee enema, particularly when taken as part of an enema series, can be a powerful tool to help you detoxify your body.

The potential benefits of coffee enemas include enhancing your body's cellular and tissue health, strengthening your immune system, increasing your energy levels, relieving pain and nausea, and more.

Using the enema series, a chlorophyll binder, and targeted essential oils with your coffee enemas can make them even more effective and lessen any potential side effects.


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February 20, 2019

Are Enema Kits Safe?

Plus Other Important Colon Cleanse Answers

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  • Commonly available over-the-counter, chemically based enema kits, such as Fleet products, are not safe for regular use.
  • Many people experience latex sensitivity with enema use, sometimes severe. Therefore I recommend plastic, vinyl, or silicone equipment over latex equipment.
  • A quality enema hose clamp is vital to control the flow of your enema solution.
  • The enema nozzle, because it is inserted into the colon, is a key component in keeping your enema kit safe.

As a professional colon hydrotherapist, I've been working with customers and clients for over 20 years using therapeutic enemas.

"Enemas saved my life." I hear this almost every day from people with diverse health issues, from constipation to cancer. I delight in hearing these words and will often ask detailed questions about the customer's home enema process.

Most of the people who tell me enemas saved their lives have taken or are currently taking enemas regularly. Importantly, most of these people have spent time sourcing the right enema equipment for their individual health challenges.

Those emphatically reporting favorable enema experiences to me do not use the following types of commonly available enema kits...

1. Fleet enema kits are over-the-counter products which induce evacuation via the active ingredient sodium phosphate. Sodium phosphate acts primarily by drawing water into the colon, loosening stools and increasing gut motility. These kits are not safe for regular use as they may contribute to electrolyte disturbances and dependency.

2. Fleet and other manufacturers also offer bisacodyl enema kits which directly stimulate the colon (large intestine) to increase rhythmic, wave-like muscle contractions which push feces forward. These enema kits are likewise not safe for regular use as they too may result in electrolyte disturbances and dependency.

3. Mineral oil enema kits introduce a distillate of petroleum into the body -- in other words, something derived from the same stuff you put in your car's engine! These kits act by releasing stuck stools through lubrication and softening of the stool, but are also not safe for regular use due to their petroleum-derived ingredients.

Which enema kits are safe?

Historically the common enema kit used in homes is made out of latex (rubber), which is generally sourced from the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis). Most hospitals have switched from latex enema equipment to plastic, vinyl, or silicone equipment because many people have or may develop a degree of latex sensitivity, sometimes severe.

Symptoms of a latex allergy can range from minor skin irritation to life-threatening shock. The older a person is, the more likely some sensitivity to latex will arise. Therefore I recommend staying away from latex enema bags and enema hose if possible, especially first-time enema users who may not be aware of sensitivities which could lead to adverse reactions. Exercising caution with the equipment material is strongly advised.

photo of top-selling enema kit Additional home enema safety considerations...

Make sure you use a hook that is strong enough to hold your enema bag. Use a heavy-duty, stainless steel S-hook which allows you to safely hang your enema bag anywhere.

Use a quality clamp. The clamp controls the flow of the therapeutic solution into your colon. You want the clamp to be easy to reach, easy to open and close, and easy to adjust to precisely control the flow volume. A ratchet clamp or a ramp clamp are your best choices for safe enema kits.

The enema nozzle, because it is inserted into the colon, is a key component in keeping your enema kit safe. The enema nozzle should not be uniformly pencil-thin and rigid, because this poses an unnecessary safety risk: such hard, pointy nozzles increase your chances of perforating your colon. For maximum safety, the enema nozzle should have a wider, blunted tip for smooth insertion (see photo below). We sell a quality flex tip nozzle made of soft plastisol which meets this safety standard. Be sure your enema nozzle is well-lubricated with a viscous and nutritious lubricant. The enema nozzle should be gently inserted into the rectum, pointing toward the belly button.

photo of flex tip enema nozzle For a bit of perspective, in the 20+ years I've been working with people who use enemas for optimizing their health, I've had only one client who caused himself a perforated colon with his colon tube when performing a home enema. This client was in the late stages of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and his colon wall was weak, so he was at higher risk for perforation.

What enema ingredients are safe?

As mentioned above, sodium phosphate, stimulant laxatives such as bisacodyl, and mineral oil are not therapeutic choices for use in your enema kit, and can often cause health issues.

Unfortunately, water quality is not great in much of the world. Always use filtered water in your enema.

Water alone can clear the colon from constipation, but it cannot do much more. The Optimal Health Network has developed a 3-step enema series as a gentle process for therapeutically cleansing not only the colon, but the entire body. Home enema benefits include increasing levels of healthy bacteria, reducing levels of unhealthy bacteria, improving liver health, and improving the body's overall detoxification abilities.

Science from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) now shows that the microbiome in the colon is essential for good health. The enema series protocol can be beneficial for people with health struggles such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), prostate issues, anal fissures, hemorrhoids, anxiety, celiac disease, dementia, and heart disease. Scientific research now confirms the connection between an unhealthy microbiome and inflammation, which is the central cause of most pain, mental health imbalances, and disease.

The Optimal Health Network's enema series protocol will help you clear out the entire colon, optimize the health of your microbiome, and feed the cells of the colon wall, all while supporting the body's overall detoxification pathways.

In short, if you find yourself interested in taking enemas, be sure that your enema equipment is safe and that your enema solutions support overall health.

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December 21, 2018

The Colon Cleanse: A Viable Alternative to Mainstream Colonoscopy Preparation

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is an examination of the colon using a thin flexible tube with a camera at the end which is inserted into the colon through the anus. It is often a somewhat unpleasant procedure, but it is necessary for the detection of polyps — small growths in the lining of the colon, some of which can develop into colon cancer over time.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for colorectal cancer in adults via a colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or fecal occult blood test (FOBT), beginning at age 50.

A colonoscopy examines the entire colon, while a sigmoidoscopy covers only the lower part of the colon, also known as the rectum and sigmoid colon.

The colon must be free of all solid material for a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy to be effective. Unfortunately the mainstream preparation for undergoing either of these procedures — fasting and taking a chemical laxative such as NuLYTELY — is time-consuming, often physically uncomfortable, and can cause significant to severe dehydration in many people.

Is colon cleansing via colon hydrotherapy or home enemas a viable alternative to the mainstream colonoscopy/sigmoidoscopy preparation?

Yes. Research presented in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine indicates that a colon cleanse to clear the colon of all fecal matter for a cancer screening is a sound alternative to the mainstream approach. In addition to examining the safety, efficacy, and tolerability of a lukewarm saline bowel cleanse as a colonoscopy preparation in comparison with NuLYTELY (a solution of PEG-3350, sodium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, and potassium chloride), this study also examined the beneficial role of yoga postures used in conjunction with the colon cleanse.

Efficacy of Bolus Lukewarm Saline and Yoga Postures as Colonoscopy Preparation: A Pilot Study

How can I make sure my colon is prepared for examination without using chemical laxatives?

Colon hydrotherapy (colonic irrigation) sessions and/or home enemas are great tools to remove all of the solid materials in the colon that make a colonoscopy difficult. Colon cleansing via either of these methods simply uses warm water to wash out the solid materials and can be soothing and comfortable, especially compared with a day on laxatives.

Cleanse the colon thoroughly just prior (within 2 hours of) the examination. In order to cleanse the colon thoroughly, you may need either a professional colon hydrotherapy session or a personal consultation with me, Kristina Amelong, CCT, CNC, of the Optimal Health Network, to successfully prepare the colon at home with an enema series.

Using colon hydrotherapy and/or enemas can help you avoid the discomfort of diarrhea episodes, the potential upset of electrolyte balance, and the need to undergo a longer period of fasting.

Consider talking to your doctor about using enemas or colonic sessions in lieu of the mainstream colonoscopy preparation. It can save you time, money, and much discomfort.

What type of diet should be followed prior to the colonoscopy/sigmoidoscopy in conjunction with the colon cleanse?

The Mayo Clinic recommends following a special diet the day before the exam. Typically, you won't be able to eat solid food the day before the exam. Drinks may be limited to plain water; tea or coffee without milk or cream; broth; and/or carbonated beverages. Avoid red liquids, which can be confused with blood during the colonoscopy. You may not be able to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the exam.

Mayo Clinic: Colonoscopy Overview

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November 21, 2018

Hopeful Possibilities of Preventing or Slowing Bone Loss through Probiotics

Bone fractures due to osteoporosis very often have tragic consequences, with complications from hip fractures causing a mortality rate of 24%-30% during the first year following injury, and an almost 50% rate of permanent disability (Burge et al., 2007). Unfortunately the high cost and challenging side effects of the major osteoporosis drugs currently on the market lead to most osteoporosis cases going untreated or undertreated. Therefore there is an urgent need to find less expensive, effective, and well-tolerated strategies not only for treating osteoporosis after its onset, but in particular for preventing or slowing initial bone loss in the aging population.

Nutritional supplementation with probiotics (viable microorganisms that provide a health benefit when ingested in adequate quantities) may represent one hopeful strategy in fighting bone loss, which can begin as early as age 40. A recent study published in the journal Immunity tested the ability of the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) to enhance bone growth. The study, using laboratory mice, revealed that this probiotic stimulated the growth of gut bacteria that produce a particular metabolite called butyrate. Butyrate, in turn, prompted T cells in bone marrow to produce a protein called Wnt10b, which is vital for bone growth (see graphical abstract). States the study's senior author, Roberto Pacifici: "We were surprised by the potency of the gut microbiome in regulating bone and by the complexity of the mechanism of action of probiotics."

Human bone is not a static structure. Bone is made up of living tissue that is continuously being broken down and remade into new bone by the body. This natural rebuilding cycle is robust typically only through one's 20s. By around age 30, the body stops increasing bone mass, and beyond age 40, more bone is often being broken down than is being replaced. This slowdown tends to be more pronounced in women than men, and therefore older women are generally at higher risk of developing osteoporosis than men.

Pacifici explains that his team's bone growth findings still need to be validated in human studies. If such studies are successful, this could lead to a promising and more affordable protocol through targeted probiotics for both optimizing skeletal development in young people and helping to prevent osteoporosis in older people.

I recommend Ortho Molecular's Ortho Biotic oral supplement as a trusted source of the Lactobacillus rhamnosus probiotic which was tested in this study. More broadly, I highly recommend this product's overall proprietary blend of probiotics to many of my clients, especially those with digestive difficulties and those using enemas as part of a colon cleanse regimen. Ortho Biotic has guaranteed potency at ingestion, and has been scientifically formulated for room temperature storage. No is refrigeration needed.


Read Full Study:
The Microbial Metabolite Butyrate Stimulates Bone Formation via T Regulatory Cell-Mediated Regulation of WNT10B Expression

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