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Ten Days To Optimal Health Program
December 24, 2009
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Understanding the Sources of OHN's Enema Coffee
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Live Chat with Kristina AmelongPlease join us on Wed, January 13th, at 7:00 pm CT and Wed, January 27th, at 12:00 noon CT for our live chats.

Do you have questions about taking enemas, colon hydrotherapy, buying enema equipment, trying a spring colon cleanse for the first time, or about heart health? A live chat is a valuable opportunity to ask Certified Colon Hydrotherapist Kristina Amelong all these questions and more. You can also share your colon cleanse experiences, your dietary experimentations, and your health struggles and successes with the larger community.
Risk of heart attack, stroke, and congestive heart failure is dramatically increased by vitamin D deficiency.
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Dr. Tami Bair and Dr. Heidi May, of the Intermountain Medical Center in Utah, report yet another study showing that your risk of heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure, and death are dramatically increased by vitamin D deficiency. In a presentation to the American Heart Association, they stated their findings that people with low levels of vitamin D (less than 15 ng/ml) had a 45% increased risk for cardiovascular disease, 78% greater risk of stroke, and double the risk for congestive heart failure, not to mention a 77% increased risk of death, compared to people with vitamin D levels greater than 30 ng/ml. All that disease and death occurred in only 13 months of follow-up for the 27,000 people in the study!

Moral of the story? Keep your vitamin D at an optimal level!

Learn more about Bio-D-Mulsion Forte, a vitamin D supplement
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The Optimal Health Network and Optimal Health Center are now on Facebook. Alongside our website and newsletters, we will use Facebook to keep our customers and clients updated.

Find us on Facebook and become a friend to interact with us about your health, your supplements, your test results, our Guatemala travels, and more. This is also a great opportunity to see our newest movie clips, learn about free sauna days, view announcements of new products, and read about our one-of-a-kind therapeutic packages, including Healing Hands, Healing Heat, Healing Waters. This therapeutic program coordinates the three treatment modalities of FIR sauna, massage therapy, and colon cleansing to synergistically achieve a deep state of relaxation and a much greater release and elimination of toxins from the body than can result from any of the individual treatments alone.

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Notes from clients:

"When I haven't done a colon cleanse for more than a month, I don't feel clean or receptive. It is this lack of receptivity that really bothers me: I don't feel like I can receive as well from those around me, from my friends, my family, my workmates, or the friendly hello from a stranger. When I am full of stool, I feel a resistance to taking in from the outside. When I do a colon cleanse, I take the day off and then I feel so much more receptive. My favorite option is to go to the Optimal Health Center and have a sauna, then a massage, and then a colon hydrotherapy session. This is an absolutely amazing cleansing experience! If I don't have time or money for this, I take an hour and cleanse my colon using my silicone flowmaster complete colon cleanse system."

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Understanding the Sources
of OHN's Enema Coffee


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Recently our coffee roaster, Just Coffee, informed us that our Robusta coffee supplier in Sumatra, Indonesia -- the source of the superb coffee that OHN has used as its special made-for-enema coffee since introducing it -- has been de-certified by the Fair Trade Labeling Organizations (FLO). It appears that our farm lost its fair trade certification because the "owners" of the producer coop were skimming money off what the producers were being paid. Because of these unfortunate circumstances, we will no longer be using this supplier for our enema coffee. We are in the process of securing new sources for our product that meet all the same quality standards.

Fair Trade is an international social movement and approach to commerce that aims to raise the standard of living for producers in developing countries and to promote sustainability while implementing standards of accountability and transparency. In the U.S., the history of the Fair Trade Movement included efforts in the 1820s and onward to boycott slave-derived goods by "fighting against slavery with a new tactic, one that emphasized the value of the honest labor of free men and women, and to try to determine the unseen added costs to goods such as cotton and sugar which came from the toil of slaves." To learn more about the current Fair Trade Movement, view the short video Fair Trade: The Story.

fair trade certificationGiven the many challenges to a truly fair trade exchange, having personal relationships with farmers and other producers has become integral to the Fair Trade Movement. The numerous codes of conduct and sustainability criteria for fair trade that have evolved in the last decade are designed to identify and maintain sources of consistent quality that operate in an environment of ecosystem conservation and land stewardship, fair labor practices, and reduced or zero agrochemical use. Implementing this high level of certification with nearly 25 million farm families in more than 50 developing countries is proving to be very difficult, thus the critical need for roasters like Just Coffee and businesses like the Optimal Health Network to be part of the community of visitors to coffee farms.

As part of the Optimal Health Network's fair trade commitment through the cultivation of one-on-one relationships, right now we are carefully evaluating where our new OHN made-for-enema coffee will come from. Through dialogue with Just Coffee, we have decided that we will offer a blend of fair trade coffee from different farms in different parts of the world, rather than the single source used previously. Not only will we meet fair trade standards and establish a diverse base for our enema coffee sourcing, but we will also continue to meet our high quality standards for an enema coffee -- including higher levels of caffeine and palmitic acid, the elements that have been shown to have the greatest benefits for liver detoxification and pain reduction.

One of the likely suppliers for our new enema coffee blend will be Finca Santa Anita, a remote Guatemalan coffee farm which I will be visiting in the coming week to establish a direct face-to-face dialogue. The Santa Anita farmers are families of veterans of the 36-year civil war (1960-1996) that was started by the US's United Fruit Company and the CIA. The farmers acquired an old coffee plantation, at high interest rates, from the Guatemalan government as part of the peace accords signed in 1996. They quickly learned production and moved toward the organic and fair trade markets.

If you would like to share in this journey of the Optimal Health Network, here are a few resources to explore:

An Introduction to the Santa Anita Community

Agricultural Practices in Santa Anita

Voice Of A Mountain: Life After the Guatemalan Civil War

Santa Anita Blog (a resource for volunteers and visitors)

Meet Lazaro Eulalio Ventura Velazquez, a fellow healer who lives in the Santa Anita Growers Coop

Madison OHC on Facebook, where we hope to share our story as we travel in Guatemala (as long as we have internet access)

Today, as I write this newsletter, I find myself more committed to the Fair Trade Movement as a whole. After viewing the film Voice of a Mountain: Life after the Guatemalan Civil War, I can no longer look at coffee only as a commodity, just as I decided a long time ago that I can't look at my clients only as a commodity. For better or for worse, I find that I really need to care about people -- all of us. I want all of us to have the chance at optimal health.

Through the Optimal Health Center and the Optimal Health Network, you can:

Keeping Warm

Here in Wisconsin, USA, winter is in full swing. Just last night, we had a fabulous winter storm. (
The photos in this article are my own. To view additional photos, taken by others, of the beauty of a Wisconsin winter, click here.)

During the winter, the challenges of taking care of one's body change. Keeping the body temperature within certain boundaries, or thermoregulation, demands more biochemical resources from the body. The thyroid hormones are central in this process. People who take thyroid hormones will often increase their dosage during the winter to 120 mg, instead of 30 mg.

I found that I need as much as four times more mineral and herbal support during the winter to support my thyroid function, which is turn makes it easy to keep myself warm. I use additional organically bound minerals, bladderwrack, and ashwaganda.

These Standard Process and MediHerb supplements are carried by the Optimal Health Center and offered through an alternative health consultation, a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis, a Gastrointestinal Health Panel, a Hormone Panel, and/or an Adrenal Stress Index test.

Far infrared therapy is also an excellent way to support the body during the winter. Far infrared rays are part of the sun's natural spectrum. The radiant energy produced by an infrared sauna is the same as heat from the sun, with the exclusion of the ultraviolet rays. By increasing metabolism and blood circulation, far infrared waves are a powerful means of cellular cleansing. In addition to assisting in detoxification, far infrared (FIR) therapy relaxes muscles, soothes the spirit, and rejuvenates the body.

I have found that it is hard to make the time to sit in a sauna on a regular enough basis to benefit from FIR therapy. However, a friend of mine introduced me to an FIR mat called a BioMat which I can sit on and sleep on quite conveniently.

The RichWay Amethyst BioMat can lie on top of a massage table, a home mattress, or a couch, or can be draped over most any chair. Converting electricity into far infrared waves, the BioMat is a combination therapy of far infrared light, negative ions, and amethyst quartz.

Far infrared heat is the most beneficial light wave, penetrating the skin and increasing circulation to cleanse the body of harmful toxins and acid wastes. You can set your BioMat temperature between 95 and 158F (35 to 70C) depending on how much you want to warm up your body and how much you want to sweat.

The BioMat also produces negative ions, nature's energizer, which deliver a molecular level massage. This accelerates and deepens all healing and cleansing processes. Negative ions balance pH by decreasing acidity and activate the body's entire cellular communication system, making every body function work better! Negative ions are thought to alleviate allergies, migraines, and sinus problems.

Amethyst quartz bolsters the production of hormones and strengthens the cleansing organs, the circulatory system, and the immune system. Amethyst soothes the nervous system and aids in the transmission of neural signals. Memory skills can improve with the use of this stone in therapy.

You can now have an FIR sauna in your own home for a very affordable price. I love my two BioMats!


Due to the multi-level marketing of this product, we are not currently able to offer it at a sale price. We will continue to work on this, though. At this time we are offering this product for sale only over the phone.

Amethyst Mini-Mat

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Amethyst BioMat Professional

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If you are interested in purchasing a BioMat or becoming a distributor for the BioMat, please email or call us the Optimal Health Center at 608-242-0200.

Here are the insurance codes for the Amethyst BioMat if someone has special insurance that will cover this durable medical equipment device. (Typically Auto, PIP, Workers Comp, and Flexible Medical Spending Accounts do cover it.)

CPT Code 22852-8
HCPCS Code E0221
Speaking of Coffee...

I am part of a variety of professional LISTSERVs. A LISTSERV is an electronic mailing list software application, consisting of a set of e-mail addresses for a group in which the sender can send one e-mail and it will reach a variety of people. In this way, people who have common interests can share ideas.

enema coffee kitsI thought I would share a recent post, written with a bit of humor, about how to choose which coffee to use for a coffee enema. Rather than answering this person's questions here, I would like to encourage newsletter readers to join me on Madison OHC Facebook to continue this and many other discussions. For those of you who once enjoyed our Colon Health Forum, Facebook is very much like a forum except more fun and with more ways to interact.

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"Okay, so I've decided to have a try at doing a coffee enema. There is just one problem, which is that I have never been a coffee drinker. So, there I am, a complete novice, standing in the coffee aisle of a Trader Joe's grocery store, trying to decide where to start.

Organic or non-organic? Definitely organic.

Espresso? Probably not necessary.

Decaf or not? Nobody mentioned it, so maybe caffeine is needed for it to work correctly.

Fair trade coffee? Sounds like a good idea.

Will it matter if it's freshly ground beans or pre-ground? No clue, but probably not.

I have already concluded that using instant coffee is not the ideal choice.

Do I want to use shade-grown Ethiopian coffee with "full-bodied floral aroma"?

Or would Costa Rican coffee with a "well-balanced silky smooth finish" be better, even though it sounds more like a shampoo?

On the other hand, the "sweet, rich, and bold" Nicaraguan sounds nice.

Meanwhile, the label on the Scandinavian coffee says that it is "balanced yet lively." (The person who writes these things has GOT to be a retired wine critic.)

But I do reject the Guatemalan coffee's "medium body, bright finish" slogan, because it reminds me of the nails I just bought at Sears Hardware.

The Bolivian coffee simply says that it is a "medium dark roast."

I finally select the "mellow and smooth, medium roast" of the Breakfast Blend, as it sounds a little more like the way I'd like to feel after doing a coffee enema.

But, just in case, I thought I would ask if anybody more experienced with these things would like to offer any helpful advice?"

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Certainly what I can say is that at the Optimal Health Center we make the task of selecting an enema coffee much easier by using all of our research and experience to offer you a specialized, high-quality enema coffee.
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