Value of Colon Hydrotherapy Verified by Doctors & Research
By Dr. Morton Walker, DPM
Reprinted with Permission from the Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients: September 2000
Note to reader: Colon Hydrotherapy is not a medical procedure, nor is it the practice of medicine. As stated below it is an "adjunctive to personal external hygiene".
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From the signal stage of history surrounding ancient Egypt, practices of colon hydrotherapy in their most basic form enemas or clysters have provided people with internal cleansings adjunctive to their personal external hygiene. The Ebers Papyrus, from the 14th century BC prescribes internal cleansing for no less than twenty stomach and intestinal complaints.
But in the modern era it fell to J.H. Kellogg, MD, of Battle Creek, Michigan, famous for his invention of corn flakes and various techniques or good hygiene, to popularize colon hydrotherapy. This happened from Dr. Kellogg's publication of his article in the Journal of the American Medical Association praising the procedure's efficacy for saving a dysfunctional bowel.
That descriptive article was the impetus for advancement of a highly beneficial therapeutic method, which has since flourished and found recognition among enlightened health professionals in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and North America. Enthusiastic expressions of approval for colon hydrotherapy are undeniable medical endorsements for this significant complementary treatment, which removes metabolic waste from a person's large bowel without applying toxic agents of any kind.
Board Certified Gatro-intestinal Surgeon Dr. Leonard Smith Endorses Colon Hydrotherapy
Thirty years ago, Leonard Smith, MD, of Gainsville, Florida graduated from medical school and eventually became board certified in general surgery by the American College of Surgery. For more than twenty-five years Dr. Smith has practiced as a specialist in gastrointestinal surgery. He has dealt with all types of colon difficulties, including operations for overcoming colon cancer, colon diverticulitis, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, and numbers of other internal organ health problems.
"I am very well acquainted with the colon's functions and my true belief is that colon hydrotherapy is the perfect cleansing medium for preparing the patient for colonoscopy. It's a much better way of getting the human colon ready for an operation than having to swallow a gallon of that usual presurgery solution known as 'Colon-Go-Lytely.' Instead, colon hydrotherapy has the patient avoid this solution's noxious side effects of vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and other troubles," Dr. Smith says.
"Moreover, seriously ill patients tend to be more chronically constipated which results in generalized toxemia.
It turns out that colon hydrotherapy is the gentlest and most effective treatment to take care of a sick person's
constipation problem. My recommendation for cancer patients is that they should undergo frequent colon hydrotherapy
procedures to make sure a colon's toxic burden is being kept at a minimum while their bodies are trying to heal,
affirms Dr. Smith. "While not a substitute for eating a high fiber diet, those cancer patients who take colon hydrotherapy
often experience the elimination of their aches and pains, improvement of appetite, and they tolerate a tough healing
"I also believe that normally healthy people will find it valuable to take colon hydrotherapy every couple
of months in order to experience how well one feels when the colon is truly empty. It's a fact that most people
fail to fully evacuate the colon, something they don't realize. People undergoing colon hydrotherapy on a prevention
basis, become quite surprised at how much waste is removed by the procedure." Dr. Smith says.
"Without any reservation, I declare that my wish is to see it become an established procedure for many kinds
of gastrointestinal problems. If medical centers, hospitals, and clinics installed colon hydrotherapy departments,
they would find such departments just as efficacious for patients as their present treatment areas which are
devoted to physiotherapy," states Leonard Smith, MD "Such is my true belief, and I do endorse this therapeutic
Hydrotherapy Corrects Constipation
"One of my more significant cases was Tommy, an eight year-old boy with the most awful constipation anyone could
imagine," says former general surgeon and emergency medicine specialist Paul Flashner, MD, of Wellesley,
Massachusetts. Observing their superior results for his patients, Dr. Flashner has more recently adapted his
treatment techniques almost completely to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Most definitely, he has
incorporated colon hydrotherapy as a regular CAM technique.
"Tommy's constipation was really bad. He never had a bowel movement for a week at a time. Recognizing the
dangers of physiological toxicity, his parents took their son for consultation with numerous gastroenterologists.
The child had been subjected to colonoscopy a dozen times, but nothing could be found as the source of blockage.
Laxatives hardly helped at all. There was no diagnosis except that he suffered severely from constipation,"
confirms Dr. Flashner. "Then the parents found their way to me so that the boy might undergo examination and
treatment one more time. They described their eight-year-old's condition.
"I improved the child"s diet and removed all junk foods. Then I instigated an exercise program, had him drink
lots of water, balanced his colonic flora, and added fiber food supplements. But most vital for Tommy's welfare
is that he took colon hydrotherapy under my prescription. The beneficial effect was dramatic, for within six
months he was experiencing a natural and normal bowel movement every day. No laxatives were involved in his
progress," states Dr. Flashner. "Now the child does not need to consult me anymore; still he continues his colonic
cleansing by having colon hydrotherapy. He did this once a month for six months, and currently he undergoes the
cleansing just four times a year. It's been two years that Tommy remains in excellent physical condition.
"Colon hydrotherapy is the perfect specific procedure to eliminate constipation and restore normal bowel function. My approach to medical practice is to balance the GI tract using stool testing. I find various pathologies relating to bacteria, yeast, parasites, and other organisms of this nature. A lot of disease comes from imbalances in the colon, as manifested by inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, autoimmune diseases, allergies, multiple sclerosis and certainly constipation. Such imbalances can be corrected by means of colon hydrotherapy, herbal supplements, and diet." Says Dr. Paul Flashner, "There is no question about the huge difference a health professional can bring to the patient by utilizing colon hydrotherapy plus other associated complementary and alternative methods of healing."
Giving Colon Hydrotherapy is Standard Procedure for Sharda Sharma, MD
Located in Millburn, New Jersey as a primary care physician for nearly twenty-six years, Sharda Sharma, MD,
dispenses medical care of a multi-disciplinary nature to her patients. Dr. Sharma employs colon hydrotherapy,
chelation therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, Reiki manipulative therapy, and much more. She treats the body
as a whole (holistically).
"I have trained and certified colon hydrotherapists working as part of my staff. Under my supervision for
the past year-and-a-half they have been rendering care for constipation, abdominal cramps, allergies, and a variety of
other conditions, including ten patients with hepatitis C. These hepatitis patients respond to colon hydrotherapy and
do well," assures Dr. Sharma. "For instance, Mrs. Felicia, a forty two year-old high school teacher, had suffered with
constipation no bowel movements for six days in a row. She was bloated, fatigued, lethargic, headachy, and crampy.
My treatment choice for her was enzyme supplements and colon hydrotherapy twice weekly for thirteen weeks.
These treatments solved the constipation problem for Mrs. Felicia. She goes to the toilet as desired without having
to sit there for long periods waiting, reading, meditating, or undergoing mental or physical diversions."
"Colon hydrotherapy is excellent as a treatment for yeast syndrome. A very anxious fifty-year-old female,
Mrs. Sara Audrey, consulted me because she was running to the toilet every two hours with either diarrhea or with attempting
to find comfort from constipation. It turns out that she had irritable bowel syndrome complicated by Candidiasis.
During the administration of colon hydrotherapy, I observed that Mrs. Audrey was loaded with Candida albicans.
I recognized the white yeast organisms floating through the transparent tube of my colon flushing unit," says Dr. Sharma.
"But the patient is now in fine shape-much relieved. She has good bowel movements twice daily with no gas.
This is typical of almost all patients undergoing colon hydrotherapy."
Dr. Michael Gerber Uses Colon Hydrotherapy Routinely
"I've had a colon hydrotherapy [unit] in my office for twenty-five years," states Michael Gerber, MD, of Reno,
Nevada. "My present staff person who dispenses colon hydrotherapy under my jurisdiction uses it for all types of
patient difficulties. The basic concepts of the science have not changed much in the last twenty-five years; however,
the colon hydrotherapy equipment has improved immensely. How the equipment works so effectively is nothing short
of astounding. Registered with the FDA, current colon hydrotherapy equipment is safe. It contains temperature-controlled
water mixing and back flow prevention valves, plus pressure and temperature sensors, and built-in chemical sanitizing
units. Water purification units frequently are installed as well. Disposable single-use rectal tubes, and/or
speculae are employed routinely for sterility.
"Undergoing a session of colon hydrotherapy has you experiencing comfort and cleansing with no toxicity.
Techniques utilized allow a small amount of water to flow into the colon gently stimulating the natural peristaltic
action to release softened waste," Dr. Gerber advises. "The inflow of a small amount of water and the release of
waste may be repeated again and again. The removal of such waste encourages better colon function and elimination.
"During the treatment, most clothing can continue to be worn. In addition the patient is draped, or a gown is
worn to ensure modesty. The patient's dignity is always maintained." Dr. Michael Gerber affirms. "The benefits of
colon hydrotherapy extend all the way from psychiatric improvement to constipation elimination.
Colon Hydrotherapy Reduces Benign Prostactic Hyperplastia
Joshua Heinermann, the sixty-six-year-old chief executive officer for Virginia Chemicals Corporation of Chesapeake,
Virginia, had been suffering severely from prostate gland enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH).
For four years the man's symptoms had been building steadily, and now they were affecting his ability to manage
in the administrative position he held. The executive's nighttime urinary urgency (nocturia) came with such frequency,
Mr. Heinermann found himself perpetually fatigued during daytime business meetings. His need to sleep lay on him like
a blanket, and he felt as if his mind was encased in cotton batting. Any capability for him to make vital decisions
on behalf of his corporation became almost nonexistent. To confront the problem, the CEO finally consulted a
urologist located in his city.
In practice for over sixty years as a specialist in solving urological problems both for men and women, Emil S. Sayegh,
MD, of Chesapeake, Virginia is eighty-eight years of age. Over the six decades of his medical practice, Dr. Sayegh has
been consulted by a particularly large number of male clientele who have sought his help in correcting BPH and prostatitis.
"These two common medical difficulties are closely associated with having weak abdominal muscles," explains the board-certified
urologist. "Those men possessing flaccid and weak abdominal muscles experience enormous pressures on their bladders
which never let up. The supportive muscles and other erectile tissues surrounding the bladder fail to do the jobs
required. The pressure of the bladder's rectal sigmoid is so severe that any amount of stool in that area is going to
make urine passage very difficult. Whether urine is present or not, the need for these men to void becomes overwhelming."
During the past fifteen years Dr. Sayegh has made use of colon hydrotherapy which solves his patients' two particular
prostate pathologies almost every time. "Cleansing the colon markedly assists the functioning of the pathological male bladder
and prostate organs. Colon hydrotherapy given to involved men at two-week intervals for three times to start and
then maintained every four weeks for an unlimited period does solve prostatitis and benign prostatic hyperplasia,"
states Emil S. Sayegh, MD. "From my files, I can offer up several hundred case studies which testify to that fact."
"I have found over the years that cancer patients who are not doing well usually are toxic and not being cleansed.
They certainly are in need of colon hydrotherapy," advises oncologist and homeopath Douglas Brodie, MD, of Reno,
Nevada. Dr. Brodie has developed CAM methods for treating cancer and other degenerative diseases aimed at strengthening
the immune system. He emphasizes natural and humane approaches to these conditions with colon hydrotherapy being among
"I do recommend that most of my cancer patients take colon hydrotherapy or 'colonic irrigations' because they
often improve by having such treatment. Liver cancer in particular shows benefit from colon hydrotherapy, but any
internal tumors show effectual change too," Dr. Brodie says." It's much better than an enema, which is merely a
lower bowel cleanse, as opposed to a colonic which is a thorough cleanse of the entire bowel. It's similar to comparing
the diagnostic efficacy of a sigmoidoscopy of the short end of the bowel to a colonoscopy, which takes in the whole
bowel. An enema only goes so far. Colon hydrotherapy is the best cleansing and detoxifier for the gastrointestinal tract that
anybody would want. I do promote its usefulness."
Conditions for Which Colon Hydrotherapy is Effective
Maintaining a rheumatology practice for the past twenty-four years in Long Branch, New Jersey, Arthur E. Brawer,
MD, is an enthusiastic exponent of colon hydrotherapy for a variety of health problems. He cites this treatment
in his recently published consumer book, Holistic Harmony.
"Silicone breast implant exposure which results in disease symptoms responds very well to colon hydrotherapy.
I am in the center of this silicone breast implant controversy by having consulted with over 500 women from around the
world for the toxic environmental exposure caused by such implantation. I've given testimony as an expert witness
before the United States Congress on this issue along with advising the Department of Health and Human Services,
the FDA, and consultants to the President, the Vice-president, the Director of Women's Health at the white House,
and the United nations. I use colon hydrotherapy for the treatment of such silicone toxicity, since it does work
to chelate silicone out of the body," states Dr. Brawer. "Let me explain!"
"From day one of implantation, silicone micromolecules disperse throughout the body because the pore size (the porosity)
of the envelope or shell enclosing the implant is larger than most of the silicone molecules contained inside.
Thus, the disease symptoms derived from silicone toxicity are not dependent on envelope rupture. Symptoms begin
immediately! In other words, the molecules of silicone travel through the membrane osmotically and become microdispersed
throughout the body by means of the lymphatic system," explains Dr. Brawer.
"Now realize that the connective tissue or collagen in each person's body requires silicone as an essential
component in order to provide the body with proper architectural structure such as for tendons, ligaments, nerve sheaths,
and everything else. Silicone makes up the glue which holds skin together, gives substance to the organs, acts
as regulators, signal transmitters, and so forth. It functions as an integral part of metabolism and physiology.
Thus, all tissues are dependent on silicone as an essential ingredient," Dr. Brawer says. "But given in excess
as a leaking silicone breast implant, there is only one place the excess may be dumped or stored by the body-into its
connective tissue. When that happens a whole litany of complaints occur: joint pains, dry eyes, fatigue, memory
lapses, skin rashes and pigmentations, chest pain, muscle aches, drug intolerance, odor and smell sensitivity to
hair sprays, room fresheners, deodorants and more.
"So the silicone molecules become stuck in the body's glue, and they cannot be removed by use of medications
or supplemental nutrients or diet. Only certain techniques may be applied to detoxify the body: colon hydrotherapy
is perhaps the best way and also working as detoxifiers are Ayurvedic medicine, hyperthermia, steam baths, saunas,
oxygen therapy, and the energy-based therapies such as Reiki therapy and Qigong. Any dietary approach has to be
more an exclusionary basis - take the patient off of processed foods and have them eat organic," confirms Dr. Brawer.
"But of all the treatments for symptoms coming from silicone breast implants, colon hydrotherapy I find to be one
of the mainstays that offer relief."
Conditions Responding to Colon Hydrotherapy Cited by Rheumatologist Arthur E. Brawer, MD
"Colon hydrotherapy eliminates from the bowel the repository of accumulated waste material which may disadvantageously
get absorbed. If this absorption takes place, it overwhelms the other purification organs such as the liver, the
kidneys, the skin, and the lungs. The toxin deposition which becomes lodged throughout the body's tissues and
cells becomes capable of triggering a variety of illnesses", says rheumatologist Dr. Arthur E. Brawer. "There are
lots of them. Some disease indications for colon hydrotherapy responding well are:
Cold Hands & Feet
Toxic Environmental Exposure
Toxic Occupational Exposure
Attention Deficit Disorder
Colon Hydrotherapy is like Cleaning Baked Lasagna from a Pan
According to Pamela Whitney, ND, baked lasagna may be used as a metaphor for colon cleansing. Dr. Whitney, educational director for the New England Health Institute, is a naturopathic physician who practices her profession in two locations, Braintree, Massachusetts and Stowe, Vermont. Here is how she describes the physical action of colon hydrotherapy:
"If ever you've baked a lasagna and then attempted to sanitize the messy, left-over lasagna pan, you know the
difficulty with getting it clean. For sponging such a food-caked pan it's usual for cooks to soak the pan overnight.
Then they find that swabbing it the next day is easy. Colon hydrotherapy accomplishes the same ease of cleansing
on the inside of the bowel. Using hydrotherapy, the colon's walls constantly get flushed with clear fluid, which serves
to remove mucous plus some of their outstanding, caked-on fecal matter which contains hidden bacteria, parasites,
Candida albicans-filled pockets, and other such pathological materials."
From its home office in San Antonio, Texas, literature furnished by the International Association for Colon
Hydrotherapy or I-ACT (see the Resource section) defines colon hydrotherapy as a safe, effective method of removing
waste from the large intestine, without the use of drugs. By introducing pure, filtered and temperature regulated
water into the colon. The human waste is softened and loosened, resulting in evacuation through natural peristalsis.
This flushing process usually is repeated a few times during a therapeutic session.
Colon hydrotherapy is best used in combination with adequate nutrient and fluid intake as well as with exercise.
The modern and sophisticated technology applied today, manufactured through compliance with strict FDA guidelines,
and promotes both safety and sanitation of the procedure.
Dr. Pamela Whitney advises that her healing program for almost any condition frequently involves prescribing
colon hydrotherapy. "I almost always refer my patient to undertake colon cleansing as the first part of my treatment.
I do this for the purpose of detoxification, since most people possess toxic bowels, which may result in either constipation
or diarrhea - both coming from the same sources of toxicity," she says. "The patients' toxins tend to kick back to their
blood streams to perpetuate numerous pathologies such as Candidiasis, allergies, chronic fatigue, and other symptoms
coming from a recirculation of accumulated physiological poisons."
"I use the services of at least three skilled colon hydrotherapists who practice in my two offices. I don't know any
patient receiving colon hydrotherapy who has not benefited from it. Certainly the treatment will get a sluggish
bowel refunctioning again. In my judgment, the action of just one colon hydrotherapy is an experience equivalent
to someone undergoing twenty coffee enemas," says Dr. Whitney. "What we eat, the processed foods such as breads, pastas, sugars, and refined deserts hit
the gastrointestinal tract like a glue which becomes nearly indigestible. A prime source of allergies to wheat and
other flour products is this flour made into a kind of mucilage by being mixed with saliva. This glue-like substance
sticks on the walls of one's GI tract to slow down the individual's metabolic rate. Thereafter, constipation with inflammation
can develop, but colon hydrotherapy solves such a problem."
As is obvious, Dr. Pamela Whitney is a great advocate of colon hydrotherapy, which she prescribes as a standard part of her treatment.
A Gastroenterologist Prescribes Colon Hydrotherapy
Board certified as a gastroenterologist from 1972, Robert Charm, MD, of Walnut Creek, California, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, combines conventional allopathic medicine with CAM in his practice. He also continues to make house calls.
"I prescribe colon hydrotherapy by calling upon a superbly trained practitioner of the art in the San Francisco
Bay area. She is certified by I-ACT. Also, I'm very impressed by the sophisticated technology as illustrated by
the colon hydrotherapy equipment. From my observation, it's engineered quite well," affirms the gastroenterologist.
"Frequently while performing colonoscopy, I see that the patient cleaned out from above but below the diverticular still contain fecaliths, those small turds
remaining in the pockets formed on the gut mucosa. They indicate the presence of an unhealthy colon, and over 50
percent of Americans possess diverticulitis colae, which can be serious by creating fistulas. Some people then
will poop through the vagina," Dr. Charm says. "With patients for whom I perform colonoscopy, about one third of them
over the age of fifty who are otherwise cleaned above, still show residual stools sitting in these gut mucosa
pockets. Some have held on to the stool for decades. A toxic dumpsite like this is dangerous for them by the elevated
concentration of poisons stored in the dumpsite. Environmental cancer can develop!
"A good clean out by use of colon hydrotherapy is excellent treatment. Surely I recommend that people undertake
colon hydrotherapy for themselves. Clean out the body's pipes," Dr. Robert Charm suggests. "And by all means, I
refer my patients to undergo colon hydrotherapy the morning of a colonoscopy. It's a safe way to cleanse the gut.
It's a healing technique for the relief of irritable bowel syndrome with gas and bloating, chronic constipation,
abdominal discomfort, and many other GI tract problems.
"My patient, Fran Wilson, a former model, now age forty-one, the mother of two, was just too busy to go to the bathroom.
She didn't celebrate having a good bowel movement, which is the thinking in our society. For her, defecation was an
annoyance. Fran labored under the mistaken illusion that pooping every three days was normal, and she came to me
complaining of feeling logy, fatigued, bloated and abdominally cramped. None of the various drug laxatives had been
doing the job for her," explains Dr. Charm. "Rather, these drug-like laxatives were depleting Fran of her potassium.
The psyllium seed, fiber and other natural agents did not work either. Therefore, I recommended that she undertake
a series of colon hydrotherapies and the drinking of more water. This cleared up her discomforts remarkably fast
despite her lifetime of bad habits.
"The lesson to learn is that when one gets the urge to move, you must do so. Being too busy in our society to give
into the need to defecate is wrong. Find a way," advises Dr. Robert Charm. "Some people don't poop enough!
Let's get people thinking about eating and pooping. If these don't occur together, colon hydrotherapy should be employed."