The recent review of the scientific data surrounding colonic irrigation really got me thinking.
From Georgetown University report:
Mishori and her colleagues examined 20 studies published in the medical literature published in the last decade. She says that while these reports show little evidence of benefit, there is an abundance of studies noting side effects following the use of cleansing products including cramping, bloating, nausea, vomiting, electrolyte imbalance and renal failure.
People will believe in some wild and wacky things. Personally, I never thought to myself, instead of drinking my coffee this morning maybe I should shove it up my ass to get rid of toxins. But hey, different strokes for different folks, right?
Or should I be more upset about this?
“Some herbal preparations have also been associated with aplastic anemia and liver toxicity,” says Mishori.
Colon cleanse can potentially kill you. Ok, maybe I should be more upset. This is an approved Alt-Med-Skeptic-Topic™ that technically should get serious attention.
What do you think? Does this sort of topic qualify as something that we should focus our attention on? Or are there more important issues? And how do we determine importance? Should we ask to have a colon cleansing panel at the next conference or should we keep our skeptical noses out of other people’s butts?