The colon is a tube approximately 5 feet long and 2 1/5 inches in diameter. A healthy colon has uniform size and tone and its functions are:
- The final digestion of food
- The elimination of digestive residue
- The discharge of toxins and wastes from your body.
An under active colon has become the norm for people eating a typical Western diet. Instead of functioning as nature intended, with bowels emptying after every meal, our systems have grown sluggish and burdened, which over time encourages chronic ill health to develop.
The colon is the largest contributor to disease of any organ in the body. It is said to be the initiator of 80% of all critical illnesses.
Many people suffer from chronic bowel conditions such as IBS, Diverticulitis or Colitis. When the ability of the colon to eliminate or detoxify is overwhelmed, toxins are then re-absorbed into the body, placing a greater burden on your other organs of elimination – the liver, kidneys, lungs and skin. Furthermore, the increased toxic load places a large burden on your immune system, increasing your susceptibility to illness and disease.
Of all the excretory organs, the colon is the most abused and overloaded! Believe it or not, the average Western male today carries about 5-6 kg of dense, rubbery, mucoid material (a thick toxic sludge) imbedded in his bowels.
When the colon is irritated by diet, stress, drugs, chemicals, and other ‘toxic’ substances, it tries to protect itself by producing excess mucus. This additional mucus can bind with the sludge from refined and processed foods, such as white flour, and build up on the wall of the bowel, narrowing the space through which the faeces pass. This layer of gluey, hardened faeces (known as colon / mucoid plaque) can weigh several kilos and makes an attractive home for harmful organisms (e.g. yeast, worms and bacteria!). It also lodges in pockets within the bowel, causing ballooning, diverticuli and inflammation. Even if you have regular bowel movements or diarrhea, don’t think that you have escaped this problem! The stools can still pass daily through an encrusted colon and leave behind the accumulated plaque residue on the walls reducing the inner diameter like a water pipe blocked by mineral deposits. Since the walls of the bowel which normally absorb nutrients from your food, are so encrusted, your absorption rate becomes dramatically reduced. This gives way to poor health and diminished lifestyle.
How this Toxic Layer can Affect the Body:
The local effects of this poisonous residue are irritation of the colon and the general reactions include:
- Gas Bloating
- Weight Gain
- Mood Swings / Irritability
- PMS, breast & period pain
- Skin Problems
- Body aches & Pains
- Dull Eyes
- Bad Breath
Cleansing the Colon:
Colon cleansing is the first step on the road to recovery. When you have cleansed your colon and restored the balance of good and bad bacteria, when you have adequate production of enzymes and your dietary intake and internal production of vitamins is correct, your body becomes totally rejuvenated, giving rise to increased energy, lightness of being and an overall healthful feeling.
What is Colonic Irrigation?
Colonic irrigation, using the gravitational method, is an internal bath that helps cleanse the colon of poisons, gas and accumulated faecal matter. Unlike an enema, it does not involve the retention of water. There is NO discomfort, NO internal pressure, just a steady, gentle flow in and out of the colon. At the same time, an abdominal massage is given to stimulate the colon to recover its natural shape, tone and peristaltic action.
How is a Colonic Administered?
A person receiving a colonic, lies on a special colema board which is about 32" - 42" below the controlled water flow. A sterilized speculum is gently inserted into the rectum (by yourself). Water flow, which is under the control of the person receiving the colonic, flows into the colon via the specula, then out and around the specula carrying with it impacted faeces and mucus. As the water flows out of the colon you gently massage your abdomen to help the colon release its contents. It is possible to see the expelled waste matter in the catch basin at the end of the process.
You will perform the colonic irrigation by yourself in the privacy of your own bathroom. The colonic process usually takes about 30-40 minutes.
Are there Side Effects?
There are no side effects. It is not uncommon however, for some people to start to feel like they have a cold or a headache after a colonic. Toxins which have been lying dormant in the colon are now being flushed out and a small amount may be re-absorbed into the body's system. This healing crisis passes quickly and the person will realise a feeling of well-being with further treatments.
Will colonic damage normal Intestinal Flora?
The normal intestinal flora will NOT be disturbed. One of the functions of the first half of the colon is to gather the intestinal flora needed for the colon. When the accumulation of faeces in the bowel leads to faecal encrustation, it is difficult for the colon to function normally and the glands in this lining cannot produce the necessary intestinal flora. The resulting lack of lubrication intensifies a state of constipation and generates toxemia. This upsets the normal acid-alkaline balance and the growth of the Friendly Bacteria is stunted. Cleansing the colon will help bring acid-alkaline ratio back into balance. In this environment, the Friendly Bacteria will again thrive and disease causing bacteria will find it difficult to develop.