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Doctor insights on: Fruits That Flush The Colon

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Can removal of your gallbladder increase your risk for colon polyps or colon cancer because of bile salt being directly dumped into your large bowels.

Can removal of your gallbladder increase your risk for colon polyps or colon cancer because of bile salt being directly dumped into your large bowels.

No: Past medical studies did not link gallbladder surgery to colon cancer. Most all of the bile is reabsorbed by the small intestine & returned to the liver, with or without the gallbladder. Excess bile getting to the colon will cause diarrhea. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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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Glycerin suppository--does it just affect the rectum and lower sigmoid colon (stimulation and water)? Or does it affect the rest of the colon?

Glycerin suppository--does it just affect the rectum and lower sigmoid colon (stimulation and water)? Or does it affect the rest of the colon?

Just rectum: Glycerin is an irritant stimulant. It only affects the area it comes in contact with. However, by relieving a blockage in the rectum, you may be able to fully empty your colon, especially if you have used a stool softener by mouth. ...Read more

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What is a good over-the-counter cleanse that will clean the intestinal tract walls?

What is a good over-the-counter cleanse that will clean the intestinal tract walls?

Seriously...why?: Colon lavage solutions "clean" by washing through from esophagus to rectum. Bear in mind however that there are no bacteria (aside from helicobacter) that colonize the stomach, & in most individuals the small bowel is relatively free of bacteria (unless there is underlying bacterial overgrowth due to structural or motility pathology). U probably don't need to cleanse--read prior HealthTap answers! ...Read more

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What is the best way to cleanse the liver, kidney and intestines? Does the colon hydrotherapy really help to remove parasites and toxins from the intestines?

What is the best way to cleanse the liver, kidney and intestines? Does the colon hydrotherapy really help to remove parasites and toxins from the intestines?

Too high expectation: There is nothing available to accomplish your expectations. Colon hydrotherapy is a superior enema.....people with rectal sexual drive enjoy it. Liver kidney cannot be cleansed.....rather they act as cleansers of the whole body. Parasites can not be cleared by enema....need to take medicine to kill and eliminate. ...Read more

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In the digestive system what is the job of the teeth, small intestines, colon?

In the digestive system what is the job of the teeth, small intestines, colon?

Working together: The teeth masticate or chew the food so that the stomach can process it. Once in the stomach, the enzymes help further digest the food until it enters the intestines as chyme. Nutrients are absorbed from the small intestine until the remaining material passes down the digestive tract to the colon to be excreted. Very simple answer but more can be found online if you need a more details. ...Read more

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Can excess stool in the colon cause general intestinal "rumbling"? Can excess stool in the colon cause backup into the small intestine? What exams?

Can excess stool in the colon cause general intestinal "rumbling"? Can excess stool in the colon cause backup into the small intestine? What exams?

Associated problems: "Excess stool in the coloin" implies a motility disorder of the colon. A motility problem can involve multiple organs in the GI tract. Stool does not generally back up from the colon into the small intestine, other than during episodes of colon obstruction. ...Read more

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Can a colonoscopy prep cause irritation in the colon in the internal rectum that looks exactly like Ulcerative Colitis when the pictures are taken.

Can a colonoscopy prep cause irritation in the colon in the internal rectum that looks exactly like Ulcerative Colitis when the pictures are taken.

Not likely: Ulcerative colitis has a specific appearance and location that distinguishes it histologically from normal tissue. The scenario you describe is possible with human error involved, but for the most part, very unlikely ...Read more

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What kind of fiber soluble or insoluble prevents colon cancer in males?

What kind of fiber soluble or insoluble prevents colon cancer in males?

Both: Soluble fibre attracts water and helps keep stool soft. Insoluble fibre makes stool bulky and shortens transit time and helps evacuation. Both are good for different reasons. ...Read more

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I read that pasteurized milk, has its protein denatured, in which the structure changes and cant be absorbed in the intestines.is milk protein useless?

I read that pasteurized milk, has its protein denatured, in which the structure changes and cant be absorbed in the intestines.is milk protein useless?

Milk: The caseins (one of the milk proteins) are stable to heat treatment. Typical high temperature short time (HTST) pasteurization conditions will not affect the functional and nutritional properties of the casein proteins. High temperature treatments can cause interactions between casein and whey proteins that affect the functional but not the nutritional properties. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are the diverticula in your colon for?

Nothing: They are acquired from elevated intracolonic pressures created from a lack of dietary fiber. ...Read more

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Soluble fiber or insoluble fiber? When is the best time of day to eat that to prevent constipation and gas throughout the day?

Soluble fiber or insoluble fiber? When is the best time of day to eat that to prevent constipation and gas throughout the day?

Insoluble fiber: Produces more stool.Soluble fiber helps reduce cholesterol. So both are beneficial. Time of day is irrelevant but best to spread out thru the waking hours. More important to prevent bloating, gas and constipation is adequate fluids: 80-100 oz of caffeine free/alcohol free fluids is recommended. ...Read more

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Heard that if one drinks a gallon of water a day thru out the day & their urines clear, it means the fat cells are being washed​ out of the body.True?

Heard that if one drinks a gallon of water a day thru out the day & their urines clear, it means the fat cells are being washed​ out of the body.True?

False: Fat cells, or fat by itself, does not get washed out of the body. Fat is fuel, which is vital to human survival, so the body is very good at holding fat. Our goal is to not eat nor drink excess calories, so not to create more fuel for storage. That said, a person who drinks a gallon of water a day INSTEAD of sweet liquids or calorie-containing liquids, helps her body use fat for fuel (burns fat). ...Read more

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M58, what food and liquid would cleanse any thing that stuck up inside intestine, such as flax seed? thanks

M58, what food and liquid would cleanse any thing that stuck up inside intestine, such as flax seed? thanks

Not necessary.: Things in general do not get stuck in your intestines. There were concerns many years ago that seeds, nuts and particulates could get caught in diverticuli and cause disease, but this is not true. No cleansing is necessary. Very rarely one can have a bezoar, but these are usually composed of hair. ...Read more

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Is water good for kidneys & bladder as a means to filter toxics? Is it true it's vital to drink lots of water in the morning to flush out the filth?

Is water good for kidneys & bladder as a means to filter toxics? Is it true it's vital to drink lots of water in the morning to flush out the filth?

In short, Yes: About one ounce of water per kilogram of body weight (if you weigh 150 pounds, 75 ounces of water -- 9 cups) is considered appropriate. There is "water" in many things however, so it doesn't have to be just free water. It is good for kidneys, bladder, heart, colon and your skin. You should drink throughout the day, not just morning! ...Read more

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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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Can clear oil at the top of toilet water after bowel movement be a fat absorption problem?

Can clear oil at the top of toilet water after bowel movement be a fat absorption problem?

Unlikely: Clear oil floating on the surface is not part of the description fat malabsorption. It may be mucus which is normal with a bowel movement. With significant fat malabsorption the patient gets steatorrhea: greasy foul smelling voluminous stools pale in color. ...Read more

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Colon confusion. Is the colon the large intestines? If the large intestines is removed, does that mean theres no longer a colon?

Colon confusion. Is the colon the large intestines? If the large intestines is removed, does that mean theres no longer a colon?

Equivalent: The colon is the large intestine. If all of your colon was removed, you no longer have a large intestine and vice versa. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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


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