Why do we need to detoxify the colon for health? Why do we need to do colon cleansing? Isn’t the body supposed to take care of that for us naturally? So what if we do not have bowel movements everyday, maybe that’s normal. Maybe we are evolving into a species that will only require elimination every week or even every month or so? We take our trash out every two or three days, depending on our family size, so maybe we ought to be eliminating every now and then as well.
Truth be known, we are not far from this hypothetical “evolved” state since statistically the average American has one bowel movement every two to five days. “Whew!” you say as you wipe the sweat from your brow. “Makes me feel better to know I am average.”
At least that was the statistic as quoted five years ago in an article written by Richard Schulze, N.D, and published in the “Well-Being Journal.” We have provided a link to the page, though you should be forewarned that it is not reading matter for the squeamish. We have included it to help you get a feeling for the magnitude of the problem.
So why is it important and critical that we not carry extra fecal matter in the colon for extended periods of time?
“Retained debris in the colon leads to the absorption of toxins, resulting in systemic intoxication (poisoning). Symptoms of this condition can include
and even allergic reactions such as hives, sneezing and coughing.
“Many nutritionists and researchers believe that this toxicity can eventually lead to more serious disorders. Colon cleansing can rid the colon of debris, and help prevent and treat a variety of health problems.” –Excerpt from Prescription for Nutritional Healing (Third Edition) A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements by Phyllis A Balch, CNC and James F. Balch, MD
The authors go on to present a combination of balanced ways to cleanse the colon–through fasting, the use of foods, herbs and enemas, and through the use of various supplements that can aid in the process of cleansing. So make the investment and pick up this book if it is not already in your supplements library.
Dr. Ross Anderson made a similar pronouncement:
“I have been a practicing naturopath doctor for over 20 years and have seen well over 20,000 patients. In that time I have come to realize that autointoxication (re-absorbing your own bowel toxins) is responsible for many of the nagging chronic symptoms that people complain of.”
In his article entitled Are You Clear of Parasites, Dr. Anderson said, “I believe the single most undiagnosed health challenge in the history of the human race is parasites.” Read the article to learn what parasite are and what they do in the body, and how we can detect their presence. Again, this is not an article for the faint of heart.
In fact, the whole topic of colon health and colon cleansing and detoxification, and the possibility that we might harbor parasites in our bodies is an uncomfortable subject, to say the least, and frightening at best. [And to be frank, every time this writer thinks about using a product which promises to rid the body of parasites, she cringes to think what her reaction might be if she actually saw one or more of these creatures in the ‘commode’ (she can’t yet say in her ‘stool’ because that’s at a whole different level which she is not yet ready to confront). So if you are like me, go ahead and take some time to prepare yourself mentally for the task. I have personally committed to be parasite free by J1, 2004. Join me if you will.]
We have already given you some recommendations for products that can assist you with your colon cleansing, detoxification and constipation problems, including the excellent book by the Balchs’, and we directed you to two Globe International colon health products as mentioned on our Supplementation page. Still if your budget is tight, you might check out Fiberzon and Fiberzon Plus, two products from Amazon Herb Co. Rainforest Bio-Genetics.