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Colon Cleansing with Colonic Irrigation

The colon is the last five feet of the digestive tract. It is a hollow tube like organ made up of muscle structure that moves digestive food and waste along by a wavelike motion known as peristalsis. The primary function of the colon is to absorb water, electrolytes and some vitamins, as well as, preparing and storing fecal waste prior to elimination.

Colon hydrotherapy, colonics, colon irrigation, or high enemas is an alternative health practice that gradually and gently cleanses the colon by flushing the large intestines with a warm water. A disposable, sanitary and FDA approved system is used for the therapy.

The colon, along with the skin, kidneys and lungs, is an organ of elimination. If bowel movements are not regular, our health can be compromised. Good health is as much a function of our elimination status as the quality of the food we eat.

Consider that 400-600 million dollars are spent annually on laxatives in the United States. Every year 126,000 Americans are diagnosed as having colorectal cancer. Of this population, 44% will die as a result of the disease. At least two million Americans suffer from colitis, ileitis, diverticulitis and 100,000 Americans have a colostomy each year. Periodic cleansing of the colon could prevent stagnation and minimize the exposure to potential cancer causing agents to the colon wall.

Laxatives are the method of colon cleansing that is most popularly used today. They are considered to be an irritant and stimulant to the body. They simply draw water from the body and produce a thin watery substance that clears only the most recently digested waste from the colon leaving behind bad eating habits, and accumulated toxins and mucus in the small intestines, stomach, and colon. They certainly don't promote bowel health . Enemas are fine to clean out the lower part of the rectum and colon, but miss about four feet of colon.

Colon hydrotherapy is a gentle infusion of water in and out of the colon, reaching all four to five feet, promoting overall health. Colon hydrotherapy is not a cure, but a valuable procedure used to assist the body with the reversal of a wide variety of health conditions known to stem from improper diet and elimination habits. Colon cleansing is preventative health care, rather than a treatment for a disease.

"The total mucosal surface area of the adult human GI tract is up to 300 square meters making it the largest body area interacting with the environment....(This) makes the gastrointestinal tract the largest lymphoid or immune organ in the human body. It has been estimated that there are approximately 1010  immunoglobulin producing cells per meter of small bowel- accounting for approximately 80% of all immunoglobulin producing cells in the body." (Shanahan, F, "The intestinal immune system" in Physiology of the gastrointestinal tract, 3rd edition, 1994, ed. Johnson, LR)

Scientific studies are coming out now that show that over 50% of our immune system is in our colon. If this is true, a clean, well functioning colon must be imperative to good health. It is my understanding that our diets have evolved in ways that our digestive tracks have not. And then, there are all of the toxins that we are exposed to. One way to tell if you have a really toxic colon, is to look at your belly. Is it drooping over your pants from an enlarged liver or accumulated toxicity?

People think they've gotten fat, but the colon and small intestines stretch from all the accumulating matter in there. I have seen countless people lose this belly after cleansing. Over time, I have seen over 120 feet of this mucoid plague come out of one person. What is even more scary is that not all of the people who have come in to my office have bellies. I always say, "Seeing is believing in this business!".

What is mucoid plaque and why is it created?

"Mucoid plaque is primarily composed of glycoproteins called mucin. More specifically, mucin contains more than 50% carbohydrates and more than 20 amino acids. Mucin is associated with normal epithelium as well as with carcinomas of the lung, breast, ovary, and gastrointestinal tract. Other ingredients include water, electrolytes, sloughed off epithelial cells, bacteria and bacterial by-products, digested food (fecal matter), plasma proteins, bile salts, pancreatic enzymes and most all other constituents normally found in the intestinal juice. Mucoid plaque is created by the body to protect itself when it is under attack by acids, or toxic compounds such as drugs (esp. aspirin and alcohol), salt, heavy metals, toxic chemicals, antigen antibody complexes, microbial activity, the toxins produced by incomplete digestion and absorption of carbohydrates. And all of these substances have been found in mucoid plaque. After a meal, the body naturally attempts to digest and assimilate food.

"However, mucoid plaque may inhibit this process. The body will attempt to assimilate anything in the bowel, even mucoid plaque. When the body attempts to absorb food but there is only mucoid plaque, which acts as a barrier to the food, then mucoid plaque and whatever elements it contains are likely to enter the bloodstream. Therefore, it stands to reason that, if we have contaminated mucoid plaque in our bowels, our blood will be toxic as well.

"Mucoid plaque found in the bowel is not equivalent to the natural healthy gastric and intestinal mucosa. Doctors, when viewing the inside of the intestines, believe that they are seeing the normal mucosa, when they are actually seeing mucoid plaque.

"Research indicates that in fact it would be very rare to see normal mucosa because the layer or layers of mucoid plaque that cover the entire intestinal tract are so common. The natural mucosa is beneath the glycocalyz and is meant to serve as the necessary buffer for the gastrointestinal wall, and as a lubricant for peristalsis-but cannot when it is covered by mucoid plaque. Hence, mucoid plaque is usually associated with some degree of constipation as well as various other bowel irritations and problems. Many doctors who are unaware of mucoid plaque believe that the mucoid plaque is the normal mucosa. This is not true."

((Reprinted with permission. Richard Anderson, N.D., N.M.D., Cleanse and Purify Thyself. Triumph, 1998. (Sources Include: J. Holland, R. Bast, Jr., D. Morton, E. Freil Ill, D. Kute, R. Weichselbaum, Cancer Medicine, Volume 1, 4th Edition, Baltimore, M.D:Williams &Wilkins, 1997, pg. 228 and A. Allen, et al., "Studies on Gastrointestinal Mucus," Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, Supplements. 1984; 93, pg. 101-103 and Lawrence Stolberg, et. al., "D-Lactic Acidosis Due to Abnormal Gut Flora," New England Journal of Medicine, 1982; vol. 306, #22, pg. 1344-1347.)).