Cellular Health Inc. has experienced and professional staff who will assist you to cleanse and detoxify your body, using state of the art equipment and innovative cleansing programs. Through conscious awareness and support, we help you make lifestyle changes so you can enjoy and achieve improved health and wellness.
Colon Hydrotherapy is a safe, effective method of removing toxic waste from the colon without the use of drugs or laxatives. It's similar to an internal bath where filtered, temperature regulated water flows gently into the colon, helping to soften and loosen accumulated fecal matter. The colon's natural peristalsic action along with the water helps the body eliminate the accumulated waste matter. Colon Hydrotherapy is valuable procedure which can help a wide variety of digestive conditions and disorders. Read our Frequently Asked Questions (below) for further in-depth information on Colon Hydrotherapy.
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BOOKING APPOINTMENTS - WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
1. What to do to prepare for your cleanse
2. Cleansing Diet Recommendations
Diet Option 1 (For best results): Liquid Diet/Fasting
Note: Diabetics, Hypglycemics or those who are weak or serioulsy ill should not fast or only fast under supervision of a healthcare professional.
Diet Option 2 (For good results): Light Diet of Fruits &
3. Number of treatments needed
Plan to be at your first appointment for 1.5 hours, and the second or subsequent appointments for 1 hour.
4. Clinic Hours
6. How to book appointments Please call our office at (780)
482-7978 to schedule your appointments. Should you get our answering
machine, please leave a message as we maybe in session with clients. Your call is valued and we will get back to you
as soon as possible (within 24 hours or on the next business day
for weekend calls). Please note that we require a minimum of 24
hours notice of change or cancellation of appointments, and unfortunately
are not able to book appointments or accept cancellations via email.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: COLON HYDROTHERAPY
1. What is the colon and what does it do?
The colon or large intestine is a hollow, muscular tube like organ, approximately 5 feet long, and 2-1/2 " diameter. It forms the end portion of the digestive tract, and moves waste (your sewer system) by involuntary wavelike contractions called peristalsis. The colon's primary functions are to absorb water, to synthesize valuable nutrients (such as vitamins B & K), and to prepare and store fecal waste prior to elimination. The beneficial flora in the colon also help protect the body from infection and disease. It is believed that 60-70% of the immune tissue resides in the colon and intestines.
2. What is Colon Hydrotherapy?
Colon hydrotherapy is the gentle infusion of water into the colon to cleanse the colon of accumulated waste material, gas, mucous, undigested food and toxins. It's like an internal shower or bath. Colonhydrotherapy helps improve muscle tone of the colon, facilitating the natural peristaltic action necessary for efficient removal of waste and absorption of nutrients. Toxic wastes can be the root cause of a wide variety of different health concerns.
3. How is a colon hydrotherapy treatment given?
A colon hydrotherapy treatment is given in a private room with a trained colon hydrotherapist, who fully appreciates the sensitivity of the procedure, thereby helping the client feel at ease with the process. The client lies comfortably on the table, fully draped during the course of the treatment. The client self inserts a disposable hygienic speculum into the rectum. Water flows into the colon via a small water tube attached to the speculum, and waste leaves the colon through a larger evacuation tube, where it is emptied directly into the sewer system. Because of this "closed system" there is no odour, mess, or fuss and privacy or dignity is not compromised. A series of water fills and releases takes place in each treatment. The therapist remains in the room throughout the procedure, working with the client on various breathing and massage techniques to enhance the process. Just to let you know it is not half as bad as you think it will be. Once use to the procedure, it's actually fun and rewarding to see all that fecal crap removed out of your body.
4. Will one treatment completely empty the colon?
No. Often the waste is very hard and deeply lodged in the colon due to years of build up. Therefore a series of treatments is often required to sufficiently soften and loosen it. Depending on the condition of the colon, it can often take between 4-7-10 treatments to achieve a thorough cleanse. Each person will differ in their needs and responses, as well as in their personal objectives.
For a mild cleanse, we recommend beginning with a minimum of 2 colon hydrotherapy treatments scheduled on consecutive days, as often the colon will hydrate and absorb much of the water on the first day. By the second day, the waste has been "pre soaked" and often eliminates more efficiently. After the 2nd treatment, your colon hydrotherapist can help you assess your progress by how far around you got in your colon and work with you to determine a treatment plan which accomodates your needs and objectives.
For a more intensive colon cleanse, we recommend scheduling 4-7-10 treatments (on consecutive days or spread out over a 30 day period). Your colon hydrotherapist can help you determine if a more intensive cleanse is appropriate for you, and again can work with you to determine an effective treatment plan.
6. Why is colon health so important?
Never before in the history of this planet have we been exposed to so many toxins in the air, food and water we consume. The average person today can consume up to 7 pounds a year of these toxic chemicals. The colon is one of the four main elimination organs, along with the skin, kidneys, and lungs, designed to evacuate toxins and wastes. If bowel movements are irregular, the waste products and toxins can build up. These accumulated poisons are often re-absorbed into the blood stream, where they may be carried to other tissues and organs in the body, compromising our health in a variety of different ways.
7. What are some of the problems associated with colon toxicity?
Autointoxication refers to the process whereby the body "poisons itself" from an accumulation of toxins. If the colon is toxic, these toxins can be absorbed by the body into the blood stream. These recirculating toxins can contribute to a variety of symptoms such as bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, leaky gut syndrome, colitis, fatigue, depression, poor memory, weakened immune system, skin problems, lower back pain, excess weight, bad breath, coated tongue and body odour.
8. How can I tell if I would benefit from Colon Hydrotherapy?
Everyday we are exposed to toxins in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and water we drink. Our modern lifestyles with refined, processed junk food, low fiber diets, lack of exercise, dehydration and increased levels of stress contribute to our toxic load. If the elimination systems are under-active and the toxins accumulate faster than can be eliminated, the body's defenses can be compromised.
In terms of bowel movements, if we eat three meals a day, it's healthy to have three bowel movements per day. Most people eliminate on average once daily, so what is happening to those other 2 meals? Often people who you have 3 bowel movements per day may still be having incomplete bowel movements due to poor diet, stress and dehydration. The toxins and wastes gradually over time accumulate in the colon. It is estimated that the average person has between 5-25 pounds of accumulated waste material in the colon. This is not healthy, and then we wonder why we feel crappy and have put on weight !
9. What results can I expect from Colon Hydrotherapy?
Colon hydrotherapy is not a cure or treatment for disease, but can be a valuable procedure to assist the body in the detoxification process. It is believed that a toxic bowel is the source of many health problems. By removing the toxicity, the body is better able to heal itself and function more efficiently. Cleansing is not a matter of curing disease, but is rather a process of removing toxins before they cause disease.
More Frequently Asked Questions About Colon Hydrotherapy
1. Are colon hydrotherapy treatments painful in any way?
Treatment is generally free of discomfort although some slight abdominal cramping can occur as the muscles contract to release the water, waste and gas. This cramping is no different from what is felt when evacuating the bowel under normal circumstances, however can be more pronounced as several eliminations often take place during the treatment. The discomfort is usually easily tolerated and not long lasting. Overall, the process is quite mild and gentle, creating a light empty feeling.
2. Will I experience any intestinal discomfort or fatigue after
Not usually, but since the cleansing can stir up a lot of old debris and toxins, you might experience mild nausea or fatigue. This usually persists for a few hours after the treatment, and gradually diminishes. For some, the treatment may trigger subsequent bowel movements over the next 24 hours, but there won't be any uncontrollable urgency or discomfort. Generally people find the procedure quite gentle and comfortable, and frequently report feeling a profound sense of lightness, clarity, renewed energy, and well being.
3. Will I lose weight?
4. Will laxatives or enemas accomplish the same results?
5. Will colon hydrotherapy effect the bacteria that resides
in the colon?
Intestinal flora play an important role in synthesizing valuable nutrients and are essential to maintaining a healthy balance in the colon. Many people, due to years of improper eating and poor elimination have an intestinal flora imbalance. The good bacterial cannot survive well in a toxic environment. After colon hydrotherapy treatments, the intestinal flora is restored by orally taking large dose of probiotics supplementation for a good 10 -14 days or longer if needed. When the colon is clean the good bacteria can then live and thrive, thus helping the bowel function better
6. Is colon hydrotherapy dangerous in any way?
Being an essentially natural process, there is virtually no danger with the procedure. Colon therapists are highly skilled practitioners, fully certified by the International Association For Colon Hydrotherapy (IACT). Modern state of the art FDA approved equipment is used, with purified filtered water. Hygienic disposable speculums and waste tubing is used, and cleaning and sterilization of the equipment is completed with hospital grade disinfectants under the highest of standards. As well, the colon hydrotherapy unit is equipped with a sensitive pressure gauge and temperature gauge, allowing the therapist to monitor the pressure and temperature in the colon at all times during the treatment. The client can communicate any discomfort they might be feeling during the session, so are always in control of the colon hydrotherapy session.
7. Is colon hydrotherapy habit forming or can a person become
dependent on it?
Many people find just the opposite to be true. Unlike enemas, laxatives and suppositories, which can be highly habit forming, properly administered colon hydrotherapy tones and conditions the bowel so that it is better able to function on its own. As with everything, however moderation is key. Your Colon Hydrotherapist can provide recommendations regarding the frequency of sessions, as well as helpful suggestions to assist with improved bowel function outside of colon hydrotherapy.
8. Should I see my doctor before having a colon hydrotherapy
If you have a concern about your health or the appropriateness of colon hydrotherapy, it is always a good idea to consult your doctor or health practitioner. You can also speak to a Colon Hydrotherapist regarding any specific concerns you might have, as they are trained to screen for any possible contraindications. Since colon hydrotherapy is safer than home enemas, an examination or referral by a medical doctor is not necessary.
9. Are Colon Hydrotherapists Nurses?
Colon therapists are highly skilled practitioners with extensive training, and are fully certified by the International School For Colon Hydrotherapy (I-ACT), an association with standards for education, training, guidelines of operation, and certification. Some colon hydrotherapists may happen to have career backgrounds which include previous experience in the nursing field, however most have experience relating directly to colon hydrotherapy or other wholistic health modalities.
10. If colon hydrotherapy is so great, how come I haven't heard
of it before?
Colon cleansing is not a new modality or practice, it has been around since as early as 1500 BC. If you look at all religions they cleanse or fast once or twice a year, to cleanse the body, the mind and the soul. Many different cultures divised different methods of cleansing the colon. Around the turn of the 20th century, present day colon hydrotherapy units were developed, providing a significantly improved method of colon cleansing. Up to the late 1920's many doctors supported colon hydrotherapy, with articles dealing with colon health appearing in prestigious medical and scientific journals. Then modern man began a 50 year love affair with drugs and surgery and colon cleansing went by the wayside, and laxatives became the method of care. Recently however, there has been a resurgence of interest in using natural approaches for healing the body, and colon hydrotherapy has rapidly been regaining the respectability it has already earned.
11. How much do treatments cost?
The first treatment is $90.00 + $4.50 GST, and additional sessions are $80.00 per treatment + $4.00 GST. Methods of payment are Cash or Cheque and Debit.
12. Are treatments covered by Alberta Health care or private
Unfortunately treatments are not covered by Alberta Health Care. Some health care spending accounts or extended benefit plans do cover colon hydrotherapy, but not all of them. Check your policy for coverage or ask your plan administrator.
13. Is there anything I need to do prior to having a treatment?
Yes. A pre-treatment protocol which initiates the cleansing process and enhances the results of the treatments is suggested. The protocol involves working with fiber and a liquid colon cleanser for approximately 3-10 days prior to the first treatment. As well, a lighter diet consisting of live juices and broths, fruits and vegetables etc. is recommended one day prior to treatment. Following treatments, acidophilus supplementation is also recommended to replenish the intestinal flora. Since the suggested protocol is customized according to your individual situation, your therapist will work with you to tailor the protocol plan accordingly. It is best to call our clinic at 780 482-7978 to discuss your health concerns and cleansing goals.
14. How can I find out more information or find a Colon Hydrotherapist
in my area?
Cellular Health Inc.
Jackie Latimer and Ivy Stevenson (I-Act Certified) Colon Hydrotherapist
If you do not live in the Edmonton area and you wish to find a Colon Hydrotherapist in your city, you can check the "referral listings" on the I-ACT (International Association For Colon Hydrotherapy) website