irrigation may help greatly in enhancing the ability to
absorb many vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.
In our medical clinic we find colonic irrigations are one
of the most important treatment modalities available for
a multitude of health problems. Many health authorities
feel that disease begins in the colon. To be in optimum
health the colon must be functioning normally. I believe
that the colon is one of the most neglected areas in the
medical establishment. One of the major indications for
colon hydrotherapy is constipation. Before discussing the
effects of constipation, I will first give a description
of how a colonic irrigation is carried out (some technical
aspects about the colonic machine) and what some of the
benefits would be from such a treatment.
The usual colonic
treatment lasts 45 minutes. A small speculum is inserted
into the patient's rectum. This speculum is then attached
to a plastic hose which connects to the colonic machine.
The colonic therapist then adjusts the volume and temperature
of the water coming out of the machine which runs through
a plastic hose into the patient's rectum and through the
entire colon. The patient is temporarily filled with a certain
volume of water to individual tolerance. This will induce
peristaltic contractions in the colon, and the patient will
begin to expel fecal matter through the colonic hose which
leads back to the colonic machine and through a clear plastic
viewing tube. It is quite interesting to see what is expelled
during a normal colonic treatment. One may see mucous, parasites
and very old feculent material (noted by its dark black
color) pass through this tube. This old feculent material
may have been lying in the patient's colon for years. It
looks like vulcanized rubber and has that kind of consistency.
In addition, the patient may experience sensations of warmth
due to the presence of toxins is the feculent matter.
While the patient
is receiving the colonic treatment, the colonic therapist
slightly massages various parts of the abdomen to help loosen
and dislodge areas of fecal impaction. It is very important
that the therapist use proper amounts of water. If the therapist
uses too much water, the treatment may be uncomfortable
or painful and may lead to negative results. If this therapy
is conducted properly, it should not be painful or uncomfortable.
In addition, when less rather than more water is used, the
patient's colon is forced to do more work, which is an important
first step in restoring normal peristaltic activity to the
It should be
noted that most patients need a series of colonic irrigations,
not just one. The patients may expel considerable gas during
the first few treatments. It usually takes a few treatments
before one starts dislodging old encrusted feculent matter.
One should remember that it usually takes years for the
colon to become clogged up with its own waste products.
Therefore, one should not be impatient when pursuing a therapeutic
course of colonic irrigations.
for Colonics--Who can benefit from colonic irrigation?
Constipation is one of the major reasons people pursue this
form of treatment. I will discuss this problem later in
this article. Colon problems such as colitis, ileitis and
diverticulitis affect conservatively two million people
in this country. These problems can be directly addressed
by colonic therapy. Anyone who suffers from bloating, abdominal
distention, gas pains, stomach aches, or someone who gets
filled very quickly after eating and can only eat small
amounts of food may be a candidate for colonic irrigation.
In our clinic
we find that people with all kinds of skin problems, i.e.,
acne, psoriasis, eczema, etc., usually can benefit from
a therapeutic course of colonic irrigations. The skin is
the largest excretory organ in the body, the skin may act
as a major excretory organ. Unhealthy skin is usually a
sign of an unhealthy colon and no amount of antibiotics
or skin creams or medications will alleviate the problems
until the cause of the problem is addressed. In addition,
vitamin A plays an important role in skin health. When the
colon is adequately cleansed, vitamin A can be more effectively
absorbed through the intestinal tract.
I have found
that arthritis patients may be helped tremendously with
a series of colonic treatments. This may be due in part
to the fact that arthritis patients suffer from some form
of internal toxemia whereby toxins are continually being
absorbed into their systems (i.e. the colon) causing further
inflammation and aggravation of their joints.
A third group
of patients who may benefit greatly from colonic irrigations
are cancer patients. We know that cancer patients have a
tremendous problem breaking down and assimilating proteins.
But they may also be extremely deficient in many vitamins,
minerals and essential fatty acids. They may also suffer
from constipation and other varied digestive disorders.
Colon irrigations may help greatly in enhancing their ability
to absorb these various macro and micronutrients.
it very important that a cancer patient eliminate efficiently
and effectively all internal toxins. This is especially
true in the case of a cancer patient who is on an integrated
metabolic program. When on such a program, the cancerous
tumor may start breaking down resulting in the release of
cancer cells and various toxins throughout the body. Colonics
may perform a very important function in helping to expel
these toxins from the body. Dr. Max Gerson described a comparable
situation when he first started treating cancer patients
with an intensive dietary approach. He stated that he lost
a number of cancer patients because of toxemia. They literally
died from their own internal pollution. As their cancerous
tumors were being broken down they were unable to eliminate
these toxic products effectively or efficiently with dire
results as a consequence.
is very important that a cancer patient be under competent
medical supervision. One would not want to administer these
colonic treatments to a patient who was too weak, whereby
the colonic irrigations may weaken them further. In addition,
colonics would be contraindicated in a patient with a tumor
in the rectum or large intestine. Also, colonics would be
temporarily contraindicated in any patient whose intestinal
tract is too acidic. When the mucous membranes in the colon
become to irritated or friable, the colonics may be too
harsh a treatment. The patient should be put on a metabolic
program to reduce the patient's acid state before beginning
the colonic treatments. At our clinic, we do a special testing
to test the body pH (i.e. urine and saliva) before making
specific recommendations about colonic irrigations.
Effects the Colon's Function
If solving the problem of constipation were merely a case
of washing out loose material lying free inside any part
of the colon, it would not be too great a difficulty to
clear up the situation. A high enema would most likely be
sufficient to take care of its removal. However, it is not
so simple to dispose of this problem. Constipation not only
involves the unnecessary retention of feces in the bowel,
but also the retention present throughout the first half
of the colon. From the cecum to the middle of the transverse
colon. The cecum is found next to the iliocecal valve at
the beginning of the colon.
The wall of
this section of the colon is equipped with sensitive nerves
and muscles whose function it is to create wavelike motions,
known as peristaltic waves, to propel the contents of the
colon to the cecum to the rectum for eventual evacuation.
This is a distance of approximately five feet.
formation of these peristaltic waves, the first half of
the colon has two other very important functions. First,
it must extract from all the residue coming from the small
intestine any available nutritional material which the small
intestine was unable to collect. For this purpose, it mulches
the material which passes into it from the small intestine
and transfers the liquid and other elements through its
walls into the bloodstream. The nutrition which has thus
been extracted from the colon is collected by the blood
vessels lining the walls of the colon and is carried to
the liver for processing.
The other important
function of first half of the colon is to gather from the
glands in its walls the intestinal flora needed to lubricate
the colon. Far too many people, and laymen, think that enemas
and colon irrigations wash out the intestinal flora and
thus deprive the colon of a valuable means of lubrication.
This school of thought is utterly false and totally devoid
of truth and fact. Obviously, when the packed accumulation
of feces in the bowel leads to fecal encrustation, it is
not possible for the lining of the colon to function normally,
and the glands in this lining cannot produce the necessary
intestinal flora or lubrication. Such lack of lubrication
only serves to intensify a state of constipation and to
It is estimated
that 200 million people are infected by intestinal parasites
This fecal encrustation interferes with, if it does not
actually prevent, the infusion of the necessary intestinal
flora for colon lubrication, the formation of peristaltic
waves for evacuation purposes, and theabsorption and use
of the additional and nutritional elements present in the
waste residue coming into the colon from the small intestine.
It does not require much imagination to perceive that the
adhesive quality of the feces in the colon is readily susceptible
to creating a coating on the inside of the lining or wall
of the colon, resembling a layer of plaster in its consistency.
It is equally obvious that such a coating, in preventing
the normal functioning of the colon, has the insidious effect
of becoming a generator of toxicity, to the detriment of
health, happiness and longevity.
When the bowel
is toxic it can harbor an amazing variety of very harmful
bacteria and parasites. It's interesting to note that worms
outrank cancer as man's deadliest enemy on a worldwide basis.
It is estimated that 200 million people are infected by
these intestinal parasites.
range in size from microscopic single celled animals to
twenty-foot long tapeworms! These parasites kill more people
annually than does cancer. One in four people in the world
today is infected by roundworms. The United States is not
immune to these parasites, as the number of cases has increased
in the past few years.
of Colon hydrotherapy
Colon hydrotherapy also functions as an important diagnostic
tool for the physician in extracting useful information
concerning digestive and clinical disorders:
- It is an excellent screening device for colo-rectal cancer.
in diagnostic procedures for evaluation of the colon.
- May prove
valuable in the preparation for bowel surgery, providing
a more optimal surgical field potentially decreasing the
risk of post-operative complications due to the presence
of bacteria at the sutureline.
the location and relief of fecal impactions,. amount and
color of mucous and the presence of increased amounts of
detection for parasites.
for detoxification of drug addicts and alcoholics.
The entire colon could be cleaned and examined for blood
every six months or as directed by the physician or health
care professional for early detection of colo-rectal cancer.
Benefits from colon hydrotherapy extend to all diagnostic
procedures for evaluating the colon including barium enema,
sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy, facilitating a more accurate
study. Patient discomfort resulting from residual barium
following the enema could be avoided utilizing colon hydrotherapy.
In addition, this technique would eliminate the problem
of residual opaque material on subsequent upper GI series,
which would result in additional radiation exposure to the
patient. Patients undergoing general anesthesia would benefit
from colon hydrotherapy as it would dramatically reduce
the problems associated with bowel functions following surgery.
may prove valuable in the preparation bowel surgery, providing
a more optimal field potentially decreasing the risk of
post-operative complications due to the presence of bacteria
at the suture line. This procedure may be applied to all
patients undergoing general or spinal anesthesia, as it
would minimize the incidence of defecation in the surgical
suite, while saving valuable surgical time.
would also be extremely useful to alcohol and drug detoxification
centers as an aid in the internal cleansing process, enhancing
the elimination of toxins from the colon and circulatory
The contraindications of colon hydrotherapy include diverticulitis,
ulcerative colitis, Chrone's' disease (in the acute inflammatory
stages), severe hemorrhoids, or a tumor in the rectum or
a tumor in the large intestine.
In conclusion, colon hydrotherapy is the safe, gentle infusion
of purified warm water into the colon under conditions that
offer safety, using no chemicals or drugs. It is the natural
solution to conditions which interfere with the normal functions
of the colon.
Why is colon
hydrotherapy such a valuable treatment modality? A healthy
colon is essential to a healthy body. Conventional diets
of today comprised of refined, processed foods, high in
saturated fats and low in natural fiber, contribute to the
magnitude of the constipation problem. The elimination of
undigested food and other waste products are as important
as the proper digestion and assimilation of food stuffs.
Waste material allowed to remain too long in the digestive
system results in fermentation and putrefaction of these
substances and proliferation of bacteria and their toxins.
only temporary relief and do not address the cause of the
effectively removes stagnant fecal material from colon walls,
preventing the build up of these bacterial toxins in the
ports and lymphatic system, resulting in reduced load on
the liver. In addition, the treatment removes mucous, gas,
parasites, and cellular debris, facilitating peristaltic
action and better absorption of nutrients.
cleansing process effectively resolves the symptom directly
and indirectly related to dysfunction of the large intestine.
involved in the production of several vitamins which are
absorbed by the large intestine and stored in the liver
(vitamins K and some of the B vitamins). In addition to
vitamins, the colon absorbs larger amounts of water. Unfortunately
toxins of bacterial metabolism also enter the circulatory
system. These toxins, (Indol, Skatol, Phenol, etc.) are
treated by the liver and excreted by the kidneys. Colon
bacteria ferments starches releasing hydrogen and methane
gasses which are absorbed and excreted through the lungs.
Thus, halitosis may be a symptom of a stagnant fermenting
colon. Intestinal toxemia may further result in conditions
such as headaches, allergies, instability, malnutrition
and can potentially lead to an overall lowering of an individual's
immunological defense mechanism.
stasis can enhance the systemic absorption of bacteria and
their toxins. The prolonged retention of food residues,
bile,etc. results in increased numbers of parastalic bacteria
present in the colon. Some of the colon's normal flora may
become pathogenic under stagnant or putrefactive conditions.
For example, streptococcus and staphylococcus, which are
a part of the normal flora of the large intestine under
above conditions, could enter the systemic circulation and
be a potential source of disease.