Using Colonics to Avoid Flu?

Laurel has a post today on this topic and why it’s insane.

[H]ave we not given up on the idea that flushing warm water up your backdoor does nothing but clean out feces that was on its way out anyway, just a bit faster? And that for some people, it’s actually bad to persist in high pressure “colonic irrigation” (diverticulitis, IBS, Crohn’s, Coeliac) because it can cause damage to the delicate lining of your inner sanctum?  

She also digresses a bit on Alternative Medicine: 

[I]f Alternative Medicine is so different from regular medicine, which as everyone (*pause for eye roll*) knows, is all about money, not health, then why does the alternative stuff cost such a huge amount? I’m not saying the health care profession is perfect – having come into intimate contact with it for years now, I am deeply aware of its failings – but surely, if Alternative Medicine only cares about you and your health, not like those money-grubbing doctors (*pause for expressive spitting noise*), shouldn’t it be low cost or free? After all, it’s about treating people.

(*pause for expression of trancendental piety*) 

Ugh. In most of these “therapies”, the only thing I see being removed from my body is money. 

As it happens, this caught my eye on LJ not just because her rants are funny but because a lot of the comment spam (which we are graciously shielded from) has lately been on colonic irrigation.  And it has about as much chance of getting out of the spam-trap as the “Oh I love your blog!” comments that link to weight-loss sites, or “Sexy Russian Women” sites, or “Buy N@me Br@nds Che@p!” sites….

4 thoughts on “Using Colonics to Avoid Flu?

  1. I am reminded of the AbFab episode where Edwina, who has hopes of winning a PR award but doesn’t yet know what to say if she does, tells her assistant to schedule her for a high colonic. “I’ll get this speech out of me by hook or by crook!”

    More seriously, though, I have a dear friend who is always going on special diets to ‘cure’ her of ailments that would send me to the nearest endocrinologist.

    Currently, she is on an extremely restrictive diet to bring down her thyroid antibody levels because she was diagnosed with having thyroid autoimmune disorder by her holistic ‘person’, who gave her some kind of test that read 1,092, instead of a ‘normal’ under-35.

    Thyroid autoimmune is pretty serious—and according to my research diet changes are not proven to have an effect on it—so I asked her if she had been referred to the local hospital for further tests. Nope, she’s just going to stop eating three of the four food groups until she can’t stand it anymore. She’s still really tired (wonder why), but she’s lost X pounds, so it’s doing ‘something.’

    I can only hope that the person who gave her this test absolutely didn’t know what he was doing and that she’s absolutely fine . . . if hungry. . .

    • Ah, yes, AbFab! From the first episode:

      Saffron
      Mum, you’ve absolved yourself of responsibility. You live from self-induced crisis to self-induced crisis. Somebody chooses what you wear. Someone does your brain. Someone tells you what to eat, and, three times a week, someone sticks a hose up your bum and flushes it all out of you.

      Edina
      It’s called colonic irrigation, darling, and it’s not to be sniffed at.

      Saffron
      Why can’t you just go to the toilet like normal people?

      Edina
      Is that what you really want me to be? Normal? Some boring, normal, old toilet-goer? ‘Where’s mummy?’ ‘She’s on the toilet.’ ‘But I want to go somewhere exciting and meet interesting people.’ ‘She can’t take you … she’s on the toilet.’

      Personally I am on the fence about some alternative therapies, but I also look for things like double-blind studies and, you know, evidence :)

  2. Depends on the alternative therapy. I’m all for massages and purring cats for relaxation and stress reduction.

    I’ve also found that some supplements are useful; but that’s an individual thing for each person.

    Feng shui probably also helps with decluttering and organization, which can make lives easier.

    Colonics on the other hand strike me as like douching, more likely to cause problems than to cure them.

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