29 doctors weighed in:
Do colon clense help?
29 doctors weighed in

Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
17 doctors agree
In brief: Crazy
Dr nguyen and heller are quite correct.
The state of texas prosecuted practitioners of colonic cleansing because the procedure was ineffective and dangerous. This is outlawed in texas now. Patients were killed by perforation of the colon by inexperienced practitioners. This is a practice without scientific basis, in a word - quackery.

In brief: Crazy
Dr nguyen and heller are quite correct.
The state of texas prosecuted practitioners of colonic cleansing because the procedure was ineffective and dangerous. This is outlawed in texas now. Patients were killed by perforation of the colon by inexperienced practitioners. This is a practice without scientific basis, in a word - quackery.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Great info...I was not aware of this being outlawed in the great state of Texas! Thanks
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Yes, thanks for the info. It appears that at least one state got it right.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
9 doctors agree
In brief: Help move bowels
No data supporting claims they "detoxify", other than cause bowel movements.
No evidence that stool can be chronically encrusted in bowel. No evidence supporting claims that they get rid of "putrefaction". May not "cleanse" as extensively as touted. No reason to do them on a regular basis. Arguably, no reason to do them at all.

In brief: Help move bowels
No data supporting claims they "detoxify", other than cause bowel movements.
No evidence that stool can be chronically encrusted in bowel. No evidence supporting claims that they get rid of "putrefaction". May not "cleanse" as extensively as touted. No reason to do them on a regular basis. Arguably, no reason to do them at all.
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. George Klauber
Colon cleanse is a myth
Dr. Mark Mattar
Bowel cleanses are no recommended. They may "cleanse" the current fecal material but they also "cleanse" out good bacteria and other chemicals that your body needs, causing problems in the long-run. A high fiber diet and regular bowel movements are recommended.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: Help what?
If you referring to cleansing your colon.
.It can clean out your stool, but as you eat stool will re-accumulate. Is there a health benefit? I am not aware of anything signifincant, at least not in the long run. As a matter of fact, excessive use/missue of such can destroy normal colonic bacteria and predispose to other problems/infections. Not recommended. Consult your doc. Good luck.

In brief: Help what?
If you referring to cleansing your colon.
.It can clean out your stool, but as you eat stool will re-accumulate. Is there a health benefit? I am not aware of anything signifincant, at least not in the long run. As a matter of fact, excessive use/missue of such can destroy normal colonic bacteria and predispose to other problems/infections. Not recommended. Consult your doc. Good luck.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
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Dr. Lonna Larsh
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Devils advocate
2 main kinds of colon cleansing.
1) colon hydrotherapy - involves "flushing" out the colon with fluids, is ineffective at best, and potentially extremely harmful. 2) the use of supplements and foods to get you pooping. This can also be harmful, but done right, with high fiber foods, probiotics and judicious supplements, can be very helpful. Most supps should still not be used long term.

In brief: Devils advocate
2 main kinds of colon cleansing.
1) colon hydrotherapy - involves "flushing" out the colon with fluids, is ineffective at best, and potentially extremely harmful. 2) the use of supplements and foods to get you pooping. This can also be harmful, but done right, with high fiber foods, probiotics and judicious supplements, can be very helpful. Most supps should still not be used long term.
Dr. Lonna Larsh
Dr. Lonna Larsh
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