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What's Clogging Your Plumbing

What's Clogging Your PlumbingImagine your home on the day the plumbing system fails. I am sure it's not something that you particularly want to think about; but the stench, the discomfort and the health risk is something you would not be able to ignore.

Your bathroom may be the room affected more than any other, but sooner or later every room in your house will smell. Hence, the people who design, build, and maintain plumbing systems offer guidelines to prevent that dreaded day.

Now imagine what happens when the plumbing system of your body fails. The waste that remains in your body would not only affect the "plumbing organs" such as your colon, but every other structure would eventually be poisoned. Therefore, it becomes so important for you to know and follow the guidelines to prevent that dreaded situation.

When toxic substances accumulate in your body, this causes a multiplicity of symptoms with a cause that may not be exactly obvious. Headaches, lack of sleep, lack of energy, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, skin rash, brittle hair and nails, depression, and anxiety are just some of the results of this waste accumulation. However, all of these symptoms can be caused by many other conditions; which is why it is important for you to keep a regular check on the condition of your plumbing system.

If you take a simple biblical principle outlined by Jesus Christ, it forms the basis of the first checking mechanism. That is, "what comes out of the body defiles it." On a practical level, checking your  stool (its colour, odour, presence or absence of blood, frequency, and consistency) can indicate defects in the plumbing. For example, looking at colour changes, very light colour may indicate the poor absorption of certain nutrients, while a black, shiny colour may indicate a bleeding stomach ulcer.


When there is visible blood in the stool, it may indicate colon cancer, parasitic infestation, haemorrhoids, or even bacterial and viral infections. As well as the foregoing, diarrhea may indicate food poisoning, while constipation may indicate inadequate water or fibre intake.

The second checking mechanism involves looking at what goes into your body. If you consume a diet high in refined foods, red meat, sugar, and alcohol, and low in fruits, fibre, minerals, and water, you might be at increased risk for plumbing problems. Additionally, eating foods not hygienically prepared will damage your plumbing system. Even if symptoms are not present, with bad eating habits, the risks are real.

The third checking mechanism requires the expertise of your health care provider. Something as simple as your yearly health check can reveal early signs of colon and other digestive tract problems. Depending on your risk factors, your physician may order or perform scans such as a colonoscopy, and test your stool for blood and parasites.


The question now remains, what can you do to protect your body's plumbing system?

Just as water is essential to maintain the plumbing system of your home, the same way it is essential to your body's plumbing. When your body is dehydrated, stool becomes stalled. This not only creates a physical barrier to waste elimination, but also creates a chemical barrier. As a result, more cancer-causing substances are trapped in your colon, and this greatly increases your chances of acquiring colon cancer.

Of course, the amount of water required by each person may vary considerably, and your individual need may be worked out in conjunction with your physician or nutritionist. However, let common sense prevail; most people know when they are not getting enough.

Another essential element is a high fibre diet. When there is adequate fibre intake, toxic waste is rushed through the colon before it has a chance to do harm. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans are especially rich in fibre. You should take in enough fibre to produce at least one significant bowel movement daily.

Keep to a bare minimum alcohol, caffeine, food additives, and foods produced with artificial pesticides and fertilizers. If you can, eliminate them totally.


Remember the ital food concept. Do not call me racist, but avoid white flour, white sugar, and white rice. And on the topic of colour, avoid red meats such as beef and pork. (Sorry, but pork is not the other white meat.)

On the other hand, foods rich in calcium and magnesium, such as the coconut, help to protect the colon from cancer-causing agents. This is also true of foods such as garlic, olive oil, fish and fish oils, carrots, and yogurt (brands that are plain or with natural flavours and with active or live cultures and from an "organic" source). Yogurt is especially useful in cultivating friendly bacteria in the colon which help to prevent tumour growth.

Amongst the natural methods of preventing colon cancer is breast feeding. Just after giving birth, mothers produce a milk-like substance called colostrum. It helps to jump-start the newborn's immune system and start him in an advantageous position in fighting cancer and diseases in general.

Finally, when it comes to fighting colon cancer, the Antigua Black is golden. The pineapple is considered by many nutritionist to be the number one immune boosting food. It contains the enzyme bromelain that helps to break down a tumour's protein coat, thus allowing immune cells to destroy the cancer. Therefore, from an immunologic (and economic) point of view, the Antigua Black may indeed be our black gold.

In spite of all the natural ways to fight colon cancer, I must caution you that if you think your pipes are clogged, go see your doctor. Remember, when the toilet does not flush, the whole house stinks.

Dr Jerry Simon (NSA Medical Surgical Rehab Centre, 268 462 0631, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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#9 J Simon » 2011-02-03 14:43

I understand your concern. But if we pay close attention to our health, neither age or race should be a significant barrier.
Yes there are some conditions that are product of age and to a certain extent there is little we might be able to do about them at that time.
But good health in old age starts at good health in young age.
Take a look at the numerous black centenarians in Antigua and you will see that old age does not have to bring bad health ( within reasonable limits) nor big belly.
Race in and of itself is not a huge predictor of good or bad health. However when you link the other factors with race, such as lifestyle, cultural norms, socio economic status, the answer becomes clearer.
I would propose to you the difference in belly size between blacks, whites and Chinese over 40 has more to do with diet and exercise and physical activity ( or lack of) than race.
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Big belly a nightmare part 2

#8 HSR » 2011-02-03 13:04

I dread the day that I have to live with a big belly. When I see person like most our politicians just get this big belly and don’t seem to be able to do anything about it I wonder what example this sends to our young people. It seems to be accepted to have a big tummy. I wonder why women don’t just start to refuse dating men with big tummies. But then what about women who have a big tummy? Why do they after a certain age develop this big tummy and is this related to their race? Cause my observation is that this phenomenon is more noticeable by negro women then white women or Chinese. Is this all related to the plumbing problems you speak about. Perhaps we should fast and pray on a more regular basis and make it part of our life. At least twice a year fast for a week or so and clean our plumbing system. Because it seem to be very hard to control what we eat.
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Big belly a nightmare part 1

#7 HSR » 2011-02-03 13:03

Dear Doc. You touch on a concern that many of us have. And of course im order to clean the plumbing system we use many different products. Some claim to be herbal. Constipation is a normal way of living for some of us, even when we use food with lots of fiber. We have seen the first lady in the US making good eating habit her focus and has joint with several private sector companies to change the eating behavior of the American citizen, starting with the very young ones. We here have the school meal program that has not gotten the right exposure and recognition. One can disagree about the method used but the end result which is to provide a healthy balance meal to our youth is very honorable. This should have been applauded by all. As I said in the use the private sector was ask to partner in this venture. And perhaps this should have been the case in Antigua as well. That way you do not take the economic activity away from the people. Another concern is the fact that almost all persons of Negro descendant, whether male or female after reaching a certain age seem to be struggling with their weight and particularly the tummy.
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#6 TC » 2011-01-31 03:56

Sound advice and a well timed article, after consuming all that junk during the holidays. Now it is time to clean house, if you have not done so as yet.
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Target all with clogged system

#5 Dig It » 2011-01-30 03:39

First of all, Skyewill, sad to hear such news. Dr. Simon, as always, very informative and well-written! I must say I like the photo of this article because it speak for itself! There is no doubt that we should keep track of our plumbing system to avoid serious health issues. Yet, some of us avoid the doctor for years, and only go to him or her when problems become out of control. Our health should be a first priority, and not to be compromise with anything. When you hear of persons that don't regulate their human waste regularly, it really makes you think. The more you clogged your system, the more health issues you will face. And, we should not be only targeting the general public to eat right and take care of their bodies! We should be telling our political leaders the same gospel. We have some of them walking around town with big pot belly, and can't even bend down to touch their toes! They should be setting the example! The other day I was glad to see Chanlah Codrington participated in the Cruise to Run. I am sure Minister of Tourism couldn't run 10 yards in that race! Let's take care of our bodies before we stink up the house!
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#4 Morris » 2011-01-30 03:34

Thanks for the great article Dr. Simon.
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#3 Skyewill » 2011-01-30 01:44

A brother I grew up with from st. Johnstons Village, ran the village tavern. One year i came home and saw his very large belly. I said to him. That belly will kill you. and he joked about it. on my next visit. I wen to his funeral.
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Hey doc

#2 Skyewill » 2011-01-30 01:41

Yep, that's it and let's not forget. Okra, spinach, cabage and anything green help to clean and probiotics/good bacteria
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Dr Simon

#1 Grace » 2011-01-30 01:19

Very informative, continue to keep us healthy, I wish you would continue to write a weekly column to educate us, as for me I am a vegetarian, I do understand and know what you are saying, good topic, good subject.

Very good article, keep up the good work.
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Dr.Jerry Simon,a general physician, is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and Villa Clara (Cuba) Medical School. He has previously worked in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. Presently he is Medical Director of the NSA Medical Surgical Rehab Centre and is a certified member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

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