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Colon Detox Products
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
No...: No studies to prove any health benefits from such products. Save your money. ...Read more
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
Please don't: Healthtap physicians have repeatedly addressed colon "cleansers" with a clear "no" answer. 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, as you've experienced. ...Read more
A lot of health stores sell liver cleansing and colon cleaning regiments. Is there a cheaper way of detoxifying?
Be careful: There is no evidence that a 'colon cleanse' improves digestive health. In fact, some colon cleanse techniques can cause dehydration and other problems requiring hospitalization. Companies that sell these products may use misleading advertising to suggest that the colon collects toxic residue or build-up. A balanced diet, fiber, and keeping hydrated are better ways to maintain digestive health. ...Read more
IMO, NO: Obsession with digestive cleanliness is a boon to manufacturers of detox powders, potions and devices. But just what is it you want to cleanse from your system? Toxins? As long as you don't overload it, your body is a self cleansing system from your liver and kidneys to your skin (though an occasional sauna can unblock pores and improve your inherent cleansing ability). There are exceptions. ...Read more
I'm taking probiotics and prebiotics. Do enemas kill good bacteria in the intestines? (using water/chamomile/coffee for enema)
Colon cleansing: Is not necessary. It is a scam and can actually create problems. Eating a high fiber diet and drinking 80-100 oz caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily is all you need and a whole lot cheaper and safer. Do not waste your money on colon cleansing or risk your health for that matter. ...Read more
Don't waste your $: 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: There is no need for and no benefit of doing colon cleansings. Your colon cleanses itself by having bowel movements. There is no buildup of toxins anywhere in the colon. Colon cleansings are unnecessary and can be unhealthy. Stick with a high-fiber diet for good colon health! Good luck. ...Read more
Sorry, but no...: The results of a recent large scale study looking at just this question sadly answered no--milk thistle did not live up to its health food store hyped benefits nor justify its high cost. If you have liver damage, see your doctor for appropriate assistance and treatment please. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a colon cleanse using super colon cleanse cause diverticulitis. Ive been doing a cleanse and dr confirmed diverticulitis
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! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Many methods, useful: I am not sure it's "necessary" but i advise all my patients to detox periodically for optimal health. My favorite method is to eat primarily organic fruits & veggies while taking nutrients to support detox. For an article i wrote see http://www.Drrandy.Org/article.Html#anchor-staying-23240. For more detailed advice see http://www.Healthy.Net/health/article/general_detoxification_and_cleansing/1558. ...Read more
Caveat emptor: There is no reason to take that stuff unless you want to pay a lot. No one knows the side effects of herbal therapy and repeated enemas by they can cause side effects. ...Read more
How can I cleanse my colon at home? I feel always uncomfortable and gasy and I might need a detox
It is of no use: I do not recommend doing any such detox... It is dangerous and has no benefit to you. It can only create more trouble for you. ...Read more
Don't bother: Don't bother with any type of detox. It's just a waste of your money. ...Read more
Hi .I cannot go toilet, constipated for a week. I only go after I had colon detox or detox tea. My stomach bloated so big especialIy after meal. help?
Pressure in ears, head and stiffness in neck after doing a colon cleanse. CT scan of brain completely normal. Detox effects?
The road to health..: ...does NOT lead through your rectum. Colon cleansing can cause vomiting, electrolyte imbalance, dehydration, jaundice & kidney failure. It was discredited a century ago. It may sound appealing but there is NO scientific evidence for it. Claims that toxins in your GI tract cause health problems eg arthritis, allergies, asthma are nonsense. Be a wellness skeptic, not a wellness sucker. ...Read more
I am on a nerve blocker and therefore the gentle colon cleaning products don't work for. What product would work?
MIRALAX (polyethylene glycol) : Softeners plus laxatives may help you-the softener keeps your stools soft while the laxative helps to push it along and out. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) ( or it's generic) has been a godsend to many and should help you-- if not, please see your doc as something else may be going on! ...Read more
Your body: The concept 'cleanse' or 'detox' uses the idea that your body is full of toxins when in fact your organs are responsible for eliminating extraneous substances. Your body cleanses itself, in a sense. A product claiming to do what your organs already do may do nothing or it may in fact be harmful. ...Read more
Probably & No Value: The vehicle we drive for a lifetime constantly performs very selective absorption & cleaning, body wide 24/7 via a huge number of mechanisms. Many laxative agents are on the market, some of which can be helpful for constipation or colon examinations, but colon cleanse products are zero value for dieting, just laxative concoctions sold to those looking for easy/magic. Rec: my answers for wt loss. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not directly: If there has been surgical trauma to a ureter or bladder there could be some blood in the urine, but the removal of all or part of the colon with re-anastamosis or stoma formation would not cause hematuria. Trauma from foley placement could cause microscopic or even gross hematuria. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need to treat the : Cause. Intestinal edema is likely to be due to inflammation and inflammation can be due to many causes, including infections, non-infecious inflammation e.g.. Radiation, ulcerative colitis. Crohns disease; congestive heart failure etc. You are obviously under the care of a physician, please discuss the issue with her/him. ...Read more
Taking salofalk for more tha a year now for chronic inflammation of the colon as biopsy result but my ESR is always elevated.. Should i stop?
No check with yourGI: Yoy should not stop your salofalk, unless advised by your doctor.Elevated sed rate is not from the salofalk but from your underlying onflammation. ...Read more
Fobt says status-final result,colon cancer. All 3 positive(A). Can fobt detect cancer? Also says neoplasm. Expedited colonoscopy in a few days...
My biopsy result is chronic inflammation with lymphoid hyperplasia taken from my colon.... What does it mean?
Dad had colon cancer stage 2 at 63. I'm 44. Just took pinnacle biolab 2nd gen fit test with negative result. Need colonoscopy?
See answer: Most recommendations suggest screening starting age 50. 75% of colon cancers are not familial or hereditary. Having a father with colon cancer increases your risk by at least 20%. HOWEVER YOUR ABSOLUTE RISK IS STILL LOW. You cannot be faulted for wanting a colonoscopy before age 50 but it's not absolutely necessary. *Focus should be on PREVENTION, not detection: **see comments below for specifics. ...Read more