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Colon Cleansers and Colonics. What are the facts?

Updated: Jul 25, 2023


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Everyone wants to feel "cleaned" out at times

Is there a proven benefit from colon cleansers or colonics?


You do not need to take colon cleansers or colonic enema irrigations (colonics). Neither has any proven benefit and can even be harmful.


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The takeaway message: "You do not need to take colon cleansers or colonics.”

"Natural" Doesn't Mean Safe


Do not believe that "natural" means safe. Most natural remedies are unregulated.


Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act in 1994, changing the industry's regulations. Vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other "natural" substances are not tested, reviewed, or approved by the FDA. This includes colon cleansers.


Do I have pounds of encrusted waste lining my colon?


You do not have 25 pounds of encrusted waste lining your colon. Direct observation of the colon during surgical procedures or autopsies has never found evidence that hardened feces accumulate on the intestinal walls.


Will colon cleansers improve my health?


Regular use of colon cleansers will not improve your general health or protect your digestive system from disease. The medical profession long ago abandoned the theory that a sluggish colon is a “toxic waste dump” that causes people to get sick.


The intestinal wall is a complex micro-ecosystem of over 300 different species of bacteria and mucus that keep us healthy and are vitally important. l will write on this evolving role of the microbiome over the coming weeks.


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Regular use of colon cleansers will not improve your general health or protect your digestive system from disease.”




Will colon cleansers prevent colon cancer?


Colorectal cancer is the number 2 cancer killer in the United States. Colorectal cancer is often curable when detected early. No scientific evidence shows that any colon cleansing regimen significantly decreases one's risk of developing colorectal cancer.


Be suspicious before you purchase a colon cleanser. Someone’s wallet will likely benefit more from the transaction than your colon. Eat right, drink plenty of fluids, consume fiber, and speak with your doctor about colorectal cancer screening.


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Personally


I eat a high-fiber, mostly plant-based 🌱 diet, no red meat, drink 4 liters of water a day, exercise, and am focused on keeping nutrition simple. I am sharing what works for me and what I routinely recommend to my patients.


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