While enemas in general have health benefits, there are some dangerous enema solutions that you should avoid. Here are four types of enemas that are potentially hazardous to your health:
Tap Water Enema
Most of the water from public water supplies is chemically treated to eliminate microbes in the water. Chlorine is the most common additive. Since chlorine is added to kill bacteria, it is certainly not advisable to administer chlorinated water into the colon where various forms of good bacteria reside.
You don’t want to kill off the friendly bacteria of the colon. Good bacteria creates a healthy fermentation process in the colon, and they also produce enzymes that aid the digestion of foods and the assimilation of nutrients. When the good bacteria are no longer present in the colon, instead of the food fermenting properly, the food rots and creates toxins. In addition to assimilating nutrients, the good bacteria also creates some nutrients for our bodies including vitamin K and folate. Friendly bacteria also play an important role in the modulation of the immune system as it creates an environment which prevents pathogenic microbes from taking over.
What if your tap water is not chemically treated? Even worse. If your water is not treated, using this water in an enema may introduce pathogenic bacteria and parasites into your system.
Do not prepare any type of enema using water directly from the faucet. Use only filtered or distilled water in you enema solutions. While plain water from the tap may seem benign, you can see why tap water is actually a dangerous enema solution.
Fleet enemas contain sodium phosphate. The dangers of sodium phosphate are well known due to the prevalence of kidney failure in people taking sodium phosphate. While oral sodium phosphate preparations have been discontinued, fleet enema solutions containing sodium phosphate remain available.
Sodium phosphate draws water into the colon; repeated use of a fleet enema may result in dehydration or fluid imbalance. Fleet enemas have also been shown to cause deteriorated renal function and electrolyte imbalance including elevated levels of phosphate, decreased levels of calcium, and low levels of potassium in the blood.
Deaths have been reported from the use of fleet enemas in elderly patients and fragile individuals; it is not advised to take a fleet enema if you are in fragile condition.
One fleet enema may not cause any noticeable disturbance in young, healthy individuals, but multiple consecutive enemas or more than one fleet enema in a 24hr period will significantly increase the risks. With such a wide variety of safe enemas that can be used at home, there is no need to resort to using fleet which is a potentially dangerous enema solution.
Soap Sud Enema
Soap sud enemas were once a common medical procedure; their use has been discontinued since a link between repeated soap sud enemas and colon cancer was discovered.
Soap sud enemas cause irritation and destruction to walls of the colon. Putting soap in the colon destroys the phospholipid bilayer surrounding the cells of the colon wall. This double layer of lipids protects the cells, if it has been stripped off by soap or other detergents the cells are left vulnerable to all kinds of toxins, bacteria and parasites. Damaging the protective lipids also leaves the cells more prone to cellular damage or mutations which can lead to severe conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease and cancer.
Most soaps contain antibacterial substances or chemicals which kill the good bacteria in the colon. Commonly used soaps also contain ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulphate which is damaging to the mucosal wall of the colon.
Although there are more pure soaps such as castile soap which does not contain harsh ingredients, castile soap is still a detergent which will strip away the protective lipid bilayer and the mucosal layer of the colon. Good bacteria reside in these layers, once these protective layers are gone, so are the friendly bacteria. Just because something is natural does not mean it is safe to use in an enema.
Alcohol enemas seem to have become a dangerous trend. These enemas are not administered for health purposes, rather, they are taken to become intoxicated faster than one could by drinking alcohol.
The alcohol is absorbed through the colon walls and goes directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the stomach and liver which play a vital role in breaking down the ethanol to make it less toxic.
Alcohol enemas bring the blood alcohol level up quickly and to dangerous levels. Many deaths have been reported from alcohol poisoning induced by alcohol enemas. Once the alcohol has been absorbed through the colon, the body cannot reject the toxin. A person may still vomit, but there is no alcohol in the stomach to be expelled. This type of enema is clearly a very dangerous enema to administer.
Which Enema Solutions are Safe?
If you are looking for safe and effective enema solutions, see “7 Natural Enema Solutions You Can Use at Home” and “Herbal Enemas for a Happy and Healthy Colon”. For detailed instructions on how to perform an enema safely and efficiently see “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Giving Yourself and Enema and Were Afraid to Ask”.