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Article by Bianca James

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Risks and Dangers of Colonics

Colonics are not an alternative or new age remedy, in fact colonics have been around for thousands of years and up until the late 1960's were a standard procedure used in Australian hospitals. Colon therapy has however always been a controversial procedure, and so over the years has been in and out of favour.

These days, it is again gaining popularity, due to the numerous articles written in magazines and papers about the high profile, rich and famous people who use colonics to look good, feel great, lose weight and address the many health issues that plague us all.

As a result more and more people are seeking out facilities to have a colonic, and consequently more and more facilities are popping up.

Unfortunately in all the hype about the benefits, no one has mentioned the dangers and risks. And there are many....

In 2000 I was invited by NSW Health to help write the Infection Control and Quality Assurance Guidelines that are now supposed to govern this industry, because six people in Sydney contracted Hep C after visiting a colonic facility that was run by non medically qualified, poorly trained staff.

At this point in time regulations are still not adequate, there are no criteria to entry, no standards of training, no qualifications needed, and no one to police the industry. In short, anyone from any walk of life, a sales assistant,  cook,  PA or  cleaner,  can purchase equipment, set it up in a room, advertise and start working.

There are of course more professional facilities around, but they too employ people from non- medical backgrounds and once employed, and in my humble opinion, provide far too little and totally inadequate training. It must be remembered that these people have little if any knowledge of anatomy and physiology, no understanding of infection control and the risks and dangers of cross contamination, and worse still of the dangers of bowel perforation.  This hugely compromises the safety of the general public.

To overcome the above and minimise the risk of being sued should anything go wrong,  there are now facilities that are "do it yourself colonic centres." You rent the room, are given a tube on arrival, and do it yourself.

And because you do it yourself,  the facility often takes out no insurance and is not liable should anything go wrong.  

The general public all too often pursue this therapy in blind faith, asking far too few questions before going ahead. Perhaps this is because we are basically trusting people, and believe that in order for a person to work in a professional capacity, they need to have completed a certain standard and level of learning either at university, or an apprenticeship program, and attained some form of qualification, before they are permitted to work in their chosen field.  Unfortunately in the modality of Colonic Irrigation  that's not the case.

So let me put this to you.... Would you, without asking the right questions, allow or trust an accountant, a lawyer, a hairdresser, a car machanic, to do anything for you, if all they had completed was a week-end workshop?  Of course you wouldn't, because you want the best, someone who knows what they are doing.

So why then would you choose anything less when it involves your precious body?  Colonics are an invasive procedure, and although every procedure, even when performed by a totally professional fully qualified person, still carries with it an element of risk. In the hands of an  amateur  the risks and dangers are increased a thousand fold.

NSW Health is also not there to protect you, they take no responsibility for where you go for treatments, they do not do random inspection of facilities to ensure the facility complies with the Guidelines, and they do not have the authority to close a facility down if they find them to be unhygenic.

They state that " each person must do their own due diligence, and ensure their own safety, when looking to do this therapy"

I believe the most important challenge any health provider has is to ensure each client receives the best care and attention available -  and that the person in their care is safe. That the wellbeing of the person is not in danger and there is no risk.

Therein lies the problem. The general public is not safe, and most don't realise the dangers. Every colonic facility is not the same as every other colonic facility, just as colonics are not the same and therapists are not the same.

It is imperative that every member of the public who wishes to pursue this valuable therapy do so in safety, by being totally aware of what to look for in a facility.

Some questions to ask

1. What qualifications and training has the therapists employed at that facility undertaken?

2. What size is the rectal tube?.

There is no risk of damage to delicate anal tissue if it's pencil thin. However some facilities use rectal tubes that have a diameter of a twenty cent piece. 

3. What system is used? 

* The pressurises system -  the entire treatment, infusion of water, and elimination of waste via a large tube, is controlled by the therapists. This increases the risk of bowel perforation  

* The non pressurised system -  the person having the treatment can take in as much water as is comfortable for them, and eliminate into a toilet built into the treatment couch whenever they feel the need. No risk of perforation. 

4. Is all tubing used in treatment sterile, disposable and single use?

This is absolutely essential, and eliminates the risk of infection and cross contamination.

In closing

If all answers meet with your approval it will certainly mimimise the risk of perforation and infection , especially when an inexperienced therapist is involved.

Money should not be the deciding factor, your safety is what should be all important.

Remember... you pay peanuts, you may get monkeys.

This article has been written in the interest of better health and safety

In love and health

Bianca James

6 Sep 2011

Last Update: 14 Sep 2011

Article/Information supplied by Bianca James

Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.