Orlee, someone will probably give you some more info, but there is a diffence between a parasite and bacteria. Bacteria breaks down the food we eat. This will just give you an idea. Body Cleansing = Wallet Cleansing Many people, often influenced by the appeal of alternative healthcare or herbal products, have become enamored by the concept of body cleansing or detoxification. The Pitch Pitch No. 1 is that the bodyï¿½s intestinal tract is loaded with a huge number of bacteria, many of which are harmful. These bacteria then release toxins that get into the body and cause all sorts of ills. Pitch No. 2 is that there are a huge number of toxins and pollutants in the environment (almost always unidentified) and that we ingest and subsequently poison our intestinal tracts and body when the pollutants are swallowed. The cure is to periodically cleanse the body and, especially, the intestinal tract. This process is accomplished by a wide and wild combination of the following: periodic fasting, laxatives, enemas and, especially taking a variety of pills, powders and liquids, most of which are herb based and which are sold by the promoter of body cleansing. The hidden therapeutic agent, of course, is the skill and enthusiasm of the promoter who sells the product and program. The Skinny The human intestine is a beautiful organ. The long, almost sterile, small intestine is where calories, vitamins and minerals from the food you eat are absorbed. The large bowel or colon that follows is 5-6 feet long. Its main purpose is to dehydrate liquid stool that enters it and to store formed stool until it is evacuated through the rectum. The colon is loaded with bacteria, up to 500 different types at last count. These bacteria are almost always beneficial, creating stool bulk, and manufacturing certain necessary vitamins. Yes, they do create rectal gas but this is not a disease nor does it injure the bowel in any way. Can toxins be absorbed from the intestine? Sure, any type of toxic agent such as cyanide, arsenic, lead or dioxin chemicals can be absorbed and injure a person. These should be avoided. Once ingested, they are quickly absorbed. There is nothing in these body cleansing or detoxification programs that prevents this type of poisoning. The breakdown products from the intestineï¿½s bacteria almost never are absorbed. Over the years, our bodies have learned how to deal with and benefit from these bacteria. Does it hurt to reduce the bacteria in the gut? The answer to this question may be yes. Antibiotics taken for any reason reduce the number of intestinal bacteria and, thereby, make room for certain other very nasty bacteria to grow. One is Clostridium difficile. Doctors call it C. diff. This bug is resistant to most antibiotics, causes a serious illness, and requires prolonged treatment. You should especially avoid ï¿½high colonic enemaï¿½ clinics. These are not medical facilities. They are run by people who known nothing about sterility and transmission of diseases. Wide outbreaks of infections such as hepatitis have occurred in such places. The bottom line is that body cleansing or detoxification is a fraud. It will only cleanse your wallet or purse and it may injure you. There are still parasite's that attack the intestinal tract and they are different then bacteria.Here is the webpage. http://www.gicare.com/pated/egn0001.htm#cleanse ------------------ http://webpotential.com/ericibs/index.htm
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