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  • I am diabetic and I want to do the colon cleanse. I am controlled now but is it safe for me?

    If you have Type I and Type II Diabetes and are insulin dependent, you need the approval of your healthcare practitioner to do the BEST OPTION of The Colon Cleanse Kit™ which requires liquids-only fasting or the BETTER OPTION, with minimum fiber. The GOOD OPTION would be fine for you to do provided you remain aware of your unique needs.

    If you have Type II diabetes and are not insulin dependent, you need the approval and direct supervision of your healthcare practitioner to do the BEST OPTION, which requires liquids-only fasting. The BETTER and GOOD OPTIONS would be all for you to do provided you remain aware of your unique needs.

    - James Sullivan, N.D.

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  • Will your cleanse help restore a prolapsed colon to it's original position?

    Doing a cleanse would in theory help to strengthen the motility of the colon (contraction of the intestinal smooth muscles) with helping to establish regular bowel movements and to act as an exercise to strengthen the function of the colon where the prolapse could possibly retract and recede. How much would depend on how severe the condition is and how long they have had it and that person’s constitution.

    A medical practitioner should evaluate the condition and offer input for other modalities using diet counseling, nutritional therapy, physiotherapy, acupuncture or any other “ayurvedic” abdominal exercises or applications of physical therapy where focus on the muscles in the abdomen can be utilized.

    - James Sullivan, N.D.

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  • What herb(s) do you recommend for the skin condition Granuloma Annulare?

    Skin symptoms and etiology are very much generalized in several cases and are typically thought of as from systemic internal imbalances from dietary or other toxin build ups. Cleansing is a good protocol to help clear the symptoms from real altered systemic syndromes as compared to toxic releases and reactions in our daily routine and dietary intakes. Getting to the root cause could take time and work to have long term impact.

    - James Sullivan, N.D.

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  • Can I drink black coffee during the liquid detox period?

    Yes you can drink black coffee while on a liquids only fast. We definitely recommend keeping it black vs. adding excess sugars and creams. If you are looking to the coffee for a stimulant and that 'pick me up' we'd recommend switching over to Green Tea while fasting. Green Tea is also naturally caffeinated to give you that boost but also includes antioxidants which help fight free radicals and aids in your detox process.

    - James Sullivan, N.D.

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  • What herbs or supplements will help while I try to detox off of drinking alcohol, white wine specifically. I have been drinking regularly for years and plan to stop completely.

    Congratulations on your plan to detox from years of white wine; think of all those calories you won't be taking in! The Full Body Internal Cleansing Kit provides a 21-day gentle way to improve the function of your liver and gall bladder, while allowing every organ (lungs, digestive tract, and more) to detox along with the liver which works harder to neutralize excess alcohol and daily toxins from normal eating and drinking. This complete approach may also assist you in your
    plan to discontinue drinking wine altogether by changing your appetite or possible craving. The green tea helps with energy and mood during the cleanse, so you can expect to feel great for your new year.

    Yours,

    Amanda McQuade Crawford

    Amanda McQuade Crawford

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  • Can I use the colon cleanse or internal cleanse while breast feeding?

    Yes, you can use the internal cleanse or the colon cleanse while breast feeding, however you should not do the "best" option which involves a 5-day fast. One of the parts of the colon cleanse kit is the Toxin Absorber. We recommend that nursing mothers use that only once a day before bed and at least three hours after a meal to assure no interference with the absorption of nutritional intake.

    The Digestive Stimulator does contain herbs that improve elimination yet we have
    formulated these to have a gentle effect on your digestive tract. There is no evidence to suggest or expect these will cause a problem with your nursing baby. Still, I am sure you will be watching how your baby is doing over days to weeks and months, so if you suspect looser stools or any concern, discontinue the herbs and contact us or your pediatrician right away.

    One of the best forms of insurance to get the benefits for you and your baby is to drink plenty of fluids, especially good quality, plain water.

    Yours,

    Amanda McQuade Crawford

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  • Two Questions about Colon Cleanse

    Q: Is it ok to do the 5 day cleanse if I am on iron pills to bring my iron levels up?

    A: The Revive 5-Day Colon Cleanse does not require fasting and each individual can incorporate it into their daily routine so it is unlikely to do any harm while maintaining their iron supplemental intake.

    Q: Is there any reason why my periods are heavier during cleanse? Sometimes I get an extra one. I know it has to do with cleansing. There's nothing wrong with me (been checked out, my Dr. days just don’t do it) I am 45 pre-menopausal.

    A: This requires knowing what type of cleanse and if there is fasting involved. During this time you are of course losing iron and if fasting with low dietary intake for absorption of iron then the period is "heavier." The human body's rate of iron absorption responds differently to a variety of individual factors, including the up taking of iron and storing it.

    The other factor is that the bone marrow most likely cannot produce enough red blood cells so when fasting combined with periods the body absorbs less iron during times of "interrupted" intestinal absorption. Low absorption of iron in the duodenum of the intestine means that more iron gets into the gut and more harmful bacteria can thrive on iron and cause infections.

    I think that is the doctors concern so if you continue taking your iron supplement but is not fasting with the 5 day cleanse then I suspect little disruption. Same is true with our other cleanse kits where I would caution a 100% fasting regime and continue to take their iron supplement.

    - James Sullivan, N.D.

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  • What do you think about a person doing a colon cleanse if he/she has dealt with anorexia and bulimia for 10 years? The person has been eating healthy for about 1 year.

    If eating healthy for the past year and now introducing a colon cleanse will most likely do no harm and may help to re-establish better nutrient absorption and indirectly enhance individual mood and self-esteem which was a core root cause to Bulimia / Anorexia in the past. The greatest caution would be that they not re-create a need to be Anorexic that is triggered while doing a colon cleanse since the colon cleanse does have fasting options etc.

    - James Sullivan, N.D.

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  • If I am on a medication for high cholesterol and eat grapefruit in the morning is it safe to take my medications at night?

    This question needs to be directed to your doctor who prescribed you your meds. We are happy to help where we can however we don't know what medication you are on, why you were put on it or how high your cholesterol is.

    - James Sullivan, N.D.

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  • I have had quite a lot of infections -- multiple yeast infections, a bladder infection, staph, sinus infection. What might recurrent infection be alerting me to?

    Yes, heat is an aspect of the 5 temperature characteristics (hot, cold, warm, cool, neutral) that can be applied to the Qi (Yin & Yang) in TCM. There are also 5 taste characteristics (acrid, sweet, bitter, sour and salty). So yes with your frequent infections etc. it seems that the liver and intestines need to be cooled.

    First neutralize the toxins with cleansing the colon and re-establish intestinal environment with friendly bacteria to be in excess of unfriendly bacteria etc. that will then support the immune system to prevent dysfunction and breakdowns in your system. From a diet perspective and TCM certain food tastes "travel" in the "qi" or “channels” so too much of any one thing can cause imbalances where moderation in the diet of all things is the essential key.

    - James Sullivan, N.D.

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