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Frequently Asked Questions
- How does one pay?
We take VISA, Mastercard, debit card, or cash. We do not charge for cancellations as we know that life happens; however, particularly for colon hydrotherapy, the therapists do not get paid if they come in for an appointment and the client is a "no show."
- How much does it cost?
An assessment is $120. It includes a complete medical history, physical examination, blood pressure and pulse, and urine test. Note: prices are subject to change without notice.
- Do you sell products?
The medical herbalist will sell small amounts of herb out of his dispensary. For brand-names and value-added commercial products such as vitamins, minerals, and other more exotic contrivances we typically recommend that you go to one of Calgary's larger healthfood stores (see links). We think that stocking products tends to bias one to recommending them (perhaps needlessly and certainly for profit).
- What does a Medical Herbalist do?
The same as a family physician -- similar books, similar training, similar tests -- except that we use herbs and natural therapies instead of drugs and surgeries. The Medical Herbalist is a Healer, meaning that he works through natural means to improve health and well-being while they, the medicos, typically suppress symptoms. We are at completely opposite ends of the health-care spectrum. Further, herbalists also have moral constraints: no animal experimentation; only health-promoting treatments; tried & true practices proven over hundreds of years; and the use of simple, natural (not exotic) substances. So, the same but different. The Medical Herbalist is not in the medical paradigm but the Alternative-health paradigm.
- Can you cure cancer?
We are often contacted and asked if we can cure cancer. The answer is no. No one can. In fact, in Canada it is illegal to say one can cure cancer.
___We get the 'can you cure my cancer' calls because people are gravitating toward more natural treatments for all of their ailments. But if you have to ask the question of us then perhaps a bit more research on your part is in order.
___There are two supplemental questions you have to ask yourself:
1) Can I make the changes required in food/lifestyle/environment to do a nature-cure approach?
2) Do I believe a nature-cure approach is at least as effective as Standard medical treatments?
___If you answered positively to both questions then all that remains is for you to find the support necessary for you to begin treating your ailment. Find a practitioner whose thinking most closely resembles yours in terms of treatment protocol and belief in natural therapies -- and it could be us.
___Let us assume that you have almost but not quite forsaken the drug and surgery mantra of modern medicine. How does one then become more convinced of nature-cure methods? It is simple, just do the research. Cancer treatment is probably no more effective today than it was in the 1930's. Despite trillions of dollars dedicated toward a more positive end, little if any progress has been made. I would advise you to research the nature-cure treatments which were successful in the past and have been carried forward to today by dedicated nature-cure practitioners.
___Research North American Natural Health history (aka natural hygiene, nature-cure). Real naturopaths (before American-originated Naturopaths took over the word for profit) set the standard in successful nature-cure care. Research the following names in any browser along with the word "cancer":
John R Christopher
___Once you have investigated those names to their fullest extent you will be in a position to judge whether your belief in natural methods [North American + European + Middle Eastern = Traditional Western Herbalism] is sufficient for you to choose a natural approach or a medical approach to cancer.
- How much does it cost?
The colon hydrotherapy procedure costs $85 for one procedure. Note: prices are subject to change without notice.
- Is it required to have a health assessment prior to receiving any colon hydrotherapy sessions?
No. Colon hydrotherapy is a very innocuous [relatively harmless] procedure. Therefore no health assessment is required prior to receiving treatment. There is a brief intake procedure for first-time colon hydrotherapy clients which only takes a few minutes. The intake procedure facilitates dialogue with the therapist.
Health assessment and broader health restoration strategies are done by the Medical Herbalist.
- How many do I need?
We cannot tell you in advance. You have probably already decided that colon hydrotherapy may be the way to go so come in for one colonic procedure. During the initial procedure you will discuss with the colon hydrotherapist your motives and expectations and, based on the results of the initial procedure, you'll decide whether more procedures will be of benefit.
- Are they habit forming like laxatives?
No. On the contrary they help restore normal bowel function by promoting improved tone, and aiding in tissue restoration.
- Does it hurt?
No, not really. Any discomfort is probably on a par with what your normal bowel movements are like. Things might be a little worse if you have a distal bowel pathology such as haemorrhoids, for example.
- Can I go to work afterward?
Most people have no problem with retained water or extra-stimulated bowel; therefore, most go right back to work without anything untoward at all.
Therapeutic Fasting Program
- How much does it cost?
The TFP costs $608.86. It includes three saunas, two colonics, a nutrition consult, and an assessment. Urine testing is done almost daily so as to monitor physiological changes taking place within your body during the program. Note: prices are subject to change without notice. Detailed price breakdown; no refunds after program has begun.
- Will it make me better?
Yes and no. You learn fasting by doing a four-week supervised fast, and you learn food combining by eating our detailed diet for one week. At the end of these weeks virtually all of our clients feel much better than when they started -- regardless of whatever ailment they may have. At the end of six weeks our clients are almost invariably convinced that this is the way to go to improve and restore health.
- Why should I take the TFP when cleansing kits are much cheaper?
Cleansing kits are usually just herbal laxatives wrapped in a "cleansing diet" (ie no wheat). They are of no use in eliminating the much more deadly fat-soluble toxins. They give no personal support. They can be dangerous if there are bowel obstructions or lesions. They are ineffective in teaching the hows and whys of health because you get no feedback. They don't answer the myriad of questions that always pop up. It is easier for us to teach you the error of your ways than it is for you to learn such things from a box with instructions in tiny print. And, some people, the chronically or seriously ill or first-time fasters, simply need the cheerleading, professional care and monitoring that we provide.
- Is the TFP good for weight loss?
Be mindfull that we are in the health business not the weight-loss business; however, there is often significant loss of weight. The amount of weight loss is dependant upon your body's need to lose weight and life style. A typical loss of weight is about 3/4 of a pound daily for the first week. During the second week weight continues to slowly decline according to the body's energy needs -- usually 1/2 lb or more per day. Some people will lose 2 or more lbs a day. Some go through periods where they lose no weight at all. Some, those malnourished, those with eating disorders, or those unable to fast properly, might even gain weight.
- Do I have to do the full 28 days of fasting?
No, of course not. Seven days, ten days, or twenty-eight days -- all good. We will, however, be ever so encouraging of you to fast as long as possible. Longer is better. It is all the same price.
Fasting for Weight Loss (FWL) Program
- How much does it cost?
The TFP costs $555.00. It includes three colonics, two massages, a nutrition consult, and an assessment. Urine testing is done almost daily so as to monitor physiological changes and, more importantly, it provides an excuse to provide greater encouragement and support. Note: prices are subject to change without notice. Detailed price breakdown. No refunds after program has begun.
- Will I lose weight?
Yes. You are on a calorie restricted diet which is far short of daily dietary requirements. You will lose weight.
- Do you provide the juices?
No. You will need a juicer to do the program. An inexpensive, bottom-of-the-line juicer will do just fine.
Note: a "juicer" is NOT a blender. Both a juicer and a blender are required for the program.
- How much does it cost?
A 2-hour sauna therapy procedure costs $40. Note: prices are subject to change without notice.
- Can anyone use the sauna?
Only program-clients of Arcady Holistic (eg: Therapeutic Fasting Program or Rejuvenation Program). The sauna is not available to the public at large. Individual service clients (such as colon hydrotherapy or massage) do not qualify for the sauna service.
- I get Prickly Heat. Should I use the sauna?
___Prickly Heat, aka Miliaria, occurs because sweat glands in the skin are blocked. It often occurs in infants as their skin is still poorly equipped to eliminate toxins. Sometimes, on heat exposure and as during the Therapeutic Fasting Program, it is caused by one's own sweat provoking an inflammatory response, swelling shut the sweat glands. Continued exposure to heat bursts the gland sub-epidermally causing the red blotchy appearance. Widespread gland blockage impacts a body's ability to dissipate heat.
___The decision as to whether to continue with sauna is always yours. Some people may prefer to spare themselves several days of looking like they have a bad case of measles.
___Our position, as always, is that toxins are better out than in.