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Frequently Asked Questions

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Colon Hydrotherapy: What is it?

Colon hydrotherapy is referred to as colon irrigation, Colonics, colon therapy, or high enemas. All these are names for colon hydrotherapy which uses water for inner cleansing.

What is the colon?

The colon is the last five feet of the digestive tract. It is a hollow, tube-like organ made up of muscle structure that moves digested food along by a wave-like motion known as peristaltic action.  The colon is the living room for a host of bacteria that produce vitamins, such as K and some B vitamins. The colon also absorbs water, nutrients, proteins and cell salts back into the blood stream.

How can I cleanse my colon?

One of the safest ways is a combination of diet, exercise and colon hydrotherapy. It is the gentle infusion of water, into the colon. The water is normally at body temperature, which is 99 degrees Fahrenheit.

Water in - fecal matter flushes out.

How can this help?

The colon is a reflex organ, meaning there are electrical connections to all other parts and systems of the body. When waste material has accumulated over a long period of time it breaks down and becomes toxic. The body responds by slowing down other functions. This causes constipation and sluggish bowel movements which affect all other systems of the body.

What are the signs of inefficient elimination?

The most miserable people on Earth are people with inefficient elimination. Some of the signs of a toxic colon are: coated tongue, fetid breath, shallow complexion, abnormal body odor, dark circles under the eyes, cold hands and feet, brittle nails and hair, sagging posture (pot belly), tension, fatigue, aller­gies, indigestion, headaches, irritability, nervousness, nausea, depression, asthma, and backaches.

Is the colon the only organ that holds waste?

No! Waste is found throughout the body. When waste can not be eliminated through the colon, liver, kidneys, perspiration or lungs, the body must store them in the tissue of the body. Some favorite spots for storage are fat cells, joints, muscles, arteries, the liver and other organs.

If the lungs, liver, kidneys, and skin are also eliminated organs, why is colon hydro­therapy important?

Colon hydrotherapy works to soothe and tone the colon helping it to eliminate more efficiently. The function as a whole reduces the burden on other organs.

Will laxatives or enemas accomplish the same results?

To clean out the lower part of the colon, enemas are fine. But, you are missing about four feet of the colon. Laxatives are an irritant to the body. There­fore, the body produces a thin, watery substance that goes through the colon and leaves behind impacted waste on the wall.

How is colon hydrotherapy different?

Colon hydrotherapy is the gentle infusion of water into the colon, which fills the colon allowing impacted waste to be removed. With an experienced colon hygienist, more waste can be eliminated by working the different meridians and pressure points, and by instructing you on breathing techniques.

What can I expect from colon hydrotherapy?

Colon hydrotherapy is not a cure, but a valuable procedure used to assist the body for a wide variety of different colon-related conditions. By retoning the bowel wall and improving colon functions, the entire body is able to function more efficiently.

What other benefits may I expect from colon hydrotherapy?

Common effects are: sinus drainage, a loosening of mucus in the lungs, improved range of motion, as well as skin tightening, feeling younger, posture automatically improving, abdomen softening and getting smaller, a relief from headaches, less fatigue and improving bowel function. The main benefit received by releasing the old toxic mucus lining of the bowel is that we remove the number one source of disease in the body. The bowel works more efficiently in the elimination of waste, and nutrient absorption is improved.

Can you describe what a healthy, well-­functioning bowel is?

When one feels the urge to eliminate and immediately honors the urge by a trip to the toilet, elimination is quick and painless and feels complete. Stools are medium to light brown, have very little odor and will break up in the water.

What are the signs of a colon that is not functioning properly?

When sufferers finally visit a physician, they usually relate a history of one or more of these complaints that go back years: constipation, coated tongue, fetid breath, shallow complexion, dark circles under the eyes, abnormal body odor, cold hands and feet, blood pressure up or down, brittle nails and hair, sagging posture (pot belly), tension, fatigue, allergies, indigestion, menstrual problems, swelling of legs, asthma, backache, and loss of memory or concentration.

How many colon hydrotherapy sessions are recommended?

Personally, I feel a series of twelve sessions is necessary. Two the first week, two the second week, and one a week for the next eight weeks. The reason for that is the body is exceptionally smart. When we clean out the colon, the body starts pulling waste out of the tissue and putting them into the bloodstream. The waste heads for the liver, then back to the colon. Therefore, the second colon hydrotherapy session is necessary so that the digested waste is eliminated rather than reabsorbed. The same reason applies to the following two the second week. After the first four, I recommend one a week for the next eight weeks.

Why is my medical doctor unaware of colon hydrotherapy?

Few medical Doctors treat the whole person; they are specialists in a particular field. Their training is treating symptoms of disease. Up until about 1920, doctors had colon hydrotherapy instruments in their offices. Then along came drugs, and from then on it was easier to prescribe. Recently, there has been revived interest in using natural methods for healing the body. Colon hydrotherapy is regaining respect­ability and popularity.

Is there any danger from catching a disease from the instruments?

Always investigate the way sterilization of any instrument is done. Most colon hygienists use disposable rectal nozzles. The hygienists who use stainless steel nozzles use an autoclave which produces high heat that kills germs. Health and safety is of primary importance to the certified colon hydrotherapist.

Women often ask, "What if I'm having my period?"

Colon hydrotherapy is perfectly safe during this time, and will probably decrease the cramps which accompany a period.

Is colon hydrotherapy habit - forming?

Colon hydrotherapy retrains the muscle or the bowel to regain strength. After a series, most people regain the normal bowel function of one movement per day. A healthy bowel will have two to three bowel movements a day, depending on what you eat. Trouble is usually first recognized by an individual as constipation or diarrhea. These danger signs along with foul-smelling stood and gas may be overlooked. Golden brown use to be considered the normal color, but now that vegetables are recommended the color reflects the vegetables. During constipation, you may observe a darkening of the stool because of the long transition time in your system.  The colon will distribute the results of decay, fermentation and putrefaction into the blood.

If I have some of these conditions, will I benefit from a colon hydrotherapy?

More than likely, considering many people have shown remarkable improvement. Once the colon is cleansed, the bowel can begin functioning normally. Toxins will stop being distributed into the body and will begin being expelled. The benefits can be wonderful once a dysfunctional colon is given a chance to function properly again.

Is colon hydrotherapy painful?

An impacted colon can cause discomfort, and cramping may occur as the colon contracts to expel waste. Once the major impaction is removed, many actually find a session pleasant.

Is it embarrassing?

NO. Your dignity is completely maintained with proper draping in a private room. The odor from regular bowel movements does not exist with colon hydrotherapy.

What should I do before a session?

It can be more comfortable to refrain from eating at least two hours before your scheduled appointment. For best results, prepare a diet of vegetables and grains.

Will colon hydrotherapy affect the bacteria that resides in the colon?

In the early part of the century it was found that more than one hundred and sixty different species of bacteria have been found in the colon. Of these, more than one-third were found to possess pathogenic, or disease-producing, properties. Dr. Kellogg, M.D. points out more than twenty species of putrefactive bacteria which are found in the stool of flesheaters, all of which produce very highly toxic products.  One of the most common and abundant of these is the bacillus of Welch, which produces enormous quantities of offensive gas and highly active poison.

What kind of diet shall I follow after getting a colon hydrotherapy session?

Following large intestinal cleansing, the body may feel weary or relaxed. This is simply your body working out and processing through its cleaning period; so, proper rest is important for your body to recuperate and rejuvenate. After receiving colon hydrotherapy, we have experienced that it is important to:

  • Drink plenty of liquids (distilled water, juices, herb teas, and electrolyte liquids such as Recharge and Gatorade).
  • Eat pureed foods for 24 hours after the procedure. (Blended soups are recommended.)
  • Avoid eating raw vegetables for a couple of days. Steamed vegetables and raw fruit are sufficient, chew thoroughly.
  • Reduce flesh consumption. (Especially beef, pork, and chicken.)
What effects will colon hydrotherapy have on my skin, allergies, etcetera?

My clients report that colon hydrotherapy has cleared up acne, allergies, as well as asthma. They also tell me about the increase in energy, and how calm they feel. Colon hydrotherapy is not a cure, but a valuable procedure for a wide variety of many health problems. By retoning and improving elimination, we remove the number one source of disease in the body. In addition, we open up the bowel to a more efficient means of waste elimination and nutrient absorption, both of which are essential to any lasting healing process. This is also the first step towards normalizing the bowel so that the friendly bacteria will return to keep the colon safe from putrefaction and any further auto-intoxication.

What is an electrolyte?

Electrolytes are the minerals that are necessary for the human body to maintain itself in a stable condition.

Does Colon hydrotherapy affect the electro­lyte balance in the body?

The confusion about electrolyte depletion in colon hydrotherapy seems to stem from one of two concepts. The first being that a large amount of waste being removed from the body by way of water is equitable with diarrhea or vomiting, and the second being that the body is being flooded with water, washing out or diluting the electrolytes, as in water intoxication.

How is the electrolyte balance affected by diarrhea?

Diarrhea is a result of the lining of the colon secreting large quantities of water and electrolytes in response to a chemical reaction. The water and accompanying electrolytes come from within the body, draining from the blood, tissue and cells. Diarrhea is also the result of rapid peristaltic action, which causes a drain of ions to the muscles of the colon. Colon hydrotherapy does not pull water from the body's systems, or irritate the bowel. Colon hydrotherapy and diarrhea are not similar.

Will the electrolyte balance in my body be changed?

No, in the study "Effects of Colon Hydrotherapy on serum electrolytes" done in 1989, no patients experienced any clinically significant symptoms or disturbances.

Colon hydrotherapy strengthens the colon

You are modestly covered from the neck down the entire session, in a relaxed, comfortable position. There is no need to run to the bathroom to expel. Elimination occurs simultaneously during the session, with no exposure to material or odor expelled. You may eliminate between 4 & 14 feet of toxic matter, visible through a sealed, transparent viewing tube.

"Intestinal Flora of Friendly Bacteria"

Favorable bacteria (flora) are present throughout the small & large intestines. Colon hydrotherapy improves their "habitat" facilitating their reproduction and multiplication. Antibiotics are the major cause of flora loss. We've all used them and/or regularly ingested them, perhaps unwittingly, in antibiotic-laden meat products.

"A sluggish colon can result in continued bacterial breakdown of the feces, which can produce 36 poisons in the alimentary tract."

"The delicate body cells bathed in only a few of these poisons for extended periods of time can result in serious disease: Indo, Skatol, Phenol, Cresol, Methylgandimine, Ptomarropine, Cacaverin, Histidine, Urrobilin, Sepsin . . ." to list just a few. Dr. J. Jackson D.C.


V.E. Irons, graduate of Yale, leading authority and specialist on colon health, "There is only one disease, and that disease is auto-intoxication, the body poisoning itself . . . I'm convinced that unless you clean out your colon, you will never regain vibrant health."