Colon Hydrotherapy

by Lorri Lorenz, Clear Water Cleanse

Colon hydrotherapy uses FDA-approved equipment to instill temperature-controlled, filtered water into the colon by way of a speculum to remove toxins from the body and improve colon health. A three-step filtration system is used for the water supply. All waste is contained in tubing, so there is no mess or odor, and waste flows directly into the sewer system. The tubing and speculum are disposable. All other equipment is disinfected with a germicide after each use. There is also a back-flow prevention valve built into the tubing.  A gown is worn, and you are covered with a sheet to maintain privacy.

A colonic will reach the entire colon, which is approximately 5–6 feet in length, unlike an enema, which will only reach the lower portion of the colon. Ideally, a person should have two to three bowel movements per day. If not, a person can become dehydrated and constipated.

A colon hydrotherapy session is equivalent to a 45-minute workout on the treadmill for your colon. It helps your colon to work more efficiently because it relies on peristalsis, which is a muscular contraction to move waste through the colon to expel it. Laxatives are chemical irritants and can become habit forming. Colon hydrotherapy uses only filtered water.

I have had irritable bowel syndrome and after having several colonics, I can eat ANYTHING and no longer suffer from diarrhea. I also met a colon hydrotherapist in Nevada who had severe acne and had tried “everything under the sun” with no results. After having several colonics, her skin cleared.

Ancient Egyptians practiced colon hydrotherapy as early as 1500 BC.  Colon hydrotherapy equipment was used in hospitals in the 1950s but was removed in the 1960s due to the use of pharmaceuticals.  Dr. Kellogg published in the 1917 Journal of American Medicine that out of 40,000 cases of gastrointestinal disease, only 20 cases required surgery. The rest were helped as a result of cleansing the bowels, exercise, and diet.

Healing Birds

by Michael & Kathi Rock

The Irish author Robert Lynd says, “In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence,” and we have discovered that this is definitely true. Birds are clearly smaller in size than we are, but they are also much bigger in spirit, and seeing them provides a priceless connection to the beauty and majesty of nature and mindfulness in our lives—the special relationship we have discovered between birds and the wonderful people involved in watching them has been endlessly fascinating and far-reaching.

We became interested in creating a wildlife sanctuary in our suburban backyard almost by accident, and then it became our destiny as the years went on and our involvement and commitment to birds, especially hummingbirds, grew. The life of birds is determined by the cycles of nature, and we have found ourselves tapping into those cycles to learn about and appreciate the richness that birds can bring to our lives and our mental and physical health.

Seeing birds can certainly be a unique challenge in the frozen north. What can we do to invite birds into our yards? Many birds, such as hummingbirds and tanagers, are only with us during the warmer months and require special routines to draw them into and keep them coming back to our gardens. Generally, once a bird finds your property and something desirable about it, you can usually be guaranteed of return visits. As we’ve learned with hummingbirds, this activity is definitely a building process, with each successive year becoming better and stronger.

The most important thing we have learned about birds is that you must take steps to meet their basic needs when you “put out the welcome sign” for them to keep them coming back again and again. For most birds, those needs will include dependable:

? Shelter
? Food
? Water

A property containing large, mature trees and bird-friendly shrubbery will generally be an ideal habitat for most birds. If you have no trees or dense shrubbery (an ideal roosting and protective spot for smaller birds) in your yard, planting the largest plant specimens you can find will be an important first step. Birds require a place to sleep at night and something to escape into when being pursued by a predator. A brush pile or discarded Christmas tree also helps to create a valuable home for your bird friends. Some birds require special accommodations such as a nest box or house. For example, we would not be enjoying our Eastern screech owl during the winter without a specially located nest box (identify a place where squirrels cannot get into it and take it over) or those busy house wrens in the spring without birdhouses.

Food can be quite different for each bird species—think of it like “setting the table” for your bird friends! Some birds, such as cardinals and chickadees, eat mostly seeds, and some birds, such as robins, cedar waxwings, warblers, and tanagers, eat insects and worms.  Our winter woodpeckers depend on suet, and, of course, hummingbirds (hummingbirds also devour huge numbers of small gnat-sized insects, so don’t use pesticides in your yard and plant lots of flowers) and orioles love sugar water feeders (Orioles also eat fruit and insects.). Hummingbirds eat from special tubular-shaped flowers, and you must plant a succession of nectar-filled blooms for them from early May through mid-October—a combination of feeders and the best flowers will ensure the presence of these magical birds in your garden.

To enjoy a wide diversity of birds, it is essential to provide and encourage the presence of many different types of food, and you must make sure that wildlife such as squirrels and raccoons cannot eat the food before the intended bird can find it (think squirrel-proof feeders, out-of-reach locations, and alternate foods for squirrels for best results).  Sugar water feeders must be kept clean and fresh for the safety of the birds, and seed feeders must be filled and periodically cleaned. Providing food for birds is a little like having a pet—while birds can find food on their own because they are wild, if you want to enjoy watching and developing a special relationship with birds, you must spend time and care providing clean and safe food and designing your habitat.

Water can be a very challenging element to provide unless your property backs up onto a moving stream or river. Moving water on your property will always bring a greater diversity of birds (especially during spring and fall migrations), and we have absolutely found this to be the case since we first began creating a wildlife habitat. Additionally, the relaxing and rhythmic sound of the water is soothing and meditative, especially at the end of a long workday or during a stressful or difficult time in one’s life.

We decided to purchase a small pond kit (the pond is very shallow with a small waterfall and a mister and dripper device) from the Internet, and while it is a lot of work to install the pond in the spring and disassemble it in the fall, the payback in terms of enjoying birds of all kinds is huge. For several springs we had families of ducks enjoying the pond, we’ve seen hummingbirds bathe in the pond, and virtually every other bird in our yard uses the pond at one time or another (red-wing blackbirds, that beautiful harbinger of spring, especially like our pond when they first arrive from their wintering grounds), such as bluebirds and rose-breasted grosbeaks. There are many creative solutions to establishing a source of moving water that are less time intensive and expensive than a pond, and they are all worthwhile in your quest to enjoy birds. A properly maintained birdbath is wonderful for many small songbirds, but many birds such as hummingbirds will unfortunately find the water to be too deep and stagnant.

Birds are always doing something interesting, and their fascinating routines and arrivals and departures provide endless entertainment and stress relief during the average day (seeing that first hummingbird in late spring or an adult cardinal feeding a juvenile bird is simply priceless!). Nothing in life could duplicate our excitement of seeing the face of our Eastern screech owl appear in the hole of our nest box for the first time this winter or an indigo bunting at our bird feeder last summer. We regularly have a red-tailed hawk fly through our yard, and every time it is an awe-inspiring sight because of the sheer wingspan of the bird. It is therefore very important to place feeders and boxes and plant flowers where you can easily see and enjoy the birds from your home. We can think of endless days of stress and illness when the sight of certain favorite birds was immensely therapeutic—this is one reason why you will see bird feeders at places such as nursing homes and hospice centers. Birds can brighten up a bleak, frigid winter day or bring hope and peace when times are rocky and dark.

We begin and end our lives, our days, and our seasons, with birds—unlike us, they can fly, hover, and disappear into the sky where our dreams float free.  As J. M. Barrie writes, “The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” We encourage you to have a little faith and to invite a few birds into your garden this spring so that you can discover the magic of birds for yourself!

Get the Skinny on Cholesterol

Every cell in the human body has the ability to make cholesterol. In fact, without this organic compound our cells would die. So, why is there so much confusion about cholesterol? Listed below are some common cholesterol myths with the facts of the matter unveiled truthfully.

Cholesterol Myths

(from The Cholesterol Myths by Uffe Ravnskov)

Cholesterol is a deadly poison. Truth: Cholesterol is vital to the cells of all mammals.

High cholesterol promotes heart disease. Truth: There is no such thing as bad or good cholesterol. High cholesterol levels may reflect an unhealthy condition or be totally innocent.

Animal fat raises cholesterol. Truth: There is no evidence to prove this.

The only way to lower cholesterol is with drugs. Truth: Mortality has not improved with prescription drug use. In fact, these drugs have dangerous side-effects and will ultimately shorten your lifespan.

Cholesterol-lowering statins prevent cardiovascular disease. Truth: One could argue the truth of this statement for a variety of reasons, but it isn’t as well known that these drugs also stimulate cancer in rodents.

Treating Cholesterol Is Not the Answer

Dr. Dwight Lundell whole-heartedly agrees with the above truths. In fact, after twenty-five years of medical practice as a heart surgeon, he believes that cholesterols are NOT causing heart disease. In the article listed below, he speaks out on how cholesterol-lowering medications and unnatural diets are actually the main culprits causing heart disease.

Here is a brief synopsis of his article “Heart Surgeon Speaks Out on What Really Causes Heart Disease” released in March of 2012:

Cholesterol accumulates in the body because inflammation causes the cholesterol to become trapped. Natural inflammation does occur as the body’s defense to foreign invaders, like bacteria, toxins, and viruses. This is a perfect system within our natural creation. However, chronically exposing the body to injury by toxins—foods the human body was never designed to process—creates chronic inflammation.

The biggest causes of chronic inflammation are: simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour, and ALL the products made from them) the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils (soybean, corn, and sunflower found in many processed foods) “low-fat” diets.

For over sixty years, these kind of foods have become staples in our households because of their long shelf-life and tempting taste, but they are slowly poisoning everyone. The more we eat processed foods, the more we cause chronic inflammation within our bodies. The human body just was not designed to, nor can it, process foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.

To reduce chronic inflammation, eat foods that are closer to their natural state, like foods your grandmother used to make, not the foods your mother bought in the grocery store. Eat more protein and animal fats. Choose colorful fruits and vegetables. Eliminate corn and soybean oils completely. You can still, and will, reduce years of damage to your arteries by following the above simple truths.

Fat Myths

The real issue is not whether you should eat fats, but what kind of fat you should eat. Hydrogenated or trans-fats (bad) are deadly inside the human body. They clog up your arteries and damage your circulatory system. Good fats (unsaturated), such as flax and marine lipids, help to balance bad fats and provide for necessary body functions. Fat protects your heart and brain, and it also provides stable energy production. Fat is necessary for your body to perform at its peak! Good fats are even used to produce essential hormones.

Check out this book: Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill by Udo Eramus.

Heart-Healthy Foods

Butter! Feel free to enjoy it again!

Fatty Fishes. In particular, eat saltwater fishes, such as salmon and sardines. The fats in these fish are predominately healthy and have been directly linked to reduce some heart conditions.

Oats. This remarkable whole grain is the best provider of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber has the ability to absorb cholesterol in the digestive tract before it settles into the blood stream.

Dark Chocolate (made of at least 60 percent cocoa) contains a high amount a compound that reduces blood pressure, clotting, and inflammation. Yes, you have permission to eat dark chocolate in moderation.

Berries. Raspberries and strawberries are both directly linked to improving cardiovascular health by dilating blood vessels and reducing blood pressure.

Citrus fruits. Oranges and lemons have been connected to reducing causes of strokes. More importantly, they pack a high punch of natural Vitamin C!

Virgin olive oil. Regular consumption of this oil, and olives, has proven to reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels because of their high level of monounsaturated fats.

Red wine. Within moderation red wine is heart healthy because it has a component that relaxes the walls of the blood vessels causing them to dilate.


Nutrition response testing is a non-invasive method of analyzing the body to determine the patient’s imbalance (nutritional deficiencies) and finding the root cause, so it can be corrected naturally with whole food supplements. Can the hopelessness of “heartache” be reversed?

As a practitioner, he believes there IS hope for help without using harsh, destructive medications. The human body is designed to work to heal itself naturally. Sometimes, it can be as simple as eliminating those harmful foods listed above. Taking whole-food dietary supplements has proven to help the heart work more efficiently. As a naturopath, Dr. Court’s goal is to enable each patient’s own internal intelligence to heal itself by implementing a clinically designed, yet very personalized program that revolves around your body’s unique needs, stressors, and deficiencies.

So, ultimately, Dr. Court’s answer: Yes, most definitely! Using organic, concentrated, whole-food supplements will rescue your body along with incorporating a new eating lifestyle which involves a common-sense approach to eating whole foods permanently. It is really not that hard to reverse the body’s aging effects if you give it the nutrition it needs to function properly.

“But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast.” ~Proverbs 15:15

Dr. Michael J. Court is a local naturopath and wellness consultant with locations in both Chippewa Falls and Altoona. He has completed an extensive training program in advanced clinical nutrition, which involved nutrition response testing. He treats all ranges of patients for nutritional deficiencies.

How Do I Live with Fibromyalgia?

by Sue Peck RN, PhD, GNP-BC, CHTP/I

Having fibromyalgia can be a tough life to lead. No, it’s not all in your head! It’s not uncommon that the person with fibromyalgia symptoms has seen multiple health care providers and been told there really isn’t anything wrong with them. As a matter of fact, in the traditional health care system, the goal is to rule out diseases that are more serious or life-threatening first. When the tests come back “normal,” it’s reaffirming that there isn’t something life-threatening going on, but it doesn’t provide any answers either. Some are diagnosed with fibromyalgia while others are indeed told they need a counselor. But the person’s description of life with fibromyalgia can provide many clues as to a cause and to possible treatments.

There is new evidence that the combination of contributing factors for fibromyalgia are the result of genetic and biologic factors, triggers in the environment, and changes in the neurologic structures and pathways in the body. One person may have multiple causes. Categories of causes include stress wearing out the adrenal gland, low thyroid function, hormonal imbalance, sleep problems, build-up of yeast in the body, parasites and other infections in the bowel, sinuses, or other areas, long-term use of antibiotics, and nutritional deficiencies. A stressful event or period of life, an accident, a flulike illness, the job that won’t quit—these are examples of triggers that cause fibromyalgia symptoms to begin. The symptoms worsen over time as the person looks for ways to treat it. And all of these causes lead to pain and fatigue.

Painful muscle fibers are caused when the sensing and processing mechanisms in the brain are increased with fibromyalgia. New or continued stress heightens that pain. Exercise increases pain in some individuals but not in all. Hormonal changes lead to more inflammation in the body and contribute to the pain and fatigue. The hormonal changes that result affect the person’s ability to have a positive outlook on life. Who wouldn’t feel depressed living with that day in and day out!

Some people have been told by their health care provider that there isn’t anything that can be done and that they’ll have to learn to live with it. But the questions are, “How do I live with it?” and “With all we know, what do you mean we can’t find a cause?” Finding the cause, and working together to reduce or eliminate the cause, are the first steps in answering those questions, and hopefully getting rid of fibromyalgia.

A combination of further testing and treatments is available. Lab testing can look beyond the typical testing done for fibromyalgia. Lab tests may examine adrenal and thyroid gland function, hormonal levels, or the digestive enzymes in the person’s system (some foods cause inflammation or the person may have a sensitivity to certain foods; that inflammation causes pain). An extensive review of everything the person eats and drinks may be done. Effective treatments are available! Energy balancing (Healing Touch) is very effective in changing the life experience and decreasing pain. Brain balancing (chiropractic neurologist practice) to help the brain communicate with the muscles, body work (massage and related therapies) for pain and stiffness, traditional Chinese medicine therapies (acupuncture) to open communication pathways within the body, nutrition that prevents inflammation, and taking nutritional supports are just some of the therapies available to help you “live with it” and hopefully get rid of it! The testing and therapies available at Optima Health & Vitality will help you find the cause of your fibromyalgia and improve your health. A free 10-minute consultation can be set up to determine how we might help you. Please call 715-832-1953 and ask for an appointment with me. We look forward to working with you!

Chiropractic and Healing Potential

by Dr. Judy Soborwicz

Chiropractic is a powerful way to preserve our connection to our internal healing systems. From our immune function, stress response, digestion, hormone health, to everything in between; our internal regulation and optimization occurs at the connection between our brain and body. Chiropractic health care focuses specifically on maintaining this special connection at the highest potential throughout our lifetime.

Our frame and structure are made up of finely sculpted boney connective joints/tissues with large and fine muscle groups for moving.  The immense precision intended during the creation of our structure induces wonder and respect by anyone who has taken the time to truly observe it in action.  In other words, our system is set up, self regulated—for expression of vitality and health.  To suffer with conditions of the body without addressing our prime regulator of health and well-being is akin to a novice baking a soufflé without direction.  When given the option to have help, we would no question, take it.

We are our most powerful at healing and vitality when we are using our design in a directed way to express our potential. Our movement and balance of our frame is one hundred percent initiated by our brain and relayed through our nerve system.  The direction of our body from our brain is mutually beneficial, as movement of our body also maintains size and quantity of nerve cells deep within our brain.  This input/output interplay between our brain and body is dependent on motion.

When movement patterns are altered due to sports injury, slips, falls, auto accidents, even the birth process itself, our brain begins an adaptive process.  This adaptation is based on our brains best alternative available at the time of insult.  At it’s best, the brain will preserve energy and insure survival.  When our brain directs our body in an adaptive state we experience a lowered state of health.  Arthritis, heavy legs, muscle pain, loss of energy, nerve pain, back pain, joint pain, high blood pressure, digestive issues are some signs of our body being unable to flip our switch to a more efficient, less stressful pattern.  Our body becomes less able to correct on its own when stress has been prolonged or injuries multiplied.

Chiropractic gait analysis allows for a window into the efficiency of our brain and body communication.  Movement of our frame reveals stress points, adaptations, and compensations, this observation is used to reveal injuries old and new, and reverse our inefficient energy draining patterns.  Identification provides a gateway to correction; the coordinated interplay between the brain, joint, and muscle patterns provides the method to identify faults.

Specific gentle chiropractic adjustments are used to address areas requiring correction. This process enhances our ability to express an overall optimal level of health. A seven year study showed that patients whose primary physician was a chiropractor, experienced: 60 percent fewer hospital admissions, 59 percent fewer days in the hospital, 62 percent fewer outpatients surgery, and 85 percent fewer pharmaceutical costs.

Chiropractic is an exceptional method to explore our fullest human potential and experience uncommon healing.

Dr. Judy has personally experienced the benefits of chiropractic care for years. Her inspiration to help build health through natural methods, led to Palmer College of Chiropractic where she obtained her doctorate degree.  Dr. Judy actively pursues advanced studies in chiropractic methods, nutrition and pediatric chiropractic.