It used to be Viagra, body parts enlargers, mortgages, hair tonics and diet products, but lately spammers want to tell you to get your colon cleaned.
The average person contains five to 25 pounds of "waste" build-up in their colon, we keep reading in dozens of spam messages. This can lead to colon cancer, deadly toxins and even 'parasite build up'.
The growing amount of colon-cleansing spam has already led to obsessive debates in some news groups. "Dishwasher detergent works best for me. Any brand," a helpful reader comments. "If you leave too much detergent on the dishes, it will REALLY clean out your entire alimentary canal".
Another contributor suggest yous should swallow a tooth brush tied to a lead sinker.
So, what have these cleansing companies on offer? Most advertise their products - pills, herbs, powder and programmes with electro-diagnostic devices - as the cure to all diseases. They let you believe that a healthy colon is the vital underpinning factor for good health.
Which can't be said about the companies promoting these products. Healthcolon.com, responsible for a large part of the colon-cleansing spam, is already out of business, or maybe banned for spamming.
Others scare you to death with messages like these, obviously written by a once- talented copywriter gone astray:
'Let me ask you this...which is worse:
A. The engine on your Lexus freezes up at 160,000 miles instead of 300,000. You take a financial hit and you are forced to buy a Toyota this time.
B. You start bleeding during bowel movements. You go to the doctor and get poked, prodded, X-ray'd, biopsied, etc. Three days later you get a call for a consultation. The doctor informs you that you have advanced colon cancer at 45 years old.
This site, Quackwatch tells you that a company called Girourd and Colon Therapeutics were notified that their colon-cleansing devices require professional supervision and cannot be legally marketed directly to consumers. The Wood Hygienic Institute of Florida and its owner were warned by watchdog FDA about quality control violations and the use of unapproved therapeutic claims in marketing their devices. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Another site, HealthFactsandFears.com warns that the continued use of products for internal cleansing can lead to cramping and dehydration. More severe side effects may include cardiac arrhythmias, heart attack, kidney problems, and even death. If you want more regularity to your bowel movements, medical experts say, try eating more fibre.
We don't have a satisfactory explanation for the sudden rise of colon-cleaning spam, other than the fact that the market isn't regulated.
Now that pharmaceutical companies are fighting counterfeit products such as Generic Viagra more vigorously, and unlicensed online pharmacies are getting caught more often, snake oil profiteers appear to be taking their chances with a less familiar product. Hopefully, not for long.
posted on 2:11 AM
Patients who receive a diagnosis of colon cancer quickly become depressed and have a lot of unanswered questions about their future. The most important thing for them to realize is that they are not alone and that their friends and family are there to provide love and support.
When dealing with any type of illness, including colon cancer, family and friends are the first thought of a positive support system. Understandably, these same people may be experiencing a lot of emotional pain and anxiety themselves, which stems from seeing their loved on suffering from an illness. If, for these reasons, a cancer patient cannot find support at home, it’s a good idea to join a local support group or become involved in an activity that they enjoy. If their health allows it, a cancer patient should continue living life and enjoying every day as possible. While quality of life is very important, making sure to take time out for rest is one of the key points for successful recovery from any illness.
Immediately following diagnosis, a colon cancer patient may want to visit their local library or research the internet for educational resources, of which there are plenty available. This information will help the patient to become better informed and allow them to be more involved with their treatment. It’s important to know, and understand, what is happening to the body during an illness, treatments and recovery. It is equally recommended that a patient remain involved in his/her care for as long as possible. This can be achieved by conducting research, asking the physician a lot of questions and preparing for best and worst case scenarios.
Depending on how advanced a cancer patient’s illness is, several treatment options are available. If a patient decides to move forward with treatment, he/she may also wish to consult another physician for a second opinion in order to confirm the diagnosis and recommended treatment. The best outcome is to eliminate the cancer completely but, if that is not possible, the doctor may be able to stop the cancer from spreading or to relieve the patient‘s symptoms and discomfort.
Assuming the patient’s health will allow it, and he/she wishes to pursue remedies, the main method of treatment is surgery. Depending on the location and size of the cancer, a doctor may be able to remove all or part of the colon. If a polyp is the only cancer that is known to be present, it may be all that needs removing. In some cases of colon cancer, the patient must wear a permanent colostomy following surgery. This occurs if the cancer is so advanced that it forces the doctor to remove the entire colon.
Another common approach to treating colon cancer is for the patient to begin a series of chemotherapy treatments. This process involves the intake of medicines to help fight the cancer cells, which can either be taken orally or delivered through the patient’s veins. This option is often most useful to rid the patient of any lingering cancer cells following surgery. In addition, chemotherapy may be used to control the growth of cancer, relieve symptoms and prolong life. Radiation therapy, often used in conjunction with chemotherapy to help combat various other cancers, is not a treatment used to help colon cancer patients after surgery.
This article should not be construed as professional medical advice. If you, or someone that you know, is concerned about the possibility of cancer, you should seek medical attention immediately. A medical doctor can discuss various options, prevention and treatment possibilities should the presence of cancer be detected. A series of tests may be conducted in order to confirm, or rule out, any such diagnosis and can only be done by a medical doctor.
posted on 12:26 AM