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How and When to Be Your Own Doctor


by Dr. Isabelle A. Moser with Steve Solomon


Chapter Four
Colon Cleansing


From The Hygienic Dictionary

Autointoxication. [1] the accumulations on the bowel wall become a breedingground for unhealthy bacterial life forms. The heavy mucus coating in the colon thickensand becomes a host for putrefaction. The blood capillaries to the colon begin topick up the toxins, poisons and noxious debris as it seeps through the bowel wall.All tissues and organs of the body are now taking on toxic substances. Here is thebeginning of true autointoxication on a physiological level. Bernard Jensen, TissueCleansing Through Bowel Management. [2] All maladies are due to the lack of certainfood principles, such as mineral salts or vitamins, or to the absence of the normaldefenses of the body, such as the natural protective flora. When this occurs, toxicbacteria invade the lower alimentary canal, and the poisons thus generated pollutethe bloodstream and gradually deteriorate and destroy every tissue, gland and organof the body. Sir Arbuthnot Lane. [3] The common cause of gastro-intestinalindigestion is enervation and overeating When food is not digested, it becomes apoison. Dr. John.H. Tllden, Impaired Health: Its Cause and Cure, 1921. [4] a cloggingup of the large intestine by a building up (on) the bowel wall to such an extentthat feces can hardly pass through. autointoxication is a direct result of intestinalconstipation. Faulty nutrition is a major underlying factor in constipation. Thefrequency or quantity of fecal elimination is not an indication of the lack of constipationin the bowel. Bernard Jensen, Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management.



    I am not a true believer in any single healing method orsystem. I find much truth in many schools and use a wide variety of techniques. Theword for my inclination is eclectic.
    The most effective medicine in my arsenal is water fastingfollowed closely in potency by other, less rigorous detoxifying diets. Colon cleansingranks next in healing power. In fact it is difficult to separate colon cleansingfrom fasting because detoxification programs should always be accompanied by coloncleansing. Further down the scale of efficatiousness comes dietary reform to eliminateallergic reactions and to present the body with foods it is capable of digestingwithout creating toxemia. Last, and usually least in effectiveness in my arsenal,are orthotropic substances (in the form of little pills and capsules) commonly knownas vitamins or food supplements.
    Interestingly, acceptance of these methods by my clientsruns in exact opposition to their effectiveness. People prefer taking vitamins becausethey seem like the allopaths' pills, taking pills demands little or no responsibilityfor change. The least popular prescription I can write is a monodiet of water forseveral weeks or a month. Yet this is my most powerful medicine.
    It is possible to resolve many health complaints withoutfasting, simply by cleansing the colon and regaining normal lower bowel function.Colonics take little personal effort and are much easier to get people to acceptthan fasting. So I can fully understand how perfectly honest and ethical naturopathshave developed obsessions with colon cleansing. Some healers have loudly and repeatedly(and wrongly) proclaimed that constipation is the sole cause of disease, and thus,the only real cure for any illness is colon cleansing.
    Even though it is possible to have a lot of successes withthe simple (though unpleasant to administer) technique of colon cleansing, degeneratedlower bowels are the only cause of disease. I prefer to use bowel cleansing as anadjunct to more complete healing programs. However, old classics of hygiene and evena few new books strongly make the case for colonics. Some of these books are entirelyone-sided, single-cause single-cure approaches, and sound convincing to the layperson.For this reason, I think I should take a few paragraphs and explain why some otherwisewell-intentioned health professionals have overly-advocated colonics (and other practicesas well).

Most Diseases Cure Themselves
    If you ask any honest medical doctor how they cure diseases,they will tell you that most acute disease conditions and a smaller, though significantpercentage (probably a majority) of chronic disease conditions are self-limitingand will, given time, get better all by themselves. So for most complaints, the honestallopathic doctor sees their job as giving comfort and easing the severity of thesymptoms until a cure happens.
    This same scenario, when viewed from a hygienist's perspective,is that almost all acute and many chronic conditions are simply the body's attemptto handle a crisis of toxemia. For two reasons the current crisis will probably goaway by itself. The positive reason is that the toxic overload will be resolved:the person changes their dietary habits or the stressor that temporarily loweredtheir vital force and produced enervation is removed, then digestion improves andthe level of self-generated toxins is reduced. The negative reason for a complaintto "cure" itself is that the suffering person's vital force drops belowthe level that the symptom can be manifested and the complaint goes away becausea new, more serious disease is developing.
    I view this second possibility as highly undesirable becausestrong, healthy bodies possessing a high degree of vital force are able to eliminatetoxins rather violently, frequently producing very uncomfortable symptoms that arenot life-threatening. However, as the vital force drops, the body changes its routesof secondary elimination and begins using more centrally located vital organs andsystems to dispose of toxemia. This degeneration producing less unpleasant symptoms,but in the long run, damages essential organs and moves the person closer to theirfinal disease.
    A young vigorous body possessing a large degree of vitalforce will almost always route surplus toxins through skin tissues and skin-likemucus membranes, producing repeated bouts of sinusitis, or asthma, or colds, or acombination of all these. Each acute manifestation will "cure" itself byitself eventually. But eventually the body's vital force can no longer create theseaggressive cleansing phenomena and the toxemia begins to go deeper. When the allopathicdoctor gets a patient complaining of sinusitis, they know they will eventually geta cure. The "cure" however, might well be a case of arthritis.
    This unfortunate reality tends to make young, idealisticphysicians become rather disillusioned about treating degenerative conditions becausethe end result of all their efforts is, in the end, death anyway. The best they cando is to alleviate suffering and to a degree, prolong life. The worst they can dois to prolong suffering.
    Thus, the physicians main job is to get the patient to bepatient, to wait until the body corrects itself and stops manifesting the undesiredsymptom. Thus comes the prime rule of all humane medicine: first of all, do no harm!If the doctor simply refrains from making the body worse, it will probably get betterby itself. But the patient, rarely resigned to quiet suffering, comes in demandingfast relief, demanding a cure. In fact, if the patient were resigned to quiet sufferingthey would not consult a doctor. So if the doctor wants to keep this patient andmake a living they must do something. If that something the doctor must do does littleor no harm and better yet, can also alleviate the symptoms, the doctor is practicinggood medicine and will have a very high cure rate and be financially successful ifthey have a good bedside manner. This kind of doctor may be allopathic and/or "natural,"may use herbs or practice homeopathy.
    The story of Dr. Jennings, a very successful and famous orinfamous (depending on your viewpoint) physician, who practiced in Connecticut inthe early 1800s exemplifies this type of approach.
    Dr. Jennings had his own unique medicines. Their compositionwas of his own devising, and were absolutely secret. He had pills and colored bitterdrops of various sorts that were compounded himself in his own pharmacy. Dr. Jennings'patients generally recovered and had few or no complications. This must be viewedin contrast to the practices of his fellow doctors of that era, whose black bagswere full of mercury and arsenic and strychnine, whose practices included obligatorybleeding. These techniques and medicines "worked" by poisoning the bodyor by reducing its blood supply and thus lowering its vital force, ending the body'sability to manifest the undesirable symptom. If the poor patient survived being victimizedby their own physician, they were tough enough to survive both their disease andthe doctor's cure. Typically, the sick had many, lengthy complications, long illnesses,and many "setbacks" requiring many visits, earning the physician a greatliving.
    Dr. Jennings operated differently. He would prescribe oneor two secret medicines from his black bag and instruct the patient to stay in bed,get lots of rest, drink lots of water, eat little and lightly, and continue takingthe medicine until they were well. His cure rate was phenomenal. Demand they might,but Dr. Jennings would never reveal what was in his pills and vials. Finally at theend of his career, to instruct his fellow man, Dr. Jennings confessed. His pillswere made from flour dough, various bitter but harmless herbal substances, and alittle sugar. His red and green and black tinctures, prescribed five or ten dripsat a time mixed in a glass of water several times daily, were only water and alcohol,some colorant and something bitter tasting, but harmless. Placebos in other words.
    Upon confessing, Dr. Jennings had to run for his life. Ibelieve he ended up retiring on the western frontier, in Indiana. Some of his formerpatients were extremely angry because they had paid good money, top dollar for "real"medicines, but were given only flour and water. The fact that they got better didn'tseem to count.
     If the physicians curative procedure suppresses the symptomand/or lowers the vital force with toxic drugs or surgery, (either result will oftenas not end the complaint) the allopathic doctor is practicing bad medicine. Thisdoctor too will have a high cure rate and a good business (if they have an effectivebedside manner) because their drugs really do make the current symptoms vanish veryrapidly. Additionally, their practice harmonizes with a common but vicious dramatizationof many people which goes: when a body is malfunctioning, it is a bad body and needsto be punished. So lets punish it with poisons and if that don't work, lets reallypunish it by cutting out the offending part.
    However, if the physician can do something that will do noharm but raises the vital force and/or lowers the level of toxemia, this doctor willhave a genuine cure rate higher than either of the two techniques. Why does raisingthe vital force help? Because it reduces enervation, improves the digestion, lowersthe creation of new toxins and improves the function of the organs of elimination,also reducing the toxic overload that is causing the complaint.
    Techniques that temporarily and quickly raise the vital forceinclude homeopathy, chiropractic, vitamin therapy, massage, acupuncture and acupressureand many more spiritually oriented practices. Healers who use these approaches andhave a good bedside manner can have a very good business, they can have an especially-profitablepractice if they do nothing to lower the level of toxemia being currently generated.Their patients do experience prompt relief but must repeatedly take the remedy. Thismakes for satisfied customers and a repeat business.
    The best approach of all focuses on reducing the self-generatedlevel of toxemia, cleansing to remove deposits of old toxemia, rebuilding the organsof elimination and digestion to prevent the formation of new toxemia, and then, toalleviate the current symptoms and make it easier for the patient to be patient whiletheir body heals, the healer raises artificially and temporarily the vital forcewith vitamins, massage, acupressure, etc. This wise and benevolent physician is goingto have the highest cure rate among those wise patients who will accept the prescription,but will not make as much money because the patients permanently get better and nolonger need a physician. There's not nearly as much repeat business.
    Colonics are one of the best types of medicine. They cleanup deposits of old toxemia (though there are sure to be other deposits in the body'stissues colonics do not touch). Colon cleansing reduces the formation of new toxemiafrom putrefying fecal matter (but dietary reform is necessary to maximize this benefit).Most noticeable to the patient, a colonic immediately alleviates current symptomsby almost instantly reducing the current toxic load. A well-done enema or colonicis such a powerful technique that a single one will often make a severe headachevanish, make an onsetting cold go away, end a bout of sinusitis, end an asthmaticattack, reduce the pain of acute arthritic inflammation, reduce or stop an allergicreaction. Enemas are also thrifty: they are self-administered and can prevent mostdoctor's visits seeking relief for acute conditions.
    Diseases of the colon itself, including chronic constipation,colitis, diverteculitis, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome, and mucous colitis,are often cured solely by an intensive series of several dozen colonics given closetogether. Contrary to popular belief, many people think that if they have dysenteryor other forms of loose stools that a colonic is the last thing they need. Surprisingly,a series of colonics will eliminate many of these conditions as well. People withchronic diarrhea or loose stools are usually very badly constipated. This may seema contradiction in terms but it will be explained shortly.
    A century ago there was much less scientific data about thefunctioning of the human body. Then it was easy for a hygienically-oriented physicianto come to believe that colonics were the single best medicine available. The doctorpracticing nothing but colonics will have a very high rate of cure and a lot of verysatisfied clients. Most importantly, this medicine will have done no harm.

The Repugnant Bowel
    I don't know why, but people of our culture have a deep-seatedreluctance to relate to the colon or it's functions. People don't want to think aboutthe colon or personally get involved with it by giving themselves enemas or colonics.They become deeply embarrassed at having someone else do it for them. People arealso shy about farts, and most Americans have a hard time not smiling or reactingin some way when someone in their presence breaks wind, although the polite amongstus pretend that we didn't notice. Comedians usually succeed in getting a laugh outof an audience when they come up with a fart or make reference to some other bowelfunction. People don't react the same way to urinary functions or discharges, althoughthese also may have an unpleasant odor and originate from the same "private"area.

    When I first mention to clients that they need a minimumof 12 colonics or many more enemas than 12 during a fasting or cleansing programthey are inevitably shocked. To most it seems that no one in their right mind wouldrecommend such a treatment, and that I must certainly be motivated by greed or somekind of a psychological quirk. Then I routinely show them reproductions of X-raysof the large intestine showing obvious loss of normal structure and function resultingfrom a combination of constipation, the effects of gravity, poor abdominal muscletone, emotional stress, and poor diet. In the average colon more than 50% of thehastrum (muscles that impel fecal matter through the organ) are dysfunctional dueto loss of tone caused by impaction of fecal matter and/or constriction of the largeintestine secondary to stress (holding muscular tension in the abdominal area) andstraining during bowel movement.
A typical diseased colon

    The average person also has a prolapsed (sagging) transversecolon, and a distorted misplaced ascending and descending colon. I took a coursein colon therapy before purchasing my first colonic machine. The chiropractor teachingthe class required all of his patients scheduled for colonics to take a barium enemafollowed by an X-ray of their large intestine prior to having colonics and then makesubsequent X-rays after each series of 12 colonics. Most of his patients experiencedso much immediate relief they voluntarily took at least four complete series, or48 colonics, before their X-rays began to look normal in terms of structure. It alsotook about the same number, 48 colonics, for the patients to notice a significantimprovement in the function of the colon. In reviewing over 10,000 X-rays taken athis clinic prior to starting colonics, the chiropractor had seen only two normalcolon X-rays and these were from farm boys who grew up eating simple foods from thegarden and doing lots of hard work.
    The X-rays showed that it took a minimum of 12 colon treatmentsto bring about a minimal but observable change in the structure of the colon in thedesired direction, and for the patient to begin to notice that bowel function wasimproving, plus the fact that they started to feel better.

A Healthy Colon



    From my point of view the most amazing part of this wholeexperience was that the chiropractor did not recommend any dietary changes whatsoever.His patients were achieving great success from colonics alone. I had thought dietarychanges would be necessary to avoid having the same dismal bowel condition return.I still think colonics are far more effective if people are on a cleansing diet too.However, I was delighted to see the potential for helping people through colonics.
    For me, the most interesting part of this colonic schoolwas that I personally was required to have my own barium enema and X-ray. I was privatelycertain that mine would look normal, because after all, I had been on a raw fooddiet for six years, and done considerable amount of fasting, all of which was reputedto repair a civilized colon. Much to my surprise my colon looked just as mangledand dysfunctional as everyone else's', only somewhat worse because it had a loopin the descending colon similar to a cursive letter "e" which doctors calla volvulus. Surgeons like to cut volvululii out because they frequently cause bowelobstructions. It seemed quite unfair. All those other people with lousy looking colonshad been eating the average American diet their whole life, but I had been so ‘pure!'
    On further reflection I remembered that I had a tendencytoward constipation all through my childhood and young adulthood, and that duringmy two pregnancies the pressure of the fetus on an already constipated bowel hadmade it worse resulting in the distorted structure seen in the X-ray. This experiencemade it very clear that fasting, cleansing diets, and corrected diet would not reversedamage already done. Proper diet and fasting would however, prevent the conditionof the colon from getting any worse than it already was.
    I then realized that I had just purchased the very tool Ineeded to correct my own colon, and I was eager to get home to get started on it.I had previously thought that I was just going to use this machine for my patients,because they had been asking for this kind of an adjunct to my services for sometime. I ended up giving myself over a hundred colonics at the rate of three a weekover many months. I then out of curiosity had another barium enema and X-ray to validatemy results. Sure enough the picture showed a colon that looked far more ‘normal'with no vulvulus. That little "e" had disappeared.

What Is Constipation?
    Most people think they are not constipated because they havea bowel movement almost every day, accomplished without straining. I have even hadclients tell me that they have a bowel movement once a week, and they are quite certainthat they are not constipated. The most surprising thing to novice fasters is thatrepeated enemas or colonics during fasting begins to release many pounds of undeniablyreal, old, caked fecal matter and/or huge mucus strings. The first-time faster canhardly believe these were present. These old fecal deposits do not come out the firsttime one has enemas or necessarily the fifth time. And all of them will not be removedby the tenth enema. But over the course of extended fasting or a long spell of lightraw food eating with repeated daily enemas, amazing changes do begin to occur. Itseems that no one who has eaten a civilized diet has escaped the formation of cakeddeposits lining the colon's walls, interfering with its function. This material doesnot respond to laxatives or casually administered enemas.
    Anyone who has not actually seen (and smelled) what comesout of an "average" apparently healthy person during colonics will reallybelieve it could happen or can accurately imagine it. Often there are dark blacklumpy strings, lumps, or gravel, evil smelling discs shaped like sculpted hemispheressimilar to the pockets lining the wall of the colon itself. These discs are rock-hardand may come out looking like long black braids. There may also be long tangled stringsof gray/brown mucous, sheets and flakes of mucous, and worse yet, an occasional worm(tape worm) or many smaller ones. Once confronted however, it is not hard to imaginehow these fecal rocks and other obnoxious debris interfere with the proper functionof the colon. They make the colon's wall rigid and interfere with peristalsis thusleading to further problems with constipation, and interfere with adsorption of nutrients.
    Our modern diet is by its "de-"nature, very constipating.In the trenches of the First World War, cheese was given the name ‘chokem ass' becausethe soldiers eating this as a part of their daily ration developed severe constipation.Eaten by itself or with other whole foods, moderate amounts of cheese may not producehealth problems in people who are capable of digesting dairy products. But cheesewhen combined with white flour becomes especially constipating. White bread or mostwhite-flour crackers contain a lot of gluten, a very sticky wheat protein that makesthe bread bind together and raise well. But white flour is lacking the bran, wheremost of the fiber is located. And many other processed foods are missing their fiber.
    In an earlier chapter I briefly showed how digestion worksby following food from the mouth to the large intestine. To fully grasp why becomingconstipated is almost a certainty in our civilization a few more details are required.Food leaving the small intestine is called chyme, a semi-liquid mixture of fiber,undigested bits, indigestible bits, and the remains of digestive enzymes. Chyme ispropelled through the large intestine by muscular contractions. The large intestineoperates on what I dub the "chew chew train" principle, where the mostrecent meal you ate enters the large intestine as the caboose (the last car of atrain) and helps to push out the train engine (the car at the front that toots),which in a healthy colon should represent the meal eaten perhaps twelve hours earlier.The muscles in the colon only contract when they are stretched, so it is the volumeof the fecal matter stretching the large intestine that triggers the muscles to pushthe waste material along toward the rectum and anus.
    Eating food lacking fiber greatly reduces the volume of thechyme and slows peristalsis. But moving through fast or slow, the colon still keepson doing another of its jobs, which is to transfer the water in the chime back intothe bloodstream, reducing dehydration. So the longer chime remains in the colon,the dryer and harder and stickier it gets. That's why once arrived at the "endof the tracks" fecal matter should be evacuated in a timely manner before itgets to dry and too hard to be moved easily. Some constipated people do have a bowelmovement every day but are evacuating the meal eaten many days or even a week previously.
    Most hygienists believe that when the colon becomes linedwith hardened fecal matter it is permanently and by the very definition of the worditself, constipated. This type of constipation is not perceived as an uncomfortableor overly full feeling or a desire to have a bowel movement that won't pass. Butit has insidious effects. Usually constipation delays transit time, increasing theadsorption of toxins generated from misdigestion of food; by coating and lockingup significant portions of colon it also reduces the adsorption of certain mineralsand electrolytes.
    Sometimes, extremely constipated people have almost constantrunny bowels because the colon has become so thickly and impenetrably lined withold fecal matter that it no longer removes much moisture. This condition is oftenmisinterpreted as diarrhea. The large intestine's most important task is to transferwater-soluble minerals from digested food to the blood. When a significant part ofthe colon's surface becomes coated with impermeable dried rigid fecal matter or mucusit can no longer assimilate effectively and the body begins to experience partialmineral starvation in the presence of plenty. It is my observation from dozens ofcases that when the colon has been effectively cleansed the person has a tendencyto gain weight while eating amounts of food that before only maintained body weight,while people who could not gain weight or who were wasting away despite eating heavilybegin to gain. And problems like soft fingernails, bone loss around teeth or porousbones tend to improve.

The Development Of My Own Constipation
    The history of my own constipation, though it especiallyrelates to a very rustic childhood, is typical of many people. I was also raisedon a very constipating diet which consisted largely of processed cheese and crackers.Mine was accelerated by shyness, amplified by lack of comfortable facilities.
    I spent my early years on the Canadian prairies, where everybodyhad an outhouse. The fancy modern versions are frequently seen on construction sites.These are chemical toilets, quiet different than the ones I was raised with becausesomebody or something mysteriously comes along, empties them and installs toiletpaper. The ones I'm familiar with quickly developed a bad-smelling steaming moundin the center--or it was winter when the outhouse was so cold that everything frozealmost before it hit the ground in the hole below. (And my rear end seemed to almostfreeze to the seat!) The toilet paper was usually an out of season issue of Eatonsmail order catalogue with crisp glossy paper. Perhaps it is a peculiarity of thenorth country, but at night there are always monsters lurking along the path to theouthouse, and darkness comes early and stays late.
    When nature called and it was daylight, and there was noblizzard outside, the outhouse received a visit from me. If on the other hand, whenit was dark (we had no electricity), and there was a cold wind creating huge banksof snow, I would ‘just skip it,' because the alternative--an indoor chamber pot,white enamel with a lid--was worse. This potty had to be used more or less publiclybecause the bedrooms were shared and there was no indoor bathroom. I was always verymodest about my private parts and private functions, and potty's were only used inemergencies, and usually with considerable embarrassment. No one ever explained tome that it was not good for me to retain fecal matter, and I never thought aboutit unless my movements became so hard that it was painful to eliminate.
    Later in life, I continued this pattern of putting off bowelmovements, even though outhouses and potties were a thing of the past. As a youngadult I could always think of something more interesting to do than sitting on apot, besides it was messy and sometimes accompanied by embarrassing sound effectswhich were definitely not romantic if I was in the company of a young man. Duringtwo pregnancies the tendency to constipation was aggravated by the weight of thefetus resting on an already sluggish bowel, and the discomfort of straining to passmy first hard bowel movement after childbirth with a torn perineum I won't forget.

Rapid Relief From Colon Cleansing
    During fasting the liver is hard at work processing toxinsreleased from fat and other body deposits. The liver still dumps its wastes intothe intestines through the bile duct. While eating normally, bile, which containshighly toxic substances, is passed through the intestines and is eliminated beforetoo much is reabsorbed. (It is the bile that usually makes the fecal matter so darkin color.) However, reduction of food bulk reduces or completely eliminates peristalsis,thus allowing intestinal contents to sit for extended periods. And the toxins inthe bile are readsorbed, forming a continuous loop, further burdening the liver.
    The mucus membranes lining the colon constantly secrete lubricantsto ease fecal matter through smoothly. This secretion does not stop during fasting;in fact, it may increase because intestinal mucus often becomes a secondary routeof elimination. Allowed to remain in the bowel, toxic mucus is an irritant whilethe toxins in it may be reabsorbed, forming yet another closed loop and further burdeningthe liver.
    Daily enemas or colonics administered during fasting or whileon cleansing diets effectively remove old fecal material stored in the colon andimmediately ease the livers load, immediately relieve discomfort by allowing theliver's efforts to further detoxify the blood, and speed healing. Fasters cleansingon juice or raw food should administer two or three enemas in short succession everyday for the first three days to get a good start on the cleansing process, and thenevery other day or at very minimum, every few days. Enemas or colonics should alsobe taken whenever symptoms become uncomfortable, regardless of whether you have alreadycleaned the colon that day or not. Once the faster has experienced the relief fromsymptoms that usually comes from an enema they become more than willing to repeatthis mildly unpleasant experience.
    Occasionally enemas, by filling the colon and making it presson the liver, induce discharges of highly toxic bile that may cause temporary nausea.Despite the induced nausea it is still far better to continue with colonics becauseof the great relief experienced after the treatment. If nausea exists or persistsduring colon cleansing, consider trying slight modifications such as less or no massageof the colon in the area of the gall bladder (abdominal area close to the bottomof the right rib cage), and putting slightly less water in the colon when fillingit up. It also helps to make sure that the stomach is empty of any fluid for onehour prior to the colonic. Resume drinking after the colonic sessions is completed.If you are one of these rare people who ‘toss their bile', just keep a plastic buckethandy and some water to rinse out the mouth after, and carry on as usual.

Enemas Versus Colonics
    People frequently wonder what is the difference between acolonic and an enema.
    First of all enemas are a lot cheaper because you give themto yourself; an enema bag usually costs about ten dollars, is available at any largedrug store, and is indefinitely reusable. Colonics cost anywhere from 30 to 75 dollarsa session.
    Chiropractors and naturopaths who offer this service hirea colonic technician that may or may not be a skilled operator. It is a good ideato find a person who has a very agreeable and professional manner, who can make youfeel at ease since relaxation is very important. It is also beneficial to have acolonic therapist who massages the abdomen and foot reflexes appropriately duringthe session.
    Enemas and colonics can accomplish exactly the same beneficialwork. But colonics accomplish more improvement in less time than enemas for severalreasons. During a colonic from 30 to 50 gallons of water are flushed through thelarge intestines, usually in a repetitive series of fill-ups followed by flushingwith a continuous flow of water. This efficiency cannot even be approached with anenema. But by repeating the enema three times in close succession a satisfactorycleanse can be achieved. Persisted with long enough, enemas will clean the colonevery bit as well as a colonic machine can.
    Enemas given at home take a lot less time than travelingto receive a colonics at someone's clinic, and can be done entirely at you own convenience--agreat advantage when fasting because you can save your energy for internal healing.But colonics are more appropriate for some. There are fasters who are unable to givethemselves an enema either because their arms are too short and their body is toolong and they lack flexibility, or because of a physical handicap or they can't confronttheir colon, so they let someone else do it. Some don't have the motivation to givethemselves a little discomfort but are comfortable with someone else doing it tothem. Some very sick people are too weak to cleanse their own colon, so they shouldfind someone to assist them with an at-home enema or have someone take them to acolonic therapist.
    Few people these days have any idea how to properly givethemselves an enema. The practice has been discredited by traditional medical doctorsas slightly dangerous, perhaps addictive and a sign of psychological weirdness. YetNorthamericans on their civilized, low fiber, poorly combined diets suffer widelyfrom constipation. One proof of this is the fact that chemical laxatives, with theirown set of dangers and liabilities, occupy many feet of drug store shelf space andare widely advertised. Is the medical profession's disapproval of the enema relatedto the fact that once the initial purchase of an enema bag has been made there areno further expenses for laxatives? Or perhaps it might be that once a person discoversthey can cure a headache, stop a cold dead in its tracks with an enema, they aren'tvisiting the M.D.s so often.
    The enema has also been wrongly accused of causing a gradualloss of colon muscle tone, eventually preventing bowel movements without the stimulationof an enema, leading finally to flaccidity and enlargement of the lower bowel. Thisactually can happen; when it does occur it is the result of frequent administrationof small amounts of water (fleet enemas) for the purpose of stimulating a normalbowel movement. The result is constant stretching of the rectum without sufficientfluid to enter the descending colon. A completely opposite, highly positive effectcomes from properly administered enemas while cleansing.
    The difference between helpful and potentially harmful enemaslies in the amount of water injected and the frequency of use. Using a cup or twoof water to induce a bowel movement may eventually cause dependency, will not strengthenthe colon and may after years of this practice, result in distention and enlargementof the rectum or sigmoid colon. However, a completely empty average-sized colon hasthe capacity of about a gallon of water. When increasingly larger enemas are administereduntil the colon is nearly emptied of fecal matter and the injection of close to agallon of water is achieved, beneficial exercise and an increase in overall muscletone are the results.
    Correctly given, enemas (and especially colonics) serve asstrengthening exercises for the colon. This long tubular muscle is repeatedly andcompletely filled with water, inducing it to vigorously exercise while evacuatingitself multiple times. The result is a great increase in muscle tone, accelerationof peristalsis and eventually, after several dozens of repetitions, a considerablereduction of transit time. Well-done enemas work the colon somewhat less effectivelyand do not improve muscle tone quite as much as colonics.
    Injecting an entire gallon of water with an enema bag isvery impractical when a person is eating normally. But on a light cleansing dietor while fasting the amount of new material passing into the colon is small or negligible.During the first few days of fasting if two or three enemas are administered eachday in immediate succession the colon is soon completely emptied of recently eatenfood and it becomes progressively easier to introduce larger amounts of water. Withina few days of this regimen, injecting half a gallon or more of water is easy andpainless.
    Probably for psychological reasons, some peoples' colonsallow water to be injected one time but then "freeze up" and resist successiveenemas. For this reason better results are often obtained by having one enema, waitinga half hour, another enema, wait a half hour, and have a final enema.
    A colonic machine in the hands of an expert operator canadminister the equivalent of six or seven big enemas in less than one hour, and dothis without undue discomfort or effort from the person receiving the colonic. However,the AMA has suppressed the use of colonics; they are illegal to administer in manystates. Where colonics are legal, the chiropractors now consider this practice messyand not very profitable compared to manipulations. So it is not easy to find a skilledand willing colonic technician.
    Anyone who plans to give themselves therapeutic enemas whilefasting would be well advised to first seek out a colonic therapist and receive twoor three colonics delivered one day apart while eating lightly and then immediatelybegin the fast. Three colonics given on three successive days of a light, raw fooddiet are sufficient to empty all recently eaten food even from a very constipated,distended and bloated colon, while acquainting a person with their own bowel. Havingan empty colon is actually a pleasant and to most people a thoroughly novel experience.A few well-delivered colonics can quickly accustom a person to the sensations accompanyingthe enema and demonstrate the effect to be achieved by oneself with an enema bag,something not quickly discoverable any other way.

How To Give Yourself An Enema
    Enemas have been medically out of favor for a long time.Most people have never had one. So here are simple directions to self-administeran effective enema series.
    The enema bag you select is important. It must hold at leasttwo quarts and be rapidly refillable. The best American-made brand is made of rubberwith about five feet of rubber hose ending in one of two different white hard plasticinsertion tips. The bag is designed for either enemas or vaginal douches. It hangsfrom a detachable plastic "S" hook. When filled to the brim it holds exactlyone-half gallon. The maker of this bag offers another model that costs about a dollarmore and also functions as a hot water bottle. A good comforter it may make, butthe dual purpose construction makes the bag very awkward to rapidly refill. I recommendthe inexpensive model.
    The plastic insertion tips vary somewhat. The straight tubulartip is intended for enemas; the flared vaginal douche tip can be useful for enemastoo, in that it somewhat restrains unintentional expulsion of the nozzle while fillingthe colon. However, its four small holes do not allow a very rapid rate of flow.
    To give yourself an enema, completely fill the bag with tepidwater that does not exceed body temperature. The rectum is surprisingly sensitiveto heat and you will flinch at temperatures only a degree or two higher than 98 Fahrenheit.Cooler water is no problem; some find the cold stimulating and invigorating. Fastershaving difficulty staying warm should be wary of cold water enemas. These can dropcore body temperature below the point of comfort.
    Make sure the flow clamp on the tube is tightly shut andlocated a few inches up the tube from the nozzle. Hang the filled bag from a clothesor towel hook, shower nozzle, curtain rod, or other convenient spot about four tofive feet above the bathroom floor or tub bottom. The higher the bag the greaterthe water pressure and speed of filling. But too much pressure can also be uncomfortable.You may have to experiment a bit with this.
    Various body positions are possible for filling the colon.None is correct or necessarily more effective than another. Experiment and find theone you prefer. Some fill their colon kneeling and bending forward in the bathtubor shower because there will likely be small dribbles of water leaking from aroundthe nozzle. Usually these leaks do not contain fecal matter. Others prefer to usethe bathroom floor. For the bony, a little padding in the form of a folded towelunder knees and elbows may make the process more comfortable. You may kneel and bendover while placing your elbows or hands on the floor, reach behind yourself and insertthe nozzle. You may also lie on your back or on your side. Some think the left sideis preferable because the colon attaches to the rectum on the left side of the body,ascends up the left side of the abdomen to a line almost as high as the solar plexus,then transverses the body to the right side where it descends again on the rightalmost to the groin. The small intestine attaches to the colon near its lower-rightextremity. In fact these are the correct names given for the parts of the colon:Ascending, Descending and Transverse Colon along with the Sigmoid Colon or Rectumat the exit end.
    As you become more expert at filling your colon with wateryou will begin to become aware of its location by the weight, pressure and sometimestemperature of the water you're injecting. You will come to know how much of thecolon has been filled by feel. You will also become aware of peristalsis as the wateris evacuated vigorously and discover that sensations from a colon hard at work, thougha bit uncomfortable, are not necessarily pain.
    Insertion of the nozzle is sometimes eased with a littlelubricant. A bit of soap or KY jelly is commonly used. If the nozzle can be insertedwithout lubricant it will have less tendency to slip out. However, do not tear ordamage the anus by avoiding necessary lubrication. After insertion, grip the clampwith one hand and open it. The flow rate can be controlled with this clamp. Keepinga hand on the clamp also prevents the nozzle from being expelled.
    Water will begin flowing into the colon. Your goal is toempty the entire bag into the colon before sensations of pressure or urgency to evacuatethe water force you to remove the nozzle and head for the toilet. Relaxation of mindand body helps achieve this. You are very unlikely to achieve a half-gallon fillup on the first attempt. If painful pressure is experienced try closing the clampfor a moment to allow the water to begin working its way around the obstacle. Or,next time try hanging the bag lower, reducing its height above the body and thuslowering the water pressure. Or, try opening the clamp only partially. Or, try pantinghard, so as to make the abdomen move rapidly in and out, sort of shaking the colon.This last technique is particularly good to get the water past a blockage of intestinalgas.
    It is especially important for Americans, whose culture doesnot teach one to be tolerant of discomfort, to keep in mind that pain is the body'swarning that actual damage is being done to tissues. Enemas can do no damage andpose no risk except to that rare individual with weak spots in the colon's wall fromcancers. When an enema is momentarily perceived unpleasantly, the correct name forthe experience is a sensation, not pain. You may have to work at increasing yourtolerance for unpleasant sensations or it will take you a long time to achieve thegoal of totally filling the colon with water. Be brave! And relax. A wise philosopheronce said that it is a rough Universe in which only the tigers survive--and sometimesthey have a hard time.
    Eventually it will be time to remove the nozzle and evacuatethe water. Either a blockage (usually fecal matter, an air bubble, or a tight ‘U'turn in the colon, usually at either the splenetic, or hepatic flexures located rightbelow the rib cage) will prevent further inflow (undesirable) or else the bag willcompletely empty (good!) or the sensation of bursting will no longer be tolerable.Go sit on the toilet and wait until all the water has passed. Then refill the bagand repeat the process. Each time you fill the colon it will allow more water toenter more easily with less unpleasantness. Fasters and cleansers should make atleast three attempts at a complete fill-up each time they do an enema session.
    Water and juice fasters will find that after the first fewenemas, it will become very easy to inject the entire half-gallon of water. Thatis because there is little or no chime entering the colon. After a few days the entirecolon will seem (this is incorrect) to be empty except when it is filled with water.This is the point to learn an advanced self-administered enema technique. An averagecolon empty of new food will usually hold about one gallon of water. That is average.A small colon might only hold 3/4 gallon, a large one might accept a gallon and ahalf, or even more. You'll need to learn to simultaneously refill the bag while injectingwater, so as to achieve a complete irrigation of the whole colon. There are severalpossible methods. You might try placing a pitcher or half-gallon mason jar of tepidwater next to the bag and after the bag has emptied the first time, stand up whileholding the tube in the anus, refill the bag and then lie down again and continuefilling. You might have an assistant do this for you. You might try hanging the bagfrom the shower head and direct a slow, continuous dribble of lukewarm water fromthe shower into the bag while you kneel or lie relaxed in the tub. This way the bagwill never empty and you stop filling only when you feel fullness and pressure allthe way back to the beginning of the ascending colon. Of course, hanging from a slowlyrunning shower head the bag will probably overflow and you will get splashed andso will the bathroom floor when your wet body moves rapidly from the tub to the toilet.I've imagined making an enema bag from a two gallon plastic bucket with a small plastichose barb glued into a hole drilled in the bottom or lower edge. If I were in thebusiness of manufacturing enema bags I'd make them hold at least one gallon.
    A word of caution to those folks who have a pattern of overdoingit, or tend to think that more is better. This is not true when it comes to coloncleansing. Do not make more than three attempts to fill and clean the colon withan enema bag. Usually the colon begins to protest and won't accept any more fill-ups.When having colonics on a colonic machine it is a good idea to continue until thewater comes back reasonably clear for that session. It is not a good idea for a fasterto have colonics that last more than three-quarters of an hour to an hour maximum,or it will be too tiring. Even non-fasters find colonics tiring. After all, the colonis basically a big muscle that has become very lazy on a low-fiber diet.
    I've personally administered over five thousand colonics,taught several dozen fasters to self-administer their own and stood by while theygave themselves one until they were quite expert. In all that experience I've onlyseen one person have a seriously bad result. This was a suicidally depressed waterfaster that I (mistakenly) allowed to administer their own colonics with my machine.This person not only took daily colonics, but allowed water to flow through theircolon for as long as two hours at a time. Perhaps they were trying to wash out theirmind? After several weeks of this extreme excess, the faster became highly confusedand disoriented due to a severe electrolyte imbalance. They had to be taken off waterfasting immediately and recovered their mental clarity in a few days. The loss ofblood electrolytes happened because during colonics there occurs a sort of low-gradevery slow reverse osmosis.

Curing With Enemas
    It is not wise to continue regular colonics or enemas oncea detoxification program has been completed and you have returned to a maintenancediet. The body should be allowed its regular functioning.
    But because enemas immediately lower the toxic load on theliver, I do recommend people use them for prevention of an acute illness (you feellike you are coming down with something), and for the treatment of acute illnessessuch as a cold. I also like to take one if I have been away traveling for extendedperiods, eating carelessly. But do not fall into a pattern of bingeing on bad food,and then trying to get rid of it through colonics or laxative. This is bulimia, theeating disorder discussed earlier.
    The Sheltonite capital "N" Natural capital "H"Hygienists do not recommend any colon cleansing, ever!. They think that the colonwill spontaneously cleanse itself on a long water fast, but my experience learnedfrom monitoring hundreds of fasters is that it doesn't really. Herbert Shelton alsoconsidered colon cleansing enervating and therefore undesirable. Colon cleansingdoes use the faster's energy but on the balance, colon cleansing saves more workon the part of an overburdened liver than it uses up.


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