Archive | April, 2019

What Are Toxins?

In short, toxins are something that doesn’t belong in our body or something that is in excess.

We consume toxins with every bite, every breath, every drink, and, every shower and body product we use. We are exposed to toxins through the air we breathe (air pollution such as emissions, off-gassing from furniture, the multitudes of chemicals in air fresheners, laundry detergents and perfumes, chemtrails, etc.) the food we eat and drink (think chlorine, genetically modified organisms, hundreds of pharmaceuticals in our drinking water, pesticides, etc.) and the body products we use .

Toxins affect us, and we need to take action to protect ourselves!  Everyone has some level of toxic burden nowadays, from the contamination of our water, air, and, food sources. With pesticides, chemicals, and heavy metals everywhere, we are all at risk!  

The more combinations of toxins we have accumulated, the more compounded the negative effects. We can control and cleanse most of the environmental toxins we are exposed to. We need to learn how we are getting exposed, cleanse these toxins and PREVENT them from entering our body in the first place.

In this 3 part series

  • I will introduce you to the 7 categories of toxins.
  • Help you understand your exposure and ELIMINATE IT.
  • I will offer you a quiz to determine your toxic burden
  • Provide ways to rid your body of these life zapping toxins.

WHAT ARE TOXINS?

In short, a toxin is something that doesn’t belong in our body or something that is in excess. For instance, we need a certain amount of iron to be healthy, but in excess, it can cause constipation, nausea, vomiting, problems with the liver (such as chronic cirrhosis of the liver). However, even things that are good for us in the right amount can become dangerous, and act as toxins in too large an amount. In sharing this with you, I don’t want to create fear. But I do want to educate, and empower you so that we can eliminate toxins, and prevent our bodies from further poisoning.

We imbibe these toxins in three ways, either by inhaling them, eating or drinking them or through our skin.

Suzanne Summers said it well:

“People are so busy counting calories. I think we should be busy counting chemicals,” “Where’s the tipping point? There’s the air freshener. There’s what you’re cleaning your house with. Pest sprays…all poison. The chlorine that you’re using. The fluoride in the water… And then you’re eating food that is not organic. What you’re putting on skin care that’s all chemicals… Well, guess what? That’s going to go somewhere. It drops into the bloodstream…”

Suzanne Summers

Our Grandparents DNA affects us


Recent advances in science have shown us that stress and toxins (chemicals, environmental, heavy metal toxins, etc.) we are exposed to affect ALL future generations. With stress think PTSD, Holocaust survivors, rape, divorce, surviving natural disasters and accidents, droughts, famine, even stressful pregnancies.

However, things our grandparents were exposed to, affect us. Even things like drought and famine affected their DNA, and subsequently our DNA.
This unexpected phenomenon has given rise to a new field called transgenerational epigenetics. Or the study of inherited changes that can’t be explained by traditional genetics.


Remember, a toxin is something that doesn’t belong there or, something that is in excess in the body.

For instance, when there is nicotine exposure during pregnancy, this affects subsequent generations. Virender Rehan’s study shows that nicotine exposure induces asthma in offspring, and the effects are permanently transmitted to subsequent generations providing a breakthrough in studying multigenerational effects of toxins.

Case Study: A woman who I helped, to find & eliminate her toxins, resulting in headaches, allergies & asthma went away.

Renu Chawla, an otherwise healthy, happy, young woman in her 20’s, came to me in a lot of pain. Including debilitating TMJ (jaw pain) headaches, allergies, and asthma. Renu came one of my cleansing & rejuvenation programs. She was with me for 7-days.

I still remember her happy face on the 5th day, when her headaches went away. Renu showed me how she could now open her mouth wider than she had in years. In addition, her jaw didn’t hurt anymore! I was relieved too, I don’t like seeing people in pain. During her cleansing, and rejuvenation retreat with me, I helped her to eliminate toxins, and her painful symptoms were eliminated. Then, I helped her to make lifestyle changes to prevent toxins from entering in the first place!

Introduction to the 7 categories of toxins

As far as I know, I am the first to codify 7 categories of toxins. I will not get to every single toxin. But, I have highlighted some hidden and important toxins that you need to know about. First, I list them and then we will take a deep dive into each one.

  1. Food toxins, the easiest to detect, create & eliminate & I show you how.
  2. Toxins in our food, water, air, soil & medicines
  3. Naturally occurring toxins
  4. Toxins in the form of Electromagnetic fields (EMF’s)
  5. Chemical, petrochemical & heavy metal toxins
  6. Mental and emotional toxins
  7. Pathogenic microorganisms; Bacteria, virus, fungi, yeast, and parasites.


In conclusion, we are constantly exposed to toxins through the air, water, foods, body, and cleaning products that we use.

We need to learn about which toxins we are exposed to, prevent toxins from entering our body and cleanse those toxins out!

In the next part of what are toxins, I will go deeper into the 7 categories and more!

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Kauai update, good news and, the bad news.

Hanalei Side Checkpoint

I’ve lived on Kauai for 20 years. When I tell people where I live, they get this look of wonder. Kauai conjures up all manner of visuals of relaxing on turquoise exotic beaches, delicious foods, amazing farmer’s markets, and deep relaxation. For balance, I need to add that we have the occasional tsunami, flood, hurricane and centipedes, oh and high cost of living. There is both light/good news AND shadow/bad news in paradise.

I guess all well-adjusted adults have developed some resilience, tolerance, and acceptance, and we realize that not everything is always smooth, pretty or goes our way. As you may know, our community has endured a tragic flood, fortunately, there were no fatalities, and we are very resilient!

It has been a long loooooong haul for us who have been living on the very North shore of Kauai. Since the flood of April 2018, during the repairs, we have had to adhere to a strict schedule for our comings and goings.

Imagine for a moment that you could only leave and arrive home at certain times.

And if you were late, you missed the convoy and had to wait for the next one, maybe up to 6 hours. Imagine how you might feel if you couldn’t just get up and go see a friend, get supplies, medical help or groceries. After not being able to use the road for a month mid-April 2018, our little Haena and Wainiha community had to adhere to a set convoy schedule.

I’m sure you might have had a tinge of claustrophobia too, the day you saw locks on the gates that they closed at night at the Haena and Hanalei sides.

The Department of Transportation DOT has done a great job at the repairs, and we received a lot of support. We always had the reassurance from emergency vehicles parked on this side in case of an emergency. And medivac has available and emergency vehicles do have the key to get in.

“Look honey, we live in a gated community now!”

We got the convoy blues…

During the convoy, all folks who wanted to leave/or enter would go through the same procedure. People would fist get in line, then at the selected times, there would be a pilot truck leading us through the construction areas and another pilot truck who follows the line. Only bonafide residents have been allowed in and out of the area. With a $5,000 fine for those who violated this rule. A placard on our vehicle shows that we have jumped through the required hoops to show our residence here. Required hoops being; proof of residence, utility bill, lease agreement, car registration, etc.

Just for a moment, imagine your life within this context. Let’s say you have to get your child from school at 3 pm, so you leave on the 1:45 convoy, then you have to wait until 5:30 to get back in line to get home… Or, you need to pick up mail, but the Post Office doesn’t open till 10 and then it closes at 4.

Sundays we have had more freedom to come and go hourly. Our convoy life is coming to an end soon.

Yup, THIS has been OUR life.

Yup, THIS has been OUR life. AND we are also so very grateful that we get to live in such a beautiful area. A beautiful, exotic and vulnerable area.
Take a look at our convoy schedule here.

I am super grateful for all the hard, and dangerous work that the DOT is doing! In my visual video news update, see a clip of the convoy first hand.
Video clip of me driving the convoy

Steep Repairs, Teri Tico photo credit
The DOT workers worked rain, shine and on super slopes! thanks ya’ll! Teri Tico photo credit

What’s the good news?!


Unless the DOT has weather interruptions the road is scheduled to open May 1st. We thank the Department of Transportation for their attention to the needed repairs and we look forward to seeing you all soon.

The road will open, however, for the month of May, there will be significant delays due to continued road construction and bridge work. Please know you might experience delays of 45 minutes or more if you plan to come to the very north shore.

Some more bad news, sorry…

  • Napali trail is still closed to hikers.
  • There are no public restrooms past Hanalei.
  • Haena State park (Ke’e) including Kalalau trail, Hanalapi’ai Beach and Falls, and access to Ke’e Beach is CLOSED. There is NO PARKING
  • Haena County Beach Park, including access to Tunnel’s is CLOSED. There is NO PARKING.
  • Limahuli Gardens is CLOSED. There is NO PARKING
  • Parking on the side of Kuhio Highway in Haena is PROHIBITED. Parking fines are $200 for the first offense.
  • All public parks and facilities in Haena are CLOSED. There is NO PARKING
  • Black Pot Beach parking not allowed either. (By the pier in Hanalei.)

The state is asking if you do not have a residential permit or placard, please do NOT drive north of Hanalei.
Meanwhile, Princeville, Hanalei, and Kilauea are open for business. Please enjoy these towns until Haena and Wainiha have recovered and are ready to welcome visitors late in the summer.
Effective May 1-31. This Advisory will be updated in June.
As a result, there will still be a checkpoint just past Hanalei town.

To see more information on the Master plan for Ke’e click here.

FAQ’S

  • When will Hanalei Day Spa Open? Since there has been so much uncertainty around when the road will open, due to weather, etc. I will wait until the road is ACTUALLY open. Then do my repairs, and then Hanalei Day Spa will reopen. I will most likely be the summer. However, I do not have a date at this time. I will let you know! Make sure you are signed up for my Newsletter. Sign up here.
  • A question I get a lot is “did the FED help you financially?” the answer is no
  • Will you honor gift certificates? Yes, of course, when we open.
  • When will the Hanalei Colony Resort Open? In addition to storm repairs, HCR had a small fire last summer due to the flood damage. These repairs need to be permitted (which takes time) and then the damaged structures will be rebuilt. The maintenance, housekeeping and pool areas need to be rebuilt. Necessary repairs may take until Jan 2020, I do not know.
  • When will I be able to go to Ke’e/the end of the road? Ke’e may re-open July 1st, but don’t hold me to that.
  • What is this I hear about a shuttle? A shuttle seems a solution to some pressing problems. Our natural resources, the health of the reef and the ecosystem, some people are concerned about “over tourism” To help reduce the impact of so many cars in our small neighborhood, the HanaleiInitives.org formed a non-profit group which will run shuttles every 20-30 minutes from Princeville to the end of the road.
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