Colon Cleansing Dangers

shutterstock_72258100-300x200Colon cleansing, also known as colon hydrotherapy or colon irrigation, is a procedure that flushes the intestinal system with “cleansing” herbs and preparations and/or huge quantities of water. While practitioners and proponents claim it cleans the colon of toxins and hardened waste which can lead to health problems, the practice is not backed up by science or the Food and Drug Administration. In some cases, colon cleansing of this nature has led to health complications and even death for unsuspecting individuals.

If you have been hospitalized or otherwise believe you have suffered harm due to a dangerous colon cleansing procedure, you may have legal options in pursuing rightful damages. At Steinger, Greene & Feiner, we have decades of combined legal experience which can be used to help you in a claim or lawsuit based on negligence. Our legal team of competent attorneys, case managers, investigators, and support staff stands ready to help you fight for the financial and other damages you need and deserve. You may be facing unpredicted medical expenses, lost earnings, emotional trauma, and pain and suffering, all of which can be addressed through skilled and dedicated legal recourse.

What Is Wrong with Hydrotherapy?

Colon hydrotherapy consists of inserting a tube into the rectum which pumps as much as 60 liters of liquid into the colon. According to several sources, the procedure can result in serious health problems. The Journal of Family Practice published a report in August 2011 documenting various cases where the procedure led to complications including cramping, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and severe abdominal pain. The “cleansing” products which are often used in these procedures include teas, powders, laxatives, and capsules which can contain a variety of substances. These substances are touted to relieve such problems as headaches, migraines, fatigue, skin problems, and the inability to lose weight through “detoxification.”

The article noted that the devices used in colon hydrotherapy cleansing have not been approved by the FDA, that when insufficiently sterilized they can lead to bacterial infections, and that the FDA has warned manufacturers of unauthorized use of these devices in the past. The Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News, a publication designed for gastroenterologists, issued warnings about the procedure in its December 2011 issue, “Dangers of Colonic Hydrotherapy,” based on the information from the research done in the Journal of Family Practice.

Health Complications

According to the Mayo Clinic, harmful complications that can be caused by colon cleansing include:

  • Dehydration
  • Perforation of the colon
  • Infection
  • Changes in electrolyte balance which can be dangerous to those with kidney problems or other health problems

The procedure can also be especially dangerous for those with gastrointestinal disorders such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or chronic constipation who often seek it as a cure or aid. As reported in all of these sources, little scientific evidence exists in support of this procedure, especially in unlicensed clinics.

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