home colonic unit
as featured on ABC's
TV program The View
with host Barbara Walters
Guest: Dr. Carolyn Dean,
Natural Health magazine
Topic: Internal housecleaning
Location: New York
Broadcast: North America
Estimated viewers: 5 million

Article from Alternative Medicine Digest Magazine, May 1998

Colon irrigation, cleansing the colon with a water enema, is commonly recommended by natural health practitioners as an effective method of detoxification. But soon people find giving themselves an enema messy or formidable, or the thought of going to a professional colon therapist either embarrassing or too expensive. For these individuals, the innovation of having a freestanding unit to accomplish this necessary intestinal cleansing should come as welcome news.

Called Colonet™ (from Prime Pacific Health Innovations Corporation in North Vancouver, British Columbia), this counter-top colon hydro-therapy unit can make colon cleansing and detoxification easier and more convenient to perform on your own. The device efficiently and gently pumps cleansing water into the colon, stimulating the colon’s natural peristalsis to move out old fecal matter deposited within the large intestine's five feet of internal storage space.

Unlike an enema, which treats only the lower part of the colon, or a colema board which is messy and uses only a limited amount of water, a high colonic irrigation, made possible by the Colonet unit, rinses the entire length of the colon in a painless and sanitary manner, states Prime Pacific.

The manufacturer suggests the user recline during the irrigation procedure on a padded board (available from Prime Pacific) fitted over the bathtub. Over a 45-minute period, the unit delivers an unlimited amount of purified water into the colon. The water is cycled through the colon on a continuous basis, collecting impacted fecal matter that flows out under the irrigation's influence.

A regulator valve on the Colonet™ allows you to adjust rate and quantity of the water flow to your comfort level. Water is not pumped by force but rather the flow is controlled naturally by gravity. This allows for fecal matter to be gently washed away. Waste water drains through another hose directly into the toilet. Hoses and connections are color-coded for quick and easy set-up. Speculum and waste hose are disposable for easy cleanup.

The counter top device includes an 8-quart capacity water tank which is connected to your bathroom sink faucet or shower. The tank can then be automatically refilled for unlimited treatment capacity. This feature allows the user to continue the colonic for as long as it feels comfortable, although the manufacturer recommends that each treatment not exceed 45-60 minutes. A thermometer on the water tank allows the user to continually monitor the temperature of the treatment water.

The unit provides for water purification as well. Multiple filtration systems (carbon and sediment) clear the treatment water of chemicals, rust, pesticide residues, chlorine and other contaminants commonly found in tap water. An optional ultraviolet sterilization unit is available to treat the colonic water for bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms. This ensures that clean water is being used in the treatment and that no additional contaminants are introduced into the colon.

A second tank on the Colonet™ unit can be filled with detoxifying agents such as herbal teas, chlorophyll, coffee, probiotics, or bentonite, to be introduced into the colon during or after the irrigation.

Why Cleanse Your Colon?

Intestinal toxicity and impacted fecal matter are linked with numerous health problems, from acute to chronic headaches and allergies to arthritis and cancer. If the colon becomes clogged or sluggish due to stress, improper diet, insufficient fluid intake or other factors, both absorption of nutrients and elimination of wastes can be impeded.

This in turn causes toxins to be re-absorbed into the body which can potentially lead to chronic illness. "It is like the action of a sewer which backs up into the drain pipes in your house when the sewer becomes clogged or stopped," says company spokesman Delmar Vogel.

"Cleansing the colon of impacted and putrefactive waste matter on a regular basis offers relief from a variety of disturbances," Vogel explains. These can include chronic fatigue, gas, irritability, depression, skin problems, lethargy, constipation or diarrhea, yeast infections, colds and flu, bad breath, and insomnia, among others.