Grass Roots to the Healing Process
by Glen (McClare) Pavelich
As a holistic health practitioner, I believe intestinal cleansing
is the grass roots of any health or rejuvenation program.
Despite the value of the nutritional supplements on the market
they don't always get to the source of the problem. If
poor health is due to a build up of toxic waste in the tissues,
then no amount of herbs, homeopathics, vitamins, minerals,
or other supplements is going to correct the problem if these
products are merely addressing individual symptoms.
Think of how much better the healing and nutritive substances
would work if the body's internal environment was clean and
working for you rather
than against you. I am forever amazed by how dramatically
a cleansing program can improve a client's health, making
what remains to be done much easier and less expensive.
According to holistic philosophy, the body is responsible
for, and innately capable of, its own healing. There is an
intelligence within the body's DNA coding that gives
it an inherent sense of holism and order. Upon conception
everything we will become is contained within a single cell.
When that one cell divides into two cells and then into 75
trillion, the body's own internal intelligence orchestrates
the entire process. Can we not trust that the body knows how
to keep itself in perfect working order?
Most of today's disease is self-induced. A body's
health deteriorates because the mechanisms for maintenance
and repair are overwhelmed. The many possible causes include
chemicals in our food and environment, excessive stress, too
many refined foods, and nutritional deficiencies. The body
will compensate for these factors for as long as possible
but when it can no longer do so small alterations in chemistry
and function begin to occur. The silent corrections we take
for granted no longer remain silent and will eventually be
noticed in the form of annoying, subtle, or severe symptoms.
By learning to acknowledge these we can nip most disease processes
in the bud.
Unfortunately we learn so little about how to create the
environment the body needs in order to run at its best. Helping
it to maintain health does not have to be complicated. Our
body needs certain raw materials (proteins, minerals, essential
fatty acids, etc.) in order to function. It requires exercise,
fresh air and water, and lots of TLC. Our body also needs
to be kept internally clean and free from toxins. With a good
attitude and a little attention to these details we can put
a great deal of confidence in the body's ability to remain
A healthy functioning digestive tract is paramount to long-term
health and vitality. Poor elimination and dietary habits contribute
directly to degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart trouble,
diabetes, fatigue, premature aging, obesity, arthritis, etc.
"Intestinal toxemia" is the overload of unwanted
environmental and metabolic by-products that create the greatest
interference with internal homeostasis. By adhering to the
typical North American diet and lifestyle, not only do we
add toxins to our system each day but we abuse our digestive
tract to the extent that it is unable to metabolize food properly.
Over time this causes distress not only in the bowel but in
other eliminative organs.
So, isn't the bowel the place for waste? Yes, but if
the sewer system backs up it affects the whole house, doesn't
it? Toxic waste is reabsorbed into the system throwing a wrench
into the body's already stressed balancing act. This
can lead to a host of symptoms including headaches, muscle
and joint pains, organ and glandular dysfunction, irritability,
insomnia, body odours, poor concentration, tissue swelling,
fatigue, and lowered immunity. An overloaded bowel can trigger
such problems as prolapse, constipation, diverticulitis, pressure
on internal organs, fertility problems, candida (yeast overgrowth),
parasites, stomach distension and other digestive complaints.
The bowel environment begins to degenerate when undigested
food and sticky, irritating processed foods stimulate a protective
mucus to form on the intestinal walls. As the abuse continues,
so does the protective mechanism, and in the years that follow
this contributes to a thick layer of mucoid matter in the
colon. The build-up of this old matter produces fermentation,
putrefaction, and stagnant pockets, and becomes the breeding
ground for harmful bacteria, yeast, and parasites. It also
inhibits normal peristaltic movement (bowel contraction),
thus leading to a slower transit time and more build-up. If
there is a build-up in the bowel you can bet there is a build-up
at the lymphatic and cellular level as well. The liver, blood,
and internal organs can all be affected to some degree.
The removal of this build-up is the primary goal of cleansing.
It is accomplished by a comprehensive intestinal cleansing
program which gently but effectively supports and stimulates
body purification. Water, juice fasting, or colonics alone
are usually unable to remove this mucoid substance. Although
any of these efforts will initiate some internal house cleaning
they are not sufficient to complete the task. Fasting alone
is not advisable for most people since the eliminative channels
are not opened adequately to take away the toxic load the
body is trying to move.
A good cleansing program should support the system throughout
the process so that "cleansing reactions" are avoided.
It should stimulate a deep tissue cleansing at all levels
and should keep the body well-nourished, so as not to alter
the blood sugar levels or thyroid metabolism. One should not
feel tired, cranky, weak, nauseous, hungry, or headachy while
doing the cleanse. If what you are doing, day in and day out,
is making you sick, then you may need to set aside at least
a two-week period to give your body a break. Although intestinal
cleansing does require some discipline, it is not a difficult
process. Your primary objective is to remove the body's
toxic burden which compromises the immune system and normal
health maintenance. In a nutshell, the body attempts to remain
vigilant at all times to potential disease, including tumours
and other abnormal cell growth. This automatic process cannot
be maintained, however, if the immune system is overworked
and sidetracked with its tasks of excessive house cleaning.
Even very healthy people will cleanse periodically as a
disease prevention measure. For those already suffering with
the signs and symptoms of degeneration, cleansing will often
produce dramatic results, as the body is able to put housecleaning
back on automatic pilot and get on with its other jobs of
maintenance and repair.
Glen (McClare) Pavelich has been
an Alternative Health Practitioner for 20 years. She lives
in Kenaston, SK (Hwy #11) where she and her husband own and
operate Pavelich Farm Bed & Breakfast. For info see website:
Phone (306) 252-2718.