The Five Fundamentals of Health
The Five Fundamentals of Health

In our fastidious society, everyone understands the importance of keeping the outside of the body clean. This is because we can see the outside. But it is just as important, if not more so, to keep the inside clean. I am reminded of a television commercial promoting a tooth paste that is purported to clean tar stains off the teeth of smokers. But what about the tar you can’t see—the tar in the lungs?

Hygiene, both inside and out, is important to health. But the importance of hygiene applies to more than just the body. Since we depend on our surroundings for the essentials of life—air, food, water, etc.—a clean environment is just as important. Many of the great plagues that have befallen humankind have been the result of unclean living conditions. The Bubonic Plague, or “Black Death,” which wiped out a large part of Europe during the Middle Ages, was carried by fleas, which were in turn carried by rodents. It was the lack of sanitation, resulting in the accumulation of garbage and proliferation of rats, that ultimately led to the many deaths caused by the “Black Death.”

Many deaths throughout history and even today are the result of diseases such as dysentery and cholera, which are spread by unclean water. Drinking water that has been contaminated by sewage is particularly dangerous. Modern sewage and water treatment facilities are largely responsible for the increased lifespans we enjoy today, and have done more to prevent disease than all the doctors, drugs, and hospitals in the world. But even today most drinking water is not as clean as it should be. Many disease-causing parasites are spread by drinking water so it is prudent to take extra precautions by using an appropriate water filter.

Intestinal (Colon) Cleansing

Imagine what would happen if your household trash was allowed to accumulate. This would soon attract all sorts of disease-carrying vermin. We could kill the vermin with poison, but it would be much better to clean out the trash that is feeding it.

The same happens in the body when waste is allowed to accumulate because elimination is not keeping up with waste production. In this case the vermin are opportunistic disease-carrying “germs” and parasites. We could poison the vermin with antibiotics and other drugs, but wouldn’t it be better to clean out the waste that is causing the problem?

The average American consumes five pounds of chemical food additives per year. To add insult to injury, modern food processing has removed most of the fiber from our foods, and we do not eat enough foods, such as vegetables, which are a good sources of fiber. Fiber acts like a broom, helping sweep chemicals and toxins through the intestinal tract. When we don’t get enough fiber in the diet, the movement of the intestines is slowed, promoting the build up of waste material and toxins in the bowel, liver and blood. Everyone can benefit from a periodic colon cleanse to clear out these accumulations.

The term “colon cleansing” is a little misleading, because true cleansing means much more than simply taking a laxative to empty the bowels. A good herbal cleanse will not only improve elimination but will aid all of the organs and tissues that have an eliminative function including, not only the colon or bowel, but the liver, lungs, skin, blood, and kidneys as well. One herbal cleansing product that I recommend for this is CleanStart. Another cleanse that I like is Tiao He Cleanse.

Cleansing opens the body’s channels of elimination so that waste can be properly eliminated before toxins build up to dangerous levels in the tissues and blood. Toxins produce stress and deplete the body’s energy systems. Proper elimination conserves the body’s healing energy making more energy available for healing and repair.

We do not recommend that people who are thin, pale, emaciated or in a weakened condition begin with a cleanse. Such people should begin by building. We also do not recommend cleansing for women who are pregnant or lactating. For the rest of us, it is a good idea to begin our nutritional programs with a cleanse. We then recommend a cleanse twice a year—once in the Spring and again in the Fall.

So the first fundamental of health is cleansing—cleansing the body (inside and out); and insuring that our environment, air, drinking water, and food are also free of harmful contaminants.