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Detoxification is commonly thought of as a tool for drug addicts and alcoholics.  The nausea, pain and discomfort of acute detox is incredibly intense and can be a medical emergency, yet the essence of detoxifying reaches far beyond this picture.  In fact, it’s happening in your belly right now.  You’re detoxifying substances from everything you have eaten, drank, absorbed and inhaled from the recent past.

To detoxify is simply the process that occurs in the liver constantly, when substances are broken down and built-up in order to be eliminated from the body.  It is an essential part of our health in every moment.

Toxins in Our World

Bis-phenol A, heroine, phthalates, sodium laurel sulfate, alcohol, benzene, high fructose corn syrup and more are all routinely consumed toxins in any random American’s experience.  Recently, in Mayflower, Arkansas a pipeline carrying tar sands oil ruptured and spilled into the waterways.  This unintentionally exposed the town’s population of 2,000 people to at least 7 known toxins.

Meanwhile, many people are consciously ingesting illegal substances into their bodies routinely.  Plus those ingesting legal intoxicants, smoke-breaks, happy hours, drive-thru’s and much more.  Toxic exposure is happening to all of us, everyday whether consciously, or unconsciously.  This can create problems for the body on every level.

A toxin may be a normal product of cellular metabolism, a intermediary step in a pathway of something non-toxic being processed in the body, or something overtly damaging to the body from start to finish.  Whatever the method of origin, a toxin in the body disrupts normal organ function and causes cellular damage.  Fortunately, our bodies are well equipped for this process, when we are in an optimal state of health and when our exposure is reasonable.

However, our modern world is filled with substances that require nearly constant work to address.  Many are difficult for the body to process and are known as bio-accumulative, staying with us our entire lives.  Driving down the road, drinking tap water, cleaning house, cooking a meal: all of these simple daily activities can overwhelm our system with toxic substances over time, depending on our choices.

Toxicity and Our Health

The outcome of toxic exposures in the body are many.  Cellular damage leads to poor organ function which can lead to poor metabolism, fatigue, body aches, mind-fog, obesity, hormonal disturbances, auto-immunity, cancer, and the myriad of unexplained symptomatic patterns.  Toxic accumulation can play a role in every type of disease.  Generally, the symptoms develop slowly, over time and may be considered normal aging at first.

Enhancing normal detoxification in the body is something that can be achieved through numerous simple, daily life activities.  Based on the personal experience and individual imbalance, a formulation of specific tools can make a world of difference.  In general, detoxification practices should involve taking fewer substances into the body and encouraging normal elimination through the bowels, breath, skin and urine.

Adapting a toxin free lifestyle is an important step.  This may be unreasonable for some, especially when addiction stands in the way.  In today’s world with our current stress-level, global challenges and chemical exposures, it is important to fit tools into your daily routine that support detoxification.

Traditional Detox Tools Include:

–       Dry Skin Brushing: from Ayurvedic medicine,  brushing the skin with a course bristle brush from the tips of the extremities toward the heart daily supports longevity.  Aiding lymphatic circulation, toxins are circulated in order to be better eliminated.

–       Castor Oil Packs: popularized by Edgar Cayce, this routine abdominal self-massage is a fantastic way to aid digestion and liver health.

–       Contrast Hydrotherapy: many of the early European Eclectic Physicians devoted their careers to exploring the benefits of hot & cold therapies on the skin surface.  As an everyday tonic, alternating the heat of the shower with a brief burst of cold invirgorates vitality.

–       Sauna Therapy: inducing a high-temperature fever like state in the body through sauna’s is a tradition from cultures around the globe.  Ideal use includes the contrasting cold of a shower, cold-plunge or roll in the snow to draw the vital heat back into the body.

–       Fasting: reducing and altering dietary intake is a common thread through many traditions of medicine.  In addition to the rest it allows the body for spiritual pursuit, it also gives the body a great opportunity to detoxify.

At Stillwater, we offer tools for supporting longevity through detoxification.  Whether you’re facing addiction or illness we are here for you.  Our infrared sauna is the most efficient and most gentle tool for aiding the bodies release.  Addiction expert and therapist James Hart counsels people on making change.  Our Natural Living Store carries all the tools you need and as a Naturopathic Doctor, I have worked in both in-patient and out-patient detox programs and supported people on the journey to optimal health for over 10 years.

For optimal health, join us seasonally for a thorough approach to dietary cleansing and detoxification with professional support.  3-day, 7-day or 3-week options available!  For more information visit www. http://stillwaterhealingarts.com/seasonal-cleanse/.  Programs are based upon your unique needs, body-burdens, vitality and schedule.  Schedule your pre-cleanse consult today!

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Spring Cleaning

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Daffodils and crocus flowers mean more than just the addition of color to our landscape.  They’re here to alert us that spring has arrived!  Despite the cool breezes and chilly weather, our days have lengthened enough to give the plant life of our region the signal that all systems are GO!

Shed the heaviness of winter time by taking advantage of this early burst of nature’s energy with spring cleaning.  Eliminating the excess from our lives and cleaning out the nooks and crannies of the external, and internal environment is a great way to brighten up your life.

Initially, through house cleaning we may discover long lost treasures that are actually useful and prevent us from needing to purchase new items.  Perhaps they may even inspire some creativity, rearranging items to make something new again.  Secondly, donations to the local Goodwill can help keep things out of landfills and allow others to purchase perfectly functional items at a reduced cost.  And always, eliminating the excess from our homes can provide a refreshing feeling of accomplishment and renewal.

Now, it’s time to look inside our bodies and consider what may be accumulating there.  Arsenic, bisphenol A, perchlorate, flouride, lead, flame retardants, mercury, phthalates, and many other dirty words can adequately describe what we carry around with us in our daily travels.  These substances are all found to cause severe health effects; reproductive disorders, thyroid disorders, mental health imbalances, immune dysfunction, cancers and many other problems.  Unfortunately, most of these substances bio-accumulate, pass on to our children and are not easily eliminated by the body.  Additionally, their presence is vast, extending far into regions where the benefits of the industrialized world have not yet reached.  Please visit the Environmental Working Group (http://www.ewg.org/) for more information on toxicity in our world, homes and bodies and to learn about simple changes you can make to improve the health of future generations.

So what are we to do, living amongst the worlds richest in both resources and toxic plastic junk?  Perhaps looking to our ancestors can assist us in our present quandry.  For many northern latitude people, springtime was a lean time of year.  The food stock of the previous year has come to an end and the earth is not yet providing much nourishment.  Thus, an ideal time to fast or go without as the body engages in its own deep cleaning.  Springtime has been a time to fast for various religious purposes as well.  Refraining from consumption can connect us to the past, to acknowledge the sacrifices of those that came before us as well as provide a new appreciation for our abundance.

This spring, allow yourself time to clean house and consider utilizing cleansing methods for your internal health as well.  Cleanse programs are widely variable but in general, should work to increase your elimination and reduce your consumption.  Any product based cleanse system may just be adding more substances for the body to have to deal with.  However, ceasing consumption altogether, as in a water-only fast may be too extreme for some individuals.  Finding the right balance to support yourself through the daily life that will likely continue, while increasing elimination is the goal for a beneficial spring-cleaning program.

For more information and guidance through an individually designed spring cleanse, I am here to help!  I have been guiding individual and group cleanse programs for many seasons and greatly enjoy this opportunity to help people discover how routine changes can make a big impact in their health.

Spring Cleanse Program
Feeling trapped in a routine that doesn’t support your optimal health? Join us for our Spring Cleanse Program to reset your habits and create a fresh start!  Our 10-day group cleanse begins Tuesday April 4th.
All programs include medical support with the practitioners at Stillwater clinic, use of the infrared sauna and group classes. Dates don’t work for you? Individual cleanse programs are available at anytime. Visit our website for more information www.stillwaterhealingarts.com!

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It’s 2016, and unless you live in Oregon, Washington or Vermont, your insurance based healthcare is NOT going to keep you well.

As much as I cringe at the analogy of our bodies being like cars, people inevitably think of themselves that way all the time.  The squeeky wheel gets ignored until it’s a screaming or debilitating pain.

We pay for car insurance and know it’s going to be there when we crash (after paying our deductible).  But, we don’t expect car insurance to wash our windows, vacuum the interior, change the tires, the oil, the belts or even cover our annual tune-ups to see how things might be deteriorating within.

Health insurance is not much different in most states.  It will help out with emergency room visits, and sometimes cover basic screenings for life-threatening illnesses (PAPs, prostate exams and mammograms for cancer, bone density screenings for osteoporosis, etc…)  And it usually covers an annual exam to check for hypertension, monitor growth and BMI and provide medications that treat the symptoms.

Unfortunately, our current medical model misses out on how to keep people healthy.  While pharmaceutical medications are necessary in many circumstances, supporting health naturally so we don’t need them or improving health while we’re on them so we only need them short-term is ideal.  It’s no fault of modern Doctors, its the larger systems emphasis on drugs and surgery as the only medicinal tools.

Most of the current drug safety information is based on short-term controlled trials and the harm of utilizing medications is always acknowledged in their litany of side effects.  As research continues, we learn of previously unknown harmful effects from long-term or combined medication use. 

Fortunately, humans have been living a very long time and we have an immense history of health and vitality to learn from traditions around the world.  Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Native American medicine, Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophical medicine, Western herbalism and the European Eclectic physicians are among my favorites.

With Naturopathic medicine, we are able to address the foundation of imbalances and improve our health over time from a truly integrated perspective.   It’s the journey of a lifetime, not a one stop shop!  With ancient systems, we learn what our bodies need, where are weaknesses are and how to improve ourselves day by day.  With modern science we get detailed information on changes and stats of organ function.  Naturopathic medicine is the most comprehensive medical training in holistic medical assessment from both perspectives.  For details on educational curriculum, check this comparison out:  Nat-Med-Ed-Comp-Curricula

At Stillwater, we want to support the community in their long-term health.  Trained as holistic primary care provider, naturopathic doctors work to not only address the current symptoms and diagnosis (working in conjunction with your other physicians, medications and insurance system) but to be your guide and ally in your health journey toward optimal vitality. We believe in making the best use of tools from all systems of healthcare and healing.  It’s 2016, shouldn’t we have it all?

At Stillwater Clinic, we have created a Membership program to provide people with an affordable addition to their routine healthcare costs.  Plans range from $35. per month to $300. depending upon the intensity of need for change.  These rates are significantly reduced from the fee’s of other medical specialists in our effort to make healthcare affordable and accessible to all.

Whether you’re passionate about maintaining the health you’ve got, you recognize your health is lacking by a sense of something’s not right or you have a serious diagnosis contact us to find out which package is right for you.

 

Stillwater Healing Arts 2016 membership plans include:

BASIC CARE – $35./month or $420./year ($580. value)

  • Annual integrative medicine health evaluation & treatment plan
  • 3 acute care appointments 
  • 6 spa visits (foot spa & sauna)

This package is intended for individuals who have good health, who wish to keep it that way with annual evaluations of what’s going on under the surface and some tune-ups along the way. For pediatric patients, spa visits can be utilized by parents!

INTERMEDIATE CARE – $65./month or $780./year ($1060. value)

  • Seasonal integrative medicine health evaluation & treatment plan
  • 3 acute care appointments
  • 6 spa visits (foot spa & sauna)

This package is intended for individuals who have mild symptoms and want to support the annual rhythm of their health with 4 quarterly Naturopathic and Chinese medicine evaluations and treatment plans. Ideal for individuals with low-grade or controlled health issues such as; allergies, headaches, intermittent digestive challenges, PMS, controlled autoimmune disease, cancer relapse prevention, and others.

TREATMENT FOCUSED PLAN – $140./month or $1680./year ($2360. value)

  • Annual integrative medicine health evaluation & treatment plan
  • Twice monthly treatment sessions (Acupuncture, Bodywork or Hydrotherapy)
  • Monthly spa visits with the foot spa and private sauna use.

This package is suited for individuals who may be in optimal health but utilize their bodies intensively and want to keep things tip-top, such as; athletes, performers, dancers, yoga instructors, builders, farmers and those who know the personal value of routine care. It also serves patients who have chronic health challenges that know what they need. For example, ADD/ADHD treatment, emotional health with 5-element acupuncture or chronic pain. This is also the package recommended for macular degeneration treatment.

COMPREHENSIVE HEALTHCARE PLAN – $175./month = $2100./year ($3060. value)

  • Monthly comprehensive integrative medicine appointments
  • Monthly spa visits – foot spa and private sauna use
  • 6 Additional acute illness or injury appointments

This package is suited towards individuals with uncontrolled health challenges who are in need of comprehensive evaluation and treatment. This commitment will be necessary for successful treatment of conditions such as; menopausal transition, adrenal fatigue, infertility, digestive disorders, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, obesity, heart disease, diabetes. This package serves as the foundation for natural cancer treatment support, chronic infectious disease treatment and chronic degenerative conditions such as Parkinsons, MS, auto-immune disease and dementia. However, more support may be necessary depending upon diagnosis and evaluation.

INTENSIVE TRANSFORMATION – $300./month = $3600./year ($5520. value)

  • Monthly comprehensive integrative medicine visit
  • Weekly treatment sessions (Acupuncture, Bodywork or Hydrotherapy)
  • Twice monthly spa visits – foot spa and private sauna use

This package is designed to help individuals who are ready to make dramatic changes to their health. Ideal for those with undiagnosed medical conditions, at a place of significant life change, extreme symptomology, chronic pain or addiction. This program serves as the foundation of our holistic mental health & addiction program as well as our weight loss program.

All Programs Include:

  • 20% discount on additional appointments.
  • Email and phone support with our holistic Doctor.
  • Annual Membership – automatic payment required with 12 month contract.
  • We can customize any plan to meet your needs, budget, family and employee packages.
  • Member discounts for special events, classes and other programs as well.

Schedule today and we’ll get the right package created for you!

Questions?  Feedback?  Curiosity?  I’d love to hear from you!

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herbal-medicine-in-jars-0Drippy noses, itching eyes, fatigue and shortness of breath are all a terrible combination of symptoms that tend to show up for millions of Americans in summer time.  While it seems like an awful way for the season to welcome someone, there are numerous ways to help improve the pattern over time.

Allergies are a result of inappropriate immune reactions to non-harmful particles.  The allergic person has somehow determined that cat dander, grass pollen or food substances are dangerous to the body and the resulting attack can be very annoying.  This is especially true for environmental allergies where we cannot stop the exposures from happening.

While it is generally determined that once a person has allergies, that is their tendency for life, some people “outgrow them” or grow into them.  Either way, you can support health naturally with a variety of remedies that both improve allergy symptoms but overall health too:

–       Quercetin – A natural anti-inflammatory and antihistamine, quercetin is a potent bioflavonoid that is found naturally in onions, black tea and apples.

–       Bromelain – This compound comes from pineapples and is a natural anti-inflammatory.  It enzymatic activity breaks up inflammation in the body and is useful for allergies and other inflammatory conditions.

–       N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) – This is one of natures most powerful mucolytic agents.  Used to break up congestion, NAC is created naturally by the body from proteins but can be taken as a nutritional supplement to eliminate congestion.  Especially helpful for chronic congestion of the sinuses or lungs.

–       Nettles – Urtica Dioica is one of North America’s most abundant natural remedies for allergies.  This herb stabilizes mast cells which calms the bodies tendency to react to pollens that enter the respiratory tract.  Taken as a daily tea, encapsulated or tinctured there are multiple constituents in this plant that benefit the immune system.

–       Eyebright – Euphrasia officinalis has an affinity for benefiting the eye when consumed as a tea, tincture or encapsulated herb.  This plant is astringent and can be used topically as a compress for itchy, swollen eyes.  It works equally as well as a homeopathic remedy for allergy symptoms affecting the eye.

–       Vitamin C – Popular for it’s immune stimulating effects, vitamin C acts as a natural anti-histamine, calming the allergic reaction.  This vitamin is water soluble so the body will easily eliminate any excess that may be taken.

–       Amla – This herb is used traditionally in Ayurvedic medicine as an agent to improve digestion.  However, it is one of the only compounds we know of that increases the gut immune function, known as secretory IgA.  To calm the related digestive reactions of allergies, Amla can be added on a routine basis to support the body.

–       Bee Pollen – Oral tolerance is the ability of the body to regulate an immune response to something that caused allergy symptoms.  Oral tolerance can be naturally stimulated to regional pollens by consuming the pollen from bees.  This can be a very effective method of neutralizing the bodies reactions, however it should be done with extreme caution to prevent the immune system from being overly-triggered.  It is helpful to know from skin or blood testing how the immune system is responding because a severe IgE reaction to a pollen may result in anaphylaxis if bee pollen is consumed.

Ways to help shift the immune system from the allergic tendency to create a long-term correction in immune function include:

–       Reducing Inflammation – In addition to avoiding food allergens, minimizing inflammatory provoking agents from the diet can help ease the body.  This includes vegetables of the nightshade family, pork and grain-fed meats, sugar, coffee and alcohol.  This also includes any irritants that the body has identified as harmful including other environmental and food allergens.

–       Detoxification – Enhancing the bodies elimination of irritating agents will help correct immune function.  Ensuring adequate bowel elimination, kidney function and augmenting elimination through the lungs and skin all support the body’s natural detoxification process.

–       Nervous System Regulation – The more we can exist in our parasympathetic, rest and digest aspect of our nervous system, the better the bodies opportunity to restore and heal imbalances.  Utilizing stress management techniques on a routine basis helps us not only feel more calm and peaceful, but also improves our immune system and whole self.

For more information on treating allergies with natural medicine, come to Stillwater clinic for personalized hydrotherapy sessions and holistic health consultations to get the right tools in place to support your unique self.

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tranquil balanceDo you ever feel confused about what your diet should be? Or wish to have alternatives to pharmaceutical medicine? Have you questioned the balance of vitamins and pharmaceuticals in your routine to wonder how what you do today might affect you long-term?

Information can be extremely confusing about health and it often can feel like every bit of information out there conflicts with something else. When it comes to navigating our own health choices, it can be exhausting to sort through the data to make a choice you can feel good about. Typically, we end up doing what we’ve always done out of a lack of understanding a better way.

  • 7 out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases. Heart disease, cancer and stroke account for more than 50% of all deaths each year.
  • In 2005, 133 million Americans – almost 1 out of every 2 adults – had at least one chronic illness.
  • Obesity has become a major health concern. 1 in every 3 adults is obese and almost 1 in 5 youth between the ages of 6 and 19 is obese.
  • About one-fourth of people with chronic conditions have one or more daily activity limitations (Statistics from the US Center for Disease Control).

Despite the statistics, the majority of chronic illnesses are preventable. We can reduce our cancer risk by up to 60% by adopting diet and lifestyle habits appropriate to our personal needs. Chronic diseases have direct correlations to improper care of the body, nutritional deficiencies and inflammation.

Whether you’re already dealing with a chronic illness or trying to prevent one, there are some not-so-basic premises of health that can open up a world of better understanding.

Natural medicine philosophy rests not only upon what the latest scientific research discovers, but also on what traditional systems of healing have known for thousands of years about the human body. While our lifestyles and habits have changed considerably, our biological blueprint has not. Now, more than ever the guidance from those who knew how to live well, generation after generation, can help us.

At Stillwater Clinic, we offer a 16-week Holistic Health Immersion program, taking individuals on a journey through their own health exploration to equip them with foundational tools to last a lifetime. Program options include education only with our weekly classes (Monday nights) or a full package of healthcare services to accompany your exploration!

Week 1: The Spectrum of Healing. This introductory class includes a comprehensive look at the array of options in healthcare and how to get the most for your health.

Week 2-8: THRIVE! Natural Medicine Essentials is a 6-week series exploring simple ways to improve your health with things you may already have in your home! Drawing on traditions from around the world, discover healing opportunities through herbal medicine, homeopathy, breath-work, meditation, food as medicine, hydrotherapy and more.

Week 9-11: Understanding Life’s Phases: As we grow older we encounter new obstacles and opportunities. Recognizing the ways to best address the needs of each era is an important part of health.

Week 12-16: Holistic Anatomy: Take a journey into the self with this series explaining the dynamic relationship of the body, mind and spirit. Merging western physiology with Chinese medicine and more to form a comprehensive understanding of the bodies 12 organs and what they each need for balanced, optimal health.

Natural medicine and holistic healthcare provide resources not only for living well, but to move beyond crisis management and toward true healing of the body. When given the proper tools, we have the capacity to thrive. If you feel like you are limited in mind, body or the connection between the two, it’s time for a fresh start.

Next program begins September 1st, 2013. Space is limited so please register early. So far, our participants have accomplished remarkable transformations! Many have successfully and painlessly eliminated prescription medications from their daily routine. Over a dozen have made major career or relationship changes that they’ve wanted to do for years but hadn’t had the energy for. One participant expressed, “After a lifetime of studying natural medicine on my own, I’ve finally had the paradigm shift of understanding to truly make use of the tools.”

Our goal is to provide the community with the tools for optimal living and the education and information to know what to do with them. For more information, visit www.stillwaterhealingarts.com/immersion/.

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Juicing fruits and vegetables provide easy access to the vast quantity of nutrients available in these foods. Juicing can be a beneficial addition to any routine and is especially great for routine detoxification. For the purposes of a cleanse, juicing is a great way to provide added support to the body.

There are many ways to go about juicing. First and most importantly is acquiring fresh, organic produce. Secondly, devising a method of creating juice out of these. Options include using a juicing machine, buying fresh or pre-made juice, using a blender and/or using products that can be shaken or stirred.

Methods

1. Juicing machine. These are devices that pulverize vegetable and fruit matter to separate the juice from the fiber. The end-product is a very easy to assimilate vital fluid. The fiber is disposed of or can be saved to add to other cooking projects.

2. Purchasing pre-made juice. Fresh is far better because the activity of the bioflavonoids degrades quickly. Carrot juice and some others can be found pre-made and bottled.

3. Using a blender is possible with fruits and vegetables in a couple ways. Some produce can be blended easily when combined with enough water. Spinach, cucumber, soft fruits are all easily blended. Harder vegetables and fruits will also blend easily after being gently steamed. This is beneficial because it then includes the fiber in the final product. Make sure to use enough water and keep the recipe simple.

4. Mixing Powders and Liquids:  Ingredients that do not need to be juiced or blended are also vast and delicious. Some of these include spirulina, aloe vera juice, very berry concentrate, lemon and lime, boiled ginger, etc…

Ingredients

Every plant species has it’s own personality, its properties and affinities. As you explore the simplicity of consumption, notice how you feel affected by what you consume and try to find simple blends that suits you best. Variety is not only the spice of life, but also a key to keeping the digestive system from reacting to foods that we consume too frequently. As a general rule, dilute fruit and high sugar content vegetables by 50% and have cucumber, celery and greens comprise half of all juice you consume. Experiment and have fun!

Beets – their red color demonstrates an affinity for the blood and heart, purifying and stimulating. Has a laxative effect and is highly beneficial for liver detoxification. Try to not use more than 1 small beet per juice due to their high sugar content.

Greens – hearty as they are, greens are a wonderful addition to juices. Greens assist liver detoxification and the high chlorophyll content is very beneficial for the blood. Kale, spinach, chard, chollards, beet greens, etc… 1-3 leaves per juice is enough due to the strong flavor and their mild sweet quality is helpful for keeping the sugar balanced.

Carrots – namesake for the essential nutrient, beta-carotene, carrots have a lot to brag about and are such a wonderful juice addition they should not be overlooked! High sugar content.

Celery – Acts as a natural diuretic and has a low sugar content.

Fruit – best kept minimal as the sugar content is very high. However, the addition of fruits can do wonders for the taste buds. Apples and pears are especially great additions to vegetable juices and lower on the glycemic index.

Ginger – great addition to juices as it provides warmth and stimulation to the digestive system. Can be decocted in hot water and provide as much benefit as it does in a juicer.

Berries –wonderfully delicious and high in bioflavonoids, berries are what some consider the key to aging gracefully. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries are all seasonally appropriate. High sugar content.

Spirulina – wonderful addition to a juice blend as it has immense vitality as a sea food. Considered one of the best energy boosting foods. Cooling nature.

Aloe vera – stimulating to the small and large intestines, aloe is a emulsifying juice that coats and soothes irritated intestines. This is especially beneficial during a cleanse when we are stimulating and healing the intestines for optimal elimination. Also can be cooling.

Citrus –lemon and lime are great additions to a juice due to their astringent nature. This helps to tone the digestive tract and stimulate digestive enzymes. Can also encourage peristalsis to aid bowel cleansing.

Cucumber –great addition to a juice due to its bland and slightly bitter flavor which helps to balance the sugars. Cooling.

Turmeric –this root has developed an incredible reputation for being a very strong liver aid in the detoxification process. Add a small portion of the root or the powdered culinary form.

Burdock –another plant that is famous for supporting detoxification. This root is powerfully bitter and bland. Great if you suspect an imbalanced microflora.

Dandelion greens or root –supportive of overall liver function. This common weed is highly beneficial for encouraging detoxification and supporting blood purification. Do not harvest from a yard treated with pesticides or herbicides within the past 3 years or more.

Garlic –strong flavor as well as being a strong anti-microbial food. This is beneficial if you suspect you have an imbalance in your microflora. Raw garlic may aggravate the stomach so use with caution.

Parsley –flat leaf variety is stimulating to the digestive system, which aids elimination.

Cinnamon –this plant has a long history of use for supporting digestion. It is warming, antibacterial and may help to regulate blood sugar.

Cayenne –this very warm spice stimulates the blood flow to the digestive tract and has a medicinal use for healing ulcers.

Other ingredients

Protein powder –some individuals may find that their energy needs or health concerns require consistent protein intake. Adding a hemp, whey, soy or rice protein powder to a juice can be helpful. A powdered form will be easy to digest to allow the body an overall rest from digestive activity to shift the focus to detoxification.

Recipes

General support
1 carrot
2 sticks celery
1/2 beet
-juice or steam/blend

Warm up
1 cucumber (peeled)
1/2 pear (chopped)
medium piece ginger (chopped finely)
dash cinnamon
-blend with 12 ounces of water

Liver stimulator
Bunch dandelion greens
2 celery stalks
1/2 beet
1/2 apple
dash turmeric
-juice or steam/blend

On the go
2 tsp spirulina
2 Tbsp aloe vera
1 Tbsp. berry concentrate or handful of berries
Mix with 12 ounces of water
-shaken or blend with berries

Healthy skin and weight loss blend
1 carrot
1 cucumber
1/2 beet
1 burdock root
-juice or steam/blend

Longevity
1 carrot
1 celery stalk
small piece ginger
-juice or steam/blend

Master cleanse
2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon or lime
1-2 Tbsp 100% maple syrup
1/10 tsp cayenne pepper
-shaken with 8 oz water, drink liberally

Dr. Hart’s favorite
Beet greens from 1 beet
2 stalks celery
1/2 apple or pear
1/2 inch section of ginger root

Resources

Staying Healthy with the Seasons, by Elson M. Haas
Juicing for Life, by Cherie Calbom & Maureen Keane
The Complete Cancer Cleanse, by Cherie & John Calbom
The Fasting Diet, by Stephen Bailey
Juice Alive, by Stephen Bailey and Larry Trivieri

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You are not your diagnosis, you are an individual with unique needs and interests. While a disease may categorize a process happening within the body, there are many other processes to consider that may not fit into the typical disease pattern at all.

When an individual receives a cancer diagnosis, in most cases the process has been many years in the making. Cancer’s rarely form overnight unlike diseases resulting from trauma. The process of developing cancer may be different for everyone. For some the genetic factors have determined its existence. Others have had exposures to a variety of carcinogens that cause it to form. For other’s still lifestyle choices have everything to do with it. While it is shocking to the consciousness of the individual, the physiology within the body has been adapting to this for a very long time.

Curing cancer is more than tumor removal. Eliminating the mass from the body through the variety of cancer fighting treatments available prolongs and saves lives. However, the underlying factors that developed the cancer to begin with are not going to be addressed or changed by surgery, chemotherapy or radiation. These are more subtle factors of physiology that require a personal and holistic approach to understand.

Treatment for cancer has taken on a very different look from systems around the world. New technology aimed at supporting the immune system to recognize the cancer is popular in clinics in Germany. In a Switzerland hospital the recognition of the microbial aspect of cancer care is addressed. In Mexico, warming the body through a variety of means is utilized to simulate a fever and encourage immune correction of the cancers environment. Supporting the immune system, mircroflora and endocrine system has the potential to transform physiology permanently.

Just as with the immediate treatment, long-term treatment variation is also great. Examining what people take in on a daily basis is crucial. We all have foods that our mouths may love but our body’s despise. Chemicals in processed foods, cleaning products, furnishings and automobiles can all affect us differently. Recognizing authentically what our bodies thrive with and what impedes it can be a challenge to get beyond our mental associations to what should be good for us. Then making the lifestyle changes to a healthier routine brings us to confront the internal obstacles of our psyche.

In every case of cancer treatment, the Chinese Medicine foundation is to support the spleen. The spleen is an organ given little importance in western medicine and can be removed with minimal impact. From a Chinese Medicine perspective, the spleen is responsible for the assimilation of what we take into our bodies to form our selves. It relates to the mind-body dynamic as the self-care routine and ability to nurture one self as well as others. The spleen is easily harmed by over-thinking and daily life stress accounting for what we know in western medicine as the dynamic of stress on cancer formation.

Enhancing the importance of self-care is often the jewel that cancer patients express discovering from the journey. It is all too easy to neglect one’s needs with all the other tasks on the to-do list. The ability to prioritize oneself can be a revelation that has taken a crisis to learn. Creating a daily life routine that supports the balance of personal needs and everything else is an important aspect to truly thriving.

Whether you have experienced cancer treatment yourself or have a strong family history of cancer formation, examining the unique causative factors for cancer development is an important part of prevention. Careful examination of cancer patients may result in a different explanation for every cancer patient’s needs and ultimately the cause of the disease.

For more information on holistic cancer care, contact Dr. Sara Hart, ND, MSOM, LAc at Stillwater Clinic in Lyons. We offer a Cancer Treatment Support Retreat to offer holistic healthcare tools to individuals on the journey of cancer care. The upcoming retreat weekend is June 30th through July 1st. Visit http://www.stillwaterhealingarts.com or call 303-823-WELL (9355) for details and registration.

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