What does your company do?
A: We are an herbal products company that specializes in high quality and time tested herbal cleansing formulas. Our flagship products of over 30 years are deep internal cleansing products well known for helping people transform their lives physically, emotionally and spiritually. As the product line is re-established over the coming year we will also offer a number of other all natural products, including enzymes, electrolytes, trace minerals, herbal teas, cleanse worthy seasonings and more.
How long have you been in business?
A: Arise & Shine’s Chomper and Herbal Nutrition were first introduced in 1986. The company has gone through a number of changes over the decades however ownership has always been held by either Richard Anderson and/or Avona L’Carttier.
May I speak with Dr. Anderson?
A: Richard Anderson has retired to write and continue his research projects and is no longer involved in the company. We hope that he will release several new books over the next few years.
Can I buy, or pick up, at your store?
A: We do not have any stores; all products are sold direct online to keep prices as low as possible to you our valued customer. However, when in Western Washington state it is possible to arrange a “will call” at our warehouse ahead of time.
I'm concerned about losing too much weight on The Cleanse.
A: Most people find that their weight stabilizes quite nicely after a Cleanse. During your Cleanse you can take organically produced green supplements and other electrolyte rich foods.
What are Wild-Crafted Herbs?
A: Wild-crafted herbs are herbs grown and collected in their natural wild habitat. Such herbs tend to have greater potency than their cultivated counterparts.
What are Electrolytes?
A: Electrolytes are special minerals (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, lithium and phosphorus) that are used at a cellular level (especially nerve, heart, muscle) to maintain voltages across cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses (nerve impulses, muscle contractions) across themselves and to other cells. They are essential for the life and function of every cell in our body. They also are essential for the efficient digestion of food, for transporting nutrients and waste in and out of cells, for enzyme function, building bone and all other metabolic functions. Some electrolytes are life-essential in maintaining proper pH in our cells and fluids. The kidneys work to keep the electrolyte concentrations in the blood constant, despite changes in the body. For example, heavy exercise depletes electrolytes, particularly sodium and potassium, through sweating. Replacement of these key minerals is essential to keep the electrolyte concentrations of body fluids constant. Electrolytes are also diminished by the consumption of acid forming foods and by Cleansing. People who do not eat enough fruit and vegetables can easily become electrolyte deficient. Electrolyte deficiencies are common and are associated with ill health.
What is meant by organic minerals?
A: Many doctors, including PhD’s conducting research at medical labs use the term “organic” to describe minerals that have passed through the plant kingdom which through photosynthesis, have been chelated to a protein molecule and transmuted from an ionic bond, normal in minerals from rock, to a covalent bond.
Basically, when a plant protein (proteins are composed of amino acids; the building blocks of the human body) attaches to a mineral, it creates an organic compound. Organic compounds are defined as compounds containing carbon. Perhaps it could be better stated that they are organic mineral compounds, however, standard nomenclature is organic mineral. Minerals in this form are able to be metabolized and used in the body. For example: these factors allow the body to separate minerals such as sodium and chloride, as in sodium chloride. Separating sodium from chloride allows the body to discard the chloride. Chloride is highly toxic and is what causes sodium chloride to be so toxic, caustic and threatening to those who have high blood pressure, etc.
Amino acids are biological compounds that contain carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen along with other elements.
Can children take Arise & Shine products and do the Cleanse?
A: No. Our Cleanses are designed for adults only!
Can I eat nuts, seeds or grains on the Cleanse?
A: We provide a list of what foods are best to eat and to avoid. As a rule these foods slow the cleansing down and should be avoided. However, sometimes we need to slow the cleansing down. Please see our free downloadable Cleanse Guide for more details.
Should I still take my medication and daily supplements while I cleanse?
A: We recommend you check with your prescribing health care practitioner before using The Cleanse while taking your medication. Your health care practitioner should monitor medication for your needs for medication can change during a Cleanse. You may take your normal daily supplements except when on our deepest phase. If you decide to take your daily supplement, it is best to avoid supplements that are protein based, that contain salt, soy, dairy or foods listed on the acid-forming foods list. It is also best to avoid probiotics that contain large amounts of lactobacillus, which is extremely acid-forming. You can however, take our Flora Grow, which contains strains natural to the human body and will not produce an acid environment.
What about working out while on the Cleanse 28 or Cleanse 14 Program?
A: You can work out lightly during your Cleanse. By the second week one should go to non-aerobic forms of exercise like light yoga, Tai Chi, walking or gentle swimming. Jogging, rebounding or any activity that creates sweat or bouncing of the intestine is not recommended. Remember that when you exercise vigorously you are using electrolyte minerals that you may need for cleansing. In general, cleansing is a good time to rest and tune into your body and spirit. When you complete your cleanse you can return to your normal workout with renewed vitality. In fact, you will be amazed at how much energy you will have.
What can I use as a sweetener?
A: One of the benefits of cleansing that many people report is a decrease in their cravings for sweets. If you do want to sweeten something, organic Stevia, honey, molasses and maple syrup are all good. However, do not use any sweeteners when doing the deepest phase; the Master Phase with water only, as any sweetener during this period will significantly reduce the effectiveness of this life-changing phase.
Are Sea Salt and Braggs OK?
A: No. Sea salt is not an organic mineral, it is abrasive to the intestines and can significantly interfere with the removal of mucoid plaque. Braggs, a soy sauce alternative, is okay when only small amounts are used on food. It is not, however, recommended when on the deeper phases, as it can produce salt-like reactions (mild edema).
What can I use as a salt substitute?
A: A variety of sea vegetables provide a good salty flavor. Dulse, Kelp and celery seed are best. If you must have salt use Celtic sea salt or a salt that has been sun dried, be aware that salt will greatly slow down or stop cleansing as it seems to harden plaque..
What spices can I use?
A: You can use all spices except black pepper, salt and salt products.
What snacks can I have?
A: Raw fruits and vegetables are the best choices.
When can I snack?
A: You can eat 45 to 60 minutes before or after a shake (except on the master phases)
Can I do only a week of Mildest Phase and then a week of the Master Phase?
Are there heavy metals in the Trace Minerals supplement that I should be concerned about?
A: There are heavy metals in almost everything including Trace Minerals. There are heavy metals in the foods you eat and if it’s commercially grown, then there are more from pesticide residues. Arsenic, lead and other heavy metals are in pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. The question is, are naturally occurring heavy metals that are bound with plant proteins toxic? Evidence suggests they are not; however, we are not aware of any studies on this, so we can’t say with certainty.
What is Mucoid Plaque?
A:Mucoid plaque can be described as a gel-like, viscous and slimy mucus that forms as a layer or layers covering the inner lining of various hollow organs, especially the organs of the alimentary canal. It appears to develop in the presence of acids, where that mucus is secreted and coagulates.
As it continues to develop from unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits, mucoid plaque can harbor toxins and interfere with nutrient absorption, in a sense robbing your body of the vital components it needs to function. The Cleanse has been specifically formulated for, and is effective in assisting your body in removing ‘mucoid plaque’.*
• In most people, mucoid plaque is 1/64th to 1/4th inch thick, but occasionally may be more than 1 inch thick.
• Not everyone has mucoid plaque, but over 95% of people who have cleansed, have eliminated at least some mucoid plaque.
• Some who have a high intake of table salt have trouble removing the plaque.
• Mucoid plaque can be a variety of colors: white, yellow, gray, greenish, tan, light or dark brown, black, and even blackish green.
• Mucoid plaque can range from stiff and hard to soft and more flexible. For some people herbs even liquefy the plaque and they release globs of mucous!
• Mucoid plaque is often shiny or smooth; some pieces may look like rope, showing striations, smoothness, overlaps, or creases.
• Sections of plaque as large as 2-4 feet long or more are not entirely uncommon, however most cleansers can expect plaque to come out in sections on average of 6-18 inches long.
Why do I sometimes see a Proposition 65 Warning?
Proposition 65 is short for California Proposition 65, also known as The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Water Enforcement Act of 1986. It requires that any product or facility that contains a chemical known to cause cancer or birth defects must include a warning when the chemical is present above a pre-determined “safe harbor” limit.
Because Arise & Shine products are offered and sold to residents of the state of California we are required to inform Californians if one of approximately 800 substances on a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm is contained within our products. This list includes many substances that are naturally occurring in small or trace amounts in many botanicals, as well as broccoli, spinach and other common foods.
This well intentioned law has a few inherent flaws that affect all of us doing business with Californians. Because our products are of botanical origin, we have placed Prop 65 warnings on most of our products to ensure complete compliance with this state’s law. Arise & Shine products are completely safe for consumption, only contain ingredients generally recognized as safe (GRAS) and meet all federal safety standards.
So what about heavy metals? We all know the hazards of possibly ingesting aluminum or arsenic in their raw state on the earth’s surface. Many heavy metals are toxic to the body and its good advice to avoid them. It is important to understand that once fulvic acid has prepared elemental minerals in the soil, they become transformed. Next with the process of photosynthesis and further transformation, they can now be stored in the plant tissues as an organic substance in a new covalent bond form. Our bodies are able to break down these covalent bonds and utilize the nutrients or eliminate them. One issue is that even though they are now in an organic state, they still retain their name as lead, arsenic etc. The classification of all minerals as the same regardless of their organic or inorganic state, breeds confusion, and the thought that they are always toxic, and this is not always the case.
There are some minerals that have been chelated to a protein molecule through commercial processes, which are known as mineral chelates. Some studies have shown that “organic” selenium, zinc and iron, which are highly toxic and have caused death in many people, are not toxic at all in the organic form. Organic minerals from plants are all the better. But again, because of a lack of research we can’t say for sure that all heavy metals in the organic form are non-toxic. However, we find, a person cannot maintain proper digestion of foods without chlorine, as it is a component of hydrochloric acid. Deficiencies of colloidal arsenic can include depressed growth, impaired fertility and myocardial damage. We can have a deficiency of iron in our blood and at the same time have severe iron toxicity, because a person took inorganic iron supplements. This is common and many children have died from iron toxicity. There is no evidence that organic iron supplements have ever caused iron toxicity.
The point is we ingest many of these elementals in all of our fruits and vegetables every day. These substances in their organic, chelated and colloidal form are crucial in our diet and health whether we know it or not. Also, it is good to remember that the earth’s crust is 8% aluminum and nature already knows how to manifest these elements into a form that we need in our bodies or can eliminate safely. There is research that suggests that organic aluminum can be transmutated into calcium and utilized in the body that way. While researchers are not sure if mercury has any benefits, we do know that the quantity which may be present in this mineral supplement is so infinitesimal that one analysis suggests a person would need to drink up to 140 bottles (twelve year supply) to match the mercury level in one can of tuna.
Knowledge is power and understanding.