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January 13th, 2011 No Comments

I usually get a colonic during a cleanse, but it can also be helpful after a big intox like the holidays or Vegas.  Coincidentally, I have just been through both!

Colleen, my therapist from Los Angeles, has her main Healing Waters clinic a short 10 minute cab ride off the strip.  Lucky me!!

She uses the Libbe machine (see it behind her above), which is the most gentle of the hydrotherapy techniques. Watch this video of my first encounter with the Libbe.  The other technique I like is called The Woods Gravity method, which I get at Release in New York City.  See the video of my first time here and a follow up that shows it’s not painful at all!  I get the procedure about twice a year while I’m cleansing.  For more of my insight and experiences, click here.

(Full Disclosure: Media discounts and comps were provided by clinics.  A colonic runs around $85 per session but decreases when you buy multiple.)

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Looking to flush out 2010?

December 31st, 2010 7 Comments

So apparently many of you are looking to cleanse in the new year and want to know if I have any tips for you.

Obviously the answer is yes!

You have some great questions that I’ll answer here as well as add a few more notes.

My Experience with Cleansing

To read about my experience with cleanses, click here.  You’ll read all you need to know on the first two pages, including how to start cleansing, different types of juice cleanses, and colonics.

What’s the best kind of cleanse?

I believe it’s crucial your body continues to be nourished while you are cleansing.  The Master cleanse, fasts, and most bottled/boxed cleanses will not do this for you.

A juice cleanse will help flush out your system and provide you with nutrients, calories, and natural sugar to keep you healthy.  There are several companies that offer 3-5 day juice cleanses:

They’re all different, so read my reviews here.

My mom has been very successful using Isogenix which is a processed cleanse based on a protein meal-replacement shake.  It’s also considered a diet and lifestyle choice.  I enjoy the shakes, but I do not feel comfortable consuming so much packed and processed products.

Can I do it at home on my own?

Of course you can juice and cleanse on your own at home, but if you’re new to the regimen, it can prove to be a challenge in my opinion.  Part of what you are paying for with a branded cleanse is the ease of just grabbing  a juice or meal from the fridge and keeping on a certain schedule.  It sounds easy, but when life gets going, you need to be able to not worry about the cleanse.

September, the owner of Red Carpet Cleanse in LA has made a menu and shopping list for you if you’d like to do a cleanse for a day, which she advocates.

Here are MTM posts on green smoothies from Nutritionista and myself.

You could also eat raw for 5 days, which is also a very effective way to change your diet.  The issue here becomes nuts.  I would suggest only drinking fresh nut milk instead of eating raw nuts because they can be very hard to digest.

How do I start?

If you want to truly be effective with your cleansing, you need to realize that it will consume more than just the 3 or 5 days you’re juicing.  To prepare you should start taking meat, flour, and sugar out of your diet a couple days before.  Afterward you should ease back into real food, eating raw for a day or two after.  You’ll want to reach for a cupcake, but the longer you can wait, the better off you will be in the long run.

Will I lose weight?

If your diet is pretty bad before you start, you could lose weight, but don’t expect to shed pounds like crazy.  Don’t kill yourself working out while you’re cleansing.  You can absolutely exercise, but keep it light.

So what are the benefits then?

The main reason you’re cleansing is to detox your system, improve your digestive efficiency, and clean up your diet!

A cleanse teaches your body not to crave processed sugar.  You’ll appreciate the natural sweetness of fruits and veggies so much more when they don’t have to compete with white sugar and syrups.

Less sugar means a more stable blood sugar, more nutritious foods, and a more efficient metabolism.

But I’m scared!

I understand a cleanse can be intimidating and scary.  Look at this way, it’s only a few days of your life to give up certain foods.  They will be there for you when you ease back into a regular diet (in moderation of course).

The benefits exponentially outweigh the price in my opinion.  You’ll FEEL so much better.

And the colonic….

Well, this is a very controversial issue.  All I can tell you is that I find them helpful when cleansing because it compliments the process and helps take care of the constipation that you might experience from the lack of whole food (if you’re juicing).

There are two main methods – machine and Woods Gravity.  People condemn the machine because they say it’s addictive, but that’s only if you do it regularly.  The Woods Gravity method (no machine) Libbe machine (which is unique and hard to find) both force your muscles to work instead of relaxing.

Here are my experience with colonics – using both methods, prepping, frequently asked questions, etc.

If you were me, what would you do?

My preferred method of cleansing is eating raw two days prior to a a five day juice cleanse from one of the companies I mentioned above, getting a colonic on day 3 and day 5, and eating raw two days afterward.

Even though I’m a veteran cleanser, I still limit my social activity and try to stay focused on work and DO NOT go out to bars or dinners unless I absolutely have to.  I exercise lightly and try to get good rest.

For me, a cleanse is a way to refresh my mind and body completely.  When the 9 days is over, I really feel like a new person.

If you have any other questions, comment below and I’ll be more than happy to answer them!

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Another “First” Colonic

October 6th, 2009 No Comments

Another “First” Colonic

Last year I had my first colonic ever.  And it might be one of the first colonics ever to be widely distributed on the Internet.

As I always say, a cleanse is not truly “cleansing” unless you have a colonic to flush out your system.

So, last week, during my cleanse, I experienced a new type of colonic with the Libbe machine that was….a more pleasant experience, if you wil,l so I thought you might be interested to see how easy this beneficial treatment can be.

www.HealingWatersDetox.com – Los Angeles and Las Vegas

**Service provided for free without expectation for press.  When hearing about the method, I was intrigued so I brought along my Zi8 in case I found it to be worth your time.

Preparing For A Cleanse

September 28th, 2009 No Comments

Before you begin a cleanse there are few things I would recommend you do.


You need to take time to really think about what you want to achieve with a cleanse.  Also, when your body releases toxins, it could drastically effect your emotions.  There is no telling what you’ve been storing up.  Finally, you should know at some point, you will be hungry and/or just mentally psych yourself into wanting to eat just to eat.  How do you plan on overcoming that obstacle and maintaining your course?


You need to prepare not only mentally, but also in terms of your schedule. Even if you’ve cleansed before, you don’t know how you are going to react this time. So I suggest trying to avoid long interactions, important meetings, deadlines, anything that might make you anxious. Don’t plan lunches and dinners if possible.  The food will be tempting and you won’t focus on your company.  Also avoid large social situations in case you do feel uneasy or short-tempered. It’s ok to stay busy, but I suggest keeping to yourself,


A colonic is necessary in my opinion.  Because you aren’t getting the fiber from the veggies to move things along, you’ll need to schedule one on day 3, 4, or 5.  Some experts suggest getting 2 to fully cleanse the walls of your intestines.


Plan on exercising.  Sweating is another way to detox.  And if you maintain the cleanse, you should feel a surge of energy and capable of light workouts.  Yoga can be physically and mentally cleansing.


Try to eat light the day before. Don’t shove down your favorite meal in fear you’ll never taste it again.  All of your favorite foods will be there on the other side.


In between juices/meals, you should be drinking eight ounces of water.  This is actually harder than it sounds, but it will help with your “movements.”

    November 19th, 2008 No Comments

    Don’t ask me why or how I became the poster child for colonics on the Internet.  One video lead to another and here I am hosting a TMI episode (seems appropriate given the title of show) and blogging ridiculous amounts of information on poo.

    I admit, it’s a little incessant.  But, I keep getting emails questioning the procedure, warning me of the harm it will causes internally, or my favorite, “it really hurts doesn’t it?” NO, it doesn’t! See for yourself.

    So today, on TMI, the girls and I offer you our personal experiences, and expert Tom DeVito answers the basic questions you should ask and need to know the answers to.

    (2 P.S.’s –  I had a million other slogans for that picture, and I’m sure you do too.  But I couldn’t get myself to type them over myself.  If you want to make one, on the other hand, I would find it funny, and I might post it! Secondly, when the hell is Skitch going to make a PC version?!  I did that in Paint.  Ugh.)

    Why should I get a colonic?

    November 19th, 2008 No Comments

    To answer some of the Frequently Asked Questions you have about colonics, I videoed Tom DeVito, the owner of Release (where I go for treatment), to give you honest-to-goodness, truthful answers.

    Don’t be disillusioned by his casual attire, this guy knows his shit.

    Starting with:  Why should I get a colonic?

    What is the procedure for colonics?

    November 19th, 2008 No Comments

    What is the procedure for colonics?

    See also my infamous colonic video that gives you a step by step intro to how it all goes down.

    How should I incorporate colonics into my lifestyle?

    November 19th, 2008 No Comments

    How should I incorporate colonics into my lifestyle?