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Titre du document / Document title

Colonic irrigation and the theory of autointoxication : A triumph of ignorance over science

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

ERNST E. (1) ;

Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s)

(1) Department of Complementary Medicine, Postgraduate Medical School, University of Exeter, Exeter, ROYAUME-UNI

Résumé / Abstract

Autointoxication is an ancient theory based on the belief that intestinal waste products can poison the body and are a major contributor to many, if not all, diseases. In the 19th century, it was the ruling doctrine of medicine and led colonic quackery in various guises. By the turn of the century, it had received some apparent backing from science. When it became clear that the scientific rationale was wrong and colonic irrigation was not merely useless but potentially dangerous, it was exposed as quackery and subsequently went into a decline. Today we are witnessing a resurgence of colonic irrigation based on little less than the old bogus claims and the impressive power of vested interests. Even today's experts on colonic irrigation can only provide theories and anecdotes in its support. It seems, therefore, that ignorance is celebrating a triumph over science.

Revue / Journal Title

Journal of clinical gastroenterology    ISSN  0192-0790   CODEN JCGADC 

Source / Source

1997, vol. 24, no4, pp. 196-198 (22 ref.)

Langue / Language

Anglais

Editeur / Publisher

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Hagerstown, MD, ETATS-UNIS  (1979) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

Colon

;

Irrigation

;

Case history

;

Poisoning

;

Mechanism of action

;

Alternative medicine

;

Information communication

;

Human

;

Digestive diseases

;

Colonic disease

;

Toxicology

;

Mots-clés français / French Keywords

Côlon

;

Irrigation

;

Historique

;

Intoxication

;

Mécanisme action

;

Médecine parallèle

;

Communication information

;

Homme

;

Appareil digestif pathologie

;

Côlon pathologie

;

Toxicologie

;

Mots-clés espagnols / Spanish Keywords

Colón

;

Irrigación

;

Histórica

;

Intoxicación

;

Mecanismo acción

;

Medicina alternativa

;

Comunicación información

;

Hombre

;

Aparato digestivo patología

;

Colón patología

;

Toxicología

;

Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 18331, 35400006778923.0010

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 2754377



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