Colon Cleansing Is Ineffective and May Cause Serious Side Effects Including Death

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A new study published in the August issue of The Journal of Family Practice concluded there is no evidence to support colon cleansing (colonic irrigation) and they can cause serious side effects ranging from cramping to renal failure and death. The researchers reviewed 20 studies published in the medical literature over the last decade that reported little evidence of benefits but an abundance of side effects including cramping, bloating, electrolyte imbalance, nausea. vomiting, renal failure and liver toxicity associated with some herbs used. The authors note the increase interest in colon cleansing offered at spas or clinics by practitioners without medical training.

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