Cleanse, Day 3

December 28, 2004

Well, the day has just begun and I’m not running because its raining. I haven’t called the colonic lady back yet and now I’m wondering if I should call my mom and say, “Don’t do it!” I just read my friend Laura’s thoughts about cleansing with links to dire warnings about colonics at Starling Fitness.

I’m sure there is a truth to be found in the mix of different reports from established and alternative medical ideas. I’ve found several alternative therapies that do work, although I often doubt the reason they work is the reported one.

Bowel movements- it’s not a pretty topic, but it’s at the crux of the cleanse issue. I have to side with the alternative practitioners on this one. The medical community says there is a range of normal and that it’s ok to have a bowel movement every couple days. Eww! The alternative practioners say that a very healthy person should have a bowel movement after each meal. I agree that that is a sign of health. MD’s seem like they are constantly trying to calm an anxious and hypochondriacal public, “Don’t worry, that doesn’t signal a disease!” Alternative medical people are like the Cassandras of our day. “Mucoid plauque will be your downfall. Cleanse yourself!”

Since reading Laura’s post and email to me, I’ve been thinking about why I like to do cleanses. I know that a balanced diet is healthy and that weird concoctions are not required. But I like weird concoctions! If I had lived in olden times I would probably have been a witch, stirring up bits of this and that and seeing what they do. It’s funny, because I love science and the scientific method, maybe weird concoctions seem like a more earthy and less controlled science experiment. I understand the alternative practitioners fascination with little bits of this and little bits of that. I don’t know what it means about our personalities! The truth is, part of the reason I want to do a colonic is, I want to see what comes out of the tube!

I used to take very long baths as a child and I would gather up different items from the kitchen and bathroom cupboard and pour them into the bathtub with the water to see what it would do to me. I was right in the middle of my own experiment and I thought it was great fun, like a little scientific witch.


4 Responses to “Cleanse, Day 3”

  1. Laura Moncur Says:

    I must admit to curiosity about colonics. I laughed out loud when you admitted exactly what I was thinking.

    Rain, schmain. Go out and run in the rain. You need the training for the next time you run your race. It might be raining on race day. I’m stuck in the office right now. I wish I could escape and go for a run. Run for me…

  2. Laura Moncur Says:

    Oh wait! I just saw the news. Don’t go out in the rain if it’s flooding. I guess it’s not rain, schmain after all. Oopsy!

  3. Da Goddess Says:

    As a nurse, I have to tell you, there is no merit in having a bowel movement after every meal. It makes no sense. That food is fuel. That fuel is used to keep your body running. If you expel it all after you eat, you have nothing. Nothing.

    One bowel movement every day or two is normal. Our bodies are designed to make use of what we eat for as long as possible.

    Colonics have a tendency to dehydrate and deplete nutrient uptake. If only I could tell you about some of my patients and what they’ve been through…you’d not only think twice about a cleansing ritual, you’d never want to go down the laxative/enema aisle in a store again.

  4. Braidwood Says:

    Da Goddess, You came to visit! Hi! I only have my own experience as far as bowel movements are concerned. When I was at my healthiest- eating sensible healthy meals and exercising everyday, I had a bowel movement after each meal. My healthy roomemates were similar. I’m assuming, of course, that it wasn’t the food in that previous meal.

    Thanks for your advice. I have never used a laxative, and my overall goal is to be healthy. I will think about what you’ve posted, but the colonic has does have an allure.

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