2. eat stuff designed to get rid of "wastes" in the colon,
3. pump liquids into their butts to "wash".
I am only interested to know if "cleaning the colon" alleviates constipation, so I'd skip fasting which has more to do with losing extra weight here.
On this topic I want to sit on the fence so to speak to get a more interesting perception.
Let me take a look at one side of the fence of the opponents led by medical doctors.
The best person to comment is the doctor who sees live colon in action on a daily basis. He is the gastroenterologist who performs colonoscopy and surgery. Gastroenterologists have not found any ancient feces so far. They do meet a patient who had impacted feces of less than one pound which is enough to make him bleed in great pain and they have to give him an operation.
Talking about pounds. I laughed when I read a pamphlet quoting an anonymous Japanese source:
"Even if you do not suffer from constipation or other bowel-related problems, the body's waste material is ultimately accumulated in the colon. Research in Japan reported an average of 6-10 lbs of stubborn stools accumulating in the intestines of people who showed no signs of constipation."
Don't these people take note of the tummy of a woman pregnant with a 7 lb baby inside? Man, anything more than 7 lb inside would make a person's tummy bigger than a pregnant woman!
How about the notion that long transit time of fecal matter can cause self poisoning? The cells of your colon renew themselves every three days so there is no chance for feces to be stuck on them - for too long.
If you are worried about the "poison" residing in the colon within the three days, don't forget you have friendly bacteria in the house. These bacteria metabolize and thereby detoxify food wastes.
If you still worry that you don't have enough friendly bacteria there and then, the mucous membranes lining the intestinal wall can block unwanted substances from entering the body's other tissues. On top of that, your liver protects you against self-poisoning by neutralizing toxins.
As doctors learn more about the body's capability in eliminating toxins as stated above, the ancient concept of accumulation of old fecal matter and self-poisoning termed "autointoxication" becomes obsolete academically.
Or, could it be a bit arbitrary to say autointoxication does not occur at all? In the case of diverticulitis when faeces get trapped in abnormal sacs along the intestinal tract causing inflammation, seem to fit the definition of autointoxication albeit it is an illness.
Other than this, I can agree with the medical gods that our intestines are capable of getting rid of unwanted wastes without intervention from us err theoretically speaking.
A valid medical reason to perform colon cleanse is when a gastroenterologist needs to insert a tube into your colon in order to examine it. You must prepare for him an unobstructed view of your inside in order for him to do his job properly.
Increasing dietary fiber and friendly bacteria in our diet is an undisputed, sensible and healthy way of cleaning the colon, especially for carnivorous people.
Juicing is one option, which I think is delicious and nutritious. Lots of work though to clean, cut, turn on the juicer, clean up the rubbish and finally clean the juicer.
However there are MLM people who sell dietary fiber and friendly bacteria by scaring customers that their old faeces will eventually kill them.
I call that selling scientific product with a pseudoscience story, tshhh! tshhh!!!
Then there are people who sell a concoction of mainly clay and psyllium dietary fiber to make customers pass out scary-looking faeces, ultimately to scare them that these are the old faeces that will eventually kill them.
Personally, I don't mind "cleaning" my colon with oxygen or snake oil as long as the seller is frank about the ingredients and facts but adding bentonite clay to make the
faeces more elastic and herbs to dramatize the colour effect of the so-called "mucoid plaque" is below my par of basic honesty .
Ooops...I have doomed this website to poverty. Colon cleanse products is a huge $$$ market. Maybe I have to be contented with selling enemas, ha ha.
I have devoted more than half of this page on cleaning the colon via the mouth. Now I must move to cleaning the colon via the other end of the body, winks*
A patient may take enema and /or laxatives before a radiologist uses a diagnostic imaging tool to view the colon. For example, prior to a barium enema procedure, a patient takes a cleansing enema.
For constipation, folks who have used enemas noted how quickly bowel movements are induced.
Like water pipes, the liquid in enemas can be adjusted from trickling drops in fleet enemas to a trajectory in high colonics or, higher pressure colon irrigation. Colon irrigation seems to be referred as colon cleansing to differ from the general colon cleanse.
Did you follow Sir John Hargrave? Colon cleanse other than approved by the medical gods has a questionable reputation due to experiences like these.
Is colon cleanse a scam? It depends on which side you are on. Keep your eyes open - there are still colon cleanse programs that I cannot decide. Read further below.