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Is colon cleansing a good idea?

If toxic sludge was building up in your intestines, you'd want to get it out, pronto. Could a colonic irrigation restore you to a state of perfect health, or is it all just bunk?


10 Emergency Medical Procedures That Can Be Done on the Fly

 10 Emergency Medical Procedures That Can Be Done on the Fly

You won't believe the emergency medical procedures people perform on the spot. Check out some you could do on the fly at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Tooth-in-eye Surgery Works

 How Tooth-in-eye Surgery Works

It's possible to restore vision -- with a tooth. Find out about tooth-in-eye surgery at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Organ Donation Myths and Facts

 Organ Donation Myths and Facts

There are many organ donation myths that might prevent some people from being a donor. Learn about organ donation myths and facts to see how you can help. See more »

Dr. Oz on Heart Transplants

 Dr. Oz on Heart Transplants

Want to learn more about heart transplants? Get Dr. Oz's answers to common questions about heart transplants here. See more »

Stages of Gender Reassignment

 Stages of Gender Reassignment

Gender reassignment usually involves hormone treatments and surgery. Learn about the stages of gender reassignment at HowStuffWorks. See more »

What is transgender voice surgery?

 What is transgender voice surgery?

Transgender voice surgery is an option for individuals who want to change their gender and sound like their new sex. Learn about transgender voice surgery. See more »

10 Post-trauma Reconstructive Surgeries

 10 Post-trauma Reconstructive Surgeries

What post-trauma reconstructive surgeries do people need most? Check out the 10 post-trauma reconstructive surgeries with this article by HowStuffWorks. See more »

5 Celebrities Who Had Heart Bypass Surgery

 5 Celebrities Who Had Heart Bypass Surgery

Many celebrities over the years have undergone heart bypass surgery. See our list celebrities who had heart bypass surgery and see if you can guess who. See more »

Is colon cleansing a good idea?

 Is colon cleansing a good idea?

Is colon cleansing good for you? Find out if colonic irrigation can restore you to a state of perfect health and if colon cleansing is good or bad. See more »

Knee Replacement Overview

 Knee Replacement Overview

Getting a knee replacement is often a last resort for those whose knees are destroyed by arthritis or wear and tear. Learn about knee replacements. See more »