The Dangers Of Colonoscopies

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The overuse of the procedure known as colonoscopies as a prophylactic for colon cancer, has not only become quite a fad in recent decades, but also a multimillion dollar industry.  Every year, over 14 million perfectly healthy individuals age 50 and up, submit themselves to this invasive procedure in the hope of receiving protection from colorectal cancer.  Do the benefits of this screening outweigh the risks involved?

Sometimes in this world, a treatment may be as dangerous as the disease itself.  I serve as a living testament to the severity of the damages possible with this procedure.  The many injuries that can be caused by colonoscopies, the anesthetics and preparation required for this procedure, is what I would like to cover in part 1 of this series.  (In part 2 we will look at the known effectiveness of colonoscopies as a weapon against cancer)

I would like to preface this by saying that colorectal cancer is a very real,  frightening and deadly disease, and I am in no way making light of that fact.  But, a colonoscopy injury can be as lethal and cause as much fear and suffering as colorectal cancer itself.  (For those who have not read my story, I lost all of my intestines due to a colonoscopy accident – NOT just my colon, but all of my small intestines too – a life-threatening condition known as short bowel syndrome.  I lived for six months without intestines and being fed and hydrated with the use of TPN, but my life was ultimately save with a very rare intestinal transplant.).

So the question here is, which one carries the greatest risk of actually happening to you in your lifetime?  Especially between the age of fifty to sixty?

Reported in this study from 2006; “The perforation rate reported from colonoscopies was 1 in 1000 procedures, and ‘serious complications’ occurred in 5 in 1000”.  According The Annals Of Internal Medicine’s report on colonoscopies, an estimated 70,000 (0.5%) will be injured or killed by a complication related to this procedure.  This figure is 22% higher than the annual deaths from colorectal cancer itself – the very disease the device was designed to prevent.

The average age for developing colorectal cancer is 71 [source].  The medical industry recommends screening starting at the age of 50 and as low as 45 for African-Americans.  So, for the first couple of decades, you are risking your life with a dangerous, invasive procedure to diagnose a disease that is far less of a risk at that age than the odds of being injured by the screening device.  I could stop right there, because that should be enough to make a critical thinker forget about this barbaric diagnostic tool, at least until the age of 65.  But, there is more – a whole lot more to consider, which leads me to believe we should search to discover a safer and more effective tool.

Many of the related injuries associated with colonoscopies go unreported or are never diagnosed.  Death from colon cancer will very rarely not be reported as the cause of death, so those are accurate predictions.  But, we have no idea just how high the actual number for colonoscopy injuries and death may actually be [more].  I am living proof of that.  The reason for the necrosis of my bowels was unreported because all priorities focused on saving my life, not what caused the decline.  Nowhere on my medical record is the reason for what caused my organs to die reported, so I doubt that I am part of those statistics, even though I am a victim of a colonoscopy.

Typically, a patient left untreated for as long as I was will die.  Had I died, the death report would say complications from necrosis of the bowels and mention nothing of the colonoscopy.  Perforations and other injuries from colonoscopies can be extremely difficult to diagnose and are often of little concern when the patient is dying.  We also have to consider that doctors and hospitals will rarely report an injury from a colonoscopy unless forced to.  It is up to the patient to successfully prove that the procedure caused their injury or resulting infection in a civil trial before it will be reported and logged.  The fact that few, if any, of these cases will see the light of day is covered in my post “Malpractice Law: reserved Only For The Frivolous”.

Even though statistics say that 70,000 people will be injured or killed by this procedure this year, the actual number is far greater.   But even if you go by only those that have been forced to be reported, the number of injuries are still significantly higher than the incidence of colorectal cancer.

One of the more dangerous outcomes of a colonoscopy is the one I was a victim of – a perforation.  Everyone considering this diagnostic procedure is required to sign a paper stating that they understand all of the injuries possible with this invasion of their organs with a mechanical device and the air pressure exerted in order to inflate the colon.  The list of the horrific complications, including death, should be enough to give anyone pause.  But, patients are immediately calmed when their doctors explains that these things are rare.  The favorite tool of compliance in the doctor’s arsenal is the phrase “I’m not worried about it”.  They’re not the ones about to have a metal tube shoved four feet up their pooper and they also understand that by signing that paper, you have waived all rights to legal compensation if injured.  Any wonder why they’re not worried?  As long as your insurance checks out, they won’t break a sweat.

Other than perforations, there are other dangers, including a list of possible reactions to the anesthesia (propofol) that is typically used during a colonoscopy.  Though rare, they can range from deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism to pneumonia.  Probably the largest risk with propofol is the fact that it suppresses your respiration.  If given too much, the patient can stop breathing.  This is why you should make sure that you have this procedure performed in a facility that is equipped to handle such a situation, in case you stop breathing.  No other cancer screening test requires a patient to be rendered unconscious to perform.  Because you will be unconscious, you will not be witness to the procedure, so the patient has no idea how well the procedure was performed or how much time the doctor took to examine thoroughly.  The insurance companies pay the same price whether the doctor takes 20 minutes or 2 minutes – the faster they can do them, the more procedures they can get paid for per day.  Most accidents happen because of fast and sloppy procedures.

There can also be complications associated with the colon prep required for the procedure.  This prep can include a 2 liter enema of synthetic laxatives administered about an hour before the procedure.  This is called the Mechanical Bowel Preparation (MBP) and is completely unnecessary, yet many doctors still use this in spite of the fact that it has been proven to create a high risk of thrombosis.  This cocktail of chemicals can cause everything from deadly electrolyte imbalances (which can lead to congestive heart failure), to possible thrombosis in the mesenteric artery, to kidney damage.  It is believed that I developed a partial occlusion in the mesenteric artery (which feeds blood to all of the bowels) following the prep.  I began to complain of intense abdominal pain directly after the MBP, yet the doctor decided to do the procedure anyway.

If this diagnostic procedure still sounds safe to you, we will also throw in the newest discovery that has come to light in recent years.  It is impossible to sterilize an endoscope!  This high-tech device cannot be boiled or steamed because high temperatures can destroy the sensitive electronics and optics.  There are many tiny nooks and crannies in and around the tip of the scope, which are difficult to clean, even by hand.  More importantly, is the channel which runs the length of the scope inside.  It is this port that the doctors insert the tools into.  This channel is less than a millimeter in diameter and tunnels over four feet through the endoscope.  Without boiling or steaming, I can not see how this channel could be sterilized (I will cover this in more detail in an upcoming post).

Recent biopsies of these scopes have revealed microscopic incrustation of fecal matter, tissue, blood, and mucus imbedded from previous patients.  At present, medical personnel bathe the scopes in a disinfectant solution.  They’re not scrubbed.  Not disassembled.  Not heated.  They’re rinsed in an ineffective bath of Glutaraldehyde, which if not rinsed off thoroughly, has been cited as a cause of toxic Colitis.  Properly cleaning an endoscope can take a lot of time and must be done by hand.  Given the fact that colonoscopies have become a volume business,  gastroenterologists have been known to cram in as many as 30 to 40 procedures per day.  With such a cattle-call styled business, just how much time is really spent cleaning the scope?

It is very possible, and clinically proven, that you can be infected by HPV (Human Papilloma Virus); HIV; Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Helicobacter pylori,; Hepatitis B and C; Salmonella; Pseudomonas and Aeruginosa; Flu Viruses and other common bacteria such as, E. Coli O157:H7 and Creutzfeldt- Jakob Disease.  And the pathogens you may be infected with are typically going to be a hospital borne variety, which means they are strains that have been exposed to, and become immune to most antibiotics.  Leading microbiologists have advocated using sterile, disposable parts for endoscopes as well as the use of a condom-like sheathes for each new patient.  But, the manufacturers and health-care providers have resisted these solutions because of added costs.  Isn’t that nice?  These safety precautions are mandated in England, but not used here in the U.S..  The FDA even recognizes this problem here, but acts as if their present recommendations are effective – they have been proven not to be.

Following my transplant, I was required to undergo an ileoscopy, including biopsies, weekly to check for signs of rejection.  Patients are not anesthetized for this procedure because the scope is inserted into a stoma, rather than the anus, so it is painless.  I was allowed to watch the procedure on a television monitor.  They would fish a tool (similar to an alligator clip) through the instrument port of the scope (refer to image at the top of page), to tear off a piece of villi for a biopsy.  Each time I could see a tiny injury which would begin to bleed.  An open, bleeding wound near the tip of a scope which has been in many other colons and is unable to be sterilized – sounds like a real good medical practice.  Each time you undergo a colonoscopy they may clip out a piece of your intestine for biopsy or snip off a polyp.  There will be an open wound and mixing of your blood with whatever may be lingering on the end of that scope which has been in hundreds of other colons and is unable to be sterilized.

Because there is a small amount of internal bleeding after a procedure, this can be very dangerous to anyone on blood thinners or anti-coagulants, because the doctors do not hang around long enough to be sure that the injury heals.  An open bleeding wound within a dirty colon is not the safest thing and certainly a risk for infection, but there have been patient bleed out days or even week later from a wound that did not stop bleeding – especially in elderly patients or diabetics who do not heal quickly.

A few days after one of the ileoscopy, I came down with a systemic gram negative rod infection called pseudomonas, a very deadly pathogen to immunosuppressed patients.  The particular strain that I had contracted was identified as being multi-drug resistant, meaning it was certainly a hospital borne variety.  It nearly ended my life as I succumbed to septic shock and by the time the ambulance arrived at the ER, my blood pressure had dropped to 35 over 28 and I was unable to breathe on my own, so the doctors were giving me a very small chance of surviving the night.  I needed to be placed on a respirator, so I was knocked out and kept in a coma for two weeks by use of propofol, the same drug used for most colonoscopies, so don’t let anyone tell you that the drug used for the colonoscopy is just a mild sedative – it can place you into a coma and keep you there.

It is quite obvious now that I contracted that pathogen from the scope I had just received two days before (I failed so quickly because I was so immunosupressed from the transplant).  Seven months prior to that, I had been the victim of a perforation as the result of a routine colonoscopy, which ultimately cost me all of my intestines and nearly my life.  That is two near death injuries on just one patient within seven months from two endoscopes.

I met six other transplant patients in the last two years.  Three out of those six people, adding myself (making seven), had suffered a perforation from scopes and a fourth one had suffered a perforation in a similar invasive procedure.  Two of those patients died as a result of their injuries and I nearly died on two different endoscope accidents.  The third transplant recipient needed an emergency resection of her newly transplanted bowels because of a perforation from a scope.  The baby of our transplant family, a young woman only 28 years old, is fighting a Klebsiella sepsis at this time, which was most likely transmitted via a recent scope.   “Injuries and perforations from colonoscopies are rare” my ass!

Because of what happened to me and the manner in which the doctor lied to me about the rarity of these injuries is what has motivated me to study and investigate the subject for the last two years.  I have discovered that perforations are not as rare as the doctors would like us to believe.  But at a charge of $1,500.00 to $2,000.00 per procedure and the fact that some gastroenterologist can rush in as many as 30 -40 procedures a day, it is not hard to see a motivation to suppress the truth about the dangers and your risk of being perforated or infected by this medical fad.

From an a 2006 article in The New York Times;

… if our group is representative of an average group, you will see people (doctors) who take 2 or 3 minutes and people (doctors) who take 20 minutes to examine a colon. Insurers pay doctors the same no matter how much time they spend.”   It is often about quantity, not quality and your risk of being injured increases the faster the practitioner attempts to finish your procedure, not to mention the efficiency of the cancer screening falls dramatically when hurried.”

I hope that one day this killer will end up on the junk pile of quack medical devices from the Victorian Age, and I hope I can have a hand in placing it there.  This will not be easy.  The medical industry now has celebrities, such as Katie Couric, actively using their fame to promote this procedure as a life-saving miracle, rather than the barbaric medieval medical device it really is.  They used the fact that Katie lost her husband to colon cancer and swooped in on this grieving widow and convinced her this “snake oil” medical device could have prevented it.  I am sure that the fact that NBC is also owned by General Electric, a manufacturer of endoscopes, had little to do with sponsoring her televised colonoscopy and using her celebrity pitching skills to bring this killer to the forefront of common medical practices.

You may be thinking that I must have lost my mind, because after all, this procedure has effectively saved thousands of lives, or at least that’s what you’ve been led to believe by the medical industry and their advocates in the media.  But is there any more truth to this than the lie that injuries are rare?

Please read part 2 on this subject entitled; “The Effectiveness Of Colonoscopies On Cancer And IBD” and the introduction to this series entitled; “The Dangers In Modern Medicine“.

 


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119 Responses to The Dangers Of Colonoscopies
  1. Zakariah Lafreniere
    April 4, 2012 | 12:13 am

    This is a powerful post that may have just saved my life!

    • Wolverine
      April 4, 2012 | 11:01 am

      Thanks Zakariah. My advice to people is that if they must have a colonoscopy, to refuse the mechanical bowel preparation (MBP). This is not the oral solution, but the enema that many doctors require prior to the procedure. Clinical studies have proven that it is unnecessary. Similar studies have shown that 15% of patients will develop a deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism as a result of the MBP. About 1% of them will die of a coronary event. One study can be found here.

      It was the MBP that cause a thrombosis in my superior mesenteric artery, the vessel that feeds blood to the small bowels. It was only a partial occlusion and had the doctors found it earlier, my small bowels could have been spared. But the doctors chose to ignored my pain, elevated WBCs and difficulty breathing for more than 3 days and the bowels became ischemic from loss of blood flow. the clot could have just as easily formed in the lung or heart and I’d be dead.

      If a doctor or hospital requires the MBP, refuse it and find a doctor that doesn’t. Better yet, just forget about a colonoscopy altogether if you feel perfectly healthy and are strictly considering it for cancer screening. The risk is much higher of being injured or killed by the procedure itself than ever developing colorectal cancer (unless you have a family history of Gardener’s Disease). If you have IBD, insist on a sigmoidoscopy – much safer and just as effective at diagnosing IBD than a colonoscopy – and a lot cheaper, which is why the doctor will insists on the colonoscopy, so they can make more money.

      Like I said in my article, if I can save just one person from living the nightmare that I have, it will be worth the effort. So thanks for leaving the comment. It helps me to know that I may have spared one person from sacrificing their life so some gastroenterologist can buy a Mercedes.

      • Zakariah Lafreniere
        April 4, 2012 | 7:08 pm

        I am working on a prototype alternative involving a capsule sized “submarine” that the patient would take (either orally or rectally) and where the small sub would float through the colon relaying pictures and info to the doctor tracking it’s progress via remote control video and controller.
        You swallow this “micro-sub” capsule, and it simply does all the work without danger of reuse infection or perforation. It has its own light and hd video. As an artist I am sure you could sketch out a design…

        • Wolverine
          April 4, 2012 | 10:24 pm

          Zakariah, Believe it or not the endoscopy capsule already exists. A young women I met at the hospital where I got my transplant had the procedure done at one time. She said it was large and difficult to swallow. My transplant surgeons wanted me to swallow one at one point, but I forget why they eventually cancelled the procedure.

          They’re very similar to what you’re describing. They have an onboard camera and their own light source. I believe that they take images and record them to a microchip and the data is downloaded after the capsule is retrieved (yeah, you have to dig them out of the toilet). I’m sure that these will not replace colonoscopies because they don’t allow the doctors to chop and hack at polyps. It’s probably also much cheaper, so the doctors can’t charge $2,000.00 for their services. It would certainly be a lot safer.

          I wouldn’t spend too much effort on a prototype unless you have some ideas how to improve the ones that exist. You can read about them here

      • joe
        January 9, 2014 | 8:33 am

        Thanks so much for your personal and testimony on your procedure ! Yes, you are right about how the doctor’s say do this exam at age 50, am very skeptical about ths procedure like any other and for that reason I always do my research.

        Thank you again for your experience with this horrible procedure! God bless !!

        Joe

        • Wolverine
          January 10, 2014 | 4:38 pm

          Thank you Joe for your kind words. This procedure is far more dangerous than the media leads us to believe. There is every reason to be skeptical, especially if one reads the fine print on the Legal Release that everyone is required to sign to relive the doctor of any liabilities. It clearly lists all of the dangers, including instant death.

          They would not make us sign such a paper if these things had not happened in the past and are still ongoing. I am living proof that these dangers are real and by all practical means, I should not be alive. Most people injured the way I was have died, I am just one of the very rare lucky ones. If you want to call it lucky.

          I spent over two years in hospitals and underwent a very dangerous and nearly unheard of transplant to save my live. I am forever a slave of the medical system now and always will be. I do not hope this fate on anyone. Even though I survived, I will certainly die prematurely because of a colonoscopy. I was only 48 when the disaster happened and will certainly not live as long as I should have had this not happened. I doubt I will ever see my seventies, as my parents have.

          Because of the immunosuppressive agents I must take to live, coupled with the tremendous amount of radiation I was exposed to, I developed Multiple Myeloma – a rare, but incurable form of cancer. Though we caught it very early and it is in remission now, it will eventually return and ultimately take my life. And it all started because of a colonoscopy. Please consider this before submitting to one. Thanks again for your very kind words.

      • Alfred j. Ouellette
        April 24, 2014 | 2:25 pm

        you convenced me to cancel my colonoscopy. they never told me any of the stuff I read on this website. I know for certain none of my famly going back five generations have never had colon cancer. but my dr, scared me when he said he felt something in my rectum when he had his finger in there and told me I should get the colonscopy done but I’m very happy I found this website. thankyou to who ever posted this information… aint nobody going inside my body and messing me up with the posability of killing me..
        sencerly your living friend Al

        • Wolverine
          April 24, 2014 | 5:03 pm

          I would certainly never want to talk someone out of getting a procedure if they need one, it’s just that in today’s modern medicine, doctors are performing invasive procedures when there are absolutely no signs or symptoms of a problem (like routine colonoscopies just based on someone’s age and nothing else). The other problem is doctors ordering a far more invasive procedure than the symptoms call for.

          In many cases, such as your’s, where the anomaly is just inches within the rectum, a sigmoidoscopy would most likely do the trick and is far less invasive. Why push a scope four feet inside someone when the growth is just inches inside? The doctor will always claim that they want to do the whole colon because if there is one growth, there maybe many more, but that’s kind of like running all the way into the house to make sure the whole house is on fire, rather than just peeking in the door.

          If the sigmoidoscopy was to give a positive biopsy, then a colonoscopy may be necessary, but why take the greater risk first, especially when the anomaly is more likely a hemorrhoid? I think it has more to do with the fact that a sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy take the same resources and amount of time to perform, but the colonoscopy charges out at tens times the price. From a fiscal standpoint, the colonoscopy is the better choice for the doctor, for sure. Can you imagine if you were injured the way I was and found out it was just an internal hemorrhoid?

          Personally, I’m not sure I would want some doctor chopping away at any lesions inside me without first knowing what it is. There has not been ample studies done that prove that if a lesion is malignant, that hacking at it with the tools (which are not very sharp, like a scalpel) used in a colonoscopy do not allow malignant cells to metastasize to other parts of the body, but there have been some studies that suggest that this is a possibility, like the Telemark Polyp Study 1. The group who had regular colonoscopies and polyps removed had a 158% higher mortality rate from other cancers. This would certainly suggest that cancer cells could metastasize to other organs causing cancers far more dangerous than colon cancer (lymphoma, lung cancer, pancreatic, etc..)

          I always wonder why the colonoscopy is the only supposed cancer removal surgery which does not follow-up with chemotherapy to destroy free cancer cells? Kind of makes the whole thing seem like scam when it doesn’t follow any other cancer treatment protocols.

          Thanks for writing, Alfred. If you have concerns about that growth, you may want to look into a barium enema or sigmoidoscopy. Always play it as safe as possible and look into all of the options available, because doctors will always jump straight to the colonoscopy (even though there are no real studies that prove it’s effectiveness to date). It’s not that the risks are ridiculously high (about 2 in 1,000 result in a perforation), it’s just that when they go wrong, the damage can be so seriously devastating, even ending in death.

          Indirectly, the colonoscopy gave me cancer. Because of the massive damage to my bowels, I required an intestinal transplant, which requires me to be immunosuppressed (and exposed to a lot of radiation during the treatments), which ultimately ended up giving me Multiple Myeloma, a rare and incurable bone cancer. Thanks again for writing. Stay safe.

      • Ted Arterberry
        November 21, 2014 | 10:59 pm

        My mother had a colonoscopy procedure applied at an out patient center where the procedure was scheduled to take only 1 to 2 hours. She died immediately after the colonoscopy procedure. She did not wake up from the anestesia and when the doctors tried to wake her, she went into cardiac arrest. I need to know what legal actions I should take. She was laughing and joking one hour before the procedure.

        • Wolverine
          November 23, 2014 | 3:00 pm

          sorry I didn’t respond sooner. I’ve been down the last few days, it kind of goes with my condition (intestinal transplant).

          I am so sorry to hear about what happened to your mother. The hardest part of publishing this website is to hear so many stories of loved ones so suddenly lost because of an endoscope. It hits me hard, because I myself was nearly killed by that dangerous procedure. Although I didn’t die, it did destroy my life forever.

          As far as any legal action goes, I am sorry to tell you that you will probably meet dead ends pursuing any lawyers. Your mother had to sign a waiver before they will give a colonoscopy.

          This paper lists all of the bad things that can happen, including death. Most patients sign it because the doctors will lie and claim that those things rarely happen. The injury and death rates are hardly rare when you investigate the statistics, which are extremely conservative because many deaths and injuries go unreported.

          Present rates claim that 1 in every thousand colonoscopies results in a perforation (which often results in death) and 5 in 1,000 result in a serious injury of some kind. I do not consider this rare, especially given the fact that the real rates are probably at least twice that.

          The waiver that must be signed says that the patient understands the dangers listed and are waiving any right to pursue damages if injured or killed.

          I personally believe that waiver itself is evidence that many are hurt during this procedure, though some of the complications turn up days or weeks later and are not reported as being associated with the procedure.

          If injury and death were truly rare, it would seem more logical that the doctors would simply pay the damages on that small amount, rather than frighten patients away with that paper (as I’m sure some people have read it and ran away). Truth is, they cause so many injuries and death, it would break them to pay all the damages, so they make everyone waive their rights.

          Again, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. A perfectly healthy and vital woman cut down by a greedy medical system. It breaks my heart.

          I do wish you luck in finding a lawyer who will take the case and win the case. I had no such luck and I never tried to sue for the colonoscopy damage (because I had signed the waiver) I tried to sue for the three days the doctors left me in a hospital bed, ignoring the pain I was writhing in while all of my intestines (both small and large) were dying and did absolutely nothing.

          Then again, most attorneys were disinterested because the federal government had placed a $350,00 cap on malpractice suits on doctors and set a 2 year statute of limitation on all medical suits, so you need to move fast. Practically all other law suits have a 7 year statute (doctor do have special protection under the law, which is wrong, constitutionally speaking)

          I had spent over 14 months in hospitals, trying to survive and by the time I was healthy enough, all lawyers said I was too close to the statute. Furthermore, the costs of my care and transplant far exceeded the $350,00 and the insurance company can take the share that they spent from the winnings first. This would leave nothing for the lawyer or me, because the transplant alone exceeded a million dollars. Any lawsuit would not have been fruitful in my case, so I am left disabled with no income, except disability, which ain’t shit.

          You do not have these problems and may be able to collect a wrongful death suit, if they can find a way around that waiver (which is possible with the right attorney). I really wish you luck, even though I know that will never make up for your loss, especially since the maximum you will get is $350,000, minus the 33 and 1/3% the attorney will get.

          Thank you for writing and sharing your story. My goal is to get many of these stories documented so I can prove the danger and make it public and stop clinics and hospitals from using this procedure on healthy people and only reserve it for those who have symptoms of a GI problem. Thank you so much and my heart goes out to you and your family.

        • Ed
          December 16, 2014 | 12:03 pm

          Ted: I feel your pain. They killed my beautiful Mother too. Good luck with the lawyers; they are just another part of the filthy system which profits from suffering. They eat lunch with the doctors and care nothing for human life. They are the “Gatekeeper[s]” that Kafka speaks of. Justice is the last thing on their minds. I sincerely hope that they will advocate for your Mother, but I doubt it. Life is cheap to doctors and lawyers. Never believe, even for one second, that any of them give a damn about human life. They are filth, and only care about which model Mercedes to buy next. Our Mothers mean nothing to them. Law and justice have little to do with one another, just as the medical monopoly has little to do with health. We are on our own, brother, and the enemy is powerful as hell. They destroy lives with impunity.
          Thanks again to the Wolverine who has the stamina to care enough to run this website. Considering the hundreds of thousands of lives destroyed annually by the medical/legal dictatorship, it is amazing that people are not taking to the streets in protest. Iatrogenic death and injury are disgracefully common. At least Wolverine has the guts (no pun intended) to open his mouth. I wish more people had his bravery.
          Ed

    • Debi
      January 29, 2014 | 11:40 am

      I sure wish I had read this before I had a colonoscopy last Tue. 1/21/14 which turned into a nightmare with a fever of 102 and a 4 day hospital stay. With no real explanation except ” these things sometimes happen ” I just experienced my worst health scare nightmare in my 48 years. NEVER ever will I have that procedure done again.

      • joe
        January 29, 2014 | 2:48 pm

        I am so sorry to hear about your experience you had to go through with this procedure. I have not done this myself because am very skeptical about this procedure and I am 53 already. I always do my research on all things before I move forward with whatever the issue may be. I hope you are feeling better now! So take care and rest.

        Joe

        • Wolverine
          January 30, 2014 | 4:13 am

          Hi Joe. It always pays to do research. I still do not understand anyone having this procedure when they are perfectly healthy. I knew the dangers and would have never had the procedure had I not been suffering severe ulcerative colitis and only went to the hospital for a blood transfusion (I had lost a lot of blood).

          I was really apprehensive about the colonoscopy and stalled a few days before giving in. I understood the risks, but the part that seemed inexcusable was the denial and cover-up the doctors began, which delayed any treatment for three days following the injury. They knew something was wrong, because my WBCs where over 60,000, but they didn’t want to admit that a colonoscopy could injure the patient.

          This delay ended up costing me all of my small intestines – this was something I did not think was possible with the procedure. I figured the worst case would be losing some colon. Because of the massive internal bleeding that was going on after the perforation — bleeding that went on for 3 days, my body was attempting to clot. This became obvious when looking at the blood reports over those days, where my blood platelets jumped from 200 to over 1,600. The bleeding must have been too massive at the point of injury, so my blood ended up clotting at the mesenteric artery, which is the trunk artery which feeds ALL of the intestines with blood.

          All of my small bowels died within hours and still nothing was done, except to give me stronger and stronger pain killers, which became useless against 28 feet of necrotic bowel. I shouldn’t have survived something like this – and the doctors were sure I wouldn’t. Many other people who have written me concerning injuries and death of loved ones because of a colonoscopy have expressed the same type cynicism from the doctors, where treatments were delayed as the doctors continued to deny that anything could have went wrong. In some of those cases, the patient died as a reult of the delay.

          This cynicism makes the whole thing even more frightening. If you do happen to be injured, don’t count on getting any immediate help – it seems to be the norm. Take care, and I don’t blame you at all for avoiding this useless procedure (has never been proven to save anyone from cancer), especially when you are having no problems with your colon. Thanks for writing.

          • joe
            January 30, 2014 | 11:05 am

            Am very sorry for what happened to you, I will pray and know God will be with you always. Yes I will stay away from this procedure due to I just don’t have belief in what doctors say about this procedure. GOD BLESS YOU.

            JOE

      • Wolverine
        January 30, 2014 | 4:36 am

        I am so sorry to hear about your experience with the colonoscopy, but happy that it wasn’t a much worse injury. I have gotten too many comments from people whose loved ones were severely injured or killed by the procedure. I believe that I have had over 15 people write to tell me about a family member who was killed by the colonoscopy.

        The “no explanation” part sounds familiar. To this day, the doctors offered no explanation as to what happened in my case, I eventually pieced it together by going over all of the hospital records, which we had copies of. That is unusual for a patient to get all of the records, but in my case it was requested by the transplant surgeons, so we were given copies at no charge, but because of the extensive hospital record that followed, it took me 2 years to go through all of it and see what had happened.

        I hope that your injury heals up perfectly fine. There are far more people injured by this procedure than doctors or the media will let on. Most of them are never reported, because there is no one to force them to report it. I am sure that your injury will not make the statistics, which is why I always claim that the injury rate is far higher than the rates published, which are still quite high. Statistics say that 5 in ever 1,000 people will be seriously injured by a colonoscopy and that 1 in every 1,000 people will suffer a perforation (a life threatening condition).

        I am quite sure the actual numbers are much higher, based on the fact that so few are ever reported, because there is no checks and balance system to make them be reported and many injuries are never associated with the colonoscopy because the symptoms show up several weeks or months later, especially the infections caused by this reusable surgical tool that cannot be sterilized.

        I am glad that you are okay now (I’m assuming that, I really don’t know it for a fact). The doctors seemed as though they were use to this – “These things sometimes happen” — yeah, far too often. I can’t wait until this ill-advised procedure is outdated. We have to have better technology than this. I certainly haven’t noticed a severe drop in colorectal cancer rates since they began using this device to skewer people. If it worked as advertised, we should have seen something significant by now?

        With the fever that you had, it is possible that you got an infection from the device. I received a very bad blood infection from one of the endoscopes they used to perform an illeoscopy after my transplant. Because I was heavily immunosuppressed at the time, it nearly killed me. I was in a coma for two weeks and unable to breathe on my own (I was on a ventilator). The endoscope cannot be sterilized in an autoclave (it would destroy the optics), so it is simply hand cleaned and used again and again.

        This is why we stopped reusing hypodermic needles by simply cleaning them and started using disposable tools or ones that could be sterilized under high pressure steam. Who would trust a surgeon to perform an operation with scalpels and hemostats that were just hand cleaned? This is the nature of the endoscope. It needs to go away.

        Take care.

    • Linda
      March 7, 2014 | 2:17 pm

      My mother in law not only got a blood clot within 24 hours after a colonoscopy, but then her kidney’s shut down and she lived out the next few months on dialysis. After seeing what she went thru it scared the hell out of me.
      And to make it worse they guy who performed it tried to blame it on her like she did something wrong.
      So they turned this once vibrant woman into a living skeleton who died a horrible death

      • Wolverine
        March 7, 2014 | 4:43 pm

        Hi Linda, I am having difficulty writing this reply as I literally have tears in my eyes. Your mother-in-law’s story hits too close to home. I too developed a clot in the superior mesenteric artery from the colonoscopy. This is the main artery that feeds blood to all of the intestines, so all of my small bowls died). Colonoscopies are infamous for causing blood clots – yet people are not told this (it’s probably in the fine print of the waiver everyone must sigh, but few people read that paper and just trust the doctor). I hate the fact that doctors typically blame the patient for their own failures, I have encountered this a lot.

        One girl in Australia (whose mother wrote me) said that the doctors blamed her for infecting her own TPN line! This is insane! When I was one TPN, the lines got infected all the time, because of the high sugar content, not to mention the vitamins, amino acids and minerals that are flowing straight to the heart. TPN lines get infected all the time and nearly killed me twice, I ended up in septic shock twice, with fevers in excess of 105.5º degrees F and blood pressures below 44/28. Doctors always consider themslves blameless in every thing.

        The doctor who nealy killed me with a colonoscopy felt any remorse and blamed anything but himself and was happy to bill us for his near deadly services. I have heard doctors blame people having heart attacks that it was because they were too fat and ate the wrong foods, or maybe they smoked a cigarette once in their life – anything to make the doctor blameless for being unable to save the patient.

        The worst part in my case was the way the doctors ignored my complaints of severe abdominal pain for three days while my organs died and went necrotic – I too should have been dead.

        I grieve for your mother-in-law and am so sorry for what happened to her and the horrible way she was treated. This is the kind of thing I am warning people about. Unfortunately, I get comments and emails like this at least once a week and it tears me up every time I read one and reminds me of the horror I went through.

        I am so sorry for your loss, but am thankful that you were willing to post it here so that others may be saved. Thanks you for writting this comment.

        • Ed
          September 17, 2014 | 4:03 pm

          My healthy, active Mother died from a blood clot before they even gave her the unnecessary colonoscopy. She was not within the age guidelines dictated by the USPSTF and JAMA because she was 79, yet her doctor repeatedly insisted that she was due for one in spite of her refusal and previous clean colonoscopy. Finally during one routine visit she succumbed and complied with the doctor. Fatal mistake. The doctor took her off a blood thinner, which she had been taking for a stent in her leg, to prepare for colonoscopy. A few days later, after her usual swim at the gym, she got a clot in her leg and died that very day, in my arms, while hospital staff basically ignored her (and my) complaints. She was educated, active, and ate healthy food. No symptoms of cancer at all. No need for the procedure, just pressure from the doctor. She had years of life left in her; but doctors saw gray hair and trivialized her death. And, of course, they looked for ways to blame her. Compliance with doctors seems to be a no-win thing: damned if you do, damned if you don’t. I cancelled my insurance after her death. I already knew of a local man in his early fifties who died from perforation during colonoscopy, and tried to talk my Mother out of it, but I didn’t try hard enough. I can never forgive myself, and my life is now in ruins. I sincerely hope that anyone considering this stupid procedure finds this website. The fact that the doctors never told my Mother that she could have simply taken a fecal test without risk is unconscionable. Thanks to Wolverine and everyone for spreading the life-saving knowledge. I could kill myself for not finding and showing her this website before she followed her doctor’s fatal order.

          • Wolverine
            September 17, 2014 | 10:36 pm

            Hi Ed. I am so sorry to hear about your mother. You cannot imagine how deep these stories cut me, which is what makes publishing this blog difficult. I was told that my injury was extremely rare by the doctors, but after spending 7 months in the transplant hospital, where bowel transplant patients were scope weekly, I noticed just how frequently these patients were being injured and killed by these scopes.

            Since the actual cause of death will typically be due to an infection, blood clot or a patient bleeding out, there is no need for the doctors to include the colonoscopy as a cause of death or injury. This is why people are unaware of how frequently this procedure ruins people’s lives. Few people actually die on the table during the procedure and that would be the only way the doctors would report it as due tot the colonoscopy. Most people will suffer and die any days or even weeks later after the injury and this is how the dangers remain a secret.

            Having people suspend their blood thinners is standard for the procedure and also more proof of how common perforations occur. The patient is removed from anticoagulants for fear of them bleeding out when perforated. The problem is, doctors typically only have them stop the medication for two or three days, which would not be sufficient if a person were perforated. Once they began taking the anticoagulants a day or two later, any internal injury from the scope would again begin bleeding, which could take days or even weeks to become serious. The only advantage here for the doctor is that the death will not be blamed on the colonoscopy because it will occur more than a few days after the procedure.

            Stopping the anticoagulant was certainly a contributor to your mother’s death, but I would not doubt that the colon prep was not also a factor, since this cocktail of chemicals is notorious for causing blood clots, even in people who do not take blood thinners. When you put the colon prep (especially the mechanical colon prep) together with the cessation of anticoagulants, the possibility of a DVT was extremely high and the doctor should have known that. These procedures have become such a mass “cattle call” that the doctors do not look very closely at each case and that is why unnecessary deaths, such as your mother’s, occur.

            I am so sorry for what happen to you beloved mother, she sounds like a wonderful woman and did not deserve such treatment. Doctors will always blame the patient for any problems that they cannot resolve. Nothing is EVER the doctor’s fault, according to them. They will always find a way to blame the patient because they didn’t eat the right foods or take the medication correctly… anything to make the doctor blameless. It really angers me when doctors use this ploy, yet I see it all of the time.

            Doctors treat symptoms and never cure anything. I do not believe they even try to cure anything. Drug companies only research ways to relieve the symptoms of disease, because there is little money in curing a disease, but a lot of money in a lifetime of treatments. But even worse is the snake oil sales of their preventatives, like colonoscopies and statin drugs, two preventatives that have not proven to wrk in the least, yet everyone lines up for them (I would like to also include mammograms in that crowd). Even though we have seen no drop in the incidence of heart disease, colon cancer or breast cancer, people continue to spend money on these fake offerings. Worst of all, these treatments have very high risks and bad side-effects and may actually increase the amount of disease.

            I am so sorry for your loss and apologize for rambling, but the state of modern medicine infuriates me and I tend to ramble. Your mother deserved much better. Thank you for sharing your story (which I know was painful). Hopefully people can see the shear volume of people who have lost loved ones due to this dangerous procedure and realize that this procedure should be considered as one would a surgery and not just some harmless procedure like having an x-ray. Thank you.

  2. Krystal Williams
    April 4, 2012 | 8:20 am

    Another excellent post!

    The part about the endoscope being impossible to sterilize actually made me quite upset and angry. How can they reuse a tool like that on multiple patients? That is ridiculous. I’m sure they don’t tell people that the feces from the last, oh, 1,000 people they used the tool on may still be encrusted on the doggone thing.

    Man, this was an eye-opening post. I agree with Zakariah… this could easily save someone’s life.

    • Wolverine
      April 4, 2012 | 11:44 am

      Thanks again Krystal. The sad part is that in Europe they use disposable ends and condom-like sheaths, but in the U.S. doctors don’t because of the added costs. The Glutaraldehyde that they use to clean the scope can cause a toxic colitis. You can read about that here or just Google “Glutaraldehyde + colitis” and you will get plenty of information.

      No one to this day knows the cause of bowel diseases such as Crohn’s and UC – and there are some researchers that believe it may be caused by an undiscovered virus. If you’re getting a cancer screening, chances are good that the scope has been used many times on Crohn’s and UC patients (who get screened a lot). if they are found in the end to be viral diseases, they are being spread to perfectly healthy people getting cancer screenings.

      It really irritates me that doctors and the media claim that the benefits outweigh the risks. 90% of all people who undergo a colonoscopy are found to be cancer free, so were was the benefit for them? They risked their life on a dangerous procedure for absolutely nothing, except the illusion that they are now safe from cancer. This is also false as studies have shown that people who get negative results of cancer from colonoscopies still developed cancer at the same rate as those who never received colonoscopies. It’s simply a money making racket and people are dying or being left disabled as a result.

      It is my life’s mission now to see this procedure reduced to only sick people and stop being used on perfectly healthy people. There is no way, based on my research, that it is saving more lives than it is taking. Proof is that we have not seen any reduction in colorectal cancer rates in the last 20 years since this procedure became a fad, but we have seen an extreme rise in the incidence of IBD.

      I am always impressed by people like you that lost so much weight using diet and exercise. I met 2 women in Miami that decided to go the easy way and opt for gastric by-pass surgery – both lost all of their intestines as a result of blood clots from the surgery. Both women had to undergo multiple organ transplants (7 organs in all) and both were extremely young women in their early thirties and one of them was the mother of three small children. So you too are saving lives by teaching people that you can lose weight without resorting to bariatric surgery – another money making racket.

      Thanks again Krystal. Keep up the good work.

      • K
        May 31, 2013 | 3:01 pm

        I have had both done, and luckily no problems from them. My friend had an endo and got such a horrible infection afterwards he couldn’t even breath, eat, drink because his throat was so swollen :(

        • Wolverine
          June 2, 2013 | 2:43 pm

          Hi K. Of course not everyone will get injured nor experience any bad after effects. A large majority of people will experience some ill after effects, even up to months later, such as diarrhea, cramping and other problems associated by disbyosis. Some people, especially those on blood thinners can experience severe internal bleeding from polyp removals and tissue samples that continue to bleed long after the procedure and in rare cases, some people have bled out and died.

          About 5 in 1,000 people will experience some serious injury from a colonoscopy and about 1 in 1,000 will be perforated, that is a according to national statistics. I believe it is considerably higher, because I know many cases go unreported or undiagnosed, because they show up long after the fact and a recent colonoscopy is rarely something a doctor might look to as the source of a systemic infection, or even a localized infection, such as Clostridium difficile (C. Diff). Recently, I have been reading a lot about a new strain of drug resistant C. diff which has been found to be resistant to all know antibiotics. It has killed thousands and the numbers are growing.

          Of course, the CDC claims it has no knowledge of how it is being transferred and I have not heard one expert even suggest that it could be colonoscopies. Here, in this article from John’s Hopkins, they go on about hand washing (as if washing your hand after cleaning someone’s ass is not common practice – doesn’t anyone wear gloves anymore?), but this is how absurd they will go to avoid a much more obvious, but profitable, culprit. Remember, those endoscopes cannot be sterilized at all, just hand cleaned. Given the fact that C. diff is bred in the colon and any drug resistant superbug is typically borne in a medical facility, where it has been exposed to thousands of cleaning agents and antibiotics, it would seem reasonable to assume that it was inadvertently bred in a hospital or clinic and is being spread via endoscopes. It is now becoming a growing killer of humans through massive diarrhea. When will the CDC investigate the dirty handling of these scopes and the mass cattle call of procedures performed for profits? Why do doctors in the U.S refuse to use the disposable end pieces and condom-like sheaths, which cut into profits, which are mandated in Europe? As long as manufacturers, like Genreal Electric, the largest manufacturer of endoscopes, and others can grease some palms, it will be a while and many more will die.

          I am sorry to hear of your friends infection from the endoscopy and hope that he will make a full recovery. I believe that infections from this device are far more common than reported, because the infections can take weeks or even months to exact their toll. At that late a time after the procedure, few, if any doctors are going to relate it to the endoscope. Doctors are very good at diagnosing diseases and treating symptoms. They are very poor at curing anything, nor finding the source of any disease and many injuries – if they were police detectives, ours prisons would be empty shells, because their sleuth techniques are nonexistent. This is why injuries and infection from procedures like colonoscopies most often go untold. Think about it, when is the last time you ever heard or read about a doctor or researcher ever tag the source or cause of a disease? Diabetes? Arthritis? Crohn’s Disease? Cancer? Or even our greatest killer, Heart Disease? Not one single good hypothesis as to the cause of any of these diseases. So why would they connect an infection to a colonoscopy?

          There are thousands of deaths related to colonoscopies that will never make the statistics, because it can kill in so many ways and many time, months later or even years. I was saved by a transplant, but I really only bought some time. All the excessive radiation from CTs, X-rays, and fluoroscopes took their toll and I now have been diagnosed with multiple myeloma. So even though cancer will be the cause on my death certificate, it was a colonoscopy that actually caused my death.

    • Barbara
      September 16, 2014 | 3:57 pm

      I have an appointment to have this done which after reading this scared me to tears. In the paper work they mailed me states you need a Advance Directive which I have in case you die!!! That stopped me cold. So glad I read your piece. Going to cancel my appointment.
      Thank you!!

      • Wolverine
        September 16, 2014 | 9:38 pm

        Hi Barbara. Yes, that waiver they require everyone to sign should scare anyone away from the procedure, but the doctors are good at covering it up with bald-face lies. When I questioned all of the horrible things that could go wrong, which were written on that waiver they needed me to sign, the doctor told me it was just a formality and those things rarely, if ever happen anymore. Years later, after I finally had recovered from the 14 month nightmare that would become my life, I learned that what the doctor was saying was misleading. I guess saying something is rare is subjective, depending on what anyone considers rare — which is why the doctors never actually give any statistics.

        I discovered that the real statistics count that 5 in every 1,000 procedures will result in an injury of some kind and that 1 in every thousand will result in a serious injury, usually a bowel perforation, which in many cases is deadly. Few people survive what I did — I was just lucky, but it also took a total bowel transplant to return me to any type of life worth living. I do not consider 5 in 1,000 a rare occurrence. Had they given me that statistic, I would have refused to sign. Please take the words and warnings on those papers serious. If they truly were rare, no one would require each patient to sign away their right to compensation, they would simply pay the damages on those few cases each year and remain quiet.

        It is the fact that the injuries are quite common that they require everyone to sign a legal waiver. They could not afford to pay all of the lawsuits that would occur if they didn’t. My newest ploy to get out of these scopes (which the transplant doctors demand of all intestinal transplant patients), is to not sign the paper. Of course, they will not do the procedure if you do not sign. My excuse to them is if injuries are truly so rare, then you should’t fear doing the procedure without the waiver. Yes, I will sue the piss out of you if I am injured, but why do you sweat, when you claim that they almost never happen?

        It’s funny how the doctors expect us to gamble our lives on that which they are not willing to gamble their money on. That alone should say something about the reality of injuries and their frequency. This way, I am not refusing to undergo the procedure, I am only refusing to waive my right to sue if something should go wrong. If this procedure is as safe as they say it is, they should be willing to do that, right? But, they never are — so what does that say?

        All of the other intestinal transplant recipients follow the doctor’s orders and get colonoscopies every 6 months (my doctor gets real pissed that I refuse to sign the waiver and haven’t had a scope in 5 years). They claim the purpose is to look for signs of rejection in the small bowel, which means the endoscope goes farther in than a typical colonoscopy — all the way through the cecal valve and into the Ileum — that sounds far to risky.

        One of the woman I had befriended was perforated during a scope last year and complained of abdominal pain. The doctor did 2 more scopes and could find no problem. On the third scoping, they finally found the perforation and discovered that the leaking gastric juices had destroyed all of her small bowels, so she was rushed to surgery and all of her intestines were removed. She had to undergo a second full bowel transplant earlier this year and is luckily doing well.

        The problem is, there was nothing wrong with her first transplant, she was doing so well that she was competing in triathlons, yet her life was again crushed by an ill-advised colonoscopy when she was perfectly healthy and the doctors just wanted to peek around. I refuse these because twice after my transplant they made a wrong diagnosis based on an endoscope reading and I knew of two other patients who also had wrong diagnosis. In all cases, the biopsies came back the opposite of what the scope reading said — proving that the endoscope is unreliable as a diagnostic tool.

        But the real kicker had to be the 2 scope reading they did on the woman who had been perforated which came back with a clean bill of health. In the end, it was discovered that she had over 20 feet of ischemic, necrotic bowels and was only hours from death and yet two colonoscopies failed to find a problem. This was not the first time I had seen colonoscopies fail to diagnose a serious problem. Here’s the real question to ponder: If two colonoscopies failed to recognize more than 20 feet of digested, ischemic bowel, which had turned necrotic to the point of liquifying, how in the hell is anyone to believe that a colonoscopy is capable of finding an early stage tumor? A tumor smaller than a pea? The entire procedure is a money making scam, but it can ruin lives very quickly, as it did mine. I think you are wise for considering all of the dangers. Best of luck to you and thank you for writing.

  3. Andrea
    April 21, 2012 | 1:19 pm

    Es dificil dejar un comentario de esta informacion, ya que las palabras se agotan cuando se ve la realidad creada y aceptada por gran parte de la humanidad por temor a la engañosa mentira que defiende la enfermedad para poder justificar el tener que curarla.

    Este tipo de informacion es necesaria difundirla de manera consciente, sin enojo, mas bien reconociendo que informarnos es la puerta para que estas manupulaciones salgan a la luz.

    Gracias por compartirlo
    Andrea.

    • Wolverine
      April 21, 2012 | 3:31 pm

      Gracias Andrea. Lamento mucho que no hablo muy bien español. Le gustaría traducir sus palabras bonitas para mis lectores inglés. Espero que mi traducción es correcta:

      My Spanish is not too good, but I believe that Andrea’s sentiments are as follows:

      “It is difficult to leave a comment of this information, since the words are exhausted when we see the reality created and accepted by much of humanity for fear of the misleading lie that defends the disease to justify having to cure it.

      This type of information is necessary to disseminate it in a conscious way, without anger, but rather recognizing that information is the door for these manipulations to come to light.

      Thank you for sharing it”

      My reply:

      Thank you Andrea. I am sorry that I do not speak Spanish very well. I would like to translate your fine words for my english readers. I hope that my translation is correct.

  4. Kelly
    May 12, 2012 | 8:59 am

    Thank you for this very informative website. I am so sorry for what you must have gone through. My dad currently had a colonospy the doctor recommended. He is now very sick in icu-he is on a breathing machine for help with his breathing. His large intestine was punctured – and surgery was done right away. However now his lungs are filled with some fluid and he now has pneumonia. I am so scared and pray that he makes it through- This is the most horrific and terrifying procedure and I would not recommend anyone to ever have to go through this. I pray my dad makes it right now he is still stable- but we are unsure as to what may happen next.

    • Wolverine
      May 12, 2012 | 3:16 pm

      I am so sorry to hear about your father’s injury. This is the exact thing I am hoping to prevent with this information. My wife could relate to what you’re going through, as she watched and waited many hours while I was kept alive by a respirator. Like I said in the article, luckily we have those skilled and dedicated doctors to help patch us back together from the damage inflicted by the greedy gastroenterologists who are out for a quick buck.

      I won’t be happy until this idiotic procedure goes the way of blood letting. It is a barbaric practice that has no place in modern medicine and injures far more people than it ever helps. One in every thousand people who undergo this procedure will be perforated as your father and I were. Please keep me appraised of his condition. You can email me through the contact page if you would like to keep it private. I may be able to give you a lot of advice to improve his chances survival. I’m glad to hear he is stable and received surgery right away to save the rest of his organs.

      Don’t be afraid to talk to him, even if he is unconscious. My wife spoke to me the entire time I was in a coma and I’m sure it had an impact. The Propofol used to sedate patients on a respirator causes horrific nightmares. Hearing a familiar voice can help calm the confusion. The idiot doctors will tell you he can’t hear you, but how would they know? They’ve never been through it, I have. Just continue to support him. My heart is with him and your family at this time.

  5. Kelly
    May 12, 2012 | 4:35 pm

    Thank you for responding. I did send you a private message. Just hope you don’t mind some questions. I am so scared of what may happen. My dad is fighting so hard. He is 79 years old, and did not want this procedure done. He literally told us I’ll probably go in, but won’t ever come out-and that is the saddest part. Yet everyone including his doctor said this is a simple procedure. He had this done due to blood loss issues. Still they cannot find out why he has had blood transfusions in the past. I wish he would have never went in for the colonoscopy-we never dreamed this could happen.

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  7. www.cleanseyourcolon.org
    July 18, 2012 | 5:47 pm

    How long does it take to recover from Colon Surgery?

    • Wolverine
      July 19, 2012 | 1:04 am

      That can really vary depending on the severity of the surgery and considering any complications, like infections that can occur. I never specifically had colon surgery, except for the ostomy reversal, which only took a week to recover. The first two bowel resections happened within 5 days of each other and took over six weeks to recover from. The intestinal transplant took about seven weeks to recover, but then I had a bad sepsis and then a collasped lung, which required a lung resection to repair – so I was hospitalized for about seven months following the transplant.

      A normal colon surgery, like resection for diverticulitis, probably takes about a week to recover from, given that there are no infections or other complications.

  8. Jonathon Wentz
    August 21, 2012 | 5:36 am

    Thanks for the info. Wolverine! I always say research research research, and this time it may have saved my life! You see, I was scheduled to have this Colonoscopy procedure done 9-5-12. However I am 53 years young and plan to cancel first thing tomorrow. It is ironic that you mentioned Katy Curic promoting this as that’s what convinced me to have it done in the first place. Shame on you K.C. :-(

    • Wolverine
      August 21, 2012 | 4:02 pm

      It’s rather shameless the way Katie used her husband’s untimely death to boost her career and make her employer (General Electric) a lot of money, especially since a mandatory colonoscopy at 50 would not have helped her husband (even if they were effective) because he died in his early forties. The colonoscopy procedure has not proven itself to be effective in cancer prevention and kills and injures far more people than it helps.

  9. k
    August 21, 2012 | 10:02 am

    Thanks for creating this web site, Wolverine. I have been considering getting checked for colon cancer by this dirty procedure, but I’ll wait til I am in my sixties, if I ever have it done.

    • Wolverine
      August 21, 2012 | 4:11 pm

      Smart move. Your chances of being injured by the endoscope are far greater than any chance that you will develop colon cancer – especially before the age of 70. Unless you have some disease, like Gardner’s Syndrome, that runs in your family or you’re bleeding out of your rectum, colorectal cancer should be the least of your concerns. Chances are much higher of developing diabetes or heart disease, which kill far more people than colon cancer.

      • Derek
        December 2, 2012 | 6:29 pm

        I want to second the thank you of the previous poster “k”!

        I too was considering doing a colonoscopy, well not immediately as I am 43 years old, but I figured I should do it sometime in the coming few years since it is touted as a good preventative measure. Well, now, I don’t think I will be doing it anymore. You may have saved me from a world of hurt. I have forwarded your website posts on to a friend of mine in the same age bracket and plan to do the same with my other friends; just to give them a heads up.

        Thank you so much for sharing your story. You are making a difference.

        • Wolverine
          December 2, 2012 | 8:07 pm

          Thanks for writing Derek. 43 years old is far too young to consider this procedure, unless you are having some major health problems (bleeding, weight loss or a family history of Gardner’s Symdrome).

          I was only 48 when I lost all of I my intestines to one of these endoscopes. No one should have their lives destroyed in their 40s or 50s screening for a disease that rarely strikes anyone before the age of 71. Enjoy your life while you can. Only by saving someone else from ruining their life at middle age can my disability and suffering have some purpose. Thanks for letting me know that my message is being received.

          And don’t believe that anyone will be their to help if you are disabled by such procedures. The doctors that injure you won’t help, The government won’t help (they actually hinder by not permitting those injured from suing the doctors responsible) and the economy is so bad, that you cannot rely on the benevolence of other people or organizations, other than family members.

          Thanks agin for the comment.

  10. Myrna Mirow
    August 27, 2012 | 1:05 pm

    Your post was forwarded to me from a question I asked on the Jack Kruse website.
    I was scheduled for a colonoscopy- for no reason other than my insurance company actually called me last month and said I could get one for “free”..I’m healthy, eat right, have no symptoms, or any family history of any gastric occurances or cancer.I had NO IDEA how lethal this is. I cancelled right after reading this….thank you so much for posting, and thank you Jack Kruse for being aware of your post and sending this link to me.

    • Wolverine
      August 28, 2012 | 12:16 am

      Hi Myrna, thanks for commenting. Most people don’t realize just how dangerous they really are. Even though the papers you would have to sign before they will give you the procedure list all of these risks, including death, the doctors will always lie and tell you that those things are extremely rare and signing the paper is just a formality. That contract is just you signing away your rights to seek damages from the doctor or hospital when something goes wrong. If those events were really rare, the doctors would not feel the need to have you sign such a frightening contract, because there would be so few lawsuits.

      Truth is, thousands of people are injured per year by this procedure and if they didn’t have people sign away any right to litigation, the doctors and hospitals would lose their asses paying for all the damages and wrongful death. If this procedure was not dangerous and extremely painful, they wouldn’t have to place the patient under propofol (a drug that suppresses respiration and cardiac function) to perform it. I am happy to hear that you canceled that dangerous procedure – especially in light of the fact that you live a healthy lifestyle and would have little to benefit and a lot to lose by undergoing this barbaric snake oil practice.

      I was unable to collect any damages from the doctors who nearly killed me with this procedure – even with the fact that they ignored my complaints of intense abdominal pain for more than 3 days following the colonoscopy, which resulted in all of my intestines dying. I have had a lot of people write and say they canceled their colonoscopy appointment. Given the fact that 1 out of every 1,000 people are killed or seriously injured by colonoscopies, I figure I will help save one life per every 1,000 people that forgo this procedure. Please help spread the news of my story so we can help save more lives. Thanks.

      • Jackie
        November 2, 2013 | 7:57 pm

        Dear Wolverine
        I am 68 and have been told by my family Doctor that I should have this Cancer-preventing procedure. I eat sensably and only weigh 100 lbs. I am terrified to have it because a friend of my son had it and they perforated his colon. I am on a blood thinner,so I bleed easily,anyway. I have lower belly pain ,but I never have diarreah.it feels like a pulled muscle. I eat anything I want and never have’heartburn’. I am terrified to have this procedure,especially now after researching those who have had complications. I am an active senior and still work 30 hours a week,as well as furious yard work,gardening,etc. Isn’t there a better way to treat what only MIGHT be colitis? Please e-mail me back,Thank-you,Sincerely taluvskids@att.net(Jackie)

        • Wolverine
          November 2, 2013 | 11:13 pm

          Thank you Jackie for your comment. I will write you a reply on an email, as you requested. You are very wise to do research before undergoing any invasive procedure – I applaud this commitment to your health. Thank you.

  11. Daphne
    October 31, 2012 | 10:31 am

    Wow. Is all I can say as I read thru this website. It is so informative. My father at 76 was recently diagnosed with colon cancer and had half of his colon removed…just yesterday. Now I am being told I have double the chance of getting this illness and to get more frequent colonoscopies. Where can I begin to research for myself the efficacy of the procedure and/or what screening or prevention would be best? Thank you so much for your time and energy to get this info out! Bless you.

    • Wolverine
      November 1, 2012 | 3:13 am

      Thanks, Daphne. I am sorry to hear about your father, you can imagine how I felt, not just losing my colon, but all of my intestines (small and large) at the age of 48. You may well benefit from colonoscopies because of the heredity, but be careful and don’t let the doctors scare you into taking unnecessary risks. After my transplant, I was required to have regular ileostomies (not as invasive or risky as a colonoscopy and no sedation is required), yet I was infected by one and nearly died within 4 days from the resulting sepsis – and I knew two other transplant patients that were perforated by these scopes and required emergency bowel surgery to save their lives. No matter what a doctor tells you, it is always a risky procedure and great care should be taken.

      After I survived the sepsis (I was in a coma and on a respirator for more than 2 weeks) I would no longer let anyone operate the scope on me that was not both an Attending and a Surgeon. Most people allow a gastroenterologist to perform the procedure, but not all gastroenterologist are trained in surgery and NEVER lose sight of the fact that a colonoscopy IS a surgical procedure. When I refer to being surgically trained, I mean that they should have the same training as a surgeon when it come to all the possible things that can go wrong. If someone is injured during a colonoscopy, time is of the essence. I lost my small intestines because the gastroenterologist was incapable of diagnosing what went wrong and I received no treatment for more than 3 days, even though I was in intense, abdominal pain, difficulty breathing and dangerously high WBCs. Had the problem been discovered quickly, I would not have lost the small bowels. I will never let a gastroenterologist without surgical experience perform an invasive scoping on me again.

      The first injury, which cost me all of my intestines (and should have killed me) was performed by a gastroenterologist who was not a surgeon. (remember – all of my intestines, not just the colon). The second injury (the systemic infection) was performed by a Fellow and even though he was training as a surgeon – he was not one at the time. After demanding that only surgeons could perform the procedure, I never had any more deadly mishaps.

      This procedure needs to always be taken very seriously, because like any surgery (done under general anesthetics) there are many things that can go wrong. If I ever need another scope, I would only allow it to be performed in a hospital, where all the necessary equipment to save my life are quickly available should anything go wrong. Most people have this procedure done in a clinic or gastroenterologist’s office as an outpatient. Luckily, I was in a hospital for the colonoscopy or I would be dead. I required an emergency operation to save my life (actually 2 surgeries within 5 days).

      The sedation typically used is Propofol, which slows down the respiration and heart rate. If given too much, the patient can easily stop breathing (propofol killed Michael Jackson) and a gastroenterologist’s most likely do not have respirators (there have been cases of people dying right on the colonoscopy table). Gastroenterologists are not required to have an anesthesiologist present (they sedate the patient themselves) and rarely will have the emergency equipment needed to save your life if you stop breathing.

      You can probably do more to protect yourself by not listening to the doctors when they tell you to eat a diet high in fiber. Doctors are not required to study nutrition, but always love to repeat whatever dietary advice that the mainstream media pushes, which is always paid for and provided by the large agribusiness (think Monsanto), who are the only ones who benefit from us eating diets high in indigestible fiber from beans, legumes and grains. Doctors historically recommended (and most still do) high fiber to people with Crohn’s and UC, but many of the patients claimed it made things worse (I had UC and fiber caused bleeding) – Many new studies have shown that this high fiber diet caused greater “flare-ups” because of the abrasive nature of psyllium fiber and the gas and bloating it causes. (source 1) (source 2)

      You can do more searches and find many studies and sources for the negative results of fiber on IBD sufferers, yet somehow doctors have refused to change their stance on the issue and will not listen to their patients, but continue to push the fiber because all of the advertising says so. Humans never ate beans or grains until only around 10,000 years ago (because they are toxic in their unprocessed or raw state), so humans couldn’t eat them until they learned how to process them. 10,000 years is a small amount of time (in evolutionary terms) and we have not adapted to eating grains, much less the indigestible husk that even animals refuse to eat. It’s only through heavy marketing from the cereal companies that fiber has been erroneously been given the “healthy” tag – no study has ever proven or backed up what the grain companies claim. You wanted a good source of information, I suggest reading some of the work at Konstantin Monastyrsky’s site – http://www.gutsense.org/crc/crc_colonoscopy.html

      He also has some good videos on the overuse of fiber here; http://www.gutsense.org/fibermenace/fm_transcript.html and the studies that have been performed concerning its so-called “health benefits”. Good stuff there.

      Humans get all the fiber they need from vegetables and fruits (and these are mostly soluble fiber, which is far less abrasive). Fiber from grains is mostly insoluble fiber and reeks havoc on the mucosa lining of the intestines (and why it causes so many farts). Keep your diet low in these and industrial seed oils (hydrogenated vegetable oils – including canola!) and you will lessen your risk of colorectal cancer.

      No one has proven that colorectal (or most other cancers) are genetically passed on. Like heart disease, the doctors see that a disease runs in families and always assume that association proves causation (which is false and unscientific), but what does run in families is similar lifestyles, occupations and diet – so how are we to know whether it was a gene or the diet learned from relatives? Until someone can isolate the cancer gene or can show a much greater correlation, I will not accept that all these diseases are congenital. (there are some cancers that have been proven to be hereditary, such as Gardner’s Syndrome. Besides being very rare, your father would have never made it to the age of 76 if he had Gardener’s, because the onset of colorectal cancer begins at a very young age – usually early 30s, and they will die before 50 without a multivisceral transplant). This is the only colon cancer proven to be congenital, all others are speculation and more likely tied to lifestyles.

      It’s not like I believe that there is no value in colonoscopies, I would just like to see them be treated like any proper surgery, with anesthesiologist, in an operating room, equipped with all the necessary equipment if something should go wrong and stop treating it like it was an x-ray. I think that everyone that performs them should have surgical training – it is a deeply invasive procedure within a human organ and far too painful to be performed without heavy sedation.

      I also believe that they use scare tactics to push healthy people into undergoing the procedure. No healthy person who feels well should undergo this procedure just for the hell of it. It’s pushed on everyone because it makes a lot of money and insurance companies will pay for it with no questions asked. It needs to be treated with the same precautions as any abdominal surgery and at this time it is not.

      Doctors have found that they can motivate people to do about anything by using the word cancer (and no doctor can tell that you have twice the risk as your father for the same cancer – not sure I would trust one that offered such a claim as fact). Yes, cancer can be deadly, but it also will not kill you instantly and a colonoscopy has that potential – I was nearly killed twice by scopes at the age of 48 and had to undergo a full intestinal transplant in order to stay alive (over 14 months in hospitals, 6 months on life-support and nearly half of those months were spent in ICU). So cancer is not the scariest thing you may ever face and a colonoscopy, done wrong, can screw up your life faster than any cancer ever could – and certainly end it faster. And just because I was able to survive what many people don’t, does not mean I am out of the woods – not by a long shot and will most likely never live to be as old as your father with my condition. My life was cut short by a colonoscopy.

      Please stay well and be cautious. If you absolutely have to have this procedure, take every precaution possible and do not let your guard down simply because the doctors will act as if it’s no big deal. Just read the paper that they will require you to sign, where it lists all of the things that can go wrong (including death) – they make you sign it because these things HAVE happened to many people, like me, and the doctors want to protect their asses – but take those things listed very seriously and take every precaution when preparing for this procedure.

      Thanks for writing and please feel free to write with any other questions that you may have.

  12. Jake
    November 5, 2012 | 9:08 pm

    This is so informative. I have a family history of colon cancer in my father and brother. They never had colonoscopy until they had symptoms. I was thinking about having the procedure but after reading your blogs I am absolutely going to refuse this procedure. The risks to me appear to far outweigh the benefits. I also agree with your apparent assertion that the only reason physicians perform this procedure is to make a profit. I also didnt know general anesthesia was used! Wow. I can only imagine what these doctors do to people when they asleep. I fear they will intentionally perforate my colon Thank you again!

    • Wolverine
      November 5, 2012 | 11:02 pm

      With your risks, you may benefit from the procedure, but always take every precaution and only allow it to be performed in a fully equipped hospital. I was luckily in a hospital. Had I been in some clinic or gastroenterologist’s private facility, I would certainly be dead. My biggest problem with the procedure is that they recommend that everyone have them, regardless of their risk factors and I think that is taking unwarranted risks.

      My second problem is that they are performed in facilities that are not hospitals and not fully equipped to save a patient if something should go wrong, as it did with me. With the exception of Gardner’s Syndrome, I don’t feel that any other colorectal cancers have been proven to be congenital. Yes, it can run in families, but so does heart disease which has never been proven to be congenital. There are too many variables, like the fact that family members also tend to share the same diets and lifestyle factors. Lung cancer may well run in families also, because smokers typically begat more smokers. Children pick up their parent’s bad habits.

      I personally believe that it is the bread and cereal companies pushing to get people to eat more grain fiber (something that livestock animals refuse to eat), because it is a cheap filler that used to be tossed away. Through massive lobbying and advertising, they have convinced the government and medical community to back erroneous claims that it can lower cholesterol and prevent colon cancer. Read the real studies, there is no proof of any of that. All that indigestible fiber is abrasive to the mucosa of the colon and takes on water and enlarges, causing constipation and diverticulitis.

      People who suffer heart disease typically will have children who are obese (like them) consume massive quantities of sugar and exercise little. Health conscious people will typically raise health conscious children. Doctors immediately want to make associations as being hereditary, even before they have been proven to be so.

      Since my transplant, I cannot tolerate psyllium fiber (insoluble, the type found in grains) and get plenty of fiber from vegetables and fruits (usually soluble). It is impossible that humans evolved to required enormous amounts of grain fibers when humans did not begin to even eat grains until around 10,000 years ago – that is a very small fraction of the time we have been around. Even ruminant animals (completely vegan), like cows, will refuse to eat psyllium fiber, so the cereal companies couldn’t even sell it to farmers. So they packaged it up and advertised it as super healthy for humans and we have seen all kinds of gastric problems on the rise ever since (Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiacs and other IBDs), and colorectal cancer. Grain fiber causes bloating and gas as the colonic bacteria ferment them. Bloating is not good for the colon. Human beings were not designed to be perpetual farting machines as these fiber cause.

      All the other transplant patients I met have been back in the hospital for bowel obstructions and I haven’t. The only difference is that they eat grains and I don’t. I believe that their obstructions are promoted by the high psyllium fiber the doctors told them to eat.

      Just always remember that colonoscopies carry more risks that the doctors will let on, though they will make you sign a paper listing all the dangers, including death. Take that paper serious. I should be dead. Few people will survive what I went through and not one of the doctors that worked on me can explain how I didn’t die. I am living proof of the dangers and statistics say the 1 out of every 1,000 people will be perforated and 5 out of every 1,000 will suffer some related injury. It only makes sense that it is much higher, because you know that not all cases are reported unless the patient survives and successfully sues the doctor, which is very hard to do after signing that paper. Most all deaths are buried under the carpet – dead men tell no tales – and are rarely reported. So be very careful.

      Yes, I was put to sleep during the colonoscopy. After my transplant, I required regular ileostomies, which are done through the stoma. There is no pain there, so I was completely awake and saw how the scopes are handled. they would bring them in wrapped in a terry cloth towel and just handed around from one person to another and then laid on my legs (with the towel under) while they accessed the stoma.

      The scary part is that the endoscope has a very small tunnel that runs the entire length of the device (somewhere around 4 feet) for inserting tools through. Though the tool is sterile going in, it is pulled back dragging a piece of tissue that has been removed for biopsy. You know that tissue has to scrape the side on the way out. An endoscope cannot be boiled or steamed, that’s a fact. It will destroy the sensitive electronics and optics inside. So how in the hell do they sterilize that tiny tunnel that is four feet long? They can’t. There have been cases in court where people have been infected from a dirty scope (source). So there is always a risk of infection. Again, I have to figure the numbers are higher than reported. How many people diagnosed with hepatitis or some other systemic infection is going to associate it with a colonoscopy they had months prior? Not many.

      The biggest problem is that doctors are notorious for dismissing any complaints from a patient following a colonosopy. My complaints were ignored for more than 3 days. Had they moved sooner, I would not have lost the small bowels, which was the life-threatening loss – humans can live without a colon. If you ever experience discomfort after a colonoscopy, seek help and never let a doctor convince you its just typical post procedure discomfort. Your life could depend on whether you get help or not. Internal bleeding from perforations are a big killer, especially for seniors who are on blood thinners.

      Thanks for writing.

  13. Tee
    November 27, 2012 | 12:55 am

    Great post! Wow! I thought my family member was the only one who suffered from a colonoscopy with life altering consequences……Found this while researching intestinal transplants and the whole TPN dilemma. I agree doctors don’t really talk about the risks in detail…my bigger question is why isn’t anyone promoting the virtual colonoscopy?

    • Wolverine
      November 27, 2012 | 2:58 pm

      Hi Tee. I am so sorry to hear about your family member and that another person was injured by this procedure. After I was injured, I became curious about the frequency of injuries. I also thought that I might have been the only one ever injured so severely. During my transplant, I met several other people that were perforated by endoscopes and were rushed in for emergency surgery; two of them died. Later I did research and learned that 1 in 1,000 people will be perforated and 5 in 1,000 will be injured in some way. I figure that so many injuries and deaths go unreported that the number must be quite a bit higher. Doctors are very good about not associating the injury with the colonoscopy in their records.

      Since I began publishing this blog, I’ve had a multitude of people, like yourself, post comments or write emails to me telling about injuries to themselves or a family member. Unfortunately, some of them died.

      I am more and more convinced that this procedure kills and disables far more people than it could ever save. Death from colorectal cancer is far less frequent than death from colonoscopies, statistically speaking. I have done the research and found this to be true.

      Virtual colonoscopy is not pushed because they claim it is not as accurate or detailed as a colonoscopy. Virtual colonoscopy is performed by a radiologist, so the gastroenterologist doesn’t make any money directly. At $2,000 per colonoscopy and the fact that they can cram in 20 or more per day, lends a lot of incentive for the gastroenterologist to request the colonoscopy, even in cases where a sigmoid scope could do the job. But sigmoid scope charge out at about a tenth of the cost of a colonoscopy, but take the same amount of time to perform. Is it any wonder why they insist on the colonoscopy?

      (Biopsies to diagnose Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis can be just as effectively and more safely done with sigmoid. These patients are at much higher risk for perforations, because of the massive inflammation, bleeding ulcers or fistulas. Yet, the gastroenterologist will always insist on the colonoscopy even though IBD patients are at higher risk for perforations. It’s all about the highest revenue.)

      Thanks again for taking the time to write, but I am so sorry for the circumstances that prompted you to have to write. That’s just one more person who has written me about such a life-altering injury or death to them or their family member. I hope that your relative gets well soon.

      Eventually, I will count up all of the letters I have received from people who lost loved ones or were badly injured by a colonoscopy and publish it in a post, so people can see the frequency that these horrors happen to otherwise healthy people, who trusted their doctor and were killed or left in a very bad state.

      • Tee
        November 27, 2012 | 11:09 pm

        Thanks so much for responding. My family member is going on the 10th month in the hospital now after the colonoscopy. I’ll show them this site for inspiration on your survival.

        • Wolverine
          November 28, 2012 | 3:47 am

          Thank you Tee for the comment. I am stunned to find out that your relative has been in the hospital so long recovering. If you don’t mind me asking, did they actually lose some small bowels as a result?

          You can send me an email from my contact page, if you want to keep that private. I am the only one that reads my emails and anything written to me will never be published or shared with any third parties.

          I am really glad that you wrote. I hope that anyone who has known someone who was injured by this procedure would take the time to write a comment or email me, so I could collect a count of just how many people are actually injured by the procedure, because I know for a fact that it is much higher than than the 5 in 1,000 that is presently reported (because I know the vast majority go unreported).

          So I again thank you for taking the time to comment in the midst of all of the stress and suffering you are going through. Because the more comments that I get concerning people who were injured by endoscopes, the more it supports what I am trying to warn people about.

          With modern technology, this type screening can be made much safer for the patient, unfortunately they are probably less profitable for the doctors and therefore get less publicity. For instance, there is actually a small camera that you can swallow, which can take high resolution images of your entire digestive tract and is far less invasive. One of the woman I met at the transplant hospital had one done on her and the doctors were talking about performing that on me at one point. You can read more about it here.

          Why are we not putting more research into a less invasive imaging process like this?

          If your relative does need an intestinal or multivisceral transplant, don’t let the doctors tell you they’re impossible, I’m living proof, as is most of the people I met while at the transplant program at Jackson Memorial Hospital, that they are very successful. Most of the programs that perform them have higher than a 75% survival rate.

          My doctors tried with all their efforts to scare me away from the transplant and stay on life long TPN, even though they told me the TPN would kill me within 3 years. I will never regret the decision. I no longer have an ostomy bag and am nearly three years out and living a nearly normal quality of life.

          Thanks again for writing. please keep me appraised of your family member’s condition. I apologize again for the long rant, I just get fired up when I hear that someone else was injured badly by that damned procedure! I wish that injuries and deaths were actually half as rare as the medical industry has convinced people.

  14. Lisa
    December 6, 2012 | 9:02 pm

    Dear Wolverine,
    I think the reason you survived is to share your story!
    My doctor has been bugging me to get a colonoscopy for 7 years, and I always ask him: Why should I? Just because Katie Couric’s husband died of colon cancer? It is ridiculous the amount of influence celebrities have on the public. Her husband’s colon cancer has nothing to do with me.
    And now to read What happened you, and others! Horrifying!

    • Wolverine
      December 7, 2012 | 7:00 am

      Lisa, Thanks for your comment. I’m not sure that any of my readers actually understand just how high the mortality for these type bowel injuries are. It defies all odds that I am alive. Several people have written me and commented about family members who have been injured in a similar way by a colonoscopy, so far, not one of them have survived.

      Most people injured by this procedure to the degree that I was will not survive. Somehow, I did. Therefore I am one of the few that can tell my story and warn people just how bad one of these procedures can destroy your life. I’m not sure why people feel that cancer is a worse fate. Most of those that died, including myself who nearly died several times, were far too young to have had colon cancer. Colon cancer is extremely rare in people as young as Katie’s husband was when he died. Far more rare than getting injured by a colonoscopy.

      I believe that is why this procedure stays around, because dead men tell no tales. That’s why I am compelled to warn people. Only if a celebrity was injured or killed by this procedure would anyone care. I’m not a celebrity, so people can just shrug it off and say “sucks to be him”.

  15. Greg Auman
    December 10, 2012 | 11:20 am

    My self insured company this upcoming 2013 year has now required all employees that are 50 or older have a colonoscopy or you do not get the wellness incentive kcick back on your paycheck. Guess what? I just turned 50. This is abount $170.00 per month or $2040.00 per year of kick back I would be doing without in my budget if I ellect to not do as they request. I hate beeing forced to do something without options. I am perfectly healthy and have zero risk factors. I have never gone under sedative drugs or have had any kind of surgery. I am a vegetarian and I watch very closly as to what I eat. I do not take any drugs for anything. I do not believe in this invasive proceedure (colonoscopy) for a pre-screen process. I am trying to work with my insurance to allow other kinds of test that are not invasive as the colonoscopy. What are the better test to be able to satisfy insurances for recommendations? One of the test I have been researching is the virtual colon scan. I’m not crazy about radiation but it seems a better option than the colonoscopy? Any thoughts out there? Greg

    • Wolverine
      December 12, 2012 | 5:55 am

      Greg, I also am not a fan of all that extra radiation, but like you, I feel it is much better in the short run than a colonoscopy. I mean, there is a very slight chance that the RADS from a CT might give you cancer in 30 or 40 years, but a colonoscopy has a much higher potential of leaving you disabled or dead within minute or days.

      It really sucks that they can use monetary incentives to threaten or entice people to undergo such a dangerous procedure, What next a $50,000.00 kick-back for everyone that has a voluntary appendectomy? There is certainly an agenda to push this procedure on everyone – God help all of those who are mandated to receive it. Statistically speaking, that means that there will be more people end up like me – and no one should want to have to go through what I have been through nor continue living the nightmare that is my life.

      I wish you the best in your quest to get them to accept the CT colonoscopy as an alternative.

    • Ann
      January 30, 2013 | 4:07 am

      A virtual colonoscopy can also be done with an MRI instead of a CT, to avoid radiation. There is surprisingly little mention of this virtual colonoscopy option out there compared to CTs.

      And there is the camera capsule mentioned in earlier comments, an amazing technology that gets even less attention/availability.

      And although more mainstream than the above, still all too likely to not be mentioned/offered as an option, is the stool sample test. There are several versions of these: the old gFOBT is the most hassle for the patient and least accurate of the three, the FIT is low-hassle and more accurate, and the new DNA-based testing is the most accurate.

      Lastly, you could try for sigmoidoscopy, mentioned earlier in the comments; a less-dangerous version of a colonoscopy that only examines the more-accessible lower portions of the system.

      For any procedure requiring laxative cleanouts, taking probiotic supplements as soon as it’s over would be a good idea.

  16. Alessandro
    February 19, 2013 | 8:27 pm

    This was the most persuasive publication I’ve ever read in 28 years of my life. Thanks for taking the time to warn others of what you’ve been through. I hope you have “recovered” from such a troubling experience. If this happened in the US, which is believed to house the best hospitals in this planet, I wonder the risks I’d be taking if I’d immediately signed the form to undergo this exam in the interior of Brazil (where some buy their diplomas or take courses in Bolivia). As far as I don’t bleed again while evacuating(after increasing water intake it stopped!) I will not submit myself to such a risk.

    • Wolverine
      February 25, 2013 | 9:08 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Alessandro. I am doing remarkably well considering all that I had to survive and getting stronger everyday. I do believe the evidence exposes the high risks associated with the colonoscopy procedure. I understand that anyone suffering internal blood loss, severe chronic diarrhea, and sudden weight loss may have to take such risks, because these can be life-threatening conditions.

      Yet, I am in opposition to the present day money-making scheme of recommending colonoscopies to perfectly healthy people, simply as a precautionary measure, because the known risks of the procedure far outweigh any benefit that a person with no symptoms or illness could possibly receive. People are not being told that the risk of injury from the procedure itself are far greater than the odds of an asymptomatic person having colorectal cancer – which is actually very rare in people under the age of 70, yet it is being recommended for everyone age 50 and over.

      I also believe that there could be a far safer and less invasive technology for safely screening the GI tract if researchers were actually interested in finding one. But, as long as the truth about the dangers of present day colonoscopies remain hidden from the public, there will be no motivation to invent a safer procedure, especially given the fact that modern colonoscopies have proven to be so profitable and all research for it’s invention has been paid for a thousand times over, so it’s all profit for the manufacturers from here on.

      I hope that you can continue to heal from your past bleeding issues and do to require this procedure. It is amazing how well the human body can recover and heal when given the proper nutrition – I am a living testament to that. Believe it or not, he U.S. is far from one of the best health care system, according to WHO statistics – even though the U.S. spends the most money on health care. Stay well.

      • Michael
        March 16, 2013 | 10:28 am

        Dear Wolverine,
        Thanks for sharing your story – it was really informative. My doctor has asked me to have a colonoscopy because I have anemia – I am 68 – which surprised me because my health has been really good. My doctor referred me to a gastroenterologist who will perform the colonoscopy. He explained the procedure to me and the risks involved and that I would have the procedure done within a month. I am quite anxious about having the procedure done especially after having read your story and the horrific consequences of your colonoscopy. I haven’t had any symptoms apart from anemia which could be caused by iron deficiency. I am open to feedback, Wolverine!

        God bless you
        Michael

        • Wolverine
          March 17, 2013 | 1:48 am

          Hi Micheal. That sounds familiar – doctors jumping to the most invasive procedures first, based on absolutely no symptoms. A doctor did the same thing to my mother recently. She is 72 and tested anemic and the first thing the doctor did was schedule a colonoscopy, rather than the far more obvious suspect – the Nexium she has been taking everyday for years, which are notorious for causing anemia via B12 deficiency.

          I tried to tell her to check that before risking a colonoscopy, because she had absolutely no other symptoms (rectal bleeding, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal cramps) to suggest any colon injuries.

          You may have to consider it at some point, but there are a lot of more likely suspicions that could be ruled out first, especially if you are having no other symptom that would indicate bleeding from the colon (blackened stool, rectal bleeding, severe diarrhea, etc.). You may want to first have a blood test and have them, check your vitamin B12 and iron (ferritin) levels, especially if you have been taking any proton pump inhibitors (Nexium, Prilosec, Pepcid, etc.). Ultimately I was right and the Nexium turned out to be causing my mother’s anemia, unfortunately, only after she had submitted to the unnecessary colonoscopy. Luckily, she was not injured, but there is always a risk of serious injuries from these procedures.

          Even if you don’t take a proton pump inhibitor, still check the vitamin B12. It is quite common for people over 65 to lose the ability to absorb B12. Eating foods rich in B12 or supplements will not help, because they actually cannot absorb it. As we age, our stomachs make less acid. There is an enzyme called “intrinsic factor” which can only bind to B12 in an acid environment, when stomach acid is too weak (especially from the PPIs), intrinsic factor cannot bind to b12 and it cannot be absorbed.

          We cannot make red blood cells without vitamin B12, so anemia will always be the result. PPIs can also cause a lack of iron absorption and ultimately lead to bone loss. I would check these first, before assuming that you are losing blood somewhere, unless you take blood thinners or have low blood platelets (then spontaneous bleeding can be a risk). I always say go for the most obvious and less invasive tests first.

          Stomach acid is also the first line of defense against pathogens, so when it is low, bacteria, or fungal overgrowth can occur in the stomach and small bowels, which can also cause anemia. Once all of these have been ruled out, then you may have to consider more invasive actions, but I wouldn’t take the risk just based on anemia, when so many other things can cause anemia.

          Please let me know what you find out? Your doctor will probably still pressure you for the colonoscopy claiming that it is a good idea to also check for cancer at your age, but that decision is up to you.

          I only tell people the truth about how devastating injuries can actually be from these procedures, so they can at least make an informed decision, because the doctors will never tell you about the damage done to people like me and some others who have written me telling me of family members who have died from colonoscopy injuries. They will make it sound as if that never happens, but around 5 in one thousand people suffer a serious complication from a colonoscopy and one out of a thousands will be perforated (a serious, life threatening condition). As long as you know that going in, at least you’ll know what can happen and whether your condition warrants the risks. Thanks.

  17. Ronda Sansevero
    May 23, 2013 | 5:07 pm

    I wish I had seen this earlier. My 69 year old mother died two weeks ago tomorrow from a perforated bowel during a colonoscopy. She had it done to keep her health in check, and it killed her. The Dr. did not see his mistake and sent her home… she was in awful pain and went to the ER the next day, only to be told after 5 hours of waiting that her CT scan was clear and it was just gas pains. She was sent home again! The next night we called an ambulance because she was becoming disoriented along with her ongoing pain. She was septic and needed emergency surgery. She had a resection a few days later, but complications kept arising and keeping her in ICU… she suffered for over 4 months until we took her off life support. Even on her last day she was awake and fighting, but by then her kidneys and liver were failing, she had overcome 4 other bouts of sepsis… she kept trying but the doctors finally told us she wasn’t going to live and we were just prolonging her suffering. So we took her off the ventilator and dialysis. It was awful. I still can’t believe that what was supposed to be a ‘routine’ procedure to benefit her health wound up killing her. (Her death certificate did however cite bowel perforation in the cause of death… it said multiple organ failure due to sepsis due to bowel perforation during colonoscopy. I’m glad it cited that.) We are heartbroken as a family, my dad lost his wife of 48 years and is lost without her. I have two small children who she adored and she won’t get to see them grow up because of this.
    Thank you for your article, I will share it. I tell people don’t EVER let anyone dismiss your extreme pain after a colonoscopy, and think twice before getting the procedure done in the first place.

    • Wolverine
      May 25, 2013 | 3:04 am

      Ronda, your story is so sad and far too common. Since publishing this site, I have had a multitude of emails and comments from people who needlessly lost loved ones from this supposedly safe and life-saving procedure.

      Your mother’s story sounds so similar to mine, with exception of the sad ending. The doctors also ignored my complaints of pain and just continued to shoot me with more and more powerful pain killers to cover it up. At a point the pain was so bad they had to render me unconscious with the pain killer (I believe they resorted to porpofol when dilaudid would no longer cover the pain). They also gave me an X-ray, rather than a CT, the first day. they claimed to my wife (because I had been knocked unconscious) that there was no “free air”, so I didn’t have a perforation – I think they need a better test for finding perforations!

      I do not get very much traffic to this site, so the fact that so many people have written about the death and injuries of their loved ones is quite disturbing. Based on the amount of traffic I get, about one in every thousand visitors have lost a loved one to colonoscopies – that is an astounding number.

      I am so sorry and saddened by what happened to your mother and the grandmother to your children. Her death was so unnecessary and had she known the real dangers of that procedure, she would still be alive. Her story also angers me! Not only do the doctors and hospital lie about the safety of this procedure, but they have many in the news and celebrity endorsement, convincing people that it is a safe and effective way of early detection for colon cancer – both are a bald face lies!

      I will be publishing some more eye opening articles on the dangers of colonoscopies, including images from my many ileoscopes that I underwent after the transplant. I also hope to publish an article listing all of the letters and comments I have received about the great losses and suffering that many families have gone though.

      When I began publishing this site, I really hoped that I was a rare case (as I have been told by those in the medical industry), and that all the statistic I had gathered were wrong. Yet, given all of the letters and comments I have received, there is no doubt that the statistics are quite accurate and thousands of people are being killed by this procedure (around 1,400 people per year). The only rare thing about my case was that I somehow survived, I have discovered that 98% of those perforated will die. I came so close to death several time (4 times in septic shock, five times with pneumonia, 2 pulmonary edemas, a pneumothorax and more), how I am alive is a mystery to every doctor.

      I am sorry for your suffering and loss. Especially given the fact of how long it was drug out until the end. I hope that your family can receive some financial compensation for this tragedy. Unfortunately, I was unable to receive any damages for my huge medical costs, much less the incredible pain and suffering that both my wife and I endured, nor for the expensive medications I will be on the rest of my life, because I signed that damned waiver they make you sign. My heart goes out to you and your family and I hope you can find a gutsy enough attorney to fight that stupid waiver, if you decide to seek action.

      Please understand that the risks of a colonoscopy far out weigh any possible benefit. My other article “The Effectiveness Of Colonoscopies On Cancer and IBD” explains the real truth of the effectiveness of this procedure at finding cancer and the few studies done have not been promising for colonoscopies. It is a multibillion dollar business and the truths are protected and kept secret.

      Unfortunately, your mother and I (and the twelve others who have written me) found the truth the hard way. I wish my article could reach more people before tragedy strikes, but I just can’t get enough publicity for that. These people have deep pockets and own the media (NBC is owned by General Electric, the largest manufacturer of endoscopes, which are the scopes used for colonoscopies), just to show you what we are up against. I am surprised they haven’t shut this site down yet. I am way too small to catch their radar, but if I begin to get a lot of traffic, I am sure they will squash me like a bug. I gaurantee I will put up a fight though.

      Again, I extend my condolences and I am so sorry that you found my site too late. Best wishes and please, avoid this procedure unless you are really sick. It not something to get when you feel perfectly fine. Again, I am so sorry.

  18. Derek
    May 26, 2013 | 1:17 am

    Ben,

    I had a hellish bout with intestinal cramps and diarrhea that sounds similar to yours. It was episodic like yours. Mine was almost certainly a bacteria, parasite or virus. I caught it while traveling in Mexico and eating at questionable restaurants. Even years later I would get occasional relapses.

    The doctors never figured out what the bug was. My point is that you should get a second diagnosis. I may not be a doctor, but I can think logically, and unless they strongly suspect cancer for, say observing blood in your stool, you really don’t want to have a that procedure performed. At least not until another doctor confirms that, that would be your wisest step.

    Most doctors are not really all that good. I believe in mainstream medicine, but I know that most doctors are not the best practitioners of it. So you should do some research on your own. That is where the magic of Google comes in. You found Wolverine’s site because of it didn’t you? Look up Crohns or another inflammatory disorders. If you have Chrons how much will it help to have it confirmed by colonoscopy? You will still need to treat the disease. That requires experimenting with what you eat. Why not start there? Read up and experiment with your food intake and see if you get better.

  19. Dana Carpender
    June 19, 2013 | 11:47 am

    Wow, Dave, scary, scary stuff. My new internist is encouraging me to get a colonoscopy, especially since my dad had colon cancer, but I am now researching alternatives; there are some new blood tests that are considered quite accurate.

    And considering that Dad was the poster boy for bad nutrition and self-abuse, I’m not at all sure that his cancer is predictive for me.

    Again, thanks.

    • Wolverine
      June 22, 2013 | 1:14 pm

      Thanks Dana. Unlike some cancers, no one has ever identified a gene that causes colorectal cancer to be congenital. Just like heart disease, it can tend to run in families, but them again, so does bad lifestyle habits; like drinking, smoking and unhealthy diets.

      I never consider doctors to be scientists (practitioners at best), because they constantly violate the first rule of science – “association does not prove causation”. If doctors see an association, they quickly and boldly proclaim that A causes B, without ever considering any variables, something a real scientist would never do.

      Tom Naughton had a great illustration of the erroneous conclusions one can come to based on this unscientific approach. It goes like this:

      Drinking lots of water (A) causes frequent urination (B)
      Frequent urination (B) is associated with diabetes (C)
      Therefore, drinking lots of water causes diabetes

      What most doctors espouse is about as ridiculous and based on as little truth. When I see obese parents, chances are their children are also obese. Does this mean that obesity is genetic or that the children picked up the bad eating habits of their parents? Could be either, but doctors will immediately claim that genetics are involved. The fact that the parents shove a lot of junk food down their pieholes and the children follow suit is irrelevant. I think they want us to believe that we are predestined to disease, so we feel we need them more.

      I seriously doubt that colorectal cancer is genetic and even if there are mutations that are passed along, a proper diet can control the progression of the disease. One fact that is known, is that tumors can only use glucose as fuel (which is why the PET scan used to locate tumors relies on a radioactive isotope of glucose). The more fuel, the faster cells can reproduce.

      There has been no evidence that tumors can utilize ketones as fuel, like other cells can. So a low carb diet can certainly slow the growth of cancer, but don’t expect to hear a doctor say that, even though they order PET scans all the time. They have a hard time making associations when it goes against their beliefs, but leap to them when it is in alignment with what they want to believe. And so many people believe that they are scientists. Maybe cause they wear white coats, like real scientists.

      Even if the colon cancer is congenital, a colonoscopy certainly isn’t going to make a difference. There has never been one study to prove their effectiveness at stopping cancer and we certainly haven’t seen coloractal cancer succumb to a 50% decline in the last decade, even though colonoscopies have become the norm – especially since Katie Couric’s televised procedure. They simply make the claim and everyone believes it. Rad the second part of this essay, “The Effectiveness Of Colonoscopies On Cancer And IBD” and you may be shocked at the real studies.

  20. kate
    July 3, 2013 | 8:59 pm

    I agree with you completely. My dear mother had a colonoscopy during which they tore her bowel resulting in septicemia and a long term illness. The bag she wore destroyed her spirit, her quality of life and she died far too early as a result.My Md is not fussing for a colonoscopy as a “base line.: I told him not a chance, not unless I have symptoms. Thanks for putting out the information. Patients must be aware of the dangers.

    • Wolverine
      July 5, 2013 | 11:56 am

      Thank you, Kate. My heart goes out to your mother and family. That revenue generating device of the medical industry has brought too much grief to too many families.

      It has certainly shortened my life and destroyed the quality of life that my family and I once enjoyed. It was all so unnecessary and for absolutely no medical gain. I was cured of nothing by it, but badly (lethally) injured and required a two year comeback from a transplant that few have had and fewer have survived. I live in chronic pain and every day is a challenge.

      The massive amounts of radiation used on me during that time also caused an incurable cancer (multiple myeloma) that will slowly eat my bones away and ultimately kill me at some time in the near future.

      Yet everyday, more healthy people will submit themselves to this risky procedure, rolling the dice that they are not it’s next victim, in hopes of a prevention of colorectal cancer – something the device has never proven to prevent according to any clinical study nor reflected in national cancer statistics.

      There has been no significant drop in colorectal cancer since the years that this device has been implemented by the thousands. If it’s advertising and sinful hawking by greedy doctors were true, we should have seen at least a 1/4 drop in the rate of colorectal cancers – we have not.

      It is sad that people will die over a lie. Thanks for writing and for your courage to resist the great lies of the medical system, which kill more people than it saves. (Death from pharmaceutical drugs is the number one killer and death from medical errors are the third highest killer in the U.S. combined together, they are the single most killer of human being – all for money and profit – fact!)

  21. CatSnap
    July 15, 2013 | 5:47 pm

    I was scheduled to have my first “baseline” colonoscopy in 2 days. I have waited 6 months for this appointment, but got an uneasy feeling about it and decided to google the dangers of the procedure, if any. Thanks to this blog, and a few others, I have canceled the appointment and do not intend to ever have one done. The same with mammograms. A lot of modern day screening procedures seem to erode health while lining the pockets of the practitioners and medical corporate interests.
    Thank you for taking the time and investing in the welfare of so many lives you are reaching online.
    /hug for Wolverine and all those who have contributed.

    • Wolverine
      July 31, 2013 | 2:56 am

      Thank you for your words of encouragement. It seems to me that like any other dangerous procedure, these things should reserved for only those people who are suffering with symptoms or some other reason to suspect a problem.

      I mean, why not just give everyone a full CT scan every week to be sure there are no problems going on, even when they are perfectly healthy. These procedures are about as insane. They probably would recommend that people get yearly CT scans if it wasn’t common knowledge that radiation is deadly. They have been able to suppress the truth about the dangers of endoscopes.

      Once the truth ever gets out, there will be less people getting them and they will finally have to come up with a safer technology. I hope that I can help advance that forward by shedding some light on the dangers of these endoscopes. Thanks again and I hope you stay safe and healthy.

  22. Marra
    July 30, 2013 | 6:29 pm

    Wow! I am so moved by your story and how you survived! Two years ago (I was 64) I had some gallbladder pain and saw my doc. He referred me to a surgeon, who referred me to a G.I. doc, who insisted I have an endoscopy AND a colonoscopy together! I was scheduled for it and remembered how I’d been injured from a previous endoscopy a number of years earlier. I cancelled both! No symptoms warranted those tests. I changed my diet and no more gall bladder symptoms! God bless you, Wolv, and keep on passing the word around! I will join you in that as well!

    • Wolverine
      July 31, 2013 | 4:42 am

      Hi Marra. Thank you so much for your kind words concerning my survival. I am happy to hear that you were able to correct your problem with a change in diet. I wish more people could understand that many of their health problems come from poor diet. Unfortunately, most people do not know that their diet is bad, because the dietary recommendations given by our government are so bad and highly inflammatory.

      I have come to learn that many of the government recommendations are based more on the profits of agribusiness than our health. The USDA is pretty much owned by agri-giants like Monsanto and we are paying the price.

      I am sorry to hear hat you were injured by a previous endoscope, but glad to know you did not take further risks with more endoscopes. My transplant surgeons try to push me into getting scopes every year and get frustrated when I refuse, but I was nearly killed by a colonoscopy and am certainly not going to make that mistake again.

      I hope you remain healthy.

  23. Larf
    August 13, 2013 | 12:38 pm

    WOW.

    Thank you, Wolverine.
    Those bastards!!

  24. teresa toth
    October 15, 2013 | 11:13 pm

    Hello Wolverine, Thank you so much for the informative sad story of your experience. It is probably not pleasant to talk about but it sure helped us. My husband is 59 and had a colonoscopy at age 50–no problems. Since then, he fell out of a tree and lost his spleen. So when his dr, who knows his spleen status, told him to get a colonoscopy, I was suspicious. I found one article that told about an asplenic patient who died of sepsis after a colonoscopy after simply having polps removed. Called the endoscopy center, nurse checked with the dr and he said ‘no spleen, no problem, come on in’. Anyway, that was enough reassurance for my husband but after reading your accounts, I firmly put my foot down and made him cancel it. Your statistics where right (I checked them). Bigger chance of perforation than of cancer itself. And with no spleen (therefore reduced immune response), my husband would be a goner if any bad bugs got into his blood. Thank you so much for your story, as it may have saved my husband!

    • Wolverine
      October 17, 2013 | 4:47 am

      Thank you for writing Teresa Being immunocompromised will place a patient at a much higher chance of mortality should something go wrong. Being immunosuppressed myself, I know that even a very routine procedure can go septic and kill me within hours. I applaud you for doing the extensive research for your husband’s safety.

      You will rarely hear a doctor say that something is risky, no matter how high the injury statistic or mortality rates. They seem tho like the word “rare”, because it really says nothing and is very subjective. “Rare” is no longer good enough for me, I want to know that actual statistics, then I can decide whether that is rare. 1 in 1,000 is hardly rare in my book, especially given how many of these procedures are performed every week. I also know that these figures are only considering the injuries that are reported or realized at all.

      If a death certificate states the cause of death as “Sepsis”, “hemorrhaging” or “thrombosis”, it doesn’t have to say what caused those conditions – therefore many go unrealized. Only television doctors ever try to investigate to find out what actually caused something. If something goes wrong, it was probably something the patient did, according to doctors.

      If this colonoscopy is not necessary to save his life, then I agree that the risks are very high compared to what benefit he may gain from it. I have had too many people write to tell me about their loved one who went in for a routine colonoscopy and died as a result. That has to be so devastating, because they were in perfect health and just going for a screening and suddenly they’re dead, with no warning.

      I hope you will always continue to research any procedures or medications before blindly trusting a doctor. After all, if anything goes wrong, it is you, not the doctor that will pay the price. Please stay healthy and continue the good work in taking care of your husband.

  25. marco
    October 19, 2013 | 8:09 pm

    Hi Wolverine after reading almost every comment on this page I have some concerns for myself and wondering if I should even get the colonoscopy done. I’m 22 years old and have been experiencing blood in the stool a mere 5 times since the beggining of september. For the most part I am very curious to see the cause of my problem but after reading your website I am hesitating to do it. Please please let me know what you think and thank you so much. Hope you are doing well!

    • Wolverine
      October 21, 2013 | 4:32 pm

      Sometimes in these cases it may be necessary to risk the procedure. It is the random screening on perfectly healthy people that I believe needs to stop. If your problem is IBD related (Crohn’s, UC, etc.) a sigmoidoscopy could do just as well, with far less risk of injury. Only if the doctor has other evidence of cancer should he opt for a colonoscopy.

      If you must undergo the procedure, please be sure to do it in a hospital setting, where all of the necessary equipment is available should something I go wrong – that includes emergency abdominal surgery. If perforated, time can make the difference of surviving or not. Don’t have it performed in a clinic or gastroenterologist office – they are not equipped to handle potential emergeies that can arise.

      I would opt for the sigmoid scope first, far less invasive. If the doctor seems reluctant it is because both procedures take the same amount of time, but the colonoscopy can charge out as ten time the cost. That is his/her motive.

      As far as the bleeding goes, you can tell al lot by the color of the blood or stool. If the blood is bright red, like a fresh cut on your hand, then the source of the bleeding is near the end of the colon, even possibly a hemorrhoid or anal fissure. The darker the blood looks, the further up in the GI tract is it coming from.

      Typically, bleeding from the stomach or small bowels will not show up as blood, but instead the blood is turned black from the bile and enzymes reciting with it. A black stool is cause for alarm, but some medications can turn a stool black – Pepto Bismol is notorious for turning stools black in color.

      If the blood you are encountering is bright red, chances are the source of bleeding is located in the rectum or anus. It is possible that it is an internal hemorrhoid or anal fissure, especially in light of the fact that you have not made any reference to other symptoms, like abdominal pain, sever diarrhea or bloating. If id was a IBD, like UC or Crohns Disease, you would most likely be doubled over in sharp pain before or during a bowel movement. Have you experienced any of these symptoms?

      Being the source of the bleeding seems to be located in the rectum or anus, a sigmoid scope would certainly be sufficient to find the source. If the bleeding continues or increases, you ought to find a doctor that will perform a sigmoidoscopy. I would not submit myself for a colonoscopy unless the sigmoidoscopy fails to diagnose the problem.

      A sigmoid scope is only inserted to the sigmoid section of the colon, which is just past the rectum (about 18 inches). A colonoscopy is inserted the entire length of the colon (about four feet), where the operator must have to negotiate four or five very tight and unpredictable turns.

      I wish you luck and hope your problem is minor.

    • Donna
      October 30, 2013 | 8:59 pm

      Dark blood in the stool usually means the blood is coming further up the digestive tract like the stomach. Fresh blood is likely from the intestines but doesn’t mean you have cancer. You could have IBD or are constipated. Hard stool can cause bleeding. Hemorrhoids can cause bleeding and can be caused from constipation. In any case, I agree with Wolverine. At your age especially, a sigmoidoscopy is less risky. Don’t rush into a colonoscopy.

  26. Jessica
    November 17, 2013 | 9:29 pm

    Thank you for your vast information on this topic and sorry for what it caused you.
    After reading your story I was googling and found this article, http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/28/us-cancer-screening-colorectal-idUSBRE98R05T20130928
    Would like your input on it.

    • Wolverine
      November 22, 2013 | 3:59 am

      Thanks for the information. A very interesting, but vague article since they speak of studies, but provide no links to how the test were performed or what variables were considered and what controls were used. It quite easy to achieve certain results when that is your goal (there was an obvious omission of injuries and deaths due to the procedure). The results that they are boasting are in complete contrast to the Telemark Polyp Study 1, which is one of the largest (and ongoing) controlled study on the effectiveness of colonoscopies for cancer. In the Telemark study there was a very slight advantage in the endoscope group (around 2%), unfortunately, there was a 148% higher rate of “all cause deaths”, signifying that the endoscopes cause other damages not yet known – possibly by breaking free cancer cells which metastasize to other organs which can be far more fatal. Lymphoma, lung or pancreatic cancers have a far higher mortality rate than colon cancers, so free cells from a snipped colon polyp could actually find its way to those organs, since chemotherapy is not typically a follow-up to polyp removal as it is for most other cancer removals (in order to kill stray cancer cells). There were higher rates of other deaths besides cancers, which was really mysterious, but a 148% raise in mortality is not an insignificant number that should be ignored.

      Secondly, the article mentioned nothing of the injury rates from colonoscopies, which are much higher than reported. There are very few cancer screening procedures that ask the patient to put themselves at risk of instant death, colonoscopies are unique in this attribute. National statistics now report 5 serious injuries per 1,000 procedures and about 1 perforation in every 1,000 procedures. Mortality rates can be very high in cases of perforations.

      Because of the nature of many injuries, a great number go unreported or undiscovered. For instance, a person can bleed out from an internal injury many weeks after a colonoscopy or even succumb to a systemic infection many weeks or months following a colonoscopy, given that the endoscope cannot be sterilized and is reused many times. It is the only surgical instrument that I know of that is neither sterilized or disposed of after each use.

      I have seen the way these things are handled and have an upcoming article where I will provide pictures taken during the procedures performed after my transplant via an ileum stoma. In these images, you can see that the instrument is transported wrapped in a plain terrycloth towel (how sterile is terrycloth?) and tossed on the bed or the shelves of the mobile unit.

      Infections are far more common than is reported. In recent years there has been a very drug resistant strain of C. difficile which has become quite deadly and the CDC claims to be baffled as to how it has been spreading so fast. This must be a major cover-up. It does not take a genius to at least suspect the endoscopes as a possibility, since it is only hand cleaned after use because an autoclave would destroy the device and they are too expensive to dispose of. Modern endoscopes in the U.S. do not even have disposable parts which contact the tissues (endoscopes in Europe demand this feature). 113 veterans had contracted HIV in a VA Hospital in Miami as a result of contaminated endoscopes. There were more than 11,000 veterans who were exposed to the virus by equipment that the hospital has admitted was improperly cleaned. You can read more about this case here:

      http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-02-27/health/fl-va-suits-colonoscopy-20110227_1_colonoscopy-equipment-endoscopic-equipment-suits

      I have some pretty damning information that will be upcoming based on the evidence I acquired during my procedures and investigations, but I have also receive a lot of inside information from a party who works in the medical supply industry and approached me as a whistleblower. The other misleading part of that article was the constant mention of over-diagnosis of cancer in the mammograms and prostrate screening, claiming that the over-diagnosing in the colon screening is far better – that may be true, but what they didn’t mention was that under-diagnosing is the larger problem in colon screenings.

      The large dangling polyps, typically removed during colonoscopies, are the least likely lesions to ever become malignant. It is the large flat lesions that are more than ten times likely to become dangerous and they are impossible to remove with the tools on an endoscope and most often missed during the screening, which is why the mortality rates for the colonoscopy group as compared to the control group were not really statistically significant – around 2% in the Telemark Polyp Study 1. Here is one article about this:

      http://www.webmd.com/colorectal-cancer/news/20080306/flat-lesions-linked-to-colon-cancer

      I have more information on the effectiveness of this procedure as a cancer screening tool in the second part to this article entitled “The Effectiveness Of Colonoscopies On Cancer And IBD” and I will have much more detailed information coming up in some follow-up articles real soon. The information that I have been provided by the whistleblowers inside the industry have been shocking to say the least and every bit of it has been verified.

      http://roarofwolverine.com/archives/2776

      Thanks again for the information. I wish they would have included the risk factors and injury reports – as usual, that is always suspiciously missing in these article promoting this procedure. I know for a fact that the injuries are at least twice as high as they report, because it is not always easy to link the injury with the procedure, especially when it is an infection. Then there is the fact of just how devastating the injuries can be.

      If someone’s life depends on having this procedure, there is no doubt that the risk may be warranted, but the industry now expects (they even used the word “pressure” in the article), every one 50 years or older, even if they seem perfectly healthy. This is insane. I have had more than 25 people write to tell me about loved ones who died as a result of a routine colonoscopy. People who had no health problems, but just following the advice to get a screening for the “piece of mind” and died from complications.

      Then there are people like me, whose lives were destroyed when there was nothing seriously wrong with me prior to the procedure. Now I have cancer, Multiple Myeloma, as a direct result of the colonoscopy. Because of the transplant and the powerful anti-rejection drug Campath, which killed back much of my bone marrow, the new marrow grew during the time of many CTs, X-rays and other radiation imagine, which mutated it. The Multiple Myeloma resides in the bone marrow and is capable of dissolving bones. It is an incurable cancer, yet I never had colon cancer, but the screening test eventually gave me cancer, not to mention having to survive the rarest organ transplant that very few people survive.

      I met many other people getting transplants from being injured by colonoscpies and other dangerous ambulatory procedures, such as bariatric surgeries and even liposuction. A couple of the recipients that survived their transplants were injured later by the mandatory endoscopes which were performed weekly – two of them died from their injuries.

      Just a few years ago, these same people were promoting the mammograms and prostate exams as being life-savers and endorsing everyone to get them, now they are telling people to avoid these as they have been proven more risk than reward, but instead are hawking the much more profitable colonoscopy as being the life-saving device with little risk – LOL. At what point do we decide they are recommending dangerous procedures and raking in the ash before the truth of the dangers become common knowledge. It won’t be long before the truth on colonoscopies comes out, especially when the unsterile endoscope is undeniably linked as the delivery system for this new deadly C.dff (death by diarrhea) and why it is being transferred so swiftly. By then, they will be redirecting people to a new money making procedure that they will claim is much safer.

      This is very similar to the way the medical experts told everyone in the 1970s to replace the saturated fat in their diet with the deadly transfats, which were far more profitable to food industries. Once the dangers of transfats could no longer be denied (to the millions of people who died from heart disease as a result) they began redirecting everyone to the new hybrid rape seed lipids called Canola and claim that it is the safest fat to consume, with absolutely no evidence to support this as the rape seed was a poisonous plant which they bred to lessen the toxins, not to mention the extraction process which requires lots of heat and petroleum solvents – and everyone bought into the lie and now believe that a man-made food, which has never been consumed in mass quantity by any civilization is the secret to a long healthy life. No long term studies have been done, but dammit, everyone heard it said on the television news, multiple times, so it must be true – forget about the time they were wrong about transfats and millions of other things.

      Things have been really hectic for me recently, but I really hope to publish some of these new articles before the year’s end, so please keep an eye out for them. There will be some irrefutable evidence and imagery contained within. During my initial injury and throughout my 14 months in the hospital for two bowel resections, three bouts of deadly sepsis, a bowel transplant and a perforated lung which required a lung resection to repair, my wife took hundreds of photographs.

      When I started this blog I refrained from publishing many of these images, because they are extremely disturbing and an invasion of my privacy. I fear that I have began to consider publishing some of these pictures in the near future, because words just cannot describe what I had to survive through (there are pictures were I literally look dead – TOTAL SKELETON). I fear that many will not take the potential damage of this procedure seriously without seeing the hell it can reek on someone’s life – on many lives, as my wife and family suffered greatly also. It is often too difficult for my wife and I to look at some of these pictures, which is another reason I have never published them.

      The article you sent fails to mention risks at all. When asked, doctors will always downplay any dangers. The gastroenterologist who nearly killed me, told me that perforations were ‘unheard of”, then handed me a legal paper to sign which stated that I understood all of the risks, which were listed in clear english. It listed all types of internal bleeding, infections and even death, which is quite unfair when the doctor is telling you the exact opposite.

      Here’s my thinking. If these risks were really that rare, why would they demand that you sign a waiver, forgoing any legal right to collect damages. If they were really rare, it would be wiser to have no waiver and simply pay for the very few injuries, rather than scare away many potential customers. They would lose more money from the smart people who refuse to sign the paper and forgo the procedure, than the two or three injuries they would have to compensate for in a year (since there is a federal cap of $350,000 on damages from a doctor – which is nothing compared to what this procedure generates for the medical industry).

      The truth has to be that the injures are far more common and the doctors and hospitals would be wiped out paying all of the damages. If you refuse to sign the waiver, they will not perform the procedure. The entire thing is crooked. That doctor did over 3 million dollars worth of damage to me – that’s just in medical costs, not including lodging, travel, pain, suffering, lost wages – just in sheer medical costs. Yet, our government thinks that $350,000 is all the damage a doctor can do. It’s all a big joke and a huge gamble for anyone who has no symptoms and is feeling healthy.

      The article did also mention the fecal occult blood test. That is a perfectly acceptable non-invasive test which should always be the precursor to a colonoscopy. That test can detect any molecules of blood cells in the stool, which at least provides some evidence of bleeding. That could warrant at least a sigmoidoscopy, but not necessarily a colonoscopy, because many times rectal bleeding is from hemorrhoids or anal fissures. A sigmoidoscopy is less invasive, inserted to the sigmoid, around 18 to 20 inches inside. A colonoscopy extends the entire length of the colon, around four to five feet, with many twists and turns – some level of injury is inevitable, it just depend on the severity of the injury and someone on anticoagulant medications could continue to bleed for weeks after an injury or polyp removal and no one would know.

      Anyway, these are some of my thoughts. I really didn’t feel like they presented very much evidence to support their claims and certainly provided no links to the details of the supposed studies. I just know that I am the luckiest man to be alive. It just seems pretty insane to risk death for a cancer screening, (which has not been proven to be very accurate) when you’re perfectly healthy, but they never tell you about the death part. It is written in the waiver that you must sign, but your doctor will always tell you that those don’t happen. Screw what the doctor tells you – believe what the waiver says.

  27. Lucky Joestar
    December 23, 2013 | 6:04 pm

    This plague of useless medical procedures, including colonoscopies, is why doctors should be paid a flat monthly salary. If you’re a salaried doctor, you can keep your bills paid without scaring your otherwise healthy patients into risking their lives on pointless tests. If your patients are healthy, you’ll still get paid the same. That’ll just be more time to sit in your office playing video games or something like that. After all, wouldn’t you rather have your doctor killing CG people playing CounterStrike than killing real people with colonoscopies?

    Also, we wouldn’t have made it this far as a species if our survival depended on shoving cameras up each other’s rears.

    • Lisa
      December 23, 2013 | 8:40 pm

      Who would be paying this monthly salary? Probably Big Medicine! They could come up with lots of other risky procedures that their employee doctors would have to perform or lose their jobs. Idiot!

      • Wolverine
        December 24, 2013 | 6:19 am

        The most frightening foresight that I have is this govenment mandated healthcare we are about to embark on could well demmand that everyone get regular colonoscopies, based on corporate profits and the fact that the medical industry has both the government and the general public convinced that this procedure can safely prevent colon cancer – even though there has never been a study that showed a significant advantage of colonoscopies.

        And colonoscpies are not the only medical practice I can forsee getting this treatment. I can easily see mandates for everyone with a total cholesterol over 100 to have to take statin drugs, again, because they’re conviced there is a benefit and it will save money by preventing heart disease. They could threaten to fine people and even take away their benefits if they do not comply – they may even use blood test to confirm that the drugs are being taken and not tossed in the garbage (where they belong)

        People should have the freedom to choose whether they believe that a drug or procedure is safe or beneficial to them, but I gaurantee that the government will take away that freedom in the name of disease prevention, therefore saving the government money. We also know that it doesn’t take much evidence to convince government agencies that these profylactic medications are effective – and of course, perfectly safe – Hah! Our modern medicine has not proven that they have the ability to prevent ANY disease – they just claim they have.

        Thanks for the comment.

    • Wolverine
      December 24, 2013 | 7:01 am

      These risky and unnecessary procedures could be reduced if the doctors were held accountable, especially if they injure the patient.

      If you are injured by a faulty medical device or pharmaceutical, there is no limit to the amount of damages that can be sought. If you are injured by a doctor, there are plenty of deterrents in place to cause attorneys to shy away from any legal action, including caps on the damages set by the federal government at a ridiculously low $350,000.00. Corporations can be sued for tens or even hundreds of millions.

      In today’s medical prices, $350,000.00 doesn’t pay for much and leaves no room for an attorney’s commission.

      Doctors are aware of the fact they they practice with near impunity. People still sue doctors, but only for cases where the damages and medical bills are minor, so there is room left in the 350k for the lawyers. If you are seriously damaged or killed, forget it – no attorney will touch the case. This is why doctors feel free to perform these dangerous test – of course they also make the patient sign a legal waiver before they will perform these procedures in order to cover their asses.

      The fact that they make you sign such a waiver should tell you something. If injuries were truly rare, they would forgo the legal paper (which I’m sure frighten some people away from having the procedure). The truth is that they would be wiped out by the amount of lawsuits if they didn’t require that paper to be signed, because there are a lot of people injured by many of these so-called safe procedures.

      Even if the doctors were paid a straight salary, there would be plenty of incentives given to them from the drug companies and manufacturers of medical equipment (endoscopes, radiology imaging machines, etc…) the authorities seem unable to stop the flow of money from these corporations to the doctors. Even when they cut off the cash flow, these corporations give the doctors gifts, high paid speaking engagements and exotic trips and such. They will always find a way to corrupt the system.

      I believe it would become less of a problem if they remove all the extra protection under the law that doctors enjoy above all others. Even though money would not give me back my intestines, nor take away the pain and suffering I had to endure and still do, it would really help me with the costs of the continued treatment I must have and the very expensive medication I am on for life, but more importantly, it would have been a good spanking for that greedy doctor.

      Doctors like him have no conscience or guilt, so hitting them in the pocket book is the only way to make them behave. As far as he knows, I’m dead. The last time he ever saw me, I was in critical condition and not given much chance of survival by the doctors and surgeons.

  28. Helen Gregorio
    January 4, 2014 | 8:40 pm

    What’s Dr. Oz opinion on colonoscopy testing

    • Wolverine
      January 5, 2014 | 3:25 pm

      I am not sure, to tell you the truth, because I cannot stand to watch that clown. If you read my article “The Magical Land Of Oz” you will see where I stand on him and why.

      I would imagine that he recommends colonoscopies, because he himself underwent one a few years ago and precancerous polyps were found and removed (so much for the idea that his diet protects the colon from cancer, unless he doesn’t follow his own diet). Like most doctors, he listens to the hype and has never done the research needed to discover the dangers which are kept very quiet.

      Me and another woman, who lost her mother to a colonoscopy, attempted to reach Oz’s producers to see if they would be willing to cover my story and her mother’s. It was no surprise when they did not return our calls. Oz would never cover anything that would place any modern medical practice in a bad light, even if it is the truth and people are dying.

      He promotes a lot of bad stuff and it’s obvious why – look at his sponsors. He is certainly not going to admit that grains are not healthy for most people (like those who suffer ciliacs disease), when so many of his advertisers are manufacturers of cereals and grain products. He’s just another celebrity, and I never take advice from celebrities.

  29. Connie Harrigan Lee
    January 17, 2014 | 3:15 pm

    I recently heard, through my daughter that my ex-husband was in the hospital for 2 weeks due to a colonoscopy causes puncture. He had 3 operations. Did he and his insurance have to pay for the hospital stay and the 3 surgeries? I am almost 70 years old and have had 3 or 4 colonoscopies in the past and my gastroenterologist is now pressuring me to get another even though I have no medical problems that suggest a need for the procedure. It is my recollection that I never even had a polyp removed in the previous colonoscopies. It is my understanding that I will have to sign a waiver before the procedure, so I will be putting my life at risk and then will have to pay for all health care expenses should the doctor screw up. I have medicare so I pay 20% of hospital and surgery expenses. That is a lot of money for a 2 week hospital stay and 3 surgeries. Do I have all of this right?

    • Wolverine
      January 17, 2014 | 7:00 pm

      Yes Connie, you will have to sign a legal Waiver, which waives all of your rights to seek damages, should you be injured or killed by the procedure. Not only was I held responsible for all of the surgeries and hospitalization as a result of the colonoscopy injury, but the gastroenterologist was also paid for the botch job he performed, nearly killing me by ignoring my complaints of pain for three days and his ensuing cover-up of the damage sustained.

      The waiver will list all of the possible damages, including death, that are associated with this procedure and by signing, you are acknowledging that you understand that this is a high risk medical procedure and are therefore waiving any right to damages. The entire paper is a lie, because most patients are not told any of the dangers associated with the procedure and are in fact usually told by the doctor that these injuries rarely ever occur – which again is a lie.

      Most gastroenterologist will claim that they have never caused an injury to any of their patients, yet there is no way for them to know this as complications often show up several days to weeks later and the patient rarely seeks help from the gastroenterologist, but are often rushed in for emergency surgery at a hospital ER. The gastroenterologist who butchered me was not aware of whether I lived or died, because last he saw me, I was in critical condition and not expected to live. He never followed up with the doctors to know whether he killed me or not – I doubt he really cared to know. That way, he could tell his next patients that he never injured anyone. This is how they continue on and live with themselves.

      Since colonoscopies have never been proven to be effective at diagnosing cancer early, there is really no reason to risk your life on something that has no proven benefit, but a lot of proven risks. Your damages could well be more than a 2 week stay in a hospital – if you even survive a perforation at all. I spent more than 14 months in hospitals following the damage done to me. Because the doctors ignored my complaints of pain, the delay in stopping the massive internal bleeding caused by the perforation cost me all of my intestines. According to the blood records over those three days, my blood platelets more than quadrupled in number (my body was trying to clot the bleeding; platelets beyond 1,600) – I’m not sure how the doctors overlooked the platelet numbers (I have examined the records many times from those days). As a result, the clot formed in the Superior Mesenteric Artery (SMA) which is the artery which feeds blood to all of the intestines.

      Without blood, all of my intestines died in minutes. By the time I fell into a coma and was rushed in for surgery, all of my intestines were necrotic. Without a transplant, I would already be dead. This is a very dangerous medical procedure and probably has a role to play if someone is actually sick. But, for a perfectly healthy person to submit themselves for this procedure just seem too high of a risk for little to no benefit that the procedure offers. Your ex-husband id very lucky to survive this perforation – most don’t.

      Of course your gastroenterologist is pressuring you to have the procedure – it’s the way he/she makes the big money. Colonoscopies are the best revenue generating procedure in a gastroenterologist’s arsenal. If you don’t sign the waiver, they will not perform the procedure. Hmmmm, I wonder why they won’t just risk doing the procedure without a legal waiver, if they really believed that the procedure was safe and people rarely get injured. Notice how they expect you to risk your life on something that they are not even willing to risk their money on? If you think about it, it makes a lot of sense and exposes the fact that they know how often people get injured.

      My transplant surgeon is always pressuring me to have regular scopes, but I refuse to sign the waiver. If he believes that the procedure is as safe as he says, then he won’t have a problem doing it without the legal protection. Didn’t take him long to back off, especially when I was able to point out all of the patients who were injured by the scopes – I guess he didn’t realize that we patients talk to one another. One poor woman is now awaiting a second transplant, after surviving the first one since 2008, but they had to take all of the transplanted bowels out after she was perforated by a colonoscopy and the ensuing infection caused the organs to be rejected. There are two transplant patients that I knew who were killed by perforations from scopes.

      The transplant patients get perforated more often, because they are required to have colonoscopies more often (every six months), unless you’re me. I haven’t had one in over three years. Ever since the reversal surgery (which reconnected the large and small intestines, which got rid of the stoma, which was safer to scope through). I will not ever have another colonoscopy unless I am having some sort of health problem, like bleeding or obstructions or something. I have told the surgeon that I refuse to submit to that dangerous procedure when I fell perfectly healthy.

  30. Sidney Barth
    February 20, 2014 | 2:38 pm

    I will be 79 in two months. My Dr says I need a colonoscopy, my stool sample was posative for blood. Also, an endoscopy. My feeling is that it will just cause more problems. I could fill the page with my Medical issues. In pain all the time, and from what I’ve read, I don’t want anything to do with any of it. I take a lot of pills(prescribed). They get me through the day. I have “0” faith in Dr’s. “sometimes these things happen attutude. My father died because of wrong diagnosis. I was nine years old at the time. TOO MANY MISTAKES!

    • Wolverine
      February 20, 2014 | 5:26 pm

      Hi Sidney. These are always the toughest decisions. When doctors are recommending colonoscopies to perfectly healthy people (completely asymptomatic of any problems) it seems like a no-brainer to say “skip the colonoscopy, because the risks far outweigh any possible benefit.”, but in a case where there is blood found in the stool, the answer is not so simple.

      Blood in the stool can be very tricky, because it can be something as harmless as an internal hemorrhoid, or signs of something more serious, like Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease or even cancer. If it is UC or Crohn’s related, there would be more symptoms other than just the presence of blood, like severe abdominal cramps, excessive diarrhea and dramatic weight loss (plus, these usually develop at a much earlier age in life).

      I had internal bleeding happening within my colon from Ulcerative Colitis, yet I still regret the decision to allow the colonoscopy. I initially refused the procedure, but eventually caved in to pressure from family members and the doctors.

      The transplant surgeons recommend, or more accurately, demand, that the recipients undergo regular endoscopes (every six months), but I have been refusing them. I usually just avoid them by not calling to schedule, but there have been several times that the surgeons have confronted me about it and I always remind them of the patients that they have injured with those scopes.

      I don’t believe that the doctors thought that the transplant recipients would keep in contact, but we do. Why not? There are so few of us in the world. I know of recipients who have been seriously inured by the endoscpes – two of them died as a result.

      One of the poor women has recently been re-listed for a second transplant. She told me that she began to complain of problems following one of these scopes earlier last year and the doctors continued to tell her that nothing went wrong. They actually scoped her two more times, based on her complaints – it wasn’t until the third scope that they realized that her colon had been perforated, which she claims began to digest the rest of her bowels. Her organs were found to be in rejection. necrotic and fused together and had to be removed immediatelly. Now, she is living on TPN and awaiting a new set of organs.

      This is really quite sad, because she received her initial intestinal transplant in 2008 and had never had any rejection issues. She was probably the one recipient who received the most attention from the media, because she had competed in several well publicized marathons, just a few years after her transplant! This is why I will continue to refuse that procedure unless I have the symptoms of a serious problem. After all that I have survived, I am not going to be killed by a completely unnecessary endoscope.

      If you feel the need to have a procedure done, I would opt for a sigmoidoscopy first. It is far less invasive and would be able to detect any internal hemorrhoids or anal fissures (these are the more common cause of rectal bleeding). Only if that fails to yield any answers would I even consider the colonoscopy. I hate to think about how many colonoscopies are performed each year just to diagnose a hemorrhoid or even worse, just how many people have been seriously injured by an endoscope that was performed because of a bleeding hemorrhoid.

      I hope you have good luck in finding the problem and hopefully without having to submit to such a dangerous procedure. I wish I could offer more help, but it is really up to each individual to weigh the risks against the amount that they are suffering. If you do not feel comfortable getting the procedure, then by all means, don’t get it. I wish I would have went with my gut feeling on the original colonoscopy. Every fiber of my being told me it was a wrong move – I will never go against my gut feeling again.

      Thanks for writing and for your story.

  31. KMK
    April 29, 2014 | 5:45 am

    Wolverine, I experienced extreme pain and pressure in my lower left abdomen after a colonoscopy 5 yrs ago. I also had a VERY strong tingling in that area – so strong that one day I thought it was my cell phone vibrating in my pants pocket…plus had terrible constipation. My bowel habits changed drastically from that procedure. Dr kept saying nothing is wrong. Tried 3 day liquid diet three separate times, low residue diet, and antiobitcs. The liquid diets reduced the pain & pressure, but as soon as I ate solid food,the pain / pressure return. T!he buzzing fade away’ but the pain/pressure remain and bowel habits/stool never returned to normal. Had a sigmoidoscopy one year laterand was told no pro.blems were found. Well, something is wrong, and it as caused by the colonoscopy. Was told I could consider exloratory surgery to find out what’s wrong. I take probiotics every day + miralax to keep the worst of the symptoms away’ but cannot get this trouble off my mind’ and the pain / pressure NEVER goes away. So sorry for your lengthy troubles – guess I am “lucky” by comparison.

    • Wolverine
      April 29, 2014 | 3:56 pm

      I am so sorry to hear about your injury, unfortunately, cases like your’s probably make up the greater part of the colonoscopy injuries and the reason why I say so many go unreported. Injuries from colonoscopies do not always become serious right away, many of them can take days, weeks, months or even years to show up, which is why these injuries are not always associated with the procedure. Then there are issues, like your’s, that go undiagnosed – not because there isn’t an injury, but because of modern medicine’s lack of ability to diagnose such injuries.

      There are many people who notice that their digestion is just never really the same after a colonoscopy. Sometimes it clears up after a time and other times it never clears up. There are so many different problems that can go wrong during one of these procedures and the hard-truth is that doctors are just not that good at diagnosing a problem until or unless it becomes life-threatening.

      For more than three days the doctors could not find anything wrong with me and went as far as to claim I was just hamming it up to either get attention or to scam for pain-killers (yes, doctors can be extremely cynical). I was lying in a hospital bed with over 25 feet of dying and necrotic intestines and the doctors still couldn’t find a problem.

      By the third day, they finally realized there was really a problem because my white blood cells had exceeded 60,000 and my BP was falling like a stone. I was taken to the ICU, but they still did not know what was wrong. Even when they took me to surgery, they had no idea what to do, but had decided they needed to do something or I was going to die. The surgeon, who was called in, was totally blind-sided when he opened me and found that most of my colon was still fine, but nearly all of the small intestines were dead and necrotic (as a matter of fact, he wondered how I was still alive)

      I point these details out in order illustrate just how poor our modern medical skills are at diagnosing even a serious problem, yet somehow people are still convinced that a doctor is going to find cancer in some really early stage using a colonoscopy. I think that most people are convinced that modern medicine is far more advanced than it actually is. Mine is not an isolated case either.

      Last year, one of the other transplant patients was injured during one of the colonoscopies. She began to complain of abdominal pains following the colonoscopy, so the doctors performed another colonoscopies and found nothing. She continued to complain, so they did a another colonoscopy and still found no problem. It wasn’t until the third (actually the 4th, if you include the initial procedure which injured her) that they found the problem.

      They found that her bowel had been perforated and the leaking gastric juices had started to digest her intestines, which also started her into organ rejection (because she was transplant). She was rushed into surgery and her bowels were removed (all, both large and small). She now awaits a second bowel transplant. All of her bowels were dying and two colonoscopies could not detect a problem! How does anyone have any faith in this procedure being an effective diagnostic tool? Mostly because people do not know these type stories.

      I have had many other people who have written me with stories much like yours. They know that something went wrong during a colonoscopy, but the doctors cannot find the problem, so they continue to suffer with no treatment. The worst part is also the mental stress that goes along with this. I understand what it is like to know that something serious is wrong with your body and no one will believe you because the doctors can’t find the problem. So, people like yourself are suffering that stress along with the pain and digestive problems that can become chronic after an injury from a colonoscopy.

      Just because a doctor cannot find a problem does not mean there isn’t one, as I and the other transplant recipient I wrote about are living proof of. Both her and I had extremely life-threatening injuries and the doctors were unable to diagnose that anything was wrong, so what chance does someone with a lesser injury have of getting a diagnosis? (we were both only hours away from death)

      I wish there was a way to make people understand just how poorly our modern medicine is at diagnosing even serious problems. Too often, serious injuries from colonoscopies are not found until an autopsy and sometimes they are even missed then.

      I really hope that your problem clears up. It is very hard to know what went wrong, because there are so many different things that can go wrong during this procedure. Unfortunately, unless your injury was to manifests itself in some really serious, life-threatening way, I doubt the doctors will ever find an answer. I am sure something went wrong, most people know when something isn’t right inside of them. Since it was over 5 years ago, I doubt that there is something life-threatening awaiting to erupt inside you, which is probably the only good news I can give you.

      Just be careful about allowing the doctors to do more and more invasive procedures in an attempt to find out what this problem is. You had mentioned adhesions. I developed some really chronically painful adhesions as a result of the surgeries and I have sought help for them. I have also been warned that any attempt to remove those adhesions could also create more adhesions, making the problem much worse. This is why I really hope that your issue clears up on its own in time, but after 5 years that wouldn’t seem highly likely, if it hasn’t gotten even remotely better over the years.

      It is less likely it is adhesions, because those are typically the result of a more major surgery than a colonoscopy delivers, but I do not doubt that your bowel was perforated slightly. There are many people who suffer a perforation during a colonoscopy which are not major enough to threaten their life and do heal on their own in time.

      I agree with you that whatever it was, it did not heal properly and created some scar tissue or nerve damage. With the associated constipation, there is a danger that the injury caused enough scar tissue to form a stricture. If it hasn’t turned serious in 5 years, it probably won’t, but if you ever experience serious constipation which causes a lot of pressure or sharp abdominal pains (cramps), get to an ER. A stricture can be life-threatening if it causes a blockage – strictures were one of the greatest threats facing the transplant patients. Scar tissue can form around the bowel, not allowing it to expand. If a bowel gets blocked and stops moving, serious complications and even death can result if immediate medical attention is not sought.

      The way you describe the symptoms, a stricture is not out of the question. You said that the liquid diet relives the pain and pressure, but solid food brings it back. Have you noticed whether large amounts of fiber, especially insoluble fiber, (which takes on water and expands), makes the symptoms worse? If so, there could be a narrowing somewhere along the colon. I doubt that a colonoscopy (or endoscope, like used in the sigmoidoscpy) can diagnose such a stricture. I know that one of the other transplant recipients I know had some bad strictures and the doctors were unable to find them with an endoscope. A barium enema would probably be the best way to diagnose something like that. Have the doctors tried a barium enema yet?

      I really wish I had some better answers for you, but I am very glad that you were willing to write and share your story. I thank everyone who has written about family members they lost to this procedures and those, like yourself, who were injured and suffer every day because of a colonoscopy, and worse yet, the doctors won’t believe that they are suffering.

      • KMK
        April 29, 2014 | 4:21 pm

        Thank you kindly for your comments and for sharing your story. The atrocities that were perpetrated on you are astounding, what a terrible tragedy (putting it mildly) and really makes one wonder what is being done about true “quality” of care, especially when it appears no one is even reprimanded for the terrible mistakes. I have noticed that insoluble fiber bothers me more now than before I had that colonoscopy. I did have an abdominal ct scan, but of course it did not reveal anything wrong. Thanks for the suggestion of the barium enema. If I get brave enough to visit another gastroenterologist, it is something I can discuss with them. Good luck to you, as you try to stay as healthy as you can, for as long as possible.

  32. KMK
    April 29, 2014 | 5:51 am

    PS: I can,t help wondering if some injury ocurred and healed badly causing scar tissue or adhesions with a nearby organ. Don,t know where to turn to get help’ or if iwill just have to live with this forever.

  33. Christi
    May 21, 2014 | 3:55 pm

    Wolverine’
    I am so sorry for all you’ve had to endure. God Bless you. He has big plans for you!
    My mother is 53 shes is scedualed for a colonoscopy in like 2 weeks. I DO NOT want her to have it. Ive been doing research and I am apalled by what Ive found out! I was so happy when her proceedure got canceld the 1st time. Shes on a lot of medications and has some heath issues that weve explained to the doctor and his staff. (A gastrologist that she was referred to back in april) NO ONE CARES. The one nurse was rude and stupid. My mom had a small very minor heart attack last september. She also has bloos issues and has has a clot in the past. she is on asprin and perscription blood thinner. (Anagrylide). Im also worried the some of the other meds could not be absorbed properly and either not work or become toxic. Her mother had colon cancer early this year but she lives in an other country and has a completey different life still and medical history. My mom has a very trying year and the doctor said her stomach problems we propebely from stress. She had an endoscopy today and all is well. Ita that damned colonoscopy that has me scared.

    • Wolverine
      May 22, 2014 | 2:35 pm

      Hi Christi, I can certainly understand your reservations about the colonoscopy for your mother. There are surley a lot of risks that go along with this procedure, especially for anyone taking anticoagulants. When my colon was perforated during the first colonoscopy, I was bleeding intrenally for 3 days and the doctors ignored my complaints of abdominal pain.

      Over those 3 day, my condition worsened. Each blood test they ran, showed that my white blood count contined to go higher and higher (reaching 70,000, when normal WBC is around 7), so they knew there was a problem, but were unable to find it.

      The thing I noticed on the daily labs were the blood platelets were elevating at an alarming rate, doubling each day until the hit 1,500 (normale platelet count should be around 240). This was because my body was trying to stop the massive bleeding. Unforunately, the clot developed in the superior mesenteric artery, which is the main blood supply to all of the intestines. Without blood, all of my small bowels died, I went into septic shock and fell into a coma and the stupid doctors could still not find anything wrong with me – this is how bad they are at diagnostics.

      Modern medicine is very good at fixing catastrophic events that happen (they place stent or perform a triple by-pass to save heart attack victims, they can transplant organs that have failed), so I give them a lot of credit there, but most people believe that because so many great things have been accomplished there, that modern medicine is just as good at diagnosing and preventing disease – this is where they are mistaken.

      I witnessed all this first hand and need to write an article on it and try to make people understand that we are no more advanced at diagnosing illness than doctors were 100 years ago – even with all their fancy technology like, CT and MRI imaging, mammograms and colonoscopies, they still can’t diagnose a problem until the patient is in serious trouble and some of these diagnostic procedure carry many risks.

      During the 14 months I was in hospitals I saw this a hundred times. Patients would begin to complain after transplants and the doctors could not find the problem until the patient finally crashed and then it was an emergency to save their lives.

      Last year, one of the other tranplsnt recipient as injured during a routine colonoscopy (perforated) and she began immediately complaining of pain. The doctors did three more colonoscopies and couldn’t find anything wrong with her.

      On the final colonoscopy they discovered that her colon had been perforated and that the leaking gastric juices had begun to digest all of her transplanted small bowels, which threw her into organ rejection. She was rushed to surgery and all her intestines were removed and she now living on TPN and awaits a second bowel tranplant. Yet she was perfectly fine prior to the procedure, which was only routine – now she facing a life-threatening surgery.

      Her story was so similar to mine. In both cases, we had over 25 feet of necrotic (dead) intestines and the doctors were unable to find any problem, even with all of their fancy equipment – 2 patients just hours from death and according to the doctors they were fit as a fiddle and ready to go home – up until the point that both of us crashed and were sent for emergency surgery.

      The irony is that most people have been convinced that doctors are as advanced in diagnostics as they are in treating or curing serious conditions, which is untrue. How are they going to find some cancer in a very early stage (smaller than a pea) using the same technology that was unable to see that 98% of 2 people’s bowels were dead and necrotic? This is why I claim that the colonoscopy is nothing but a scam.

      Twice after my transplant the doctors did ileoscopes and claimed my organs were in rejections and both times the biopsy came back negative. The only thing an endoscope affords a doctor is the ability to visually see the inside of an organ. This organ (colon) is always covered in inches of mucus (that is what protects it and houses the beneficial microbes that keep it healthy), so it is far from a clean surface, even after their very aggressive prep cleansing. They have no idea what they’re looking at – this is apparent by the fact they couldn’t see that the organs were dead.

      They also stink at disease prevention. I have seen no evidence that any of their prophylactic treatment, procedures or medications have any impact on those disease, but most people believe whole-heartedly in them, not looking at the bigger national picture, which clearly illustrates they don’t work

      A couple of quick examples: statin drugs do lower cholesterol (they block the pathway in the liver for manufacturing LDL cholesterol, unfortunately, they inadvertently block the pathway for Co-Enzyme Q10, which is necessary for muscle health and is why you hear people complain of muscle weakness and pain who are on statins).

      If high cholesterol causes atherosclerosis and statins lower cholesterol well (and they do) and over half of the adult population over 40 years old are taking a statin drug, then it is safe to say the people living now have the lowest cholesterol than ever in human history (which is true, because statins lower cholesterol far lower than is natural for a human) — Then why is Heart Disease still our number one killer and growing higher each year? If cholesterol was truly the problem, we should have seen heart disease cut in half, at least! Obviously high cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease – inflammation is, but doctors do not treat the inflammation.

      Statin drugs became the highest selling drugs of all time, they sell more statin drugs than all other drugs combined, so there is a 30 billion reason to keep the myth of cholesterol going, as long as people still accept this outdated, erroneous theory. If the truth that inflammation, not cholesterol, was to be main stream news and everyone stopped their statin drugs, the pharmaceutical companies profits would cut in half – so you can see why the lie must continue, even though it is not lowerig heart disease, but does cause a type of Alzheimer’s disease and can cripple people with the muscle deterioration.

      Again, If colonoscopies have saved thousands of lives (this has yet to be proven in any clinical study) and since the year 2,000, when GE and Katie Couric began hyping the hell out of this dangerous procedure, nearly ever doctor pressures their patients to undergo this procedure once they reach 50 years of age. So, for the last 14 years, tens of thousands of people have signed on the have this procedure – if it was as effective as advertised, why have we not seen a significant drop in colorectal cancer mortalities, as a matter of fact, they have risen some in those years.

      In the same manner, breast cancer continues to be one of the highest killers of women, even since women were all encouraged to get regular mammograms. In fact, the women who have mammograms, tend to have a higher rate of breast cancer, because radiation is a cancer causing poison – I believe that a mammogram is just an invitation to get breast cancer.

      Yes, modern doctors have pulled off great miracles when it come to saving people in critical condition, people who would have died twenty years ago, but it seems that the person has to crash before the doctor can find the problem — This is probably why they have gotten so good at fixing catastrophic disease and injuries, because they can never find the problem until it is catastrophic.

      The real problem is that many of the drug treatment and invasive procedures used to locate or diagnose a problem, are snake-oil medicine at best and ineffective, but seem to carry life-threatening risks with them.

      So any one opting to have a colonoscopy is placing their life at risk for a procedure that has been known to fail at it’s intended design. The longest ongoing clinical study called the Telemark Polyp Study 1 has shown little to no advantage to colonoscopies. The group receiving the regular colonoscopies with polyp removals have come down with colon cancer at the same rate as the control group, who have no colonoscopies. The oddest thing is that the people in the group who had colonoscopies and polyps removed had a 158% higher mortality rate for all cause diseases,especially other cancers.

      I personally believe that this would indicate that the cancer cells broken free during polyp removal travel the bloodstream and metastasized to other organs, often times to organs that creat a much worse and harder to treat cancer. Colon cancer is far down the list of killers in the U.S., even among cancers. If the cells from the colon settle in the lungs, pancreas, lymph nodes, brains, liver, etc., you now have a far more aggressive cancer that is much harder to treat and has much higher mortality rates. 158% higher mortality rate is a very significant statistic.

      It’s like they’re trading their easy to treat colon cancer, which grow slowly, for pancreatic cancer, which is usually a death sentence. That is why other cancer surgeries require a follow-up treatment of chemotherapy, to kill any loose cells. Why does the colonoscopy not require the chemo when polyps are removed? See even doctors do not consider this a cancer tool or they would follow all other cancer protocols. Add in the fact the the endoscope cannot be sterilized and you have all kinds of risk of contaminating patient with c.diff, hepatitis or other infections. The benefits do not come close to offsetting the risks associated.

      When your mother goes to have the colonoscopy, she will be given a legal waiver to sign. That waiver will list all of the things that can go wrong. It will also state, that by signing this waiver, the patient understands all of these risks (including death), but is still willing to take that chance and have the procedure – this paper releases the doctors from any liability if your mother is injured or killed.

      The doctor will simply tell her not to worry that it’s a formality and nothing ever goes wrong – He is lying. The first time a gastroenterologist admits the truth that they have injured or killed a patient, their career is over – who would allow a doctor to do such a procedure if he admitted he killed 3 people and injured 50 others, but the realty is that he did, no matter what he says. The doctor who nearly killed me still tells his patients that he has never injured anyone. That’s because he bailed after the first 2 days I began to complain. He did an x-ray and said there was nothing wrong with me and was off my case. He even signed me out to go home from the hospital, when in reality I was hours from death. It was a group of hospital doctors and surgeons who had to step in and save my life.

      I believe that all gastroenterologist do the same. Once a patient begins to complain, they tell them they are being ninnies and making a big deal of nothing and bail. The doctor who did my colonoscopy told my wife that I was dramatizing the small discomfort that follows the procedure, he even went as far to say that I may have been hamming it up to get pain-killers (that’s how cynical doctors can become.)

      In reality, I was in excruciating pain at the time as we found out that I had over 25 feet of dead bowels inside me – you can’t imagine the pain (I was literally asking someone to shoot me or knock me out with a baseball bat and was serious. Anything to stop the pain, because I could not stand it another minute, yet I was still ignored. My blood pressure had dropped to deadly levels and I was in septic shock and was rushed to the ICU finally, yet the doctors still didn’t know what was wrong.

      Sorry for the rant – back to the legal paper: They would not have a paper like that if injuries were not common. If the injuries were as rare as they say, then they would simply pay damages for those rare cases that only happen every couple of years – this would spare them from possibly frightening some patients away with the scary things listed on that paper. The reality is, they are far more common and they could not afford to pay all the lawsuits they would get if they didn’t get that paper signed to protect them.

      What I do now is this. I do not refuse the procedure. (As intestinal transplant, I am supposed to get a colonoscopy every six months to check for signs of rejection, even if I am symptom free.) I simply refuse to sign the waiver. When the doctors tell me how rare the accidents are and that they never seen them happen,

      I answer back, oh then there’s no fear in doing the proceeder without the paper? You’re asking me to put my life on the line with this procedure (the paper itself even says that you could die during the procedure), but you are not even willing to put your money up at risk? Why won’t you risk your money if the injuries are so rare? Why should I risk my life on something that you are unwilling to risk you money on.

      I figure this way if they do it an injure or kill me, my wife will at least get a good settlement. I should have gotten a settlement before, not because of the perforation, I knew the risks, but because I was ignored for 3 days – 3 day of excruciation pain and septic shock, where I knew I was going to die, yet no one was doing anything.

      My life is more precious to me than their money is to them, so if they won’t risk their money, then you know how likely it is that an accident will happen (chances are, they have injured many patients already, how do I know this? Because most gastroenterologists will boast that they have done tens of thousands of these without incident – liars. That would defy all statistics.

      Statistics say that 5 in every 1,000 people will be seriously injured during a colonoscopy and 1 in 1,000 will be perforated and I know the numbers are much higher, because only a fraction of injuries are reported. Chances are that they bailed on the inured patients, just like they did me, this way they can still claim no one was injured, because last they saw the patient, they were in fine health (at least according to them, but you have to remember that a patient can be screaming in pain with WBC in the 60,000 range, high fevers and even in septic shock, but if the doctor can’t find anything wrong, they will claim the patient was in good health.

      Your mother’s troubles are not a good mixture with a colonoscopy and I fully understand your concern. If she were perforated, as I was, and bleeding internally, no one would know until she was in critical condition. Even if she began to complain, the doctors would most likely not find the problem (because they stink at diagnosis) until there was real trouble and internal bleeding could go on for weeks, meaning they would say it was not the colonoscopy that did it – this is why so may injuries are never reported, because a patient bleeding internally can be many days or weeks before showing a problem. After that much time, the doctors will never associate it with a colonoscopy and probably not even ask if she had underwent one recently (which should be the first question, but they won’t)

      I know how difficult it can be to talk sense to a loved one who puts all their faith in doctors also. My mother worships doctors and takes tons of different drugs. Any procedure they ask her to undergo, she is quick to schedule and hop into that machine. She is also been damaged many times by doctors, which is one reason I have always been suspicious of doctors and these invasive procedures.

      I wish you luck in getting her to at least understand the dangers, so she can be prepare for any problems that will arise. She will have to stop taking the anticoagulants a day or two before the procedure. If it’s a heparin based drug, it will only take a day to be out of her system, if it is Warfin based drug (like Coumadin), it could take many days or even a week to be gone. (chances are if it is oral, it is a Warfin, if it is a subcutaneous injection (in the stomach, thighs or butt) it is a heparin drug. Warfin drugs are far more dangerous and cary a higher risk of bleeding out. I can’t imagine what would happen if she were perforated, didn’t know it and started back on the Warfin! She could bleed out in a matter of days.

      Even worse, if she was on thrombolytics, which I doubt, they are so dangerous, they are usually only use in hospitals to dissolve existing blood clots. About 50% of the patient given thrombolytics bleed out and die. Very scary drugs.

      I will probably use the bulk of this reply to write an upcoming article, I have a lot more I could write on this subject. Because of all the advancements in medicine, people believe doctors are good at anything they do. Trying to get people to understand that they suck at diagnostics and prophylactic treatments to prevent disease is a difficult task. Millions of people take statins everyday, living with the horrible side effects (muscle weakness and pain, memory loss and others) believing that they are being protected from HD no matter what crap they continue to eat.

      Just as may people on statins have heart attacks and undergo triple by-pass surgery as people who don’t take them, Statins are a 30 billion dollar a year scam and so are colonoscopies. If a doctor cannot accurately spot tens of feet of necrotic bowel with a colonoscopy, nor accurately tell if an entire organ is in rejection (being attacked by the immune system), then what use is this device? It’s just a visual examination through a fiber optic lens. Doctors can’t even visually look at a patient’s outside and tell what’s wrong, how is that any different than looking at the inside of an organ (especially given that may cancer begin on the outside of the intestines and would not show up during a colonoscopy and the flat lesion that are ten times more likely to become malignant cancer are impossible to spot during a routine colonoscopy. This dangling polyps they enjoy cutting out and claiming victory over cancer are usually about 88% benign and no more of a threat to your health than a mole on your ass. But it makes a good show for the doctor, when he can show the patient the pictures he took inside them of the nasty dangling growths and give then great relief by talking them he removed them. It’s all smoke and mirrors.

      On of the transplant recipient I met had Gardner’s Disease (which causes colorectal cancer at young ages, as young as mid 20s). Her tumors were wrapped around the outside of her bowels, so they were not visible to all the colonoscopies she underwent. They cancer was finally detected by a PET scan and all of her digestive organs were replace with donor organs (6 organ transplant, stomach, spleen, pancreas, duodenum, small and large intestine)

      I’m sure you will not be able to convince your mother not to get the procedure, just as I can never convince my mother. Just please keep me in touch, especially if she has any problems following the procedure (abdominal pain, passing blood with her stool), because those doctors will ignore her complaints, but I may be able to steer her to where she can get help.

      When I originally published this site, I had decided not to put up images of me for a couple reason. I didn’t want people to think I was going for the sympathy or shock value and it is not easy for me to have to go through all the pictures my wife took (hundreds), because many of them are very sad, depressing and make me relive some of the horror. My wife and I have decided to begin publishing many of those images so people can see what a colonoscopy did to me. I will put up many warnings, because some of these images will be shocking and in many of them I look literally like a corpse, I do not look like something living. I wish I had them up already, because looking at them could give your mother a different opinion on the safety of this procedure and just how devastating an injury from one can be. I will try to get some up in the next week or so. Hopefully she will get to see them before undergoing this dangerous procedure.

      Thanks for writing and I wish you the best of luck to both you and your mother. Sorry for the long reply, but I wanted to get down many of the ideas that I can use in an article and cover this in greater detail. Thank you for your patience and I hope the best for your mother.

      David “Wolverine” Smith

    • Donna Marie
      May 23, 2014 | 2:33 pm

      I would definitely convince her to NOT do the colonoscopy. Unless she has blood in her stoll, her stomach problems are likely diet related and nothing else. My recommendation is lots of probiotics, digestive enzymes, and no gluten, soy, corn, red meat, and dairy (except butter and plain yogurt). She should eat a diet of mostly vegetables, poultry, wild caught fish, eggs, healthy fats (olive oil, coconut oil, and butter), and non-gluten grains like rice, millet, and quinoa. I bet most of her problems go away. This diet is anti-cancer and will lower cholesterol. By the way, high cholesterol does not cause heart attacks. Trans fats and a high carb diet causes most heart problems. People with high cholesterol have a lower risk of dementia. The brain is mostly fat and thrives on cholesterol. Block cholesterol and what is going to happen to your brain? People who take statins are risking not only dementia but many other problems as Wolverine mentioned. Just another money making scheme.

    • Donna Marie
      May 23, 2014 | 2:35 pm

      Sorry its blood in her stool not stoll.

  34. MD
    May 31, 2014 | 11:16 am

    I’m so glad I read this. Thanks so much.

    • Wolverine
      June 5, 2014 | 8:58 am

      I am so sorry I missed replying to this for this long. Thank you MD. I always love to get comments of encouragement, especially after all I’ve been through. Thanks you again for writing and you encouragement.

  35. Karen
    June 10, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    My husband had a colonospy in December 2013 he’s 50 and this was his third one. He also has cancer nasopharengyl carcinoma this a recurrence for him. My husband had a PET scan and they saw something kind of thicking so the gastro dr. and the oncologist decide yes he needs it done, meanwhile the day before this procedure he had 7 hours of chemo and they expected him to do the fast well he really couldn’t do that with chemo he did eat some light stuff and then did the cleanse. Neither one of us had a good feeling that morning. So he goes in when he when he came out this was in the dr. office, he was in terrible pain so they lay him down thinking he couldn’t pass the gas. This went on for a while the pain got worse the dr. was getting nervous. My husband threw up. The dr. called the ambulance we the dr. called a surgeon who was excellent they put a catheter in my husband, they gave him morphine wasn’t working, they stuck a tube down his nose. The surgeon told me he thought that the colon might have gotten torn during the procedure and my they would have to take out a part of the intestine and he would need a colostomy bag. This was all horrible nightmare. My poor husband has not been through enough with chemo and radiation now this.

    Anyway, he was brought into the hospital at 11:00 that morning and by 10:00pm that night he was in surgery the was sure it was a tear till them went in and his appendix was perforated a perfect hole right in the middle of it was going septic when the dr. came out of surgery he showed me the pictures you could see all the poison inside of him. He spent days in ICU they had to put a breathing tube in when he came out of surgery. He was 12 days in the hospital. The whole thing was very scary and I can say I’ll never get one no way. We thought we had a law suit I called a lawyer and he said he wouldn’t take the case because it would be too hard to prove.

    • Wolverine
      June 11, 2014 | 3:11 am

      I am so sorry to hear about what you and you’re husband have went through. More people are injured by this procedure than most people realize. I figure that eventually the truth will come out, but I wonder how many people will die or be seriously injured before it happens. It will probably take a celebrity getting injured or killed before the media will actually report anything bad on this procedure.

      I thank you for sharing your story. I have had so many people write in with horror stories concerning a colonoscopy and one of their family members. I am thankful for each person that is wiling to share their story as I have shared mine. Maybe if I get enough different stories people will begin to see that death and injuries from this procedure are not rare, they are simply ignored by both the media and legal system.

      I do understand what you mean about the lawyers. I thought for sure I would have a case, not because of the perforation, but because the doctors delayed treatment for more than three days, which cost me all of my small intestines.

      Again, I am so sorry to hear about your husband’s unfortunate experience with this colonoscopy and I also hope his cancer treatments are successful. I went through chemotherapy and radiation treatments for Multiple Myeloma last year, which was further complicated by the fact that I am an intestinal transplant recipient. My cancer is now in remission and I hope the same for your husband.

      P.S.

      (I understand the “Horrible Nightmare” that you speak of as I lost not part, but all of my intestines, both large and small. My first ostomy was a Jejunostomy, because I only had 10 inches of intestine off of my stomach. After the transplant, I had an Ileostomy for a year before they could reattach the transplanted small bowel with the transplanted colon. I hated having a stoma. Never had a colostomy. I’m glad too, because the jejunum and ileum come before the colon, so the output has the smell of vomit, not nearly as pungent as the stool smell of a colostomy — because leaks are inevitable. The jejunostomy was worse than the ileostomy because the output was only inches from my stomach, therefore still quite acidic, so any leaks started burning my skin within a minute or two.)

    • joe
      June 11, 2014 | 11:53 am

      I’m very sorry to hear this about your husband , I will pray for him to get well and know God will watch over your husband. Joe

  36. Lymer
    June 27, 2014 | 1:11 am

    My sister had her colonoscopy last June 23rd. Her intestine was punctured. Her organs failed to function and she is now in coma. Is there a chance that she will recover. She lives in Germany. I am very much worried because we very far from her.

    • Wolverine
      June 27, 2014 | 7:01 pm

      Hi Lymer. Thank you for writing and sharing your story. I am so sorry to hear about your sister. I try to warn people that colonoscopies do not always go bad, but when they do, it’s really bad and often life-threatening. I also had multi-organ failure following my perforation, which ultimately resulted in the loss of all of my small bowels. Has your sister been in a coma for an entire year or has she only fell into a coma recently? It’s hard to say what her chances of recovery are without knowing more details of the damage.

      Here in the U.S. there are several hospitals that have successfully performed multi visceral transplant. One woman I met when I was getting my transplant was getting a seven organ transplant. I know there are a few hospitals in Europe who are now offering intestinal and multi visceral transplant, but I don’t know whether any of them are in Germany. If her organs are failing, a transplant may be the only option for making a full recovery. At this point, I don’t know if she is in the coma because of the organ failure or because of a sepsis. I was twice in comas from systemic infections. A sepsis can often cause multi organ failure.

      I wish the best for your sister and will answer any question that you may have. The more details I have, the more accurate I can be with what things you may expect or look for. Feel free to contacting me by using the contact page. (I made the stupid mistake of having my email address posted here. Had to remove it, because every robot spider zeroed in on it and I was flooded with tons of spam advertising. This is why I must use the contact page, which encrypts my email address. I apologize for the inconvenience and wished to save those, who I know are ill and awaiting transplants, the extra steps, but I cannot better answer your questions when I accidentally trash your email because it ends up buried in hundreds of advertisements for penis enlargement tablets and offerings on how I can get a Harvard degree online in 60 days. Again, I apologize, but will have to ask you to take the extra steps to use the contact page. Thank you.if you have more questions. I do hope your sister a full recovery very soon and again thank you for sharing the story. Many people have written me about loved ones injured by a colonoscopy. By sharing your story, more of my readers can see that I am not an isolated case of a serious injury from this ill-advised procedure.

  37. Kyla
    July 8, 2014 | 9:53 pm

    Wolverine, thank you so much for sharing your story! I recently had a colonoscopy (turned up nothing) which resulted in a pelvic infection. The day after the procedure I became very ill and had to go to the ER with a fever of 102. I was ultimately hospitalized and given IV antibiotics. I’m sure this is a very rare complication but nonetheless it happened.

    Here’s the kicker, my Ob/Gyn (who recommended the colonoscopy in the first place and who agrees it gave me the infection) said when I get my next one in ten years all I have to do is take antibiotics before the procedure so I don’t sick again. Seriously?? There is no way I’m getting another colonoscopy unless my life depends on it -and even then probably not.

    • Wolverine
      July 9, 2014 | 1:33 am

      Hi Kyla, I doubt that your life would ever depend on it, since colonoscopies have never been proven to do anything, other than make a lot of money for doctors and the manufacturers of the endoscopes. One of the women I met at Jackson, who had an intestinal transplant two years before mine, was perforated by a colonoscopy last year during a routine scoping. They did two more colonoscopies when she complained of abdominal pain and found no cause for the pain. Upon the third colonoscopy it was discovered that her colon had been perforated and the leaking gastric juices has digested all of her small bowels, so she was rushed to the OR where all her bowels were removed and she now awaits a second transplant.

      The take-away message here is that she had over 25 feet of necrotic bowels and two colonoscopies failed to find a problem — she was hours from death and got two clean bills of health from the colonoscopies, yet we are asked to believe that this same procedure can detect cancer smaller than a pea?

      This is not the only story I have encountered where a colonoscopy failed to diagnose a pretty serious problem. The record for detecting organ rejection on intestinal transplant recipients was dismal. Twice I was told I was in organ rejection from the endoscopes, when the biopsy results came back negative. Another recipient was told her bowels looked healthy and fine, only to have biopsies come back showing that she was in severe organ rejection — The delay in treatment nearly cost her her life. None of us recipients had much confidence in the ileostomies.

      Your injury is not that rare, but the doctors will always claim that these things are rare, because no one would get the procedure if the truth be known. This is why I publish this blog and appreciate people like you who are willing to share their stories, so that others can see that the rate of death and injuries is far higher than reported.

      Very few of the people awaiting intestinal transplants had lost their native intestines to disease. There were a few who had lost their bowels to Crohn’s or cancer, but the greater majority had lost their intestines to complications following medical procedures, like bariatric surgeries, gastric by-pass, liposuction and colonoscopies. All of these procedures are advertised as safe and injuries rare. I guess the word “rare” is subjective and really says nothing. 10 out of 1,000 colonoscopies ends in a perforation (a life-threatening condition). I do not consider this “rare”, given the fact that thousands of these procedures are done every day in the U.S.

      Because of a conflict of interest, the dangers of colonoscopies is very difficult to expose the truth, since the largest manufacturer of endoscopes (the device used in colonoscopies) is General Electric, who also owns NBC and many other news media outlets. Thank you again for sharing your story. I hope you have a full recovery from your infection.

  38. Linda
    July 9, 2014 | 11:47 pm

    I know 3 women that have died after having colonoscopies, one personally. All 3 from perforations. My husband had to go to the emergency room from severe bleeding a few days after a colonoscopy and a family member fainted and had to be taken by ambulance the day after his colonoscopy. So many people have no idea how dangerous these tests are.

    • Wolverine
      July 11, 2014 | 8:56 am

      Wow, I think that speaks for itself about the rarity of injuries. Thank you Linda for sharing these stories. I knew many people who were injured or killed as a result of colonoscpies, but that was because I met so many intestinal transplant recipients, all of whom were required to get ileoscopies weekly for the first year following the transplant. Having this procedure that often make the injuries quite frequent and apparent.

      I was injured twice myself, the first being the cause for the loss of all of my intestines — the second was a sepsis introduced by an ileoscopy. Around 5 in every 1,000 procedures ends in a bowel perforation and that’s only considering the injuries that are reported, which only account for a fraction.

      Unless a patient present irefutable, smoing-gun, type evidence, which proves beyond a doubt that the colonoscopy was the cause of an injury or illness, the doctors will deny it. This makes sense when you consider that the minute they begin to take responsibilty, colonoscopies becme a thing of the past. Who is going to submit to one when they know that their doctor has injured or killed several people before them? The doctor who nearly killed me still claims to his new patients that his record is clean.

      It becomes really frustrating when you realize just how ineffective this device is at diagnosing anything. We saw intestinal transplant patients in severe organ rejection, yet the ileoscopy was unable to detect any problem and one woman had over 20 feet of necrotic bowels and two colonoscopies found no problem. If the damned device cannot detect 30 feet of rotten guts, how can ayone believe that it can find a tumor smaller than a peppercorn? It provides no benefit worth the risk. Thanks again for commenting and for these stories. I have had so many good people willing to share similar stories, which just further illustates how much injury and death surround this ill-advised procedure.

  39. Linda Brumbach
    October 1, 2014 | 2:38 pm

    Thank you for writing this, and I’m sorry for what you went through. My mother has a routine colonoscopy at age 69. She was a registered nurse and was doing all she could to maintain her health. She has the procedure on January 8th, 2013. a very long story short. after being ignored by the doctor of her complaints of stomach pain a day after the procedure she was went to the emergency room, she had a cat scan done and it showed negative for perforation. 24 hours later, as my mother was still in pain and being told it was just gas. she couldn’t answer questions appropriately and was confused on top of all of that pain. We called an ambulance and a second hospital diagnosed her with a perforated bowel and sepsis. this was January 10th.
    after 15 stomach surgeries and being in the Trauma unit on a ventilator for 4 months one week and one day my mother passed away on May 10th, 2013.
    My mom was the center of our universe and had 8 grandchildren the youngest at the time was 1 year old. My father and her would have celebrated 50 years of marriage this December.
    Thank you for allowing me the platform to vent. But for obvious reasons this topic is very important to all of us.

    • Wolverine
      October 1, 2014 | 6:07 pm

      Thank you, Linda for sharing your story in this time of great pain, but it is only though the willingness to share these stories that others can hopefully wake up, if by no other reason than the to the sheer quantity of these inexcusable experiences of heartache. As I was reading your story I felt a knot in my stomach and lump in my throat as your beloved mother’s story was far too familiar.

      I suffered the near identical story, with the exception of the outcome which differ for reasons we cannot begin to understand. I can’t help but feel guilty for evading what so many others do not and I would be singing with your courageous mother right now, except for blind luck. Why the different endings we will never understand, but the one unmistakable similarity the lethal reputation of the endoscope and the even more dangerous attitude of the doctors who wield it. How many more stories would have a different outcome if the doctors were not so quick to go into defense mode, spring-boarding to complete denial that their machine could injure anyone, resulting in delayed treatment for conditions that cannot afford a second of delay?

      The modern criteria of diagnosing a bowel perforation by searching for “free air” via radiology following a bad colonoscopy has failed in your mother’s case, mine and who knows how many countless others. If the doctors are going to continue to mortally wound people with this ill-advised procedure, they should at least develop a better tool for diagnosing the damage they create to exact treatment as fast as possible. This is what the doctors were looking of with the CT scan, but they fail to believe that the lack of “free air” is not a “clean bill of health” on a patient who is presented with severe abdominal pain following a colonoscopy. The same happened in my case and when they found no air, they claimed my pain imaginary and ignored me for the next 2 days, even in light of elevated white blood cells in the 60,000 range.

      The strangest part is that the endoscope itself has a horrible tract record of diagnosing its own damage. An intestinal transplant recipient I know was perforated last year during a colonoscopy, and two more colonoscopies failed to not only diagnose the injury, but was even unable to diagnose the resulting necrosis of all her small bowels several days later — This woman was just hours from death due to dead bowels and the colonoscopy gave her a clean bill of health? So, why are we encouraged to get this procedure again? To diagnose colorectal cancer in early, and hopefully treatable stages? Really? A device that is incapable of diagnosing over 20 feet of necrotic bowels is suddenly going to spot a tumor, which would have to be smaller than a grain of rice to really make a difference. It’s all a big joke — on us and its not a funny one.

      The endoscope was used extensively as a diagnostic tool in post intestinal transplant procedures and the success of properly diagnosing organ rejection, necrosis and ischemia were no better than guessing. I was twice treated for organ rejection based on endoscopic procedures, only to have the biopsies yield negative results days later. These are medical conditions far easier to detect than early stage cancer and yet the endoscope proved to be more of a problem than solution. It does generate a lot of money and therefore anchored at the foundation of all diagnostic procedures of the GI tract. I saw so many failures of endoscopes during those months that I could wrote volumes of rants, but I will refrain from doing so on this occasion.

      Instead I would like to extend my deepest apologies for your incredible loss. I understand that you are beyond stunned at this particular time, as we never expect to lose a loved one following what we are told is a perfectly safe and routine procedure. I am nearly five years beyond the event that would destroy my life, and am still stunned at the situations that this “safe” procedure can cause. Thank you again for the courage and willingness to share this story in your time of grief and I hope that such stories can become less common as people begin to see that these are not just stories, but real lives, completely wrecked by a procedures which has not proven to diagnose anything, other than your bank account. I am both angered and saddened by this news. Please pass my condolences on to your father, who is rightfully inconsolable at this time. I’m sure that you are doing your best to support him throughout this experience, but what can you say? I am without any meaningful words that could help. Thanks again, and bless you and your family.

  40. Thom
    October 11, 2014 | 4:43 am

    Thanks for this post. Your story and some of those in the comment section are all incredible. I wish I’d seen them before I signed the consent form.

    My doctor performed a hemorrhoidectomy and a colonoscopy on me on the same day. A week after the surgery, my sutures had apparently been absorbed too early and I almost bled to death in a bath of my own crap and blood. By the time I was admitted, I was barely concious.

    Four units of blood and about five weeks later, I was able to return to work and was feeling pretty good for a day or two until I woke up with a sharp pain in my lower left quadrant. That was two weeks ago. I’ve been in pain pretty much constantly since. At this point in my recovery, I expected to be back on my bike again, enjoying the cool autumn air.

    The day I saw my family doctor for my ultrasound results, it was getting better. He told me it was diverticulitis and that if it didn’t continue to get better, I should fill the prescription he gave me for two antibiotics (cipro and metronidazole). Since I’m allergic to them, I can’t take them. Hoping there’s an alternative, because I don’t know what the hell I’m going to do. And I’m afraid of repeat flare-ups.

    A previous colonoscopy (sigmoid), about eight years ago revealed diverticulosis. I’m wondering if that first colonoscopy is how I acquired H. pilori. That was terrible because the antibiotics used to treat it caused permanent damage to my ears.

    My doctor said I need to eat more fibre to avoid diverticulitis. So sick and tired of hearing this. I eat a high fibre diet and have all my life.

    I can’t take any NSAIDs (again, allergies), so opiates are the only pain control I can use. I didn’t bother asking for any, though. The constipation associated with them would probably kill me.

    The pain is getting worse and it’s the beginning of a long weekend. If it gets much worse, I’ll be visiting the ER yet again. I’ll try to make it to Monday, after the family visits.

    For now, A toast… To agony!

    • Wolverine
      October 11, 2014 | 9:23 pm

      Hi Thom. I am sorry to hear about your problems. There is a lot of evidence that a high fiber diet can cause diverticulitis. It’s like many other bogus theories that doctor refuse to let go of. Everyday, people with low cholesterol have heart attacks, so doctors continue to drive their cholesterol lower and lower with drugs and yet they continue to have heart attacks. Instead of considering that their theory is wrong, they figure that they simply have not driven levels low enough.

      In the same manner, as people continue to develop more and more digestive stress, the doctors believe that increasing the fiber more will somehow help. They just keep recommending the same treatment, even when it is clearly not working. Doctors will do one of two things — blame the patient for not following orders (blaming patients is one of their go-to solutions to all problems) or thinking that their treatment needs to be more aggressive. Considering that their treatment is wrong will never enter the equation.

      In many cases, their traditional treatments are causing the problem, which is why we see a rise a in many of these conditions and diverticulitis is one of those. I believe there is sufficient evidence that the modern push for more and more fiber is at the heart of this epidemic.

      At what point does the fiber consumption stop? When people are eating a bail of hay per day? Humans are not, and never were, a grazing animal. We need very little fiber in our diets. What fiber we get from fruits, nuts and vegetables is sufficient to maintain intestinal health. For the most part, we only require a small amount of fiber, which is fermented, creating butyric acid to feed the local cells lining the colon. This does not require pounds of phyllium fiber from grains husks to achieve.

      Many doctors still recommend high fiber diets to people with Crohn’s and Ulcerative colitis, even though patients complained for years that the high fiber made the symptoms worse. It took many years before clinical studies were done and proved that a high fiber diet worsen these symptoms. Even mainstream medical sites, like webMD, have begun to include grain fibers as a trigger UC. (and you can imagine how much irrefutable evidence it took to get such mainstream entities to change their stance on something they have been recommending for years)

      http://www.webmd.com/ibd-crohns-disease/ulcerative-colitis/creating-an-ulcerative-colitis-plan

      This information was available for years, but the mainstream was very slow catching on (or unwilling to admit that had been wrong before). Obviously, many doctors are even slower — your doctor appears to be one of the slow ones. Most people want to believe that their doctor is up on all the latest, but it is seldom true. Most doctors are decades behind on the latest medical advances. I had over 30 different doctors tell me that intestinal transplants were not possible, experimental at best, when in reality they had been successfully performed for more than 20 years. That should give you an idea of just how slow information moves through the medical community.

      If you were to continue on your high fiber diet, or increase your fiber intake, your symptoms will worsen, I can guarantee that. Do not use any fiber supplements, such as Metamucil, because these are nothing but indigestible husks from grains and very distressful on the digestive tract. You can find a lot of really useful information at Konstantin Monastyrsky’s (author of the book “Fiber Menace”) website:

      http://www.gutsense.org

      Mr. Monastyrsky has probably done more detailed research in this area than anyone else I have ever seen. The motivation for recommending a diet high in psyllium fiber was based more by agribusiness profit than human health issues. The doctors are just as susceptible to corporate advertising than anyone else and simply follow along with USDA recommendations. Psyllium fiber has always been a by-product of the grain processing industry. I guess they needed to find a way to market it, rather than just throw it away (there are probably other industrial uses for it, but these would not generate much money — not nearly as much as they can sell it for if they can convince everyone it is uber-healhy).

      Psyllium fiber was added to animal feed, but he animals refuse to eat it. This should tell us something. Ruminant animals learn quickly to associate this fiber with pain. A massive amount of insoluble fiber, like psyllium, causes a lot of bloating in these animals, so if they smell it in the feed, they will avoid it. The same result happens in humans. The fiber causes massive amounts of bloating (the gas is a by-product of the bacteria which ferment the fiber). Insoluble fiber also takes on water and swells, which can cause obstructions in the intestines.

      All of this heavy fiber has also resulted in enlarged stools, which lead to anal fissures and hemorrhoids. You can see that there are many problems associated with a high fiber diet, especially a diet high in insoluble fiber. Most people do not realize that there are different fibers. Soluble fiber can speed intestinal motility (this is the fiber found highest in prunes, which gives them the laxative effect) and insoluble fiber will slow intestinal motility (this fiber is found higher in dates, which can cause constipation).

      For this reason, I use dates and prunes to adjust the fiber in my diet, depending on my needs. The fiber in grains husks is far too highly concentrated for any diet. Of course, I do not eat grains at all. If I were you, I would certainly avoid taking any grain fibers. If you still wish to eat grains, I would avoid whole grains, at least until your intestines have time to heal. Humans need very little fiber in our diets. If someone needs pounds of fiber to have a bowel movement, there is a more serious problem — one that fiber will not fix. It has also been proven that people can become dependent on high fiber to have bowel movements, in the same way that people have become dependent on laxatives.

      It is certainly possible that you received an infection from the endoscope. It is impossible to sterilize an endoscope and I believe that many pathogens are being transported from one host to another through the use of this. I really need to publish another article which I was working on. The article details the design of the endoscope and why it is clearly impossible to effectively clean. Because there is a channel within the scope, which runs the entire distance (about 4 feet long), which is the canal they insert the tools they use. Anyone who sees how this is made would realize that there would be no way to properly sterilize this channel, yet this is the very portal where all of the tissue samples will be pulled through. I can’t even imagine how this device was ever approved for use on humans, but I’m sure it took a lot of palm greasing to achieve.

      I thank you for your story and am sorry for your suffering. I certainly hope that your issues can be resolved and that you will not need any further endoscopic procedures. They carry far more risks than people know.

  41. Christian Margaret
    November 12, 2014 | 1:22 pm

    I praise the Lord, Wolverine, for your warning to others to not have a colonoscopy! I add my sorrow for your horrible experience, and I pray that Jesus will richly bless you for unselfishly teaching others about the dangers of a colonoscopy. Maybe, God used you to spare me from this potentially hurtful procedure, because I had scheduled to have one…but I am now going to cancel this!!!

    I am, also, thankful to the many people, who have replied to you, and shared how they, or a loved one were seriously hurt by having a colonoscopy.

    In closing, please let me share a testimony, that can save millions!!!!!!

    Whether, or not, your life is joyful, or terrible on Earth now, you can have happy victories here, and you can have eternal happiness in Heaven, when you leave here! God loves everyone, and that is why He sent Jesus to become God Incarnate and to die for our sins, so you can be saved!

    Yes, Jesus arose three days after dying on a cross to pay our sin debt, and to show us victory over death.

    If you don’t want Hell, a place of eternal misery, after you die, please pray to God, turn from your sin, and ask Jesus to come into your heart to become your Lord and Savior. John 3:16 King James Version (KJV)

    16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    In the Bible is recorded a conversation between Jesus and a man named, Nicodemus.
    (This is the Lord’s message to everyone!)

    John 3:2-5 King James Version (KJV)
    2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

    3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

    4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

    5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

    This Christmas, I pray that everyone, who reads this post, will know the true meaning of this special day.

    God’s only begotten son, Jesus, was born to a virgin woman, Mary, and the baby’s purpose was to grow among men to teach them the love and commandments of God and to become the human sacrifice for all mankind’s sin. Jesus came to become your Savior!

    But, not everyone on earth will receive His Divine gift of eternal life- only those who repent of sin and receive Jesus as Lord and Savior will be saved!

    In God’s Word, the Bible, Jesus says in
    Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

    Many people have been falsely taught, that if they do church rituals and strive to be good, this will be enough to get them to Heaven. How sadly wrong they are!

    Ephesians 2:8-9 King James Version (KJV)

    8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

    9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

    Merry Christmas, Everyone! I pray that you have the Gift of Jesus in your heart and that you are joyfully, ‘Born Again’ in Him!

    Thanks, again, Wolverine, for letting me share the “Good News”, that Jesus saves!

  42. Philippa
    November 30, 2014 | 12:07 am

    Thanks for speaking out Wolverine. Two weeks ago, after having a horrible prep, I turned up at a clinic for a routine colonoscopy I signed the waiver, got undressed, put on a hospital gown.and climbed onto the bed. The anesthesiologist came in and asked some questions. I told him I’d had water that morning, and the prep hadn’t done a total clean. We’ll just wait a half an hour more, he said breezily, to let you digest. Upon questioning, it turned down that even with ‘twilight’ sleep, I would be sufficiently comatose that if the water reversed up my throat, I would choke.. Delaying the procedure by half and hour, would not subsntially reduce that risk. But.. It was a risk, the anasthesiologist said, he would be prepared to take.
    Not I! I said, and I jumped off the bed, I got dressed and was out of there.
    I found out later that any remaining fecid material would negate or obscure any findings during the scope, and it would have to be done again. What do you think of that, Wolverine? Did they need my business so much that they were prepared to take a risk on my life? Well, I guess so, since I signed the waiver releasing them from liability. I’ve since read all your material and definitely decided to not to go through this invasive procedure. Only in crackpot society would it be okay to push a 4 foot long wire in and around the bends of your insides and say it’s for your health! Only rivaled by the idiotic practice of sticking needles into the flesh of a newborn.

    • Wolverine
      December 1, 2014 | 1:02 am

      Thanks for commenting, Philippa. That glass of water may have saved your life, or it could have cost you your life had you not told the doctors about it. I sadly had a reader post a comment just last week about her mother who died from the anesthesia during a routine colonoscopy. Her daughter said that she was laughing and joking with her just an hour before the procedure.

      How rare this type event is would be contingent on a person’s definition of “rare”. This is where the doctors play the patients. They never quote statistics if questioned about all the horrible things listed on the legal waiver, they simply toss out the undefined word rare.

      5 in 1,000 people does not seem “rare” to me, especially when you considered how many thousand of these procedures are performed every week and the fact that the majority of injuries and infections are either never reported or never linked to the procedure. Chances are good that if you do not actually die on the table, the doctors will not link the injury or death with the colonoscopy. I guess to a doctor, if less than half the patients are killed, it is rare.

      I’m happy you were not injured and have decided to do more research on this procedure. The more I researched the endoscope, the more I wondered how this device was ever approved for use on humans? What other screening procedure has to render a patient unconscious to perform? I just cannot recommend this procedure for anyone who is not suffering a serious GI problem.

      You said that even a small amount of feces can render the procedure useless, in all reality it is just a useless diagnostic tool anyway. Last year, one of the other intestinal transplant patients had a routine colonoscopy and her bowel was perforated. She was given 2 more colonoscopies when she began to complain of abdominal pain and both came back clean — no visible problems. She crashed and was rushed into surgery where it was found that all of her bowels, both large and small, were necrotic.

      If a colonoscopy was unable to diagnose over 25 feet of dead bowels, how are we to believe that they will find a tumor smaller than a grain of rice? It’s all just smoke and mirrors, a fancy machine they can collect $2,000 a pop from insurance companies for using. I’m quite sure the endoscope kills far more patients than it saves, especially since I am convince they save no one. Twice, I was misdiagnosed for organ rejection by endoscopic procedures and two other patients I knew were also misdiagnosed.

      I’ve never known the procedure to correctly diagnose anything and I saw a lot of endoscoppic procedures, since all intestinal transplant patients were required to have ileooscopies weekly and I was at that hospital for 7 months. It seemed that every time we turned around, another patient was being perforated or misdiagnosed by this procedure. It’s really a total piece of crap, but generating a lot of money.

      I just wish that more people will have a chance to research and learn the real dangers of this procedure before being injured or killed. Thanks again for writing and sharing your story. It will give people a little more to think about.

  43. Philippa
    December 1, 2014 | 9:07 am

    Thanks for writing, Wolverine. My original GI complaint was acid reflux. No response to that by the gyno…other than don’t eat late at night…instead told to have a routine colonoscopy. My best friend urges me every day to have one. So I’ve done a ton of research, One of the most salient facts is that the c-scope does not examine the right side of colon. Cannot see flat lesions which are mostly on the right side. My question to you is…would you recommend an annual fecal test (for blood) and a sigmoidoscopy? If there is no blood in feces, is an internal test even necessary? Thanks.
    Also, there is a huge scientific controversy. The 2012 study trumpeted in the NY Times that c-scopes save lives, has been criticized as being full of bias.

  44. Philippa
    December 1, 2014 | 11:11 pm

    Wolverine, first of all, I want to say how sorry I am for all you have gone through, and how courageous you are to share your experiences as a warning to us all. On June 10th you wrote ‘ It will probably take a celebrity getting injured or killed before the media will actually report anything bad on this procedure.’
    How prophetic your words were. Endoscopies go down the throat, and are often done in conjunction with colonoscopies (I had the double treatment myself 10 years ago). As we know, the comedienne Joan Rivers died from an endoscopy and had been given Proponol.One expert said that about 1000 patients die every year from endoscopies. But it’s probably more.

    • Wolverine
      December 3, 2014 | 8:20 pm

      Thank you Philippa. The media responds quickly to anything that injures a celebrity. Since Joan was killed by her injuries, it was only going to get so much media attention. Americans have such a short attention span, they forgot it after a week. I think that it would take something similar to what happened to me to really get some attention.

      I can’t imagine all of the press I would have gotten if I had been a celebrity. I was literally in hospitals for more than 14 months and for all that time, my life stood in the balance every day. If a celebrity was in that situation, it would headline the news daily for 14 months, which would really drive the dangers into the heads of people. People also often forget that there are fates worst than death. I’m not saying that mine is worse than death, though I often wondered prior to the transplant and for quite a while after. I am still not what I used to be.

      It could have been much worse. There were several occasions when I was in shock (4 different times), that my blood pressure was so low for so long that the doctors told my wife I may suffer brain damage when I wake up. I could have ended up a vegetable that my wife had to take care of and struggle with the decision whether to pull the plug or not. These colonoscopies can easily render someone into that condition or any complication from an injury can have a similar result. I have had a few people write me about loved ones who ended up that way from a colonoscopy. I believe that all of them eventually passed away.

      People have no idea of the risk they are taking. The number of injuries and deaths are at least 3 to 4 times higher than they report. Those endoscopes can injure in so many different ways that it is impossible to always link them with an ilness, especially since they cannot be sterilized and can easily pass infections. These can take a while to manifest, so they are rarely, if ever , associated with the procedure.

      No one is asking the questions, which is why we have no answers. Few people know that this device cannot be sterilized — most people probably assume it is. When asked, doctors admit that it cannot be sterilized, but claim it is well cleaned by hand. Yet, they will not explain this cleaning procedure. I think many people would be alrarmed if they knew. Everyone is unconsious when the procedure is done, so they have no idea about it. I was not sedated in any way for the ileostomies following the transplant (which are painless, unlike colonoscopies) and saw just how dirty this procedure is.

      I certainly don’t hope that a more relevant celebrity is injured in a fashion as I was, where their life hangs in the balance every day for an extended period of time, but that is what it wouldtake before more people demanded answers to just how dangerous this procedure really is.

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