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Colonic Irrigation, a congress in Bologna, Italy, on 25 and 26 October 2014

Colonic Irrigation is a medical practice

Colonic irrigation is an effective way of washing the intestine, by delicately introducing filtered soft water.

The method is based on the logic that if the intestine does not work well, the body retains toxic substances (waste and food metabolism products) with the risk of toxins building up in the organism

One of the strongpoints of NatrixLab is the production of specific tests to evaluate intestinal health, and the company is attending the congress “Colonic irrigation is a medical practice” that is organized in Bologna on 25 and 26 October 2014 by the Società Italiana di Idrocolonterapia, where they give a national preview presentation of Newcolon, the new colonic irrigation appliance developed by NatrixMed.

This device has been designed considering all the useful technical features for the operator while assuring the maximum comfort for the patient: formed of two detachable sections (the top one is the effective device, the bottom one its supporting carriage). It is compact, easy to transport, does not require internal batteries just low voltage power supply from an external AC/DC medical grade dual insulation power pack.

Touchscreen graphic display, internal microprocessor to process all the treatment data, remote control for the irrigation and discharge from the patient, disposable water filter (PALL model AQIN), are just some of the prerogatives of this newly conceived machine to be presented at the SICT congress.

We talked to Dr. Antonio Pacella, doctor and specialist in food science, about colonic irrigation, and who will be talking on Saturday 25th October about “Gluten sensitivity and the intestine”.

Conversation with Dr. Antonio Pacella

antonio_pacellaRecently we have researched the relationship between the immune system and intestinal health. How does colonic irrigation fit in?

Colonic irrigation is a centuries old practice: in fact it originates with Egyptian medicine dating back to the XVI century BC, but we had to wait until the XIX century AD before the procedure was similar to the one we practice now.

If you would like some more precise references, I can suggest Hervey Kellogg, a famous American gastroenterologist who published a treatise on colonic irrigation in 1906, and two American hygiene students, James A. Wiltsie and Joseph E. G. Waddington, who believed there was a strict relationship between poor intestinal health and poor general health.

We seem to be taking a holistic approach to the patient: is that correct?

Yes, it is. I would like to quote Dr. Anthony Bassler, Professor in Gastroenterology in New York, who, in the conclusion of his observation of more than 5,000 clinical case studies over 25 years, stated in the 1930s that “intestinal dysbiosis could be the most important primary factor and favour the development of numerous disorders and illnesses in the human body”.

Colonic irrigation is always associated with hygiene and dietary instructions involving the patient’s entire lifestyle, who is called on personally as being responsible for the general cleanliness that has to be maintained even after treatment.

This is rather tricky ground…

Yes it is, even in Kellogg’s time, for example the American Medical Association discredited colonic irrigation and still today, there is not full agreement in medical viewpoints: in fact, it is a treatment based on the concept of ‘intoxication’ of the body, a very fascinating concept but not widely proved.

So generally then why do colonic irrigation?

Nowadays we are exposed to toxins caused by diet, stress, pollution, all of which deposit in the colon and can cause numerous pathologies affecting various parts of the body, such as the respiratory tract, the skin, the nervous system and the digestive apparatus.

Colonic irrigation eliminates all the waste that has deposited on the walls of the intestine, restoring excellent working order to the colon to promote natural immunity and rebalance the process of assimilation and elimination of all the substances that pass through, which leads to the general overall improvement in the person’s health.

In your speech at the SICT congress you will be talking about a certain pathology, gluten sensitivity, whose symptoms are similar to those of an irritable colon. Can you give us a small preview?

Of course. Like other food provoked inflammations, with gluten sensitivity the most common symptoms mainly involve the intestine (intestinal permeability, bloated sensation, diarrhoea, irritable colon syndrome, gastritis), and also, as reflex reactions, the respiratory system (sinusitis, bronchitis, pharyngitis, recurring infections, asthma), skin (eczema, skin rashes, psoriasis), nervous system (headache, difficulty in concentrating, chronic tiredness, insomnia), genital-urinal (cystitis, vaginitis, candida) and muscular (joint and muscle pain, cramp, arthritis).

It is intestinal permeability that is an extremely important symptom, albeit less accentuated than in celiac disease.

Numerous studies into the permeability of the gastrointestinal barrier have shown that, if the bacterial flora in the intestine is compromised, the digestive enzyme production is altered which causes a reduction in the normal biochemical functions regarding pH, vitamins, peptides and bacteria. This causes secondary submucosa inflammation, that alters certain enzymatic patterns in the cell membranes, especially the microvilli which, in normal conditions, enable physiological digestion and absorption of micronutrients, but when a pathological state is in progress, they help macromolecules to pass beyond the gastrointestinal barrier.

When this happens these macromolecules are identified as NON self and they trigger immune responses.

To improve this situation we have various types of treatment available, clearly including diet, nutritional integration and, of course, colonic irrigation.

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