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Mark Wilson

Courageously Seeking Alternative Options

By:  Mark, Admissions Counselor

In the midst of a pandemic, everyone has their health on the mind. Most of us have a heightened awareness of our surroundings and are more conscience of what we touch and what goes in our body. These concepts are nothing new to someone with a cancer diagnosis which inherently comes with a compromised immune system. When considering alternative cancer treatment options in this current environment there are many circumstances that must be factored in. In speaking with those looking for information about our holistic approach, I am able to provide them with a “Travel Game Plan” that allows them to keep their minds set on the goal of healing.

As Admissions Counselor, my job is to not only inform them of our program but to calmly change the context of the situation. I commend them for having the courage to seek out another option other than chemotherapy or radiation; to explore a way other than what most people think is the only treatment. I let them know that they are in control; the fear and pressure don’t have to be the motivating factor. Just the opposite, the person reaching out to us, is taking their power back and seeking a path they feel will be best for them. The secret is listening to yourself; your gut instincts will lead the way. Find a direction that feels right to you-and embrace it fully. Attitude is everything; that same courage that had them Googling alternative cancer treatment is the same courage that gives them the strength to pack their bags and move across the country for several weeks and attend our clinic. To take such a big step requires trust in yourself.

The first step to treatment at Utopia Cancer Center is a consultation with Dr. Carlos Garcia which can be done in the clinic or by telephone, as most are, considering our patients come from throughout the world. For those with a cancer diagnosis, the consultation is complimentary; Dr. Garcia actually donates his time so that these people have a chance to hear another side to the story from what their conventional doctors are telling them. Which as previously stated, is to start chemotherapy or radiation immediately as if there is NO other choice. I suggest anyone who calls me to take advantage of this offer; even if it’s just a “fact finding mission”.

Alternative medicine is about education because this type of medicine is patient driven; they take an active role in their healing. The body can heal if given the right tools and environment starting with the way you think. I always tell people gather all the information you can, take advantage of all the consultations available and then pick a direction that resonates within you. Whether they choose Utopia Cancer Center or somewhere else, I tell them to fully commit to their choice and embrace it. I just want to see people heal regardless of how they get there.

 

 

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Our Brain – Our Super Computer

by Carlos M. Garcia, M.D.

Clearly the diagnosis of Parkinson’s, Dementia or a combination thereof confirms the fact that our brain, our super computer, has a system error. Mainstream medicine precedes to micromanage the brain with drugs or procedures. The biggest detriment to micromanagement is tunnel vision. Mainstream medicine focuses on the symptoms, and pursues its amelioration at the expense of other issues. This is a pattern seen in just about all aspects of specialization.

Knowing our limits:

The specialist is driven to rid the patient of their symptoms. However, in this quest, the specialist ignores collateral damage(s) that may result from their treatment. For example, chemotherapy for the treatment of the cancer symptom (cancer is always the symptom; why one has cancer is the problem) ignores several side effects, such as nausea, malabsorption, emotional effects of physical changes, compromised immune system, anemia, etc. Do oncologists team up with nutritionists? No. When patients develop collateral issues because of treatment, it is usually the patient who has to find his or her own solution. I believe that the majority of specialist suffer from tunnel vision and as such, the patients and their family and loved ones are pushed in becoming the general practitioner, a responsibility that they are untrained and ill experienced, in most cases, to manage.

Mainstream’s symptomatic protocol treatments (the notion that the same treatment fits everyone with a given diagnosis) require the patient to comply with the preexisting protocol(s). Any deviation from the master plan, i.e. nutritional intervention, or the taking of supplements, is usually ignored, frowned upon, or left to a patient to figure out on his or her own self.

At Utopia, I along with my staff coordinate and manage issues for all of our campers. Whereas, we need to start somewhere, as we get to know our campers, which does not take long, we are able to customize our treatments per the individual. We have structure; we are just able to adjust it as necessary for each of our individual campers. Striving for individualization is the driving force behind our weekly grand rounds, which includes all service practitioners. The practitioners share their insights and nuances about each patient in order to adjust each camper’s treatment plan to better fit their needs.

Pulling back the curtain:

Be it dementia or Parkinson’s or a combination of both, there is clearly something haywire within our super computer. What’s wrong? NO ONE KNOWS. People have ideas. BUT NO ONE REALLY KNOWS! Having said this unwelcomed truth does not stop doctors and researchers from making claims. Claims based on laboratory conditions are more likely to be embraced by the church of science based medicine if a pharmaceutical or a procedure is involved.

Another secret: there is no reference range for intrathecal chemistries, the fluid that surrounds our brain and spinal cord. It’s a guess that your brain is deficient in dopamine and that giving a medication to increase the levels of dopamine will be beneficial. Truly it is called the practice of medicine because we are all individuals, and what works for one may not work for anyone else. There is great social pressure placed on physicians to comply with what other colleagues do. Individualism is frowned upon in medicine.

So if we know so little about how our brain functions, how can we assist and reverse or mitigate a person with a cerebral systems error? The answer: Do no harm. The treatments, which I researched and selected, allow me to assist our innate healing properties, while avoiding disastrous side effects. The worse side effect one can have at Utopia is that the treatment does not work for that individual.

First and foremost, we start by feeding the brain. Unless a camper has a genetic condition called familial hypercholesterolemia, I ask the patient to stop all statins. Here is another secret: cholesterol has nothing to do with heart disease.

Many “experts” will refute what I have stated above in part or in whole. However, “experts” are all too quick to follow the mainstream medical protocol. They have few cures, if any, for any medical illness. In fact, the mainstream model is to keep people sick but feeling better in order for them to not lose a customer. This model is designed to maintain the status quo. Namely, cures are bad for the economic medical model. If you ask them how they arrive at which drugs to use or why. at a particular dosage they will refer to what is written by others. However, what they don’t say is that there is no concrete answer for your case specifically. If you ask them what the brain fluid levels are before and after taking medication, they don’t have them. Mainstream science-based medicine settles for drawing out the disease progression as success, or the best that the patient should expect. I believe otherwise.

It sounds pretty gloomy but if you ask me, I believe medical practitioners really would like to cure patients. However, unless “Big Pharma” spoon-feeds them a protocol that has a cure, they won’t or can’t figure one out. Creative thinking in medicine is not encouraged, unless it can be monetized. Mainstream practitioners want to cure. However, I know I cannot cure, and I am not embarrassed or ashamed at acknowledging it. I want to help campers heal, which campers can do. This is the greatest difference between a physician and a doctor. The physician understands his role at assisting the camper’s innate healing powers; a doctor is not just looking at numbers, but thinks that without micro-management you are unable to heal. Thus by macro-managing your environment through diet, detoxing, etc., Our focus is intended to facilitate your innate ability to micro-manage the innumerable variables which results in healing. Most of which are yet to be identified by mainstream science-based medicine, let alone understood.

Join us next month for Part II in which we will provide Utopia’s Macro-Management Protocol in supporting your innate ability to heal.

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Colon Hydrotherapy Myth Versus Reality – Part Two

By Carlos M. Garcia, M.D.

Let’s look at the numerous myths associated with colonic irrigation. Many mainstream medical websites foster fearmongering as a way of subverting disease prevention. Claims such as the following are touted as “the dangers of colonics”:

Myth

  1. Severe Cramping: “Awful abdominal cramping is one of the most common side effects of a colon hydrotherapy treatment. This occurs due to large amounts of water being flushed through the digestive system. Air bubbles can occur causing painful cramping, abdominal pain, a weighty feeling of fullness and bloating.”

Reality

Colonic irrigation is a magnificent way of removing trapped air. I actually had this happen to me once, when I was doubled over with trapped gas. Large bowel distention from whatever reason is extremely painful. Luckily, I was able to find a colon therapist who was able to treat me and in the process facilitate the passing of the trapped gas, since water is heavier than air. The water was able to gently break the air lock and facilitate its release. In my 23 plus years of ordering colonic irrigations, I do not recall any disabling case of post colonic cramping.

Myth

  1. Electrolyte Imbalance: “The colon is like a sponge and oftentimes clients can absorb too much water during a colon hydrotherapy treatment or over repeated treatments. Too much water can cause a severe electrolyte imbalance and side effects—including heart arrhythmia, nausea, vomiting, cramping, fluid on the lungs and even coma.”

Reality

The claim that “the colon is a sponge is just utter stupidity”. Just because there is water there does not mean that the colon must absorb the water. The colon is a highly regulated and sophisticated organ with numerous feedback loops and checks and balances. I challenge the author of this article to provide the case study(ies) where a competent colon therapist caused coma, cardiac arrhythmias, severe electrolyte imbalances, pulmonary edema. These claims are just unreal.

I have yet to see any such claim as arrhythmia, pulmonary edema secondary to a colonic, or coma after or during a colonic. If such claims were truthful as you will read below, colonics would have been outlawed in America. Patients are encouraged to eat prior to their therapy and clearly afterwards. Whereas too much water intravenously is harmful, our colons have a regulatory mechanism.

As you will see in the history of colon therapy in Part One of this series, colon therapy was considered at one time, prior to endoscopy and colonoscopy technology, mainstream medicine (4). Due to the level of technology and monitoring back in the 1920’s – 1960’s the incidences of such catastrophes would have been astronomical given the number of therapies done across the USA. It would have been banned, yet it continued until new technology could be monetized.

Myth

  1. Bacterial Infection – “A bacterial infection can occur following a colonics treatment if the equipment used is not properly sanitized. This is why most states demand that any equipment used in colonics hydrotherapy is serialized and disposable so it can be replaced between clients. Contaminated colonics equipment may cause a bacterial infection anywhere along the digestive system. An infection can also result inside the colon if too much healthy bacteria are flushed away during the procedure. “

Reality

I think that basic sanitation escaped these authors. What makes these authors think that because we are dealing with the colon, or fecal matter, that sanitary conditions are ignored? Basic sanitation in medicine requires that each practitioner, be it in the operating or colonic suite, assure sanitation. In case these authors forgot, it was not until 1847 when Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis proposed washing hands before surgery. (7) True to human nature, this proposal was initially met with resounding opposition.

The purpose of colonic irrigation is to flush out all bacteria, beneficial and others. What these authors fail to understand is that the colon is best described as a huge parking lot. Bacteria, both friendly and not, colonize the parking slots within our colons. Thus with this therapy, all beneficial and other bacteria are flushed out. This is why we instruct our patients to take probiotics after colonic irrigation and for the next two weeks following in order to recolonize the gut with beneficial bacteria. Once again, the authors of this article appear to have a resounding lack of understanding of colon therapy, its purpose and benefits. However, it also appears that their apparent ignorance has in no way interfered with their attempt to fearmonger.

Myth

  1. Renal Failure – Renal failure (or kidney failure) is a severe risk of colonics that has been linked to certain herbal preparations used over many colonics treatments. Renal failure will occur if the kidneys are unable to filter waste products out of the blood.

Reality

What herbal preparation are these hacks referring to? Colonics are to be done with filtered water only. Again, a competent technician knows this. This, once again, is nothing more than fearmongering driven by securing mainstream therapies.

I have referred patients with renal dysfunction for colon therapy. In no way has their renal function been adversely affected. The idea that water infused into a colon results in water entering the blood stream is not what I have observed in my practice. The human bowel is not a mere diffusion membrane. Our bowel is a complex organ with extensive innervation and complex feedback loops.

I can even make the comparison of our bowel to a high sophisticated ecosystem, involving a medley of bacterial, fungi and viruses working to provide assistance in our wellbeing when in harmony or illness when in disharmony.

Myth

  1. Bowel Perforation – Bowel perforation, which actually results from damage to the wall of the bowel, can occur with colon hydrotherapy that is not performed by a professional. This severe perforation is usually caused by flushing the bowel with too much pressure and requires emergency surgery to repair.

Reality

Automobiles by themselves do not kill people; inept drivers operating an automobile can do so. Seeking a competent therapist is key to safe colonic irrigation. Ask to see the therapist’s licensure and ask about his/her experience.

As for pressure, if these authors spent as much time understanding current colonic irrigation machines as they do in confabulating fear, they would have stated that modern machines have a pressure monitor. The competent therapist is constantly conversing with the patient and observing the pressures being generated. A competent therapist will release or evacuate the water when a patient feels uncomfortable or the pressure increases.

Myth

  1. Liver Toxicity – The liver is closely related to the colon as both filter waste and toxins out of the body. If an unsafe herbal preparation is used in a colonics treatment, liver toxicity (or aplastic anemia) can occur if toxins remain in the blood.

Reality

This comment above truly defines walking brain donor! The author of this statement has no clue as to what he or she is saying. This is just plain ignorance and fearmongering. “Aplastic Anemia” is a condition where the patient fails to form red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. NONE OF WHICH ARE MADE IN THE LIVER!!! Liver failure and aplastic anemia are worlds apart.

There is no way that colonic irrigation in and of itself can result in aplastic anemia. With the number of colonics that I have ordered, witnessed and received myself, I have never seen a case of aplastic anemia presenting as a result of colonic irrigation. In fact, I have treated patients with aplastic anemia and I have recommended they do colon therapy in an attempt to detoxify their body in order to facilitate becoming more alkaline.

Myth

  1. Abscesses – Studies show that abscesses can form after faulty colonic hydrotherapy treatments. An abscess or multiple abscesses can form due to damage to the walls of the colon. If the tissue becomes infected, pus can accumulate in sacs along the colon lining (similar to a condition called colitis).

Reality

I challenge that such studies exist in humans. Furthermore, I reiterate that if such were true, colonics would be outlawed and not licensed. If anything, irrigating an infection is a great way to reduce the bacterial load. Perhaps this is why people are instructed to first clean the wound with soap and water or irrigate the wound with water.

Colonics in a non-traumatized colon does not result in abscess formation. I do not see how water will cause the abscesses. Perhaps the author could explain what he or she means by “faulty”.

The pathophysiology associated with diverticulosis, which may evolve into diverticulitis involves the dehydration of feces. Feces are trapped in the colon’s folds; this is normal for us all. The cells within the colon’s folds or invaginations, which are in direct contact with the remnant fecal material, dehydrate the remnants. The dehydration changes the consistency of the fecal matter from hydrated and firm or soft, to dehydrated, sticky and hard.

The change in consistency due to the dehydration stimulates an immune response to that area, since the colonic folds fail to act naturally. Think of it as mud dehydrating. As the water consistency decreases the mud becomes harder. This is what happens with the remnant fecal material. As the feces dehydrates, it acts more like cement interfering with the normal movement and function of the colon, resulting in an inflammatory response or diverticulitis.

As this sticky, hardened fecal material comes in contact with water during colon therapy, it softens, making it easier for its evacuation with normal bowel motion. When the irritating, dehydrated, sticky feces is gone the inflammation decreases. With frequent colonic irrigation, diverticulosis and diverticulitis should not recur.

Myth

  1. Exacerbate Existing Health Issues – A client should never undergo colon hydrotherapy treatments if they have existing health conditions—such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, internal hemorrhoids, rectal or intestinal tumors, heart disease, kidney disease, and diverticulitis. Also, any patient who recently underwent any type of surgery should avoid colonics altogether.

Reality

It is clear to me that the author(s) of this article is/are novices when it comes to colon health. I have ordered colonic treatments for conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, internal hemorrhoids, intestinal cancers, diverticulosis and diverticulitis with great benefit to patients.

I had this case where a man, diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, was scheduled for a total colectomy, total surgical removal of the large colon. His father, my patient, referred his son to me for evaluation. He was an assistant administrator for a hospital. His diet had been severely restricted, since certain foods exacerbated his symptoms. Even with a severely restricted diet, the patient had significant abdominal discomfort. In short his life stunk.

He was hesitant to do colonic irrigation. I finally convinced him to try one after explaining the quality of his life without a colon and the fact that he was willing to defecate his colon away. In short, what did he have to lose? He agreed and after his first colonic, he felt a bit different. He could not put his finger on it but his daily cramps were diminished. He agreed to a second and felt even better with more energy, his bowel movements became more regular and less painful. He requested more treatments. By the end of six weeks, his diet was augmented to almost anything he wanted, including roughage. He cancelled his surgery. His departing comment to me was: I want to thank you for helping me. I only wish I could tell others, but if I did I would be fired. Welcome to the realities of our sick care system.

Contraindications for colon hydrotherapy include the following:

I do not recommend colonics if one has:

Ostomy bag (person who empties fecal matter into an external bag)

The main issue here is that it makes a total mess and does not clean much

GI Hemorrhage/Perforation – for obvious common sense reasons

These conditions depend on the particulars which will be addressed by a physician:

Abdominal Hernia

Aneurysm

Cancer of the Rectum or Colon – depending on proximity to anus/rectum

Congestive Heart Failure

Fissures or Fistulas

Kidney Disease (decreased kidney function) – depends on creatinine levels

Recent Rectal or Colon Surgery – less than 7 weeks

Severe Hemorrhoids

Uncontrolled Hypertension (more to do with arteriosclerosis vs hydrotherapy)

Contraindications are on an individual basis, not on generic arbitrary dogma. Medicine is an art because we are all unique, thus what applies to one does not necessarily apply to another. Our uniqueness is the fun aspect of medicine and also its frustration.

 

(1) – Carlos Garcia MD Clinical Practice and Observations

(2) – http://www.innerspa.org/history.htm

(3) – https://www.activebeat.com/your-health/the-dangers-of-colonics/?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=AB_GGL_US_DESK-SearchMarketing_TR&utm_content=g_c_223336349998&cus_widget=&utm_term=colon%20cleansers&cus_teaser=kwd-10347500&utm_acid=3040947159&utm_caid=345399758&utm_agid=24581757518&utm_os=&ver=desktop-refresh&utm_pagetype=multi&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIp9DAl4zg5QIVQ9yGCh2RXASwEAMYAiAAEgLuIvD_BwE

(4) – http://www.innerspa.org/history.htm

(5) –  – Modern Medicine, Vol. XVI, No. 6, June 1907, P122.

(6) – https://www.gpact.org/docs/the%20history%20of%20colonic%20hydrotherapy.pdf

(7) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignaz_Semmelweis

 

 

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Overcoming Fear with Child-Like Curiosity

By: Daniel Mykins, M.S.

The question of the week asks, “what toxic element in my life am I unwilling to change”? For many of the campers the toxic element is fear, more specifically fear of change. Most of us would rather remain in what we know because it is safer and more comfortable, even though it isn’t promoting our healing. Campers shared in our group session their unwillingness to change habits that have been well formed and learned from others. These habits can be psychological, otherwise known as habits of the mind, and are often connected to relationships with family members. Campers may have been told as children that they are not worthy unless they behave in a certain manner. The unhealthy habits of the mind develop, such as, “I am not worthy of change even if it promotes my healing. I don’t deserve to be happy”. None of these habits are easy to shift from, especially when they are used as coping mechanisms for other difficult issues in life. Often one unhealthy habit like anger is really a cover up for another unhealthy habit such as guilt or shame. Like cancer, the unhealthy habit is a symptom of an even more toxic issue that may directly connect to self. All of our issues have one thing in common: SELF. Everything comes back to self-love and self-trust.

The most common fear is the fear of the unknown. This fear may be paralyzing and prevent the camper from making any changes whether positive or negative. The camper worries about the outcome of the change and if they will be in a better place for making the change. This fear of the unknown is often used as an excuse for not making the change in behavior. One camper remained in a toxic relationship with a significant other for years out of fear of not being able to find anyone else to love or be loved. Often a camper may feel that they are too old to start over or have invested many years in the relationship and doesn’t want to start over with someone new. I might ask the camper this question: How do you know the outcome won’t be better? This may cause the camper to looks at me with a puzzled face and often may acknowledges he/she doesn’t know. You won’t know unless you choose to do something different, which involves taking a risk and being vulnerable. We say vulnerability is a strength not a weakness at Utopia. A common hope is that the other person will change their behavior. This kind of wishful thinking allows the camper to give their power away and be dependent upon an outside force changing, which allows the camper to remain the same. The camper has given their permission to remain in a victim mentality.

The path to making a change is to make a change for better or worse. I often say this phrase, “if not now, when? What’s going to make the next moment any easier to make a change”? Instead of fearing what might be lost and remaining in the same position, we empower the camper to be curious in a child-like manner and to look at the possibilities of how change can support their healing. It is making a shift from the finite to the infinite possibilities that may appear with the willingness to act differently. When campers reframe their fear into a child-like curiosity, the possibilities of healing are endless. The camper feels the difference between remaining in a toxic relationship out of fear and making choices for change out of love for self. The camper has now gone from being a victim to becoming victorious.

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“You want me to do what with what?!”

By Beth Gaines, Certified Colon Therapist

This is the ongoing joke among my patients when I open up the dialogue about coffee enemas as a chief tool to recuperating their health. As a colon hydrotherapist, it is my job to coach and educate my patients on the time honored medicine of colon cleansing (dating back to the Egyptians), as it lays the foundation for good health throughout the entire body. This article is based on my experience listening to testimonials from thousands of patients, experience with my own coffee enemas, and research that I have sought out in the last six years working at Utopia.

Before we delve into coffee enemas, it is necessary to clarify why the flushing of the colon and bile is so imperative to our health. The colon is in charge of processing waste (98% of which is toxins) from our food and body via the secretion of bile. Bile breaks down consumed fats in the small intestine, and attaches itself to toxins, so the toxins can be excreted. In fact, it is recycled many times before exiting through the stool, so it becomes very concentrated with toxins. This is why we feel so much better right after a bowel movement- we can actually feel relief from the toxic release! When the colon becomes sluggish and congested with old stool and bile, the liver does too.

While colon hydrotherapy bathes this organ clean with warm purified water, the coffee enemas purge the liver by activating glutathione, our body’s number 1 anti-oxidant. Coffee enemas release 700% more glutathione than the body’s normal, natural function. As a result, 700% more toxins than normal evacuate the body, thereby speeding up the detoxification process tremendously. How is this possible? Because palmitic acid is the base for glutathione in the body and coffee is full of palmitic acid. The acids and caffeine travel across the gut wall, through the portal vein via the hemorrhoidal veins, and into the liver. In addition, the caffeine opens up the gallbladder ducts facilitating bile to flow even more.

These two therapies in conjunction work synergistically as a tag team effort: colonics removing the built up residual fecal matter, and coffee enemas removing toxins throughout the liver and blood such as heavy metals, fungi and viruses. The two have a powerful detoxifying effect on the body and mind.  However, the internet will have you believe otherwise.

Below are some of the main points that conventional medicine propagates which undoubtedly spreads confusion and fear:

“There’s no scientific evidence that proves or disproves that coffee enemas are helpful to treat any medical condition. Evidence for or against the use of coffee enemas is mostly anecdotal.” (1)

On the contrary, there is scientific evidence from a University of Minnesota study proving that palmitic acid increases glutathione levels by 600-700%. (2)

What is known for sure, is that coffee enemas are potentially dangerous. The decision to have a coffee enema or not is a personal choice best made between you and your doctor. If you choose to have a coffee enema and experience any serious side effects, get medical help. Serious side effects include severe pain, persistent nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding.”

Coffee enemas, like taking an aspirin or any other medicine, is potentially dangerous. There are only a few reasons why you shouldn’t do a coffee enema, such as electrolyte imbalance, congestive heart failure, and actively bleeding hemorrhoids, which is why you can discuss it with your integrative or holistic doctor to see if you are a good candidate. If your integrative or holistic doctor does not agree that colon therapy is beneficial, he or she will likely not support coffee enemas.

Out of the thousands of patients I have worked with, I have only heard two negative side effects: first, inability to sleep because too much coffee was administered or enema was taken too late at night, and second, abdominal cramping. The first side effect is quite common in patients who are sensitive to caffeine. In this case, doing a coffee enema in the morning solves this problem. The second side effect is extremely uncommon because caffeine relaxes the smooth muscle in the large intestine. Many of my patients diagnosed with colitis find that coffee enemas relax cramping significantly, and that it was the only time they could find relief.

If the insertion tube is lubricated and inserted gently into the rectum, and the coffee is administered at a temperature close to body temperature, there is no reason why there should be any discomfort during the enema. The bowel will feel full at worst, as if a bowel movement is necessary.

Individuals should not do coffee enemas or colon hydrotherapy if they have low electrolytes because enemas remove electrolytes. After performing an enema, it is recommended to drink eight ounces of coconut water (because it contains sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus) in order to replace the lost electrolytes, along with a green juice, in order to provide vitamins and minerals for the body.

In my profession I have witnessed the vast majority of my patients yield positive outcomes than have the handful of negative ones. In fact, I have seen countless patients confess to their surprised enjoyment of their coffee enemas, something that they initially looked upon with dread and even disgust. A patient recently reported to me that after her sinus surgery she was astounded that the inflammation and pain drastically reduced after her coffee enemas. When my patients return for maintenance at Utopia, it is typical that they mention how much they are enjoying their coffee enemas and how much better they feel in general when they do them. While so much fearmongering has been cast upon a well-documented medical therapy, one must indeed question the intent behind this misinformed action.

References

  1. http://www.healthline.com/health/coffee-enema-
  2. Luke K.T. Lam, Velta L. Sparnins and Lee W. Wattenberg., Isolation and Identification of Kahweol Palmitate and Cafestol Palmitate as Active Constituents of Green Coffee Beans That Enhance Glutathione S-Transferase Activity in the Mouse, American Association for Cancer Research, April 1982, 42: 1193-1198,
  3. https://www.drlindai.com/detox.html
  4. Case of Poisoning by Aconite; Enema of Coffee in the Treatment. Pacific Medical Surgeon Journal, 1866;9:239-240.
  5. Stajano C. The concentrated coffee enema in the the
    rapeutics of shock. Uruguayan Med Surg Special Arch. 1941;29:1-27.
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Colon Hydrotherapy Myth Versus Reality – Part One

By Carlos M. Garcia

The History of Colon Therapy

It appears that colon cleansing is first referred to in Egyptian writings. In the 5th century B.C., Herodotus wrote: “The Egyptians clear themselves on three consecutive days, every month, seeking after health by emetics and enemas for they think that all disease comes to man from his food”. 6th century B.C. Babylonian and Assyrian tablets also memorialize colon cleansing and rectal speculums (6).

Hippocrates was known to use enemas to treat fevers. Fevers are part of the body’s defense arsenal to fend off infections. Roman physician, Asclepiades of Bithynia (124 B.C.) who is credited with establishing medicine in Rome, preferred the enema over laxatives. Asclepiades used the enema for intestinal worms and fevers. Even then, astute practitioners recognized the enema’s treatment superiority over laxatives.

In today’s society we value external cleanliness. However as stated in the past, external cleanliness without internal maintenance, is akin to a tomb with good paint. In other words, external appearance or a lack of symptoms, if you do not maintain your internal body function/integrity, will result in dys-ease. Enemas were used extensively as the main source of treatment worldwide. The enema syringe was invented sometime between 0950 and 1050 and is regarded as the first colonic irrigation tool. The use of the enema continued to grow and by the time of the famous English surgeon, John Ardene (1307-1390), the enema was used “extensively in England by women of that day.” Ardene recommended that each person, constipated or not, should be purged three to four times a year to maintain good health. Notice at that time, medicine was focused on prevention, since intervention was barbaric by today’s standards, e.g., bloodletting, amputation, and alcohol as anesthesia.

The 17th century was the age of the enema. It was well accepted by society and technological advancements we highlighted by the advent of the enema syringe. By the middle of the 17th century other modalities, closed systems were available to the public.

During the late 19th and early 20th century, the use of colon hydrotherapy, and enemas, slowly dwindled among the medical community as laxatives and other drugs became more commercially available and easier to administer. It wasn’t until the practice of Dr. John H. Kellogg, that the therapy was rejuvenated. He reported in the 1917 Journal of American Medicine, “in all but twenty cases, he had used no surgery for the treatment of gastrointestinal disease in his patients…”. Finally, in 1932, Dr. W. Kerr Russell wrote a book entitled, Colonic Irrigation. This was the first documented use of the term colonic irrigation and colonic lavage.

Once and Done?

What people do not understand is that the average American food source may expose the consumers to trace amounts on antibiotics. How is this? Great question! Perhaps you have heard about controversies about antibiotic fed animals. When antibiotics are added to the feed, the animals consuming the antibiotic laced feed expose their cells to the antibiotic.

The antibiotics penetrate the animal’s cells and alter the animals intestinal gut flora. When we eat the meat from these animals, we also ingest trace amounts of antibiotics. So what, we only ingest trace amounts? Even trace amounts over time accumulate and also alter our gut flora.

If you think of our gastrointestinal track as an ecosystem, with a finely orchestrated balance between bacteria, fungi and viruses, then the exposure of the gut flora to antibiotics, results in an alteration to this balance. As the consumed antibiotics affect the bacterial flora, the bacterial fungal balance is altered. As the amounts of fungi increases, the processing of food within the colon changes. Remember, neither fungi or viruses is affected by antibiotics. Thus the concentration of these two entities increases with antibiotic consumption.

Thus as you have surmised, trace consumption of antibiotics over time results in gut flora alteration and thus inefficiency in the processing of food. Thus it is just a matter of time before the gastrointestinal ecosystem goes out of whack again. Thus once and done is not going to cut it. I tell patients that I interview, that they should consider colon therapy every six months the first year, then a minimum of once yearly. If they develop diarrhea or constipation, then a consultation with your holistic physician is in order.

Colon hydrotherapy goes by the pseudonyms of: colon therapy, colonic, high colonic, colonic irrigation, high enema and there may be more. There are many more myths about colon hydrotherapy being perpetuated by mainstream medicine, than facts. Many of these fearmongers prefer to support interventional treatment versus prevention. For the record, I have personally undergone over 100 colonic irrigations without incident. Thus colonic irrigation, when done by a trained, competent colon hydro-therapist is safe.

As stated above, I undergo colonic irrigation as part of my health maintenance program. Additionally, with the exception of patients with a colostomy, (their fecal matter is emptied into a transparent external bag) patients who have had a bowel resection within 7 weeks, or those with severe renal disease, all my cancer patients, undergo colon therapy. I once read that about 85% of all disease has its origins in gastrointestinal dysfunction. Thus a healthy gut is a wonderful asset.

Despite the difficulties in the early 1900’s, the value of colon hydrotherapy continued to be recognized by several medical doctors. Most noteworthy were James A. Wiltsie M.D., Joseph Waddington M.D., and John H. Kellogg M.D. In the early 1900’s Dr. John H. Kellogg used forms of colon therapy on several thousand of his patients. In a 1917 edition of the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Dr. Kellogg reported that in over forty thousand (40,000) gastrointestinal disease cases, he had used surgery in only 20 cases. The rest were helped as a result of cleansing the bowels, diet and exercise. During the late 1890’s and early 1900s, heads of industry and even presidents visited and treated with Dr. Kellogg.

The colon or large intestine is about as long as you are tall. It is an integral aspect of your immune system. Thus one begins to understand the saying that 85% of all diseases have their origins in the colon or large intestine. In the early 1900’s an eminent British surgeon, Dr. Arbuthnot Lane, was on his high horse with a procedure involving a total colectomy with the attachment of the end of the small intestine to the sigmoid colon. He devised this ill-designed procedure to “relieve” constipation. God forbid he ponder the thought of why the person had constipation in the first place. He was blinded by the symptom, constipation, and failed to identify the question of its etiology. In spite of his lack of curiosity (or intellectual prowess), he was considered an “eminent” or expert in his field.

Dr. Wiltsie offers, “our knowledge of the normal and abnormal physiology of the colon and its pathology and management has not kept pace with that of many organ systems of the body. As long as we continue to assume the colon will take care of itself, it’s just that long that we will remain in complete ignorance of perhaps the most important source of ill health in the whole body”. One can only wish others had paid attention to these wise words; unfortunately, they appear to have fallen upon deaf ears.

Dr. Waddington stated in his work, “Scientific Intestinal Irrigation and Adjuvant Therapy”, the following: “Abnormal functioning of the intestinal canal is the precursor of much ill-health, especially of chronic disease. Restoration of physiological intestinal elimination is often the important preliminary to eventual restoration of health in general”.

Stay tuned for next month’s Part II of Colon Therapy Myth Versus Reality!

(1) – Carlos Garcia MD Clinical Practice and Observations
(2) – http://www.innerspa.org/history.htm
(3) – https://www.activebeat.com/your-health/the-dangers-of-colonics/?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=AB_GGL_US_DESK-SearchMarketing_TR&utm_content=g_c_223336349998&cus_widget=&utm_term=colon%20cleansers&cus_teaser=kwd-10347500&utm_acid=3040947159&utm_caid=345399758&utm_agid=24581757518&utm_os=&ver=desktop-refresh&utm_pagetype=multi&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIp9DAl4zg5QIVQ9yGCh2RXASwEAMYAiAAEgLuIvD_BwE
(4) – http://www.innerspa.org/history.htm
(5) – – Modern Medicine, Vol. XVI, No. 6, June 1907, P122.
(6) – https://www.gpact.org/docs/the%20history%20of%20colonic%20hydrotherapy.pdf
(7) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignaz_Semmelweis

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Loving Self from the Inside Out, Not Outside In

by: Daniel Mykins M.S.

I have observed that most of the people that I counsel at Utopia Wellness, who we refer to as campers, have difficulty loving themselves. We are taught that to love ourselves is wrong and selfish. Putting ourselves first is going against our core beliefs that have been taught by our parents and community, and that is to put others first. We have been sent the message that we are not worthy of loving ourselves.

My role is to empower the camper to identify the core beliefs that they have been holding onto as a result of what they have learned and to shift them in a way that promotes their healing.  One of those core beliefs is about love. We are taught at a very young age to love others first and that if there is anything left over then we may have it. There is an additional condition before we can even give love to ourselves. We have to be worthy and deserving of receiving it.  In other words, we have to earn it.

We teach just the opposite here at Utopia Wellness. Love for self isn’t earned, and we are already worthy. Love is a gift that we choose to give ourselves unconditionally. We say that love begins with self. “I am selfish,” is a phrase that we teach campers to be able to say. At first, the camper isn’t able to say the words because they are words of heresy. After some practice saying the words, the camper is able to voice them with less resistance and more acceptance. The camper is able to say it, mean it, feel it and most importantly live it.

The challenge to shift the core belief of being selfless to selfish may sound like a radical change to make in their lives, and it is. Loving ourselves first is a choice that the camper makes to promote healing. We are reversing the positioning of love in a way that begins with loving ourselves first and then extending the love toward others. We teach the campers to love themselves from the inside out, not outside in. It is very similar to the words the airline attendant tells the passengers when directions are being given about dealing with an emergency. Place the oxygen mask over our face first and then assist others. We can’t give to others what we don’t already have, including love. We say love thyself as you love thy neighbor.

We tell the campers the way to demonstrate loving ourselves is through taking actions that support our feelings. Through the process of writing, the camper experiences an awakening by being able to say “I am selfish”. The reason we have the campers make this declaration of love for self is to demonstrate their growth from being a survivor when they first arrived to being a thriver at their departure. Surviving isn’t enough. Once a camper can learn how to say “I am selfish” and say it out loud, joy and peace are visible on their faces as they say it. Tears of healing are expressed and felt by all. It is nothing short of a miracle.

 

 

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What Is The Most Expensive Cancer Treatment?

by Carlos M. Garcia, M.D.

The most expensive cancer treatment offered anywhere worldwide is the one in which the patient is marginalized based on the practitioner’s comfort zone.

What is a marginalized patient? This is when a patient’s sole responsibility is to present him or herself for treatment. Active participation in his or her healthcare is usually limited to stating how she or he is feeling and the pleasantries of the day. In-depth questioning of treatment modalities as well as alterations to standardized treatment protocol is not encouraged. Issues associated with dietary changes are usually answered in a manner similarly to, “It doesn’t matter what you eat or drink; therefore, eat and drink whatever you want”. Issues associated with the integration of natural treatments, such as vitamin C infusions in conjunction with chemotherapy or other mainstream modalities are equally discarded. Comments such as the following, which have no basis in science, are commonly given to terminate discussion, “Antioxidant infusions interfere with chemotherapy, or if this was any good don’t you think we would be using it?”

Conversations, which potentially can expose blatant contradiction are initially, cordially dismissed.  If the patient persists with such discussions or engages other patients, more stern rebukes may be imposed. I have even been told by some patients that they were threatened to be discharged from oncologic services should their questioning persist. I once had a case involving a surgeon who had colon cancer. He initially presented with a colon cancer marker (Ca19.9) in excess of 9000. While he continued to use 5-FU. I added to his infusions high doses of vitamin C as well as other infusion therapies. Within four weeks, his Ca19.9 dropped to below 2500. He told me that his oncologist said to him: “…if you tell my other patients what you’re doing, you will not be welcomed back into my practice…”. He ultimately decided to treat himself with mainstream services.  Regrettably, he did not do well.

Secondly, how does the patient become marginalized in the first place? This comes from the way mainstream medicine is dispensed. Mainstream medicine is actually managed through insurance companies and their reimbursement codes. When this statement is made, the normal corporate response tends to be that we do not prevent your doctor from practicing anyway he/she desires.  In no way do we interfere with a doctor-patient relationship. Finally, we respect a practitioner’s way of practicing medicine. A healthcare insurance company’s choice to pay or not, is unilaterally based on self-imposed internal protocols, which have no basis in law. Most of us have forgotten that an insurance company’s job is to pay for legitimately rendered medical services. The cornerstone to a medical insurance company’s financial success is convincing the insured that their healthcare should be fully covered by their policy. I can guarantee you that if there were a reimbursement code for patient satisfaction, based on direct access to an oncologist, patient-doctor interaction would be greatly enhanced.

What is a Practitioner’s Comfort Zone?

Most people consider practitioners of medicine to have superior intellect.  Yes, they are smart, however, no more or less that any other human. Assumptions are made with respect to medical doctors. Somehow, they are expected to be unaffected by human behavior. Nothing is further from the truth. Irrespective of profession or IQ, people are still people. Outside influences affect how we feel, act and react. Your reactions may be different from mine as mine may be different from yours in a similar environment. Given circumstances, actions or reactions by total strangers can be identical, i.e. running away from an angry bear, slowing down when driving in poor visibility situations.  Everyone has his or her strengths and weaknesses, which are in part forged by our experiences.

As with all humans, physicians also have a comfort zone.  A comfort zone may be defined as a known environment, in which the person feels familiar, safe within or experienced. We all have numerous comfort zones. We have work, play, home, dating, dinner, travel, educational, and shopping comfort zones just to mention a few. I remember feeling uncomfortable shopping on line about 10 years ago; today my comfort zone has shifted. We all have numerous routines for different environments. Our routines are designed to address different desires and necessities of our lives. Once we decide on our routines, we codified them into our comfort zones. Ever notice that when someone throws your routines off-track, the feeling of irritation or aggravation soon follows? Our comfort zones much like comfort food gives us a sense of security or safety.

How does a comfort zone affect medicine and healthcare practitioners?

As humans, medical practitioners, MD, DO, PA, NP, DC, AP, etc., all are limited by comfort zones. Comfort zones are limitations based on experience, or exposure (taught to you by an authority, i.e., a teacher, endorsed by an accepted medical journal, another practitioner considered to be an expert, etc. Most comfort zones are defined by don’ts, i.e., don’t color outside the lines, if it is not FDA approved it is not real medicine, only evidence-based treatments are legitimate.

Every one of our comfort zones is reinforced exogenously through anxiety.  That is, one receives positive reinforcement/feedback from those seeking to train us, when we follow excepted protocols and accept their dogma.  In contrast, one receives negative feedback/punishment when one questions excessively or decides to break from the herd. Such an event happened to me in 2005.  This is when the federal government came to my offices with body armor and loaded weapons, in order to serve a subpoena. They locked me out of my offices, and took whichever files they wanted. The reason the federal government raided me was that I had the largest EDTA chelation clinics worldwide.

EDTA chelation, in about 85% of the people, reverses hypertension and type II diabetes. My facilities were making a significant impact on the financial well-being of hospitals in my area.  Even though many practitioners had heard of EDTA chelation and its benefits, many of them continue to use mainstream medicine, which just treats symptoms, while ignoring the root cause of the illness. Additionally, their comfort zone was in basic cardiology, pharmaceuticals and or surgical intervention. My facilities were also making a significant impact in these areas as well. After five years of exhausted investigation, all my records were returned and I was never charged with the single crime.

Unlike the assumption or presumption held by the general public that medical practitioners are leaders, most medical practitioners are sheeple. They limit their practice to within the usual and customary lines, strive not to deviate too far from them and only propose options that are alleged appropriate by literature. Innovation is left to the few with imagination and foresight. Thus when it comes to cancer, the vast majority of practitioners need a diagnosis, because they are trained to treat based on the diagnosis and not the patient. Walk into an oncologist’s office with an overt fungating cancerous breast lesion and request to be treated, the oncologist will insist on a biopsy, which besides facilitating the dissemination of cancerous cells, will also irritate the disease. Again just having cancer is not enough. It is the tissue diagnosis, which is their comfort zone. God forbid pathology misdiagnose the tissue.

It is the assumption and presumption by practitioners that the public expects an answer for all questions that fuels rigid comfort zones. Most practitioners abhor the phrases, I don’t know, I’m not sure, and the coup de grace, I have no experience with that treatment modality. This insecurity in part fuels the rigidity of oncologic comfort zones. For that matter just about every comfort zone in just about every profession.

 

 

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Utopia: A Place Where HOPE is Created from Within

by Daniel Mykins, M.S.

 

Healing

Ourselves

Personal

Empowerment

 

People come to Utopia Wellness because they know they are choosing to heal in a different way from the traditional methods. The people who come here call themselves “campers” as a way of creating community with one another. They want to be actively engaged in their healing in Mind, Body and Spirit. They come to Utopia Wellness to heal and thrive from the inside out, not outside in.

 

My role at Utopia Wellness is to be an agent of change in the way the campers view themselves. I assist the campers in identifying the issues in their lives that are impeding their healing. We call this identifying the “sacred cows” that campers are holding on to and have been unwilling to change up until their arrival at Utopia Wellness. The reason why they have been unwilling to change is because they give these issues more value than themselves and their own wellbeing. Often, these issues are based upon their own core beliefs like, “I need to put others before me.”

 

One of the first things we teach the campers is, “I come first in my life.” There are two guiding principles that we have here at Utopia Wellness. They both connect to trusting themselves and loving themselves unconditionally. There is a whiteboard on the wall that says, “What do you need to unconditionally trust yourself?” The answer is, to love myself unconditionally.

 

Once we have identified the sacred cows that are preventing the camper from healing, we challenge the camper to look more deeply into what the camper is saying to themselves. They are saying, “I am not enough.” Somewhere in the camper’s lifetime, this negative message has been sent to them and they have accepted this belief to the point that they have disease manifesting in their body. The body is the great communicator, creating symptoms which indicate the camper is not in balance, which is why disease is present. The disease, cancer, is a wakeup call for the camper to make changes.

 

The way we address these issues of change with the campers is through individual sessions and in a weekly group session. Both ways allow the camper to look at themselves in order to make a shift in their perception of themselves as a victim or as being powerless. Group sessions offer the campers a mirror of themselves when they listen to other campers speak and see themselves struggling with similar issues. Group allows the campers to see their blind spots and have them revealed in order to heal. Awareness allows the camper to make new choices in how they want to respond to situations rather than react to them out of old habits. The camper is empowered to make choices to be at peace, to find joy and to be happy. Hope is now being generated from the inside, in the present moment, and not being relied upon from an outside source of the future.

 

Namaste

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Oncologist

How to Interview Your Oncologist – The Final Questions

by, Carlos M. Garcia, M.D.

 

In this series we have provided valuable information to guide you through the process of empowering yourself with the ability to enter into an effective dialogue with an oncologist should the need ever arise. We conclude our series with these final questions when interviewing Oncologist that we hope will encourage you to explore all of your options if ever faced with a cancer diagnosis.

 

Treatment Questions:

  • Is this treatment that you recommend curative or palliative?
  • If the treatment you recommend doesn’t cure my cancer, then what?
  • Is the cure rate based on 5 years?
  • What is the cure rate after 10 years?
  • Where do these statistics come from?

 

If you recommend palliative:

  • What’s the point of chemotherapy or radiation if it’s not going to cure me?
  • How would drugs that make me sick give me better quality of life?
  • How much time do you think I have to live if I do this treatment?
  • How much time do you think I have to live if I do nothing?

 

  • What is the 5-year disease-free survival rate for my specific diagnosis with this treatment protocol?
  • What is the 5-year disease-free survival rate for my specific cancer if I do nothing?
  • How much does chemotherapy contribute to 5-year survival for my cancer?
  • Can you provide me with a reference for your answer to chemotherapy’s efficacy?
  • What about 10-year survival? Are there any studies comparing this treatment protocol to patients to did nothing?
  • What if the treatment doesn’t work?

 

  • Have you ever taken or has a loved one ever taken any of these chemotherapy drugs to understand what they are like?
  • Would you do this treatment if you had the same diagnosis as me, or would you just try to make the most of the time you have left?
  • What would you do if you were in my position?
  • What other treatment options are available besides what we’ve discussed?
  • Can you refer me to a holistic practitioner so that I may understand their perspective?

 

Diet Questions:

  • What do you recommend I eat while doing chemotherapy?
  • Do you think diet matters? If not, why not?
  • Can you provide me with evidence for this position please?
  • Will I meet with a dietician prior to starting your protocol?
  • Who will provide me with a diet or dietary recommendations?
  • Will I lose weight with your treatment protocol?
  • Define for me your definition of too much weight loss?
  • How is excessive weight loss managed while under your care?

 

  • Is it ok if I have ice cream and pizza?
  • What’s the best anti-cancer diet?
  • Are there any foods that I should avoid?
  • I was thinking about adopting a plant-based diet, eating lots of raw fruits and vegetables, and juicing, is that ok?

 

Ask About Testing:

  • I would like to get the Oncostat Plus chemosensitvity test to see which drugs my cancer will respond to before starting anything. Can you (Oncologist) order that for me?
  • Given the fact that this test involves taking my blood, sending to another country, growing it in a laboratory condition, does it really reflect how drugs react in my body? (Oncologist)
  • If you don’t believe in the Oncostat test, what testing will you order or recommend to make sure the drugs won’t be severely toxic to me?
  • Spectracell blood test shows nutrient deficiencies in the body, do you order this test?

 

References:

  • How many patients have you permanently cured of my disease (Oncologist)?
  • I’m really nervous about this and would like to speak to 5 of your patients with the same cancer as me that are cancer-free after 5 years. Is that possible?
  • Do you have any patients with my kind of cancer that are in remission after 10 years?
  • Can I speak to some of them?
  • I understand that you cannot give me their contact information, but I give you permission to give those patients my contact information. Once your former patients agree to speak with me, can I ask your staff to contact me?

 

Final Questions:

  • If I decide to undergo treatment, will I be able to call you if I have questions after hours?
  • I would like to take some time to change my life, would that be possible?
  • How much time do I have to do this?
  • How much time do I have to think about all this and make my decision?
  • What is the scientific basis for your answer?
  • Is it possible for the body to heal itself of cancer?
  • If I decide not to do treatment, in order to enjoy the time I have left, will you support me with periodic blood tests and scans?
  • Can I get a copy of my medical records before I leave today?

 

Thank you for taking the time to answer all of my questions!

See other series of ”How to Interview Your Oncologist”

How to Interview Your Oncologist

How to Interview Your Oncologist – Part 2

How to Interview Your Oncologist – Part 3

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