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The Lymphatic System: Ignored, Misunderstood and Neglected





Gloria Gilbère

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A regular column by Gloria Gilbère N.D., D.A.Hom., Ph.D.



Gloria Gilbère is an internationally respected traditional naturopath, homeopath and doctor of natural health. Author of the bestselling books 'I was Poisoned by my Body' and 'Invisible Illnesses', she restored her own health after suffering from leaky gut syndrome, fibromyalgia, and multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), and now successfully helps others do the same. She focuses on finding drug-free solutions to 'invisible illnesses' such as these which she refers to as Multiple Allergic Response Syndromes (MARS™).


You can now benefit from Gloria's wisdom and experience by visiting us at The Environmental Illness Resource regularly to read her latest column!



Monday, February 12th 2007:



The Lymphatic System – Ignored, Misunderstood and Neglected

by Gloria Gilbère, N.D., D.A.Hom., PhD.


Without the lymphatic system, life cannot be sustained – people rarely hear about it or understand its complex work.


The lymph system is closely related to the cardiovascular system, although its major function is as a defense mechanism. It….


  • filters disease-causing organisms
  • manufactures white blood cells
  • generates antibodies
  • distributes fluids and nutrients
  • drains excess fluids and proteins left behind by capillary circulation – preventing tissue swelling
  • is the inner excretory mechanism of the body – four times larger than the blood system
  • provides the means for each cell to eliminate waste


The fluid that circulates within the system is called lymph. It is derived from blood plasma, although clearer and more watery, lymph seeps through capillary walls to fill tissue spaces. Besides lymph, the lymphatic system includes lymphatic capillaries, larger vessel lymph nodes, glands, spleen, tonsils, and thymus.


Lymph and lymphatic vessels come into much more intimate relationships with metabolic tissues than blood. However, unlike the blood system utilizing the heart as a pump, the lymph system, like veins, relies on skeletal muscle contractions to pump its components. Stimulating lymphatics with massage allows toxic sticky mucoid substances to be dumped into the colon for elimination.


There are several effective lymphatic drainage and stimulation techniques. A patient experiencing fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue or chronic inflammation should consider that a toxic, sluggish lymphatic system is the core of fluid retention, muscle soreness and generalized inflammation.


After counseling thousands of clients with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, Multiple Allergic Response Syndromes (MARS™), I find three methods of lymphatic stimulation most effective.


Rebounding – Lymph Stimulation and Body “Lift”
Functional foods, supplemental nutrients, and various detoxification and rejuvenation techniques cannot totally repair and maintain health when the lymphatic system is not stimulated to assist the body in eliminating toxic residue.


One of the most beneficial lymph stimulating exercises for overall benefits and reduction of symptoms from fibromyalgia/inflammatory-type disorders is rebounding. Victims of these disorders do not have exercise tolerance. Rebounding works with gravity, not against it – protecting against strains and injuries to bones and joints while stimulating lymphatic flow like no other stimulation method accomplishes. At first, start with three minutes and do not lift feet off the mat, simply bounce gently. Note: Be sure to purchase a rebounder with a stabilizer bar. Unlike mini-trampolines, rebounders have extra heavy shock absorbers.
According to Dr. Morton Walker, “…with each gentle bounce, approximately 60 trillion body cells are pitted against the earth’s gravitational pull – strengthening every cell in the body while saving strain on its muscles and joints.”


Rebounding supports reduction of body fat, firms and strengthens muscles, increases agility, improves balance, provides aerobic effects, rejuvenates a tired body, and creates a state of health and fitness.


Skin Brushing – Its Benefits
Skin brushing, done concurrently with rebounding and gastrointestinal cleansing, is highly effective for gently stimulating lymphatic flow and overall detoxification. The skin, the largest organ of elimination and absorption, eliminates over one pound of waste per day. Dry skin brushing stimulates sweat glands and increases blood circulation to underlying organs and tissues – a vital part of an intestinal cleansing program. Note: Use a natural bristle brush. Gently brush from the extremities to the center of the body. For a detailed diagram of skin brushing, refer to I was Poisoned by my body.


Manual Lymphatic Stimulation Massage
This massage should be extremely gentle for the fibromyalgia patient. The therapist works from the colon to the periphery of the body – creating space for lymph fluid to drain. Undulating hand moves and specific light compression is applied to move fluid through the lymph and eliminate it via the colon – immediately reducing swelling. It is never acceptable to use aggressive massage for lymphatic drainage.


If you are a victim of the disorders described, consider detoxifying a sluggish lymphatic system through gentle encouragement to dump accumulated toxins, Naturally.



Walker, M. Jumping for Health
Gilbère, G. I was Poisoned by my body
Vodder, E. Dr. Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage, Vol. 1: Basic Course
Brophy, C. Carol’s Health Bounce, C.D, Needak Rebounders
Brooks, L. Rebounding to Better Health, Vitally Yours Center



Gloria consults worldwide via telephone, for more information log onto her website at


Next up (Mar 5): Inflammation and Invisible Illnesses



Book Giveaway!

**To celebrate the publication of her new column on The Environmental Illness Resource, Gloria is offering 3 signed copies of each of her 3 books listed below. To be the lucky recipient of one of the books simply email Gloria and let her know what you thought of her first column article and what subjects you would like her to write about in the future. That's it! Email Gloria at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Winners will be announced in a future article right here. **



Learn more from Gloria's books:



I Was Poisoned By My Body, The Odyssey of a Doctor Who Reversed Fibromyalgia, Leaky Gut Syndrome, and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity - Naturally!cover

I Was Poisoned By My Body, The Odyssey of a Doctor Who Reversed Fibromyalgia, Leaky Gut Syndrome, and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity - Naturally!


» Buy Now


Invisible Illnesses

Invisible Illnesses

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Pain/Inflammation Matters: Recipes for Life

Pain/Inflammation Matters: Recipes for Life

» Buy Now







The information provided is not to be construed as medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cures for any condition, disease or disorder. It is presented as educational and investigative material and the consumer assumes full-responsibility for using any product, procedure, protocol or therapy.

Gloria E. Gilbère, LLC, and its representatives, does not warrant and shall have no liability for information provided in this newsletter or on this website, intended or implied. Consult your health care professional for medical-related conditions or concerns.





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