Saturday, December 21, 2013

Since the early 1990s, microdermabrasion has become the most popular skin rejuvenation treatment in Ireland and the Uk. The reasons for this are many. Some would describe microdermabrasion as the miracle skin treatment. Microdermabrasion is now the leading skin rejuvenation treatment used to reduce fine lines wrinkles, crows feet, acne scars and generally to enhance the skin surface. One thing is for certain, it works. This article explains why and how microdermabrasion is now such a popular treatment for younger skin.

In the early 1980s, if you were a celebrity or a member of the elite super rich, your surgeon may have recommended a surgical proceedure known as "dermabrasion" to you. This proceedure required hospitalisation. It consisted of removing most of the layers of the upper dermis. After that, the patient would be bandaged and medically supervised for a number of weeks. The bandages would be changed as cross infection was a huge risk. The skin would eventually grow back. And when it did, it would be new, baby soft skin, which contained no sun damage and no wrinkles. It was a miracle.

But what if you could get the same results without the hefty price tag, risks and painful surgery. In the early 1980s, an Italian came up with the solution. He believed that the same proceedure could be done gradually without the downtime. And so the first microdermabrasion machine was born. At first crystals where fired at the skin and sucked away. But eventually, that was replaced by diamond microdermabrasion.

Both men and women have been enjoying the skin rejuvenating benefits of microdermabrasion for over 20 years. The client lies down. Their skin is cleansed. The microdermabrasion practitioner removes any make up and cleanses the skin thoroughly. Next, the diamond microdermabrasion wand is used to gently abrade the skin surface. This continues for approximately 20 minutes until the whole facial area has been treated. At this point, the microdermabrasion practitioner may concentrate on the fine lines , open pores or whatever may be problem areas for the client as discussed in the initial consultation. Red light therepy is often used to cool the skin and to encourage skin rejuvenation and faster healing times.

The wonderful fact about microdermabrasion is that is it so pleasant. Unlike many treatments and health products which offer excellent benefits, microdermabrasion does not come with a discomfort price tag. Infact, it is very enjoyable indeed. Many clients describe it as relaxing and holistic. They say it feels more like a massage to the face than abrasion of the skin.

It uses only the skins natural response in order to get the very best benefits. When the skin is abraded, it reacts by producing new skin cells. Microdermabrasion tricks the skin into believing that it has been attacked. The skin responds by producing fresh new cells. These new skin cells are just the same as those produced during dermabrasion. They are baby soft and have never experienced or been exposed to the harsh light of the sun. This huge influx of young skin cells is repeated for 5 treatments which are usually carried out over 5 weeks. During this time the client should be vigilent in protecting their skin from the sun. They will be instructed to use a sun protection factor 50 at all times. The should moisturise daily with a very gently yet nourishing cream. Dermatologists and medically trained microdermabrasion practitioners will offer thorough aftercare advice for microdermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion is carried out by nurse trained practitioners at Dublin Vitality Center using the latest system. Find out more information about microdermabrasion at Dublin Vitality Center or click for details
Laser teeth whitening is no longer just an additional cosmetic treatment reserved for celebritys and the jet set. It is now popular and available to everyone. Some would say that it is just as important to their grooming as having a hair cut. And it is very noticable when someone has not had it done. Looking back on movies and music videos from the 1980s, its easy to spot the celebritys brandishing shockingly yellow stained teeth without a thought. That would never happen in todays world of Hollywood smiles.

Laser teeth whitening has come along way in the past few years. Thanks to new methods and advancements, there is no need to worry about the dreaded sensitivity which historically occured with peroxide heavy treatments. What this means is that a beautiful white smile can be enjoyed by anyone, even those with sensitive teeth. And results are better than ever because modern methods are gentle enough to whiten stains caused by tea, coffee, smoking and red wine but not so harsh as to cause damage or dehydration. So there has never been a better time to have teeth whitening done.

Laser teeth whitening is usually carried out by a dental nurse. A dental nurse undergoes extensive training in hygiene, sterilisation and dental technology. In Ireland the Uk, dental nurses train for 2 years and work in dental surgeries. They understand the anatomy and physiology of the mouth and teeth and they can spot problems and identify the best possible course of action for teeth whitening. This is particularly relevant when dealing with crown, dentures, bridges, implants and fillings. A technician who has no dental training will not be qualified to discuss or identify the best way to whiten such prosthesis which may result in poor or uneven teeth whitening results.  So its important that teeth whitening clinicians are trained in some dental discipline.

When you are choosing a clinic always ask what qualifications your teeth whitening clinician has. Look for a dentist or dental nurse. They are the most relevant qualifications to provide superior laser teeth whitening treatments. Ask is they use peroxide or not. Find out if the gel will be changed during the course of the treatment and at what minute interval. Some clinics apply the teeth whitening gel but they dont change it at twenty minute intervals. This is useless as most gels have a life of twenty minutes so to leave it on your teeth for any longer is ineffective.

Best practices in laser teeth whitening ensure that the technician takes a record of the clients colour in advance of the treatment. This is used as a baseline to compare the final result and to establish how much whitening has occured. Without doing this, neither the therapist or the client has any scientifically recorded evidence of the colour achieved.

After the laser teeth whitening treatment, the client will be told to avoid dark foods and drinks for at least 24 hours. They should consume white food only. They will also be recommended to use a whitening toothpaste which will keep the teeth whiter for longer. The treatment can be repeated up to 3 times a year. Most professional laser teeth whitening clinics will not provide the treatment to anyone under the age of 18.
Laser teeth whitening has come along way in the past few years. To learn more, click here. Thanks to new methods and advancements, there is no need to worry about the dreaded sensitivity which historically occured with peroxide heavy treatments. Find out about modern laser teeth whitening

Friday, December 20, 2013

Dental Hygienists & Therapists : Should they also be offering Botox to the public?

Dental Hygienists & Therapists : Should they also be offering Botox to the public?

Posted on 19/03/2013 at 11:19:04 | by Lorna Jackson
Working within the Aesthetic industry for a decade now there has been one debate which rumbles on and on; just who should be permitted, both legally and ethically, to administer botulinum toxin brands, such as Botox® to the general public?
In the past we have looked at various healthcare and non-medical specialities entering this lucrative marketplace with the help of training course companies and medical indemnity insurers facilitahttp://www.consultingroom.com/blog/363/dental-hygienists-&-therapists-:-should-they-also-be-offering-botox-to-the-publicting their business models, including Beauty Therapists and Podiatrists, and now the latest rise in involvement seems to be from Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists.
As a prescription only medicine, there are of course regulations in place in terms of the provision of the product itself. Botulinum Toxin, including brands such as BotoxAzzalureXeominBocouture and Dysport, must be prescribed on an individual patient basis following a face-to-face consultation (remote prescribing is no longer permitted by the GMC, GDC or NMC) by a Doctor, Dentist or Nurse Independent Prescriber (NIP), deemed by the MHRA to be ‘an appropriate practitioner’. Subsequently the administration of the product can be handed over to another person using a set of instructions known as a ‘direction to administer’, thus in the words of the MHRA the other person is ‘acting in accordance with the directions of an appropriate practitioner’. In most cases this is a non-prescribing Nurse, however increasingly more professions are setting themselves up as ‘Aesthetic Practitioners’ and using prescribing services to facilitate their business model of offering this service to the public.
One major insurer within the cosmetic industry, Hamilton Fraser has chosen to side with cosmetic injectable manufacturers and general industry sentiment and is currently not insuring Beauty Therapists, Podiatrists or Dental Hygienists and Therapists for the provision of botulinum toxin services; yet they find themselves under increasing pressure to insure the dental practitioners to do so.
Back in January 2008, Hamilton Fraser did launch a provision of sorts for Dental Hygienists and Therapists but this would not have allowed them to practice independently of a dentist; in a press release at the time they stated;
Hamilton Fraser Insurance can now provide insurance for dental hygienists and dental therapists undertaking botulinum toxin and hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Providing certain criteria is met by applicants, including evidence of GDC membership and successful completion of either the 2 year Diploma in Dental Hygiene & Therapy or 3 year BSc in Oral Health Science, it will be possible to arrange cover. Applicants will only be considered by Hamilton Fraser under a ‘practice’ policy where a fully qualified dentist is already insured for the treatments and the work performed by the hygienist or therapist is under the guidance of the dentist.
Speaking more recently, Hamilton Fraser  told us that they are often confronted and told that other companies are prepared to insure Dental Hygienists and Therapists to provide toxin services, so why aren’t they? In light of this and the fact that their underwriters are also more than willing to provide cover, they find themselves in a situation of reconsidering their current stance on providing medical indemnity to Dental Hygienists and Therapists for botulinum toxins. A watch this space situation...
Dental Protection, the largest medical protection society for the dental industry also do not currently indemnify Dental Hygienists or Therapists for toxin services, yet this stance could also change in the future. They stated in April 2012;
Currently the Scope of Practice of a hygienist and therapist as published by the GDC does not include Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatments (NSCT). In addition the Quality Mark registration being made available to dentists by the Independent Health Advisory Services (IHAS) is not yet available to them. However we can foresee that this situation may change in the future and Dental Protection would then be able to offer indemnity to a hygienist or therapist member who is trained and competent at NSCT provided they are in the correct membership category.
A full position statement from Dental Protection is available here.
Despite these two companies currently not making medical indemnity provisions for Dental Hygienists and Therapists, at least three companies are known to be prepared to offer such cover. As brokers, the attitudes seem to be that if they can find an underwriter to accept the risk then they will insure.
Ron Myers, Consulting Room Director noted; “I fail to understand why any insurance provider would insure any speciality that the brand owner in our market place would not recognise as being an appropriate person to use their products. (Insurers do ask applicants for product brand names used). The thing is that none of the brokers or underwriters seem to be having this dialogue with the manufacturers of these products.
The General Dental Council (GDC) is the organisation which regulates dental professionals in the United Kingdom. All dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists must be registered with them to work in the UK. They refer to all their members simply as ‘registrants’ and refuse to differentiate between each specialism or produce different guidance pertinent to one type of dental practitioner over another. They said in a position statement on non-surgical cosmetic procedures that;
Registrants choosing to offer Botox® or other nonsurgical cosmetic procedures should note that the General Dental Council expects the same high standards of them, whatever the type of treatment they are carrying out.
In particular, registrants must ensure that they only work within their knowledge and professional competence, adhere to the Council’s standards at all times, and be prepared to back up the decisions they make.
They must also ensure that they have appropriate indemnity cover in place. Careful thought also needs to be given to maintaining professional standards in relation to advertising these services.
The full ‘Standards for dental professionals’ and ‘Scope of Practice’ documents can be found on the GDC’s website.
From this statement, we can therefore deduce that the GDC does not have an issue with Dental Hygienists and Therapists offering Botox® to the public as long as they are insured and feel that they can justify their decision to do so if questioned.
Jenny Collard, Policy Manager at the GDC told us “The reference to registrants in our statement does include hygienists and therapists and you are correct in your understanding that they are able to carry out Botox® as long as they are trained, competent and appropriately indemnified and as you quite rightly point out, the initial prescription would need to be provided by a dentist. We do not set out what ‘trained and competent’ means; it is up to the individual registrant to decide whether they are trained and competent and whether they would be able to justify any decision they make if challenged.
When we asked if there was any issue with Hygienists or Therapists offering these services under their professional titles if the treatments are not part of the GDC’s Scope of Practice, Jenny told us;
As far as the promotion of Botox® and other services, registrants need to make sure that they do not mislead the public and they should also ensure that they adhere to the principles set out in our guidance on ethical advertising.Whether an individual wishes to advertise their cosmetic injectable services as a hygienist/therapist or as an ‘aesthetic practitioner’ is up to them, we would just want to ensure that patients are not misled and we often recommend that registrants speak to their indemnity provider for further advice on this issue.
Yet, Sally Simpson, Immediate Past-President of the British Society of Hygiene & Therapy (BSDHT), formerly the  British Dental Hygienists' Association, who represent the interests of Dental Hygienists and Therapists explained that “...because it is not within our permitted GDC Scope of Practice, if we wanted to provide non-surgical cosmetic procedures, such as Botox®, it would not be permitted under our professional title as ‘Dental Hygienist’ or ‘Dental Therapist’.
This highlights a clear difference in opinions on the matter.
So who is providing the training? Well one company who has been in the industry since 2006 is KT Training in Wiltshire. They have set up a dedicated website aimed at recruiting Dental Hygienists and Therapists for Botox and dermal filler training - http://dentalhygieniststraining.co.uk.
Their website states; “KT provide a range of training courses for dentists and dental hygienists including botox training and dermal fillers courses. The training courses are structured to provide theory and practical treatment time with the procedures to ensure an excellent level of confidence for each course attendee. Dental hygienists can be trained with botox or dermal fillers and should practice medical aesthetics within the guidance of GDC.
KT Training is not alone, Medics Direct also offer training but do make minor stipulations and state that, “Dental Hygienists who have a prescriber to work with following the courses are also accepted.
Examples of practicing Dental Hygienists include Aesthetic Rejuvenation in Hull run by Dental Therapist Amy Hill, who ‘has after running a successful mobile aesthetic service now launched her own clinic’.
Her website seems to ooze experience and qualifications and no doubt is exactly what the GDC means when it says “the GDC expects the same high standards of them”. In describing her skills, it says;
Amy has worked alongside top ENT and Plastic Surgeons in maxillo facial theatres where she has assisted in facial reconstructions whilst experiencing all aspects of restorative surgery. Keen to ensure she is up-to-date with all the latest techniques she has attended conferences all over the UK and has also undergone training at numerous hospitals as well as Harley Street & Buckinghamshire Aesthetic Training Centres where she has gained various qualifications. Due to Amy's extensive dental and maxillo facial background she has a deep understanding of facial anatomy such as facial nerves, facial muscles and skeletal structure which is paramount when undertaking the treatments available.
This may well be so, and we are not here to judge Amy’s skills, (we did contact her for comment, with no success); but is a Dental Therapist adequately qualified and able to deal with any medical emergencies or possible adverse reactions such as anaphylaxis which could occur? Many medical professionals would firmly state, no.
Regulation of this arena, aside from the regulations governing the prescribing of toxins, is voluntary.  The Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS) was set the task by government to create and oversee a self-regulatory scheme, now known as the Treatments You Can Trust (TYCT) Register of Cosmetic Injectable Providers. This register, open to doctors, nurses and dentists to join and demonstrate their best practice and qualifications when it comes to the provision of botulinum toxin and dermal fillers services has come under increasing pressure and lobbying since launch, from parties such as Beauty Therapists who feel that their exclusion from the register is unwarranted. More recently Dental Hygienists have started writing to board members of the TYCT Governance Board to lobby for inclusion on the register also.
With a government review currently underway, lead by Sir Bruce Keogh, which is looking at the regulation of both dermal fillers as medical devices and the issues of just who should and shouldn’t be providing ‘cosmetic interventions’, this topic could not be more hotly debated than at present.
Sally Taber, Head of TYCT said; “TYCT adheres to the high standards it has always set and firmly believes that only appropriately trained Doctors, Dentists and Registered Nurses should be administering cosmetic injectables. The TYCT Governance Group was pleased that the Royal College of Surgeons recently endorsed this statement. TYCT also believes that Registered Nurses working independently should be Nurse Prescribers otherwise as the European Standard draft states should work under supervision.
There are those who argue that this whole situation has a simple solution – if the suppliers of the products don’t support the use of them by Beauty Therapists, Podiatrists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Therapists and other Allied Healthcare Professionals or non-medics then nor should the training companies who offer courses in their administration or the insurance providers who facilitate their ability to practice on the public post training course qualification. Yet, whilst there is money to be made by all parties, it comes down to business and where there is no law to actually stop their decision to train or insure, then others may simply feel aggrieved and decide that they want to milk that cash cow as well. Without some form of obligatory code of practice, mandatory or statutory regulation more and more groups will be permitted to provide cosmetic injectables to a largely, unknowing general public as there will be plenty of companies willing to ‘help’ them along the way.
We await the outcome of the Keogh review to see what recommendations may come about and be acted upon by government.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Ultimate Juice Fast & Colonic Irrigation Detox


So, you wish to undertake a detox but are unsure of how to go about it. The reasons for detoxing and juice fasting are numerous. Here you will find a simple guide to our juice fast which is ideal combined with colonic irrigation for the ultimate detox. We call it our " NEW YOU" detox juice fast.
Its important to note that juice fasting does not mean avoiding food. Infact, it is advisable to eat a lean protein meal at dinner time whilst juice fasting. This is the latest recommendations from nutritionists and doctors on the subject of fasting. Its a very simple process.

Create a juice made from beetroot, celery, apples, carrots and ginger in a juicer. Create half a pint of it or more depending on your appetite. Drink this for breakfast and again for lunch. If you are hungry, drink hot lemon and water or herbal tea. At dinner time, after 6pm, choose any of the following; an omelette containing onions, feta cheese and tomatoes or mozzorella buffolo slices with tomato dressed with fresh basil and olive oil or choose a lean protein fish such as salmon, plaice, sea bass or mackeral served with fresh vegetables. Your body will still enjoy the benefits of the fast as you will be empty for long periods which are more than enough to give your organs the break it needs. Make you food fresh and be sure to used organic products where possible. Wash all the vegetables and cut and core them. 
As with any health progamme, always check with your doctor before you choose to undertake a diet or exercise programme.
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1. Weightloss and Bloating
One of the major benefits of fasting is, of course, weightloss. This happens because of the calorific reduction caused by fasting. It is also a result of your cells dumping the toxic matter which they are holding onto and which causes inflammation and bloating in the cells. It is advisable to begin undertake this 3 detox at anytime. It is important to have colonic irrigation or liver enemas during your juice fast for optimal results. This will help your body avoid headaches and stop you from experiencing the symptoms of detoxification at full force . More importantly, it will encourage weightloss and reduce bloating. If you are bloated have a colonic at the start of your detox as it will motivate you. You will feel you have already dropped a few pounds.

2. Natural Hunger Buster: One major benefit of detoxing is that it enables your appetite to be re-set. Its like pressing the reboot button on your hunger. When you juice fast and undergo a colonic irrigation detox, your stomach and all your other digestive organs get a break. They are considerably more empty than usual and have much less work to do. So they can reduce to their natural size. This happens slowly just like an elastic band that has been stretched out of shape and comes slowly come back to its normal size. So your stomach and colon shrink in size. When you eat, you no longer have the inclination to over eat. So forget about the diet pills to suppress your appetite. Natural weight loss occurs through colonic irrigation and detoxing because your body has an opportunity to rejuvenate and come to terms with how much food it actually needs and wants. And bowel function is increased as your bowel feels fullers faster and so it naturally moves.

2. Release Toxins: By detoxing, you allow your body to release toxins so that healing can proceed. When you undergo a detox with colonic irrigation, a huge amount of historic toxins are driven out. When you do this, you take the toxic load off your body and that means your skin, sinuses and joints too. The body will get a chance to heal old pains and injuries which it has not gotten around to do because of the constant energy demands of digestion and detoxification. These actions require a lot of energy. Therefore, when you detox and fast, your body gets a chance to fix old scar tissue and inflammations on the internal organs. Lymphocytes, your healing army of cells, are freed up and so they move to the site of the old injury. You may experience temporary inflammation or pain during your detox. But dont worry, thats just your body going through the healing process to complete the job that may be only half finished. 

How Long Should I Detox For?
Usually your juice fast will last for three days. So you can choose to have your colonic irrigation treatment on day one. You can choose to do it in the middle of your detox, on day two. Alternatively, you can choose to have it on the last day of your juice fast. Regardless of when you wish to have your colonic irrigaton treatment, it is possible to add further detoxification benefits to your treatment by having a coffee enema included with your colonic irrigation.

Increase Liver Detoxification With Coffee Enemas
A coffee enema is used after a colonic. When the colon is empty, a herbal caffeine solutions is introduced into the colon and it is retained for up to 15 minutes. During this period of time, the caffeine is circulated to the liver and the it causes the bile ducts in the liver to dilate. This enables a large release of toxic matter to travel from the liver into the colon. When you release the matter at the end of your treatment, you will enjoy the health benefits of removing years of toxins from you liver as well as cleansing your colon. Just think of all that alcohol, medication, preservatives and pollutants being freed from your liver. Many people choose to have coffee enemas as part of their detox treatment. Your eyes will sparkle as dark circles are removed from the under eye area and puffiness is reduced but that just the benefit you can see. Your liver will enjoy a much deserved rest and can repair any damage done. You may also notice that you can think more clearly and that you feel more alert as your brain rids itself of unwanted toxins.  Dublin Vitality Center is Dublins Leading Colonic Irrigation and Detox Clinic. We are located in Blanchardstown Village. Book today on 01-8201602 for professional detox and health treatments
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Colonic Irrigation is now E70, Detox Coffee Enema now E50. At Dublin Vitality Center, Practitioners are Nurse Trained and qualified in health, nutrition and exercise training. We are located in Blanchardstown Village. Book today on 01-8201602 for professional detox and health treatments www.dublinvitalitycenter.com info@dublinvitalitycenter.com


Why Is Microdermabrasion The Ultimate Treatment For Younger Skin?

Why Is Microdermabrasion The Ultimate Treatment For Younger Skin?

Since the early 1990s, microdermabrasion has become the most popular skin rejuvenation treatment in Ireland and the Uk. The reasons for this are many. Some would describe microdermabrasion as the miracle skin treatment. Microdermabrasion is now the leading skin rejuvenation treatment used to reduce fine lines wrinkles, crows feet, acne scars and generally to enhance the skin surface. One thing is for certain, it works. This article explains why and how microdermabrasion is now such a popular treatment for younger skin. 

In the early 1980s, if you were a celebrity or a member of the elite super rich, your surgeon may have recommended a surgical proceedure known as "dermabrasion" to you. This proceedure required hospitalisation. It consisted of removing most of the layers of the upper dermis. After that, the patient would be bandaged and medically supervised for a number of weeks. The bandages would be changed as cross infection was a huge risk. The skin would eventually grow back. And when it did, it would be new, baby soft skin, which contained no sun damage and no wrinkles. It was a miracle. 

But what if you could get the same results without the hefty price tag, risks and painful surgery. In the early 1980s, an Italian came up with the solution. He believed that the same proceedure could be done gradually without the downtime. And so the first microdermabrasion machine was born. At first crystals where fired at the skin and sucked away. But eventually, that was replaced by diamond microdermabrasion. 

Both men and women have been enjoying the skin rejuvenating benefits of microdermabrasion for over 20 years. The client lies down. Their skin is cleansed. The microdermabrasion practitioner removes any make up and cleanses the skin thoroughly. Next, the diamond microdermabrasion wand is used to gently abrade the skin surface. This continues for approximately 20 minutes until the whole facial area has been treated. At this point, the microdermabrasion practitioner may concentrate on the fine lines , open pores or whatever may be problem areas for the client as discussed in the initial consultation. Red light therepy is often used to cool the skin and to encourage skin rejuvenation and faster healing times. 

The wonderful fact about microdermabrasion is that is it so pleasant. Unlike many treatments and health products which offer excellent benefits, microdermabrasion does not come with a discomfort price tag. Infact, it is very enjoyable indeed. Many clients describe it as relaxing and holistic. They say it feels more like a massage to the face than abrasion of the skin. 

It uses only the skins natural response in order to get the very best benefits. When the skin is abraded, it reacts by producing new skin cells. Microdermabrasion tricks the skin into believing that it has been attacked. The skin responds by producing fresh new cells. These new skin cells are just the same as those produced during dermabrasion. They are baby soft and have never experienced or been exposed to the harsh light of the sun. This huge influx of young skin cells is repeated for 5 treatments which are usually carried out over 5 weeks. During this time the client should be vigilent in protecting their skin from the sun. They will be instructed to use a sun protection factor 50 at all times. The should moisturise daily with a very gently yet nourishing cream. Dermatologists and medically trained microdermabrasion practitioners will offer thorough aftercare advice for microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion Dublin E50 | Ultimate Skin Rejuvenation for Men & Women. At Dublin Vitality Center, Red Light Therapy is included and diamond microdermabrasion is carreid out by nurse trained practitioners.



Wednesday, November 6, 2013

What is Gersen Therapy For Cancer Recovery

Gerson Therapy is a treatment which uses coffee enemas and nutrition plus supplementation to fight cancer and to aid cancer recovery. It is particularly relevant to anyone who is undergoing chemotherapy as the body needs all the help it can get to build up the immune system and rid the body of the toxins created by this powerful medication.

Its important to understand that the medication used in chemotherapy is so powerful that it can kill cancer cells. That means it is very potent indeed and like all medication, the liver must filter them it out once it is metabolised by the body. This puts extreme pressure on the liver and it also puts the immune system as it works hard to recover and fight  the devastation all of these extra chemicals cause in the body create. Whilst the chemotherapy does a wonderful job of killing cancer cells, it also put alot of strain on the bodys other organs and that is where Gersen Therapy can offer support to the immune system and to the liver; the two organs which must work extra hard during chemotherapy.

The Gerson Therapy technique was developed and designed to work alongside traditional cancer therapy in order to optimise the bodys recovery.  Here is a snippet of information about this wonderful therapy. It is such a healthy way to live and eat that anyone can follow it to prevent illness, not just those who are already sick.

Coffee enemas are available at Dublin Vitality Center and we have had a number of clients who are following the principles laid out in Gersen Therapy by themselves.

The Gerson Therapy is a natural treatment that activates the body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself through an organic, vegetarian diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and natural supplements as detoxification is a large part of the programme.

Gerson Therapy


Detoxification

Coffee enemas are the primary method of detoxification of the tissues and blood on the Gerson Therapy. Cancer patients on the Gerson Therapy may take up to 5 coffee enemas per day. Charlotte Gerson explains the necessity of coffee enemas in Healing the Gerson Way:
“The moment a patient is put on the full therapy, the combined effect of the food, the juices and the medication causes the immune system to attack and kill tumor tissue, besides working to flush out accumulated toxins from the body tissues. This great clearing-out procedure carries the risk of overburdening and poisoning the liver—the all-important organ of detoxification, which, in a cancer patient, is bound to be already damaged and debilitated.”
Coffee enemas accomplish this essential task, assisting the liver in eliminating toxic residues from the body for good. The Gerson Therapy also utilizes castor oil to stimulate bile flow and enhance the liver’s ability to filter blood.
With its whole-body approach to healing, the Gerson Therapy naturally reactivates your body’s magnificent ability to heal itself – with no damaging side effects. This a powerful, natural treatment boosts the body’s own immune system to heal cancer, arthritis, heart disease, allergies, and many other degenerative diseases. Dr. Max Gerson developed the Gerson Therapy in the 1930s, initially as a treatment for his own debilitating migraines, and eventually as a treatment for degenerative diseases such as skin tuberculosis, diabetes and, most famously, cancer.
The Gerson Therapy‘s all-encompassing nature sets it apart from most other treatment methods. The Gerson Therapy effectively treats a wide range of different ailments because it restores the body’s incredible ability to heal itself. Rather than treating only the symptoms of a particular disease, the Gerson Therapy treats the causes of most degenerative diseases: toxicity and nutritional deficiency.
An abundance of nutrients from copious amounts of fresh, organic juices are consumed every day, providing your body with a super-dose of enzymes, minerals and nutrients. These substances then break down diseased tissue in the body, while coffee enemas aid in eliminating toxins from the liver.
Throughout our lives our bodies are being filled with a variety of carcinogens and toxic pollutants. These toxins reach us through the air we breathe, the food we eat, the medicines we take and the water we drink. The Gerson Therapy’s intensive detoxification regimen eliminates these toxins from the body, so that true healing can begin.

How the Gerson Therapy Works

The Gerson Therapy regenerates the body to health, supporting each important metabolic requirement by flooding the body with nutrients from about 15- 20 pounds of organically grown fruits and vegetables daily. Most is used to make fresh raw juice, up to one glass every hour, up to 13 times per day. Raw and cooked solid foods are generously consumed. Oxygenation is usually more than doubled, as oxygen deficiency in the blood contributes to many degenerative diseases. The metabolism is also stimulated through the addition of thyroid, potassium and other supplements, and by avoiding heavy animal fats, excess protein, sodium and other toxins.
Degenerative diseases render the body increasingly unable to excrete waste materials adequately, commonly resulting in liver and kidney failure. The Gerson Therapy uses intensive detoxification to eliminate wastes, regenerate the liver, reactivate the immune system and restore the body’s essential defenses – enzyme, mineral and hormone systems. With generous, high-quality nutrition, increased oxygen availability, detoxification, and improved metabolism, the cells – and the body – can regenerate, become healthy and prevent future illness.

Juicing 
Fresh pressed juice from raw foods provides the easiest and most effective way of providing high quality nutrition. By juicing, patients can take in the nutrients and enzymes from nearly 15 pounds of produce every day, in a manner that is easy to digest and absorb.
Every day, a typical patient on the Gerson Therapy for cancer consumes up to thirteen glasses of fresh, raw carrot/apple and green-leaf juices. These juices are prepared hourly from fresh, raw, organic fruits and vegetables, using a two-step juicer or a masticating juicer used with a separate hydraulic press.

The Gerson Diet

The Gerson diet is entirely organic and vegetarian. The diet is naturally high in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, micro-nutrients, and extremely low in sodium, fats, and proteins. The following is a typical daily diet for a Gerson patient on the full therapy regimen:
  • Thirteen glasses of fresh, raw carrot/apple and green-leaf juices prepared hourly from fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.
  • Three full vegetarian meals, freshly prepared from organically grown fruits, vegetables and whole grains. A typical meal will include salad, cooked vegetables, baked potatoes, Hippocrates soup and juice.
  • Fresh fruit and fresh fruit available at all hours for snacking, in addition to the regular diet.
To learn more about the Gerson diet, follow the link below to read about which foods are permitted and prohibited on the Gerson Therapy:

Supplements

All medications used in connection with the Gerson Therapy are classed as biologicals, materials of organic origin that are supplied in therapeutic amounts.
  • Potassium compound
  • Lugol’s solution
  • Vitamin B-12
  • Thyroid hormone
  • Pancreatic Enzymes


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Alcohol Detox - Cleaning The Mind & Body Of Alcohol

For many people, drinking alcohol is something they "just do". It only becomes a problem when a person finds themselves drinking too much. For some people, drinking too much could mean that they intended to have just one drink but ended up having more than that. For others, it means they drink every night. And for others, it means that when they drink, they just dont know where they will end up and with who. A very wise man once stated that he would never have stopped drinking alcohol if he could have stopped drinking. That pretty much sums up the concept of controlling alcohol. 

When you decide to quit alcohol, it may seem confusing to know what to do after that, where to seek help and if indeed to seek help at all. Are you an alcoholic? Should you attend meetings at Alcohol Anonymous? Are you a problem drinker? Do you need councilling? The answer is that you probably do need help, if you are to stay alcohol free. Why? Because you started drinking for a reason and you still drink for a reason. Once you have detoxed your body, you need to detox your brain and to remove the conditioning which kept you drinking for so long. 

So where should you start? What should you do next? Whether you are a problem drinker, who occasionally makes an ass of themselves or finds themselves doing things which they had not meant to do or if you are a long term heavy drinker who has come through a formal rehabilitation plan and are now attending AA, then you may benefit from the simple steps laid out in this article. 

Now that you have stopped drinking, you have the rest of your life to enjoy living an alcohol free, healthy life, to learn new skills to help you cope and replace the thoughts that kept you drinking for this long and to enjoy the journey of bringing your body back to health. Lets start with your body. After many years of binge drinking, your liver has had to cope with toxicity to levels which have put it under more pressure than it was designed for. Unbelievably the human body has an amazing capacity to heal itself and even long term alcoholics sometimes show no signs of cirrhosis or liver damage. Whether or not this is the case, as soon as you are medically cleared to do so by your GP, you should undertake a full body detox. Colonic irrigation and liver enemas are highly beneficial in removing years of toxins and giving your body the best chance possible to heal itself.

You should combine your colonic irrigation and liver enema detox with a nutritional plan packed with super foods to build your body and you mind back up to its full glory. This will benefit your body in a number of unseen ways but it will also perform one very important function. It will make you realise how good it is actually possible to feel without alcohol. This is a feeling that some people are have never felt before and guess what; there is no hangover afterwards. After you have experienced the feeling that health and well being can bring, one which accompanies a clean and healthy body, you will be less inclined to fill your body with toxins and alcohol. You should drink 2 litres of water per day and introduce herbal tea into your diet for optimal hydration. Supplementation in the form of chromium, Vitamin B and C are beneficial to restore the bodys functions. Whilst these vitamins are generally required, a customised supplement plan is even better. To find out what the body actually needs to fully recover, a test such as The Biomeridian Body MOT can determine exactly what area of the body is weakened and what it needs to rebuild itself. A tailored vitamin plan can be the difference in creating a expediated recovery for the body. Exercise should be introduced in a preferred form. It releases natural endorphins and it has the ability to grow confidence fast. 

Now that the body is being restored, its time to build up the mind. This is perhaps the part where most people fall down. The fail to work hard in this area. A very popular treatment for covering and removing alcohol from your life is a cognitive behavioural therapy. In a good CBT programme for cessation of alcohol, the client must sign up for a 3 month programme whereby they agree to attend for at least 12 sessions. They are sworn by a written contract that they freely commit themselves fully to attendance and to following up their sessions with homework. They are made to understand that this is an important contract. 

During the initial stages of CBT for alcohol mind detox, the client will be given work sheets. They will be asked to monitor their thoughts and watch out for triggers such as anger, fear, rejection, stress and sadness which make them want to drink alcohol. They will be asked to write down these thoughts during the week that follows. They will do this at home in their own time. The therapist will review the sheets and together they will come up with more constructive thoughts to replace these negative thoughts which lead to cravings for alcohol. During the 12 weeks they will be challenged. They will be asked to track their drinking and feedback will be given to them. 

CBT can be highly effective in teaching new coping skills to a client. It is ideal for anyone who wants to erradicate the negative impact that drinking has on their lives and to help them learn new ways of coping with life. The combined benefits of detox, nutrition, CBT and exercise can have powerful benefits for those who have learned to cope with life by binging on alcohol. It can transform a person life and bring them greater happiness than they have ever imagined. Many people also include some form of spirituality in their programme but that is an option which must be chosen and is a very personal decision, not one that should be forced.

Contact Dublin Vitality Center on 01-8201602 today to book your colonic detox treatment.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

What Are The Holistic Benefits of Colonic Irrigation


Many people dont understand the holistic value of cleansing the large intestine and how removing toxins may benefit the body in some very unexpected ways. In this article some of the lesser known benefits of cleansing the body are discussed.

Colonics helps clear constipation. This is the most common reason for cleansing the colon. By clearing the colon, constipation can be remedied. A course of colonic irrigation treatment helps builds strenght in the colon and restore peristaltic action.Often Diarrhea is caused by constipation which has become impacted and adheres to the walls of the colon. Diarrhea occurs as fluid falls through the soft matter in the middle with no muscle to move it along in much the same way that blocked pipes carry matter through the center but with impacted matter on the walls.

Many women live with PMT or PMS and are unaware that excess hormones may be leading to these problems. When excessive hormones are released during the pre-menstreal phase, they may accumulate and cause PMT or PMS symptoms such as irritability and mood swings. Colonic Irrigation may also help reduce bloating and constipation which are common symptoms .

A body which is toxic, over weight or stressed may not be receptive to fertilisation. Colonic Irrigation may help to remove the problem and lead to a better chance of conceiving.

Did you know drugs similar to anti-depressants are used to treat IBS? Thats because serotonin is produced in the colon as a stimulant to enable peristaltic action or movement. Therefore the link between an impacted colon and depression may be more physical than originally thought. Constipation may lead to depression. And for those who have tried it colonic irrigation appears to help lift mood immediately by removing toxins which circulate and enter the blood and the brain. The Harvard Medical Journal reports that an emerging theory focuses on the neurotransmitter serotonin. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that transmit messages between nerve cells. Most of us have heard about the relationship between depression and serotonin in the brain, but the gut also produces serotonin, which in turn acts on nerves in the digestive tract. Some research suggests that IBS patients who suffer mainly from diarrhea may have increased serotonin levels in the gut, while those with constipation-predominant IBS have decreased amounts. This would imply that constipation and low serotonin are linked.

A physical link seems to exists between the colon and the brain. Recent research published by The Harvard Medical Journal shows that stress, irritability and depression may manifest in the gastro intestinal tract. But that is not surprising because stress hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol can build up in cells and least to fatigue and weightgain if not excreted.

A weak immune system is often the result of exhausted adrenals due to long term stress, over production of hormones and a build up of toxins in the liver. Colonic irrigation and coffee enemas can reduce toxic load. Skin problems, acne, spots on back are often caused by toxic overload resulting from the body not eliminating effectively. Toxins in the colon are re-absorbed and may be pushed out by the body through the skin resulting in acne or spots on the back.

Colonic irrigation, liver enemas or colon cleansing takes the pressure of the other elliminatory organs and therefore leads to skin clearing naturally. Particularly if the spots are under the skin and do not come to a head. Circulation and celulite problems are often caused by toxins in the cells. There are many positive benefits to cleansing the colon and the effects are holistic as they cleanse and rehydrate each and every organ with fresh clean water.
Frances Flannery is a qualified nurse, personal fitness trainer and is the owner of Dublin Vitality Center. She also holds a first class honours degree in ebusiness. Dublin Vitality Center provides colonic irrigation, Biomeridian MOT Body Test, MicrodermabrasionFood Intolerance Testing and Facial Red Vein Removal  in Dublin Ireland.

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