Good Health is much a function of how we eliminate waste from our bodies as what we actually take in. Yet $350 million in annual laxative sales indicate that elimination is a problem for many people. At least two million Americans suffer from colitis, ileitis and diverticulitis, and 100,000 each year have a colostomy. Cancer of the colon is the third most common cancer cause of death in the U.S. This need not be so.

What is the colon?
The colon is a tube approximately five feet long and 2 and ½ inches in diameter. A healthy colon is shown in the illustration. It extends from the cecum, where it joins the small intestine, up the right side, across the abdominal cavity just below the navel, and down the left side of the body. It extends to the sigmoid which is in the lower left abdomen to the rectum.

How is our colon supposed to function?
The colon completes the digestive process. It absorbs minerals, nutrients and excess water from the digested residue of food we have eaten, and discharges toxins and waste materials out of the body. When the colon is clean and healthy, we experience a feeling of well-being. When it is congested with stagnant wastes, poisons back up into the system and pollute the inner environment. This is called autointoxication – literally, “self-poisoning”.

All of the body's tissues are affected by autointoxication. If the poisons back up into the nervous system we feel irritable and depressed. We feel weak if they come back up into the stomach, and our breath is foul if they reach the lungs. If the toxins back up to the skin (another organ of elimination), it becomes sallow and wrinkled. But if they do back up to the glands, we feel tired, lacking enthusiasm and sex drive, and look old beyond our years. Autointoxication can be a causative factor in numerous serious diseases.

How does lifestyle affect the colon?
Improper diet, insufficient exercise, stress, overeating, and ignoring the “call of nature” can all lead to bowel problems. You can see how unhealthy a colon can become in the illustration. One common sign of trouble – dense, sticky bowel movements – indicates an excess of mucus in the system. This is usually the product of mucus-forming foods such as sugar, dairy products and white flour products. Mucus stools are difficult for the body to eliminate. When they are expelled, they leave behind a sticky coating on the wall of the colon which allows for an ideal environment for parasites to live in. Toxic chemicals then build up causing further irritation, stagnation and deterioration of the colon.

How do we tell if our colon is healthy?
A person with a colon that functions normally should have about as many bowel movements per day as she/he had meals the previous day. There should be no constipation or diarrhea. When a person is constipated, toxic chemicals build up due to congestion. Feces then build up causing fermentation and putrefaction. The body then makes further mucus to try and protect itself from this toxic irritation. The mucus then forms a barrier on the walls. The colon is unable to absorb nutrition effectively to all of the cells of the body. Wastes which should normally be drawn in through the colon wall are reabsorbed by the body – along with other toxins resulting from the fermentation and putrefaction of incompletely digested food. “Intestinal stasis” occurs when the muscular contractions known as peristalsis can no longer sweep the mucus, toxins and feces along the digestive canal. The opposite effect is diarrhea, which occurs when the body reacts to excessive toxic chemicals by stepping up the frequency of the peristaltic wave action.

What is Colon Therapy?
Colon Therapy is an internal bath that helps cleanse the colon of poisons, gas and accumulated fecal matter. Unlike an enema, it does not involve the retention of water. There is no discomfort, no internal pressure – just a steady flow of water in and out. Other names for Colon Therapy are Colonic or Colon Hydrotherapy.

Gravity Method of Colon Hydrotherapy
Dr. Wood's gravity method has been in use in North America since the 1950's. A person using the Wood's gravity method lies on massage type table. At the foot end of the table is a 5 gallon jar of water on a shelf. A special speculum or scope is lubricated and gently inserted about 1-1/2 inches into the rectum. Attached to the outer parts of the scope is the small water tube for water going into the colon. Also attached is a larger exit tube for evacuation of water and debris from the colon that flows right down into the drain of a sink. There is no odor, and the person is covered with a sheet or towel for privacy. The Colon Therapist allows the water to flow into the colon. When there is a sensation of fullness, the water is let out again. This inward flow and outward flow is done continuously for the duration of the colonic. It is like a rinsing effect. It is possible for the client to observe the debris flowing out, if they wish. The whole process takes from 50 minutes to one hour.

By cleansing the colon of impacted and putrefactive fecal matter and toxins, colonics may offer relief from a variety of disturbance. Fatigue, gas, headaches, irritability, skin problems, cold hands and feet, and lethargy are among the symptoms relieved by colon cleansing. Constipation of course, is another, as well as chronic diarrhea. With Colonic Hydrotherapy, your sense of well being is often dramatically improved. You feel lighter, more energetic. The body can again take nourishment from food and defend itself against disease.

How many colonics should we have?
If we have a normal, healthy colon, a series of about 8 colonics should be enough to bring it to a high level of functioning. In the case of very toxic colons, a longer series of treatments may be required. A good place to start is to have 4 colonics which will clean out the left side of the colon and across to the navel. This will take significant toxic pressure off of the liver. Then you can reassess your condition to decide if more sessions are needed. Colonic Hydrotherapy is most effective when employed in combination with exercise and a proper diet of non-mucus producing foods. Fresh fruits, vegetable and certain herbs are suggested.

How do we maintain a healthy colon?
Once a colon is cleaned out, it is advisable to have a colonic again in 1-2 months for general maintenance especially if there have been problems for a long time. Generally, to maintain healthy tone, it is best to have 1-2 colonics at the change of seasons, when diet and exercise patterns often change. It is advisable to have a colonic before, during and/or after a fast, to hasten the removal of toxic waste. Of course, it is good to have a colonic just whenever your colon feels congested or you have symptoms of toxicity. Plenty of fiber in the diet is necessary for proper colon-muscular function. The colon is a fiber organ. It wants to be full of fiber. If your colon is quite distorted in structural shape, it is best to take supplementary fiber and a probiotic daily. Consult your Nutritionist.