Structural, functional and metabolic imbalances of the
colon are manifested in various forms. We will mention a few of the more
common abnormalities of the colon to illustrate the effects of autointoxication
and constipation. These are: adhesions, ballooning, colitis, diverticulitis,
mucosal dysfunction, spastic bowel, strictures and ulceration.
Adhesions in the colon are caused by inflammations and irritations to the bowel wall.
When the mucus membrane breaks down, tissue becomes exposed, open and irritated.
The raw surfaces begin to stick together as the result of glue-like substance
secreted from the tissue. This is a serious condition and requires delicate treatment
Ballooning of the colon occurs as a consequence of backed up feces.
For various reasons, feces can accumulate and stretch the bowel wall
into enormous proportions. This often occurs in the sigmoid colon as
the result of a narrowing of the bowel lumen below the ballooning.
This narrowing can be caused by adhesions, spasm or colic conditions.
When this occurs, constipation can become quite severe and painful and
has a damaging effect upon the bowel structure and function.
Colitis 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.
Divcrticular 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 in bulk or fiber, 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, are blind in one end. Therefore feces accumulate
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.
I have seen X-rays of the colon in which there were 142 of these little
sacs on one bowel. When these diverticula become inflamed and irritated,
we have a case of diverticulitis. Should any one of these festering sacs
produce a rupture, 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.
Mucosal dysfunction occurs when the intestinal mucus lining becomes stagnant
and putrefactive. It begins to develop many unfavorable conditions.
No longer does it serve the function of facilitating elimination of
fecal material. Instead it degenerates in several ways. It can become
abcessed, in which case irritations, abrasions, ulcerations and bleeding
can occur Food passage can be very painful.
Mucus can dehydrate and accumulate due to increased viscid consistency.
This causes layer upon layer to be built up until extreme constipation occurs.
This old material becomes a source of infection and toxic absorption, holding
many otherwise excreted products. It also greatly inhibits the absorption of
nutrients and water, adding to nutritional crisis.
A spastic bowel is often associated with colitis. The point I want to stress
is that when bowel muscle or any muscle is overworked, tense and not given
an opportunity to rest, it will go into a spasm. Muscle spasm is a chronic
tightening of the fibers due to hyperactivity in the nerve impulses controlling
muscle action. The symptoms frequently manifest as constipation, alternating with
diarrhea. Mental and emotional stresses are high on the list of contributing
factors, coupled with chronic toxemia and poor diet.
A stricture of the bowel usually occurs after an inflammatory disease such
as colitis has damaged the tissue. It is a chronic narrowing of the passageway
that often results in a backup of feces that are unable to pass through.
The feces accumulate in front of the stricture, causing ballooning, while
the segment just past the stricture collapses.
Ulceration of the bowel occurs due to irritations, abrasions, infections and
toxic concentrations settling in or on muscletissue. This results in open sores,
bleeding and much pain as is common in hemorrhoids, etc. The sigmoid and rectum
are the sites for most of these troubles. Again, autointoxication and constipation
are the root causes.
Dr. Bernard Jensen, Ph.D., Nutritionist
Click on this link to get the drawings illustrate the
various abnormal shapes of the bowel in comparison to a normal bowel