If death begins in the colon what can you do to save yourself?

Sunday 15th April 2012

Here's a puzzle for you.

What have Westminster Abbey, a Nobel prize winner and a secret of healthy life got in common?

In today's letter I hope to link all of these together - I like a challenge!

The link is a simple one they all relate to the colon, a significant and important part of our digestive and waste disposal system.

[Are you doing enough for your hidden corners?]

If you spend a little time looking after your digestive system it has been shown to add considerably to your life expectancy.

This was the case when doctors completed an autopsy on the man reputed to be Britain’s oldest living person.

Thomas Parr (1483-1635) was 152 years old when he died, and was considered so special that King Charles II ordered an investigation and then to allowed him to rest among kings in the Abbey.

When his surgeon Dr William Harvey opened the body he found that many of the tissues were still in good health, but especially commented on the colon which he found to be 'as clean and as healthy as that of a child'.

Not bad for a man who first married aged 80 and fathered a child at the ripe old age of 130 - there's hope for us all.

So that answers the link about Westminster Abbey and the secret of a long life - but what of the Nobel prize winner?

Well that's the story of a Russian called Dr Elie Metchnikoff who won the prize in 1908 for his research into ageing.

Well that's the story of a Russian called Dr Elie Metchnikoff who won the prize in 1908 for his research into ageing.

It was he who coined the phrase "Death begins in the colon".

He believed that ageing and premature death was as a result of toxic build up in the colon and regularly self treated with fermented milk products in an attempt to increase the levels of lactic acid.

This is often cited as a reason to indulge in probiotic yoghurt drinks, however, as pleasing as these little pots are there is no evidence that they do anything of value in your gut. Metchnikoff's ideas though do have a much more powerful resonance, let me explain.

Why a spring clean means a thorough one

There’s no getting around it, if you want to live a long and healthy life, the most important thing you can do is make SURE you have a clean and healthy colon.  Have you ever wondered if your body is as clean on the inside as it is on the outside?

Even an old toad like me spends time in the bathroom scrubbing and polishing my various nooks and crannies everyday, but do we ever stop to think about how we are faring beneath the skin.

We British don't consider matters alimentary as being much above comedy value, however, our French cousins are committed to the science of the derriere.

Now I'm not suggesting that we come over a bit Gillan McKeith and begin to set up enema parties over the summer but I do think a bit of consideration for the old waste system would be well placed.

 [Click here to discover how to improve digestive function and improve your general health]

You see, we need a healthy colon to ensure our well being for other reasons than just purely waste disposal though.

Living in harmony with us are billions of tiny creatures who inhabit our lower recesses, and these little helpers allow us to get the most out of our food, produce important vitamins and enzymes and help us fight infections.

If we allow a toxic environment to persist in the gut we prevent these chaps from doing their best to help us, and that is really biting off the hand that feeds us.

Help is at hand though because nature already knows how to help itself, just ask David Attenborough.

What’s the best way to help get a healthy colon?

Over the Easter weekend I was shocked to find that the expected classic films weren’t on the schedule.

Where was ‘The Robe’ or ‘Spartacus’ or even ‘The Guns of Navarone’?

All we had was an Easter Monday re-run of ‘Ben-Hur’ to enjoy, and that wasn’t enough so we spent a bit of time in front of the goggle box watching the great naturalist on DVD.

In one programme he was following the activity of birds, reptiles and mammals around a clay source in the Amazon. And it was fascinating to see how each of these creatures craved for the healing benefits of this mineral.

They knew it acted to support to their gut function, and helped them digest their food better, but it also overcame the discomfort of bloating which certain foods in their diets caused.

And it’s for precisely this reason that our Gallic neighbours have been using an amazing product called Propargile for many years.

Propargile has been shown to benefit those suffering from;

- Flatulence

- Heartburn

- Slow digestion & indigestion

- Bloating

- Chronic Intestinal infections

- Colitis

- Discomfort after a large meal.

And it can even help those of us who need a little help to flatten our tummies with trials which showed that 86% of people quickly recovered the feeling of a flatter stomach and 75% reported a significant reduction in intestinal discomfort as a result of taking it.

Propargile combines some of the finest natural health products available to dramatically improve your inner workings.

- Propolis; This is Mother Nature's own disinfectant.  Produced by bees for disinfecting the hive before the queen lays her eggs, it produces an anaesthetic which is more powerful than cocaine (without the side effects).  This offers significant relief to heartburn and colitis sufferers.

- Pollen; Often derided because of the impact it has on hay fever sufferers, pollen actually has significant healthy properties: It is rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes and prebiotics providing intestinal well-being.  Tonic and stimulating, it also has a purifying effect and when taken orally like this it does not stimulate the immune response.

And the all important;

- Clay; Taken internally, clay acts as a powerful magnet for all waste product in the digestive system (the stomach, the colon and the liver) It contributes to what the French rather poetically call "excellent evacuation"!  By eliminating dead cells and activating the growth of new, healthy ones the gut is regulated and rejuvenated.

Now I’m not going to promise you that you will achieve the longevity of Mr Parr as a result of using this product, but getting a bit of help in for your overworked alimentary system must be a good thing.

[Click here for the very best way to get a healthy stomach]

Yours, as always




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