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Retained waste as a toxin



Type of Spiritual Experience


Number of hallucinations: 1


This is a hypothesis not a proven scientific fact.  But it shows the link between the idea that constipation causes waste to be retained, retained waste can then act as a toxin and toxins cause psychoses.

Note that there are other papers linking leaky guts with the same principle.

The abstract has been slightly shortened to concentrate on the relevant points. 

A description of the experience


Med Hypotheses. 2008;70(2):230-8. Epub 2007 Jul 20. Hydrotherapy as a possible neuroleptic and sedative treatment. Shevchuk NA. Molecular Radiobiology Section, Department of Radiation Oncology, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, 401 College Street, Richmond, VA 23298, USA. nshevchuk@comcast.net

Psychotic symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations can have a devastating effect on a patient's social functioning. Since psychosis is rarely congenital, it is possible that lifestyle factors play a role in its etiology. This paper offers a hypothesis that some of these factors could be …... partial retention and absorption of toxic waste in the colon, as described in more detail below.

To test the hypothesis, ….. colon hydrotherapy (every 3-12 weeks, which also includes a dietary change according to Harvard's Healthy Eating Pyramid).

The following is supporting evidence: …... Human and bacterial toxic waste can sometimes be partially retained in the colon and it is known that many high-molecular-weight compounds can be absorbed there. Most narcotics can cause intoxication if administered rectally and there is also significant comorbidity of schizophrenia with intestinal illnesses. Additionally, there is indirect evidence that colon cleansing can significantly improve mental state. Therefore, it is possible that chronic intoxication with yet unknown components of partially retained waste could be one of the unrecognized organic causes of psychosis.

PMID: 17640827

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