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Colon Cleanse Blog

Follow along with a one man's chronicle of his colon cleanse experiment

Doing a colon cleanse is a big deal for me. I know I need it. I'm older and while I'm not fat or in ill health, I know my colon and whole intestinal tract is compacted, some of it with mucquoid plaque on the inner walls. When I just stand and totally relax my stomach. It is puffed tangibly outward. This is a classic sign of an over burdened intestinal tract. My only consolation with that is that I see people all the time that I know have worse intestinal health than I. Still, there's no excuse.

I love good food and while I've tried to eat healthy, it's very easy to fall into the "convenience trap" of buying processed food and eating too much. It's easy to just buy a store-bought pizza, like a DiGiornio's, spend 20 minutes heating it up and then eating it. It's easier doing that than making a salad. Ice cream tastes better than broccolli, and chips and salsa than squash to be sure.

Through the years, I've vacillated in the extreme sometimes. I had a roommate once tell me I was the most undisciplined disciplined person he ever met. I'd workout, eat fruit and vegetables one day and the next, a whole box of doughnuts and chips by myself. I also used to be a vegetarian and even now, I only eat meat sparingly and I never buy red meat. The red meat I eat is usually on pizza. I think I've eaten five steaks  in 15 years. So, no, I'm not a big red meat eater although I do like the taste of it.

Why am I doing this? Because I want to challenge myself and experiment to see what happens. Secondly, I want to be healthier with vibrant health for the long term. Thirdly, I have done this before and I know there are some tremendous health gains available. In 1982, while a very young lad, I worked as an assistant surveyor up in Heber City.

I was outside all day and was experimenting on an all fruit and vegetable diet. Actually, what I did was somewhat ill advised: I was eating almost all of my fruit out of the can! (Again, the convenience monster!) I was also eating a lot of granola bars as well and easy-to-eat vegetables like carrots and the like. Well, the cleansing symptoms began almost immediately: I started urinating a lot.

Then, after about 30 days of this diet, I was out and about one day in the field and what I am about to say may sound unbelievable but I defecated seven times in one day! (I know this is unpleasant to talk about but it must be within the context of this chronicled blog.) It wasn't a little bit of fecal matter but piles and piles of it. It came out easy enough too. All the fiber in the fruits and veggies I was eating made that clear. The girth of snakelike piles was interesting too.

Afterwards, my manager had to go to the office for something and I was left (told!) to stay in the truck, which I did. It was then that I saw something remarkable: I caught a glance of my eyes in the rearview mirror and they had gone blue! I couldn't have been more surprised. My eyes had always been hazel with a clear brown color around the pupil and blue in the outer edges.

An herbalist and an iridoligist friend (he's the one who turned me on to alternative health ideas) told me something interesting about this. He had told me previous to my experimentation that my colon was compacted as well as something else very personal, which information was completely gleaned when he "read" my eyes. It was a testament to me of the truthfulness of iridology. I just sat there looking at my eyes for I was so astonished.

My stomach had also gone very soft and was very pliable. I am ashamed to say I went back to the semi-healthy vegetarian diet I had begun to follow. soon thereafter. I started eating sweets a lot but no meat. Well, that is probably just as worse. Because my system was so healthy and cleansed, I broke out in a terrible case of acne, which was not common for me. The reason why is because the cravings were so unbelievable strong. I simply wasn't tough enough to get through them.

That basically was the story for the next 20 years: remarkable periods of discipline followed by tremendous undiscipline. I should mention one last thing. What made me go crazy after the sweets was one incident where I felt unbearable craving pangs to eat something sugary. Imagine your sex drive at its highest and multiple that by two or three and you'll get an idea of the tremendous cravings I had. I swear I'm not exaggerating here.

Eating so much junk food is terrible for your intestinal tract. That's where I'm mainly to blame -- that and eating processed foods due to their convenience. So, I have a plan and we'll see how it goes. Here's the daily eating schedule I will follow for the first 10 days.

  • 6:00 a.m. - Colonix drink & bee pollen supplement (three tablets of bee pollen capsules); I'll need nutrients and the bee pollen supplement will give me that.
  • 7:30 a.m. - Psyllium/Slippery Elm drink
  • 9:30 a.m. - Metamucil crackers with fruit juice (pasteurized is okay for this) - these crackers actually work quite well, believe it or not.
  • Noon       - Vegetable salad - cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, beets, etc.
  • 5:30 p.m. - Psyllium/Slippery Elm drink
  • 7:30 p.m. - Cayenne pepper detoxification drink
  • 9:30 p.m. - Colonix herbal tea before bed

During the day, I will allow granola bar or "Fibar" bars to eat as they have fiber and will help keep cravings at bay as they have small amounts of sugar in them. Once this 10 day period is over, I will go on an all vegetable, fruits, and grains diet for 30 days. I will chronicle those 40 days and share my cravings (if any), my doubts, my experiences, the good, the bad and the ugly. If you want to email me about this my address is Gladiator363 ^^ at ^^ gmail ^^ dot com. (Gladiator is my favorite movie, hence "Gladiator" in the email address.)

Dec. 5th

I have nothing to report as I've not started the colon cleanse yet. I intend to do it after the holidays. I know that sounds like a convenient excuse but I just want to go into it with as little environmental resistance as possible. I have learned from experience that one has to be committed to do anything and at this point, I feel it best to start after New Years. I'm going to start on 1/2/08 or 1/7/08. The 7th is a Monday and that may be the day. The 2nd is a Wednesday. I need to see how my work schedule works out but at this point, I'm leaning toward Monday the 7th. So, please bookmark this page. I hope you'll come back.

When I checked my stats for this page, I was surprised to see so many hits. I think there is a growing interest in this. That is gratifying.

One thing I will add to this. I will probably try taking some of Dr. John Christopher's Herbs First supplements or herbs. They have a lower bowel and a blood cleanser formula that is recommended for cleansing the intestines. From using Colonix before, I found that to be very, very potent. I'll try to perhaps work them in when taking the psyllium/slippery elm drink. I actually had a nice experience yesterday with slippery elm -- again. This is such a great herb.

I was feeling an upset stomach, which was probably due to stress at work. As I sat there in my cubicle, I suddenly remembered I had brought a bottle of it last week and it should be sitting in my desk drawer. It was. I took four capsules and literally within five minutes, the acidic, nauseated feeling was gone. What a great medicinal herb Slippery Elm is! It's a shame more people don't know about the efficacy of medicinal herbs. Big Pharma has seen to that.

Dec. 20th

I've been thinking a lot about this and I'm planning on doing this starting the first week of January. I'm going to try to get some photographic evidence too. I don't have a digital camera but I have a friend who does. I might buy one but they're expensive and I don't really need it. Still, I want some photos of my changes and from where I start. That way, I think people will be more inclined to believe me. Regarding the plan above, I know Colonix works. I had hoped to be an affiliate of them during this process but they don't take some affiliate requests. So be it. I have said many times throughout this site that I want to be as honest as possible with people even if there isn't a possible commission in it for me. Colonix does work but so do the other options. However, Colonix is like steriods compared to the efficacy of the psyllium and slippery elm drink and that's saying something.

I can't say enough good things about Slippery Elm. It's saved me a lot with stomach upset and even an ulcer - twice. It really is soothing to the stomach. I highly recommend it. I'll have to write an article about it and post it to the Medicinal Herb Articles page for you. If you ever have stomach pains, ulcer-like symptoms, heartburn, too much acid frothing up in your stomach or simply an upset stomach, take some Slippery Elm and you'll feel better within 10 minutes. Don't believe me? Check it out for yourself and you'll see. 

Jan. 8th

Okay, here's the deal. I have to go to Las Vegas on a business trip from 1/15 to 1/18 so I don't want to be doing this 10-day cleanse start while on a business trip. I plan on starting it on the Monday following, which I believe is 1/21. I've been thinking a lot about this and I have no plan on putting this off any longer.

Feb. 3rd

Greetings and salutations. Well, I admit I procrastinated the starting of my much needed colon cleanse or intestinal cleanse. I have no excuses. I promised I'd show the warts, pimples, and dimples about this. I've not been looking forward to it as it's a challenge. A glimpse of my belly in the mirror, though, while getting ready to shower yesterday has motivated me again. Truth is I've been thinking of it since January. I had a convenient excuse with my week long business trip to Las Vegas in January but not since then. I'm starting tomorrow morning, Feb. 4th. I also bought quite a bit of fruits and vegetables over the week (and last night) in prep for this. When I followed a strict bodybuilding diet in 1998 through 2001, but especially in 1998, I found doing the diet was easier than I thought. As long as I prepared properly, it took a lot of the angst out of it. I think that can be the same thing here -- I hope so anyway.

Feb. 14th

Hello. I've been on my colon cleanse Wednesday, Feb. 6th. So far so good. I've lost about three pounds and while I say so far so good, it's not been that way completely. It's been a challenge. The desire to eat food not healthy is omnipresent it seems. Still, I've abstained. I'm making progress. I've actually had some pictures taken of my stomach on Feb. 9th and as you'll see, I've got some work to do. I've also started working out. This colon cleanse fast is difficult but it's actually easy too. I find if I eat healthy foods like lots of fruit and a big salad, it actually is even more delicious. I've also been eating brown rice and beans, which I'm cooking up now.