Cleanse Your Colon?

Parasites. Toxins. Pounds of backed-up sludge stewing in your intestines. 

These are the common, systematic words, and scare tactics the manufacturers of colon cleansers give you to buy their product. Colon cleanse websites like Blessed Herbs, HPS Online, and Dr. Natura, which sells the popular "Colonix" product, all contain photo galleries designed to panic the viewer. Accompanied by quotes like, "I can't believe this came out of me," these visual testimonials are some of the most effective advertising I've ever seen, but effective advertising doesn't necessarily indicate an effective product. Which we as consumers too often forget. I agree, the prospects are frightening. Before you fork over hundreds of dollars and sacrifice countless hours with your behind glued to the porcelain throne, think skeptically for a moment:
  • I start taking this product.
  • I start passing odd-looking waste.
The logical immediate reaction would be, what you're putting in your body is, in fact, creating the foul bowel. Take a glass and fill it 1/4 full of water, add several tablespoons of Metameucil powder, or several of their capsules. Stir and let sit for a day or two. The mixture will settle, then gradually begin to form into a gel, which takes the shape of the glass. You know what's coming next. Check your favorite colon cleanse product's list of ingredients. More likely than not, one of the first on the list will be some form of psyllium husk, which is, you guessed it, the main component of Metameucil, and many other fiber supplements.When the spokesperson on the Dual Action Cleanse infomercial tells you he's spent years developing the perfect formula, he's not lying. He has created the perfect formula, but not for cleaning your colon. Colon cleanse products are painstakingly designed to produce visible, horrifying results that will induce the consumer to buy again, and again, and again. Customer satisfaction skyrockets, but does customer health?

Michael Picco M.D. gastrerologist with the Mayo Clinic says: "There is little scientific evidence to support or refute the benefits of colon cleansing. Critics say it's generally unnecessary and at times may even be harmful. Although doctors prescribe colon cleansing as preparation for medical procedures such as colonoscopy, most don't recommend it for detoxification. Their reasoning is simple: The digestive system and bowel naturally eliminate waste material and bacteria, your body doesn't need enemas or special diets or pills to do this".

 WebMd says: The colon doesn't need help. Here's why:
  • Natural bacteria in the colon detoxify food wastes.
  • The liver also neutralizes toxins.
  • Mucus membranes in the colon keep unwanted substances from reentering the blood and tissues.
  • The colon sheds old cells about every three days, preventing a buildup of harmful material.
  • The normal number of bowel movements varies from person to person. It may be as often as a few times a day or as little as a few times a week.
  • Increasing the number of bowel movements doesn't improve weight loss. That's because the body absorbs most calories before they reach the large intestine.
 Remember that "natural" doesn't necessarily mean safe. The government doesn't regulate natural colon cleansing products, so their potency, safety, and purity can't be guaranteed. The fact is, our bodies are very well designed, whether by an omnipotent creator or by millenia of evolution, and the colon does its job pretty efficiently on its own. There are cases, like cancer, polyps, and IBS, where additional treatment is necessary, but in general, if you're eating enough fiber and drinking enough water, the most you'll ever need to take in the way of colon cleansing is a simple fiber supplement. Psyllium Husk on its own is pretty darn cheap! So don't waste your money, your time, or your peace of mind. Read up on how to fit more fiber into your diet, pick out a fiber supplement for about 10 bucks from a health food or supplement store, and try to appreciate the magical workings of your body. It's the only one you've got. Good Luck...

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