Are Colonics and Colon Cleansing Safe?
That would depend on who you ask. Like Mr Bunny. He had a wonderful colonic that inspired him to make lifestyle changes and lose weight, improve his blood pressure and most of all, feel good in his clothes! But, if you trust the mainstream media and the mainstream medical establishment, you will hear that colonics are “harmful and unnecessary”. Funny thing, there has been relatively zero harm caused from colonics. My medical liability for colonics is only $400 and it used to be for the first 10 years I had a clinic, only $200. Do you know what an GYN pays? Would you believe tens of thousands a year. I read where one paid $90,000 per year in medical liability. If colonics are harmful then why are our medical liability rates so low? Which makes you wonder where did all the bad press come from. That is what is so fishy. On one day, every online news network ran the same story with basically the same headline, “Colonics are harmful and unnecessary”. They presented their stories as a “new study” but actually it wasn't a study at all but opinions. Their “study” was actually a review of past studies by one team of researchers and was their opinion with no medical evidence given.
ABC News reports:
"Despite colon cleansing's long history and current popularity, the literature does not support its purported benefits," wrote the report's authors, led by Dr. Ranit Mishori, clinical faculty at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Mishori and her colleagues reviewed published case studies and found that most of them noted numerous adverse effects from colon cleansing. They ranged from mild cramping and nausea to serious effects such as kidney failure. Mishori said that she and other doctors at Georgetown University Hospital have seen an increasing number of patients who have suffered the ill effects of colon cleansing as well as patients who have asked about it, which is why she decided to undertake this research.
In addition to the side effects of colon cleansing, the authors warned that the Food and Drug Administration has not approved the devices used for colon hydrotherapy, the procedure that uses water to flush out the large intestine.”
If you just blindly trust the mainstream media and medical establishment you would think the systems that colon hydrotherapists use are not approved by the FDA. No they are not because they are REGISTERED with the FDA as class II medical devices. The media left that important fact out of their articles. Another important fact the media tended to leave out of their reports was that Mishori did state that colonics was the best way to correct constipation. If that alone was all colonics did then it should have made headline news that colonics was the best way to help 63 million people per year that are constipated and save some 8 million physician office visits! To put this in perspective, roughly 13 million people per year are diagnosed with cancer. So the headlines should have read, Hurray! Colonics Correct Constipation! I think the main reason the medical establishment is so against colonics is that they don’t believe having a bowel movement let alone 3 bowel movements a day is necessary. Many doctors think it is healthy to only go once a week. Further, most allopathic physicians do not believe the body is toxic or in need of internal cleansing. They believe the body cleanses itself. Well, maybe they should stop brushing their teeth and see what that gets them. If we lived in the Garden of Eden we would not need to cleanse our body and do colonics. But we live in an incredibly toxic environment with estimated over 80,000 toxins and chemicals in our air, food, water, and dont forget all the toxic medications, pain killers and antibiotics. Did the articles care to mention how many people die every year from taking the doctors medications? Roughly 130,000 people die yearly from taking their prescriptions, properly! Not only are colonics the gentlest way to correct constipation as was mentioned briefly in Mishori’s original opinion that did not make it to most of the “news” reports, but also was stated as being the “best way to prepare for a colonoscopy”.
This was also the finding of Dr Joseph Fiorita, MD who presented his true case study (not an opinion) to the Gastroenterology Association. Dr. Joseph Fiorita, MD (chief of the section of Gastroenterology at Danbury Hospital) says "Patients now have a choice"!
"The new method is called colon hydrotherapy, a procedure that infuses warm, filtered, chemical free water into the colon to cleanse it prior to colonoscopy. He goes on to state, "Colon Hydrotherapy is much more convenient, people don't have to worry about having to miss work, not eat for 24 hours and stay up all night because of diarrhea (which is what happens when you take the alternative salt preparation). COLON CANCER survivor Ethel Pancotti is one of the people who colon hydrotherapy has greatly helped. She is among those who could not tolerate the laxative process and would suffer loss of electrolytes, eventually passing out and ending up in the Emergency Department. "WITH COLON HYDROTHERAPY THERE IS NO PAIN OR DISCOMFORT. I was so relaxed that I fell asleep listening to music during the cleansing procedure".
Dr. Joseph Fiorita's medical case study on colon hydrotherapy as a preparation for colonoscopy was accepted and delivered as an oral presentation at the American college of Gastroenterology Meeting October 2006. (ONLY 1% to 2% of all studies submitted, from thousands of abstracts are selected for oral presentation. This is a testament to HOW IMPORTANT the ACG feels this research is).
His Medical Study showed colon hydrotherapy was good or better than alternative preparations and patients preferred colon hydrotherapy. Is colonics safe for everyone? No but neither is taking tylenol or aspirin. There are contraindications for colonics just like there are contraindications for getting your teeth cleaned. It all comes down to some common sense and where you get your information from. So, are colonics safe? After giving over 20,000 colonics to men and women from age 8 to 92, I would say so!
Rebecca Harder is a National Board Certified Colon Hydrotherapist, I-ACT Certified at the Instructor Level and Happy Owner of Colon Care, LLC. She has given over 20,000 colonics and consultations since 2003. She also offers Health Coaching at www.GastraGirl.com.