Nigerian doctor based in the UK and social media influencer, Dr Olufunmilayo, has warned the general public to desist from using the popular colon cleanser saying it is useless, has no health benefits, poses potential health hazards and a complete of money.

He wrote:

“Colon Cleanse” is a scam.

Your colon cleanses itself by itself.

You do NOT need any special colon cleansing. Infection, Waste of time. Waste of money. Useless procedure.

Can tear your bowel.

“Colon Cleanse” is a scam.

I have gotten this question at different multiple times from many people both openly and in the DMs. It looks like this is the new scam that has just been imported into Lagos, Nigeria and many people are falling helplessly for it. There is NO convincing medical evidence for it.

There is “colon preparation” or “colon irrigation” if you are having a colonoscopy (a medical procedure to check your colon for cancers/abnormalities using a camera), That’s okay and necessary for a clear view of the colon.

But colon cleansing for “detoxification” is a scam.

Colon irrigation for the purpose of a colonoscopy is NOT the same as routine “colon cleanse” for a mystical detoxification. It’s not necessary. It’s not needed at all.

You can get your bowel perforated, which can lead to infection, bleeding and serious complications for you.

The colon and rectum is part of your large intestine. It ROUTINELY cleanses itself. Almost on a daily basis.

Colon cleanse
You don’t need special chemicals to cleanse your colon

“Every time you go to poo in the toilet, that’s your colon cleaning itself out. It does not need anybody putting a hose in your anus and flushing it out. It’s dangerous. Eating high fibre diets, exercise, quitting smoking and alcohol, avoid eating red meat, and cutting down on your pasta consumption will surely ensure you have a healthy colon. No need for colon supplements or colon detoxification (detox).”

Side of the risks of colon cleansers are:

  • Constipation
  • Electrolytes imbalance
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Bowel perforation
  • Feeling of fullness
  • Stomach aches
  • Bowel tear
  • Eradication of healthy bacteria flora
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Kidney injury

Thank you”

Dr Olufunmilayo


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