I had never been very healthy but didn’t realize it.  When you’re growing up, unless someone treats you like something’s wrong, it’s natural to accept your status as normal.  Growing up I lived in a fog.  I didn’t do sports, I didn’t take part in any extra-curricular activities.  I weighed 103 pounds and the only person I could beat in the quarter mile in PE was a girl who weighed 350 pounds.  I simply didn’t have the energy to do anything.  I *thought* I was fine.  Shows you what I know.

In my 20’s I went to the doctor because I had sharp abdominal pain on the left side.  The doctor couldn’t find anything wrong so I was sent to Virginia Mason for testing where they also found nothing.  I was then advised to see a psychologist.  This is a really sad statement on the efficacy of the diagnostic abilities of our modern medical profession.  This scenario would play itself out over and over through my 30’s and 40’s.  Every visit resulted in a bill and no answers.  Sadly, the naturopath I went to see was, if anything, worse then the general medical profession as a whole.  She treated me like I was totally nuts.  Through all this, I did not know the human body is designed to defecate daily and not a single doctor asked.  Not one.  My *normal* schedule was once every week or so.  Trust me, this is SO not normal.

In my late 40’s I connected with a very bright Certified Nutritional Therapist who, while not pointing at me and saying “celiac sprue!” was able to push me onto the path to better health.  In retrospect, if I’d had a gluten intolerance diagnosis at that point, my health would have improved very quickly.  Unfortunately, the right diagnosis for the root of my ills was still years away.

With the help of the CNT I was able to rid my system of the majority of parasite load I carried.  That alone helped tremendously.

This next bit of text is to help you understand the connection between celiac sprue (gluten intolerance) and parasite infestation and yeast over-growth.  What follows is the cliff notes version.

In a person who is gluten intolerant (a genetic condition also known as Celiac’s Disease or celiac sprue), when gluten is included in the diet the villi (little nutrient absorbing hairs in the small intestine) become flattened/damaged and they no longer work as designed.  Malnutrition is the primary result, though there are many symptoms and conditions which can be connected to Celiac’s disease.

When the wall of the intestine is damaged it’s likely that the intestines will start “leaking” into the body cavity.  When that happens, the body is more vulnerable to infestations of parasites and the spreading of the normally occurring yeasts that live in your intestines.  The integrity of the intestinal wall is lost as is the protection of a healthy gut to stave off these problems.  So now on top of malnutrition, you have a further drag on your system, one with a life of its own that will continue to grow and spread.

Once you’ve managed to figure out what’s wrong, getting healthy takes time. It’s 2011 and it’s been over 10 years since I first starting working with a CNT to figure out what was wrong with me. I could not have started the journey without the CNT’s help. Her insight, logic and experience were the toe in the door. After decades of many different doctors with few answers, it was a relief to find someone who was willing to help me figure out what was wrong. Curing my ills, once I understood what was wrong and found the right treatment, was neither difficult nor expensive. Fortunately, I learned the solutions to my problems slowly or I would have jumped in with both feet and possibly made everything worse. I truly am blessed.

The best advice I can give you is . . . go slowly.  If you try to fix too much too fast, you stand a chance of adding to the problems you’ve already got. You may want to be well by tomorrow, next week or next month, but your body has a finite capacity for cleansing.  Exceeding that capacity can do more harm than good. You didn’t get sick overnight, you’re not going to get well overnight. Be smart. Go slow. Do not pile on. Don’t try to kill everything and/or fix everything at once. More people die from the treatment of cancer than die from the cancer. Your “getting well” protocols should be thoughtful and measure so they improve your life, not make it more miserable. Do your cleansing one step at a time. Pick one thing and wait until you’ve reached a plateau before adding the next treatment.

And here, finally, are the Cliff Notes:

  • Clean out the garage – commit to a good quality colon cleansing program. If it’s not removing plaque, it’s not a good colon cleansing program. If you don’t remove the plaque, you aren’t going to be able to get rid of the fungus and parasites that live in the layers of plaque.  This really has to be the first step in any “get healthy” program because if you don’t clean the garage you will be tripping over things as you try to wend your way to the curb with the new load of stuff that’s got to go.
  • Know what your allergies and sensitivities are. You cannot get well if you are continuing to poison your system. You increase your toxin load every time you sin, so wise up and don’t sin until you’re better and your body can handle the occasional transgression. I had Häagen-Dazs Five Lemon yesterday. I was a pig and ate it all by myself, the whole pint. When I did that two months ago I had open sores in my right ear for days. Today I have no open sores, just a little bit of extra fluid which was gone by noon. <euphoric grin> That shows I’m getting better! Better doesn’t mean I can do a no-no like that very often with the expectation that my condition will continue to improve. I know better. My advice is, if you must sin, know the consequences, do it seldom and make it count.
  • The liver is part of the garage that needs regular cleaning. Think of it as a pool filter for your blood. If it gets plugged, it stops filtering and the water gets really dirty. With nowhere to go, all that junk keeps circling through your body, accumulating and adding to your general unwellness.  The liver cleanse protocol I got from my CNT is listed in Links on the menu.
  • Detox. My favorite detox is sodium chlorite, easy to take, inexpensive and effective. YMMV but it works for me.  I was so toxic when I first started taking it I had to dilute it to 5% and start one one drop.  That’s scary toxic.
  • Assume you have parasites and treat yourself accordingly. Parasites are a lot like insects. There are way more of them than there are of us. If you’re alive, you have parasites. If you have pets, if you work in the garden, if you’ve ever gone barefoot, waded through the water, had sex, eaten fruit off the tree . . . if you haven’t spent your life in a sterile bubble, it’s pretty safe to assume you have parasites.  Parasite treatments don’t have to be crush and burn chemical preps that are hard on your system.  In my experience, Rascal and the Parasite Trio (worm wood, clove oil and black walnut husk) are both effective and gentle.  Again, YMMV.  Use whatever works best for you, but do a parasite cleanse.
  • If you’ve ever had foot fungus or a yeast infection, you have fungus inside your body. Get rid of it. If you starve it by not eating the things it likes best (sugar and sweets), you just slow it down. I have Celiac’s disease. My latest jump toward better health was when I understood fungus lives in the mucous membranes and nothing can reach in there to kill it except the food it eats. Sodium chlorite will keep it out of your bloodstream so it can’t spread, but it can’t easily touch the fungus living in mucous membranes. If you feed fungus poison it likes in its food, you weaken and kill it faster than it can reproduce.  Maple syrup and baking soda mixed together won’t hurt you but will act as the rat poison of the fungus world.  The link to the recipe in in the menu.
  • And finally, drink lots of water, get lots of exercise, eat good quality fresh food, enjoy the sunshine, the company of friends, new experiences and laugh, love, live.

If you have questions, email me.