A Peek At PICO PREP: The Colonoscopy Pre Prep

Colonoscopy - SuperFoodSamThe colonoscopy and gastroscopy are very familiar to me. I think it is safe to say that I know the drill inside out and back to front!

I can count on all 10 fingers how many times I have had to prep my bowel for this procedure.  So I have been quite interested to find out whether this procedure is 100% safe for long term health.

Is it possible that that colonoscopies are prescribed too freely?  And this begs the most significant question: how does the preparation and the procedure affect the most important aspect of our intestinal tract – the microbiota?

Colonoscopy? Gastroscopy? Endoscopy?

There are many endoscopy procedures that examine different areas of the body.  Two of the most common are the colonoscopy and the gastroscopy.  You’ve probably heard of them, but what exactly are they?

Colonoscopy (Also known as a Sigmoidoscopy):   A medical procedure used to examine and inspect the colon and large bowel through a small camera tube known as the ‘colonoscope’.  The procedure may require a removal of polyps or a collection of small tissue samples known as biopsies for further examination.

Endoscopy - SuperFoodSamGastroscopy (also known as an endoscopy):   A gastroscopy is a medical procedure where only the top part of the intestinal tract is examined.  The procedure requires a camera to go down your throat to examine your oesophagus, stomach and the first part of your small intestine.

So what goes into our bowls to clean them out so the camera can see before a colonoscopy?  Well, I never would have thought that aspartame, a dangerous artificial sweetener, would assist in this cleansing process!

Pico Prep SuperFoodSamI remember being quite shocked when first reading the ingredients list on the back of the packet of Pico Prep, I saw “36mg of aspartame”.  At the time, I had no choice but to swallow, while I consciously knew that this artificial sweetener may greatly contribute to a negative change in my gut microbiota!

So what are the PICO PREP ingredients?

PICO PREP INGREDIENTS
Active Ingredients Quantity
Aspartame 36 mg
Citric Acid Anhydrous 12 g
Magnesium Oxide 3.5 mg
Sodium Picosulfate 10 mg

 

I am committed to creating awareness around this issue!  There are many people who are allergic to aspartame and other artificial sweeteners, so if these people need to prep for a colonoscopy, then what is their other choice aside from aspartame-rich Pico Prep? Do they even have another choice?

Just check out this incredible article on Dr. Mercola: Aspartame: By Far the Most Dangerous Substance Added to Most Foods Today.  This article pretty much says it all!

And for someone who already is experiencing gut issues, aspartame, even small amounts, can be like putting gasoline on your microbes.  In the medical world, Pico Prep is deemed as ‘safe’ for the short term colonoscopy procedure, but how does it impact us in the long term?

From my own research, there is little to no information on this and many are suffering due to this negligent oversight.

I would love to hear your opinion on this topic that I believe is not widely discussed.  Participating in this conversation is part of the solution!

So please post in the comments section below.

Peace, Love, Health

Sammi x

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8 Responses to A Peek At PICO PREP: The Colonoscopy Pre Prep

    • Hi Blake, thanks for your request. Sorry for the late reply but we’re just starting to publicized the site now so I haven’t been checking comments. We are planning to get an RSS feed so you can always get the posts, however until then please sign up to my email newsletter and you’ll get all of the material I have ever written. The link for signup is here: https://superfoodsam.clickfunnels.com/optin-autoimmune. Thanks for your interest in my work! x Sammi

  1. I love that you are addressing this!! I was supposed to have a colonoscopy and I too was horrified by the aspartame in the Pico Prep. The receptionist thought I was overreacting. I ended up not doing it as I have a reaction to it and had to cancel the procedure because I wasn’t properly prepped. Just another gross oversight that are all too common in mainstream medicine.

    • Hi Emily, That’s great that you can relate. I believe there are a lot of patients who feel very alone on this subject and don’t know how to speak up. Awareness is the key, thanks for sharing your experience :)

  2. hi sam, so what are the alternative options to undertake for a more natural approach before a colonoscopy?
    i have been clear liquid flushing my digestive 24 hrs prior to my procedure tomorrow and also do not want to take this prepare stuff tonight before my procedure?

    what are my options? for tonights flush?

  3. Hello,

    That’s a good question, I have had many conversations about this with doctors over the years. Due to legal liability, doctors will not perform this procedure unless you have cleared out your bowel with the PicoPrep before the procedure. Otherwise, the procedure can be risky. From my experience and knowledge, there is no other ‘accepted’ alternative available which is frustrating for people like us. I would recommend raising this issue with your doctor. The more people who raise this issue, they will have to develop an alternative for people who cannot tolerate aspartame.

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