Medications May Cause Constipation

Darlene Holloway, founder of the Alternative Health Center of Cary and acknowledged as a national leader in the field of colon hydrotherapy, has a special relationship with scores of teenagers.

“These young adults are living in an extraordinary time, absolutely overwhelmed by a variety of digital stimuli, and as a consequence many of them feel anxious and jittery which in turn often leads to depression.

baby that appears constipated“When they move to medications for relief, they may become constipated—because anti-depressants are muscle relaxers and the colon is simply four layers of muscle. So while their medication may relax their body and ease their anxiety, it’s also going to relax the colon and keep it from doing its critically important job.

“In common terms, the colon is like a sewer system in a house. If it’s not clean, it will back up and create a toxic mess, and affect all the organs in the body, including the largest organ of all: the skin. Skin eruptions are one way the body seeks to remove toxins.”

Ms. Holloway—who in 2009 was tapped as Colon Therapist of the Year by the International Association of Colon Therapists—cares about the health of her clients in a truly holistic way. “In my many years of working in this specialty, I have come to believe that the colon is the root of all illness; if there is blockage in the colon, there is inevitably a toxic environment throughout the body. And the body is a temple, which needs to be and deserves to be regularly cleansed and flushed out.”

Diet and Supplements Are Key Issues

Diet and supplements are of critical importance, notes Ms. Holloway. “Many of the young people I work with are, quite frankly, eating a variety of flour products, pasta, and other foods that contribute to constipation.

“I frequently use magnesium to help the system function better. Magnesium is a mineral that should be found in our foods, but it is often absent in our processed diets. Magnesium exercises the colon. It is so gentle that it can be given to a baby in the proper doses. We use magnesium therapeutically, to fit the client’s needs. If a client goes two days without a bowel movement, I’ll use two tablespoons of magnesium. If it’s been seven days without a bowel movement, I will adjust the dosage to seven tablespoons. This helps clear the colon, not as a laxative, but as a product that exercises the colon. Remember: the colon is a muscle. It needs exercise!

“Most people are deficient in magnesium, and in addition to colon health, it is useful in other ways. It helps to balance hormones, relieves stress and anxiety, helps reduce muscle aches and pains, and supports restorative sleep.”

In conversation, Ms. Holloway reveals a stunning fact. “We’re at the point now where three out of every four people who come to us have been diagnosed with many different kinds of cancer,” she says. The onslaught of cancer, she believes, is largely due to poor diet.

“Some people are eating only processed foods—food that comes in a can, a box, or a bag. Part of the issue, I believe, is that we live in such a fast-paced world. Parents rush to get their kids out the door to school in the morning, giving them pop-tarts or boxed cereal instead of fruit in the mistaken belief that the fruit is not sufficiently substantial. But the processed foods are absent vitamins and minerals—or perhaps include man-made vitamins instead of vitamins that come from live foods. We see the consequences of such poor diets every day.”

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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