dr david bull

Stop flushing water up your bottom!

In Opinion Pieces on August 6, 2011 at 11:44 am

Why is it that intelligent, articulate people become such utter fools when they start talking about health around a dinner table? Health or Well Being is now the obsession of the middle classes, especially here in Los Angeles. And it is very much ‘de rigeur‘ to dismiss modern medicine as cranky, preferring to rely on Alternative or Complementary therapies instead. Because of course, that’s really sensible – throw away evidence-based medicine that’s been through thorough, rigorous clinical trials and rely instead on lotions, potions and tinctures that have never been tested.

So here’s a snap-shot of conversations this week……

“Well I wouldn’t have those tablets the doctor prescribed you, they won’t work – try tincture of bluebell instead. I got it from my healer”.…. or

“Oh you should definitely try a colonic – it resets your system and flushes out your toxins”

Well you know what? It doesn’t!  It’s a lie! …..

There are NO health benefits to flushing water up your bottom. Colonic irrigation – all the rage here – has been shown to have no health benefits and can have dangerous side-effects.

Colonic cleansing has been carried out for thousands of years and can be traced back to ancient Egyptian society. Although it fell out of practice, it has made somewhat of a comeback, aided by rather vacuous celebrities, keen to promote themselves as ‘holistic beings’.

Well finally a new study from Georgetown University School of Medicine, here in the US, has looked at 20 previous studies published on colonic irrigation and found little or no evidence of benefit. Actually colonic cleansing can be rather dangerous and cause multiple side-effects including

  • stomach cramps
  • stomach bloating
  • nausea and vomiting
  • electrolyte imbalance
  • kidney failure
So now you know – concentrate on eating healthily, doing some exercise and stop blowing water up your bottom!

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