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Podcast 366: CastorPatch
Spencer Feldman from Remedy Link explains how CastorPatch can be used for female-specific issues. Castor oil has been an important tool for detoxification since antiquity.
Martin: Hello, everybody! Martin Pytela here for the Life Enthusiast online radio and TV network, restoring vitality to you and to the planet. I’m here with Spencer Feldman of RemedyLink. Spencer, how are you?
Spencer: I’m doing great, thanks Martin!
Martin: Spencer, we have had many conversations in the past. This time, I would like to focus on the product you have developed, called CastorPatch. I am personally quite familiar with castor oil. I have used it the old fashioned way. In the 1980s I read Bernard Jensen’s books about the liver and detoxification, so I soaked many good towels with castor oil that I attempted to wash, but ended up throwing away. That’s my background on castor oil, as far as the non-fun part. The fun part was – I really did do a lot of happy detoxing with that. So let’s talk about castor oil! What does it do for a human?
Spencer: Castor oil has got a very long history, going back to Biblical times, going back to ancient Egypt. You know, it’s called Palma Christi, the hand of Christ. It’s an amazing plant. The castor bean itself is very toxic, ricin comes from that, but castor oil doesn’t have the ricin, it’s just the oil. It has been used for ages. You can take it for constipation, but that’s not necessarily a good experience. Edgar Casey, the sleeping prophet of the last century, was a huge fan of castor oil, and he would recommend it all the time, soaking it like you did, in the linen cloth, putting it on the abdomen, wrapping it up and putting heat on it. And what castor oil seems to be doing is working on adhesions and detox.
When we say detox, what we really mean is a lymphatic stimulation, lymphatic detox. But one of the lesser known things is that it is great for adhesions. Adhesions are little tension strictures in the body, that keeps the organs from moving properly. If you’re familiar with osteopathy, you know that each of the organs has a bit of mobility to it. Left, right, up, down, back, forth, rotation… with every breath, and the organs are supposed to be able to slide one on top of the other. Now, in some cases, the organs get stuck to one another and that causes all sorts of problems.
One of the main ways you can adhesion is with any kind of abdominal surgery or a C-section. Here you can see a picture of adhesion, and you can see it’s like these fibrous bands sticking things from point A to point B. That is not what we want. One of the things that adhesions can do is cause strictions in the colon, but specifically for women, one of the things that you’ll find is problems with uterus. 40% of women have some degree of prolapsed uterus. If you look at women on ultrasound, you’ll see that the uterus is supposed to cup over the bladder a little bit. And sometimes it bends too much, and presses on the bladder, and a woman is constantly having to pee. Or sometimes it actually retrogrades and goes backwards and puts pressure on the colon, causing constipation.
The female period is not supposed to be painful. When women are having painful periods, a lot of the time it’s because the uterus is in the wrong place, because it’s getting pulled, the round ligaments are pulling the uterus down, or there’s something in there pulling the uterus in an off position. So, while you can use castor oil in the classic sense, abdominally, over the liver, the main way I see castor oil benefiting is for women over their uterus.
The center of a woman is her womb, that is kind of her center. And if the woman is carrying tension in her uterus and it’s being pulled, then it’s going to bend and press in weird ways. And the ability of a woman to have painless periods, to be fertile, and to have a graceful menopause, is dependent on the uterus. Now, the uterus is the most mobile organ in the body. Up, down, left, right back forth, doubles in size when it’s filled with blood during ovulation.
Martin: And then try the pregnancy!
Spencer: Right! So the uterus has a lot of mobility, and that’s its weakness. Because it’s so hyper mobile, it can get stuck in the wrong place. A lot of women who are having fertility issues (25% of couples struggle to get pregnant, trying longer than a year to conceive), you’d be surprised how many of these women have a uterus placed in such a way that the egg can’t really get in! So there are a couple of ways you could deal with this. One way is with abdominal massage, these things called the Maya Massage, or Arvigo method, and there are more methods, where you can massage the ligaments from the outside, and loosen things up from the outside, and try to get the uterus back into a more ideal position.
Before the days of political correctness and lawsuits, if you were to look in the old manuals of osteopathy, they would talk about how to intervaginally, with your fingers, go in, and reposition the uterus for a woman. This was especially important back in those days, because, women were wearing corsets, and they were jamming their organs – their liver and uterus were totally deformed and in the wrong spots because of these corsets. It was worse than it is now. And so the doctors asked: what are we going to do now? The word “hysterical” comes from hyster, which means womb. And indeed, if a woman has a misplaced uterus, or if she’s taken a blow to the sacrum, and it has jammed up the ligaments and pulled, the uterus out of position, it could make you a little crazy! So back in the 1950s, when they were saying: “you are being hysterical,” they were not saying you are weak, they were really saying “your womb is out of whack and it’s affecting you, let’s get this fixed.”
One thing you could do – on the outside of the body without becoming invasive – is you can look at the uterus with ultrasound and then from the outside, manipulate the ligaments and try to loosen everything up, until you see it pop back in place. One of the things that’s important for women to understand is that the five to ten days after you give birth are vitally important. Stay in bed. Or five days in bed, then five days on the couch. Because you’ve got all this extra space there now that the baby is not there, the uterus has to shrink down and take its proper place. And when you see women going out, going for runs, lifting heavy objects, walking around right after giving birth, you know women observing traditionally rooted cultures would never do this. That was crazy talk! In the traditional cultures, they knew that a woman had to have a sacred space after childbirth, where everything could settle back in place, because if not, periods become painful, menopause would be difficult, and fertility may be affected.
So you know what I would like to tell our female population is: make a space for yourself for at least five to ten days with hot pads to help everything stay in place, maybe tilt your hips up a little bit, so it falls in the right position and doesn’t slide down. If you know someone who can do a massage, abdominal massage, great! If you have an osteopath who could do those old school osteopathic protocols, fantastic. I like using ultrasound, I like to be able to see exactly what I’m looking at, and know when I’m moving things in the right direction. In the absence of all that – here comes castor oil! You can do a castor patch!
Martin: And how does one apply this? How does it get used specifically?
Spencer: So I did what you did, I took the castor oil and I put it in a piece of cloth with the heating pad, and sat there, and made a horrific mess. It worked, but I just didn’t want to do it anymore. But I kept thinking, it’s good stuff, I think I would like to be able to get it on the uteruses of women that are having issues or that kind of stuff. So, this is what I did: I designed a protocol where I turned the castor oil into a gel, it is in a gel form when it’s cold. Then I got an adhesive, a clear bandage material. And the way CastorPatch works is you put the castor oil in the fridge, and when you take it out, it is turned into a gel for probably five minutes, so you have five minutes to work it, you put it on the adhesive bandage, and then you lay that over the area of interest – uterus, liver, abdominal area, wherever you want.
There is a learning curve, you might not get it right the first time, but if you apply it properly it will not leak for at least an hour. So you can put it on and you can walk, you can sit down, you can do what you’re going to do, and it will hold it against that area. And then, every ten minutes you look down and check it and you’ll see the oil slowly making its way to the edge of the bandage, because the whole thing is transparent. And when you see that it maybe has got a quarter of an inch left to go, you maybe lay on your back. And then when it finally gives up and leaks, when the castor oil has broken through the seal, you just take a paper towel, wipe it off, throw it away. So it allows you to have the castor oil experience. Preferably, don’t walk around. If you lay on your back and maybe read a book, it can last for two hours. But it allows you to do it in a way that is not a complete and absolute mess.
The other thing is that I put some ginger and some eating herbs in there. If you don’t want to put the hot pad on, you don’t have to, the heat of your skin will do that for you, although, it is recommended to speed it up with some added temperature.
Martin: So how many do you send in a package?
Spencer: It really depends on how big of a patch you want to make. You can get anywhere from ten to twenty patches from the amount of bandage material included, depending on the size you’re working with, and then you get the castor oil itself. You can get just a set of extra bandages from us, because you might go through all of the bandages and still have half of the gel.
Martin: Awesome! Well explained! The effects of it, as I remember it, were quite encouraging. My liver cleanse came with a big relief from allergies and congestion, and I just had more energy afterwards, so I recommend it to anyone who’s got congestive type of problems in the body. Would you know if there’s any tie between endometriosis and this issue?
Spencer: Yeah, absolutely! Also ovarian torsion, and all sorts of things like that. If an organ is not in its proper position, it’s not going to be able to get nutrition in or toxins out. There are these sections in the bottom of the pelvis, where fluids accumulate in trauma, and some women have build up of fluids there, because that system is not moving properly, it is not bringing fluid in and out.
Martin: Okay, thank you very much, Spencer!
Spencer: You’re welcome!
Martin: Thank you for listening! This was Spencer Feldman from RemedyLink! I am Martin Pytela, health coach on www.life-enthusiast.com, restoring vitality to you, and to the planet! See you next time!!