A woman is fighting the City Council in Providence to issue her a permit to run a colon-cleansing service out of her home.

Colon hydrotherapy is a licensed procedure in other states, but in Utah is considered only a homeopathic method. Colette Yates says she has invested two years and roughly $40,000 on her home business, which focuses on removing waste from the large intestine by injecting water into the colon, where it loosens and softens waste. The water is injected through the rectum.


The Providence Planning Commission recently recommended denial of Yates’ request for a permit to operate Alternatives in Health in her home. Planning commissioners said they wanted to avoid setting a precedent of allowing medically oriented businesses in residential neighborhoods.


Yates said commissioners are wary because they’re not familiar with the procedure, though she provided them with detailed videos and literature.


The International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy describes it as a “safe, effective” method of removing waste from the large intestine.




“I feel it’s a modality not unlike massage therapy or dermatology procedures that are already going on in this area,” Yates told commissioners. “It’s world-renowned, and people are doing it everywhere … but it’s relatively new to Cache Valley.”



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