Archive for January, 2011

Benefits of Cultured (Fermented) Vegetables


Fermented vegetables have been around for thousands of years.

Fermented Vegetables - Healing Probiotics


Rich in lactobacilli and enzymes, alkaline-forming, and loaded with vitamins, they are an ideal food that can and should be consumed with every meal.  They taste tangy and it may be a new taste for you, but you’ll soon feel that no meal is complete without them.

  • Help re-establish your inner ecosystem.
  • The friendly bacteria, the enzymes, and the high lactic acid in raw cultured vegetables add to health and longevity.
  • Alkalizing and cleansing.
  • Restores balance if your body is in a toxic, acidic condition.
  • Excellent source of Vitamin C.
  • Helps keep the colon clean and allow friendly bacteria to grow.
  • Controls cravings for sweets.
  • Improves digestion as they are already pre-digested.
  • Ideal for pregnant and nursing women.  Pregnant women should eat cultured vegetables to ensure their inner ecosystems will be rich in friendly bacteria.
  • Helps alleviate morning sickness during early pregnancy.  Once the baby is born, the mother should continue eating the veggies and drinking the juice.  The liquid from the cultured vegetables can be fed to the baby in tiny spoonfuls to relieve colic.


Gail Seignious, CBE – Body Ecology Coach

Reference:  Donna Gates – The Body Ecology Diet

Donna Gates, author of The Body Ecology Diet has helped many people who have suffered from immune disorders, candida-related imbalances or general lack of well-being.  She offers excellent resources and products to re-establish and nourish the growth of beneficial micro-organisms in the digestive tract.


The Digestive System


Your digestive system is an amazing system where the food you ingest is transformed into a form that can be assimilated into the circulatory system for delivered to and utilization by the various tissues in your body.



Healthy Food Is Our Life Source!

Organic food is a magnificent source of pure vitamins and minerals. We can all benefit by eating as close to nature as possible and avoiding toxic chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, genetifcally modified foods (GMO’s),  MSG, artificial sweeteners, and other toxic food coloring and additives that have been proven to cause harmful effects on our health, like neurological damage, malnutrition and cancer.

Fresh Organic Vegetables

Fresh Organic Food - More Nutrients!

The health benefits alone are enough to make us want to buy organics, but we still have to consider our budgets.


This is a great time of year to think about the possibility of planting an organic backyard garden.  This year will be my fourth year to have an organic garden and what a wonderful experience it has been!

First of all, it was a family affair, and the grandchildren not only were able to plant seeds and plants, but they learned where food actually comes from…does that sound shocking?  Well it is shocking to think we have gotten so far away from nature, that people actually don’t even think about where our food comes from…and more than ever, we need to be teaching our children.

It was worth every ounce of energy and money to see the amazement they had as they watched food grow from the ground.  Now I will have to admit I started out with a great plan, but as so many little hands were in the dirt planting, I finally laughed and thought we’ll just have to see what pops up and where!  As the children have gotten older, we have gotten a little better at sticking to some type of plan, but the joy certainly outweighs the little obstacles.

From that very first summer, they were all planting, picking, washing and eating vegetables, and snacking on beans and cucumbers!  We were eating, juicing or blending the majority of all our vegetables from the garden about six months…think of what a huge savings that is to your food budget and how much healthier it is.

So maybe it’s time to “play in the dirt”…have fun and eat healthy!

Let Your Energy Flow



“All disease is caused by some type of blockage,

whether it is circulatory, lymphatic, digestive,

nutrition, elimination, emotional

whatever, free the blockage,

let the energy flow, and healing explodes.”

…Dr. Richard Schultz

How Can Colon Hydrotherapy Help?

Every tissue is fed by the blood, which is supplied by the bowel. When the bowel is dirty, the blood is dirty, and so on to the organs and tissues…it is the bowel that invariably has to be cared for first before any effective healing can take place.”   …Bernard Jensen D.C., N.D., Ph.D.


According to The International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy (I-ACT), colon hydrotherapy can:

1. Cleanse the Colon: Toxic material is hydrated in order to create a way for it to leave the body so the body can heal itself.  Even debris built up over a long period is gently hydrated.  This is a rejuvenation treatment to the body.

2. Exercise the Colon Muscles: The build-up of toxic debris weakens the colon and impairs its functioning.  The gentle filling and emptying of the colon improves peristalsis (muscular contraction) by which the colon naturally moves material.

3. Reshape the Colon: When challenging conditions exist in the colon, they tend to alter its shape.  The gentle action of the water, coupled with massage techniques of the colon therapist, help to eliminate bulging pockets of waste and narrowed, spastic constrictions finally enabling the colon to resume its natural state.

4. Stimulate Reflex Points: The colon connects to every system and organ of the body by reflex points.  The hydrotherapy stimulates these points thereby affecting the corresponding body parts in a beneficial way.

Colonoscopy Preparation Using Colon Hydrotherapy

Dr. Joseph Fiorito, Chief of Gastroenterology – Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT

Danbury Hospital is the first hospital in Connecticut and around the nation to offer an alternative method to cleanse the bowel to prepare for a colonoscopy — one that is  more convenient, quicker and eliminates having to drink a gallon of liquid laxatives the night before.

“Patients now have a choice,” said Joseph Fiorito, M.D., chief of the Section of  Gastroenterology, a nationally recognized program at Danbury Hospital, the regional medical center and university teaching hospital.

Common Causes & Symptoms of Constipation

Common Causes of Constipation:

  • Low dietary fiber – The American Dietetic Association recommends 20 to 35 grams of fiber per day.  According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the average American eats an average of 5 to 14 grams of fiber per day.
  • Lack of physical activity (especially in the elderly).
  • Some medications can cause constipation, including:  pain medications (especially narcotics), antacids that contain aluminum and calcium, blood pressure medications (calcium channel blockers), anti-parkinson drugs, antispasmodics, antidepressants, iron supplements, diuretics, anti-convulsants.
  • Dehydration – Plenty of water can hydrate the colon softening the bowel movements and allowing them to pass.  Caffeine, cola and alcohol dehydrate the colon.
  • Changes in life or routine such as pregnancy, aging and travel.
  • Abuse of laxatives which can become habit forming.
  • Antibiotics can completely eliminate the good bacteria.
  • Ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement may result in losing the feeling to have one.
  • Processed, devitalized foods that are low in fiber or bulk.
  • Tobacco,  coffee, sugar and alcohol upset the digestive process and nerve responses.
  • Specific diseases or conditions:  neurological disorders, metabolic and endocrine conditions, as well as systemic conditions.
  • Conditions in the colon or rectum that can suppress, squeeze or narrow the intestine or rectum:  Intestional obstruction, adhesions (scar tissue), diverticulosis, tumors, colorectal stricture, Hirschsprung’s Disease or cancer.
  • Problems with intestinal function includes idiopathic (of unknown orgin) constipation, functional constipation (the bowel is healthy but not functioning properly) as well as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Some Symptoms of Constipation:

  • Hard, compacted stools that are difficult or painful to pass.
  • Straining during bowel movements.
  • Infrequent bowel movements.
  • Tummy aches that are relieved by bowel movements.
  • Blood in stools due to tearing of hemorrhoids and anal fissures.

Colon Hydrotherapy

Colon Hydrotherapy is widely used to naturally detoxify the body of toxins which facilitates the digestive system in improving, maintaining and restoring the colon to optimum health.  It is a safe and effective method to remove waste from the large intestine without the use of drugs.


By introducing purified warm water into the colon several times during a session, waste material is softened and loosened allowing the body to release through natural peristalsis.  Colon hydrotherapy is best used in combination with adequate nutrient and fluid intake as well as exercise which increases the opportunity for optimum health.


The colon has been referred to as the sewer system of the body.  It is the place where we store the waste material that most of us would rather not think about.


The American Cancer Society reports that “Colon Cancer is the #1 cancer for men and women in America.”  There are over 100,000 colostomies performed every year!


Colon Hydrotherapy is not only about constipation, it is also about embracing a lifestyle that contributes to vibrant health and can be part of a healing or a maintenance program helping to accomplish much toward cleansing, toning and rebuilding the health of one’s colon.


Dr. Bernard Jensen states, “Constipation is often referred to by those who have studied the situation as the “modern plague”.  Indeed, it is the greatest present-day danger to health.  Intestinal toxemia and the resulting auto intoxication is a direct result of intestinal constipation.”


According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, “Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints in the United States.  More than 4 million Americans have frequent constipation, accounting for 2.5 million physician visits a year.”

Chew Your Food – Have Better Digestion!


Chew Your Liquids and Drink Your Solids is an old saying that is worth it’s weight in gold.

In today’s world most of us are so rushed that we rarely ever take the time to sit down and enjoy a meal.  If you start to observe people eating, you will be shocked at how they gobble down their food…and then complain about gas, bloating and an upset stomach!  It’s mind boggling to me now but I know I use to do the same thing!  Learning to slow down and chew your food will improve your digestion.

Digestion actually begins with our sense of smell and chewing your food not only breaks down the food so it can pass through the digestive system a little easier, allows digestive enzymes to mix with the food to help break the food down further, and gives you a much better opportunity to be able to absorb your nutrients!

Chewing your food...slowing down, being thankful and enjoying your meal…can truly change your life.   Why not make a conscious effort to enjoy your meals for the next week and see if you don’t feel better?  Try to appreciate the meal, the flavors, the colors, the aroma and taste.  When you eat too fast you really miss out on this experience…and it truly is an experience to enjoy every aspect of your food.  And, of course, the more you can focus on fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds the better!


Happy chewing!

Gail Seignious

Dr. Norman Walker
"The key to health is simple: If we do not eat the kind of food, prepared properly, which will nourish the body constructively, we not only die prematurely, we suffer along the way."
Dangers of MSG – Pt. 1

"Natural forces within us are the true healers."

"Let thy food be your medicine and your medicine be your food."