Teen Yoga – a class especially for our young adults

TeenYoga: A class especially for our young adults

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TeenYoga provides a place for our young adults to get away from the pressures of school, friends, family and phones. Each one-hour class incorporates movement, breathing techniques and meditation. A time to release stress in the body through stretching and moving which feels so good; learning to understand the rhythms of the breath and use these to influence our feelings; a time to meditate, have stillness – a time to rest.

Yoga movements and postures (asanas) are the main part of the class. Moving the body into certain shapes can make us feel more alive and confident whilst other shapes can help us calm. The idea is to notice these feelings and be OK with them – this can help us begin to understand the root cause as to why we feel a certain way. When we can understand why we feel a certain way, start to be comfortable with being challenged in yoga asanas and begin to foster the patience to practice within the safe environment of a yoga class, we can start to use these techniques outside of the class – in school and home. Yoga is great for sporty teens as a form of cross-training for other sports. It’s also a beautiful way to be active in a non-competitive environment for the not-so-sporty.

I enjoy going to teen yoga because it helps with my stress. I also try and practice some of the moves at home too because I’m trying to get my splits. It’s helped a lot with improving my flexibility and keeping myself calm in hard situations (like the breathing exercises we do).”

The classes also focus on breathing techniques. Some yoga breathing techniques are taught with particular attention to stress relief – a bonus for those with exams coming up. Breath powers each asana. In some asanas it is more difficult to breath as the body may be twisted, or in a backbend. We can use awareness to refine how we need to breath to be comfortable in a position; again these challenges can be translated off the mat and into life!

So many of the young people I teach always ask for more meditation. The meditation we do in this class is the yoga nidra meditation. Nidra means sleep! Whilst people really do sometimes fall asleep, the real meaning is the sleep of the body. The meditation, done lying down, includes a body scan to fully relax the body. Once completed there are simple breathing meditations and sometimes visualizations. Yoga nidra is a real gift of ease and time-out for our teens.

“It’s really nice to go after a day at school and just forget about everything. I enjoy learning different poses and feel more flexible now after doing yoga for a year. The best part of the class is the meditation (sleeping…!) at the end.”

Summary of benefits of yoga

  • develops strength, flexibility and stamina
  • reduces tension, stress and anxiety
  • raises self-esteem and promotes self-efficacy
  • improves motivation
  • develops clarity, focus and concentration
  • creates awareness of emotional responses
  • encourages self-management of behaviour
  • promotes social, mental and emotional health

It’s been a safe place to unwind and de stress. Best thing ever for teenagers.”

Katie currently teaches yoga at a local grammar school and a local girls’ school.

She runs a TeenYoga class each Tuesday during school term time at Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre.

Katie also runs adult vinyasa, hatha and restorative yoga classes at the centre.

www.katiemaughfling.co.uk

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Vitamin D testing

VITAMIN D TESTING – Marianne Andrews

Vitamin D TestingRecent publications by the British Medical Journal has published research which claims that supplementation of Vitamin D could have beneficial effects upon common health ailments, such as colds and flu.  “Assuming a UK population of 65 million, and that 70% have at least one acute respiratory infection each year, then daily or weekly vitamin D supplements will mean 3.25 million fewer people would get at least one acute respiratory infection a year,” (Professor Adrian Martineau, researcher, Queen Mary University of London).

Marianne Andrews is able to offer Vitamin D testing for £30 (skin prick blood test)*  as part of the wide range of clinical tests she has access to.

The Lab uses liquid chromatography mass spectrometry method to measure the Vitamin D in your blood. We measure Vitamin D2 and D3. We report the Total and D2 and D3 results with a clear interpretation.

 

 

* Note that this is in addition to consultation fee.

Nutritional Awareness – the dos and don’ts of healthy eating

Nutritional Awareness – the dos and don’ts of healthy eating

by Caroline Shaw arch cnhc arica itec

AVOID (as much as possible)

‘Normal’ wheat that appears in most bread, biscuits, cakes, pasta and also a lot of processed prepared foods (check the label). Gluten in wheat is particularly challenging to break down and digest. It is being exposed by scientists as one of the leading culprits of leaky gut leading to chronic inflammation and a whole host of health debilitating side effects including Celiac Disease, Auto-immune disorders Diabetes and Dementia.

Alternatives: Quinoa, Buckwheat, Spelt, Amaranth, Oats, Rye. If you are gluten intolerant you may need to avoid Spelt, Rye and Oats.

Refined sugar and artificial sweeteners including fructose. These can appear in prepared foods and drinks (check the label). A diet high in carbs and sugar can set up an inflammatory microbiome leading to High blood sugar, High blood pressure, Heart disease, Diabetes, Hormonal imbalances, ADHD and Alzheimers. Research from the Mayo Clinic US, has found that diets overly rich in carbohydrates are associated with an 89 percent increased risk for Dementia.

Alternatives (in moderation): Raw honey, Manuka honey, Maple syrup, Green Leaf Stevia, Date Sugar, Coconut palm sugar, Coconut nectar, Fruit.

Cow’s milk dairy and its derivatives including cheese and yoghurt. Most cows are fed a cocktail of antibiotics, bovine growth hormones, and steroids. These get into the milk supply. It can cause inflammation in the gut resulting in Bloating, Gas, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Acne, Eczema, Hormonal imbalances, Infertility.

Alternatives: Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, Oat Milk, Rice Milk (organic where possible) Goats and Sheep’s’ preferably raw and unpasteurised milk (unless intolerant).

Alternatives sources of calcium: Almonds, Kale, Oranges, Broccoli, Figs, Spinach, Enriched rice, Almond, Hemp, Coconut milk, Sesame seeds, Tofu

Trans fats Artificially produced trans fats raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol. Sources of bad trans fats; Commercially baked goods: biscuits, cakes, muffins, pie crusts, pizza dough, hamburger buns. Packaged snack foods: crackers, chips, sweets. Solid fats: margarine and vegetable shortening. Fried foods; French fries, fried chicken, chicken nuggets, breaded fish, hard taco shells. Pre mixed products; cake mix, pancake chocolate milk. Anything with ’hydrogenated’ or ‘partially hydrogenated’ listed as an ingredient.

Alternative oils and fats: Extra virgin olive oil, organic sunflower oil, sesame oil, Flax Seed Oil, coconut oil (good for high temperature cooking). Butter only from grass fed cows or and goats milk butter. Organic Goat’s and Sheep cheeses preferably unpasteurized. Natural live goats, Sheep’s yoghurt, Coconut yoghurt, Kefir.

 

FOODS TO EAT

Organic where possible, Alkaline foods (75 per cent) including, Vegetables, Salads, Fruit, Seeds, Nuts

Proteins for Non-Vegetarians

Outdoor, Grass Fed Beef, Lamb, Venison etc

Organic/Free Range Chicken, Duck, Turkey etc

Wild responsibly sourced fish –Salmon, Tuna, Sardines, Pilchards etc

Proteins for Vegetarians

Quinoa, Buckwheat, Tempeh, Tofu, Beans, Pulses, Hummus, Chia Seeds, Organic soy beans, Hemp Seeds, Non wheat Ezekiel bread, Aramanth, Spinach, Guava, Peas, Lentils, Organic peanut butter, Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower seeds, Almonds, Walnuts, Hazelnuts, Pecans, Macadamia nuts.

Vegetables for Healthy Eating

Asparagus, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Garlic, Kale, Onions, Jerusalem Artichokes, Beetroot, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Celery, Leeks, Lettuce, Radishes, Spinach, Parsnip, Turnip, Squash, Swiss Chard, Swede, Sweet potatoes, Peas, Green beans, Pak Choy, Avocado

In moderation from the deadly nightshade family (if intolerant avoid); Potatoes, Peppers, Tomatoes, Aubergine, Chillies,

Fruits

Acai berry, Apples, Bananas, Grapefruit, Blueberries ,Cantaloupe, Cherries, Cranberries, Fresh Figs, Grapes, Blackberries, Kiwi, Lemons, Mango, Oranges, Plums, Pomegranate, Raspberries, Strawberries, Papayas, Pumpkin Pineapple, Avocado, Tomatoes

Foods Containing Probiotics.

Sauerkraut, Kimchi and other cultured vegetables contain Lactobacillus Plantarum one of the most beneficial bacterial in your body and also Lactobacillus Brevis. Fermented, Raw Dairy Products such as Yoghurt, Kefir, Soured milk, etc, contain Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium Lactis, Thermophilus, Bifidus, Bulgaricus. Unpasteurized Miso (fermented soybeans) contains the fungal microorganism Aspergillus Oryzae. Kombucha, (started by using a SCOBY –symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). All help to create and maintain a healthy Microbiome.

Foods Containing Prebiotics

Raw Jerusalem Artichokes, Raw Dandelion Greens, Raw Garlic, Raw Leeks, Raw Onion, Cooked Onions, Raw Asparagus, Raw Banana, Raw Chicory Root, Acacia Gum

Organic Black Tea and Green Tea, Coffee and Dark Chocolate are rich in Flavonoids and Polyphenols which increase Bifidobacteria, helpful for gut permeability, cognitive function, and blood pressure.

Shiatsu Massage Exchange – Jeff Docherty

SHIATSU MASSAGE EXCHANGE – JEFF DOCHERTY

The Idea
We are living in a time where we can find ourselves lost in a whirlwind of activity, where stress and strain seem prevalent.

Massage is ideally placed to help bring us back to a more grounded and calm sense of ourselves.

My idea is to form a weekly drop in where people can learn about and explore Shiatsu Massage. An exchange over 1.5 hour sessions where people can enjoy receiving and giving.

A Shiatsu exchange can provide a time and place in our week where we are able to let go fully, regenerate and experience ourselves anew.

Frequent, long held emotional states effect our health.
The Telegraph (20.09.16) reported that scientists have studied 16,000 people over 15 years with the conclusion that they are now calling for Doctors to treat anxiety as a major physiological health risk.
Men who suffer from anxiety it seems are twice as likely to die from cancer.

Why Shiatsu Massage
Shiatsu is an ideal group practice, with two key advantages. Firstly the recipient keeps fully clothed and secondly there are no lubricating oils. In addition no special apparatus is needed, just a comfortable floor covering to relax on. Its easy.

Learning the techniques is straightforward too. After all our sense of massage is natural and instinctive and Shiatsu follows our innate sense; it is only an elaboration of ‘rub and press’, ‘push and grasp’, literal translations of traditional Chinese Massage forms.

The case for Massage
In most traditional cultures the role of Massage was considered a more fundamental part of health care.
In the Tang Dynasty of China (618-907 AD) it is recorded that there were 56 massage doctors in the imperial hospital – more than the total number of herbalists and acupuncturists.

The compassionate power of touch and its effectiveness has been largely forgotten in the development of modern medical techniques, an approach that can make us feel objectified, disassociated and disconnected from our bodies.

Being grounded in our bodies is essential, it is literally the felt sense of how we are.

It is becoming increasingly clear that it is not possible to separate the body from the mind or heart. Our experience of ourselves tells us these sensations, thoughts and feelings are an integrated whole.

Understanding how essential bodily sensation is takes us back to the very beginning of our lives.

As an embryo movement and by extension touch is our first contact with physical reality. Before we can hear or see, we feel by touch.

An embryo begins to move between 5 and 6 weeks.The embryo’s first movements are both spontaneous and reflexive. A light touch to the mouth causes the embryo to reflexively withdraw its head. At the same time as movement and touch begin the cerebral cortex and nerve cells in the spine begin to develop.
This is how fundamental, how far reaching touch is.

We experience the world through touch and we embed our felt sense into our nervous system, into patterns of memory, constructions of mind. We embody our personal world and experience.

Just as any form of abusive touch can be potentially damaging, forms of supportive touch can be immensely healing.This can help explain why body work can have such a profound effect not just on the physical body, but on deep psychological and emotional levels.
We have devalued its importance to our detriment.

We now know that therapeutic touch automatically triggers a coordinated response between the nervous and endocrine systems. These hormonal circulations have far reaching effects.

For example Oxytocin, commonly referred to ‘The Love Hormone’ has a well-established reputation in facilitating bonding, eliciting feelings of happiness, a sense of connection, trust, gratitude, enhancing our social functioning.Affairs of the heart.
It maybe an extraordinary complex and powerful hormone but it is released by the most natural of means- a hug will do it!

Oxytocin is released by touch, by Massage, and it is no suprise to find many oxytocin receptors secreted in the heart, where we feel the world.

So a Shiatsu Exchange can give us an opportunity to redress the balance of our rushed lives, calm the mind, soothe our nerves, release our tension. It can improve our sense of well-being and lighten the load. Shiatsu can change your felt sense and experience of yourself and that is quite a gift.

Starting on Fridays in January 2017.  Register your interest with Reception on 01242 584140. Contact Jeff on 07970303694 to find out more.

Psychotherapy – Midwinter darkness

PSYCHOTHERAPY /COUNSELLING

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Are you creating the space and time you need to reflect and find compassion for yourself as we enter into the darkness of Mid Winter?

 

If the time of year is evoking difficult feelings due to relationship dynamics or unresolved issues, perhaps you would like to explore this further in a confidential and supportive relationship.
Lisa Kimberley, Psychotherapist at Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre is now available on Tuesdays at the centre.
All new or returning clients who book in for an appointment with Lisa in December will receive an  initial consultation at the reduced price of £20.

Ongoing weekly sessions that are booked in advance for the New Year will also be reduced for the month of January, a block of four sessions will cost £150 for January only.
Contact Lisa on 07971 675432

Wishing you blessings, peace and strength. Lisa. lisa-k

Atlantic Swimmer gets off to a head start with therapies at CHHC

You may have seen on the news recently, local man, Ben Hooper is attempting to be the first man to swim the Atlantic Ocean in November 2016.

What you may not know, is that he has benefitted from therapies at Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre to help him in his training.

In addition to yoga, acupuncture and sports massage, Ben, had a huge number of Myofascial Release Therapy treatments to help get his body and mind in peak condition during his intense training regime.

Ben Hooper MFRPicture credit: Rosemary Watts

Extract from Gloucestershire Echo (27th November 2014)

Ben Hooper swears by it (Myofascial Release Therapy). In fact he believes that it will be crucial in helping him achieve his goal of becoming the first man to swim the Atlantic Ocean next year.

“The first time I thought ‘oh my God what is this’ but the difference is immense,” Ben says.

“I’ve been seeing Jenna for three months, six hours a week, it’s fantastic.

“We have so many swimmers and triathletes in Cheltenham and around Cheltenham, they should be booking in for this.

“The difference it makes to me emotionally – I walk out of here more relaxed mentally and physically.

“Physically it extends my stroke. I have greater reach and flexibility.

“It has been life-changing. It’s that serious and could be the difference between me making it or not.”

 

Why Is Homeopathy So Good For Children?

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“First, do no harm” was Hippocrates’ most famous words, and they are particularly important in the care and treatment of infants and children. Most people don’t know it, but most conventional drugs are tested on adults, and then, doctors estimate the appropriate dosage for children on such crude measures as a child’s weight.

The second main reason that parents bring their children to homeopaths is that children respond so well to homeopathic medicines. You can really change a child’s life, both physical and psychologically, with the correct homeopathic remedy. And you can help make a parent’s life much easier and much better.

How do children respond to homeopathic medicine?

Children respond extremely well to homeopathic remedies, even when the perfect medicine is not always prescribed

I talk to the child as much as possible, I watch the child, both in the waiting room, as she or he approaches me, and throughout the interview. I have a lot of respect for children, and I try to show them this respect by talking directly to them, and usually in a quite adult fashion.

Often parents need a lot of reassurance and relevant information to make a good choice for their children. The best way to treat parent’s fears about their children’s health is with education about the wisdom of the body and about certain acute symptoms as an important defence. Physicians and physiologists today recognize that fever is a useful response of the person’s body to infection. While it is true that certain high or long-lasting fevers need to be treated, such fevers represent an extreme minority of fevers in children.

The overuse of conventional drugs to lower fevers is concerning. Homeopaths assert that we create a lot of chronic disease when we suppress acute illness.

I am often amazed at how well and how fast homeopathic medicines work in fevers. I can and will refer the child for immediate medical treatment if fever is experienced in newborns (within first 4 months) that does not respond to homeopathic treatment within two hours, or if a fever in any child is over 40 degree Celsius and doesn’t respond to home treatment after 6 hours, or if high fever in any child leads to great lethargy and neck stiffness.

Children seem to get a lot of ear infections and, of course, antibiotics are the only treatment offered. Is there anything wrong with this?

Antibiotics may have a place in treating ear infections but not necessarily as a treatment of first choice. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines for the use of antibiotics in acute ear infections in children is actually that they should be avoided for the first three months. It may surprise some people to learn that a meta-analysis of the best studies on ear infection (British Medical Journal, 1997, 87:pp.466-74) found no benefit of using antibiotics as compared to placebo.

To make matters worse, some evidence suggests that administration of antibiotics lead to three times the number of ear infections as those children left untreated. Part of the problem with antibiotics is a basic premise of healing that is commonly ignored, that is, anytime you get something done for the body, the body doesn’t learn to do it on its own as well.

The long-term consequences are unknown and scary. This over-prescribing of antibiotics for both newborns and any child is a part of what I call “medical child abuse.” I look forward to the day that homeopathy and other natural medicine receive the appropriate acknowledgment.

What is the general benefit for children who are treated homeopathically?

Good homeopathic treatment during childhood can and will help create healthier teenagers Good homeopathic treatment will also help build healthier adults, physically and psychologically; all of which then helps to create a healthier world. This is homeopathy at work!

(Some of last section quoted from Dana Ullman)

“The germ is nothing, the soil is everything” – Katja Behrens, Homeopath

HOM_0028Every person experiences certain situations to which they are more vulnerable or more likely to react. Being susceptible means being predisposed, liable, or sensitive to the effects of an infectious disease, allergen, or other pathogenic agent – or even being sensitive for a situation e.g. in the workplace or in relationships; lacking immunity or resistance .

Sensitivity is the degree of the predisposition and susceptibility is the nature of it.

Susceptibility might come from genetics, can be inherited, or can come on by different life experiences, like traumas, accidents or other events.

In homeopathy microorganisms like bacteria and viruses are not held responsible but the weak organism and the susceptibility of the patient is mainly considered accountable for the disease.

Susceptibility makes us unique, because each of us reacts individually to different situations.

Good homeopathic treatment changes our core susceptibility, strengthening us, so that we are not affected by a situation or disease agent.

Homeopathy treats the whole person as well as the diseased part. It looks to address the underlying cause of illness. 70% of those that use homeopathy experience improvements in health and wellbeing (from a six year study at Bristol Homeopathic Hospital, 2005).

You can have a free exploratory phone call with me or book an appointment with the clinic.

Katja Behrens

kdbehrens@yahoo.co.uk

07794831692
01285 771334

www.realcurehomeopathy.com

Allergy and Intolerance Testing – Marianne Andrews

We offer a simple finger-prick test to identify foods which may be causing an adverse effect. The test is a rapid colorimetric ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) for the measurement of IgG antibodies to a selection of commonly eaten foods. This is sent off to a Lab where their analysis looks at IgG immune responses, ie. delayed responses to foods.  This differs from the NHS testing route which would look at IgE responses which are for immediate reactions.

Over 45% of the population react adversely to foods that they eat, which whilst not life threatening, can have a massive impact on someone’s quality of work and home life.  Food intolerance may cause a range of symptoms including gut symptoms, bloating, headaches, migraines, low mood, fatigue, weight gain and skin problems

It is common for people to try and eliminate foods from their diet to help themselves feel better. Often they don’t know which foods to try and eliminate and have to guess. Should you have multiple intolerances then this method makes it extremely difficult to pinpoint the offending foods.

Testing is painless and the results are available within 7 days.  The results are then discussed at a full consultation, which then looks at your whole diet, and other factors, such as stress, gut bacteria and enzyme levels, hormonal imbalances etc which may be affecting how you are feeling.  I will suggest food replacements, and provide the advice and guidance you need implement any dietary changes with confidence and success.

Marianne Andrews – Nutritional Therapist

Marianne is currently (summer 2016) offering an initial consultation (75 minutes) including full dietary analysis and clinical allergy and intolerance test for £140.

GUT HEALTH/BRAIN HEALTH – Caroline Shaw

caroline shaw chhc cheltenham colon hydrotherapy

Western Society may have ‘conquered’ diseases such as small pox, diphtheria and polio but there has been a virtual epidemic of conditions such as autism, asthma, ADHD, alzheimers, allergies, diabetes, depression, heart disease, cancer, polycystic ovarian syndrome and obesity, to name but a few. Where are we going wrong?

Latest scientific research is validating what Hippocrates said in the third century BC; “All disease begins in the gut.” The link between a healthy microbial flora, that is all the billions of microscopic bacteria that live in (and on) us and a healthy mind/ body is being proven unequivocally.

We really do need an abundance of the good ‘guys’, the beneficial bacteria, to boost our immunity, to help our liver and digestive enzymes work properly, to help generate the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter Serotonin (80 per cent is generated in the gut rather than the brain) to help regulate and balance our hormones, to help tell us when we’ve had enough to eat and so much more.

Unfortunately, a by-product of a highly industrialized Western society is its toxins. Processed fast foods filled with refined sugars and saturated fats, toxic metals derived from fillings and air pollutants, chlorine in the water supply, medicines such as statins, antibiotics, birth control hormones (which contributes to an environment that is flooded with oestrogens) or the relentless stresses of physical, emotional and mental survival, our body/mind is always on ‘red alert’ and this can produce a chronic inflammatory condition. Inflammatory markers in the blood, such as Cytokines and Lipopolysaccharides (LPS) are shown to be much higher in people with arthritis, depression, anxiety, dementia, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, insulin resistance and obesity.

Having enough good bacteria in our guts helps to regulate both the immune and endocrine systems and keep in check the over production of cortisol and adrenaline – the two hormones that can cause so much damage when they are constantly being released.

Sadly, one of the main culprits in the destruction of our healthy, positive bacteria is antibiotics. As a health practitioner, 90 per cent of cases that I see presenting with such conditions as chronic IBS, constipation, fatigue, depression, bloating, skin complaints, auto immune disease and insomnia can be traced back to the over prescription of antibiotics. Recent studies indicate that the disruption of gut bacteria through antibiotics in children may even cause certain cases of autism. In 2000, Dr Richard Sandler published a paper in the Journal of Child Neurology about the correlation between the overgrowth of potentially pathogenic bacteria and autism. The blessing that was penicillin has now become a curse.

For more than sixty years antibiotics have been the default prescription of medical doctors. Farm animals are routinely fed antibiotics to keep them free from disease, but the drug gets into the food chain anyway. Unfortunately, the bugs are rapidly outwitting the medicine that tries to kill them. Anti microbial resistance threatens the effective treatment of a range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi.

In 2013, worldwide, there were about 480,000 new cases of drug resistant tuberculosis. Dr Paul Cosford, Director for Health Protection and Medical Director for Public Health England, (PHE) said: “TB remains a critical public health problem, particularly in parts of London and among people from vulnerable communities. Given current trends, within 2 years we are likely to have more new cases of TB each year in the UK than in the whole of the United States.”

There is a high proportion of antibiotic resistance in bacteria that cause common infections i.e. urinary tract infections, pneumonia and septicaemia. Most hospital acquired infections are caused by the bacteria strain MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus.) It won’t be long, the medical profession fears, before routine operations such as hip replacements and caesareans are no longer viable.

In the same way that pesticides can play havoc with whole eco systems, such as the quality of nutrients in the soil as well as the health of bees and birds, antibiotics, indiscriminately wipe out colonies of good as well as bad bacteria.

Some of the most remarkable transformations in health that I have witnessed are when clients are able to cleanse and de-toxify their Liver, Small Intestines and Large Intestine (Colon). This is quite a challenging cleansing process but one that can bring extraordinary results.

I remember a client, Judy, who presented with chronic water retention. Her whole body was puffy and bloated. She had inflamed joints that affected her shoulders, knees, elbows, ankles and wrists. She felt chronically tired and was taking anti-depressants. She divulged that life was just not worth living. It had all started, she said, when she had been prescribed strong doses of antibiotics for a recurring respiratory infection several years ago. However hard she tried to lose weight nothing shifted. After she had completed a course of 3-colon hydrotherapy treatments to cleanse her colon, I recommended that she undertook a full intestinal cleanse (this involves taking simple products orally, for one week, while drinking plenty of juices, water and herb teas) followed by a course of high potency good bacteria.

Three months later I saw she was booked in to see me. When I went to reception to collect her I couldn’t find her.

“Caroline,” a voice called out.

I gave a double take. There was Judy. But it wasn’t the same person. This was a svelte, glamorous Judy. She looked wonderful!

“I followed the programme and then repeated it a few weeks later. I’m off the anti-depressants. I feel so much better

It seems clear that by de-toxing our bodies from the accumulation of pathogenic bacteria, viruses, parasite and yeasts and then replacing with a wide spectrum of positive acidophilus and bifido bacterium we can make miracles happen.

The best way to de-tox is to have one to three colon hydrotherapy treatments followed by a full intestinal cleanse. The liver cleanse can be combined with the full intestinal cleanse or undertaken later and then repeated. It is always advisable to have a follow up colon hydrotherapy treatment on the completion of a full intestinal or liver cleanse. After the cleanse it is important to maintain a healthy diet which encourages the growth of good bacteria together with probiotic and prebiotic supplements and foods. I also recommend and can administer high potency rectal probiotic infusions.

I will leave you with an interesting experiment which was conducted in 2013 by UCLA researchers and published in Gastroenterology.

Thirty six women were split into three groups of twelve. For four weeks Group 1 consumed twice daily a yoghurt mixture filled with several probiotics, Group 2 were given a ‘yoghurt’ without any probiotics, and Group 3 had no specific product.

At the beginning, each woman underwent a functional MRI (fMRI) which measure brain activity. After four weeks each in turn was shown images designed to trigger an emotional response. They were looking at pictures of angry or frightened people. The results were astonishing. The women who consumed the yoghurt laced with probiotics showed far less excitability in the parts of the brain related to emotion, cognition and sensory processing. On the other hand the women in the other two groups who did not take the probiotics showed stable or increased activity in this brain network indicating they were more emotionally impacted and disturbed by the images.

Dr Emeran Mayer a professor of medicine and psychiatry summed up the findings, ”The knowledge that signals are sent from the intestine to the brain and that they can be modulated by a dietary change is likely to lead to an expansion of research aimed at finding new strategies to prevent or treat digestive, mental and neurological disorders.”

It seems how we take care of ourselves and our planet is in need of a radical sea-change.

Caroline Shaw

Colon Hydrotherapy at CHHC