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THE UNIQUE HEALING PROGRAM DONNA PESSIN: CLEANSING THE RIGHT WAY

RIGHT IS A HIGHLY  LOADED WORD

Some people think of Spring and Summer as the time to cleanse their bodies by eating lighter, eating more fruit, eating primarily or only raw foods, drinking freshly made juices, juice fasting, juice feasting, taking herbal concoctions. I have done all of these things and more over the past twenty five plus years. It just made sense. I really felt the need. What I did not realize was that the body is already in a stronger cleansing mode during Spring and Summer. I did not realize I was putting more pressure on my body by increasing the consumption of  fruits,  juicing fruits and vegetables and eating raw foods. Eating this way just made sense. I now realize it is more important to simplify and not add more burden to our bodies organs of elimination. What seemed like lightening up was actually creating a cascade of toxin pouring out of organs and tissues into my blood stream and  my already unhealthy gut. This is where the genius of taking the right amounts of Clay and certain types of  herbs is important for long term success in healing.

The Macrobiotic Approach of not eating raw fruits and vegetables daily in significant quantities, because they are  too cleansing and hard to digest, does make sense for many. This is especially true for those who are highly symptomatic. Unfortunately, most people misinterpret the Macro Diet as an invitation to amp up their complex carbs. In transitioning from The Standard American Diet to Macro it is understandable that people over eat better quality carbs to replace the refined ones to deal with their cravings. Hands down, no matter how you go about Macro, it is far healthier than The Standard American Diet, just by what it excludes.

SORRY FOLKS, BUT YOUR DIET ALONE WILL NOT HEAL A SICK GUT

Important point here: At this time in the world diet upgrades alone are not capable of creating deep healing for most anybody. I experience this is as being true for myself as an individual and practitioner. The old time cleansing in Spring and Summer, with the protocols I mentioned before, may have or may not have healed some cases of deep illness in centuries or decades past. In this present time, when our environment is constantly being barraged with toxins, and is barraging us with elements our bodies can not process, it is truly evident that healing with diet, as the primary protocol, does not work. A primary example being that people go on a juice feast, juice fast or smoothie cleanse and end up on antibiotics soon after because they became sick or highly symptomatic. The Macro Approach needs some help in addressing deeper cleansing. Clay, herbs and a natural antibiotic substance [Colloidal Silver is one] are answers that I can personally say yields results. What results? A better functioning gut to assure better assured cellular cleansing.  Healing plays out differently for every single person who partakes on The Unique Healing Program. That is all I got. You have to try The UHP for yourself.

DEEP HEALING ON A CELLULAR LEVEL

In summary, what seems intuitively correct for many, in my experience with myself and others, is not the way to cure illness and heal the deepest recesses of our cells, organs, tissues and blood. Check out The Unique Healing Program Donna Pessin. The UHP may challenge your every impression and belief about what healing is and can be. I hope it does. I hope you take the time to give The Unique Healing Program a chance. It is worth it, but you need to trust and have faith in your decision to do it. Through this process you will begin to understand your own instincts and experiences. This program will question all of what you think you know about many things. I can tell you one thing for sure, and that is that  it takes time and experience on The UHP to truly understand how it works. It is not an easy process, but I don’t think anything we learn from is an initial slam dunk.

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THE UNIQUE HEALING PROGRAM DONNA PESSIN: TOP FIVE DIET TIPS PART 3

THIS IS THE THIRD AND “LAST” POST ON THIS DONNA PESSIN – UHP VIDEO

TIP NUMBER FOUR: DON’T UP YOUR CARBS

This is the most problematic of all the aspects of the dietary regime spoken or unspoken  The Unique Healing Program books and videos. Why? I you are already eating a whole lot of carbs it may not be so easy stop while drinking clay and taking the rest of these supplements – “crutches”. It is like giving up the binky for a toddler. If you have eaten a low carb diet previously you may have some improvement in symptoms from taking the clay, etcetera. It is easy, when this happens on the program to add too many carbs. I did this and it was not a disaster, but I had to cut the carbs back. Way back a few times. When feeling better, I was amazed at how I could eat more complex, healthy carbs and not have an increase of symptoms. What carbs? Sprouted whole grain bread, some yogurt, low glycemic fruit like strawberries and blueberries. It was pretty limited, but gave me more variety. Soon I started experimenting with whole grain non-sprotued bread, a croissant, a bit of coffee [organic 1/2 cup with milk] on weekends, salsa and who knows what else. Skin rashes and other symptoms yelled back and I got the message. There was not enough clay I could ingest to sop that all up. There was enough acidity caged up inside my cells already. Wasn’t worth the discomfort. At that point I was ingesting 16- 18 tbs of UHP Body Bentonite Clay.

In summary, don’t expect the clay to do instant miracles. It is doing miracles and that is saving you from future serious illness. I do believe that about clay and so have many other healers throughout the ages. Donna Pessin gives credit to Beranard Jensen and other teachers who helped her through her journey to health and design of The Unique Healing Program. So, remember that vegetables are more alkaline and accompany all your meals with something green and more alkaline forming. I can not stress this enough. Small amounts are fine. Green Powders and Liquid Chlorophyll are all good.

More about Bernard Jensen here.

Watch the video and listen for when Donna Pessin says that it will take 6 to 18 months on her program to introduce more carbs and feel and look good doing so. I swear she says this.

TIP NUMBER FIVE: BE PATIENT – I CAN FEEL A WHOLE LOT OF EYE ROLLING

This tip alone deserves a post of its own and I have written one about patience in the past.

Here is one important point that she makes and that is that patience now, will pay off down the line. So, DON’T COMPLETELY BAIL ON THE PROGRAM. Do it at whatever level you can. If you feel like you have had enough already, then take a complete break, use less clay and products for awhile, or eat more widely and do the program on whatever level you can. Our bodies will tell us what to do. Aside from this program I can not suggest anything else that does not need clay and the UHP herbs to be of major assistance. Yes, people taking meds benefit from this program. You do need to know when and how to take clay and herbs when using meds. An appointment with Donna Pessin is what I would recommend.

Also, other programs rely on diet and diet manipulation to produce results short and long term. Why? Because they do not heal serious long term gut dysfunction. That does not mean that eating simple and clean will not help you feel better as you heal. Also, Donna Pessin specifically mentions that food craving will decrease, but this will take time. She stresses this in the video.

Watch the bloody video. You will probably need to watch it again and again. It took decades to get us all into the state we are in. This is a global issue. You are not alone. Somewhere in this journey I am sure you will have more days you are rejoicing you found The Unique Healing Program and less days cursing it. This is my experience.

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THE UNIQUE HEALING PROGRAM DONNA PESSIN: TOP FIVE DET TIPS PART 2

TIP ONE: EAT LOTS OF HEALTHY VEGETABLES AND FATS

All of  The Unique Healing Program videos advice are a sure bet for what is true for many, but what  is recommended may not work for you. Either have a consult with Donna Pessin, or get very  organized and keep a journal of what is not working and make some changes. It is important to get the results you are looking for. Dietary recommendations are not universal. Not all leafy greens and other vegetables are created equal. Understanding Oxalates, vegetables high in Oxalic Acid may help you. Vegetables are not the only foods high in Oxalic Acid. For more detailed information and support in understanding Oxalates.

Important thing to note. Many people want to go on a fast track while on The Unique Healing Program. They want to loose or gain weight while healing their gut. I am pretty damn sure that there is no fast track to healing an unhealthy bowel. So, you may have to accept not looking or feeling your best for awhile. How were you looking, and most important feeling, before starting UHP? I am not trying to be obnoxious here, just honest. A little self love and self acceptance goes a long way. I am working on this one, too.

TIP ONE: EAT MORE  HEALTHY FATS AND VEGETABLES

Eating too many fats can cause problems and not eating enough can as well. Easing lots of vegetables with fat and lots of vegetables with no fat can also not work. Mostly what you are looking at here is loose stools or constipation. Too many fats can cause, for some, stools to be loose to diarrhea. For others the fats can cause a sluggishness for the liver and constipation.There are more complicated explanations, but that’s the heart of it.  Anyway this is where the correct amounts of Sodium Bentonite Clay, Bowel Strength and other crutches come into play. How do you know what correct amounts for you are? A Donna Pessin personal consult can help, reading her books, videos, and good ole trial and error. What we need changes as does what is coming out of our organs, etcetera. Wish I had a quicker and easier route.

I have heard from some people on The Unique Healing Program that eating many vegetables is not good for them and they use green powders to obtain more greens in their diet. Some use Liquid ChlorophyllHere is a link to a blended salad for easier digestibility.You can dress it up with other ingredients.

If animal proteins are too highly acidic and most carbs are too cleansing then what do we eat to feel our best? Generally, eating animal protein in small amounts is the best way to go.  If I do eat beef,  turkey or chicken  it is usually less than four ounces. I do not eat animal protein every day. I eat cheese, avocado, soft cooked eggs. I use small amounts of nut butter on occasion. Nuts are not so easy for me to digest. I find cheese and butter easy to digest. Whatever I eat I always use HCL Pepsin before meals to help with digestion. I chew really well and always eat something green with every meal, even breakfast. If I have a sandwich I use sprouted grain bread or gluten free bread. Sort of boring, but until my digestion is more improved it is way better than on and off indigestion.

TIP TWO: LESSEN THE ACIDITY OF YOUR DIET

Eating out often, unless it is at a truly organic restaurant has many stumbling blocks. Milk, regular table salt, wine or white vinegar, tomato sauce, hot sauce, FOOD COOKED IN CHEAP OILS, and many other condiments and foods are MORE HIGHLY ACID FORMING. The upshot from that is an increase in symptoms that drove us all to this program in the first place. Watch the video and read the books. Understand what constitutes MORE  HIGHLY ACID FORMING FOODS and beverages. Another thing to do, right? This one will ultimately save you time in the future and help you feel better sooner.

I have found that as I go along on this Unique Healing Program things change with what I feel well eating. An example would be that eggs prepared any other way than soft boiled would not work for awhile. Eating dense protein after 3-4 pm was okay and then not so much for awhile. Indigestion just from drinking the clay in the morning was something that I experienced in the first few months of the program. I have been able to eat more carbs as time has gone on, but if my ear itching or OCD’ish tendencies return I know it is time to cut way back. If something does not work anymore, change. Not so easy sometimes, right?

TIP THREE:  EAT EASY TO DIGEST FOODS TO MAKE HEALING EASIER

If all your cellular energy is used for digestion it will slow down your healing process. Which means that the simpler you eat the more energy your body has to heal.

Sleep is when the the body heals and repairs. Increased symptoms will rear their head in the morning. Good reason to eat light and eat foods that are less acid forming. Eating greens at every meal helps. Eating lighter helps. If you are starved in the morning and crave a denser protein meal, eat some greens with your eggs or other protein. Use Spirulina or other green foods to get protein in a smoothie. Eating fruit in the morning can cause more cleansing symptoms at a time when the body is already overwhelmed. Eating fruit or right after a protein rich meal is a poor food combo for people who already have digestive ills.

Chew, chew, chew and breathe. Chewing is the first part of digestion and what human teeth are for. Also, you may find it news that our bodies cleanse mostly through our breath. No, I am not kidding. So, breathing more consciously and often will take pressure off the other organs of excretion. I did not make this up. Also, breathing helps to tone the colon and stimulate peristalsis. So easy to forget to breathe. Staring at the computer or tv screen does not help. I need to write this and reread it to remind myself.

WHY THIS PROGRAM WORKS VIDEO BY DONNA PESSIN

Is an important video for people to watch AT LEAST twice. You probably should go back and watch it whenever you wonder, WHY AM I DOING THIS PROGRAM? Or, when you are trying to explain to someone else why you are doing Then Unique Healing Program, or why they “should”. Maybe reconsider explaining or convincing others. This could get into a really unpleasant “discussion” : ). Just tell them to watch the video, it is way easier.

TIPS FOUR AND FIVE NEXT POST

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THE UNIQUE HEALING PROGRAM DONNA PESSIN: TOP FIVE DIET TIPS VIDEO PART ONE

A BREAKDOWN OF THE TOP 5 DIET TIPS VIDEO:  PART ONE : )

After listening to Donna Pessins video I completely understand why she tells people to watch and listen over and over and over and over again. I hear words and ideas from where I am at the time in my experience. If you listen closely to what she says, she paints a picture with a broad and specific brush. I am starting backwards here, and I hope you will see why.

The end comment from Donna Pessin:

“THERE IS NOTHING YOUR ARE EATING DURING THIS [ UNIQUE HEALING PROGRAM] PROCESS TO STOP THE BODY BENTONITE, BOWEL STRENGTH, ETCETERA FROM HEALING YOU BOWEL AND BODY”.

“YOU ARE NOT OFFSETTING THE HEALING OF THE BODY [WHILE USING THE UHP PRODUCTS] IF YOU DRINK THREE CUPS OF COFFE. YOU ARE NOT OFFSETTING THE HEALING PROPERTIES OF THESE PRODUCTS BY DOING SO”.

It seems to me she is saying your body will still heal, even if you are consuming acid forming foods. That does not mean you will feel good while on the program while doing that. Big confusion here because it is often said, in other videos and The UHP books, that you can look and feel better on The UHP while you heal. You will heal if you eat lousy, but you will most likely feel lousy – lousier if you eat and drink acid forming foods. How is that? Bummer.

In summary: The toxins inside the organs, tissues and all cells are being directly targeted by the Sodium Bentonite Clay, Bowel Strength, and other UHP products. These products will continue to work even if you eat crappy. Why? Because in comparison to the toxic elements inside all of us that are being stored in the organs, the coffee or other acidic foods pale in volume to  one another. Again, you can eat these acid forming foods, but you will most likely not feel well, but the clay, herbs, etcetera will still do their job.

ONE MORE TIME FOR CLARITY

If you have been eating lots of acid forming foods [coffee, alcohol, meat, sugar, other refined foods] it can be difficult [understatement] to give up everything cold turkey, do UHP, and feel like a million bucks. So, do the best you can and know that you may not feel great, but the detox is happening on a deeper level. Whew!

Okay, thought I would go for the big nugget at the end of the video and the one  misunderstanding that dwells in the minds of many people on The Unique Healing Program.

More later on the other points covered in this video by Donna Pessin.

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THE UNIQUE HEALING PROGRAM DONNA PESSIN: HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO FEEL BETTER WHILE ON THIS PROGRAM?

EVERYTHING IS A PROCESS

I just watched the new video by Donna Pessin about this same subject. There are many variables that can speed up and slow down some people on this UHP journey. Here are a few things to consider:

Stress in our lives such as work, other people : ) raising children, marriage, divorce, all personal relationships, finances, death and sickness in our circles, the “NEWS”, technology and exposure to electro magnetic fields and more. It is how we handle these things that makes a big difference. I can tell you first hand that one year and change on this UHP and I am often handling life stress better, but during that first year I had a tough time. In all honesty, not much worse than  it was before I started The UHP. It is often hard to rewind and remember how things were before starting The Unique Healing Program.

Exposure to pollutants and other variables that we are usually not fully aware of. Don’t focus too much about this one. It can be overwhelming. It does have a huge effect on every aspect of our lives. Living in Beijing, China is a most obvious example of air pollution  and its effect on people and what people are willing to put up with. What many feel they have a limited choice over. I do believe this all is in the process of changing.

ONE IDEA TO HELP HEAL MORE EFFICIENTLY

I have learned was to lie down and rest. Do nothing except relax and breathe. Yes, it really helps, even for 5- 10 minutes at a time.

CLAY AND THE CRUTCHES

I have definitely found that decreasing the amount of clay I was taking was helped by amping up some of the crutches. Helped me feel better and tone down my symptoms. I went from 12-18 tbsp  of clay a day to as low as 6-8. I did hat because I hit a wall and just could not drink anymore and eat. Also, I felt blocked and frustrated. I do use Magnesium Citrate everyday in the evening to help make sure my gut moves in the morning. I think I am going to try going up in dosage with the Clay again soon. Not a huge amount. Keep you posted.

Also, I do know of a few people doing this UHP and doing it at their own pace with 2-4 tbsp of clay, 6-8 herbs, some of the crutches and presently no Colloidal Silver. They seem to be doing okay. Remember, we are all very different and that needs to be understood. We are humans not machines.

Besides the Bowel Strength and Sodium Bentonite Clay, the other crutches that helped me the most were / are the Cal Cit [ just added a bit of Cal Carb to what I am taking], GABA and L-Theaniane and homemade Colloidal Silver. I use the NOW powders for these supplements. Pills are hard for me to consume in large doses. I feel powders are more easily assimilated.

My own experience tells me that  a simpler diet can help most people have less potent symptoms. Wheat, yeast in bread of all kinds, sugar, coffee  and alcohol can tweak symptoms. Sometimes they do not when consumed a few times a weekor on occasion. Coffee is something I can NOT handle well at all and avoid all together. There have been periods on UHP where it was clear that consuming wheat based flour products or any grain was not helping. Time to give it a break.  AT A CERTAIN POINT drinking more clay was not the short term answer for me to feeling better. It may be for you. More Clay has been of help at times. This is where experimentation and patience are key.

Coffee that may work for you and has little acid is something I heard about from a UHP friend. Try to find that info and put the link here. Until then, here is  similar kind of coffee I found online.

If this UHP has taught me anything it is patience, or  how little patience I can have. I think the one thought many of us on UHP or other programs MAY share is – WHY AM I PAYING TO FEEL SO LOUSY? This may not be a conscious thought or one that you may feel is true. Fine, but if you do feel this way, stop,rewind and remember how not so good you felt prior to UHP. As I have written before, things must not have been so good  to even consider drinking clay, eating herbs and all the other things one needs to work towards feeling better without taking drugs or medications. I know drugs of all kinds do not provide long term healing. Long term medication are numbing band- aids.

THE MEDICAL APPROACH TO ILLNESS IS WARLIKE

Also, it is insane that people think drinking clay is insane! What modern medicine asks of  patients seems truly absurd. In the case of Chemotherapy and Radiation the protocol description might go something like this:

We [ the doctors] are going to give you poison. You will very likely feel horrible. These treatments will do some non-repairable damage to your cells and you MAY not live through the treatments. BTW, it will cost a fortune, you will probably loose your hair and look really bad at the same time. This process may involve having some body parts removed. P.S. The cancer may return and we will repeat the whole process over again.

Now that is pretty crazy if I do say so myself. Crazier than The Unique Healing Program Donna Pessin Protocol? You tell me.

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THE UNIQE HEALING PROGRAM DONNA PESSIN: SUMMER CLEANSING SYMPTOMS

SUMMER FUN IN THE SUN

Summer heat, internal and external, can trigger some hyperactivity in cleansing symptoms for people in general. Those who are on The Unique Healing Program will most usually have a more heightened awareness of this pattern.  These symptoms usually begin a few weeks before the official start of Summer, which is June 21st. So, here are some symptoms that I am experiencing, have experienced and hear about from others. But first one thing…

CHINESE MEDICINE 101

The assigned element for Summer is Fire and the two organs directly effected are the Heart and Small Intestines. The Fire element effects everything in the body, but especially the assigned element of Wood and the Liver and Gallbladder. Wood is the assigned element in the Spring. Okay, so fire burns wood and the heat can cause a combustive type of reaction. Short tempers, inflammations, skin rashes, blisters. Things suddenly appearing, like a fire erupting “seemingly” out of nowhere. This is one description of summer tendencies.

SYMPTOMS OF ALL KINDS

Skin rashes: I have a skin rash that repeatedly shows up on my hand. It is located where some refer to as the lobster claw area, right between the thumb and the index finger. It gets very leathery feeling and looks inflamed. This has come and gone over the past year and few months. The area corresponds with the Lung and Large Intestines. Lungs and Heart – Large Intestines and Small Intestines. So, the heart and lungs work very tightly together and so do the Small and Large Intestines.

The assigned element for Lung and Large Intestines is metal and the active season is Fall. My facial skin flare ups are not cystic acne, and rather mild. The location of my breakouts harken back to my twenties. I tend to get some clogged pores in my nose and chin. Lately my nose is peeling. Not related to sun exposure. Had this last year when starting UHP and in years past. The nose is related to the heart. Especially the tip, and the sides of the nose are related to the lungs. Many people have an enlarged heart through over consumption of sweets, cheap fats, alcohol, prescription, over the counter and recreational drugs. The nose can be swollen, red or purple with broken capillaries. It is not a healthy look and NOT always indicative of alcohol and drug addiction.

HEAD AND SCALP

I have had some tiny bumps I can feel all on a few parts of the surface of my head. Sort of small pimples. More noticeable has been the feeling of  my scalp being sensitive. I have to touch it to notice this. A bruised feeling. More on the top left side. This is somewhat related to hair loss.

Hair falling out has had a repeat performance for some at this seasonal change. Lessening carbs of all kinds MAY help. Taking in more mineral rich foods can help. Seaweeds such as Dulce, Kelp, Nori, Arame, Wakame are the major ones. Ask Donna Pessin if more Calcium may help this issue? This is a tough one that I do not have a whole lot of personal experience with. My hair loss was pretty minimal last year at this time.

SLEEP DISRUPTION

Recent sleep disruption has been a mild throw back to when I started The Unique Healing Program in March of 2013. I still sleep better than I did last year and for years previous to starting The UHP. I have noticed that the heat of summer, we  do have air conditioning, has helped bump up theses feelings of agitation. Again, the temperature here  in the desert can be in the triple digits for two months during the summer. Also, interrupted sleep is linked to brewing or full fledged cardiovascular problems. Insomnia of all kinds is prevalent among all age groups today. It once was connected to people over 65. Maybe 50? Not sure about that one.

Today sleep meds are advertised everywhere targeting people of all ages. Not a good sign. Some of the ads, I have specifically noticed, are targeted at people in their 20′s to 30′s. The TV commercials before the Insomnia ones are for Starbuck’s or some other kind of coffee – soda stimulant. Now that is a set up if I ever saw one. A Harvard Medical website has something.  Here is a medical link if you are interested.

ANOTHER ASIDE HERE

The Heart and Small Intestines are most active between the hours of 11 am and 3 pm. Often when heart attacks occur. I have repeatedly noticed that with the intensified heat of the summer, I feel a bit tired at some point during this time. This is also magnified by getting less sleep and getting up super early during the heat here in the So Cal Desert. I observed this same pattern last year to a much greater extent. Taking a short nap during this 11am to 3pm time for as little as 20 to 30 minutes can really give me a big lift. Harder for those to do in an office setting. I hear from friends they are finding ways. Ten minutes of a closed eye meditation will help.

BLISTERS

I have had a tiny blister appear and disappear at the tip of my tongue a few times since May. Try to find a link somewhere to explain that a bit more. Found it. Traditional Asian Medicine says the Tongue opens to the heart. So, talking all the time and not talking at all are indications of some kind of heart / circulatory disturbance. No, it is not just a personality issue. I have seen this change in people when they get they begin to get their health in balance. There are two extreme cases: People that won’t shut up, and those that need a pulse check to see if someone is in there.

Blisters, blisters everywhere. Blisters that come unexpectedly or that come easily with mild or no  contact with another surface. I had one on my had appear out of nowhere in the area of the Lobster Claw I mentioned before. It really hurt and felt hard. Also, one has appeared next to my tailbone. The tailbone one has come and gone quickly. Does not have to do with floor exercises or anything like that. Internal heat. Definitely a gut – acidity issue. Location, location, location.

NERVOUS SYSTEM IRRITATION

I am not having this as much this year, but ear and eye sensitivities can  get pretty riled up with this season of intensified heat and sun. If you feel the sun is annoying, not just the heat but the visual brightness, and your sense of hearing is easily tweaked, you are not alone. The sale of sunglasses is huge. Headphones are not only used for listening, but also to buffer noise and to put off social contact, as well. Connect the dots.

FEET and LEGS

Feet can have extra callus on them and it is not always due to walking in bare feet or sandals. We cleanse through our skin, hence heavy foot callus happens at other times of the year. Gravity alone has something to do with that. Toxins descend toward the legs and feet. With weak circulation being a universal problem, it is easy for toxins to to settle in our lower extremities. Doing some kind of  Yoga Body Inversion is really beneficial for the legs – circulation, anytime of year. Lying down on the floor and putting your lower legs on the seat of a chair, or over the bed. This is a very easy way to do an inversion. An energy refresher that works for tired legs and just feeling plain tired.

BLADDER INFECTIONS

I have not had a full blown Cystitis [bladder infection] while on The UHP, but I have noticed that my urine can feel more warm, moving toward hot on many occasions. This is especially true at the end of the day. As a quick aside Cantharsis 3oc has been a great help to me for Cystitis in the past. Good to have on hand and I have taken it as soon as I feel any inkling of sensitivity peeing, etcetera. It really is worth trying if bladder infections are something you are experiencing as you cleanse. It is a crutch of the highest order, but a good one. Here is another Homeopathic page for other remedies for Bladder Infections.

APPETITE

I do want to mention that there can be a peak and lag in appetite during seasonal changes. These can be a heads up for bacterial changes in the gut. It is for me. Last year and this past spring I was having mild nausea along with lack of appetite. This summer,  just a lack of interest in eating. This is all triggered by more than the external heat of the season.

PAIN OF ALL KINDS

Pain is something that can worsen whenever there is a change of season and more toxins are being released from organs, tissues, etcetera. More Clay : ) and Calcium supplementation is helpful. Again, lowering carb consumption helps me. Especially the more reactive ones, such as sugar, fruit, wheat. If you drink wine and alcohol, these two can be highly problematic. Much of these substances are what we often gravitate towards at this time of year.

BLOATING AND OTHER GUT CHANGES

Feeling water retention and gut distention is really annoying and may be part of what you are experiencing as things get hotter and more humid, or more dry. A few things that can churn that pot are fermented foods, yeasted breads and baked goods, alcohol – beer, sugar, spicy foods and condiments. You do not want to put something that rises and expands into a gut environment that is already is gassy. Don’t underestimate what you are eating as a major trigger for these symptoms. The foods are not the cause, but these substances are a catalyst. They can pack a powerful punch at this hotter time of year. They may need to be avoided for only a short time. Not eating them until the bloat subsides and then eating them less regularly – not everyday.

Do In belly self massage is one way to cope with bloat as a crutch. This video is pretty good. It says for constipation, but is good for gas and bloating, as well.

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THE UNIQUE HEALING PROGRAM DONNA PESSIN: THE DESIRE FOR SOMETHING SWEET

Summer has just arrived here in this part of the globe and the desire for something sweet and more carbohydrates intensifies for me and most everyone I know. I also feel the desire for eating lighter, as well. Where I am living, the temperatures are already in the triple digits. This has put a big stress on me and my husband. In order to get somethings done outdoors we need to get up by at least 5 am. I am already an early riser, but because it is light as late as 8 – 9 pm it is harder to wind down and get to bet early. At 7 pm it can feel like it is 4 in the afternoon.

SUMMER AND SUGAR

Okay, so I have heard from around six different people since February about their eating Think Thin Bars to quell their sweet tooth. Donna Pessin sometimes recommends TT Bars as a replacement for energy bars that are made with sugar, dates, agave, honey, etcetera. I decided to try Think Think Bars even though they are sweetened with the artificial sweetner Mannitol. Aside from Mannitol, all of the other ingredients in Think Thin Bars are also not on my top ten list of  things to eat. Anyway, to get to the point, they did not agree with me. Of course, against my better judgement,  I ate more than one in a period of two days.  Gas, bloating and some indigestion ensued. Did a search on Mannitol and found a whole lot of other people that had the same experience. Looks like Mannitol is the culprit. Not everyone has this sensitivity to this artificial sweetener that is high is sugar alcohol. Also, all the people on UHP, who contacted me, eating these bars ended up having indigestion and gut bomb type of reactions to Think Thin Bars, as well.

WHY WOULD I EAT SOMETHING WITH MALITOL IN IT? GOOD QUESTION!

When I looked at the ingredients I thought- Hmm, that doesn’t look like a good idea. Then I thought, well, Donna recommended them to these other people. Enough of a justification for me!!! Just as a treat to get me through this period. I will never know if I don’t try them. How are those as rationalizations? Don’t tell me you have never eaten anything you knew on some level might not be such a good idea? I have to admit gas and bloating was not what I expected as a result from eating Think Thin Bars. Yes, bars – plural. I ate several, thank you very much.

Think Thin bars did not taste really good to me, except for one that was super rich in chocolate flavor. Brownie Crunch?  I kept hoping the next flavor would be better. Anyway, inexpensive – processed chocolate can be very agitating due to its acidity. Also, Think Thin bars are not organic and there are a whole lot other ingredients on the label that you will NOT find in a garden.These non food – food ingredients can lead to heartburn and worse. There are many people who eat all kinds of stuff, which they have indigestion from and don’t even “know” it. Popping a Tums or Rolaids does not equal indigestion to many. Indigestion is just what you have after you eat, right? Consequently, Tums or Rolaids is what you take to deal with it. Yeah, that is the way things roll for a large part of the US population. The healthier version of Tums and Rolaids are digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes are not a good idea when it keeps the more “nutritionally conscious” in denial about how bad their gut really is. I have been one of those people. Enzymes taken until digestion is better or to augment digestion can be a really, really good thing. For the most part they have helped me over the years.

Why would Donna Pessin recommend Think Thin Bars? I don’t know, but here is a guess: Think Think Bars are a transitional food- snack option for those with sugar cravings on The Unique Healing Program. The amount of crap in Think Think Bars does not in any way shape or form outweigh the amount of toxic substances that are stored in the organs and tissues of western people today. People on The Unique Healing Program using Sodium Bentonite Clay, Bowel Strength, etcetera are doing deep cleansing of old waste matter daily. If they need to eat a Think Thin Bar to stay on track, so be it. The damage from TT Bars is negligible in relation to the profound cumulative healing from The UHP. I think it is that simple. Also, it is damn hard to find a bar that is sweetened with stevia. Some other bars have wheat or other triggering ingredients in them. Is Mannitol any better? It may be for some. Think Thin Bars eaten as a dessert on occasion or as a treat, could be okay. Then burping, farting, etcetera would not be the results. I don’t know. Maybe.

QUEST BARS

An example of a bar that is sweetened with Stevia is The Quest Bar. This, for some, is also a digestive disturber of the highest order. Why? Whey Protein Isolate is one ingredient that could be a problem, the high fiber – main source of carbs is another. It seems, on the surface, Quest Bars would be a better choice than The Think Think Bars. They well may be for you. The ingredients, on paper, are way better. I saw an interview with the developer of  The Quest Bar , and her intentions are good ones.

My last word on bars is not to depend on them as a meal unless in a pinch. I think these bars are better off eaten late morning early afternoon and not in the early AM or late in the day – PM. Why? The body seems to be in the highest cleansing mode at these times. It is better to eat something that is easier on the digestion early and later in the day. The general feedback is that early and late were the most problematic times. Eating them as a breakfast, and using them as a late night treat caused the worst symptoms. At least three people just found them a complete bloat maker no matter when they were ingested.

Here is a link to a book by Paul Nisson about the best times to eat. You might find some of the information surprising.

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