Being mechanically challenged I always relied on my friend Hans the mechanic to give me good service and sage advice on car maintenance. His overwhelming recommendation was, “If you do nothing else, make sure you change your oil regularly.” But he also advised flushing out the cooling system, the transmission and the fuel line every so often.
Regrettably, Hans used to scoff at my advice on health issues. He ate badly and too much, smoked and drank to excess. Last year, at the relatively young age of 52, he died of a heart attack after being diagnosed with colon cancer.
Why do we lavish so much care and money on chattels while neglecting our most precious possession, our health? An accretion of pollutants in the body can lead to a condition known as toxemia. This can be defined as the accumulation of wastes, toxins and other poisons which in themselves can inflict untold harm in the form of skin diseases, headaches, impaired immune function, lethargy, allergies, impaired digestion and nutrient absorption, depression and irritability. Eve Campanelli, Ph.D., a holistic family practitioner in Oregon, says, “The most common causes of headaches are constipation and liver malfunction.”