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My hips and entire lower body are healing while on The Unique Healing Program. Long term pain and a very complex injury, this healing process has taken faith on my part and a deep belief, long before I found The UHP, that healing happens on a cellular level and begins in the gut. With that said…


Pain in the hips and buttocks are very common for many people of a wide variety of age groups and lifestyles. Among some, it is often felt when they start doing more rigorous workouts. Workouts that involve squats, jumping in and out of a squatting position, lunges, sprinting and spinning. In my experience, any exercise that wakes up the sleeping giant  of acidity that collects within the joints of most people, including some children, is the bottom line cause of this discomfort. The accepted word used to explain that discomfort is Lactic Acid. The term Lactic Acid is used as indiscriminately in the world of what I call Managed Sickness [aka Western Medicine] as is Metabolism, Heart Attack and Stroke and most other names for specific illnesses that are greatly inspired by selling drugs form Pharmaceutical Companies. I firmly believe those specific terms for illnesses can serve a needed purpose. These medical diagnosis can be a wake up a cal for many. They can also create a sense of defeat and overwhelm for those who feel ill. Many patients understandably don’t have the  stamina / chutzpah to go looking for an answer outside what the Pharmaceutical Company – Western Medical Paradigm provides. When people are ill they can often just collapse into the arms of what seems to be the safest most highly traveled path.

What is this post about?

I am hoping to briefly give my point of view of how some joint pain, especially in the lower body begins, festers and can be lessened. How it can be dispelled more quickly, identified as the beginning of something more deep seated and begin to be eradicated. A tall order and one that, depending on when the pain or injury is addressed, does not have to take forever to clear. Unfortunately, most people are under the impression that it is normal to have discomfort after strenuous work outs or “hard labor”. The advocation of medicating before workouts through Pharmaceutical Companies via all forms of media is hitting a younger and younger audience really hard. This selling of over the counter pain relief to be taken before pain is felt is directed toward all audiences. No Pain, No gain- but YOU [consumer] don’t have to feel it at all. Not now, anyway…

The hip joints are big recipients of constant use and misuse for an number of reasons. All of this can and does greatly contribute to pain in these areas. Briefly, sitting too long without a break, sitting without proper support, exercising under stressful conditions and from a place of improper posture are some basic reasons. Other brief examples would be rigorous gym and athletic activity without proper cross training, and weekend warrior workouts. No pain, No gain mentality. Lifting weights and doing other sports with hyperextended joints. This is the tip of the iceberg, but  maybe you get the idea? All this greatly impacts all of the joints, but most frequently the lower back, hips and buttocks. Just a glimpse.


Dogs most usually have back leg problems. Front leg issues are much less the case, in fact I have never heard of one. The bowel, kidneys and sexual organs of dogs and other [domesticated] animals are near that  back end. The level of health of these organs greatly determines the health of those back leg joints. Okay, so same with people. The colon, kidneys/bladder, sexual organs location deeply impacts the hips and back. The poor health of these organs has a much broader implication – on a cellular level. Just look at the anatomy of the colon and how that lines up with the hips and buttocks. Acupuncture points aside, and they really can help diagnose a large part of why people are in so much pain, these localized locations of organs to joints are very telling. I think this is really common sense and a very inconvenient truth.


One plan of action is to look at The Top 5 Diet Tips Video. This video and blog posts, connected to the link, are largely about why eating a  less acid forming diet heals the body. Secondly, to take something to absorb the acidity that is in all of our tissues, organ, blood and cells and that is Sodium Bentonite Clay. There may be another clay out there that is good that I am not familiar with. I have used Zeolite Clay. Healing with clay takes time, but you can reap benefits early on. Start somewhere. Other things can help, such as bodywork, soaking in mineral baths, saunas and infrared heating pads. All this is great, but what is going on internally is the key. This key, reducing acid accumulation in the joints by healing our digestion and elimination, can help clear our minds to know what the next steps are. In other words, eliminate brain fog, confusion and encourage clearer thinking. The gut- brain connection is very real.


Acids collect in the joints and diminish their function. If you have pain don’t accept that it is inevitable. If you have pain you can continue to take medications while on The Unique Healing Program while healing. Speaking to Donna Pessin can be very helpful, especially if you are taking pain meds that are prescribed or over the counter. In the meantime, read her book[s] – I think the first book is the most important. Watch the UHP videos and check out past notyourrawmama blog posts here. These notyourrawmama posts chronicle my experience before and while on The Unique Healing Program. The posts are honest and straight forward. I believe they can help some people feel support in healing, answer and shed light on The Unique Healing Program. Help some while on other healing programs.

Here are a few other notyourrawmama blog posts about hip pain that may be of help:

Poor Digestion and Joint Pain I wrote this just prior to UHP. It  has been revised since finding The UHP.

Heal Hip Pain Now a quick read on some alternative ideas to heal. The UHP is one of those things mentioned.

Hip Replacement Surgery a post with a link to a video showing how hip replacement surgery is often performed. Make an informed decision.

There are many other posts about The UHP. Where it was appropriate and helpful, I wemt back and revised all the posts and mentioned The Unique Healing Program.





Something I want to share immediately is that  I have had hand discomfort and stiffness for about 10 years. I knew the cause was not occupational. I know people who do not do anything arduous with their hands and  they have hand pain. Even children. Okay, so my hands could be stiff at times, but the most upsetting thing to me was that they could hurt very badly if someone tried to shake my hand or if anyone tired to hold my hand. This was a really bad sign to me. Toward the end of my living in NYC, as a bodyworker and colon therapist, I used my hands despite this discomfort and utilized my elbows and forearms when I could for bodywork. I never accepted hand pain as unsolvable. I can report that the pain in my hands is completely gone. I still have some finger stiffness at times, but it is nothing in comparison to what I did have 18 months ago when I began The Unique Healing Program.


My experience is a slow healing with my right hip, but I have had pain in my right hip joint beginning in early 2001. I am also over 55 years of age. As a dancer, athlete, bodyworker and yoga teacher I always had some stiffness in my hips and hamstrings. I worked at being flexible. Quite frankly, most of the other athletes, dancers and yoga teachers I knew, also worked at being flexible. What does that mean?  This is all subjective, but many to most over stretched their bodies and created more problems than they realized. Some people start certain athletics to defy physical limitations. People tend to be more competitive when they are younger and are not working their bodies from the inside out. Does this feel right? What is good for me?  No Pain, No Gain is part of our culture here in the USA and in other countries all over the world. Re: The Olympics.


To understand that our Immune System is also encapsulated in our joints is very important. Here is one explanation.To understand that our Immune System is greatly contained in out gut is vital to understand how we heal and how we become inflamed weakened and ill. Here is one explanation.


One hand point that is very important to know about that is linked to the Large Intestines and Lungs is located in the hand. It is an extremely common place for many to have pain and to develop some calcifications. It is near a joint that easily begins to look arthritic and “deformed”. I don’t like that word, but it gets the point across. Large Intestines 4 is a good point to treat yourself for, among other things, gas and constipation.

Some people feel that the body heals from the head down. I have sort of experienced this, but have had healing breakthroughs and changes all over my body while on The Unique Healing Program. I also have frustration about areas not healing, to my liking, fast enough. Generally speaking, I am not really sure exactly what is going on, but in most instances this theory seems sort of true. Legs can heal much later in the game due to gravity, poor circulation that increase the likelihood of  toxins collecting there due to these facts. What is your experience?

If you are on The Unique Healing Program Donna Pessin, hang in there. If you are debating whether to begin it or not, keep watching her videos, read her books and check out past posts on this blog site. These tools will help you to decide and make an educated decision. One thing I have to say is that part of not feeling well can be ruminating too much and not taking action. Just keep that in mind.





I have had an inflamed condition in my digestive system that has shown up in my right hip. How this all began and my quest for better health has been discussed in past posts. I will go into more detail in future ones about joint pain. I have felt, for about 15 years, that the way to heal my hip pain was to heal my digestive system and create a healthy bowel. Since the beginning of The Unique Healing Program I have had an improvement with my gut by having daily regular formed bowel movements. Ongoing constipation has been part of my life since I was a child. To have my gut show some positive response to the Sodium Bentonite Clay and other supplements that are part of  The UHP was really a huge green flag for me. This Unique Healing Program brought me a result that no other did. As you can read in many of my other posts on this site, I am a veteran of a many decade search for better digestive health. This was not something I consciously wanted as a life mission. With so many others suffering [commercial advertisements directed at all age groups] I know I am not alone and am pretty, pretty sure I have something others are interested in hearing about. How to heal, rejoin the world and experience life differently.

Healing pain and managing pain are two very different things. Many programs of all different kinds talk about managing pain. They often do not talk about finding the root cause and healing the problem on the physical and emotional realm . I have done years of emotional healing work including EFT [Emotional Freedom Technique] that can help alleviate and understand the emotional roots of pain. EFT can often bring long or short term relief to some people. In order for deep healing to come about it helps to really believe pain can actually be eradicated. Why? Well, my belief  that it can be healed  has kept me on my quest for a solution without relying on daily quick fixes from Western Medicine. So, how do you heal pain? Well, this is one of the reasons I have been so reluctant to write about my experience with my hip pain-injury.My reluctance comes from not having an answer that would be easy to put into words. An answer that might make sense to readers, and be at all palatable. So, I  have decided to write about it in several parts and hope that these parts make up something that translates well on paper. Something that people can identify with.

This is a introductory post on my pain healing experience onThe Unique Healing Program. Here are three things I can share in all honesty that may help those looking for an answer. Those who have any kind of pain, and are looking for a long term source of relief and deep healing:

Number 1: I have, without a doubt, felt the deep connection between my bowel being more or less healthy and my pain becoming less to more pronounced. Consistent improvement has not come quickly for me on The UHP, but I did not expect it to. Prior to my finding The Unique Healing Program I spent at least 12 years seeking an answer to heal pain and inflammation in my right hip and lower back. I did this through entirely natural means. My constipation issues go back to childhood and had me looking for an answer since my teens. So, we are talking decades on a quest to feel better at many different levels. There was no internet when I started this journey. It is so much easier now and the resources are so much greater. A real understatement.

Number 2: An inflamed joint means an inflamed digestive system. A better quality diet based on healing principles does not guarantee better health for everyone or anyone across the board. I have written a great deal about this on this blog site. My need to seek another way to heal became clear to me due to a hip injury, and pain that lingered afterwards. When I started to have pain I was in deep denial. This denial come from believing my diet, cleansing, colonics, bodywork, yoga, etcetera would protect me and eventually I would attain gut health. My pain won out and I began to look elsewhere. That search finally brought me to The Unique Healing Program.

Number 3: Pain, especially long term pain, will take time to heal. The digestive / eliminative system will, in most situations, completely heal in gradations. How long this will take is hard to say. Patience is not usually an attribute of someone who has pain. You are a candidate for joint / body pain if you are often constipated, have unformed stools, have indigestion, feel agitated, annoyed with people easily, can not sleep well, find the world a frightening place [I know the media says that is ALL the world is], need coffee and other stimulants to keep going, can not / have trouble loosing weight, can not gain weight, have OCD of any level, depressed, unable to maintain relationships or they are a burden of sorts, hormonal issues, eating disorders, reproductive problems, all kinds of addictions, and so much more. Why? Because these are all results of inflamed conditions and sooner or later you will, to some degree, feel it in your joints. This will most likely first happen if you have an injury. And yes, all those around you will call it normal,”old age”, and probably give it a fancy medical name. You will then be offered the “glamorized drugs” that Pharmaceutical Companies dole out like candy to any doctor or licensed medical practitioner who is willing, and or able to offer them to patients.

I have a whole lot to say about pain. I wish I did not have so much observation time. What I have observed is something that you may or may not relate to. I hope some of what I write in the coming posts is helpful. Maybe some of what I have written on this blog site will direct you to answers for your pain. I think when looking at a program like The Unique Healing Program it helps to find someone who is willing to honestly write about their experience. So, before I close this post I will tell you that I was in deep pain when I found The UHP and I am now in less pain. Also, many other of my symptoms related to poor gut health have greatly improved. To get here, things often got more intensely painful at certain points. I have also found intermittent  to longer periods of alleviation of pain. Now, 18 moths into The Unique Healing Program, I can say I am feeling a pattern of  joint healing What kept me going all this time? It  was my being able to link my gut healing to my joint pain healing. My gut sickness to my joint inflammation. I am sure of that without any doubt in my mind. I say that with complete confidence. Not an easy resolution, but I am sure it is a true one.

More to come.







The Unique Healing Program may “fail” or not work for some people who try it. I do not like the word fail. It is a word that many use and sadly feel. I also know that The Unique Healing Program is not something to try, but something that needs a commitment. What might cause this program to not work or “fail”? Here are some thoughts and observations.

Having no patience and expecting instant results. Read The UHP books, watch the videos and read the notyourrawmama blog posts dating back to January of 2013. All the posts on this blog site have been updated from when they began in 2011 to mention The Unique Healing Program when appropriate. I found The Unique Healing Program in 12/2012.

The primary reason for “failure” is not reading The Unique Healing Books more than once, especially Unique Healing 1.This is a must. If you do not understand how this program works you will be frustrated. You will be frustrated anyway. Why? Because this program is a deep healing and deep healing does not happen fast. The Unique Healing Program is thorough and intense. The Unique Healing Program is something you understand more and more as you go along. You have to experience it to understand what it is doing and how it works.

If your diet is too high in acid forming foods your progress with be slowed down. Understanding the importance of  a more PH balanced diet for better hearlth is essential. In simple language,  accompany all you meals with greens. This is very helpful. I think romaine lettuce may be the most simple and easy to digest if you currently have a fiber intolerance. Also, here is a link to a blended salad recipe that is simple in ingredients and easy to make and digest. You can also use super food powders like Amazing Grass to bump up your greens intake. Start with small amounts. Some people with fiver intolerances use Wheatgrass powder [ maybe a bit too sweet for some] or Liquid Chlorophyll until they are better.

More about diet: Read The UHP books and watch the videos [especially this one]. Understand that the quality of what you eat is very important. Eating farm factory meats and non organic or GMO foods is to be avoided whenever possible.  Chewing well and eating more slowly helps immensely.

Vanity can really get in the way of healing. It is important to look our best for many reasons. Understanding that the inside is reflected on the outside for many is a revelation. Taking toxic medications to conceal rashes and acne is only adding to our toxic load. Talk to Donna Pessin about this. Better yet, do some research and understand what these topical and ingested substance do to all of us, and the earth’s environment. What we take in we poop and pee out and that all goes into our ecosystem. I think this is something many people do not understand.

Drink enough filtered, distilled or fresh spring water and make sure it is room temperature. Ice cold – cold water shocks the stomach and does not encourage the digestive enzymes to be secreted easily. Drinking water or liquids with meals dilutes digestive juices. If you do have a beverage with meals sip it slowly.

Do not tell anyone or everyone you know you are doing a program that you do not really understand yourself. Trying to get others you know to do The Unique Healing Program when you do not understand it well yourself has the potential to cause you more stress. Unless you are reaching out to your immediate family, don’t take this one on.

To stay on The Unique Healing Program it helps to acknowledge how long it took to become unwell. Recognize how you felt that caused you to seek out help. Help that involves ingesting Sodium Bentonite Clay, herbs and the other “crutches” involved in The Unique Healing Program. Gratitude is hard when not feeling well.

Most importantly, The Unique Healing Program is not Western Medicine. Western Medicine is mostly based on quick fix, make symptoms go away now pill taking, surgery and other band-aid treatments.

Be willing to change the time of day you eat your last meal. Eating no later than 5:00 is very helpful. Earlier is better, but what is realistic for your situation. Make your last meal low in carbohydrates and as simple as possible. If you do eat later make it very, very light.

Alcohol and coffee are not helpful to healing. Lessen them and work toward giving them up until you feel better. If you go out, order some water, a non alcoholic or alcoholic drink that is not sweet and not grain based. Then sip it.

Give up needing a Medical Doctor or other practitioner that is not familiar with The Unique Healing Program to give you permission to do it. People with a medical diagnosis need to get the advice of Donna Pessin. Trust your intuition and if you are fed up with past treatments go with this one. The Unique Healing Program IS NOT A QUCK FIX, BUT THERE IS A HUGE CHANCE THAT YOU WILL  START TO HAVE FORMED BOWEL MOVEMENTS IMMEDIATELY. FOR MANY PEOPLE THAT IS  A LIFESTYLE – LIFE EVERYTHING  TRANSFORMATION.

Forget about doing more cleansing – fasting, juicing, etcetera to make things go faster. You will probably feel worse. Read The UHP books and watch the videos. Why this is true is all in there.

Stay focused on your goal to heal. Consider that  it is better to have some discomfort for awhile then for a lifetime. The insights you can and will gain on The UHP can and will transform your life. In order for that to happen you have to do The Unique Healing Program and be willing to find your own pattern of Sodium Bentonite Clay, Crutches,  diet and more that works for you. Patience is the key. I am earning it and learning it while doing this program.

If you have anything to add here, please let me know!




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My response to light has become a much less negative reaction during my time on The Unique Healing Program. My eyes feel more relaxed, especially at night and it is easier for me to fall asleep. For years I would often wake up ahead of when I wanted to in the mornings with my eyes feeling very unrelaxed. There has been a tense wired feeling in my eyes that has diminished over the 16 months I have been on The Unique Healing Program. Linking my eye improvement to better sleep, my sleep has greatly improved on The Unique Healing Program, and that took time and patience. Two “crutches” that I can contribute that to are GABA and Calcium Citrate. GABA and Cal Citrate are relaxing buffers for the nervous system that allow sleep to become deeper as the gut heals. This happens in conjunction with a better diet, Sodium Bentonite Clay, Berberine, etcetera. Read the UHP books, watch the videos and check out the blog posts I have written since 1/2013 about The UHP. They will all help you.

I do not wear prescription eyeglasses to see. I do use pinhole glasses. I passed my California driver eye test last year by using low level magnifiers. In other words, my eyesight is not as strong as I would like it to be. I do carry these magnifiers with me and wear them on the bridge of my nose when I drive. I use Pinhole Glasses to read and for the computer.


I have been easily effected by the quality of light wherever I am. This has gone on since childhood. I do not know this information well myself, but I have been told by a few other people on The Unique Healing Program that eyesight is directly linked to a weakness in the Lymphatic System. Makes sense when you see an anatomy chart. I have always directly correlated some eyesight sensitivities to a burdened Liver and Gallbladder.

Since being on The Unique Healing Program I have noticed a gradual lessening of annoyance to light that is too bright or dull. I still have lighting preferences, but I am much more tolerant of all kinds of light. One thing that has set me up for light sensitivity is that I lived in an apartment in NYC for over 20 years that did not have good light exposure. Almost none. I really got use to a more dark space that definitely effected me physically and emotionally. That part of the equation is very small in relation to the other factors contributing to my sensitivity to light, the primary one being my unhealthy gut. Why? Without healthy digestion and elimination all our bodily functions begin to deteriorate. It happens in different ways at different rates to everyone. No generalizations from me.

Burning eyes are a true example of deep tiredness that can be alleviated by rest, if you can rest well. Burning eyes tell of an overburdened Lymphatic System, Liver and Colon. When not working well, these organs impinge and clog up all our organs of excretion. All organs in general. I use eye drops form Dr. Christopher as an eyewash. The drops will tingle and slightly burn a bit in the beginning. These drops leave the eyes refreshed and more awake and relaxed in the deepest sense. These drops are not for  severely inflamed, red, itchy irritated eyes.

For general eye irritations and eye itching, I found this video that is very simple. In my experience this may work. An eye cup, which you can buy at a pharmacy or pharmacy type store, always comes in handy for people of all ages.

Blinking and not staring helps with the eyes. 3D charts are good for keeping eyesight fresh, which relaxes the entire nervous system. The Bates System of Eyesight Improvement is something to investigate. Eye Palming is part of that system. Breathing is as well. Eyesight improves with relaxation. I know that people who are very tense can have good eyesight. If you don’t try these techniques and forget about everyone else.

Floaters can come and go. I have noticed them much less since starting The Unique Healing Program. I do believe they are an indication of infection in the body. Parasites, Candida, bacterial, fungal and other infections entities. Yuck.

Pinhole Glasses are relatively inexpensive and easy to experiment with to help ween off prescriptive lenses for reading. Pinhole glasses are NOT for driving!

I have occasionally had a slit in my eyelid that is extremely small from time to time while on The UHP. It can disappear in a very short period of time. It is not at all visible. It feels like a low immune system indicator that I associate with the level of acids in my body. I have not had one of these eyelid slits in awhile. Slowly these symptoms come around less and less, often not reappearing at all or when going through a cleansing period. This is my hypothesis.

Link to the connection of the eyes and our liver. Some interesting information.

If you are on The Unique Healing Program, or any healing program, things are getting better, even if it does not always feel that way while healing up.




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One thing that I truly marvel at while on The Unique Healing Program is how I can watch my mood and frame of mind change within moments of evacuating by bowels. I also have the distinct experience of being a third party in observing thoughts and watching them intensify and dissipate as necrotic- sick material is, this is my interpretation of what is happening, being escorted out of my system. I do not know this for sure, but Donna Pessin might suggest more clay to alleviate that experience. I have to say that there are some things on this program that no “crutch” [UHP supplement] can completely buffer. What does that mean? You are going to have some tough days that the crutches can not completely eliminate.

To get back to the depression lifting experience, this lifting of foggy thinking, a scrim of dissolution, confusion, indescribable mild to somewhat disabling sadness can sometimes happen without my bowels moving, but something is being dislodged and redirected in my body. Sometimes it feels like it is moving from across the Transverse Colon, past the two fissures [Hepatic and Spleen] and there is some mental relief as it moves out of those areas. After moving from those areas,waste is on its way out going toward the left side. I have experienced head and sinus pressure when having constipation or stagnation in the Transverse Colon. A known and experiential fact for most Colon Therapist. Much more complex things are happening with organs, blood and tissue that I can not explain here, or explain at all. I can tell you the Liver and Gallbladder are very involved with most all of these experiences.

I am writing this to say that if you are on The Unique Healing Program you may have these experiences on and off throughout the program. Sometimes there will be no obvious pattern involved.  Just hang in there. I have seen my entire perspective change in moments and feel very disengaged from the Worry Wart – Armageddon type approach to life that rules the media today. I think we are all impacted by this in some way, from a mildly troubled feeling to full blown paranoia. To feel hope is an amazing experience, and this program can bring you there. You can bring yourself there by doing The Unique Healing Program on whatever level you are capable of and employing patience.

The bones of The Unique Healing Program do work. It does take some personal tweaking of the program, diet and lifestyle. This all happens in stages. Self compassion and some discipline are helpful and develop along the way.This is all “stuff” I have learned. From time to time you can break the rules of UHP as you go along and still come out on top. Look at The UHP videos, reread the UHP books, read some of the blog posts here about UHP. These are all helpful reminders of what those rules are. Mostly, observe how easy it is to feel fed up with The Unique Healing Program. A program that is ultimately, in my case, giving me my life back. A confusing experience at at time when other people, of all ages, are watching themselves decline with no alternative plan. This is especially true for someone who is over 50, or for people of any age who have had a life threatening or debilitating illness.

Just some encouragement, I know we can all use some most days.



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