What it’s Like to Get a Colonic / Stool Size Matters

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Stool Size Matters

(Update on The Scoop About Poop)

I think we all know, by now, that as you eat, so must you evacuate. But who knew that the bigger the stool size, the healthier you’ll be?

The research was conducted in a study of over 23 populations across a dozen countries. The critical mass point seems to be half a pound. Half-pounders significantly increase (three times as high) the odds of colon cancer. Want to know how to weigh your stool? You don’t have to stick your hand in the toilet bowl (thankfully). Just stand on a scale Pre and Post, and it will give you an accurate enough reading. I’m constantly amazed when I see a pound or even two pound drop in weight after a bowel movement.

Another important link is what is called “transit time”–how long it takes for food to travel from the mouth to the toilet. While you may be having a bowel movement every day, what you’re flushing today may be last week’s food. Plants foods have a faster travel time, and this is a good thing. You don’t want the food to linger too long in the intestinal tract because nasty microbes will grow rapidly. (It’s a perfect environment for nasty microbes.) The average transit time for people eating conventionl diets, with meat, is typically as long as five days. The old beet trick is the best way of establishing transit time. Just eat some beets, and see when your stool turns pink.

Constipation is uncomfortable. But it can lead to more serious health issues. Straining to pass hard, dry stool that has sat in the body for too long can cause hiatal hernias, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and painful conditions such as fissures.

If you are constipated, it is likely that you are not eating enough fiber. Since fiber is only found in plant foods, it’s a pretty precise formula: the more plants you eat, the less likely you will suffer from constipation. Research has documented that vegetarians are less likely to have constipation.

And speaking of bowels, we were pleased last month to see an article on PopSugar.com, in which Siraad Dirshe detailed her very first colonic experience, here at La Casa Spa & Wellness Center

We were thrilled that Dirshe not only had a very positive experience, but that she was willing to explain the process to readers who may feel a little nervous about trying colonics for the first time. 

Here is her story…

This Woman Got a Colonic For a Flatter Tummy and Radiant Skin

I’m notorious for trying any kind of crazy or fad treatment if I see the words “healthy” or “benefit” anywhere in its description — and if I see “glowing skin” in there, well then sign me up! So when I saw one of my friends, that friend being the DJ Va$htie, getting a colonic on Snapchat, I was intrigued, to say the least. Not only is she the queen of green, but she also seems to be aging in reverse.

A colonic is a treatment that gets rid of waste and toxins from the body by pumping filtered water into you via the derrière. Sounds a little intense, right? Well, even for a wellness daredevil like myself, it definitely ranks pretty high on the “are you actually going to try that?!” list. But I knew if Va$htie could do it every month and share it with her thousands of followers, then heck, I could at least give it a try. I hoped to walk out of my first treatment looking as fresh-faced as she does.
I quickly booked an appointment at La Casa Spa & Wellness Center in New York City. It is where Va$htie gets hers done, so I knew it could be trusted for a classic colonic. The receptionist on the phone firmly let me know the “dos” and “don’ts” to follow 24 hours before my treatment the following day. Do drink lots of water (a gallon), don’t drink alcohol, do mainly eat fruits and vegetables, and don’t eat meat or dairy. I was firmly instructed not to eat or drink anything two hours before my appointment. She warned me that following these rules would ensure that my treatment would be effective and go as smoothly as possible — for both myself and my therapist.
After hanging up, and handing over my credit card info, I realized my colonic knowledge was minimal at best. So I hopped on Google to get the basics down before my appointment. And what I discovered simultaneously intrigued and unnerved me.
I learned that I could expect toxic waste to be eliminated from my body. This waste — which would otherwise just be left in my system — typically becomes the breeding ground for the type of bacteria that lead to us getting a cold or the flu. Gross, I know! Colonics are also known to help us better absorb the vitamins and nutrients we’re shoving into our mouths via those kale salads and green smoothies. I even came across a story about a woman who lost 15 pounds after getting a colonic.
The holy grail came when I stumbled upon an article that said I may leave my 50-minute session with skin shining brighter than a diamond. I hoped that the colonic would help turn my dry, bleak skin into dewy goodness. As someone with very dry skin, looking hydrated and glowy is how I judge the effectiveness of any skin-related treatment I receive. If a colonic could help with that, then I would be a believer. Oh, and if it could make my period pimple (or two) disappear, I might get one every week. I was now convinced I had made the right decision to let a complete stranger help my insides get squeaky clean.
During my research, I did read a few articles that warned of the health risks associated with colonics, including dehydration and nausea. Not one to be easily deterred, I decided to still proceed with my appointment. (Plus, I had already missed the 24-hour cancellation window.) However, if you have any health issues or concerns, I would highly recommend consulting your doctor before booking an appointment.
When I arrived to my appointment the next day, I was greeted by a very friendly young woman. She asked me to fill out some paperwork before getting started. Unlike the questionnaires you fill out at the spa, this one asked about my eating and pooping schedule – pretty intimate stuff for a first encounter. Then, I was introduced to Cher, the woman who would be performing my colonic.
Cher instantly put any lingering nerves or second-guessing to rest. Her calming and zenned-out energy let me know I was in trusted hands, literally. I headed to the changing room and undressed from the waist down (yes, everything comes off) and slipped into a paper gown. I took a few Snapchats of me in the paper gown and flip-flops to let my friends know I was about to take the plunge, and I met Cher back in the room.
She assured me that she was a colonic pro, a 23-year vet who even performs them on herself, and that my nervousness was completely normal. “Most Westerners [Americans] have issues with anything that happens below the waist,” she said, a native New Yorker herself. “We just don’t want to talk about something that makes us feel embarrassed or appears to be less than appropriate behavior.”
According to Cher, the way people in the States talk about using the restroom (read: it’s a private matter that we don’t like to discuss with anyone, even our spouse) is uniquely American. And I’d have to agree with her.
After opening a new tube from its package (you want to make sure your hydrotherapist does this in front of you to ensure the tube is sterile), she instructed me to roll over onto my left side, moving us into the most intimate part of the session. After counting to three and telling me to take a deep breath, Cher inserted the tube into my gluteus maximus, which is how the waste would leave my body. It was quick and completely painless.
I rolled back over onto my back and did my best to get comfortable and relax. No longer complete strangers, I felt it was now appropriate to hit my new best friend with some questions — starting with skin care.
What most people don’t know, Cher told me, is that the skin is our largest eliminatory organ. “Have you ever noticed how lifeless your skin looks when you’re not feeling well?” she asked. Ugh, yeah. “Well, imagine how much acid and toxins must be in the organs and tissues when the body manifests — acne, psoriasis, eczema, and other skin problems,” she continued.
By this point, Cher was alternating between gently massaging my stomach and feet to help facilitate the water’s movement in the colon. She also periodically turned on the hydrotherapy unit’s pressure to allow the warm, filtered water to flow into my colon. Each flush of water lasted only a few seconds. During the course of the session you see (yes, it gets a bit graphic) and feel everything. As the water pressure is turned on, your body experiences a bloating sensation, similar to when you’ve chugged a bottle of water too quickly, which then gives way to feeling like you have to urgently use the bathroom. I did my best to follow Cher’s advice to let my body take control (which meant no tensing up or pushing), but that proved to be easier said than done.
Sensing I was intrigued by her skin care knowledge, she kept it coming. “Your skin has thousands of pores that exude waste when you sweat,” she explained. “But even your skin gets clogged with dirt, cosmetics, and oils, making it very difficult to expel the waste. The more you clean out the colon, the more the other organs eliminate toxins, which takes the load off the skin, leaving it radiant and young looking.” Was the secret to clear, prepubescent skin a tube and water pressure, and not my current 10-step skin care routine? Only time would tell.
By this point, my session was almost over. Other than the occasional comment of “wow, you’re having a good movement” or “does your diet contain a lot of nuts?” I almost forgot I was even getting a colonic.
As a first-timer, Cher recommended I come back two to three more times over the course of the next two weeks, followed by monthly visits. She explained that doing so would ensure the colon was truly clean. She could tell we hadn’t gotten everything out during this session and doing multiple sessions in a short amount of time would ensure my body was truly detoxified with optimal results. This, of course, varies from person to person, but she always recommends at least two back-to-back sessions. I typically wait at least 24 hours before deciding if I’ll be a repeat offender of a treatment — I’ve got to make sure it works before I commit to spending my hard-earned cash again.
After making a quick pit stop in the bathroom (you want to make sure your body’s done doing its thing), I got dressed and beelined to the closest juice shop, conveniently located just a few blocks from La Casa, for a vegetable-based juice. You’ll want to wait a few hours after the colonic before consuming solid foods again to avoid a potential accident on yourself, which I thankfully did not experience.
Immediately after the colonic, I felt clean and extremely empty in the best way possible. My step was lighter, like I was walking on clouds. While I didn’t officially weigh myself before or after the treatment, I certainly felt like I had lost a few pounds. Score! I didn’t experience any of the gas or leaking that Cher had warned about, and thankfully the only effects I felt were positive ones.
The first thing I did when I got home was meticulously check out my postcolonic skin. By this point it had been a few hours since I left La Casa Spa. My dry Winter skin definitely had a brightness and dewiness that wasn’t there precolonic. It kind of looked like the glow you have after a killer workout. Based on what Cher told me about how colonics and sweat detoxify the skin in a similar way, my skin’s appearance made a lot of sense. Upon closer inspection (re: smooshing my face against my bathroom mirror), my pores also looked a lot smaller. While I was hoping the stubborn pimple on my chin would have magically disappeared, it didn’t.
Before making a final decision about my colonic experience, I decided to wait 48 hours instead of my typical 24. At the two-day mark, my body was still feeling light and clean and my face was still giving a postfacial glow. I was also having a regular bathroom schedule — Cher had warned I may experience some irregularity (either going more than normal or less than normal).
Since the treatment — including a tip and a bottle of probiotic pills Cher recommended I buy — cost me the same as the average facial, $150, I’ve decided to get them done on a monthly basis. Unlike a facial, both the inside and outside of my body were left feeling squeaky clean. I have a flatter tummy, and my skin is more radiant.
When I asked Cher why she believes everyone should at least give a colonic a try, she told me: “Colon hydrotherapy is a thorough, hygienic, and surprisingly private and stress-free way of discarding the toxins, fecal debris, gas, and chemicals that build up in the colon over time. So there is nothing to fear. No odor, no embarrassment, no stress!”
And I couldn’t agree more.

La Casa Spa and Wellness Center was created out of the experience one woman had with her mother. Long before holistic medicine became widely known, Dr. Jane Goldberg spent the 1970s seeking alternative cancer therapies for her mother, who had been diagnosed with terminal bone cancer. Following sound principles of holistic health, Jane’s mother was able to reverse her cancer condition entirely, moving from her wheelchair to joyfully playing tennis again. This experience inspired Jane to specialize in her psychoanalytic practice to work with cancer patients, and to fulfill the need for a holistic healing center in NYC. Jane and La Casa invite you to partake of the restorative and profoundly cleansing therapies that have brought La Casa world-wide recognition.

Respectfully submitted by:
*Licensed Psychologist
*Certified  Psychoanalyst
*Stone Carrier Medicine Woman, Native American Traditional Organization

Jane’s brand new book,

My Mother,

My Daughter, My Self

will hit the shelves this October, published by

Free Association Books

This self-revelatory work looks without glare, at the critical question: How do we perform the complex and sometimes terrifying act of separation from our mothers and our children,

while simultaneously marching toward the unknown territory of individuality?
Jane considers it the most important book she has written, as it is the most personal.

Continuing the Legacy of

Nicholas Gonzalez, M.D. 

(1947 – 2015)

This is the interior of St. James Episcopal Church in New York City. Here, many many people gathered on June 20th to pay tribute to the memory, legacy, essential goodness, brilliance, as well as the success of saving many lives from what had been deemed “incurable” cancers, of Dr Nicholas Gonzalez.
He stormed into NY in 1987 having spent five years studying the protocol and interviewing cured patients of Donald Kelley, a Texas dentist who happened upon a system of healing never before practiced.
Nick and I shared the first platform given to him in NY – the annual conference of the Foundation for Advancement of Cancer Therapies. Since that time we continued to share speaking platforms over the years in various venues.
His widow, Mary Beth, is devoting herself to the continuation of his work. She has created The Nicholas Gonzalez Foundation, and plans to train other healing practitioners in the Gonzalez Protocol.
To donate to the Foundation, click HERE.
For more information about the Foundation, please email:

Are you a member of

The 120 Club yet? 

To join, all you have to do is want to live to be 120!

Exciting new members of our club include Burton Goldberg and Sally Fallon.

Burton (a personal friend and “kissing cousin”) is often referred to as the “Voice of Alternative Medicine.”

Burton changed my life. Pre-internet days he published a magazine called Alternative Medicine. At the time, it was the only way to get information about holistic health. One edition had an article written by a MD who had suffered from severe allergies and respiratory issues. He said in

the article that he had finally found out what he was allegic to that was causing all the difficulty.He had used a new diagnostic device, called the Listen machine, and in 3 minutes –as opposed to 40 hours of  traditional allergy testing that still had not led to any findings — he found out he was allergic to the substance they put on the corks of wine bottles. The good doc had a wine celler in his basement. He immediately installed a whole-house air filtration system, and had the best night’s sleep since he had moved into the house.

After reading the article, I determined to find someone on the east coast who had such a miraculous diagnostic machine (not an easy feat in pre-internet days). The very next day after I had read the article, a new cancer patient walked into my psychoanalytic office. I asked her what she was doing about her cancer. She said that she had a naturopathic doctor in Norwalk who had a device called the Listen machine.

That doctor — Marvin Schweitzer, N.D. — became my doctor, and later my daughter’s doctor.

We are now many technological generations past that original Listen machine. The ones that I now use — the Metatron, the Matrix Decoder and the NuVision — are all advanced systems that detect pathogens, conditions, and afflictions down to the mitochndria and DNA level.

This form of medicine is now referred to as “energy medicine,” or as Burton calls it, “electric medicine.” He often says that any healing practitioner, including orthodox MDs, who do not use electric medicine is practicing malpractice medicine.

Burton’s next contribution to alternative health was a tome, a book also called Alternative Medicine. Then came his cancer tome, and,  in all, more than 20 books.

More recently, Burton has turned his efforts toward documentaries. He traveled to many holistic clinics in Europe and Mexico to find doctors who are doing cutting-edge holistic therapies for cancer for his cancer documentary. He has also made excellent docus on addiction, anxiety and depression. They are well worth seeing. Go to BurtonGoldberg.com

Burton currently maintains a private practice of consulting cancer patients as to their best treatment options.

And, the final news about Burton is that I, and about 100 of his best freinds, are flocking to California over Labor Day to celebrate with him his being alive on the planet for 90 years. We will be joined in the festivities by Burton’s live-in girlfriend, Pearl, who at her age (unknown to me) is also a model for successful aging. She looks terrific, has the body of a 20-year-old, and still has her job as an airline stewardess. 

Sally Fallon, too, is no stranger to having made a significant contribution to holistic health. She is the co-founder of the Weston A. Price Foundation, an organization devoted to “restoring nutrient-dense foods to the Amercian diet through education, research and activism.”

Sally is the author of the best-selling cookbook, Nourishing Traditions, as well as Eat Fat, Lose Fat (with Mary Enig).

To hear their thoughts on longevity and wellness, watch their videos at:


On May 14th, Jane gave a talk at the Navel Expo in New York.

Covering a wealth of wellness and preventative care information, Jane talked about everything from non-invasive frequency scanners, the importance of colonics and detoxification, as well as ozone treatments and the impact of emotions and stress on our physical health.

To see Jane’s talk in full,

just click

Think of your body as part of the earth,
Think of the earth as part of your soul
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41 East 20th Street,
New York, NY. 10003