Good health is a desire we all have and share.  Most of us spend countless thousands of pounds treating the symptoms of disease and a portion of our income to health insurance to cover our expenses for cancer, heart disease, etc should our bodies be unfortunate enough to succumb to these dis-eases.  Yet very little is invested in the prevention of dis-ease which costs far less than the treatment.  One example of this is cancer of the colon or bowel.  We used not to hear much about it but now you cannot drive down a main street without a billboard advertising the problem as it has become such a huge concern for people’s health today.  It is now second only to heart dis-ease as the most common cause of death in the United States.  In fact, the American Cancer Society released information stating that cancer of the colon and rectum has now taken over the first place as the most common form of lethal cancer in the US.  This need not be so.


While few would argue the importance our diet plays in our health, the removal of toxic waste from our bodies is important too – hugely important.  You see, good health is as much a function of how well we eliminate wastes from our bodies as eating the right kinds of foods is.  Let’s look at how the health of our colon affects our total health.

The colon is a tube, approximately 5 feet long and 2.5 inches in diameter.  A healthy colon has uniform size and tone.  It extends from the caecum, where it joins the small intestine, up and across the abdominal cavity and down the left side of the body until it reaches the sigmoid and rectum.

The 3 main functions of the colon are:-

1. The final digestion of our food.

2.  The elimination of digestive residues of food we have eaten, and

3.  the discharge of toxins and wastes from our body.

We experience better health and well-being when the colon is clean and functioning normally.  When the colon is congested with stagnant wastes, poisons back up into our systems and pollute the inner environment.  This is called auto-intoxication – literally ‘self poisoning’.

All of the body’s tissues are affected by auto-intoxication.  If the poisons back up into the nervous system, we feel irritable and depressed.  We feel weak if they back up to the heart; bloated if they reach the stomach and our breath is foul if they reach the lungs.  If the toxins back up to the skin (another organ of elimination), it becomes sallow and wrinkled.  And if they back up to the glands, we feel tired, lack enthusiasm and drive and look old beyond our years.  Auto-intoxication can be a causative factor in numerous serious dis-eases and is considered by many to be the underlying reason for dis-ease.  The colon being the largest perpetrator of dis-ease of any organ in the body, is said to be the initiator of 80% of all critical illness.

There are many contributing factors to auto-intoxication from the toxic bowel.  Improper diet, insufficient exercise, stress, over-eating and ignoring the ‘call of nature’, can all lead to bowel problems.  Most of us, for instance, have had years of poor to average nutritional food, much of which has been refined and processed starches with plenty of fried and overcooked food.  When the mineral elements of our food are saturated with oil and grease, the digestive organs cannot process them efficiently and they are passed out of the small intestine into the colon as wastes.  The addition of mucous producing foods such as meat, dairy products and flour, cause dense, sticky bowel movements and are a sign of trouble – indicating excess mucous in our system. Mucous stools are difficult for the body to eliminate.  When they are expelled they leave behind a glue-like coating on the wall of the colon which accumulates, layer by layer, into a hard, rubbery crust.  The body cannot eliminate these layers of hardened mucous on its own.  They are often carried for the duration of the person’s life, as toxic burden.

In addition, incompletely digested food ferments and putrifies when remaining in the colon longer than a day.  When this fermented waste combines with the body’s own bile acids from the liver, carcinogens can form, which ultimately can develop into colon or rectal cancer.  Enhancing the colon’s ability to expedite the elimination of waste, reduces the risks of developing colon-rectal cancer.

Constipation is one of the first signs indicating to us that our bowel is not functioning properly.  When a person is constipated, the walls of the colon are often encrusted with accumulated faecal matter.  The inner diameter of the colon is reduced like a water pipe by blocked mineral deposits and eventually the opening becomes narrower and narrower, making it more difficult to pass wastes through.  And since the encrusted faeces line the colon wall, the small intestine itself is unable to absorb nutrients from our food in the last phase of the digestive process.  Wastes from the bloodstream which should normally be drawn into the colon through the colon wall are re-absorbed by the body, along with other toxins resulting from the fermentation and putrefaction of incompletely digested food.  Subsequent intestinal stasis often follows, which occurs when the muscular contractions, known as peristalsis, can no longer sweep the hardened faeces along the digestive canal.

A person can even have several bowel movements daily and still be constipated.  The movements are usually smaller and occur more often because the inner diameter of the colon is smaller than it should be. The body reacts to this constricted bowel by stepping up the frequency of peristalsis wave action to allow the waste to exit the body.  Taken to its limit, the effect can be diarrhoea, which is when the body moves out the waste so fast, the bowel does not have time to remove the water and consolidate the waste into a stool.

These reasons are why thousands of people each year have colon irrigation as a safe, inexpensive way to maintain good health.