Is there any proof that the body contains "free radicals" like I keep reading about or is that quackery also?
I don't know. I haven't looked into it enough. I do know that I feel refreshed after exercising and yoga and that my body feels better when I eat healthier. I didn't really feel much difference when I was young, but now that I'm older, I'm more in tuned with my body. I can really feel how exercise and diet helps.
I often wondered about these cleanses as well and in fact my SIL just recently did a colon cleanse and I found it amusing because she was running to the bathroom many times - I felt like saying "Hey! Welcome to my world!" LOL She said she felt "lighter" after colon cleanse and I have seen a news anchor woman, who is an advocate of the CCFA here in MI do a colonic. She said she felt more light and "freer".
Perhaps that's why I didn't feel any different from doing the colon cleanse. I don't have issues with constipation. It's diarrhea that I need to watch out for.
It was a few years ago that I did the colon cleanse, sometime between my first and second flare. I remember seeing some colon cleanses in the drug store, and I picked out the one I felt was best based on the ingredients. Only I don't remember what those ingredients were.
But I often wondered myself about doing a liver cleanse. I don't know if it's actually possible. But this may be a stupid question, but if I were to do a liver "cleanse" would that minimize the effect of my 6mp which has built up in my system for over 2 years?
I don't know much about
6mp, other than the possible side effects posted on the Net. Never took it. I would think there would be a greater chance that a liver cleanse/detox would minimize the effect of 6mp on the liver compared to the rest of the body though, because the ingredients in the liver cleanse/detox are directed toward the liver. However, in so much as the herbs also help other parts of the body, there is also a chance that they could minimize the effect of 6mp there. I really don't know though. Just a guess.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: anything with high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)