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Optimal Wellness Begins in the Colon

Jan 31, 2016 10:23PM

by Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer 


As those indulgent months of holiday feasting are replaced by mid-winter’s dreaded cold and flu season, our bodies become increasingly susceptible to sinus congestion, allergy symptoms, persistent lethargy, aches and pains, or compromised immunity overall. This time of year denotes widespread illness, and consequently, paying careful attention to our physical well-being should take top priority. 

A common—yet often overlooked—culprit of these maladies stems from accumulation of waste in the digestive system. Due to factors like poor nutrition, vitamin deficiencies, viral infections and even the aging process, the large intestine can become obstructed by bacteria, toxins and mucous. Then, ultimately, those contaminants leak into the bloodstream, weakening additional organ functions as well.  

Colon toxicity can trigger serious ailments including sinus issues, arthritis and fibromyalgia, lymphatic congestion, skin disorders, diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, numerous other diseases and even cancer. Moreover, you might be suffering from problematic intestinal build-up if these indicators sound familiar: appetite loss, bloating, acid reflux, weight gain, sore muscles or joints, poor complexion, headaches, diarrhea, constipation, inflammation, fatigue, irritability, depression or insomnia.  

“Many people are poisoning their bodies with an unhealthy diet of demineralized and devitalized processed foods which accumulate as toxins and overburden the colon. This manifests itself through a variety of symptoms [as previously mentioned] and can ultimately lead to degenerative disease,” explains Alain Menard, LMT, LTC, who—along with Allaesia Menard, LMT, LTC—owns and operates Colon Therapy Clinic in Sarasota.  

During 42 years of licensed practice, they have developed a pioneering approach to intestinal health treatment and maintenance—the “Gentle Menard Technique.” This colon cleansing approach utilizes a “zero-pressure inflow of water” which drips into the large intestine, releasing accumulated toxins and eventually flushing out the entire system. Alain describes the outcome as a “refreshing and dynamic re-oxygenation of the body” that stimulates “enhanced food absorption, increased energy levels and improved digestion.” 

Colon Therapy Clinic consistently yields illness-alleviating and wellness-supporting results for people across multiple age brackets, and its demonstrated success has made the “Gentle Menard Technique” an industry standard throughout various states. In 1980, for example, this modality was adopted by the colon therapy educational curriculum in Florida, California, Arizona, Colorado and North Carolina, where the Menard’s have trained other emergent practitioners. 

Over four decades later, they are still wholly committed to delivering the most effective, restorative and relaxed procedure available. “Our goal has always been to provide the safest clinically-based treatment with hospital quality equipment and care in a therapeutic setting. We offer a calming ambiance and strive to make our clients feel comfortable while they’re being healed,” elaborates Alain 

In addition, they augment this colon cleansing experience with complementary services, like ionic (double) footbaths, ear candling and oxygen steam saunas, which foster all-inclusive physical purification. Colon Therapy Clinic is—by the owners own account—“always growing and changing to meet the medical needs of our clients who seek natural, alternative ways to health.” At Colon Therapy Clinic, your body can begin recovery from those holiday delicacies and flu season hazards, as well as a lifetime of digestive difficulties.    


Open and Closed Colonic Systems available. Colon Therapy Clinic is located at 7733 Holiday Dr., Sarasota. To schedule an appointment, call 941-922-7744. For more information, visit  


Mary-Elizabeth Schurrer is the Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings Sarasota-Manatee. She also works as a freelance writer, blogger and social media marketer, based in Southwest Florida. Her personal blog,, features practical tips for embracing a fit, nutritious and empowered lifestyle.  





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