The Most Overlooked Detoxification Network
by David DeHaas


The Lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. Imagine the tissues of your body oozing these toxins, someone has the job of absorbing the debris and moving it out. The Lymphatic system is a network of very small tubes (vessels) that drain Lymph fluid from all over the body. There are 600 to 700 Lymph nodes in the human body, containing 45 pints of Lymph fluid.

To put that into perspective, your blood system contains about 10 - 12 pints and contains a great pump— the heart. The Lymphatic system has no such pump. Think of these little nodes as tiny toilets. The only way the tiny nodes flush is when you are moving. Using a Vibration System or jumping on a trampoline is a great way to get the “toilets” to flush. 

The primary function of the Lymphatic system is to transport Lymph, a fluid containing infection fighting white blood cells, throughout the body.

The Lymphatic system has multiple interrelated functions: It is responsible for the removal of interstitial fluid (old gunk) from tissues.

You may have a lymphatic blockage if you have any of the following symptoms: 

•      Swelling in hands, feet, & ankles (not limited to those areas)
•      Water retention
•      Muscle & joint stiffness (especially when
        you first wake up)
•      Fibromyalgia
•      Itchy skin
•      Sore throat
•      Fatigue
•      Cellulite
•      Glandular fever
•      Hodgkin’s disease
•      Oedema/Edema
•      Tonsillitis

Swollen Lymph Nodes can feel like you have a knot or bulge where the Lymph Node has gotten stagnant. If this old sludge is not moved out it can become cancerous. This Lymph eventually makes its way to the Superior Vena Cava vein — essentially, the heart. Once in the blood system, the liver will do its best to clean up those toxins. In this manner, the liver can be overrun with so much toxic matter that it becomes “fatty”. 

To keep the Lymphatic system clean do the following:

•      Drink more water.
•      Move. Contraction of the muscles helps move Lymph, use a vibration machine to move lymph fluid.
•      Get a Lymph massage.
•      Do a Liver cleanse.
•      Get a Colonic to cleanse the colon.

If the Colon is dirty the lymph will be toxic as well.  The average person packs 12 -15 lbs of old fecal matter.  The lymphatic system will be absorbing some of the debris oozing out of the colon.  Without colon cleansing you will continue to circulate toxic matter until one day a node gets trapped with serious sludge that may become cancerous.  It’s so much easier to be proactive than reactive.  Maintaining a healthy eco system with Regular Cleansing is the key to a healthier life.

David DeHaas is a colon hydrotherapist and naturopathic health coach at Living Waters
Wellness Center, in Boise. For more information, call 208-378-9911 or visit