LifeCleanse of Anoka was started in February of 2008 by Barb Abeler because of her background and involvement in the community, and seeing the need for a colon hydrotherapy clinic in the northern suburbs. 

Barb Abeler

Barb has previous training and experience in mainstream medicine as an RN, but experienced the tremendous potential in the world of alternative medicine. She also earned a B.A. Degree in Education, a combination that fuels the love of health issues with the enthusiasm of teaching. Barb has a passion for helping people get and stay well through education and cleansing and feels fortunate to be of service in this capacity.

She was trained at the Tiller Mind-Body Institute in San Antonio, Texas, is Level III certified as a Colon Hydrotherapist through I-ACT, and is National Board Certified.

Barb and her husband, Jim, who is a chiropractor, are both involved in promoting a natural approach to healthy living.

Karen Johnson

Karen has spent the last twenty years, together with her family, living and learning ways to heal, using many alternative therapies. Originally from Minnesota, she is returning after thirty years, having spent many years on a small farm in central Illinois raising and growing organic meat and produce.

Long ago, her first introduction to colon cleansing came when her husband was diagnosed with cancer several years ago. She believes keeping the colon healthy is necessary to heal, leading her to LifeCleanse of Anoka and pursuing training as an I-ACT Certified Colon Hydrotherapist and the LIBBE device training in San Antonio, TX.

She has a strong desire to connect with people and support them in their journey to health.



Certification provides consistency and promotes a high standard of care. Not all colon hydrotherapists are certified. The International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy is the leading international organization which has set strict standards for training and practice. There are four levels of certification ranging from Foundational Level I to Instructor. An internationally sanctioned test is given to advance to each level. Their Mission Statement reads, “The International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy heightens the awareness of the colon hydrotherapy profession, ensures continuing and progressive education in the field of colon hydrotherapy and implements professionalism beyond reproach.”

For further information contact:

International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy

P.O. Box 461285, San Antonio, TX 78246-1285

(210)366-2888 | fax (210)366-2999


The National Board for Colon HydroTherapy (NBCHT) is a nationally recognized body formed to set competency standards for those who practice colon hydrotherapy. It accomplishes its mission by establishing and maintaining a recognized and credible credentialing program that evaluates the competency of the practitioners.


Minnesota Law

The practice of colon hydrotherapy is allowed under Minnesota’s Alternative and Complementary Practice law and is regulated by the Department of Health. Persons seeking colon hydrotherapy or other complementary and alternative health services must be provided a Client Bill of Rights by the practitioner. For more information see Minnesota statute Section 146A or contact the Minnesota Department of Health.


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