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There seems to be more awareness among many people around the world of the negative impact of environmental toxins on the health of all life on this planet. Partly due to this awareness, cleansing and detox products and programs have become more and more popular. Some of these products, used either long or short term, have little to no real value for those who are grappling with Chronic Illnesses. What does that mean? Well, my experience is that a more specific strategy is needed for those who have tried everything, or what feels like everything, and have not had improvement in their health. Again, I am talking about people who have reoccurring health issues. A health issues that after years of trying and trying a resolution has not been found. When this is the case, most people end up turning to Traditional Medicine. I have turned to Traditional Medicine for dental problems. I regret some of these decisions. I have not turned to Traditional Medicine for other health dilemmas, but after my own long and frustrating search for answers I understand why someone would go the Traditional Medical route.  I truly have more empathy for, and understanding of these people after my own personal search for  as solution to my own problem.

I have written many posts recounting my own decades of experience with everything from wheatgrass to MMS, Neuromuscular Therapy to Colonics. The list is quite long. Many products, therapies and protocols were somewhat helpful to me, but did not get to the root of the problem. Why is that? Well, the root of my problems go quite deep, and are due to a myriad of reasons and circumstances that you can read more about within the archives of this blog. A thumbnail sketch would entail family health, where I grew up, exposure to environmental toxins, decisions that were made for me as a child, and decisions that I later made for myself.


Finding what works to heal is an experiment within both Traditional or Holistic Medicine. Learning how to not aggravate a condition while treating the heart of it is very tricky. Some things that seem like a good idea can be for certain periods of time. However, if there is no resolution to the problem that they are being taken to resolve these same ingredients, therapies, etcetera very often become counterproductive. Of course, this very much pertains to prescribed and over the counter pharmaceuticals, etcetera but that is not what I am talking about here.

In my experience, the use of Castor Oil and Gum Spirits of Turpentine as written about by the person who advises me, Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD, is one very effective way to address the nagging symptoms of Chronic Illness. Castor Oil and Gum Spirits Turpentine is only a fraction of the protocol that Dr. Daniels uses to unwind the spiral of sickness that so many people are knowingly, or unknowingly, caught up in. Are Castor Oil and Gum Spirits of Turpentine for everyone? I can not say that for sure, but in general nothing is. I bet you knew I was going to say that, but I am sincere.

Getting back to the original premise, it is important to reevaluate things that are not  getting the results you are seeking after years of trying. I am going to use the word tricky again, because it is. This is a confusing and abundant world of choices that are exponentially exaggerated by an internet filled with information that often leads to more confusion. Who does one believe? With poor health often comes poor judgement, and gullible desperation. Fear and mistrust of everyone and everything is the other side of the coin. Alice down the rabbit hole is a fitting analogy and story.


A Traditional Medical education combined with heightened curiosity, a unique level of intellectual prowess, and the willingness to take risks is what makes Dr. Jennifer Daniels a doctor of an entirely different order. If you are a person who has tried many different approaches to healing and has still not found a resolution to poor digestion, joint pain, etcetera check out Jennifer Daniels, MD. You may decide not to work with her, or her with you, but it may open your mind to a world of healing that you did not know existed before and point you in a whole other direction of healing.





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For a few years I lived in the desert of Southern California where there is a store called Dining and Stools. I thought the name was unattractive and weirdly funny. Dining and Stools, hmmm… Well, it may be a fitting name considering the desert has a large population of senior residents. Oy! Another weirdly amusing stool reference was when my aunt and uncle traveled with my cousin and her family to the east coast. They needed to bring a stool along so my aunt and uncle could more easily get out of the van they had rented. Something about the word stool and my aunt and uncle’s “condition” got big laughs from everyone. At the time, I did laugh, but the joke had a somber reverberation on my consciousness. Look, it’s just who l am.


It is clear to me from my conversations with numerous people over the years that there is not much of an understanding about inflammation. Most people do not know how inflammation leaves the body, that it can leave the body, or most importantly, if long term relief can be had without surgery. That is assuming that long term relief can be found through surgery. It may be the answer for some. As a society, we are constantly told that pain can be numbed by drugs of all kinds until the drugs just do not work anymore. Injections, such as cortisone, are the next step in the Western Medical World and then there is, as I previously mentioned, surgery. Surgery is a very drastic step, and the lack of understanding most of us have as to what exactly causes pain is astounding. It is financially advantageous for Pharmaceutical Companies and Hospital Corporations to keep people ignorant and many of us are knowingly, and unknowingly, compliant. When a person is in pain they often do things that may not be in their best long term interest.


Commercials for drugs like Humira give big clues as to how inflammation builds. What do I mean? Well, if you listen closely, it is expressed by the conditions these drugs are marketed for, specifically inflamed skin conditions, bowel inflammation and joint pain. Whatever is not contained in the gut is often felt in other parts of the body. Many people have eczema, psoriasis, etcetera along with gut and joint problems. The normalization of these poor health conditions, mostly by how they are characterized in advertisements and commercials, dim the depth of their seriousness. Our need to work, fit in, our addictions to food, lifestyle, etcetera keep people ignorant in many ways. For some this is a conscious choice, but for others, I think most, it is unconscious. It is just what you do. Doesn’t everyone? Remember, mom’s don’t take the day off, they take NyQuil.


Pain is experienced as inflammation and it can be contained for only so long. For some, living a sedentary life without pushing the boundaries of what their body can do, along with medications, keeps inflammation contained until it just can not be contained any longer. However, when inflammation / toxins are not excreted naturally and begin building up the body starts screaming bloody murder. The other thing that happens is that the body contains the inflammation in others ways such as tumors, cysts, or expresses itself in neurological disorders. At this point in time we have all been exposed to so many different kinds of environmental contaminants, medications and chemicals it is hard to pinpoint specifically what causes what. So, what does that mean? Well, this wide and constant exposure to toxic substances makes it difficult, if not impossible, to write a playbook as to what is doing what, when or where it will show up.


Before you flush do you look? Examining or acknowledging  what comes out, or does not come out, in the toilet is not an inviting task. It is important to take note while we are able. Sadly, many aging adults end up in a nursing, or employing a underpaid health aid to pick shit out of our asses, or change our diapers. I DO NOT believe all aging adults need to have this outcome in later years. Pour me another one, so I don’t have to think about it is not a solution, it is a distraction.


What comes out through the anus, or what does not, says everything about what is going on in our bodies. The pain and agony that many people sustain each day around defecation is encapsulated in an astounding silence. The silence is broken on television and other media commercials that sell products to makes us go, or slow it down. These advertisements are a telling comment on the state of health in the Western World. The focus on the booty is often sexualized, but it is where the poop comes out. What an irony.


If pooping is a problem there are other things brewing within our bodies that need to be addressed. No shit, right? Well. for some this is a revelation. You may not be one of these  people, but you assuredly knowingly or unknowingly are acquainted with many in this category. Many, many people are living in uncomfortable silence and embarrassed ignorance.


Take action while you can. Taking care of ourselves is not always convenient. Who we marry, live with, have sex with, has a great impact on our lives. Being healthy for those we love, mostly ourselves, is so deeply important, and something we do have some control over.

In past blog posts I have chronicled people and products that have helped me. I am presently a patient of Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD. I do see this relationship continuing because Dr. Daniels is an active participant in her own healing, and that of her patients. In my experience, a doctor/health practitioner like Jennifer Daniels is highly unusual and inspiring. I have learned a great deal from Dr. Daniels. Her insights and practical advice are invaluable. There are other practitioners out there that you may resonate with, some of whom I have written about in past posts.