Colonic Irrigation - Prevention
Colon cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United Kingdom.
Colon cancer appears more frequently in women and rectal cancer has higher occurrence in men. Periodic cleansing would minimize the exposure of potential carcinogens to the colon walls, would dilute the toxin concentration in the cecum and facilitate the removal of same.
The result is a reduced load on the portal (liver) and lymphatic system allowing the five eliminative organs of the body (skin, lymph, lungs, kidneys, and bowel) to balance the removal of these toxins with their production. When a breakdown in one or more of these systems exist and toxins abound, the potential for disease exists.
Research has shown a definite connection between the nature of the diet and type of flora in the intestines. A diet high in protein results in predominately proteolytic putrefactive bacteria which produce toxic compounds, some of which are absorbed. Alteration of the physiologic flora (balanced) can predispose to the development of 36 of these bacterial toxins. The physiologic (normal) flora is speculated to consist of 30-40% gram negative bacillus and 30% acidophilus. The pathogenic flora consists of streptococcus, staphylococcus, E. coli, bacillus welchi, etc., which are present normally in small numbers. Where conditions exist that alter this proposed balance, the pathogenic flora can flourish and be a source of disease. Small amounts of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates escaping digestion in the small intestine may be digested by bacterial enzymes which are capable of breaking down (cellulose) and synthesize certain vitamins of the B-complex and vitamin K. The E. Coli bacteria is able to split triglycerides (fatty acids).
The products of putrefaction may be absorbed in small quantities by mucosa and transported to the liver, via the blood, where they are detoxified to be excreted by the kidney in the form of sulfates and glucuronide. The material which remains in the colon and is eliminated in the feces contain indole and skatole, mercaptan, hydrogen sulfide and bacterial end products of cystine, which gives the feces an unpleasant odor. The color of the feces is due to bacterial action on stercobilin (bile pigment). Some ammonia is formed by bacteria in the intestine, mainly from digestive products of proteins and converted to urea in the liver.
In liver disease such as cirrhosis, increased levels of ammonia in the vascular system causes severe neurological symptoms resembling hepatic coma. A low protein diet may ameliorate these symptoms. Cleansing the colon serves to dilute and remove the toxin concentration in the large intestine and respective blood supply. Observations have been made that a change in diet from high protein to high carbohydrate results in dominance of a non-putrefactive flora. Other evidence has shown that ingestion of fermentable carbohydrates (glucose, fructose, lactose) results in delay of or complete inhibition of the putrefactive process.
The liver is the main detoxification organ of the body. The hepatic (liver) portal vein drains the gastrointestinal tract, gall bladder, pancreas and spleen. The blood retrieved from the stomach and intestines is not returned to the heart but shunted to the liver where portal blood is discharged into sinusoids of the liver which are surrounded by liver cells. In addition to removing, altering, storing, and delivering to the body digested fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, and minerals, hepatocytes (liver cells) will detoxify any toxins (poisons) present and remove them from the system. The problem arises when toxins are present in too great a number to be adequately handled by the liver. (Phenol and skatol normally escape liver action) As with any organ or system in the body, the liver has a certain capacity for performing these functions of metabolism. When an unusual burden is placed on any one system, a breakdown occurs that affects the body as a whole. This breakdown results in an increased absorption of toxic substances and if left uncorrected, the body will poison itself (Autointoxification). Intestinal cleansing is a therapeutic measure which addresses the cause or source of the problem. Other measures which treat only the symptoms will provide only temporary relief of this problem.
Parkland Natural Health Clinic offers colonic irrigation in London. This process would clean and dilute the toxin load in the large intestine resulting in a reduced burden on the liver and allowing the various eliminative organs of the body in conjunction with a rejuvenated immunological system to restore internal balance and improve the overall health of the individual.