Colonoscopies can be a great tool to identify issues within the body, but they are grossly overused and come with potential complications.
Let’s discuss why colonoscopies can turn out to be a terrible idea, and an alternative your doctor’s won’t tell you about.
Anesthesia will be used when a camera is being inserted to check for polyps in the colon.
This drug increases the risk of long-term brain damage because it cuts off the nutrient & oxygen supply to the brain1!
That camera also disrupts the biome of the digestive system (i.e. the flow of the good & bad bacteria).
Another issue with colonoscopies is the potential for perforations. These are disruptions or microscopic holes that can affect the entire gut and create irritation & infections.
Your bowels can be imbalanced for weeks – and the miserable process of evacuating your colon to perform the screening doesn’t appeal to anyone.
The cost to perform a colonoscopy is about $3,000. If your insurance covers it, great! – but think about this:
What do you think a hospital executive (the boss of your doctor) is going to instruct the doctor to recommend … a $30 FIT test, or a $3,000 colonoscopy?
They’ll suggest the colonoscopy every time so that money goes in their pocket. They’ll send you reminders, letters, phone calls & emails about scheduling your next colonoscopy.
Okay, good point – so what can i do instead?
A FIT test is a fecal immunochemical test that is checking for blood in your stool by doing a simple swab. It identifies irritation in the lower half of the digestive tract. Research has shown that it’s nearly 98% as accurate at identifying most forms of colon cancer as a colonoscopy2.
They are available online and sent to your house for you to provide a sample. You send back the sample and get your results.
Now, if the FIT test comes back positive, then you can consider getting the more invasive colonoscopy.
Colonoscopies still hold as a more accurate screening (of course, you have an actual camera inside your body to identify polyps, etc.) but it comes with extra side effects and risks.
A FIT test is a great alternative to help identify any issues that may be present to prevent cancer & keep yourself safe without all the disruptions and costs of a colonoscopy.