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Celebrity Colons

You may have seen the following quote on other colon cleansing sites, which was originally reported in the January 11, 1999 issue of USA Today:

"Most people who eat the standard American 'goo and glue' diet have about 5-10 pounds of matter stored in the colon. It's said that, according to the autopsy, John Wayne had 40 pounds of impacted fecal matter in his body at death. Elvis reportedly had 60 pounds."

This quote has drawn a large amount of negative attention to colon cleansing on the internet (example view: www.snopes.com). We tried researching it and found that the information on John Wayne and Elvis is very hard to verify and is most likely false. We were able to find the complete article from USA Today and the quote was part of an article talking about the journalist's experience at a health spa. Someone at the spa told her that information and she quoted it in her article. I think it is unfortunate that so many sites in their enthusiasm to prove the benefits of colon cleansing grab such information without verifying the source. We feel this reflects poorly on what we do know and the real experiences of people who have done colon cleansing.

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