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Warning: Colon Cleansing Not Only Useless, but Dangerous

Although they are widely touted on TV, on the Internet, and in newspaper and magazine ads, colon cleansing regimens have No proof  that they are effective in promoting general health or well-being. Lots of evidence that they are actually harmful, even potentially life-threatening. Administered either orally as teas, pills, or powders or through the rectum as high-powered enemas or colonic hydrotherapy, colon cleansers promise to “detox” the body and eliminate fatigue, weight gain, and headaches.  Using informercials and celebrities, they say they will “boost the immune system” and promote weight loss. The problem is that there is not a shred of evidence that colon cleansing does any of these things.

FTC Shuts Down Phony Colon Cleanser Ads and Customer Scams

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has obtained a US federal court order to stop an Internet marketing scheme that deceptively sells Colopure, a so-called colon cleanser, acai berry supplements, and other products. In addition to false claims that the products prevent cancer and promote weight loss, the company cheats consumers by promising a “free” or “risk-free” trial and then charging credit cards, not once but monthly.  Consumers who tried to stop the billing had difficulty reaching the company to do so and telephone staff were actively urged to lie to customers who called to complain.