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The 6-Week Deep Tissue Detox Begins: Can We Start Over?

Well, yesterday we officially began the 6-Week Deep Tissue Detox. I’d stayed up until sunrise nearly organizing my home, washing my greens and making juices for the next day. Fully prepared with 5 of my favorite juice jugs armed and loaded in the fridge, I was convinced that my detox was off to a successful start.

Making green juices is one thing. Making green juices that taste good enough to consume is something else entirely. Through foresight and determination, I’d done a lot to prepare the stage and put support in place for myself. I got my ex-husband briefed, prepped and on board the program. I removed all traces of gluten or dairy products from the home and hid the soy sauces up high in the cupboard. (Was I thinking I could hide them from myself?!?) The kids made a commitment to gluten-free, dairy-free and LOTS of green juices and smoothies for the next 6 weeks, and I have enough kale, spinach and parsley in my fridge to feed an adult male gorilla for a week, but still…

…I still busted my detox on Day One.


I know, I know. You’re expecting me to be a stellar role model of health and discipline with will power of stainless steel. You were hoping I would succeed so I could encourage you. The fact is:

No amount of green food or swamp water supplements had any impact whatsoever on getting me through the spiritual wrestling match with my emotional eating patterns.


Here are a few speculations as to why:

I clearly ignored Dr. Ritamarie’s suggestions to drink more water. In fact, I didn’t drink ANY water at all. Just green juice, and even that, I wasn’t drinking nearly enough because they tasted AWFUL! :-(

I was running on a considerable shortage of sleep. Your ability to think clearly, make smart decisions and prioritize healthy choices is SERIOUSLY compromised by insufficient sleep. I’d been running on a couple nights of a couple hours of sleep and it certainly didn’t help my late night eating habits.

My house was messy. The kids are back this week. I would swear they each has a set of four arms–two for pretending to be busy doing homework and helping, and two more that come out when I’m not looking to sprinkle, tear, scatter, smash and smear stuff all over the house. They say that a person’s home is a reflection of their state of mind and well-being. If that’s true, last night I was living proof.

So, since we’re not here to brag about our shortcomings, but rather learn from them, here’s the action plan for the week to keep us all on track:

1. Take time to go through the sample GI document. Look at the detailed suggestions of how to start your day, prep for meals, and what to consume in between. Put the first steps in place. If you did as poorly as I did yesterday, let us know and we’ll add another week to the regime. Just getting in place all the little details of what need to be done can be daunting.

2. Set a policy for yourself about bedtime. You cannot pretend to be doing yourself any favors with all these foods, then think it’s okay to trash your adrenals by working until the sun comes up. (While Dr. Ritamarie is a model for healthy food choices, feel free to send her a little love note at 10pm reminding her that it’s almost bedtime.

3. Assuming that your preparation week has gone well, that you’ve gone through all the documents and are on target, you need to take and make the time to go through your first educational teleseminar. The more you understand the mechanisms at work, the better you’ll be able to put healthy habits in place.

We have a teleseminar this Thursday. We’ll be focused on answering any questions related to the content of the program up until this point in the program. The link has been sent to you, but here are some of the questions that we’ll be addressing:

  • Why all this green? Why can’t we just do liquids, or a juice feast?  Why can’t we just do less green?
  • Why “raw” food? I mean, couldn’t it just be a gluten-free detox?
  • Wheatgrass makes me want to throw up just thinking about it. How am I supposed to get it down in the quantities recommended for this program? Is there something else I can do instead?
  • Can we substitute powdered greens for fresh juices, sometimes? How often?
  • Can you please pass along some acceptable transitional recipes or cooked food options that will maximize detox and minimize frustration for me, since I’m having a touch time staying on raw food?
  • Is it okay to make our juices and smoothies in advance?

We’re going to find out how everyone else is doing, too, and as I said, if we need to add an extra week to the program, to be it. Let’s get the results we came here to achieve!

Love and support,


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Detox Q & A: Leaky Gut and Toxemia

Q: “Is there a connection between leaky-gut and toxemia (or pregnancy-induced hypertension)? It seems to me that these two may be related and healing the one (leaky gut) may prevent the other.”


A: While I’ve never seen any published studies linking leaky gut to toxemia of pregnancy, or even non pregnancy hypertension (high blood pressure), it is plausible that there is a connection.
Since leaky gut contributes to wide spread nutrient imbalances and allows toxins destined for excretion to enter the blood stream, leaky gut can very well contribute to blood pressure elevations as a result of mineral imbalances, holding onto fluids to dilute toxins or any of a number of other mechanisms

I’ve put people on detoxification programs and leaky gut repair protocols and seen hypertension go away.  I haven’t had enough cases of toxemia of pregnancy to be able to quote actual clinical cases.

Dr Ritamarie

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Unlocking the Gut Brain Connection; Heal your Brain by Healing your Gut


Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo

Have you noticed that there’s an epidemic of brain related problems in our world today? I’m sure you know at least one, perhaps several people who are suffering from  problems such as depression, anxiety, brain fog, irritability, difficulty focusing, or hyperactivity.   I see people with these problems in my office all the time.

What you may not realize is that problems in your head are connected to problems in your gut.  There’s a condition called leaky gut that results from low nutrient density foods, toxins in your air, water and food and eating in a stressful envronment. It’s likely that at least one of these stressors is a part of your world on a regular basis.

My newsletter last week went into details about leaky gut.   You can get access to last weeks newsletter at   The Recording of the Leaky Gut and Candida Teleseminar that Tera Warner and I did last week was recorded:

So what does leaky gut have to do with brain chemistry imbalances?  A lot!  Unlocking the gut-brain connection has been shown improve brain fog, ADHD, autism, depression and many more problems that plague so many today. Some foods cause antibodies to form that attack brain cells.  The passage of toxins into the blood stream through a leaky gut creates a whole host of problems.  Blood sugar and neurotransmitter  imbalances due to malabsorption of nutrients can lead to brain fog, depression and lack of focus.

Want to learn more about the gut brain connection and how to  control your brain through what you eat, how you eat and the health of your digestion?

On November 10, I’ll be explaining lots more in a FREE teleseminar.

This teleseminar will explain:
* What the gut-brain connection is and how ADD, autism and bipolar disorder can be influenced by what you eat.
* How and why what you eat affects the way you think, feel and behave.
* How to recognize when your mood swings and irritability are being triggered by food.
* Why conditions like depression, bipolar disorder, insomnia, ADD, brain-fog, anxiety, irritability and other conditions may all be connected to nutritional deficiencies, toxins and processed foods, NOT genetic conditions as some would have you believe!
* Can’t focus? You might simply be missing one thing in your diet. Find out what that is!
* Finally understand how stress inhibits your “wizard” brain and puts your “lizard” brain in control
* How long does it take to overcome these conditions and eliminate these toxins from the body?
* The exact mechanism that causes you to feel sluggish or have trouble concentrating and how to handle it.
* What the liver does with excess toxins when it is overloaded how this affects your brain!

Please join Tera Warner and I for this Free teleseminar.
Tuesday November 10, 2009 at 9PM Eastern time.

(The call will be recorded so sign up even if you can’t make the call live)

Talk to you soon

Love, Health and Happy Detox,

Dr. Ritamarie

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Health and Healing: Changing Lives through Daily Choices

Tera Warner

Last week, I met a woman who had given up on her health.

After 19 years of struggling with Crohn’s disease and being told to eat more white rice and drink more milk, she was sick and tired of being sick and tired. She paid big bucks to be seen by the “top” doctor for Crohn’s in the city. He told her to avoid fiber, eat white bread and cheese. She took immune-suppressing drugs and went to the bathroom more times in one day than most of us go in a week. When she heard about me, she figured it would be another fruitless encounter with promise, but no possibility.

She was wrong.

I’ll tell you what happened in a minute, but first I want to let you know that one of the biggest reasons I do what I do, is because when I walk in the street and see people plagued by illnesses that do NOT need to exist in the first place, I ache inside.

I want to DO something, CHANGE something, SAY something loud enough that people will hear it and wake up to the fact that life is not always as it appears.

People are told their illnesses are “genetic” or “hereditary” and that there’s nothing they can do so, “Line up at the counter and pop another pill, Jack!”

I’m not saying genetics don’t play a role in health, I’m just saying you shouldn’t sublimate your health to someone else’s opinion that you can’t do anything about it.

You CAN do something about it! You can ALWAYS do something about it.

There ARE solutions, and chances are they are simple, easy and right under the tip of your nose. But don’t give up on trying to find them, just because you’ve bumped into a few posts along your path. Keep going. Keep looking.

You’ll find them.

Lies require layers of elaborate explanations. They are complicated things.

Truth is simple. It just works. It makes sense.

People accept pain, discomfort, illness and fatigue as a part of their every day lives. It’s not “true” that life has to be this way. There are solutions and YOU can do something about it, whatever “it” is!

Heard any of these names circulating around your local “coffee shop”?

-Weight gain
-Water retention
-Brain fog
-Mood disorders
-Leaky gut syndrome
-Thyroid and hormonal imbalances.

I have seen, heard stories and received countless letters by people who have overcome ALL of these conditions and a whole lot more as a result of ONE THING.

But that one thing is so misunderstood, so mystified, and so couched in confusion, that my dear friend and superhero Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo and I are going to set the record straight in a series of 4 teleseminars happening throughout the month of November.

ANYONE you know who suffers from ANY of the above conditions needs to be on these calls.

—> FREE teleseminar series

You don’t have to pay a dime. You just have to invest some time, hope and a willingness to learn while Dr. Ritamarie and I get up on our soap boxes and share some things that we KNOW will change the lives of anyone who hears it.

Everyone is invited. It doesn’t matter how sick, fat, tired you feel, there is SOMETHING in these calls that could turn your life around, so sign up and tune in. The calls are starting this Thursday:

—> FREE teleseminar series

It doesn’t take more than your name and email address.

We won’t chase you down to sell vacuum parts. We just want you to help us help the world. If you know anyone who is suffering with ANY of those conditions, or if someone came to mind while you read this letter, then send this to them.

I don’t know what it’s going to take to make this world the place I KNOW it can be, but I’m going to be frizzy- haired and frazzled at the end of my days for having done my best to make it happen.

I appreciate your help in getting this information out there. My megaphone can reach a lot farther with your help.

Thanks for listening and spreading this around.

It means a lot.

Love and red-headed determination,



By the way, the calls will be recorded, so if you can’t attend the live version, we’ll make the recording available for you. All you have to do is sign up, we’ll send you the details right away.

FREE teleseminar series


Oh my! I almost forgot to tell you about the woman that I met last week. I gave her a whole list of foods I thought would help her and some suggestions based on the people I’ve seen overcome the condition.

24-hours later, she was a COMPLETELY different person.
She said she’d not felt so much hope, so much health in almost 20 years. She wept at the fact that a perfect stranger seemed to have the solutions and offered them for free, when NO ONE else, not even the most highly paid doctors had any idea what to do.

Kinda puts things into perspective, doesn’t it.

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Detoxing Your Gut: Understanding Leaky Gut and Candida Infections


Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo

I’m always asked questions like, “What’s the best way to cure Candida”  and  “How long does it take to heal leaky gut?”  The strategies for both are amazingly similar.  Not surprising, though, when you realize that both are caused by an overload of toxins that your body just doesn’t have the resources to get rid of.

I recorded a video clip about candida to answer some of the questions I get most frequently:

Watch my video about candida here…

So what is leaky gut , anyway?  It sounds kind of scary, doesn’t it?  Can I leave the house with a leaky gut?  Is it messy?  What’s actually leaking and where does it leak to?

Rest assured,  while leaky gut can have some very serious health complications, it’s generally not life threatening….at least not in the short term.  And nothing is leaking out of you, so no one can tell that you have it unless you tell them.  What’s leaking is the some of the contents of the small intestine, and where it’s leaking into is the blood stream.

Leaky gut is a very common condition of the small intestine.  Whereas a healthy small intestine will allow only fully digested food particles and nutrients to pass through, a leaky gut has been damaged and thus allows larger food molecules and toxins to readily enter the blood stream.  This can lead to food allergies, autoimmune disease, eczema, psoriasis, and a long laundry list of symptoms and health conditions.  Here’s a summary:

  1. **Gastrointestinal complaints: Abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, gas, indigestion, heartburn
  2. **Neurological disturbances: Aggressive behavior, anxiety, confusion, fuzzy or foggy thinking (brain fog), mood swings, nervousness, poor memory
  3. **Breathing troubles: Shortness of breath, asthma
  4. **Immune System Imbalances: Poor immunity, allergies, autoimmune diseases, recurrent bladder infections, recurrent vaginal infections
  5. **Skin Problems: skin rashes, eczema, psoriasis
  6. **Other Symptoms: chronic joint pain, chronic muscle pain, fatigue, bed wetting, hormone imbalances

These symptoms are, not surprisingly, very similar to the symptoms of candida overgrowth.  And, as you can tell, the symptoms are not confined to the gut!

There’s so much more I’d like to share about these very common yet often times overlooked conditions.   If you’re suffering from any of the symptoms listed above, you owe it to yourself to find out more.

If you’d like to learn what causes candida overgrowth and leaky gut,  and how to prevent and reverse them, be sure to sign up for the new free teleseminar series that Tera and I are offering.   The first class is Nov 5 and we’ll be talking about why undigested food is toxic, no matter how good the food is, the harmful byproducts of incomplete digestion and what happens when they enter your bloodstream, how your gut contributes to depression, brain fog, aches and pains, what caused your gut bacteria to go out of balance and so much more.

This is the first in a series of 4 free teleseminars, our gift to you as we enter into the holiday season.  Even if you can’t make the live classes, sign up anyway and we’ll send you the   recordings.

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Learn strategies for healing your gut that can keep you health throughout the holidays and the year:

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Detox Tip of the Day: Chew your Food to Prevent Leaky Gut

by Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo

Leaky gut is a problem faced b a large segment of the population.  This means that the little holes in your small intestine that normally allow only completely undigested food to enter your blood have been enlarged and inflamed, allowing stuff to enter your blood that has no business being there.  And when it gets there it causes problems, like brain food, stuffy sinuses, brain fog, depression and dozens of other common complaints.  There are lots of things you can do to prevent and repair this condition, and we’ll talk about it a lot in our Free Teleseminar on Candida and Leaky Gut on November 5.

Here’s a quick tip:  be sure to chew your food thoroughly.  The only teeth you have are in your mouth. If you swallow food that’s been only partially chewed, it’s likely that it will only be partially digested, and will irritate and inflame your intestine.  Over time, this can contribute to leaky gut.  Leaky gut can take months to repair and addressing leaky gut and clearing candida are important components  of an effective  cleansing and detoxification program.  Everyone can benefit from periodic cleansing and detoxification

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