December 2007
Latest at the Office

Office Renovation and New Practitioner

The last newsletter was in July and that seems like a long time ago now. Much has taken place at the Intestinal Health Institute since then. Those Feng Shui Guys analyzed the office and we began to implement their wonderful suggestions. I welcome you to the new space. I am now leaning toward calling the office, the SPA.

Michael Pellegrino has opened a Rolfing, structural integration and craniosacral therapy studio at the Intestinal Health Institute. See or call him at 520-275-4888. He has been working on me regularly for over a year and he's excellent.


Two observations of the last six months: the incidence of characteristics of Malabsorption Syndrome has risen and the number of people becoming serious about their health has risen.

Malabsorption Syndrome is the inability of our gastrointestinal tract to digest and assimilate complex carbohydrates like grains, starchy roots such as potatoes, sugar and milk products. Even beans can be very difficult for some people. During the colonic and from the viewing tube, I might see one or more of excessive gas, food particles, foam (froth and bubbles) and oil.

My clients are actually enjoying the cleanses. I now carry the 7-Day Cleanse by Arise & Shine. Most everyone can manage the 7 days and you get to eat and take shakes and supplements. It is something a person could repeat a few times over a year and begin to set in place better eating habits and delicious stuff, by the way. I made the gazpacho on the instructions and then made it for a dinner party!

Many come in after reading Rona De Luz's 21 LBS in 21 DAYS. Some made it all the way, 2 people did the 7-day option. Kevin Trudeau's weight loss book and program are still popular. One of the big differences with the new generation of books is that they endorse colon hydrotherapy and include it as part of their program.

Hulda Clark's cleanses are also very popular and effective. Many over the summer did her parasite cleanse. She even has a separate intestinal cleanse for organisms like shigella and salmonella. And how about a 6-week kidney cleanse?

Please feel free to call me about doing a cleanse and figuring out which one at 520-325-9686.

Part-time Colon Hydrotherapist Position Opening at Office

I am putting the word out that I would like to have a part time practitioner of colon hydrotherapy work with me at the office. If you are interested, go to the link for the application form. If you are still interested, give me a call or send an email. It is a great opportunity.

Application Form

520-325-9686 or [email protected]


Continuing Education

My brother, Mike Shea, visited this year in April and gave us a great workshop in Abdominal Visceral Manipulation. He is returning next year and is presenting some of his new work. The topic is Trauma Resolution Skills (info sheet). The work is helpful for practitioners across many fields.

The dates are April 10-13 of 2008 at the Randolph Park Hotel and Suites.

I have good news for out-of-towners, the hotel is offering suites with full kitchen at $89 per night and rooms at $69 per night. The hotel has a workout room, pool and is near a big city park. The is a breakfast buffet daily!

The course is certified by the NCBMTB. Each student completing the course receives 26 continuing education hours. Classes are held 9AM - 5PM daily.

For information and registration contact: Sheila Shea, Director of Intestinal Health Institute Spa and School and the course sponsor, 4427 E 5 St, Tucson AZ 85711, 520.325.9686, [email protected]

This is Michael's description of the course.

As a result of September 11, 2001 and other world events, stress and/or emotional trauma have increased in our clients. When threatened or injured by shock or traumatic stress, the body and the nervous system respond by dissociating, stiffening and/or collapsing. These unconscious defense strategies immobilize the body and brain to prevent further threat or injury.

If these somatic patterns of dysfunction and held stress in the musculoskeletal system are not given an opportunity to reorient to a functional, integrated midline (spinal relaxation, tissue flexibility, etc.) a myriad of symptoms may occur. Some of these are anxiety, depression, insomnia, visceral dysfunction, chronic pain, headache and other adaptive responses. Current research in the field affirms that these are the most intelligent compensations the body can make when in a state of overwhelm.

When skillful observation of the client's autonomic nervous system is made and hands-on work is applied gradually, stored stress in the sympathetic nervous system is given the opportunity to release. Tissue vibration, body trembling, accelerated heart rate, sweating and other autonomic phenomena may indicate release.

In this workshop, you will learn a new approach to add to your existing hands-on practice called "neuroaffective touch." This is crucial for the successful resolution of trauma imprinting in the brain and body. Our focus will be practical application of new research with hands-on work to increase clinical effectiveness for a wide variety of musculoskeletal problems. Note that emotional release work will not be taught.

Educational Goals:
  • Understand the stress response between the brain and the body.
  • Learn the relationship of the autonomic nervous system to the musculoskeletal system.
  • Study the neuroscience of the client-therapist relationship.
  • Recognize the complementary role of hands-on therapies in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress disorder in conjunction with licensed mental health providers.
We can take up to 36 students. Email or call. We would love to have you participate in this innovative workshop.

Sheila's Blog (or Glog - Gut Log)

What is the latest? Traveling and eating! Some people tell me that is when they go out of control with food, when they are on the road traveling. We eat in many venues such as alone, at home, in restaurants, at parties, buffets, smorgasbords and while traveling. As I was healing my eating disorders, over time I was able to overcome food attachment, overeating and/or eating inappropriately in all of those venues.

If you are out of control while traveling, signs of the food addiction or eating disorder are manifesting. Peace of mind, self-love and self-acceptance are good to practice in these circumstances rather than feeling bad about yourself. Heal your mind about the situation and the body will follow.

That is it for now. Have a wonderful holiday season. Stay on track during the holidays. Take care of yourself, do special things for you. As always, stay in touch.

Sheila Shea