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Colon Cleansing Has No Health Benefit, May Harm: Report
Date:8/1/2011

ciation for Colon Hydrotherapy (I-ACT), which oversees the NBCHT, took issue with the findings.

"Colon hydrotherapy when performed by a trained therapist using FDA registered equipment and disposable speculums or rectal nozzles is safe," he said. According to Hoenninger, the study also "mixes up laxatives, both pharmaceutical and herbal; and colon hydrotherapy. Most of the studies referenced are for the use of laxatives, not colon hydrotherapy."

He also noted that, "I-ACT therapists are trained in the proper use of the [colon cleansing] equipment and are told to not make any statements or advertisements that cannot be verified in peer reviewed literature."

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The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has more about colon cleansing.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCES: Dick Hoenninger, spokesman, International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy, San Antonio, Texas; Georgetown University Medical Center, news release, Aug. 1, 2011


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