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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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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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Is there a safer way rather doing a colon cleansing?

Is there a safer way rather doing a colon cleansing?

You've seen the lite: Thanks for your follow-up question! many people who "cleanse" do so to lose weight, to eliminate supposed "toxins" in their body (let me assure you there are few accumulated toxins in the gut in most healthy people!), to feel "empty", or for other misguided reasons. Unless you have undiagnosed disease, laxation can be safely & gently accomplished with diet & over-the-counter agents like miralax (polyethylene glycol). ...Read more

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What are the some of the best colon cleansing products?

What are the some of the best colon cleansing products?

DON'T cleanse !: Healthtap physicians have repeatedly addressed this subject with a clear "no" answer to colonics. 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". ...Read more

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Are excessive colon cleanses bad for your health? If so, how?

Are excessive colon cleanses bad for your health? If so, how?

Excess Colon Water: This question leads to a question. How do you define excess colonic cleanses. This common practice has no medical benefits. But, too frequent can cause both trauma to the colon and water poisoning, which can be deadly if used too frequently. As a physician i would advise you not to do this practice unless you are advised to do so by a real physician. ...Read more

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Colon cleanses? Could you tell me more about colon cleanses? What exactly do they do?

Colon cleanses? Could you tell me more about colon cleanses? What exactly do they do?

Let me explain: Although doctors prescribe colon cleansing as preparation for medical procedures such as colonoscopy, most don't recommend colon cleansing for detoxification. Their reasoning is simple: your digestive system and bowel naturally eliminate waste material and bacteria — your body doesn't need colon cleansing to do this. ...Read more

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What is a colon cleanse?

What is a colon cleanse?

You don't need it: Your colon keeps itself clean naturally. If someone tells you that you may feel sick because of "toxic bowel settlement" or something similar and that you need a fancy laxative or bizarre enema, ignore that person. Please be careful. If you buy into the idea of needing to do weird things to "cleanse" yourself, you'll never feel well again. Find an evidence-based holist instead. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How can remove my bad colon cleanse?

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. ...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

Colonic (Definition)

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