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07-08-2007, 06:43 PM
I'm seriously considering doing a colon cleanse, but when I did some research online there was a MILLION different options! Has anyone on here done any of these? If so, which products did you use, and how did they have an affect on you.
I really don't want to just end up wasting my money!

Suzanne 3FC
07-08-2007, 07:12 PM
Hi :)

Colon cleanses are a big scam. They use a lot of scare tactics to make us think we need them, that we have toxins and built up waste in our system, but it's not true. They are just a bunch of laxatives and diuretics, and can be very harmful.

Plus our bodies are naturally self cleansing and don't need help unless you have a diagnosed medical condition. In that case, your doctor will help you, and it won't involve the colon cleanse products.

The best thing you can do is make sure you get adequate fiber in your diet, and drink plenty of water. Mother Nature does the rest.

Save your money :)

07-09-2007, 03:58 AM
I disagree with Suzanne 3F. Colon cleansing is essential but if you are doing it to lose weight forget it. Unfortunately there is a lot of misleading information out there. I went to our local health store and got their recommendation on which one to use. I am a strong supporter of Natural Health procedures and have not been sick since incorporating this into my life. If people want to believe it is a farce, so be it. I know too many people who do colon cleansing a couple times a year and they say there bowel system works differently afterwards. The best example I can give you is one of my husband. He was having bowel problems for 6 months with doctors finding nothing in tests they were running. I finally convinced him to do a 10 day colon cleanse. Well guess what, he started feeling much better about 7 days in to the program, after 10 days all his symptoms were gone. He's been fine ever since and now he agrees that Natural Health treatments deserve more recognition. We've never lost weight from a cleansing and you really don't want to. Colon cleansing are used to remove impurities, not weight loss. Hope this helps.

07-09-2007, 05:55 AM
angelwings, both you and Suzanne are correct. Some folks really don't need it, especially if they are eating a decent high fiber diet or aren't having any problems with losing weight naturally, or aren't constipated or having diarreah constantly.

I did one myself last year, and felt much better afterwards. I lost some worms (yes- worms!) that were nasty- some were about 4-6 inches in length, and let me tell you I had no idea the damage that they could do being in your system. There was some other junk that also came out of me- I don't know what it was, but glad it's no longer in me, lol.

I felt very energetic after about two weeks of doing this cleanse. I did the Dr. Natura 90 day cleanse, and plan on doing it again soon. You simply take the fiber in the morning with juice or any beverage you wish to mix it with, and drink the tea they give you just before bed time. No change in diet is necessary, as far as eating all fruits or fasting, etc. You eat your normal diet on this cleanse, which is why I was willing to try it.

07-09-2007, 10:20 AM
I also feel that both are correct. I dont think you actually NEED them since the body is self contained. However, I broke down and tried the one from Dr Natura a couple years ago, just because I have had constant (chronic) constipation for years and just always felt BLAHH.
I ordered it in December 2005. Used it for a month (they recommend 3 months, but I was skeptical) and LOVED it. I have now been pretty regular since. I do it for 30 days every December and I just "feel" better. It did take me a long time to order it after I was on the web site and looked around just because I didnt want to see all the "stuff" that comes out..but it was worth it in my opinion and I do it every year now.

07-09-2007, 10:53 AM
I've often thought of these for helping my ulcerative colitis. I may ask my gastro about them. I agree that it shouldn't be done to lose weight. That just doesn't work. Only a temporary solution.

07-10-2007, 04:32 AM
I don't want to do a colon cleanse to lose weight, I really just want to do it to clean out my system. All the things you hear that people lose when they clean out their colons, well, it's quite disturbing to think about.
I have a thing where I really can't stand drinking hot liquids, is there any colon cleanses that work good without drinking tea, or should I just do the Dr. Natura with the tea?

07-10-2007, 05:40 AM
You don't have to drink the tea hot, but you do have to drink the Dr. Natura's tea at night. It doesn't taste bad at all, but it's very important to drink this at night, as it aids with the morning's waste management, lol. :D

I forgot to add something to my post above last night. Before I passed one of those ungodly worms, I would get a slight headache. I had no idea it could be related to that, but after several times I noticed it happened to be when one of those critters came out. I emailed customer service to see if this was normal, and they said it does happen to some folks when they pass parasites. Just wanted to give you a head's up. I didn't know it at the time- it wasn't a bad headache or anything, and it went away right after the critter came out. Sorry for being graphic, but honestly- I thought maybe I was wasting my money until after the first week, when it did it's magic. I'm a once a year cleanser for life after seeing what came out of me. :o

07-10-2007, 07:24 PM
Steelslady, thank you SO much! I saw graphic ads on some sites showing what people had passed, I almost DIED. Some people even sent in photos of what came out into their toilets! Eek! I think that's what REALLY made me think about the idea of doing the colon cleanse. I'm going to order the Dr. Natura colon cleanse and see what happens! Also, thanks for the warning about the headaches.

Suzanne 3FC
07-10-2007, 08:09 PM
Steelslady, thank you SO much! I saw graphic ads on some sites showing what people had passed, I almost DIED. Some people even sent in photos of what came out into their toilets! Eek! I think that's what REALLY made me think about the idea of doing the colon cleanse. I'm going to order the Dr. Natura colon cleanse and see what happens! Also, thanks for the warning about the headaches.

What you are seeing is normal. Well not normal, but it's "created" by the Dr Natura product. The product contains ingredients which gel in the intestines, causing very strange looking masses to pass through you. The photos are used as a scare tactic used to scam people. For more information about how the product works in this manner, visit

Can you imagine how embarrassed those poor people must be upon learning that they were tricked into taking pictures of their stools, not parasites?

I have yet to find one reputable medical source that recommends this type of product. I have found a lot of far-fetched claims, including the psyllium husk scam.

This topic has come up a lot, and I hope you don't mind if I copy and paste a few things that might be helpful :)

Colon cleansing has become the latest health scam to hit the marketplace. It's not exactly new, but has lately become more popular, due to the massive marketing efforts of the manufacturers. We've had a LOT of discussions about this in the DIW forum.

The nutshell version: Our colons do not contain toxins and colon cleansing is just a fancy way to get diarrhea and we don't gain any benefit from it.

The longer version: First, someone designed our bodies to be very efficient and we are naturally self cleaning. Eat your daily requirement of fiber and drink you water and voila! You're clean.

Second - The marketers of these products use a lot of scare tactics regarding toxins and parasites and other nasty things that entice us to place our orders as quickly as possible. That's all they are - scare tactics. If you DO have parasites, then you need to see your doctor for an antiparasitic drug and further advice. The term "toxin" is also used very loosely and no one can ever seem to prove what they are. The health experts say it's a myth and a sales tactic. The advertisements can sound so convincing that it's easy to believe them, but that's what good marketing is all about.

What these products will do is cause diarrhea and fluid loss. They won't improve your health. Doctors recommend we eat at least 25 grams of fiber daily, and drink about 8 glasses of water each day, to keep our bowels moving, healthy, and naturally cleansed.

Colon cleansing has the potential to be dangerous, and doctors don't recommend them unless you are preparing for a colonoscopy. ( (

If you are having problems with constipation, you may need to increase the amount of fiber and water you take in. If that doesn't work, see your doctor.

The only recommendations I've found for this type of product/treatment come from the manufacturers or other people with a financial stake in the product. I've not found one valid medical recommendation, as all of the resources I've checked have said it was hooey. Even Dr. Weil, well known for promoting natural products and treatments, says it is not necessary.

If someone does have "worms" or parasites, you need specific prescription medication to get rid of them. Colon cleansing can actually make diagnosis more difficult, but it doesn't get rid of them because their eggs can be everywhere, not just in the intestines.

If we are filling our body with "impurities", the best action we can take is to be more selective with what we put in our bodies in the first place. Mother Nature will take care of the rest. :broc:

07-10-2007, 08:56 PM
What Suzanne said.

No one had ever heard of "mucoid plaque" or "intestinal plaque" until the term was invented by a man who sold colon cleanses. People doing autopsies, as well as those who perform colonoscopies and are looking at peoples colons day in and day out, will tell you that this does NOT exist. The only people who seem to have it are those taking these products intended to remove the plaque.

People who take the product get the stuff. People who don't take the product don't, or at least, a video camera image of their colon doesn't show it. And the product contains a clay and fibers that, when added to water, expand and solidify into stuff that looks a lot like the stuff people are taking photos of in their toilet bowls.

07-18-2007, 12:20 AM
I don't know anything about intestinal plaques of any kind, nor do I want to spend my time looking at my poo in the bowl - or anyone else's.

That guy who pushes these products in the infomercial looks a little creepy to me though, with that funky mustache ...

08-13-2007, 06:46 PM
I have found that a colon cleanse is useful every so often on my low-carb diet because sometimes I get imbalanced and all that protein backs my system up.

08-13-2007, 07:21 PM
If you're buying stuff for the cleanse, you're being scammed. The good feeling you have is just a placebo because it does nothing- in fact makes any problems worse as Suzanne pointed out.

I've had a lot of luck with fasts (drinking a TON of water though) or juice fasts. Obviously don't do it if you tend on the eating disorder side of things or if you have diabetes or another health issue which could render this dangerous. A few days of just drinking water (I never do it more than 4 days, but I know some people do it for a week) can make me feel "cleansed". Especially right after I've been sick or after an allergy attack. If it works or not, who knows, but the only money I'm spending is what I would anyway on the water!

08-16-2007, 12:41 AM
I agree about the scamming but also agree with shr1nk1ngme I'm doing a low carb diet and find that it makes me very irregular however all I've tried it just a product that is simply call colon cleanse and i got it at Walmart it was like $5 I take it maybe once a week or less and it really seems to help for that day anyway just because I've been irregular.

08-16-2007, 10:05 AM
Don't waste money on expensive name brand products. If you feel you need a cleanout, try any of the following:
Ground flaxseed
Psyllium seeds or husks
Magnesium citrate supplements

or my favorite... Jim's Wings with Ram Hot sauce. Don't worry about the calories, cuz those puppies won't stay with you very long. (jk... sort of)

08-17-2007, 01:43 PM
Sauerkraut, really?!?!

08-18-2007, 04:53 AM
Warning, this may be a little graphic/gross.
Just wanted to add my opinion about DrNatura. I used this "system" a bit back, and was very glad I did. I had gotten it because I had pinworms for almost nine years. I had been to the doctor and gotten a prescription that never helped, tried all the home remedies and such and was desperate. I had read everything I could find about how you get them, how you spread them, et cetera and did the appropriate steps to keep them away, but it never worked. Finally, one day I found DrNature and tried it out. The parasite remover which is something like Paranil(?) got rid of them in about one week and they have never been back. Believe me, it was a huge relief!! I had been looking for so long. Now, I realize pinworms are not harmful, but believe me they are annoying!!!

I enjoyed the tea a lot because it helped me fall asleep at night and helped me wake in the morning (it sort of presses a button on your bladder after about 6-7 hours like Now Get Up Now heh). The fiber powder stuff does not taste too bad (sort of like black licorice for some reason), especially mixed. I was definitely much more regular when I was on this program.

Not trying to disagree with anyone's posts, just wanted to let you know my experience. Of course, none of what I liked about it had anything to do with cleansing my colon. :-p

08-21-2007, 09:09 AM
:yes: Sauerkraut juice is an ancient folk remedy for "digestive problems." It works VERY quickly for some. My DH usually goes within an hour of eating a good-sized portion of kraut.

08-23-2007, 11:23 AM
Cabbage will clean me out faster than anything else I know :lol:

I agree with Suzanne about colon cleansing. I had a colonoscopy a year ago and talked to the doctor about these. She said everything that Suzanne has stated in this thread.

01-27-2008, 01:39 AM
cabbage and prune juice or any of the sorts usually only make a bout a pencil wide whole to get through A cleanse Ive done does do something If youve never tried a cleanse I wouldnt knock it! Some people need it some people do!

If you feel you need it try it!

01-27-2008, 10:03 AM
My personal opinion is look at the ingredients of the products which you are looking to buy. They are the same as regular stuff you can buy in the store at a much cheaper price.

Personally, I think if you eat a proper diet, you wouldn't need a colon cleanse product. Also, be careful of the tea used in such products, it is habit forming. Meaning, if you use it for an extended period of time and then stop using it, then your body will not know how to go anymore. They are just using laxatives and giving them a fancy name of "colon cleanse".

02-28-2008, 05:29 PM
If these don't work how coem people say they lose 10 lbs? Has anyone who tried it lost a significant amount of weight?

05-11-2008, 12:55 AM
I highly recommend going for a colonoscopy. You need a baseline anyway to go off of for the future, so why not? If that stuff they give you to drink for the prep doesn't clean you out, nothing will.

05-11-2008, 11:18 AM
If these don't work how coem people say they lose 10 lbs? Has anyone who tried it lost a significant amount of weight?

Don't confuse scale loss with fat loss. You can easily lose 10 lbs of water and also emptying out your colon will result in a temporary scale reduction. Stop taking the laxatives and you will go back to the weight you were.

11-17-2008, 03:04 AM
Hi to all,Good recommendations.But my suggestion is some colon cleansers contain dangerous ingredients. Make sure you do your research first before you use a colon cleanser to fight constipation and parasites etc.Out of all Natural colon cleansing is best.

11-17-2008, 04:32 PM
I just saw a segment in a health documentary that the parasite "cleanse" actually creates the "parasites." There's a scientific explanation, which I didn't follow exactly, but scientists have studied the uh, evidence (the poop) and determined that no parasites exist and the wormlike stuff that people see in their poo aren't worms at all. The "worms" are a type of fiber or something that the cleansing product actually creates.

It reminds me of the electromagnetic foot baths - the dirty water is supposed to be evidence of toxins being removed from the body - but it's really iron ions being removed from the water by the electromagnetism. If your feet weren't in the water, it would still turn brown/red.

11-19-2008, 03:36 AM
Avoid harsh chemicals such as laxatives as these can often cause more harm than good. Herbal based colon cleansers are a natural and gentle alternative and can produce excellent results.

11-19-2008, 10:24 AM
Herbal based laxatives aren't really any better. If you take fiber, that is fine but things like Senna can cause your body to depend on it if taken for long periods of time.

11-20-2008, 08:58 PM
If you want cleaned out go to your local drug store and get the stuff they make you drink for a colonoscopy--it's what was recommended for coworker of mine--but stay near the bathroom.

I have a friend who swears by her spring and fall cleanses/detox.

11-26-2008, 12:25 AM
i am new here, and just came across this, but i must agree with suzanne:) a few weeks ago i used a colon cleanse pill for a week and i am sorry to say that i lost complete control over my bowels! lesson learned!

12-17-2008, 02:32 AM
The best thing is to follow the natural remedies that makes you to feel comfort from the colon problems.

12-17-2008, 11:06 PM
Everyone's talking strictly about colon cleanse, but has anyone ever tried something called "Whole Body Cleanse"? My GF & her parents have taken it before, & said that it really works. The only thing in it is fiber pills, all natural laxatives, & milk thistle. It's supposed to clean your colon & liver. Her mom found it in the organic section of Fred Meyer's, so I assume it can't be all that bad.. Any info on this?

12-17-2008, 11:15 PM
Commercial cleanses are just ways to separate you from your money.

The body does not need to be "cleansed". All you need to do is eat healthy food and drink lots of water and it naturally cleanses itself.


12-17-2008, 11:47 PM
I agree with Photo Chick.

12-22-2008, 03:06 AM
Drinking lots of water, taking liquids regularly and high fiber food will definitely solves the colon problems.

12-22-2008, 03:24 AM
What is this, Colon Week on 3FC? I feel like we have had more colon discussions and cleansing discussions this week then in the last five months I've been coming on here combined. You people are awfully concerned about your, um, well, that end of you this Holiday Season. :p

Don't waste your money on "cleansing" and "detoxing" products. YOU are a product of millions of years of evolution...your colon is a precision instrument :) designed extremely well for its given purpose...same goes for your kidneys, your liver or whatever other body part/organ/system some scam artist on TV, the Internet or Reader's Digest wants to sell you a "fix" for this week. Just eat healthy whole foods, drink your water, eat your fiber and almost magically the amazing machine that is your body will keep itself nice and tidy.

12-22-2008, 09:30 AM
What is this, Colon Week on 3FC? I feel like we have had more colon discussions and cleansing discussions this week then in the last five months I've been coming on here combined. You people are awfully concerned about your, um, well, that end of you this Holiday Season.Heh. Maybe next year we can have Colon Week hosted by Mike Rowe. ;)


12-22-2008, 11:59 AM
Uh huh...I read your post in the Unusually Sexiest Man Alive thread, just like thinking about Mike Rowe. You can't fool me.:)

12-23-2008, 12:10 AM
No need to spend money, if you have patience to follow some easy and natural methods like drinking lots of water, taking apple juice regularly , exercise and maintaining a good fiber diet. These can help you to clean the colon without any side effects.

12-23-2008, 01:35 PM
I've got a cheap one that works for me---CABBAGE.

I had cole slaw twice in one day last week and it certainly cleaned me out--TMI, I know!! :)

12-23-2008, 01:37 PM
Hee hee! I love cabbage soup. Not because of any cabbage soup diet or any particular diet type thing, I just love cabbage. I have it probably 2x a week for lunch because it's so easy to make and so yummy. And yeah, it'll def help with the cleaning out thing. ;)


01-01-2009, 12:41 AM
Seems to me that if our colons were filling up with toxic waste and debris eventually we would all explode! Probably sooner than later.

I get the feeling that a lot of this stuff probably does nothing more than irritate the cr@p out of your digestive system and give you the back door trots.

You're better of with a good balanced diet and lots of water.

RN BSN 2009
01-12-2009, 01:04 AM
Ugh... stopped the cleanse... now i'm bound up!!!!!

Suzanne 3FC
01-12-2009, 11:37 AM
Oh dear, please see your doctor. Those products can really mess your system up!

01-12-2009, 03:27 PM
I don't use Colon Cleanse for lose weight, but to detox. we need to do it once a while to clean our intestine, cus when it's stuffed (lol) you'll fell bloating, constipate and having acne.

01-12-2009, 03:39 PM
I don't use Colon Cleanse for lose weight, but to detox. we need to do it once a while to clean our intestine, cus when it's stuffed (lol) you'll fell bloating, constipate and having acne.

Thats also true when you are eating poorly. I think you can 'detox' by eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, basically just an overall healthy diet.

If you are having constant bloating, constipation, etc, then that is an issue. If you are eating a 'clean' diet, it could be that something in your diet is causing it such as dairy, wheat gluten, etc. Oftentimes when people do a total elimination detox diet, they feel better because they aren't eating something they are unknowingly allergic to. I've never had constipation but I have had some bloating and can link it back to specific things I ate.