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How I do Colonics: In My Bathroom

Tara Carpenter, NC.

20160116_225616I’ve done colonics since college when I experimented with fasting. In my thirties, I had stubborn systemic yeast overgrowth and was stumped where to begin healing. A friend lent me The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.) and I began that way of eating.

I also rekindled my enjoyment for colonics after reading a chapter in the book about how colon cleansing can bring balance to the body when there is yeast or bacterial overgrowth. 

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Stage 1 Grocery List for The Body Ecology Diet

Stage 1 Grocery List for The Body Ecology Diet

This grocery list is for Stage 1 of Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.). This stage lasts about 3-6 months and when most people feel dramatic changes in how they feel. This is good! The body is cleansing, realigning, and most of all …. healing. How long you remain on Stage 1 depends on your individual health concerns and reasons for stepping into this diet. 

The body is a self-healing organism, and this list is a tool to start feeling better! Ready to transition to stage 2? Here is the Stage 2 Grocery List.

The Body Ecology Diet was created by Donna Gates as a holistic and natural approach to address yeast, bacterial, or viral overgrowth (i.e., CandidaGBS+). By practicing this diet, your digestive system gets the opportunity to rest and repair and renew. 

I practiced stage one for 3 years. A long time, yet that is what I needed for my own healing. I hit the bullseye every day and transformed my health (i.e., no more stomach pain, slow digestion, or bloating).

Jump-start your body to be the self-healing organism you are.

The foods below are the basics to get you started. These foods help your body “rest and repair” and get yeast or bacterial overgrowth under control and heal accompanying damage to the digestive/immune system.

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The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.)

The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D) is a way of eating designed to address yeast, bacterial, and viral overgrowth in the body. A main purpose is to boost immunity by alkalizing blood and restoring inner ecosystem to naturally support the body in being the self-healing organism it is.

The goal is not to eradicate yeast, bacteria, or viruses. That would be impossible and less than ideal. Instead, the focus is to restore the body’s strength so all parts work in harmony. A first step in restoring the body’s ecology and reversing yeast, bacterial, or viral overgrowth is to starve out pathogens by no longer feeding them foods that make them grow; we also want to make the inner ecosystem (gut) an unsuitable environment for these problematic organisms to live. B.E.D. achieves this with mineral and probiotic rich foods that alkalizes the blood and colonizes the gut with friendly flora that correct the body’s pH and assists digestion and elimination. 

B.E.D. doesn’t contain gluten, sugar, or yeast and utilizes traditional methods of preparation to ensure easy-to-digest, nutrient dense, probiotic-rich food. Within a few diligent weeks, you can expect to feel a significant shift in how you feel. This diet isn’t a fad; the underlying principles are thousands of years old and can be used your entire life, even passed down to your children.

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10 Ways to Avoid Group B Strep Infection in Pregnancy

Most pregnant women are not prepared for a group B strep diagnosis. I know that I wasn’t when my test came back positive at 38 weeks. At that point, I did not have time to reverse the condition and opted for i.v. antibiotics during labor. See here if unborn baby is at risk for GBS+.

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GROCERY LIST for Stage 2 of The Body Ecology Diet

This grocery list is for Stage 2 of The Body Ecology Diet (B.E.D.); for those of you who continuing onward (and upward) in bringing a chronic health issue, like yeast overgrowth or group B strep back in balance. If you have been practicing B.E.D. for less than 3-6 months, then you may want to stick with stage 1 grocery list

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How I Do Castor Packs

Castor oil is both gentle and potent and has the ability to absorb into your skin and various other organs to relieve pain, increase circulation, decrease inflammation, and bring healing to specific parts of the body. One easy way to get all these benefits is with a ‘castor pack’.

My first time doing a pack was after my youngest was born in 2007. I did one every day that first week home from the hospital to get my uterus back in shape. Heavenly! Year later, I used it again for chronic bloating and constipation I was having from yeast overgrowth. A saving grace providing tremendous relief (my castor pack + B.E.D., digestive enzymes, minerals, boluses, and unsalted probiotic food got my health back on track). ❤️

I no longer reach for my pack much these days, but when I do I’m glad to have it. Each member of my family has one as it’s not recommended to share. My husband puts his on his gallbladder when flares. My kids use one on belly for an immunity boost. Mine goes over my liver and lower back when tight. 

My personal favorite is to use the castor pack over my belly or under my lower back while I do a colonic; which typically takes me about 45 minutes to an hour, the perfect time for a pack 😉 If one of us gets a cough, we lay the pack right over the lungs.

Sprains

I recently sprained my ankle and was in horrendous pain. I put a wool sock on, drizzled with castor oil, and slipped this on my foot with plastic bag over to prevent my bed sheets from getting oily. I did this for 2 nights and healed so quick from an injury that typically would have taken days to bounce back from.

Lymphatic Cleanser

Beauty of a castor pack is it stimulates/cleanses lymphatic system of fluid; which is basically the body’s sewer system where dead cells and debris absorb. The lymphatic system brings this fluid and waste to the liver and spleen for filtering. If lymph system is slow to circulate, lymph fluid can stagnant and you may notice digestive or immune issues (i.e. allergies, constipation). Using castor oil topically gets the lymphatic system moving to clean things up.

How I make a castor pack:

Materials Needed

Castor Oil (high-quality, cold-pressed, preferably organic)
Cotton flannel “pack” (36” x 10”)
Chuck pad, folded in half or cut to size
Old towel
Heating pad or 11”x 18” FAR infrared blanket

Method

  1. Pour 1-2 tablespoon of castor oil onto the cotton flannel.
  2. Apply to upper right abdomen, under rib-cage/liver OR any area needing treatment.
  3. Cover with a chuck pad and top that with an old towel.
  4. Place heat source on top of towel (high enough to feel warmth on skin without burning).
  5. Relax for 30-90 minutes while the skin absorbs the oil.
  6. Remove pack and rinse off area with 2 tsp baking soda/1 pint water and paper towels.

Tips & Tricks

  • Once you’re comfortable using a pack, consider investing in a castor pack holder.
  • Lay a chuck pad under you while doing a pack to protect the surface (castor oil stains).
  • Wait a few hours after eating to do a pack to loosen toxicity and obstructions in tract.
  • Castor packs are good before bed while reading. Keep a bag next to bed, so when ready to fall asleep, you can drop materials into bag without getting up.
  • For max benefit for non-acute issue, use pack 3 consecutive nights/week with 4th week off. Repeat 2 cycles, take week off, continue 1x/week until symptoms subsides.
  • Acute situations: 30″ for 5 nights, 2 nights off, repeat cycle for 2 weeks until feel better.
  • Individual response differ depending on symptoms; please consult with your doctor.
  • Castor packs can be used many times; you don’t need to rinse or clean between uses.
  • Store pack in glass jar in fridge; add fresh castor oil before each use, discard after 6-12 months.

*A castor pack works for general aches and decrease inflammation, especially for flu, eye infections, abscesses, hair loss, headaches, epilepsy, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, constipation, intestinal obstructions and hyperactivity. Women benefit during fibroids, mastitis, c-section healing, cramps, ovarian cysts, and menses. Use caution if breastfeeding, as castor oil will create a lot of movement which can cause detox through breast-milk. Not for using during pregnancy.

Precautions: Castor oil is broken down by the small intestine into ricinoleic acid; which acts as an irritant to intestinal lining. This is what gives castor oil the ability to reverse constipation. It’s also what can cause digestive discomfort and gastrointestinal effects. Use castor oil with caution with IBS, ulcers, diverticulitis, colitis, hemorrhoids, prolapse, or if you recently had surgery. Do not use pack if you have cancer or open infections without talking to doctor. It’s good to test castor oil on a small part of your arm before use to see if you react negatively.

References
Step-By-Step Castor Oil Pack Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVaCT80TzlY
https://rootnaturalhealth.wordpress.com/2011/01/01/castor-oil-packs-are-good-for-liver-detoxification-and-lymphatic-circulation/
https://shininghealth.com/blog/2012/04/detox-your-body-the-amazing-healing-benefits-of-castor-oil

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How My Family Uses Meat Stock

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMeat stock goes back centuries as food with medicinal properties. Whether it’s made with chicken, lamb, beef, or fish – It’s all good stuff. It’s the first thing that we think to eat when we get sick. It’s nourishing, anti-inflammatory, and healing for the digestive system and keeps our bellies happy ?

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