I’m in this photo standing next to Tom O’Bryan. He is not employed by the clinic…but he led our group…giving talks and being available. Tom is a health practitioner and has written a number of books…and has a website at thedr.com. He was here with us with his wife Marzy. Tom has been on a path of educating people on the negative aspects of gluten for a number of years.
He teaches that no human can digest gluten. It causes the cells in your gut to get inflamed and opens the tight junctions between the cells….allowing leakage. 80% of people don’t feel this happening….. but the leakage causes problems in other parts of your body …your joints, headaches, thyroid problems, mood problems and more.The people that feel the problem are often the lucky ones. When they eat gluten it hurts… gas, bloating, diarrhea…gut problems! Those people make the connection and stop eating gluten and start to heal.
Others don’t make the connection because their belly doesn’t hurt…so the problem seems like it’s not there. A great idea is to eliminate all wheat for a few weeks and see what happens! We regularly have people in the studio do this and find their joint pain disappears.
Petra and Jeanne
A photo of Dr Petra and me. Dr Petra is the doctor who runs the clinic. She has been doing this for over 25 years. She started as a conventional doctor in Germany and did not like that the cause of the problem was never addressed …and the solutions they used (drugs and surgery) never really got people to a healthy state (similar to US?).
She was asked to come to Paracelsus and started the program here. She and her husband Ulf left Germany and donated their home to serve as an orphanage. Petra and Ulf are very gracious people who truly care about the well being of others.
Their daughter Friderike is also a doctor here. She has a 2 year old (Leo) and another baby on the way. She is bubbly and super healthy looking…in addition to a very good doctor.
In addition to the treatments I’ve been writing about, they use a lot of homeopathics here…. in infusions, injections…and oral.
Pads off in the morning
The first week we had these pads called “VitalPhlaster” to put on our feel at night…and remove in the morning. They drew out toxins from the bottoms of our feet….maybe similar to the ion cleanse? It felt satisfying getting up in the morning and seeing all this goo on the pads!
Dining room where we had all our meals
The food we had was quite good. All organic (it’s called biological here). We get a HUGE variety of vegetables. Lunch is a buffet full of various vegetables and greens. I like to put flax oil on the salad and top it with sunflower seeds. After the salad, another course was always served at lunch. Lunch is the largest meal of the day here.
Dinner is cooked food..starting with an appetizer made of vegetables (this was often raw), followed by a vegetable pureed soup, then the main course of vegetables cooked.
Life Changing Bread
Breakfast was a buffet of cheeses, sheep yogurt, porridge, cooked fruit and 3 different gluten free breads we could toast. I liked the one called “Life Changing Bread”. I liked to toast it and dip it into flax seed oil. They get the flax locally and make their own oil. The “Life Changing Bread” is almost all seeds. I”ll be sure to share the recipe. It’s great for people transitioning off wheat and gluten… or for people eating a keto diet who want a special bread on their carb day for diet variation.
Tonight (Saturday night) we have a special gala dinner. We had it last Saturday as well. It starts with live music at 6:30pm, then dinner at 7:30. Last Saturday the piano player was outstanding and played music very inspiring to dance to…so of course David and I got up and danced. A 4 course dinner was served at 7:30 culminating in an entire buffet full of desserts… all made without gluten and sugar. One with various fruit was my favorite. I decided for tonight I will pass on some of food before to allow for room for desserts!
Jeanne and the mountains
Tonight we have a famous musician and composer who has been performing and composing for over 50 years! He has composed for a number of movies in the US. Petra and Ulf asked David and I to dance for everyone tonight along with the beautiful music. So we’ll see how that goes!
We leave here tomorrow morning at 8am…landing in Minneapolis at 8:10pm. I’m happy to come home! This has been a wonderful stay here. I feel more healthy…difficult to say exactly how….but I notice a change. I do miss you all at the studio. I’ve been following along with the staff at work through the last 2 weeks. The time change of me being 7 hours ahead has been beneficial….like I can stay ahead!!!
I have so much more to share….but must get ready for the gala tonight!
So much goes by and happens in just one day here…. it’s hard to portray it all to you! Though so much happens… we also have quite a bit of time to enjoy the outdoors and relax.
As you recall, I’m spending this week on heavy metal detox using IV chelating agents. One downside is the chelating agents also bind to minerals… so the day after my chelation, I got a long infusion of amino acids, B vitamins, and lots of minerals. I got this yesterday and really felt quite robust and healthy afterwards. David and I walked for 3 hours yesterday (again, very steep up and down) and we both felt much stronger.
It could be because we’ve been hiking every day… but something felt different… like we were not nearly as winded and it just did not feel so difficult. It very well could be from all this oxygen, ozone, and mitochondrial therapy we’ve been getting.
Helma and David
One thing our group jokes about is the coffee enemas. A therapist comes to our rooms and delivers the enema. We each get a few a week. It’s a common site to see the therapist walking through the halls with the enema pole. Helma is one of the therapists administering the enemas and it seems she was just born to do this! She bounds from room to room… and if you are not there…. she searches the facility to track you down! You do not get away from Helma!
Coffee enemas are very useful for stimulating bile output (helping to clean and clear the liver and gallbladder)… but also for increasing your production of glutathione. Glutathione is already made in your body, but many people are deficient in it. The coffee enema stimulates your liver to make more. One of the many things glutathione is used for is liver detoxification. We can easily get depleted because our livers are SO BUSY running toxin loaded blood through day after day.
In a coffee enema, once the coffee is introduced into the colon, it travels through the special colon/liver blood vessels to the liver. That’s where the magic is done…. in the liver!
Common site of the enema pole in the hallway
Did you know that your entire volume of blood is circulated through your liver every 3 minutes. That means your liver is responsible for detoxifying about 2,300 liters of blood each day! Then you take a coffee enema and bile gets squeezed out of the liver… removing toxins with it!
If your liver is having trouble and is not able to filter the blood and remove the toxins, you start to have symptoms….. which could be a huge variety of things. How often do you go to your health practitioner and get a prescription or receive some guidance to help your liver function better? I’m thinking if we put more attention on this precious and hard working organ, we could all feel so much better!
David is focusing on autoimmune improvement this week…. and mainly using ozone therapy for this purpose. The ozone can be given a few different ways. One is hyperbaric ozone directly into the blood. They run about a quart of blood through a specific concentration of ozone 10 times. They use heparin to anti-coagulate… so there is a bleeding risk for about 24 hours (I was a little worried because David does get bad nose bleeds). Ozone therapy has been scientifically shown to:
Massive proliferation of natural killer cells… so causes a huge stimulation of your immunologic processes…making it a key treatment for all types of cancer
Have a powerful antiviral, antibacterial and fungicidal effect… so it dramatically decreases your load of these organisms in your system
Results in extreme improvement of blood flow… it helps make dysfunctional blood vessels functional again
Provides a strong detoxifying effect on circulatory disorders, wound healing disorders by strong activation of the liver, kidneys, lymph, colon…. and binding the toxins to the oxygen atoms. The blood is cleaned of heavy metals
Gives an increase in mitochondrial energy… so it improves cell and organ performance
Promotes intensive signalling which activates your stem cells, stimulates cell regeneration and the body’s repair processes
Centuries old house in the area
The ozone therapy can be useful for these applications:
Chronic recurrent infections such as sinus infections
I feel so grateful we are here and able to get these treatments… but also to experience the chance to relax and enjoy. Remember, the first thing we learned is that the body does its best healing when in the parasympathetic state. So when we go home to Minneapolis, we plan to continue some of the infusions….. I’m thinking it will be very challenging (or impossible!) to be in a relaxed state like we are in here. BUT, we all do the best we can, right? We use the resources we have and know that our bodies are very strong and adaptable.
That infusion I had yesterday was for heavy metal detox. It was 2 different chelating agents given IV along with high dose vitamin C. When we get these infusions we’re also given other therapies along with it.
Biophoton, or light therapy, is one of those. People are using light therapy at specific wavelengths more and more for healing and therapeutic purposes. We also get another therapy that helps the mitochondria (the energy producing part of the cell). It take energy to get rid of toxins so this is very helpful!
I got a bit nauseous and had a metal taste in my mouth… all that disappeared after 20 minutes. The chelating agents irreversibly bind to the metals (mercury, aluminum, lead, etc). They also bind minerals so we get mineral infusions on the in-between days.
David still has mercury fillings in his mouth so he cannot do the chelation therapy until those are out. He’ll be doing hyperbaric ozone therapy starting tomorrow. It’s a treatment where your blood leaves your body and is passed through ozone….10 times…before returning back inside. The ozone can reduce bacteria, viruses and mold in addition to other contaminants. It increases micro-circulation which is lacking in many of us. When our tissues have better perfusion, they work better.
Architecture of the building
It’s such a great environment to be doing these treatments. The treatments are not really pleasant, and they can make us tired or maybe not feel our best. But being right here in the fresh mountain air, being able to relax and be with very nice and interesting people… and eat such clean well prepared meals helps tremendously. Even the water is outstanding. We can drink right from the bathroom sink. It’s clean with no fluoride and chlorine…. just lots of good minerals.
The clinic is 7 stories with all the rooms facing south out over the mountains. The 7th floor is on the bottom so it took me a few days to get used to knowing to go up or down. Our room is on the 4th floor and there are exits to go outdoors from each floor….so each floor can feel like you’re on ground level.
Each day at about 4pm we get our schedule of treatments for the following day.
This afternoon I had a cupping massage treatment. The therapist put 2 suction cups on my back, then took one of them and moved it all around my back in a massaging fashion. Then he parked that one and used the other to massage.
You may recall seeing Madeline with these darkish circles on her back. That’s from cupping …. but keeping the suction cups stationary. She does this on regular basis. The cupping draws the toxins out from the tissues such as muscle and connective tissue making it easier for the bloodstream to pick them up and remove them. A very helpful thing to do during heavy metal detox.
Laundry drying on our balcony
The facility is very modest. This is not a luxury stay but it works for the purpose! I’m just getting used to the beds as they’re more stiff than I’m used to. The walls are concrete which is actually a good thing to not have toxic building materials. The luxury comes from the beautiful nature and surroundings…. so it works very well. We do our own laundry in the room and dry it on the chairs on the balcony.
Our 2nd week of health improving treatments starts today. David and I are here at the Paracelsus Clinic in the Swiss Alps.
Our first week was focused on liver detoxification. It involved eating a diet that supports liver health, many various treatments, and walks/hikes outdoors. The culmination was a gallbladder flush on Thursday night. We all made it through and had a gala celebration on Saturday night.
We’re here with a group… we all arrived last Sunday and went through the week together. Some stayed for only the first week. 8 of our group is staying on for this 2nd week where we’ll focus on our individual issues. A brand new group of 16 arrived yesterday… getting started with their liver detox!
It’s been quite the journey so far. Right now I’m getting ready for a morning infusion. My week will focus on heavy metal detox… mercury, lead, aluminum, etc.
The sign you see when driving in
The clinic is led by 2 doctors… mother and daughter (Petra and Frederika). A 3rd is joining… a man from Germany. They have about 25 staff members here who provide the treatments, cook, clean, and drive. The staff speak many of the European languages and come from all over. So the language can be a bit challenging for us English speakers!
People come from all over the world to get help with health problems. The focus of the clinic is to help restore the body to its intended state so it can heal itself. When our bodies are over burdened with toxins (heavy metals, pesticides, chemical pollutants, etc), the blood and other tissues cannot do their job. The liver suffers, the blood becomes acidic, our brain doesn’t function well, our kidneys malfunction, and at some point people get symptoms.
The clinic aims to improve the bio-terrain of the body so the blood and organs can get back to working well.
the view from our room
One very useful diagnostic tool they use here is darkfield microscopy where you look at your live blood. Red blood cells should be a specific shape and size and freely able to move. There should not be yeast, bacteria, viruses or crystals found in your blood. Seeing many crystals can indicate your kidneys may have trouble filtering these out. Your white blood cells should be seen cleaning up (because there ARE things in your blood that shouldn’t be there!). They take a drop of blood, put it on a slide and we look at it together and learn about what we see.
If you see red blood cells clumping, unable to move, too small or too large, or shriveled, or lots of crystals or other large objects that should not be there……. something is not right! If you see too many or too few white blood cells… or white blood cells not being active… that’s also not a good thing! We all (in our group) had these abnormalities to different degrees. When this happens, oxygen is not delivered effectively to the tissues and problems happen related to the decrease in oxygen delivery. Abnormalities of the white blood cells can indicate a problem with immunity. We are prescribed treatments here but also supplements and lifestyle practices to do when we leave… to help improve the quality of our blood.
Blood is our lifeforce… and when I see how easy it is to simply look at the blood…. I wonder why this is not done routinely in medical practice. It’s one of the most basic parts of our health… and we can do something about it once we know!
They really focus on the basics here…. meaning looking at the blood… using normal physiology as a guide to how your body should be operating.
Another basic is measuring the state of your nervous system. Ideally we should be balanced between parasympathetic and sympathetic. Many of us live in the sympathetic state (fight or flight)….. and don’t have enough parasympathetic going on.
It’s in the parasympathetic state where we restore and heal and regenerate. The clinic here puts an emphasis on us relaxing and enjoying and being happy to facilitate the parasympathic state…. so we get the most from the treatments and the time we are here.
cloudy morning in the mountains
It’s an example of why it’s best to meditate or relax when you’re doing an ion cleanse or sauna (or any type of healing treatment). If you’re on your computer or cellphone doing work or business and near radio frequency and magnetic fields from these devices, it’s not conducive to a parasympathetic state and your detox will not be as effective… because, again, it’s the parasympathetic nervous system state that is conducive to regeneration and healing.
The mountains are huge and beautiful and we take walks/hikes as much as we can. After the first few days our hips/legs/joints were completely shot from the very steep downhill walking motion! It’s either severe upwards or dramatically downwards here in the mountains! David and I both buckled down with Egoscue exercises to get our weaker muscles firing properly… and it saved the day and we’re doing a lot better.
I think about the studio often…. all of you and your special lives. It’s Labor day today and I see many of you came in to take class with Kendra. It’s very special to have her back teaching fitness classes after the birth of her twin boys. And Liz at the front desk helping and greeting all of you. And Beth teaching special reformer classes and private lessons, and Madeline and Eileen also teaching the group classes. And a few of you coming in for detox with the ion cleanse and sauna. All on a holiday. It’s so great to see so many of you taking time to do something beneficial for your health. I hope you enjoy the rest of the holiday today. Relax, enjoy your company. Eat good food and move your body!
Silicon is a mineral most people don’t think about much…. so it’s good you’re reading this because silicon is super important for staying healthy! But it‘s not silican, silica or silicone…. those are different materials.
Silicon is the 2nd most abundant element on the earth… just behind oxygen and above aluminum.
Think of bones and joints… how many people have trouble with this? Osteoporosis, joint pain, tendonitis, loss of teeth….
The silicon mineral is critically important in the health of these tissues.
Then move to wrinkles, sagging skin, weak nails, thinning hair….. all signs of a lack of the mineral silicon.
And more! Silicon is found in the insides of blood vessels and especially the aorta. Silicon helps the vessel walls be both strong and flexible and pliable (not stiff and weak).
Silicon has an anti-inflammatory effect specifically for muscle aches and joint pain. It works by modulating these specific cytokines (cytokines are messengers of inflammation).
And lastly, silicon helps improve the electrical potential of your cell membranes. Many things degrade cell membranes… and when that happens health declines. The source of health problems is often when the cell membrane is not intact and working properly. Silicon is an important player in getting the cell membrane back to good working condition.
How would someone get low tissue levels of silicon?
Silicon is found in whole grains, but when they are processed, much of the silicon is diminished. Aging decreases silicon levels… but a huge factor in low levels is aluminum toxicity.
Aluminum competes with silicon and gets deposited into your connective tissue, bone, and inside blood vessels… taking the place of silicon. So your tissues that should contain silicon… contain aluminum.
And we know high levels of aluminum are toxic… leading to neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s but others as well.
If you find you have high tissue levels of aluminum (by doing an effective test), silicon supplementation can help in 2 ways:
Silicon decreases absorption of aluminum (we all get a daily intake of aluminum just from normal life)
Silicon helps your kidneys increase excretion of aluminum.
How do I know if I need it?
Get your tissue levels measured. A blood test would not be accurate. Aluminum is in blood for only a short time before it moves into your organs, brain, and tissues….. so you won’t find it in a blood level unless you’ve had a big, recent exposure.
It’s most accurate to test the levels found in your tissues. We use the OligoScan… a spectrophotometric measure of your tissue levels of silicon and 19 other minerals…. but also measures the tissue levels of 14 heavy metals including mercury, aluminum, lead, cadmium, and more.
It would be highly beneficial to know if you have high levels of aluminum creating a deficiency in silicon. If yes, it would be useful to reduce your aluminum levels through detoxification in addition to supplementing with silicon.
This is an example where the shotgun approach to taking supplements is not useful. If your silicon levels are not low, you won’t get benefits from taking more. It’s a reason why many studies may not show a benefit to taking certain nutritional supplements. An example is chromium for diabetes. Studies are contradictory in terms of showing if chromium is beneficial or not. Yet none of the studies measured chromium levels. They just gave it to everyone… not knowing their levels ahead of supplementation. It stands to reason that taking chromium supplements if your level is normal will not give you an added benefit. The same is true for silicon and most all minerals.
What type of silicon supplement?
I recommend the product called “RegeneMax” by Xymogen. They assure their products are clean of heavy metals and contain what they claim to have in them. This is a stabilized silicon product (orthosilicic acid) that comes as capsules and liquid.
It’s most wise to get your levels tested so you know your silicon status before just supplementing (when you might not need it!). Minerals work best when they are present in the right levels. Testing will also give you the bigger picture. It’s best to look at all the heavy metals and minerals together and how they affect each other…. then come up with a plan to improve the levels.
I’m so glad to be able to offer the OligoScan test here in Minneapolis. I heard of the test when making plans for a visit to the Paracelsus Health Clinic in the Swiss Alps. David and I are going there for a 2 week stay the end of the summer. In addition to many healing and medical treatments (they are world known for treatment of end stage cancer and other very serious illnesses) they use the OligoScan to test for heavy metals and mineral status. It’s not widely used in the US and Studio TimeOut is the only place in Minnesota that has it.
Come take the opportunity to find out this useful information and get a detailed analysis of results and recommendations for what you can do to improve your mineral status and decrease your toxic heavy metals.
Heavy metals are not on most people’s radar
Instead, many people are struggling with hormone imbalance, thyroid problems, depression, anxiety, menopause, sleep trouble, resistant weight loss, ADHD, autoimmune diseases, adrenal problems……. but they are not understanding that all those health issues are happening because of a greater problem… what we call “upstream”… such as heavy metal toxicity, infections people are not aware of, or mold or other chemical toxicities. Medical professionals are missing this…… and people are not getting to the root cause of their health problems.
The place to start is to get tested to see your heavy metal status…. and your mineral status. It doesn’t sound flashy… but it gets to the cause… then you can take action to fix it!
Come to our Saturday morning class to learn how heavy metals and minerals affect your health and how, if you ignore these 2, you can be completely missing the cause for your health problems including high blood pressure, diabetes, digestive trouble, and more. Learn the mechanism and how this trouble happens, and learn what you can do about it.