Just another WordPress.com site

FYI, I have been a part of The Unique Healing Program Donna Pessin for approximately one year. Began it 3/2014.

Hers are a list of various symptoms that I keep meaning to write about: Some of these things I have mentioned before and others I have not:

Splitting of the skin. Similar to paper cuts that appear and heal up when I have been more acidic, overwhelmed by toxins, sometimes come out more just prior and around the full moon. The have been mostly on my hands. Small, annoying and painful. I am getting these less and less. The worst I had was on my ears. I will try to include a link to my post that was just about ears.

Dry skin in the web of my left hand. Gets red and can be very irritating. The area corresponds with the Lungs and Large Intestines [acupuncture]. This did hurt and was much more noticeable. Now it no longer hurts and is a bit sandpapery at times. Nothing painful or obvious. I guess this would be considered psoriasis or eczema.

Nails growing in a bit thinner on hands and feet. This is improving. I had some toenails that grew in a bit curled under or up on the small toes. Charming. Could be way worse. Nails on the feet would splinter in the corners, especially the big and little toes. One little toe nail still has vertical ridges. Nails tell a big story about Parasite infections.

Itching that would get worse at night. Sometimes as I would just get into bed. Really annoying. Would not last long, but it would impair my entry into sleep. I am still in the process of completely healing my insomnia. Way better. The itching came and went for several months. Was not consistent. It was in my mid section and legs. This is not to mention the itching in my ears that I still have, but it is very, very much improved.

Tiny little bits of dry skin that feel like they may be pimples, but are not. Dry up and come off in the shower or brush off. On my back and stomach and chest.

My ear itching and tinnitus was profound and can be read about here. Really worsens before and around the full moon.

Dark circles under my eyes got a bit worse during UHP and has greatly improved. Does return when acids accumulate.  Kidney and liver related. I never had profoundly dark eye circles, but I have looked tired while cleansing. Much better now.

My hair felt more lifeless at times and I would have that in the past when doing other cleanses. I had a bit of hair coming out toward the back of my head, but nothing earth shaking. Several people have had much more profound hair loss that has improved within the first 6 months on the program. Again, different for everyone. I ended up cutting my hair to a few inches below my ears, which helped to make it feel more healthy. Hair is way better now. Still have a weird day where it has less body, but I had that on and off as far back as I can remember. Pretty common thing? I think so. Hormonal issue.

Pretty serous gas pains that I have gotten right before needing to move my bowels. Sharp, short lasting and a few times hard to stand up. This, in the beginning of UHP, could be  a daily occurrence.Maybe lasted for a few months. Often the urge to go went form 0 to 100. The result of what I am sure is my fungal and bacterial infection.  Has gone away and returned for short periods.

Eye floaters getting a bit worse, especially around the full moon. My sight has gotten a bit better at times. Sometimes it is as though a thin veil is between me and everyone else. Sort of a trippy feeling. My sight is slightly out of focus. Odd. I had this before starting UHP. I had all of these symptoms at times before UHP.

Heartburn, hours after eating or in the morning after only drinking clay. This has come and gone, lasting for shorter and shorter periods of time. I thought at times I had found a pattern, only to have it be disproved by my own observations. Sometimes I have had indigestion, slight burning in my stomach hours after eating. Usually I eat my last meal in the mid to late afternoon. I would have the indigestion at 9 at night. Having little to no carbs in the later meal is what helped put an end to this, for the most part.  Would come and go. Eating a small piece of fresh ginger while drinking a glass of boiled water can help. Ginger tea works.

Joint pain is something I have not written much about in conjunction with The Unique Healing Program. A whole post or more about this subject is really needed. For me, it is crystal clear that my hip injury will not completely heal until some more progress is made with my digestion. I have known this for ten years. In summary, the stiffness is worse in the morning and at night. It has definitely, looking back, gotten better during UHP. This spring I have had some really difficult days with my injured hip. That is where most of my discomfort is, but I do have some general stiffness that has highs and lows. The areas where the Lymph System is dense, can stiffen up easily. Inner thighs and underarms are two examples.

Neck and spine stiffness at the computer has gotten way, way better. This was about 7 months into UHP that I really noticed a big change. I often do not sit with enough support. Not a good idea and often happens because I think I will just be doing something that will take a minute and 45 minutes later I am still sitting here.

Upper lip dryness that would come and go for short periods of time when under physical or emotional stress. If you know the odd feeling that takes place before a Herpes outbreak on your lip, that is what it feels like. Have not had a Herpes blister while on UHP, but definitely felt like it was coming.

Okay, I hate bringing this one up, but rectal itching. I have not had a great deal of this, but when I have it has been fleeting. Lucky me, I am currently experiencing this, and it has not been so fleeting. A day or two. Drinking more Colloidal Silver is helping. Increasing Bowel Strength. I am experimenting with another Berberine Sulfur herb called Bitter Oleander / Kutaj. I take 1-2 tsp. everyday, but am increasing it with the itching. A UHP person told me about Kutaj. It is a good herb to have on hand. Relatively inexpensive. It does taste very, very bitter.

Gum bleeding has been something that has come and gone. I know about it because I use a gum stimulator around all my teeth. I see  the bleeding especially around the three crowns I have. I have a post on dental / teeth and The UHP. Has improved and is completely linked to my Lymphatic System.

Facial broken capillaries are much better. I needed a 5X magnifying mirror to see mine. They would get more easily red under my eyes in the sun before UHP. I tan easily and was aware of this redness change the past few years. Much better now. The capillaries overall have diminished. They can flare up, but not as they were when I started UHP.

Yes, things can get better on UHP and seem to get worse-er for periods of time and then another breakthrough happens. There are so many different patterns. Don’t be discouraged if your experience does not match mine at this point in this program.

Clogged pores. This got worse for awhile and then got much better. The first 5 months I steamed my face and did some face masks. I had this issue on and off my entire life. Magnifying mirrors are a great invention and a huge pain in the ass. Many people do not go near them, and I understand why. Really helpful for tweezing eyebrows and applying some make – up.

Will write a post on spider veins and some of the other things I did not get to here in the near future and connect some links tomorrow.







What I am about to write is not a disclaimer, but an observation after being in touch with other people on The Unique Healing Program. So, my experience on The Unique Healing Program is very much my own. I have a personal and family health history that is different from anyone else. There may be many similarities and there may be very few. I think this is extremely important to keep in mind. Also, I do not think age is as much a determining factor in terms of determining progress. Being younger does not necessarily equal healing faster.


My sleep was not good for many years before finding The Unique Healing Program. I did not use sleeping aid meds. After all my years of disrupted sleep, I do understand why people use them! While on The UHP my sleep has gotten increasingly better. It  has improved incrementally. Initially, I was pleased to sleep three hours straight, get up once and go back to sleep easily for about three hours, and then sleep two more hours after getting up again. I did and still do have some sleep disruptions, especially around the full moon. This has improved, as well. After about the first 6 months on UHP, this full moon sensitivity has become less intense. I was not using GABA and Calcium Citrate when I began The UHP. Both products could have mitigated much of the sleep problems more quickly. Also, since being on UHP, it is much easier for me to go to bed at 9 or 10 pm. This took about 8 or 9 months. I still resist doing this at times.

It has taken me awhile to feel sleepy on a regular basis. One thing that would happen prior to UHP and in the beginning is that I would feel sleepy and then as I got into bed feel more awake. Really crazy making.

Maybe you are familiar with Homeopathic Remedies? Some of them can be good temporary “crutches” for helping with restlessness and other sleep issues. This link can give some ideas about homeopathic remedies for sleep. If you know nothing about Homeopathic Remedies, they come in tiny sugar pellets that I have never had a problem with, and I am sensitive to sugar. Don’t let the sugar ingredieant that stand in the way of your using them. The sugar content is truly negligible


I did not start taking GABA until about 6 months into The UHP. I was taking Melatonin and that did not seem to be that potent on its own. The GABA is something I need to take all day and concentrate the amount more toward the end of the day and before bed. GABA helps with depression and agitation. I get the powder form. Look at Donna Pessin’s video about taking supplements. If GABA is not working for you, ask DP about taking more or just watch her video. My mistake was thinking that the GABA was not working after awhile. I can’t take more, it is too much, blah, blah. Crazy as it sounds, I think I was so used to feeling wound up,  that not feeling that way was unconsciously uncomfortable to me. My husband concurs with me on this one for himself, as well.


I also take Melatonin and I start in the late afternoon. Not sure if I truly need it everyday, but for now I am taking some. MRM brand has a 3mg dose. I take about 4 -8 3mg a day. Find the amount that works for you. Check with Donna Pessin personally, watch the videos and scan her books.


I find that taking Colloidal Silver or other anti fungal agents before going to sleep can also be very helpful. It seems to be working for me. One person told me they avoid the use of Oregano Oil [anti fungal] right  before bedtime. Experiment with the amount of Bowel Strength you take at night and see how taking it early or late evening effects you. This is truly a personal experience that even Donna Pessin can not always know the answers for. She does know a whole lot. There are certain things we may need to fine tune on our own.


This is another product I did not take in the beginning of UHP. I was taking a New Chapter Bone Strength in two daily recommended doses. What is done is done. It is expensive and probably unnecessary to use this kind of mineral supplement while on The UHP. I did not truly understand what Cal Cit does in the body. There is  a whole paranoia about taking Calcium that is not from food sources, such as seaweed. Through Donna Pessin and The Unique Healing Program I have learned the real reason for taking Cal Cit. The answer is in all  the videos and books. I have to say that the argument against taking it has nothing to do with Cal Cit itself. This is a misunderstanding that stems from many practitioners not knowing what a healthy gut is and how to achieve that goal. Anyway, the Cal Cit reduces the effects of acidity and helps you relax and sleep better. I take a number of  tablespoons of Cal Cit a day. I wish I had not taken so long to do this. Give it some thought.


I have had times when doing this program where I just did not sleep well and it was for all the reasons stated above. If I was taking all the right amounts of the “Crutches” would it have been better? I would say probably more of the time it would have. Live and learn. Not sleeping screws up my perception of the world. Without enough sleep things look really much worse than they actually are.


Yes, I have had a “mild” case of tinnitus. I am not imagining this, it would get really more intense around the full moon. I would usually hear it when I put my ear to the pillow. It could wake me up. My nerves were shot. and still healing. I started taking GABA after mentioning the tinnitus to Donna Pessin. I truly did not understand the deep connection between the gut, brain and nervous system. I thought I did.

I began writing about The Unique Healing Program after I read the first  book and watched the videos. At the time I had Health Force Parasite Herbs, Sonne Clay, Health Force Zeolite Clay, Edible Earth Clay, B12, and some other things that I thought I could use to replicate The UHP. I got some results, but I needed guidance and better products. Anyway, I ended up calling Donna Pessin in March of 2013, bought her products, and am glad I did.

I never regret doing The Unique Healing Program. I am grateful for it, but I do NOT wake up  feeling gleeful about ingesting, clay, herbs, fungal potions, Cal Cit, Gaba and the rest of the cast. Some days are much, much easier. I do have to remind myself how lucky I am to know about this program and be grateful I am able to do it.  I have really come to experience that it is what is in me, and not The UHP product ingredients that are causing my symptoms. It has taken me awhile to really, really get this. It is hard sometimes to accept. There are some situational exceptions to what I just wrote, but for the most part it is true.




If you are HIV+ or have been diagnosed with AIDS or Cancer,  I am 100% sure that your digestion is not in good shape. Due to the Immune System being largely contained in the gut, doing anything to improve digestive health can only help your situation. Please read on and know that there is hope for you to feel better whatever form of treatment you are doing.The Unique Healing Program could be an amazing adjunct to any health protocol that is either traditional or alternatively driven. Consulting with the creator Donna Pessin would be a must if you are knowingly dealing with a life threatening illness. Cancer, HIV and AIDS are among the major players. Auto immune illnesses are just as problematic and can become life threatening in a short period of time. This also can greatly helped by healing the digestive system.

The other thing is that even if you do not get onboard to do The Unique Healing Program per se, you can learn a great deal from the UHP videos and books. The more you know the more empowered you will be. One thing that is important is to understand what can trigger more cleansing responses in the body and what exactly that means. This is, without question, something that Donna Pessin really understands. Her understanding and explanation is very different from many other practitioners and can be somewhat confusing at first. Give it a chance.


Somewhere around 1989 I was a volunteer at a place called The Manhattan Center for Living in New York City. It was a center that was designed to help support people diagnosed as having HIV+, AIDS, Cancer and other life threatening illnesses. MCFL was also there to educate and help prevent the spread of a disease that was very new and not understood. Marianne Williamson was on the board of MCFL. MCFL did not last long and those that were devoted created Friends in Deed. Friends In Deed is still very much alive. Film director Mike Nichols, and actress Cynthia O’Neil are two of the primary creators of  this center of healing, love and support for those grappling with their diagnosis, loss of family, friends and so much more.

As a person volunteering my skills at both MCFL and FID, mostly as a Shiatsu Therapist, I met and befriended s number of people. I went to  memorial services and watched members of the dance and theatre, fashion communities, to name a few, drop off like flies. It was a very confusing and frightening time.

Prior to and during that time of volunteering at FID and MCFLI was involved in studying the macrobiotic diet, getting some colonics, acupuncture, bodywork and reading whatever I could about healing. Most of  that information was based on strengthening the immunes system. I was interested in what is now known as Alternative or Holistic Healing. It became clear to me in talking with people who were HIV+ that some  had symptoms, many years prior to being diagnosed, that indicated a weak immune system. Why were some people with similar immune deficiency issues exposed to HIV and did not contract the virus? I was honest enough with myself to see that many of my “minor” maladies were stepping stones to greater sickness. I was vulnerable to HIV, AIDS and Cancer. This really woke me up.

Much time have passed and over the years drugs have been developed that have saved and extended the lives of many people. The side effects of theses drugs are not often discussed openly. This concerns me. AIDS and HIV are not welcome news to anyone and there is unnecessary shame around these illnesses. The drugs for AIDS AND HIV are not sold as cures, but how toxic these drugs are is definitely not stressed enough.  There is a huge price to pay for those who take these medications. However, I have known many people who have gone on to make great contributions to this world and that is due to these medications. Many would most likely say that the side effects are worth it.

I am writing this specifically for those with HIV, AIDS, Cancer and other life threatening medical diagnosis who are looking for some other strategies for healing. A strategy that could possibly compliment what they are already doing. When I first got introduced to The Unique Healing Program and Donna Pessin, at first glance, the focus seemed to be weight loss. Look deeper it is way more than that.

If The Unique Healing Program Donna Pessin does not appeal to you, check out The Body Ecology Diet Donna Gates. More information about creating a healthier digestive system and way of eating to heal. The Body Ecology Diet Protocol did not work for me, but it may work for you. I did explore the Body Ecology Diet System for three years and it did not resolve my constipation. I chronicle my path over the past number of decades looking for a resolution for my digestive dysfunction in other blog posts.

Email communications on this subject are greatly welcomed.



Get ready for what worked for a awhile  not working so well anymore as a major part of  The Unique Healing Program. What do I mean? Well, learning to be flexible and patient at a time when those qualities run thin can be very hard. Definitely very hard for me.

Some examples:

I have had to learn to take supplements at different times, in lesser or greater quantities, have  a dose of clay immediately upon rising, not have it because I feel nauseous and consciously sip it, take the Bowel Strength in smaller doses several times per day, figure out the right amount of GABA, eat less carbs after being able to eat more for awhile, go to sleep earlier, take naps, learn how to relax, accept what is happening when it does not match the picture in my head of how things should be.

Realizing that I have not as much control over how I physically feel while healing creates tremendous frustration for me. I’ve had this issue most of my life. BTW, I did not feel well before this program. Why else would I be doing it?

Wanting things to  be different then they are has probably been the greatest form of suffering I have inflicted on myself. It has also been a great catalyst for change in my life. Blending the two has been a life long lesson that I am always learning. Yeah, this is a hard thing to look at and feel.

Next thing is that I want a daily pattern that I can diverge from, but count on. At certain points in my life I was able to force myself to do things that did not feel right without paying an immediate price. Exercise to feel energized when I  I really needed to rest, eating late at night, working when my body said rest, staying up late and getting up very early for long periods of time, dancing in point shoes, wearing heels to walk fairly long distances while living in NYC. That is a thumbnail sketch. So, just not being able to always make myself  do when I need to rest has been forced upon me in order to get well.


The bottom line is that our bodies cleanse on The Unique Healing Program in a way that is hard or impossible to understand. It may be as random as all the chemicals we are constantly exposed to and do not know about. No, not maybe, that is probably a whole lot of it. So, like most everyone, especially myself, that I have had any contact with doing The Unique Healing Program, you will probably pitch a fit at times during the program. Then, hopefully not long after, come to the conclusion that, as of now, this is probably the best way out of long term misery. You may have to remind yourself of this more than once. Understatement!

Get ready to learn to be tolerant and flexible, or like me, learn how intolerant and inflexible you can feel. What is crazy is that I need to remind myself of how grateful I was to find Donna Pessin and The Unique Healing Program. I still am. I just want to feel better-er, faster-er. Here I go again…

While on The Unique Healing Program, if things are not working the way they were last week, or for the few weeks before, it may be time to reassess what and how you doing the program. That Clay and all the other players in The Unique Healing Program are undoubtably healing us all. How and when these components are taken is something that even Donna Pessin may not be able to fine tune for each person. Even though her long time wisdom and knowledge is truly invaluable, she still can not get inside each person’s body. No matter what kind of healthcare a person is receiving, real healing comes from getting to know our own needs. That can be a real bitch at first, which eventually can become empowering.

When I am really frustrated about wanting more progress faster, I have to remind myself of how I was living before finding The Unique Healing Program. Sounds a bit corny, but so very, very true.



If you are on The Unique Healing Program you will probably become, if you are not already, your own personal health and body detective. Donna Pessin has amassed a whole lot of information in her books to help guide people through The Unique Healing Program. It can only help people on The UHP to have other tools to better understand what is going on that maybe no one can really explain. If you have ever been to a doctor you know they usually do not have answers. What they often have is a way to make the symptoms go away. For awhile. Sometimes.


Depending on our gut health, spring can be a wonderful time or one of great physical stress. For instance, increased allergic reactions are an indication that the Lung and Large Intestines are not in good shape. The organs most strongly associated and active in the  Spring are the Liver and Gallbladder. If the Liver and Gallbladder are burdened with acids they will put more pressure on the Lungs and Large Intestines. Why? Because the Lung and Large Intestines are organs of elimination, if those two organs are already sluggish the spring cleaning effect from the Liver, Gallbladder and other organs can cause symptoms that range from minor discomfort to grave illness.


The skin is the largest organ of respiration and will take a hit for what the Lungs and Large Intestines can not handle. The Lungs are responsible for the exchange of gases and the Large Intestines is also. Everything for itching, cracking skin, acne, psoriasis, ecsema, and anything else is a sign that these two organs are backed up.

Here are some basic guides that may help add some clarity as to what and why things happen seasonally whether you are part of The Unique Healing Program Donna Pessin or just checking it out:

I have not read this book in years, but I think it is definitely worth checking out: Staying Healthy With the Seasons, by Dr. Elson Hass. It has remained a strong staple in the Holistic Health Movement. I think it has some timeless information.

The Face Never Lies by Michio Kuchi and Your Body Never Lies by the same author. These two books are usually available at Whole Foods, Barnes and Noble, and most definitely online.

Between Heaven and Earth by Beinfield and Korngold may be too much information for some, but it is well written and something to take a closer look at if the description interests you.

I found a website that may give some help to those with skin eruptions to better understand The Lymphatic System from a practical point of view.

I have some other ideas that I can add to this list, but for now this is it. If you have somethings to recommend please email me. There are many good resources out there.




I knew a New York City based psychotherapist who told me of a story about a couple who showed up at a related conference loaded with personal health apparatus to get them through their stay. The therapist ridiculed what they termed as the couple’s neurotic behavior. The couple, from what was described to me, were definitely highly allergic to environmental toxins. To the conference this couple brought a juicer, Vita Mix, supplements, air cleaner, a cooler with a supply of fruits and vegetables and who knows what else. The story said more about the story teller and me than it did about the couple. The therapist had no empathy, and I had too much.

I could relate to the couple and also felt an identification with the disgusted point of view of the therapist. I did not want to be the person hauling all my stuff with me in order to feel well. These people, maybe neurotic, were definitely not well. They could not be without their items for that one week. Sadly, they probably had enough discomfort to make it feel necessary to bring all their stuff with them. Of course, there are the people who bring enough clothes, shoes, make-up and meds with them for an army, but that IS the accepted norm.

Confidence comes from within. I truly feel that without a healthy gut, and that means immune system, there is no natural way to experience true confidence for many, many people. To travel and have fun is something that we all associate with feeling young, but in actuality it is health and vitality that is the long term determining factor. Yes, of course, there are those that seem impervious to everything at any time and age. Those people are becoming fewer and fewer and are mostly bolstered by medications and will power. Those who take meds inadvertently effect all of us in one way or another. Check out this assessment of  USA tap water. Living in fear is a waste of time and energy, so strengthening our immunes system via our gut is deepest solution.

Start someplace. The Unique Healing Program Donna Pessin is a great place to learn. Also, The Body Ecology Diet Donna Gates is another resource. I have done both along with lots of other things over the past three decades. The Unique Healing Program is what has worked for me by ending my on and off, mostly on, constipation and indigestion. It is not an easy program. It just isn’t. I wish it was. Take a look, and  if it makes sense to you and you are sick of feeling vulnerable and lousy, give it a try.



3/2014: I originally wrote this post in October of 2013. It may seem out of sync with some other more recent things I have shared.

Here is a incomplete list of some of the other healing therapies I have researched explored, and tried [most] before finding The Unique Healing Program:

Dietary upgrades, complete dietary turnarounds, whole food supplements, superfoods, medicinal mushrooms, probiotics, herbal elixirs, herbal formulas, digestive enzymes, systemic enzymes, colon cleanses, juice fasts, juice feasting, water fasting, urine therapy, enemas, coffee enemas, colonics, EDTA suppositories, raw food diet, macrobiotic diet, being a vegan, grounding technology, zappers, parasite cleanses, DNA telomere therapy, acupuncture, gallbladder flushes, natural hygiene diet. chiropractic adjustment, structural integration therapy, rolfing. Wow, this is a long list of therapies and I hardly made a dent!


Only if healthy digestion is restored. They may work depending on the condition of the person using them. The more depleted the digestion and elimination process in an individual the less likely  any of these other therapies are to provide a complete restoration of health. Most do not center around restoring gut health.


Many people who seek healing are ill, sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, have not received healing from traditional medicine, have friends and family that are ill, just have an intuition to look outside the box of allopathic – western medicine. The bar is pretty low for determining what health is today. Normal is not a good guideline. Just look around. Today’s normal is not for me.

Sodium Bentonite Clay ingested is one very specific way to sop up, draw out and revitalize the tissues, organs and blood of our body. Changing diet and some of the before mentioned  therapies will usually temporarily lighted the toxic load, oat least buffer the toxic condition, or unintentionally make it worse for those with really weak digestive health.

Many of the listed therapies may, in conjunction with one another, work to reverse illness depending on the individuals exposure to environmental toxins, dietary history, ancestral health history, sexual history and other specifics.

Healing the gut results in not being afraid of our environment and all that that means. There is so much paranoia in the raw food and other communties. It does not speak well of the communities overall health.

The Unique Healing Program Donna Pessin brilliantly uses Sodium Bentonite Clay with a few other specifically designed products to detoxify the body and restore digestion and dietary health and freedom. Check it out.


Tag Cloud


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.