Gary Lee Fletcher, L.Ac.
Physical Therapy Acupuncture Physical Training
340 Kalmia St. San Diego, Calif ornia 92101
Phone (619) 231-07 34 Fax (619)231-0734 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site http://members.home.net/arniskali
Inner Cleansing – Who Needs It?
Now someone is mad at me for discouraging the use of enemas, colonics or laxatives for "inner cleansing". They said that since most people do not eat healthy foods, fecal matter and "toxins" (there it is again - my favorite quack term!) adhere to the walls of the colon. These toxins supposedly build up and spread throughout the body where they damage your internal organs. They said that without periodically purging these toxins from the system, people are destined to have weak immune systems and a variety of other ills. I'm sure that most of you who are aware of, or are "into" "alternative" or holistic healing have heard this many times. I, for one, am getting tired of it. What a load of hooey. According to experts at the Human Nutrition Research Center at Tufts University, the cells lining the digestive tract are renewed every three days. It is a myth that food residue builds up in a healthy colon. This comes from Kellogg (of Kellogg's Corn Flakes fame at the turn of the century). This is why I have recommended you to see "Road To Wellville", starring Sir Anthony Hopkins as Kellogg. What an education that movie is. Some people, who aren't sick at all, start to feel bad when they hear about decades of decaying food clogging their colons. So they go for colonics, and via the power of the placebo, they feel better again. In Kellogg's day, we didn't have colonoscopies, but now that science has invented a flashlight and a tube that lets us look into the colon, we can see that it is pink and fresh like the inside of the mouth. You don't need a "professional" to flush out your colon. Nature does an incredibly fantastic job. Try the fun I have at a cocktail party, when I ask these colonic enthusiasts to name five toxins that are being flushed out. That ends the conversation right there, because it is totally bull. Actually, the liver is responsible for detoxifying chemicals that might be absorbed from foods or the environment. But don't worry, these types also have "liver cleanses" waiting for you if you liver gets "dirty". It's kind of silly, desperate, and sad; people who go for this kind of thing are often intelligent people who lack the ability or the will to think objectively. They don't have the background in science to challenge these ideas. Regular use of colonic irrigation (where 30 quarts of mineral water is flushed through your colon - yippee!!), putting herbal mixtures into your rectum, as well as strong laxatives, including herbal products such as aloe, buckthorn, cascara sagrada or senna, can cause diarrhea and cramps. They may deplete the body of crucial minerals and lead to dehydration which can be dangerous.