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Colon cleansing: Not so healthy, analysis says
August 1st, 2011
12:15 AM ET

Colon cleansing: Not so healthy, analysis says

It has been touted as a natural way to improve your heath and cleanse the soul. But doctors are now finding the procedure known as colon cleansing can cause dangerous side effects.

Colon cleansing, technically known as colonic hydrotherapy or colonic irrigation, is a popular treatment, usually performed at spas. It often involves the use of chemicals in the body and in hydrotherapy, the colon is flushed with water through a tube inserted in the rectum.

But oral home remedies are also available and have become popular, especially over the Internet. Now researchers from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. say there's no evidence any of these colon cleansing treatments work and, in fact, when used improperly can cause cramping, kidney failure and in some extreme cases, death.

"There can be serious consequences for those who engage in colon cleansing whether they have the procedure done at a spa or perform it at home," says the lead author, Dr. Ranit Mishori, a family medicine physician at Georgetown University School of Medicine. "Colon cleansing products in the form of laxatives, teas, powders and capsules... tout benefits that don't exist."

Mayo doctor is no fan of cleanses

Although colon cleansing has been around for centuries as a way to rid the body of unwanted toxins, the American Medical Association determined in the early 1900s that the procedure was invalid; there was no evidence to show the methods worked. And even though there still remains no solid evidence these products do what they claim, colon cleansing has been making a comeback, mainly because manufacturers claim it also helps people lose weight.

"If this method were the key to weight loss, it would be amazing. But there is no evidence that this helps people lose weight,” says Mishori. "Manufacturers don't describe how it works. The statements are a little empty. They say it will enhance your immune system, up your metabolism, give you energy. It’s all pretty vague. Some people swear by it, but it could be a placebo effect. And companies can make these claims, because the federal government doesn't regulate their products."

Not expecting miracles, but I love my cleanses

According to the report released this week in the Journal of Family Practice, Mishori and her colleagues examined 20 studies published in medical literature over the last 10 years.

Investigators noted while these reports showed little evidence of colon cleansing benefits, there were a number of side effects reported following the use of these cleansing methods. Those effects included cramping, bloating, nausea, vomiting, electrolyte imbalance and renal failure. And in some cases, ingredients in these remedies were toxic.

"Some herbal preparations have also been associated with aplastic anemia and liver toxicity," Mishori said.

Researchers also noted that many of the "spas" that offer colon cleansing have no trained clinicians and even organizations such as the National Board for Colon Hydrotherapy and others who promote colon cleansing require technicians who perform professional colon cleansing to have little more than a high school diploma.

"When you flush your colon out with a hose, it's like giving yourself an enema on steroids. You shouldn't put things up there that really don't belong there," stressed Mishori. "Imagine 60 liters of water going through your colon. The stress it puts on the system, and the hose, if not used correctly, could puncture the organ."

As for the home remedies, Mishori says there's no need for them. "We poop and pee for a reason. If you are a healthy person, the body does it for you."

When asked what was the best way to cleanse the body, Mishori was quick to respond.

"Eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly," she stressed, "Get six to eight hours of sleep and see a doctor regularly. But no one wants to do that," she said with exasperation. "But they'll use a hose to flush themselves out! The use of these methods are unhealthy. And what's scary is we only examined the cases that were reported to hospitals and doctors. Imagine all the people who are using these products and methods and have side effects and never go to the hospital. We don't know about them. The numbers could be staggering."

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  1. T-Bone

    Dr. Ranit Mishori: "Get six to eight hours of sleep and see a doctor regularly. But no one wants to do that"

    Humans are lazy.

    August 1, 2011 at 13:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Badonkadonk!

      Americans are lazy

      August 1, 2011 at 13:50 | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      Lazy people are lazy.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:05 | Report abuse |
  2. evilphoton

    medical procedures (yeah, i'd consider inserting something in your bum medical...) that make their way to (or start from) infomercials should be immediately considered questionable, at best, dangerous at par.

    but, obviously, we missed something during our evolutionary process where the butt sprayer tube hasn't been "discovered" until now, and so this has been fixed by people who want to sell something.

    August 1, 2011 at 13:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Human as you

      They have no problem prescribing a ton of pills though... basically this is to scare people into taking drugs instead of doing a 1 time colon cleanse which CAN rid the body of toxins. There will always be those that missuse this as there are those that missuse prescription drugs, which by the way, if you overdose on those, what is the emergency medical procedure to save your life?? that's right, they flush you out... People please do NOT believe everything that is out there, we now KNOW that the American Medical Association is funded 100% by the pharmaceutical companies... they just love when people eat this stuff up, its their job to publish things like this, to keep the cattle under control.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:25 | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      What are "toxins" even? It should be easy to prove if it's flushing them out of the body by analyzing what comes out.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:44 | Report abuse |
    • speedro

      Human as You: You are probably beyond help, but here goes. The colon does not sequester toxins, period. Flushing it with water does at best nothing, and could in fact be detrimental. To anyone with an education in science, this whole topic is so remedial as to barely warrant discussion. Anyone with a basic education in biology is laughing their heads off reading yours and similar comments. I feel sorry for you that you live a life without apparently bothering to become educated on some of the basics of life on earth.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:44 | Report abuse |
    • Rescme

      Do you think for a second big Pharma wouldn't jump all over the colon B.S. and made it profit, if it actually worked? You herbalist nutters are always barking about how greedy they are but in doing so prove your herbalist pills and extracts don't do much because big Pharma would snap it up in a second and try make big bucks if in fact it did work.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:47 | Report abuse |
    • bob

      @speedro: You probably haven't noticed that the typical american's diet is full of toxins that weren't around for the majority of human existence. Also, you are probably unaware of the fact that chemicals CAN be absorbed in the colon, that's why many drugs are administered rectally!

      August 1, 2011 at 15:02 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      OMG, the dumb. It burns.

      August 1, 2011 at 15:05 | Report abuse |
    • ChemPhD

      Your huge amount of stupidity is astounding.

      August 1, 2011 at 15:12 | Report abuse |
    • Woody Brown

      @Human as you can

      You've really no idea what you're talking about.

      Doctors do not perscribe a ton of pills for colon cleansing. Freaking period. Prior to a colonoscopy, they perscribe a one time oral treatment–a laxative.

      There is no way in the world that the doctor behind this research is getting any single thing out of a pharma-company for her conclusions that colon-cleansers amount, actually, to nothing more than snake-oil. The fact is, snake-oil salesmen–in all different forms–have been around forever; they exist ad infinitum still today. Medicine, on the other hand, has been in a recent trend of non-invasive methods–where possible–an non-pharama solutions where-ever natural items will do the trick.

      To wit: "Eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly," she stressed, "Get six to eight hours of sleep and see a doctor regularly. But no one wants to do that," she said with exasperation. "But they'll use a hose to flush themselves out!"

      August 1, 2011 at 15:59 | Report abuse |
    • Human as you

      Wow! Thank you, I truly appreciate to be able to comment on this topic and to read all the points of view (which I respect every single one).
      speedro – Thank you for your comment. Bill Gates will tell you, one thing is what they teach you in a university and another is what happens in real life. The TRUTH which can be researched very easily is; If you were to overdose tomorrow on most any kind of drug the first thing they will do is flush you out via Buttom hole. So.... just ask yourself, why? certain individuals can benefit from this. Some of the basics of life on Earth did not include putting chemical drugs into your body, this is new and in many cases we are finding we are doing more damage than anything we are fixing, and we now have the interest of the corporations to make sure that you take as many of their products as they can possibly put into you without killing you. I'll do my 1 enema a year, you take the drugs.... c u in 20 years and we will see who is doing better. THAT IS REAL LIFE and not taught at any university. PEACE
      Rescme – No, I do not believe they would because these things are too easy for anyone to do on their own, that is WHY they push their man made stuff to be better than nature... is it really that difficult to see that ?? seems so obvious. You obviously believe extracts don't do much, that is because you believe these articles which are written by Drs that have a direct economic benefit from writing them... and for your detriment they don't care much for you except to make sure YOU continue to believe that MAN has bettered Nature in curing us. The fact is and you can research this... in the 50's all hospitals had enemas for patients but because it worked so well (and how do you make money from something you can so easily without the need of any man made chemicl?) it was lobbied out of hospitals by politicians so that drugs could then be applied instead. How many vaccinations do you receive now days? just 30 minutes from being born you are given like 4 BY LAW, including Polio which is almost eradicated... WHY?? come on do not be SO gullible.
      ChemPhd – can you be more specific to what you are referring to?

      August 1, 2011 at 16:01 | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      Humanasyou: you've drawn a parallel a few times now between enemas and people getting their stomachs pumped after overdosing, but these are not the same thing. The difference is that in the case of an OD, the point is to get the drug or whatever poisoinous substance out of the person's stomach before it is absorbed into the bloodstream. Cleaning out the colon doesn't do this at all–it simply cleans feces (which is the undigestable, mostly fibrous, remains of food) out of the colon. At this point in the digestion process, most compounds that can be absorbed by the gut have already been absorbed–the colon is just squeezing out and absorbing the last bits of water that it can. Sure, there might be some traces of other compounds in the water, but those are mainly absorbed in the stomach and small intestine. See the difference?

      August 1, 2011 at 17:11 | Report abuse |
  3. T-Bone

    People that put stuff up their A@S have problems with the world around them.

    August 1, 2011 at 13:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Human as you

      They have no problem prescribing a ton of pills though... basically this is to scare people into taking drugs instead of doing a 1 time colon cleanse which CAN rid the body of toxins. There will always be those that missuse this as there are those that missuse prescription drugs, which by the way, if you overdose on those, what is the emergency medical procedure to save your life?? that's right, they flush you out... People please do NOT believe everything that is out there, we now KNOW that the American Medical Association is funded 100% by the pharmaceutical companies... they just love when people eat this stuff up, its their job to publish things like this, to keep the cattle under control.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:27 | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      And why wouldn't the pharmaceutical companies be willing to sell cleanse products if they worked at all and were safe? They make a lot of money on products that are very cheap to produce, such as cold medication and pain killers. They could just as easily be selling cleansing products.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:47 | Report abuse |
    • Human as you

      Dear Jon, Thank you for your comment, I see a lot of people always arguing the point of "if it works so well why do Phamaceutical companies not just buy them up?". It works so well that pharmaceutical companies have a LOT of people working to convince YOU that these things do not work... did you ever think about that? do you really believe that the multi-billion dollar phamaceutical corporation driven by profits has YOU in their best interes? they do BUT only so that you believe these type of articles which are witten directly by a Dr that has a direct financial beneft from it being published. Did you know for example that natural peppermint can stop a headache almost instantly by applying a bit of peppermint oil to your temples? but all this stuff is naturally made... can't be patented, therefore can't be made to profit one indivual corporation... and that goes for everything else.. the key is in that the natural stuff CAN NOT be patented. THAT IS WHY, so to summarize. IF IT IS FOR FINANCIAL GAIN THEY WILL TELL YOU ANYTHING YOU WANT TO HEAR SO THAT YOU BUY THEIR PRODUCTS. Pretty clear.. no? PEACE brothaaaa.... be skeptic but learn to listen.

      August 1, 2011 at 16:13 | Report abuse |
    • hmmmmpff

      My girlfriend would disagree!

      August 1, 2011 at 16:43 | Report abuse |
  4. AmericanCitizen1234

    Wow...I think many of you need to get better physicians! Mine will try anything NOT to prescribe meds if not necessary and is always providing nutritional information. She has meal planners and alternative lists (eat this/not that) available in her office all of the time. Not all docs are terrible... and she does not agree with colon cleansing but encourages drinking lots of water to help flush out your system. May seem basic, but I think basic is what our bodies work best with.

    August 1, 2011 at 13:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jonathan

      along with water eat this ..brocolli brussle sprouts coloflower kale ..at least three portions of one of these per week ..
      they stop cancers ... 🙂

      August 1, 2011 at 13:51 | Report abuse |
    • Daniela

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      October 11, 2012 at 22:27 | Report abuse |
  5. outawork

    Chinese and Indian food seen to work fine.

    August 1, 2011 at 13:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan

      DING!!!

      August 1, 2011 at 13:53 | Report abuse |
    • Gary (MD)

      ha ha ha ha ha......

      August 1, 2011 at 14:23 | Report abuse |
    • Tyra

      LOL, all jokes aside, this is very true. Eat a bowl of Pho from a healthy place and you'll be cleansed by evening. There are so many natural foods you can eat to cleanse.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:49 | Report abuse |
    • Dido

      I have wonderful rsepect to the longstanding connection between humankind and his or her natural ingredients. By ingesting whole foods (berry, vegetables as well as whole grains, and so forth.), your child could possibly get the necessary supplements in the healthiest way. As a way to see the community around all of us we need all these vitamins to develop as they guide bones plus connective tissue to develop, stop all of us from bleeding to passing, heal pains, fight attacks and most cancers, and retain our pearly white's from falling out.

      September 14, 2012 at 02:18 | Report abuse |
  6. timd

    Remember to always take your medication and shop more! A medicated consumer is a happy consumer! Questioning authority can only lead to depression. Believe what you read. Never question your doctor. He knows more than you. Never check your phone bill for mistakes. Phone companies have the highest integrity of any utility. If your doctor sends you in for MRI for a chest cold, by all means, you should go, even if your insurance won't pay the five thousand dollars. Never think for yourself – that could only lead to more sufferring. You are not be trusted with your own life.

    August 1, 2011 at 13:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jon

      yet, somehow, the companies selling cleansing products are entirely different. They have no interest in making profits by charging you lots of money for what is basically salt water. They only want to help you!

      August 1, 2011 at 14:49 | Report abuse |
    • speedro

      Actually, buddy, people "thinking for themselves" is exactly what has caused there to be gullible idiots willing to irrigate their colons at the advice of equally incompetent people who are really just trying to make a buck. Sometimes it IS smarter to listen to people who are trained, peer-reviewed and certified by an accredited organization.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:51 | Report abuse |
    • Human as you

      speedro – ok so if thinking for yourself to you is "Sometimes it IS smarter to listen to people who are trained, peer-reviewed and certified by an accredited organization" then really... YOU are beyond help. I know that even people like you DO come back eventually to reality. RIGHT NOW IN YOUR OWN WORDS YOU ARE NOT THINKING ON YOUR OWN, YOU HAVE LEFT THE THINKING TO OTHERS... just read what you wrote... YOU worte it not me. PEACE !

      August 1, 2011 at 16:18 | Report abuse |
    • speedro

      Dear Human as you: Your reading comprehension ability is clearly very poor. It is difficult to take you seriously as you attempt to make an argument, when you are presenting an argument of your own derivation, unrelated to the original comment to which you are attempting to respond. You are embarrassing yourself, dude.

      August 1, 2011 at 18:02 | Report abuse |
  7. Chris

    This "study" is totally bogus. There is a huge difference between hydrothreapy and chemically induced colon cleaning. The lymph system drains into the colon, so colonics clean the whole body. I have gotten colonics yearly for 30 years, and at age 58, I am still playing basketball with teenagers. Colonics work wonders.

    August 1, 2011 at 13:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Xinc

      I'm sure that you would still be able to play basketball and be active even without the cleansing. Correlation doesn't imply causation.

      August 1, 2011 at 13:43 | Report abuse |
    • KMAN821

      Yes Chris, anecdotal information is certainly the most reliable and medically sound. I think THE TRUTH has you pegged!

      August 1, 2011 at 13:50 | Report abuse |
    • George R

      You know, if colon cleansing isn't bogus, you'd expect to see differences in the intestinal tissue of the corpses of people who cleansed and people who didn't. Guess what? No difference. A little reading will reveal that the human digestive system is shedding its lining all the time. There aren't any "deposits" or "plaques" or anything else built up inside people's guts.

      August 1, 2011 at 13:54 | Report abuse |
    • dp

      The lymphatic system drains into the venous system via the subclavian veins.

      August 1, 2011 at 13:56 | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      George R- What this really points to is the fact that people are saying after they get their colon cleansed, they feel good. After they get something shoved up their butts and swished around a little, they feel good. This can only lead me to the ass-umption that these people like it up their poopers.

      August 1, 2011 at 13:57 | Report abuse |
    • Chris R

      The funny thing is that people like Chris actually believe the anatomical fallacies that people tell them – like that the lymphatic system drains into the colon. It doesn't. It would be counter to what the colon does – which is reabsorb water from waste to return it to the body. That's all the colon is – a big water collector.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:10 | Report abuse |
    • Popejon

      Chris,

      If you take the time to "cleanse" yourself, you probably take the time to eat right. If you are still playing basketball with tanagers or anybody at your age, you take the time to exercise. Exercise and eating healthy are 99% of the answer to most of Americans that are fat and lifeless.... I bet if you stopped cleansing all together, you'd still be playing basketball with teenagers until the arthritis kicks in...

      August 1, 2011 at 14:35 | Report abuse |
    • speedro

      1. Even if the lymphatic system did 'drain' to the colon, which it does not, how could you possibly rationalize to yourself that flushing water into your colon could somehow have an effect on a complex biochemical network (the 'entire body') that operates far upstream from the colon? 2. Your anecdotal evidence with N=1, and your incorrectly argued correlation that since you get colonics and you are healthy therefore colonics keep you healty has no substance. You sir, are a fool.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:58 | Report abuse |
    • DR. J

      Check your facts, lymphatics don't drain into the colon. Lymphatics drain to the bloodstream. The colon drains to the liver which cleanses all the nasty things you eat, but "cleansing" your colon with irrigation does literally nothing to affect your health at the risk of rupturing it. BTW, a ruptured colon kills you.

      August 1, 2011 at 15:10 | Report abuse |
  8. Mr. Myxltplxk

    "Colon cleansing has been making a comeback, mainly because manufacturers claim it also helps people lose weight", yeah, that, and the fact that people have gotten WAY stupid again over the last 20 years. If your body isn't making a natural effort to rid itself of toxins, you're probably gonna die, regardless.

    August 1, 2011 at 13:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • KMAN821

      We're ALL definitely going to die, regardless ... and pumping water up your butt isn't going to eliminate that reality.

      August 1, 2011 at 13:53 | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      Your doctor shulod either give you a prescription for a gallon bottle of some nasty stuff that lets your colon be clean enough to make chitlins or tell you EXACTLY what to take. Citrate of Magnesia is a good colon cleanser for the night before. Doucolax shulod be taken 2 days before. Clear liquids the day before.Do NOT take a fiber laxative. Doc wants your colon clean not full of fiber. I know this from years of working in the medical field.

      September 13, 2012 at 23:05 | Report abuse |
  9. sardukar

    :"National Board for Colon Hydrotherapy" <- really even to give an enema you need to be board certified..wonder how much they charge, may be one needs to take 6h exam and get a diploma..

    August 1, 2011 at 13:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. 22Springs

    There is a lot of evidence that colon cleansing is good for the body, in fact, a lot more evidence than the negative press the American Medical Association and associated physicians would like to give credit. The bottom line is that with every procedure, there are risks, period. Feel free to browse the internet for substantiation of the facts – results that don’t lie. Bottom line – government sponsored research will inevitably produce government sponsored outcomes.

    August 1, 2011 at 13:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DW

      Please provide that evidence. University Google is not evidence.

      August 1, 2011 at 13:49 | Report abuse |
    • George R

      Personal bias is not evidence. Wanting something is not evidence. Stubborn rebellion against the advice of experts is not evidence. Total lack of evidence is not evidence.

      August 1, 2011 at 13:56 | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Yeah, that darn American Medical Association always wanting to put their two cents in. Who do they think they are, a bunch of doctors? . . . .

      And that darn government not wanting us to be healthy. Filling our minds with bogus information so we will all die early and not pay taxes!!! The gov is such a sneaky beast.........

      Your an idiot.

      August 1, 2011 at 13:57 | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      " Feel free to browse the internet for substantiation of the facts " Right, because only the absolute facts are ever listed on the web, no false or misleading information there at all. LMAO!

      August 1, 2011 at 14:05 | Report abuse |
    • Popejon

      Lets cut to the chase, please provide one reputable independent research done on a large portion of the population over an extended period of time. Then one more meeting the same criteria that comes to the same conclusions to prove its not an anomaly. Then you can bad mouth all the others.....

      August 1, 2011 at 14:43 | Report abuse |
    • Mac

      Still waiting....

      August 1, 2011 at 15:01 | Report abuse |
    • speedro

      Methinks you need to pay more attention to the things you are reading on the internet. Particularly to WHO is saying them. Do you ever stop to look at the credibility of your sources of information? Thought not. If flushing out your colon were good for you, believe me, doctors, scientists and yes the AMA would endorse it.

      August 1, 2011 at 15:09 | Report abuse |
  11. Lace

    Studies have shown that people that eat meat have about 5lbs of undigested meat in their colon and research shows that disease can start from the colon. So why isn't colon cleansing good? Could it be that people that do it, cleanse their body and instead of eating better, they simple go back to their old diet? Or the disease, toxins etc are free to move to the surface and they finally feel the effects of their long term bad eating habits ?

    August 1, 2011 at 13:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • KehLyn

      Please give an actual citation of the study – not just "studies say" – because the 5-10-20 lbs of material in the colon of meat-eaters is a bogus claim and I have no doubt that you cannot back this statement with a real actual scientific study.

      Ad for colon cleansing, Your colon is meant to operate in one direction – repeatedly forcing fluids and chemicals in the OPPOSITE direction is NOT physiologic and can lead to many issues. Eating a variety of foods and sufficient fiber and fluids will maintain colon health. Paying someone to hose stuff up your butt is an invitation to too many problems to list here.

      August 1, 2011 at 13:49 | Report abuse |
    • DW

      Really? Can you show us those studies, can you show us the evidence. Please provide these legitimate studies.

      August 1, 2011 at 13:53 | Report abuse |
    • Spud J Dog

      5# of undigested meat? You can't possibly believe such tripe. If true, your problems are much greater than a garden hose can solve.

      August 1, 2011 at 13:56 | Report abuse |
    • Pablo Azlo

      Other studies show that you have gone mad.

      August 1, 2011 at 13:59 | Report abuse |
    • George R

      We both know you can't site a single study in support of that viewpoint. You just believe on faith and emotion.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:00 | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      It sounds like you are saying a meat diet is a bad habit. And now guns kill people right? Nothing is intrinsically wrong, but actually everything is intrinsically right and thus so, as is manifested in this reality. It's what YOU do with it that brings the wrong out of right. Guns don't kill people, people do. Meat doesn't kill people, people do. Lets get it straight.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:03 | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      I think we can all safely say if you have 5 lbs of meat in your stomach, you're either pregnant, or you just ate a 5 lbs burger.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:07 | Report abuse |
    • Chris R

      Tell me, do you think evolution screwed up so badly as to make it so that our bodies wouldn't be able to eliminate undigested material? You have to remember that the basic functionality of the colon is repeated over and over again in almost every mammal from carnivores to herbivores. What you are arguing is that this design – enhanced by natural selection over millions of years – can't do the basic process of eliminating waste? That's just not logical. Not at all.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:14 | Report abuse |
    • bek

      Here's a pretty reliable study about why eating meat ISN'T so good:

      "Limit red meat—and avoid processed meat. Research suggests that people who eat more than 18 ounces a week of red meat have a higher risk of colon cancer. So make red meat—beef, pork, lamb—only an occasional part of your diet, if you eat it at all. And skip the processed stuff—bacon, hot dogs, and deli meats—since that's also been linked to higher cancer risk. Try these healthy protein recipes for nuts and tofu, fish and chicken." Harvard School of Public Health (on their website)

      August 1, 2011 at 14:22 | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Yeah Lace – I heard Judge Rhenhold say the exact same thing in Beverly Hills Cop.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:31 | Report abuse |
    • JT

      Yeah, and if you swallow your gum it will reside in your stomach for 17 years.

      This brought to you by other old wive's tales.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:32 | Report abuse |
    • Wow

      This whole 5# of undigested meat thing is comical. If all meat eaters are walking around with this, I can assume that our colons are kicking out some form of chemical to keep it from rotting. As said before, if this is happening you will have more issues than just carrying around a few more pounds. I'm pretty sure if this was the case you would die rather rapidly.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:32 | Report abuse |
    • speedro

      The colon is DESIGNED and refined over millions of years of evolution and across the animal kingdom. Your colon represents the state of the art in waste elimination. That is its whole purpose. There is not meat bound up in anyone's colon, flushing yours with water in the wrong direction is likely causing you harm. Get educated for real.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:34 | Report abuse |
    • speedro

      @Sam: Hahaha. Totally from Beverly Hills Cop! I am so glad someone remembered where we all have heard this "statistic". Oh Lace, "studies have shown", indeed.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:37 | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Are you actually stupid enough to believe that you have 5lbs, about half the size of a loaf of bread of meat, anywhere in your digestive system? F word you're dumb.

      August 1, 2011 at 17:48 | Report abuse |
  12. Katherine

    I disagree. Ive been having colonics for 8 years and my body is in great shape, its "regular" if you will and I have more energy. Of course I have a healthy lifestyle. I dont eat meat or dairy. Every BODY is different. Colonics is great.

    August 1, 2011 at 13:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • George R

      Katherine, bodies aren't THAT different. You really shouldn't be "cleansing" your colon – it's hazardous and pointless. Stuff does NOT build up in there. Tens of thousands of autopsies have show this.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:03 | Report abuse |
    • Maligzar

      You are in great shape because of your diet and exercise, not because you stick a hose up your backside.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:06 | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      After all that picky eating, exercise, and sticking a hose up your rectum do you have time for a life?

      August 1, 2011 at 14:30 | Report abuse |
    • speedro

      Listen to George and read a biology book and stop listening to naturopathic BS being offered by people who are not physicians or scientists.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:30 | Report abuse |
  13. trumod

    Placebo effect or not, I feel better after a colon detox.

    August 1, 2011 at 13:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mac

      That's actually the best pro-cleanse argument I've read yet.

      August 1, 2011 at 15:06 | Report abuse |
  14. Funny Joke

    Please copy and paste this as your status if you know someone, or have heard of someone who knows someone that may know someone who knows anyone. If you don't know anyone, or even if you've heard of anyone who doesn't know anyone that doesn't know someone, then still copy this. It's important to spread the message. Oh, and the hearts. ♥♥ For f@#k's sake, don't forget the hearts. ♥♥

    August 1, 2011 at 13:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. kari

    Chis,
    There is no reason at all to be rude or make assumptions. I rarely watch TV and I have never watched an infomertial. I have some vitamins for when I don't eat balanced meals in a day.
    If you read what I wrote, I shared my personal experience. Am I so energetic and healthy and never get sick because I have occasional colonics? I don't know, but It makes sense to me and given that I feel incredible after one and that "healthy high" lasts for days, I believe it is a good thing for me to coninue and I am confident to recommend it for improved health.
    Someone mentioned the horrible liquid they make you drink before a colonic....
    My father who is ill and in a nursing home refuses to have another colonoscopy because of the horrible experience he had with that liquid they recommend you start the evening before your procedure. For some people that means litterally sitting on the lu for 12 hours of agony and severe cramping. As opposed to an hour with a colon therapist? no brainer!

    August 1, 2011 at 13:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • speedro

      Kari, take a biology class. You are an idiot if you think colonics do anything beneficial for you.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:28 | Report abuse |
    • GwT

      No, you just like sticking things up your butt. My ex wife is a manager for a major organic/heath food store chain in charge of vitamins and supplements, and even she acknowledges that so many "alternative" health products that have been sold in these stores for years are totally and completely bogus, not based on any science whatsoever and are sold because people believe the hype.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:41 | Report abuse |
  16. The Truth

    I'm healthy because I have a good diet. If you need something to flush you out, you arent eating the right foods. No empirical evidence saying that getting your colon cleansed does anything good for you. Testimonials from people are about as good as the ones on the Slap chop or Sham Wow commericals, useless.

    August 1, 2011 at 13:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Mack

    I can't believe how many people fall for these products. The human body is just fine at cleansing itself if you get enough fiber and drink adequate water.

    August 1, 2011 at 13:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Neil

    hahah 'no real solid evidence.'

    August 1, 2011 at 13:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Anutup

      98% of colon cancers above the anal verge are adcrecanoinomas and although they do vary in aggressiveness it is not drastic. There are other rare types that are much more aggressive. Survival rates are dependent on stage. Stage 4 colon cancer has a 5-year survival rate of 5%. There are those that survive past 5 years and of the other 95% there are those who survive 1 week and others survive 4 years and 11 months. It is difficult to apply these rates to an individual without a good understanding of the disease process and even then it is just one piece of the puzzle.

      September 13, 2012 at 21:53 | Report abuse |
  19. The Truth

    Someone wise once told me "Sit down when you pee". Smart, efficent, accurate, and effective, I couldnt complain. As far as getting water flushed through my intestines to remove poop that must have some how gotten stuck or something, I think i'll pass, excuse the pun.

    August 1, 2011 at 13:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dang

      Ask your pharmacist we psauhrced a small bottle like a small coke bottle of something and we did not have to have a prescription for it. It was over the counter and it came in two flavors, but I won't lie the one I got did not taste that great but it was effective. Don't worry the test it's self was not that bad and it is a very important test to have done.

      September 13, 2012 at 23:56 | Report abuse |
  20. Emo Phillips

    "When I wake up in the morning, I just can't get started until I've had that first, piping hot pot of coffee. Oh, I've tried other enemas."

    August 1, 2011 at 13:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. NamCbtVet

    The "purge" in preparation for my once in five years colonoscopy is enough to convince me that this is a scam.

    August 1, 2011 at 13:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Denizen Kate

      Right there with ya. Those of us who suffer from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis know better than to mess with colonics.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:11 | Report abuse |
  22. 2tired2care

    People are lazy and crazy.

    August 1, 2011 at 13:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Seriously

    Too many joke... Too easy.

    August 1, 2011 at 14:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Festus

    Eat a salad and take a dump. End of debate.

    August 1, 2011 at 14:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • The Truth

      Yes, but is my poop supposed to be the same color as the salad, before it went in?

      August 1, 2011 at 14:03 | Report abuse |
  25. The Truth

    Guys.... Guys... Hold the phone. We were wrong. I googled it, the verdict is in. Since people say that this is good for the body because they had a colonic and totally feel better, then it all must be true. Theres our evidence we were lacking, we were wrong. Domeone tell CNN the article needs to be changed, they didnt use google.

    August 1, 2011 at 14:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Howdy Doody

    The AMA in the early 1900's was treating depression with partial lobotomy's and elctro shocking people with nervous disorders. Nowadays- the AMA and the FDA tout the latest pill produced by big pharma and they do so for money and jobs in the "private sector". I don't really know much about colon cleansing- but trusting what American medical associations and government agencies say about things concerning health is insane- they are controlled by corporate interests who want you taking their 100 dollar a pop pills.

    August 1, 2011 at 14:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SB

      True, but from what I can see the effects of a lobotomy are more permanenent than those from an enema. Just sayin'

      August 1, 2011 at 14:27 | Report abuse |
  27. John

    If you eat pork or beef roast and potatoes your feces are likely to be firm and difficult to excrete. You can take a garden hose with a nozzle on it, turn the water on low, and gently fill up the rectum until you can't take any more. Then all the feces in the colon will be washed out and you will feel much better. If you eat food like beans and get liquidy stools, then you can also use the garden hose to gently remove leftover solid particles from the colon. You don't have to be a doctor to know this, just be intelligent.

    August 1, 2011 at 14:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Denizen Kate

      Are there no laws against garden hose abuse?

      John, you go right ahead with that hosing. Sounds like you need it. Have fun.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:14 | Report abuse |
    • speedro

      Dude, the colon is DESIGNED to excrete things, it does not need any help. Flushing it will only diminish the resident bacterial population and result in poorer health.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:25 | Report abuse |
  28. RAMbo

    Hmmm I guess the colon really does not like to put UP with more crap...

    August 1, 2011 at 14:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Rosiepose

    I had it done years ago and it is wonderful. But it should be done by a qualified naturopathic physician............doing it at home or by some quack can be dangerous.................

    August 1, 2011 at 14:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Montyhp

      Naturopathic Physician? Quack Quack

      August 1, 2011 at 14:33 | Report abuse |
    • Inmate 13457

      I had it done a few years ago in the shower room by a big convict named Bubba who wore a strap on.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:38 | Report abuse |
  30. Reginald Bleveins, Chiropractor

    Thank you, AMA. If not for you, people wouldn't have had to pay out of pocket for my services; services that have been shown to be beneficial.

    August 1, 2011 at 14:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Devils Advocate

    The "Journal of Family Practice" (published by Quadrant HealthCom Inc. ) is *NOT* the same thing as the highly reputable journal "Family Practice" '(published by Oxford Press) –One cannot help but wonder the motivation behind the deliberately misleading name....

    August 1, 2011 at 14:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. speedro

    Colon cleansing makes me laugh, but then again I forget how many people have no education in biology. News flash: Your colon does not contain any 'toxins' or residual anything. Millions of years of evolution have refined its function to be excellent at elimination of everything within it. This is the case across the animal kingdom. Of all parts of your body you may want to look for sequestered toxins, the colon would be least likely place to find anything. Try your fat tissues or liver. People will believe all kinds of BS I guess..

    August 1, 2011 at 14:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ColonKing

      Speedro – you are simply amazing, and so smaaaaaht. I can only aspire to be such an open minded, well rounded individual... Who needs the "most interesting man in the world, when you have SPEEDRO"... LOL... A true piece of work...

      August 1, 2011 at 15:07 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Speedro has trounced you, you moron.

      August 1, 2011 at 22:25 | Report abuse |
  33. rob

    This article is brought to you by pharmaceutical companies with colon cancer drugs. Please, please don't do anything healthy that would reduce your risks for colon cancer. We would love to sell you our "treatments", NOT cures, once you have colon cancer. After all, our profits are much more important than your life!

    August 1, 2011 at 14:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dr H

      The reason drug companies don't promote colonic cleansers is that they are regulated by scientists at the FDA. They have to prove their products work before they can market them. Since they know these things don't work, they leave them alone. And because they spend so much money proving their products work, they may get annoyed when people get rich promoting garbage as medicine. But these physicians (I'm one of them) aren't making any more money by taking the time to straighten people out on the bogus claims of colonic cleansers. It's just that there's only so much BS we can take before we explode.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:32 | Report abuse |
    • sdunc9

      You got it, Rob. Smart guy...

      August 1, 2011 at 14:45 | Report abuse |
  34. Sean B

    In the past four months I've lost 35 pounds and gone from wheezing through a 12 minute mile to easily running an 8 minute mile (my goal is 6, but that'll take time). How'd I do it? I got off my butt and started going to the gym and running. I also stopped eating crap and drinking alcohol and now eat mostly vegetarian meals (plant foods = fiber = you don't need to stick a tube up your butt to get stuff out). I feel better than I've felt in years, and I sure as hell didn't get there by "irrigating" myself.

    August 1, 2011 at 14:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Loonatiq

      Good on you! Seriously! Unfortunately, that's way too much work for most people who want everything the easy way... which in this case must translate to laying on a table with a hose in your butt. Go figure. I find after particularly hard workouts, my bowels decide to 'cleanse' themselves.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:52 | Report abuse |
  35. Human as you

    They have no problem prescribing a ton of pills though... basically this is to scare people into taking drugs instead of doing a 1 time colon cleanse which CAN rid the body of toxins. There will always be those that missuse this as there are those that missuse prescription drugs, which by the way, if you overdose on those, what is the emergency medical procedure to save your life?? that's right, they flush you out... People please do NOT believe everything that is out there, we now KNOW that the American Medical Association is funded 100% by the pharmaceutical companies... they just love when people eat this stuff up, they have people that all they do all day long is think stuff up like this to feed the FEAR and there is no shortage of Drs that will put their name to anything in order to get a few extra bucks (would you think the same if you knew that Dr Ranit Mishori personally benefits financially by this article being printed? are you surprised?) its their job to publish things like this, to keep the cattle under control. Guess whos the cattle??

    August 1, 2011 at 14:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Montyhp

      Next time you do this, save the water that comes out and send it to a lab. They will tell you there is fecal matter in the water. What toxins can an enema clear from your system?

      August 1, 2011 at 14:36 | Report abuse |
  36. Gulli-bile

    You're not really falling for this are you? It IS proven that many of our ailments come from toxins in the colon. Of course colon cleansing is not proven to improve health because it's supposed to help prevent problems. Sorry, but having your colon clogged up with toxic crap is not good for anyone. Look it up, many people have parasites and other caked up stuff in their colon that can be the source of all sorts of problems. I used a colon cleanse before and I was suprised at the junk I passed. They want you on more meds, plain and simple.

    August 1, 2011 at 14:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Karen

      There are no plaques or anything else built up in the colon. There are smooth walls, with feces inside. How do I know this? I teach human anatomy to medical students, and have seen many dissected cadavers. As for the things you see that get flushed out when you do a colon cleanse–how do you know those aren't just byproducts of the pills/drinks you're taking as part of that clease? I find it ironic that so many people won't trust medicine and doctors because "they're profiting from big pharma", when all the "natural" supplements these same people take are allowing someone else to profit. And guess what–when some naturopath sells you something, no one else tests their claims. I'm not claiming science-based medicine is perfect, but at least there's some rules and regulations in place to keep someone from making unvalidated claims, then selling snakeoil to anyone who will believe them.

      August 1, 2011 at 15:28 | Report abuse |
  37. An0n

    theres no way im sticking a garden hose up my bum and flushing it out with water, coffee, or whatever else they stick up there.
    if u want to take a good poop eat a ton of broccoli, spinach, corn and peanuts the night before and in the morning you'll be ALLLLL flushed out.

    August 1, 2011 at 14:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Chombawamba

    ANALysis. ha.

    August 1, 2011 at 14:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Uncle Roy

    Look, I like a good hose up my rear every now and then. It does the body good. Makes the poo nice and loose-like. Anything is better than a big hard dump, right? Doctors don't know everything. Take a piece of advice from your Uncle Roy: get a nice length of hose, hook it to the faucet, run some warm water, insert gently in your rear, and let it do the work. You'll feel better and lighter in about five minutes.

    August 1, 2011 at 14:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Uncle Roy

      Oh, and Dr. Sanjay Ukduk probably likes a good hose now and then too.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:41 | Report abuse |
  40. Scotty G

    I use an all natural supplement every now and then for a good cleaning. I feel 100% better after it works it's magic. As a kid and through my 20's I ate a lot of unhealthy foods. The first time I took the cleanser in my early 30's I couldn't believe what came out of my body. I literally lost 4-5 lbs from that initial dose. Now once a month or when I feel I need it, I do a light dose and keeps me in good shape.
    They say Elvis died with 50lbs of waste up in his intestines, no thanks, that wont be me.

    August 1, 2011 at 14:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sam

      No, in your case it will be with two feet of hose up your pooper.

      August 1, 2011 at 15:03 | Report abuse |
  41. sdunc9

    To be fair....let's hear the flip side of the issue. Millions are using colonics and other natural health remedies with GREAT success. If you don't understand it or don't want to use it that's your choice, but get all the facts first and stop condemning what you know nothing about. Millions of people are also using homeopathics, naturopaths, and many other alternative/ complimentary paths to health. Use common sense, get as much info as possible, and maintain good health outside the box of traditional Western medicine. Put Mayo out of business? Sounds good to me!

    August 1, 2011 at 14:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jevvie

      Thank you 4 sharing. You're a gift to those seenkig true healing. I just picked up some l-glutamine and aloe vera gel caps today. Keeping my diet mostly raw/free from allergy triggers. Healing from a servere case of candida/leaky gut. Your videos are a great education.. Love light grace peace .

      October 14, 2012 at 01:12 | Report abuse |
  42. ThBoogieMan

    http://www.colonixreview.com/ Images

    August 1, 2011 at 14:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. jo an

    A totally 'unbalanced' article. Half truths!! There is value in 'colon cleansing'....all health and disease comes from 'the gut'...I'm sure med schools do not teach this...If you do not take charge of the care of your body...then you will run to the nearest doctor when anything goes wrong. Not unlike people buying cars and not taking care of them and then waking up and finding the car is falling a part and running to the nearest mechanic.
    Too many people see their bodies in the same light and see their doctors as 'body mechanics'....you can usually get a 'new car' but the body is with you until you 'check out'. The body has a spiritual side which is ignored most of the time.

    August 1, 2011 at 14:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • there2

      just because med schools don't teach it doesn't mean it's true.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:47 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      jo an=derp.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:57 | Report abuse |
  44. MIKE

    Yea...colon cleansing is bad for you...just like vitamin D is....yea, uh huhh. please fill me with many pills prescribed by a person who gets kick back from the drug companies!!

    August 1, 2011 at 14:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Go ahead and prove that a cleanse is good for a person, doofus.

      August 1, 2011 at 14:49 | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      So...you'd rather take advice and buy supplements from someone who profits from that directly, in a system in which no one is regulating the claims they make? That definitely sounds better...

      August 1, 2011 at 15:32 | Report abuse |
  45. D.W.

    Yes it is stupid to do it this way, I go to White Castles and you’re guaranteed to clean out in less than a day!

    August 1, 2011 at 14:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    I have yet to see any of you colonic-addicts produce even the most modest of credible sources for your claims. When do you plan to do this?

    Oh, wait. There aren't any, so you can't.

    Therefore, I rely on the Mayo Clinic.

    When you can cite medical professionals who have degrees from accredited schools, when you can cite peer-reviewed studies, when you can find any mainstream, widely accepted sources that back your nonsensical assertions that colonics, cleanses, and the like are scientifically PROVEN to be beneficial, do alert the media.

    Thanks in advance, fools.

    August 1, 2011 at 14:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Sam

    I don't believe in colonics but if I really needed to "clean myself out" I'd just go to the local Chinese buffet. Two platefuls usually does the trick and it's a lot more pleasant.

    August 1, 2011 at 14:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Lena

    If the colon needs no help eliminating, then why are people made to drink a liquid prep and take certain pills before a colonoscopy? Why not just tell the patient to only drink water for the required number of hours? I understand as well as anyone that the colon's job is to eliminate, but that not not mean that everyone's does a perfect job. My mom's was "redundant," which means that it was longer and curved like several S's overlapped. I should think it would have been harder for her to get everything through her system because of that. All that said, I do think that for most people drinking adequate water and eating adequate fiber through veggies and fruit will go a long way to getting them regular and making them feel less bloated etc.

    August 1, 2011 at 14:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Are you REALLY trying to equate colon cleansing with the procedure required for a colonoscopy? Jesus H. Christ. Why do you think doctors need to have patients clear the colon for a procedure that's normally done only once in a decade? Because they think there are toxins in there? Because they don't like feces? It's because they need to be able to see the colon without any matter in the way! It's not because fecal matter is 'toxic' or harmful to the body–the colon cleans itself and needs no help from us.

      August 1, 2011 at 15:00 | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      The reason for the prep and the pills is mainly for the benefit of the doctor performing the endoscopy so he can see what he's doing. It has nothing to do with the colon "needing help".

      August 1, 2011 at 15:01 | Report abuse |
  49. ieat

    Well this only talks about the American Medical Association. How about internationally? Colon cleansing (with just herbs) has been done for many many years in many Asian cultures. There are many teas, such as chrysanthemum is known in the Chinese community for flushing out toxins. It'll be hard to find a Chinese Doctor in Asia who would dispute that.

    August 1, 2011 at 14:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So what? They also pour pee in a cup and whip it with a whisk, then sniff it.

      And they don't do it for free, either.

      August 1, 2011 at 15:04 | Report abuse |
    • richk

      @Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      TCM has thousands of years under its belt, western med has how many???

      August 1, 2011 at 15:13 | Report abuse |
    • vivek

      @richk, it only proves that TCM has been doing harm for a much longer time than modern medicine.

      August 1, 2011 at 15:23 | Report abuse |
    • Duder

      Toxins? Name one. Stumped you, didn't I? Your toxins are nonsense, just like your "treatments."

      August 1, 2011 at 15:25 | Report abuse |
    • barbara

      TCM has thousands of years under its belt, so please tell me what the average lifespan is for someone using TCM only. Has is actually reached 50 yet, or is it still about 40? Are there hundreds of millions of extraordinarily healthy asian men and women in their 90s because of TCM or not? "Traditional chinese medicine" is just another placebo. There is no such thing as "western medicine." There is only evidence-based medicine, and all of the protestations of "it's old so it must work" are vacuous and intentionally deceptive.

      August 1, 2011 at 15:25 | Report abuse |
    • Snake Oil

      They also believe that boiling eggs in pre-adolescent boys urine for several days is 'healthy'

      August 1, 2011 at 15:26 | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Talking about fallacious arguments! People could jump off cliffs for thousands of years, but that doesn't make it an effect treatment for headaches.

      August 1, 2011 at 15:28 | Report abuse |
    • Snake Oil

      Richk – Are you aware that the average life span has increased significantly in the last 100 years due to better medical care, vaccines, and improved nutrition.

      August 1, 2011 at 15:41 | Report abuse |
    • richk

      "Better Nutrition" is very subjective. Most doctors don't know sh1t about nutrition. The popular media often imply that increases in life expectancy are due to the wonders of modern medicine. This is false. Increases in life expectancy are due almost entirely to a decrease in the infant mortality rate.

      August 1, 2011 at 15:46 | Report abuse |
    • Common Sense

      Western medicine would include the Greeks,Romans,Egyptians and Babylonians...and who do you think gave technology to China the Indo-europeans some 6,000 yr ago

      August 1, 2011 at 15:49 | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      The AMA has proven itself as a biased opinion-for-a-fee organization with little credibility. Any recommendation by them can be assumed to have been paid for by a related physician specialty. For example if colorectal surgeons found that colon hydrotherapy reduced office visits, then they ask the AMA to offer advice that directs patients back to the doctor.

      August 1, 2011 at 15:58 | Report abuse |
    • twiddly

      re: TCM has thousands of years under its belt

      So did belief in flat earth and mythological gods like Zeus (and current religions as well).
      Belief for long periods, or by large numbers of people, means nothing inherently.

      Only scientific proof really means anything.

      August 1, 2011 at 16:09 | Report abuse |
    • hmmmmm

      Every thing in moderation, if you need one then I guess you should get one. If you have a problem before hand you should have it checked by a Dr. Then its up to you to do the research and make an informed decision on your treatment.Dr.s are not gods and many (not all) are paid to push pill either by incentives or by financial need. I found out that my DR was paid 35,000.00 to talk about the medicine that he prescribed for me. It has many side effect one of them is death! So educate your self work with your Dr. and never forget He is getting paid by you.

      August 1, 2011 at 16:17 | Report abuse |
    • ieat

      wow what do you have against traditional chinese medicine? Just because you don't know, it doesn't mean it doesn't work. It's not "scientific" in the US because no one will sponsor these tests. And when they do, they're biased to prove that it's not scientific. TCM is mainstream whether you like it or not. Acupuncture is used in many American hospitals and is covered by many health insurance, including for things like post cancer treatment. Basic acupuncture is also taught in many medical schools.

      August 1, 2011 at 16:47 | Report abuse |
    • Dawg

      Quackery at it's finest! Eat right, exercise, reduce your stress, don't be a fatty like most Americans and you'll be in good shape. Colon cleansing is great for the owners of the businesses offering them and the products they use but a complete waste of money for the consumer. EVIDENCE based medicine is what we should be following. If your fat and want to lose weight colon cleansing is not the answer. Big Macs, sedentary lifestyles and poor food choices are the issue that needs to be fixed.

      August 1, 2011 at 16:50 | Report abuse |
    • ieat

      BTW, if TCM is really snake oil or the hundreds of years under its belt mean nothing, it would have been long gone with all the new medical technologies of today. It's still around because it works.

      August 1, 2011 at 16:52 | Report abuse |
    • adam hunter

      How much clearer does it need to be? Go back hundreds of years. The average lifespan was far less. Now, people are living much longer due to medical science. Medical science is not a conspiracy to keep people sick. Have you ever been to a hospital? Please, break your leg and as the doctor is fixing it, then you can think about if the medical establishment is a giant conspiracy to keep you ill. For gods sake, wake up. Its these Natural doctors who are the crooks. they are the ones who want to sell products that haven't been tested or verified to be safe.

      August 1, 2011 at 17:51 | Report abuse |
    • floepie

      @richk, Please don't take offence, but do you happen to be an evangelical conservative Christian Republican? I see this sort of language used by that group of people more often lately. A quick adoption of anything that would cast doubt on expert scientists in any field, especially when they're consulted by "the media". While physicians may have much to learn about nutrition, modern science has certainly contributed to extending life beyond the birthing process. How could you possibly deny this? I know you do, so I'm setting you up to provide a stat for your wild claim below. You know, while a certain amount of vigilance over one's medical situation is prudent, a mistrust of the medical community has led to so much confusion for no good reason at all.

      ""Better Nutrition" is very subjective. Most doctors don't know sh1t about nutrition. The popular media often imply that increases in life expectancy are due to the wonders of modern medicine. This is false. Increases in life expectancy are due almost entirely to a decrease in the infant mortality rate."

      August 1, 2011 at 18:06 | Report abuse |
    • Quack Watch

      How's the Chinese health care system? Last I checked it was the orthodox medical practices of the United States that have made this country the outright leader in medicine worldwide.

      August 1, 2011 at 18:07 | Report abuse |
    • floepie

      @ieat,
      You said, "It's not "scientific" in the US because no one will sponsor these tests. And when they do, they're biased to prove that it's not scientific."

      Ah, but that's the beauty of the true and rigorous scientific method as performed by highly trained individuals. Scientists are naturally sceptical and trained to poke holes in hypotheses and conclusions. But, if the experiment can be conducted and repeated with the same results to prove the opposite of the inefficacy of TCM, then scientists, regardless of origin, might begin to place credence in some of these methods. As in the judiciary, an individual is assumed innocent unless proven otherwise. Likewise, a hypothesis is assumed NOT true unless proven otherwise. So far, most if not all TCM has not surpassed that hurdle. It is this hurdle that has allowed us all of what modern science has given us today.

      August 1, 2011 at 18:17 | Report abuse |
    • VonDoom

      People are living longer lifespans right now because of inoculations and basic diseases like small pox have virtually been wiped out. It has nothing to do with cleaner colons or Chinese medicine. There are things about Chinese medicine that are beneficial but that doesn't mean everything about it is gospel and that's what people don't understand. Real western medicine hasn't been around that long and it's still advancing. The breakthroughs from it however (inoculation, penicillin, etc.) have been unbelievably beneficial to the world. If traditional Chinese medicine is such a cure all how come it never figured out something as basic as penicillin?

      August 1, 2011 at 18:19 | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      *** TCM has thousands of years under its belt, western med has how many??? ***

      Hilarious. Astrology has thousands of years under its belt too, moron.

      August 1, 2011 at 18:20 | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Was at a woman's house the other day, she smoked like a chimney but had an "ionizer" that she said "ionized" the air to remove impurities....I failed to point out the obvious as...well it was obvious. The best line in the whole article "Get six to eight hours of sleep and see a doctor regularly. But no one wants to do that," she said with exasperation. "But they'll use a hose to flush themselves out!" sadly to true.

      August 1, 2011 at 18:28 | Report abuse |
    • jimmymax

      Yes, TCM has had thousands of years to develop MYTHS (see: Religion).

      August 1, 2011 at 18:31 | Report abuse |
    • ieat

      How many of you talking crap about TCM have tried to use it? Have you studied it? Do you even know what is TCM? Do you know that TCM considers food as medicinal? yes you know the vitamins and minerals in food actually can help with the body! Do you know how acupuncture works? Ever heard of pressure points? Is that snake oil? Ya like if you can't sleep, massaging the back of the neck helps because it relieves the fight or flight pressure point. Oh and about herbs, you know what is in a lot of herbs? A concentrated dose of nutrition for specific ailments. For example, Angelica roots is known in the TCM for helping blood circulation. Know what can be found in angelica roots, vitamins that help with improving blood circulation like vitamin B. potassium, magnesium, iron, etc. Just because the treatments are done through pressure point and FOOD (not drugs!), it doesn't make it useless.

      August 1, 2011 at 18:56 | Report abuse |
  50. Common Sense

    Hey speedro –please explain constipation if the colon is designed to eliminate all foods including pork, red meats, ect...? I mean..you seem to know it all on colon cleansing and how the FDA is right on everything. I mean, how bout Tylenol. Tylenol was allowed on the marked in the late 70's and the FDA knew about liver damage, and a recent article even mentioned that acetaminophen caused liver damaged and they just now are taking it off the market because it exists in over 200 medications.

    August 1, 2011 at 14:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Frank

      Your post makes no coherent sense. Missing something that is dangerous and finding something that is dangerous are literally polar opposites. By your logic, you would also discount the FDA's findings that acetaminophen is dangerous, because they've been wrong in the past. It's quite ironic that your tag is "Common Sense," as completely unsound logic seems to be the order of the times.

      August 1, 2011 at 15:14 | Report abuse |
    • speedro

      Dude, your comment cannot even be replied to. Some people are educated, and some are not.

      August 1, 2011 at 17:45 | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      Uh, they are not taking Tylenol off the market, you gaseous moron. And it does not cause liver problems when taken as directed. God what an idiot.

      August 1, 2011 at 18:31 | Report abuse |
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