Detox to Relieve Pain

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Rarely, but memorably, clients come to see Darlene Holloway at the Alternative Health Center of Cary wearing a mask. She is best known as a master of colonic irrigation and her detoxification therapeutic skills embrace a range of other modalities.

Her expertise is broadly recognized: some years ago, she was the very first to be tapped as Colon Therapist of the Year by the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy, and now serves as an At-Large Member of that organization’s Board of Directors.

More recently, she received a Higher Achievement Award “in honor and recognition of distinguished performance” from the American Naturopathic Medical Association. She completed her doctoral studies in naturopathic medicine about four years ago.

“Some time ago, a woman I’ll call Susan came to us with an amazing range of sensitivities that required her to wear a mask constantly to limit her contact with triggers,” Ms. Holloway explains. “She came to us after several years of steadily losing weight, feeling constantly weak and ill with a good deal of systemic pain, and after seeing a number of practitioners who were not able to offer remedies that worked.”

Susan’s health problems had gotten more severe over a two-year period. “I’m not a diagnostician,” Ms. Holloway emphasizes. “Colonics is an elimination process. When we see clients such as Susan, we don’t look for a diagnosis. Rather we begin a process of careful, thoughtful elimination, and what is left in place as health returns represent important, individualized guidelines for healthy living.”

A Cleansing Process

With a motivated and compliant client, Ms. Holloway began a comprehensive cleansing program that began with ion cleanse detoxification, coupled with dietary modifications. “ Soon her client was ready to begin a series of colonics—a safe, effective way of cleansing the colon of waste material by repeated, gentle flushing with water.

Darlene Holloway prepares to begin colonic irrigation with a client.

Darlene Holloway prepares to begin colonic irrigation with a client.

“When the colon is congested with stagnant wastes,” says the colonic expert, “toxins can back up into the system and pollute the inner environment. Susan gave every indication that her entire system was suffering from toxic pollution. Poisons in the colon can re-enter and circulate in the bloodstream, making us feel ill, tired, or weak. Impacted materials impair the colon’s ability to assimilate minerals and vitamins, and a buildup of material on the colon wall can inhibit muscular action causing sluggish bowel movements and constipation.”

Another critically  important part of Susan’s health reclamation plan was lymphatic detoxification. “The lymphatic system is a circulatory system in our bodies that is often overlooked,” says Ms. Holloway. “It is comprised of lymph fluid, lymphatic vessels, and its own pumping system. On one hand, blood delivers oxygen and nutrients to the cells. The lymph system has another job: removing waste products and dealing with infections.

“When the lymphatic system is working well, wastes are removed from the cells and infections are dealt with quickly and efficiently, often without the patient even knowing they were exposed to an infection. But when the system isn’t working well, wastes build up, toxins accumulate and infections become chronic. Fatigue, depression, systemic pain, and ill health are the result.”

Lymphatic drainage—an intensive form of massage—proved especially helpful for Susan. “Within three months of this varied but integrated treatment program, Susan was able to pull her mask down and be comfortable in clean environments,” Ms. Holloway is pleased to report. “She began to absorb her foods properly in her small intestine as we continued to support her through careful diet and supplementation. After six months of treatment, Susan was mask-free and doing remarkably well. She comes in now once a month for preventive care.”

And preventive care is a hallmark of the practice. It includes expert application of such therapies as ion detoxification, sports massage, lymphatic drainage, deep tissue massage, reflexology, biofeedback, pregnancy massage, infant massage, Swedish/therapeutic massage, and ear candling.

For more information about colon hydrotherapy and other therapies offered at the center, contact:


919 Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, NC 27511
Telephone: (919) 380-0023

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