The Battle Against Toxicity

battling toxicity

For Darlene Holloway at the Alternative Health Center of Cary, toxicity is the enemy, and she and her colleagues use many talents and treatments to counter its effects.

First and foremost among them in her armamentarium is colon hydrotherapy, and she is so skilled in its application that several years ago she was chosen as the first Colon Therapist of the Year by the International Association of Colon Therapists. More recently, she has been serving as an At Large Member of that organization’s Board of Directors.

Her expertise is recognized in other ways. In the past year, 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 some years ago.

She emphasizes that colon hydrotherapy “is a highly individualized procedure. So much depends on the needs of the individual client.

darlene holloway hold her recent award

Darlene Holloway continues to be honored by the International Association of Colon Therapists, most recently at its annual gathering when she was cited for her “Outstanding Service and Participation.”

“It’s common for us to work with clients who are being treated for cancer with chemotherapy, for example—and that requires its own special protocol. On the one hand, we want to make sure the chemo drugs remain in the system long enough to do their work, and at the end of the chemo cycle, we want to draw those toxins out.

“Clients coming to us with gallstones or liver issues also require unique colon hydrotherapy protocols. Our goal may be to target the liver, and any time you detoxify the liver, you must also detox the colon. All these body parts release into the colon, so if the colon is not kept clean, and you start detoxing other organs, you are likely to exacerbate problems. When toxic substances are reabsorbed back into the body a second time, their impact is more powerful.”

Total Detox

For some clients, she notes, “We take them through a total detox program that includes diet and, quite often, detox baths, saunas, and lymphatic massage. Some people are so toxic you simply cannot do such a comprehensive program at one time. You need to move forward in baby steps.”

And, she adds, “Diet is a critical issue. We’re not seeking one ‘right’ avenue of approach, but rather the function of the body as a complete system. We need to know about all health issues. Often, people come to us and we are their last hope. And it’s not unusual for us to find an uncomplicated resolution to what has long seemed to be an intractable problem.

“A person may come in, having seen many practitioners, and we find they have had a hysterectomy, C-section, or a hernia operation. The build-up of scar tissue may literally be pressing down on the colon, and it is in the process of closing up—which of course leads to constipation, and constipation can lead to toxicity. We’ve had a lot of experience with these kinds of problems, and most often we can zero in on the remedy very quickly.

“There are many clues. We will note the position of the pelvis when the client first comes in. Many women have a tilted pelvis, and a dropped uterus. Many men have an enlarged prostate gland. These are conditions that can lead to colon problems—it is simply not opening and closing as it needs to do—that result in unhealthy toxic issues.

“We’re all becoming more aware of the fact that we live in a highly toxic world—generally of our own making—and thus colon irrigation therapy is flourishing because people understand that it is an effective way to detoxify the system.”

In addition to colon hydrotherapy, Ms. Holloway and her colleagues offer clients 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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