Why Thermography?

By Michelle Hodge, DC, CTT

We all see ads promoting early detection as a preventive measure for breast cancer, but is that really prevention? It seems that mainstream medicine focuses on early detection rather than prevention, followed by treatment and ultimately providing palliative care for those patients who are diagnosed with advanced-stage breast cancer. Working as a doctor of chiropractic for more than 20 years, a significant part of my life has been dedicated to various areas of preventive health care. My belief in addressing potential diseases at their inception has led me to the field of thermography, precisely because I’ve found that thermography’s most valuable role centers on the prevention of this potentially deadly disease.

Let’s first look at thermography’s role in early detection and survival.

Statistics reveal that one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.(2) Thermography undoubtedly plays a prominent role in early detection of breast cancer. More than 800 studies in the past 30 years have established that thermography is an approved adjunctive screening procedure.(3,6) The results of a 10-year study found that thermography alone was the first warning in 60 percent of the cases of women eventually diagnosed with breast cancer.(12) Furthermore, an increased survival rate of 61 percent was observed when a thermogram was used in conjunction with a mammogram.(6) These findings support the importance of incorporating thermography as a valuable adjunct to the early detection of breast cancer.

Thermography can also serve to reduce the frequency by which mammograms are administered, thus reducing the possible risk of exposure to cancer. A current large-scale Norwegian study revealed 22 percent more invasive tumors in a group of women receiving mammograms every two years compared to those receiving one mammogram over a six-year period. (13) These findings appear to suggest that some cancers resolve themselves on their own. So why not use thermography, which poses absolutely no health risks to a woman, as a tool to assist her in making diet and lifestyle changes to actually help decrease a women’s risk for ever developing breast cancer in the first place?

To better understand how this may be possible, we need to first look at how thermography works and more specifically, how it differs from other types of imaging. Thermography is a functional test, as compared to mammography, ultrasound, and MRI, which are structural types of imaging. All are important in detecting signs that may be indicative of breast cancer. Because thermography is a functional rather than a structural test, it doesn’t have the ability to see breast tumors. However, thermography interpretation isn’t hindered by breast tissue density, fibrocysts, large breasts, or implants, which often pose reading challenges for structural tests.

Where thermography excels is in its ability to visualize minute blood vessel and temperature variations that are present, even years before the development of a tumor. (1,4,5,6) 

Cancer cells need nutrients to facilitate their growth. As a result, some blood vessels remain open, some are activated, and new ones are formed. The process of these new blood vessel formations, known as neoangiogenesis, results in chemicals emitted that increase surface temperature in the affected tissue. Neoangiogenesis is important when detecting and evaluating breast masses because we know that it takes an average of six to 10 years for the average tumor to grow to be the size of a dime. At this point, it typically begins to expand at a much faster rate and is often palpable. The problem is that at this stage, it is likely to have become invasive. This is extremely important for women in the 20-to-59 age range, when breast cancer is the number one cause of death and tumors tend to be more aggressive. (2) Current mammography screening of premenopausal women can be less sensitive because of the density of the breast tissue.

With the addition of thermography, detecting and monitoring these physiological changes through time can play a significant role in helping a woman to lower her risk through time. An abnormal thermogram is the single most important marker of high risk for the future development of breast cancer.(8) In the absence of other positive tests, an abnormal thermogram can be a warning sign to a woman that she should remain vigilant about her breast health. (7,8) This can give women time to make diet and lifestyle changes to help better balance hormones and subsequently improve breast health.

Many women are not aware that thermography has the ability to detect possible hormone imbalances in the breast tissue. Studies have shown that estrogen is a significant known risk factor for the future development of breast cancer. This relates to thermography because current research reveals that a woman can have up to 50 times more estrogen in her breast tissue than her blood levels indicate.(9) This becomes important regarding how estrogen or estrogen-like compounds called zenoestrogens in our environment can contribute to estrogen dominance. I’ve observed numerous women achieve hormone balance and improve findings on their thermograms in relatively short periods.

Thermography is also instrumental in helping to monitor hormone balance in women taking synthetic or bioidentical hormones. This information can then be used by a women’s health-care practitioner to help maintain her optimal hormone balance. Even foods we eat and products we consume can affect estrogen levels. Exercise and stress management are also important. These lifestyle changes can have a big impact on hormone balance and overall health. With the addition of thermography to a woman’s regular breast health checkup, she receives individualized health-risk assessment.

In my experience, thermography has often been the first indicator of a subsequent breast cancer diagnosis, and I have seen many high-risk patients. I’ve also imaged breast cancer survivors and women undergoing adjuvant and neoadjuvant cancer treatment therapies. These experiences have confirmed the importance that thermography serves a variety of roles in the early detection of breast cancer, regardless of age.

We need to be mindful that more than 80 percent of women who develop breast cancer have no family history of the disease.(2) In addition, the results of a 10-year study concluded that an abnormal thermogram was 10 times more significant than a first-order family history of breast cancer. (7) The vast majority of my patients are forward thinking in regard to taking care of themselves. They are interested in or may already be taking steps to improve their diet, make lifestyle changes, and balance hormones. It’s validating for a woman to know that she can play a principal role in improving her health and lowering her risk through time. I envision thermography in the future not as an alternative to mainstream medicine, but as an essential tool that empowers women to take a proactive role in their overall health.

 

If you would like to find a certified thermography center near you, please visit the websites for the International Association of Certified Thermographers (IACT), the International Thermology Society (ITS), or the American Academy of Thermology (AAT).

Michelle Hodge, DC, CTT

http://www.ReddingThermography.com

Works Cited

  1. Ahlgren P., MD, et al.” Is it Time to Reassess the Value of Infrared Breast Imaging?” Primary Care & Cancer (NCI)2 (1998).
  2. American Cancer Society – Breast Cancer Guidelines and Statistics, 2016.
  3. Arora N, et al., “Effectiveness of a Noninvasive Digital Infrared Imaging System in the Detection of Breast Cancer.” Am J Surg. 2008 Oct; 196(4):523-6
  4. Belliveau N., M.D., et al. “Infrared Imaging of the Breast: Initial Reappraisal Using High-Resolution Digital Technology in 100 Successive Cases of Stage I and II Breast Cancer.” The Breast Journal 4 (1998).
  5. Gamigami P., M.D. Atlas of Mammography: New Early Signs in Breast Cancer. Blackwell Science, 1996.
  6. Gautherie M., Ph.D. “Thermobiological Assessment of Benign and Malignant Breast Diseases.” J. Obstet. Gynecol. 147.8 (1983): 861-869.
  7. Gros C., M.D., M. Gautherie, Ph.D. “Breast Thermography and Cancer Risk Prediction.” Cancer1 (1980): 51-56.
  8. Haehnel P., M.D., et al. “Long-Term Assessment of Breast Cancer Risk by Thermal Imaging.” Biomedical Thermology (1980): 279-301.
  9. Jefcoate, C.R., et al: Chapter 5 – Tissue-Specific Synthesis and Oxidative Metabolism of Estrogens. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, No. 27, 95-112, 2000.
  10. Keyserlingk J., M.D. “Time to Reassess the Value of Infrared Breast Imaging?” Oncology News Int. 6.9 (1997).
  11. Nyirjesy I., M.D. et al. “Clinical Evaluation, Mammography and Thermography in the Diagnosis of Breast Carcinoma.” Thermology 1 (1986): 170-173.
  12. Spitalier H. et al., “Does Infrared Thermography Truly have a Role in Present-Day Breast Cancer Management?” in M. Gautherie and E. Albert, eds., Biomedical Thermology: Proceedings of an international Symposium. (New York: A.R. Liss, 1982), 269-78.
  13. Zahl, Per-Henrik, MD, PhD et al., “The Natural History of Invasive Breast Cancers Detected by Screening.” Archives of Internal Medicine. 2008; 168 (21): 2311-2316.

 

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OT Meets Raising Lions

As an OT, I have searched endlessly for an effective behavioral approach for children with sensory processing challenges. I was lucky enough to meet Joe Newman, author of the book Raising Lions. In a short period of time, I was on a trajectory to work with him, adopt his philosophy of addressing behavioral challenges, and assist in entraining his approach within the communities that I work within.

 

It is the responsibility of all adults working with children to address behavior. In my opinion, it is important that the child and the adult feel emotionally safe to express themselves and that everyone feels respected. Without these healthy boundaries, deep connections will be difficult to foster and children will struggle to understand the balance between their needs and wants and those of others.

 

In my practice I work with many children that have sensory modulation challenges.

Sensory modulation refers to the brain’s ability to respond appropriately to incoming sensory stimulation in order to maintain an appropriate level of alertness so that the child’s responses match the situation within a reasonable range. Some children over-respond to sensory stimulation causing strong emotional reactivity, impulsive action, and intense physical responses such as crashing, bumping, excessive touching, excessive movement, and/or loud singing or talking. These children often have poor emotional control and can become oppositional and irrational in their behavior. On the other end of the spectrum are the children that are under-responsive. These children are passive and often miss sensory cues. They have difficulty with keeping up with peer interactions and often need support to complete daily activities. These children are prone to having passive tantrums. Due to their chronic low arousal, they become accustom to others initiating tasks for them or in some cases doing the tasks for them. It can be challenging for adults to recognize these children’s level of ability because they will express they don’t know how to do something or that the task is outside of their abilities even when it’s possible that they could do the task.

 

I believe we need to recognize these children’s struggles, but we can’t let this block us from seeing their capabilities. These children need both empathy in regards to the challenges they face, but also good boundaries and effective tools so they can learn needed developmental skills.

 

In OT, we work with children with sensory modulation challenges by presenting them with different types of therapeutic sensory activities that have either an excitatory and/or inhibitory properties so the child can learn how to get into and maintain a level of alertness that allows them to interact with their environment in a meaningful and productive way.

 

When working with children with sensory modulation challenges, we also have to address the behaviors that arise due to the nature of these challenges. With the Raising Lions approach, I have found success in helping children learn impulse and emotional control because of the opportunities that the method provides in comparison to other behavioral approaches.

Here is why I feel the method is effective:

 

  1. It’s relational. As an occupational therapist, we work not only with the whole person, but the dynamical responses within the child’s relationships. Raising Lions is a relational approach. It respects the child’s autonomy, but also works towards interdependency with others.
  2. It’s non-judgmental. Children with sensory modulation issues are usually up against a lot of criticism because their behaviors are typically inappropriate during their daily interactions. Raising Lions approach provides boundaries in a non-judgmental way so the child doesn’t start to take on the image of the villain, class clown, or helpless victim to name a few.
  3. It’s a non-stimulation protocol. Getting stickers, losing tokens, and long explanations are all excitatory mechanisms for a child with over-responsive modulation issues. These approaches may work short term, but usually become ineffective over time. The child heavily relies on these systems and they often do not correct the actual issue, modulation. The Raising Lions method allows the therapist to stop all activity in a very neutral and natural way. You can then have the child re-enter the activity or therapeutically change the factors to achieve what we call the “just-right challenge” so the child can achieve regulation. Basically, it allows the child an opportunity to harness his/her ability to manage incoming stimuli without adding more stimulation, which prevents over-stimulation.
  4. It gives the parents and the child a blue print and clear options. Children with modulation issues typically don’t respond to standard parenting practices such as time outs, sticker charts, and long talks about behavior. It’s because these children are responding to impulses and their actions are typically ahead of their thinking. The child’s states of dysregulation can dysregulate the family system, leading parents to strategies such as bribing, threatening, caving in or other desperate attempts to gain control of the situation. Raising Lions helps parents to learn to stay calm and neutral. It helps the parent to regulate and detach from the child’s behavior, which creates an environmental opportunity for the child to learn how to modulate in small durations of time. It helps the parents do the same, and the therapist and…it’s a win-win!

 

Examples of how I use the protocol in therapy sessions:

  1. I want to get Johnny ready to do some coordination activities, but he’s crashing and rolling on the floor and grabbing everything in sight. His mother tells me he started off his day like this and also reported he had a hard day at school. I’m thinking he is over stimulated and I want to give his sensory system some organizing input. He decides out of a choice of two activities that he wants to bounce and roll on a therapy ball while listening to a song with a steady beat. While doing this, Johnny starts to sing in a loud voice and he begins to slam his hands loudly against the ball. Instead of telling him to stop, lower his voice, or take the ball away, I ask him to take a minute. I turn off the music and wait for him. When he is done, we return to the task. I continue to do this until he shows modulation while on the ball. Johnny is learning to regulate in two ways. One he is taking the small breaks which allows him to make a different choice in how he’s interacting during the task and two, he’s learning how to use offered tools in an effective way to positively influence his neurology.
  2. I have asked Suzie to start practicing her letters in her handwriting book. She has already done some preparatory sensory work to get her ready for this task, but Suzie really dislikes writing and she definitely doesn’t like to use a pencil grip. While writing, I notice her move the pencil grip up the pencil. We have already discussed the purpose of the grip and she knows it is part of the process so I don’t lecture her. I ask her to take a minute. She returns and I then notice that she is writing the letters excessively large and she is looking at me to see my reaction. I calmly ask her to take another minute and when she returns we redo those letters. Using the Raising Lions approach in this situation is helping Suzie move through the discomfort of using muscles she is not use to activating due to the grip and it is also helping her to learn emotional control during a non-preferred task.
  3. Bobby is playing a game with his sister Katie. He is really competitive, especially when he’s playing his sister. Before starting, we discussed whether his alertness level was high, low or just-right. He tells me his engine feels high and he picks an activity from a choice of 2 things (running and crashing into the bean bag or jumping on the trampoline). I know Bobby has trouble sitting still so I also give him a cushion with texture that gives him a consistent regulating input. However, Bobby starts to lose and I can see a change in his behavior, which is the start of a potential explosion. I ask Bobby to take a minute. His sister then laughs and makes faces at him while he’s taking a minute so I ask Katie to take a minute as well. In this situation, the Raising Lions approach is used to give Bobby a moment to pause before the anger of losing sets in and gives him a chance to make another choice. It also lets him see that there are boundaries for his sister too, which helps him to see his sister also needs minutes to adjust her behavior. I find this a powerful choice especially for children that are frequently in trouble or villainized.

 

Raising Lions has been such a wonderful addition to my therapy practice. I am now able to slow down and to make more purposeful decisions in approaching children. Although most of the children I work with are initially upset about taking a minute to reset, they start to recognize the pause instead of the punishment, the choice instead of the demand, and the relationship instead of just themselves.  When this starts to happen, so many other positive changes occur.  Here’s to all the Lions!

 

Michaela E. Gordon, OTR/L

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How to Get Beautiful Skin with this Forgotten Ancient Technique

By Dr. Kneale

DISCLAIMER: The purpose of this article is strictly educational and is not, in any way, meant to be prescriptive or to constitute professional medical advice. The information provided is designed to be used in conjunction with the guidance of a healthcare professional. The author assumes no responsibility for any presumed health effects associated with using this information.

What is Dry Skin Brushing?

Dry skin brushing is brushing your entire body (except face) in a specific motion to improve the health and function of your skin.

 

Why Dry Skin Brush?

Your skin is the largest eliminating organ and it is often clogged and does not work properly.  The skin covers the entire external surface of your body.  It serves many purposes such as protecting the internal tissues, maintaining body temperature, and preventing toxins and bacteria from getting inside your body.

Some telltale signs that skin brushing would be amazing for you are:

  • dull skin
  • dry skin
  • do not sweat easily (or ever)
  • saggy skin
  • Cellulite (toxic materials that accumulate in fat cells)

In my younger years, I always thought I was in such great shape because I never broke a sweat even as I biked for miles, ran for fun on the weekends and hit the gym daily. I took my non-sweaty clothes as a sign of being super fit when actually it indicated that my largest eliminating organ was failing.   Looking back now, I realize that my decreased skin function was contributing to other eliminating organs having to take on the added burden of releasing toxins.

Benefits

Some of the health benefits of dry skin brushing according to Dr. Paavo Airola in his book  How to Get Well  are:

  • Removes dead skin cells allowing for the growth of new ones
  • Clears pores of dirt, oil and residues
  • Keeps skin pores clears so the body can perspire freely
  • Helps to improve skin texture and cell renewal
  • Allows for better lymph drainage in the skin: significant to the immune system
  • Improves circulation which helps the normal process of releasing toxins
  • Encourages discharge of metabolic waste, which aids lymphatic drainage
  • Helps tighten and firm skin
  • Drastically reduces appearance of cellulite
  • Creates smoother skin along with a healthy glow
  • Leaves you feeling more awake and alert (reason why it is better to do in the morning)
  • Takes some stress off the liver and kidneys and other eliminating organs (these organs must additionally deal with any toxins that do not leave through the skin)

 

Timing

The best way to fit dry skin brushing into your daily routine is do it before you shower in the morning when the skin is dry.   Use a soft, natural fiber brush with a long handle so you can reach difficult areas like your back. It can be done from head-to-toe or vice versa.  Continue with the whole body including your head (but not the face) and avoid areas of broken skin.

Tools needed

  1. A natural, not synthetic, bristle brush
  2. Make sure the brush has a long handle so you can reach all areas of your body
Boar Bristle, Bamboo Handle

Tips

 

  • Use light pressure where the skin is thin and use harder pressure on places such as the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.
  • Skin brush once a day. The best time is in the morning. 15 minutes is required to do a thorough job.
  • Stroking away from the heart puts extra pressure on the valves within the veins and lymph vessels and has been reported that it can cause varicose veins. Stroke mainly towards the heart.
  • Avoid areas of broken skin such as wounds, cut and infections (poison oak)
  • Avoid brushing facial area (Facial brushing has different rules; don’t brush face with a coarse brush and is not recommended to do daily) Click here for Facial Brushing.
  • After skin brushing, it is a good idea to finish up with a shower. This helps to get rid of any dead skin that has been brushed off.
  • Every two weeks, wash your brush with a natural soap and let it air dry or set out in the sun.
  • Never share brushes with other family members or friends.

Dry skin brushing procedure:

Complete each step on the left side of your body and repeat on the right. I have looked at many techniques for skin brushing and this one I felt was the most thorough by Dr. Berkowsky:[1]

  1. Armpit: brush clockwise and counter clockwise in each direction.
  2. Chest: brush from the chest bone above the breast to the armpit, brush below the breast from the sternum to the armpit.
  3. Sides: brush from the sides of waist up to the armpit.
  4. Back: Reach over the shoulder and brush the middle of the back up over the shoulder.
  5. Neck: begin at the base of the back of the neck and brush up and over the shoulder to the front of the neck.
  6. Jaw: brush from the base of the skull along the jawbone down to the collar bone.
  7. Hands: brush each finger from side to side. Brush the palm of the hand in a circular motion. Brush the back of the hand from the fingers down to the wrists. Brush all the way around the wrist in both directions.
  8. Arms: brush from the wrist to the elbow on each surface of the arm (front, sides, back, etc…). Repeat this from the elbow to the shoulder.
  9. Lower body: create small circular motion moving from the belly button moving away from the center between the hip and the pubic bone moving towards the side of the body.
  10. Abdomen: start at the naval and work in a clockwise motion that widens and eventually includes the whole stomach. Reverse the direction moving in towards the navel.
  11. Buttocks: begin the stroke where the buttocks meet the top of your thigh and move up and over the hip to the groin.
  12. Lower back: stroke from the bottom of the spine up to the bottom of the shoulder blade. Do this on the center, left and right sides of the lower back.
  13. Feet: brush in small vigorous circles on the bottom of the feet from the toes to the heel. Brush the top of the feet from the toes to the ankle. Brush around the ankle in both directions.
  14. Legs: brush up from the ankle to the knee on all sides (front, sides and back). Repeat from the knee to the top of the thigh.

 

Dry skin brushing is terrific for anyone, especially as we age. I have been skin brushing for many years. Five minutes into my work-out or almost immediately getting into a near infrared sauna, I am sweating!!  Never thought that I would be so happy to sweat! So, do your skin (and your detox organs) a favor and try skin brushing.

 

 

[1] Dr.  Berkowsky, “Vital Chi Skin Brushing.” http://naturalhealthscience.com/skin-brushing-system.php.

 

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4 Steps: Coffee Enema Instructions

 

By Dr. Kneale ©June 2018

DISCLAIMER: The purpose of this article is strictly educational and is not, in any way, meant to be prescriptive or to constitute professional medical advice. The information provided is designed to be used in conjunction with the guidance of a healthcare professional. The author assumes no responsibility for any presumed health effects associated with using this information.

 

1) Materials you will need

  • Enema bucket (48 ounces/1500mg) or a 2 quart enema bag

Below are pictures of a plastic enema kit and a stainless steel enema kit

 

 

 

There are many places online to get enema buckets. Here are a couple of examples:

Plastic Enema Bucket Kit $7.00

Stainless Steel Bucket $55.00

 

 

Picture of enema bag below:

Where to get an Enema bag:

Enema Bag in pink$20 in pink

Enema Bag in blue$20 in blue

 

If you know you are going to do them regularly and want to invest long term in a silicone bag:

Silicone Enema Kit$30

Silicone Enema Kit in purple $30

 

Some stores will have enema bags such as Walmart, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and other drug stores.

 

  • Buy organic caffeinated coffee (avoid decaffeinated and instant ): I like bulletproof as they test their coffee for 26 toxins including mold: Bulletproof Coffee.  There are others that are made for coffee enemas: PureLife Coffee and S.A. Wilsons. Locally, check your health-food and grocery stores. Getting the beans ensures that the coffee will be fresh, but ground is okay to use if you’re limited for time or lack a coffee grinder.
  • Water: use either spring or distilled water. It is best to avoid tap water due to possible toxins in the water.
  • Coffee maker,  Percolator, coffee press Coffee Press or just a pot for boiling
  • Lubricant: olive oil, coconut oil, or other lubricant for the enema tip. One I like is called super salve but any of these will work well. http://www.supersalve.com/salves1.html

 


2) Making the Coffee

If you are new to coffee enemas start with one cup of water and ½ teaspoon (or less) of  ground coffee. It is always better to start with less coffee and build up. You can work up to 2 cups of water and 1 to 2 tablespoons of  ground coffee in an enema.

  • Boil technique: In a non-metallic saucepan (ceramic or glass), place 2 cups of distilled or spring water and 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee and bring to a boil. When it starts to boil, turn down the heat and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes. After the coffee has simmered, turn off and allow the liquid to cool. Once cooled, strain out the liquid through a fine strainer or coffee filter paper. Add more water to make the difference of water loss during the boiling process.
  • Percolator or coffee maker: Put 2 to 3 cups of water and add 1/2 a teaspoon up to 2 tablespoons of coffee. Start with less coffee and work up. Using this method is a bit weaker than using the boil method but they both work.
  • Coffee PressBoil 2 cups distilled or spring water on stove or use an electric kettle. Place 1/2 to 2 tablespoons ground coffee into the coffee press. Let boiled water sit for 1 minute; pour boiled water into the coffee press. Steep for about 4 minutes. Plunge the press. Pour into a glass container to allow coffee to cool to room temperature before using coffee for enema.

 

Note: Allow the coffee to cool to room temperature before using as an enema.  The solution should be used at body temperature for bowel infusion.


3) Prepare enema bucket or bag

  • For the bag and bucket the tubing should be attached well (check as this can make a mess if it is not: trust me as I have done it). Make sure the enema tip is attached. Insure that the clamp is closed on the long tubing so that coffee does not pour out yet.

 

  • Pour the coffee liquid slowly into your enema bag or bucket. There should not be any grounds in the coffee.

 

  • Remove any air from the enema tubing: aim the tip of the enema hose in the sink. Release the clamp to allow the coffee to flow out of the hose to remove the air in the hose. You may need to raise the enema bag or bucket a foot or so to let gravity push air out and coffee begins to flow.  As soon as it starts to flow out of the tip, quickly close the clamp.
  • Lubricate the end of the enema tip.

 


4) Insert the Enema

  • The bathroom floor is recommended for doing the enema. You may want to put a big towel down, comfortable pillow, reading material (once you get good at it). The room temperature should be comfortable.
  • With the clamp closed, hang the enema bag on any drawer or door handle so that you can get down on the floor. For the bucket, place it on the floor next to you.
  • Insert the lubricated enema tip slowly and gently while on your back or side. Really, you just have to find which position is the most comfortable for you.
  • Open the clamp. If the bucket is on the floor, pick it up and hold it at least a foot above your chest area. You can set it on top of the toilet seat lid as this is a perfect height. For an enema bag, you can hook it on any of the vanity drawer pulls or doors. Opening the clamp allows the coffee to flow in. It can take a few seconds for the coffee to begin flowing so be patient.
  • Once all the liquid is in (or the amount that you want to put in) close the clamp and slowly remove the enema tip.
  • Hold enema up to 15 minutes and release on the toilet and empty out the coffee.
  • Wash the enema bag or bucket and tubing with hot water and soap inside and out. While washing inside open clamp and let soapy water run through the tubing. Rinse with clean water and repeat. Pour 1 cup of  3% hydrogen peroxide through the tubing and hang on a hook to dry until next use.
  • Deeper Cleaning: keep the hydrogen peroxide in the bag and tube (clamp tubing) for 2 to 10 hours. Drain the liquid and thoroughly wash with water. Leave to air dry with the clamp open for up to 8 hours.  Avoid hanging in a shower because the moisture can cause mold in the tubing.

 

Listed below are a few tips for coffee enemas

  1. Make the area for the enema as comfortable as possible. I put pillows and a thick towel down. It is very hard to hold the enema if you are not relaxed or are in a hurry. Soft music, reading or other relaxation technique will help to retain the enema.
  2. If possible do the enema after a bowel movement to make it easier to retain the coffee. If you cannot have a bowel movement, this does not affect some people’s ability to hold the coffee, while others like to take a plain water enema first to clean out the colon.
  3. If gas is a problem, do some stretch exercises before the enema. You can also leave the enema tip inside the rectum for the entire enema. This allows gas to escape back into the enema bucket or bag.
  4. If cramping starts when the coffee is going in, lower the height of the bag or bucket to allow the solution to go in slower.
  5. It is not essential but helpful if the enema reaches more of the colon. You can help move the enema by lying on your back for 5 minutes and then turn onto your right side for the remainder of the enema. This is optional. Max Gerson stated that to make the enema most effective that the patient should lie on their right side (the liver is located on the right side).
  6. If the enema makes you jittery try using less coffee. When first starting the enema, you may feel slightly jittery. Usually that feeling lessens after about the third session. If it continues, this means you are making the coffee too strong.
  7. If you are having a hard time holding the enema, make sure that the coffee is not too hot or too cold. Either extreme will make it hard to hold the enema and will have to be released prematurely. The enema should be room temperature.
  8. If you cannot hold the enema try reducing the amount of enema solution (maybe a cup) and add 2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses to the solution.
  9. Make sure to insert the tip of the enema tubing at least a couple of inches. On the bags you can only insert the tip about 2 inches. If you are using the buckets you will have to estimate 2 inches.
  10. A newer technique that we have implemented with our clients is what is called a “back to back” enema. Make the enema as you normally would and do ½ of the enema first. Right after you finish the enema do the second ½ half. This has helped many that have not felt well after an enema and has also helped with retaining the enema.
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History of Coffee Enemas

By Dr. Heather Kneale © June, 2018

Coffee Enemas Discovered

Who in the world thought of putting coffee in an enema? Dr. Jerry Walters tells the following about the original administrations of enemas containing coffee:

During World War I, Germany was surrounded by the Allies’ military forces, and many imported materials were short or missing for the German citizens. Among other things, morphine was running very low in supply. Also there was hardly any coffee available to drink. Moreover, pain killers, anesthetics, and other drugs were lacking too. When soldiers were sent back from the front lines, severely wounded, and in need of surgery, there usually was just a bit of anesthesia available.

Upon the anesthesia wearing off, obviously the pain set in for the wounded soldier. In many cases, after the doctors finished operation, they ordered plain water enemas for the patients. But the nurses were desperately looking for something more to help the soldiers deal with their pain. It happened that there was coffee brewing available for the surgeons to drink. Sometimes a little of their black coffee was left over. Apparently, some nurse had the idea that, since the coffee was doing the surgeons good, perhaps it would also help the soldiers. So, the nurses poured a quantity of the leftover coffee into the soldier’s enema buckets. The soldiers receiving coffee enemas reported that such ablutions were doing them some good, and that their pain was much relieved. [1]

Tom J, 47 year old, was dealing with pain throughout his body (so bad it woke him up at night), continual stomach bloating, food allergies, low energy, anger, anxiety, and indigestion. He had tried other programs for the last 6 years but nothing helped. He started on the program and within 1 month of starting the coffee enemas he had noticed that his pain was gone!  Bloating and energy also started to improved. He expressed that he actually felt he was going to be able to do something with his life rather than be stuck at home while his family went on outings without him. He was amazed at how quickly the coffee enemas had helped.

 

 

How Coffee Enemas Release Toxins

The information from World War I sparked the interest of two researchers that further examined the effect of caffeine when given rectally to rats.  They observed that the caffeine enemas stimulated the bile ducts to open.  Those two researchers were Professor Dr. med. O.A. Meyer, MD, and Professor DR. med Martin Heubner, MD, at the German University of Geottingen’s College of Medicine. They found that the caffeine travels via the hemorrhoidal vein and the portal system to the liver, opens up the bile ducts and allows the liver to release bile, which contains toxins. The theobromine, theophylline, and the caffeine in coffee dilate blood vessels and bile ducts, relax smooth muscles, and increase the bile flow. [2]

 

A Type of Liver Dialysis

In 1985, Harold Manner, PhD, discussed the internal workings of a coffee enema. He stated that while the coffee enema is being retained in the bowel (recommended is 15 minutes) all of the body’s blood passes through the liver every 3 minutes.  I think of it as a form of liver dialysis. If a client can hold the enema 9 minutes the blood has passed through the liver 3 times.  The hemorrhoidal blood vessels and the portal veins dilate from the exposure to caffeine.  At the same time the bile ducts expand with blood, the bile flow increases, and the smooth muscles of the internal organs relax. The blood serum and other components get detoxified as this vital fluid passes through the individual’s caffeinated liver. [3]

 

Say Goodbye to Free Radicals (bad guys that break down our good cells)

Another benefit is that the coffee components help to intensify glutathione S-transferase. Wattenberg and coworkers in 1981 were able to prove that the palmitic acid found in coffee promotes the activity of the enzyme, gluthathione s-transferase (GTS).  Why is this important? GTS is responsible for getting rid of  free radicals. Free radicals can damage membranes of cells and can interfere with cellular metabolism.  Under the influence of a coffee enema the GST enzyme system increases in activity to 650% above normal. No material other than coffee is known to stimulate free radical in such a proportion. [4] The coffee enema removes toxic-bound nitrogen, ammonia like products and other waste products of metabolism. Getting rid of these helps prevent the body from being poisoned by its own waste.

Decrease Blood Serum Toxins

In 1991 a surgeon, Peter Lechner, M.D., investigated the Gerson cancer treatment and he discussed the benefits of increasing the quantities of GST in the gut and below is his findings:

  • GST binds bilirubin so that they can be eliminated from the liver cells
  • GST blocks and detoxifies carcinogens. Its catalytic function produces a protective effect against many chemical carcinogens.
  • GST forms a bond with free radicals to help with eliminating them out of the body. [5]

Dr. Lechner stated that the coffee enema has a very specific purpose in the treatment and reversal of degenerative diseases; it lowers the quantity of blood serum toxins.

In the words of cancer researcher Dr. Gerson  “For a person attempting to cope with any form of acute or chronic illness occurring from a degenerative process…regular administration of coffee enemas is basic to achieving increase cell energy production, enhanced tissue integrity, improved blood circulation, boosted immunity, better tissue repair, and cellular regeneration.” [6] I really cannot think of anyone that would not benefit from a properly performed coffee enema on a regular basis.  Dr. Gerson recommends doing them for at least two years. I have clients that have been doing them for 5 years or more without any side effects except feeling better.

Here is a link to the coffee enema procedure coffee enemas

 

[1] Walker, Morton DPM, Excerpted from July 2001 edition of Townsend Newsletter, http://www.gersonhawaii.us/gersonarticle4.html

[2] Charlotte Gerson, Healing the Gerson Way.  2001 http://gerson.org/pdfs/How_Coffee_Enemas_Work.pdf

[3] Walker, Morton DPM, Excerpted from July 2001 edition of Townsend Newsletter, http://www.gersonhawaii.us/gersonarticle4.html

[4] Gerson, Charlotte and Morton Walker. The Gerson Therapy. New York: Kensington Books,2006

[5] Gerson, Charlotte and Morton Walker. The Gerson Therapy. New York: Kensington Books,2006

 

[6] IBID, p 164.

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Connectors: Cranial Sacral Therapy

By Michaela E. Gordon, OTR/L

When I was younger, I attempted to run from my brother as he dragged his feet across the carpet and touched my arm, giving me an electric shock. It amazed me that in seconds he could just zap me with his finger! Another childhood memory was having sleepovers with my friends and we would all wake up with our hair standing straight up from the static from our sleeping bags. Later in life, I was training for a marathon swim. I was with a group and we swam about 1 mile off shore. A storm moved in quickly with thunder soon following. I was concerned about what was to come as I knew people in water and lighting was not a good combination. We luckily arrived at shore with no time to spare. Lighting was cracking directly over the water and we were thankful not to be the conductors!

 

In 2011, a chiropractor had given me a craniosacral therapy book and a massage table and said, “Here, I think you’d be really good at this.” I hadn’t a clue what craniosacral therapy was, but after briefly looking through the book, I thought it was interesting so I decided to try a class.

 

What I learned was that craniosacral therapy is a hands-on technique that uses light touch to access the membranes around the spinal cord and brain to release restrictions and improve the circulation of cerebral spinal fluid. Improving the function of this craniosacral system can positively influence the functioning of the whole body, which results in better health, reduced inner stress, and access to your own body’s inner wisdom.

 

Initially, I had my apprehensions about the technique as it was so light and the measurement of change is more qualitative than other techniques I have learned over the years. However, as the instructor reviewed the structure of the body, the power of the nervous system, and the electrical exchange between the therapist and the client, I started to realize the what I had naturally experienced in the past and the information that was being provided during the course are really one and the same.

 

I think what I found most interesting about craniosacral therapy is the idea that you access change through electromagnetic fields. There are an estimated 100 billions neurons (nerve cells) in the human brain. The human body conducts electricity. Everything that conducts electricity has an electromagnetic field. The human body has over 50 complex electromagnetic fields. The hands have 13 picoamps of electricity that can come off of them at one time. If electricity comes off the hands, then we can energetically influence other things we conduct with, including other humans. That is pretty mind blowing if you ask me! As a human and as a practitioner, I felt compelled to explore the possibility of influencing the nervous system through this hands-on approach.

 

Can we create changes in the nervous system through light touch on parts of the body, specifically the spinal cord and the skull? I do believe we can and I have clinical observations and client feedback that support this belief. The results I have seen have been effective and positive. Children with hyperactivity have been able to transition to a state of calm. Children and adults with anxiety have been able to manage everyday stressors with better success. Children with decreased coordination have demonstrated greater success with motor skills. Babies with poor latches, colic, and physical restrictions are able to eat, interact, play, and sleep with greater ease. In one instance, a child with a seizure disorder had cessation of seizures according to pre and post testing by the neurologist and with no other new treatments occurring at that time.

 

As humans we innately want to connect and to interact with others and the things around us. When a person whether infant, child, or adult presents with a dysfunction within the nervous system, it influences their choice of interaction and their experiences. The dysfunction can lead to a whole host of issues impacting quality of life or perception of life. Cranial sacral therapy is just an example of how we can help nurture a person’s nervous system as a means of improving quality of life and understanding one’s self. Some individuals may find these types of therapies abstract as they are not commonly heard of in the general population. However, when we can connect these abstract concepts to common experiences such as electric shocks from touching something after rubbing your feet on a carpet or avoiding water when lighting storms are approaching, we can allow ourselves to open up to the possibility that a therapeutic, hands-on technique could create positive influences within our bodies.

 

As Albert Einstein said, “ Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it.  Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality.  It cannot be any other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”

To find out more about the author please go to: Michaela Gordon

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Single Red Heat Lamp Therapy

 By Dr. Heather Kneale  © June 2018

DISCLAIMER: The purpose of this article is strictly educational and is not, in any way, meant to be prescriptive or to constitute professional medical advice. The information provided is designed to be used in conjunction with the guidance of a healthcare professional. The author assumes no responsibility for any presumed health effects associated with using this information.

 

Tanya had sinus infections almost year round for several years. She took many antibiotics and tried many therapies to get rid of them. She got a sinus infection and started a single red heat lamp aimed at the sinuses (with eyes closed) for 5 minutes 4 times a day. After 6 days the sinus infection was gone!

Dotti had an acute respiratory infection. She started colloidal silver and short sauna sessions of 8 minutes 5x a day. Within 4 days the infection was no longer present.

For cats: I  have 2 cats (Tigger and Boots) that had respiratory infections. In my garage, I set up a single red heat lamp. The cats took turns getting under the lamp for about a week. I also gave vitamin A.  The respiratory infection disappeared in both of my cats.  

 

Infrared Energy

Infrared energy can penetrate the body several inches deep and help improve oxygenation, circulation, and hydration, get rid of harmful microorganisms, reduce pain, and can help eliminate acute and chronic infections.

 

 Why Use a Single Red Heat Lamp rather than a Near Infrared Sauna (enclosure with 3 to 4 red heat lamps)?

  • Cannot tolerate heat
  • Cannot afford a full sauna
  • Do not have the room for a sauna
  • Using it for children under 6 years old
  • Women that are pregnant
  • Using it for pets and large animals
  • Only want to focus on one area

 

What Conditions Are Best Using a Single Red Heat Lamp?

  • Ear
  • Nose
  • Sinuses
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Knee pain
  • Back pain
  • Bladder issues
  • Others

Where to get a Single Red Heat Lamp

Many hardware stores will have a 250 watt reddish heat lamp such as Lowes, Orchard Supply, and Home Depot. You may also find them at Walmart and Target stores. I have been asked if one brand is better than another and the answer is no. As long as it is a reddish 250 watt infrared heat lamp it will work.

 

Make sure when you purchase a red heat lamp that you also get a brooder clamp with a guard. See pictures below:

 

Here is a link to the brooder clamp with guard: Brooder clamp/with guard

Link for a 250 watt red heat lamp: 250 watt heat lamp

 

How to Use a Single Red Heat Lamp

Once bulb is fastened into the brooder clamp, it can be clamped to a chair, drawer, or shelf. Sit comfortably 18” to 30” away from the heat lamp and aim desired area toward the light.

 

  • Clothing should not be covering the site you want to work on
  • Aim heat lamp at the desired area
  • Keep the heat lamp about 18” to 30” distance from area
  • If using it on head area (ears, sinuses, etc.) use it no more than 5 minutes at a time. ALWAYS keep eyes closed when aiming light at head area.
  • Can be used 5 to 60 minutes per session
  •  You may need to slightly move the area aimed at the light every few seconds for comfort

Please ask your practitioner if you have specific questions.

Relief can be noticed within 2-3 days for some acute issues. Most clients report improvement with 4 to 7 days.

 

How to Use a Single Red Heat Lamp for Daily Use

Make sure the distance from the body to the lamp is 18 to 30 inches. While sitting in front of the heat lamp (aim at the chest area) make sure to rotate the body 90˚ every 2 to 3 minutes or sooner if it feels too hot. Turn 90° every few minutes or sooner to expose all sides of the body to the infrared lamps. Your session can be from 5 to 60 minutes. Most people do not sweat with a single red heat lamp. Please contact your practitioner to find out the amount of time for a child.

                                                                                                                  

Cautions When Using a Single Red Heat Lamp

  • Use for no more than 5 minutes at a time when aiming directly at the head area
  • Do not aim a red heat lamp at or near a baby’s head or face
  • Avoid aiming heat lamp at one spot for more than a few minutes: keeping the heat lamp on one spot can make the skin temporarily reddish
  • Eyes need to remain closed if using the heat lamp on the head area
  • Avoid clear bulbs as we do find that the red color has healing properties
  • Use a brooder clamp with a guard. You can get burned very quickly if you accidentally touch the heat lamp. The guard will help protect you.
  • Do not keep it on one spot if you feel a burning sensation
  • For a new injury, wait at least 24 hours before using a single red heat lamp
  • Avoid splashing with water when in use as it could cause the lamp to break
  • Rosacea may become irritated by the heat
  • Stop session if notice pain and discomfort during use
  • Avoid applying any kind of oil, lotion or skin cream to your skin before use

 

References:

Alaland, M., Sweat, Capra Press, 1978.

Dinshaw, Darius, Let There Be Light, Practical Manual for Spectro-Chrome Therapy, Dinshaw Health Society, Malago, NJ, 2005.

Flickstein, A. , Infrared Thermal System For Whole-body Regenerative Radiant Therapy, Dascom Graphics, Santa Fe Springs, 1997.

Finnish Medical Society, Sauna and Your Health: Annals of Clinical Research, many technical articles distributed by the Sauna Society of America, 1988.

Johnson, T. and Miller, T., The Sauna Book, Harper and Row, New York, 1977.

Sylver, N., Holistic Handbook of Sauna Therapy, The Center for Frequency, Stone Ridge, NY, 2004.

Wilson, Lawrence, Sauna Therapy. L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc. 2006.

 

 

 

 

 

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