Freshen up your gift ideas

Gift of a fresh startDo you remember the feeling you get when you come out of your house on a crispy fresh sunny winter morning? You breath in that fresh clean air and imagine it filling up your entire body. Have you ever wanted to press that ‘restart button’ to remove all of the fog from your mind and sluggishness off your body and let that renewed energy circulate though your body and mind?

This is exactly how many of my clients describe the feeling you get after a colon hydrotherapy session with me.

The feeling of longing for that ‘restart button’ comes to us most strongly as we approach the new year and wave goodbye to the old one. We start decluttering our closets and cabinets, reorganizing the office to get rid of and let go of the stuff that no longer serves a use in our lives. At the same time – it’s shopping season! So we buy shiny new junk to re-clutter our friend’s and relatives’ closets and cabinets to give them something to do when the upcoming year comes to an end, and our long standing traditions can be upheld.

Arnica Clinic believes that freshness and de-cluttering starts within our bodies. Actually, it may be your body calling for a cleanse when you start cleaning up the space around you. The impulse starts within, but do we acknowledge it? Not always. That’s why here at Arnica Clinic we came up with this gift idea.

Give yourself and those you care about the gift of experiencing a ‘restart’ with a fresh start.free-consultation

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Five Reasons Why Chewing Your Food Longer Will Improve Your Health

Chew or extinct

Have you ever have that moment  of frustration when you see food items in your fridge going bad, especially if they’re “organic” produce? You paid extra in order to eat well and yet it’s already lost all its health benefits. There are different ways you can express your frustration …

Your gut experiences the same frustration from time to time and gives you a “gut feeling” that something’s not right. Yeah – that piece of broccoli you swallowed in a hurry reached your bowel undigested because you didn’t chew it properly!! The only way your gut can express it’s frustration is by bloating or with painful gas cramps.

1) Chewing longer will help you loose weight.

It takes about 20 minutes to get the message of satisfaction from your stomach to your brain and back to your stomach. So next time your at an All You Can Eat Buffet, remember that by the time start to feel full, your actually on the verge of exploding.  According to latest research, you can reduces meal size by 15% just by increasing your chewing time. It slows down your eating, so you eat less before satisfying your hunger.

2) Chewing makes further digestion easier.

Actually, chewing or mastication is the first step of the digestion process. What do you think will happen if you miss the first step when going down stairs? Yeah, the rest of the journey won’t be very enjoyable. Its pretty much true for any other process , so why do we skip chewing – the first step of digestion?  Every organ of the digestion system has a specific job that only it can accomplish. Your stomach and intestines do not have teeth, so don’t be surprised if they get upset with non-chewed food – not in they job description!

3)  Nutrients from the food  will be absorbed better.

Lets assume you are eating whole, nutritious organic food that cost a substantial amount. How much of it you would like your body to use to rebuild and replenish itself? In order to make the nutrients available for use by your body on a cellular level, food needs to be broken down mechanically by gnawing it with your teeth and chemically dissolved it with saliva, those two steps make further digestion and absorption possible.

Nutritionist Lino Stanchich, tells the amazing story of his father who survived Nazi’s concentration camp  during WWII.  Prisoners received very little food there and were always cold and hungry. Lino Stanchich’s father discovered that chewing his food and even his water many times actually increased his energy. He shared his discovery with two other prisoners and the three of them all felt warmer and more energized after chewing their food an water as much as 150 times before swallowing it. In the end only these three survived.

4) Chewing stimulates production of saliva – elixir of life.

Scientists all over the world have discovered that this watery substance has very important properties for survival. Besides various enzymes and hormones that help with digestion, saliva also contains substances that neutralize toxins in food, strengthen muscles, maintain elasticity of blood vessels and even fight cancer. Saliva contains antimicrobial agents, enzymes, antibodies, growth factors and even an analgesic! How much would you pay for a such miracle drug?

 5) Chewing is the only way to enjoy your food !

There are no other taste buds, but in your mouth. Why not take time and enjoy the good food?

People often complain about bloating and stomach discomfort, my first question is almost always “how long do you chew your food?” As a colon hydrotherapist, I often see undigested food coming from the colon – the last part of digestion system. When I see those perfectly good blueberries rolling in the tube without a bite on them, I get frustrated. Especially if I know how health conscious my clients are and how much effort they put into getting good quality organic produce. If you’re not going to chew it, don’t buy it!

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5 Reasons Colonics Help With Health Conditions

On average  every person in North America eats 20 pounds of food additives per year
On average  every person in North America eats 20 pounds of food additives per year

Have you ever been in the house with sewer backed up? You probably couldn’t stay there for very long, could you? No body can live and effectively function in such condition. Sewer drain clogs are usually a state of emergency and a reason for professional help to be called in. Similar situation can also occur in your body when waste is not eliminated properly. It doesn’t feel very good. In fact, it feels bad enough to go to ER only to find out that your sewer system, colon is back up.

Colon is the body’s’ sewage system, and as with any other sewage system it’s need to be cleaned from time to time in order to be effective and remove waste from the body in a timely and effective manner.

Colon Hydrotherapy or Colonic is the procedure that was designed over 1000 years ago by doctors and healers just for this purpose. Technology changed over time, while the mane reason keeping your colon clean remains the same. Therefore, the reasons why Colonics are important include;

1. Longevity. Waste accumulated in the colon for years of use slows down its functions over time. Consequently, the metabolism of entire body slows down as does regeneration process. Resulting in faster aging. The colon can not clean and restore itself without external help. If you want to live longer and look younger include colonic in your regular health maintenance routine. You deserve it no less, than celebrities and members of royal families.

2. An emotional release. By flushing out old wast from the colon, we also stimulate the release of emotions and suppressed feelings.

Scientists find out that 90 percent of the fibres of the ENS (brains in the gut) carry information from the gut to the brain and not the other way around. Our emotions are influenced by guts. This leads to the old saying “gut feelings”

3. Unknown food additives

On average  every person in North America eats 20 pounds of food additives per year. From coal tar and petroleum to drywall components. Some of those inedible substances are still in your body days and months after you eat them.

4. Peace of Mind

Thousands of environmental toxins leeching into our body from the air, water, food processing utensils etc. It’s impossible to avoid and prevent this  toxicity completely.  Even thinking about it can make us paranoid. Regular cleansing and detoxification can give us peace of mind.

5. Detoxification.  The first and the last steps of any effective cleansing program are cleansing of the colon. Since all of the waste and toxins end up in the colon. If not removed, those toxins will continue to recirculate in the body affecting your overall health.

People often ask:” Can the colon clean itself naturally?”  To some point it does, and so do teeth and skin. However, you better don’t miss your next dental hygienic appointment, or, regular facial treatments bring that natural glow to your skin that make you look younger.

Our ancestors lived between 25-54 years of age and as soon as they lost their teeth and proper function of their colon, the early death occurred, even with their 100% organic diet and active life style. That is why hygiene and medicine were invented. Unfortunately, later on, the gap between conventional and natural or “alternative” medicine was invented too, and many of us fall into this gap.

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Our latest Discovery

People often ask me if I’ve seen anything interesting during some colonic sessions.

Yesterday, while I was performing my 1985th colonic, at the very end of the session, a strange yellow object came up.  At first, it looked like a spongy, yellow ear plug, but a second later, my client exclaimed, ” “I know what it is! It’s my multivitamin pill!”

Undigested and unabsorbed pill
Undigested and unabsorbed pill
Colon hydrotherapy, pill in the tube
Colon hydrotherapy, pill in the tube

Here are the specifics. He finished a bottle of 30 multivitamins 2 weeks prior to his first colonic session. It took 4 sessions for this pill to come out practically untouched, undissolved and definitely unabsorbed by his body.

This makes me wonder where the other 29 pills went… This particular client is generally healthy and doesn’t take any prescription medications.  If he did, I wonder if they might have gotten stuck somewhere in his colon too?

How many pills have you been taken during your life time ? Are you sure they have been completely absorbed and eliminated by now?

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Arnica Legend

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Healing power of nature

Here at Arnica Clinic, we have a legend. 

Long ago, in a location that we no longer have the right to reveal, there lived an ancient tribe by the name of Arnuchi. This tribe specialized in the art of healing. Men and women alike would often leave the safety of their homes to travel long distances in search of the Arnuchi Tribe, for they often possessed remedies that other tribes did not. The Arnuchi tribe was never picky about the people that they healed, they only wished to help as many people as they could. 

After several years, the Arnuchi tribe had become very well known and before long, people from near and far had heard of their healing talents. The news had spread so much that even the elves, little creatures who lived in the forests all over the land, heard word of The Arnuchi Tribe and of what they could do. The Elf king had recently fallen ill and nothing the elves could do had helped. Finally the Elf king was in so much pain that he demanded to be sent to this healing tribe, for if anyone could heal him now, it would be them. The elves obeyed their leader, and for the first time in history, together they travelled across rivers and fields until finally they reached The Arnuchi Tribe, the first humans they’d ever made contact with.

The Arnuchi leader summoned her best healers, each specializing in a different field. Together they worked dutifully on the Elf King’s well-being, until finally, the last drop of illness had left his body and he was healed. 

“ How may we repay you?” The king asked, forever grateful to the healing tribe.

“ We desire nothing.” They replied. “ We only awakened the healing powers your body already had within.”

“But there must be something that you need.” The Elf King insisted.

The tribe leader shook her head, ” We only wish to spread our love of healing to this world.

The king thought long and hard, for there had to be something he could give. Finally a brilliant idea sparked in his mind. He summoned all of the healers who had helped him and he requested a hair from each. Cautiously, each healer plucked a hair from their head and placed them into the King’s out stretched palm. The Elf wrapped his tiny fingers around the hairs and muttered a string of strange words under his breath. As his fingers uncurled the people of the tribe gasped in amazement, for in the place of the hairs lay a bright yellow flower. 

“This flower can cure almost any illness.” The King said proudly. The leader of the Arnuchi tribe accepted the gift with gratitude. 

From that day forward, the Arnuchi Tribe grew the plant all over their land. Today we know this simple flower as the Arnica Montana.

Now in modern day times, the Arnica flower can no longer heal all illness, but the power it holds is still great. Here at Arnica Clinic, we continue to believe in the same mentality of our ancestors. We thrive to help anyone and everyone we can with the gifts that our we were given.

Uncovered and transcribed by Anna Chen

I found Arnica!
I found Arnica!

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Pitt Meadows Digestiv Health – Meetup group at Arnica Clinic

Digestive Health. Information and Education Session

Are you experiencing challenges every day because of difficulty with digestion?
Have you been diagnosed with IBS and are frustrated by the lack of information on managing it?
Are you experiencing pain, bloating, and embarrassment every single day?
Do you or people you care about have problems with digestion?
Are you simply interested in improving your overall health?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will benefit from participating in our Digestive Health Info Session.
Starting April 29 at 7:00 -9:00 pm
and continuing Every Last Wednesday of the Month
at Arnica Clinic

  • We are committed to bringing together experts in their field to inform you, provide you with resources, and assist you in living the very best life possible.
  • Every Last Wednesday of each month we invite you to join us, ask questions and educate yourself on digestive health.
  • At each meeting we will provide information you can apply immediately, plenty of time for discussion, and specific strategies for you to go home with.

This week’s meeting will feature 3 speakers:

Katherine Feeney – Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Katherine is a Nutrition coach with a drive to educate and empower you so that you can make decisions that will allow you to be your healthiest self and ROCK YOUR LIFE. She guides clients to develop a positive relationship with food, and teaches them how to nourish their body through nutrition and intuitive eating.

Janine Karlsen – RN, Masters in Counselling

Janine is a registered nurse with a passion for health she coaches clients to be their healthiest and most amazing selves. She has a passion for optimizing our bodies at a cellular level so that they can fuel us with energy and brilliant vitality to all of our goals and dreams. She will speak specifically of how to sort through the maze of vitamins and supplements and choose the very best quality to power your magnificent body.

Elena Kazakova – Owner of Arnica Clinic, Certified Colon-Hydrotherapist

She will talk about Colon Hydrotherapy, one of the most natural and ancient ways to detoxify. Colon health is critical for eliminating toxins and enhancing the health of the lungs, kidneys, skin, liver, and lymph system. Colon Hydrotherapy will enhance immune system function, supports maintenance of a healthy weight, and will eliminate toxins and gas from your digestive system.

Healthy snacks will be provided and there will be some awesome door prizes!

We look forward to seeing you!

Please RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Pit-Meadows-Digestive-Health-Meetup/events/221703073/

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Ultimate detox – Water Fast. My latest health adventure.

 

“Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”

Famous healer and educator Mary Poppins

 

“Let the food be your medicine, and medicine your food.”

Hippocrates

What I have noticed lately is that we are slowly moving toward the “…medicine your food” and I am afraid that medicine might become our food, indeed.

When I worked at a pharmacy, I was blown away by the amount of pills I was required to put in the blister pack to take at once. I wondered, what Hippocrates would say about it. Literally, a tablespoon of pills repeated three – four times per day! How many spoons of sugar you need to help that amount of medicine go down?

Now lets take a look at the food we are eating. Actually… We better not.  How about no food at all? At least for a week? Let’s leave our body alone for a while, and let it sort it’s own problems without external invasions. Just the water— the source of life.

Can a person  survive at least one week without food?

Let me share with you my latest adventure — 7 days water fast.

At the end of this blog I included some numbers to illustrate the results of that process.

There are a few things that inspired me and lead to the reason I did the water fast.

I grew up in a family of doctors. I enjoyed hearing the endless stories about healing and healers, especially my mom. Stories about doctors – heroes who experimented on themselves to find the cure for illnesses or to obtain new physiological information about human body. This adventurous side of medicine was always attractive to me. It was probably a good thing for I didn’t become a doctor.

Natural ways of healing and the body’s own ability to heal itself always interested me most of all.

Finally, passion turned into profession. Working in wellness industry, I love to share my knowledge and experience with people and I have more reason to research and experiment and not just talk the talk, but walk the walk as well.

Another inspiration for my latest health adventure was Paul Bragg and his method of detoxification by water fasting.

You could find a lot of controversial information about Paul Bragg on the internet, but for me it was another reason to check his theory and to see if it would work for me.

There are many other natural health professionals who recommend water fasting as the ultimate detoxification, anti-aging and cancer treatment. There are different variations of methods and techniques of water fasting and many pages written about health benefits of it:

— During the water fast, your body will conserve the precious energy used for digestion, absorption, and elimination of food and use it as needed to solve it’s own problems and issues. It is exactly the same process that happens while we sleep.

— To sustain itself, the body consumes the old and malfunctioning cells, which promotes whole body rejuvenation and prevention many serious illnesses like cancer.

— Toxins are being flushed out of the body.

— Weight loss. The body eliminates excess fats. According to some studies, fat cells stores the substances that turn on the genes of obesity.

— Fasting helps to develop fascinating skill of self observation beside the will power and self control.

I read Bragg’s book, Miracle of Fasting, many years ago back in Russia.

The thing that really stood out, and that I liked, was when Bragg continued to live an active life during his 7-10 day water fasts. My biggest question was: Is it humanly possible to stay without food for so long and still be in right state of mind?

We’ve all  heard stories about travelers and survivors from natural disasters who go without food for long periods of time. In those cases, they had no choice and some times went insane. They definitely didn’t enjoy their life at that particular time. However, I met quite a few people over time who did water fast voluntarily for health reason and had great improvement of their health.

Now I have to rephrase my question: Is it humanly possible to enjoy and active life when you only consume water? Is it possible for me?

And as all adventurists know, there is only one way to find out!

My first attempt lasted 1.5 days. The headache was so horrible that I decide to stop it and start eating.

However, deep in my mind, I didn’t give up.

My second attempt was 3 years ago, and was quite successful. I survived the first 3-4 days of headache just knowing that I was not going to stop this time, especially after I noticed that my weight is going down 1kg a day! Hurray!

It is so delightful to step on the scale and see 1 kg (2.2 lbs) less every morning, you don’t see that very often.

I deliberately didn’t want to change my life style and schedule. I continued to work, exercise the same way, and cooked. I even kept my family company at the dinner table.

After the 3 day headache was gone I felt light, alert and full of energy. I got up early in the morning easily without a cup of coffee waiting for me. I discovered freedom! Time stopped feeling so rushed! I had 24 hours a day that I divided between sleep, work and doing things I always wanted to do.

My third attempt was just a week ago. This time it was even easier than before. Only 2 days of discomfort in the beginning, and after that — lightness, energy and more freedom again! This time I used some supportive cleansing techniques that I believe made it easier for me this time. Below I’ll describe the whole journey step by step in point format:

March 3:

  • Switch to vegan diet (temporally) 2 weeks before water fast.
  • Start reducing amount of coffee gradually.
  • Felt some mild withdraw symptoms: light headache, unfocused, low energy.
  • Weight 160.7 lb,
  • Fat: 40.5%

March 7:

  • Started Liver Cleanse by using “Gallstone Cleanse / Liver Flush” kit, developed by Shael Stonebridge, R.H.N. First 5 days – just as a preparation.
  • 1 capsule of Magnesium Malate (and / or 1 spoon of Apple cider vinegar or 1L apple juice) a day, nothing really exciting. Still feeling fatigue, mild headache.

March 9:

  • Weight 159.3 lb,
  • Fat 41.0%

March 10:

  • Weight 157.1 lb,
  • Fat 39.5%

March 11:

  • Weight 158.2 lb,
  • Fat 39.9%

March 12:

  • Day 6 of Liver cleanse.
  • Took Magnesium Malate capsulle in the morning, Magnesium Oxide ( laxative) in the afternoon, Epsom Salt in the evening, Grapefruit juice mixed with olive oil right before bed.
  • Sleep with warm water bottle on the liver.

March 13:

  • Day 7 of Liver cleanse — actual flush. I drank another portion of Epsom Salt early in the morning then again and stayed close to the bathroom until late morning, watching stones come out.
    • Had Colonic in the afternoon.
      • Weight 154.3 lb,
      • Fat 39.8%
Gallstones from gallbladder and liver
Gallstones from gallbladder and liver

 

Gallstones, that came out after liver flush
Same gallstones with a dime to compare size.

 March 15:

  • Weight 156.3 lb,
  • Fat 39.9%

March 16:

  • Day 1 of Water Fast
    • Went to “Rain Drops Technique“( Aromatherapy massage) training. Feel great, a lot of energy.
      • Weight 155.2 lb,
      • Fat 38.8%

March 17:

  • Day 2. Nothing exciting, just drank water. Mild headache.
    • Weigh 154.5 lb,
    • Fat 38.5%

March 18:

  • Day 3. Had colonic in the morning.
    • Headache gone and didn’t come back at all.
    • Feel great and full of energy, like some heavy blanket was lifted from me. Went for 1 hour walk.
      • Weight 151.2 lb,
      • Fat 38.5%

March 19:

  • Day 4. Feel great. Sunny day.  Went for 1 hour walk.
    • Weight 149.0 lb,
    • Fat 37.9%

March 20: 

  • Day 5. Still feel great, and went into the sauna.
    • Weight 147.0 lb,
    • Fat 37.1%

March 21:

  • Day 6. My usual 2.5 hours martial arts practice.
    • Weight 145.9 lb,
    • Fat 36.8%

March 22:

  • Day 7. My usual 1 + 2.5 hour martial arts practice.
    • Weight 143.3 lb,
      • Fat 35.5%

March 23: 

  • Started eating. Feel good as well!
    • Had 2 tomatoes Vitamixed with a lot of water, 1/2 of mango, 1/3 of small/medium watermelon.
      • Weight 142.4 lb,
      • Fat 35.5%

March 24:

  • Continue eating.
    • Weight 143.5 lb,
    • Fat 35.9%

March 24:

  • Eating, but still on vegan diet.
    • Had colonic.
      • Weight 144.1 lb,
      • Fat 35.0%
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Change in Weight (lb)

Change in Weight

Vegan Diet 2 weeks: 5 lb

Water Fast 1 week : 13 lb

Total change in weight: 18 lbs

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Change in Fat (%)

Change in Fat (%)

Vegan Diet for 2 weeks: 2.8%

Water Fast 1 week : 2.75%

Total change in fat: 4.95%

 

 

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