What Is Constipation?

Constipation is one of the most common afflictions of the human race and
diseases of the digestive organs are the most common reasons an individual
seeks the advice of the physician. It is defined as the difficult or infrequent
passage of feces and is associated with the presence of dry, hardened stools.
Constipation may lead to intestinal toxemia which is a form of blood poisoning
caused by an absorption of bacteria and their toxins through the intestinal wall.

The colon, or large intestine, is the most prolific source of bacterial contamination
in the entire body.  36 toxic substances have been isolated from the human colon,
mainly derived from the bacterial decomposition of proteins.    These amino acids,
under bacterial influence, yield such compounds as indole, skatole, phenol, and cresol.  

When passing through the intestinal wall, these substances can enter the lymphatic
or portal system and are transported directly to the liver.  Temporary increases in
the toxic load of the liver occur during periods of stagnation in the colon.  
Any prolongation of this state will impede the detoxifying and bacteria-killing function
of the liver.

The importance of this function cannot be overlooked when one realizes that 
blood from the intestinal tract enters the liver before it is delivered to the 
tissues of the body.

An overburdened liver which cannot handle the toxic load from the intestine,
transfers the task of detoxification onto another organ - the kidney. Unfortunately,
the kidney is not able to reduce the amount and type of toxins that enter the liver
or to detoxify them as efficiently as the liver.   The toxins which the kidneys do not remove
from the blood adversely affect the kidney tubules and increase circulation body-toxin levels.

The popular contention is that secondary symptoms of stagnation in the colon such as
irritability, halitosis (bad breath), tiredness, dull eyes, poor complexion, are the result of
mechanical distention and not intestinal toxemia.  However, it is interesting to note that
these symptoms of stagnation readily subside with a series of colon hydrotherapy treatments.  

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DISCLOSURE:  These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.   Please consult with your physician.

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