Colon cleansing: Is it helpful or harmful?

Our general interest e-newsletter keeps you up to date on a wide variety of health topics.Is colon cleansing a good way to eliminate toxins from your body? Answer From Michael F. Picco, M.D.Colon cleansing is normally used as preparation for medical procedures such as a colonoscopy. However, some alternative medicine practitioners offer colon cleansing for other purposes, such as detoxification.But colon cleansing — also called a colonic or a colonic irrigation — for such purposes isn't