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The Princess of Wales knew the importance of cleansing to good health, high energy levels, and looking and feeling her best. Diana credited colonics and the regular use of cleansing enemas for her radiant, glowing complexion and silken hair.

Colon therapists everywhere are saddened on this fourth anniversary of her untimely death. She was our best friend.

Princess Diana, One of Colon Hydrotherapy's Greatest Advocates.

Women First Magazine

Princess Diana is just one of many who swear by colonic irrigation as a cure for virtually all their ills. And many others are just beginning to discover the benefits of the bowel-cleansing technique that flushes toxins from the entire system. When you walk about "washing and vacuuming", the last thing on most peoples minds is their colon. Yet, those are the very words adherents use to describe the practice of colonic irrigation or as it's more commonly called colonics. Using plastic tubes filled with warm sterile water under pressure, colonic therapists literally wash and vacuum the colon.

The most obvious question is why would anyone want-let alone pay-to have this done? According to its practitioners, deposits of fecal matter and mucus adhere to the walls of the large intestine, forming a virtual breeding ground for toxins that can poison the system. Flushing these toxins from the body, not only cures diarrhea, constipation and colitis but also allows the body to absorb vital nutrients.

Colonic therapists agree that stress plus a sedentary life-style coupled with the typical American diet-high in fat and sugar-are responsible for most of what ails us.

In fact, it was just such a diet, high in junk food, that prompted our volunteer, Ada Diaz, to try colonics. "I felt awful-bloated from all the chips, burgers and candy," she confesses. Before the procedure, Ada lay down on a table, clad only in a white robe, to have here stomach softly massaged.

Next, warm water was gently pumped through a tube inserted into her rectum. She remained comfortable, barely sensing the sterile water. Although she did admit to having a little trepidation before her very first session, Ada said she felt "much better" afterward and vowed to continue with colonic irrigations until she feels her system is completely detoxified. "It's a warming, relaxing feeling," Ada explained.

Princess Diana, who reportedly undergoes colonics once a week, quite agrees: "They take," she's quoted as saying, "all the aggro [aggravation] out of me.

There is a great deal of confusion and misinformation among the general public about the subject of colon hydrotherapy and it's benefits. As one long time colon therapist explained to me, it's just not a subject that is discussed in polite conversation, at least not until recently.

A great deal of credit to opening up discussion of this topic in recent years must go to the late Princess of Wales, Diana. But as recently as 1993, as the following article demonstrates, some people still look upon this healthy and beneficial procedure as something strange, even weird.

Di Cures ALL Her Ills with Weird Water Therapy

The GLOBE, Vol. 40, Number 22


June 1, 1993

She has her bowels washed out with 12 gallons of water 3 times a week. Now she's free from: tiredness, anorexia, headaches, allergies, depression, candida. PRINCESS DI'S bizarre secret to health, a slim figure and glowing beauty is giving her body the Royal Flush!

Three times a week, the 31 year-old princess goes to London's prestigious Hale Clinic for colonic irrigation - a super enema treatment that scrubs her bowels out with 12 gallons of water.

She swears by the process; reveals one of Di's closest confidantes. "She says that it pumps up her energy and keeps her looking young. She even credits the enema treatment with curing her fatigue, allergies, depression, infections, migraines - and bulimia!"

"For years I've been trying to bury my troubles under mountains of food," she confessed to me. "But after I binge, I worry about my figure. And I make myself throw up. It's a terrible vicious compulsion. But now that I'm getting regular colonics, I don't worry so much about what I eat. I know all the excess food will be washed away, along with the poisons that cause my terrible headaches. My migraines are caused by food allergies, and I haven't had one since I started the treatments."

Each time she visits the Hale Clinic for her $75 session, Di is placed on a couch and modestly covered. Distilled water is then pumped into her colon through a tube connected to a large stainless steel pump apparatus. The water is body temperature and washes out years of collected fecal matter, mucous and built-up poisons. The whole process is over in 40 minutes and is capped by a cup of special acidophilus tea, which restores "good bacteria" to the system.

"I can actually feel the toxins being flushed out of my system while I'm on the table," Di bubbled to her pal. "It's surprisingly pleasurable and comforting. It makes me feel brand new and pure. The treatments put the color back in my cheeks and a new bounce in my step. And I don't get infections anymore - I used to suffer from candida, a fungus infection that gave me chronic sore throats. They're gone for good thanks to my enemas!"

Although Di is convinced the treatments are a miraculous cure-all, pals say the rest of the royals are horrified by Di's quirky health kick. Charles is appalled that his estranged wife and a member of the royal household would subject herself to this quackery." says one insider. "And he certainly doesn't want her to put their two sons through the same kind of thing. The Queen thinks the treatments are distasteful and disgusting, too. But Diana refuses to listen."

Foot Reflexology and Princess Diana

Three visits a week

The tabloid press has included reports about Princess Diana and royal family use of foot reflexology since 1985. (See below.) (Ed. note: A review of these articles leads one to the conclusion that no area of the Princess's life went without comment.) Since her death, stories about her life in the regular press have included reports of her seeking foot reflexology services.

A Newsweek story states, "In the end Diana looked less like a royal and more like a sleek Manhattan socialite. For one thing she was well groomed. She got manicures and pedicures, had foot reflexology three times a week." ("The Queen of Style," Diana, Commemorative Issue, Newsweek, p. 47, 1997)

Unknown, 1985, National Enquirer, "Charles & Di's Royal Rift: He's Become Obsessed with His Health, She Goes to Parties Alone" by Dan Schwartz, A review of Prince Charles' health pursuits. " 'At the palace he has virtually ignored Diana during evenings to study books on reflexology - a fad therapy which involves 'clearing the body's 10 vertical energy channels by massaging different areas of the feet. Charles is hooked on it.'"

July 15, 1986, The Sun, p. 6, "How Prince Charles uses strange cures to stay healthy" by David Molina, "reflexology is a more recent practice the Prince has explored in his quest to stay healthy. It holds that the feet contain thousands of nerve endings which, when massaged, lessen pain or even promote healing."

Aug.1988, Ladies Home Journal, p. 162. "All about Fergie," by Susie Pearson and David Thomas, The Duchess of York, the former Sarah Ferguson, is profiled. Included is a description of the Duchess and Princess Diana as clients of Joseph Corvo, "practitioner of the so-called discipline of Zone therapy. The treatment involves massaging fifteen specific nerve endings on the face which are said to revitalize eleven areas of the body."

Mar. 6, 1989, Today (British newspaper), p. 26, "These feet were made for talking" by Sandra Parsons, A newspaper columnist samples the services of reflexologist Michael Keet. The Duchess of York, the Queen and Princess Diana are cited as converts to reflexology.

Oct. 7, 1990, National Enquirer, p. 37, "As Marriage Crumbles & Pressure Builds ... Princess Di Becomes a Human Pincushion - in Bizarre Battle to Beat Stress," In a desperate bid to beat stress, Princess Di has turned to several far-out treatments - reflexology, aromatherapy and a back-crunching form of Japanese massage called shiatsu . . Charles - a strong believer in holistic medicine and natural cures - suggested Di try an acupuncturist Besides the acupuncture and Japanese massage, Di also undergoes aroma therapy and foot massage, called reflexology."

May 28, 1991, Inside Edition (television), The British Royal Family is reported to have an interest in alternative health practices. reflexology services are cited as giving Diana her energy.

Jul. 22, 1993, Evening Standard, "Confessions of a therapy junkie" As Princess Diana visits yet another alternative therapist, Caroline Phillips looks at why she, too, feels compelled to try every new treatment that comes along - no matter how bizarre," Listed in a side bar "Diana's Guide to Alternative Therapy" is reflexology "Yesterday it was revealed that the Princess has been having her feet massaged, stimulating the blood supply and nerves and relieving tension."

Jul. 22, 1993, Today, "Body and Sole, Why Di's feet are made for healing everything from backache to asthma" by Dominic Midgley, "reflexology is the medical term for the secret tootsie-tickling session (Princess) Di had undergone when she was pictured leaving the Oriental medical centre in Knightsbridge yesterday." A reflexology chart is included as well as comments by customers and practitioners. p. 7

Jul. 22, 1993, Daily Express, "Princess puts her best foot forward at a clinic" by Jack Lee and Annie Leask, Princess Di escaped from the cares of the world yesterday with a soothing foot massage. She went to a plush London clinic for a session of her favorite alternative - reflexology."

Aug. 17, 1993, Globe, How Di's Toe Jobs Heel All Her Ills," A full color reflexology chart and a photo of a bare-footed Princess Diana accompany an article about the Princess and reflexology. "The thirty-two year old royal has been hot-footing it to her local reflexologist, who manipulates pressure points on her feet to find what ails her "'Diana swears by it,' said a palace insider after the Princess was spotted trotting out of the Oriental Medical Center in London's posh Knightsbridge section after a two-hour session. "Reflexologists boast they can cure anything from a bad back to bulimia - both of which have plagued Di. Within minutes of touching your feet they can diagnose exactly what's wrong with your body. "But Diana's not the only one getting the rubdown - Fergie and the queen have tried it also." p. 23

Aug. 29, 1993, Star, ""Di Blows Her Top," An incident with a photographer and Princess Diana is reported. Included is the comment, "She also has reflexology treatments where therapists manipulate pressure points on her feet."

June 7, 1994, Star, "Secret Shopaholic, How Di blows $227,000 a year on clothes, hairdos, vacations and massages," Princess Diana is estimated to spend $2,657 a year for weekly reflexology sessions. By comparison she is estimated to spend $24,446 a year for manicures. p. 6

June 21,1994, Star, " Dashing Di," "(Princess) Di had just come from a regular visit to a Chinese foot massage clinic in Beauchamp Place when she noticed she was attracting a crowd," so she made a run for her car. p. 2

Nov. 1994, Vogue, It is reported that Princess Diana visits a reflexologist weekly.

Jan. 16, 1996, Star, " How She Got the Body to Die For," "In her quest for overall health, (Princess) Di has also become a keen fan of New Age techniques, including foot massage, back manipulation and aromatherapy." p. 5

Mar. 1996, Luxury Life-styles of the Rich and Famous, "Special Issue: Natural Health Remedies Stars Use - And They Really Work!, Plus the healing power of massage, aromatherapy, acupuncture, teas, reflexology and meditation," "reflexology - Getting to the root of the problem," Sub heading: Princess Di' Walking on air' after royal rubdowns" "Princess Di believes that the way to good health is through her feet. She's reportedly sought the treatment of a London Reflexologist to help her with recurring back pain and with her bulimia battle. 'She's been walking on air since she's been getting the treatments for her aching back,' said a palace insider." p. 39

June 11, 1996, Star, Learn Di's Beauty and Health Secrets from head to toe - inside out" by Judy Wade, "reflexology: For more than five years Diana has visited a Knightsbridge clinic run by Chryssie Fitzgerald for a foot massage to stimulate the blood supply and nerves to relieve tension. Cost: $50 an hour." p. 25


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