On Colon Cleansing

On the importance of a healthy intestinal tract & beneficial flora bacteria

originally authored by Dr. A., a naturopathic physician, edited & republished by Copyright © 2006 Healing Cancer Naturally with special permission. All opinions expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily endorsed by HCN.

Introductory note by Healing Cancer Naturally: To appreciate the importance of a clean colon, also refer to the observations of famous surgeon Sir Arbuthnot Lane featured on the main Detoxification page who demonstrated the overriding importance of the colon in restoring health in people afflicted with various chronic diseases.

Dear Alternative Health Student,

A lifestyle that includes taking medications of any kind, eating too much cooked food, processed/refined food, meat, dairy, and poultry causes your body to become congested with mucus. This in turn weakens the function of your digestive system, elimination organs such as the colon, liver and kidneys. Changing your diet to include foods which help cleanse your body and using herbal preparations to speed up the process, creates dramatic improvement in your state of health very quickly.

A Few Colon Cleanse Testimonials

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"...I came off the Cleanse today and I am SO IMPRESSED! I could not believe the filth and slime that came out! And so MUCH of it! Where does it all come from? Amazing!"
S. Ward, Tucson, Arizona

"I went on a colon cleanse a couple of times. And I got just goop out of me that no one can believe that is inside a person. Every day, a gallon of goop. Rope-like stuff and intestine-like stuff. I was amazed and I would tell my husband and he would be amazed. I wouldn't tell anyone else or they'd have thought me mad! He was working and couldn't spend the time doing what I was doing. I was enjoying it, seeing what the body holds back, holds inside itself".
D.L. Lafayette, LA.

"I did both the colon cleanse and the liver-gallbladder cleanse. To my horror I did in fact have worms! After they were gone (that took about a month) I did the liver thing. I had gallstones... huge things!! This program really works. The pain is gone in my arm and back, and I am sleeping through the night. Don't trust MDs. If someone is going to "practice" on me — IT WILL BE ME. J.R.

"I just finished doing the 2-week Complete Colon Cleanse Program. I lost 14 pounds and 1–1/2" off of my stomach. I feel great! I would like to follow that up now by doing the Liver and Kidney cleanses".
A.R. Honesdale, PA.

The intestinal (digestive) tract — a major root of ill health and disease?

Disease is an unnatural condition... ... but it's increasing at an alarming rate!

Due to poor eating habits, it has become increasingly clear that almost every person in this country over six years old is developing serious problems in the intestinal tract, which in later years may contribute to the development of various acute, chronic and degenerative diseases.

Such diseases include cancer, heart trouble and diabetes; as well as lack of energy, premature aging, poor eyesight, memory loss, a poor complexion, constipation and wrinkles. It is estimated that over 98% of disease can be attributed directly or indirectly to a compromised digestive tract. As Dr. Bernard Jensen says, "It is the bowel that invariably has to be cared for first before any effective healing can take place."

Autointoxication (self-poisoning): gradual buildup of uneliminated pockets of waste leading to disease, parasites, filth, low energy level etc.

People suffer from malnutrition and autointoxication (self-poisoning), which result in disease, parasites and filth, all because of a gradual buildup of many pockets of waste that has not been eliminated. The healthy colon weighs about four pounds, an unhealthy one can weigh more than twice as much. Few people realize that the same unhealthy substances found in the colon can also abound in the stomach, duodenum and small intestine.

A polluted intestinal tract means dirty blood, poor digestion and low energy.

Polluted intestines: mucus, parasites, fungus and harmful bacteria

When the intestines have too much waste matter, parasites, fungus and harmful bacteria, there results a serious interference with the digestive process. Even if a person's intestinal tract were polluted with just a mild amount of this undesirable filth, he or she could have sluggish peristaltic action, which causes constipation.

How does the body adjust to cooked food, processed food and refined food — dead foods? Victoria Boutenko in her book, "12 Steps to Raw Food", explains it this way: "The body creates mucus and uses this mucus as a filter. All the surfaces of the digestive tract that are designed to absorb the nutrients from food become covered with mucus film that protects blood from toxins. The mucus film begins at the tongue and continues all the way through the intestines.

Many people can see this mucus on their tongue. People who have a thick mucus coating on their intestines usually have white tongues as if they just ate sour cream. The body creates a little mucus, to begin with, to filter out the toxins from the dead food. The more dead food we consume, the more mucus the body produces as a protection. The more harmful the food substances are to the body, the more this mucous film builds up.

Mucoid plaque

As the years go by this mucous film becomes thicker and harder. Portions of this thick mucus get pushed into pockets called diverticuli as we cram through more and more dead food into the digestive tract in an effort to squeeze some nutritional value out of it.

You may ask: What is the mucus made of? The human body, brilliant as always, creates the mucus from the dead food itself! This mucus covers our entire digestive tract, to prevent us from absorbing the toxins in dead food that would make the body too sick. Because of the mucoid plaque, our nutrient assimilation becomes low. The mucoid plaque protects us from absorbing toxins, but at the same time we cannot absorb nutrients.

The more mucus we have, the fewer nutrients we can receive. After a number of years of eating too much dead food, we develop severe nutritional deficiencies, become less energetic and finally sick with diseases.
Compare On food and supplement absorption, intestinal flora, cancer and immune system: It’s not what you ingest, but what your cells actually absorb.

When we go on raw-live food and stay with it, this mucoid plaque can be dissolved. With the aid of herbal preparations and exercise, the body will eliminate it faster. The longer we eat raw-live food, the more plaque gets dissolved.

Parasite heaven — a dirty, unhealthy intestinal tract

This also is the ideal environment for worms and parasites. There are over 300 varieties that can live in the human body. Worldwide, worms outrank cancer as our deadliest enemy. It has been estimated that 150 million people in America have intestinal parasite infestation.

Medical textbooks have revealed that over 55 million American children have worms. Parasite infestation is growing rapidly, due to a lack of raw fruits and vegetables in the diet and an increased consumption of cooked and acid-forming foods, i.e., processed foods of all kinds, refined sugars, meat, dairy, poultry and coffee. Once in the intestinal tract, parasites have easy access to other parts of the body where they bring on various symptoms and diseases.

How diseases develop

Any build-up of old pockets of waste matter (diverticulitis) also produces fermentation, putrefaction and stagnant packets of poisons and harmful bacteria (a condition of autointoxication or self-poisoning). These toxins constantly seep into the bloodstream and lymph. They eventually settle into the weakest areas of the body, then various symptoms develop and are given names according to those areas and the degree of cell degeneration.

Unfortunately the symptoms found elsewhere in the body resulting from the toxic overload in the bowel, are generally treated rather than the cause in the bowel. Even if one succeeds in strengthening the weak area or suppressing the symptom, the toxic flow from the bowel will simply find another weak area to break through. As Dr. Jensen puts it, "Every tissue is fed by the blood, which is supplied by the bowel. When the bowel is dirty, the blood is dirty and so on to the organs and tissues."

The importance of removing unhealthy bacteria, mold, fungus & parasites from the intestinal tract and re-establishing the beneficial bacteria

It is crucial to realize the importance of removing unhealthy bacteria, mold and fungus from the intestinal tract and re-establishing the beneficial bacteria. This flora is essential to a strong immune system, assimilation of vitamins, proteins, fats, carbohydrates and the manufacturing of Vitamin B-12, K and amino acids.

It helps reduce cholesterol[1] in the blood, control the pH in the intestines and detoxify the poisonous materials in our diets, while producing cancer-suppressing compounds that strengthen the immune system, increase calcium assimilation and help retard Candida, excess gas and bad breath.

When unhealthy bacteria overrun the healthy bacteria, outside pathogens penetrate the immune barriers and clog the blood and lymph with further toxic substance. Proper implantation of healthy bacteria begins with cleansing and removing the harmful bacteria/fungus from the digestive system.

A Complete Colon Cleanse/Nutritional Program can prepare the intestinal environment for beneficial bacteria. Water, juice-fasts or colonics by themselves are unable to remove all these substances.

[Note by Healing Cancer Naturally: There are some who would disagree with this statement, particularly considering the amazing self-healing capacity of the human body, compare Nature Heals].

There are various preparations that can remove easily accessible build-ups from the colon alone, but for best results it is necessary to cleanse and restore the strong function of the stomach and entire digestive tract.

This can only be accomplished by restoring the beneficial flora balance, ridding the system of accumulated waste pockets and introducing highly nutritious raw-live food sources to replace the overabundance of processed/refined foods, meat, dairy, poultry and excessively cooked foods. This is a crucial change for those who are determined to have better health and sustain it for the rest of their life.


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1 Interestingly, high cholesterol levels actually seem to be associated with reduced cancer risk, see On the link between cholesterol and cancer incidence.

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