(From The Colon Hea1th Handbook by Robert Gray)
All mechanical abnormalities of the colon and related body structures--ballooned colon, hernia, collapsed colon, spastic colon, prolapsed colon, redundant colon, diverticulitis, diverticulosis, and hemorrhoids--begin with a toxic condition present in the colon. Colon cleansing is the first and most important step when using natural methods to help the body overcome these problems. Even after the colon is cleansed, a proper diet and many years are necessary for the colon to regain its proper shape, positioning, and tone. In the majority of cases, colon cleansing alone will be sufficient to end any disturbing symptoms due to mechanical abnormalities.


Autointoxication is the process whereby the body literally poisons itself by maintaining a cesspool of decaying matter in its colon. This inner cesspool can contain as high a concentration of harmful bacteria as a cesspool under a house. The toxins released by the decay process get into the bloodstream and travel to all parts of the body. Every cell in the body gets affected, and many forms of sickness can result. Because it weakens the entire system, autointoxication can be a causative factor for nearly any disease.


The cause of autointoxication is putrefaction within the intestinal tract. Putrefaction is a process of decay in which foul odors and toxic substances are generated. Ideally, there should be little or no putrefaction happening within the body. That is, daily bowel movements should have very little or no putrefactive odor, and there should be no stagnant putrefactive material within the alimentary tract.

The amount of putrefaction present in the body depends upon how long the food undergoing putrefaction has been in the body, upon the efficiency of the digestive processes, and upon what kind of food is undergoing putrefaction. The length of time food stays in the body depends upon tow factors--stagnation and transit time.