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The Poo List January 29, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — tanouschka @ 9:08 pm

THE POO LIST

The Perfect Poo
Every once in a while everyone experiences the perfect poo. It’s rare but a thing of real beauty. You sit down expecting the worst, but what you get is a smooth sliding, windless masterpiece that breaks the water with the splashless grace of an Olympic high-diving champion. You use the toilet paper to find that it was totally unnecessary. It makes you feel that all is right in the world and that you are in perfect harmony with it. Speaking of “Perfect Poo” keep an eye for my exciting new product to help create this “Perfect Poo”

Ghost Poo
You know you’ve pooed because there’s poo on the toilet paper but none in the toilet bowl.

Teflon Coated Poo (also called ‘castor oil’ poo)
It comes out so slick and clean that you don’t even feel it. No trace of poo on the toilet paper. You have to look in the toilet to be sure you did it.

Gooey Poo
This has the consistency of hot tar. You wipe 12 times and you still don’t come clean. You end up putting toilet paper in your underwear so you don’t stain it. The poo leaves permanent skid marks in the toilet.

Second Thoughts Poo
You’re all done wiping and about to stand up when you realise … you’ve got some more.

Pop a Vein in Your Forehead Poo
This is the kind of poo that killed Elvis. It doesn’t want to come out until you’re all sweaty, trembling and purple from straining so hard.

Weight Watchers’ Poo
You poo so much you lose several kilograms

Right Now Poo
You’d better be within 30 seconds of a toilet. You burn rubber getting to the toilet. Usually has its head out before you can get your pants down.

King Kong or Dunny Choker Poo
This one is so big that you know it won’t go down the toilet unless you break it into smaller chunks. A wire coat hanger works well. This kind of poo usually happens at someone else’s house.

Cork Poo (also known as floaters)
It is still floating in the bowl. My God! How do I get rid of it?

Wet Cheeks Poo
The poo hits the water sideways and makes a BIG splash that get you all wet.

Wish Poo
You sit there all cramped up, pass wind a few times, but no poo.

Cement Block Poo (with extra blue metal)
You wish you’d gotten a spinal block before you pooed.

Snake Poo
This poo is fairly soft and about as thick as your thumb, and at least three feet long.

Beer and Meat Pie Poo
This happens the day after the night before. Normally poo doesn’t smell too bad, but this one is BAD; usually this happens at someone else’s house and there’s someone standing outside waiting to use the bathroom.

Mexican Food Poo (also called screamers)
You’ll know it’s all right to eat again when your bottom stops burning.

So make sure you take a peek at your poo ! love Tanya “the poo fairy”

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Irritable bowel & 2 types of fibre January 24, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — tanouschka @ 8:17 am

The most common reason for people to visit us at the clinic is “I’ve been told I’ve got Irritable Bowel Syndrome”.  First of all I reassure them we can explore their eating, thinking, feeling and lifestyle patterns and unfold a wonderful puzzle.  Most people at some time of their existence will suffer from Irritable Bowel from mildly to dramatically.  It can be a very debilitating experience.  As we really love to have that spring in our step each day and often “Metamucil” doesn’t quite cut for most.  So here we will discuss Fibre and the 2 types Soluble and Insoluble.

This is a great diagram of the outline of your colon…well the perfect colon, its approximately 1.5 metres long and I liken it to a 1.5 metre brown snake coiled inside you..An unhealthy colon can get twisted, looped, blocked and bulged, so its important to tune into the visual of this amazing organ inside your body.

What’s All This About Fibre?

One of the most troublesome pieces of advice routinely given to people with IBS is the dictate, ‘Eat more fibre!’ It prompts the question – what kind of fibre?

Most people are never even told that there are actually two types of fibre. The term ‘fibre’ in general refers to a wide variety of substances found in plants. Some of these substances can be dissolved in water (‘soluble fibre’), and others do not dissolve (‘insoluble fibre’). Insoluble fibre is ‘rough’; it passes intact through the intestinal tract, increasing the frequency, water content, and looseness of bowel movements. Insoluble fibre, and particularly wheat bran, decreases the transit time of fecal matter in the G.I. tract. Although this has the crucial benefit of reducing the colon’s exposure to carcinogens, thus inhibiting colon cancer development, it can also trigger painful attacks in IBS sufferers, with severe cramping that can result in diarrhea or constipation.  Many people also suffer gluten intolerance, so wheat, bran,oats and rye are out. Personally I’m not a great fan of a high grain diet.  Balance is the key and grains like millet, spelt, quinoa, amaranth and rice are a much better option in limited quantities.  I like the idea of fibre with water in as in vegetables, but with IBS its best to steam and peel some of them as the skins can irritate the colon.

 

Soluble fibre, in contrast, is ‘smooth’, and soothing to the digestive tract. It regulates the digestive tract, stabilizes the intestinal contractions resulting from the gastrocolic reflex triggered by eating, and normalizes bowel function from either extreme. That’s right – soluble fiber prevents and relieves both diarrhea and constipation. Nothing else in the world will do this for you. How is this possible? The ‘soluble’ in soluble fibre means that it dissolves in water (though it is not digested). This allows it to absorb excess liquid in the colon, preventing diarrhea by forming a thick gel and adding a great deal of bulk as it passes intact through the gut. This gel (as opposed to a watery liquid) also keeps the GI muscles stretched gently around a full colon, giving those muscles something to easily ‘grip’ during peristaltic contractions, thus preventing the rapid transit time and explosive bowel movements of diarrhea as well. By the same token, the full gel-filled colon (as opposed to a colon tightly clenched around dry, hard, impacted stools) provides the same ‘grip’ during the muscle waves of constipation sufferers, allowing for an easier and faster transit time, and the passage of the thick wet gel also effectively relieves constipation by softening and pushing through impacted fecal matter. If you can mentally picture your colon as a tube that is squeezing through matter via regular waves of contractions, it’s easy to see how a colon filled with soluble fibre gel is beneficial for both sides of the IBS coin.

THE BIG FACTOR FOR ALL FIBRE ESPECIALLY SOLUBLE FIBRE IS TO DRINK AT LEAST 2 LITRES OF WATER THROUGHOUT  THE DAY.

 

As a bonus here, normalizing the contractions of the colon (from too fast or too slow speeds) prevents uncomfortable and irregular spasms that result in the lower abdominal cramping pain that cripples so many IBS patients. This single action alone is a reason not to eat anything on an empty stomach but soluble fiber. Ever. The only foods you want to trigger your gastrocolic reflex are soluble fiber, as that’s the only way you can keep those contractions (and thus life) normal.

 

Soluble fibre also lowers LDL (‘bad’) blood cholesterol levels and the resultant risk of heart disease, helps prevent colon cancer, and improves glycemic control in diabetics by slowing the digestion of carbohydrates and the subsequent release of glucose into the blood. In addition, soluble fiber may help prevent blood vessel constriction and the formation of free radicals (both risk factors for heart attacks) by slowing the absorption of fat and carbohydrates into the bloodstream.

 

Metamucil, made from psyllium husks, and Citrucel, made of methylcellulose, are both soluble fibre, and can be extremely helpful when taken daily (make sure they are NOT the sugar-free varieties, which have artificial sweeteners in them, and can trigger attacks). I personally prefer AIM HERBAL FIBREBLEND, this product has a wonderful synergy of herbs in it and is available from my website http://www.backtobalancecolonics.com  The psyllium is a fine dust of psyllium and is usually tolerated even by people who can’t usually tolerate it.

Please be aware that although both of these products are marketed as laxatives, they actually help treat and prevent diarrhea as well as constipation. Soluble fiber alone has this remarkable ability to normalize colonic activity from either extreme.

 

Foods that are naturally high in soluble fibre include oatmeal, pasta, rice, potatoes, sourdough bread, soy, barley, millet, and oat bran. These starchy foods are also high in complex carbohydrates, which are an important source of readily accessible fuel for energy.  Remember to eat say a very small portion at each meal. Nuts, beans, and lentils are also good sources of soluble fiber but should be treated with care, as nuts are high in fat and both lentils and beans contain some insoluble fibre.  Some people with IBS myself included can rarely tolerate beans and legumes.  So introduce or pay attention to how you feel if you eat these foods…The trick is very small quantities.

 

Soluble fibre should ALWAYS be the first thing you eat on an empty stomach, and it should form the basis of EVERY snack and meal. Your goal is to keep your colon consistently stabilized by providing it with a regular supply of soluble fibre.  For example breakfast could be a smoothie with banana, rice milk, cinnamon, and some lsa mix.

 

Insoluble Fibre – How Can Healthy Foods Hurt You?

Insoluble fibre, although crucial for good health, can be a powerful IBS trigger. It needs to be incorporated into your diet in the largest quantities possible, but with great care. Insoluble fibre should NEVER be eaten alone or on an empty stomach for those suffering IBS.

Remember that it is much better to have a wide variety of insoluble fiber foods in small amounts than to not eat any at all. You are also likely to find that your tolerance for insoluble fiber will increase if you are consistently eating it, even in tiny portions. However, it’s important to note that individual tolerances vary. The following list is comprehensive and should include all potential insoluble fiber sources of trouble for a hyperactive colon; you may have a degree of tolerance for some of these foods and absolutely none for others. IBS is a highly personalized problem, so you will need to learn your own food tolerances and work around them.

 

Raw fruits, raw vegetables, raw greens, raw sprouts, and seeds (including those from fresh fruits or vegetables), are all very high in insoluble fibre. Be particularly careful with fruits and vegetables that have tough skins or hulls such as blueberries, cherries, apples, grapes, peas, corn, capsicum, celery, etc. It helps tremendously to peel and cook these fruits and vegetables until tender, as this makes their fiber content dramatically less likely to trigger attacks. It is also a healthy habit to routinely incorporate fruits and veggies as secondary ingredients in recipes with soluble fibre foods as the main ingredients. If possible, buy organic produce only, as the chemical pesticides and herbicides used on fruits and vegetables can have adverse health effects.  If you can’t do this wash and or peel the veges.

 

Two categories of fruits and vegetables, those that are acidic and sulfur-containing, require extra precautions. Citrus juice and cooked tomatoes have very high acidity levels, which can cause GI distress, so they must be eaten with care. Incorporate them into meals (or drinks served with meals) with a high soluble fibre content, and don’t eat them on an empty stomach. They must not be eliminated from your diet altogether, however, as they contain crucial vitamins and anti-oxidants. Tomatoes are also very high in lycopene, which prevents some forms of cancer.

 

 

Garlic, onions, leeks, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts, though among the most nutrient-packed of all vegetables, can also pose problems. In addition to their high amounts of insoluble fibre, all contain sulfur compounds, which produces gas in the GI tract and can thus trigger attacks. As with other vegetables, cook these until tender, combine them with soluble fibre, and don’t eat them when your stomach is completely empty – but do make sure and eat them.

 

To incorporate raw fruits and veggies into your diet, peel and eat them in small quantities (just two or three bites) finely chopped, as additions to high soluble fibre foods such as sourdoughs, gluten free pastas, rice, etc. It should also help to eat them towards the end of a meal. This is especially important when it comes to green salads. Eating a salad, on an empty stomach at the beginning of lunch or dinner, is likely to trigger an attack. Eating them at the end of a high soluble fibre meal is typically quite safe. For fruit salads follow the same guidelines.

 

Whole nuts are not only high in insoluble fibre, they are also high in fat. Although this fat is monounsaturated and lowers your risk of heart disease, it is still an IBS trigger. Like other high insoluble foods, nuts are crucial for good health, but must be eaten carefully. Finely grinding nuts and incorporating them into recipes with soluble fibre is a very safe way to eat them. Small amounts of nut butters on toasted  sourdough bread are usually very tolerable as well.  Experiment with the nut butters, could be too fatty, once a day is sufficient.

 

Fresh fruit juices, especially apple, prune, and grape, are sky high in fructose, which can trigger cramps and diarrhea. Fruit juices in general should be avoided on an empty stomach. Cranberry juice is usually a safe choice. Rhubarb, prunes, figs, licorice are all natural laxatives. As with fresh fruits in general, you may be able to safely incorporate these foods into recipes with soluble fibre.  Can be a good idea to peel the apple or pear or try blending in a smoothie to make it more easily digestible.

 

STRESS

I suggest playing around with different foods to see what triggers your IBS, STRESS is often the number ONE reason for IBS…when our energy is going to stress there is none left for digestion.  With stress we often EAT OUR FEELINGS..instead of FEELING OUR FEELINGS, so I suggest to take 5 to 1o mins at least twice a day to just stop and breathe quietly in quiet place to allow your body to relax and unwind before making not so great choices in what and how much you eat….I will discuss emotional eating in depth at another time…

Happy healthy eating , Tanya “the poo fairy”

 

 

 

my analogy for the bowel January 16, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — tanouschka @ 9:52 pm

We can like our bowel to a freeway with a few bends and turns

Our mouths as the petrol station and our organs as the engine

so we must only put high grade fuel into our mouths so our engine

can work at optimum capacity, if we ingest low grade fuel

we just chug along and feel sluggish and our freeway may

become blocked in those bends and turns with stubborn poo, gas and sludge

debris may be left behind and the traffic becomes congested, only

the occasional motorbike can pass through but not the cars…

there’s just no room, this becomes the traffic works, all movement

comes to a halt and we feel backed up,

a colonic can clear the traffic works getting rid of the congestion

to allow the traffic to travel freely, the engine runs smoothly

and you become a beautiful piece of machinery, shining

and glowing inside and out…..

 

Keep oiling your vehicle with the wonders of  cold pressed flaxseed oil, its an amazing lubricant for the digestive tract

Watering your vehicle with a minimum of 1.5 litres per day

Highgrade Fuel, a balance of fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs, yogurt and lean meats or if vegetarian legumes and wholegrains and healthy fats ie oils

Tune up, a gentle detox every change of season which may include colonics

Exercise your vehicle gently every day for a minimum of 20 mins

Rest, park your vehicle somewhere comfortable and rest little stops in the day to catch your breath like the rest stops along the freeway, and sleep your vehicle every night minimum 7 hrs per night

Hang out with other finely tuned vehicles for friendship and intimacy.

love the poo fairy

 

 

 

nasal & eye cleaning January 15, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — tanouschka @ 10:22 pm

I discovered Neti about 15 yrs ago when i began practicing Astanga Yoga, I found it enhanced my breathing in class and cleared my mind to be fully present in my practice, and of course this flowed through the rest of my day. Ive sinced used it almost daily, Eye cleansing is a new daily ritual for me and my eyes are certainly loving the experience, if they feel dry, stingy, irritated  or moist i will give them a cleanse for instant relief.

I incorporate this into my life as to keep all my inner tube systems clean and viscous, this helps the body stay vital, young and vibrant functioning like a very tuned vehicle.  This vehicle is driving us through life and if we neglect it, we can only just chug along in life struggling, by eating well, which is putting high grade fuel into our “vehicle” we will run so much smoother and by cleansing, hydrating and lubricating this “vehicle” it will see us through a long life.  This is all part of self nurturing and loving ourselves physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Happy cleansing.

Neti and eye cleansing can be practiced as regularly as necessary. In a polluted environment at least once a day is recommended. Those living in a dry, dusty environment will also benefit from practicing regularly.

Various factors will influence the frequency with which you need to practice neti. Diet is one of the most important. People who consume too many dairy products, particularly milk, will often have excess mucous in the nasal passages. There is a need for mucous in the membranes as its there for lining the membranes but a build up is not so beneficial, other foods that may contribute to excess nasal mucus are eggs, red meat, fried food, fatty food, pastries, sugar, processed foods – including white bread, soy products, bananas and to a lesser degree, pulses and grains.

Most people have experienced a build up of mucus due to a common cold. If you have a cold then neti can be practiced several times a day. However, if you practice neti daily it can minimise your risk of  catching a cold. Prevention is always better than a cure.

Those suffering from allergies such as hay-fever can be subject to excess nasal mucous which inhibits the breathing. Once again neti is a very helpful remedy.

Once you get used to practicing neti and eye cleansing  it can easily be slotted into your daily routine and you can do it in the morning and at night, just like brushing your teeth. Try neti and eye cleansing at night it can help to have a good relaxing deep sleep.

Benefits

Neti mildly stimulates the tear ducts, which help cleanse the eyes and give them added sparkle. Eye cleansing also enhances this.  Some say it even helps sharpen the eyesight and improve the memory. On an esoteric level neti is said to stimulate the ajna chakra. It has subtle effects on the pineal and pituitary glands which control the hormonal system which in turn has a harmonizing effect on the emotions. Neti has a cooling, soothing effect on the brain and can help with headaches, migraine,  depression and general mental tension. It can also help with certain ear disorders like middle ear infections, glue ear and some forms of tinnitus.

Neti is particularly beneficial and useful for smokers and re-sensitizes the nose to the actual pollution of ingesting smoke, thereby de-programming the brain of the physical and psychological addiction.

Some other medical conditions that neti can help improve include:

  1. Aging rhinitis
  2. Allergic rhinitis – hay fever
  3. Asthma
  4. Atrophic rhinitis – ozaena
  5. Common cold
  6. Empty nose syndrome
  7. Facial pain or headache associated with sinusitis
  8. Halitosis – bad breath
  9. Nasal congestion
  10. Nasal dryness
  11. Nasal polyposis
  12. Phantosmia – phantom smells
  13. Post-nasal drip
  14. Rhinitis medicamentosa – rebound nasal congestion
  15. Rhinorrhea – runny nose
  16. Rhinosinusitis – inflammation of the nose and sinuses
  17. Sinusitis – inflammation of the sinuses (including chronic sinusitis)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR NETI & EYE CLEANSING

NETI

1. Prepare the saline solution (*) with lukewarm water and fill the neti pot. Hot water is irritating and dangerous. Cool water is not soothing.
2. Tilt your head to the side as shown in the picture at the beginning of this article..
3. Insert spout of neti pot gently into the raised nostril creating a seal between the neti pot and the nostril. If it drains out of your mouth, lower your forehead in relation to your chin. Relax. If you are calm, the water flows right through. But if you aren’t, it just won’t flow. If you keep breathing through your mouth, relaxed, the water should gently flow through the nose on its own. There’s no forcing it.
4. Raise the neti pot slowly to develop a steady flow of saline solution through the upper nostril and out the lower nostril.
5. During the process breathe through your mouth.
6. When you’re done, exhale firmly several times to clear the nasal passages.
7. Reverse the tilt of your head and repeat the process on the other side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EYE CLEANSING

1. Pour solution into egg cup or small object that fits over and seals the eye.

2. Open eyes as you place the cup over your eyes and rinse.

3. Blink several times.

4. Wipe eyes dry.

Below is a picture of my antique eye glass and my gorgeous neti pot.

HAPPY CLEANSING ….the poo fairy

 

 

simple breathing technique for a relaxed bowel

Filed under: Uncategorized — tanouschka @ 12:17 am

Of all of the available relaxation techniques, deep breathing exercises are the ones that you can do any time, any place.  Personally I like to do it as I’m lying in bed before I sleep, as you can do it sitting or lying, however you feel the most comfortable.   Deep breathing exercises are a simple way for you to calm your body and turn off your body’s response to stress, its amazing how something so simple as our breath is such a key for relaxation for us yet we rush around forgetting the ease and availability of this tool the gateway to relaxation and softening.
Some simple breathing techniques to relax and bring oxygen into the bowel.
Stress is often the No. 1 reason for a tight tense bowel. We often to forget to BREATHE or we breathe only to the top of our lungs with a a shallow breath, the key is to practice conscious breathing and full rich breathes all the way down into the belly.  I myself often forget to breathe, this leaves my tired, cranky, and brain foggy.  I noticed when i practice meditation in the evening or deep belly breathing i have a relaxed bowel….

Here’s How:

  1. Find your diaphragm: Place one hand on your abdomen, palm to stomach, with your pinky above your belly button. The muscles of your diaphragm will be under the palm of your hand.
  2. Place your other hand on your chest.
  3. Inhale slowly as you count to three.
  4. Think the word “Relax” as you exhale to the count of three.
  5. Keep your top hand as still as possible, relaxing the muscles in your chest and shoulders.
  6. Focus on the action of your diaphragm. Your bottom hand should move outward as you fill your lungs with air and move inward as you exhale.
  7. For a more advanced breathing technique you can hold for 5 counts between the inhale and exhale this can send “prana” life force energy pulsing through the body , its relaxing yet rejuvenating.
  8. For an even more advanced breathing inhale for 5 counts, hold for 5 exhale for 5 counts, hold for 5, inhale for 5 etc.
     

Tips:

  1. Tip: Thinking the word “relax” as you exhale, turns the word into a cue, prompting your brain to induce a state of relaxation throughout your body.
  2. Post-it-note the reminder on your fridge, or on your bedroom mirror, or on your pillow as to remind yourself of this simple technique.
 

quick natural remedy for stuck poo…. January 12, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — tanouschka @ 3:12 am

This remedy is a sure fast way of assisting the bowel when things get “stuck” due to lack of water, bad food, stress, and travel. Its more for a dry bowel.

Linseed Gel Drink

Its a simple quick remedy, you will need

1tbsp of whole linseeds

1 cup of water

small saucepan

 

bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes, let cool, the seeds will sit on the bottom of the pan, and scrape the gel of the top it will look like clear egg white, drink this either by itself as its quite tasteless or try adding a little apple juice, (children like it with juice or you could add to a smoothie) you could store half for the next day.  This recipe will makenough for 2 doses….Good luck

 

castor oil packs for soothing the bowel January 10, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — tanouschka @ 9:17 pm

I’m a great fan of Castor oil packs for soothing an irritated bowel and increasing movement in a sluggish bowel, it has quite a few other uses as well, below is some great information on the benefits of Castor Oil, Enjoy and try making a bottle of this wonder oil a fixture in your cabinet.

Castor oil is a very unique substance. While most of us are familiar with its use as a remedy for constipation, healers  around the world have used castor oil to treat a wide variety of conditions. Its effectiveness is probably due in part to its peculiar chemical composition.

Castor oil is a triglyceride of fatty acids. Almost 90 percent of its fatty acid content consists of ricinoleic acid. To my knowledge, ricinoleic acid is not found in any other substance except castor oil. Such a high concentration of this unusual, unsaturated fatty acid is thought to be responsible for castor oil’s remarkable healing abilities.

Ricinoleic acid has been shown to be effective in preventing the growth of numerous species of viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds. (J Am Oil Chem Soc 61;37.323-325.) This would explain the high degree of success in the topical use of the oil for treating such ailments as ringworm, keratoses (non-cancerous, wart-like skin growths), skin inflammation, abrasions, fungal-infected finger- and toenails, acne and chronic pruritus (itching). Generally, for these conditions the area involved is simply wrapped in cloth soaked with castor oil each night, or if the area is small enough, a castor oil soaked Band-Aid can be used. (For persistent infections and those finger- and toenails that have discolored and hardened, a good 10 to 20 minute soak in Epsom salts, prior to applying the castor oil, usually speeds up the healing process.)

The castor bean plant is actually native to India, where it is called “Erand.” There we found it being used extensively for all types of gastrointestinal problems like constipation, dysentery and inflammatory bowel disease. It was also used to treat bladder and vaginal infections and asthma. We were told the seed kernels or hulls (without the actual seed) could be boiled in milk and water and taken internally to relieve arthritis and lower back pain accompanied by sciatica.

Much of the current use of castor oil packs, can be attributed to the late healing psychic, Edgar Cayce. Time after time he recommended their use.  This is probably due to two reasons. First, it’s just too simple. It’s hard for most people to imagine that something as simple as castor oil packs could have a profound effect on any health problem. Secondly, in our present health care system, positive results alone do not constitute the critical factor in determining whether a treatment will be accepted by the medical establishment. [Everybody (except probably the poor patient) now seems to be more concerned about how something is supposed to work, than whether it actually works at all.] Recent research data presented by longtime follower of Edgar Cayce, Dr. William McGarey of Phoenix, Arizona, might help shed some light on how castor oil works. I’m always encouraging clients to use Castor oil packs for a sluggish bowel.

When used properly, castor oil packs improve the function of the thymus gland and other areas of the immune system. More specifically, he found in two separate studies that patients using abdominal castor oil packs had significant increases in the production of lymphocytes compared to increases among those using placebo packs.

Lymphocytes are the disease-fighting cells of your immune system. They are produced and housed mainly in your lymphatic tissue. This includes the thymus gland, the spleen, the lymph nodes and the lymphatic tissue that lines the small intestine (called Peyer’s patches, or more commonly, aggregated lymphatic follicles). Strangely, other than knowing it produces the body’s white blood cells, most doctors are not very knowledgeable about the lymphatic system.

The lymphatic system is an amazingly complex structure. It works hand in hand with both the blood circulatory system and the digestive system.

In the circulatory system newly oxygenated blood from the lungs moves from the heart along smaller and smaller arteries until it reaches the smallest vessels called capillaries. It is in these microscopic tubules that the blood exchanges oxygen and nutrients for cellular waste products with surrounding body cells. The capillaries then gradually become larger and form veins through which the unoxygenated, waste-carrying blood returns back to the lungs and then to the heart to be recirculated time and time again.

Much of the fluid accompanying the blood and large protein molecules leak from these capillaries. Additional fluids and waste products are expelled from every cell in the body. These fluids accumulate in the small spaces between the cells. If all of this material weren’t somehow removed we would begin to swell like a toad and die within a matter of 24 hours. Fortunately, we have a completely separate circulation system, called the lymphatic system, that is able to absorb and remove these fluids, proteins and waste materials. With the exception of the brain, where these proteins and fluids flow directly into the fluid that surrounds them, the extensive lymphatic network has hundreds of miles of tubules that cover the entire body. Through these tubules all of this material is returned to the blood so it can be utilized or eliminated from the body. (There is no pathway, other than the lymphatic system, that excess protein molecules can use to return to the circulatory system.)

Also, along these lymphatic tubules you’ll find bulb-shaped masses called lymph nodes, which act as filters and produce antibodies when foreign proteins are encountered. I’m sure you’ve experienced the tenderness and swelling of an inflamed lymph node at one time or another. It is usually a result of antibodies fighting an infection either in the node itself or somewhere in the draining area of that particular lymph chain.

In addition to returning leaking fluid from the circulation system and creating antibodies for the immune system, the lymphatic system also performs another very important function. Clumps of lymphatic tissue, called Peyer’s patches, are spread throughout the small intestine. Unlike other nutrients, fat molecules are generally too large to be absorbed directly from the intestine. Instead, they are absorbed by these patches and transported along the lymphatic system and then released into the blood stream where they can be carried throughout the body. Between 80 to 90 percent of all the fat absorbed from the gut requires the help of the lymphatic system.

When it comes to treating the majority of health problems, the status of your lymphatic system is rarely given any consideration whatsoever. Medical students are taught that a failure of the lymphatic system is obvious to detect because it is accompanied by “pitting” edema (the accumulation of fluid in the tissues, i.e. swelling, usually in the feet, ankles or hands). The test for “pitting” edema is rather simple. A finger is pressed into the skin at the area of the swelling and then quickly removed. The skin stays depressed, forming a small “pit”, which remains until the fluid outside the cells has time to return to the area (this can take anywhere from 5 to 30 seconds). Unfortunately, research studies have shown that “pitting” edema and other signs of fluid retention can’t be observed until fluid levels outside the cells reach 30 percent above normal. In other words, you can have a serious lymphatic drainage problem long before it can be detected.

Several problems occur when the lymph drainage slows and fluids begin to accumulate around the cells. First, the individual cells are forced further and further away from the capillaries. The amount of oxygen and nourishment they receive is decreased. Under exertion or stress some cells may die. Additionally, cells are forced to survive in their own waste and toxic by-products. This situation can eventually lead to the degeneration and destruction of organs. For example, poor lymphatic drainage of the heart can lead to tissue damage and even heart failure. Similar problems occur in the liver, the kidneys and other organs.

A good analogy would be if you confined yourself to one room of your house. Someone could bring you food and water, but not remove any of your waste products. Eventually you would have difficulty remaining healthy in such an environment. As your waste accumulated, not only would you become sick, those around you would begin to experience the same fate. Just like it is for each cell, in addition to nourishment and oxygen, the removal of waste products is essential for continued health of the entire body.

Fluid accumulation outside the cells also stretches the tissue in the area. The more it stretches and the longer it remains that way, the harder it becomes to correct the problem.

Regardless of the health problem, most doctors generally assume the lymphatic system is working adequately. This assumption is made at the peril of the patient. Research has shown that as we age certain organs begin to degenerate. The thymus gland is a key component of the immune system. It is initially responsible for the proper development of the lymphatic system and is practically absent in older individuals. Peyer’s patches, those clumps of lymphatic tissue found in the small intestine, begin to get smaller with age and are often destroyed by certain diseases like typhoid fever. (Cayce felt that the overall health and well-being of an individual was directly related to the health of these Peyer’s patches. He stated on several occasions, that a certain compound formed in these patches was necessary for maintaining the integrity of the nervous system. He may very well be correct. To this day, we still don’t totally understand the functions and importance of either the thymus gland or Peyer’s patches.)

Efforts should be taken to improve the function of the lymphatic system in every health problem. This applies to AIDS, as well as heart disease, hemorrhoids and everything in between. No drug exists that has the ability to improve lymphatic flow; however, the job can easily be handled through the topical application of castor oil.

When castor oil is absorbed through the skin, several extraordinary events take place. The lymphocyte count of the blood increases. This is a result of a positive influence on the thymus gland and/or lymphatic tissue.

The flow of lymph increases throughout the body. This speeds up the removal of toxins surrounding the cells and reduces the size of swollen lymph nodes. The end result is a general overall improvement in organ function with a lessening of fatigue and depression.

As toxicity is reduced, the pH of the saliva becomes less acidic, indicating improved health. The Peyer’s patches in the small intestine become more efficient in their absorption of fatty acids, which are essential for the formation of hormones and other components necessary for growth and repair.

Common Methods of Using Castor Oil

The most common way to use castor oil (and most objectionable, I might add) has been to take it orally. Generally, oral doses are used to correct constipation. The recommended dose is usually 1 tablespoon for adults and 1 teaspoon for children. You can usually expect a “purging” of the system in about four to six hours.

Rubbed or Massaged Directly Into the Skin

For several conditions I’ll mention later, the oil can simply be rubbed into the skin. It can also be used as a massage oil which seems to be especially effective when applied along the spinal column. If the oil is massaged into the body, the direction of the massage should always follow the same path as the underlying Iymphatic drainage system.

Conditions Responding to Topical Application

Oftentimes there is no need for castor oil packs; amazing results can be obtained by simply applying it directly to the skin. The following is a short list of some of the more common ailments it can remedy:

skin keratosis
ringworm
fungal and bacterial infections
wounds
abdominal stretch marks (prevention)
bursitis
sebaceous cysts
warts
senile lentigo (“liver” or “aging” spots)
muscle strains
ligament sprains
itching

Castor Oil Packs

One of the most useful and least utilized methods of using castor oil is to employ packs. Packs are an economical and efficient method of absorbing the ricinoleic acid and other healing components of castor oil directly into body tissues. (The following basic procedure was outlined in several of the readings of Edgar Cayce.)

To make this simple version of a castor oil pack you will need the following items: cold pressed castor oil, a heat pack or hot water bottle,  a plastic shopping bag or cling wrap, a cotton flannel 

1. Start by smearing a large puddle of castor oil over your belly, don’t rub it in just smear it 

2. On top of the oil lay a flannel then the  plastic wrap or bag. 

4. Then lay a heat pack, rest for an hour or so

5. When you remove the pack, the remaining oil can be massaged into the skin or cleaned off using a little soda water made from 1 quart of warm water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda.

6. You can wash out the flannel and reuse next time.

ENJOY

Tanya “the poo fairy”