Colon Cleansers: Helpful or Harmful?
The media portray colon cleansers as a necessary to a clean colon; however many medical experts believe these products are not beneficial and in fact may be harmful. They may cause an imbalance in bodily fluids and cause conditions such as dehydration, anemia, malnutrition, and damage to the colon wall. Dr. Anne Larson at the University of Texas suggests drinking lots of water and eating high-fiber foods instead of using colon cleansers. UPI.com, February 17, 2009