Last weekend my youngest son graduated from high school! It was a great experience but I didn't have time to create a new blog post. Today, however, I want to get into how the colon can progress from being healthy to being so diseased doctors want to cut parts of it out. All of this can be prevented by taking care of our bodies naturally. If you like, please get yourselves up to speed by reading the following back posts:
Introducing Detox Herbs
Detoxing 101: The Role of the Colon in Detoxification
Colon Anatomy, Healthy Colon Function, and Constipation
When we have healthy colon function, toxic waste known as fecal material or feces (that's "poop" in the vernacular, people) is escorted out of the body through intestinal wave movements called peristalsis. I included a You Tube video showing gastric peristalsis in one of the above posts, but I'll repost it here, as well:
- The CBC will show an elevated white blood cell count, indicative of the body fighting off an infection. Bleeding causes anemia, so the hematocrit will be low with diverticulosis.
- The abdominal Xray will reveal whether or not any gas has escaped from the diverticulae (bowel pockets/sacs) and is trapped up near the diaphram.
- The CT scan will pinpoint either the diverticulosis or the obstruction in diverticulitis. The doctor will think, "Yup, I was right!"
- A colonoscopy may be ordered for diverticulosis, but absolutely nothing should be placed in the rectum for diverticulitis. The risk of perforating the colon wall is just too great.