This is the second part of the most vital thing you MUST do during a fast. You must take an enema every day. DON'T LAUGH and don't stop reading.
THIS IS IMPORTANT!
We do not like to talk about going to the bathroom to defecate. Only comedians of the grossest type use bathroom humor. We are embarrassed about it. A husband and wife can be married for 50 years and experienced many intimate situations together.
They can share sexual secrets and fantasies that would shock their children. They may have very few secrets, but there is one area where they are alone and do not share.
Whenever they have to do a #2, defecate, boo boo, BM, or a host of other names, it becomes a completely private matter. In men's rooms, urinals are usually out in the open. A man will stand hip to hip with another man and urinate. Yet the stalls where #2 takes place are not only closed in, but they have locks on the doors. Why do we need locks on the door?
When we are sitting on the commode, we feel embarrassed and powerless. We want no other human being to be in our "boo boo" space. How often and when we boo boo is a closely guarded secret. It is taboo.
The technical name for it is "Bowel Movement." Most of us have called it BM from the time we were children. So, that's what I will use, "BM."
Let's become mature, unlock the door and talk about BMing. There is nothing to be ashamed of. If you are sitting somewhere in public reading this book, look over at the person nearest you. No matter how rich they are, no matter how well dressed or how well educated or sophisticated, that rich, sophisticated person BM's just like you do.
If they do not BM, you will not see them around for very long.
The colon is an organ of elimination. Our entire digestive system is essentially one long tube. Your mouth is on one end of the tube and your anus is on the other end (the anus is the hole that your BM comes out of). At least you cannot say that I did not thoroughly explain things to you. BM, (the solid stuff), is called "feces." The "bowel movement" refers to the act of defecating, not the "solid stuff," but I think it is clear what we are talking about. There is no need for overly technical terms, "BM" will suffice for describing the act and the solid stuff.
The tube with your mouth on one end and your anus on the other (technically called the alimentary canal), is more than 20 feet long. Some people have a greater distance between their mouth and their anus than others. That's both a physical and a philosophical statement.
The tube or alimentary canal consists of four basic parts:
1. The Pharynx - The section of the alimentary canal that extends from the mouth and nasal cavities to the larynx, where it becomes continuous with theesophagus.
2. The Esophagus - The muscular, membranous tube for the passage of food from the pharynx to the stomach.
3. The Stomach - a saclike principal organ of digestion.
4. The Intestines -The portion of the Alimentary Canal from the stomach to the anus, consisting of the small and large intestine.
We often take our digestive system for granted. Again, go to the drug or grocery store and look at the shelves. Look at the laxatives and at digestion aids. Notice how filled the shelves are with antacids, the pink stuff, stuff for coating stomachs, stuff for diarrhea and stuff for gas.
Our digestive system is serious business. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in this country. The bypass operation is the leading operation. You get your heart bypassed because the vessels are clogged up with M.E.S.S. Call it cholesterol or plaque or whatever name you choose. It is still M.E.S.S.
Heart disease is No. 1 and cancer is No. 2. The National Center for Health Statistics cites the leading form of cancer is CANCER OF THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM. Respiratory (lung) cancer ranks behind digestive system cancer. Guess where the most digestive system cancer occurs. It's in the colon. There is death in the colon of most Americans. For women, colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths, right behind breast cancer.
Television ads show women how to examine breasts for breast cancer. Yet, for women, colon cancer is immediately behind breast cancer. Shouldn't we examine our colons?
Digestion of food begins in the mouth, the beginning end of the alimentary canal or digestive tract. Food is chewed and mixed with saliva which contains the enzyme ptyalin (amylase) which breaks down starch. Food leaves the mouth, travels through the esophagus to the stomach. Once in the stomach, the stomach lining secretes gastric juice that contains hydrochloric acid and various enzymes. The enzyme pepsin begins protein digestion, lipase speeds the hydrolysis of certain fats, rennin (in infants) curdles milk.
The stomach has a churning motion that breaks food into tiny particles while mixing the food with gastric juice. The liquid food called chyme then enters the duodenum (the beginning portion of the small intestine). Solid food remains in the stomach until it liquifies (usually 1 to 6 hours).
Some absorption of water, alcohol and drugs occurs in the stomach, but chyme passes mostly unabsorbed into the duodenum. Most digestion and absorption occur in the small intestine.
The surface of the small intestine is covered by a mucous membrane that contains millions of villi. Villi are small hair like projections that wave like wheat in the wind. For digestion, numerous enzymes enter the small intestines produced by the intestinal lining and the pancreas.
Pancreatic enzymes include trypsin, which breaks down protein into its individual amino acids; lipase, which breaks down fats to fatty acids and glycerol; and amylase, which breaks down starches to sugars.
Intestinal enzymes include erepsin, which also breaks down proteins to amino acids; lactase, maltase and sucrase, which breaks down complex sugars. A deficiency in lactase results in the inability to properly break down lactose (milk sugar) and gives people gas and other difficulty when they drink milk or eat some milk products. Finally, enterkinase is secreted, which activates trypsin.
Bile is secreted by the liver which helps neutralize stomach acid and aids the small intestine to emulsify and absorb fats and fat soluble vitamins. Emulsify means to dissolve fatty stuff (fats and oils) into water based solutions.
When the food reaches the point where the small intestine joins the large intestine, virtually all the nutritional value has been absorbed.
The large intestine is called large intestine because it is actually much larger in diameter than the small intestine. The large intestine primarily absorbs water from the remaining material and stores the residual stuff before passing it out during a BM.
This was a brief summary of what happens to your food once you put it in your mouth. At least this was what is SUPPOSED to happen once you put the food in your mouth. Unfortunately, it does not usually work out that way.
First, we often fail to thoroughly chew our food. Many foods will not properly digest if not thoroughly chewed. If the initial enzyme, Ptyalin, is not allowed to begin the digestive process, the food will not be properly digested.
We are often in a hurry. We not only order fast food but we eat it fast. Food should be chewed until it is virtually a liquid before you swallow it. The professional advice is this, "You should drink your food and chew your liquid."
You should chew your food so thoroughly that you practically drink it. This helps to ensure, even with "bad foods" that the digestion process will continue. This does not mean that you drink along with your food. Health experts all say that you should not drink ANYTHING, not even water, with your food. When you drink while eating, you dilute the digestive juices and reduce the efficiency and completeness of your digestion.
You should chew your liquids. Chewing your liquids refers to swishing the liquid in your mouth to thoroughly mix the liquids with saliva before drinking it. Just as solid foods require digestion, so do liquids (other than water). Liquids are foods too, and they have to be broken down, digested and absorbed. When you chew your liquids, you allow the digestion to begin in the mouth.
Second, we hinder digestion when we eat the wrong combination of foods. We generally think nothing of eating six to 10 foods at a meal. We never stop to think if all of these foods are going to digest well together. There is a good probability that they do not.
In the brief lesson above, you learned the stomach secretes an acid. An acid is what is needed to digest a protein. But an acid is not what is needed to digest a starch. An alkali, which is the OPPOSITE of an acid, is what is needed to digest a starch.
So what happens when you eat a protein and a starch together? It sits in your stomach for hours on end trying to get digested. Proteins and starches just do not digest well together. It's a great deal for the drug companies. They get to sell you millions of dollars of antacids as you try to recover from dumping all of that acid in your stomach. You are trying to digest starch when the starch is hollering for an alkaline solution.
What are proteins and starches? Meat and potatoes, bread and meat, spaghetti and meatballs and even fish and chips. But these are American standards! I know they are. But the American gut is in a mess. Or shall I say shall the American gut is filled with M.E.S.S.
Isn't a potato a vegetable? Yes, if you eat it raw or steamed. When you bake it or fry it, it becomes a pasty starch.
The principles of proper food combining will do wonders for your digestion, energy and weight. It is not complicated or hard to do. Again, I suggest that you get the book, FIT FOR LIFE. It will thoroughly explain and tell you all you need to know about how to eat to prevent colon cancer and an upset stomach. You only need to read Part 1, which is only 137 pages, to learn all that you need to know.
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When we eat fast, eat the wrong combination, eat the wrong foods, our food does not get properly digested. What happens when it is not properly digested?
There are ONLY TWO THINGS THAT CAN HAPPEN. The undigested food is either eliminated, or it stays in us. Some of both happens depending upon whose system it is. Some comes out, and some stays in. When it stays in, it cakes up in the digestive tract. Often, it stays caked up until the person dies, festering and decaying in 100 degree, moist heat.
Estimates by fasting experts suggest that the average person has between 5 to 35 pounds of caked up, blackened, hardened, rotting, undigested food in their colon and digestive tract.
I heard this over and over as I read about it in books on fasting. I heard about it as I attended The Natural Hygiene Seminars, but I did not believe that it was true about me.
I did not believe it for several reasons.
I eat correctly. By correctly, I mean that I eat very healthy. Since I was 17, and attended the first Natural Hygiene Convention, my diet has been fairly pure. I ate very little meat and dairy products. I ate an abundance of fresh fruits and steamed vegetables. My body was slim, I had no potbelly, my stomach was like the proverbial washboard. I exercised regularly. I never used drugs (legal or illegal), smoked cigarettes or consumed alcohol.
I did not have any of the classic signs that would indicate any caked up M.E.S.S. in my digestive tract. When I decided to go on a fast, Dick Gregory gave me another bit of advice, he said, "make sure that you take an enema EVERY DAY."
He explained that the poisons that would come out of my system must be flushed out or they could poison my system. I did not believe him. I had fasted many times before and had never taken an enema, and I did not have any problems, why did I need one now? I believed that it was true that "other folk" were caked up, but not me because I was clean.
After I had been on my fast for three days, I decided that I would try an enema. I had never taken an enema before. I did not think it was necessary for me because I had been on The Eden Diet for nine days before I started my fast.
I was in Hollywood, Florida. I had gone to the ocean for my fast. I had started fasting in the winter, so it was a good idea to be in warm weather during the fast.
I had to first find the enema equipment. Most drug stores only had the little 8 oz. plastic squeeze jar with the nozzle on it. It came with a pre-filled solution in the jar. That will not work!
For an enema on a fast, you need a real enema, not the little squeeze jar. You need a MINIMUM of a 1500 ml enema bag. Enema bags generally come in two sizes, a 1500 ml or a two quart bag. Either will do, but the two quart bag is better.
I found two types of nozzles. They both look very similar but with one major difference. One type of nozzle has a hole only at the tip, the other type has a hole at the tip and one on the side about a half an inch behind the tip.
If you can find it, get the type with the two hole nozzle, it works MUCH better than the one hole type.
Also, a transparent bag is better. A see-through bag does not work any different, but you can visually see when the water is out of the bag. Taking an enema is simple once you are used to it.
When I took my first enema I was shocked. I thought that my colon was clean, especially since I had been on The Eden Diet for nine days, and I had a BM for every meal that I ate. This description may get a little gross, but a BM is not known for its fragrant appeal.
After the first enema I looked into the commode. It was a full bowel movement. The commode was full of feces. The feces was normal. "Boy," I thought, "I had a full BM still in me, well at least that's all out now."
I reasoned that I still had a full colon since there was no new food to push the last food out. There is one thing that happened after the first enema and continued to happen after each enema. You feel great after an enema.
The next day I decided to take another enema, "just to see" if anything else was left. Was I surprised! Not only was there plenty left, but it was not normal feces. It was horrible, and there was plenty of it!
It was black and very smelly. My feces (BM) normally does not have much odor. This stuff was foul! I took an enema that morning and another that night. Both times, stuff poured out. It was stringy, like bits of seaweed, only it was jet black and it stank to high heaven.
I became an instant believer in the necessity of daily enemas. During that entire fast, I took an enema in the morning, and an enema before I went to sleep. Each time the horrible stuff poured out. "When is this stuff going to stop coming out?" I wondered.
Although it was very gross, the scientist in me was amazed. How could this much stuff possibly be in me? I was so-called "clean." Day after day, enema after enema, it poured out. I estimate that at least one to two pounds of M.E.S.S. came out of me each day.
Because I had studied much about fasting, I knew what was happening, I just could not believe it was happening to me. Trust me on this. You will see it for yourself when you PROPERLY go on your fast.
YOU HAVE AT LEAST 5 TO 35 POUNDS
OF JUNK CAKED UP INSIDE OF YOU AND IT IS ROTTING MORE AND MORE EACH DAY
This is not being boastful, just honest. If I had that much in me, and I eat virtually none of the things that clog you up, imagine what the average American has.
While on the fast I went out to the beach. People were strolling constantly along the boardwalk. Seventy five percent of the men over 35 had one thing in common. They had potbellies. Most had rather significant potbellies, beer guts or whatever you want to call them. A significant majority had major potbellies.
As I took my enemas, I could not help wondering. If my stomach is flat as a board and this much is coming out of me, what is in those big potbellies? The thought of that made me shiver.
We are a nation that is rapidly becoming poisoned from the inside. Bloated bellies are a sign of either starvation, malnutrition or clogged undigested food malnutrition.
No wonder colon cancer is the second leading cancer and will probably get much worse. If you saw what came out of me, and imagined that still inside you, you would make an immediate effort to get it out of you.
I could easily see how such an internal cesspool could cause cancer. That kind of M.E.S.S. sitting for years on end in your gut has to cause some problems. I just could not get over what came out of me, but I was glad that it did.
Each time I saw the commode blackened and stinking, I knew that something was being made clean and something was being made dirty. The sewer system was being made dirtier, but my system was being made cleaner.
On the seventh day of the fast, I went to Hallendale Florida to get a colonic. I had to call around to find a colonic clinic nearby, and I found one. There was so much stuff still coming out that I needed to get something to get that M.E.S.S. out of me even faster.
A colonic or colonic irrigation is really a high powered enema. A technician lays you on a table and inserts the tube into your anus. Water is then pumped into you just like the enema. The technician does this over and over, sometimes for over an hour until they think the colon is clean.
The technician ran water in and out of me for 30 to 40 minutes until the water ran almost clear. The water at the end had a slight yellowish cast to it. "That's bile from your liver detoxifying," the technician said. I had informed them that I was fasting and that was why I wanted a colonic.
"Is this everything in me?" I asked. "That was it," the technician said. "Everything should be out of you now, you will not need to take any more enemas," the technician responded.
During the 25 to 30 times the technician ran water in and out of me, I could see the M.E.S.S. coming out through the clear tube. The tech said it was mucus and feces coming out. The technician would massage my stomach to manipulate the colon and physically break up M.E.S.S. that was there. I also did this during my enemas.
A colonic costs anywhere from $50 to $75. Most cities have several colonic clinics. The quality of the technicians will vary as with anything else. How long it will take when you get a colonic will depend upon how clogged you are.
When I arrived back at my motel room, I was relieved that I had all the M.E.S.S. removed from my system.
The next evening, I decided to take one more enema just to make sure everything was out. Guess what? Stuff still poured out. Awful, ugly, stinking stuff and piles of it, poured out.
I then realized why fasting and enemas were so necessary. The M.E.S.S. inside you is caked up. It is hardened like baked on mud. When you fast, your body devotes its energy to breaking down and removing the junk. It did not get in there in a few days, it took decades. It will not come out in a few days.
The colonic did not get all the M.E.S.S. out because the colonic could only remove the loose M.E.S.S. Much of the M.E.S.S. was still in the hardened form and was slowly being broken loose layer by layer. A colonic is good, but it will in no way replace the daily enema or enemas.
I took two enemas a day, approximately 12 hours apart. I took an enema at 9 or 10 in the morning and one at 9 or 10 at night. Each time, a load of M.E.S.S. came out. You may not believe that there is that much in you. I know I did not. But believe me, it is there, and it needs to come out.
All the M.E.S.S. is not in the colon. When you fast, the body cleans itself out. M.E.S.S. from every organ, from stored toxic fat deposits, M.E.S.S. from all parts of the body is flushed out and into the colon. Fasting is the only way to get it out. And you must take enemas.
During my first 7-day fast, I did not take an enema and I had no BM's after the first day. Many people do experience a BM every day while fasting, but that is probably because they were highly constipated in the first place.
I think back on how much M.E.S.S. was left in my system because I failed to take the daily enemas. You may have your doubts about what I am telling you. I will tell you two words in answer to your skepticism. TRY IT! Try it and see.
It will not cost you a thing. It will actually save you money on food. For seven days try this simple plan.
For the first three days, go on The Eden Diet. For the last four days go on a full water fast. Take an enema daily during the full fast and see what happens. You may be even more surprised than I was.
A note of caution: Enemas can be too depleting and strenuous for some elderly fasters although many elderly use enemas regularly as a laxative. Also, once you have removed the caked up M.E.S.S. from your system, enemas will be less beneficial and usually unnecessary for a fairly clean system on subsequent fasts. Enemas have their greatest benefit for the initial removal of the years of caked up, hardened, and blackened deposits that exist in the vast majority of adult westerners.
Now that you know that you must take an enema while you fast, you must also know how to properly take an enema. The instructions follow in the next chapter.