What You Hear In The Hairdressers!


The Poo In You book

When did information about ‘Poo’ become so popular?  Probably when people began to finally link digestive health with longevity, energy and beauty.  Each day, we have an opportunity to eat for maximum nutrition, each day we have the opportunity to make the right decisions on what to eat and how to move our bodies, and each day we have the same opportunities for sabotage.  Each day we have to eliminate, and hopefully eliminate at least one poo, when several times a day would be much better.  What to do? Read the rest of this entry


Thomas Crapper, a mid-nineteenth-century British plumber, is widely credited with inventing the toilet (though this is not actually true).  His name is also thought to have given rise to poo’s most sophisticated synonym: crap. Read the rest of this entry

Stress and the GI tract

close the lid on the loo!!

The effect of stress on the GI tract is widely known.  But is it understood?  What has only recently been discovered, however, is that this stress-induced abdominal cramping and urge to defecate is caused not solely by the reain’s messaging, but by the intestines’ release of hormones and neurotransmitters.  The ‘enteric nervous system’ is a complex array of nerve fibers that is remarkably independent in its ability to regulate the digestive system. Read the rest of this entry

Updated The Poo In You Book

The new ‘Revised’ Poo In You book

The new Poo In You book is here.  So what you say?  Well, I know you have probably been bombarded with heaps of information about colon cleansing in the Internet, but have you really been bombarded?  Have you really got it? Are people getting the message, that unless you clean out your colon, and get the waste and rubbish out, you are not facing up to what it is to be healthy. Read the rest of this entry

Natural Solutions for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Nasty inflammation in the bowel

Crohn's Disease

It is estimated that Crohn’s disease affects approximately 28,000 Aussies annually and is usually diagnosed between the ages of 15 to 30 (ACCA, 2007).  The disease commonly affects the end of the small intestine, but can affect any part of the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus.  Symptoms may include pain, diarrhoea, rectal bleeding, fatigue, weight loss, constipation, fever, perennial fissures and loss of appetite.  Generally it’s a pretty crappy situation.  Failure to thrive is common in children with Crohn’s disease.

It’s crucial to get an accurate  diagnosis asap, because the symptoms of Crohn’s disease mimic many other disorders.  Despite much research, the causes of Crohn’s disease are largely unknown, but I suspect a lot of the problem has to do with stress, white flour ingredients (so in other words poor diet) and other poor lifestyle habits like smoking, medications, infections, intestinal permeability and appendectomy. Read the rest of this entry

Are you pooing enough?

high fibre foods

There’s no other way to ask that!  Quite frankly, if you don’t poo, eliminate, ‘shit’, you are pretty much unwell.  It occured to me when I went to the toilet today, and I did a decent poo, that this was a relief, a wonderful anatomical bodily function that if I couldn’t do, would mean serious repercussions.  I got up from the throne and looked back down at what I just let go, and was content and satisfied that I was in pretty good shape.  The colour of my waste was light brown, it came out easy, I didn’t strain, and there wasn’t any mucus around it.  Oh and while we are on the subject of ‘poo’, I didn’t just go once, this was the second time in a few hours.  I’m not trying to be a smarty pants here, I just think this is so important and often a subject that is taboo for some folk.  We have to talk about these things.  At Sunshine Ridge Retreat, we talk about poo all the time.  It’s a life or death sort of subject, so get used to it.

If you are eating a high fibre diet, drinking lots of water and moving your body with the right amount of exercise, you should be eliminating at least 3 times a day.  Read the rest of this entry

BOWEL TO MIND conversation!

Imagine if your body could talk to you in a language you understood, relaying to you directly, that there is something wrong.  For example….

Bowel to Mind:   ‘oh there is a bunch of us down in the Bowel who are really feeling over worked, do you think you could give us some decent tools to work with?

Mind to Bowl:  “Why, what’s the problem?”

Is this a well formed Stool? How do you know?

Bowel to Mind:  “We need some more fluids, like water, and the last few meals you have directed down here are unrecognizable, except the whole bits of corn, which means the teeth haven’t been doing their job.  They’re not chewing, and we are afraid that the walls of our factory are caving in on us, so it won’t be long before nothing can get through!”  Read the rest of this entry