Hi Sharon (and anyone else who reads this), just wondering if you got to visit your physician about your situation? I am curious because I have been researching whether I want to try this colonic or not. I really want to try, but when I read this, it concerned me. I am a relatively healthy person, and have always thought about trying this, but I wonder if a colonic can do harm to those who are healthier with less fecal matter in their intestines or is I am reading too far into this.
Safety Warning Before taking this or any supplement, customers should consult with their doctor or health practitioner, especially with pre-existing conditions. Do not repeat cleansing program for at least 6-8 weeks. Do not use if seal is missing or broken WARNING: Do not use if safety seal is broken or missing. Keep out of reach of children. Keep your licensed health care practitioner informed when using this product.This product contains Cascara, Senna, Aloe, and Rhubarb. Do not use if you have or develop diarrhea, loose stools, abdominal pain, or intestinal obstruction, hemorrhoids, or are menstruating. Consult your practitioner if you have frequent diarrhea, are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition. Individuals with a history of kidney stones should use this product cautiously. Do not take for more than seven consecutive days. This product is not for persons under 12 years of age. This product contains Cascara, Senna, Aloe, and Rhubarb. Read and follow directions carefully. Do not use if you have or develop diarrhea, loose stools, abdominal pain, intestinal obstruction, hemorrhoids, or are menstruating. Consult your physician if you have frequent diarrhea, are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition. Individuals with a history of kidney stones should use this product cautiously. Do not take for more than seven consecutive days. This product ... Safety Info: WARNING: Do not use if safety seal is broken or missing. Keep out of reach of children. Keep your licensed health care practitioner informed when using this product.This product contains Cascara, Senna, Aloe, and Rhubarb. Do not use if you have or develop diarrhea, loose stools, abdominal pain, or intestinal obstruction, hemorrhoids, or are menstruating. Consult your practitioner if you have frequent diarrhea, are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition. Individuals with a history of kidney stones should use this product cautiously. Do not take for more than seven consecutive days. This product is not for persons under 12 years of age. Usage Warnings: Do not use if safety seal is broken. Check with your doctor before using this product if you are using medication or have any medical conditions. Do not use if you may become pregnant, are pregnant or nursing. Do not exceed recommended daily intake. Not intended for use by persons under 18. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. Store in a cool, dry place.WARNING: (State of California Prop 65) This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm WARNING: DO NOT USE IF PREGNANT, NURSING, OR UNDER THE AGE OF 18. Do not exceed recommended serving. Use only as directed. Consult with a a health care practitioner before taking this or any dietary supplement, especially if you have or suspect you may have a medical condition or are taking ANY medications, over the counter products, or other dietary supplements. Immediately discontinue use and call your health care provider if you experience any adverse reaction. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
Psyllium seeds and husks are rich in soluble fiber and have long been used to ease constipation and digestive system upset. As the University of Maryland Medical Center says, "Many well designed studies have shown that psyllium relieves constipation. When combined with water, it swells and produces more bulk, which stimulates the intestines to contract and helps speed the passage of stool through the digestive tract. Psyllium is widely used as a laxative in Asia, Europe, and North America."26 Studies show that in addition to increasing stool weight, supplementing with psyllium seed husk produces stools that are slick and gelatinous. Psyllium is unique in contrast with other viscous fibers. It is resistant to fermentation, whereas other soluble fibers tend to ferment in the colon. That's a significant advantage. Researchers also observed that psyllium seed gel provides lubrication that facilitates the propulsion of colon contents and produces a stool that is bulkier and moister than are stools produced when using comparable amounts of other bowel-regulating fiber sources. The bottom line is that studies have shown that an unfermented gel component of psyllium seed husk promotes laxation as a lubricant in humans.27
And more doctors are becoming aware of how endemic yeast infections such as Candida albicans truly are. Symptoms include chronic fatigue (especially after eating), depression, bloating and gas, cramps, chronic diarrhea or constipation, rectal itching, allergies, severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS), impotence, memory loss, severe mood swings, recurrent fungal infections (such as athlete's foot), extreme sensitivity to chemicals (perfumes, smoke, odors, etc.), and lightheadedness or drunkenness after minimal wine, beer, or sugar ingestion.
Colonics do work to flush loose waste and sediment from rectum and large intestine, but they have several drawbacks. They can actually weaken bowel muscles over time. Colonics don't draw toxins from bowel pockets or from tissue. They do, however, flush all bacteria out--the good as well as the bad. Colonics can also disrupt natural pH (acid/alkaline) balance) in the large intestine. Finally, depending on the skill of your therapist, you run the risk (low) that some water retained in the equipment from another patient's previous use may be injected into your colon. Yech! Should You Clean Out Your Colon?
The bottom line is that it is unlikely the senna was responsible, and on top of that, I am not advocating anything close to the amount of senna consumed when drinking multiple cups of dieter's tea. In the colon corrective we're now talking about, senna, along with the aloe and cascara sagrada, are merely colon cleansing stimulants for proper colon function. No one has ever suffered a problem from them when used in that regard.
Colon-cleansing enthusiasts believe that periodically cleaning from the inside out removes waste stuck to the colon walls. This waste buildup also supposedly produces toxins that enter the blood and may be slowly poisoning people, contributing to a variety of symptoms — fatigue, bloating, irritated skin and weight gain — and health problems, from depression and allergies to arthritis and cancer.
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The colon cleanse program is not all roses and sunshine; you may experience some gas and bloating. But think about it for a moment. If you were to start a car that had been sitting idle in the garage for years, you wouldn't expect it to start right up. You might have to crank it over several times. It might blow some smoke and backfire several times, maybe even shoot some flames out the tail pipe -- but then settle down and begin to purr.
A healthy colon is the center of a healthy, happy life. The colon is a workhorse for your digestive system and helps absorb the nutrients your body needs. Unfortunately, with all the good your colon does, it also gets hit with the brunt of toxins and harmful organisms your body takes in. Fortunately, if you want to keep your colon clean and healthy, there are many options available to you. First and foremost, eating more fruits and vegetables and sticking to the right diet plan will have exponential benefits. Performing an organic colon cleanse will take your colon health even further and help prevent toxic buildup.
One of the little known aspects of the digestive system is the fact that it acts as the guardian of your body. The digestive tract is the place where the outside world meets the inner world of your bodily functions. Imagine this for a moment. You pick up a piece of food and place it in your mouth, and as it digests it moves through your whole body. Your digestive system is totally responsible for deciding whether or not that piece of food is safe.
After my session, Sandra informed me that while the process would improve my digestion, I might not have a movement for a few days as my colon would be empty. However, the very next day I did have several movements and they were not normal. (Brace for grossness.) The movements were loose and bright yellow! I was pretty terrified and immediately jumped online to research. (Thank goodness for Google!) Turns out that bright yellow stool results from a lack of good bacteria in the colon. This made sense to me—while washing the toxicity from my colon (great thing!) I also washed the good bacteria from my colon (bad thing!). I hightailed it to the grocery for some Activia and Kefir (both excellent sources of probiotics [good bacteria]) and by the next morning all was well in my world.
When I called to make my appointment I received very basic instructions to avoid eating two hours beforehand so that I wouldn’t be digesting. The first thing I noticed, arriving in the office, was the beautiful, calming environment. Sandra LaMorgese was my colon hydrotherapist and she made me feel incredibly at ease. I filled out a short questionnaire and a little while later, Sandra brought me into the room where my colonic would take place.
Slippery elm bark (Ulmus rubra) works with the body to draw out impurities and toxins, assisting with the healing of all body parts. It is beneficial for all inflammatory bowel conditions.39 And slippery elm's coating action soothes the irritated tissues of the intestines, colon, and urinary tract, as well as stomach ulcers. The primary chemical constituents of slippery elm are mucilage (galactose), starch, tannins, calcium, vanadium, and zinc.
In 1998, the FDA reclassified several herbal laxatives including senna, aloe, and cascara sagrada as category III, meaning they required further research. Research for senna proceeded, but no results or comments were forwarded to the FDA for aloe or cascara sagrada. As a result, in 2002, senna was once again listed as category I (approved for over-the-counter use), but aloe and cascara sagrada, despite hundreds of years of history and being driven by similar anthraquinones, are now listed as category II (insufficient data).14
The lymph vessels are a network of capillaries that filter blood impurities; they contain a clear, colorless fluid called lymph. Lymph passes from capillaries to lymph vessels and flows through lymph nodes that are located along the course of these vessels. Cells of the lymph nodes phagocytize, or ingest, impurities such as bacteria, old red blood cells, and toxic, cellular waste. Lymph fluid can also collect other impurities such as heavy metals, pesticides, and drug residues stored in bodily tissue.
In a colon corrective, I recommend you look for a formula that contains all organic herbs such as: Cape aloe, Senna, Cascara sagrada, Barberry rootbark, Ginger root, Cayenne fruit, Fennel, and Terminalia chebula. (The Cape Aloe gives it strength, while the fennel makes it gentle.) These are the ingredients that I use in my own colon corrective formula. Let's look at them in a little more detail.
If any of these symptoms occur, stop your cleanse immediately and see your doctor. These symptoms have the risk of leading to heart failure and digestive damage if the cleanse is continued. An enema or colon cleanse used occasionally poses little risk for a healthy individual. But overuse can quickly lead to chronic constipation or even bowel injury.