Detox is such a buzz word so you are probably wondering why the title says don’t do it. Actually I do believe detoxing is beneficial but rather in a more prepared and gentle way, which is what I mean by the term “drain”. This can be particularly important when dealing with candida infection.
Drain indicates that the body is able to do the detoxifying successfully with the minimum of side effects or “healing crisis” in naturopathic terms or “die off” reaction in candida terms. If the detoxification or die off is too rapid then common symptoms that occur could be headache, sweating, skin rashes or diarrhoea. If a person is in good health with high vital energy then these sort of symptoms are natural and are a positive sign that the elimination routes of the body are working. For example, if you have a bacteria in your intestines from food poisoning you WANT to have diahorrea to get it out your system, this is your body working perfectly normally. If you are sweating from an illness then your body in its wisdom is recruiting your skin as an eliminatory organ to assist the intestines, liver and kidney’s. However, if you are not in such good health then experiencing these symptoms could be very uncomfortable if they get out of control. Controlling this is what I would like to write about.
What is Drainage?
What I mean by drainage is the ability of the organs of elimination (those that do the detoxification for us) to work efficiently. This means that the toxins that are in us get out of us, this occurs mainly through the urine and faeces. The organs of elimination include the lymphatic system, bowels and intestines, kidneys, liver, gallbladder and skin. in fact every cell must be able to handle its own detoxification but for this discussion I will talk in terms of organs. When all these organs are working correctly good drainage is in place, the body is able to take that internal toxin, be it a bacteria, virus, chemical, hormone, parasite, fungus or candida and successfully get rid of. Where things can go wrong is if someone puts themselves on a detox without proper drainage in place. This means that if a supplement is used to attack the toxin, such as wormwood to kill parasites or Caprylic acid to kill candida but the organs of elimination cannot cope with the end results then you will get the healing crisis or strong die-off reaction.
Wouldn’t it be nice to not have these die off symptoms or at least to minimise them? This is where adequate drainage comes into play and a more structured approach to detoxification can be employed. Drainage can be achieved with specific supplements and remedies and it can also be improved through diet and lifestyle. The natural drainage channels of the body are the organs of elimination mentioned above, ideally all of these need to be in satisfactory working order before any strong detoxification of candida is attempted. So for example if the candidiasis patient, before trying to kill the candida off, takes other remedies to cleanse all the organs of elimination then the candida, once it has been killed can be processed and excreted successfully with reduced “die off” reactions.
Let’s look at an example of what might go wrong if candida detoxing is attempted without proper drainage in place. The patient takes the supplement to kill the candida, but in this case the the liver is below par, congested and not doing its detoxifying job correctly. As the candida is successfully killed off it travels to the liver to be further processed so it can be safely excreted, but as the liver isn’t working properly the candida is blocked at this point. Now the side effects of detoxification are experienced, the die off is too quick for the liver to keep on top of it.
Let’s go a stage further, perhaps the kidneys aren’t functioning correctly due to poor lifestyle choices, now the liver and kidneys are holding the toxins in. How about a step further? The toxins and waste from the bowel can’t get through the liver fast enough and starts to back up into the bowel and lymphatic system. This brings us to a fairly drastic conclusion, is it possible that by trying to kill off candida from the gut, without all the other organs being supported, the candida has unwittingly been moved around the body aggravating the condition, all because the proper drainage channels were not opened before hand? I think this is a very common scenario. Patients who have candida infection have usually done a lot of research and many have tried a lot of candida killing products and done months on the anti-candida diet. Why is it that so many still have the infection? I think one of the reasons is that the body wasn’t prepared properly to eliminate or drain the candida die off correctly.
What to do?
How do you stop this situation happening? The following actually applies to recovery from virtually any illness. You firstly need to get all the organs functioning correctly, restore the cellular communication between them, open the channels of elimination and get them draining properly. This needs to be done before any strong detoxification is attempted. In the example above it means the candida can be killed and then easily moved from bowel to lymph to liver to kidney to successful excretion.
Opening the organs of elimination can be done in a number of ways. Firstly, improve the diet by decreasing detrimental junk foods and by increasing nutrient dense foods. Also eat the correct proportions of protein, fat and carbohydrate suited to your metabolic type. Some types do better closer to a vegetarian diet, others will benefit from protein at each meal. In my clinic I use an online Metabolic Typing questionnaire to accurately predict this. Exclude foods that you know you react to, the most common being wheat, dairy and sugar, but the best way to find out is by using a diet diary. Down one side of a piece of paper write everything you eat and drink and then next to it write how you feel throughout the day. Pay particular attention to how you feel about two hours after a meal. You may even decide to take a food allergy test and exclude the foods highlighted from this. Again, in my clinic I have a method for doing this using an electro- dermal screening instrument called the Avatar.
￼Also drink enough water, this will of course help all the organs and indeed every cell function more efficiently. To assist the liver decrease your toxic load, stop taking in chemicals from foods by eating organic and stop other chemicals that you may be absorbing such as aluminum from deodorants, fluoride in toothpaste, alcohol and smoking. To assist the lymphatic circulation use dry skin brushing, take alternate hot and cold showers each day or use Epsom salt baths. These suggestions just scratch the surface but each one will address improving your drainage so detoxing is more efficient.
For some candida sufferers this approach may not be enough and this is really where supplements come into play. In reality, due to the toxic nature of modern life that can’t be avoided and the decrease in nutrition in our food, virtually all people will require some extra support this way. I personally use remedies that have been specifically designed to assist lymphatic drainage at different levels according to the principles of homotoxicolgy, a branch of homeopathy. I also use supplements directed at bowel cleansing, liver cleansing, kidney cleansing and general support throughout the body. Once these have been used in conjunction with general lifestyle improvements the body will most likely start detoxing of its own accord and it will do it effectively with the elimination channels all open. If the problem is at a deeper level and remedies have to be introduced to address bacteria, viruses, parasites, chemicals, candida or other toxins then again the body can excrete them appropriately. After all who would want to chase candida out the bowel only for it to back-up in the liver?
It is extremely useful to have a method of assessing just how well a patient’s system is working. I personally use an EAV (Electro-acupuncture according to Voll) device called the Avatar. This instrument is able to assess the electrical conductivity of the acupuncture system in such a way that it can demonstrate the health of the organs and guide me to the one that is in a weakened state, potentially preventing the effective elimination of candida. These organs can then be specifically targeted and supported with supplements, remedies and spagyric herb. The Avatar also gives a more accurate way of deciding which supplements and remedies will be most effective for the individual patients. For example, I have seven different remedies that drain the lymphatic system and can test for which one is most suited to the patient at the time they consult me.
Christian Bates has been an osteopath and naturopath for twelve years. He runs a multi-discipline clinic in Haywards Heath, West Sussex called The Perrymount. He can be contacted on 01444 410944 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information on the Avatar and EAV screening visit www.christianbates.co.uk/downloads/articles/EAV
A meta-analysis published in the January 13th, 2010 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutritionshowed no significant link between saturated fat intake and coronary heart disease, stroke, or cardiovascular disease. The meta-analysis included 21 epdiomeiological studies that encompassed nearly 348,000 adults! The individuals were studied anywhere from 5 to 23 years. Of the total number, 11,006 developed heart disease. That’s an insignificant 3% of almost 348,000 people.
An epidemiological study is a statistical study on human populations which attempts to link human health effects to a specified cause. In this case, researcher looked for associations between reported dietary habits and risk of cardiovascular disease. A meta-analysis combines the results of several studies that address a set of related research hypotheses.
Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease.
BACKGROUND: A reduction in dietary saturated fat has generally been thought to improve cardiovascular health. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this meta-analysis was to summarize the evidence related to the association of dietary saturated fat with risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, and cardiovascular disease (CVD; CHD inclusive of stroke) in prospective epidemiologic studies. DESIGN: Twenty-one studies identified by searching MEDLINE and EMBASE databases and secondary referencing qualified for inclusion in this study. A random-effects model was used to derive composite relative risk estimates for CHD, stroke, and CVD. RESULTS: During 5-23 y of follow-up of 347,747 subjects, 11,006 developed CHD or stroke. Intake of saturated fat was not associated with an increased risk of CHD, stroke, or CVD. The pooled relative risk estimates that compared extreme quantiles of saturated fat intake were 1.07 (95% CI: 0.96, 1.19; P = 0.22) for CHD, 0.81 (95% CI: 0.62, 1.05; P = 0.11) for stroke, and 1.00 (95% CI: 0.89, 1.11; P = 0.95) for CVD. Consideration of age, sex, and study quality did not change the results. CONCLUSIONS: A meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studies showed that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD. More data are needed to elucidate whether CVD risks are likely to be influenced by the specific nutrients used to replace saturated fat.
Am J Clin Nutr doi: 10.3945/ajcn.2009.27725.
Many people think that they don’t need to supplement because they eat well. I have collected here are researched based facts on the quality of our foods, the quality of our health and the quality of our lifestyles and diet habits. You decide.
If you are eating the same key foods today as those eaten in 1940 you will be consuming between 10% and 70% less essential minerals with each meal.
Approx. 33,000 deaths per year would be avoided if UK dietary recommendations were met (5-a-day)
Over 15,000 of the avoided deaths would be due to increased consumption of fruit and vegetables
An increase of 1.15 servings a day of fruit & vegetables was associated with a 14% decrease in incidence of type II Diabetes
When people adhered to a healthy lifestyle (not smoking, exercising 3.5 hours a week, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining a healthy weight) 93% of diabetes, 81% of heart attacks, 50% of strokes, and 36% of all cancers were prevented.
The NHS spends well over £5 billion annually on cancer treatments, up from £3billion in 2002 (Daily Mail Sept 2010)
Micronutrient deficiency may explain, in good part, why the quarter of the population that eats the fewest fruits and vegetables has about double the cancer rate for most types of cancer when compared to the quarter with the highest intake
80% of American children and adolescents and 68% of adults do not eat five portions a day
Fruit and vegetables increase erythrocyte glutathione peroxidase activity and resistance of plasma lipoproteins to oxidation more efficiently than do the vitamins and minerals that the same fruit and vegetables are known to contain.
Using 4 years of data from the Expenditure and Food Survey between 2002 and 2006, we estimate that the 5-a-day program has lifted fruit and vegetable consumption by 0.3 portions, on average
For both men and women in England the proportion who consumed 5 or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day increased between 2001 and 2005, rising from 22 per cent to 26 per cent for men and 25 per cent to 30 per cent for women.
In 2005, 17 per cent of both boys and girls aged 5 to 15 consumed at least 5 portions a day, compared with between 10 per cent and 13 per cent in 2001 to 2004
In 2007 the average number of portions of vegetables and fruits consumed a day was 3.6 for men and 3.9 for women.
So in general these statistics show that we do NOT eat our 5-a-day and even if we do the food does not contain the nutrients it used to. Add to this the increased stress and environmental toxins of modern life and the conclusion must be that we should supplement with high quality wholefood supplements like Monavie.
Not so long ago I was feeling very tired, a spate of our two year sleeping cross ways in bed being the problem! On one particular night I decided to have a very early night to catch up and went to bed before 9. I slept through and woke at 6 amazingly refreshed, wide awake and ready for the day. It was then that I realised how powerful and rejuvenating sleep would be to my patients whose health is under par. Imagine having a week of going to bed at 9pm, and implementing all the other advice too, the improvements would be fantastic.
If you are a regular reader of this column you will know that I always look at each patient as an individual and again insomnia is no different. What works for one may not work for another and may even make them worse. In particular, when individualising a treatment plan it is foods and vitamins and minerals that differ in how they help. For example, some people may be aided by carbohydrates before bed, others protein. On the minerals side calcium, magnesium or potassium can help, but it will also vary person to person.
However, there are enough basic tips that everyone can try that can achieve good results. Firstly avoid all caffeine products, the main culprits being coffee, tea, colas and chocolate. Also tobacco, alcohol and sugar can be nervous system stimulants so avoid these too close to bed time. Reserve the bedroom primarily for sleep, so no watching tv, playing video games, working on a laptop, doing paperwork or even exercising which will be priming the mind for activity not rest.
Regular exercise during the day however has been researched to improve sleep patterns. It has to be regular though, not the occasional piece here and there. Another useful tip is to not spend too long trying to get to sleep. Spend no longer than 30 minutes trying and then get up and leave the bedroom if you haven't successfully fallen asleep. Do something productive for a while and then return to bed to try and sleep again. This helps habituated the mind to sleeping in the bedroom only. Sleep tight.
Back pain article for Bootcamp Newsletter
What I hope to achieve in the article is to give you a few of the tips that I give out daily to my patients at The Perrymount Clinic. Some tips may help you prevent any re-occurrence of back pain you have had previously and others may be able to help you reduce the frequency that you get pain. Give them all a try and see which works well for you.
Firstly let’s look at water consumption. Apart from the whole body needing adequate hydration to function properly the spinal disc (intervertebral disc) specifically need water to stay “plump”. It is well known that we are taller in the morning and we shorten through the day as our spinal discs are gradually squashed by gravity acting on us as we stand throughout the day. The reason we are taller in the morning is that over night the discs have an automatic function of cleverly dragging fluid back into themselves. It is when this space narrows that problems occur like arthritis, as the joints are closer together, or nerve entrapments (sciatica) as the decreased space causes the nerve to be pinched. So by drinking adequate water you will be making it available for your discs to use, keeping maximum distance between the vertebrae.
Most people consider exercise to benefit their cardiovascular health, but your joints and spine will love it too. Exercise will help on many levels, improving circulation, shifting inflammation, releasing “feel good” chemicals, but I want to look at two points, and Bootcamp does these amazingly well (I’m a big fan!). Firstly exercise will mobilise you spine, increasing the movement between the vertebrae and improving your flexibility. Most patients need this to balance work life with exercise as most people have sedentary jobs in front of a PC or on the phone, which basically causes stiffening and tightness through the musculo-skeletal system.
Secondly, exercise will strengthen our “core” muscles, or tummy. Think of your abdomen as the front of your back, and it therefore needs to be strong and functioning correctly to support your spine, particularly the low back. Again the Bootcamp team incorporate core strength into their circuit routines.
This is my number one point as it applies to everyone! You must make sure you have good posture, particularly when doing what you do most often through the day, so if it is standing then stand well, sitting at the PC, sit well, driving all day, sit well in your car.
The spine basically has 3 curves to it and your weight should be evenly distributed through them to give minimal strain on the ligaments and muscles. Compensations occur if the posture changes in one curve, adding strain to that curve and the others, creating opportunity for injuries. Take for example slouching over a PC, your head and neck are thrown forward and to compensate the low back curve flattens and this predisposes to disc injuries. You can experiment and try this yourself. You must basically check your posture from head to low back and make sure they are all in alignment, not just the part of your spine that hurts. You probably need a spinal assessment by an osteopath to fully examine this.
This is a condensed version of a longer e-book download that is available at www.theperrymount.com .