2. It’s all colonic!


In 1980 after I moved to Sydney, I was given books written by Dr Norman W Walker, DSc, PhD. He established the Norwalk Laboratory of Nutritional Chemistry and Scientific Research in New York as early as 1910. His books Raw Vegetable Juices, Diet & Salad and Colon Health (written between 1936 and 1979) were life-changing for me. 

Walker’s message in a nutshell? ‘It’s the colon, stupid!’ And hasn’t the GUT now been resurrected?

Dr N W Walker in his early 80s

Here are some extracts and illustrations from his books – and please re-read these paragraphs: 

‘ … every pouch or sacculation of the colon is equipped with nerve terminals originating in every part of the anatomy, with definite and specific relation to the nerves of every unit of the glandular system.  

‘ … the very purpose of the colon as an organ of elimination is to collect all fermentative and putrefactive toxic waste from every part of the anatomy and, by the peristaltic waves (contractions) of the muscles, removes all solid and semi-solid waste from the body.  

‘The best of diets can be no better than the very worst if the sewage system of the colon is clogged with a collection of waste. … or can I dare describe it as … “impacted faecal matter”.’1 (my emphasis)

Simply put, the colon is the sewage system of the body. Dr Walker shows a colon ‘in trouble’:

A diseased, putrefying colon2

It’s no wonder I found Walker’s words and graphic imagery disturbing. Fermenting toxic waste? Isn’t there a drink we can buy at the pharmacy or health store to fix this?

Nature has given us an extremely efficient colon – our very own garbage disposal unit. How do we keep it unclogged if, in Dr Walker’s words, ‘impacted faecal matter’ gets stuck in there?

I will explain Walker’s theories simply to help and not alarm you.

  1. Processed, fried and overcooked food, sugar and excessive salt all starve the colon of its ability to nourish nerves, muscles, cells and tissues within its walls. 
  1. Cooked and canned foods, bottled drinks, processed cereals and flour-laden foods expose the body to sickness and disease. Such foods actually starve the colon. A starved colon cannot complete the final stages of digestion and other functions it was meant to do. 
  1. We need BULK (or fibre), which is essential for proper and complete digestion of our food – bulk which must comprise fibre or roughage only derived from raw foods. This acts like a MAGNET when passing through the intestines, retrieving residue of undigested food. This is what the colon depends on for its proper function as our ‘intestinal broom’.
  1. The human body must be properly nourished. To replenish and re-invigorate our cells and tissues, we need to eat foods with LIFE-GIVING properties whose ultimate purpose is to cleanse and remove dead cells and tissues. The resulting waste matter can then be carried to the colon for evacuation.  

In fact, the nature of your poo reveals the state of your health. Watch this clip, ‘Everything comes down to poo’ from the old TV series Scrubs

 1 Walker, N.W. (1940/1970). Diet & Salad, pp.11–12. Norwalk Press: Summertown, Tennessee.

 2 Walker, p.13.

And so on to my next instalment – Keeping a healthy colon

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8 thoughts on “2. It’s all colonic!

  1. Dora Kritharas

    Great work Shirley
    I could listen to you speak all day.
    Loving the information you’re sharing 🙏

    • Hi Dora! So nice to read your comments. This is all still new to me and I’m loving posting these videos. Much more coming and my goal is to keep you informed as well as entertained. Thank you for being there.

  2. Efrem you are spot on! A little at a time will achieve big results. All you need is a desire – and to change what you put in your shopping basket. Gets easier in weeks to come. Easy salads, entertaining videos. No strict rules. Commit to doing what you can. . and when you start loving the results I know you’ll want to do more!

  3. Efrem Manassey

    Very interesting my dear. This week’s pearl is not so hard a pill to swallow. With a modest change in behaviour it is possible to effect much better overall health. I am on my way.

    Perhaps now that gut health has become the new focus, the colon will at last get the recognition it is due.

    Beautifully said dear Shirl.

  4. Thanks Deb. Looking forward to showing our video (out in the next few weeks on Shirls Pearls) where you make this amazing beetroot salad in your Thermomix. We had a lot of fun in your kitchen and will plan lots more!

  5. Thank you Kay ..yes gut health IS important and when you learn more you’ll know exactly what to do to keep your colon alive and protect you from viruses and bacterial infections!

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