Body Care Manual Food Digestion, Colon and Waste Part 2

About Dick Gregory and the Body Owner's Manual, biology and anatomy of the stomach, intestines, colon, digestion, other parts and how they function.

THE SEWAGE SYSTEM

Food that cannot be digested because of its nature, or is not digested for some other reason, is left behind in the form of waste matter, excrement, feces, or any of the more popular names. It is dumped into the large intestine, or colon, eventually to be eliminated from the body machine. The waste matter passes into the colon through a small opening known as the ileocecal valve. The valve is constructed to let the waste matter pass freely into the colon but to prevent it from getting back into the small intestine.

There are a number of reasons why food reaches the colon undigested or only partly digested. Sometimes it is not chewed well enough. Sometimes too much food has been eaten and the digestive system just couldn't handle it all. Or an imbalance or insufficient supply of digestive juices might interfere with proper digestion. And, finally, foods that are eaten together in improper combinations can greatly overtax the digestive system and end up in the colon undigested.

The colon is about 6' long and it connects with the small intestine on the lower right side of the abdomen. It extends upward until it reaches the lower ribs, crosses over to the left side and then heads downward again. The portion on the right side going up is called the ascending colon. The portion crossing over from right to left is called the transverse colon. And the portion going down on the left side is called the descending colon. The point where the colon and the small intestine meets is called the cecum. And the other end of the colon, from which the waste matter is expelled, is called the rectum.

The colon is the great sewer of the body machine. What happens to waste matter when it reaches the colon is very, very important to the health of the entire body. When the waste matter gets to the colon, billions of bacteria invade the vegetable foods and help to disintegrate them. The undigested or partly digested part of protein--especially meat protein--undergoes putrefaction. As it putrefies in the colon, it releases some very toxic by-products. If these toxins are not neutralized and rendered harmless by the liver, or counteracted by other bacteria in the colon, they can cause great damage throughout the body.

The walls of the colon contain tiny absorbent channels which have a tendency to reabsorb the foul, putrefying, poisonous excrement back into the system. If the colon becomes clogged and if proper elimination does not take place, the whole body is poisoned. . . .

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