August 06, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Dr Ranit Mishori, a family practitioner (a GP) in the USA, published a paper highlighting the dangers of Colon cleansing on 1st August which has been widely covered in the UK press.

Read my comments below and then read what ARCH have to say: 

As soon as I read the article, my immediate thought was that this colonics-bashing research was somehow connected to a drug for bowel cancer.  After doing a little research of my own, I think I am close.  The anti-colonics study was carried out at Georgetown University by Dr Ranit Mishori.  Interestingly, The Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer, which is part of Georgetown University, carried out another study prior to this using a combination of the well-known chemotherapy drug temozolomide with poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase as a treatment for advanced colon cancer.  This was funded by the Ruesch Centre for the Cure of Gastro-Intestinal Cancers - I would like to know where the centre got its money from.  Even small clinical trials cost millions of pounds which the pharmaceutical giants can easily afford and small colonic hydrotherapy clinics cannot.  The pharmaceutical industry obviously has a vested interest in touting their own drugs and are not remotely interested in looking at natural remedies like food and colonics which we know work, (see our testimonials), as these cannot be patented, which means there's no money in it for them.

Having regular bowel movements (and colonics can definitely aid this process, see below) is at least one preventative measure to help protect yourself against bowel cancer but that's not going to help the cancer industry - think about it.

ARCH (of which both therapists here are proud to be members) have been less sceptical in their defence - read below:

ARCH (The Association of Registered Colon Hydrotherapists) would like to make clear that the paper, based on a meta-analysis, is more pertinent to the US market. The possible problems reported do not occur amongst its members in UK for the following reasons:

Unlike the protected titles such as Chiropractors and Osteopaths enjoy, not all Colon Hydrotherapists meet the same pre-requisites or have the same level of training and experience. Therefore there is a need for the general public considering treatment to check the background and credentials of the therapist .

ARCH pre-requisites for training insist that potential students are medical doctors, nurses or complementary therapists with a substantial training and experience in a naturopathic discipline.

Training is thorough and includes in-depth knowledge of contra-indications to Colonic Hydrotherapy treatment (the article cites cases which we would never treat).

The problems reported are totally foreign to ARCH, and many of the side-effects mentioned in the article refer to oral laxative/cleansing preparations, and not to Colonic Hydrotherapy.

ARCH would welcome original research to substantiate what we know through years of clinical evidence – Colonic Hydrotherapy works well for functional bowel problems and related conditions.

ARCH is so sure of its standards that, uniquely, all of its UK members are independently regulated by the CNHC.

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