fibromyalgia & colon hydrotherapy
Can Colon Hydrotherapy Ease Your Fibromyalgia Symptoms?
Fibromyalgia and Colon Hydrotherapy : What is the link between Fibromyalgia
and colon cleansing?
Can colon hydrotherapy be beneficial for fibromyalgia sufferers?
Find out below...
If you have Fibromyalgia then you may also suffer from Irritable
Bowel Syndrome (a very common symptom among Fibromyalgia sufferers).
If you do have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, symptoms such as constipation
and bloating are probably nothing new to you. But the number
of times you go to the toilet in a day, and symptoms such as constipation,
may actually have a more sinister effect on your health than you might think…
Sluggish Colon : How Often Do YOU Go?
Going to the toilet is something we usually take for granted and pay very
little attention to. But unless you’re going for a bowel movement
after each main meal (say 2-3 times a day), you may well have a
‘sluggish colon’! In fact, in this era of poor diet, high stress,
and pollution, most people are believed to have this problem…
… and it seems that Fibromyalgia sufferers are no exception.
"They think it’s normal to have a bowel movement once every
few days. I often startle my clients with the question, if you eat 3
meals daily but only eliminate once a day or once every other day, where
do you think the rest of that food is hiding?"
-- Nutritionist Leslie Duncan
[ref 44] --
Autointoxication : Self-Poisoning ...
Your colon’s job is to get rid of the waste and toxins in your body.
So the longer you don’t have a bowel movement, the longer
the waste and toxins just sit in your body, festering. Over time,
this ‘toxic waste’ builds up in your colon, and if it’s
there for long enough, it can even start re-entering your blood stream…
...effectively poisoning you.
This is called autointoxication, auto meaning ‘self’
and intoxication meaning ‘poisoning’. Autointoxication
is known to cause symptoms such as*:
- general loss of energy
- poor circulation
- brain fog [ref 45]
- unrefreshing sleep [ref 45]
- headaches [ref 45]
- and general loss of health
* List of symptoms not exhaustive.
The theory of autointoxication was widely discussed in the early 1900s.
Since then there has also emerged another theory, this time involving immune
"(…) there is extensive modern literature linking arthritis
to digestive system disorders, particularly inflammatory disorders [ref
46]. The modern explanation involves immune system dysfunction,
rather than autointoxication. Bowel dysfunction is also found in fibromyalgia
syndrome, which has much in common with the “toxic” manifestations
treated by colonics in the 1920s and 1930s [ref
47]. Alba et al. (2001) even discuss several cases of arthritis
as a rare manifestation of acute sigmoid diverticulitis. They found
that the arthritis promptly improved after surgical resection of the
sigmoid colon. (…) Could colonic irrigation provide a less invasive
-- Douglas G. Richards, Ph.D., Meridian Institute [ref
The Colon : A Major Factor In Your Health?
The theory seems to be that, once your body has been flushed of its toxins
and waste (via colon hydrotherapy), your body can then start to use its
resources to heal, repair, and defend itself from illness
There are some renown medics out there who actually insist that most
health-related problems stem from an unhealthy colon!
"After concluding a 25 year study of over 5,000 cases, every physician
should realize that intestinal toxins are the most important primary
and contributing causes of many disorders and health problems of the
-- Dr. Anthony Badzier, Professor of Gastroenterology,
New York [ref 44] --
So does this mean that looking after your colon may help to ease your Fibromyalgia
How Do You Look After Your Colon Then?
There are different ways to look after your colon. Supplements such as
soluble fiber and probiotics for example, are said to help (always check
with your doctor before taking any supplements).
Another option is to remove the deadly toxins and waste in your
colon via colonic hydrotherapy ...
... also known as colon cleansing / colon cleanse, colonic, or colon
Does Colonic Hydrotherapy Really Help Fibromyalgia? Is Colonic Hydrotherapy
Safe For Fibromyalgia?
Many colonic hydrotherapists seem to list Fibromyalgia as one of the illnesses
that colonic hydrotherapy can help.
At the time of writing this, I have not (yet) come across any specific
studies that show that colonic hydrotherapy is a safe and effective treatment
So while colon cleansing / colonic hydrotherapy may have some advantages,
it’s worth bearing in mind that this may not necessarily apply
to those who have Fibromyalgia.
Colon hydrotherapy is not for everyone. There are certain groups
of people who should not have colon hydrotherapy treatments. So
it’s always safer to check with your doctor before undergoing colonic
What Is Colon Hydrotherapy?
Colon hydrotherapists argue that in today’s world of junk food,
pollution and stress, many people are likely to have a life-time
of toxic waste build-up in their colon.
This toxic waste festers away in your colon, poisoning your body. So your
body has to spend some of its precious resources on fighting this harmful,
toxic waste build-up - resources that might otherwise be used to heal
and repair your body, and to defend your body from illness.
Colon hydrotherapy is claimed to be a natural way to flush out the waste
and toxins that have built-up in your colon since you were born. Colon hydrotherapy
involves a gentle, continual flow of water into your colon.
This is done by a qualified colon hydrotherapist, who controls the water
pressure and temperature throughout your colon hydrotherapy session.
So how does colonic hydrotherapy differ from an enema?
"Colonics are distinguished from enemas in that (1) they are not
self-administered, but instead are administered by a person with some
professional training, and (2) they are administered using some type
of device to control the water flow. Their purpose is to infuse the
entire colon with water, in contrast to the more limited infusion of
water in an enema."
-- Douglas G. Richards, Ph.D., Meridian Institute [ref
Why Should You Consider Colon Hydrotherapy?
Colon hydrotherapy has been said to improve the immune system
as well as energy levels. [ref
"The mouth is cleaner than the rectum, and yet it is the mouth
that I clean with a toothbrush, with paste, and even flossing. Why clean
the clean end?
(…) Patients have told me how their health, their malaise, their
fatigue, their abdominal distention, their chronic bowel disturbances,
and their dermatitis cleared up through the use of colonics.
(…) washing the lining of the bowel is just as sensible as maintaining
cleanliness in other parts of ourselves and, in the modern living environment,
there is a tendency for the accumulation of toxins, increased constipation,
increased concentration of the residue in the bowel because of a shortage
of roughage in the diet; thus cleaning and irrigation is an advantage."
-- Thomas Dorman, M. D., Colon Cleansing [ref
These all seem to be sound reasons for having colon hydrotherapy,
but there still seems to be a distinct lack of substantial research
into the effectiveness of colon hydrotherapy. In particular, studies testing
how effective colon hydrotherapy is in treating Fibromyalgia symptoms
would be very interesting.
So What's The Verdict On Colon Hydrotherapy For Fibromyalgia?
Well, let's stick to what we do know...
If you have Fibromyalgia (or indeed ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) then you
are likely to be highly sensitive to anything you put into or take
out of your body. So it’s always better to thoroughly check
out any therapy, treatment or supplements you’re thinking of taking.
The last thing any Fibromyalgia sufferer wants to do is to undergo a therapy
that might not be suitable for them, and/or that might make their Fibromyalgia
So it’s always best to talk to your doctor about colon hydrotherapy
and how it might affect you as a Fibromyalgia sufferer, and to
maybe even do a little research into colon hydrotherapy yourself before
you decide on whether to have it or not.
It’s also worth asking around at your local Fibromyalgia
support group or contacting your national Fibromyalgia association,
to see if anyone has had any experiences with colon hydrotherapy.
If you are a Fibromyalgia sufferer who has had colon hydrotherapy,
why not share
your experiences and your views on whether it helped you here...
Category: Fibromyalgia : Fibromyalgia colon hydrotherapy , colonic , colonic irrigation , colon cleansing
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