Colonic Treatments Are Not as Effective as Many are Lead to Believe

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Doctors at La Peer Health Systems in Los Angeles do not recommend colonic treatments, despite a recent increase in popularity.

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Stool is not toxic on your body. On the contrary, the bacteria that constitute the vast majority of stool contents serve important health functions, such as regulating digestion of nutrients, electrolyte balance, and regulation of Vitamin K synthesis,

In recent years, a consumer health trend has included colonic treatments as a means to detoxify the body. However, contrary to marketing messages promoting colonics as a safe way to eliminate toxins from the large intestine, there has been little scientific evidence supporting these claims. According to the American Cancer Society, colon therapy can actually be dangerous and cause infection or, in rare cases, death.

The gastroenterologists at La Peer Health Systems agree with the American Cancer Society, recommending that due to the lack of convincing evidence that colonic treatments provide therapeutic results, patients should not undergo colon cleansing treatments. “Stool is not toxic on your body. On the contrary, the bacteria that constitute the vast majority of stool contents serve important health functions, such as regulating digestion of nutrients, electrolyte balance, and regulation of Vitamin K synthesis,” said Dr. Leo Treyzon, a gastroenterologist at La Peer.

The main reason people get colonics is because they feel their stool does not move properly. Stool is constantly being exchanged in the body. Contrary to common belief, the stool does not get stuck on the walls of the intestine. The colon walls are constantly in a change of cell turnover as well. The bacterial environment is carefully coordinated. Colonics, therefore, can potentially disrupt that balance, and many people will develop bloating disorders as a consequence of mechanical and non-mechanical cleanses.

If you have been considering a colonic treatment, keep in mind that there are many natural ways to improve the health of your colon. By eating a balanced diet, managing stress effectively, getting a good night of sleep, performing various exercises and being mindful of your bowel symptoms, you can proactively and naturally improve your health. Los Angles Gastroenterologist Dr. Treyzon frequently recommends these steps to patients, calling them “a recipe for digestive health.” He, along with the rest of the gastrointestinal doctors at La Peer, highly recommend seeing a medical practitioner for management of the symptoms that brought you in for a colonic treatment. Gastroenterologists can provide more effective medical therapies that are supported by scientific evidence.

La Peer Health Systems, located in Beverly Hills in Los Angeles county, focuses on excellence in patient care and offers the most advanced and contemporary treatments and equipment that the medical world has access to. With 42 doctors across 13 departments, from anesthesiology to urology, La Peer offers comprehensive and widespread medical treatments for all patients. More information about La Peer Health Systems can be found at w ww.lapeerhealth.com

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