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TOP TEN TIPS FOR YOUR DIGESTIVE HEALTH

(Published in August/September 2006 InnerChange Magazine)

  1. Chew your food well. Digestive enzymes for carbohydrates are in the mouth. Enzymes that break down fats and proteins are in the stomach
  2. Don't drink while eating as anything more than ¼ cup of liquid will dilute the digestive enzymes in the stomach; drink only between meals (2 hours after a meal and up to ½ hour before a meal).
  3. Don't use antacids – you probably don't need to “calm down” an acid stomach. In fact, you probably really need more digestive enzymes to help digest your food (they deplete as we age!). Other factors: Did you drink with your meal (see #2)? Did you eat fruit with other foods (see #7)?
  4. Get some form of exercise daily. Not only does the lymph get stimulated to move (carrying toxins out of the body), but you may have a better bowel movement because of exercising.
  5. Water intake is crucial – drink at least half your body weight in ounces of good water each day (more in summer and more when you exercise, of course). Example: If you weigh 130 pounds, you need to drink 65 ounces (2 liters) of water per day. Pass on tea, coffee, sodas, etc. They are diuretics (which take water out of your system) and you need to drink even more water to make up for choosing them. Pass on city tap water, too, to avoid the fluoride and chlorine.
  6. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, and grains daily to get both soluble and insoluble fiber. Many processed foods (and meats) are devoid of fiber, so choose fresh produce (and organic) as often as possible.
  7. Eat fruits separately from all other foods. Fruits eaten with other foods slow down their transit time (digestion) to match the other food….hence, the fruit has more time in the intestine to ferment which can cause gas or bloating.
  8. Choose some kind of “cleanse” to do at least 4 times a year (or as often as monthly). This gives your body a break from digesting and allows it to move toxins out of the body. You can obtain information about cleanses from books, articles, and product labels/inserts (e.g., colon cleanse, liver/gallbladder cleanse, kidney cleanse, etc.).
  9. Acid/Alkaline balance is important to life itself – the body is naturally alkaline (except for the stomach); your diet needs to be 80% alkaline-forming foods and 20% acid-forming foods. Test your saliva pH first thing in the morning, and if you are testing acid, drink water with fresh lemon juice squeezed into it.
  10. Get an internal cleansing (colonic, colon irrigation, colon hydrotherapy) when you make changes to your diet, when you fast/detox (see #8), and at the change-of-season. Edgar Cayce suggested that it would be good for EVERYONE.

WORKING ON YOUR HEALTH MAINTENANCE PLAN?

(published in August 2004 Southern Neighbor)

Routinely, you shower or bathe, brush and floss your teeth, exercise and otherwise keep your body in shape to ‘meet and greet’ the world. You do these things because you want to be presentable, liked, and even healthy. For health maintenance, we often hear recommendations to drink plenty of pure water. Other sources might emphasize massage and/or spinal manipulation. A nutritionist might propose a healthful diet for you to follow (80% alkaline, 20% acid). And, besides your chosen form of exercise, you may even partake in daily meditation. Relaxation and a good nights rest seems just as important as any of the other things. When you innumerate all the “beneficial” habits you’ve already established, you realize that you have come a long way on the path to better health!

So then, it is not such a big leap to take one further helpful step in your health maintenance plan, is it? May I suggest colon hydrotherapy? Various colon experts (Walker, Jensen, Gray, et al) and “the father of holistic medicine” and clairvoyant, Edgar Cayce, have promoted the benefits of everyone having occasional “internal baths” (known variously as colonics, colon irrigation, or colon hydrotherapy) of the large intestine.

A colon cleansing is one of the most effective ways to rid the body of toxic accumulations of bodily waste, excess mucus, toxic compounds, and gas. It also helps restore colon muscle tone, rebalances the intestinal flora, and supports overall bodily health. This gentle “internal bath” with warm filtered water improves one’s system of elimination and removes a primary source of disease. A healthy, clean colon is essential to a healthy body.

Colon hydrotherapy can be helpful for: Just a few colon hydrotherapy sessions can help reverse the effects of years of improper nutrition. Experts recommend an initial series of 3 to 12 colonics over a period of up to 10 weeks. Then, it has been suggested to have a colonic anywhere from “once or twice a year”, “at the change of season”, or “monthly” (depending on the author) to maintain optimal colon health.

  • Healthy intestinal maintenance
  • Detoxification when fasting
  • Improving colon muscle tone
  • Sluggish eliminations
  • Digestive discomfort (gas or bloated feeling)
  • Cleaning mucus and plaque build-up
  • Lack of energy
  • Bad breath / body odor

Obviously, each person’s goals and needs differ. Just as some people exercise on a daily or weekly basis to tone and tighten their outer bodies, some people use a regimen of ongoing colonics to cleanse, tone, and rebuild their inner bodies. Colonics can easily become a part of your regular health maintenance program.

EDGAR CAYCE’S HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS

COLON HYDROTHERAPY HIGH ON THE LIST

Over the past 15 years, I developed a keen interest in the health readings given by Edgar Cayce. Eventually, a door was opened for me to work more closely with one therapy he recommended to many people who came to him seeking health advice – colon hydrotherapy.

Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), the clairvoyant most commonly known as “The Sleeping Prophet,” strongly advocated for a preventative lifestyle and early intervention to correct dysfunction. He believed that all healing comes from within and that the same therapies that help the body heal itself often help to prevent illness. (Though Cayce’s health readings addressed each person individually, some definite patterns of causation and treatment were noted.)

For health maintenance, Cayce recommended drinking plenty of pure water; application of castor oil packs; massage and spinal manipulation; proper diet (80% alkaline, 20% acid); exercise; daily meditation; and relaxation. The Cayce readings also promoted the benefits of everyone having occasional “internal baths” (known as colonics, colon irrigation, or colon hydrotherapy) of the large intestine. For purification, Edgar Cayce insisted that intestinal antiseptics be added to the water for all enemas and colonics. These additives - salt & soda and Glyco-Thymoline – help to prevent illness and restore a balanced lymph circulation.

A colon cleansing is one of the most effective ways to rid the body of toxic accumulations of bodily waste, excess mucus, toxic compounds, and gas. It also helps restore colon muscle tone, helps to rebalance intestinal flora, and improves overall health. Improving one’s system of elimination removes a primary source of disease. A healthy, clean colon is essential to a healthy body.

Colon hydrotherapy can be helpful for:

  • Healthy intestinal maintenance
  • Detoxification when fasting
  • Improving colon muscle tone
  • Sluggish eliminations
  • Digestive discomfort (gas or bloated feeling)
  • Cleaning mucus and plaque build-up
  • Lack of energy
  • Bad breath / body odor

Just a few colon hydrotherapy sessions can help reverse the effects of years of improper nutrition. Various colon experts (Walker, Gray, and Jensen, to name a few) recommend an initial series of 3 to 12 colonics over a period of up to 10 weeks. Then, it has been suggested to have a colonic anywhere from “once or twice a year” to “monthly” (depending on the person) to maintain optimal colon health.

Obviously, each person’s goals and needs differ. Just as some people exercise on a daily or weekly basis to tone and tighten their outer bodies, some people use a regimen of ongoing colonics to cleanse, tone, and rebuild their inner bodies. Colonics can be part of your regular health maintenance program.

Ms. Lou Umscheid, B.S., M.S., completed the Colon Hydrotherapy course at the Cayce/Reilly School of Massotherapy in Virginia Beach, VA. This practical, hands-on training was followed with additional study in anatomy & physiology. The Colon Health Center in Chapel Hill opened in September 2002. Lou uses the colonic additives recommended by Edgar Cayce. Sessions are confidential, with the utmost attention paid to your comfort.

You Are What You Eat (and so much more…)

(published in April/May 2005 InnerChange Magazine)

Yes, we ARE what we eat….but that just scratches the surface of a very important topic! As most of you have gathered by now in this lifetime, we must take care of ourselves. No one else will do it for us. We must hold ourselves responsible for “what” we eat, “how” we eat, “how much” we eat, etc. It is for us to control and modify. Change is never easy, but taking on one change at a time somehow seems more manageable. Consider the following topics, then slowly make changes toward improving your body awareness and health:

Digestion: It is important that we learn to eat more slowly and chew our food. Our mouth is the beginning of the digestive process, and valuable enzymes in the mouth are released as we chew. Without them, the break-down process that happens in the stomach takes much longer (or may not happen at all). “Bolting food or swallowing it by the use of liquids produces more colds than any one activity of a diet! Even milk or water should be chewed two to three times before taken into the stomach…” Edgar Cayce Reading 808-3

(Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), the clairvoyant most commonly known as “The Sleeping Prophet,” strongly advocated for a preventative lifestyle and early intervention to correct dysfunction. He believed that all healing comes from within and that the same therapies that help the body heal itself often help to prevent illness.)

Diet: Edgar Cayce (as well as modern nutritionists) suggested that our bodies should be kept in an alkaline state. In order to achieve that, 80% of our foods should be alkaline-forming (most vegetables & fruits) and only 20% of our foods should be acid-forming (meats, breads/cereals, dairy, etc.). “…when there is the tendency towards an alkaline system there is less effect of cold and congestion.” Edgar Cayce Reading 270-33

Water: The latest thinking is that you should drink water according to your weight; that is, drink one-half of your body weight in ounces (example: if you are 200 lbs., you should drink 100 ounces of water - do the math for yourself). This seems so reasonable, as a bigger body really requires more water to keep those millions of cells hydrated, and to keep the body cleansed of toxins. Try drinking all your water at room temperature, and adding the juice of half a lemon to your first glass in the morning (see alkaline topic). “There should be more water taken into the system in a more consistent manner, so that the system – especially the hepatics and kidneys – may function normally, thus producing…correct elimination of drosses in the system.” Edgar Cayce Reading 257-7

Fiber: Most people don’t eat enough fiber to keep their bowels moving properly. Fiber comes in many forms: think of most vegetables and fruits (best raw, but steamed okay), whole grains, some nuts, etc. Natural forms of fiber are perfect for the body and are readily available – psyllium, wheat bran, oat bran, etc. (Be sure to drink lots of water when adding these fibers to your diet.)

Toxins: Eat food that is organic and locally grown. “Have vegetables that are fresh and especially those grown in the vicinity where the body resides.” Edgar Cayce Reading 2-14 Work toward the goal of being totally organic by buying as much as your food budget will allow. Get those toxins under control with detox diets and/or cleanses. Have colonics and take steam/fume baths to clean the body inside and out! “For everyone, everybody, should take an internal bath occasionally, as well as external baths. People would be better off if they would!” Edgar Cayce Reading 440-3

Positive Attitudes: Attitudes and emotions affect the digestion (or indigestion) of the food that we eat. Don’t eat when you are angry. “…never, under strain, when very tired, very excited, very mad, should the body take foods in [to] the system….” Edgar Cayce Reading 137-30

Other therapies/practices: Many other practices assist the body in being healthy (despite what we eat!) -abdominal castor oil packs, massage, spinal manipulation, exercise, daily meditation, and relaxation.

We know from various studies that we are “one with the universe”. We are not separate. Especially in the area of our health, we function and live with everything that is around us; we don’t live in a bubble! Therefore, we not only have a responsibility to take care of ourselves, but we must be aware and make our surroundings better, too…. Wishing you a long and healthy life!

Thursday’s Child Has Far To Go

(published in Dec 2003/Jan 2004 InnerChange Magazine)

My childhood was probably not too different from many others….I grew up in a strict Catholic farming community in northeastern Kansas. The elementary and high school teachers were Benedictine nuns and the parish priest had been there so long, he was an institution. Catechism classes were especially trying for me, as I struggled to memorize and repeat the “approved” answers for many questions that were given in that booklet. That approach only made me ask more questions – about the Trinity, about faith, about the infallibility of the Pope, about the meaning of my dreams. Clearly, I was not their stellar student and by the time I turned 22 (and away from “home”), I began to “shop around” at other churches. I felt “guilty” about doing it and occasionally, I would slip back into the comfort of the Catholic Church, especially when visiting the family.

During my mid-20’s, then living in Dallas, I listened to the late-night radio talk shows until the wee hours of the morning. It was thrilling to hear talk show hosts interviewing authors about their new books - about UFO’s, health related topics, and how to make our world a better place in which to live. I was especially eager to buy books on all manner of self-help topics. I was unhappy with myself and my situation, and was determined to find out what I didn’t know and to make my life better! So much to learn, so much to do…so little time. “Thursday’s child has far to go”….

My first marriage came in my late 20’s. We had dated 4 years, married in July 1975, honeymooned for 3 months (driving & camping all over the U.S.), and then he died in December 1975. What a shock! And, now, more questions without answers. I existed in a fog for the next couple of years – working days, crying nights, shopping – trying to fill the empty hole. I meandered, unable to focus. Someone finally gave me Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ book, On Death and Dying, and I found out I wasn’t going crazy. I did need help, but by then, it was too late. Falling back on my self-help books I managed to set a new goal - to put the $10,000 life insurance money toward going back to school for my masters degree. Learning and doing something to better myself were both very satisfying, and I felt that I was slowly recovering. (I later learned from a life reading that I needed to “learn independence” – and that was the reason for my husbands early departure from this world.) I learned the lesson well, but I still had “far to go”.

Eventually, in my 30’s, my religious quest led me to another church – this time Episcopalian. It had very many similarities/familiarities to the Catholic Church, but was much more open and accepting. I actually could ask questions and get answers there. Immediately, I joined the Sunday school discussion group that was reading books like The Road Less Traveled and People of the Lie (M. Scott Peck, M.D.), How to Pray (author unknown), and Why Bad Things Happen to Good People (Rev. Harold S. Kushner). It was a challenge and a mind-opener to be talking with others about such meaningful topics. I’m taking baby steps….

I was in my late 30’s when I met and married another wonderful guy. We never discussed beliefs when dating (I was afraid to bring up the topic!) until one day he mentioned Edgar Cayce and the Thomas Sugrue book, There Is A River. He had already decided to attend a Search For God study group and asked me if I wanted to go along. I feared for “his soul”, so I did go along! The group had really nice folks, lots of Cayce language I wasn’t familiar with (except the references to Jesus and the bible), meditation (how am I supposed to sit still for that long?), and dream interpretation (finally some answers). I was immediately drawn to this study! We became members of the Association for Research and Enlightenment in 1988. It quickly became my “spiritual life” to read/study, attend/facilitate lectures, and to work with the disciplines. So many things became clear. More small steps….

For 15 years my husband and I have attended and/or hosted Search For God study groups in our home. The 2 small books we read are not big or impressive. They are, however, a challenge. Every time I open one of these books I read something new or applicable to a current situation. Because our study group works on disciplines each week, we see growth in others with whom we study. We are assured that we are growing, too.

Recently, I was severed from my employer and “retired” after 14 years of service. I spent several months assessing my life and pondering what I wanted to do with the rest of it. My statement was “I’ve had two careers so far, I still have time for another”. The inner work I was doing directly tied back to the “Ideal” work recommended in the Cayce readings. I realized I had lots of choices for my future (lucky me). But, what was the most meaningful choice? Again, I thought of “Thursday’s child has far to go”….

Over the prior 15 years, I developed a keen interest in the health readings given by Edgar Cayce. Mr. Cayce was an advocate of a preventative lifestyle and early intervention, especially in the area of colon health, where he recommended an occasional “internal bath”. I talked many times over the past 10 years of getting trained to be a colon hydrotherapist, but the timing never seemed to be right – hard to do when you’re going to work every day! Now was the time to realize that dream. Now was the time to step out on faith. I trained at the Cayce/Reilly School in Virginia Beach, VA in November 2002. When I was there, I picked a daily affirmation (an Edgar Cayce Reading) from the basket in the library. It seemed “meant” for me:

(Q) When will I enter into my true life’s work?

(A) When there has been the decision in self as to the way, the manner in which self may apply self in the field in which it desires to expend self. As WE find, the body is already entering into what may be said to be its true life work. EC reading 594-1

I recently closed theColon Health Center in Chapel Hill.  Lou saw more than 1500 clients from 2003 - 2017. I am retiring, just another step along the path….

 

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