February 26, 2009
Dr. Richard T. Bosshardt explains why: the theory behind colonic cleansing relies on several fallacious assumptions.
“One is that colon function regularity equates with health. People vary tremendously in their bowel habits. Some have regular bowel movements, but few are so regular. More important than regularity is consistency. People in the third world are physically active and eat diets high in fiber. They have frequent soft, bulky stools and are rarely constipated. People in industrialized nations tend to be sedentary. They have firm, small stools that are harder to pass.”
So, the regularity of your colon function depends on what type of food you consume – some ‘healthy’ diets may induce more bowel movements than other ‘healthy’ diets!
“Another fallacy is that the colon essentially is a sewer where food waste sits and putrefies, producing toxins that are absorbed and can make us sick. Colonic proponents imply that over time, layers of old feces accumulate on the colon walls. This is not true. The colon is self-cleansing. Cells on the surface of the colon walls turn over regularly, with older cells sloughing off. Layers of toxin producing waste do not build up on it.”
The colon related topics were recently also featured at Oprah & Dr. Oz.
LEARN THE BASICS OF A HEALTHY COLON:
Doctors say: ‘A colonoscopy is the best prevention against colon cancer‘
Untill recently colonoscopies were considered as the best method to detect colon cancer. However, only recently new research has indicated that colonoscopies may not detect all colon zones - especially the right zone.
Researchers, who looked at the health records of more than 10,000 people in Canada who were diagnosed with and died of colon cancer between 1996 and 2003, found the results of colonoscopies are not perfect at all.
However, the American Cancer Society & doctors keep their positions: ‘the procedure of doing a colonoscopy is only as reliable as the practitioner.’
SOME ADDITIONAL ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE:
When Cheryl Souille began having trouble with everyday activities she went to see her doctor.
“I couldn’t walk or dress myself, or feed myself or do anything,” Souille said.
Unsure what was wrong, Souille’s doctor recommended a colonoscopy. The test revealed Souille has colon cancer.
After surgery, Souille has just begun chemo-therapy.
“I’m getting some of my strength back,” she said.
Souille says a colonoscopy may not be perfect but she’s living proof it works.
“It’s your life. You need these check-ups. It can save your life,” Souille said.
ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF COLONOSCOPIES:
December 16, 2008
Colonoscopies are performed with a flexible fiberoptic scope, which is inserted into the colon via the anus. colonoscopies are considered as an effective procedure for combating colon cancer. However, recently researchers presented new evidence wich indicates that the colonoscopy procedure appears to have ‘blind spot’ in the right side of the colon.
The new study confirmed that colonoscopy is strongly associated with fewer deaths from colorectal cancer. However, the risk reduction appears to be entirely due to a reduction in deaths from left-sided cancers. According to the study, colonoscopy shows almost no mortality prevention benefit for cancer that develops in the right side of the colon.
“While colonoscopy remains the gold standard for evaluation of the colon, our study sheds light on some of the real-world limitations of this practice for screening and prevention,” said Nancy Baxter, MD, PhD, Colorectal Surgeon and a Researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital, who is lead author on the study.
According to the researchers, complete colonoscopy was strongly associated with fewer deaths from left-sided colorectal cancer. Conversely, the data showed that colonoscopy seemed to have almost no mortality prevention benefit for right-sided colorectal cancer.
“Colonoscopy is an effective intervention,” said David F. Ransohoff, MD, author of an accompanying editorial. “The study results, however, should caution physicians about saying that colonoscopy will reduce the risk of dying from colorectal cancer by 90 percent. A 60 to 70 percent risk-reduction rate seems more reasonable.”
Researchers reviewed health records for persons aged 52 to 90 who received a colorectal cancer diagnosis between 1996 and 2001 and died of colorectal cancer by 2003. These patients were compared to a control group who were selected from the population of Ontario and had not died of colorectal cancer.
The researchers suggest several reasons why colonoscopy may be less effective in preventing death from right-sided colorectal cancer. First, some colonoscopies considered “complete” may not evaluate the entire right colon. Second, bowel preparation may be worse in the right colon. Third, right and left colonic cancers and polyps may differ biologically. Right-sided growths may be less likely to have a fleshy stalk and are occasionally flat, which makes them harder to identify and remove, or they may grow more rapidly.
“Although improvements in the quality of screening colonoscopy may improve detection at the right side, differences in tumor biology may limit the potential to prevent right-sided colorectal cancer deaths with current endoscopic technology. Nevertheless, this study clearly demonstrates that colonoscopy is an effective procedure for the prevention of death from colorectal cancer, it just may not be quite as effective as we’ve thought in the past.” said Dr. Baxter.
December 8, 2008
Britney Spears is back on stage, looking slim and toned. But behind closed doors, she’s using pills to kill her appetite, started also going in for twice-weekly colonics to shed a few pounds.
The Dec. 15 issue of Star reports that Britney is so obsessed with her body that she goes to bed hungry and is abusing a prescription drug to keep her weight down. Nevertheless, losing 15 LBS in just 4 weeks with colonics is definitely an impressive ‘weight result’.
Britney Spears is undergoing regular colonic irrigation, reports claim. The singer has been attending a Beverly Hills clinic in a bid to detox her system.
A source at the facility told The Mirror: “Cleansing a few times a week gets rid of lingering stuff in the colon.”
“Britney’s had the treatment before and says it makes her feel great, more upbeat and energetic.”
Now reports that the 26-year-old was also photographed leaving a cosmetic dentistry office earlier this week, sparking speculation that she is having work done on her teeth.
December 3, 2008
Christmas parties are fast approaching and we all want to look our best. Perhaps you feel its too late to diet into your party dress, then why not follow our instant inch loss tips. This week we’ll be looking at everything from body wraps to simple fake tanning. Today though, we start at the extreme end of the scale with colonic irrigation.
Colonic Irrigation is merely about detoxing and cleansing the body. But it can help with weight loss as well!
The process of colonic irrigation involves warm, filtered water passing through the body, via the anus, to flush out toxins from the colon. Throughout the treatment the stomach is lightly massaged to loosen and stimulate the release of waste matter.
This allows the bowel to hydrate, cleanse, detoxify and tone internally. the whole process lasts 30-45 minutes.
You may experience the loss of a few pounds immediately as a result of the volume of waste removed from the colon. You may also find that your waist looses a few inches because of the removal of waste and trapped gas. The reduced bloating helps to sculpt the stomach.
Obviously you should consult your doctor before going through with this treatment and if you do go ahead with it ensure that therapist is fully qualified and approved.
MORE DIGESTIVE & COLON SOLUTIONS:
November 29, 2008
If you’ve been putting up with digestion problems like irritable bowel syndrome or chronic constipation, there is a form of therapy out there you might not have tried. It’s called a colonic and it cleanses the colon in a way that a laxative cannot.
Patsy Riley has suffered from digestion problems for years. So every year for the past five years she has undergone colon hydrotherapy, also known as a colonic. At the office of Lillian B. Hollinger Inc., colonics are performed daily by colon hydroptherapists. This is a procedure that dates back thousands of years but has recently regained popularity. Hollinger says they may not solve the problem for everyone.
In Hollywood, some movie stars are swearing by frequent colonics as a weight loss tool. Dr. Homer Feree says that is not the right reason to get a colonic. Dr. Feree says it should start from the top, by eating a healthy fiber rich diet and drinking a lot of water. But there are certain cases when a colonic can be helpful.
The process of getting a colonic can be scary to those unfamiliar with the process. For Patsy Riley, she has learned that she is allergic to several foods by getting a colonic annually. She also says it is not an uncomfortable procedure. The procedure takes about an hour. If you have a colonic, it is recommended you take a probiotic every day for about two weeks. This could be in a pill form or you can get a probiotic yogurt such as Activia. Dr. Homer ferree suggests you incorporate probiotics into your diet anyway, especially if you have digestion issues.
Colonic side effects can include fatigue and even nausea but many patients claim to feel euphoric and have more energy. A colonic is about $70 per session and insurance does not currently cover the procedure. Dr. Feree recommends you talk to your doctor before getting a colonic.
* Source: WHAS11
November 21, 2008
New health treatment clinic for Castlecomer
Kilkenny Advertiser, November 20, 2008.
A range of health treatments associated with global celebrities and TV health programmes has arrived in Kilkenny. The Ultimate Health Clinic providing Colonic Hydrotherapy treatment has now opened in Castlecomer. The Castlecomer Clinic is the fourth location to open in Ireland with other clinics open in Limerick, Meath and Kildare. It will provide Colonic Hydrotherapy services which are globally recognised as the most effective treatment to tackle problems such as Bloating, Constipation and Bowel Problems.
The managing therapist Caroline Danaher explains ‘We are providing colonic treatment for over 16 years now. One of the biggest misunderstandings in relation to our health is summarised by the phrase Garbage In Garbage Out. It reflects the general opinion among people how food and drink passes through our body however the transit of food doesn’t work like this’. Caroline explains how our bodies are put under constant pressure to function properly due to the consumption of processed and convenience foods, dairy produce and meat, along with our changing lifestyles, ‘When you consider that the average person who is at the right weight for their height could have between 10 and 25 pounds of waste in their colon it is not difficult to imagine how much a problem this could be for someone who is overweight’.
She added ‘people should be aware that colonic irrigation is the most effective way of getting rid of this waste and overcoming associated problems such as constipation and general bowl problems.
Free consultations will be available to anyone interested in learning more about the treatment and the potential benefits. For further information: The Ultimate Health Clinic, 13b The Square, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny or call 056 444 0943. www.ultimatehealth.ie.
Caroline Danaher at the Ultimate Health Clinic
November 20, 2008
|BASKETBALL FINGERS, COLONIC ENEMAS & FAT!
About finger length & your physical workout!
November 19, 2008Why basketball players have big hands, or people with big hands play basketball. And why some people voluntarily participate in intense physical exertion, and others don’t.
The good news is: this means that if you absolutely detest exercising, it may not be due to laziness or lack of willpower; it might be that you have low ‘digit ratio’: your index finger is short compared to your ring finger.
It may sound incredible, but another implication of the research may be that your finger length might provide you information about whether you are more likely to lose weight with a game of Basketball … or whether a colonic enema would be more effective for you!
MORE ABOUT YOUR FINGERS & A HEALTHY COLON:
• What do your fingers say: basketball or colonic enema?
• Finger length news
• Excercise reduces risk for colon cancer
• News about your colon
• News about your finger length ratio
November 16, 2008
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects up to 25% of the world population and roughly one in five Americans. It is caused by an inflammatory reaction in the intestines, often triggered by stress, and results in a change to gut microflora. These mechanisms and other new discoveries about the brain-gut relationship were presented to a packed room of more than 500 attendees.
On friday 31 october the 17th Annual Symposium on Intestinal Flora at Yakult World Headquarters Hall in Tokyo gathered physicians, researchers and company associates from 19 countries, including the U.S. This year’s theme, “Intestinal Microbiota and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders” focused on brain-gut interactions and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which is believed to be the “entry illness” that leads to various digestive diseases.
Yakult Honsha Ltd., Co. developed the symposium in 1992 when probiotics research gripped doctors and scientists abroad. Since then, it has become one of the world’s most prominent forums discussing the hottest research and advancements in the probiotics field. The symposium is free and open to the public every year; in Japan no registration is required.
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* Source: Market Watch
November 14, 2008
About fasting & colonics
The popular detox diets appear to at least some religious origins. Saint Augustine once said that “fasting cleanses the soul [and] raises the mind.” Were he alive today, he might be surprised to see the fast detached from its spiritual roots and transformed into little more than a quick ticket to weight loss.
Taken up by the likes of Beyoncé Knowles and Madonna and splashed across the pages of gossip magazines and Web sites, these “detox diets” or “cleanses” are everywhere. Publishers are churning out books like “The Fast Track Detox Diet,” “The Raw Food Detox Diet,” “Super Cleanse: Detox Your Body for Long-Lasting Health and Beauty” and “21 Pounds in 21 Days: The Martha’s Vineyard Diet Detox.”
Beyonce’s lemon detox drink is quite simple to make.
The basics of Madonna’s macrobiotic diet includes:
• Introduce Whole Grains (daily if possible)
The concept behind these cleanses is as old as human history. “There’s a straight line from detox diets to classical religious fasting,” says Harvey Cox, professor of divinity at Harvard University. In many religions, fasting is associated with enlightenment and atonement and understanding the suffering of the poor. “It’s a way of resetting one’s moral clock, of starting with a clean slate,” says Michael McCullough, a psychology professor at the University of Miami.
Christians fast during Lent, Muslims fast during Ramadan and Jews fast on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement that follows the New Year. “Fasting builds self-control,” says McCullough. “It allows people to build strength for when they have to adhere to some other moral dimension of their religion.”
* Source: Newsweek