Your Colon Making You Sick?
David Dressler and Barrie Carlsen
The Function of the Colon
The colon, or large intestine, is the longest portion
of the digestive tract (about five feet in length in the adult), arranged
in loops inside the abdomen. The colon has two main functions:
To absorb fluids and various unassimilated
To move solid wastes onward to final elimination
from the body.
Just as in household plumbing, the flow through the
colon, our 'internal plumbing', should be unrestricted from one end to the
other, or problems resulting in disease can occur.
When wastes build up in the colon, toxins are released
into the body and absorbed, gradually making the person sick. These wastes
must be eliminated. If one never flushed the toilet, you can imagine the results.
In fact, it is exactly because of modern hygiene-regular washing, underground
sewage systems, etc.-that there has been a mass reduction in certain diseases
during the last hundred years. Why should it be any different with the sewage
system closer to home-in our own bodies? Good colon hygiene means good health
How do we know if our colon is eliminating properly?
Many people believe that one bowel movement a day-or even one per week-is
adequate. For many, constipation is an accepted way of life. But this is not
a healthy condition. If your toilet were full, you would flush it right away,
not once a day or once a week. Passing a firm, painless stool two to three
times a day, is the natural and healthy way.
Even if one eliminates regularly two or three times
a day, one can still have a toxic colon. Waste matter can accumulate in the
angled or flexed regions of the colon, just as sludge accumulates in the J-shaped
joint of the pipe below the sink drain. Accumulated waste matter in colon
flexures continuously release poisons back into the body. Another way the
colon becomes toxic is from poor choice of foods. Even though these foods
may be moving smoothly through the colon and eliminated regularly and are
not forming 'sludge' in colon flexures, certain foods or additives may be
toxic to the body, releasing those toxins into the colon where they are absorbed
instead of eliminated. Rather than nourishing the cells, muscles, nerves and
glands in the body, they are slowly being poisoned. Disease is the inevitable
With our modern lifestyle, it is not uncommon for
an adult to accumulate 10-20 pounds of old fecal matter and up to 65 pounds
has been reported! Compare the picture of a normal digestive system to one
with several commonly known bowel and colon diseases.
The second task of the colon is the absorption of
liquids and essential nutrients. Even if the colon is eliminating regularly
and no "sludge" is building up in its coils, there can be poor absorption
of nutrients. If we eat processed, fried, over-cooked or devitalized foods
or excessive sugar and salt, the body will be deprived of essential nutrients.
These toxic 'non-foods' starve the body instead of sustaining it. Again, the
outcome of sustained nutritional deficiency is illness.
Good health begins in the colon
The statement, 'you are what you eat' is only
partly true. You are what you assimilate. You can eat all the
best food and finest vitamins and supplements, but if your colon is not assimilating
them, you are literally flushing them-and your money-down the toilet! If
what you eat is nutritious and assimilated, you will be healthy. If what you
eat is nutritionally deficient and poorly assimilated, you will not be healthy.
Symptoms of a Toxic Colon
Do you presently have any of the following?
- Bad breathe?
- Body odour?
- Brittle hair, nails?
- Circles under your eyes?
- Cold hands or feet?
- Thyroid problems?
- Digestive problems?
- Abdominal pain?
- Constipation, diarrhea?
- Severe weight loss?
- Menstrual irregularities?
- Prostate problems?
- 'Brain fog'?
- Poor memory?
- Low energy?
- Food cravings?
- High or low blood pressure?
- Neck-shoulder pain?
- Low back pain?
- Migrating aches and pains?
- Varicose veins?
If you have some of these symptoms, you may have
a toxic colon and you should seek diagnosis by a health professional.
Gastroenterologist Dr. Anthony Basser states: "Every
physician should realize that the intestinal toxemias (poisons) are the most
important primary and contributing causes of many disorders and diseases of
the human body."
In his book Colon Health, The Key to a Vibrant
Life, Normal Walker, D.Sc., Ph.D. writes: "Few of us realize that failure
to effectively eliminate waste products from the body causes so much fermentation
and putrefaction (rotting of waste matter) in the colon that the neglected
accumulation of waste can, and frequently does, result in a lingering demise!
Infirmity and sickness are the result of allowing the intestines to remain
loaded with waste matter."
Colon toxicity can lead to: adhesions, colitis and
ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn's disease, diverticulitis,
liver disease, pancreatic disorders, allergies and immune system dysfunctions.
Without going into detail on each of these conditions, it is enough to say
they are all painful, sometimes severely disabling, and at times actually
life-threatening (as in diverticulitis, when a festering sac of feces in the
colon balloons, ruptures and spills poisons into the abdominal cavity). When
advanced, these conditions often require surgical intervention, which is not
always successful. It is important to note that these unfortunate consequences
can be prevented or minimized by maintaining a healthy colon.
Maintaining a Healthy Colon
Before knowing how to keep the colon healthy, it
is necessary to understand what makes the colon toxic or unhealthy. Major
causes of colon toxicity are:
- Lack of fibre in the diet
- Lack of lactic bateria
- Fried, processed, over-cooked, devitalized starches,
refined sugar, excessive salt and excess saturated fat in the diet
- Chronic anxiety (stress)
The perspective on dietary
fibre expressed in the following sections is that of the American Dietetic
Association. According to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association
(1997, vol. 97, pp. 1157-1159), while not considered an essential nutrient,
adequate daily consumption of dietary fibre is essential to long-term good
health. Dietary fibre has demonstrated benefits for health maintenance, disease
prevention and as a component of nutrition therapy.
What is Dietary Fibre?
Dietary fibre is primarily
storage cell and cell wall polysaccharides (complex sugars) of plants that
cannot be digested by the non-microbial enzymes of the human digestive tract.
Fibre consists of a variety of substances, most of which are complex carbohydrates.
These substances can be divided into two general categories: soluble fibre
and insoluble fibre. This distinction is important because the
two types of fibre have different effects on the human digestive system.
Soluble fibre is that
part of the total fibre that is suspended in water during laboratory analysis.
Soluble fibre can represent 15%-50% of the total fibre, depending on the method
of analysis being employed. About 25%-33% of the dietary fibre present in
typical mixed-food diets is water-soluble. Soluble fibres form a gel-like
consistency in water and include gums, mucilages, some pectins and some hemicelluloses.
Foods that contain substantial portions of soluble fibre include beans, corn,
oats, barley, peas, lentils, dates, blackberries, cranberries, seeds, apples,
bananas, citrus fruits and certain vegetables such as white potatoes and sweet
potatoes. Most other grains, fruits and vegetables contain smaller proportions
of soluble fibre. The enzymes produced by bacteria in the large intestine
can break down (ferment) most soluble fibres and do not promote elimination.
Two noted exceptions are oats, which contain up to 50% soluble fibre, and
psyllium seed husks, which are considered soluble fibres. Both of these fibre
sources promote intestinal activity and defecation. Some soluble fibres slow
the rise of glucose levels in the blood. For a soluble fibre to be effective,
it must also be viscous. Viscosity slows transit time of the liquified food
in the upper gastrointestinal tract, resulting in slower absorption rates,
lower blood concentrations of nutrients and altered hormonal responses to
these absorbed nutrients. Viscosity also appears to be a requirement for fibre
if it is to lower blood cholesterol concentrations.
Insoluble fibres include
lignin, cellulose and some hemicelluloses and pectins. Insoluble fibre makes
up approximately 66%-75% of the dietary fibre in a mixed-food diet. Foods
particularly rich in insoluble fibre include bran (the outer covering of corn,
oat, rice, wheat), whole grains (corn, barley, rice, wheat, oat), cereals,
edible skins of fruits and vegetables, and some whole vegetables. Insoluble
fibres are resistant to enzymatic breakdown in the colon. They act to speed
transit time, increase stool weight and promote laxation (defecation).
Recommendation for adult
dietary fibre intake is 25-30g/day or 12-50g/1,000 kcal. The average American
diet provides barely half of this amount, or 10-15g/day. Increasing the consumption
of complex carbohydrates is the best way to increase fibre intake. Following
are some suggestions to increase fibre intake:
Choose fresh fruit or vegetables rather
Eat the skin and membranes of cleaned
fruits and vegetables
Choose bran and whole grain breads and
An increase in fibre should be accompanied
by and increase in water
Eat fewer processed foods and more fresh ones
Fibre from fresh foods
is preferable to fibre supplements
Therapeutic Uses of
- Adequate daily fibre intake
may be protective against colon and rectal cancer. It is estimated
that the risk of colorectal cancer in the US population could be reduced
by about 31% if fibre intake from food sources were increased by an average
- High fibre intake has been associated
with a reduction in breast cancer rates. International comparisons
show an inverse correlation between breast cancer death rates and the consumption
of fibre rich foods.
High fibre foods such
as vegetables, fruits and whole grains may also protect against prostate
- High fibre diets may reduce
the risk of diabetes. Fibre has a role in the treatment of diabetes
because it regulates blood sugar by slowing the absorption of glucose
from the small intestine. Fibre does this by coating the gut's lining and
delaying stomach emptying; thus, sugar absorption after a meal is slowed,
reducing the amount of insulin needed.
- Dietary fibre has a role in
the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease due to its
cholesterol lowering ability. Viscous, soluble fibre can lower blood cholesterol
levels by 5% or more due to its interference in the absorption of bile acids.
By causing more cholesterol to be used for bile acid production, soluble
fibre helps take cholesterol out of circulation in the intestines and the
bloodstream. Fatal and non-fatal myocardial infarctions have been
inversely associated with total fibre intake in some studies.
- Adequate daily fibre intake
promotes laxation (defecation) and helps prevent constipation and hemorrhoids.
The gastrointestinal tract is remarkably sensitive to dietary fibre. A high
fibre diet may prevent irritation of diverticulitis, thus reducing
the long-term risk of developing bowel disease.
- Soluble fibre known as cellulose
and hemicellulose expand in the stomach, causing a sensation of fullness,
thus discouraging excessive food intake and thereby helping weight control.
Normal Bowel Habits.
It is normal for a healthy
person to have two or three soft yet firm, well formed, easily passed bowel
movements a day. It is not normal to miss even one bowel movement per day.
If your bowels move daily, but with difficulty or straining, or if your stool
is dry or hard, or if you do not move your bowels at least 1-2 times per day,
you need to adjust your diet for the right amount of fibre and water intake.
When there is adequate
fibre and water in the diet, fibre particles attract water, forming tiny beads
that mix with the stool. These fibre-water beads give the stool size, shape
and moisture, allowing the colon to move the stool easily. To facilitate this
process, the colon manufactures mucous to lubricate the passage. If the colon
is dry because of too little mucous or too little water, the stool becomes
dry and will stick to the colon, requiring one to strain in order to eliminate.
This condition is known as constipation. As stated, chronic constipation can
lead to hemorrhoids and actual bowel disease.
Lactic bacteria include
Acidophilus, which exists from the upper part of the small intestine to the
lower part of the small intestine, and Bifidobacterium, which exists from
the lower part of the small intestine to the large intestine. These microorganisms
have the specific property of transforming sugars almost exclusively into
lactic acid and acetic acid, which decrease the pH (increasing the acidity)
of the intestines and to produce substances that suppress harmful bacteria.
They are abundant in nature and are essential for human and animal survival.
They are normally present in the skin, the digestive system and in the vaginal
mucosa where they fulfill numerous functions and assure the protection of
the tissues against the action of harmful microbes. These functions are so
important that we designate lactic bacteria as 'Probiotic', or agents that
Many factors can modify the desirable harmony of the intestinal flora. Disease,
stress, an excess of food proteins, a lack of sufficient dietary fibre, the
consumption of contaminated food, and the taking of antibiotics can favour
the implantation and development of putrefactive and infectious microorganisms
to the detriment of 'friendly' bacteria.
A proper diet favours the presence of lactic bacteria in normal quantities
in the digestive tract. In the case of gastro-intestinal problems, vaginal
infection and the use of antibiotics, it is necessary to have recourse to
a reliable supply of lactic bacteria. Human strains of lactic bacteria are
preferred over dairy sources. Daily consumption of Greens Rx. will provide
an optimum supply of these 'friendly bacteria'.
If you are what you eat and assimilate, then it
is obvious that if you want to be healthy you have to eat healthy food.
Fast food, while convenient, was never intended for our million-year old intestinal
tract. Processed, devitalized foods hardly qualify to be called 'food', and
indeed, they are often aptly called "junk food". A recent study conducted
by the United States Department of Agriculture revealed that, over the past
several decades, 'fresh' fruits and vegetables have lost more than 50% of
their nutrient value, except for vitamin A which, for unknown reasons, is
off the chart in abundance in carrots. It is thought that this generalized
nutrient depletion is due to the ruined condition of the soil. So-called fresh
produce is also waxed, sprayed, artificially colored, and in some cases genetically
altered. Meat is even more heavily processed: caged beasts raised in misery,
solely to be slaughtered for human consumption, are shot full of growth hormone,
antibiotics, fed genetically altered grain, made to eat cement and newspaper
to add to their weight and therefore profitability. The cut meat may be injected
with food coloring, preservatives, taste enhancers, tenderizers and other
toxic substances. If you eat this tortured meat fried in any fast-food restaurant,
you are consuming an additional load of dangerous fatty breakdown products
known to be carcinogenic and contributors to heart disease. If we are what
we eat and what we assimilate, is it any wonder that millions of Canadians
and Americans are chronically sick and obese? And immigrants who come to 'the
land of plenty' often become ill with our North American diseases as they
adopt the North American 'junk-food' diet?
What should we eat to be healthy? Without
endorsing any particular diet, it is fair to say that most authorities writing
about nutrition over the past two or three decades would agree that we need
to eat predominately natural foods, that is, foods as close as possible to
what nature intended.
- Eat vegetables and fruits as fresh as possible,
which means in season and grown close to home if not in the family garden.
Produce should be 'organic', that is, certified unsprayed and grown on composted
soil not subjected to chemical fertilizers.
- All white bread and processed grains should be
eliminated completely from the diet. Processed grains have had the vitamins
and minerals milled out of them and a few artificial vitamins injected back
into them so that they can be called 'vitamin enriched'. So-called 'enriched'
grains are actually 'depleted' in nutrient value. Whole, unprocessed, often
organic grains are available in bulk at many health food stores and some
- Processed (white) sugar should be eliminated.
Even honey or maple syrup should be eaten in moderation, especially if you
have blood sugar problems. Salt in the supermarket is no longer 'salt' (pure
sodium chloride). Read the label: it contains sugar, potassium chloride,
possibly even sand or silicon dioxide, along with other chemicals. Don't
eat it. Buy sea salt, but again read the label because some sea salt has
been laced with sugar also. Sea salt naturally contains associated minerals,
including iodine. If you have thyroid problems (high or low), check with
your doctor before consuming salt containing iodine. Salt from any source
should not be eaten in large quantities, especially if you have high blood
pressure or water retention.
- Avoid saturated fats because they contribute to
cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancer, and premature aging. Use only unsaturated
oils such as olive oil, perilla oil, fish liver oils, mixed or 'balanced'
oils. Do not cook with oil or burn oil because it forms carcinogens. The
best way to cook is to steam.
- Eggs should be 'free range', which means the chickens
are allowed to scratch for their own food instead of being fed artificial
food on a schedule. Chickens fed unsprayed, naturally nutritious food produce
- Many nutrition authorities warn people away from
milk, meat and even fish. The reasons are many, depending upon the orientation
of the author, but most would agree that these foods are now no longer safe
to eat due to poisonous food additives, preservatives, drugs, heavy metals,
radioactivity, etc. Some would allow that the benefits of eating deep-sea
fish still outweigh the threat of contamination caused by mercury and pesticides.
Others suggest that animals fed organic, unsprayed grains, and not subjected
to a pharmacy full of drugs, are safe enough to consume; however, such meat
is difficult to find. Vegetarian authors, of course, warn that meat and
even fish are unsuitable for human consumption even when not contaminated.
- We should drink only filtered water. Some commercial
mineral water has been tested and found to contain nothing more than city
tap water. The best water filtering process is reverse osmosis, but it is
expensive. Less costly filters using advanced charcoal filters are available.
Usually one gets what one pays for. Drinking mineral, distilled or deionized
water from plastic bottles can be toxic because the plastic gradually dissolves
into the water, adding chemicals that resemble the female hormone, estrogen.
Some authorities believe the amount of estrogen-like substances entering
our bodies is causing hormone imbalances including breast development in
very young female children and possible sterility in men.
- In this era of food, water and air pollution,
of devitalized, contaminated, over-processed and genetically altered food,
we need to supplement our diet with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients
if we are to protect ourselves and be healthy. The amount of vitamins and
minerals we take has to exceed the RDA (minimum daily allowances) once thought
to be adequate before the food supply was proven to be up to 50% deficient
in essential nutrients, and before the world became such a polluted, stressful
place. Besides, most health-conscious individuals want more than 'minimum'
health, they want optimum health and well-being. This requires giving oneself
the 'optimum' supply of essential nutrients every day, along with the healthiest
food and water possible. One way to insure an optimum supply of all of the
essential vitamins, minerals and enzymes is to regularly take a supplement
such as the SONA from Enerex
We live in what is called 'the age of anxiety', which
might be termed chronic stress. Outwardly and inwardly, most of us are in
turmoil-over economic concerns, overcrowding, crime, pollution of our food,
water, air and the earth itself, disasters both natural and man-made, as well
as illness and emotional challenges. These stressors affect our health physically,
emotionally, psychologically and even spiritually. In ages past, our world
was a much simpler place and our organism was amply equipped by nature to
survive the stress of the time. Our innate 'fight or flight' response was
usually adequate to the challenges we faced. If it was not, we died on the
spot or limped away to die of our wounds a short time later, or we succumbed
to the viruses of the day. It is unlikely we huddled in the dark and fretted
about the sabre-tooth tiger we anticipated confronting the next day, or worried
about having enough rabbits to feed our offspring nine months from now. Doubtless,
we did not visit the Paleolithic equivalent of the psychiatrist. We certainly
did not 'eat ourselves up' with worry the way we do today.
Stress is medically acknowledged to be one of the
major causes of illness and chronic pain. Stress is a loss of balance physiologically,
emotionally, psychologically or spiritually, and most of us would have to
admit to being stressed to one degree or another. Stress affects our entire
system-musculoskeletal, nervous, hormonal, circulatory, cardiorespiratory,
genitourinary and gastrointestinal. Basically, modern stressors stimulate
our million-year-old 'fight or flight' responses, but as we do not have an
immediate and satisfying fulfillment for our primitive urges: we usually cannot
beat the boss over the head or run screaming out of our living room when our
partner pushes our buttons! Instead, all of those raging stress hormones pumping
through our systems, all of those contracting muscles ready to strike or run,
the accelerated heartbeat and respiration and those contractions in the gut,
and all of those primal emotions-have no satisfying outlet. Instead, these
impulses are largely repressed from our conscious awareness and are held in
check within our bodies, and we act civilly.
Bottled up energy and emotion affect our gut in what
doctors call a 'psychosomatic' way. For example, chronic anxiety may cause
diarrhea and play a part in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). 'Uptight' or emotionally
repressed people may literally be uptight, that is, suffer from constipation.
We have discussed how proper elimination and absorption is essential for health.
It is clear that unrelieved stress can lead to illness affecting the function
of the colon.
What can we do to relieve stress in our modern world?
The medical and pharmaceutical answers involve drugs such as tranquilizers,
anti-depressants and hormones, all of which have side effects, and in some
cases worsen the condition for which they were prescribed. Natural methods
of coping with stress include sound nutrition, cleansing, vitamins and minerals
including anti-oxidants, natural anti-inflammatories, nutritional supplements,
herbs, homeopathy, purified water, clean air and natural light. Food and herbal
substances have fewer side effects than most pharmaceuticals and usually cost
less. Medical research has recently shown that certain supplements and herbs
actually work as well as, or better than, drugs used for the same purposes,
and with few if any side effects.
If we are serious about being well and having a healthy
colon, we must reduce stress. Eating properly (including taking vitamins and
nutritional supplements), exercising, meditating, getting enough rest and
recreation, are all methods of reducing stress. Millions of people also relieve
stress with massage therapy, craniosacral, reflexology, shiatsu, acupuncture,
aromatherapy, infrared sauna and herbal wraps. When we reduce emotional stress
from the colon, we are making a major step toward improving its function and
thereby our health.
Ways to Restore Colon Health
There are two main methods of restoring colon health:
- Herbal-dietary cleanse
Colonics involves inserting a tube into the rectum,
irrigating the colon with water or herbs, and draining the water containing
waste matter through the tube. Trained colon therapists or naturopaths perform
this process under hygienic conditions. A person may have to take a colonic
on several occasions in order to adequately cleanse the colon. As we know,
cleansing alone is not enough. The right kind of diet, rich in fibre, is also
necessary in order to maintain colon health, even after colonics.
Colonics must be used with caution and there are
contraindications (conditions of the recipient in which colonics should not
be used). For such reasons of safety, only trained personnel should administer
colon therapy. Because colon therapy requires a visit to someone with specialized
training, the cost of colon therapy is likely to be higher than for most self-administered
Herbal Dietary Cleanse.
Extreme cases may require colonic therapy, but or
most individuals, a herbal-dietary cleanse is sufficient to restore colon
health. Most herbal dietary cleansing programms involve fasting from solid
food for a period of time while consuming large quantities of fruit or vegetable
juices and possibly various herbs. In recent years, certain 'superfoods' have
been developed which contain a mixture of powdered, concentrated greens, grains,
roots, blue-green algae and potent herbs. The best programs also contain the
important soluble and insoluble fibre discussed earlier. And, of course, good
cleansing programs recommend returning to and maintaining a healthy diet of
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A natural blend of soluble and insoluble
fibre containing eight proven herbs: psyllium seed, flax seed, slippery
elm bark, marshmallow root, dandelion root, licorice root, guar gum,
and cascara sagrada, FIBRE Rx promotes regularity safely and
FIBRE Rx contains both soluble and
insoluble fibres- per 10 gram serving:
- Psyllium seed
powder - 25 gm;
made from ripe seeds of Plantago ovata that are dried and cleaned.
Classed as a mixed polysaccharide (large, complex sugar molecule)
with xylone as the main sugar. Its medicinal properties are demulcent
(soothing, bland, mucilaginous or gluey), purgative (cathartic,
causing bowel evacuation), detergent (purifying, cleansing).
- Defatted flax seed powder - 25
gm; cleaned and dried from ripe linseed (flax).
Medicinal properties: demulcent, pectoral (expectorant,
relieving disorders of the respiratory tract), maturating (promoting
cell growth), mucilaginous (sticky, gluey), emollient
- Slippery elm
bark - 10 gm; a perennial tree grown throughout North America
and flourishing at high altitudes in open spaces and in firm, dry
soil. The dried inner bark contains the medicinal properties: mucilaginous,
demulcent, nutritive (promoting nutrition), diuretic
(promoting fluid elimination) and pectoral. Used extensively
for diarrhoea, bowel, stomach, bladder and kidney disorders as well
as inflammation of the stomach and intestines.
root powder - 10 gm; is derived from a plant found
in moist, swampy regions of Europe, North Africa, Western Asia and
North America. Harvested in autumn for its roots, marshmallow exhibits
the medicinal qualities: diuretic, demulcent, mucilaginous, emollient.
Used very effectively for respiratory ailments and inflammation
of the bowels.
- Licorice root
powder - 10 gm; derives from wild licorice that grows in rich
lowland river valleys of southern Europe, the Middle East, and Northern
China. Gathered in autumn, licorice contains the medicinal qualities:
laxative, tonic (tonifying or increasing the activity or tone
of an organ), expectorant (promoting coughing or ejection of
mucus from the respiratory tract), demulcent, pectoral,
emollient. One of the most biologically active herbs known, licorice
has strong estrogenic properties (promoting the production
of endogenous estrogen, or providing natural plant-based imitators
of the female hormone estrogen) as well as anti-arthritic, anti-phlogistic
(anti-inflammatory), antitussive (effective against coughing),
laxative, expectorant and antipyretic (fever-reducing)
effects. It has anti-inflammatory and cholesterol lowering properties
while being an effective immune system enhancer. Licorice can also
raise blood pressure and should be used under supervision in cases
of known or suspected high blood pressure.
- Dandelion root
powder - 10 gm; First introduced by European settlers,
dandelions are abundant all over the world. The dried roots, collected
in autumn, and leaves harvested in May, have medicinal value: hepatic
(stimulating liver function), aperient, diuretic, depurative,
tonic, and stomachic (stimulating stomach activity). Dandelion
root, a powerful cholagogue (stimulates gall bladder contraction
and bile flow) and choleretic (stimulates bile production by the liver),
is unequaled in its ability to promote bile flow. Specifically indicated
to promote liver health and function of related organs and glands
as well as digestive disorders such as dyspepsia. An effective diuretic,
it increases urine flow in liver problems.
- Guar gum powder
- 5 gm; is made from guar, a galactomannan polysaccharide of
mannose and galactose, a soluble, gel-forming fibre extracted from
the ground endosperm of the seeds of the Indian cluster bean. Its
medicinal properties include: demulcent, mucilaginous. Lowers
cholesterol and high blood pressure, and helps to slow the release
of sugar from the GI tract.
- Cascara sagrada
bark powder - 5 gm; made from a small deciduous tree indigenous
to mountainous areas of Europe, Western Asia and North America, f
rom northern Idaho to the Pacific. It has pubescent stems covered
with reddish-brown bark and often grey lichen. The bark is dried and
collected at least a year prior to use. Medicinal properties: purgative,
bitter tonic. Cascara sagrada is the most popular laxative in
both herbal and orthodox pharmacy. Induces peristalsis. Contains anthraquinones,
which remain inactive until reaching the gastrointestinal tract where
they produce a soft or formed stool within about six or eight hours
of arrival and cause vigorous peristalsis. Not only relieves constipation,
it also increases bile secretion and is an excellent remedy for gallstones
and liver complaints.
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higher antioxidant activity.
- Organic alfalfa
juice powder - 500 mg. The root system of the alfalfa plant
reaches more than 100 feet into the earth, allowing the plant to absorb
high levels of minerals, especially calcium. Exceptionally rich in
chlorophyll, beta-carotene, vitamin A, D, E, B6 and K, and in several
enzymes which improve digestion and assimilation of nutrients. Antibiotic,
antibacterial, antifungal, antitumor, tonic, blood purifying, diuretic,
relieves urinary and bowel problems. Alfalfa is sometimes known as
the 'Father of all Foods'.
- Organic barley
juice powder - 500 mg. Rich in beta-carotene, B-complex,
C, minerals including potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorous, magnesium,
chlorophyll and mucopolysaccharides. Contains 1000 out of the 3000
known enzymes, including anti-oxidants super oxide dismutase, catalase,
peroxidase, cytochrome oxidase and dehydrogenase.
- Organic red
beet juice powder - 500 mg. The rich array of vitamins, minerals
and enzymes in red beet juice augment digestion, stimulate kidney
and lymphatic systems, improve gall bladder and spleen function and
normalize peristaltic activity of the colon. Highly alkaline and therefore
effective in reducing over acidic stomach. Good source of organic
iron. Increases cellular uptake of oxygen and helps boost immunity.
Excellent liver, kidney gall bladder tonic.
- Organic brown
rice germ and bran - 500 mg. An excellent source of gamma-oryzanol
(esters of ferulic acid), a potent antioxidant within plant cells.
Gamma-oryzanol has been found effective in lowering blood cholesterol
and triglycerides. Brown rice germ and bran are also soluble and insoluble
dietary fat sources. Dietary fibres help bind bile acids, lower blood
cholesterol, increase satiety after eating, increase fecal weight
and volume and decrease transit time, and decreases insulin response
after a carbohydrate meal.
- Organic soy
sprouts - 250 mg. Soybean sprouts provide fresh naturally occurring
isoflavones, the principal ones being genestein, daidzein and glycitein.
Recent scientific evidence suggests genestein may interfere with enzymes
that convert normal cells into cancer cells. Soy sprouts also contain
abundance of vitamins, minerals and enzymes including super oxide
dismutase, catalase, methionine reductase and glutathione peroxidase,
which play a vital role in protecting the body from the destructive
activity of free radicals, a major cause of aging and disease.
- Sprouted barley
malt - 250 mg. Barley malt may produce aerobic (oxygen using)
bacteria in the colon, thereby normalizing bacterial colonization
of the colon and reducing risk of infection from opportunistic bacteria
and fungi. As with soy sprouts, barley malt sprouts contain vitamins,
minerals and enzymes that contribute to the health of the body.
- Probiotic culture
- 250 mg. This dairy free probiotic culture known as 'The Friendly
Trio' from Wakunaga consists of friendly bacteria L. Acidophilus,
B. Bifidum and B. Langum, on average 4 billion probiotic organisms
per gram. Used in over 30,000 hospitals and clinics and 100 university
medical centres worldwide. Many disease conditions have been treated
using 'The Friendly Trio', including chronic fatigue syndrome, Candida,
PMS, colds, flu, and bowel irregularities.
- Royal Jelly
- 200 mg. Each 10-gram serving contains 200 mg of premium grade
Royal Jelly concentrate equivalent to 600 mg of fresh Royal Jelly,
standardized to contain 6% or 10 H.D.A. (the active ingredient). Most
other concentrates of Royal Jelly contain only 4-5% 10 H.D.A. Rich
in complete protein, fatty acids, minerals and vitamins (particularly
B5, B6). Used to treat allergies, constipation, menstrual pain, weight
loss, vascular diseases, and diseases of aging. A natural antibiotic,
energy enhancer and revitalizer.
- Montana bee
pollen - 200 mg. Every macro and micro-nutrient required
by humans has been found in bee pollen: 60% carbohydrates, 20% protein,
7% fat, 7% moisture and 6% minerals. Rich in B12 and pantothenic acid,
pollen is also rich in rutin, which confers resistance to capillary
walls, making them more resistant to infectious toxins. Pollen is
also rich in enzymes, coenzymes, antioxidants, bioflavonoids and carotenoids
including alpha and beta-carotene. Beneficial in tumor inhibition,
hay fever, prostatitis, respiratory and allergic reactions and stomach
ulcers. Athletes use pollen to increase endurance.
- Acerola berry
juice powder - 150 mg. One of the richest sources of vitamin
C, the powerful free-radical scavenger, carotene, B1, B6, niacin,
proteins and mineral salts, especially iron, calcium and phosphorus.
Used as a remedy against flu, colds, pulmonary disturbances, liver
ailments and irregularities of the gall bladder.
- Licorice root
powder - 150 mg. (See discussion above.) Licorice is one of the
most biologically active herbs known. Research around the world points
to its estrogenic properties, influence in relieving ulcers, and its
anti-inflammatory properties helpful in skin disorders, including
eczema, dermatitis and impetigo, as well as the treatment of asthma.
Evidence indicates the value of licorice root in inducing interferon
in the immune system and in lowering cholesterol.
- Pacific kelp
- 150 mg. A seaweed, kelp is an excellent natural source of iodine,
potassium, B-complex, iron, copper, chromium, silicon, vanadium, zinc
and other trace minerals. These minerals not only maintain the health
of the thyroid gland, but contribute to the overall health and resistance
of the body. Studies show that Japanese intake of kelp is primarily
responsible for their country's lower breast cancer rate as well as
less obesity, heart disease, rheumatism and arthritis, high blood
pressure, thyroid deficiency, infectious disease, constipation and
other GI ailments. Note: since iodine can both raise and lower thyroid
function, kelp should be taken under medical supervision in cases
of known or suspected thyroid conditions.
Each HERBAL Rx capsule contains 445
mg of seven standardized botanicals carefully formulated to provide
powerful antioxidant and antiviral activity, as well as provide a
protective and stimulating effect to the circulatory, central nervous
and immune systems.
- St. John's Wort
extract (0.3% hypericin, 5:1) - 100 mg. An ancient herb, modern
medical research confirms its effectiveness as an antidepressant and
sedative. Herbal pharmacology recognizes as well its benefits as a
mood stabilizer, antiviral, antitumor agent, immune system booster
and aid to healing.
- Licorice Root
extract (glabra 15:1)- 100 mg. Antimicrobial, anticandida, antiviral,
anti-inflammatory, antiarthritic, antitumor agent, boosts immunity.
Protects against peptic ulcers. (See also earlier descriptions.)
- Japanese Green
Tea extract (60% polyphenols 2000:1) - 100 mg. Powerful antioxidant,
blood sugar regulator, anticoagulant, cholesterol lowering agent.
- Milk Thistle
extract (85.6% silymarin) 50 mg. Well-known for reducing liver
toxicity, protecting it from viral damage, and accelerating liver
- Siberian Ginseng
extract - 50 mg. Stimulates brain activity, memory and immunity;
improves stamina, strength and sexual drive. Highly recommended for
stress and support of the adrenal glands.
- European Bilberry extract (25% anthocyanidins
60:1) - 25 mg. Bilberry protects small blood vessels, acts as
an anticoagulant, stimulates prostaglandin production, lowers blood
sugar and cholesterol.
- Ginkgo Biloba extract (24% anthocyanidind
60:1) - 20 mg. Peripheral vasodilator, improves circulation to
the brain, heart and extremities. Helps protect against cardiac arrhythmias.
European research strongly supports the use of Ginkgo Biloba for slowing
onset of dementia.
For best results take these powerful
nutrients exactly as recommended.
- Early morning
- within 30 minutes of rising, mix 2 tsp (10 g) of GREENS Rx
with 250 ml of distilled or filtered water. Take with one HERBAL
Rx capsule. The highly alkaline properties of GREENS Rx
will help reduce excessive stomach acid and help maintain a positive
alkaline pH in the small intestine; and the HERBAL Rx formula
will provide antioxidant and antiviral activity, which will protect
and stimulate the circulatory, central nervous and immune systems.
- After 30 minutes
of taking the GREENS Rx drink, take one or two tablespoons
(depending on body weight) of FIBRE Rx mixed with 250 ml of
organic fruit prune or apple juice. Follow with at least 250 ml of
pure water. This gentle but effective formula will promote colonic
cleansing and help to eliminate toxins.
- Mid morning
- drink one more serving of GREENS Rx with 250 ml of pure
water, and take one HERBAL Rx capsule.
- After 30-60 minutes
of taking GREENS Rx, take one serving of FIBRE Rx with organic
prune or apple juice and follow with at least 250 ml of pure water.
- Mid afternoon
- drink one serving of GREENS Rx with 250 ml of pure water
and take one HERBAL Rx capsule.
- Early evening
- take final serving of FIBRE Rx mixed with organic prune or
apple juice and follow with at least 250 ml of pure water.
- Repeat the above
regime for seven days. The 7-day intestinal cleanse may be repeated
once a year for continued benefit.
- Continue with GREENS
Rx every morning thereafter to help maintain optimum acid/alkaline
- FIBRE Rx
may be used as required to help maintain normal bowel activity.
- Take the balance
of the HERBAL Rx capsules at the rate of three per day with
- Drink as much pure,
filtered water as possible each day. To obtain the desired colonic
cleansing and detoxification, no other food should be taken during
the 7-day period. In some cases, a longer period of detoxification
may be necessary. Please consult with your health care professional
Your Commitment to Health.
Good health is a lifelong commitment-one that is
rewarded on a daily basis with radiant vitality and well-being. In the final
analysis, health is our most valuable asset and is the foundation of our very
existence. As we have learned, good health begins with a healthy colon.
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