It’s Official: Colon Cleanses are not only useless but they are a danger to your health.
A brand new study published in the Journal of Family Practice this month done by researchers at Georgetown University has not only shown that there is no evidence to back the claims that colon cleansing id bad for you but colon cleanses can be extremely dangerous causing side-effects ranging from cramping to kidney failure and even death.
The studies showed that the most dangerous cleanses were procedures called colonic irrigation or colonic hydrotherapy which involved the use of chemicals followed by flushing the colon with water through a tube inserted into the rectum. The spas or clinics are operated by practitioners who call themselves ‘colon hygienists’ but they have no medical training whatsoever.
Dr.Mishori, a family physician at the Georgetown University School of medicine examined 20 studies published in the last decade. While these reports showed little evidence of benefits, there was an abundance of studies noting the side-effects following the use of cleansing products including cramping, bloating, nausea, vomiting, electrolyte imbalance and kidney failure of which seven deaths were recorded.
The human body is the most magnificent organism on this planet and goes through billions of chemical transactions daily in order to maintain a condition of balance. It truly knows how to look after itself and it is usually the owner of that body that disturbs the inner balance. From the time the sperm fertilizes the egg until the time that baby is born, trillions and trillions of biochemical transactions will be completed and more than 98% of the time a perfectly formed human being will be produced without any errors.
As humans we have many ways of abusing our bodies, overeating, eating poor quality foods, smoking, excess drinking and in some cases it is a tradeoff between pleasure and suffering. There is no pleasure in a colon cleanse and there may be some drastic side effects. The truth is that most people do not need them.
Up until this most recent study, there were very few scientific studies done in the health food industry. Most of the information was contained in anecdotal stories passed on from person to person and described in health books. The story of colon cleansing started with John Wayne, the actor, when he was dying of cancer in the late seventies. After he died his autopsy showed, according to the story, somewhere between twenty and forty pounds of excrement in his colon. The reason why this excrement did not pass out of his system was because Mr. Wayne was taking huge doses of narcotics for his severe pain. These narcotics totally anaesthetize smooth muscle wall and make it impossible to defecate. And yet the sellers of colon cleanses give you the impression that this buildup of bacteria and parasites in the excrement can kill you unless you do a cleanse. Nothing could be further from the truth.
After the upper and lower intestines have absorbed all the nutrients from the digested food, the remaining bacteria and undigested food is left in the colon whereupon it is formed into a stool which irritates the smooth muscle forcing it to contract and push this material out of your body. The critical part of this process is that the exact amount of sodium, potassium, magnesium and other ions along with water must be absorbed to maintain proper electrolyte balance. These minerals carry the electronic messages and if they are disturbed and your electrolyte balance goes out of whack, you could suffer cramps, diarrhea, muscle spasms, terrible fluctuation in blood pressure, heart arrhythmias and even a heart attack and die. So why would anyone want to interfere with the normal way your body eliminates waste, bacteria and toxins.
Regularity is defined as having regular bowel movements. For some people that is once a day, for others it may be once every second day but the proponents of colon cleanses want us going two or more times each day and this can be very dangerous. These so-called experts have very serious medical credentials and yet when I check them out they turn out to be fakes.
Dr.Peter Wina of the Walter Reed Medical Centre has written numerous
articles about colon cleanses and yet a check of their website indicates that there is no such person at this prestigious medical centre in Maryland. Then there is Dr.Frank Nova,” Chief of the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases of the National Institute of Health” He is the author of numerous papers on the dangers of parasites in the colon. It turns out that that Dr.Louis Miller is the Chief and Dr.Franklin Neva is section head of the Parasite Diseases Section. He also claims to be a member of the Royal Academy of Physicians of Great Britain. There is a Royal College of Physicians but no Royal Academy. In fact I challenge any of my readers to come up with a legitimate researcher with any type of degree in the sciences who feels that colon cleanses are beneficial. Once you check their university affiliation you will quickly find how bogus these people truly are.
A tremendous number of iridologists and naturopaths prescribe colon cleanses to remove parasites from your body. If you have ever been to one of these practitioners, did you provide stool samples that were tested by an independent lab? That is what a family physician would do and that is the only way to truly determine if you are infected with a parasitic disease of the colon. We have a few parasites that infect young children in this country, pinworm, roundworm, tapeworm and Giardia lamblia. These are the only parasites that live in the intestinal tract. Parasitic diseases such as Malaria are blood-borne and indigenous to tropical climates. Common non-intestinal parasites include the sexually transmitted parasite T.vaginalis (which affects up to 300,000 annually in Canada) and lice (pubic, body and head). No amount of colon cleansing will ever rid your body of these non-colon inhabiting pests. In fact, there is no guarantee that a colon cleanse will remove intestinal parasites but you can purchase over-the-counter remedies for roundworm and pinworm at a pharmacy.
Most adults acquire parasites by eating raw and undercooked food, contaminated water or in the case of Malaria, by being bitten by a mosquito. Usually these infections happen outside of the country. Most of the parasitic infections we see here in Canada occur in patients with AIDS who have severely compromised immune systems and have no defense against these organisms. The majority of people who live in Canada have healthy immune systems which protect them from infectious parasites.
Who does need a colon cleanse? If you suffer from a serious disease such as cancer that requires taking narcotic drugs on a regular basis, then you should be assisting your colon to remove the excrement. Most colon cleanses contain laxatives, cascara sagrada, senna and psyllium and a cancer patient would do a cleanse to relieve constipation or would simply use a natural laxative preparation, such as Kolinade, on a regular basis. If you are an obese diabetic and are very sedentary you may need to do a cleanse if you are constipated and if you take narcotics or just are sedentary because of back, leg or hip problems you may need a cleanse to relieve your constipation. However, if you do a cleanse you must hydrate your body with water rich in minerals. If you do not do this you will make your medical condition even worse. For instance, a loss of just potassium and calcium can cause harm to your teeth, bones, nerve impulses, blood sugar levels and even the delivery of oxygen to the cells of the body. Electrolyte loss can cause your kidney to shut down and your heart to stop beating resulting in a heart attack or death.
Many women do a coloncleanse to begin a diet. The water loss may be anywhere from 6 to 10 pounds but this is only temporary and may be dangerous if these women do not hydrate themselves with mineral rich water. A colon cleanse will also remove a large amount of your normal flora bacteria in the lower intestine and thus require a probiotic acidophilus supplement. Otherwise you may be susceptible to bacterial or fungal infections while doing your colon cleanse.
Your body is not dirty. Your body does not need to have its blood, arteries or intestines cleansed. It takes care of these functions all by itself. Your body is not a car. It does not have a radiator and therefore is does not require a spring and fall flush of its liquids. It would not surprise me if one of the colon cleanse companies came out with a new product that incorporated nanotechnology. Each pill would contain a miniaturized cleaning lady with a brush and a pail. She would wash and clean your blood, scrub down your arterial walls, clean out your intestines and colon and just before she was about to expire, she would flush herself out of your rectum. If you truly want to cleanse your body, fast for a day, for this is the most natural of all cleanses.
Colon cleansing is not a shortcut to good health. You still have to eat healthy food, exercise, get a good night’s sleep and take your nutritional supplements. These four pillars of good health will help you to achieve such excellent intestinal and colon health that you will never require a colon cleanse aid.