Can I share a terrible secret with you? Maybe you too had to suffer just as we did years ago.
It's about my Dad. Dad was a Scot who believed we all had to have what he called a ‘clean’ bowel to be healthy… He used to dose us up with liquid paraffin regularly to ‘clean us out’. But here is the strange thing, the thing I could never figure out…When my Dad went to the toilet it was like a gas attack. We would rush outside gasping and choking for air. Even the dog ran outside! And no-one could use the toilet for about two hours.
And Dad seemed totally unaware of the problem. He believed he was fumigating the toilet because while he sat there, reading the daily newspaper and getting some peace from the rest of us, he was smoking away. That was his daily routine. He would grab the newspaper, trot upstairs to the toilet and squat in there for at least half an hour. And the stink was appalling. But Dad was so used to the stink he probably didn’t even notice it.
We kids never got used to it!
HOW COULD A 'CLEAN BOWEL' SMELL SO BAD?
The mystery was how could someone who was so dedicated to a clean bowel have such a stink when he emptied it? In our house, back of the kitchen sink was a window sill. On this sill there was always a glass with this dirty looking brown liquid in it. It looked like some witches brew. What it was really was his Senna Pods brewing. He kept this glass full of Senna Pods covered with water. They sat there for days, stewing away. Now in case you don’t know, Senna Pods make a very powerful laxative. Dad used to pour boiling water over them and let them stand for days. Sometimes even longer…
And to our never-ending amazement, he used to drink this concoction as though it was the finest wine you could ever taste. He would knock it back, lick his lips and say something like… ‘That is good stuff, excellent for a proper clean bowel… can’t beat it’. We could never understand how he could drink the vile stuff with such apparent relish. Perhaps he was showing an example of mind over matter for the benefit of us kids! But drink it he did, every day.My fear was that he would insist that we drank some in addition to the oily taste of the liquid paraffin, which was bad enough.
So Dad drank this laxative every day — day in and day out. Never missing… So how come his bowel smelled so bad?
LET ME TELL YOU… THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A CLEAN BOWEL!
But my Dad was wrong.
What he should have been aiming for was a healthy bowel. His idea that you could clean out your bowel so it was free of bacteria was totally wrong… A clean bowel is an unhealthy bowel. It is a bowel that can cause you big trouble. What my Dad was aiming for was not a clean bowel but a sterile one! And the problem with the bowel is that by the time you can feel pain from it, it is often too late to do anything. Your bowel is not well served with nerves and it is nerves that signal something is wrong by causing you pain. And guess what?
My poor Dad got bowel cancer… I think this was in some part caused by his obsession with a sterile bowel and taking a powerful laxative day in and day out, year in and year out. Doing this actually wrecked his bowel. Did you realise that laxatives are one of the biggest selling products in any pharmacy after aspirin products? I bet they sell tonnes and tonnes of the stuff every week…
But laxatives may give temporary relief but in the long run they make your problem worse. Your bowel becomes lazy and goes on strike. It doesn’t even work to rule. It doesn’t work at all. Laxatives demand more laxatives… So instead of solving a bowel problem they disguise it… and under the disguise the problem gets worse!
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Ron Gellatley’s book Internal Health The Key to Eternal Youth & Vitality should be in the hands of everyone who is serious about their health. With over 300 pages Ron’s book provides vital information in a fun way – and we learn more when we are laughing. You will find it a joy to read, with no technical stuff – it could change your life.
Ron said; “If someone asked me this question: ‘What is the most important thing anyone can do to ensure a long and happy life?’, I would reply straight from my heart ‘Internal Health’. I know from over fifteen years as a Naturopath if I can get a patient’s digestive system, the liver included, in good shape I can do wonders.
I have seen it happen time and time again… The change in a patient once his digestive system, his liver, his bowel are all in tip-top condition is absolutely amazing. It almost makes you believe in miracles. Complaints seemingly unrelated disappear. Depression lifts.
Energy lifts. Spirits lift. The joy of living comes back like a tidal Wave.”