The ABC of Common Disorders Affecting Bowel Movements, 103 pages, A4 ring bound, Fotherby Press, July 2006
A reference guide and workbook for colon hydrotherapy students and practitioners.
A colon hydrotherapist should be familiar with clients’ digestive concerns. Clients who come to colon hydrotherapy sessions fall into a few distinct categories.
You should be aware that colon hydrotherapy is not a cure for any disease; it’s a means to an end. If your client’s goal is to become a healthy person, then colon hydrotherapy should be used in conjunction with diet, exercise and stress management, as well as supplements, herbs and probiotic cultures to achieve the desired results.
Many clients coming to colon hydrotherapists are aware of their state of health; they are hungry for knowledge and they collect information and recommendations relating to their digestive conditions from various sources. Some times their knowledge lacks structure and continuity.
These clients may focus, for example, on Candida or parasites, and start eliminating from their diet beneficial products such as yoghurts, kefir or other fermented foods, on the assumption that they may cause Candida through fermentation. At the same time, they introduce other products, such as soy milk and green tea, often overusing them and causing more harm. Such clients often need tactful guidance in the direction of more objective information, as well as further consultations with naturopaths and other professionals.
This is why reading through this short guide to common digestive complaints would be quite useful for you as a therapist. It contains the description of these complaints, the modern medical ways of dealing with them and advice given by health promotion organisations to clients or patients suffering from these gastrointestinal upsets.
The final chapter of this workbook focuses on the holistic approach to bowel health as a way to see the commonalities in different intestinal disorders, and outlines a system of health promotion based on the understanding of the relationships between the colon and the rest of the human body.
The exercises are designed mostly for beginners and relative beginners. They’re called ‘Food for Thought’ for a reason: I hope they will help you apply the knowledge and information that you will be getting from this manual to your own practice.
After reading this book once, you should be able to dip in and out of the book as you see fit. Remember that you can only act and do good within the framework of your qualifications, insurance and knowledge. This workbook should become another tool in your professional toolkit.