Darlene Holloway, of the Alternative Health Center of Cary—recently named Colon Therapist of the Year by the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy—frequently offers support services to her patients both before and after surgery.
“I know from nearly 30 years of experience that a client’s attitude about surgery—their mindset—has a profound impact on outcomes,” she says. “So I encourage my clients to gather information and connect with internal resources in a way that will truly serve their interests. Some people need a lot of information— from their surgeon, from nurses, and from others who are knowledgeable—so they can fully prepare themselves, mentally, physically, and emotionally, for the coming journey. If a client lacks confidence or a sense of comfort with a member of the surgical team, that’s an issue that needs to be addressed.
“My observation is that our emotions can and often do over-ride our physical presence. Ideally, our clients approach surgery with a confident sense that they are going to have a positive and healing outcome. Often, I will do extensive muscle therapy with clients in advance of coming surgery, to help prepare them both physically and emotionally.” And, says Ms. Holloway, there is the issue of diet. “I encourage my clients to abstain from heavy foods well before surgery.
Drugs are inevitably part of surgery, and they frequently induce constipation. Drugs affect people in different ways—there are few constants. So I encourage clients prior to surgery to monitor their nutrient, vitamin, and mineral intake, to strengthen the immune system to cope with the coming surgical event. I recommend this close attention to diet and supplementation for at least two weeks prior to surgery; longer is even better. On an individual basis, I might also recommend fasting for 24 hours prior to surgery, along with colon hydrotherapy to flush out the colon. How uncomfortable it is to be constipated and at the same time be dealing with a surgical incision!”
Hospital personnel typically want a patient to move their bowels before they are released, Ms. Holloway notes, and for some procedures—on the gall bladder or prostate, for example—“it’s difficult to accomplish this for some time after surgery. In those cases, it’s especially important to be cleaned out and properly nourished going into the procedure.
“Six to eight weeks after surgery, we urge our clients to come in for detoxification, so we can move the residual drugs from their system. We do that in a number of ways: through diet, detox supplements, colon hydrotherapy, lymphatic massage, and Ion cleanse. It’s essential to get these drugs, which served their purpose during surgery, out of the body as completely as possible, and to resume a healthy regimen of vitamins, supplements, good diet, and colon health.”
While she and her colleagues offer numerous healing therapies, Ms. Holloway is best known for her work in colon irrigation – or colon hydrotherapy—a safe, effective method of cleansing the large intestine by gently flushing with filtered water.
“We certainly do not diagnose illnesses in our practice, and I would never suggest that colon hydrotherapy helps cure colon cancer or any other disease,” she says, “but colonic therapy clearly offers significant preventive and ameliorative benefits for many health problems including cancer.”
For more information about colon hydrotherapy and other natural health therapies offered at the center, contact:
ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CENTER OF CARY
919 Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, NC 27511
Telephone: (919) 380-0023
A Healthier Life…Naturally
Serving Raleigh, Cary, Durham, RTP North Carolina