The colonic road-test

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - Health -

THE FAN

Ghys­laine Reid, 28, arts mar­keter, Mel­bourne “I’ve suf­fered from an un­di­ag­nosed bowel dis­ease since I was 20. I’d have painful at­tacks that sent me to hospi­tal for weeks. No-one had an­swers, so I de­cided to try colonic hy­drother­apy.

There were no nerves the first time be­cause I’d been in hospi­tal so much and had spo­ken about bow­els and stools for so long. But I was a bit ap­pre­hen­sive as I didn’t know what to ex­pect.

Af­ter the treat­ment I felt fan­tas­tic. It was like a whole layer of tox­ins had been re­leased. So I be­gan hav­ing treat­ments ev­ery two weeks.

In two years I haven’t had one bowel at­tack. I am aware of the risks, but my ther­a­pist is al­ways with me, ad­just­ing the pres­sure and mak­ing sure it’s go­ing well. There will al­ways be con­flict be­tween west­ern and al­ter­na­tive ther­a­pies, but for me, it’s been fan­tas­tic.”

THE SCEP­TIC

Rita Peker, 21, pub­li­cist, Syd­ney “Last year I de­cided to visit a detox re­treat in Thai­land with a strict fast­ing and colonics regime. For five days I drank noth­ing but clay shakes, wa­ter­melon juice, broth and herbal sup­ple­ments, along with a self-ad­min­is­tered colonic ev­ery day.

The shakes and the hunger were bad enough, but the colonics were even more con­fronting. I had an im­pend­ing sense of doom about stick­ing some­thing up my be­hind. I didn’t want to do it by my­self be­cause it’s gross, but the thought of some­one else do­ing it was just as gross.

Each ses­sion lasted about 45 min­utes and a caf­feine so­lu­tion was used. It wasn’t pleas­ant, though I was re­lieved all that stuff wasn’t in me any more. At the same time, I wasn’t con­vinced it re­ally did any­thing for me. At the end I didn’t feel any dif­fer­ent. I don’t think I’d do it again.”

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