Healthy Aging, Healthy Muscles

Healthy aging

Over more than three decades, Darlene Holloway, founder of the Alternative Health Center of Cary, has repeatedly observed the critical importance of a healthy colon.

“As we age, there’s a natural tendency to experience some level of atrophy of our muscles,” she points out, “and of course that includes one of the most important muscles of all—the colon—which is, in fact, four layers of muscle. As we age, those muscles age with us.”

Because of her understanding of and skill with the colon irrigation therapy process, in 2009, Ms. Holloway was honored as the Colon Therapist of the Year by the International Association of Colon Hydrotherapy.

Darlene Holloway explains muscle function in colon

Understanding and supporting muscle function, especially of the colon, is a critical part of Darlene Holloway’s therapeutic work.

“Let me point out that the lower abdomen is a busy place,” she says, “home to a range of critically important organ systems: kidneys, gallbladder, the liver, the spleen, pancreas, uterus, ovaries, plus five to six feet of colon and the small intestines.

“And with an aging colon, it is sometimes like water that is stagnant in a pond. Things start growing that shouldn’t be there. A healthy colon needs constant movement to keep muscles toned.”

Colon hydrotherapy, she reminds us, “is the safe, gentle infusion of warm filtered water into the rectum using no chemicals or drugs. It is a restorative procedure that is relaxing and effective—extending beyond the rectum to cleanse the entire large intestine.”

What is less well known is that, in the hands of an expert, colon hydrotherapy is a highly individualized procedure. “So much depends on the needs of the individual client,” she says. “It’s common, for example, for us to work with patients who are being treated for cancer with chemotherapy—and that requires its own special protocol. On one hand, we want to make sure the chemo drugs remain in the system long enough to do their work, and at the end of the chemo cycle, we want to draw those toxins out.

“The clients coming to us with painful gallstone or liver issues also require unique colon hydrotherapy protocols. Our goal may be to target the liver, and any time you detoxify the liver, you must also detox the colon. All these body parts release into the colon, so if the colon is not kept clean, and you start detoxing other organs, you are likely to exacerbate problems. When toxic substances are reabsorbed back into the body a second time, their impact is more powerful.”

diet choices

Diet is critical to health.

Diet is a critical issue, notes Ms. Holloway. “We’re not seeking one ‘right’ avenue of approach,” she says, “but are concerned chiefly with the function of the body as a complete system. We need to know about all health issues. Often, people come to us and we are their last hope. It’s not unusual for us to find an uncomplicated solution to what has long seemed to be an intractable problem. A person may come in, having seen many practitioners, and we find they have had a hysterectomy, C-section, or a hernia operation. The build-up of scar tissue may literally be pressing down on the colon, and it is in the process of closing up—which of course leads to constipation, and constipation can lead to toxicity. We’ve had a lot of experience with these kinds of problems, and most often we can zero in on the remedy very quickly.

“There are many clues. We will note the position of the pelvis when the patient comes in. Many women have a tilted pelvis, and a dropped uterus. Many men have an enlarged prostate gland. These are conditions that can contribute to colon problems. We live in a highly toxic world, and thus colon irrigation therapy is increasingly recommended because people—and their doctors–understand that it is an effective way to detoxify the system.”
For more information about colon hydrotherapy and other therapies offered at the center, contact:


919 Kildaire Farm Road
Cary, NC 27511
Telephone: (919) 380-0023

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