By Jim Lynn
Ever wonder why so many people about us seem plagued with chronic health problems? Why is that?
Last week I ordered a load of mulch to dress up our patio garden. The driver happened to mention that his wife suffers from Fibromyalgia and is always constipated. He said she has gone as long as two weeks without a single bowel movement. Whew, I can't even imagine such a thing.
Now I am not a doctor, but anyone with normal intelligence certainly must know there is a connection between disease and constipation. A person with chronic constipation is like a suicide bomber bent on killing himself, only the bomb is within. Chronic constipation starts the clock ticking that turns a healthy intestinal tract into a lethal killer.
Our intestinal tract is the doorway to the rest of our body. Through its portals pass all the vital nutrients needed to sustain a healthy body. But what if what passes through those portals is no longer the good stuff we depend on, but has rather become a poisonous, putrefied mixture of undigested food particles, parasites and toxins? What happens next? Disease!
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of all deaths in the U.S. result from CHRONIC forms of disease. If you consider the average person over 40 has anywhere between 5 and 25 pounds of build-up in their colon, and that parasites thrive in this residue of fecal matter, slowly but surely toxifying the whole body, things begin to make sense. (1) Many of these chronic disease deaths can be completely avoided, if only attention were given to cleanse and restore the intestinal tract.
According to Dr. Helen Greenblatt, Ph. d., State University of New York Immunology and Microbiology, about 25% of the intestine is involved in immunity. Additionally, from 70%-80% of all antibody-producing cells are located in our digestive system.
But immunity is lost when the intestinal tract looks more like a clogged sewer pipe than the nutritional dispenser it was intended to be. Without a moving bowel, food in the intestine putrefies and turns toxic. Friendly bacteria in the intestine become outnumbered by unfriendly's and die out. Parasites begin to flourish. Eventually holes develop in the intestinal lining allowing human sewage to seep into the blood stream and, therefore, the rest of the body.
A healthy bowel will want to eliminate after every meal. You should feel the urge of a bowel movement within 20 to 30 minutes after every meal. Food elimination should only take 18-24 hours yet the average person takes 3-4 days. Irregularity is a sure sign the intestinal tract is impacted with fecal matter. Prolonged irregularity is what sets the fuse on this time bomb.
If you have never taken active steps to cleanse the intestinal tract of impacted matter, you should consider doing so for your health sake. As a routine health measure, informed people do an internal cleanse two or three times a year. The problem for most people is that they have yet to do even one cleanse.
Even if you are regular, our western diet of high fat/low fiber (hamburgers, french fries, processed foods, etc.) has a tendency to stick to the inner walls of the intestinal tract. What most people do not know is that the body responds by forming a mucous layer over materials that impact (or stick) to the intestines.
Over a period of years a buildup can occur to the extent that there is a decrease in available binding sites for friendly bacteria, a decrease in nutrient assimilation and an increase in risk for colitis, diverticulosis colon cancer, and many other forms of chronic illness. With fecal matter on the loose in the body, any number of diseases may occur and quickly become chronic.
Additionally, there are medical assaults on the friendly intestinal bacteria that can destroy them. These assaults include antibiotic treatment, birth control pills, and radiation therapy. Add in constipation and a diet that is low in calcium, fiber, lactose and other complex carbohydrates, but high in meats, coffee, tea and alcohol, and you have the perfect formula for a home-made time bomb...unless it is diffused.
Because a poor diet has a major influence on the profile of the intestinal flora, it often results in an overgrowth of coliforms and other unfriendly bacteria, the most aggressive and common strain being Candidiasis Albicans (candida).
Sluggishness, lack of energy, headaches, pot belly, sinus pressure, excessive gas, and being overweight are all symptomatic of an intestine in need of a cleanse. The body's organs, lymph nodes and blood are all dependent on the colon to do its job. When the colon fails to move, it places stress on the entire body. Stress the body long enough and you have the makings for disease.
To return to a healthy host environment for friendly bacteria that attach to the intestinal walls, it is necessary to remove any impacted fecal matter, excess mucous and other sticky materials that may line the intestinal walls. The time tested way of doing this is to "cleanse" the intestinal tract using natural substances that will not harm the body or cause unfavorable side effects.
Read instructions and follow the program of your choice. Get ready to see some ugly looking crud in your stools. Just be glad you can flush it away and no longer have it in your body where its been for many days. If it seems you are eliminating more, that is good...You are! Cleansing will not leave you with loss of control common to colon medications, just answer natural urges.
If you are reading this and have never undergone an internal cleanse, what are you waiting for? Sure, it will cost you money. But what good will it do you if you do not open your wallet and do something for your health. All the money in the world will not help you lying in a casket?
1. Dr. Bernard Jensen, Ph. d., Best selling author and nutritionist.