What happens when the pipes in your home become corroded with waste material from your sink or shower, or crusted over with hard water deposits?
The internal diameter of your pipes begins to narrow until they can no longer carry away the volume of waste water they were designed to.
Eventually they become so clogged up, they begin backing up into your kitchen sink or your toilet. What would happen if the plumbing got so clogged that toilet waste backed up into the kitchen sink where you wash your food?
Something very similar is happening in your digestive system when the food you eat isn’t moved quickly enough through your digestive tract.
A BACKED-UP BOWEL
Ideally food should pass completely through the digestive system in about 8-15 hours. In North Americans today, it is taking an average of 26 hours or more. In some constipated people, and people with bowel diseases and other gastro-intestinal disorders, it is taking over 70 hours (almost 3 days.)
Food left in our bowels for more than 15 hours does not digest. It decays. In this decaying fecal matter, our body’s internal temperature (a balmy 98.6º F) becomes a wonderful incubator for the parasites, bacteria, mold, yeast, and other toxins and poisonous biochemical by-products that. These are readily absorbed by the bloodstream and sent to every cell in the body.
In addition, the longer fecal matter stays in your intestines, the harder and sticker it becomes, because more and more water is being absorbed from it. This makes bowel movements painful and difficult, and further slows the passage of food through it.
This sticky, hardening fecal matter now adheres to the walls of your bowels. It blocks incoming food from reaching the wall, where digestive juices are secreted (making you more hungry because now you’re not getting the full nutritive value from the food you just age), and it prevents the passage of waste materials from the bloodstream out of the body.
The body begins producing mucus to coat the toxins that are building up, to buffer them from attacking the wall of the colon, and this mucus further prevents the passage of food through the digestive tract. Eventually this mucus and decaying fecal matter begins to clog the entire pipeline.
At one point in my career, I worked as an assistant to our County Coroner. When I asked him about this phenomenon, he confirmed that not only does the bowel begin layering fecal matter and mucus along its walls, he relayed a tale about one particular individual he performed an autopsy on. He said this man’s transverse colon (described later in this book) was approximately 9 inches in diameter when he opened the stomach cavity. In the process of taking a cross section of the transverse colon, it was so hard, he had to use a hack-saw to cut through it. When he pulled the two sides apart, he said you could “count the rings” of layered fecal matter inside this man’s colon. It was all hard as a rock, and he said the passageway for food through his colon was about as big around as his pinky finger.
This decaying fecal matter had been retained in his bowel for years, building new layers every year until his abdomen had become larger and distended.
This kind of decay releases foul-smelling gasses through the mouth and the anus, and continues to release poisonous toxins into the bloodstream and vital organs.
Have you ever had bad breath or foul-smelling gas? Then this has happened to you, too.
How do we counter-act this? How do we keep food moving through our intestinal tract at a rate that is sufficient to keep build-up from occurring? How do we keep it clean? What if we’re already extremely toxic and backed up? Can it be reversed?
Yes… but before we begin, it is essential to have at least a basic understanding of the different parts of your digestive system and how they work together to nourish your body and carry away waste materials.