The Healing Process

The healing process is often described as “peeling an onion.”  As each imbalance or weakness within the body is addressed, a layer of the onion dissolves moving the body closer to wholeness.   Typically this process continues until there are no layers of weakness left to find and this is what constitutes a body returning to optimal health.  As each layer is peeled it may be surprising to discover the onset of symptoms that had not formerly existed or the return of old symptoms.  This is very normal, explainable, and a good sign that progress is being made.

The human body is working constantly to heal and repair itself.  In an effort to correct chronic imbalances, remove stressors, and heal chronic wounds, the body attempts to save energy and create reserves.  If given a chance, the body will completely repair and renew itself to a perfect state.  For example, every eight days the old lining of the intestines is replaced with a new lining.  If given the support, toxins are removed, and the systems of the body are working together, the new intestinal lining will be stronger and more functional than the previous one.   The way to support this is by removing stressors (foods, metals, chemicals, immune challenges, and scars), providing vital nutrition and homeopathics, and practice a lifestyle that respects the needs and natural rhythms of the body.  This is why Advanced Nutrition and Energetics approaches your health in a holistic way.  We support the concept of slowly and methodically nurturing your body back to strength, system after system, cell after cell.

One of the most confusing things about the healing process is what has been called the “retracing phenomenon” or the “healing crisis.”  It has been said that any step of degeneration or decline that the body went through in the process of becoming ill has to return during the process of becoming well.  Step by step.  Sometimes this means that symptoms will get worse before they get better, and this often conflicts with our desires to simply feel better.

Typically a healing crisis is relatively short lived.  Retracing symptoms can last anywhere from an hour to at most, a few days.  One way that one can distinguish between disease symptoms and healing symptoms is how quickly the healing symptoms change and develop into something new.  Often while these healing symptoms are occurring there is a simultaneous general sense of well-being and improved energy.

Healing symptoms often involve clearing mucus such as phlegm, diarrhea, excessive urination and aching in muscles and joints, headaches, or any symptoms that might have been experienced in the process of becoming ill.   This is especially true in chronic illnesses or imbalances that have existed for a prolonged period of time.  For example, in removing heavy metals from the body, it is common to experience nausea, headaches, a metallic taste in the mouth, and/or ringing in the ears.  These symptoms can be uncomfortable and scary, but they are normal and actually a very positive sign that healing is happening.

There is no greater power than the vital force behind a healing crisis to bring the body back to wellness and balance.  In general we do not yet fully comprehend the healing power of the body.  For too long our culture has been largely focused on the removal of all symptoms.  In fact, we associate healing with the fast removal of symptoms or the lack of discomfort or pain.  True, authentic healing of acute and chronic issues occurs when we allow our body the opportunity to expel all the burdens of the disease process.   Working through the many layers of the onion is a process.  A process that can be truly amazing with benefits far beyond what we can see and often even believe.  So, when you are struggling through a series of symptoms, and it is difficult to understand or you feel like giving up, honor your body, breathe, drink plenty of fresh water, rest, and ask questions.  We are here to support you and your healing process!

What Does A Healthy Person Look Like?

What does optimal health look like to you?  Here at Advanced Nutrition & Energetics we believe everyone should have the opportunity to create their best life.  When we think about having a vibrant life we believe you should be free of pain, at your ideal weight, have a clear mind and plenty of energy each and every day.  Maybe this sounds a bit unrealistic to you.  Maybe it sounds a lot unrealistic to you!  Great news….we think it is very achievable.  We believe this because we see it happening all around us with our clients…everyday!  We have the tools and the support to help you get there too.  Here is how we do it:

  • We teach you about proper nutrition.  We test your body to identify exactly what your body needs to heal and thrive.  Sometimes this can be achieved with food, but often it includes high quality supplements for a period of time too.
  • We assist your body with digestion.  Sadly, our food supply is pretty toxic these days.  Ensuring proper digestion is very important if you want the nutrients you are taking in to nourish, heal, protect, and maintain a vibrant body.
  • Movement.  We encourage moderate exercise that matchs your body type, is enjoyable, and supports your body without contributing to additional stress.
  • Pure, clean water is also essential to optimal health.  50-65% of your body is made up of water.  We know nourishing your body with water each day can reduce stress, increase your clarity, and boost your energy.  Despite efforts to drink water, many of us are still dehydrated.  We know some easy ways to assist your body with water absorption if you think this might be happening to you.
  • We encourage you to take inventory of the quality of the air you breathe.  How is the air in your work environment?  Home?  Have you taken the opportunity to be outside for a few minutes?  In addition, how conscious are you of your breath?  Breathing deeply is very cleansing and so important to fighting fatigue.
  • Lastly, but certainly not least, we encourage you to think positive, bring joy into your life and reconnect to your creativity.

This may still sound pretty daunting.  We can help you set appropriate and achievable goals.  No matter what your current state of health, if you take small steps with us, big things can happen right before your eyes!

 

Natural Cleaning Solutions to Harsh Chemicals

Your environment may be poisoning you and making you sick.

Did You Know…

  • Standard cleaning products contain known neurotoxins that harm the central nervous system
  • Within seconds of exposure (inhalation, absorption through the skin, etc.) traces of those chemicals can be found in every organ of your body
  • Your skin is your largest organ. 60% of what you touch gets absorbed into your bloodstream and carried throughout your body. This includes your laundry, cleaning products, and beauty care items.
  • “All-Natural” doesn’t necessarily mean “chemical free”. Many natural products contain synthetic chemical fragrances and dyes.
  • Increase toxics levels of neurotoxins, antibiotics, pesticides, hormones are showing up in the soil used to grow our food and the water we drink.
  • In addition, all these sprays, liquids, soaps, etc. end up somewhere – back to our earth!

Here are some suggestions for creating a cleaner, greener home:

White Vinegar
Mix 1 part vinegar with 1 part water. A drop of essential oil may be used for some scent. Tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender, and orange are common choices.

  • Safe, incredibly cheap alternative to clean bathroom, tub, toilet, sinks, countertops, hard floor surfaces, and to disinfect most other surfaces and appliances.
  • Diluted vinegar is safe on most surfaces (never use on marble or other highly porous surfaces.
  • A stronger solution of vinegar may be used for streak free windows, polishing chrome, rings in your toilet or bath.

Baking Soda
Deodorizer, Scouring agent

  • Highly absorbent for unwanted odors and bacteria. Should be replaced frequently. For example, many already use baking soda in the refrigerator; this should be replaced every 3 months.
  • Naturally abrasive on soap scum, bathroom grime, grease, and can be used as bleach alternative.

Lemons
Natural antibacterial and antiseptic

  • Clean & disinfect fixtures, copper pots
  • ½ lemon dipped in salt = effective, beautifully scented scrubber for non-porous surfaces
  • Lemon juice can deodorize drains while lemon rinds freshen the garbage disposal
  • Lemon peel repels most bugs and pests from house plants, flowers, and gardens

Want some prepared, store-bought suggestions?

  • Method
  • Just Naturals & Co.
  • Seventh Generation
  • Nature’s Place (Hannaford’s natural line)
  • Meyer’s

Autointoxication

Autointoxication occurs when a poor functioning bowel creates problems in other areas of the body. A toxic body results in a sick body. When a bowel is underactive, or not working properly, more waste stays in the body. The waste accumulates on the walls of the intestines and the toxins are absorbed through the wall of the intestine and travel throughout the body. These wastes destroy cells, place excessive stress on the organs, and cause digestive problems. When the body becomes overwhelmed by these toxins symptoms such as fatigue, bloating, gas, headaches, skin issues, chronic pain, poor circulation, inadequate absorption of food and much more can result. A body overburdened by toxic waste does not have proper oxygen to their cells and does not have the energy to heal. In addition, a dirty or slow bowel can hold onto very large amounts of harmful bacteria and parasites. Currently parasites kill more people each year than cancer.

What causes autointoxication? A poor diet and lack of proper, periodic purification. A diet high in carbohydrates (refined sugars, breads, pasta, and white potatoes) has been linked to colon cancer for years. More recent research is linking Alzheimer’s disease to higher consumption of carbohydrates and sugar as well.  In addition, lack of exercise, excess stress, inadequate water intake, and exposure to toxins such as sugar and tobacco are also largely linked to poor bowel function, autointoxication, and an increased risk of many diseases.

Advanced Nutrition and Energetics is ready to assist you with your dietary and supplement needs to correct this very important issue. We want you to get your vitality back and live a long healthy life free from disease!

 

“One autopsy revealed a colon to be 9 inches in diameter with a passage through it no larger than a pencil!  The rest was layer upon layer of encrusted fecal material.” – Dr. Bernard Jensen

“Another autopsy revealed a stagnant colon to weigh in at an incredible 40 pounds! Imagine carrying around all that morbid accumulated waste.” – Dr. Bernard Jensen

Your bowels are speaking to you… are you listening?

Our bodies are constantly giving us messages as to what it needs. The key to those messages is to have the understanding of their meaning.

Bowel movements are one of the easiest ways to check your body’s elimination pathways on a regular basis. The information can tell you and your practitioner how your vital organs of elimination are working, how hydrated you are, and provide a good overview of your internal health.

The big question is, “What is a healthy bowel movement?” It is best to look at what is a healthy, natural bowel movement, than what is “normal.” In this day and age of heavy-duty pharmaceuticals, processed and/or genetically modified foods and polluted water, constipation is often considered “normal.”

In Dr. Bernard Jensen’s book, Dr. Jensen’s Guide to Better Bowel Care, he remarks on the findings of a study, conducted while he was attending the National College of Chiropractic in Chicago, which proved this was a major issue. Of 300 cadavers, 285 claimed to have had normal bowel movements with no constipation. In fact, some stated they had 5-6 bowel movements per day. What was discovered during autopsies was that out of the 300 cadavers, 285 did have constipation issues. Some of them were so impacted that the colon was 12 inches in diameter!

Signs of a healthy bowel movement:

  • There should be at least 2 bowel movements per day
    – The circadian rhythm of the large intestine is between 5-7am
  • Bowels should move easily
    – No strain
    – No pain
    – No cramping
    – No explosive gas
  • Should be large
    – Diameter (a normal adult colon is about 2-3 inches in diameter)
    – Quantity
  • It should hold together
  • Smooth on the outside
    – Should be the shape of the inside of the colon
    – If not, there is dehydration or incomplete evacuation
  • Should be brown
  • Shouldn’t sink or float, but bob
    – Putrefaction
    – Are you not emulsifying fat?
    – Is there a gallbladder/bile issue?
  • Should be very little odor
    – There will be odor, but not offensive
    – Identifies good digestion

If you are experiencing bowel movements unlike the circumstances outlined above, this is an indication your intestinal flow is blocked. A blockage in intestinal flow will result in toxins being dumped in the bloodstream. From the bloodstream the liver, kidneys attempt to filter as much as possible. Congestion at this level will upset mineral balance, hydration and continued toxicity in the bloodstream.