When food remains in the colon for an extended period of time, it begins to putrefy. Germs invade the food and it begins to rot within us, this putrefaction process results in the production of toxic waste in the bloodstream.
The toxins released by the process of decay are drawn into the bloodstream and travel to all parts of the body. Every cell in the body gets affected, and many forms of sickness can result. Auto-intoxication becomes a powerful master over the body, robbing the inhabitant of clear thinking, discrimination, sound judgment, vitality, health, happiness and loved ones.
Because the bloodstream is loaded with toxins, tremendous strain is placed on the liver as it attempts to purify the blood. Organs of elimination, these being kidneys, the lungs, the skin and the bowels, will be seriously burdened as they endeavour to expel the toxic waste from the body, this process of self-cleansing will also sap much of the body’s available energy resources and, with time, it will lead to a continual feeling of weakness and debility.
The symptoms of this battle will manifest themselves in any of a multitude of ways:
· Poisoning the brain and nervous system so that we become mentally depressed, melancholic, irritable and restless.
· It will poison the heart so that we are weak and listless.
· Burden the lungs so that the breath is foul.
· Put strain on the digestive organs so that we are bloated, belching and distressed with gas pains, diarrhoea or constipation.
· Poison the blood so that the skin is sallow, blotched, inflamed and unhealthy.
· We age prematurely. We look and feel old. The joints are stiff and painful.
Should our first priority be to cleanse the bowels and to detoxify the system?
Or should we prescribe drugs for the nervousness, tranquilizers for the depression, pills for the heart, powders for the stomach, and ointments for the skin?
Those who doubt the direct relation between the colon and the functioning ability of various organs in the body should consider the daring work of Sir Arbuthnot Lane, in England. He proved the relationship: when he (surgically) removed the lower bowel from certain patients, their symptoms of arthritis/rheumatism disappeared within weeks. It is now known that every person whose bowels move but once a day is constipated and suffering from general poisoning of the whole body. If the bowels do not move well (at least once or twice a day), the colon soon becomes a reservoir of putrefying food residues.
The individual may not understand why he never feels too happy, why he has ever- recurring colds and other infections, why he has bad skin, why his breath is never too fresh, and why he has such a desperate need of underarm deodorants. Yet an enlightened physician would tell him that because of his unnatural diet and lifestyle, the state of his colon has resulted in a polluted bloodstream and, until such time as he changes his eating and living habits, and he assists nature to cleanse his system and to regulate the functioning of his digestive organs, he will never feel too well, and he will never overcome his ever-recurring illness.
Most people have never dreamt that fermenting food residues in the bowels could give rise to infection in remote organs as the ankle or the ears yet, once we understand how fermentation in the colon leads to a poisoned bloodstream, we can appreciate just how easily this can come about. The organ infected is usually the weakest organ in the body- it will offer the least resistance to nature’s effort to expel the toxic matter from the system.
Disease is not brought about by germs any more than garbage is brought about by flies. Where there is something that attracts flies, they will swarm there. When there is a physical condition that invites germs to multiply, then like the flies, they go there to multiply. (AC.Sass, Plants and Health, p.84)
We all know that if we were to leave a plate of food in a dark warm place for a few weeks, it would most assuredly ferment and attract germs. Yet we seem to have difficulty understanding that when we choose to use refined foods, and we become constipated as a result, we are creating a situation where our food could well remain lodged in our colon (which is very dark and warm place) for weeks and even for years. Do we believe that these food residues within us will not attract germs?
As Dr. William Howard Hay is reported to have said,
`Colds are not caught; they are created with the feet under the dinner table, and in no other way`.
On completion of this seven-day purification program, the entire mass of encrusted faecal (hard, black and rubbery) material is dislodged and passes out of the body. As a result your body is totally renewed and can function at its optimum.