Anyone tried Herbalife cleansing?

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Bxmedic
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   Posted 1/10/2008 12:35 AM (GMT -6)   
My very concerned mother sent me a couple of bottles of the Herbalife 21 day cleansing program. I was just wondering if anyone has tried it or a similar product with good results? Or maybe I should ask if anyone has had Bad results as I am willing to try about anything @ this point to get this Under control. Pred works for me but I can't deal with the side effects again.

jujub
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   Posted 1/10/2008 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
The health benefits of colon cleansing are completely unproven and claimed mostly by people who sell products for it. Cleansing programs and high colonics can be dangerous for those of us with IBD, because they can lead to increased irritation of the colon or even perforation.

I'd suggest you thank your mother but explain that this could be detrimental to your health.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Intolerant to Asacol and rectal mesalamine preparations.
On Prednisone then Entocort 2001-2006 with only short periods off. 
Current meds are Colazal, Azathioprine Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
 


blessteve
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   Posted 1/10/2008 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Many years ago(14?) I took the herb route. I was desperate and willing to try any thing.
It did not help. But when in a flare it seems nothing helps. I would use the people
on this sight as a measuring stick. So far I have not seen a post claiming remission
or help from herbs. The only thing close would be the natural antifungal.
Diagnosed panColitis 1990.
Current Meds Asacol x4
twice a day.
Pred for flares.
I still have my colon THANK YOU GOD!!!
Started 1/08
raw milk-kefir made with raw milk
natto
caprylic acid-oregano oil
probiotic
 


quincy
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   Posted 1/10/2008 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
What does your mother think you have that could be elimiated by the cleansning program?

Where in the colon is your UC...throughout or limited? And what meds are you on?

Welcome to the forum Bxmedic.

quincy
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... increased enemas to nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!


potty girl
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   Posted 1/10/2008 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I dont know but as much as we all go to the restroom, I would think we should already be pretty cleaned out. If that works I would think the prep for the colonoscopy would make us feel better. It actually makes me feel worse, I dont know. just guessing.
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nitroquick, proventol, plavix 75 mg, protonix 40 mg x 2, asacal 400mg x 9
carafate 1 gm x 4, zyrtec 10 mg, rhinocort aqua nose spray, fish oil,
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princesa
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   Posted 1/10/2008 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I think a colon "cleanse" is unnecessary and possibly dangerous for anyone suffering from IBD. I wouldn't want to do anything that would irritate an already inflamed colon. And if you've been prepped recently for a colonoscopy, you've already been totally "cleansed."

Well-meaning friends and relatives will come up with all sorts of ideas to try to help you. Do your homework before you try anything.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
 
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal.
 
 


NuffinButtTrouble
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   Posted 1/10/2008 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Bxmedic,

I had a colonic procedure yesterday, at least the first phase anyway.
 
Each procedure cleans 1/3 of the colon, they also have herbal supplements as well to help eliminate parasites, bacteria or yeast, which maybe imbedded in waste caked on the colon walls from years of acculmulation.

However, from what I understand, they will not treat you if you have ulcers in your colon because of the risk involved. I no longer have ulcers through diet, so it wasn't a problem...I will return for phase 2 within ten days.

NBT


Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis January 2007
Meds: Remicade, Primal Defense Ultra, Multi-vitamins (also iron, B12, Magnesium and Zinc), Flaxseed/Natures Bounty Fish Oil
Swanson Ultra Caprylic Acid (natural anti-fungal) 600mg x2 daily
Carrot & Garlic supplements (natural anti-fungal) x2 daily
Currently taking herbal meds in the search to regain full health.


jujub
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   Posted 1/10/2008 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
NBT, I'm just curious, where did you have this done, and how did they determine you had no ulcers?
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Intolerant to Asacol and rectal mesalamine preparations.
On Prednisone then Entocort 2001-2006 with only short periods off. 
Current meds are Colazal, Azathioprine Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
 


NuffinButtTrouble
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   Posted 1/10/2008 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Judy,

I had the treatment done in New York, Manhattan and it was actually me who told them I had no ulcers, it was not something they determined neither would they try to be honest. I don't want to get too excited about this treatment or other similar treatments but I truly believe, uc or not...that colon cleansing is very important, especially in light of the typical american diet.

NBT
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis January 2007
Meds: Remicade, Primal Defense Ultra, Multi-vitamins (also iron, B12, Magnesium and Zinc), Flaxseed/Natures Bounty Fish Oil
Swanson Ultra Caprylic Acid (natural anti-fungal) 600mg x2 daily
Carrot & Garlic supplements (natural anti-fungal) x2 daily
Currently taking herbal meds in the search to regain full health.


princesa
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   Posted 1/10/2008 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hopefully, if you have UC you're no longer consuming the typical American diet. Parasites, bacteria and yeast can be eliminated in less invasive ways.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
 
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal.
 
 


jujub
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   Posted 1/10/2008 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the response, NBT.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Intolerant to Asacol and rectal mesalamine preparations.
On Prednisone then Entocort 2001-2006 with only short periods off. 
Current meds are Colazal, Azathioprine Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.
 


Bxmedic
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   Posted 1/10/2008 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank You all for your replies. Good stuff to think about. I'm due for a Colonoscopy. (after I get rid of a blood clot in my leg Grrrr) I'll also check w/ my GI then. I'm just getting stressed about the whole thing. My job requires me to be out in the street 8-16hrs / day and I'm getting scared I won't be able to do it much longer if this keeps up. Hence the desperation to try anything.
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