Many people love the idea of a good colon cleanse. Websites and advertisements promote colon cleansing as a great way to "cleanse" your body, treat constipation, promote weight loss and "lighten the load of toxins" in your body. There's no truth to any of these claims, but there is plenty of evidence that colon cleansing can harm your health.
Colon Cleansing vs. The Law
A law suit winding its way through Arizona courts illustrates just how dangerous "natural" colon cleansing can be. The plaintiff has filed against a company that sells a colon cleansing product containing the herb cascara segrada. The plaintiff believes, and his surgeon agrees, that his use of the colon cleansing product caused a perforation in his colon.
A perforation is a hole in the wall of the colon. If not treated immediately, colon perforation can become a life threatening situation. The plaintiff was hospitalized. He needed two surgeries to treat his colon perforation.
How to Safely Colon Cleanse
This case illustrates how colon cleansing can go wrong. If you are interested in cleansing your colon, try our steps for a safe colon cleanse.