Spring Cleanse

Spring is the perfect time to clean things out. Not just in your house, but in your body as well. Join Dr. Andy Swanson and Sara hart, LMT, for their upcoming Spring Cleanse. Sign up by sending a note to Dr. Andy Swanson. And hurry! Only 10 registrants will be allowed.

The cleanse will last for a total of 9 days. Participants will meet on a regular basis to monitor progress, get support and discuss their experience. Cost is $150 for students or current clinic patients, and $200 for non-patients. First meeting takes place at the clinic on Sunday, March 25 at 5pm.

Spring Cleaning

The spring equinox marks the time when light and dark are balanced in our daily cycles. All around us this change in light makes an impact. Seeds begin to sprout, blossoms emerge from the trees, and scents fill the air as the pollen starts to drift, searching for its floral mate. Living a life of balance that mirrors the renewal of springtime is something that we can all experience by connecting with the rhythms of nature.

The organ most associated with the springtime is the liver and is exemplified by the wood energy moving all around us. As the qi begins to move and the liver system becomes more active, stagnant toxins may become more apparent. The liver is responsible for detoxifying almost everything that comes into the body. It wants nothing more than a spring cleaning � something that feels so rejuvenating to do to our homes and even more so to our bodies.

A recent study led by the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York evaluated the blood of 9 individuals from varying cities in the US. On average, there were 91 different industrial compounds, pollutants and other chemicals found circulating in the blood. None of the participants lives near an industrial facility. A total of 167 different chemicals were found circulating in the blood of these individuals. Seventy six of these chemicals are known to cause cancer in humans or animals. Ninety four are known to cause direct damage to brain and nervous system and 79 cause birth defects or abnormal development. Additionally, the cumulative damage of the combination of the substances is unknown because it has never been studied but is presumably far greater than the damage of any one chemical alone.

Dietary cleansing and fasting is a tradition coming from many cultures around the world that has an even greater importance for modern people. The experience involves a degree of deprivation from the daily routine of consumption. For some this means consuming nothing at all. Others drink only water, while others consume certain simple foods for a set period of time. The purpose is to allow the body to rest in preparation for living a healthier life. Allowing the digestive system to rest gives the liver a chance to unload stored toxins from the tissues of the body. Breaking the routine of eating allows the mind and spirit to rest and spend the time digesting energetic and spiritual aspects of life.

Maintaining wellness in the modern world presents many challenges. Springtime cleansing can offer great opportunities to address the challenges and better prepare us to handle the challenges of the high energy time of summer.

For more information on dietary cleansing, or to participate in the Nature Cures Clinic Spring Cleaning program, contact Dr. Andy Swanson or Sara Hart, LMT.