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Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Since Susan Schenck's book was written WITH a lady named Victoria Bidwell, PhD, EdD who is a Natural Hygienist, the book The Live Food Factor has a lot of underpinnings of Natural Hygiene thought.  Victoria explains that the "enervation" means "exhaustion so deep the body is in trouble" (p105) and "it is the first stage of disease: the result of the body being so low on energy that poisons created within the body and poisons taken into the body from outside sources accumulate in the fluids and cells, and finally, in the tissues and organs and systems" (p105).

This is a word used by the Natural Hygiene movement and from this belief comes the way in which they approach looking at dis-ease and healing.  Natural Hygienists DO NOT use the terms "treatment" or "therapy" or "cure" or "medicine."  They do not like using the term "detoxification" either and only will in the sense that when the Natural Hygiene system is used to restore health, the body will naturally go through a shedding of unwanted toxins out of the body but is in no way made to by more aggressive means such as taking chemicals or doing liver cleanses and the like.  Very natural indeed.

They believe there is only One Disease - TOXEMIA (an overload of toxic build-up) and only One Healing Process - INCREASE ENERGY, DETOX, REPAIR.

This is VERY similar to the Raw Food paradigm thinking.  One disease and one healing process except they use health terms more loosely!

Further along in my reading and research and with my ever-present radar on looking for reasons why those suffering with IC are not healing..... I came across some intriguing information.
Natural Hygienists categorize disease into two categories: Acute Disease and Chronic Disease.
I feel that Interstitial Cystitis falls into both categories depending on how quickly one changes their lifestyle to promote health instead of disease.

Recently I have been watching Star Trek: The Next Generation reruns.  In one episode, Warf, the Tactical Officer is giving a martial arts lesson to an lower-ranked Ensign.  He says that she is ready for a test but has to be blindfolded and that it will take place right away.  He blindfolds her and tells her to defend herself.  She tries but fails again and again and again.  After the third time, she roughly takes off her blindfold and says "This test is not fair!"  Warf leans into her and says, "Very good.  Maybe next time you encounter a situation like this, you will not have to fail so many times before you speak up for yourself."

How many times will you keep going back to the medical establishment and being beaten up before you stand up for yourself?
Weeks?  Months?  Years?

I suffered about 8 months.  I wasn't going to sit there and let the medical establishment poke and prod me like some cow in a slaughter house.  I was fierce about this belief in wanting NO part of being dependent on the medical community!!                             Fierce like a warrior in battle!!

Where is your inner Warrior?  
How many times are you willing to get burned by the light before
you wake up to our own healing potential?
How long are you willing to be suffering in pain and agony
before you take a stand and say no more?

How long you wait has a direct effect on the amount of enervation of your body.  Some women with IC have been suffering for YEARS!!!  DECADES!!!  This has led to complete enervation of the body and leading particular organs into chronic illnesses.

The body becomes unable to cope with any type of detox because the level of
energy needed to perform this internal cleansing is not present in the body.

As I have written before, you have to back up!  Assess whether you have enough health to take on the Raw Food lifestyle, to allow the detoxing that needs to occur.  In my case the feeling was immediate that the raw paradigm was for me and I didn't even flinch.  I changed overnight.  Others are not so lucky...they do not have access to their inner knowing and are unsure of what steps to take.  This, I'm sure, is a very scary place to be!
Also, what I have been noticing is that MANY people overestimate the level of their health thinking that they are in better health overall than they actually are! 
IC is not only a problem with the bladder.  You have allowed this problem to go on so long, as I did, that it is now a disabling disease.  If the problem continues it becomes worse and worse finally resulting in a cancer, perhaps, or a removal of said organ, or many years of "treatment" by the medical establishment.  
And it doesn't stop there.  This problem arose because the body is in a state of enervation to begin with - a toxic state of too much acidity (and possibly exposure to chemical toxins, environmental toxins, etc).  The underlying cause is ENERVATION.  You were enervated to begin were exposed or the levels of toxins rose to such a level that organs began to fail.  
If you were not enervated to begin with, you would not be having this issue at all.  You would have had the energy available to handle this toxic juice or exposure.
As Bidwell states in The Live Food Factor, "First, disease evolves from enervation to toxemia to acute symptoms.  When these symptoms are not reversed through healthful living habits, the symptoms worsen and evolve further into chronic disease" (p111).

For those that have chosen to allow the symptoms to go on and on and on
without changing their living habits and only relying on pills and medical
treatments, I believe they have allowed the condition of IC to degenerate into
a chronic illness.  Therefore, I believe that it will take a lot more than
the Raw Food Lifestyle to address their healing.  The body of a person 
like that cannot even begin to have the energy for a healing crisis/detox event.

Bidwell claims, "Examples of short-lived acute illnesses are diarrhea, headache, indigestion, fatigue, all -itises in their early stages [IC if you catch it early as I did] and the so-called common cold and flu" (p111).
And further, " Acute disease reflects a strong enough energy supply and reserve vitality that powerful elimination of toxic waste and repair processes are still possible.  Chronic disease reflects a long-term state of toleration of toxins.  It is a state of continued elimination of enough toxins to sustain life but in compromised and lowered health.  In the latter stages of chronic disease, the natural healing rate is much slower for health seekers who have weakened their defense mechanisms" (p112).

So we CANNOT go around thinking that all people suffering with IC are in the same stage of the disease and all will be equally affected by changing to a raw food diet.
I was vibrant, vital, and energetic to begin with!  I was only 38!  Those who have eaten the wrong foods for a long time, had other health issues of the chronic sort, age, have gone through surgeries and other medical interventions....ALL these things need to be taken into consideration before embarking on this most awesome journey into the raw paradigm.
For some it may go much slower and the road will be much harder.