Archive for the ‘Colonic Irrigation’ Category

One coincidence after another …

December 21, 2008

Do you remember dear readers how I told you about my seminar with Patrick Holford? Well he was very pleased that Health Products for Life were able to attend. What a coincidence that they were free that evening! They were selling plastic containers with Patrick’s face on them. They were filled with pills coincidentally recommended by Patrick. Mrs Holford was running a book store at the back of the hall. It just so happened all the books were written by her husband.

I have experienced a number of coincidences recently as well. Recently I learnt that David Colquhoun will be in Oxford on the afternoon of Saturday 07 February 2009. Rather coincidentally it appears Andy Lewis of the Quackometer blog will be in town at the same time. Even more bizarrely Oxford Town Hall has a room available for hire on the very same afternoon. By a strange twist of fate I am free that afternoon as well and could bring some coffee and biscuits along if I can find any shops selling such items.

Possibly some of you will be in Oxford as well that day or would that be a coincidence too far ???

A man who really knew about coincidences was the late and much-lamented Professor Richard Feynman:

You know, the most amazing thing happened to me tonight. I was coming here, on the way to the lecture, and I came in through the parking lot. And you won’t believe what happened. I saw a car with the license plate ARW 357. Can you imagine? Of all the millions of license plates in the state, what was the chance that I would see that particular one tonight? Amazing…


A Letter from the Nursing and Midwifery Council

August 17, 2008

Do you remember me telling you about the article in Optimum Nutrition magazine about colonic irrigation?  The practioner concerned puts the letters “SRN” after her name. I checked online with the nursing register and also telephoned the Nursing and Midwifery Council.  However, there no trace of our colonic irrigationist or whatever the technical terms for such people is.

Now I would not want any of you to call me a grass, but I felt duty bound to write to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.  After all surely they would not want anyone promoting colonic irrigation putting the letters “SRN” after their name?

They kindly replied to my letter.  It turns out that claiming to be on the nursing register when you are not is an offence under article 44 of the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001.

“It is important,” the writer of my letter declared, ” (…) for nurses and midwives to distinguish between their qualifications and registration status.  Nurse and midwives who allow their registration to lapse can still refer to the fact they are a qualified nurse or midwife but must not give the impression that they have a current registration.”

“However, [Ms X] is not committing any offence in using SRN after her name as this is not a title protected under the Order and is in effect the qualification awarded.”

Now, over the past year I have learnt a lot about the regulation of health professionals. I know what the the letters GMC, HPC, NTC and NMC stand for.  SRN, as I am sure you know, stands for state registered nurse.  The average member of the public such as myself see those letters and imagines there is some kind of registration in place. It would appear from the letter the NMC sent me that there is not.  They claim SRN refers to the qualification. I would have thought the nursing qualification would have been the original degree or diploma awarded on qualification.  However, it is not for me to tell the NMC how to regulate their profession.

So there you have it.  The magazine of the Institute for Optimum can publish an article encouraging you to visit some one who has not bothered to keep her registration up-to-date.   Still, hardly surprising really given how few of their members including their founder have bothered to study for qualifications that would enable themselves to be REGISTERED members of the Nutrition Society.


June 28, 2008

It is now Summer. Hurrah. You know what that means readers the Summer edition of Optimum NutritIon magazine is now with us. To save you the trouble of purchasing it I picked up a copy this afternoon. It is published by the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and comes with 52 pages of cutting edge analysis from the frontiers of nutritional knowledge, along with about ten pages of advertisements as well. Interestingly there is no mention of the ION’s founder, Mr Patrick Holford. Most of the articles were fairly uncontroversial, but a few stuck out. I have not got the time, inclination or scientific expertise to analyse the whole magazine, but perhaps you would allow me to share two articles with you.

Columnist Valerie Morant courageously investigates colonic irrigation: “But what exactly is colonic irrigation? (…) With some apprehension, I approached [a] colonic specialist (…) to find out.” Why exactly Ms Morant felt the need to be cleansed we are not told. However, apparently “by observing what waste material passes down the tube, the therapist can tell a lot about the state and health of the colon.” Now I am not a nutritionist, but I would imagine the reason our body discharges certain things as waste is because it does not need them. If anyone reading this column does know a thing or two about nutrition it would be interesting to have your comments. Our intrepid explorer of new detoxification techniques reports that she felt exhausted for two days afterwards. However, she goes to say that her digestion now feels more efficient and she will be returning for more of the same in two weeks time.

You will doubtless not be surprised to learn that colonic irrigation is not recommended by the so-called orthodox medical establishment. The Wikipedia article on the subject is very informative.  See:

It would appear its “use is not supported by mainstream medical practitioners and governing bodies, who recommend the use of enemas only in cases of constipation, though its use to treat a variety of ailments has persisted in popular use despite lacking scientific support.”  See for example, and

However, readers of Optimum Nutrition magazine are not made aware of the modern medicine’s skepticism of colonic irrigation.  The magazine merely adds the following rather weak disclaimer: “A word of caution. Colonic irrigation can be damaging to some people. ION does not recommend anyone to undergo this procedure without first consulting a fully qualified medical practioner.”  Who would that be?  If you consult a doctor or nurse they would probably advise against the procedure. I wonder what the holder of a Dip ION would advise?  If you do have problems with your digestion I would recommend asking  your GP to refer you to a state registered dietician.

(The full article can be found on page 50 of Optimum Nutrition magazine, Summer 2008 edition, published by the ION.)