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The HC Wellness Center offers both traditional and alternative therapies to assist clients in achieving optimal health, wellness and balance. Featuring as its principle service Colon Hydrotherapy, formerly seen only at fine spas and destination resorts, HC Wellness Center & Spa is one of the first to offer this valuable wellness service to the Charlotte Metropolitan and surrounding areas. HC Wellness Center & Spa is a premier North Carolina spa providing the most luxurious, and beneficial wellness and beauty services available to the Charlotte Metropolitan and surrounding areas. Established in 2004 with the vision of combining traditional spa treatments, that promote relaxation and well being, with the most advanced skin, body and wellness services. The HC Spa supplies a moment of luxury for your body, mind and spirit. Here nature and science meet harmoniously as the finest massage, skin care and spa treatments await you.
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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Instructions for a Gall Bladder Flush

Instructions for a Gall Bladder Flush

gallbladder.jpgThe gall bladder flush is a therapy that has been around a long time. It is controversial, even in the natural health community. Many herbalists I know don't believe its beneficial. However, I have done it a few times myself and used it with others and have seen it provide tremendous benefits.
It definitely increases bile flow, causing the gall bladder to empty its contents. This seems to ease gall bladder pain and may help to dissolve and/or pass gallstones. However, it has not been proven to do so. Even still, I've known a number of people who have stopped severe gallbladder pain and avoided surgery using the proceedure.
People have thought this proceedure passed gallstones because people who use it will typically pass small greenish-grey balls about the size of peas. These are not stones. They are composed of soap, which is created by an alkali interacting with fat. In this case, the large quantity of olive oil used in the cleanse mixes with a large quantity of bile to saponify (i.e. turn into soap) the fatty acids. Normally, enzymes would break this down to absorb the fatty acids, but it appears that the extremely large quanitity of oil is more than the body can assimilate, so they are passed intact.
A medical doctor told me that the large amount of oil causes the gallbladder to go into spasm and completely empty its contents and that this could theoretically cause a large stone to get lodged in a bile duct. This would require surgery for removal. I have had one person tell me that this happened to them when they did this proceedure, so the risk is real. However, I've also used this proceedure for myself and clients many times, as well as talked to others who have used it safely with hundreds of people. So, I believe the risk is very small, and since surgery is the primary medical treatment for gallstones, the proceedure just hastened the need for it.
As I mentioned, I tried this proccedure several times when I was younger. Later, I used some of the herbs mentioned here to assist my gallbladder, which I knew had problems. Then, during a very intense period of stress in my life I had a gallbladder attack so servere that it made it difficult to breathe. I think that had I not been under so much pressure at the time that I would have tried this proceedure before having surgery. However, I submitted to the surgery because I was just so overwhelmed.
As I've seen happen to other people who have had their gallbladder removed, I have side effects as a result of the surgery. My colon does not move as well as it used to (bile is a natural laxative). I also have a harder time digesting fats. However, I understand that over time the bile ducts enlarge slightly to try to store more bile, so this problem appears to be easing as time passes.
So, I would encourage people to at least try this therapy before submitting to surgery. If it works, great. If not, have the surgery.

Other Uses for the Flush

In addition to being used for a sluggish gallbladder or for gall stones, there are some other situations where this proceedure may be helpful. My friend Thomas Easley uses it for people who need to bring their cholesterol down before medical testing. As some of you know, the medical establishment has lowered the normal ranges for cholesterol in the mistaken belief that this will prevent heart disease. The normal range should actually be about 175-275 with 200-250 being optimal. People within this actual normal range are being encouraged to take drugs to lower their cholesterol.
The problem is, that you can lose your insurance for failing to comply with doctor's orders, so if you can reduce your cholesterol naturally, you can avoid having the doctor prescribe the drugs. This can also help with medical testing for insurance purposes, as a lower cholesterol level may earn you a better insurance rate.
The reason this proceedure works for this purpose is that bile is mostly composed of cholesterol. In fact, 50-60% of the cholesterol manufactured by the liver is used to make bile. This is why low fat diets can actually increase cholesterol. Monounsatured fats, like those found in olive oil, appear to be very good at helping to lower cholesterol by encouraging bile production.
By increasing bile flow, this proceedure could aslo improve digestion and metabolism of fats. Theoretically, it could also be beneficial in fatty liver disease or in clearing fatty tumors and deposits (along with other remedies).


Olive Oil2.jpgHere’s the standard way to do a gall bladder flush.  Start by fasting for 24 to 48 hours on fresh, raw apple juice. Do not use bottled or frozen juice. Malic acid, an ingredient in the apple juice, is reported to soften the stones. Edward Shook claims this in his Advanced Treatise in Herbology. If you can't fast, try eating very lightly and taking an herbal laxative (like LBS II or cascara sagrada) to clear the colon. You could also take Fibralgia, which contains malic acid and magnesium, for a similar effect.
Just before going to bed at the close of the fast, drink 1/2 cup of olive oil and 1/2 cup of lemon juice (you can also use grapefruit juice). Mix these together thoroughly like you would shake up a salad dressing. The lemon juice cuts the olive oil and makes it more palatable. It sounds and smells worse than it tastes. Next, lie on your right side for a half hour before going to sleep. In the morning, if you don’t have a bowel movement, take an enema. This procedure may need to be repeated 2 days in a row.
Generally, you will pass some dark black or green objects that look like shriveled peas the day after drinking the olive oil and lemon juice. This may not happen. Remember that these objects are not gallstones. Chemical analysis has shown they are little balls of saponified fatty acids (soap). Besides, objects that large could not get through the bile ducts. Only a stone that is 2 millimeters in diameter or smaller could be actually be passed.
Even if this proceedure does not pass any stones, it usually eases the pain and discomfort and allows the problem to become asymptomatic again.  You see, most people with gallstones don’t know they have them, because they cause no symptoms unless the gallbladder becomes irritated or inflammed. So, this proceedure appears to eases gall bladder inflammation (and therefore the pain) and allows the person to resume a normal life without surgery.

Variations on the Proccedure

I had one practitioner report to me that it worked equally well to take three Tablespoons of lemon juice mixed with three tablespoons of olive oil every night for 30 days. A midwife friend of mine recommended taking a dose of Epsom salt about two or three hours prior to taking the olive oil and lemon juice. Follow the directions on the container of Epsom salt as per the dosage.
There are also herbs that can help, especially if you want to work with this problem more long term. For instance, NSP's Gall Bladder Formula has been helpful for some. Hydrangea has been helpful for others. I'll explain more about these remedies next.

Can You Dissolve Gallstones?

I have no documented evidence that herbs or nutrients can dissolve gallstones. However, there is some antecdotal evidence that they might. To understand what remedies one might use for long term care of the gallbladder and for dealing with stones, we need to know that gallstones come in two basic varieties.
Gallstones.jpgThe most common are gallstones made from cholesterol. About 80% of stones are this type. The other 20% are composed of pigments, bilirubin and calcium (usually calcium carbonate, the same kind of calcium found in urinary stones).  In the picture on the left which I got from Wikipedia (Emmanuelm at en.wikipedia) you can see a gallbladder filled with stones. According the caption, the large yellowish colored ones are the cholesterol stones. The smaller greenish ones are calcium stones.
Hydrangea could help to dissolve the calcium based stones. It works well for kidney stones and some people have reported to me it worked for gallstones, too. Magnesium helps with urinary stones (including helping to prevent them from forming) so it may help with gallstones, too. This may also explain the benefit of Epsom salt in the proceedure.
According to Shook, the malic acid in apple juice helps with the cholesterol stones. It's possible the olive oil does, too. At least some natural healers think this is the case. Fibralgia contains both malic acid and magnesium and might be helpful for gallstones when taken regularly.
Dehydration is part of what causes these stones. Water is needed to keep the components of bile in solution, so drinking plenty of water is important for keeping your gallbladder healthy.
Herbs called cholagogues increase the flow of bile. This can be helpful, along with water, to increase bile flow, which may help to dissolve stones slowly over a period of weeks and months. Herbs that have this property include Oregon grape, dandelion root, artichoke, barberry bark, yellow dock root, fringetree bark, turmeric and celandine. Any of these can be taken before attempting the gallbladder flush to increase its effectiveness, or afterwards to continue improving gallbladder function.
I do not know if CurcuminBP would work in place of turmeric for increasing bile flow. But, it can help with the inflammation (and pain) of the gallbladder attack. Gall Bladder Formula can be helpful, too. It's not a very strong cholagogue, but it does have anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties. The wild yam in it is particularly good for relaxing the gallbladder and easing the inflammation.
Of course, if these procedures do not bring relief, medical help should be sought.

Thursday, September 12, 2019


Classroom Survival Guide.....
When kids head back to school they bring home more than homework! They bring back lots of germs. Those germs wreak havoc on immune systems and cause runny noses, coughs, colds, and flu. If germs are the villain then who is our hero? How can we stop the nefarious germs from beating down our immune systems?? There is a super power that we all have and that super power is super easy...proper hand washing and boosting our immunity! Hand washing is one of the best ways to keep yourself healthy and to minimize your exposure to the germs that can make you sick. WAIT! - While you might think it’s time to stock up on hand sanitizer and antibacterial soap, these things could do more harm than good. Antibacterial soaps and sanitizers actually kill the good bacteria along with the bad. This ends up weakening our immune systems by killing off the good bacteria, which leaves us exposed to sickness—what we were trying to avoid in the first place! In order to avoid you or your kiddo's from getting sick, as everyone heads back to school, boosting immunity is essential. About 70% of your immune system resides in your gut. This means that the state of your gut directly impacts the state of your immune system. Other factors besides germs can also weaken the immune systems of you and your children. Poor diet, stress, lack of sleep, and even genetics play a role in the condition of your gut, which also changes the condition of your immune system. Probiotics play a crucial role in helping you maintain gut health by flooding your gut with good bacteria to help control the bad bacteria.
Send your kids back to school without worrying whether you’re taking enough precautions to ward off harmful germs. The best way to stay healthy is by preventing sickness and that starts with boosting immunity and washing your hands. Follow these 5 simple immunity boosting tips that helped reduce school absenteeism by 25%:

  1. Wash Your Hands - When your kids and teens go to school and bring home germs hand washing can help keep everyone in your home healthy. Teach everyone in your home to wash their hands the right way and at the right times. Don't forget about sneezing and blowing your nose too.
  2. Daily Probiotic - The human body relies on a healthy level of probiotics for numerous functions, including metabolizing foods, absorbing nutrients and maintaining a proper balance of intestinal flora. Probiotic microbes have a symbiotic relationship with their human hosts—both the probiotics and the humans benefit from their relationship. It is estimated that over 400 different types of normal flora inhabit the human gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts. Studies have shown that children age 1 to 6 years old who attended day care centers and were given milk containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus missed fewer days of day care than children not receiving the probiotic. Studies have also shown that a healthy intestinal bacterial colonization may reduce the risk of food allergies in infants. Researchers have also found that probiotics aid digestion. Each chewable tablet of Sunshine Heroe's Probiotic Power contains 1 billion friendly cultures from 11 strains of probiotics.
  3. Daily Multi - Sunshine Heroe's Multi Vitamin & Mineral provides 100% of the Recommended Daily Allowance for vitamins & contains protector shield blend, a whole food blend of 17 fruits and vegetables. Protector shield blend provides choline, inositol, and 10 amino acids - essential nutrients for growing children.Pediatricians recommend a daily multiple vitamin and mineral supplement for children who may not eat regular, well-balanced meals with lots of fresh, whole foods; picky eaters; children with high activity levels; children who eat a lot of fast food and processed foods; children who eat dairy-free or other restricted diets; and children who may drink a lot of carbonated sodas, which can leach nutrients from the body.
  4. Eat Your Rainbow - If your goal is to boost immunity, then increasing your fruits and veggie intake will help. One way is by increasing Vitamin C, which gives your immune system a huge boost, while also helping to ward off any existing colds or sickness. Did you know that Vitamin C is an antioxidant? This makes it beneficial in detoxifying the body to remove harmful toxins that can disrupt your gut health. Vitamin C is primarily known for its immune-boosting benefits, but it also helps relieve stress and boost skin health. There are so many reasons to increase your Vitamin C!
  5. Drink Your Water - The best way to flush out your system is by drinking your water! This also keeps you hydrated and your energy levels up!
One of our Sunshine Heroes Probiotic Power offers friendly flora for the intestinal and immune systems. It supports, aids, and strengthens the digestive and immune systems all in a tasty chewable tablet for kids.
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Monday, March 19, 2018


When we want an answer to a question or specific information what do we do? We “Google” it! It’s such a popular and trusted search engine that we’ve even turned the noun (Google) into a verb.
So how is our ZYTO BALANCE technology similar to Google’s? Well, in terms of their search engine, you might say that the only major difference is scope. With Google, you can find information about anything and everything from a number of different sources. But with ZYTO, you discover a wealth of information directly from YOUR body.
Your body’s search engine
While Google scans through trillions of web pages during an internet search, similarly ZYTO scans through the body for reactions to a specific group of digital signatures that may be balancers or stressors to the body. While each “search term” is introduced to the body, ZYTO’s algorithm analyzes the body’s galvanic skin response for fluctuations then determines the coherence to each digital signature.
After a scan, the ZYTO BALANCE creates a personalized report which prioritizes your responses according to their relevance. The first part of the ZYTO report is set up similarly to a search engine results page with the most coherent items listed at the top, and from there you can dive deeper to discover more information. And the great part is your results will always be an accurate picture of the body’s response in real time. You’ll not only have the ability to know what immediate adjustments you should make…but you can also track your progress!

Your ZYTO BALANCE report
After a ZYTO BALANCE scan, you are able to easily see which items your body responded to most significantly, and which areas need more work and/or repair. But it doesn’t leave you guessing, along with “red flagging” these areas, the ZYTO takes it a step further by testing and matching which nutritional products and other wellness items you can use to help achieve your perfect health and balance. 

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Why The Diva Steam Could Be The Best Thing You Try In 2018!

Be a Success this Year! 
Kick Off Your Goals for 2018...and We're Here to Help!
YOU CAN DO THIS! And it's easy. Whether your goal is to lose weight, get healthier, or finally get serious about those digestive issues. We have the solution...and because we know you're serious, we've packaged it for you as this month's Special (details below).
NYNY Special Includes:
  • Colon Hydrotherapy Session
  • NEW! Balance Zyto Compass Scan
  • 25% OFF ALL Supplements*
  • Choice of Foot Spa or Diva Steam   
NYNY Special: $145.00 (30% Off)
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The Diva Steam, also known as the V-Steam and Yoni Steam, is a remedy that is becoming known today as the forgotten ancient wisdom for women's health/healing and is being fervently revived by women today.
An ancient remedy that had been used for over a millennia before us, the Diva Steam has been known to maintain the health of the uterus, treating everything from painful menses, endometriosis, low libido, UTI's, to infertility. Though this simple process may sound like a miracle remedy, the Diva Steam is an easy and inexpensive treatment for any woman to use on a regular basis within the comfort of HC Wellness Center or at home.

How does the Diva Steam work?
A Diva Steam is done much like a facial, except that in this case, steam rises opening the pores of the skin and the beneficial compounds in the herbs are absorbed through the open pores of the pelvic floor. These tissues are exceptionally porous and absorbent, and the warmth of the steam helps to soften and open them. The herbs medicinal properties, including their oils, are released (due to the special steeping process) and carried to the surface of your skin, and inside , where they are absorbed into the bloodstream and into to the uterus. The herbal steam increases circulation, thins mucus, and cleanses the entire reproductive system, allowing it to shed unnecessary membranes and build-up. The results are varied, and amazing.

Throughout history, many women have found Steams to have the following effects:
* Significantly reduce pain, bloating and exhaustion associated with menstruation.
* Decrease menstrual flow.
* Regulate irregular or absent menstrual cycles.
* Increase fertility.
* Speed healing and tone the reproductive system after birth.
* Treat uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness, uterine prolapse and endometriosis.
* Assist with the repair of a vaginal tear, episiotomy or C-section scar.
* Assist with the healing of hemorrhoids.
* Treat chronic infections (UTI's, Vaginal, Yeast, etc) and works to maintain healthy pH balance.
* Relieve symptoms of menopause.
* Detoxify the womb and remove toxins from the body.

We recommend that you DO NOT steam if any of the following apply to you:
You are pregnant. 
You have an IUD or a coil (you will be asked to sign a waiver if you wish to steam). 
During Menstruation. 
Piercings will need to be removed to avoid burns.
Steaming should not be done if you have any open cuts/wounds/stitches or active herpes breakout.
Steaming should not be done when the body is fighting an illness such as the flu or any other fevered condition.
It is not recommended to steam after waxing or laser hair removal. We recommend waiting 4 days after waxing and 2 weeks after laser hair removal.

Diva Blends: We proudly offer only the best for your health! All of our herbs are Organic & GMO-Free.  Each steam has its own custom blend but may have come in contact with other herbs, as we use the same bowls for blending. Please speak with your consultant if you have any allergy concerns.