(Health Secrets) In previous articles we have discussed the problem of gut pH and the effect it has on blood pH and overall health, allergies and so forth. We have discussed these subjects in a holistic way with some practical application. In this article, we will conclude this discussion. The overload of the gut becomes a chronic syndrome after the cisterna chyli, a small sac found near the lower area of the thoractic duct in the abdominal cavity, becomes engorged and enlarged and cannot drain. The following discusses how how this occurs and what to do about it.
In the beginning (as far and deep as this discussion takes us, anyway), the gut began to be overloaded with unnatural food and weakened from subsequent depletion. Over time, subtle changes took place in the gut and in the body where the immune system was activated to deal with the unhealthy gut, which was now letting toxins and proteins through inappropriately. This put an added stress on the body but it probably went unnoticed still.
Later, because improper diet and living with too much stress was not remedied, the body began to have more difficulty managing things. Toxicity began to accumulate and be pulled out of the gut into the lymphatic system which drains into the collecting duct in the cisterna chyli.
Even later, the gut became so weak that a permanent immune system army was placed in and around the tissues of the gut to attack the constant stream of debris leaking through the gut that could not repair itself. This immune army is called “granular tissue.”
At this time, all the yang (acidic) stores and reserves were completely exhausted. The adrenal glands were called upon to help manage the inflammation and remineralization of the body in an effort to return things to normal. More cholesterol was produced to protect and buffer the body. As the habits of modern life continued, the adrenal glands became exhausted.
At this point, symptoms began to become obvious and impossible to ignore. Prior to this, however, the ability to make healthy offspring was already diminishing. Two generations or more of children were born already deficient and weak before parents recognized that they had some sort of life-altering problem that troubled them all the time.
Perhaps early on, some symptom management with drugs was effective. Later, however, this became almost a joke and people were being put on a cocktail of chemicals. They never healed, but only got worse and worse as time went on.
One day, this human representing today’s typical human, awoke to discover that he or she was angry, depressed, frustrated, fraught with addictions, weak, tired and lost. He or she noticed that life had lost its luster and he or she was compelled by artificial supplementation to replace life through movies and unseemly behaviors and conversations. The ability to really love had waxed cold.
Drugs were taken freely perhaps, but at best these drugs could only mask the very edge of angst about the loss of life’s pure and true pleasures! The tasteless life, the empty, pale façade no longer deceived this person into thinking they were enjoying the real thing. Artificial replacements, if he or she could even hold on to those, only gave the most temporary relief.
In working to heal this person, who is just so everywhere around us and probably within us, we have to take a special kind of journey. This journey takes us back to natural living, to natural, fresh and real food in its whole form, to repair of the depleted, toxic and in every way weak and unbalanced body.
This journey includes accepting that the luster that appeals to us now is not the actual luster we seek, but is an outcome of very unnatural living for a very long time. We cannot trust ourselves or our peers to give us any light except artificial light, which also governs us. We cannot trust our tastes, our drives, our interests, our aspirations. We have to be willing to relinquish the very anchor we have come to depend on as our path to happiness.
Finally the healing of the gut is accomplished
In the remaining portion of this article, we shall discuss restoring the gut and healing the lymph drainage from it to get the immune system back to normal and to get the body in a healing mode.
As long as the gut is weak, the cisterna chyli will be overloaded. The liver is also involved because it must process the lymph drainage from the cisterna chyli and may be the reason for the actual change in the behavior of the cisterna chyli where it swells instead of returning the lymph to the blood. Therefore, we will not forget our need to repair the liver function.
As long as the gut is weak and the lymph is full, the immune system will be in hypersensitive mode. This will only be really noticeable if the adrenal glands have crashed and failed so we will need to consider repairing the adrenal glands also.
To begin with, we need to restore the health of the gut. We have to restore both pH and the nutritional base of the gut. For this, we use a variety of options. The simplest way to get the gut acidic is to sip apple cider vinegar and honey mixture all day (3 cups water, ½ cup each of apple cider vinegar and honey) and to eat raw sauerkraut each day at midday meal. For some this will not be adequate and options mentioned in previous articles in this series may be more suitable.
To replenish the nutrition of the gut may take a variety of supplements before we are done, but the author’s Trace Mineral-Based Complete Nutrition formula is the best foundational support for the whole weakened body that we have found in all these years of practice. It is available through Wind River Herbs. It is made of alfalfa, kelp, barley grass and Garden of Life’s Raw Meal powder. In the case of men who may be deficient in testosterone, there is the option of a testosterone formula mixed into the blend to help them.
Once this foundational nutrition and pH regulation is in place, we can move next to the liver to get it ready for the load of lymph. Castor oil massage over the liver and even over the stomach and spleen across the whole upper abdomen under the ribs is a time-honored way to immediately improve the function of that most vital region of digestion and detoxification. In addition to this, a variety of liver formulas may be used. The one most recently studied by the author is a simple tea of Oregon Grape Root-5 parts, Cardamom pods-1 part and Caraway seeds-3 parts. This tea tastes good and a cup twice per day seems to do the job of regulating and activating the liver.
The next step is to heal the adrenal glands. Frequently the Trace Mineral formula mentioned above will take care of the adrenal glands, but where it does not, we use a good restorative aid like Dr. Christopher’s Adrenal Formula or Wind River Herbs’ ADR blend. Most recently, the guidance given on this operation is to take a dose of one of these every time tiredness or irritation or weakness is noticed throughout the day. This seems to work very well and indeed a good deal better than any approach we have used so far.
Finally, it is imperative that we understand that the body is not restored in spite of bad choices, but in conjunction with good choices. Exclusively whole food is required. A large part of this should be fresh (seeds ground right before use only, produce harvested locally and not trucked around, nothing ever from a package, etc) and at least 75% of it should be raw.
Habits dividing us from nature and from connecting with the planet should be mitigated. Synthetic smells, fragrance, sprays, scented detergents, dryer sheets and the like should be strictly eliminated without hesitation. It should be safe to walk through the grass without fear of chemicals seeping through the soles of bare feet. Time with nature and for exacting balance in one’s life must be set aside as a rigid directive.
With this in place, we can discuss the actual drainage of the cisterna chyli. This procedure is best done with castor oil as a lubricant on the skin and with some awareness of human anatomy. A straight hand is pushed into the abdomen at about the level of the navel on each side. If heartbeat is felt, stop entry and move slightly. Do not work on top of the artery.
Once inside about to the spine, there will be a tender area (tender if it needs drained) and this can be gently but firmly massaged upward toward the head for 10-15 seconds.
In addition to manual massage, the cisterna chyli is drained with bouncing exercise. This is one reason some people lose inflammation with exercise (other people, constantly taking in material that is toxic for them, will actually gain weight when they exercise because they are pulling more toxins out of the bowel with the bouncing and end up also generating cortisol in the blood and making themselves worse).
Some action to drain the cisterna chyli should be done daily in conjunction with a whole healing program as described here. These principles in the above list with their descriptions, comprise an adequately whole program for most people. It is well tested and produces rapid results.
In this article we have discussed healing the gut pH and the immune response as it relates to the cisterna chyli accumulating excess lymph. We discussed how to use a whole, fresh food diet, healthier lifestyle (connected with nature and the earth), liver and adrenal repair and drainage of the cisterna chyli to restore complete health.
Throughout this series on gut pH, we have discussed a wide range of related aspects as they interact with the pH of the gut, including the fact that pH of the blood, while it can be manipulated directly, is actually an outcome of the pH and health of the gut, which should be acidic. With this article, this series is completed.
Thanks for reading,
Kal Sellers, DC, MH