It is unfortunate that American doctors have contended for decades that the number of bowel movements an individual has is unrelated to health. Unfortunately, they have convinced most of us that they are correct. The connection between colon health and disease is rarely talked about until there is a problem. Most people think that they are not constipated if they are having one bowel movement a day. Yet, we eat three meals a day. Where are the other two meals going if they’re not being eliminated through the colon? The answer actually is somewhat frightening. The rest of the food that is not absorbed by the body as nutrients stays around the body in unlikely places — against the colon walls, in tissues and organs, in arteries — any place at all in the body can serve as a receptacle for un-eliminated waste.

Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, of the famed Battle Creek Sanitarium, maintained that 90% of modern diseases are the result of improper functioning of the colon. British physician, Sir Arbuthnut Lane concurred after performing hundreds of bowel resections where diseased portions of the bowel were removed. He noticed that during the time that the patient was recovering from the surgery that other diseases, seemingly unrelated to the colon problem, were cured.

Sir Lane came to understand that a large part of the problem in many diseases was the body’s inability to adequately carry out its normal waste disposal functions. He calculated that a healthy intestine requires emptying every six hours, and that more commonly, it is emptied every 24 hours.

There is scientific research, as well, showing the relationship between bowel functioning and health. British and South African scientists have shown a lot of interest in this issue and have conducted elaborate experiments involving the clocking and weighing of feces of human volunteers. It has been confirmed that too few bowel movements and too little bulk in the stool is related to a variety of disorders, including heart and gallbladder diseases, diverticulitis, varicose veins, hiatal hernia and cancer of the large intestine.

There is also a study of over 1000 women with histories of constipation. Fluid was extracted from the breasts of the women. This fluid showed abnormal cells which are the same abnormal cells found in women with breast cancer. These cellular abnormalities occurred five times as often in women who moved their bowels fewer than three times a week than in women who did so more than once a day.

Our observations at La Casa Spa and Wellness Cener show that, in fact, Sir Arbuthnut Lane was overly optimistic about the bowel functioning of most of us. What we at La Casa notice is that most people don’t know that their bowels are not functioning properly. Humans are the only animals who have such insufficient bowel functioning. Breast-fed babies, indigenous peoples, birds and animals all evacuate their bowels shortly after each meal.

Normal bowel functioning means there is waste for everything that goes in except distilled water. We need to find those other, lost meals.


Common disorders of the intestines are: congenital defects, infection and inflammation, tumors, impaired blood supply, obstruction, peptic ulcers, and ulceration.

Other disorders are appendicitis, diverticular disease, overweight, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, worms, bowel, colon cancer, and other types of cancer. Medical science acknowledges that up to 85 percent or more of all adults suffer from some type of intestinal problem. Children are also affected by these same problems because of their diets.

Some symptoms of dysfunction are: allergies, appetite loss, asthma, backache, bad breath, bad odor, concentration loss, depression, eczema, fatigue, food craving, gingivitis, headaches, hemorrhoids, indigestion, insomnia, irritability, memory loss, menstrual problems, nausea, nervousness, prostate problems, stomach pains, swelling, tension, weight problems and yeast infections.

Appendicitis is an inflammation in the appendix, which is due to an obstruction by lumps of feces or parasites. The tissue lining becomes infected and inflamed, causing swelling of the appendix. This condition, untreated, can lead to gangrene or bursting of the appendix.

Auto-intoxication occurs when poisons and toxins are absorbed into the bloodstream via the colon. This is due to the dirty buildup of old waste matter that is not properly eliminated.

Toxic poisons are usually the result of bacterial action during the putrefaction of foods that travel too slowly due to blockage or constipation in the intestinal tract. These toxins will eventually burden every vital organ and cell.

Ballooning occurs when waste backs up and stretches the walls of the colon due to stricture or narrowing of the passageway. Stricture is damaged tissue from an inflammatory disease like colitis. The build up of waste from being restricted causes the ballooning.

Colon cancer is the second most common type of cancer and accounts for 20 percent of all cancer deaths. Carcinoid tumors are slow growing and can spread to the liver. Lymphoma damages the intestinal walls, causes bad absorption of foods, and travels to the lymph nodes.

Diverticula Disease is caused when the muscular walls in the colon become weak due to lack of fiber or bulk. The hernia can occur in the weak spots to make pouches that protrude outward, called diverticula. When the pouches collect food and waste, the condition is called Diverticulosis. When an infection occurs on the inner lining of the pouches due to bacteria, the condition is called Diverticulitis.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease is ulcerated colitis or Crohn’s Disease. Ulcerated colitis is ulcers or abscesses that occur from inflammation of the mucous lining. Crohn’s Disease usually occurs in the small intestine (ileum) or in the large intestine from spreading inflammation. Scar tissue develops in the healing process which narrows the passageway. Transit time is reduced which results in weight loss and malnourishment.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is the disorder of the muscular walls that effect transit time of waste to the rectum. This condition is also known as Apparent Colon Syndrome, Mucous Colitis, Spastic, or Non-inflammatory Bowel Disease. This is the number one digestive disease in the USA.

Mucosa is mucus formed to trap harmful substances and keep them from penetrating into the tissue. The natural mucus is needed for lubrication in the elimination of waste. Some foods create mucus that adds to the propagation of bacteria or pathogens. An excess of mucosa in the stools causes clumping of the feces and constipation. Dysfunction occurs when the mucus becomes stagnant and putrefied which keeps building up layer upon layer. It then becomes another source of infection, irritation, abscess, and ulceration on the walls of the large intestine. The toxins created will be absorbed into the blood. This condition also inhibits the absorption of nutrients and water.

Obstructions or blockage can be caused from waste backing up due to weak muscle contractions, undigested food, diverticula, hernia in the small intestine, closure or narrowing, twisting or knotting of the colon, or worm infestation.

Parasites living in the small and large intestine contribute to disease and most intestinal disorders. Worms destroy the intestinal lining, cause inflammation, irritations, infection, weak spots in the intestinal walls, and are responsible for the accumulation of some toxic waste.

Polyps are growths on the inside of the smaller intestine and colon. The polyp can cause blockage in the smaller intestine and become cancerous.

Prolapsus in the transverse is caused from an accumulation of waste. Gravity will force the transverse colon downward. The excess weight will determine the pressure exerted on the other organs like the spine and back.

Spastic Bowel occurs when the colon spasms from being overworked and tense.

Ulcerations are caused from constipation and auto-intoxication. This occurs on the muscle tissue from abrasions or irritants from bacterial or parasite infections, toxins. There can be bleeding from open sores.

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