Sadly in the old days growing up, we had enemas to ‘clean out’ our stomachs. Mum would take us, screaming all the way, to Gran’s for the monthly enema – a pink, fearsome-looking pump to us kids. Milk of Magnesia was the other ‘opening dose’ given (even if we didn’t need it 😩 ). But I have news for you: laxatives and enemas won’t remove all waste that’s stuck in your colon. I remembered Dr Walker:
‘ … use of laxatives are not only habit forming but decidedly disruptive to the membrane of the intestines. … they disturb the normal rhythm of the excretory organs, which sooner or later rebel.’1
So no more laxatives, please. You won’t need any with your servings of fibre-rich raw salads.
I finally jumped in and made an appointment with a trusted colonic hydration clinic in Sydney. Do your research. The expert clinician I found, Anna Paredes, has had over 35 years’ experience in her well-established practice. But did I really need to have this? YES – apparently, we don’t fully eliminate our daily food, leading to accumulated OLD FOOD, including nutrient-dense food.
Anna also advised against taking any laxatives before my appointment – and in fact never to take them at all (as Dr Walker said). What a throwback from my childhood days! The colon apparently needs proper hydration to contract and release waste matter. Laxatives only dehydrate and inflame.
The day arrived. I walked in, nervous and apprehensive, looking around the waiting room. Warm, calming colours greeted me; what’s more, there was nobody over 40 there. I had the audacity to think only flatulent fuddy-duddys with erratic bowel habits had colonics!
But according to Anna, older people would in fact greatly benefit from this treatment because it would hydrate their colons. With a lifetime of intestinal inflammation and mucous build-up, simply drinking water to hydrate the colon would have limited effect.
Mucous in the small intestine would also prevent proper absorption of food nutrients. And depending on how dehydrated the colon is, the entire body and mind will be SLUGGISH – harming the immune system, increasing stomach acids and making us tired. The end result? Dementia, arthritis, diabetes and other autoimmune diseases. Oh no.
Now back to the clinic.
I saw two young men in the room, very relaxed and looking at their smartphones; they couldn’t have been over 30. Another client was a 25-ish well-dressed girl, smiling broadly while I socially distanced in one of the chairs.2
Did I miss something, waiting this long?
I was ushered by Anna to the treatment room. She knew I was nervous (my heart-rate matched watching up-close live footie!).
I lay on the bed, covered below the waist with a towel, and was told to take deep breaths through the mouth. Anna placed her hand on my tummy, feeling my diaphragm lift up and down; my heart rate slowly returned to normal.
I guess it was the moment before the speculum was inserted that worried me most. Would it hurt and be uncomfortable? I turned to my left – with the gel, it went in smoothly and was painless. I could now lie on my back.
Anna sat next to me while operating the equipment in front of her. Warm filtered water slowly trickled into my large intestine. She monitored the flow, massaging my tummy. I could feel gas pockets disperse and break up while the colon was being hydrated.
The water was turned off at the right level, and I could see the impacted faecal matter (IFM) coming through the tube, finding their way to the adjoining toilet’s waste pipes.
Just as you’d want your dentist to display your extracted abscessed tooth, you’d certainly want to see what’s come out of your colon. The BIG REVEAL? In my case, it was quite a lot!
This routine was done about 4 times; each time I felt the gas pocket (detected in my last colonoscopy) slowly dissipate. It caused some discomfort, which eased after the third and fourth hydration.
Anna left the room and gave me time to get dressed and use the bathroom. She suggested I have the second and third colonics a week and 10 days apart, and the fourth 3 months after. This would complete the initial process of removing most of the impacted poo. She then recommended a colonic every 6 months to a year.
I felt ‘light’, clean and vitalised as I left, and made sure I booked my second colonic. It was certainly not the same as having a good laxative ‘run’ (if you know what I mean). I had an overwhelming calm which lasted the rest of the day, with an unbroken 7 hours of sleep that night (I typically get 6, often even less).
My second colonic gave even better results, with much less IFM. My gas pocket had almost gone. And I scheduled a third colonic. I was advised what foods to avoid, and foods to keep my colon healthy and hydrated. I also had to drink at least 3L of water daily.
Friends, colonics are not a cure-all for your ills. You don’t have them to flatten your belly or lose weight. But they provide thumbnails of the health-screen I want you to see.
Your health shouldn’t deteriorate as you age. High-blood pressure, diabetes or arthritis are not the result of age. They are the result of our being ignorant as to how our lifestyle is damaging our health.
So folks – you’re now armed with enough information to improve your eating habits. But how do you do this if you’re already finding it hard to ‘keep up’, you’re always ‘tired’ and ‘have too much to do’? The answers are in my next blog.
And by the way, if you’re living in Sydney and decide to have a colonic, I highly recommend the Colon Care Centre – a thoroughly professional, reputable and trusted company in the industry for over 3 decades.
And if you really want to see how colonics are done, please watch the video of my colonic done at the Colon Care Centre.
1 Walker, N.W. (1979). Colon Health: The key to a vibrant life, p.23. O’Sullivan Woodside & Co: Phoenix, Arizona.
2 This was in 2020, during Covid19’s social distancing protocols.