Archive for the ‘Detoxification’ Category


How old can you go? thoughts of Dr. Roizen

August 13, 2009

“Disease prevention is not the same as wellness”  a quote from Dr. Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic.  Dr. Roizen’s Cleveland Clinic has been able to reverse chronic disease in over 80% of cases; and they did it through therapeutic lifestyle change programs.  Basically teaching people to eat right, exercise and decrease stress.  Sounds simple, but in reality most Americans have no clue how to eat right.

In the current Health Care Debate, it is refreshing to hear doctors, like Dr. Roizen talking about how we cannot just insure all our citizens with our current medical system.  Our current system is just not working.  We are currently ranked 37th in the world in health care as measured by how long we live, how many chronic diseases we deal with, and infant mortality.  Our current system is not working and to merely insure all Americans and use this same system is probably not the answer.

We need to quit poisoning ourselves with our food choices. We need to be taught how to shop for food; how to cook it and how to eat it!  This is where Therapeutic Lifestyle Change programs (TLC) or FirstLine Therapy programs (FLT) come into play.  These programs have been proven to clear chronic conditions.  You can google either of those terms and see research from the National Institutes of Health on how to reverse chronic disease or go to for information.

We have TLC or FLT programs that can teach you how to put these ideas to work for you.  Twelve week programs to get you on the track to doing what Dr. Roizen recommends to reverse chronic disease and live better, longer, healthier lives.

You can listen to Dr. Roizen’s comments at

and can get information on our TLC or FLT programs at

Ralph Havens, PT, OCS, IMTC


Why Nutrasweet (aspartame) is to be avoided at all costs

May 25, 2009

Hi everyone,  There is so much data now on why Nutrasweet (aspartame) is to be avoided, it’s amazing it is still on the market.  I found a blog of someone with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia who is going to get off Nutrasweet and see what changes she notices.  I would recommend watching the movie “sweet misery” is a documentary on how nutrasweet was developed and how the FDA pushed it through despite all research linking it to brain tumors and siezures.  It’s disturbing but if any of your friends or family members have neurological symptoms please get them off this stuff.

Here is the account of the woman trying to get off nutrasweet

Hopefully she also sees the research on gluten sensitivity and it’s relationship to pain syndromes. and

Ralph Havens, PT, OCS, IMTC


Get out the Vote! ( in more ways than one…)

October 25, 2008

Get Out the Vote! (In more ways than one…)

The upcoming election has me thinking…

Every country is in some way an experimental pairing of a political system and an economic system. In simple terms the US links a representative democracy (our political system) with a mostly capitalistic economic system. We’ve seen some of the benefits of such a union, as innovation and opportunity are for the most part highly encouraged. However, no system is perfect. We’ve also seen some of the downfalls. Greed sometimes warps innovation, such as when pharmaceutical companies change focus from finding cures using impartial research to pumping out products to reach sales goals. Profit-hoarding behaviors can smother opportunity (google “stock market”).

There is an underlying beauty to this system that few of us realize. We vote not only with our ballots on election day, we vote EVERY DAY with our dollars. A system based on the laws of supply and demand, though (somewhat) regulated by our laws and government, is ultimately directly governed by how we spend our money. And this is a power available to each and every individual. We can exercise this power daily and deliberately. Want to reform healthcare? Invest in therapies that align with your philosophies and that you would like to see as part of the healthcare system. Want our country to be more environmentally aware? Buy from green businesses and purchase products that have less environmental impact (production, packaging, safe disposal, etc.) Economic reform? Make a point of frequenting small, local businesses that are not only more in touch with, responsive to and more directly accountable to you, but that also will help build and strengthen our economy from the ground up. Even if these aren’t your particular values or focal points for change, live with the awareness that what you buy sends a message to the machine at large that this is what you would like more of. The same works in reverse of course. As Gandhi said, “BE the change you want to see in the world”… this functions practically and energetically as well.

Sometimes it costs a little extra time, money, and discipline. The exchange is well worth it. We end up empowered, with some self-respect, and often we end up saving, immediately or in the long run. We can take charge and consciously invest, in little ways, small daily decisions, our attitudes and perspectives, in the change we would like to see.

The bottom line is: it is a time to take personal responsibility and realize the power that lies in doing so. Realize you are empowered and BE empowered! GET OUT THE VOTE!… with your ballot AND with your wallet!

Recommended listening: With My Own Two Hands, Ben Harper We Are All in This Together, Ben Lee

Jen Toussant, HHP
MHPT Field Correspondent


gluten sensitivity – our next newsletter

October 19, 2008

hi everyone!

our next newsletter is going to be on Gluten sensitivity – an emerging epidemic – how to test for it and why it’s important to know if your symptoms are caused by gluten. I am compiling the science and clinical findings as well as the Integrative Manual Therapy perspective on it. We have been able to solve many chronic auto-immune problems with a gluten free diet and integrative manual therapy to the colon, specifically the cecum as it relates to gluten sensitivity and allergic reactions.

I am looking for people’s experiences as well. We are looking through our success stories of our patients and I would like other people’s experiences of their illness and issues and how gluten free diet helped them. Their personal path toward health using the gluten free diet would be great to see.

Please, if you have a story about your own history with gluten sensitivity could you forward that to me at

In my practice, I’ve found this to be an emerging problem over the past 3 years and I want to get the information and help out to the people who need it.

thanks in advance for all your help with this.

my best to you all

Ralph Havens PT OCS IMTC


community evening: testing your food and supplements yourself

October 15, 2008

Hi everyone,

we will be doing a community evening at the end of this month to show you all how to test your own food and supplements for yourselves. You can learn how to tell whether or not your body is able to process and eliminate foods and supplements and whether or not you are allergic to it. A good way to avoid food poisoning and allergic type reactions to foods and supplements. Hope to see you all there!

Ralph Havens

Community Evening at Mission Hills Physical Therapy

Gluten Sensitivity

∞ How to test for it.
∞ Why you might consider a gluten free diet.
∞ How to test your foods and supplements to see if they are good for you or not!

Where: Mission Hills Physical Therapy
928 Ft. Stockton Drive, Suite 201
San Diego, CA 92103

When: Thursday October 30, 2008
7:15 pm to 8:30 pm

Please RSVP to reserve a spot. We will be giving individual instructions so that you can leave with the skill to test your own foods and supplements. Feel free to bring your own supplements and we can help you test them!

Ralph Havens PT OCS IMTC

619.543.1470 to rsvp


Shift in Consciousness – what to do!

August 3, 2008

Have you all noticed that lately the world is changing at an even faster rate than even a few years ago? Also, doesn’t it seem that more so than in the past, there is both a lot of good but also a lot of bad in the world. It is not always wise to label things as good or bad since we can’t see the bigger picture, but one of the phenomena I’ve noticed is the shift more and more lately to a consciousness developing in many more people than at any other time in history. It seems that many people are searching for a greater connection to their spiritual path and purpose. Echart Tolle’s new book ” A New Earth” made the Oprah book of the month selection and he even held a series of web based teachings on it. Millions of people worldwide tuned in and even now people are still visiting the archived classes. Many people are aware of the ancient Mayan calendar which has an interesting date December 21, 2012 which is their end date of time as we know it. If you want some interesting information on the science of the Mayan Calendar and what it means and what you can do about it, I highly recommend John Major Jenkins 3 CD set.

There also seems to be a lot of trials for people, higher gas prices, house foreclosures, banks collapsing, stock markets dropping, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Atrocities in many parts of the world. Many people are having to deal with very tough times.

From Asian teachings we know about Yin and Yang and how you cannot have one without the other. In our current state you cannot have good without bad. You cannot have cold without hot, etc etc. So while we have so many people having this shift toward higher consciousness and looking for the big spiritual answers, we also have people ( sometimes the same people ) dealing with big issues of financial, health, and even life and death issues at the same time.

You may wonder why I, as a physical therapist and integrative manual therapist am writing about these issues. We’ll what I’ve noticed is that when someone comes to look for help from us, there is usually a reason; sometimes it’s just they need to get their ankle fixed up so they can get back to walking; but other times people find their way to us with a chronic longstanding problem and pain and as we uncover the reasons and clear them and as the client begins to move better, feel better and get their life back, an interesting thing can happen. Many times these physical limitations were holding someone back; not allowing them to get on with what they are supposed to be doing. Sharon Giammatteo, PT PhD put it well when she said that part of her job was to not tell someone what wave to take ( surfing lingo) but to help someone get healthy enough so that they could get on their own surfboard and take the wave they’re supposed to take. I think it’s a great way to put it and it is what I’ve noticed in our work as well.

During this process, many things can happen; some can be labeled good and others bad, but when you look back many times you can see that both were part of a process; the clients own personal process of connecting to their path and purpose; what they are supposed to be doing; a developing consciousness.

In our work, there are many ways to help and get someone healthier so they can get on with life; hands on therapy, dietary recommendations, detox programs, exercise programs, and homework both physical and other. What I want to share with this post are some recommendations to help you get healthier on all levels; to get started on your own personal path and purpose; what we call the consciousness piece.

Some of the homework methods I’ve found powerful are listed below. At first glance they may not seem like powerful techniques, but I have seen the results clinically for over 8 years of work with Integrative Manual Therapy. I’ve seen lives changed and people blossom with this work. So I encourage you to not, not do it because of how simple it looks. It works on a more quantum, or homeopathic level. Consistent work with these techniques will make changes, as long as you do them! please call me or email me and let me know what changes you notice with even a few days of these methods.


Neurofascial Process: a homework method of hand placements to alleviate pain and change physical and non-physical issues. This work can be found in the book “Body Wisdom: Light touch for Optimal Health” by Sharon Giammatteo, PT PhD

Reflection Therapy is a simple easy to use method that uses homeopathic doses of color, shapes, and intention to make changes. Again very powerful. “Reflection Therapy” by Sharon Giammatteo PT, PhD and Tom Giammatteo, PT, DC, ND

And a simple take home technique that is so powerful most people won’t do it because it looks too simple. I’ll give it to you and let you know ,that if you do it every day, a few times a day, for the next year, your life will change, in ways that you can’t even imagine. Try it and let me know what happens! I learned it from many different people and methods but Eckart Tolle and John Major Jenkins describe it in the most simple and powerful ways. The technique is this:

Everyday, numerous times a day, notice your breath; notice your “in” breath and notice the “out” breath. And notice the space in between your “out” breath and the beginning of the “in” breath. Notice it for 3 cycles of in/out and then leave it alone. Get back to your life. You can do this while someone is talking to you, while driving, while resting quietly in bed, anywhere you are. Try it when you’re stressed and when you’re relaxed. Make sure you pay attention and notice what you notice. I won’t go into what it’s all about or why you do it. Read Echart Tolle or listen to John Major Jenkins and you can understand.

that’s it! have fun with it and let me know what happens!

Ralph Havens


Living a Detox Lifestyle *Part II* Guide to Organic Produce

May 9, 2008

Veggies and Fruits that are Highest in Pesticides

  • Apples
  • Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Grapes (imported)
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Potatoes
  • Red Raspberries
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Fruits and Veggies that are Lowest in Pesticides.
    If organic varieties are not available, these fresh fruits and vegetables consistently have the lowest levels of pesticides. These are the safest choices for conventionally grown produce.

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn (sweet)
  • Kiwi
  • Mangos
  • Onions
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Peas (sweet)