July 2007
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Thirty Years of Experience and Excellence
I have much to celebrate this month and this year. It was 30 years ago in July of 1977 that I began to practice colon hydrotherapy in Miami, Florida. This December it will be 20 years of practice in Tucson, Arizona. I thank all of you who have become clients and have taken such good intestinal care of yourselves.

When I began practicing, I never saw conditions such as Chronic Fatigue and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. Candida was not even mentioned. The types of conditions that I see now are much more serious and complicated than 15 to 30 years ago. Even in the last few years, the incidence of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Malabsorption Syndrome has increased extraordinarily.

Part-time Colon Hydrotherapist Position Opening at Office
I am looking for a certified colon hydrotherapist who would like to work 3 days at my office. The certification can be from an I-ACT recognized, state-licensed or other international 100-hour program school.

If interested, please download our PDF Application.

What I would like to do with my time when I am not at the office is to write. I would like to update my website, the office handouts and the Colon Hydrotherapy Manual that I give to my students. I might also have the opportunity to teach overseas and I would like to be prepared with a competent and compassionate therapist who can manage the office while I am writing and/or away.

Call or email me if you have questions about the application form or the position. (520) 325-9686 or intestines@sheilashea.com.

New Client Profiles
Many of you have expressed curiosity about the practice, asking what kind of clients comes to the office, how old are they, and am I the only one? I thought this month I would review most of the new clients that came in for colon hydrotherapy in the last 2 months and give you mini-profiles. The study is based on approximately 54 new clients.

First, you are not the only one nor are you alone in whatever condition or situation you present.

What is the major age group that I see? Of the 54 clients, 9 were in their 20's, 4 in their 50's, 4 in their 60's and 1 in his 70's. So the people in their 20's were equal to those in their 50', 60's and 70's combined. Seventeen clients were in their 30's and 19 in their 40's. So most people that came were in their 30's and 40's. Some people think that only the elderly takes colonics. More younger people receive colonics than the elderly.

What were some of the reasons people cited for coming in? The majority of clients wanted to improve elimination and/or lose weight. Many people were constipated, bloated and gaseous and felt very uncomfortable. More recently, more people over 200 pounds and a handful over 300 pounds are making a big effort to lose weight. I applaud them and am very excited to work with them, as they inspire me. One man in his 40's was doing the Jenny Craig program and had 3 colonics in 3 days. He did not know he could feel so well, 'lose his shelf' as he calls it and feel lighter.

Many came in to cleanse, to detoxify, to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle of diet and exercise, to do a liver flush, to do the Arise and Shine 7-day Cleanse, to reduce Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms of extreme gas and bloating and to make a clean start.

Each person has more than one condition. For example, one person with constipation has Chronic Fatigue, fibromyalgia and depression. My latest favorite book is Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha Campbell-McBride MD. She is a neurologist and nutritionist in London and writes about how many mental and emotional conditions are caused by our complex carbohydrate consumption as well as gluten (grain protein) and casein (milk protein).

On the other side of the general fatigue that many feel, clients desire greater stamina, energy and clarity. People express a desire to get back in shape and have balance in their life.

One woman was so bound in her intestines that she could only eat one small meal a day and with much difficulty. It took nearly 5 sessions to allow elimination to flow more freely. She noticed a slow ability to eat a little more.

A handful of the women in their 30's and 40's have 3 young children. They find time in their busy schedule to receive colonics and take care of themselves. It is their time to relax and release. Two of the men in their 30's that weighed over 300 pounds were motivated by the example they would set for their young children. One very fit 40-year old wrote as his goal: "revamping general health and wellness for self and family." I realize that family health and role modeling for young children is a discussion and practice in many families

A small group of clients came in who are preparing to marry in the next week or month. They come in together and work on their health as a couple.

Kevin Trudeau's book Natural Cures They Don't Want You to Know About has motivated many to come in and do a series of colonics.

Back pain often attributable to an impacted, weighted colon motivated one person.

One person in her 50's came in because of a 'megacolon.' Many of you have not heard of this condition. A megacolon is an enormously enlarged and distended area or multiple areas of the colon. In x-rays, it can look like a large ballooned area. The colon hydrotherapy is good for megacolon because it exercises the muscles and allows the ballooning to shrink down. I had another megacolon case a few years ago, a man in his 60's with Parkinson's and multiples areas of ballooning in the gut. We had 3 sets of x-rays taken before and during the colonic sessions. I had a GI friend come to the office to interpret them. The x-rays indicated that the colon hydrotherapy had reduced the megacolon over the 2 years that he received the sessions.

Some clients did not write this as a reason to visit, however I noticed it in their Health Questionnaires: skin condition such as eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis herpetiformis. Skin conditions may be a sign of celiac disease, a major inflammatory bowel disease of the digestive and absorptive surface of the small intestines. I also noticed that too many young people have heartburn and/or reflux both of which are inflammatory conditions of the upper GI system.

Many new clients also experienced migraines and headaches. Some had a migraine or splitting headache while receiving their first colonic. Some had headaches and migraines weekly.

So now, you have a little profile of some of the new clients in the last 2 months. They are a small snapshot of the Intestinal Health Institute colonic world.


School News

The School is going through a renovation and it is quite exciting. Painting, flooring, lighting, furniture and artwork are all in process. I am looking forward to teaching and working with students in the newly renovated space.

In the meantime, I want to remind student applicants of the protocol of registration, acceptance and payment. First, let me list the classes remaining from August through December.
August 6 to August 11
September 17 to September 22 (Application due August 10)
October 8 to October 13 (Application due August 31)
November 5 to November 10 (Application due October 30)
December 3 to December 8 (Application due November 26)
Working backward, final payment for each Program is due 30 days before the first day of class. If the class is August 6, then final payment is due July 6. That means that I need the Application form and related documents together at least a week before - June 30. In that week, I review your documents and have an interview with you. I notify you of acceptance and then you are ready to sign the Enrollment Agreement and make payment 30 days in advance of the Program start date i.e. August 6. Enrollment is currently closed for the August Program.

Applications are due for the September 17 Program by August 10 and the Enrollment Agreement signing and final payment are due August 17.

Why does the Intestinal Health Institute require this 5-week lead-time before the Program start date? The reason is that you as a new student have prerequisites to start and many books to read to prepare for the Program. You have two prerequisite courses and 5 books to read. That's a brainful to handle in one month!

I request that the Application Form, the registration fee and all requested documents be handed in, in one package. If not, it does delay the acceptance process.

Continuing Education

I have good news for all of us. My brother, Michael Shea, PhD is returning to Tucson, AZ April 10-13, 2008 to teach a workshop entitled Trauma Resolution Skills. It is related to his work in Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy. I am reading his newly released text Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy Volume I. It has tremendous application for colon hydrotherapists and I encourage all of you to read it. More details of the workshop will be provided in the future newsletters!

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Sheila's Blog (or Glog - Gut Log)

I have a request from a client. Many people suffer from COPD, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. My mother had it. In Chinese medicine, lungs are linked to large intestines. I am asking if anyone out there has any suggestions, herbs, books, cleansing, healing programs for the lungs. Many are suffering and I thought I would put the word out. I will publish the answers in the next newsletter.

Food is always a big topic with people. I had 2 dinner parties over 4th of July. I made a few new raw dishes and friends brought some raw dishes or a complex sugar free recipe. How radical! Anyway, I thought I would share one of the drinks. It's fun to make in the summer and it's excellent for the liver gall bladder flush. It's called Electrolyte Lemonade.
Electrolyte Lemonade

3 organic lemons, yellow skin removed, white pith intact
3 tablespoons oil: flax, olive, or coconut butter (I use coconut)
1 organic pear, cored (I use two pears)
1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
6 cups distilled water
6 tablespoons raw honey, maple syrup, or liquid stevia, to taste (I use raw honey)

Blend all ingredients well in blender. A healing and remarkably refreshing beverage. The lemon and oil detoxify while boosting the immune system. Citrus pectin restores absorption of fats. Add other fruits to enhance flavor, such as peach or apple. An excellent beverage for keeping the bowels moving.

Makes one pitcher.
This beverage plays an essential role in Jubbs 14-Day LifeFood Nutritional Fast (Gallbladder Flush). See LifeFood Nutritional Fasting, Chapter 10.

Taken from: LifeFood Recipe Book: Living on the Life Force by Annie and David Jubb

Have a wonderful summer and remember, summer is a great time to heal and cleanse using juices, raw foods, colonics, liver flushes and intestinal herbal cleanses. It's hot and you stay cool. Contact me if you want me to help you with colonic, dietary, fasting or cleansing planning.