Colonic cleansing–Nonsense, Nonsense, Nonsense

There seem to be innumerable products on the market that tout the benefit of “detoxification” and the idea that wastes build up in the colon and need cleansing. This is the basis of the widely used naturopathic remedy of colonic irrigation and various detox forumulas.

Consumer’s reports notes:

“We found insufficient reliable evidence that colon-cleansing products are safe or effective for improving general health. But we did find some cause for concern. When they are administered too often, laxatives and enemas might prevent normal bowel movements or lead to a potentially deadly depletion of vital electrolytes.”

And regarding waste accumulation:

“Waste does not accumulate in firm masses on intestinal walls, spreading toxins into the bloodstream, says Mark DeLegge, M.D., a spokesman for the American Gastroenterological Association in Bethesda, Md. He suggests staying regular by eating foods that are rich in fiber, including vegetables (broccoli, carrots, spinach, and squash), fruits (apples, bananas, and pears), whole grains (barley, whole or rolled oats, and whole wheat), and legumes (beans, lentils, peanuts, and peas).”

Medicynical note: Quackery has endless variations.

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