Q. Thanks for publishing the mixture of applesauce, bran and prune juice to counteract constipation. I never knew the exact quantities required.

We used it in the nursing home where I worked as a nurse until I retired. It was very helpful, especially for demented patients. We called it “special recipe.” Don’t forget to tell people that it must be wheat bran and not oat bran.

I have left this recipe and instructions in the information I have assembled for my children in case I ever become mentally incompetent. It’s in the same book with my living will, medical power of attorney, and instructions for my burial and organ donation. I titled this book “The Big Trip.”

A. Your “special recipe” has also been termed “power pudding.” It is an excellent remedy for hard-to-treat constipation. It is critical for people using this remedy to get plenty of fluid to avoid intestinal problems.

We are sending you our Guide to Constipation with detailed information on this recipe and our dynamite pumpkin-bran muffin recipe, so you can keep it with your important papers.

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  1. rinchu
    Reply

    I made the Power Pudding. How long can I keep it in the fridge, safely? It was not stiff even tho I used the proper amounts.
    PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: IT SHOULD KEEP WELL UP TO A WEEK.

  2. Cathy R.
    Reply

    I would like your recipe for power pudding. I remember it has bran, applesauce and prune juice but I’m not sure that is all and I’m not sure of the proportions. I read your column in the LA Times each week. It always makes great sense. Thanks.
    PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: THIS IS DETAILED IN OUR GUIDE TO CONSTIPATION.

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