In addition to my regular customized health coaching programs, I also offer supplementary detoxification programs which are targeted to specific needs. I’ve already discussed some different tools that aid in detoxification; and how, along with following a proper diet and lifestyle regimen, detoxification can really help people reach their skin care, weight loss, and health-related goals.

Because I place a high value on detox personally, I have also made it one of my specialties professionally, and have completed specific trainings (in addition to my regular health coaching and holistic nutrition education) on the topic from Body Ecology and M?Lis.?

M?Lis, founded by Dr. Linda T. Nelson, N.D., PhD, who after years of her own struggles with fibromyalgia and Candida, was able to become well naturally. I have attended classes with Dr. Nelson, and also obtained a wellness, nutrition, and spa certification from the company. I have learned a great deal from them, and am happy to share with you the following information from their company blog (reprinted with their permission).

It?s all about the colon.

Almost every chronic disease is due to the influence of bacterial poisons diffusing into the body systems from the intestine. Ninety-five percent of all degenerative disease begins in one organ of the body ? the colon. It is often possible to recognize the progression of poor health and find that generally all degenerative disease can be traced back to lifestyle and a toxic colon and body.

The opposing side of this argument is that by lifestyle change and beginning at the source (the colon) to restore health, one can reverse degenerative symptoms. Dramatic changes in health occur simply by following a cleansing lifestyle.

The colon is part of the large intestine of the body and acts as the disposal system for human body waste. Much of what we eat, drink, breathe, and most of what our body is trying to slough off (such as atrophied tissue or dead cell growth), is eliminated out of the colon. The parts of the colon include an ascending colon, a transverse colon, a descending colon, and elimination through the rectum. The colon is an organ that is approximately 5 feet long and 2.5 inches in diameter.

Some basic info about digestion:

In a healthy person, within 8 to 10 hours of eating, food has passed through the mouth (worked upon by digestive enzymes in the saliva), through the esophagus, digested in the stomach, and gone through the small intestine, becoming mostly digested. It then enters the large intestine.

When waste material finally reaches the colon, the organ then performs peristaltic (accordion-type) action to move the waste along for elimination. This entire process should happen within 24 to 36 hours of eating. This means that a healthy body eliminates what is eaten for breakfast by noon of the next day.

That’s assuming we are eating healthy foods?

The average person eats processed foods, overcooked foods, and very little fiber. We eat way too much sugar, excessive salt, and red meat. We don’t drink enough water, we don’t exercise enough, and stress is rampant. We attempt to prevent the body?s natural cleansing processes when we are sick or uncomfortable through chemical mediation, retaining unwanted wastes. Because of these factors, tract time (or elimination time) has slowed to anywhere from 6 to 30 days. The colon becomes clogged with waste that starts accumulating and forming layers of encrustation on its walls. The waste material begins decomposition and causes fermentation and putrefaction, which can lead to serious health problems.

Constipation is derived from the Latin ?constipatus?, which means to press or crowd together, to pack, or to cram. Constipation means that the packed accumulation of feces makes the cleansing organ impossible to function.

As Dr. Bernard Jensen says, a cesspool colon ?distills the poisons of decay, fermentation and putrefaction into the blood, poisons the brain and nervous system, poisons the heart so we are weak and listless, poisons the lungs so the breath is foul, poisons the digestive organs so we are in distress, poisons the body so we are unhealthy. In short, every organ of the body is poisoned. We age prematurely, the pleasure of living is gone.?

This process is shown in the corresponding graphic of the colon.?

The large colon is a healthy, clean, working colon. The six small illustrations are barium X-rays of typical American adult colons.

There are large pockets full of encrusted, putrefied wastes. The pockets are diverticula. Diverticula are pouch-like projections in the colon wall caused by spasms in the bowel tissue. These diverticula become diverticulosis when fecal matter becomes lodged in the diverticula. This becomes a serious colon problem as they become inflamed, ulcerated, and begin bleeding. More concerning is that they may become fistulas (abnormal tunnels) that can release putrefied, toxic fecal matter into the abdominal cavity, causing peritonitis. There is also loss of elasticity in the colon, decreasing the peristaltic action that helps eliminate waste materials.

Detoxification can jump-start a healthier lifestyle.

In order to start to get well, the first step is to cleanse the body through detoxification. This is accomplished through a total body cleansing program, which cleans the liver, bowels, kidneys, and the blood supply. It helps restore the peristaltic action of the colon, and helps to rid the body of mucus, toxins and waste materials. These materials often become trapped in the colon, in some cases for many years.

The cleanse is done in addition to following a healthy diet and lifestyle program. Once the body is cleansed of these toxins and other built-up waste materials, it has a much easier time performing its natural detoxification functions on its own (when supported by a healthy diet and lifestyle). This is a great way to address degenerative symptoms without drugs or chemicals, and to begin the journey to better health.

Some of the M?Lis products are now available from Holistically Haute?. More details will come in a future post. If you would like more information about M?Lis or any of my health and wellness programs, please email me at and check out my health coaching website at

Please note:?

Detoxification products and programs are not for everyone. Anyone interested in detoxification should consult with their healthcare practitioner prior to starting any type of detoxification program. During your initial consultation, it is important to answer your health coach’s questions honestly to prevent any potential adverse effects.

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