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7 Questions for a Colon Therapist Named Sharon Stone

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No, not THAT Sharon Stone. THIS Sharon Stone is a colon therapist and former massage therapist who attended the Swedish Institute of Massage and Allied Health Sciences. As a colon therapist, she's certified though the Wood Hygienic Institute in Florida. She's also the former director of the Bowel Detox Program for Majid Ali, M.D. in both New York and New Jersey. (She also happens to be my colon therapist, and she rules.) Sharon currently practices colon therapy in New York City, and can be reached at 201-888-1403.

We have a general idea, but what exactly is colon therapy?

The most simple answer is that colon therapy is a gentle cleansing or wash of the colon using filtered water.

But isn’t our colon designed to keep clean all by itself?

Our bodies are designed to keep themselves healthy, but they don't always do that. Why do many people report eating three meals a day, yet have only one bowel movement or less each day? Or they make several trips to the loo, but feel like they haven't emptied, and have what we call “incomplete elimination”? Either of these situations may indicate that they need a little help to help the colon to work better.

Will a colonic help me lose weight?

Listen, if the extra fat cells on my thighs would somehow magically leave my body though a colonic, I'd get one every day myself! But seriously, by cleansing the colon of excess contents, people often see a flatter tummy. And excess contents do have weight, so you may see the scale drop two to five pounds after a colonic. Clients also have often reported a decreased craving for sweets and carbs, which in turn makes it a lot easier to eat healthfully.

Could I get a colonic every day if I wanted?

That brings up questions such as: Why would you want to? And for how long a time period? Look, you can do anything you want, and I'll bet you could find someone who would give you a colonic every day, and happily take your money, too. But I tend to be fairly conservative, so that person wouldn't be me. A client would have to present some pretty compelling evidence as to why we'd be doing so many colonics. I'm not just interested in a client's short-term benefits – I'm also concerned with their long-term health gains.

Why the hell does anyone become a colon therapist? (Sorry…that sounded harsh.)

For the glamour. No, seriously, it has helped my health a great deal, and I wanted others to experience the same benefits.

How do colon therapists train? Are they licensed or regulated?

I attended a colonic school in Florida (Wood Hygienic Institute) more than 15 years ago, and I've worked under the direct supervision of a nurse and a medical doctor. But colon therapists aren't yet licensed or regulated by the government.

Whose colons do you clean? (We don’t need names, just general professions, personality traits, and phone numbers. Kidding about that last part.)

I see everyone (men and women) from lawyers, politicians, businessmen, bodyguards, and Wall Street-types to actors, models, musicians, students, and moms – all of whom rely on my absolute discretion. Typically, my clients are concerned with maintaining and improving overall health, or may be recovering from a health challenge.

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