Holistic Nursing Services

Freddie WindRiver, Licensed Nurse                                                     Shutesbury, MA  (413) 259-1416 

Holistic Nursing Services

Colon Hydrotherapy

Getting a colonic

Taking a Sauna

Giving yourself an enema


Fasting and Eating Guidance

    Fasts involve deliberately limiting the body's intake of food for a period of time. They are used for many different reasons and there are many types of fasts with different dietary restrictions. People undergoing a fast have specific health needs, and I help guide my clients through this process.

    Ingesting only water and tea is a more rigorous fast than is the use of juices for nourishment. Some people also use the word “fast” to refer to a simplified diet, such as the Cleansing Diet I recommend as preparation for a Colonic; but I do not use the term this way. 

    I have assisted many people with the process of using a fast preventatively to keep themselves healthy. It is also a very powerful healing tool when you have been ill. This is because a significant amount of energy is needed to digest food. When energy is not needed for digestion, more of it is available for healing. Some of my clients use their own chosen type of fast; others ask for my recommendations.  What I suggest often depends on what health challenges they have experienced.

    Colon hydrotherapy, either colonics or enemas, must be used regularly during a fast.  When you are not fasting, solid food leaving the stomach and entering the small intestine triggers peristaltic movements of the entire digestive tract if it did not begin while the food was churned in the stomach.  Those peristaltic movements are what initiate defecation.  They are not present during a fast, so elimination of waste by moving your bowels does not happen nearly often enough during a fast.  Your body will release more toxins during a fast than at any other time.  Allowing them to build up by removing one powerful detoxifying body function counters the whole purpose of the fast.

    Body toxins must be neutralized chemically within the body, or excreted.  Excretion vehicles include feces, urine, breath, and sweat.  The liver, which filters the blood, plays a major role in neutralizing toxins through a 2-step chemical detoxification process.  Until the process is complete, circulating toxins damage the body, especially the immune system, and cause distressing symptoms.

      Detoxification is a complex process in 2 steps, called Phases.  Phase I Detoxification requires copper, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin C, and is enhanced by cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, nutritional yeast, whole grains, peppers, tomatoes, oranges, tangerines, and the seeds of caraway and dill.  Phase I detoxification is inhibited by several drugs, grapefruit juice, curcumin in turmeric, chili pepper, clove oil, and colon toxins.   

    Phase II Detoxification, all 6 steps of it, requires cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, citrus peel, dill weed oil, caraway oil, fish oil, vitamin C.  Liver function, essential for both Phases of Detoxification, can be improved by eating garlic, legumes, onions, eggs, pears, oat bran, apples, legumes, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, artichokes, beets, carrots, dandelion, tumeric, cinnamon, and licorice.  As we know, it is impaired by alcohol, and it is enhanced by vitamins B, C, and E, beta-carotene, calcium, and the herb Silymarin (milk thistle).

    During a fast, these foods can be made into juiceVegetables and fruit  should be ingested immediately after juicing, and on different days from each other.  Supplements can be taken with juices or with clear liquids.       

    Fasting is the oldest method of detoxification; the safest form is a 3-day juice fast, although healthy, strong people can fast longer.  Side effects occur as toxins build up in the blood stream on their way out of the body.  Symptoms of toxicity include light-headedness, fatique, headaches, and nausea.  The damage that can be done by circulating toxins, as well as these symptoms, can be quickly dispelled with a simple enemaFollowing a fast, colonic irrigation therapy will wash away even more of the toxins prepared to leave the body.      During a fast, be sure to get plenty of rest, and engage in mild exercise only.  It is also helpful to have on hand the foods you plan to use before and after the fast, and any you plan to juice during it.  Do not drink coffee, bottled, canned, or frozen juice, soft drinks, or sweeteners in herbal tea while fasting.  

    Break your fast slowly with cereals; quinoa, cooked rice cereal, or whole grain crackers are good choices.  Later add cooked vegetables or fruit at alternate meals, and easy to digest protein like soy products and eggs.  Finally after several days, add the most difficult to digest food group, raw vegetables, and more complex proteins and fats.  The healthiest fat, of course, is ultra pure fish oil, along with nuts, seeds, and olives.  Processed food, highly heated oils, fatty cheeses in quantity, sweetsother than fruit, and charred food should always be avoided.