My lab results came back normal. Not normal for a person getting chemo, but normal normal!
The best thing about the lab test today were the jellyfish. Check 'em out!
Next, I saw my oncologist’s physician’s assistant (PA), Evelyn, who went over my labs and answered all my questions. I mentioned that my poops were normal with no bleeding, and she told me it’s a sign that the chemo is working; people who have pain and other symptoms find they go away once chemo starts.
I also asked Evelyn about colon cleansing. I’m not curious, but I promised a coworker I’d find out about it because her holistic friends swear by it. My coworker said that Romania, their native country, is full of doctors who do it regularly. To me, the whole colonics thing is a bunch of hooey. Here is what the Mayo Clinic has to say about it:
[C]olon cleansing — also called a colonic or a colonic irrigation — for [detoxification] isn’t necessary. That’s because your digestive system and bowel already eliminate waste material and bacteria from your body.
During a colon cleanse, large amounts of water — sometimes up to 16 gallons (about 60 liters) — and possibly other substances, such as herbs or coffee, are flushed through the colon. This is done using a tube that’s inserted into the rectum. In some cases, smaller amounts of water are used and are left to sit in the colon for a short time before being removed.
Proponents of colon cleansing believe that toxins from your gastrointestinal tract can cause a variety of health problems, such as arthritis and high blood pressure. They believe that colon cleansing improves health by removing toxins, boosting your energy and enhancing your immune system. However, there’s no evidence that colon cleansing produces these effects or is beneficial at all.
And colon cleansing can sometimes be harmful. In fact, coffee enemas sometimes used in colon cleansing have been linked to several deaths. Colon cleansing can also cause less serious side effects, such as cramping, bloating, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
Other potential concerns with colon cleansing include:
A tear in the rectum (perforation)
A change in your electrolyte balance, which can be dangerous if you have kidney or heart disease or other health problems
I once saw a Penn and Teller episode of Bullshit! about the “lie behind the practice of flushing the colon.” Needless to say, the PA said it was quackery.
On another note, my friend and author David Rolland used my first blog post as a stand-alone piece on his website The Jitney David's a great writer, and his site is fantastic. He posts regularly about news, art, movies, politics, sports, music, and Miami. He also wrote the novel The End of the Century which is available on Amazon. Thanks David!
I’ve edited the site a little and removed the STORE. Almost no one bought a bracelet, and I decided it was deceitful to sell fundraising bracelets. Instead, I have added some links to different products on Amazon and some banner ads. All the products I link to have helped me and I recommend them. You can see the books on the RESOURCES page. Please look at them and recommend any you think I should read.
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