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What is Mucoid Plaque?

Published on , Last Updated on June 12, 2013


Mucoid plaque is a subject with much controversy surrounding it. A quick Google search on the subject will produce a number of results centered around phrases like, “fact or fiction,” “scam,” and, “for real?!” The majority of the websites devoted to the subject usually have pictures (often times they are the same pictures) of a ropey, black, gooey, mass specifically cited as mucoid plaque.

Although the term “mucoid plaque” was originally described by the naturopath, Richard Anderson, as an “unhealthy accumulation of abnormal mucous matter on the walls of the intestines,” mucoid plaque is not a formally recognized medical condition or term. It can be difficult to locate reliable sources of information.

How does Mucoid Plaque Form?

When the colon doesn’t function properly, or digestion is disrupted, the body is less able to expel toxins. When toxins can’t exit the body, they accumulate in the body. Richard Anderson believes mucoid plaque is produced by the body as a protective measure when it has been harmfully subjected to drugs, salt, heavy metals, chemicals, parasites, and other toxins. That list is not comprehensive, as individual bodies can be upset by individual things. Some people may also experience mucoid plaque as a result of dairy, flour, processed foods, or stress. Constipation may also be an underlying cause.

Is It Harmful?

Richard Anderson explains, “While mucoid plaque is ‘natural’ in that the intestines produce it, it is most unnatural in that the presence of a large amount of it indicates a high degree of intestinal ill health. When the intestines are ill, you will be ill.”

He goes on to say, “Over time, the mucoid plaque grows thicker, firmer, and more widespread—colonizing, as it were, in the interior of the intestines. Old feces adhere to the plaque and is not removed during a normal bowel motion.”

Effects of Mucoid Plaque

Overall, MP is a pollutant to the bowel environment. Mucoid plaque can cause systemic disturbances such as slowing down nutrient absorption and waste excretion. It may also harbor pathogens, including bacteria and parasites. As MP is a response and accumulation of toxins, it may contribute to bowel toxicity by emitting toxins into the bloodstream.

Preventing Mucoid Plaque Build up

A healthy colon is essential for overall well-being, the intestinal tract is the lifeline to perfect health.

MP is produced as a result of exposure to toxins, avoiding dietary toxins can be one of the most helpful measures. Refined, processed, high-fat foods may be the most obvious of culprits. It’s best to replace these with organic, high-fiber foods like raw fruits and vegetables which are rich in nutrients, not toxins.

Adding cayenne pepper to your diet can stimulate the digestive tract. This increases production of enzymes, gastric juices, and the body’s ability to metabolize food. Cayenne pepper also stimulates intestinal peristaltic motion, aiding in both assimilation and elimination.

Periodically using a safe and natural oxygen based intestinal cleanser such as Oxy-Powder® on a regular basis will also help keep your system and colon clean.

-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM

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