Last spring, 2004, I did a gallbladder cleanse under your guidance at the Annapurna Center for Self-Healing, and I send a grand Thank You. It stunningly improved some chronic health conditions, and provided added beneficial effects for me.
My relevant medical issues are these: despite leading a fairly healthy lifestyle, for all of my life I have had severe allergies and parched, dehydrated skin prone to infections and painful rashes. I occasionally get mild migraines. For the last several years, I had been extremely ill from the accumulated effects of chronic and acute exposures to toxic chemicals in the environment. And, although doctors could find no basis for it, I was increasingly plagued with a sugar craving that was proving embarrassing. While people laugh about being “addicted” to chocolate, I literally was. While I don’t prefer sugary desserts and beverages, when presented with them, I would eat all that were available, and sometimes casually (and guiltily) would munch down a half cup of plain sugar. Aside from all of that, last year I was planning an extended overseas trip into very hot climates. Because of my skin condition, my skin does not sweat, so I was very concerned about my ability to handle the heat.
In recent years, I had been trying various system cleanses with good but gradual results. I first heard of colonics years ago in (of all places) Steve Martin’s movie “L.A. Story.” It sounded valuable, but not aesthetically appealing. When an acquaintance did a gallbladder cleanse with you at the Annapurna, I learned much more about it; still it took a couple years to work up the courage to try it myself. I needn’t have worried.
The gallbladder cleanse is somewhat involved, so it was good to have guidance, with support from you and other guests at the Center who were also doing it. As you know, I did the preparatory juice “fast” and castor oil packs for four weeks instead of two because of a situation at home. Upon doing the gallbladder cleanse, I eliminated a stunning quantity of marble-sized green gallstones and was surprised to feel better immediately. I felt more alert, more clearheaded, and my sense of smell was greatly enhanced: I was able to smell an orange from across a room; going into a vegetable market was a delightful new experience. My allergic reactions have been greatly reduced. I’ve had neither sneezing attacks nor migraines since the cleanse.
The best immediate effect was that I instantly found my long-term chocolate and sugar addictions gone. I no longer feel desperate needs for sugar or chocolate. I didn’t have any chocolate for months afterwards, and when offered some, it was pleasant to try, but I didn’t require it. Sugar was tough to dodge, because so much of it is pushed on you in social and foreign situations. But it is wonderful to be free of addictive cravings.
On the trip, another surprise awaited me. With temperatures reaching a balmy 40°C (104°F) by as early as 9:00 a.m, and later as high as 45°C (113°F), I was delighted to watch sweat bead up and pour from my forearms and the backs of my hands. Finally my skin works. As long as I kept stoked with lots of water and electrolytes, I felt great!
Of course traveling entails health stresses, and some of my conditions are quite deeply seated, so it will take further cleanses to completely root them out. I’m quite jazzed to undertake additional cleanses, and to continue with the healing that you’ve taught me. Thank you so much!