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Detoxification: Essential to Maintaining Health

“We understand that achieving and maintaining health means more than the absence of disease; it requires attention to such things as diet, exercise, and stress reduction. Equally important is the need to include detoxification in our health maintenance plans, because the inescapable reality is that we live in a highly toxic world.” That is the shared conviction of Jen Lochren-Loureiro and her colleague Dr. Darlene Holloway, of Healing Waters of Raleigh.

Dr. Darlene Holloway (left) and
Jen Lochren-Loureiro

That conviction has guided Dr. Holloway in her 40 years’ career as a practitioner, educator, and national leader in the field of colon hydrotherapy. And it is that same commitment that led Ms. Lochren-Loureiro to create her Healing Waters practice.

“My own experiences,” says Ms. Lochren-Loureiro, “taught me how important detoxification is in any healing process. And I also came to understand the role of education. Healing and health are built on a foundation of understanding,” she explains. “When we understand the sources of our health problems and the impact of our lifestyle choices, we are empowered to heal.”

Healing Waters of Raleigh, reflects that understanding. Begun as a colon hydrotherapy practice, it is expanding its mission and offerings to embrace other detoxification modalities and to provide educational programs for clients and training for those interested in colon hydrotherapy.

In a conversation with Health&Healing, Dr. Holloway and Ms. Lochren-Loureiro discuss the role of detoxification in achieving and maintaining health.

Health&Healing: Who should be considering a detox program?

Dr. Holloway: In my experience there are three types of clients who need help with detoxification. The first are people who know that they’ve been exposed to a toxin or illness. It could be exposure to mold, or they may have had COVID or Lyme Disease, or perhaps they have chemical sensitivities. Any such exposures have residual effects, and a detox program is an essential part of recovery.

Ms. Lochren-Loureiro: The second category is a little different. It includes the people dealing with chronic health issues. They may not think they’re toxic, but they’re dealing with persistent ill health, and the treatments they’re receiving for their known health problems don’t seem to be enough. And the third category would be the people who see detox as a preventive measure—a way to maintain optimal health—sort of like getting their teeth cleaned twice a year.

H&H: What do you offer those different types of clients?

Colon Hydrotherapy Training

The Healing Waters of Raleigh Training Center, offering credentialling in colon hydro-therapy, is now operational, having begun its first instructional sessions in September. “We are offering a professional level I-ACT colon hydrotherapy certification program,” says Dr. Darlene Holloway, who is its leader and instructor. “This is a rigorous program, including 200 hours of academic study and 65 hours of supervised clinical training. Upon completion, participants will be eligible to sit for the national board exam, which will qualify them for certification as colon hydrotherapists.”

There are likely few practi-tioners as qualified to lead the program as Dr. Holloway. She holds the highest level of certi-fication as an instructor with the International Association of Colon Hydrotherapy (I-ACT) / National Board of Hydrotherapy, and has helped in the development of curriculum and in updating the exam used to assess aspiring practitioners.

As a practitioner, she was named the first I-ACT Interna-tional Colon Hydrotherapist of the year by her colleagues, and participated as a Board Member at Large with the I-ACT. She also completed five years of study and certification by the American Naturopathic Medical Board to become a Naturopathic Doctor (ND). The board recognized her distinguished performance with multiple awards for outstanding service to the profession.

“This is an exciting moment for me,” says Dr. Holloway. “Through-out my career, I have been committed not only to providing the highest quality care, but to ensuring that all colon hydro-therapy practitioners offer safe, experienced care. Since only Florida licenses colon hydro-therapists, it has been a mission of our professional association to encourage and support high standards of care throughout the country. The program we’re offering at Healing Waters of Raleigh brings that standard to North Carolina.”

Those interested in enrolling in the certification training program should contact Dr. Holloway for details.

Dr. Holloway: The first category—the ones who know they’ve had toxic exposure—need careful, thorough, and individualized support. What’s helpful is that anyone with Lyme disease or mold exposure tends to be pretty well educated because they’re dealing with a crisis in their life; they know they need help. They may even have a plan in place to deal with their disease, and we can help them with that plan.

Any detox program for these people is comprehensive. It begins with a health history: we need to understand their symptoms and diagnoses, what medications and supplements they’re taking, their diets—everything. Each of us is unique, and our detox programs should be, too.

The first step in any detox program is colon hydrotherapy; we want to start by completely eliminating the toxins involved. If not completely eliminated, there’s a serious problem of reabsorption. But colon hydrotherapy is just the beginning. Then we need to consider what’s needed to support the whole system in the detoxification process. What are the herbs, supplements, dietary considerations, and additional therapies needed to support recovery.

Ms. Lochren-Loureiro: Dr. Holloway and I would agree that the second group of people is the more challenging one. People with chronic health problems know they don’t feel good, but don’t usually know why. That’s when it’s like a puzzle. Our role is not to diagnose an illness, but what we can do is help identify the source or sources of the problems someone is having. It’s “detective” work. And detox techniques are extremely helpful in that process.

Dr. Holloway: We need to remember that our digestive system is the very foundation for health; all systems depend on our ability to efficiently absorb nutrients and eliminate toxins. And healing—regeneration and rejuvenation—is impossible without a healthy gut. That’s why colon hydrotherapy is so valuable.

It’s part of the healing process to be sure; it’s also extremely informative. We can learn so much from a therapy session about the condition of the digestive system and problems associated with it—about what’s not working or what’s not taking place. So, colon hydrotherapy contributes to getting a whole picture of a person’s health, and can help determine the healing steps they need to take.

Ms. Lochren-Loureiro: And then we come to the third group—those who see detox as health maintenance. They understand that even if we’re not exposed to COVID or Lyme Disease or mold, we do indeed live in a toxic world. Pollutants are everywhere, our diets are too often compromised, and stress is an ever-present toxin. So, we all need to detox just to stay healthy. And my goal for Healing Waters is to provide a truly comprehensive detox center. Colon hydrotherapy and other methods are important, but so is education—helping people to understand the toxins that threaten them and how their diets and other lifestyle choices can be part of a detox plan.