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The title of the article actually was ‘SIX REASONS TO TRY A WEATGRASS COLONIC’. I will only repeat parts of the introduction, but please do take the time to read the full text, particularly if you feel sad or depressed – it is hilarious!

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If you’ve ever had a colonoscopy, then you may be familiar with colonics. Colon cleansing is normally used to prepare for medical procedures. However, some alternative medicine practitioners might offer colon cleansing for other reasons, such as detoxification. During a colon cleanse, large amounts of water are flushed through the colon, along with other ingredients, such as herbs, teas, juice or coffee. This takes place with a tube that’s inserted into the rectum. In some cases, and depending on the colonic, smaller amounts of water along with other substances are left in the colon for about 30 minutes before being removed.

Wheatgrass is a humble weed that has a wide variety of health benefits for the body due to high concentrations of chlorophyll, active enzymes, vitamins and other nutrients. According to Israeli research on wheatgrass, lab studies suggest that it may have anticancer potential. In animal experiments, wheatgrass demonstrated possible benefits in cancer prevention and as an aid to cancer treatment — particularly chemotherapy. In clinical trials wheatgrass was found to improve chemotherapy and decrease chemotherapy-related side effects.

Wheatgrass has also been found to support the immune system and help repair damaged cells. It’s also shown promise for conditions such as:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Hematological diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Oxidative stress (the body’s ability to repair damage)

Wheatgrass colonics cleanse and nourish the colon, according to digestive wellness center Vitallife. And effects are felt almost immediately. This is attributed to wheatgrass’s dense nutrient profile, which contains over 90 minerals, and the high absorption rate of the colon. Both factors allow for easy and fast entry into the bloodstream.

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The article motivated me to come up with my SIX REASONS TO AVOID A WHEATGRASS COLONIC. Here they are:

  1. The treatment is not effective.
  2. It is uncomfortable.
  3. It is not safe.
  4. It costs money.
  5. It has no plausibility.
  6. There are better therapeutic options for whatever condition you want to treat.

I know, some of my reasons are not entirely scientific or fully evidence-based. But, if you read the article which inspired me to write this post, you will discover, I am sure, that my version is a whole dimension better than the original.

8 Responses to Six reasons to AVOID a wheatgrass colonic

  • A convincingly modest list of possible cures though. And perhaps less stressful than the Weetabix enema.

  • The name itself is enough to make me avoid it.

  • I’ve long thought that colonic irrigation was quite an imaginative way of taking the pee.

  • Gives new meaning to the Smerican ‘ripping thepiss’.

  • lab studies suggest that it may have anticancer potential.

    I find this one quite hilarious. To ‘have anticancer potential’ is uncertain enough, but what does ‘may have anticancer potential’ really mean?

  • Advertising colonic cleanses to rid the body of toxins is a dead give-away for quackery at it’s worse, and one would expect opportunistic frauds like Gwyn Paltrow to jump on the band wagon and exploit this ridiculous “health” claim by selling it with her “Goop”, which she does unfortunately on world viewed TV programs(just on Jimmy Kimmel Show) as a celebrity and elsewhere. Another fallacious red flag claim mentioned was that their magic enema “supports the immune system and helps repair damaged cells.” (almost always code words for gimmicks, fraud, quackery, snake oil and alternative practices such as phrases or terms “cleanses toxins, natural, holistic, antioxidants,etc.”). (anything that sounds kind of “sciencey”but not make by humans). Of course they do not explain that natural and synthetic chemicals are all chemicals.

  • Interesting Stephen Barrett post today about Jeffrey Beall/ predatory journals.
    One comment there was that CAM is increasing in popularity, whereas ( here and elsewhere) there’s often encouraging news re the decline of homeopathy funding in the NHS, and the closure of homeopathy courses in Spanish universities and elsewhere.
    Anybody have views on whether or if the balance is shifting?
    It sometimes seems there’s contradictory evidence.

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