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From: John Rose (
Subject:         Re: Life Saving Enemas
Date: August 17, 2014 at 9:48 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Life Saving Enemas posted by Luke Sartor on August 17, 2014 at 6:14 pm:


“I understand your point of view on this topic … I don't share your opinion even though I understand where you may be coming from. … I don't believe they are helpful when one can live healthfully. And, if one does live healthfully, they wouldn't be providing the need for an enema or a colonic in the first place.”

In all honesty, I don’t think that you understand my point of view and I’m not even sure you understand Tilden’s point of view. Both Tilden and I believe that the ONLY time we would consider doing an enema or a colonic would be while FASTING or DANGEROUSLY DEHYDRATED!!! Tilden was very explicit at how these protocols are abused, but he understood that there was a time a place for enemas and that would be in the first week or so of a FAST and especially when nauseated and UNABLE to drink water on a water fast as to prevent and/or deal with DEHYDRATION, which can be LIFE THREATENING!!!

“…but colonics and enemas would not be advocated by modern hygienists.”

I disagree as I consider myself a “modern hygienist”!

Once again, ENEMAS can save your life if you are nauseated and UNABLE to drink water on a water fast and are DANGEROUSLY DEHYDRATED!!!

I actually used enemas to save my dog’s life when she was dehydrated - see the first half of my File Preview from my file on Enemas and Dehydration below:

Enemas & Dehydration
…see “Dehydration” file…
…see “Dehydration & Enemas” file…
…see “Polydipsia and Polyuria (excessive drinking and urinating) in Dogs” file…
…see “Water & Salt” file…
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• There are several reasons why you may need to give your dog an enema and they include to help rehydrate dogs that are vomiting or have severe diarrhea, to administer medications to your dog or to relieve a dog that is suffering from constipation.
• For small and toy breeds a plastic syringe that holds approximately 2-3 tablespoons of liquid is all that is required but for medium to large breeds an enema bag with a rubber nozzle will be required.
• Start with 2-3 tablespoons of warm but not hot water for small dogs or up to one pint of warm but not hot water for larger breeds. To this water add a few drops of lemon juice and a few grains of sea salt and a pinch of potassium chloride to help with rehydration. If you are only trying to relieve constipation, the salt and potassium chloride will not be necessary. In most dehydration situations this process will need to be repeated every 4 hours, but only make up enough for a single use at a time.
• Start by mixing the liquid and testing to make sure it is warm but not hot. Add the liquid to the syringe or enema bag, then lubricate the nozzle or end with vegetable oil. Since the dog will have a bowel movement within a few minutes of the procedure and their may be some leakage, this should be completed outdoors or in a bathtub or sink.
• In severely dehydrated dogs the liquid will actually be absorbed by the colon, which is exactly what you want to have happen.
• Raw meat broth is also very beneficial during illness, especially if your animal is dehydrated from diarrhea or does not feel like eating. Take one tablespoon of RAW ground meat, add to one-half cup of purified water, mash the meat in the water with a fork or put it through your blender or food processor and serve. It’s that easy. A tablespoon of Pat McKay, Inc, Aloe Concentrate can also be added to that mixture.
• A RAW egg yolk (the yellow) mixed with just enough purified water to be soupy is very easy for your animal to digest and will be beneficial during illness and dehydration.
• The use of enemas can be beneficial for dogs that has the following conditions; constipation, during fasting, dehydration, excessive vomiting, bowel irritation caused by bone fragments or the presence of spoiled food or garbage in the digestive tract.
• In many cases, dogs that are dehydrated are simply retaining the fluid. This occurs when the colon absorbs the fluid which the body needs. Therefore, enemas are an excellent way to administer fluid therapy. Under these circumstances, administer the enema about every four hours or until fluid is no longer retained.
• If a dog is having difficulty keeping water in his stomach due to heavy vomiting, an enema can help introduce the fluid and salts that are needed to replace those lost through vomiting. Using the solution as described earlier, add a pinch of sea salt plus a pinch of potassium chloride. The same solution can also be used to help a dog suffering from prolonged diarrhea. In this case, administer the enema every four hours or until fluid is no longer retained.
• This natural method is a bonus of having an effect of allowing the body to absorb needed fluids via the intestinal walls.
• Or if not, your pet may walk away, and lay down. No stool or liquid will appear. This usually means that the pet was dehydrated as well as constipated. All the liquid was needed by the system and is being absorbed.
• HYDRATION - Well hydrated puppies have dark pink gums, well, in those breeds that have pink gums to begin with. Very light pink, white, or grayish gums means one of two things - either the puppy has excessive worms or they are dehydrated. You can also pinch their skin to test hydration. Pinch the skin on your forearm and it immediately goes back into place meaning YOU are NOT dehydrated. Pinch the puppies skin, if it goes back into place immediately, this indicates they are hydrated. If their skin sticks and takes a second or two to go back into place, they are dehydrated. When checking puppy hydration, we use both the gum and pinch the skin method for added assurance.
• Hydration is important. You can lose a parvo puppy to dehydration or secondary infection, PRIOR to losing them of parvo. This is why parvo puppies are put on IV's at the vet office, to prevent dehydration. Dehydration causes the organs to work harder and the body can shut down quickly, resulting in death.
• HYDRATION METHODS - There are 5 hydration methods that I have heard about. They are: IV's (Intravenous fluids); Subcue fluids injected under the skin; Oral fluids; Enema fluids; and placing the dehydrated being in body temp water. This last mentioned method is not something I would recommend, but I have heard of people doing this with parvo puppies.
• IV's and Subcue fluids are hydration methods that a vet or a person trained in these methods can do easily. We recommend IV's or oral/enema dosing, as we are hearing that Sub Q fluids are not releasing fluids back into the system fast enough, when a puppy is continuing to vomit or have diarrhea, so they can still dehydrate. Personally, we have always used the oral and enema methods to keep parvo puppies hydrated. If a parvo puppy continues to vomit oral fluids, we generally use the enema method to help get them them hydrated again, until they can keep fluids down orally. Using Parvaid, Pedialyte, and sometimes Colloidal Silver (aka Electrically Isolated Silver), per the Parvaid insert instructions we have found enema fluids are completely retained in puppies who are dehydrated.
• DEHYDRATION ~ Being dehydrated can trigger vomiting. Dehydration is likely the single biggest reason puppies are vomiting.
• We recommend keeping only 5 or 6 licks worth of water or plain flavored pedialyte in a bowl on the floor for the puppy to consume. As soon as they drink this water, we wait 10 minutes and then replace the empty bowl with more water or pedialyte, tho just enough for 5 or 6 licks. NOT so much that they weigh down their little tummies and heave it back all over the floor. Here again, remember, parvo virus is like a really terrible human flu. When we have the flu, if we drank an 8 oz. glass of water, we'd be vomiting too. Small amounts of fluids, frequently.
• DEHYDRATION CAN KILL YOUR PUPPY ~ A lack of bodily fluid can cause a parvo puppy's heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, etc. to have to work harder. Eventually these organs give out and they can die quickly from dehydration, so preventing dehydration is very very important!
• ENEMAS...OH MY! ~ Enemas are not as bad as many people think they are or will be. Enemas are an excellent way of preventing puppies from dehydrating, especially if they are not keeping fluids down orally. If a puppy is not dehydrated, the enema fluids will come back out, but when they are dehydrating (do the gum and skin test above), their bodies maintain all the enema fluids given. IF a parvo puppy expels the enema fluids within seconds of giving an enema, its intestines may have tortioned (twisted). IF this occurs, you should get your puppy to a vet immediately.
• Make sure the puppy's spine is straight, as you cannot give an enema to a puppy that's curled up.
• Administer the enema fluids VERY slowly. We pet the puppy and tell them why we are giving them an help them get better so they can be happy, healthy, eat, and play. Giving 5 cc's of enema fluids may take you 2 to 3 minutes to give. Again, do it slowly.
• IF your parvo puppy has a low grade fever, we recommend heating the fluids to body temperature, so their cute little furry bodies do not have to work hard at bringing the enema fluids to their body temperature. They need to be working on healing from parvo and should not be having to waste their energy bringing their body temp back up after getting a room temp - 70 degree cold enema. It may help make their recovery easier and quicker
• When it comes to life or death choices, if you aren't giving IV fluids, or if your puppy isn't keeping down the oral doses, give the enema(s) - PERIOD.
• Just note, it can take 10 to 15 minutes to give a 45 lb. parvo puppy 4 tbsps. (60 cc's) of enema fluids. If you are giving the enema via syringe and the fluid starts to come back out, stop for a few seconds, pet your puppy so it can relax, and then slowly administer more of the enema fluid. So again, give very slowly.
• Please also note, the purpose of an enema is to hydrate a puppy so that they will be better able to hold down oral fluids. We do not recommend giving enemas 24 hours straight or in lieu of oral dosing. Enemas are needed if a puppy is vomiting excessively, but the goal is to get them hydrated enough so that they can keep their oral fluids down.
• Appendicitis: The Etiology, Hygienic and Dietetic Treatment
• If nauseated, enough water to control thirst was to be used by enema; if the stomach was all right, all the water desired by mouth.
• Use an enema every night as a routine, and drink all the water desired, when there is no nausea.
• Impaired Health ITS CAUSE AND CURE
• Diseased Brought on From Toxin Poisoning
• The urine should be examined to see if there is an inflammation of the kidneys developing. The bowels should be thoroughly examined. There may not have been a thorough cleaning-out, in spite of the enemas; hence the enemas should be given every three hours until the temperature goes down and the symptoms decline in such a manner as to convince the nurse or physician that the cause of the complication has been removed.
• An enema should be given every night. Start with two quarts of water and a teaspoonful of baking-soda. Use as much in the bowels as can be used without giving the patient too much distress. The bowels should be washed out; for, while scarlet fever has the reputation of being an infectious disease, its establishment and continuance are wholly dependent upon putrefaction in the intestine and the absorption of toxins from this source.
• When desquamation, or shedding of the skin, begins, it will be well to give the child a thorough oil rubbing every night, and then a warm bath in the morning. It will not be necessary to use soap. After the bath, a reasonable amount of light rubbing by the open hand is advisable. When children are nervous, the nurse should be instructed to give a gentle spinal rubbing, the same as described under the treatment of typhoid fever. If the hot bath is given as directed, food is avoided, and the bowels are kept cleared out by enemas, there will be very little danger of renal complications, or any other complications.
• True Croup or Laryngo-Tracheal Diphtheria
• See that the child has nothing at all to eat. It should not be encouraged to drink, nor to swallow anything. It should be encouraged to wash its mouth and spit out rather than to swallow. Thirst must be controlled by small water enemas.
• Diseases Of The Digestive System
• Dilation of the stomach is not a common disease; yet in a large general practice a physician will see a case occasionally. It is characterized by nausea; vomiting sometimes coming on suddenly, and surprising the patient by the amount of material thrown out. The reason for the amount is that there is an accumulation. In all cases there is a certain amount of stricture of the pylorus. In all chronic cases of this disease (and all cases worth mentioning or being classed as cases of dilation of the stomach are chronic), there has been chronic irritation for years perhaps, due to overeating and the formation of acid. The acid in time creates more or less ulceration, and it is the hardening of the tissues that follows the ulceration which produces a strictured condition of the pylorus.
• Try out first the stomach-pump once or twice a day, and fruit for the morning meal; for the evening meal, meat and fresh fruit or salad. Thirst should be controlled by enemas. No water or other table beverages should be used. The stomach-pump will give great relief if used daily, and only solid food given.
• Diseases of Children--So-Called
• Thirst may be relieved by enemas of warm water, which should be given two or three times a day until the bowels are thoroughly cleared out. By that time the stomach crisis should be about gone, if food has been withheld, as should be done in all stomach and bowel derangements. Where water is rejected, it must not be given until vomiting ceases entirely.
• 2--The Enema Cure for Constipation
• Today the most popular so-called remedy* for constipation is the enema. (*When the word remedy is used in the sense of relief or palliation, I am agreed, but I dissent from cures of all kinds.) That it is a relief of value in properly selected cases cannot be successfully disputed, but as it is used--to take the place of negligence and carelessness in giving oneself the attention that nature demands--it has become a very effective means in building the universal sick habit.
• The enema is a greatly overworked palliative. Because of the general belief that enemas can not possibly do any harm, they are used in season, out of season, internally, eternally and from everlasting to everlasting, selah!
• Many people have learned to get relief from the discomforts following dietary indiscretions by resorting to copious enemas, and because of this knowledge they throw discretion to the winds and indulge because they sidestep the penalty. By any reasoning mind this should be recognized as a crime against health; the same as resorting to various drugs to secure relief from headache, or other pain, which has been deliberately and knowingly brought on because a relief is at hand; or if not wise enough to secure self-relief, they know a doctor who will give the relief desired.
• The enema is abused by being used too frequently, and builds the symptom it is supposed to relieve.
• When bad habits have been palliated until organic functioning is about nil and life is a continuous discomfort, and medical science has diagnosed ulcer of the stomach or bowels, colitis, bronchitis, arteriosclerosis, paralysis, prostatic enlargement, migraine, or what not, what is to be done? Enemas of warm water daily to clear the bowels, and stomach lavage daily. This regimen is to be continued until elimination is about completed, which will be indicated by a clean tongue, or a cleaning tongue, and a returning of moisture to the tongue, the re-establishing of secretions, discomforts gone, sugar out of urine, albumen out of urine, asthma and cough gone, pulse back to normal and the patient ready to eat.
• The only reason for the use of the lavage and enema is to hasten expulsion of the eliminated debris, which is thrown into the stomach and bowels so rapidly the first week of fasting, and which, if left in the stomach and bowels, is absorbed or irritates and enervates and causes great weakness and discomfort.
• All acute diseases are crises of toxemic saturation, and the proper treatment is to stop food and use enemas of warm salt water; two quarts of water and a tablespoonful of salt. Salt encourages elimination into the bowels. Hot water without salt acts in the opposite manner--checks elimination and encourages absorption. Food under these circumstances is not digested, but adds to bacterial multiplication. Warm baths are not enervating when temperature is two or more degrees above the normal body temperature. Warm sponge baths are appropriate when temperature is below 100° F.
• Feeding is never to be thought of when skin is dry, tongue coated, pointed, slick and dry, or when pulse is hard and wiry. When temperature is above 103° F., heat should be applied to feet, and warm baths given daily of a temperature from 90° to 100° F. When discomfort is great, the hot bath may be given every three hours until comfortable, then once a day. Enemas should be given once or twice a day until temperature is 100° F. or less.
• When the tongue is coated and breath foul, the stomach should be cleared out with a siphon tube; the enemas given daily. In pneumonia, oil the chest and apply a layer of cotton; when breathing is labored, the hot bath should be given every three hours; no food; keep feet warm; give as much water as desired. Food and drugs to stop cough increase the mortality.
• If the desire to evacuate is resisted until dysperistalsis (painful bearing down) is felt--until driven by discomfort--a gradual tolerance is built until desire as well as power to have a movement is lost. Aperistalsis (lost power) is built by resisting desire--waiting for a more convenient time; then forcing or stimulating a desire by enemas, or taking drugs that stimulate or excite peristalsis, further enervates and adds to the lost power.
• If the bowels were not abused by resisting desire to move, no one would become constipated except as a result of enough enervation to inhibit secretion, which often results in a dryness that causes catarrhal inflammation.
• As taught in Toxemia, secretions and excretions of all the organs of the body are impaired and even inhibited by enervation, and enervation is brought about by any and all influences that use up nerve energy. When lack of secretion--impaired secretions of the glands of the bowels--from enervation is the cause of constipation, a cure can be brought about by correcting all enervating habits of body and mind, and in no other way can a cure be brought about. Enemas and physic further enervate and add to the derangement. These are the cases that water-enemas-and oil fail even to palliate. A cure can be brought about by rest in bed; poise of mind and body; and total abstinence from food until secretions and excretions are established, and this resumption will be announced by a moistening of the tongue and mucous membranes, cleaning of tongue and moving of bowels. When such patients go to bed, the bowels may be cleared out by copious enemas; the stomach cleared out by a lavage; then thirst, or dryness of the mouth, may be relieved by a wet pack kept on abdomen day and night, changed night and morning, until bowels move and tongue cleans.
• 6--Laxatives as a Cure for Constipation
• It is a mistake, which is liable to end fatally, to begin the treatment of typhoid fever with anything to move the bowels except daily enemas. Why? Because this fever starts with putrescence in the small intestine, and a cathartic forces infection of adenoid tissue and lymph follicles. The exanthematous (eruptive) fevers, smallpox, scarlet fever, measles, et alii, are complicated and made severe by any drugs, strong or mild, that are given to move the bowels. They tend to retrocede the eruption to the intestine, favoring infective toxemia.
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