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Position Paper on Colon Therapy

by Ron Kennedy, M.D.  

Editor�s note During the heat of summer�s passionate organizing to defeat AB 856 at the Senate Committee level, we were fortunate to receive support from many medical doctors willing to support in writing their opposition to AB856 and their support of colon hydrotherapy as a vocation. This was so commendable in the face of strong organized opposition by the California Medical Association (CMA) Special thanks to Ron Kennedy & Dr. Elston Haas. We also appreciated the presence of Dr. Glen Knox, a chiropractic primary care physician who lent his support & expertise to this campaign. Dr, Ron Kennedy, as one of those medical doctors who stepped forward, was among the designated speakers ready to address the Senate Health and Human Service Committee. What follows is a reprint of the position Paper he prepared and that was distributed to legislators prior to the hearing. It is reprinted here with his permission. It is a valuable document and affirmation of support within the medical profession.

As a medical doctor who has made a thorough study of the colon, I am convinced that colon therapists are an invaluable part of our health care system. What follows is a discussion of colonic function and the role of the colon therapists. In my view, it would be unconstitutional to outlaw the practice of colonics by colon therapists and to leave it to medical doctors who know next to nothing about the prevention of colonic disease.

The entire digestive tract is, on average, 28 feet, about 11 meters. The last 5 of these 28 feet is the colon. The colon is the toxic waste dump of the body and most people take care of it by ignoring it and pretending that it does not exist. We treat the body in a parallel fashion to the way we have treated waste disposal in society.

The colon is not immune to all these toxins and the result can be a sick organ, which, like any sick organ, slows down and therefore retains these waste products much longer than it otherwise would. Transit time is the time it takes a meal to travel from the dinner table to elimination from the colon. A healthy transit time is 8-12 hours. However, the usual transit time in western countries is 65-100 hours! Even if transit time is 24 hours, this allows a lot of time for bacteria in the colon to cause a massive amount of putrefaction. Putrefaction happens when bacteria break that which has been rejected for digestion by your body done. The result is that the bacteria extract the last possible food value from the contents of the colon and the waste products from the bacterial digestive process are reabsorbed back into the body. This is called autointoxication or self-poisoning. If you handle your body any other way than by eating only fresh, organically grown foods of plant origin with plenty of pure water (about 8 glasses per day) then you suffer from some degree of autointoxication. Even if you do treat your body to fresh, organically grown foods of plant origin and you are older than 21 years , then your colon is slowing with age and you also experience some degree of autointoxication. The point here is that your colon is sick right now, to some degree, whether or not you know it.

The most common symptom of autointoxication is mental dullness and fatigue. Other common sys symptoms are headache, constipation, diarrhea, colds, general aches and pains, particularly up and down the spine and most especially in the back, skin problems, common infections (due to lowered immunocompetence), morning sluggishness, gas, bad breath, foul smelling stool, allergies, intolerance to fatty foods, premenstrual tension, breast soreness and tendency to repeated vaginal infections. Most colon therapists are convinced, as I certainly am, that the great increase in colon cancer over the past few generations is also due to autointoxication in the colon. High fiber foods change the bacterial flora of your colon to non-carcinogenic organisms and drastically reduce the possibility of colon cancer.

OK, that said, what is to be done? There are two qualities you want to have in your colon. You want it to be (1) clean and (2) functional. If you were under 21 and eating only fresh, organically grown food of plant origin, I would say relax. However, since you are not, then you need to put some attention to this matter.

How does one clean one�s colon? How do you even know if it needs cleaning? You can�t look inside to see how dirty it is. However, if you have systems from it, you can be sure it is quite messed up. When food putrefies, the colon secretes mucus to protect itself. This mucus then glues the putrefied food to the colon walls where it may remain for years. If this has happened, there is little likelihood that you will be able to handle the problem by yourself. If it hasn�t happened, you have no way of knowing that it hasn�t happened. Either way, I recommend at least one visit to 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.

So, how do you clean your colon? To be certain of the results, see a colon therapist. Medical doctors are simply not trained to deal with the colon until it has become severely diseased. If you want to learn how to prevent disease you must see a certified colon therapist. These people are invaluable.

How do you keep your colon clean? Eat only fresh, organically grown foods of plant origin for starters. Beyond that, follow the recommendations of your colon therapist.  This may include an intestinal bulking agent and a herbal agent to stimulate the colon and bring it back to life. Clean and functional are the key words. Clean means without putrefactive material glued to the inside of your colon with mucus. Functional means a fast transit time, something like 8-12 hours.

Reprinted from the ACTA Quarterly Fall 1992