COLONOSCOPY DANGERS – What You Need To Know

The next time your doctor suggests you have another colonoscopy done, first take the time to really weigh up the risks versus the possible benefits.  Did you know it is impossible to sterilize a colonoscope? Don’t be surprised if even your doctor doesn’t know this. I’ve provided a download link for this full report (below) that you can print out and take in to your doctor – with all the research (from peer-reviewed medical publications) outlined.

So, let’s get started. First of all, this report is going to outline only the most prevalent risks that are present with every colonoscopy. I’m not going to get into rare risks here, like intestinal perforation, just those that may occur through routine procedures.

Regarding possible benefits, the first question you should ask yourself and your doctor is: Will the results of this colonoscopy change the course of treatment? Certainly, there are serious occasions where the best course of action is to have the colonoscopy. But, if your doctor is primarily recommending a colonoscopy as an information-gathering procedure, or as liability protection, then it’s not going to benefit you too much. It may, however, cause a lot of damage and that’s what this report is going to help you assess.

Here’s how a colonoscopy procedure works: First, you have to self-administer a ‘bowel preparation’ procedure. This consists of substances that cause you to completely clear out your bowel and leave the walls of your colon squeaky clean so the fiber optic camera can get a good picture of what’s happening with your mucosal lining and intestinal wall. Understandably, causing a complete clear out of everything from your bowels (usually over a one to three day period) is not pleasant, usually toxic and sometimes painful and traumatic.

Colonoscopies Destroy Bacterial Flora

But the really damaging thing about this kind of a colon cleansing is that it pretty much destroys your bacterial flora and balance of microorganisms in your colon. The average colon contains 3 – 4 pounds of bacteria. If you’re healthy, most of that consists of good, healthy bacteria. So the colonoscopy prep procedure has just stripped your colon of its good, protective bacteria. And guess what? Your colon is now wide open to secondary, or opportunistic infection by pathogenic bacteria, yeast, viruses, parasites, etc.

Into this now highly vulnerable colon, the doctor then inserts a colonoscope. This is a long tube that closely resembles a garden hose with a fiber optic camera on the end of it. But here’s what most people (including your own doctor) don’t know about colonoscopes: It’s impossible to properly or completely sterilize them.

Colonoscopes & Endoscopes Cannot Be Sterilized

It was actually Natasha Trenev (the founder of Natren probiotics) who first alerted me to this whole issue. We were on a TV show together when she told a story of how the Mayo Clinic had sent out letters to all its patients who’d had a colonoscopy – warning them that due to the inability to sterilize the apparatus, the patient might have been exposed to Hepatitis, AIDS, etc. I was aghast. Could this really be true? I began researching mainstream medical and scientific journals for evidence and I’m sure you’ll be as horrified as I was at the results.

But before we get into the technical medical jargon, let’s take a look at this newspaper article from the LA Times, where the reporter covered this exact issue:

UNSTERILE DEVICES PROMPT WARNINGS; Use of dirty endoscopes in colon and throat exams can pass along infections, activists say

- By John M. Glionna. The Los Angeles Times. Feb 13, 2003. pg. B.1

The nation’s leading manufacturer of endoscopes has known for a decade that some scopes contain cavities inaccessible to cleaning by hand but has failed to fix the oversight, said David Lewis, a University of Georgia research microbiologist who has conducted research for the federal Environmental Protection Agency on the issue of dirty endoscopes.

There is wide consensus that it is difficult to sterilize the devices, which can cost $28,000 each, without using temperatures so high that the scopes themselves become damaged. The scopes have numerous cavities that are difficult to clean, even by hand, critics say.

Acknowledged Timothy Ulatowski, an FDA official who oversees endoscope compliance: “When these things were designed, cleaning and sterilization was obviously an afterthought.”

Even the government can’t agree on how long is needed to clean the devices. The FDA says endoscopes should be disinfected for 45 minutes to kill tuberculosis bacteria, but the Centers for Disease Control believes the job can be done in 20 minutes, Lewis says.

He and other microbiologists advocate sterile disposable parts for endoscopes as well as the use of a condom-like sheath for each new patient. But they say manufacturers and health-care providers have resisted such solutions because of added costs.

Lewis says Olympus, which provides 70% of endoscopes on the U.S. market, has long been aware of cleaning problems associated with its product. In a patent filed in 1993, he says, the company wrote that at times “satisfactory cleaning cannot be achieved.”

You can read this newspaper article in full at:
http://www.sheller.com/NewsDetails.asp?NewsID=22

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So now you have a colon that’s been stripped of its natural protective microflora, and directly exposed to a colonoscope that may be infected with any number of harmful viruses, bacteria and other pathogenic microorganisms.

I know, this is such a fantastical claim to make, that more evidence is certainly needed. So let’s get a little deeper into this issue and make sure it’s grounded in hard science. Each of the following problems (from evidence gleaned from mainstream medical journals), highlights a different facet of the sterilization problem:

* Endoscopes and colonoscopes are damaged by high temperature sterilization, so technicians have to use other methods to attempt sterilization. I say “attempt” because to date, they have not found an alternate method that can kill every type of pathogen.(1,7)

* A common sterilant for colonoscopes (gluteraldehyde) has actually been proven to cause colitis. If you develop any of the following symptoms within 48 hours of having a colonoscopy, it’s likely the gluteraldehyde residues on the colonoscope are responsible: Cramps and abdominal pain, tenesmus (painful, urgent straining to defecate), rectal bleeding and in some cases, hemorrhaging.(2)

* Gluteraldehyde (the most commonly used disinfectant for colonoscopes) also cannot kill mycobacteria. Mycobacterium (MAP) is the fungal/bacterial hybrid microorganism that has been identified in up to 98% of patients with Crohn’s Disease.(3)

* Ethylene oxide gas sterilization has also been shown to be ineffective for sterilizing flexible endoscopes, like colonoscopes.(4)

* Of all the endoscopes (gastroscopes, bronchoscopes, sigmoidoscopes), colonoscopes are the most difficult to sterilize.(5)

* Human error also plays a big role in colonoscope contamination. One study observed staff responsible for cleaning colonoscopy apparatus for two years running – and their conclusion was: If the staff do not clean the colonoscope properly prior to disinfection, then no matter what sterilization procedure is in place, the colonoscope remains highly contaminated; and after two years of observation, they discovered a lot of evidence of human error.(6,7)

In the last section of this report, I have listed the specific medical publications and quoted the texts these assertions come from, so you have the hard science backing up these claims. Your doctor will also need to see this section when you take this report in to him/her.

However, before we get to that, here’s what to do if you’re faced with a colonoscopy, to minimize the potential damage.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU DECIDE TO HAVE A COLONOSCOPY

Those of you who have read my books know my personal opinion on colonoscopies and that I haven’t had another one done since my first, over 20 years ago. However, in the event that you really do need to have one done, what can you do to protect yourself?

A medical supply company called Stryker was working on a colonoscopy apparatus with a disposable sheath – called ColonoSleeve – and this would have been ideal. Unfortunately, in 2008 they abandoned the project for unknown reasons. I don’t currently know of any other disposable colonoscopy product, but check with your doctor as one may be developed at any time. If you’re just having a sigmoidoscopy done, make sure your doctor uses a disposable sigmoidoscope. These are commonly available, so should be easily obtained.

However, while using a disposable scope will greatly protect against infection, it still doesn’t make up for the disruption and destruction of your healthy bowel flora. So following your colonoscopy, you will also need to go on high dose, therapeutic-quality probiotic supplementation.

Ideally, you want to first follow the colonoscopy with Jini’s Probiotic Retention Enema and then at least 3 months of high dose oral probiotic supplementation. You may also want to follow Jini’s Wild Oregano Oil Protocol as well to get rid of any new pathogens transmitted via the colonoscope…

Click here if you’d like to read the rest of this 20-page report.

colonoscopy-dangers p.s. At 20 pages, this Colonoscopy Dangers report was too long to put in this blog post in its entirety, so just click the link above (you may need to right-click on it) and you can read the whole report and even save a copy to your computer, print it out, share it with friends.

What About Sigmoidoscopies?

As you can see from this description, the test prep for a sigmoidoscopy is almost as thorough as that for a colonoscopy (and if you decide to go ahead it is better to use the magnesium and senna test prep rather than the polyethylene glycol), and it is still quite an aggressive cleanse/clear out, so you will need to do Jini’s Probiotic Retention Enema in the same way as advised in the Colonoscopy Dangers report and then continue on high dose oral probiotics for at least 6 months. And also take George’s aloe vera juice before the procedure to help prevent inflammation from the sigmoidoscopy. If you have (or recently had) a tendency to diarrhea, the test prep bowel clearance will also likely exacerbate this – for how long, who knows?

As long as your doctor uses a disposable sigmoidoscope, you will not run the infective risks of the colonoscopy.

So, it has to be your choice, balancing up the pros and cons between your body’s Healing Journey vs. your fears, or if you feel like you should have it done (listen to your gut!), or if your doctor indeed has a good reason to recommend it, or if he is just trying to be compliant with his medical association and avoid malpractice litigation.

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101 thoughts on “COLONOSCOPY DANGERS – What You Need To Know

  1. I had my first colonoscopy about a month ago and I subsequently developed a yeast infection in my rectal and vaginal areas. I went back to my dr and she could see nothing wrong so then went to my naturopath who diagnosed it. I was never warned that this could be a possible side effect and don’t know of anyone else who has had this problem. So now I’m left with the frustrating ordeal of trying to clear up this mess. It’s costing me time, money and causing me anxiety.



  2. Thanks for your info. I’m already following a protocol given to me by my ND of Black Walnut Oil and probiotics (HMF Intensive by Genestra). I have some wild Oregano Oil. Can I take that as well? If so how much/day? I’m definitely going to try applying it externally as directed in your protocol.



  3. I have had 2 colonoscopies. The first was done in 2006 at the age of 39 because I passed bright red blood when having bowel movements. I made the mistake of telling my husband about the blood. He told my doctor, who insisted I have a colonoscopy. The prep was absolutely brutal. The doctor didn’t tell me the truth – he said I would be asleep during the procedure. I wasn’t. I felt all of it and even watched it on the TV screen. All he found was a hemmoroid that was located inside my anus. The doctor told me to treat it with hemmoroid cream. As far as I am concerned the colonoscopy was unnecessary. The hemmoroid, incidentally, never stopped bleeding. It still bleeds. I will probably have periodic bleeding from my rectum for the rest of my life. I’m good with that.

    The 2nd colonoscopy was performed in Feb 2010. A blood test taken in January showed that I was anemic. My doctor (same doctor as before) was in a total panic. He said I needed to have my gastroenterologist perform an upper endoscopy and a lower endoscopy immediately. The doctor scared me and he scared my husband. They both pushed and harrassed me to have these procedures. It was wierd, but I KNEW that if I had these tests they would show nothing. I had the upper endoscopy (those are easy) and it showed….NOTHING! By that time the bleeding had stopped and my hemoglobin levels were increasing. My doctor insisted I have a colonoscopy because, he claimed, even though the bleeding had stopped there was a risk that it could start again and that it would bleed so fast I could die before I got medical help. Like an idiot I had the colonoscopy. If I ever have to make that decision again I’ll take my chances with the bleeding. I went through the hell of prep again, had the colonoscopy and it showed…..NOTHING! What the colonoscopy DID do was deplete my immune system so badly that within 4 days I had contracted a respiratory infection. I have severe asthma, so the respiratory infection became serious. I am on my 3rd week off work (just for the respiratory infection/asthma – not counting the time lost due to the anemia and they hysteria of my doctor and husband). I’m also on my 3rd course of antibiotics (that’s probably doing my colon a world of harm too) and my 3rd dose of oral steriods. I also had one injection of steriods. I have gained 20 pounds, have no clothes that fit, am horribly depressed, am angry at my doctor and my husband and am close to using up all of my paid time off at work so I will not be able to take any vacation time this year. And it is only March. (My husband, who is 51 and has not had the colonoscopy that is recommended when one turns 50 and has no intention of having it learned the hard way that he will STAY OUT OF MY MEDICAL DECISIONS unless I ask him his opinion. I am so mad at him for pushing me to have that colonoscopy. When I was in the hospital, someone mentioned “blood transfusion” and he asked 2 different doctors to give me a blood transfusion. He didn’t bother asking me if I WANTED a blood transfusion. That was okay, though, because I would not have consented to that. I would have gotten up, gotten dressed and walked out. Fortunately both doctors told him “no” on the transfusion. I don’t know what his deal is when it comes to having doctors perform risky, invasive procedures on me, but he better not EVER do it again.

    I do not recommend colonoscopies. I think they do more harm than good. I think the primary benefit of a colonoscopy is to the doctor because he makes money. I have no intention of ever having another colonoscopy. I cannot believe I was stupid enough to allow other people to frighten me into having an unnecessary procedure that provided no benefit at all due to an internal bleed that corrected itself within a week of discovery. Especially when I KNEW, intuitively, that it was unnecessary.



  4. Wow. You people would say anything to make a buck. I have known many patients that have had colon cancer (yes, cancer, not just polyps) diagnosed during a screening colonoscopy. In almost all the cases, the cancer was detected in an early stage (before spreading) and was treated with surgical intervention. Now they are cancer free. I dont see probiotics treating cancer. Keep posting garbage like this on the web to discourage people not to get colonoscopies, and end up killing people. Hope you can sleep with that.

    Yes, there are risks to having a colonoscopy. There are risks with everything in life. Drinking, driving, crossing the street, etc. But there are great benefits too. Always weight your risk and benefits before doing anything, esp a medical/surgical procedure.
    I’m sure Barbara (see her post) wouldnt have minded a yeast infection if she had a cancer that was diagnosed during the colonoscopy. In addition, there is no proof that the colonoscopy itself caused the infection. It may have been that she didn’t know how to clean herself after having bowel movements. She can blame it on the procedure or the prep, or the doctor who didnt remind her which way to wipe, but she wouldnt have had the procedure done if she truly felt it was not necessary. Take responsibilty on your own actions and decisions, dont blame others. I see people having colonoscopies everyday, and I made sure my parents got theirs done when they turned fifty and I would have everyone else in my life that I love to undergo the procedure when necessary.



  5. After having spent months now getting rid of my Candida problem, I have a bit more perspective on everything. I’m sure my yeast imbalance started as a result of taking antibiotics a few years ago, so I can’t really blame the colonoscopy. The colon prep was probably the straw that broke the camel’s back. They did find and remove a polyp during the procedure , so in the long run it was probably worth it. So if I have any advise to give, I wouldn’t say avoid a colonoscopy. Be careful of your diet (avoid sugar and all that crap), avoid Big Pharma if possible, and take really good quality probiotics if you need to have anything invasive done.

    Marilyn



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  7. Hi Jini: I find your article, “Colonoscopy Dangers,” most informative. I am very concerned about the possibility of contracting a disease or even an incurable illness through such an invasive medical procedure. As I have been advised to get a colonoscopy, I have asked a colonoscopy specialist at a renowed clinic if they used a removeable sheath-like apparatus on their colonoscope, in order to prevent cross contamination. He said no and that, honestly, he did not know if such a procedure would create cross contamination. He claimed he had never heard of it at his clinic. “We try our best, in accordance with the medical association’s guidelines, to make sure the equipments are clean properly,” he commented. “You’ll just have to take your chances!” Does anyone know if any health clinic or hospital in Canada or the United States that uses a removable, sheath-like apparatus on their colonoscope?



  8. Print the report and take it in to your doctor – after assessing it, he may be able to answer your questions better and who knows, perhaps they have new/improved equipment or sterilizing method?

    Stryker bought out the company that made the colonoscope sheaths and so far have not produced or done anything with the invention. So no, I don’t know of any clinic that has a better option.



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  10. Jini I had a colonoscopy in 2000 and a virtual colonoscopy in 2005 and both
    were clean. My doctor says I need another procedure.
    What are your thoughts.
    Thank you!



  11. I would encourage you to use the tools in Listen To Your Gut to connect with your own body wisdom and then decide what to do.

    Also, be sure and follow the instructions in the Colonoscopy Dangers report for how to protect yourself if you do have one.

    A really important point to keep in mind is that doctors legally MUST advise regular colonoscopies, or they can be sued for malpractice. So keep this uppermost in your mind when deciding whether or not one is really necessary for you.

    If your docs primary concern is cancer – get the blood tests and other markers done first. If all is normal, then why would you need a colonoscopy? Talk to your doc about this.



  12. Jini, I’m trying to get your Probiotics Retention Enema. But I can’t find it on your
    web site. I need it so I can use it after my c’ oscopy after week . Also, I just received Natren’s Trinity in the mail today. Should I wait until after my colonoscopy next Wednesday to start or start now. And what should the dosage and frequency be???

    HELP!



  13. Ken – We do not sell a Probiotic Retention Enema kit.

    You buy the Natren probiotic powders (see Page 181 of Listen To Your Gut for which probiotics are needed) from here:

    http://shoppe.listentoyourgut.com/shop-by-probiotics/

    Then you can buy the enema bag from here:

    http://shoppe.listentoyourgut.com/shop-by-healing-implant-enema-kit/

    And you mix and administer according to the instructions on Page 181 of Listen To Your Gut.

    But this is actually a good idea you have suggested – to bundle everything together into a kit, we will look to sort this out in the near future.



  14. Most virtual colonoscopy units use presterilized disposables, and is the best choice if you are sensitive to the risks of a colonoscopy.



  15. Thanks for this article. My daughter developed a serious C-Diff infection after a colonscopy in 2005. She was also pregnant at the time (with her 2nd child) but was so early into the pregnancy that she didn’t know she was pregnant yet. After the colonscopy and then the subsequent C-Diff infection with its horrendous round of powerful antibiotics she then lost the baby. I doubt she’ll ever do another colonscopy again … I know I won’t.



  16. My profession includes the disinfection of Colonoscopes.
    Thorough cleaning is where most failures to disinfect colonoscopes occur (human error).
    The high level disinfection most commonly used does not always kill every bacterial spores such as C Diff, but viruses like Hepatitis and HIV ARE killed by high-level disinfection.
    Colonoscopes can not be sterilized by heat and steam sterilization, but they can be sterilized using Ethylene Oxide gas. They can be High-Level disinfected several different ways.
    Because of time considerations and the fact that mucus membranes resist infection in ways that sterile tissue can not, colonoscopes are normally disinfected, frequently by using extra-strength Hydrogen Peroxide.
    Gluteraldehyde is an old disinfection technology which is being replaced in most places where it is still used.
    This article seems to demonstrate the dangers of a little knowledge. One example is discussing sterilization time without discussing which sterilant is used.



  17. Thanks for sharing your knowledge Pete – if you have downloaded the full report (not just the excerpt above in this blog post) it contains the full references to the studies the information was taken from – with all the details of sterilants used, procedure, etc.

    If technology has advanced, it would be very helpful for us if you could post some links to clinical studies showing that newer disinfection methods are more effective…



  18. Hi Jini,
    You mention above “it is better to use the magnesium and senna test prep rather than the polyethylene glycol”. I think your book also mentions barium enemas.
    But my scheduled sigmoidoscopy coming up in January has instructions for magnesium citrate, not these other things. What is your take on that?

    In any case, I am considering cancelling the procedure after reading your information about these procedures. I’m not getting it due to any concerns per se, but simply as a medially suggested preventative measure. My doctor recommends either a colonoscopy every 10 years or a sigmoidoscopy every few years. She is an MD. But I also have an ND doctor.

    Thanks,
    Rick



  19. My mother ended up getting colorectal cancer at the age 45. They found out she had a blood type that caused her to get c,ancer called lynch syndrom. They family was recommended to get the same test done. My test came back positive for it also. I am 29 yrs old and now have to get colonoscopy’s every 1 to 2 yrs to monitor. I have an 80% chance of getting colon, ovarian, and uterian cancer. i got my first colonoscopy this week and now i have a yeast infection as well. I rather deal with that then have to go through what my mother went through. I will continue to get the colonoscopys because thats whats going to save my life. My ten yr old son and my 2 yr old daughter are now at a 50% risk of having the lynch. They cant get tested untill they are 18 and u best believe they will be getting colonoscopys as well…



  20. I think taking yogurt (about 2 tablespns) every 4 hours can also help to keep the intestinal flora healthy.
    All the best :)



  21. ANGELA – if you download the report, it gives you the treatment to use both before and after the colonoscopy to minimize the risks (including yeast infection) and heal the colon.



  22. SID – you would have to dig deeper to get independent confirmation of their data – this paper is put out by a society formed to promote endoscopy and their stat sources are from a related journal – not really an unbiased source.

    Do a search on some of the publications I have listed in my report and see if they have any new data, whether the situation has changed. And then please let us know what you find…



  23. There’s now a case here in Ottawa involving a dr. who didn’t properly sterilize her scope between patients. Some of them have now tested positive for hepatitis and have launched a class action lawsuit against this dr. So you do have a valid argument concerning this topic. That being said, I did have a polyp removed when I had a colonocopy last year, so in the long run it was a beneficial procedure. However I think I’d like to see the use of a sheath over the scope as you recommended .

    Angela, I ended up with a yeast infection as well after my colonoscopy which took me quite some time to get rid of. There’s a whole protocol involved with candidiasis, yogurt alone won’t do the trick. I followed a special diet, took herbal antifungals and very strong probiotics. I’d advise seeing an ND. Good luck.



  24. Angela, you may have likely already heard the relatively new findings regarding the fact aspirin significantly cuts the risk for developing cancer in people at risk for developing hereditary colon cancer (Lynch Syndorme in particular). The study – a large randomized controlled trial – was published about a month ago in the Lancet (a press release can be read here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2011/10/28/colon-cancer-aspirin-genetic.html). This finding supports the idea that this type of colon cancer is promoted by inflammation – which is ironically part and parcel of the effects of colonoscopy. The fact that many of these diagnostic tests (not to mention the cures) are so invasive and disruptive to the body’s homeostatic functions is a real conundrum for people trying to make the best health decisions for themselves and their family. Best wishes on all fronts.



  25. I just had my 3rd colonoscopy today…again,nothing was found.I have been dealing with rectal bleeding on and off for 3 years.This last episode was really bad with clots and a positive for anemia.I feel like my day was a waste of time and money but if you are high risk for Cancer…it may be necessary.I am still worried that something is really wrong with me and will seek alternative medical treatment.There has to be a ct scan or some kind of xray that can see whats going on .Im hanging in there…what else can I do?



  26. I have a business where people come in for repairs on eyeglasses….most of them I dont know. in the past month I had 5 people come in to tell me their family member is in the hospital for punctures after a colonscopy. ,after the colonscopy they had an infection after a perferation…then a heart attack -then peomonia..the others were mostly perferations…these are people waiting for a repair for their family member in the hospital or cant leave the house….how many more ? doesnt that seem high…I am near a well know hospital in an affuent area….I had one at 50….now at 60 I am listening to my gut…I know the ones who find out they have cancer it saves their life…are relieved…but my doctor said these precedues are going back to being done in the office,and not in the hospitals any longer….what happened there? too many problems? sandra



  27. I’m terrified of having a colonoscopy, from the dangers I’ve read above about lack of proper sterilization to drinking the chemicals that may also cause complications or great harm. I feel bullied by society, advertising and medical people into feeling like I have to have one. After reading the postings here, and after hearing about some of my friend’s experiences, I just feel as if I want to “listen to my own gut,” and not have one. Yes, I’ve heard that some lives have been saved, but I’ve seen and read other things that terrify me. I don’t want to tell anyone else what to do, but I feel like several people in this forum who feel as if they’ve been pressed into having one and am afraid I might have the same negative outcomes. I really appreciate this website for the information given and for a place to be able to share feelings.



  28. I was diagnosed with IBS twenty years ago. Since that time I have had five colonoscopies. During the third one they found a polyp and removed it. The two I had after were awful. I awoke midway through the third one to terrific pain with the nurse upping the sedative . My last one was five years ago . During the prep as I neared the end I started to vomit. When I checked into the facility for the exam they found my heart rate was at 130 beats a minute. Dehydration I believe and at that point they were going to cancel me. I told them that after going through that prep I was going to have the exam. At any rate I awoke to horrific cramping pain in my abdomen which continued for two days. Now they want me to have another exam as it has been five years since the last. They say because I once had a polyp I have to have the exam and have been sending me letters along with scare tactics. I have always had doubts about the test and after my last one swore never again.



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  30. Have had A sharp pain to the right of my navel for several weeks- off and on. A colonoscopy was recomended. I have the prep solution and am scheduled for this thursday. I do not want to do it. I am more than likely going to cancel do to the info I’ve read. What are my alternatives? Ultrasound was clear. Please advise.



  31. Hi

    I am a 27 year old male suffering from Crohn’s disease since 2004. Currently I am on Remicade infusions, and have had a colonoscopy 10 days ago which revealed that strictures are present in the terminal ileum. Last year i was in touch with jay aka crohnsbboy, who suggested that I start with the “breaking the vicious cycle” diet. However I found the diet to be to challenging for me. I am feeling pretty lousy right now and was wondering if you have any suggestions for me as far as how to begin the healing process. Also please provide a location in NYC of where I could buy your book and the title or titles of the books I should buy/

    Thank You

    Arkadi



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  33. ARKADI – if you want the fastest route to healing, personally I would do The IBD Remission Diet, combined with my StrictureHeal protocol, which you can get the ebook for free here:

    http://www.foundationmedicine.com/about-management-team.php

    you can get the IBD Remission Diet book here:

    http://www.ibdremissiondiet.com

    We are currently getting set up properly with Amazon, but for now you still need to order directly from me – hope to have Amazon ready in next 3-4 weeks.

    If you want a slower (but cheaper) way to heal, then I would combine the Diets, herbs, etc. in my Listen To Your Gut book, with the StrictureHeal protocol:

    http://www.ListenToYourGut.com

    Also, go to the FREE STUFF page as there’s quite a bit there you can start with.

    best,
    Jini



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  35. HI Jini

    Thanks for your fast reply. I can not find the stricture heal protocol could you please send me the link.

    Thanks

    Arkadi



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  38. Thank goodness I found this article! I was scheduled for a colonoscopy tomorrow and unfortunately, had already done the prep for it when I read about Brenda’s daughter above–so sorry that she lost her baby. I too have had c. diff (twice last year) and do NOT want it again, ever. No colonoscopy for me, thanks. I’ve already called and canceled.



  39. I suggest anyone even considering a colonoscopy first research a few salient facts: total fatalities (Yep!), potential for perforations, harm to flora in the gut, prolonged pain after the procedure (months afterward) and, I think, since someone on one of these posts raised the issue in a rather accusatory tone, just who makes money off them.

    Come on, boys and girls, they are a major financial mainstay of hospitals, clinics and doctors. And for many of those of us who are profoundly chemically sensitive, the anesthesia alone can be dangerous. (After a series of upper endoscope procedures during one short hospital stay–all to determine what I already knew, that I had a duodenal ulcer–I nearly died, losing nearly 60 pounds in less than 3 weeks, and 3 years out I’m still fighting to regain my health.) So do you really think I’d be stupid enough to risk the clean out and anesthesia of a colonoscopy, the same procedure, incidentally, that killed an aunt’s best friend when it turned out the procedure should not be done on the extremely elderly, such as she, for routine diagnostics. Alas, she was a victim of her doctor’s colonoscopy enthusiasm, which I’ll always feel was directly linked to either ignorance or his need to shore up the monetary bottom line. The medical professions blind enthusiasm for this procedure, I am sure, will begin to crumble in the not too distant future as, if nothing else, word of mouth about the risks get out.



  40. Hi! My son colonoscopy was done in last year after that the was soo much infection it put him to ICU trip.Now they insist to do another colonoscopy and endoscopy.What should I do as a parent when its litterally shoved down .I just in battle with DF over come prosedures I didnt agree they litterally kicked me out of hospital.I dont want my son go through this hell again.Where to look for help?Anybody knows?



  41. LONNA – if it were me, I would not take my son to the hospital. But would take him to a naturopathic doctor, or orthomolecular medical doctor, or integrative physician – all of these holistic doctor groups have associations you can do a search on for a list of practitioners in your area.



  42. Colonoscopy was recommended by my GP because I had never had one at the age of 65. I now have terrible anal itching and am thinking the colonoscope caused at infection.



  43. Karen – you can try syringing diluted wild oregano oil (6:1 dilution, 6 drops organic olive oil, 1 drop wild oregano oil) up your rectum and see if that solves the problem. I would syringe 2 – 3x/day until resolved, then once per day for 4 more days. Also make sure you are taking 1 Natren Healthy Trinity capsule (probiotics) per day.



  44. I recently had an “investigative” colonoscopy and endoscopy procedure due to a build up of health problems not being diagnosed in a timely fashion! And still no diagnosis may I add :(
    Since the “procedure” I have contracted anal worms. I have never had them before and never experienced them until this fabulous body invasion recently! I’m so embarrassed about it I haven’t told my GP. It’s getting so uncomfortable though now that I will soon be forced to loose all dignity and get help. I feel totally let down at the fact that this can be done and no warning of passing on infectious diseases is told before hand! I am so angry about this situation I want to sue! Just to make a point! And I’m so terrified as to what other nasties this has passed on to me. Not happy…:(



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  46. Hi, I had severe cramping on my lower rt side in July and after 3trips to the ER and nothing showing on ultrasounds they did surgery to find my rt ovary was covered in cysts and had twisted cutting off blood supply also they removed a webbing that they still cant explain around my intestines and organs. Since the surgery recovery has been horrible I cant sleep at night and have side pain on the same side.The dr is recomending a colonoscopy but I have cancelled 3times and they are mad but the heart attack I feel like im going to have when it gets close to proecdure day feels far scarrier than the side pain but I cant keep living with this pain. But dont you think if it had to do with my bowels I would have issues there? I have no problems going to the bathroom regularly and I see nothing wrong with my feces other than they seem smaller than before surgery but it doesnt seem to be causeing any problems. I have kept a diary of my pain and it doesnot happpen around my bowel movements it seems more associated with my time of the month. so what do I do the dr wont help until I have colonoscopy and I just dont feel in my gut it is not something that needs to be done. Please tell me your thoughts as my medical changes Jan 1st and it will no longer be covered..Thank you!



  47. Hi Chris,

    I’m afraid we aren’t really qualified to advise you with your particular situation but if you are looking for a second opinion, Dr. Paul Goldberg shares methods and protocols with Jini and has read her books. He is a very rigorous practitioner and like Jini, has healed himself of a serious chronic illness, so he understands firsthand what you’re going through. We can highly recommend him.

    http://www.goldbergclinic.com/

    You can also watch this video for a detailed description of how Dr. Goldberg works and what’s involved with his healing approach:

    http://vimeo.com/50486588

    All the best,
    Customer care



  48. I’m scheduled for a colonoscopy but I know my digestive system will not tolerate the prep solution.I have not weak but sensitive kidneys which might be effected by the prep.I’m also very concerned about the possible transmition of disease as well.Might an MRI be a good alternative?All I have is IBS caused by a once terrible diet of fatty meat,sugar and cola.I gave it all up and now eat nothing but organic and tons of papaya.Thanks much.



  49. I have had 4 colonoscopies since I turned 40 as my father had some serious colon problems. The first 3 were fine, but this last one has caused me to have lingering, chronic gastrointestinal pain and discomfort – specifically, painful stomach cramps, sour stomach, gas, bloating, sluggish bowel movements. I also felt bruised internally and sometimes the pain has been so bad that I could hardly walk! This has been going on for over 2 months now. The doctor’s office who performed the procedure has never heard of such problems and they don’t think it had anything to do with my procedure – even though I was fine until several hours after the colonoscopy! Luckily, I have a great alternative physician and acupuncturist who have both been helping me a lot. And thank goodness, the symptoms ARE improving. I have been taking aloe vera juice, slippery elm tea, high doses of a good quality probiotic, L-Glutamine and Chinese herbs. Supposedly, I am to get another one of these torturous procedures in 10 years when I am 71. But I will never put myself through this again!



  50. Do you know what’s worse than reduced gut flora, bacterial/yeast infections and parasites…

    IBD, gastritis, Coeliac disease and of course, cancer.

    You lost me when you said you can “catch AIDS” from improperly sterilised colonoscopes. You could possibly (really unlikely) catch HIV (if somehow it was able to survive outside the body for longer than a few minutes) which might eventually cause AIDS in the future.

    If you want to scare people, you should talk about the 1/1000 chance of a bowel perforation. That will kill you in a day or two if it isn’t dealt with immediately. Or maybe talk about the scary things that happen when various diseases are found at an advanced stage.

    And everyone complaining that “THEY FOUND NOTHING”, thank your lucky stars…it’s actually a GOOD thing.

    Of course, I am not expecting to be published, but hey, may as well give it a shot and prevent some poor soul from worrying more than they need to…



  51. RACHEL – I think you missed the part where I point out that all my sources are from medical journals, and I provide the article highlights and full references in the report. The AIDS statement was actually from the Mayo Clinic, not me. Perhaps you should download and read the entire report before formulating an opinion. And indeed you may maintain your current opinion and that’s okay.

    Also, just to point out, your bowel perforation risk stat is a bit high. According to this source (which is referenced), the risk ranges from .03 – .15 percent; risk increases with age and also whether it is a “therapeutic” colonoscopy:

    http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-230X/9/71

    Anyway, I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and feelings too. Differing viewpoints are always valuable.



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  53. I had a colonoscopy 6 days ago. Everything was fine. The doctor took a tissue sample of a hemerrhoid he found. 2 days after the procedure my anus started to itch and over the last 4 days the itching turned to burning and it just keeps getting worse and spreading. The doctor has yet to return my call. What would cause this? Hemerroid cream makes it worse and so does neosporin.



  54. I had a colonoscopy 5 years ago. After returning for follow up exam; only a hemorhhoid was the result. The Prep was a killer, and made me very ill. I puked my guts out from this exam, and was on the toilet all night. I was afraid I would never stop. This gallon of TriLyte was torture. I just received a card from my gastroenterlogist to come for an exam. I am not due til 2018; and do not have any intention of going through another colonoscopy. What are the other recommendations like Virtuoscopy or Barium enema?



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  56. HOWARD – Barium enema still produces gut flora issue, so follow post-colonoscopy protocol from the eBook.

    Ultrasound is best, but of course, limited in info it provides.

    I haven’t looked at Virtuoscopy – I don’t know the technology by which it works and you would need to research that first. Let us know what you find…



  57. My husband and I have gone threw 2 colonoscopy’s and no problems at all..The prep is always the worst part of the whole thing and the most important..After the age of 50 everyone should have this test done..To many have die uneccesary because of colon cancer..I have read all of the above comments..I have to say some of those infections could have started before the colonoscopy by coincidence..I feel bad for those who did have a bad experience from the test..It’s important to pick your Dr, ask around word of mouth if very important..With colon cancer there is not always a warning, like bleeding or pain, so please have the colonoscopy..



  58. My 75 year old mother had a colonoscopy because she had had IBS for years and the Doctor said the procedure would screen for any abnormality. Well my mother ended up with INCONTINENCE from the $%#@# colonoscopy and had to wear diapers. Stupid doctors, never told her that was a possible side effect. My mother wished she had NOT had the colonoscopy as the results were that nothing abnormal was found. Except Mom then had to wear diapers. Mom later died from side effects from another medication she was on. Be careful of Doctors and their machines and devices and their need to pay their mortgages, is all I can say. RIP Mom. Still miss you.



  59. My doctor recommended that I have a colonoscopy because I have anemia – which is causing me some anxiety. I don’t have any symptoms and feel really well. Reading the above comments – risk of perforation and infection – and listening to my gut I wondered if the procedure is absolutely necessary. I will have to make a decision sooner or later, hopefully sooner. I am open to feedback from other readers.



  60. In that case, why don’t you try our Angstrom-sized iron first? You will likely see an increase in hemoglobin in as little as 45 days (be sure and click on the JINI SAYS tab):

    http://shoppe.listentoyourgut.com/angstrom-minerals-iron-plus-vitamin-c-32-fl-oz/

    Also, the topical DMSO procedure (outlined here in point #2) often helps the body to utilize iron and produce more hemoglobin (a pleasant side effect):

    http://blog.listentoyourgut.com/how-to-release-and-dissolve-scar-tissue/



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  62. I would like to say something. I am 50 did a routine FOBT test which if you ask me was going to be negative as I am a very healthy 50 year old. I take no medication eat well and am active. Anxiety was huge when my test cam back positive. Recommendation colonoscopy. I convinced myself with my gut that it was not necessary and the doctors were too cautious all like most of the above letters. You see I am invincible and I won’t die. My gut told me I was fine. What made me have the colonoscopy is I am a foster mum to a 5 year old boy who needs me to be around. I am so glad I had it. They found a polyp not a big one but they found 1. 1 that I was sure they wouldn’t find because like the FOBT test I and my gut had convinced me I didn’t have anything wrong. All surgery (and yes this is surgery will come with dangers so please read up on it and do what you think is right but also think about what if I do nothing and there is something wrong. I will have another colonoscopy in 5 years, why because I want to know what my body can hide….



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  64. My mother, in her early 80s, had pain in her side but she was in rehab for a broken hip from a fall. Of course, the doctor immediately wanted to do a colonoscopy on her despite the fact she would not have been a candidate for surgery. She also had congestive heart failure plus the broken hip, high blood pressure and beginning dementia. The doctor insisted the test was necessary. I argued with my Dad not to allow it but he and my mother always believe doctors are Gods and can do no wrong. During the Prep she had a heart attack from which she steadily went downhill and ended up dying in a nursing home not long after. Many of these procedures are being done for the money than for real problems. It is the new ‘test’ of the decade for an industry that scopes everything you have top to bottom for a quick dollar, if they get a chance! Big bucks too! AND NO, you receive few of the risks in their disclaimer.



  65. I have had 2 colonoscopies and have had extreme pain after each of them. The nurse was a slob never washing her hands, picking up trash from floor, and no bedside manner before procedure. Incredible pain in mid back both sides. Do not want to have this test again!



  66. A good friend had a colonoscopy 2 years ago and has been experiencing terrible stomach pain since then. Do you have any advice for her? She’s had ct scans which confirm she has no punctures.
    Thank you for any help you can offer.



  67. Hi Bernadette,

    Your friend might be interested in the information at Jini’s stomach pain symptom page at the link below:

    http://www.listentoyourgut.com/symptoms/39/a-stomach-ache.html

    Please also let her know that she can grab Jini’s free eBook, What You Need To Know About Colonoscopy by signing up in the little pink box on the left side of that page. I’m afraid we cannot comment on her specific situation as we aren’t qualified to do so but hopefully she can get some ideas from the information above. If she has any questions, please tell her to e-mail me directly at service@listentoyourgut.com.

    Kind regards,
    Justin
    Customer Care



  68. You can be sure that when a so-called fact-based article tries to scare the reader about a certain procedure or product we’re talking RED FLAG. But when the author also provides the actual names of products to protect oneself from these horrible POSSIBILITIES (however, small the likelihood of them actually happening and the near lack of proof that “this caused it) be warned that you are reading a veiled advertisement – one of life’s most common and ginourmous red flags. The actual time that the bowel is “stripped” of all bacteria is not 3 days. It’s a day and then the procedure is done and one can go slowly back to their regular diet. I know, I’ve had 6 colonoscopies with no complications and they were the only diagnostic procedures that provided accurate (read visual) evidence of the problems. The worst thing one can do is to allow a physician to create a “virtual diagnosis” via stool tests, blood tests, CAT scan, putting you in a hospital bed, infused with Dilaudid (hydromorphone – do a search on that drug) and tethered to a purely liquid diet for up to a week. Think about going through all that just to get what is an opinion which could be completely wrong. Your pain and/or bleeding could continue and then you would demand a colonoscopy. This article is a veiled ad for specific name brand probiotics. Shame on you people.



  69. I would like to add that I never had medication during any of my colonoscopies (6 total). Nor did I “suffer” at all without it. I experienced at times mild discomfort – even with the colonoscope passing through the areas of ulcerative colitis that were causing the pain and slow-but-steady bleeding. When I was searching for an extremely experienced endoscopist, I was thorough and indefatigably diligent in my search. I found one with 20 years of experience and no negative reports from the State’s Board of Medical Practice. As with any profession, there are levels of experience and expertise. It’s your responsibility to find and seek the services of the best – according to official records – practitioner in your area. If there are none, then take the time, if you have it (you may not), and do the traveling. If your situation is an immediate one, then you have to take the gamble with whomever is available. By the way, there isn’t any area on a colonoscope that can’t be reached by the right cleaning tool. If the device has areas of contamination, the blame falls squarely on those responsible for sterilizing the scope for its next use.



  70. Hi Jini & everyone. There’s so many comments that I couldn’t read through all of them. Here is my take on this topic. Since I was 17yrs old, I have had 9 – YES, NINE or maybe 10 colonoscopies (i’ve literally lost count) and I’m only 34 years old.

    I have not once gotten a yeast infection, c diff, hepatitis or any nasty infection from being scoped. During some of the scopes however, I had polyps that were removed and abnormal cells that were discovered during the procedure that were later removed. With this said, people with UC, CD and the numerous digestive diseases that exist, these people need to get screened…period! Why? Because the only way to really detect a problem (cancer, abnormal cells-dysplasia, ect) is by being screened. If you cancer, the scope will most likely detect it in it’s early stage and treat it. People that do not get screened and have cancer brewing somewhere in their colon usually don’t have symptoms indicating that there’s a problem. The symptoms begin when the cancer is in a more advanced stage and much harder to treat. So, with that said, colonoscopies are necessary… no question about that. The real question to ask is how can the scope instruments be sterilized in a manner to ensure the tool is 100% sterile? What advancements have been made in this area that eliminate the chances of coming in contact with instruments that are not 100% clean? What are other screening methods that are reliable, have high detection rate/low error rate and remove the chances of being exposed to unclean tools?



  71. AMY – Yes! I totally agree. If you downloaded the eBook, you will see I talked about how a company developed a solution – a sterile sheath – but it has since been stalled. Why?? Until consumers start DEMANDING a sterile solution, it doesn’t look like much will change.



  72. I had a colonoscopy last dec at age 41 due to family history. All clear, but I have been dealing with the after affects of yeast overgrowth. Reading Donna Gate’s Body Ecology Diet book has helped educate me on human bio and how to heal. (Note: She does hard sell her products in her book, but her advice has helped me the most out of all of my research.)

    If you do nothing else, take a good probiotic after or research if kefir is right for you. AND cut sugar, gluten and dairy until you are well (or thankfully in my case as a lifestyle choice going forward!) With her rec on eating cultured vegetable, I was able to not crave sugar/chocolate and if you have too much yeast than you know how impossible that sounds, right?

    Some are now calling an overgrowth of yeast aka candida a silent epidemic in this country. While preparing for my colonoscopy (not that bad w/Su Prep) may have wiped out my micro flora, a healthy body would have been able to bounce back. I’m still glad I had the C for peace of mind but regret not taking probiotics after.

    As far as not being able to clean the scope -ewww! Thanks for sharing the report.



  73. I had a colonoscopy and they found a huge growth that was very hard to get out but did. The doctor was amazed that i hadn’t noticed anything abnormal because in a matter of a few weeks no more than a few months it would have been full blown cancer a i would have had to start chemo. What a life saver the colonosopy was for me! I would much rather deal with some post symptoms from my colonoscopy than be dealing with cancer or death for that matter!



  74. Without the colonoscopy procedure, I most likely would have been dead at 36 and have left my beautiful husband and two boys without a mum. I requested the colonoscopy after 5 years of chronic illness, misdiagnosis and thank heaven I did as the Doc found aggressive, advanced Stage IIIC colon cancer. This diagnosis completely changed my life, not only am I now getting all the info I need to heal myself, physically, emotionally and spiritually, I am now able to share this knowledge with my family and friends. The colonoscopy was the catalyst for a huge shift for me and mine, and as such, I can only be grateful that a little abdominal cramping was the only outcome. Jini, your blog is amazing – love and light to you for sharing, and next time I go for this procedure I will definitely be using the protocols you suggest. Keep asking questions everyone, especially of your medical support and remind them you are a person, not a patient and deserve the best care and attention possible.



  75. VERY nicely said Kylie. Thanks so much for sharing your story. And keep in mind, you can always benefit from at least one course (1 capusle per day) of the Healthy Trinity probiotics – even as a preventative.



  76. I was bullied into my first colonoscopy at age 71 in January 2013. I have never recovered. The severe aftereffects showed up several months after the procedure. My gastroenterologist diagnosed an infection, prescribed an expensive $1200 off-label antibiotic for 1 month followed by 2 months of VSL#1 @ $400/month.



  77. Hi Linda,

    Thanks so much for sharing your story. We wish you all the best with your continuing recovery!

    Kind regards,
    Justin
    Customer Care



  78. Hello everyone who has never had colonoscopy, and is dreading it from anxiety fear and all the folklore. Well I had my first one today ,I will be 58 in 6 weeeks, about time to get the pipes checked . So as much as I worried like most first timers. I hope to put your mind at ease first of all did the miralax 14 day supply in one gallon of gingerale *frost flavored gatorade, half at 10:00 am plus two dulcolax tablets and at 6:00 pb another 2 dulcolax tablets.i drank it about 12 ounces every i5 minutes till finished(then take the dulcolax)I drank gatorade boos tonic water for no dehydration and jello for solids, also the Important part 2 days before you prep day, start on a soft diet only big difference on prep day, no bloating minimal gas.As far as the procedure itself.It was nothing just went to sleep woke up, feeling pretty good , and went home 30 minutes later. After talking to the Doctor ,he went trough my entire upper & low gastro track colon,ets. All he found was a few small hemorrhoids,



  79. My husband & I have always believed in treating our bodies naturally, holistically. I do not have a regular md now because of all testing pushed on me in the past, it’s been probably 9 yrs now. I am 60 yr old active female, that most of my life taken fiber, herbal laxatives, oxy powder regularly, daily. Because of constipation. I have not had a colonoscopy, I try to listen yo my body.
    Do you think I need a colonoscopy?
    Thx, Sharon



  80. Hi Sharon,

    I’m afraid we aren’t able to advise you as to whether or not you need a colonoscopy because we’re not qualified to do so. However, if you’re weighing that decision, we would certainly recommend checking out the Colonoscopy Dangers report in the blog post above if you haven’t already.

    Kind regards,
    Justin
    Customer Care



  81. It seems to me that if you are clearing your colon for a colonoscopy, you need to replace those bacteria with yogurt and other probiotics ASAP afterwards, perhaps take an antifungal for a short time, in order to prevent growth of candida. I would be more worried about getting infected with lyme disease, or infecting someone.



  82. Thank you so much for this article! I was suggested 3 years ago for colonoscopy. My doctor said: “just to check” I am so happy I have never done it. Imagine, in Kenya! Without being sterilized before. Oh my got, I still can’t believe what I was just reading. Fuj:-( Or even worse what I could be exposed to! They should put all people behind medicine into jail!



  83. I had a colonoscopy 2 years ago and have had severe stomach aches as well as gas ever since. The Doctor did a Cat Scan the week after to make sure there was no perforation and it was normal. He waved me away like a fly.
    Since then I have had serious infections that were only cured by high potent antibiotics (Xifaxan) and the pain is so bad that I could not eat for weeks. I just went to my 6th doctor and she tested my immunoglobulin A and it came back very low.
    I had a small bowel series and it was normal. I also had a bacterial overgrowth breath test six months ago and it showed positive for bacterial overgrowth of small intestines.
    I never had these problems before the colonscopy. I never had gas a day in my life and never severe cramps and pain so bad I could not eat or sleep.
    I don’t know what to do. I have been on Xifaxan three times for these infections and then within six to nine months the infection comes back.
    I cannot digest much food and have lost 7 pounds.
    I am hungry all the time but cannot eat much.
    I am very concerned.
    The doctor was in a hurry and the place where I had the test was extremely busy and did not seem very professional. HELP



  84. i am suppose to get a colonoscopy done next week ,i am terrified,i have had bleeding in my bowel movements but i am 100 percent sure it is hemroids,i once had mersa and because of the medication i recieved i ended up with c-diff and few more days home the doctor said i would have died i am anemic and colon cancer runs in my family i am 47 years old i am so afraid that i will get c-diff and end up in the hospital again,i think waiting untill i am 50 would seem much more easier,i am raising my grandson and if anything happens to me i dont know what would happen to him ,i dont know what to do any ideas?thanks



  85. What a lot hogwash, I have had several colonoscopies without any issues.. They save lives, I had two polyps removed with my last one.. Of course the instruments are sterile if they weren’t there would be lawsuits.. Get your facts right…



  86. Hi Darleen,

    Thanks for posting! If you have any links or info you would like to share which support your assertion that the instruments are 100% sterile then we’d love to see them.

    Kind regards,
    Justin
    Customer Care



  87. What causes the polyps in the first place? If we know the cause, we can surely change the terrain which encourages them to flourish and thus get rid of them without the need for surgical intervention?



  88. Sorry but this is a bunch of bollocks.

    I work as an MA/Tech at a Gastroenterology Clinic. I’ve done everything from assisting the doctors during the procedures to sterilizing the scopes. I’ve gotten a first hand look at what prolonging getting a colonoscopy done can do. We’ve seen quite a few patient get a preliminary diagnosis of colo-rectal cancer at our clinic after their procedure. There is rarely a day (We generally do procedures M-F) where no patient has a polyp.
    Sigmoidoscopies are NOT as thorough as a colonoscopy..even basic anatomy will tell you that.
    Flex sigs look at the rectal and sigmoid area of the colon which means you are neglecting the descending, transverse, ascending, cecal and ileal portion of the large/small intestines.



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