A Gut Check For Many Ailments
from OHN January 2012 Newsletter
Research increasingly shows that colon health promotes overall well-being
This month the Wall Street Journal reported that a growing body of research points to the world of the gut — its bacterial populations and its neurotransmitter levels — as a key factor in health and well-being. Consider these excerpts from the article:
"A bacterium unique to the intestines of those with autism called Sutterella was discovered... which suggests Sutterella may be important in understanding the link between autism and digestive ailments."
"About 95% of the serotonin in the body is made in the gut, not in the brain... which helps the digestive tract push food through the gut... Serotonin is necessary for the repair of cells in the liver and lungs, and plays a role in normal heart development and bone-mass accumulation."
"Studying the neurons in the gut also may also help shed light on Parkinson's disease..."
"Disruptions to the stomach or intestinal bacteria can prompt depression and anxiety..."
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Science points to what many people's personal and clinical experiences are: taking special care of your gut promotes overall well-being.
There is a great deal of debate about whether regular colon cleansing (enemas or colonics) optimizes gut health. What follows are three theories as to why people feel better as a result of taking regular enemas or having regular colon hydrotherapy sessions:
1. Regular enemas or colon hydrotherapy sessions reduce the disease-causing microbial load.
When a colon is in a state of dysbiosis -- the condition of having microbial imbalances or parasites -- regular colon cleansing may reduce the number of unhealthy microbes and increase the volume of healthy bacteria. As gastrointestinal health panels show, dysbiosis is all too common. Blastocystis hominis, Cryptosporidium, and Clostridium difficile are common in people who are ill. Clinically, after regular colon cleansing, people recover their health, reducing unhealthy microbial levels.
To determine if your body is struggling with a parasitic overload, use a gastrointestinal health panel.
2. Regular enemas or colon hydrotherapy sessions assist the body in dealing with external toxins.
Our bodies are continually assaulted by toxic substances from our environment. Disinfectants to deodorizers, fragrances to fossil fuels, and pesticides to paints are all full of harmful chemicals. Our bodies have evolved with a very sophisticated detoxification system, but our bodies can't always keep up as many of the toxins are, evolutionarily speaking, brand new. Well-placed enemas and colonics can play a crucial role in good health because when we cleanse the colon, toxins are diminished. With assistance to purge toxins, the body as a whole functions better.
A hair tissue mineral analysis can assist you to determine your toxic load and how using enemas or colonics can help clear out those toxins.
3. Assisting the body to fully empty the colon on a regular basis with enemas or colon hydrotherapy reduces stress.
Just think about how your stomach feels when you have eaten more than you should have. If you've ever had a gut full of stool (and most of us have), you know that the effect is anything but pleasant and can often provoke anxiety. Recently, a friend of mine who was traveling in Israel stopped having bowel movements. By the seventh day she was in a state of panic. As the story goes, she found the only colon therapist in the entire country, had a colonic, and was greatly relieved.
Regular colon cleansing using enemas or colonics versus laxatives: Which is the gentler and more effective approach toward gut health?
It's not surprising that laxatives and stool softeners have become a multi-billion-dollar industry. We live fast-paced, stressful lives and it's easy to promote and capitalize on the convenience of taking pills rather than doing an enema or having a colonic. However, laxatives act on the central nervous system as well as the colonic musculature and can easily create a biochemical imbalance in the body. Overuse of some laxatives does cause damage to the nerves, muscles, and tissues of the gut. In contrast, regular enemas or colonics gently and effectively cleanse the colon without any of the damage.
To use the enema or colonics to optimize your gut health, the Optimal Health Network has put together an array of resources:
Colon Cleanse Book
How To Take An Enema
How Often To Take Enemas
Using Enemas Safely
Enema Instructional Videos
Enema Equipment Buying Guide
Optimal Health Center
Colon Hydrotherapy Services
(information available through