How we know to go to the toilet is the feeling of fullness in the rectum and lower bowel. With irritable bowel syndrome, feces stop filling these areas and are held higher in the colon. We have no desire to have bowel movements. Any bowel movement must be forced in some way. Laxatives or enemas are needed just to have a daily BM.
If we just ignore this, there will be no urgency to go. We can just skip a few days. This is never healthful, and adds a new problem. While the pattern may be started with bouts of stress and acid burning, it is continued by a very different process.
Feces retained, just do not sit there patiently awaiting evacuation. We are designed to get rid of waste. Holding on to it beyond the appointed hour for its discharge is not good. There is always a price to pay. One thing retained feces do is to rot. Expelled on time they are soft and mildly odoriferous. Held for too long, they get hard and difficult to propel down the colon. They become steadily more offensive in smell. Held longer, they decompose into a fetid liquid that is very smelly, carcinogenic and acidic. Having frequent gas that could clear the Astro Dome, shows a need to investigate diet and bowel habits. The decomposed feces create a new level of acid burning from the by products of their decomposition. The progression of the colitis steadily around the colon starting in the rectum and working to the cecum, is the worst case scenario. The cycle of diarrhea followed by constipation followed by diarrhea, is just the cycle of feces blocked from being expelled, rotting, being expelled, followed by new feces–, on and on.
My opinion of most current medical treatment for the early stages of this disease is very low. Medical practices tend to be self limiting to pill and surgical care. I can see little value in either approach to most cases of irritable bowel syndrome. The pills recommended are as logical as taking an aspirin for an acid burn. Perhaps afterwards, but if you happen to get battery acid on your hands, you don’t take a pill! You wash it off! Modern medicine makes very few recommendations for enemas. Properly given enemas wash the acid off the sensitive tissue and cure or prevent the acute problem. Pills and surgery, do not address the problem at all.
With IBS it is good to suggest dietary changes and stress reduction and management programs once the acute episode is neutralized via some good enemas. The years I suffered from loose bowels with every stress, I did not know how to deal with stress. No doctor ever gave me much advice on this. One had me take long walks every day, and frankly this did help, but my approach to life needed modification. No doctor ever mentioned not drinking milk or not using milk products. I found this on my own. Being a strict vegan, even under extreme stress, I have never had anything like the symptoms I had as a milk drinking, meat eater.
These approaches do work. All people with bowel problems should look to them as real cures. The best short term cures directly address the colon via enemas.
“Disease starts in the colon,” a quote that is often used today in the natural healing field. The colon and the bowels are the exit points in the body for all waste material after food nutrients are utilized and processed into the bloodstream. Decaying, fermented foods, gases and toxins that have been absorbed into the body, not only once, but reabsorbed two and three times before final evacuation, can cause the colon to become a breeding ground for unhealthy bacteria, viruses, parasites, yeasts, and more. Our bodies are designed to get rid of waste. Holding on to it, due to constipation, is not good. There is always a price to pay, and it’s usually DISEASE. Fecal matter that is retained for longer than the normal transit time of 12-16 hours will begin to rot in your system. If this is your pattern, please be aware that this is very damaging to your health over time.
Normal bowel movements should occur two to three times everyday, 1/2-1 hour after eating, depending on how many meals you have eaten throughout the day. Many in America today are excreting only once every two to three days, while others experience a bowel movement perhaps only once a week. This means if you are eating two to three meals daily and only going to the bathroom once every three days, then you are retaining six to nine meals plus snacks and unhealthy liquids in your system at one time. If this statement alone doesn’t get you on the path to better colon health then lay out the amount of food you intend on eating over a 3 day period and imagine this entire amount resting in your colon at once…TOXIC OVERLOAD!!!
Compare this now to taking a piece of raw or cooked meat and placing it in the corner of a room to sit for three days. Can you imagine the bacteria and worms that would manifest, let alone the stench you would smell? No wonder people are sick, fatigued, overweight, suffer with poor digestion, repulsive gas, bloating and chronic headaches!
Not only is there the widespread problem of constipation, but on the other side of the spectrum, many suffer from diarrhea or loose bowel movements. Often, this is caused by the colon being grossly impacted with tough rubbery mucus, decades of old fecal matter, parasites, etc., leaving only a narrow passageway for the matter to evacuate. The fecal matter must then break down even more so, becoming a watery substance, in order for the body to rid the waste.
If you experience poor colon heath, then it is time to start a detoxification and cleansing program. Begin by finding out what your transit time is. Again, it should be 12-16 hours. This is easy. Eat an identifiable food such as corn and keep track of how long it takes your body to excrete all of it. This may sound displeasing, but get acquainted with what you are eliminating. Are the movements foul smelling? This indicates rotting, putrefying and fermenting usually due to too much animal protein, or lack of friendly bacteria. Are the stools formed? If not one to two feet in length, then your digestion is poor. Do they float? If not, your bowel movements are too compacted and hard, and you are lacking fiber, and perhaps EFA’s (essential fatty acids). Lastly, what color are they? Stools should be a medium brown, exceptions with some foods eaten. If they are extremely dark and dry, it indicates old rotten fecal matter.
If you need colon help, do not be embarrassed to speak with your natural healthcare practitioner. Elimination of toxic waste is the #1 focus for eliminating disease from the body. THIS IS VITAL! Also, do not succumb to harsh over the counter “quick elimination products,” they are hard on your system and in some cases, can become habit forming. Turn to safe natural healing fibers, foods, and formulas, and you will be on your way to discovering wellness.
Dr. Kimberly Kaye, ND
Rachelle Cain, NBC-HWC
Rachelle Cain is a certified Holistic Health Coach. As an HHC Rachelle is a supportive mentor and wellness authority that works with clients to help them feel their best through food and lifestyle changes.
Rachelle’s passion is to continue educating people on how to take care of themselves in a way that provides them with long, healthy, vibrant lives.