Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Do Colon Cleanses Have Health Benefits?

Friday, 16 Jul 2010 01:12 PM

Question: Infomercials tout the effectiveness of colonic irrigation, cleansing pads attached to the feet, and herbs to cleanse the colon. Do any of these procedures have health benefits?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

There is no benefit obtained from colonic irrigation except in unusual cases of poisoning when it may be used in an emergency department under the direction of experts in poison control. The use of colonic irrigation to "cleanse" your body is useless to most and harmful to some. Herbs advertised to "cleanse" the body have no role in routine health maintenance. Overuse of colonic irrigation and strong laxatives can lead to significant bowel problems and electrolyte imbalances. Unchecked, they can pose serious risks. Save your money.

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