ENEMA BAGS AND ENEMA NOZZLES. Much of the enema equipment that is used in homes for colon cleansing is made out of latex (rubber). This latex comes from the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis). Most hospitals have switched from latex enema equipment to plastic, vinyl, and silicone enema equipment because some patients have severe latex sensitivities.
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Additionally, health care workers can have, or develop with use, a sensitivity to latex.
In 1992, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control sponsored a conference entitled International Latex Conference: Sensitivity to Latex in Medical Devices.
The focus of the conference was that "reports of allergic reactions to latex devices such as surgical gloves and catheters have increased in recent years. These reactions occur in latex-sensitive people and appear to result from numerous exposures to latex proteins that are natural elements of the rubber. The reactions range from minor skin irritation to anaphylactic shock that can lead to death."
There are many references in scientific articles regarding the potential problems of latex use.
One area of concern that is not well-researched is the health effects of latex use with people who have multiple chemical sensitivities. Chemically sensitive people tend to do better if they avoid latex enema equipment.
Some chemically sensitive people need to avoid plastic enema equipment also. Silicone enema equipment is most likely preferred for the chemically sensitive person.
For assistance in overcoming multiple chemical sensitivities, please
the Optimal Health Network.
GLOVES. There are many different brands of gloves available that are made of latex. Additionally, many gloves that can be used to take or give an enema are powdered. This cornstarch powder can cause allergic reactions and is associated with latex sensitivities.
CLEANING YOUR ENEMA BAG. Time and again, I work with people who do not take proper care of their enema equipment. If you clean your enema bag with a toxic cleaner, you can get sick by using your enema bag.
Most cleansing agents that people tend to use, like bleach, rubbing alcohol, and commercial soaps, are toxic; their residue often stays on the enema equipment and ends up in your body.
Additionally, many cleaners are not anti-fungal. You need to clean your enema equipment with an anti-fungal compound in order to avoid mold inside of your enema bag. Not properly drying your enema equipment can also cause mold to grow inside of it. Mold from your enema equipment can cause you to get sick.