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Urge caution re colonic cleansers, etc.

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Old 03-09-2007, 08:06 AM   #1
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Urge caution re colonic cleansers, etc.

It seems that this method has become popular as of late and before even considering trying it, please consider doing plenty of research beforehand. And research it from sources not looking to make a profit at your expense and I am not just referring to money.
The American Cancer Society to name one regards this procedure as useless and potentially risky at worst:

"Colon Therapy

Other common name(s): Colonic Irrigation, High Colonic, Detoxification Therapy, Colon Hydrotherapy, Coffee Enemas, Enema Irrigation, Hydro-Colon Therapy, High Enema

Scientific/medical name(s): None

Colon therapy is the cleansing of the large intestine (colon) through the administration of water, herbal solutions, enzymes, or other substances such as coffee.

There is no scientific evidence that colon therapy is effective in treating cancer or any other disease. Colon therapy can be dangerous and can cause infection or death.
What is the evidence?

There is no scientific evidence supporting the claims on which colon therapy is based. It is known that most digestive processes take place in the small intestine, where nutrients are absorbed into the body. What remains enters the large intestine, where it passes to the rectum for elimination after water and minerals are extracted. There is no scientific evidence that toxins accumulate on intestinal walls, or that toxicity results from poor elimination of waste from the colon.
Are there any possible problems or complications?

The machines used for colon therapy are illegal unless used during conventional medical treatment. Colon therapy can be dangerous, and deaths have resulted from contaminated equipment, electrolyte (salt and mineral) imbalance, or perforation (puncture or breakage) of intestinal walls. People with diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, CrohnÂ’s disease, severe hemorrhoids, rectal or colon tumors, or recovering from bowel surgery may be at higher risk of bowel injury. People with kidney or heart failure may be more likely to experience fluid overload or electrolyte imbalances. In addition, many substances can be absorbed into the body from the colon walls, which can cause toxic or allergic reactions. Colon therapy can also cause discomfort and cramps. Relying on this type of treatment alone, and avoiding or delaying conventional medical care, may have serious health consequences."

Additional research at websites for Harvard Medical School and the Mayo Clinic also include powdered and herbal cleansers taken orally as having a high risk potential. For those who have serious bowel obstructions, tears in lining and other unknown GI issues, it's always best to seek professional medical help rather then doctoring and self-diagnosing yourself.

Best wishes, Donegal27

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