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I couldn't make this shit up.--PalMD-yada yada 09:02, 11 June 2007 (CDT)

Two questions[edit]

Just to play devil's advocate.

  1. What is late night advertising? Do you mean on the television? Or Radio? Or the new electronic bill boards?
  2. No studies show the efficacy...have studies been done at all? There is a difference between no studies showing an efficacy, and no studies being done whatsoever. In the second case, it might be effective, but in the first case, it would be doubtful. I assume these products are effective at purging, probably just not at producing other claimed benefits. HeartGold tx 09:19, 11 June 2007 (CDT)

Perhaps you are not American or not up late, but the late night hours tend to be the time when long (i.e. 30 minute) "infomercials" air. These include adds for quackery, diet products, soft porn, and other products "not ready for prime time".

Not only do "no studies show efficacy", there is no scientific basis to expect efficacy. Also, actual studies have failed to link "colonic stasis" with disease (other than, of course, constipation).--PalMD-yada yada 09:23, 11 June 2007 (CDT)


Chronic use of laxatives, both ingested and "anal douche" types can lead to a physical dependence upon them. ~~ C®acker 10:32, 11 June 2007 (CDT)

And to melanosis coli, an observed darkening of the colonic mucosa of uncertain significance.--PalMD-yada yada 10:35, 11 June 2007 (CDT)

mea culpa[edit]

Do to annoyance about being pestered about the subject, I cannibalized this article (i was main author) to use in my blog. I hope no one minds.--PalMD-Goatspeed! 16:24, 23 July 2007 (CDT)

Kind of a silly question, but...[edit]

...this isn't the same thing as just, ahem, clearing out one's rectum through the...err...the "introduction of warm water into the back passage", right? This thing is turned up to eleven, and the former is more sensible, yes?

Cool(onic?) Story Bro[edit]

You know, I've heard about this procedure for years. However, the first I'd seen it mentioned in pop culture was in Eddie Murphy's remake of "The Nutty Professor". At the Klumps' family dinner table. Hilarity, and flatulence, ensued. The first I'd seen the procedure (despite heavy editing) in action was on MTV's Jackass Christmas episode. The infamous "Santa Colonic" stunt. Just thought I'd share! --Chair tater (talk) 06:33, 16 March 2014 (UTC)

Digesting clay? WTF?[edit]

"...Please note that humans did not evolve were not made to digest clay... Contrary to your assessment, the ingestion of clay and/or seed husks is not done for the purpose of feeding but seeing it come out whole ouit of the other end. I think it's pretty obvious. The article sounds really stupid to whoever runs into the phrase. (talk) 12:53, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

I've removed that. Thanks! Bongolian (talk) 16:43, 18 May 2017 (UTC)
Back in 2015 someone who appears to be a holocaust denier used your IP to edit here, I sincerely hope it's a coincidence and that you're a totally different person. Are you the same person? Christopher (talk) 16:56, 18 May 2017 (

Not to crash the party but...[edit]

To be truly rational, there should be a disclaimer demarking all differences with the "microbiome in the gut" which is now very hot topic of research, to laymen, "colon" and "gut" are interchangeable. — Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs

There is nothing that needs to be changed because the word "gut" is not used in the article. Gut is an imprecise term. Almost all the intestinal microbiome is in the large intestine. The stomach and small intestine have relatively minimal microbial flora. That's how sausages are made — from small intestines. Bongolian (talk) 00:03, 22 December 2018 (UTC)
Please don't remind me how sausages are made. I like sausages and would prefer to eat them in ignorant bliss. Avida Dollarsher again 12:33, 22 December 2018 (UTC)

Outdated photo?[edit]

If you go to a pharmacy, metamucil has a different look. So can the picture be changed? 2600:387:9:5:0:0:0:A6 (talk) 18:49, 16 November 2021 (UTC)

Seems pretty reasonable. We often utilize images from WikiCommons, such as the current picture, but since that site doesn't have a more up to date photo of Metamucil, someone would have to upload one themselves (not necessarily go out and take a picture, finding one online with suitable copyright would count.) Alternatively, it be substituted by one of the pics here. DietMondrian (talk) 19:19, 16 November 2021 (UTC)