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The Bowel

Small intestine
tumb intestinal cross-section chartTake a look at your thumb, if possible compare it to someone else's. Your small intestine is about the size of your thumb and about 26 to 30 feet long. As food passes through this organ, tiny little villi absorb tiny particles of nutrition into the blood stream to feed the body. If food is coming out the same way it went in, like corn for example, then we didn’t get any nutritional value out of that food. Instead, we just put our body through a lot of turmoil. We could look at it this way... We are not necessarily what we eat, but what we absorb! If we don’t chew our food enough it won’t be broken down enough to be absorbed.
Once food has traveled through the small intestine over 90% of the nutrition is absorbed into the blood. The remaining is passed along to the large intestine which acts as a dehydrator, passing the fluid to the kidneys and sending the rest as waste to be removed from your body.


Large Intestine
This is where we run into trouble. This organ has a hard enough time cleaning itself without chunks of food accumulating. Waste has to chug all the way up, across, down and out of this organ. Anything getting caught builds up inside. Our bodies are 96 degrees - how long would you keep food at that temperature and still consider using it as food?

One famous actor (starring in many of our favourite westerns) ate three times a day and eliminated three times a day and didn’t think he had a bowel problem. His autopsy revealed 75lbs of fecal matter in the large intestine and some of it was 30 years old. He had warning signs such as stomach and lung cancer and finally died of bowel cancer. He didn’t target the source of the problem.

There are many bowel problems, here are  a few.

prolapsed bowel chart

There are very little muscles holding this organ in shape; it is designed to hold only 7-20lbs of fecal matter. When it droops it puts pressure on other organs in the body, such as reproductive organs, prostate and uterus cancer. Could this be the link?

diverticuli chartDiverticuli
Apparently 90% of North Americans have these pockets and most don’t know it. We are all guilty of needing to use the washroom and instead we hold it. Just like our pets - we get home from work and they are trying to be good little puppy dogs and hold it. Why are they getting the same diseases we are? That organ has a hard enough time cleaning itself. Why create more stress?
Kids! When at school and you need to use the bathroom, go! We all know the story of the kid that cried wolf. Do not abuse the washroom privileges because if your teacher catches on he/she won't let you go even when you need to. This could seriously affect your health!

stricture chart


This organ is so weak and starved of nutrition that the walls are collapsing in together.
This narrow passageway makes moving waste very difficult. Common symptoms include pencil thin movements and sometimes even painful movements.





colitis chart

Look at how inflated this intestine is. This organ has been known to stretch 12 inches in diameter with just a small opening for the waste to move through the middle. When this happens the brain signals the body to not send the water over to the kidneys, but to use it to flush this "toilet".
Common symptoms include loose stools and an urgency to go have that bowel movement. This can be very life changing and embarrassing. Waiting to go to the bathroom is not healthy! Some adults do not go out for dinner because their spouse sits alone at the table while they're trying to leave the washroom.

small intestineCrohns Disease
This is a problem with the little villi in the small intestine. These villi can break and get infected. This is very painful and can become a very serious health hazard.

Consider this: if the villi are responsible for absorbing nutrients into the blood and they are stripped or coated with cheese, gravy, bread (flour + water = glue) then how is this nutrition supposed to get into the blood? What is your body going to feed on if nutrition is not in the blood?
Help your body clean this up and repair itself so it can function properly.


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