Three Great Books to Learn About Gut Health

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There has been an influx of research documenting the importance of having a balanced and healthy gut microbiome – the collection of bacteria that live within your intestinal system. This new research shows that it important to have more healthy than unhealthy bacteria.  Also, we need a wide variety of good bacteria.

Not only does a balanced gut microbiome promote digestive health, but it also impacts brain, mental, and physical health. Understanding your gut and how it works is more important than ever.

We’ve assembled a sampling of outstanding books about gut health to help educate you:

 

Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain – For Life by David Perlmutter, MD with Kristin Loberg

Dr. Perlmutter, a neurologist, considered one of the pre-eminent experts on the connection between the brain, nutrition and gut health. In Brain Maker he details the amazing link between the bacteria in your gut and the health of your brain. Then he offers dietary recommendations and a six-step process of daily changes that can both improve your gut’s bacterial microbiome and your brain health.

You can read more about Brain Maker on Dr. Perlmutter’s website or purchase it on Amazon.

 

The Microbiome Diet: The Scientifically Proven Way to Restore Your Gut Health and Achieve Permanent Weight Loss by Raphael Kellman, MD

Dr. Kellman, an integrative medicine specialist, has spent two decades developing expertise in the interconnection of disease and the gut microbiome. Utilizing the newest scientific research, his book lays out a diet which not only heals gut health issues but resets your metabolism and supports overall health. The diet focuses on resetting your gut microbiome, maintaining a preponderance of good bacteria and eating foods that nourish those bacteria.

You can read more about this book on Dr. Kellman’s website or purchase it on Amazon.

 

Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ – Giulia Enders

Ms. Enders book is an in-depth exploration of our gut, its function and its role in our overall health. With a sense of humor and easy-to-understand language, she details how our digestive system works, how it impacts the rest of our bodily functions and why we should maintain good gut health. She also answers basic questions like “What is acid reflux?”

If you read German you can check out Giulia Ender’s website. If English is your language of choice you can read about the book on Amazon.

 

If you would like a more extensive list of books about gut health please go to my Resources Page (available on June 1st) at Cleanmycolon.com.

My practice, Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy in Manchester, Connecticut, is committed to providing a nurturing, holistic approach to this procedure. I use a comfortable and hygienic, multi-filtered FDA registered system. To learn more about colonic irrigation, or to schedule an appointment please text or call (860) 287-4558.

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Defining the Colon and It’s Function

The colon, or the large intestine, is a tubular organ approximately 5 – 6 feet long and 2 – 3 inches in diameter. It connects to the small intestine and then forms something of an upside down horseshoe inside the abdomen: the ascending colon runs up the right side of the abdomen, the transverse colon runs across the top of the abdomen, the descending colon runs down the left of abdomen and then the sigmoid colon attaches to the rectum.

Although most absorption of beneficial elements of the food we eat occurs in the small intestine, the large intestine absorbs some minerals, nutrients and excess water from the digested residue of what we have eaten. The process of digestion starts in the mouth. Saliva reacts to food as it moves down to the stomach where it is broken down into chyme and liquified. The chyme is moved through the small intestine and into the colon by a process called peristalsis or mass muscular movements. These are initiated by the nerve supply to the colon. Toxins and waste materials are then discharged through the rectum and anus. The process of digestion and elimination normally takes between 12 and 24 hours.

Millions of bacteria are contained in the lining of the colon. Some of them are helpful and some of them are destructive. The job of the healthy bacteria is to help break down and harvest nutrients from food, to metabolize food, and to create vitamins, enzymes and necessary acids. They also play a role in fighting off infection and dangerous pathogens that find their way into our digestive system. An overabundance of unhealthy bacteria can lead to our feeling fatigued, having digestive problems and a low resistance to illness.

A large percentage of our immune system resides in the large intestine. The gut connects with more immune system cells than any other part of the body. It also has a specialized set of immune cells whose job is to release lymphocyte cells that attack disease and illness.

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New research has found that gut bacteria produce neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric-Acid), all of which play a key role in mood. Our gut produces 95% of serotonin, a vital mood regulating neurochemical. Our gut can “talk” to the brain directly with the serotonin, creating a significant and vital pathway to the brain, impacting our emotional well-being and mental health.

To ensure a healthy colon we need sufficient water, good nerve tone, the proper biochemical nutrients and intestinal flora. We can then experience a feeling of well-being because we are assimilating and eliminating properly.

 

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Colon Hydrotherapy: The Alternative Choice For Colonoscopy Preparation

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Like most people, we at Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy know that every adult over 50 should get a colonoscopy, also known as a colon cancer screening test. Gastroenterologists suggest that we are more prone to colon issues as we age and recommend this as an effective diagnostic procedure. Besides early detection of diseases, a colonoscopy can be used preventatively, with the ability of the performing doctor to remove polyps right on the spot.

Traditionally, those getting this type of screening would have to fast for 24 hours, and drink a gallon of liquid laxatives the night before going into the clinic. However, some folks are not able to stomach the laxatives or complain of a sleepless night due to frequent visits to the bathroom. In addition, employees going in for a screening often have to lose a day of work to prepare.

Fortunately, there is now a complementary method to prepare for a colonoscopy, and that method is colon hydrotherapy. Please see the attached video with groundbreaking news about its use from Danbury Hospital where this colonoscopy prep has been recommended and performed for a few years now.

This procedure involves gentle infusions of warm water into the rectum and large intestine that’s meant to irrigate and clean these areas. The procedure is performed in a soothing environment by a trained practitioner. Colon hydrotherapy has been shown to be just as effective as the traditional methods of preparation, and has the added benefit of being minimally invasive. It can also be used in addition to the prescribed prep as a way to be more thorough and avoid the all-night bathroom visits.

A practitioner of holistic colonic irrigation since 1980, there is no one in Connecticut that’s better at performing this procedure than Constance Jones. Using a special, FDA-registered device, she takes a gentle, nurturing approach to the work, consistently working with great care and compassion. To learn more about colon hydrotherapy or to schedule an appointment now text or call (860) 287-4558.

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Water as a Healing Element in Colon Hydrotherapy

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Colon Hydrotherapy – often called colonic irrigation or colon cleansing – is a procedure in which the rectum and large intestine are cleansed using safe, gentle infusions of warm water. It is a procedure that has a long history, as Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy in Manchester is well-aware of.

The notion of there being value to the internal water cleansing of the colon has been widely accepted since ancient times, with references initially found in Egyptian texts. Water as a healing element in both eastern and western medical traditions has continued to be practiced in various ways throughout the centuries. Medical science recognizes that much of our body’s tremendous healing ability depends on water. Water’s healing potential is still available today as part of an alternative approach to well being through Colon Hydrotherapy.

Nonetheless, despite the fact that numerous studies have shown no adverse effects of this procedure, and that earlier studies dismissing its effectiveness are based on flawed designs or lack statistical significance, it is still largely ignored or misunderstood by most of the traditional medical establishment. Perhaps because we consider this a taboo subject in our culture, or simply that we have not had the funds to conduct research studies in the US.

Increasingly, though, the tide is turning when it comes to Colon Hydrotherapy. A recent study conducted in Japan’s Yoko Clinic showed not only that this procedure has no adverse side-effects, but also that doctors there are exploring how to incorporate colonics into their protocols for a variety of ailments.

Although we Colon Hydrotherapists cannot make such claims, the naturopaths with whom we affiliate do. One Connecticut naturopath said this: “Many people can benefit from a gentle colon cleansing. The increase in the chemical and metal toxins introduced into our environment in the last fifty years has contributed to a dramatic increase in the incidence of auto-immune diseases. In an attempt to detoxify, our bowels, kidneys and liver are being overloaded. In addition, the over-processed Standard American Diet (SAD) is severely lacking in fiber and high in saturated fats. As a result, our eliminative channels have become blocked or dysfunctional. These factors combined weaken the immune system and increase our vulnerability to virus, bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections.”

Constance Jones’ practice, Colon Hydrotherapy in Manchester, Connecticut, is committed to providing a nurturing, holistic approach to this procedure. She uses a comfortable and hygienic, multi-filtered FDA registered system. To learn more about colonic irrigation, or to schedule an appointment please text or call (860) 287-4558.


What Happens During a Colon Hydrotherapy Session?

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When you arrive at my office you will see that it’s very welcoming, calm and comforting. Initially, we will review your intake forms and I will explain the process to you. You will then be given a gown and asked to disrobe from the waist down in preparation for your colon hydrotherapy session. I will suggest a trip to the restroom to empty your bladder.

For the procedure, you recline, covered by a sheet, on a padded massage table. Your privacy, throughout the session, is a priority. At the foot of the table is a wall unit containing the hydrotherapy equipment. A disposable speculum 3/4-inch in diameter (narrower than a healthy bowel movement!) is partially inserted with a lubricated round-tipped applicator approximately 2-3 inches into the rectum. Two tubes extend from the outer portion of the speculum into the wall unit: the inflow carries water to slowly infuse your colon and the outflow gently expels that water along with the waste it loosens. The temperature of the water fluctuates between 100 – 90 degrees simulating the natural peristalsis. I am always present and closely monitoring the temperature and pressure-sensitive flow of water while paying particular attention to your comfort.

As soon as you are ready I will activate the hydrotherapy equipment and begin to send warm water through the inflow tube into your colon. I am in control of the inflow and outflow of water at all times, allowing me to slow and even stop the procedure if necessary. Once you feel full, I will release the water and waste material, which travel through the outflow tube and into the drainage system. We can observe what is released through a viewing tube. While you are emptying, I may gently jiggle your abdomen to encourage easier, more complete elimination. This cycle of filling and emptying is repeated several times over 40 – 50 minutes.

The session lasts about an hour, leaving time for a trip to the toilet afterward, where gravity will help eliminate any excess water and waste. To ensure safety, the disposable speculum and tubing are thrown away and the instrument is sterilized. People often report feeling emptier and lighter after a session. I will provide you with information about aftercare before you leave. If you’re lucky, my dog Bo, a golden retriever who occasionally visits the office, will be there to provide a peaceful influence.

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Misconceptions About Colonics

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As a colon hydrotherapist I often encounter the popular misconception that a colon hydrotherapy session will wash away the healthy bacteria in the colon. Or even worse, that it will eliminate electrolytes, vitamins, and nutrients from your body. My experience of observing the results of over 65,000 sessions tells me otherwise.

First, with most of us having grown up on the Standard American Diet (SAD) which is high in fat, sugar and processed foods while being low in fiber and plant based foods, you may not even have an abundance of healthy bacteria in your colon. It’s much more likely that you are depleted of pro- and pre-biotics before you have even had a colonic. You may be deficient as well in Vitamin D and Omega-3, which also encourage a healthy colon. 

What a series of colonics will do is assist you in re-establishing the healthy environmental integrity of the gut, simply by cleaning out fecal material, excess mucus, and gas. It is a very gentle washing, under 1/8 lb. PSI, of multi-filtered water in and out of the large intestine. The good and bad bacteria may be temporarily affected; but by cleaning your colon, I believe the healthy ones have a better chance to proliferate. Scientific research shows that colonics have no negative impact on electrolyte or nutrient levels.

Good Bacteria and Bad Bacteria

Often the choices you make in what you eat after a colonic are actually what will determine the ongoing health of your colon. Taking both probiotics as a supplement or in foods where they naturally occur (such as yogurt, green peas, dark chocolate, and kefir) along with prebiotics (found in fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchee, and kombucha) is encouraged  along with adding sources of Omega-3s and Vitamin D. 

Most of the nutrients get absorbed into the body through the small intestine, while the large intestine is where the water is getting absorbed out of the remaining chyme (a mass of partially digested food created in the stomach). The numerous bacteria will respond to what is passing through. Furthermore, the colon is where a large part of your auto-immune system is located. Recent research also indicates that endorphins and dopamine get released in the large intestine – all the more reason to keep it clean.

If you would like to schedule a session of Colon Hydrotherapy please contact me. I am currently running a deal for 3 sessions of Colon Hydrotherapy for $285. That’s 20% off of the regular individual session price. Check out all of the details about the special here. I can be reached by phone or text at (860) 287 – 4558. You can also email me at Connie@CleanmyColon.com

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The History of Colonics, Part 3

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Over the last couple of weeks, we saw that the concept of cleansing with water is as old as mankind. From ancient Egypt, through the Greek and Roman periods, in the east and in the west, the earliest  doctors recognized and recommended the intake of water and its subsequent release through the rectum.  In the middle ages, the aristocracy and upper classes made use of the most advanced procedures of the time, and the “Age of Technology” (17th, 18th, and 19th centuries) brought great improvements in the equipment and procedures.

During the late 19th and early 20th century, the use of colon hydrotherapy and enemas slowly dwindled among the medical community, as laxatives and other drugs became more commercially available and easier to administer.   It wasn’t until the practice of Dr. Kellogg in the early 1900s that the therapy was rejuvenated.

In a 1917 edition of the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Dr. Kellogg reported that in over forty thousand gastrointestinal disease cases, he had used surgery in only twenty cases.  The rest were helped as a result of cleansing the bowels, diet and exercise.

Later Dr. James Wiltsie offered, “our knowledge of the normal and abnormal physiology of the colon and its pathology and management has not kept pace with that of many organ systems of the body.  As long as we continue to assume the colon will take care of itself, it’s just that long that we will remain in complete ignorance of perhaps the most important source of ill health in the whole body”.

In the 1930’s, chiropractor and iridologist Bernard Jenson also published his first works on bowel care with these words:  “In times past, knowledge of the bowel was more widespread and people were taught how to care for the bowel. Somehow, bowel wisdom got lost and it became something that no one wanted to talk about anymore.”

Dr. Joseph E. G. Waddington said the following in his 1940 work Scientific Intestinal Irrigation and Adjuvant Therapy: “Abnormal functioning of the intestinal canal is the precursor of much ill-health, especially of chronic disease. Restoration of physiological intestinal elimination is often the important preliminary to eventual restoration of health in general”.

By the early 1950’s, Colon Hydrotherapy was flourishing in the United States. The prestigious Beverly Boulevard in California was then known as “Colonic Row”.  One of its vocal proponents was the long-lived Mae West!   Towards the mid-1960’s the use of colonic hydrotherapy slowly dwindled again in favor of enemas, prescriptive laxatives, and even surgery.

But the 1960s brought an era of questioning mainstream medical practices, and ushered in a renewed interest in older, traditional, and alternative therapies.  More people investigated and learned about colonic hydrotherapy along with long-neglected practices such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, and Reiki.  Modern and safe technology such as the Dotolo Toxygen system provides a hygienic and comfortable procedure, and current training of hydrotherapists keeps them in touch with the client and their needs during the entire session.

Though much has changed since Ancient Egypt, people still enjoy the internal cleansing nature of water.  The actual process is now much more advanced and gentle than it once was. Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy in Manchester, CT uses a state-of-the-art technique to gently and safely infuse multi-purified water through the large intestine to cleanse it of mucus, fecal matter, and gas.

Enjoy the cleansing power that kings, queens, and movie stars have relied on for thousands of years!  Schedule an appointment with Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy. Learn more by visiting online or calling her directly at (860) 287-4558.


The History of Colonics Part 2

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Last week we saw that the concept of cleansing with water is as old as mankind.  The ancient Roman bath (shown above) had a complex series of warm, hot, and cool baths which were taken in a specific order to achieve purity of the body and, it was believed, the soul.  From ancient Egypt, through the Greek and Roman periods, early historians and the first doctors (Hippocrates in the west and Chang Chung Ching [Zhang Zhanjiang] in China) recognized and recommended the intake of water through the rectum.  During the middle ages, more complicated procedures were developed for the aristocracy and upper classes, and the 17th century was known as the “Age of the Clyster” for its common practice of enemas for cleansing and well-being.

The 18th and 19th centuries brought a surge of interest in the purely scientific aspects of medicine.  Clysters and enemas were still popular among the upper classes: it was said that Louis XIV had over 2,000 enemas in his lifetime.  But there was still a significant need for improvement in the equipment, and the technological age of the 19th century brought those improvements.

The invention of a permanent freestanding apparatus was an important development. In the 1820’s Edward Jukes developed both a gravity enema called “flexible Clysmaduct” which would hang from the wall, and a pressure-fed pump that employed a “syringe”.  With the latter, pressure could be adjusted during the procedure rather than depending on gravity of the suspended water bag.

But even with improvements to the equipment, there was still no consistent form of therapy until Vincent Priessnitz began practicing in the 1840’s.  He stressed remedies such as suitable food, air, exercise, rest and water, over conventional medicine.  His regimens were known as “The Nature Cure” and “The Water Cure”, and his facilities were visited by many dignitaries and royal peers.  Though he advised on diet, activity, and communing with nature, his main focus remained hydrotherapy.

Equipment was developed with the specific intention of allowing colonic hydrotherapy to be carried out more quickly and more hygienically.  By the end of the 19th century, underwater bowel irrigation became the norm.  The warmed water was positioned above the bathtub, and a hose carried the water into the patient’s bowel.

During the late 19th and early 20th century, the use of colon hydrotherapy and enemas slowly dwindled among the medical community, as laxatives and other drugs became more commercially available and easier to administer. It wasn’t until the practice of Dr. Kellogg in the early 1900s that the therapy was rejuvenated.

Of course, a lot has changed since Ancient Egypt, and while people still enjoy the internal cleansing nature of water, the actual colonic process is now much more advanced and gentle than it once was. Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy in Manchester, CT uses a state-of-the-art technique to gently and safely infuse multi-purified water through the large intestine to cleanse it of mucus, fecal matter, and gas.

Enjoy the cleansing power that kings, queens, high priests and priestesses have relied on for thousands of years and schedule an appointment with Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy. Learn more by visiting online or calling her directly at (860) 287-4558.


The History of Colonics, Part 1

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The concept of cleansing with water is as old as mankind.  Although people tend to assume that colonics are a modern invention, early evidence of colon hydrotherapy can be found in Babylonian and Assyrian tablets from 600 BCE as well as in an Egyptian papyrus from the 14th century B.C.E.   Hippocrates (4th and 5th centuries BCE) and Galen (2nd century BCE) were proponents of colon lavage for fever therapy.

 

Herodotus (484-425 BCE) described a monthly three-day cleansing practiced in Egypt, and Pliny (77 CE) identified the mythic origins of the enema in the Ibis.  This long-billed Egyptian bird was said to draw water into its beak and self-administer the enema.  One of the prominent Egyptian gods, Thoth, was depicted with the head of this sacred bird.

Other early practitioners of colon cleansing were the Sumerians, Hindus, and the Chinese. The “Chinese Hippocrates” Chang Chung Ching (Zhang Zhanjiang) in the 3rd century of the Common Era advised the intake of water and vinegar through a bamboo cane inserted into the rectum.  In the west, the enema was prevalent in the later days of the Roman Empire due to customs of overindulgence at the banquet table.

Through the middle ages enemas or “clysters” were popular among the aristocracy, especially with the use of complex solutions including honey, oils, herbs, vinegar, wine, milk, egg yolks, fragrances, or even boar’s bile.  These practices were common among royal families and their peers, sometimes up to four times a day.  King Louis XI of France (1423-1483) was relieved of seizures by the use of clysters, and even had his dogs clystered.

The 17th century ushered in “The Age of Clysters” (enemas) with Regnier DeGraff’s 1668 invention of a flexible tube connecting the enema bag to the anal nozzle.  Unlike previous gravity-based equipment, this finally allowed easy self-administration without the need for an assistant, servant, or doctor.  Privacy and modesty were also preserved with this method.

Of course, a lot has changed since Ancient Egypt, and while people still enjoy the internal cleansing nature of water, the actual colonic process is now much more advanced and gentle than it once was. Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy in Manchester, CT uses a state-of-the-art technique to gently and safely infuse multi-purified water through the large intestine to cleanse it of mucus, fecal matter, and gas.

Enjoy the cleansing power that kings, queens, high priests and priestesses have relied on for thousands of years and schedule an appointment with Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy. Learn more by visiting online or calling her directly at (860) 287-4558.

 


Colon Cleansing: Why Chewing Thoroughly Promotes Gut Health

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As a holistic professional, Constance Jones of Colon Hydrotherapy is dedicated to providing her clients in the Manchester, CT, area with excellent colon cleansing services as well as holistic health recommendations.

People seek out colon hydrotherapy for a lot of different reasons, but primarily because they want to find a safe and gentle method to cleanse their colons. With 35 years of experience in the field, Constance Jones knows that while colonics are one effective way to care for the colon, there are other things people can do to promote gut and colon health. One of them is to thoroughly chew food when eating.

Eating with the intention of proper, methodical chewing has these three gut health advantage

When You Chew Thoroughly, You Absorb Nutrients More Completely

When you chew your food thoroughly, it breaks it down into smaller pieces and becomes easier to digest. It also makes it easier for your intestines to absorb the nutrients from the food and pass waste without obstruction. So, if you want to boost your nutritional intake and ease your digestion, eat with intention.

Smaller Food Particles Equal Less Unhealthy Bacteria

Your stomach may have issues breaking down large food particles, because the stomach’s digestive enzymes cannot adequately do their job before food is pushed into the intestinal track. This results in the undigested food pieces making their way to your intestines. Eventually, this may cause unhealthy bacteria to develop, which you may notice in the form of bloating, constipation, cramping, or diarrhea. Smaller bites can give your digestive enzymes a chance to break down food in the stomach and help you avoid unnecessary harmful bacteria growth along with its side effects.

Lots Of Chewing Helps Your Saliva Do Its Job

When the food you eat is exposed to your saliva, it begins to break down long before it hits your intestines. If you swallow large bites without chewing very much, your saliva doesn’t have the opportunity to begin the process of breaking down fats, which means your stomach and intestines have to do the hard work.

Giving your body the chance to do what it’s supposed to do is a great way to promote digestive health. To learn more about digestive health and colon cleansing call Constance Jones – Colon Hydrotherapy at (860) 287-4558 or visit her online now. You can also like her on Facebook for the latest news and updates.