Colon health is increasingly entering the mainstream thought process. Most everyone knows about the urban legend that asserted John Wayne – the John Wayne of fame and fortune who was the quintessential American tough man, hero, and as true blue as the meat he consumed was red – upon his death had an intestine packed tight with over 40 pounds of compressed fecal matter, blamed in part on his diet. For the record, this story about Mr. Wayne is a complete and utter fabrication; first of all, since he died from natural causes an autopsy was never performed and thus no quantity of feces was removed and weighed while secondly, in the interest of complete disclosure, the vile rumor that began circulating about Mr. Wayne’s colon health was in part spawned by his death of stomach cancer which may have been a resurgence of the lung cancer which went into remission earlier on in his life.
Yet for a number of years this urban legend was utilized by scrupulous purveyors of colon cleansers to scare customers into buying their regimens. Considering the fact that many of these supplements cost about $49.99 or more a bottle, and remembering that many manufacturers suggest the purchase of at least two but preferably more of their bottles of supplements to do a complete cleanse, it is not surprising that those who find themselves disillusioned by the fictitious claims to have been taken to the cleaners. Granted, it is easy to simply do away the whole colon cleansing idea as a little more than a fad procedure aimed at those with the coinage to support their latest health craze, but this would be akin to throwing out the baby with the bathwater.
Colon health is an important factor in any person’s overall wellbeing, and considering the fact that most Americans eat a diet that is dismal and by and large unhealthy, it will be wise to take whatever steps are available to ensure the health of the colon and gastrointestinal tract by other means, if necessary. At the same time, you do not want to fall for fictitious health claims, overblown data, and downright untrue assertions that are geared to scaring you into buying supplements. Add to this the high cost of the supplements, and this advice makes sense.
Yet did you know that it is not just the occasional dishonest seller of the colon cleanses who is taking you to the cleaners but also many of the manufacturers? It is questionable who is more at fault, but if you consider that a colon cleanse, marketed as such, which contains mainly psyllium husks and a few herbs in addition will sell for about $50 while a psyllium husk supplement by itself will sell for about $5, it quickly becomes obvious that as a discerning consumer you need to do your homework well! Since quite a few of the herbs associated with psyllium husk cleansers have very little effect other than to prevent cramping or promoting overall wellbeing, you could conceivably do a colon cleanse with just the inexpensive psyllium husks, vitamin and mineral supplements, and a generous intake of water. Discuss your plans with your physician and you will find that a healthy colon cleanse without an outrageous price tag is actually quite achievable.