The Dangers Of Colon Cleansers – Hidden Ingredients That Can Harm Your Health

by Mark Ament on February 12, 2010

As someone who has advocated colon cleansing for years and who has guided 1000s of people through their own colon cleansing process I was shocked to discover what I’m about to share with you here – the dangers of colon cleansers.

One of the basic principles of colon cleansing is to stop consuming anything that might be toxic to your body. The idea is to improve your health, to feel better after you complete a cleanse.   Of course, that’s why most people choose to clean their colon.

And yet, would you believe that many colon cleansing products on the market contain ingredients that can make you sick?

In looking at the ingredient lists of over a little over 100 colon cleanse kits I discovered some things that anyone who wants to colon cleanse, and do it safely, needs to know.

Before I continue, you should know that these cleanse kits were not just the cheap ones from the local pharmacy.  Yes, I included those. But I also looked at cleanses that cost as much as $199.

Here’s a summary of what I found:

First,  in total these colon cleanses contain:

  • 18 ingredients with potential side effects, ranging from nausea to immune system disorders.
  • 4 known allergy causing foods.
  • 2 potent herbs used in potentially dangerous quantities.
  • Low quality herbs that may contain pesticides, herbicides, toxic heavy metals and GMOs.

Second,  all of the following ingredients are in these cleanses:

Clay, sugar, chalk, shellac (made from insect eggs), alcohol, animal tissue, chemical drugs, chemical solvents, common sand, fish, milk, soybeans, wheat, wax, and believe it or not, traces of cyanide!

Third, some of these ingredients are also used in making:

Pet food, cat litter, putty, adhesives, diapers, plastics, blackboard chalk, shoe polish, surfboard wax, ammunition, explosives, and fire extinguishers.

If you’re trying to clean your body with a colon cleanse, you don’t want any of that stuff in your system.  

So much for those cleanses claiming to be “natural.”

These are the specific ingredients found in cleanses that you should avoid:

  • Apple pectin
  • Bentonite clay
  • Calcium carbonate
  • Carnauba wax
  • Dicalcium phosphate
  • Food glaze
  • Fructose
  • Gelatin
  • High amalyse corn starch
  • Inolin
  • Magnesium stearate
  • Methylcellulose
  • Natural Flavors
  • Polyethylene glycol
  • Potassium carbonate
  • Silicon dioxide
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Xantham gum
  • Fish
  • Milk
  • Wheat
  • Soy


Also, avoid herbal cleanses have potentially unsafe ingredients including:

  • Cheaply grown herbs that contain  herbicides, pesticides, heavy metals and fumigants
  • Irradiated herbs – these have little medicinal benefit
  • Herbs powders from the entire plant instead of only the medicinal part of the plant
  • High quantities of senna, a very potent herb which causes peristalsis (bowel motion)

In my opinion, the best ways to avoid the dangers of colon cleansers are to learn how to cleanse through diet and how to make your own homemade colon cleanses with ingredients that you can trust.

Check out our Lifetime Guide to Colon Health for some great recipes and strategies to keep your colon healthy safely.  You can get more details by clicking on the highlighted text.

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Laurel August 4, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Oh, this is all soooooooooo reassuring since I’ve just discovered that one of the ingredients in my blood pressure medication is carnauba wax. Holy cow!

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