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Filtering by Tag: Healing Crisis

How Changing My Biochemistry Cured My Shopping Addiction

Aisling FitzGibbon

I have a confession to make. Many years ago, I was a shopping addict. There was nothing in the world I liked more than buying shoes and clothes. I worked weekend jobs to fund my shopping expeditions and even the anticipation of shopping gave me a high.

I know I drove my friend Shane bonkers as he had to wait patiently outside changing rooms as I repeatedly asked him if my bum looked right in this pair of jeans or the one I had tried on ten minutes ago. It mattered not a jot that I’d to work long hours receiving the minimum wage in a job I had grown to intensely dislike. All that concerned me was knowing that at the end of the week I could go shopping.  

Purchasing gave me such a rush of feel good chemicals. I remember working the summer before I went to University and the money I made from my job in a shoe store, that was meant for college, was spent on bags of new clothes or shoes every week. There was no talking to me until one day I realised I had nine similar pairs of brown shoes and I certainly didn’t need all of them. Actually, my mother pointed this out and lined them up around the wall. Clearly I had a problem.

My shopping addiction was a classic symptom of a dysfunctional brain chemistry with low serotonin levels. This is common with people who addict to either shopping or gambling etc. On a mental level I knew I wasn’t behaving rationally but the chemical rush that shopping gave me was so incredibly addictive. In hindsight I was just trying to create a balance I didn’t possess inside. Unfortunately, I would have to keep shopping to maintain that balance and that wasn’t possible. After a few hours I would go back to a low grade energy and mood.

I then switched to exercising to feel better, all the while trying to balance my brain chemistry.  Due to a high copper levels I had weak adrenals and the excess exercise in the gym further over taxed them, leading to a horrible burnout. My mood that I had tried to keep buoyant with exercise and shopping took a nose dive.  

What on the outside appeared to be a shopping addiction and excess exercise, really was my body’s way of trying to create some semblance of homeostasis. All I knew was that I needed outside stimulus to make me feel good. I needed the maximum high to raise my serotonin levels.

From my training with Dr Bill Walsh of the Walsh Research Institute, I learnt that there are 5 biotypes of people who suffer from depression, I guess that I must have been an under methylator as I did respond in some way to SSRI medication. I didn't fully recover from medication however as neither my adrenal health nor my mineral status was addressed which meant that I continued to suffer from a low-grade energy and anxiety.

When I look back on the healing protocol from which I recovered I was given a diet and supplements that remedied my methylation status, reduced copper toxicity and raised my energy. The diet focused on hydration to ensure that my cells would absorb the supplements. In no particular order and at various times I took magnesium, magnesium with B vitamins, vitamin B 6, Vitamin C, choline and inositol, zinc, iodine, krill oil and flax oil.  My programme of minerals was gradually introduced as taking all of them at once would have been too much for the organs of elimination. I was made aware of how I could expect to feel when I took zinc for instance as taking zinc along with B6 began the process of eliminating copper from my tissues.

High copper in areas such as the liver and brain can make a person feel very irritable and annoyed over every perceived misdemeanour of others. Copper toxicity is linked to negative emotions and excessive ruminations. Eliminating copper involves mobilising copper from tissue storage sites which then enters the blood stream. This can cause huge energy fluctuations, mood swings and headaches. I personally experienced headaches, a low mood and I felt irritable and extremely vulnerable. I used coffee enemas to help my liver process the copper being removed and an infrared sauna that was literally a life saver.

Had I not been aware of how awful I would feel when toxicity flooded my body, I would have been reluctant to continue on my healing journey. Knowledge of what was happening at each stage empowered me and allowed me to understand what was going on when I experienced various symptoms such as a rash, irritational anger and dips in my energy. It felt like layers were being peeled away and each time I felt lighter, more energetic and happier. I recall that when I was replete with minerals I began to take flaxseed oil and my brain literally sparked back into life. I began to naturally create my own serotonin and I was no longer depressed or dependent on outside things to make me feel happy.

Changing my biochemistry began to change my life as the changes we make on the inside are reflected back to us from the outside. As I began to open up at a cellular level, life began to open up for me. As I felt happier inside I attracted wonderful life experiences and people.

From my own personal experience and my training I can understand what’s happening to others on their health journey. At every stage I act as a guide, interpreting where people are at and where they need to go. As we recover from deficiencies that could have been incurred from our ancestral line we begin to heal for future generations who will be stronger and healthier because of parents with a more balanced biochemistry.

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Poo Glorious Poo. My personal experience of Coffee Enemas.

Aisling FitzGibbon

I had always been partial to a nice latte but when it was suggested that I take coffee rectally I had instant visions of guts and smelly poo. However having undergone a healing detox programme and in the throes of a healing crisis, I overcame any misgivings and got on with the process. The coffee enema gave me such instant relief from symptoms like nausea, headaches and extreme fatigue that I knew I had discovered the Holy Grail of detox techniques.

I undertook the coffee enemas as part of a supervised healing programme where I learned when to use them, what to expect, what was the best organic coffee to use and how to avoid electrolyte imbalance. If someone with a low mineral and antioxidant status suddenly starts doing coffee enemas they can end up feeling more depleted and even lower in energy. This is why it is so important to begin with a nourishing diet and establish a baseline of minerals and antioxidants.

The coffee enema is for the benefit of our liver- that powerful organ that sits behind our lower right ribcage, that detoxes everything that comes into our body.  One of the primary functions of the liver is to filter blood. Two quarts of blood pass through the liver every minute to be cleared of toxicity. As the liver performs a two- step process to eliminate toxicity there are certain nutrients and enzymes required for each stage. Stage one requires several cofactors such as adequate levels of magnesium, B3, B6 and B12. People who experience an underactive phase 1 of liver detoxification will experience an intolerance to perfumes and other environmental chemicals. It is beneficial for a person with an underactive phase 1 detoxification system to start the morning is to have a glass of warm water with fresh pressed lemon juice.

Phase one of liver detox uses up oxygen and enzymes to burn off toxins. The end products that are released need to be neutralised by phase two of liver detox. For every molecule that is detoxified during phase 1, one free radical is produced. The second phase of liver detoxification relies on phase 2 enzymes to complete the detoxification process.

During phase two of liver detox toxins are neutralised and rendered water soluble which enables them to be eliminated through the kidneys and through sweating in the skin. The pathways here involve Glutathione, sulfation, methylation and sulfoxidation and glucuronidation. The most important antioxidant for neutralizing the free radicals produced in Phase I is glutathione. When high levels of toxin exposure produce so many free radicals from Phase I detoxification glutathione is depleted and the Phase II processes that depend upon glutathione, stop working.

Glutathione is inhibited by excessive alcohol, paracetamol, antibiotics, pesticides, selenium deficiency, B 2 (niacin) deficiency, zinc deficiency and a low protein diet. Glutathione production is magnesium dependent. The Sulfation pathway is inhibited by non- steroidal, anti- inflammatory drugs. The methylation pathway is inhibited by folic acid or B 12 deficiency. The  glucuronidation pathway that metabolises drugs, pollutants and estrogens is inhibited by drugs such as oral contraceptives, aspirin, diazepam, some pesticides and phenolic compounds in air pollution and overuse of paracetamol. About 33% of all drugs are detoxified by this pathway. The proper functioning of the liver's detox systems is important in the prevention of cancer.

The nutrient requirements of phase two are glutathione, B6, vitamin C, cysteine, glutamic acid, choline, betaine, folate through green vegetables, cruciferous vegetables and sulphur rich vegetables such as onions, leeks and garlic.

When glutathione levels are low there can be a tendency to arthritis, ADHD, hepatitis and autism. Systemic inflammation is also linked to poor glutathione status. Glutathione is the primary defence responsible for clearing the body of toxins, inflammation from stress and heavy metals. Nutrient poor diets, mental and emotional stress all deplete glutathione reserves.

It is very important that phase one activity does not exceed the ability of the liver’s phase two enzymes to finish the job as otherwise a person who is undergoing a detox regime feels dreadful and experiences what is known as a healing crisis. During the healing crisis antioxidants are used up at an enormous rate, leaving a person feeling toxic, nauseous and in a low mood. Instead of the toxins exiting the body as they should, they are unable to get out and so can shift to a different part of the body. Toxins that come out of the deeper tissues can redeposit in joints causing arthritic pains.

This is where the coffee enema comes in. Coffee, when taken rectally passes through the portal vein directly to the liver where the liver uses the chemicals in the coffee to upregulate the production of glutathione S transferase. This process increases glutathione production by 600-700%.During the process of the coffee enema the liver is stimulated to release toxic bile. This is so important during a healing regime. It is an essential part of my practice as a Nutritionist and Energy Transformation Coach. 

The coffee enema is used in natural clinics all over the world and is strongly advocated by the Gerson Institute where enemas are given a few times a day. However I have found that this amount of enemas is too excessive as there could be electrolyte depletion and a lowering of adrenal energy.

So if coffee enemas are so good why don’t doctors advocate their use? Coffee enemas were included in the Merck Manual, the bible for physicians, from 1899- 1977. The reference to coffee enemas was then removed to make space for other information. (This is what Dr Gonzalez was told when he asked why information about coffee enemas were no longer being included). However current doctors such as holistic psychiatrist Kelly Brogan writes about the therapeutic use of coffee enemas in her book A Mind of Your Own. In it she describes a paper from the 1932 New England Journal of Medicine that describes resolution of symptoms from depression to psychosis and discharge from inpatient units by simply employing coffee enemas.

Once I experienced the benefits of the coffee enema there was no doubt in my mind that this detox technique was nothing short of a miracle. Any misgivings I had of poo flying in all directions were soon forgotten once I learned how to do them. I used the time to relax and read. Of course I stayed close to the toilet and used Poo PourriAny unsavoury aromas that result can be dealt with by using Poo Pourri, a natural deodoriser for the toilet. This proved to be a lifesaver as when my boyfriend came to stay I wanted to extend the fantasy that I was his sweet smelling pea!   

This article is for education purposes only. Coffee enemas need to be employed within a supervised Natural Healing Programme. If you want to work with me please fill in my clarity call application.