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Colonoscopy: Is it worth the risk?

Each year over 14 million Americans are getting screened for colon cancer. Of these, according to the report “Complications of Colonoscopy in an Integrated Health Care Delivery System” by the Annals of Internal Medicine, an estimated 70,000 (0.5%) may be killed or injured by colonoscopy-related complications [link]. This figure is higher than the total number of annual deaths from colon cancer itself, 22% higher. 

The number of casualties above doesn't include deferred complications from colon prep and general anesthesia, such as kidney failure, stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, intestinal obstruction, and numerous others. Nor does it include the increased risk of all other cancers from radiation exposure caused by virtual colonoscopies. Thus, if you are close to or past 50, and have been considering screening colonoscopy, the next 9 minutes may save your life and prevent other cancers:

Part I. The Anatomy Of A Deadly Deception

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Key highlights from part I

Part II. Turning A Probable Death Sentence Into A Manageable Risk

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Key highlights from part II

Part III. Why Screening Colonoscopy Increases the Risk of Colorectal Cancer

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Key highlights from part III

Part IV. Why Screening Colonoscopy Increases Mortality?

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Key highlights from part IV

Additional Reading

The following sections expand on above videos with practical advice and additional commentaries:

» Side Effects Of Screening Colonoscopies

» Frequently Asked Questions About Screening Colonoscopies

» Colon Cancer Risk Factors

» Colorectal Cancer Prevention

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Author's note

A wealthy acquaintance of mine died at the age of 56 from brain cancer. His brain tumor was probably contributed to by earlier treatment for colon cancer. In turn, his colon cancer was probably caused by frequent virtual colonoscopies and coronary angiograms — a preventative computer-assisted x-ray (CT scan) of, respectively, the colon and heart.

With a strong conviction that money can buy just about anything, a $1,000 scan to him was less than $1 to most people. So, why not, as he once told me, buy some “peace of mind,” right? Apparently not...

I wrote my books and developed this site for people who still value a buck and wish to prevent common gastrointestinal disorders and escape colorectal cancer without relying on cancer-causing screening colonoscopies, addictive laxatives, harmful fiber supplements, ineffective and deadly drugs, and irreversible, complication-prone surgeries.

The information on this site complements and expands the content of Gut Sense and Fiber Menace. Both books evolved from my extensive research in the field of forensic nutrition. Unlike orthodox nutrition, which studies and promotes health food, forensic nutrition studies why people get sick and die from a presumably healthy diet.

Konstantin Monastyrsky