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Are colon cleanses and colonics safe?

Are colon cleanses and colonics safe?

Not necessary: The colon is a place where water and some nutrients are absorbed by one's body. Diarrhea occurs if one does not absorb the normal amount of water and nutrients from his poop (stool). If one has bowel problems, he can see his primary care doctor or a gastroenterologist. Colonic cleaning or irrigation is not natural, and can be dangerous if the person's chemical balance is distorted. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


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Are colon cleansers and laxatives effective?

Are colon cleansers and laxatives effective?

For what purpose?: If you're looking for powerful laxatives, i assume you feel very constipated or are looking to "cleanse." if the latter, please reconsider ; check out numerous healthtap answers that point to problems with colon cleansers--don't use them! if constipation however is new or has significantly worsened, or is accompanied by distension, vomiting, fever, pain then don't self-medicate but get checked. ...Read more

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Are there any good colon cleansers available?

Are there any good colon cleansers available?

Colon cleanse: The colon does not require "cleansing." The process of having a bowel movement takes care of that nicely. There is no buildup of toxins or other materials in the colon. Just eat a lot of fiber, drink plenty of liquids, and if constipated, consider an actual fiber supplement. See your gastroenterologist at age 50, or sooner if you're having problems. Those are the keys to good colon health. ...Read more

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How effective are colonic cleansings?

How effective are colonic cleansings?

Don't do it!: Healthtap physicians have repeatedly addressed this subject with a clear "no" answer to your question. There is virtually no value to colon flushes, cleansers, enemas, irrigation machines when the technique is accomplished to "detox" or eliminate "accumulated waste" or for weight loss. There are few real health benefits, but sigificant unjustified risk. Don't use colonics please unless prescribed. ...Read more

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Why are celebrities having colon cleanses?

Why are celebrities having colon cleanses?

Fashionable: There is no medical justification for this procedure. The colon itself actually needs stool to get nutrients and to have good health; a colon deprived of stool atrophies and becomes ill. So it's just an expensive fad with no documented evidence that it helps anything. ...Read more

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What are colon irrigation practitioners?

What are colon irrigation practitioners?

Honestly: I think they are quacks. No scientific evidence supports the alleged benefits of colon cleansing, and it has no known medical value and risks damage to the rectum or bowel. ...Read more

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Are periodic saline enemas good for your colon since it's cleansing? Can they (enemas) damage your body or are they largely benign/safe to use?

Are periodic saline enemas good for your colon since it's cleansing?  Can they (enemas) damage your body or are they largely benign/safe to use?

Saline enemas: I know of no evidence that saline enemas are either cleansing or healthy. I recommend you go to uptodate and look it up. ...Read more

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Is golytely (polyethylene glycol) used for any medical purpose except colonoscopy prep?

Is golytely (polyethylene glycol) used for any medical purpose except colonoscopy prep?

Maybe: Some gastroenterologist use it to treat chronic constipation by dosing a glass or two per day. However, it is commercially available over the counter as mirilax or glycolax. ...Read more

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What are oil enemas used for?

What are oil enemas used for?

Lubrication : Enemas are sometimes used to treat constipation, or hard stools. Oil retention enemas serve to lubricate the stool and area, help passage. Sometimes used ad preliminary enema before tap water or saline type (phosphate) enemas. Do not use soap suds enema-very irritating, can cause colitis (inflammation), . ...Read more

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I was wondering are mineral oil enema as effective at saline enemas?

I was wondering are mineral oil enema as effective at saline enemas?

Yes: Mineral oil enema is more helpful if you are constipated for few days, it eases up passing the hard stools. ...Read more

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Are jolly ranchers safe for colonoscopy prep?

Are jolly ranchers safe for colonoscopy prep?

Yes: They dissolve completely and are no problem. Suggest you avoid the red and purple. ...Read more

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Are there any natural bowel preps I can use before my colonoscopy?

Are there any natural bowel preps I can use before my colonoscopy?

Yes!!: Senna, an ingredient in many laxatives is a vegetable product. There are several non-absorbed sugars that give a clean prep without any "chemical" we often use sorbital- an ingredient in "sugar-free" candy. Diet is important for prep, also. ...Read more

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Are there enemas that are stronger than fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate)?

Are there enemas that are stronger than fleet enemas (sodium bisphosphate)?

Yes: The stimulant in dulcolax suppositories is available inliquid form and can be administered as an enema, mineral oil enemas are also helpful in removing firm stool. ...Read more

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Are glycerin suppositories safe for heart patients?

Are glycerin suppositories safe for heart patients?

If used properly: Glycerin irritates the bowel lining, causing it to secrete fluids that help relieve constipation. It has no direct cardiac effects. If used to the point that it causes severe diarrhea, there can be changes in your electrolytes which can cause abnormal heart rhythm changes. The insertion of a suppository in the rectum can cause vagal nerve stimulation, rarely resulting in low heart rate and BP ...Read more

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How safe are colonics in the trendy spas?

How safe are colonics in the trendy spas?

Not advised: Colonics are not necessary and do not improve your health. It would be better to avoid them. ...Read more

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I purchased tea for colon cleanse is that safe?

Likely just laxative: Most of these teas contain senna (cascara), which is a natural stimulant laxative. It is fine to use once in a while for occasional constipation, but chronic use can cause your colon to become dependent on the chemical to move at all. There really isn't anything in there "cleansing" your colon. Just making you have a bowel movement. ...Read more

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Is colon hydrotherapy while also breastfeeding safe?

Is colon hydrotherapy while also breastfeeding safe?

Wouldn't do it: Arguably there is no indication at all for colon hydrotherapy. Risks can include fluid and electrolyte problems, infection, adversely affecting the colonic bacterial flora. Any of these migh be more of an issue during breast feeding. ...Read more

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What are some alternate colon cancer treatments?

What are some alternate colon cancer treatments?

Complementary: If you have colorectal cancer, you are going to need surgery if you hope for a cure. Radiation and chemotherapy may be appropriate. If you opt to forego evidence-based treatment in favor of some slick promotion, you will die miserably of your cancer and hating the people who suckered you. By contrast, complementary (mental, physical, spiritual) treatments are very much worth learning about now. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more