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subdued
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   Posted 2/11/2009 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering if anyone tried cleanses and detoxins and if so, what was their experience.

I tried a colon cleanse a few years ago. I don't know whether or not it did anything.

I'm doing a liver detox right now. I'm fructose intolerant, which means my liver has trouble digesting fructose; so I thought I'd give it a try. It seems to be helping with my gas issues. I haven't been having nearly as much gas as I usually have. However, I also ate some pineapple this week; so maybe it's the pineapple and not the liver detox. Or maybe it's both the liver detox and the pineapple.

about my gas:
I had some x-rays done by a chiropractor a couple of years ago. Apparently, I have two large pockets of air on either side of my abdomen. My chiropractor said that the large air pockets indicated that I have a digestive problem of some sort. If the x-rays showed little tiny air bubbles throughout the abdomen, then that would have indicated that I just ate something that caused gas like beans. But because the air pockets were concentrated, it meant I had some sort of digestive problem.
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)


Chester_Lampwick
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   Posted 2/11/2009 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Detox is probably a scam, mainsteam medical science dosen't believe in detox unless talking about drug rehab.

Check out this explaination:

The Detoxification Myth
http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4083
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pb4
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   Posted 2/11/2009 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't believe in bowel detox myself because just like with a womans vagina, our bowels also naturally clean themselves out (it's called having a poop) and IBDers as well as IBSers are most definitely doing continual "cleanses" compared to the average person, but even so, pooping=cleaning out. I know some believe that the bits of poops that get left behind on the walls of the intestines can do damage or something but honestly if you think about it, that's rediculous since our bodies are desinged to function that way....not to mention, you could be doing more harm than good with those colon-cleansing products...just like for women that douche, they shouldn't, it usually ends up causing yeast or other infections of the vagina and such...let nature take it's course.

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Chester_Lampwick
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   Posted 2/11/2009 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Evercleanse claims that 5-25lbs of waste is stuck to your colon walls like spackle or paste. Really? Know what a pound of butter or a pound of anything looks like? Don't believe it. They just prey on people's guilt about not eating straight from the garden....
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subdued
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   Posted 2/11/2009 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes. My boyfriend also doesn't believe in the ability to detox the body. And he doesn't believe in herbal medicines either, saying they are unpredictable, because the dosage can easily vary depending on the crop.

However, the liver detox that I'm doing contains ingredients that are thought to be good for the liver, including milk thistle, dandelions, and turmeric, among other less well-known herbs. So I thought I would give it a try.

I don't remember the colon cleanse I did. I got it at a drug store. But I do remember that the only claims I read were something about helping to support, protect, and cleanse the liver. Things like that.

Same with the liver detox I'm doing now. It doesn't make any wild claims.

Maybe, it's the "detox" word that bothers some people. However, even exercise and yoga detox. They help the body to eliminate waste. I don't think it really means much more than that.
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)


Red_34
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   Posted 2/12/2009 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Is there any proof that the body contains "free radicals" like I keep reading about or is that quackery also? 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". Of course she did claim that anyone with bowel problems shouldn't do a colon cleanse or a colonic. 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?
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subdued
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   Posted 2/12/2009 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Red_34 said...
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.

Red_34 said...
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.

Red_34 said...

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)


pb4
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   Posted 2/12/2009 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, after I do a bowel prep I feel more light and freer too, honestly what is the difference between doing a bowel prep and a colon cleanse...nothing.

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   Posted 2/12/2009 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I've do pascalite clay bath detox and it always drains me. I've done parasite cleanse and have seen a few wierd things. I wanted to follow that with the liver cleanse but chickened out, lol.
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IndianaUC
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   Posted 2/15/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I did a bowel cleanse about 3 years ago. Since then I've had severe flares. I don't know if that was a coincidence or not, but it does make me wonder.
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- Experimenting with this or that on occasion. Always open to new ideas.
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subdued
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   Posted 2/15/2009 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
IndianaUC said...
I did a bowel cleanse about 3 years ago. Since then I've had severe flares. I don't know if that was a coincidence or not, but it does make me wonder.


Did you buy the colon cleanse at the drug store or off the Internet?
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)

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