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Doctor insights on: Benefits Of Colonic Irrigation

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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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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What are the benefits of colonic hydrotherapy?

What are the benefits of colonic hydrotherapy?

It's a scam: If you go to an enema parlor, you will be seen by a kindly, unhurried practitioner who will make you feel very comfortable, tell you things that aren't true ("toxic bowel settlement" and so forth), and reassure you that the treatment will greatly improve your health and that you had better keep coming back. Don't get involved with these people. ...Read more

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Does colonic irrigation reduce the risk of colon cancer by removing toxins?

Does colonic irrigation reduce the risk of colon cancer by removing toxins?

Not a proven fact: This is not proven and in fact it can be very dangerous due to risk of perforation and also risk of sipping out normal bacteria and causing superinfection with c diff. Just increase fiber intake to 30-40 gm a day and that will keep things moving and help with keeping all toxin levels under control. ...Read more

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What are the uses of colonic cleanses?

What are the uses of colonic cleanses?

Colonic enemas: Legitimate uses for colonic enemas or cleanses is for severe constipation, neurogenic bowel dysfuction or as part of a bowel prep. Prior to surgery involving bowel. Colonic cleanse can be performed by a cleanout from above prior to colonoscopy or bowel surgery. Colonic cleanses, for otherwise healthy individuals, is hocus pocus with no proof of efficacy. Thus best avoided if not indicated. ...Read more

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Are there any scientific studies evaluating the efficacy of colon hydrotherapy (colonics)?

Are there any scientific studies evaluating the efficacy of colon hydrotherapy (colonics)?

No: No scientific studies have ever shown a benefit to colonics. In fact, what many people do not realize is that the colon lining gets nourished from free fatty acids in the stool. Basically the poop in the colon nourishes the colon! any therapies geared towards removing waste are potentially damaging to the colon! ...Read more

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Are colonics of any benefit?

No to colonics: Colonics only benefit is to clear out a colon that is terribly constipated. As medical therapy, there is nothing beneficial. And depending on what is put in the fluid used, they can be dangerous. ...Read more

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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

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What are some of the benefits of coffee enemas?

What are some of the benefits of coffee enemas?

None: These were promoted by cancer quacks in the early 20th cenetury and are used today only by charlatans. People have died from them. If you think you have been suckered by a sweet-talking, seemingly-knowledgeable crook, contact your district attorney or the state board of healing arts. ...Read more

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Redundant colon,candidate for elective colon resection. Linzess, miralax no help. Milk of mag or Sennokot 2-3x week helps.Use instead of surgery?

Redundant colon,candidate for elective colon resection. Linzess, miralax no help. Milk of mag or Sennokot  2-3x week helps.Use instead of surgery?

Chronic constipation: Most often, surgery is only considered as a last resort. For some people, having a bowel movement 2 to 3 times per week is normal. If you are able to achieve this using milk of magnesia, then I would not consider surgery at this time. It is always possible to have complications of surgery, and in your situation, it doesn't sound absolutely necessary. Fiber and hydration are key. Good luck. ...Read more

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Colonic hydrotherapy vs colon liquid cleanse, which one is better to take?

Neither: Colonic therapy is not proven to treat anything and can cause colon perforation and infection. See your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Are there any concerns with prolonged daily use of psyllium seed husk for colon health?

Are there any concerns with prolonged daily use of psyllium seed husk for colon health?

No, It's good for yo: No in fact it is beneficial for health. It relieves the symptoms of constipation and hemorrhoids and it prevents against colon cancer. ...Read more

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What are the risks and benefits of a transurethral resection of the prostate (turp)?

What are the risks and benefits of a transurethral resection of the prostate (turp)?

Here are some ...: TURP had been as the gold standard for instant surgical tissue removal with electric cutting loop to surgically relieving prostate blockage as the last resort of care after failing to medical Rx. But nothing is free; so is TURP with expected risks such as bleeding, retrograde ejaculation, possible stress urinary incontinence, UTI, water over-absorption, etc. ... But now, its use is being replaced. ...Read more

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A lot of health stores sell liver cleansing and colon cleaning regiments. Is there a cheaper way of detoxifying?

No need: You don't need to detoxify your body. Your body is designed to get rid of toxins. Companies that sell you detoxifying products are only after your money. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits of epsom salt bath?

What are the health benefits of epsom salt bath?

Magnesium & sulphur: Epson salt is made from a chemical compound known as magnesium sulfate. Therefore if you bathe in epsom salts, the magnesium and the sulfur come in contact with your skin and can increase your tissue levels of magnesium and sulfur. Many people are deficient in both magnesium and sulfur, these people may benefit from soaking in epsom salts. Sulfur is detoxifying & magnesium is a vital mineral. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of a liver cleanse?

What are the benefits of a liver cleanse?

What's your goal?: I'M ALL FOR IT IF by "cleanse" you mean adopting a healthy lifestyle with routine exercise, cutting out tobacco, reducing alcohol & sugary drinks, minimizing highly processed foods & fats, & adding in lean proteins, whole fruits, vegetables, & nuts. DON'T DO IT IF instead you mean taking some fad diet, enema, colonic, or purgative to lose weight or supposedly rid your body of unspecified "toxins." ...Read more

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What are the healing benefits of hydrotherapy in general ?

What are the healing benefits of hydrotherapy in general ?

Which type?: A huge definition range: whirlpool, hot tubs, hot springs, pool therapy, cold baths. Overall the greatest use would be relaxation. But pools allow weight removed exercize and lowest impact aerobics. Possibly as a carrier for herbal/aroma therapy. Wound care: only to clean a dirty wound once. Be cautious of temp. In any use(neuropathy or raynauds risks) discuss it with a physiatrist for more. ...Read more

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What are the risks and benefits of a transurethral sphincterotomy?

What are the risks and benefits of a transurethral sphincterotomy?

Free flow: done for obstruction. STDcan cause certain structures and once treated these need opening. Generally a low risk of bleeding and recurrence ...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