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Links for Cancer Prevention, Nutrition & Food March 12, 2013

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WEBSITES                                        

1. rebeccakatz.com

2. lifeovercancer.com

3. cancerdecisions.com

4. helpguide.com   (Anticancer Diet )

5. http://www.pcrm.org   (cancer project)

6. http://ornishspectrum.com/

BOOKS

1. Healing Spices   by: Dr. Bharat B. Aggarwal

2. The Cancer Fighting Kitchen  by: Rebecca Katz

3. Life over Cancer  by: Keith Block

4. AntiCancer: A new way of Life  by: Dr. David Servan- Schreiber, MD

 

An Evening with the Five Elements and Films November 5, 2012

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An Evening with the 5 Elements and Films
The category of films selected, were assemble together to help illustrate, how all movies can provoke a deep understanding of the Five Element theory. This isn’t a forum to critic movies, only share one person’s perspective on appreciating the magical interwoven connection of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Films. We embody all the five elements ( Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water), but throughout our life time; we experience illness, extremely stressful situations, love and loss, difficult financial and career choices… the list goes on!! Along this road we travel, the human spirit has developed tools to protect our vulnerable inner core. We all walk around with a mask of protection or expectation ( depending on your preference ). I once had a client who projected a clear example of the Fire element, always giggling, excited and joyful, and sensitive. After several months, she began to display a clear example of the Water element, philosophical, withdrawn at times, with penetrating eyes. I ask, if she was feeling well; she calmly stated… “at home I’m like this all the time”. She also stated, she ‘s a caring and nurturing mother, and would do absolutely anything for her children and family members( Earth element type). She finally felt comfortable in my presence, and didn’t feel the need to showcase the Fiery cheerleader image.
 Film makers help navigate the audience in gripping stories. And we all have stories!! Watching a movie, is like being a fly on the wall of fictional characters. This form of entertainment helps me to reflect and analyze my own life. These movies were selected to examine the main character’s development, the director’s tone of the movie, theme or plot of the film, and what emotions were invoked after watching the film.
 I knew someone who read about the Metal element, but couldn’t fully comprehend that element. I told him to watch, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. After viewing the movie, my friend had a better idea, how to embrace the Metal in himself. At times, this film seems like a silent movie and praise the value of letting go, not to mention Brad Pitt’s character speaks in a simple inquisitive fashion. Like people, this film brilliantly represent all the 5 elements, but Water and Metal element, echoed in my spirit.
 I once knew someone with complicated mother issues, they wanted to understand the complexity of the Earth element. I told this person to watch, The Silence of the Lambs. Yes, it’s a violent and scary movie, but Anthony Hopkins character loves to consume human flesh, and he talks about the stomach wants to transform…The Earth elements is about transforming food into energy. The pivotal symbol of the moth and Jodie Foster character’s struggles with her father’s death and the two father-like figures in her adult life.This is Earth element in need of major repair.
 I have a client in her late 60’s; with a very hard and edgy personality. Her two brothers had just passed away and she began to distance herself from friends and family. Because of her hard protective shell, she was unable to experience any compassion or warmth from anyone. I recommended a lovely Fire element movie, called Across the Universe. This movie is based on the music of the Beatles…Love, Love, Love. She grew up during this time of Cultural, Racial, Peaceful and Sexual Revolution. A time of youthful energy shaping the minds of future generations.She commented, after watching the movie; she was less burden and sings all the time now.
  I have a friend who is always dreaming of projects, but never developed one single idea. This was creating frustration and bitterness in his life. I told him to watch the film, The Matrix. This Wood element film clearly demonstrate the power of unleashing your sense of hope, personal decisions, fate,  flexibility, and vision.Unchain your spirit and mind from conditions which don’t benefit your growth. He began to partner with engineers and business minded individuals, who could assist with his vision.
 After 2 years, my friend was unable to enter another romantic relationship, in fear of another break up. She was indeed stuck in the Water element. I ask her to watch the film, The Sixth Sense. Here’s a world, in which a young boy lives in the land of the living; but is visited by ghost….all the time. He learns that the dead, only want to communicate and he shouldn’t fear them. After the film, we both talked and she realized she needed to express herself and communicate her needs to future love interest.
  I hope this post helps you see the  5 elements and films in a whole new dimension. An Evening with the 5 Elements and Films, is always being  updated, so keep posted!! Have fun and Thanks.
WATER  ( What is the Water Element…   http://www.5elements.com/docs/elements/water.html )
Bound – 1996                                      Mo’ Better Blues – 1992
Copycat – 1995                                    In the Realm of the Senses – 1976
Unbreakable – 2002                         Memento – 2000
Bad Santa – 2002                               The Game – 1997
Black Snake Moan – 2007               Donnie Darko – 2001
The Bourne ( Trilogy )                      Shadows & Fog – 1992
The Dark Knight ( Trilogy)             Monty Pyton’s The Meaning of Life – 1983
Watchmen – 2009                              The Brother from Another Planet – 1984
Sleepy Hollow – 2000                        The Shining – 1980
Magnolia – 1999                                  Glory – 1989
The Book of Eli – 2009                       Marathon Man – 1976
Avatar – 2009                                        The Hospital – 1971
Diabolique – 1996                                 Barton Fink – 1991
M – 1931                                                   The American – 2011
WOOD  ( What is the Wood Element ….  http://www.5elements.com/docs/elements/wood.html  )
The Shawshank Redemption – 1994                  Reservoir Dogs – 1992
Blades of Glory – 2007                                           Rushmore – 1998
X-Men ( Trilogy)                                                     Network – 1976
High Fidelity – 2001                                               The Bad News Bears – 1976
Pan’s Labyrinth – 2006                                          The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai – 1984
Office Space – 2002                                                  Amadeus – 1984
Hustle & Flow – 2005                                              Tower Heist – 2011
V for Vendetta – 2006
The Good Thief – 2003
Malcolm X – 1992
Fight Club – 1999
Kill Bill Vol.I – 2003
Kung Fu Hustle – 2004
300 – 2007
School of Rock – 2003
The Good Girl – 2002
FIRE ( What is the Fire Element …  http://www.5elements.com/docs/elements/fire.html  )
Grease –  1977                                                           Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – 2004
High Fidelity – 2001                                               What Women Want – 2000
Hairspray – 2008                                                      Alice – 1990
Spider-Man ( Trilogy )                                             This is Spinal Tap – 1984
Basic Instinct – 1992                                                 Broadway Danny Rose – 1984
House of the Flying Daggers – 2005                    Duck Soup – 1933
The Lord of the Rings ( Trilogy)                           Harold & Maude – 1971
Superbad – 2007                                                        Velvet Goldmine – 1998
The Matador – 2006                                                  Purple Rain – 1984
Me and Orson Welles – 2008                                 The Flowers of War – 2011
Y Tu Mama Tambien – 2001                                    Cinema Paradiso – 1988
Love Actually – 2004                                                  Tie Me Up Tie Me Down – 1990
Moonrise Kingdom – 2012                                        Heartbreaker – 2010
 Austin Powers..Films                                               The Crush – 1993
 Nurse Betty – 2000                                                   Pleasantville – 1999
The Avengers – 2012
EARTH  ( What is the  Earth Element… http://www.5elements.com/docs/elements/earth.html  )
The Godfather ( Trilogy )                           Raising Arizona – 1987           Like Water for Chocolate – 2000
SoulFood – 2000                                           Sirens – 1993                              What’s Cooking – 2001
About a Boy – 2002                                      Newlyweds – 2011                     Diner – 1982
Volver – 2007                                                Chocolat – 2001                         Pieces of April – 2004
Signs – 2004                                                  Moonstruck – 1987
Sexual Chronicle of a French Family – 2012                                              Delicatessen – 1992
Kill Bill Vol.2 – 2004                                   Big Night – 1996                        Dieta Mediterranea – 2011
Nutty Professor 2 – 2000                            Eating Raoul – 1985
Pacific Heights – 1990                                Fried Green Tomatoes – 1998
The Village – 2005                                       Eat Pray Love – 2010
No Reservations – 2007                              Woman on Top – 2003
Julie & Julia – 2009                                      The Ramen Girl – 2009
Willy Wonka  – 1971                                     Soylent Green – 1973
METAL  (What is the Metal Element….. http://www.5elements.com/docs/elements/metal.html )
Groundhog Day – 1993                                              The Pianist – 2002
The 40-Year Old Virgin – 2005                               Good Dick – 2008
Dogma – 1998                                                               The Man wo fell to Earth – 1976
Departures – 2008                                                       Metropolis – 1927
Interview with the Vampire – 1994                         My Dinner with Andre – 1981
Seven – 1998                                                                  A Thousand Words – 2011
Being John Malkovich – 2000                                 The Descendants – 2011
Dracula – 1992
Terminator 2 – 1991
Sunshine – 2007
Idiocracy – 2006
 

Natural Remedies for fearful Pets January 2, 2012

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(NaturalNews) Most dogs and cats dislike unexpected, loud noises from thunder or fireworks. What may be a festive time for humans, turns into a night of horrors for many pets, making them run for cover or cower in fear at our ankles. Calm and protect pets from feeling vulnerable and anxious during fireworks and thunderstorms with natural remedies and solutions to help them during scary times.

Fear

Pets display a variety of behaviors when they’re afraid. Learn to recognize the signs.

· Barking, howling, whimpering
· Showing aggression, biting, hissing or barring teeth
· Hiding in closets or in small spaces
· Shaking or loosing control of their bladder
· Running out of the house, yard or other familiar place

Coping Techniques

Create routines and safe places to help pets cope with loud noises.

· Give pets a safe, familiar place to go during a thunderstorm or fireworks. Create a safe room with windows covered and lights on. A closet or large crate will help animals feel more secure. Place a blanket in with the pet or cover the crate to buffer noise level.

· Provide pets with human or other animal companionship to reduce the feeling of aloneness.

· Leave pets home during fireworks celebrations. The bright, flashing lights and loud booming noises may startle and terrify a dog, who may get free from his collar and run away.

· Turn on a TV or radio with static white noise to drown out thunderclaps and fireworks. Alternatively, turn on music or TV with talking to help distract your pet.

Homeopathy

Several homeopathic remedies are especially known for their ability to relieve the fear of loud, unexpected noises. Place one pellet of the remedy in a 1-oz. glass dropper bottle. Fill half way with distilled water. Add 1/4 -1/2 oz. vodka and label. Administer to pets by allowing them to briefly sniff the top of the open bottle. This dosing method helps avoid aggravations, or side effects.

Phosphorus
Phosphorus is probably the best known remedy to help with fear of loud noises, especially during a thunderstorm. The animal may be very skittish, run for cover into a small, dark place, become afraid of being alone and want constant companionship from his person. The animal may become anxious even before a thunderstorm, sensing its imminent arrival. Pets needing Phosphorus are also afraid of the flashes from lightening.

Borax
The pet needing Borax is very easily startled by noises, even slight noises, like the sound of rain splattering on the roof or the whoosh of the wind. The animal may become extremely anxious, howl, run around, cower, and dig on the floor, all in an effort to get away from the noise. He may have a terrified expression and want to be held, crying or clinging from the downward motion of being put down on the floor.

Rhododendron
Another remedy’s action works well for pets who are terrified of loud noises, especially thunder-boomers. Like Phosphorus, the pet needing Rhododendron may sense the coming of the storm. The animals needing Rhododendron may be predisposed to joint pains in the legs and may become lame or arthritic as a storm approaches. In these cases, the remedy may be curative for those problems.

Kali-carbonicum
Older pets, who are fearful of loud noises, may need a dose of Kali-carb. This remedy works especially well for pets who become suddenly startled very easily by unexpected noises. Some pets may have edema and swellings around the eyes and upper eye lids, which is a guiding symptom for this remedy

 

The Five Elements and the Five Seasons November 12, 2011

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The Five Elements and The Five Seasons

Choosing Foods by the Macrobiotic Calendar

By , About.com Guide

One of the most important areas of macrobiotic science is the division of life into five elements: fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. Each of those elements has a corresponding season, with its attributes and foods. What follows is a basic summary of how the elements translate into our Western calendar, and how to make food choices that are particularly nourishing for our bodies during any time of year.

Fire: High summer, from the summer solstice of June 21 to mid-August

During the summer months, life is at its most expansive, full manifestation. The sun is at its highest, food is abundant, and all plant life is full of vital life force. The element of summer is fire, the associated color is red, the flavor is bitter, and the energy of fire is connected to the heart and small intestine. The hours of the day when the Heart is most active are between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; small intestine is 1 to 3 p.m.

Foods that most enhance the fire element:

Grains: Corn, maize, popcorn, amaranth, quinoa

Vegetables: Asparagus, Brussels sprouts, chives, endive, okra, scallions

Beans and Pulses: red lentils, chickpeas

Fruits: apricot, guava, strawberry, persimmon, peaches, cherries

Fish: shrimp, lobster, crab

Spices: chilis, curry, and spices in general are considered fire foods

Earth: Mid-August to the fall equinox of Sept 21

During late summer we experience a distinct shift, a brief pause between the explosive energy of summer and the quiet descent of autumn. While the days are still hot, evenings turn cooler, the sunsets come a bit earlier and the harvest begins to slowly shift from the delicate juicy foods of summer to the hardier foods of fall. The earth offers up all of her great abundance, and it is a time when all of life seems to balance. The earth element is the most stable of the five, its color is yellow, the flavor is sweet, and the associated organs are stomach and spleen. The hours for stomach are 7 to 9 a.m.; spleen is 9 to 11 a.m.

Foods that enhance the earth element:

Grains: Millet

Vegetables: Sweet corn, all squash: (acorn, butternut, Hokkaido, Hubbard, spaghetti, pumpkin) shiitake mushrooms, beets, onions, parsnips, rutabaga, collards, chard, artichoke, sweet peas, and string beans

Fruits: sweet apples, figs, cantaloupe, sweet orange, honeydew, tangelo, raisins, sweet grapes, papaya, dates, tangerine

Fish: salmon, tuna, swordfish, sturgeon

Nuts: Almonds, pecans, walnuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds

Sweeteners: agave, maple syrup, rice syrup, barley malt, molasses

Metal: Autumn, from Sept 21 to the winter solstice of December 21

During the fall a downward shift occurs; the light lessens, days grow shorter, and energy descends back into the earth for the dormant cycle. Leaves fall from the trees, the last fruits ripen, and life energy contracts. The color of the metal element is white, its flavor is spicy or volatile, and the associated organs are lung and large intestine. The hours for lungs are 3 to 5 a.m.; large intestine is 5 to 7 a.m.

Foods that enhance the metal element:

Grain: White, brown, and sweet rice, mochi

Vegetables: cauliflower, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, celery, daikon radish, onions, watercress, mustard and turnip greens, turnips, garlic, cucumber, leeks

Beans and Pulses: white beans

Fruits: Banana, pear, apples

Fish: Bass, snapper, cod, haddock, herring, flounder, sole, halibut

Herbs and Seasonings: dill, fennel, thyme, ginger root, horseradish, cinnamon, cayenne, basil, and rosemary

Water: Winter, from December 21 to spring equinox of March 21

Winter is the dormant season, when all life force burrows deep in the bosom of the earth. It is a time of replenishing so that when spring comes, the gathering energy will burst forth with new growth. The color of the water element is black, its flavor is salty, and the associated organs are bladder and kidneys. The hours for bladder are 3 to 5 p.m.; kidney is 5 to 7 p.m.

Foods that enhance the water element:

Grain: Barley, buckwheat, black rice

Vegetables: Beets, burdock, asparagus

Beans and Pulses: Adzuki, black beans, black lentils

Sea Vegetables: arame, dulse, Irish moss, kelp, hijiki, nori, wakame, kombu

Fruits:blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, purple and black grapes, watermelon, black raspberries

Fish: blue fish, caviar, scallops, oysters, clams and mussels

Nuts: chestnuts, black sesame seeds

Condiments and Seasonings: tamari, shoyu, miso, tekka, gomasio, umeboshi, salt cured pickles (these last two are also sour)

Wood: Spring, from March 21 to summer solstice of June 21

Spring marks a miraculous bursting of energy. Sap, which is nature’s lifeblood, courses through the trees; new life pushes its way up from the depths of the earth, and we are surrounded by a bright sense of renewal and creativity. The color of the wood element is green, its flavor is sour, and the associated organs are gall bladder and liver. The hours for gall bladder are 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.; liver is 1 to 3 a.m.

Foods that enhance the wood element:

Grain: wheat, oats, rye

Vegetables: broccoli, parsley, lettuce, kale, collard greens, carrots, alfalfa, beets, leeks, zucchini, shiitake mushrooms, artichokes

Beans and Pulses: mung, lima. green lentils

Fruits: limes, lemons, grapefruit, green apple, sour cherry, avocado, plums, quince

References: Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford; The Five Transformations by Tom Monte and Sam McClellan

 

A Plant Based Diet…What is it? October 9, 2011

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For more than 2,800 years, the concept of eating plants in their whole-food form has struggled to be heard and adopted as a way of life. However, recent evidence shows that more than ever a plant-based diet is not something to be ignored. In fact, eating a plant-based diet has become an urgent matter from several perspectives. Not only will it improve your health — and the evidence behind this claim is now overwhelming — but it will also dramatically reduce health care costs, as well as reduce violence to our environment and to other sentient beings.

The fact is our nation’s economic stability, already crumbling due to the repeated bursting of bubbles such as technology and housing, has been hard hit by spiraling health costs that seem to have no end in sight. Despite this, as a nation, we are sicker and fatter than we have ever been. The epidemic of obesity and diabetes, especially in the young, forecasts an economically unsustainable public health challenge with the gloomy prophecy that today’s children may not outlive their parents.

Who will protect the public? Not our government: The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s nutrition pyramid is laden with food that will guarantee millions will suffer ill health. Not the American Dietetic Association, which is controlled by food corporations. Not the insurance industry, which profits by selling plans to the sick. Not the pharmaceutical industry, which pockets billions from chronic illnesses. And not the medical profession, in which doctors and nurses receive virtually no training in nutrition or behavioral modification, and are handsomely rewarded for administrating drugs and employing technical expertise.

What can save America is a plant-based diet, which will help individuals recover their good health, and which in turn will set our health care system right (as well as our economy). However, for this plant-based diet to take hold, the public must be endowed with nutritional literacy, the kind of knowledge that is portrayed in the new documentary, “Forks Over Knives.”

“Forks Over Knives” focuses not just on the research that both of us have been engaged in over the last four decades, whether in China and Cornell or at the Cleveland Clinic; it also traces the journey of several Americans as they move from a lifetime of eating mostly animal-based and processed foods to a whole food plant-based diet, and the extraordinary medical results that follow. It is educational, entertaining, and literally life-saving.

Please see “Forks Over Knives.” It could transform your life in ways you never thought possible. And it may just help start the seismic revolution in health care this country so badly needs.

T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.
Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., M.D.

 

Words of Wisdom from Bartus’s clients August 26, 2010

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MOM: That Bartus is really something. He is both a healer and a teacher. He has a special way of saying things without really saying them directly, and that is helping me AND my reiki clients.
ME: What do you mean?
MOM: Well, we were talking about holding tension, and Bartus said: “Some people don’t even realize that they’re clenching their jaw all the time . . .” If he had told me I clench my jaw I might have said: ‘No I don’t”. But since that session, I realize that I do. MOST OF THE TIME. I’m just holding loads of tension there. So in a very gentle way, he taught me not only that I need to relax more, pointing out what part of my body is holding so much tension, and he also taught me a way of saying things to my reiki clients without putting them on the defensive.”
A conversation between Maria Bennedetti and her mother, Maria B. Hajosy ( of Southampton, Long Island) –
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In the world we live, people tend not to trust. They don’t trust their politicians, their bosses, sometimes even their friends and family. I am fortunately a trusting person who at times has been “taken”; but it has never changed my attitude.
Being open and trusting allows you to find a special person like Bartus, whom you are able allow into my inner workings, totally trusting him to do what is right for you and your body knowing that everything shared will be treated with the utmost care, respect and loyalty. My body and spirit are in much better shape because of Bartus and they both miss him terribly.
Cindy Golbert –
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I am a yoga teacher and I hurt my back doing a yoga sequence that was not appropriate for my body (one side of my pelvis is higher than the other).  The entire left side of my lower back was hurting and I had to move very slowly and consciously. It hurt to sleep on my left side.  I went to see Bartus one day after the injury and he treated me for about 2 hours. I felt a lot better and very relaxed in body and mind right after the treatment. I was able to walk normally and sleep on my left side that night.  Next morning when I woke up I just felt a little bit of stiffness on the lower back but it when away during the day to the point it felt like the injury never happen.  ¡Thank you Bartus!
Jorge L. Plata –
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I have known Bartus since Oct.2008. He’s a wonderful soul and even though we have known each other for a short time;  I can truly call him my friend.  I’ve recommended several family members to share his time and energy.  His treatments will awaken stagnant energy in anyone’s  body.  It is a very special and personal experience. I appreciate the company of his wife, Elizama; and I LOVE the atmosphere on his farm. Hopefully, I can create a similar atmosphere for me and my family in the upcoming future
Yanira from Ponce-
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I copied the part of the 5 element types of people, and will use this in my lectures. I liked the way it was written. I also was proud to read the testimonials about you. I wanted to shout out loud: ” Of course it is so !! This is Bartus you are talking about!!!”
Dr. Hila Davidson, M.Ac., AP. DMQ ( China)… world famous healer-
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 I wanted to share some exciting news with you. Since my treatment with you on wed, my BP dropped significantly. I was my usual 135/91 on Monday but on Wednesday was 115/72!  It has remained like that through today.  My diastolic was ~90 for the past 2 years. I really am at a loss to explain it. I may stop taking by BP med if it stays like this.  This is incredible.  As a scientist, I stand in awe…
Greg Quirk-
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    I just want you to know, how I appreciate, and I am so Grateful for all what you do… The classes, for being so diligent with the information you send us at all times, and all your time you generously share with us. I want to let you know that you teach us more than just shiatsu. Your actions go beyond that, and is and honor the experience in all ways. What ever you need from us, know that all you have to do is ask. I feel and I believe this is the way that we grow up, evolve like humans and spiritual beings, beyond our desires and egos. Please, for me it will be a pleasure to share my generosity too. Thank You again for everything.
Jesus Aguad-
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Your website is “amazing.” A masterpiece of creativity and wellness. A lifetime of true spiritual transformational connection and appreciation of healthy abundance. We are so proud of your accomplishments. Love your sister and brother Dolores &Chris and your overwhelmingly proud Mom…

Dolores Allen-McIntyre

 

Healing Crisis!? What is it? October 16, 2009

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AKA: The Cleansing Reaction, The Detox Reaction, and The Herxheimer Reaction

What is it?
Also known as the “Herxheimer Reaction”, this reaction occurs when the body tries to eliminate toxins at a faster rate than they can be properly disposed of. The more toxic one’s bodily systems are, the more severe the detoxification, or healing crisis. It is characterized by a temporary increase in symptoms during the cleansing or detox process which may be mild or severe. You may feel worse and therefore conclude that the treatment is not working. But these reactions are instead signs that the treatment is working and that your body is going through the process of cleaning itself of impurities, toxins and imbalances.

Such reactions are temporary and can occur immediately — or within several days, or even several weeks, of a detox. Symptoms usually pass within 1-3 days, but on rare occasions can last several weeks. If you are suffering from a major illness, the symptoms you experience during the healing crisis may be identical to the disease itself. Sometimes discomfort during the healing crisis is of greater intensity than when you were developing the chronic disease. This may explain why there may be a brief flare-up in one’s condition. Often the crisis will come after you feel your very best. Most people feel somewhat ill during the first few days of a cleanse because it is at that point that your body dumps toxins into the blood stream for elimination. With a more serious condition there may be many small crises to go through before the final one is possible. In any case, a cleansing & purifying process is underway, and stored wastes are in a free-flowing state. Cause:
The healing crisis is the result of every body-system, in concert, working to eliminate waste products through all elimination channels and set the stage for regeneration. The end result: old tissues are replaced with new. When any treatment or cleansing program causes a large scale die-off of bacteria, a significant amount of endotoxins (toxins within the bacteria itself) are released into the body. The more bacteria present, and the stronger their endotoxins, the stronger the cleansing reaction. When any treatment or detox causes the organs of the body (particularly the liver, which is a storehouse of drug and poison residues) to release their stored poisons and toxins, a cleansing reaction may occur. Any program, such as fasting, which causes a rapid breakdown of fat cells (which are a storehouse for toxins), can cause a healing crisis as toxins previously lodged in the fat cells are released into the blood stream.

Symptoms:
The healing crisis will usually bring about past conditions in whatever order the body is capable of handling at that time. People often forget the diseases or injuries they have had in the past, but are usually reminded during the crisis. There are a wide variety of reactions that may manifest during a healing crisis, the most common are:

Increased joint or muscle pain

Diarrhea
Extreme fatigue and/or its opposite, restlessness
Cramps
Headache (believed to be caused by buildup of toxins in the blood)
Aches, Pains
Arthritic flair up
Insomnia
Nausea
Sinus congestion
Fever (usually low grade) and/or chills
Frequent urination and/or urinary tract discharges
Drop in blood pressure
Skin eruptions, including: boils, hives, and rashes.
Cold or flu-like symptoms
Strong emotions: anger, despair, sadness, fear, etc.
Suppressed memories arise
Anxiety
Mood swings
New phobias develop

Easing Your Way Through the Healing Crisis:
Drink plenty of fresh water (especially water), juices, and herbal teas to flush the body of toxins. Some professionals recommend distilled water as the best. Drink from 2 to 4 quarts(liters) per day. This will help flush the toxins out of your system and speed along the detoxification.

  • If you are feeling fatigued, or sleepy, your body is talking to you, and telling you to rest. Be kind to yourself, and get the rest that you need.
  • Symptoms frequently disappear immediately after a good bowel movement, use an enema to provide relief.
  • For other symptoms, meditation, EFT, acupuncture or a good massage might be helpful to speed up the healing process, and reduce the discomfort.
  • And, on rare occasions, a reduction of the dosage or temporary cessation may be required.

Important: Always ensure your health by having a thorough medical check up: don’t assume that if you have any of the above symptoms that you are in a healing crisis: you may not be in a healing process, you may have a medical health problem.