Teresa Rispoli, Ph.D., L.Ac.
First it is important to understand
that there is a flow to detoxification
which is the way the body naturally
removes waste materials from the cellular
level, channels of elimination, then
out of the body. This flow is similar
to the flow of water from a garden
hose. If the hose becomes kinked at
any point, the entire flow is stopped.
Similarly, there are five "gates",
within the body, where this flow of
detoxification could be inhibited.
These are not the five organs of elimination,
but five areas or "gates" within
the body where this natural flow could
become obstructed. (1)the colon; (2)
the lower back; (3) the gallbladder;
(4) the liver; (5) the lymphatic system.
Let's review the importance
of the first gate: the colon. Most
of us, since childhood, have experienced
constipation some time in our life,
some without knowing it. This seems
to be a common factor in our in our
fast paced society, as a result of
eating processed foods, devoid of
fiber and nutrients. Even for the
person who has always prided themselves
in being "regular" with
their one bowel movement a day. To
have three meals a day and only one
bowel movement, indicates sluggishness
in the intestinal tract leading to
autointoxcation (self poisoning).
The colon not only functions as the
garbage dump of the body, but it prevents
dehydration by removing liquid from
the intestines, this is why your stools
become hard. The downfall is, if you
do not drink enough water and eat enough
fiber, which holds liquid in the colon,
the cells are then bathed in dirty
water from the colon to prevent dehydration,
and you become toxic and constipated,
leading to a host of problems and diseases.
To open the flow of detoxification,
the first step is to speed the flow
of waste within the colon out of the
body as well as building bowel tone.
When you have a lazy colon, the only
exercise for rebuilding a lazy colon,
is to move quantities of fiber through
the colon, three times a day. This
begins by using enough fiber, drinking
enough water, and taking what ever
quantity of herbal bowel stimulants
it takes, on a daily basis, to produce
three bowel movements a day. The best,
natural way to wake up a lazy colon
and clean out a congested colon is
with colonic irrigations; a gentle
flushing of the large intestine using
water. During a 45 minute session
cool water is used to wake up the colon
so it will eliminate on its own naturally.
You will find the use of enemas and
colonics to be of great help in speeding
the cleansing and rebuilding your colon.
The second gate that needs to be opened :the lower back. Whenever
a problem exists within the body, there is two way communication between the
effected internal organ and the area of the spine where nerve flow branches
off from the spinal column. When the colon becomes sluggish, with buildup on
the walls, this two way communication causes related weakness, tension, pain,
and congestion of tissue in the lower back, resulting in restriction of the
nerve flow from the spinal cord to the colon, further complicating an already
congested colon. This damming off of the colon further reduces the natural
flow of this organ. Therefore, proper colon function will never resume until
this nerve flow is restored by decongesting the tissue of the lower back, then
toning those muscles. Deep tissue massage, Neural Muscular Massage, Accupressure,
Acupuncture or Chiropractic care may be necessary to accomplish this, but your
own stretching and toning exercises will definitely be necessary on a twice
a day basis.
The third gate restricting the flow of detoxification: the Gallbladder. I
often refer to the gall bladder as the trash can of the liver. An overloaded
gall bladder could cause many problems. As a sewage receptacle for the liver,
the gall bladder holds and excretes bile, a waste by product the body converts
into an emulsifying agent to assist in the digestion of fats. While the liver
filters out from your blood, toxic metals, chemicals, hormones and many other
waste products, the gall bladder stores and processes bile and cholesterol.
Cholesterol naturally forms on the arterial walls as a lubricant for circulating
blood. In time, when an excess of cholesterol begins to build plaque on the
arterial walls, the liver must filters this out.
Over the years, the average adult gall
bladder begins to build little balls
of this sticky waxy substance eventually
becoming "gall stones." As
the gall bladder fills with these cholesterol
balls, the flow of elimination from
the liver becomes reduced, congesting
the liver. The flow of elimination
from the liver will then be restricted
until these cholesterol balls are removed.
This is where the disease process begins;
because toxins now begin to spill over
into the blood, poisoning the entire
body. This is not a surgical procedure,
this is a process commonly referred
to as the "Gall Bladder
Flush." It would be in
any persons best interest to closely
follow this procedure so as to avoid
the eventual removal of the gall bladder.
Once the gall bladder is removed, one
can develop a fatty liver, especially
if one continues to eat a high fatty
The fourth gate we need to keep open: the Liver. The liver
is the chemistry lab for the entire body producing thousands of enzymatic functions.
When we allow the liver to load up with poisonous materials, the important
functions of this chemistry lab are then restricted. The liver is also the
filter of the body. When this filter is clogged, toxins spill over into the
blood and cause autointoxication, leading to flu like symptoms, unclear thinking,
skin eruptions and a host of other problems. At this point a Liver Cleanse
is recommended; consisting of a specialized protein drink taken for 28 days,
different from a Gallbladder Cleanse.
The importance of doing everything
possible to take care of the liver,
can never be over emphasized. When
the liver becomes overloaded, this
is when women's breast become painful
and develop lumps, and when fibroids
begin to form as well as other reproductive
disorders. This is also when men begin
to develop the first signs of prostrate
disorders. When the liver is no longer
capable of cleansing the blood, the
entire body begins to saturate with
toxic waste and begins to break down!
The liver is a key organ in your body's
self-defense system too. It changes,
or detoxifies, many harmful substances
into forms that your body can safely
eliminate. In today's world of processed
foods and pollution, toxic substances
exist almost everywhere from the food
and water you put into your body to
the air you breathe. Your body even
produces toxins as it processes and
converts substances for elimination.
When the liver is not in peak health
it cannot detoxify substances as rapidly
or as completely as it should which
results in more concentrated toxic
substances circulating in the body.
These toxins can be stored in fatty
body tissue and in the brain and central
nervous system cell. Stored toxins
may be slowly released into the blood,
especially during weight loss contributing
to many chronic illnesses.
The final gate to keep open: the Lymphatics. When any of the
gates we have already discussed are closed, because of the clogging effects
of waste materials blocking the flow of detoxification, the lymphatic system
becomes excessively saturated with poisons. The lymphatic system is part of
the immune system, it is imperative to keep your immune system in peak function,
especially with the new super bugs we are faced with today.
When the lymphatics are saturated with
acid waste, the tissues and cells cannot
be cleansed. It is important to note
that the lymph system does not have
a pump, like our heart pumps our blood,
the major muscles move the lymph, so
as you exercise, instead of feeling
invigorated as you should, you feel
tired, achy and may even swell with
a backing up of toxic lymphatic fluids.
This is an indication that you are
toxic and are in need of cleansing!
Lymphatic Drainage Massage will aid
in the elimination of waste within
the Lymphatic System.
The symptoms and signals of
toxicity are many: diarrhea,
belching/gas, heartburn, mood swings,
depression, fatigue, apathy, lethargy,
hyperactivity, blurred vision, dark
circles under eyes, headaches, faintness,
insomnia, shortness of breath, difficulty
breathing, poor memory, confusion,
poor concentration, slurred speech,
gagging, frequent need to clear throat,
stuffy nose, hay fever, excessive
mucus, acne, body odor, rashes, dry
skin, hair loss, excessive weight,
compulsive eating, binge eating/drinking,
pain in joints, arthritis, stiffness,
or chest pain.
Many people in America today do suffer
to some extent from toxicity. However,
nutritional support is available. With
a proper cleansing program the body
can clear itself of unhealthful toxins
and restore the Colon, Liver, Gallbladder,
and Lymphatic System so that they may
function properly. A good cleansing
program should provides simple, yet
specific dietary guidelines in combination
with complete and nutritionally balanced
supplemental support. Once these toxins
are removed from the body, you will
experience a level of radiant health,
clarity of mind, glowing skin, anti
aging, and literally feel like you
did at 12 years old!
The real solution should now be logical
as well as obvious. That is to open
the five gates that are inhibiting
the flow of detoxification, and completely
remove these tissue destroying wastes
from the body. The best time to do
this is at the change of every season
about every 3 to 6 months.
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