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Detox Q&A from Dr. Amy

I have some questions. Since the retreat I have been extremely sensitive to almost everything. I have eaten very little, and still on fasting days, I feel disturbed in my bowls. Also very gassy all the time. However, I have had regular and comfortable visits to the toilet. But it feels like I have become too rigid and nervous concerning foods in general. My mind is not relaxed and is fearful of ingesting.

I experiment with different foods, juices and blends, but there is no patterns which direct me in what to eat. A green juice can hurt more than a coffee etc.

Can you help me?

Amy writes:

What you’re experiencing isn’t uncommon in the beginning phases of the detox
process. I know it can seem frustrating, and concerning in terms of where you
find your mind at times. Know this is natural and all a part of the long term
cleansing process. It takes much experimentation, learning to be flexible and
unsure at times – and getting to know just how much congestion we have in
the beginning. This will change over time by allowing yourself to find your way
organically – letting go of expectations, pressure, or fear of doing things wrong…
experimenting is really how we learn, listening to the results of how the body
reacts, and adjusting. You’re learning your body, so you may not know what to
eat or do at times, though by sticking with it in a relaxed, aware, and non-rigid
way, you have the opportunity to really get to know (through trail and error)
what it needs.

Technically speaking, it sounds like you’ve hit major pockets of gas – actually
your symptoms are good new because it means your body is stirring up, and
attempting to eliminate the old waste… with time and keeping with your practice
and awareness of your body’s response, it will come out. It works in stages.
Typically first we have a hard belly (remember how you learned this about yourself
in class?) – this indicates dry, hard, compacted waste stored in the small and large
intestines. It could seem quite deceiving because you have such a beautiful flat
belly – though nonetheless, it was quite back up when you were here in Bali a few
months ago. Now through your diligence, the waste is loosening – which is the first
step in it becoming soluble enough to turn to slush and come out. In this stage, there
is often much gas pressure/storage to deal with that can cause cramping, bloating, and
pain. It’s enough to make you not want to eat anything, and often the mind can become
rigid here because we think we should be doing things a certain way. Likely your body
would prefer to fast now – even on just simple blends. When your digestion is congested,
and food isn’t working, we may need a break from eating, and only consume mushy/liquid
foods that are easy to digest… and that help turn hard old backed up stuff into soft slush.
This takes time, patience, and lots of letting go. You’re likely faced with emotional tension
at the same time. Are you storing stress in your belly? This will also cause constriction,
churning, and in turn a rough feeling in the body – and it’s compounded because you’re usually
not eliminating well (even if you are pooping twice per day – you’re still constipated, just not
quite as bad as when you first started… so see you are making progress).

The danger in this stage is when we don’t understand what’s happening with our body, we get
frustrated, and often end of doing what everyone else is doing – which means consuming foods,
holding stress, and in general not digesting well… of course you’ll likely feel frustrated and not
knowing what to do.

Here’s some suggestions:

1. Be sure to be drinking minimum 3 liters of water and/or tea, fresh vegetable juice (except
carrot and beet since too high in sugar), lemonade, etc… all clear liquids with no fiber. Even more
is better, given the amount of gas pressure you have (which remember, indicates there is a whole
lot of backed up poo with that the gas is blocking). Get it wet enough, consistently, so it can move.
2. Identify where you may be contributing to intestinal holding and keep letting go… this means
emotionally, with foods that are difficult to digest, do things you don’t want to do (stress), and in
general not listening to your body and intuition.
3. Do a daily enema each morning on an empty stomach after drinking a few liters of water. You could
do this for weeks, considering how backed up you’ve been/gassy. This is critical in getting out waste
your peritalsis muscle is to weak to eliminate naturally. Once you’ve gotten out enough (and some
sessions may be nothing be gas – good!), then you’re body will recover from any dependency from enemas
and likely start working much better on its own. Be patient and persistent.
4. Do a colonic at least once per week, as well as the enemas to really good deep with the cleansing.
5. Avoid dehydrated foods, too much fat, and anything non-juicy or difficult to digest.
6. What stresses you? Let go lots – live as stress free as possible by facing emotions, and letting them go.
7. Are you exercising regularly? If not, this will help much to increase your circulation.

So in essence love, please be patient with your self and non-rigid, experiment with different foods that may also may not always be raw, if that’s what your body is calling for. Keep letting go, and allowing yourself just to be, and remember its more about going slow, step by step, rather than attempting to force your body to do something its just not ready for. Enjoy each phase, be curious without goals or agendas around it… just do it for yourself, and keep letting go. From this place you can slow down with ease, enjoy the process, and truly learn from your
body.

Let me know you do, and feel free to ask for help.

Big hug and love,

Amy Rachelle

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Salt

What would be the difference between table salt and the salts like Himalayan- or sea-salts?
What makes them any better then the “regular table salt”?
Don’t they also consist of the sodium-chloride bond?

Salt is a controversial topic.  Some view it as a health hazard, and others a health hero – and yes, whether table, rock, or from the sea, salt is Sodium Chloride, NaCl.  Organic sea salt is 98% NaCl and 2 percent comprised of 80 elements (minerals). Regular table salt is said to have only 2 or 3 elements. Common salt is stripped (and bleached) of almost all its essential elements which render it imbalanced.  Heating it to extremely high temperatures nearing 1500 degrees F coat the salt crystals so they won’t be affected by moisture.  This guarntees a consistent product which makes it pour without clogging in any weather conditons. Devoid of it proper mineral balance, its known to streak the artiries with granular deposit which cause swelling and a lack of circulation – this contributes to high blood pressure, heart trouble, kidney disease and eczema, among other problems.

Salt in its unprocessed form contains all the vital minerals and trace elements that our body needs – keeping in mind that our blood composition is similar to the sea water. Whether we can fully absorb may be another question.

Part of the salt debate is that Sodium Chloride is an inorganic mineral and therefore cannot be properly absorbed by the body, since only organic minerals are absorbable.  This is part of the controversy with salt – whether humans can actually absorb inorganic minerals, i.e. NaCI.  Research can be found that validates and discredits both views.

My own view is that sea salt can be beneficial used in balance (about 1 – 1 1/2 teaspoons per day), yet may contribute to some of the same arterial build up as regular table salt if over consumed.  Remember, its sodium we need, not salt.  Celery, leafy greens seeds, carrots, figs, apples, dried fruit, and cabbage contain a high percentage of sodium that is definitely useable.  Sea salt may be useful in keeping our mineral levels balanced, so long as not done.  I also recommend drinking plenty of water in a day to assist in flushing out any excess accumulation.  And if you experience swelling, puffy eyes, and/or stiffness, you may want to eliminate it for a week or so, and see if your symptoms disappear.  Then reintroduce it and see if your symptoms return. If they do, you’ll know your body isn’t processing the form of sodium your taking in, so best to reduce or eliminate it.  And of course, avoid table salt all together.

Protein

When I experience an allergic or sensitive reaction in my digestive tract, especially from to much protein I feel the breath in my lungs stagnates……My lungs are feeling so acid then. Maybe you can tell me what’s the relationship between my digestive tract, my lungs and breathing and my burbs???

So what isn’t digested, will get kicked as large particles into your blood stream… as your body labors to breakdown these undigested food particles, the filters of your body (organs), may have to work extra hard to filter/process what your digestion was to clogged up to handle.  This in turn stresses your organs due to oxygen not being able to access the smothered cells.  When you’re system is too clogged to absorb and circulate oxygen properly from overeating, undigestable foods/substances, etc – your body won’t get enough oxygen and therefore won’t elimiate carbon dioxide to its full capacity with each exhale.  This is where the stagnation in your lungs comes from, and therefore short breaths (not feeling like you can breath – this is true – cells aren’t able to absorb oxygen).  The burbs could be accounted for probably because the stagnation in your lungs, or trapped carbon dioxide, produces gas (hence the acidic feeling in your lungs you referred to), which gets trapped in the extracellular fluid of the cells.  This creates a feeling of pressure – to release this pressure, we burp.  So weak digestion = toxic blood = weak organ elimination = trapped gases/toxicity in cells = burps/feeling tired & weak/irritability/loss of focus/and needing to check out….

Taking in – and absorbing – proper nutritition (i.e. the body building alkaline reserves through the intake of minerals, vitamins, aminos, proteins, fat, carbs, hormones) – consistently will act as an anti-craving remedy since cravings are generally based in the body’s need for nourishment.  So yes, Germanium sounds great (see below) – lets also keep in mind that a diet balanced in lots of greens, the right type of fats, and carbs that can be digested is the foundation (along with exercise, a positive mind set, and self love).  And supplementing with herbs is to complement the nutrition building process.  Yet relying only on supplements, and not tending to consistent healthy eating, may only “use up” supplements without them acting as a great enhancer when supporting a healthy diet.

About the protein…. yes that’s exactly the issue, in my opinion, is that it makes digestion move slow.  This is a problem in that it causes it to remain the digestive tract too long, which causes it to ferment – due to decay.  To “spread out” toxicity, sort of speak, will surely stabilize blood sugar in this type of view – yet I don’t see how it can promote try healing and being dependent free from having to eat a high protein diet since you’ll always need it to remain “stable.”  With a whole/raw food/cleansing approach, we allow the down swing to come about with “blood sugar spikes” (i.e. swinging/extreme levels of toxicity), and learn how to cleanse and monitor it properly so that your body is enabled to eliminate the toxins that cause the so called blood sugar swings.  I suggest cleaning out to even out – get light!  Instead of stuffing oneself, and potentially having it catch up to you with lots of other issues because the body has only been more toxified with too much protein.

On Sun, Dec 4, 2011 at 6:01 PM, MD Dill <cadredmedd@hotmail.com> wrote:

Hi Amy,

FYI.  I had a look and the reason Kathleen Desmaisons recommends protein is:

“Protein slows digestion, helps prevent spikes and dips in blood sugar and can even give you a dose of depression-fighting tryptophan.”

Do you know anything about germanium as an anti craving pill?

Here’s a bit about Germanium:

This trace mineral is a potent antioxidant. It improves oxygen flow to cells, and strengthens the immune system. It has pain-relieving properties and studies have shown that organic germanium (sesquioxide) can nutritionally support the body’s defense system. Many people have attributed remarkable benefits with the intake of Germanium. One woman had suffered many years with arthritis, nervous problems and a painful muscle disease called “fibrositis.” She could not stand to even barely be touched because it caused her such agony. This person began taking one capsule daily of 30 mg. of germanium sesquioxide, which also had odorless garlic added. She said, “Now I’m on ‘cloud nine’ since taking Germanium … and I have so much energy, I don’t know what to do with it all!”