Posted 8/11/2007 2:00 AM (GMT -7)
I'm all about an alternative method for alleviating discomfort.  That being said, I'm also wary of colonic hydrotherapy - I've read reports of this treatment causing abscesses, intestinal perforation, and even life-threatening gangrene.  I'm not sure it's worth the risks!

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Posted 8/11/2007 9:28 PM (GMT -7)
So how long does colon hydrotherapy last? these just sound like short term solutions.
Posted 8/11/2007 11:23 PM (GMT -7)

Hi Sarita!  I think those are "scare tactics".  I had this treament for close to five months, once a week.  I went to a fully licensced and professionally run clinic recommended by my GI doc.  They had a nutritionist and belly massage professional on the staff as well as the hydro therapists.  They will administer chloraphyl after a session to replace bacteria and settle the bowel.  I never had a problem in all the time I went.  Indeed, I leanred many tricks from the therapists about how to do belly massage at home, how to position oneself for better BM's (a small stool in front of toilet) and natural supplements as well as appropriate foods to help aid digestion.  It really was a life changing experience for me, as well as many others who went on my recommendation.

 

 

Posted 8/11/2007 11:30 PM (GMT -7)
Canyonbabe711 said...
So how long does colon hydrotherapy last? these just sound like short term solutions.
In the 20 years I've been dealing with IBS, I have concluded that EVERYTHING is a short term remedy.  When I was first diagnosed, the doc's didn't even call it IBS.  I was told I had colitis or "lazy bowels"!  How's that for a medical diagnosis!
 
After a treatment, I would typically feel fabulous for about 3 to 4 days before symptoms would kick in again.  However, if I followed the nutritionist's food suggestions more faithfully, I probably would have been able to sustain the positive results longer.  My problem (if you could call it that!) was I would leave the clinic feeling like a "normal" person for the first time in 2 decades.  I would be so excited to have a quiet, flat, smooth belly that I would indulge in "bad" foods.  Considering the typical severity of my daily symptoms, I still felt that 3 or 4 days of complete relief was a gift from God.  The treatments also helped with my headaches and backaches. 
Posted 8/12/2007 12:21 AM (GMT -7)

Gutastrophe, I'm glad it worked so nicely for you and others that you know.  The literature I've seen about colonic hydrotherapy discusses at length the inherent dangers in it (i.e., the abscesses, gangrene, etc.).  You can do a literature review if you do a search on PubMed.  This search engine has peer-reviewed journal articles by physicians all over the world and is typically the place I always go for research. 

Of course, there are inherent dangers in any treatment option, or in non-treatment.  There's risks in everything.  I just like to see both sides of the story :)


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Posted 8/12/2007 9:03 AM (GMT -7)
Thanks!  I will do a search.  I too am interested in both sides of the story!
Posted 8/12/2007 12:41 PM (GMT -7)
The nurse at my gastroenterologist office got all over me for using this powdered psyllium husk that had the name colon cleanse on the label. She said never to use that. It is just psyllium husk that is in metamucil. That's all but I won't be using it anymore. I threw it away already.
Posted 8/12/2007 3:44 PM (GMT -7)
IMHO, colon cleanses are risky. I have relatives that went on a liquid fast for 10 days, no solids, etc. I just thought they were - crazy - ! Period. Why - to lose weight!

I feel awful each time I've had to do a colonoscopy prep. And I don't begin to feel normal again for about 2 days.

I just do not believe any of the hype out there, that they clean out packed stool from months, even years ago. Listen, I've had part of my colon removed and I go ALL the time! I know there isn't any residual stool left in there from 2006! LOL

I would be very, very careful if you try one.

Mary/Marsky
Posted 8/12/2007 11:37 PM (GMT -7)
Marsky said...
IMHO, colon cleanses are risky. I have relatives that went on a liquid fast for 10 days, no solids, etc. I just thought they were - crazy - ! Period. Why - to lose weight!

I feel awful each time I've had to do a colonoscopy prep. And I don't begin to feel normal again for about 2 days.

I just do not believe any of the hype out there, that they clean out packed stool from months, even years ago. Listen, I've had part of my colon removed and I go ALL the time! I know there isn't any residual stool left in there from 2006! LOL

I would be very, very careful if you try one.

Mary/Marsky
Well, I've never used the colon cleanse products that you do yourself - the elixirs and pills and mixes.  I've only done the hydrotherapy and I can attest to the veracity of the claim! You can't even imagine what is inside you until you see it coming out!  It's positively astonishing!
Posted 8/14/2007 9:03 PM (GMT -7)
Hi,

Just thought I'd pop in. I have posted in other forums before, (cfs/fibro and others) but have ibs symptoms, and constipation all my life etc. so thought I'd drop by and see what news there is here. :0)

I did a candida colon cleanse, and my health improved tremendously. Also eliminating certain foods helped me: sugar, and wheat, and most dairy.

Question for the moderator: I thought we coudl post links re. products so long as we do not personally profit from them. This is what I read as posted by a different moderator - that it's okay to post products we don't personally make a profit from. Is that true or did I miss something? :0) Thanks. I'm asking because I am thinking it would be helpful to be able to recommend which cleanses help and which to stay away from etc.

In any case, 3 months can be necessary if someone has been ill for awhile - as in parasites . But often one month is recommended for some cleanses. You really need to listen to your body to know how long to stay on these things. If you're getting too fatigued or feel it's not working, don't keep on it. Also, it is common to feel worse for the first week or longer as your body starts getting rid of the bad stuff, and toxins get deposited into the blood stream on their way out.

And very importantly, it is good to build up to the dosage recommended. Sometimes a cleanse is too strong and you need to slow down. If in the midsdt of the cleanse, you're feeling it's too intense, or it's making you more constipated, it seems to be wisest to slow down or to take a break for a day or two until you no longer are feeling constipated and overwhelmed.

The cleanse I did I did strictly for five months. It worked well for me. No more constipation. More energy. BUt I also followed a low carb, no sugar, high fibre very healthy diet with it, which helped to clean me out and build up my health.

all the best, mb
Posted 8/14/2007 9:05 PM (GMT -7)
Re. a full body cleanse - it doesn't make sense to me to stasrt with this. Having all body systems cleansing at once sounds like it would put a big strain on the body, especially if your bowels aren't working well. Definitely stasrt with a bowel cleanse, and go from there. You want your bowels to be working well to be able to eliminate the toxins.

Tip: I was very constipated during a cleanse, so I started taking cal-mag 250 mg. of each three times a day and no more constipation. It relaxes the bowels. But again, listen to your body, and see what you can personally handle. It does take experimenting to see what is best for you. And avoid cascara sagrada and senna if at all possible - as mentioned above, particularly not long term...

mb
Posted 8/14/2007 9:29 PM (GMT -7)

I'll do a bit of research on this, but I feel hesitant about anything that promotes itself as a "cleanse." The thing is, the body is extraordinarily adept at "cleansing" itself - the outer layer of cells in your intestines sheds itself every day.  I wonder about the science behind these cleansers.  Those of you who steafastly promote a certain product, please do e-mail me (via HealingWell) - I'd like to see some peer-reviewed research.  That's just me, personally - I'm new to moderating, so let me check about posting a non-promotional site.  Thanks :-)


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Posted 8/15/2007 6:59 AM (GMT -7)
You also need to be extremely careful about the products and the websites you visit. My suggestion is to ALWAYS get your physician's approval on any kind of alternative therapy whether it be colon cleansing or whatever and be prepared to give your doc a list of the active ingredients in the product. Doing your own research on a product is not a bad idea also.
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Posted 8/15/2007 8:34 AM (GMT -7)

Hello All and IMHO you have a right to your choices, however as a nurse that did many bowel preps over the years..............Yes that was enemas until fluid returning was clear.  Never, ever did I have to deal with 10-12 pounds of poop. Now remember we are talking about colon cleansing.............that is the large bowel.

Here is just one bit of info I took from a random site on their product which promises miracles and a loss of 15 lbs...............

6 Month Supply: $215.70

Please be very careful and talk to your GI physician before you purchase any product. This is not a one time procedure. You are expected to continue the use of product.

Take Care of you :)



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