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Doctor insights on: Natural Colon Cleansing Dangers

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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

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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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Are colon cleansers and laxatives effective?

Are colon cleansers and laxatives effective?

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

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

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 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. ...Read more

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How effective are colonic cleansings?

How effective are colonic cleansings?

Don't do it!: 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" or for weight loss. There are few real health benefits, but sigificant unjustified risk. Don't use colonics please unless prescribed. ...Read more

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Has anyone used acai berry and cleansing colon diet and bled?

Has anyone used acai berry and cleansing colon diet and bled?

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

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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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Help please! is colon hydrotherapy safe?

It has risks: There is a risk of perforating the colon and the procedure is unnecessary. ...Read more

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What works better a colon cleanse or colon hydrotherapy?

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

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Are acia berry and green tea extract colon cleanse effective?

Are acia berry and green tea extract colon cleanse effective?

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

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Is detox cleansing powder from health food store worth the money?

Is detox cleansing powder from health food store worth the money?

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

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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. ...Read more

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Are alternative dietary anti-parasitic cleanses safe?

Are alternative dietary anti-parasitic cleanses safe?

Altmedicine.about: Garlic is a well known natural anti parasitic, golden seal, black walnut, wormwood, or seed, pumpkin seeds, grapefruit seeds, anise, cloves, gentian, neem, olive leaf, oregano, propolis, thyme, barberry, oregon grape... http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/conditionsitoq/a/parasites.htm. ...Read more

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Can a colon cleanser detoxify my body naturally?

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

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You hear so much about natural remedies for cleansing and detox; like probiotics, lemon water, honey, diatomaceous earth, essential oils, etc. Do they really work?

You hear so much about natural remedies for cleansing and detox; like probiotics, lemon water, honey, diatomaceous earth, essential oils, etc. Do they really work?

No, not that way: Humans, designed or evolved over millions of years, are self-cleaning. That means we should eat what we are designed to eat, and our bodies will clear out unneeded materials without help. No supplements are needed, unless one wants extra fiber to move the bowels better. Proper diet, enough exercise, and a healthy mind should normalize bowels. Diseases may need treatment, but seldom supplements. ...Read more

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I'm trying acia berry natural weight loss supplement with green tea extract colon cleanse, is it effective and how ?

I'm trying acia berry natural weight loss supplement with green tea extract colon cleanse, is it effective and how ?

Healthtap Doctors: are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. The best approach to weight loss is physical activity and good food/ portion choices. Some of the colon cleanses can be risky for your health. Natural, fresh organic juicing with protein powder & appropriate supplementation can be beneficial - but you need to be knowledgeable about it before hand. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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