Bowel Toxicity

By Elizabeth Clemons

DARK CENTRE
Appearance – A dark, blackish colour occurring in the centre of the dry blood sample, often in many layers, but is most often seen in the last few layers.

Implications:
Indicative of bowel toxicity, often coupled with digestive insufficiency and/or Candida.
As the immune system is often preoccupied with neutralizing the toxins leaching into the system from the colon, people displaying this sign can have poor immunity.
May be associated with leaky gut syndrome.

Increase intake of raw/live foods and fibre.
Colonic irrigation, Herbal Fibre Blend, juicing.
Supplement to balance the terrain and restore healthy bowel flora.

This is how bowel toxicity and/or candida shows up in Live Blood Analysis. After cross checking for symptoms and other indications – the steps above are usually suggested followed by monitoring the situation.

More information on the bowel and colon:

The Colon/bowel
The final part of the digestive tract, the colon; is about five feet long and has an average diameter of 2 ½ inches.
It must handle the bulk of the food we eat.
Its lining includes sensitive nerves and glands that aid in the assimilation of food, especially vitamins, enzymes and water.
A healthy colon is essential to a healthy body.
When the colon is working properly, its peristaltic (muscular, wave like) motions move food through the system and eliminate unassimilated substances in the form of waste within 16-24 hours of eating.

Effect of a Toxic Colon on the Body
When a bowel is under active, toxic wastes are more likely to be absorbed through the bowel wall and into the bloodstream.
The blood then circulates these toxins to every part of the body and deposits some of them in tissues.
The greatest amounts of these toxins are retained in the constitutionally weakest tissues.
If any other elimination system in the body is under active, more wastes are retained in the body.
As toxins accumulate in the tissues, alterations in cellular functioning takes place, especially in the tissues in which toxins have settled.

In addition, digestion may become poor, with the partially digested material adding to the problems because the body cannot make tissue out of half digested nutrients. When a person reaches the degenerative-disease stage, it is a sign that toxic settlement has taken over a specific part or parts of the body.

This is the time to consider detoxification. A healthy, strong functioning colon is essential to maintaining good health.
The colon, together with the kidneys, lungs and skin are responsible for eliminating waste from the body.

But over time, your colon may lose its ability to properly eliminate all waste from the gastrointestinal tract due to a combination of poor diet, improper food combining, drug intake and/or lifestyle.

Millions of people in this country who suffer all manner of health problems may never even consider that the source of their problems is a toxic, sluggish colon. This is not surprising. The traditional treatment of health disorders, disease symptoms and disease management using pharmaceuticals and surgery may completely obscure the root cause of recurring health problems.

Most people have no idea how much old, hardened, fecal matter is lodged within their colons. Many experts believe that the average person has 5-20 pounds of accumulated waste matter in their colon.

Health Problems
An unhealthy colon can adversely affect your total health, including all your body systems.

Common bowel disorders
Constipation – Over 70 million Americans suffer from bowel problems. The number 2 cause of death in the United States is cancer. Of these, 100,000 give up their lives every year to cancer of the colon. Constipation contributes toward the lowering of body resistance, predisposing it to many acute illnesses and the creation of a great many degenerative and chronic processes. Most people do not drink enough water; they are chronically dehydrated. This causes all body tissues and fluids to become thicker and more viscid. The mucous lining in the colon changes in consistency, failing to provide a slick lubrication for the movement of feces.

Chronic Diarrhea – there are people with chronic diarrhea who say they are not constipated because their bowels move several times per day. Their daily bowel movements are not constipated, but let us look at the cause of their diarrhea. Chronic diarrhea is most often due to the presence of irritation in the colon. As long as the irritating influence is present, the colon attempts to expel it by repeatedly emptying itself of whatever can be forced out. In chronic diarrhea, the accumulation of stagnant mucoid, sometimes laden with harmful bacteria or even parasites, is generally of such a magnitude and nature as to be actively irritating. In this case, the source result is chronic diarrhea. Chronic diarrhea will often respond remarkably to an effective colon-cleansing program.

Parasites – The discussion of diarrhea brings up the question of parasites because chronic diarrhea is often due to the presence of parasites in the system. Intestinal parasites thrive in filthy environments. The many varieties of intestinal worms lodge themselves in the old matter that encrusts the walls of the intestinal tract. Without the presence of stagnant material to embed themselves in, many intestinal parasites cannot maintain a foothold in the body.

Autointoxication – This is the process whereby the body literally poisons itself by maintaining a cesspool of decaying matter in its colon. This inner cesspool can contain as high a concentration of harmful bacteria as a cesspool under a house. The toxins released by the decay process get into the bloodstream and travel to all parts of the body. Every cell in the body gets affected, and many forms of sickness can result. Because it weakens the entire system, autointoxication can be a causative factor for nearly any disease.

Putrefaction – One of the main causes of autointoxication is putrefaction within the intestinal tract. Putrefaction is a process of decay in which foul odors and toxic substances are generated. Ideally, there should be little or no putrefaction happening within the body. That is, daily bowel movements should have very little or no putrefactive odor, and there should be no stagnant putrefactive material within the alimentary tract. The amount of putrefaction present in the body depends upon how long the food undergoing putrefaction has been in the body, upon the efficiency of the digestive processes, and upon what kind of food is undergoing putrefaction. The length of time food stays in the body depends upon two factors-stagnation and transit time.

Stagnation
Stagnation is the failure of matter in the alimentary tract to continue moving until expelled through the anus. When material becomes lodged in the alimentary tract, it can continue to putrefy and release toxins for weeks. Stagnation occurs primarily in the colon and is usually the body’s largest contributor to putrefaction and the consequent autointoxication.

Colitis – This is an irritable bowel condition that is highly associated with psychological distress. Few people truly realize the benefits of a calm and peaceful lifestyle. They are often unaware of the mind’s ability to sink into the body’s functioning ability and upset normal tissue activities. Fear, anger, depression, stress tension, worries and obsessions can all upset delicate processes in the body, and in particular, those of digestion and elimination. Sometimes what we need is a good cerebral laxative to rid the mind of emotional autointoxication and constipation.

Diverticulitis – This particular disease of the colon is occurring at an ever-increasing rate. It is a serious bowel disturbance leading to many difficulties and must be avoided. When the diet is lacking a good diet, the colonic muscle must work extremely hard to force feces through the organ. Where there is weakness in muscle fibers a hernia occurs, producing a small pouch or sac-like protrudence in the tissue. It looks like a blister on the side of a tire where the air is forcing its way to the surface through a weak spot in the tire wall. These sacs, or diverticula’s, are blind in one end. Therefore feces accumulates within them and hold morbid matter in, which a variety of very unfavorable organisms can begin to breed. They become sources of infection, inflammation and degenerative conditions. They are also the host for the production of powerful toxins, adding to an already over-burdened and toxic body. When these diverticula have become inflamed and irritated, we have a case of diverticulitis. Should any one of these festering sacs produce a rupture, and then we have a grave situation in, which life is threatened by the release of these very poisonous substances into the abdominal cavity of the body where infection can spread quite rapidly.

References and recommended reading:
Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management, Dr. Bernard Jensen
The Colon Health Handbook, Robert Gray
Dr. Jensen’s Guide to Better Bowel Care, Dr. Bernard Jensen
Colon Health, Dr. N.W. Walker