Castor oil shots, anyone? Anyone?
Today I had Gerson’s version of a tequila slammer – with some slight modifications. The tequila is replaced with two tablespoons of castor oil and instead of a lemon chaser we are given a cup of black coffee (the only time coffee is allowed here). The after effect was the same though, minus the few hours of drunken debauchery. I’m nauseous, have a headache, and while tequila slammers are known to have me hugging a toilet bowl, castor oil sends you to a town a little further south of Throw Up. Let’s just say it’s wise to stay within close range of the loo. Somehow it just doesn’t seem fair to experience hangover symptoms without memories of the night before to make it all worth it.
Every second day, at 6.30am one of the nurses comes a knocking at the door with a cheerful “Buenos días”, my shot of oil and coffee chaser. Five hours later I do a castor oil/coffee enema. The powerful cleansing properties of the oil cause it to speed up and reinforce the release of toxins from the small intestines. The castor oil is able to clear the accumulation of toxic residue from the intestinal tract, which a regular coffee enema cannot reach. This is all-important to the Gerson patient who needs to eliminate toxins from their body at a rapid rate.
You will not believe how much crap (literally) is stored up in there. It makes sense though when you take into account all those years of faulty eating and the fact that our small intestines are 25 to 27 feet long! I kind of wish I had been doing this all along. Mum says that her grandmother used to talk about being given a teaspoon of castor oil before school each day. I wonder why that tradition was phased out? It could have something to do with the nausea, diarrhea and the fact that you can’t help but continuously dry retch as the thick, oily substance slides down your throat and makes its way through your system. Kid’s these days… What they need is a good teaspoon of concrete to harden up. I’m kidding. I’m not sure if I would have been that into castor oil treatments pre-cancer, but now that I know the benefits I’m going to wax lyrical about them. You just try and stop me. I don’t care how unsanitary it makes the conversation, or if people start leaving the table. I’ll chase them down and force-feed them the importance of cleaning out your small intestine. Kidding, again. Kind of.
If you’re keen to find out more about the castor oil treatment, I recommend reading Charlotte Gerson’s book Healing the Gerson Way. Gerson says that if you have been pre-treated with chemotherapy you must not use the castor oil treatment.
Positive affirmation for the day: I will open myself up to all the possibilities around me today, leaving my fear of change behind.
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