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And now it's time for a few giggle-free words on the controversial colonic, one of medicine's most divisive detox procedures.
Whether you call it a colon cleanse, an enema, a colonic, or colon hydrotherapy, flushing excess waste and toxins from the large intestines as a way to maintain health is hardly a new concept. Hippocrates prescribed it. Lewis and Clarke underwent the procedure as a means to "cure" fevers. "Nutrition, exercise, and enemas!" were the three main tenets of Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, the father of modern holistic medicine (and, oddly, cornflakes).
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Today, upscale spas and retreats offer and even encourage the procedure as a way to enhance the effects of detoxing. That makes sense, right? Excess waste has to be bad, so why not make your intestines squeaky clean? But the colonic is not only redundant (your body, it's been proven, is adept at ridding waste on its own, thank you very much), the