Your colon doesn't need cleansing. Enemas just slow the natural process by pushing stuff the wrong way. They should only be used in medical situations when a doctor needs to look in there and doesn't want to (or can't) wait for it to empty on its own. Occasionally, people do get stuff impacted in there, but that generally happens as part of a serious illness, and again it's medical staff who should take care of it. A badly-done enema can cause a huge amount of harm, up to and including death, and there's no health benefit even from one that's properly done.
Neti pots can be helpful if you're congested, but you MUST use sterile water. A very small number of people have died from brain infections when amoebas in tap water got into their sinuses from their neti pots. They were a type of amoeba that's normally harmless because it can't survive stomach acids, but the sinuses are a happy environment for them. There's no reason to use a neti pot if you're not sick, though. The goo in your nose and sinuses is there for a reason, to help trap dust, pollen, pollution, bacteria, and other stuff that's in the air and stop it from getting into your lungs and then your blood.
Tongue cleaners... Meh. Whatever. I don't see how that could hurt anything, so if it makes you feel better, sure.
Honestly, it sounds like this author has kind of a sick, hateful relationship with the human body. She thinks it's dirty. The fact that "Sexy" is in the title tends to suggest that she's made some sort of psychological transfer-- if you're going to be sexy, that's figuratively "dirty," so you have to literally cleanse yourself. I think maybe it would be a good idea to balance that book with the "Grossology" series for kids-- it explains WHY our bodies produce icky stuff, and why it's healthy and natural.
I use a neti pot during cold and flu season or if I am congested, but I don't use it daily. Just the thought of an enema makes me want to run from the house and hide. I have a tongue cleaner, but usually just brush my tongue with my toothbrush.
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NO! NO! and NO! I do use Simply Saline daily because my pulmonologist has suggested it as a prevention for sinusitis. I do brush my tongue with a toothbrush when I'm done brushing my teeth as suggested by my dentist and dental hygienist. I agree as to the importance of Meditation, yoga, exercise, eating healthy well balanced meals. Also, the body is amazing, as it takes care of itself by cleaning itself with the various body systems, so nothing else is necessary. It's when we interfere with the natural balance that we run into problems. "We can be our own worst enemies"......to quote someone who I can't remember who that is.
5/1/13 6:05 P
DIDS70: How does an enema help with cancer? If you know and can break it down for me that would be cool. I never even really knew what an enema was before reading that book.
DRAGONCHILDE: It was called Crazy Sexy Diet but it was more of a lifestyle book than a diet book. It covered things like meditation, yoga, vegan diet, massage, juice fasts...etc.
I don't think I'd ever do something like an enema for weight loss purposes. I was just wondering about other health benefits (cancer fighting?) or drawbacks were associated with it; if fiber alone couldn't get the job of keeping my body healthy and 'cleaned out.'
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Repeat after me:
Your body is not a toilet. It can't be flushed. You have a liver and kidneys that do a great job of cleaning it out.
If you're having sinus problems, a netti pot is fine. Enemas? No. Enemas should never be used without a doctor's explicit orders. There are risks, including bowel perforation, hyponatremia (an imbalance of electrolytes in your body) and it can screw up the bacterial balance in your colon. It is NOT a weight loss tool, and frankly, in my opinion any weight loss/diet advice book that advocates these as such should be thrown immediately in the trash, because that's where it belongs.
Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 5/1/2013 (17:25)
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My son has bad seasonal allergies, colds and I have sinus issues sometimes.. it works great and it does help. I just keep buying the packet solutions, I tried do homemade solutions but I don't think they work as well.
When it hits we use it two x a week, too much it will destroy good body balances.
Too much cleansing will take away our natural body bacteria fighters, so I guess it depends on how often he says to use it. It reminds me of douching and how a woman should not do that unless recommended by doctor. The body cleanses itself.
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5/1/13 2:02 P
I'm not familiar with the book referenced, bu Neti pots are great, especially when you have a cold or are prone to sinus infections as they irrigate the sinuses but I don't use it every day, only when I feel congested. I've also used a tongue scraper (not sure if that is what you are referring to) and I think they are great too to help clean bacteria and gunk off the tongue (they can also help if bad breath is a problem). Enemas - no thanks; had a couple of them years ago in the hospital and it was no fun.
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I have a neti pot and really like it. I know some people use them daily, but I don't see the need. I don't use it all the time, but if I feel like I'm starting to get a stuffy nose, I'll use it. It really helps decongest your sinuses.
5/1/13 1:21 P
I just read Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr and she suggested using an enema bag, neti pot, tongue cleaners....etc. All sorts of body cleansing items.
Have you ever used these? Were they worthwhile/effective?
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