What Dr.s Have To Say

”Visits to alternative practitioners outnumber visits to conventional doctors 4 to 1...because conventional medicine doesn’t have all the answers. There is a refusal to acknowledge that we may not have all the answers.” Robynne Chutkan, MD - Integrative Gastroenterologist (as seen on Dr. Oz 2/21/13)

Dr. Joseph Fiorito, Chief Of Gastroenterology...

Dr. Joseph Fiorito, Chief Of Gastroenterology...

Click here & watch 2 minute video - “Comfortable Alternative” to Colonoscopy Preparation.Colon Hydrotherapy is being used by Dr. Joseph Fiorito, MD - Chief of Gastroenterology at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut for Colonoscopy Preparation! This is a GREAT NEW ALTERNATIVE for GASTROENTEROLOGISTS to use for preparing a patient for a colonoscopy. This method is CONSIDERED EASIER and MORE COMFORTABLE then traditional methods involving several types of laxatives (such as Golytely® or Fleets Phospho-Soda®). DR. FIORITO says, “The machine infuses warm filtered water throughout the colon, and there is a therapist that massages the abdomen & cleanses the colon.” He says FLUSHING WATER IN AND OUT IS A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE TO LIQUID LAXATIVES THAT CAN CAUSE A LOT OF DISCOMFORT the night before, especially for the elderly. Dr. Fiorito says, “Some of the preparations such as Fleet has resulted in kidney damage, kidney failure in the elderly, electrolyte abnormality, so there is some danger to some of these preparations for these patients.” Dr. Joseph Fiorito of Danbury Hospital says it’s all about removing the roadblocks to having a colonoscopy. Now a 2-day process is basically down to 2 hours. And with a HOSPITAL STUDY SHOWING COLON HYDROTHERAPY AS GOOD OR BETTER… doctors are encouraged more people will undergo colonoscopy in the fight against colon cancer, the 3rd leading cause of cancer deaths.
Click here to read Dr. Fiorito's complete Medical ResearchACG 2006: The American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting Title: HYDROTHERAPY COMPAIRED WITH PEG-ES LAVAGE AND AQUEOUS SODIUM PHOSPHATE AS BOWEL PREPARATION FOR ELECTIVE COLONOSCOPY: A PROSPECTIVE, RANDOMIZED, SINGLE BLINDED TRAIL. Joseph J. Fiorito, MD, Joan A Culpepper-Morgan, MD, Scott G. Estabrook, MD, Patricia Scofield, LPN, Victor Usatii, MD and Jodi Cuomo, RpH2. Gastroenterology, Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT United States. PURPOSE: Hydrotherapy is a method of colon cleansing using constant warm water lavage using a contained temperature and pressure controlled device administered by a trained technician. The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy and patient acceptance of same-day hydrotherapy (HYDRO) with polyethylene glycol-electrolyte lavage (PEG-ES) and aqueous sodium phosphate (ASP) in patients undergoing elective colonoscopy. CONCLUSION: The quality of colon cleansing, overall tolerance, comfort, and convenience were significantly better for HYDRO. In this study ASP was better than PEG-ES for the same parameters. Hydrotherapy should be further investigated as a viable alternative to PEG-ES and ASP for bowel preparation prior to colonoscopy. From http://www.dotoloresearch.com/acg2006.htm
Click here for more Medical Research re: Colonoscopy & ColonicsColon Hydrotherapy for Pre-endoscopy preparation Hebei Medical Journal, Dec 2004, Vol 25, No. 12 Nurse Hua JH, Surgeon Zhao Fa, Guo LinLi ABSTRACT: Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of colon hydrotherapy in preparing the large bowel for colonoscopy, as a new approach to pre-colonoscopy preparation. Method: Colon hydrotherapy was carried out in 690 patients who were scheduled for colon-oscopy. The degree of cleansing achieved was determined and documented after colonoscopy. Results: Colon hydrotherapy procedure carried out to prepare the large bowel for colonoscopy was successful in 98% of cases. Summary: Colon hydrotherapy is an effective means of cleansing the large bowel in cases undergoing colonoscopy. It is more effective than the use of either oral mannitol or magnesium sulfate as a means of cleansing the large intestines prior to colonoscopy. Colonoscopy is an important diagnostic procedure undertaken to evaluate colon disorder. Preparing the bowel is necessary prior to colonoscopy, to allow clear visualization of the bowel wall and any pathology within. There are presently a number of recommended measures to prepare the large bowel. These include the use of enema, oral mannitol and oral magnesium sulfate. At the hospital, we have been carrying out colon hydrotherapy using the Toxygen Model BSC UV colon hydrotherapy instrument manufactured by Dotolo Research USA prior to colonoscopy with the Olympus CF-230 colonoscopy since August 2000. Results have proved to be very satisfactory. From http://www.dotoloresearch.com/pre-endoscopy.htm
Do Doctors Recommend Colonics? YES, THEY DO!

Do Doctors Recommend Colonics? YES, THEY DO!

Townsend Letter For Doctors & Patients, Aug / Sept 2000 (#205/206)
"Value of Colon Hydrotherapy Verified by Medical Professionals Prescribing It", by Morton Walker, DPM

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James A. Wiltsie, M.D.

"As long as we continue to assume that the colon will take care of itself, just that long will we remain in complete ignorance of perhaps the most important source of ill health in the whole body.”

“A toxic colon is a feeder of disease!"

Ron Kennedy, MD

“Putrefying waste can lead to precancerous conditions in the colon."

"When food putrefies, the colon secretes mucus to protect itself. This mucus then glues the putrefied food to the colon wall where it may remain for years. If this has happened, there is little likelihood that you will be able to handle this problem by yourself. If it hasn't happened, you have no way of knowing it hasn't happened. Either way, I recommend at least one visit to a colon therapist. Everyone should have a dentist, and everyone should have a colon therapist.

I recognize that this is a frightening prospect. However, an experienced colon therapist can put you at ease and teach you more about your colon in one hour than you can ever learn from reading about the subject and much more than the typical physician knows.

So, how do you cleanse your colon? To be certain of the result, see a colon therapist."

Click here to read entire article from Ron Kennedy, MD

Rheumatologist - Arthur E. Brawer, M.D.

“Colon hydrotherapy eliminates from the bowel the repository of accumulated waste material which may disadvantageously get absorbed. If this absorption takes place, it overwhelms the other purification organs such as the liver, the kidneys, the skin, and the lungs. The toxin deposition which becomes lodged throughout the body’s tissues and cells becomes capable of triggering a variety of illnesses.”  
 
Taken from Townsend Letter For Doctors & Patients, Aug / Sept 2000 (#205/206)
"Value of Colon Hydrotherapy Verified by Medical Professionals Prescribing It", by Morton Walker, DPM, page 4
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Gastroenterologist - Leonard Smith, M.D.

“Too often health care practitioners give such vague generalized (and often inaccurate) advice as…. ‘A bowel movement every two or three days is okay.’…”
“…these are arcane attitudes being espoused by some who are not even reading their own literature.”

 
Taken from Townsend Letter For Doctors & Patients, Aug / Sept 2000 (#205/206)
"Value of Colon Hydrotherapy Verified by Medical Professionals Prescribing It", by Morton Walker, DPM, page 1
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Oncologist - Douglas Brodie, MD

“I have found over the years that cancer patients who are not doing well usually are toxic and not being cleansed. They certainly are in need of colon hydrotherapy….I do recommend that most of my cancer patients take colon hydrotherapy…because they often improve by having such treatment. Liver cancer in particular shows benefit from colon hydrotherapy, but any internal tumors show effectual change too.”
 
Taken from Townsend Letter For Doctors & Patients, Aug / Sept 2000 (#205/206)
"Value of Colon Hydrotherapy Verified by Medical Professionals Prescribing It", by Morton Walker, DPM, page 4
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Skeptical M.D. turned Believer

Internist - Thomas Dorman, M.D.

“I first heard the term colonics as a young doctor…. Immediately, I knew that it was a form of quackery. It is self evident that the bowel excretes the waste products of digestion regularly, naturally, and automatically. There is no need to interfere with nature.
 
“Much of my learning has come from  my patients….Patients have told me how their health, their malaise, their fatigue, their abdominal distention, their chronic bowel disturbances, and their dermatitis cleared up through the use of colonics. The first few times I heard the story, I knew that the patients were either crazy or the improvement was coincidental. How many times can you hear of such an account and continue to avoid the obvious out of sheer obstinacy? In my case, it was about half a dozen times.
 
“My resistance to quackery was diminishing….Was it conceivable, was it perhaps even possible, that this rather unsavory business with the dirty end of the bowel had something to do with health? I have come to the conclusion that colon therapy is not mysterious, is a useful adjunct to detoxification in a variety of illnesses in which the accumulation of toxins plays a major or contributory role to a person’s ill health; therefore, washing the lining of the bowel is just as sensible as maintaining the cleanliness in other parts of ourselves, and in the modern living environment, there is a tendency for the accumulation of toxins, increased constipation, increased concentration of the residue in the bowel because of a shortage of roughage in the diet; thus cleansing and irrigation is an advantage.”

“Most people are better off if their bowels move two to three times a day….
[T]hose whose bowels move two to three times a day fare better in their health and nutrition than those who are more constipated.”
 
Taken from Townsend Letter For Doctors & Patients, "  ", page
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Frank Shallenberger, MD HMD of Carson City, Nevada

“I support the use of colon hydrotherapy
and do occasionally refer my patients to undertake this treatment. It may be the best way to detoxify them.”

Taken from Townsend Letter For Doctors & Patients, Aug / Sept 2000 (#205/206) "Value of Colon Hydrotherapy Verified by Medical Professionals Prescribing It", by Morton Walker, DPM, page 5.
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Shallenberger's entire statement.

The famous Surgeon, Harvey W. Kellogg, M.D.

"Of the 22,000 operations I personally performed, I never found a single normal colon and of the 100,000 performed under my jurisdiction, not over 6% were normal."

Dr. Bernard Jensen

"Every cell and tissue in the body is fed by the bloodstream, which is supplied by the bowel. When the bowel is dirty, the blood is dirty and so are the organs and tissues. It is the bowel that must be cared for first before any effective healing can take place."
 
"In a world where dietary choices are poor, environmental pollution is heavy, stress levels are high, and exercise is often a last priority, internal cleansing is more important than ever for optimum health."

Sakiliba Mines, M.D.

"There is only one disease, and that disease is Autointoxication, the body poisoning itself...I'm convinced that toxic accumulations in the colon create the necessary pre-conditions for disease to develop."

DEATH BEGINS IN THE COLON

 

IMPORTANT DISCUSSION OF ALIMENTARY TOXEMIA BEFORE THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF MEDICINE OF GREAT BRITAIN

 

Recently, the subject of alimentary toxemia was discussed in London before the Royal Society of Medicine, by fifty-seven of the leading physicians of Great Britain. Among the speakers were eminent surgeons, physicians and specialists in the various branches of medicine.

 

POISONS OF ALIMENTARY INTESTINAL TOXEMIA

 

The following is a list of the various poisons noted by the several speakers: Indol, skarol, phenol, cresol, indican, sulphurretted hydrogen, ammonia, histidine, urrobilin, methylmercaptan, tetramerhy-lendiamin, pentamethy lendiamine, putrescin, cadaverin, neurin, cholin, muscarine, butyric acid, bera-imidazzilethy-lamine, methylgandinine, ptomarropine, boutulin, tyramine, agamatine, tryptophane, sepsin, idolethylamine, sulpherroglobine.

 

Of the 36 poisons mentioned above, several are highly active, producing most profound effects, and in very small quantities. In cases of alimentary toxemia some one or several of these poisons is constantly bathing the delicate body cells, and setting up charges which finally result in grave disease.

 

SYMPTOMS AND DISEASES DUE TO ALIMENTARY TOXEMIA

 

It should be understood that these findings are not mere theories, but are the results of demonstrations in actual practice by eminent physicians. Of course it is not claimed that alimentary toxemia is the only cause of all they symptoms and diseases named: Although of many it may be the sole or principal cause, some of them are due to other causes as well. In the following summary the various symptoms and disorders mentioned in the discussion in London, to which reference has been made above, are grouped and classified.

 

THE DIGESTIVE ORGANS

 

Duodenal ulcer causing partial or complete obstruction of the duodenum; pyloric spasm; pyloric obstruction; distension and dilation of the stomach; gastric ulcer; cancer of the stomach; adhesions of the omentum to the stomach and liver; inflammation of the liver; cancer of the liver.

 

The muscular wall of the intestine; as well as other muscles atrophies, so that the passage of their contents is hindered. The abdominal viscera lose their normal relationship to the spine and to each other, on account of weakening of the abdominal muscles; these displacements are much more marked and serious in women. Other conditions are: Catarrah of the intestines; foul gases and foul smelling stools; colitis; acute enteritis; appendicitis, acute and chronic; adhesions and “kinks” of the intestines; visceroptosis; enlargement of spleen, distended abdomen; tenderness of the abdomen; summer diarrhea of children; inflammation of pancreas; chronic dragging abdominal pains; gastritis; cancer of pancreas; inflammatory changes of gall bladder; cancer of gall bladder; gallstones; degeneration of liver; cirrhosis of liver; infection of the gums, and decay of the teeth; ulcers in the mouth and pharynx.

 

HEART AND BLOOD VESSELS

 

Wasting and weakening of the heart muscles; micorbic cyamosis from breaking up of blood cells; fatty degeneration of the heart; endocarditis; myocarditis; subnormal blood pressure; enlargement of the heart; the dilatation of the aorta; high blood pressure; arteriosclerosis; permanent dilation of arteries.

 

Dr. W. Bezley says: “There are a few phases of cardiovascular trouble (disease of heart and blood vessels) with which disorder of some part of the alimentary tract is not causatively associated.”

 

THE NERVOUS SYSTEM

 

Headaches of various kinds-frontal, occipital, temporal, dull or intense, hemicrania; headache of a character to lead to a mistaken diagnosis of brain tumor. Dr. Lane tells of a case where a surgeon had proposed and operation for the removal of a tumor from the frontal lobe of the brain; the difficulty was wholly removed by the exclusion of the colon. Acute neuralgia pains in the legs; neuritis; twitching of the eyes and of muscles of face, arms, legs. ect. Lassitude; irritability; disturbances of nervous system, varying from simple headaches to absolute collapse; mental and physical depression. Insomnia; troubled sleep, unpleasant dreams; unrefreshing sleep, the patient awakening tired; excessive sleepiness, patient falling asleep in the daytime; shivery sensation across lover spinal region; burning sensations in face, hands, ect.; epileptiform tic; typhoid state; paralysis; chronic fatigue; horror of noises; morbid introspection; perverted moral feelings; melancholia, mania, loss of memory; difficulty of mental concentration; imbecility; insanity; delirium, coma.


THE EYES

 

Degenerative changes in the eye; inflammation of the lens; inflammation of the optic nerve; hardening of the lens; sclerosis’s; sclerokeratitis; iritis; iridocyclitis; cataract; recurrent hemorrhage in the retina; eye dull and heavy.

 

THE SKIN

 

Formation of wrinkles; thin, inelastic, starchy skin; pigmentations of the skin- yellow, brown, slate-black, blue; muddy complexion; offensive secretion from the skin of flexures; thickening of the skin of the back of the skin- sores and boils; pemphigus; pruritus; herpes; eczema; dermatitis; lupus erythemarosus; acne rosacrea; cold, clammy extremities; dark circles under the eyes; seborrhea; psoriasis; pityriasis; alopecia, lichen; planus; jaundice; “An infinitesimal amount of poison may suffice to cause skin eruption.”

 

MUSCLES AND JOINTS

 

Degeneration of the muscles; “Muscles waste and become soft and in advanced cases tear easily. In young life the muscular debility produces the deformities which are called dorsal excurvation, or round shoulders, lateral curvature, flat-foot, and knock-knee.” Weakness of abdominal muscles causes accumulation of feces in the pelvic colon, which renders evacuation of contents more and more difficult. Prominence of bones; rheumatic pains simulation sciatica and lumbago; various muscular pains; muscular rheumatism; arthritis deformities; synavitis; rickets; arthritis, acute and chronic. Tubercle and rheumatoid arthritis are the direct result of intestinal intoxication. Dr. Lane says: “I do not believe it is possible for either of these diseases to obtain a foothold except in the presence of stasis.”

 

GENITO-URINARY AND REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS

 

Various displacements, distortion and disease of the uterus; change in the whole forms contour of woman; fibrosis of breast;  wasting of breasts; indurations of breast; indurations of breasts; sub-acute and chronic mastitis; cancer of breast; merritis and endomestritis; infection of bladder especially in women; frequent urination; albumosuria; acute nephritis; movable kidney; floating kidney. Dr. Lane goes so far as to say: “Autointoxication plays so large a part in the development of disease of the female genitor-urinary apparatus, that they may be regarded by the gynecologist as a product of intestinal stasis.”

 

GENERAL DISORDERS AND DISTURANCES OF NUTRITION

 

Degeneration of the organs of elimination, especially the liver, kidneys (Bright’s disease) and spleen; pernicious anemia; lowered resistance to infection of all kind; premature senile decay; retardation of growth in children, accompanied by mental irritability and muscular fatigue; adenoids, enlarged tonsils; scurvy; enlarged thyroid (goiter); various tumors and thyroid; Raynaud’s disease. In those who apparently suffer no harm from constipation during a long series of years there sometimes established in the very obstinate constipation which accompanies absolute fasting, because of the cleansing of the tongue and reappearance of appetite which often occurs at the end of the second or third week of the fast, a phenomenon very like that which appears in typhoid fever and other continued fevers. It must not be supposed, however, that even the establishment of so-called immunity insures the body against all injury. The labor of elimination n enormous amount of virulent toxins, which falls upon the kidneys, damages the renal tissues and produces premature failure of these essential organs. Any process which develops toxins within the body is a menace to the life of the tissues and should be suppressed as far as possible, and as quickly as possible.

 

The fact that symptoms of poisoning resulting from constipation do not appear at once is no evidence that injury is not done. Dr. William Hunter in the course of the London discussion remarked that the fact that chronic constipation “might exist in certain individuals as an almost permanent condition without apparently causing ill health is due solely to the power and protective action of the liver. It is not any evidence of the comparative harmlessness of constipation per se, but only evidence that some individuals possess the cecum and the colon of an ox, with the liver of a pig, capable of doing any amount of distoxication.” In the face of such an array of evidence backed up by authority of nearly 60 eminent English physicians- and many hundreds of other English, U.S., German and French physicians whose names might be added- it is no longer possible to ignore the importance of alimentary toxemia or autointoxication as a fact in the production of disease. To no other single cause is it possible to attribute one-tenth as many various and widely diverse disorder. It may be said that almost every chronic disease known is directly or indirectly due to the influence of bacterial poisons absorbed from the intestine. The colon may be justly liked upon as a veritable Pandora’s Box, out of which come more human misery and suffering, mental and moral, as well as physical than from any other known source.

 

The colon is a sewage system, but by neglect and abuse it becomes a Cesspool. When it is clean and normal we are well and happy; let it stagnate, and it will distill the poisons of decay, fermentation and putrefaction into the blood, poisoning the brain and nervous system so that we become mentally depressed and irritable; it will poison the heart so that we are weak and listless; poisons the lungs so that the breath is foul; poisons the digestive organs so that we are distressed and bloated; prematurely, look and feel old, the joints are stiff and painful, neuritis, dull eyes and a sluggish brain overtake us; the pleasure of living is gone.

 

The preceding information should impress you with the vital importance of bowel regularity to you and every member of your family.

Stephen Holt, MD, Gastroenterologist

Stephen Holt, MD, Gastroenterologist

The following is an excellent article on
COLON CLEANSING, CONSTIPATION & COLON HYDROTHERAPY

by GASTROENTEROLOGIST
Dr. Stephen Holt.....

July 7th, 2011: Vol. 1, Issue 1

COLON CLEANSING by Stephen Holt, M.D.

Dr. Stephen Holt, M.D. is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine (Emerite) and a medical practitioner in New York State.
He has published many peer-review papers in medicine and he is a best-selling author with more than twenty books in national and international distribution. He has received many awards for teaching and research. Dr. Holt is a frequent lecturer at scientific meetings and healthcare facilities throughout the world. He is the founder of the Holt Institute of Medicine.

In the past, colon cleansing may have been the "butt" of many jokes, but this process offers real and important benefits for your health and well-being. Read on to find out more about this hot topic.
Although you may not consciously be aware of it, your colon is actually "hard wired" to your brain and there is a highly complex pathway of intercommunication between the bowel and the mind.
This is part of the "gutmind" or "mindgut."

When one thinks about the colon, one most often thinks about its contents. The contents of the colon come and go, but the overall time (duration) that these contents reside in the colon may be an important factor in general health and well-being. "Friendly" bacterial inhabitants of the colon are also responsible for general health and well-being. For many years, the colon and its contents were viewed as a source of potential toxins to which the body was exposed, especially in the presence of constipation. These days, conventional medicine often rejects these ideas. (Holt S, Natural Ways to Digestive Health, M. Evans and Co. Inc, 2000, available at www.stephenholtmd.com)

There is no doubt that these thoughts of "colon toxins" led to the common belief that everyone should open their bowel, at least on a daily basis. However, it is recognized that a healthy bowel habit generally involves opening one's bowel less than three times daily, but more than once in three days. That said, many people suffer from uncomfortable changes in their bowel habit, most often in the form of temporary constipation due to lifestyle or environmental changes.

Constipation makes many people feel lousy.

Conventional medicine has been rather unwilling to acknowledge any benefit of intermittent colon cleansing and colon hydrotherapy. While there is surprisingly little research on the benefits of colon cleansing, there are thousands of people who claim they derive an improved sense of well-being by restoring the regularity of their bowel habit. Achieving a regular bowel habit involves a healthy lifestyle including regular exercise, adequate fluid intake and good nutrition (especially adequate dietary fiber intake).

An important aspect of regular bowel habit depends on the amount of unabsorbed fiber that is taken in the diet. There have been many studies that show the benefits of insoluble types of dietary fiber (and combined soluble fiber intake) on the promotion of healthy bowel function. Dieters should consider ways of supplementing fiber in their diet because fiber provides a feeling of fullness that may benefit weight loss. Dietary fiber is not absorbed, but it is subject to fermentation by the healthy bacterial inhabitants of the colon (prebiotic effects). Furthermore, dietary fiber may provide added benefits, due to its ability to cleanse the colon and assist in detoxification of the body. Fiber can help to mop up "toxic" forms of bile acids and other toxicants that are present in colonic contents.

While regularity of bowel habit must involve positive lifestyle principles, a large proportion of the population requires temporary help in overcoming constipation. There are many over-the-counter (OTC) laxatives available, but some laxatives can be quite dangerous for some people. Laxatives that cause excessive purgation can actually damage the function of the bowel. There is a disease entity that is well described among people who use powerful, stimulant laxatives on a regular basis. This is called "cathartic colon," which means forced exit of stool from the bowel.

Strong laxatives are unpleasant to take because they can cause griping abdominal pain and they may stimulate imbalances of body fluids or chemistry and cause excessive discharge of sticky mucus in the colon. Continuing to purge the bowel causes a "lazy bowel" that will only respond to the continuous use of strong laxatives. Over a period of time, strong laxatives can damage the nerve supply to the colon and the bowel cannot engage in normal movements that cause easy evacuation of stool.

There is a common type of constipation that seems to be related to lack of coordination of muscles around the back passage (anus and rectum). This lack of coordination can be overcome to some degree by increasing the dietary intake of insoluble dietary fiber. Fiber helps to treat hemorrhoids and it lowers pressure inside the colon.

Many people have experienced an unpleasant initial reaction to increasing fiber in their diet. Delivering large amounts of fiber to the "untrained" colon often results in increased frequency of bowel habit and gas. This situation is fortunately short-lived. Some experimentation is always required when extra fiber is increased in the diet; and I advise people not to "give up" on fiber supplements prematurely. I advise individuals to keep adjusting the amount of fiber that they take in supplement form until their colon becomes agreeable and accepting of its new healthy contents.

As a gastroenterologist with a major interest in alternative medicine, I believe in the need for simple, natural and gentle ways to engage in the healthy habit of colon cleansing. There are complicated but effective ways of intermittent colon cleansing with colon hydrotherapy. Colon hydrotherapists can improve the outcome of their treatments by the correct use of well-formulated dietary supplements for digestive health. However, I stress that the supplements they use should have a clear evidence-base for an effect on digestive function.

Certain nutrients can effectively support regular bowel function in a simple, gentle and natural way. A complex nutrient-botanical formula is shown in Table 1. This formulation is quite versatile and it has detoxification implications.
Artichoke Leaf
Ashwagandha Root
Beet Leaf
Burdock Root
Chlorella
Corn Silk
Dandelion Root
Arabinogalactans
Milk Thistle 80%
Mullein Leaf
Red Clover Flowers
Turmeric Root
Aloe Vera 200: 1 Concentrate
Rhubarb Root
Slippery Elm Bark
Marshmallow Root
Fennel Seed
Ginger Root
Triphala
Magnesium (Hydroxide)
L-Glutamine
Fish Oil 50% Powder
Table 1: Ingredients of an effective colon cleansing formula.

This complex formulation is designed to support the principal function of the colon in the act of evacuation of stool. The formula draws upon several traditional medical systems that have focused their attention on the colon as a source of health and well-being. The formula uses an Ayurvedic herbal system for body cleansing (Triphala) and utilizes recommendations from master herbalists on a variety of different botanicals that can support or modify colon function. Some ingredients do provide gentle purgative actions (Fennel seed, Rhubarb root), but other ingredients are designed to support the lining of the colon or provide a mild astringent effect (Aloe Vera, Slippery Elm Bark). Fish oil and L-glutamine offer nutritive support for the colon's lining, while Mullein leaf and Ginger root provide a "soothing" effect. One principal mechanism of action of this formula is to hold water in the bowel to make the stool softer and easier to pass (known as the osmotic laxative effect).

Colon cleansing was once called "the royal pathway to health" because of its popularity among kings, queens and the aristocracy of the Victorian era. Members of the French aristocracy were the strongest proponents of stool evacuation for health. For a while, this activity was considered to be an "embarrassing joke." These days, individuals are more willing to talk about normal body functions in an open and constructive manner.

Medical practitioners continue to argue about the benefits of colon cleansing. Once relegated to the world of quackery, the act of colon cleansing as a part of detoxification of the body is emerging as an increasingly valuable process in the promotion of well-being.

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