Cleansing for Change

6 Day Detox Retreat in Glastonbury

Phone Number: +44 (0)1458 831182


The Importance of Cleansing

Due to poor diet and the consumption of denatured, processed foods a situation has been created where almost every person over six years old is developing problems in the intestinal tract, which in latter years may contribute to the development of various acute, chronic and degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart trouble and diabetes, lack of energy, premature aging, poor eyesight, memory loss, poor complexion and disorders of mood and behaviour.

It is estimated that over 90% of disease can be attributed directly or indirectly to an unhealthy digestive system. As Dr Bernard Jensen says, "It is the bowel that invariably has to be cared for first before any effective healing can take place". People suffer from malabsorbtion and auto-intoxification because of a gradual build up of many layers of impacted mucoidal plaque in the intestinal tract.

This substance may accumulate until it is several inches thick and reach the entire length of the stomach, small intestine and colon. One autopsy revealed a colon stretched to 9" in diameter, this same colon had only a quarter of inch of passage left open. Another autopsy revealed a colon so loaded with mucoidal plaque that it weighed over 40lbs; the healthy colon weighs only four. During the cleanse, these mucoid layers are usually removed in sections of two inches to four feet in length and are shaped exactly like the area of the bowel from which they came. This dead substance may be loaded with parasites, drugs, fungal overgrowths and old decaying food. While on the cleanse toxic substances may exit from all channels of elimination including skin, kidneys, lungs, mouth and nose.

When the intestines are compacted with mucoidal plaque, there may be interference with the digestive processes as well as making for a sluggish peristaltic action or constipation, which is known to cause serious health problems. Mucoid layers also inhibit proper nutritional absorption. When the peristaltic action slows it can precipitate the onset of diverticulitis, colitis, colon cancer, leaky gut and a host of other body malfunctions. Any build-up of this old matter produces fermentation, putrefaction, stagnant pockets of poisons, corrosive gasses and harmful bacteria. This leads to self-poisoning because toxins constantly seep into the blood stream and lymphatic systems. They will eventually impregnate the weakest areas of the body where symptoms will develop and are given names according to those areas and the degree of cellular degeneration involved. Unfortunately symptoms resulting from a toxically overloaded bowel are generally treated, rather than the cause, which simply results in the toxicity finding another mode of expression in disease.

Colonic Irrigation

There are three ways to introduce water or infusions to the colon via the rectum. Enemas, colemas, and high colonics. Enemas are useful in the context of introducing a maximum of one and a half litres of fluid for coffee infusions that stimulate enzymes in the liver to detoxify the blood, or for anti-parasite preparations. Colemas are self administered and introduce more water, but due to the inexperience of its often first time users, optimal mucoidal plaque removal is not achieved. High colonics are administered by trained practitioners either by colonic machine or by a gravity feed system where up to 25ltrs of water gently ebb and flow throughout the entire colon, ensuring the best results in terms of plaque removal and comfort. Our experience at the Fisher King Centre, is that the gravity feed system allows a more nuanced approach that takes in the condition and particular needs of the patient. During her sessions, Fiona Bruce, colon hydrotherapist at the centre, also performs an abdominal massage which greatly enhances the efficiency of the process. If you feel colonics might be contra-indicated for you, as in the case of bowel surgery or ulcerative colitis, please do not hesitate to discuss your situation with us or a doctor. 

The Benefits of Detoxification

Disease can only be overcome permanently when the cause is addressed, colon cleansing is known to help prevent and ameliorate the following conditions:

  • Bowel disorders, e.g. IBS, diverticulitis, constipation, colitis, dysbiosis
  • Menstrual problems
  • Mental emotional and physical fatigue
  • Osteoporosis
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Circulatory disorders
  • Hypertension
  • Stomach acidity – low and high
  • Recurrent infections
  • Poor hair and nail quality
  • Obesity
  • Migraine and headaches
  • Poor sleep
  • Cravings
  • Halitosis
  • Body odour
  • Fungal infections
  • Stress disorders
  • Premature aging
  • Toxic lymphatics
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • ME
  • MS
  • Neurological disorders
  • Parasitic infestations
  • Leaky gut
  • Tinnitis
  • Muscle tension
  • Weak immunity
  • Depression / Anxiety
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Sinus and Mucous Problems

Healthy Intestinal Bacteria

Few people realise the importance of removing unhealthy bacteria from the intestinal tract and repopulating it with healthy bacteria, which are essential to a strong immune system, efficient nutritional absorption and the manufacture of vitamins B2, B3, B6, B12, K, Biotin, Folic Acid, lipids and amino acids. Healthy gut flora helps to reduce cholesterol, controls pH in the intestines and detoxifies poisonous materials in our diets whilst producing cancer suppressing compounds, increase calcium assimilation and helps to retard candida, gas and bad breath. Also by helping to complete digestion good bacteria reduce toxic residues that encourage putrefactive bacteria. They also help to eliminate potential allergens, which may come from incomplete protein digestion. By reducing the leakage of toxins into the blood stream they spare the work of the liver, which is often overwhelmed in its task of detoxification. As one pro-biotic researcher commented, "the metabolic activity of the gut bacteria is potentially equal to that of the liver". Without beneficial bacteria food and its breakdown products stay longer in the intestines and constipation and sticky deposits produce more toxicity. The flora also help to break down bile and thereby inhibit some pathogenic organisms. Pro-biotic bacteria promote alkaline conditions in the intestines; alkalinity is vital to deter putrefactive bacteria, yeasts (including Candida Albicans), and moulds.

They also produce specific agents like hydrogen peroxide, which inhibit and even kill pathogenic bacteria. Lacto-bacilli and bifido bacteria have been demonstrated to inhibit other organisms to such a degree that it is thought that they produce natural anti-biotics.

Please note: The benefits of these treatments may vary from person to person.