To make matters worse, each year the average American consumes 150 lbs of sugar and 566 cans of soft drinks ("liquid candy") (1). Junk food consumption has grown drastically in the last few decades. Compared to 1981, in 2001 the average American consumed in one year: 45 large bags of potato chips - up 78%; 120 orders of French fries - up 130%; 190 candy bars - up 80%; 120 pastries or desserts - up 95%; 150 slices of pizza - up 143%.
Fast and junk foods contain dangerous additives, chemicals, and many are laced with excitotoxins such as aspartame. (Excitotoxins are substances added to foods and beverages that literally stimulate neurons to death, causing brain damage of varying degrees.) (2) Looking at these astonishing figures, the fact that every second person in the U.S. is chronically ill should come as no surprise.
According to the Partnership for Solutions, led by Johns Hopkins University and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, more than 125 million Americans – nearly half of the population – have at least one chronic condition and 60 million have more than one condition. Examples of chronic conditions are cancer, heart disease, diabetes and glaucoma. By 2020, the number of people living with chronic conditions is expected to rise to 157 million and direct medical costs are expected to double to more than $1 trillion (80 percent of the nation's health care spending).
The colon - also referred to as the large intestine is one of the four major main elimination systems of the body.
In Chinese medicine the internal organs are paired. The large intestine is paired with the lungs, the stomach is paired with the heart for example, the kidneys are paired with the bladder, etc.
Your large intestine is made up of four main sections: the ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon & the sigmoid colon.
The total length of your large intestine is approximately 6 feet and it ends at the anus where feces are eliminated from the body.
The small intestines length is approximately 26 ft. long.
They are called large and small not because of their length but rather because of their width & diameter.
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