Death And Health Begins In The Colon
This realization is the foundation for wholistic medicine which is increasingly
being practiced here in the west and has been practiced in the in the orient for
thousands of years...
There is an epidemic in our society, and it has to do with the gastrointestinal diseases
that we develop within us as a result of the food that we eat. The human suffering
and the social, medical, and economic costs of gastrointestinal diseases and disorders
that have become so common in the US and Canada are othing short of enormous, representing
a huge share of our annual health care expenditure, as well as being responsible
for a large loss of productivity.
Up to 100 million North Americans suffer from intermittent forms of digestive diseases,
and the estimated lost work, lost wages, and medical costs comes to over 50 billion
dollars per year. It is also estimated that some 200,000 workers miss work every
day due to digestive problems.
When the eliminative system of the human body is not in top-notch working order,
particularly if it has become sluggish or clogged, it cannot properly process and
eliminate food wastes and toxins. Medical science now acknowledges that up to 85%
or more of all adult Americans suffer from some form of intestinal stasis [i.e.,
constipation, sluggish bowels, etc.–Ed.]. This virtually guarantees toxic build-up
in the colon which, over time, inevitably results in one or more forms of serious
illness or chronic degenerative disease. Intestinal stasis sooner or later causes
the wastes and toxic by-products from the foods we eat to build up to such an extent
that they start to become putrefactive it In turn, this putrefactive build-up in
the colon becomes a veritable breeding ground, encouraging the rapid growth of huge
colonies of toxin-producing, disease-causing bacteria (e-coli) along with a host
of known toxic chemicals and waste products...
When the digestive and eliminative systems are not properly working to rid the body
of this accumulating putrefactive build-up in the colon, the resulting toxins are
then absorbed from the colon into the bloodstream, and are carried back into every
part of the body. This process of self-poisoning is known as “auto-intoxication”.
In a nutshell, because of intestinal stasis, the body ends up chronically poisoning
itself with its own wastes and toxins instead of carrying out its designed purpose
of eliminating them.
This process of continued self-poisoning inevitably results in candidiasis and a
dramatically weakened immune system, which can lead directly to such common ill-health
conditions as chronic fatigue and body weakness, nervousness, depression and mood
swings, skin disruptions such as acne and eczema, ulcers and other gastro-intestinal
disorders, headaches, arthritic joints, swelling of hands and feet, chronic allergies,
bronchial problems, cardio-vascular irregularities (arythmias, high blood pressure,
etc.), pathological changes in the breasts, premature senility, epilepsy, and many
other serious and debilitating problems.
Health statistics also show that more North Americans are hospitalized due to diseases
of the intestinal tract than for any other group of disorders. The medical costs
of these diseases is estimated to be $20 billion or more per year.
The annual cost of prescription and over-the-counter drug products used for digestive
tract diseases is approximately $2 - 2.5 billion dollars per year, and has grown
at a steady rate of 10% over the last decade.
The following is an estimate of costs, and adequately demonstrates the fact that
these diseases present a significant public health problem, which contribute substantially
to our overall health care costs:
$900 million per year.
$1 billion per year.
$250 million per year.
$100 million per year.
Cancer of the colon and cancer of the rectum are the second most common forms of
cancer in North America, exceeded only by lung cancer. This year alone (2003), there
will be approximately 150,000 new cases diagnosed, and approximately 60,000 related
deaths. Perhaps as many as one out of every 10 North Americans will die of these
The following are some of the other very common diseases and disorders that are directly
related to the Colon: Constipation, Appendicitis, Diverticular Disease, Hemorrhoids,
Benign Tumors, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, and Crohn’s Disease.
Here are a few facts about these diseases:
It is estimated that more than 300,000 appendices are removed each year.
Diverticulitis/Diverticulosis is reported to be present in more than one-third of
those in our population over the age of 40 - and in up to two-thirds of those who
are over the age of 80.
Hemorrhoids are believed to be present to some degree in nearly half of all people
over the age of 50.
Benign Tumors are reported to be present in one-third of all autopsies performed
on patients over the age of 20.
Evidence suggests that all of these disorders were very rare in the Western world
less than 100 years ago, and that each of these has greatly increased during the
last 50 years. What’s more, for years now researchers such as Cleave, Trowell, Burkitt,
and others, have known that all these diseases are almost unheard of in communities
which still adhere to their traditional way of life.
In developing countries in Asia and Africa for example, documented evidence has proven
the rarity of diseases such as diverticulitis, appendicitis, bowel cancer, adenomatous
polyps, ulcerative colitis, varicose veins, hemorrhoids and hiatus hernias. In Africa,
this has been the case with appendicitis, ishemic heart disease, diabetes, obesity,
gallstones, varicose veins, venous thrombosis, and hemorrhoids.
As these countries develop and begin to adopt Western ways and customs, a rise in
the frequency of these disorders follows almost as surely as night follows day.
They first appear and then become common in the upper socioeconomic groups, which
are the first group of people to become westernized. In Africa, this has been the
case with appendicitis, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, gallstones, varicose veins,
and hemorrhoids. The same kind of thing happened in Japan after World War Two, especially
in the urban communities.
In the past it was thought that the large intestine was not really too involved in
absorption (the principal absorptive functions being to conserve water and electrolytes
secreted into the gut during digestion). However, recent research has demonstrated
that, among other things, the colon does in fact participate in protein absorption.
As it turns out, the result of the investigations by many over the years has led
to a much more specific conclusion than merely some sort of ambiguous, or mysterious
“environmental factor” which is somehow involved in the cause of these diseases and
disorders. Rather, many have become far more specific about the cause, supporting
what has come to be known as the “F(iber)-Hypothesis”.
This is extremely significant in as much as the colon is the major side of exposure
to the bulk of endogenous bacterial proteins, enterotoxins, and breakdown antigens,
which may be involved in the pathogenesis of a number of diseases, including ulcerative
colitis and Crohn’s disease, food allergies and allergic gastoenteropathy, bacterial
enteritis (from toxins produced by Escherichia coli, Shigella, Vibro cholerae, etc.),
and certain extra-intestinal immune-complex diseases.
Even more important than protein absorption is the operation of the Autonomic Nervous
System (ANS) in the colon. These are nerve endings that are attached to the colon
wall and they provide nerve impulses to stimulate the operation of the various organs
and glands within your body. The type of stimulation that the ANS is able to provide
to your organs and glands is a direct reflection of the health of your colon