Colon Cleansing Dangers

Colon cleansing procedures that are performed in unlicensed clinics across the country have been linked to serious health problems in patients.

Also known as colonic irrigation or colonic hydrotherapy, the cleansing procedure involves pumping water into the rectum with a hose to eliminate “intestinal waste“ and improve health. To avoid blame if an accident occurs, the clinics require patients to insert the hose into their own rectums and remain sitting while the procedure takes place.

According to the Journal of Family Practice, sitting compresses the internal organs and increases the risk of severe injuries, including:

  • colon/rectal perforation,
  • injuries resulting in need of a colostomy bag,
  • sepsis (blood infection) from unclean hoses,
  • and even death.

The procedures can be especially dangerous for patients with a history of gastrointestinal diseases, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, or a history of hemorrhoids, kidney disease, and heart disease. Other side effects from colon irrigation can include dehydration, diarrhea, electrolyte abnormalities, heart failure, vomiting, and more.

Not Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Unlike enemas, colon cleansing procedures use large amounts of fluid—up to 60 liters—and studies reported by USA Today have found the procedures to be dangerous and ineffective at improving health. In fact, the FDA has issued several warnings regarding the dangers of using unapproved colon cleansing procedures and devices.

If you or a loved one was hospitalized as the result of a colon cleansing or hydrotherapy procedure, Henson Fuerst can help. Call us now at (919) 781-1107 or fill out a free initial consultation form.

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