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  • Which do you recommend? I am considering purchasing the Internal Cleansing & Colon Cleanse or getting a colonic.

    If you have parasites, leaky gut, deficiencies and others you first need to discuss options with your health care provider. Blessed Herbs cleanses are not intended to treat or cure any of these ailments and depending on what "other things" they could be (quite frankly) good or bad for you.

    Our Colon Cleanse is designed to cleanse the colon and only the colon itself. Our Para Cleanse is designed to assist with parasites alone. Our Internal Cleanse cleanses not only your colon (it comes with a Colon Cleanse Kit) but also all of your other eliminatory organs: skin, lungs, blood, kidney, bladder, gallbladder, etc. I would suggest showing the supplement facts of one of the cleanses to your doctor to ensure it will not affect anything else you may be taking.

    - James Sullivan, N.D.

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  • I just completed your colon cleanse but I have leftover Digestive Stimulators, should I continue taking them?

    You can absolutely continue taking them; however it is imperative not to become reliant upon them. Ideally if your system is reset and you are regular you should not need Digestive Stimulators anymore and you will be eliminating on your own. Keeping a mixed diet rich in greens, grains, fibers and appropriate water intake should do the trick just fine on its own.

    - James Sullivan, N.D.

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  • What is an all-natural remedy that will help lower blood sugar?

    There are many healthy and simple ways to lower your blood sugar. Recent research has confirmed that increasing your fiber is a sure way to lower blood sugar levels and help protect your heart and digestive tract. Try to eat 5 pieces of fruit and vegetables every day (some authorities say more). A breakfast of oatmeal with fresh sliced apples, all sprinkled with a dash of cinnamon (not added sugar) counts triple!

    I suggest that you try fiber in the form of food and cinnamon first. The many other ways that people bring high blood sugar under control might also be helpful down the road. But you can start simply with two proven methods; and you have to eat anyway, so it might as well be delicious. Fall is here and apples come in a hundred different varieties: snack until you find your favorites. You can do it naturally!

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    Amanda McQuade Crawford

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  • Can I take Tongkat Ali and Ginseng together for low libido? Will there be a bad interaction?

    I can assume you are using the Asian Ginseng with the Tongkat Ali. I do not think there should be any problems combining those two herbs as they should complement each other well.

    - James Sullivan, N.D.

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  • Are coffee enemas recommended to help during a Parasite or Colon Cleanse?

    Both parasite and colon cleanses are designed to help you eliminate three times per day. If you are not eliminating that frequently it is first recommended to increase your water intake, and then try increasing the number of Digestive Stimulators. If you are still not eliminating like you should you can do a coffee enema to help stimulate elimination.

    It is not harmful to do this to help here or there but should not become routine or the only way to get you to eliminate. Also ensure you are taking probiotics as well as an enema not only clears out the waste but the good bacteria as well so it is imperative to replenish this. If you are still having troubles eliminating you should consult with your personal physician.

    - James Sullivan, N.D.

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  • Can I use Ginseng Extract while I am on my colon cleanse & internal cleanse?

    This powerful adaptogen helps with reducing multiple symptoms while supporting several long term health goals. But it is associated with potential side effects when someone takes it that isn’t prescribed it by an experienced clinician. Hyped-up ad claims and self-treatment with Ginseng has led to much of the negative press. Literature and traditional medicine tell us Ginseng increases our basic level of heat.

    Detoxifying can be cooling, which is great if you are clearing causes of inflammation. This brings us back to the question, why are you taking Ginseng? If you have a Chinese Medicine health professional or other trained provider to ask, invite their opinion as to what your health goals and your constitution need most right now.

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    Amanda McQuade Crawford

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  • Is there an all-natural remedy I can take for nausea relief?

    I would recommend some type of peppermint tea or soothing tea that contains ginger for the nausea conditions. It may help to include some type of alkaline minerals such as Calcium Carbonate and Sodium Bicarbonate supplement if available at a health food store. Some soothing herbals could include Aloe Vera, Marshmallow and Barley. Try a relaxation tea occasionally that would have Chamomile or Licorice.

    Dietary recommendations:

    1. Eat smaller meals more often.
    2. Avoid fried or fatty foods.
    3. Limit intake of stimulants such as coffee, alcohol, cigarettes and carbonated beverages.

    - James Sullivan, N.D.

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  • How can I grind Hawthorn Berries to make a tincture without breaking the grinder or food processor?

    Freeze the dried Hawthorn Berries to potentially help to make them fracture better, then break them up with a hammer into small pieces before placing into the alcohol to make the Hawthorn Berry tincture.

    - James Sullivan, N.D.

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  • Which cleanse would you recommend for a 30 day cleanse/fast?

    30 days of cleansing is one thing, 30 days of fasting is another, if you ever decide to fast for that long amount of time it is extremely important that you replace any nutrients that you have depleted from your body, additionally you should also talk to your healthcare provider before doing something so drastic. The first thing you'll want to do is to define your goals and what exactly you are looking to accomplish, then you will know the best route to proceed. We have a number of cleanses to choose from, and even different amounts of time to do each.

    • Use Revive Colon Cleanse Kit if you haven't cleansed before and are looking for some help getting your digestive system back on track – 5 days, no fasting required.
    • Use the Colon Cleanse Kit if you want a deeper colon specific flush. This can be done in 8 days, 9 days or 30 days and it all depends on how much you want to alter your diet. Only the 8 and 9 day option involve fasting and that portion of the cleanse only lasts 5 days.
    • Use the Internal Cleansing Kit if you want a full body system detox – 21 day program, includes a Colon Cleansing Kit, optional 5 day fast
    • Use the Women's Rebalancing Cleanse if you are nearing the menopausal years and would like help specifically resetting your reproductive system – 5 days, no fasting required.

    - James Sullivan, N.D.

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  • What natural remedy can I take to increase my chances of carrying my pregnancy to term?

    Chasteberry or Chaste Tree (Vitex Agnus-Castus) is best used to lengthen a shorter menstrual cycle, improve progesterone when low or relatively low compared to elevated estrogen. This is why it is so often in herbal fertility protocols. Chasteberry has a very good safety profile, though it is usually only taken throughout the first trimester when progesterone levels need support. An appointment with a tame gynecologist or experienced Naturopathic physician in your area will help you and your husband discover what, if any, hormones need balancing for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy newborn and mother.

    As for other natural ways to support your best chances, specific recommendations tailored to you, from prenatal vitamins (which you have taken) to herbs to reduce repeat miscarriage are answers best determined between you and a professional health care provider.

    Yours,

    Amanda McQuade Crawford

    Amanda McQuade Crawford

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