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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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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 best colon cleanse products?

What are the best colon cleanse products?

Good hi fiber: diet, 80-100 oz caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily; more if you do strenuous activity. Do NOT waste your money on colon cleansers as they are not needed and potentially harmful in the short and long term.

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Can any doc tell me what's the best colon cleanse?

Can any doc tell me what's the best colon cleanse?

Depends: If you were looking just to clean out your colon a cheap treatment would be magnesium citrate which is available over-the-counter at any Wal-Mart or drug store. Usually 2 bottles of magnesium citrate will clean you out. If you were looking for a complete cleanse you can try GoLYTELY (polyethylene glycol) which is a prescription. The better question is why are you doing the colon cleanse?

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What to do if I frequently do not go often and heard it is good to do a thorough colon cleanse regularly to get the old stool out what is the best way to do this?

No colonic cleansing: As a pediatrician we normally don't recommend colonic cleansing. I would like to know exactly what the root of the problem and what causes it before I suggest any treatment

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I'm taking malic acid for colon cleanse what's the best time to take this supplement it's 800 mg? I do this for my acne I've noticed it's effective

I'm taking malic acid for colon cleanse what's the best time to take this supplement it's 800 mg? I do this for my acne I've noticed it's effective

Colon cleanse: First, a 16 year old should not be having a colon cleanse and second there is no association between colon cleansing and acne.

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How can remove my bad colon cleanse?

Can you clarify?: "Colon cleanses" are scams that target good, ordinary people and give them the idea that they need to remove "toxic bowel settlement" or something equally imaginary. If you had a bad experience after one of these, and still feel sick, a visit to a mainstream physician is in order. You'd do yourself a favor to find an evidence-based holistic practitioner in your community as wel.

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How will a colon cleanse help the body?

How will a colon cleanse help the body?

It doesn't.: The idea of colon cleansing is based on a misunderstanding of anatomy & physiology. Your colon is actually outside of you. You actually surround a space through which foods pass & excrement is produced. The body takes care of its own cleansing if you have a proper diet & fluid intake. Colonic treatment is outlawed in certain states because in the wrong hands has led to bowel perforation & death.

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What does a colon cleanse do to my system?

What does a colon cleanse do to my system?

Nothing: It is not necessary nor recommended. It is just a money maker for those selling it and has no scientific evidence for benefit. Eat a high fiber diet, drink plenty of fluids and your colon will work exactly as it was intended.

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At what age can you get a colon cleanse in 2013?

At what age can you get a colon cleanse in 2013?

100 or more: Colon cleansing is a waste of time at any age.

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Will a colon cleanse release toxins from my body?

Will a colon cleanse release toxins from my body?

Yes and No: It can help release toxins, but please realize that your body naturally wants to get toxins out. When you have enough fiber in your diet, the toxins will bind and be eliminated. Make sure your liver has what it needs to detox appropriately. I do not believe colon cleanses are necessary. You can get bloating, cramping. Don't force a detox. Support the body and it will detox on its own!

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Drink while I am on colon cleanse?

Drink while I am on colon cleanse?

Bad Medicine: Amazing. Here is your question as a physician see's it. I want to live healthy and I am undergoing a colon cleanse to get rid of toxins and such. But, I have to drink. I think that drinking alcohol is going to counter balance any thing you are attempting to do with a cleanse. If you cannot go for even one day without drinking perhaps we should start there and not with a colon cleanse.

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Can I take colon cleanse with food?

No: That defeats the purpose. The colon cleanse is supposed to cleanse the colon. If you eat while on the cleanse, you're undoing what the cleanse is doing. You stop eating before starting the cleanse. You resume eating and drinking after the colon test or whatever other reason for the cleanse.

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Hi can I take colon cleanse with propanolol?

Hi can I take colon cleanse with propanolol?

Don't waste health: 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." the "no" response also applies to liver detoxes! There are few real health benefits, but sigificant unjustified risk. Don't "cleanse"

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Docs can you explain what is a colon cleanse?

Docs can you explain what is a colon cleanse?

See details: People give themselves various laxatives and enemas in the erroneous belief that it serves some useful purpose.

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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.

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At what age is it a good idea to get a colon cleanse?

Never: Good diet and fluid intake are all that your colon needs to stay healthy. Avoid tobacco and excessive alcohol. Get colonoscopy after 50 yrs old. Artificial cleansing techniques such as enemas or laxatives are useless biologically in a healthy person, and may be quite dangerous.

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Can getting a colon cleanse help you lose weight and is it healthy?

Lose=yes healthy=no: Your colon may hold a few pounds of waste (stool) normally, although severely constipated people may hold more. Evacuating the colon will thus drop some pounds, but they come back as soon as you eat and make more waste, so very temporary. "colon cleansing" is frowned upon, unnecessary and likely often harmful to your body so don't do it!

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Are colonoscopy preps essentially the same thing as a colon cleanse?

No: Colon preps are carefully studied to get the colon clean enough that the endoscopist can carefully examine the lining of your colon and not miss a polyp or tumor. Colon cleanse does not get that kind of study and may or may not work. If your colon does not get clean enough for a thorough then you need to do it again...Neither you nor your endoscopist will be happy about that.

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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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