By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2016 11 Comments
    Mother Found Solution for her Son’s Big BM…

    Over the years, we have heard from a number of people troubled by large bowel movements that would stop up the toilet. It can be hard to figure out what to do about this problem if we don't know the c…

    By: Terry Graedon July 25, 2016 12 Comments
    How to Improve Digestive Health with a Poop Tran…

    How do you feel about poop? Most people prefer not to talk about it. That's why we have so many euphemisms: number two, stool, feces, manure, crap or BM for bowel movement. No wonder you probably neve…

    By: Terry Graedon June 23, 2016 1 Comments
    Are Laxatives in Hospitals Sending Money Down th…

    Constipation is common among hospitalized patients. A new study suggests, however, that the most common use of laxatives in hospitals might be a big waste of time and money. A Study of Laxatives in H…

    By: Terry Graedon April 4, 2016 12 Comments
    How to Overcome Drug-Induced Constipation

    Far too many medications can slow the digestive tract and contribute to infrequent bowel movements or hard stool that may be painful to pass. How can a person overcome this type of drug-induced const…

    By: Terry Graedon March 7, 2016 7 Comments
    How to Ease Joint Pain Without Suffering Constip…

    Easing joint pain due to arthritis has been a concern for so long that there are scores, if not hundreds, of home remedies to take care of the problem. Just as with the response to pain-relieving medi…

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2016 10 Comments
    How Can You Get Off the Laxative Merry-Go-Round?

    Laxatives remain one of the most popular products in the pharmacy. Millions worry that if they do not have a bowel movement every day they will become sick. But sometimes a laxative habit can develop …

    By: Joe Graedon October 8, 2015 39 Comments
    What Can I Do About Plopping Poop Toilet Water S…

    Q. Please help! When I have a bowel movement it is not unusual for me to experience a plop and then feel the water in the toilet bowl splash back up on my bottom. I cannot begin to tell you how annoyi…

    By: Joe Graedon September 7, 2015 4 Comments
    Prunes and Prune Juice Overcame Constipation

    Of all the common health complaints that trouble people, constipation may be one of the most common. Infrequent or difficult defecation can be a symptom of numerous underlying causes: low fiber intake…

    By: Joe Graedon July 20, 2015 10 Comments
    Probiotics Solved Problem of Bowel Movements Tha…

    We have heard from a number of mothers whose children suffer embarrassment because their bowel movements are so large they clog the toilet. It always makes sense to check in with the pediatrician and …

    By: Joe Graedon June 25, 2015 34 Comments
    Video Demonstrates How To Make Nurse’s Pow…

    We frequently get asked questions like these: "I'm female, 74 years old, 5''7" tall, weigh 125, walk 2 miles a day and am in very good health. My problem is constipation (chronic, I guess). I have gon…

    By: Joe Graedon June 22, 2015 13 Comments
    Common-Sense Approaches to Constipation

    Many people suffer with digestive tract problems, but because they can be embarrassing to discuss, it sometimes seems that each generation has to discover for itself the common-sense approaches to con…

    By: Joe Graedon March 9, 2015 4 Comments
    Stepstool Aids in Achieving Proper Pooping Postu…

    Flush toilets are a marvelous invention and proper sewage treatment is a huge factor in public health. As a result, we are big fans of modern plumbing. But as people evolved, they used squatting rathe…

    By: Joe Graedon February 12, 2015 26 Comments
    People Get Testy About Pooping Posture

    A few months ago we wrote about toilet posture and the value of squatting. Here is a link to the article titled "Are You Pooping the Wrong Way?" We posed the question, "Have toilets contributed to GI …

    By: Joe Graedon February 9, 2015 3 Comments
    Tasty Way to Combat Toddler’s Constipation

    Q. We read a letter from a grandmother concerned about her toddler grandson with chronic constipation. Our grandson had the same problem, but we started giving him Metamucil cookies and he had no more…

    By: Joe Graedon January 8, 2015 13 Comments
    Is Popular MiraLAX Laxative Too Risky for Kids?

    One of the most widely used over the counter medicines for constipation has never been approved for use by children. Nonetheless, doctors often suggest it and parents often administer it to constipate…

    By: Terry Graedon September 18, 2014 9 Comments
    New Medicine to Ease Narcotic-Induced Constipati…

    Narcotic medications can be essential for managing severe pain, but they also can cause quite serious constipation that is difficult to control with everyday remedies or laxatives. Sometimes the const…

    By: Joe Graedon September 8, 2014 9 Comments
    Power Pudding Is Nurses’ Secret Weapon Aga…

    Q. I would like to know more about your home remedy for constipation. Does it really work? Please send me the recipe. I know it contains applesauce, prune juice and bran. What kind of bran? A. We have…

    By: Joe Graedon July 9, 2014 9 Comments
    Are Regular Enemas a Good Solution for Chronic C…

    Q. What is the best enema solution? My wife thinks an enema is essential for good health, even though I think this practice is ridiculous. A. Enemas are used for serious constipation and are not neces…

    By: Terry Graedon July 7, 2014 21 Comments
    Home Remedies to Combat Frustrating Drug-Induced…

    Q. I take meds to control my high blood pressure (verapamil and clonidine), cholesterol (atorvastatin) and pain (tramadol). This causes major constipation, which I suspect is related to the drugs. Are…

    By: Joe Graedon July 2, 2014 11 Comments
    Peppermint Oil for Digestive Woes (IBS) vs. Side…

    Q. I've heard that taking enteric-coated peppermint oil can help IBS. My worst symptoms are stomach cramps and flatulence, but I'm reluctant to eat out or travel. Some of my friendships have suffered.…

    By: Terry Graedon May 5, 2014 6 Comments
    Constipation Is a Common Complication of Pain Me…

    Q. I take tramadol to help me manage pain. I frequently have to add naproxen or ibuprofen to ease the arthritis in my hips and knees. I have been having trouble with constipation and suspect that the …

    By: Terry Graedon April 6, 2014 6 Comments
    Papaya Enzyme for Better Digestion Cools Hot Fla…

    Q. My wife and I have found that papaya enzyme is a quick solution for heartburn and upset stomach and calms the effects of niacin. I have been in a heart study for the past 13 years. I started with f…

    By: Terry Graedon February 17, 2014 24 Comments
    Magnesium Supplement Can Activate a Sluggish Bow…

    Millions of people around the world suffer from daily constipation. That is why laxatives are so popular. We generally discourage regular use of harsh (stimulant) laxatives and prefer a more natural a…

    By: Joe Graedon December 5, 2013 18 Comments
    Don’t Fall in Love with Laxatives

    Why are people so interested in their bowels? Most folks don't obsess about their livers, lungs or kidneys. But ask any gastroenterologist and you will learn that people are fascinated with what ends …

    By: Terry Graedon July 21, 2013 11 Comments
    Psyllium Fiber Is Versatile Remedy

    Psyllium fiber has become a household name, especially in the brand name formulations where it is found: Konsyl, Metamucil, Nature's Way Psyllium, and dozens more. From the 1930s to the 1960s a produc…

    By: Terry Graedon May 20, 2013 9 Comments
    How to Combat Chronic Constipation

    Q. I have had chronic constipation for years. It has probably contributed to my hemorrhoids. I tried magnesium, and it helped a lot for a while but I had to increase the dose to get the same effect. D…

    By: Terry Graedon May 9, 2013 3 Comments
    Fluids Better Than Fiber for Fighting Constipati…

    People complaining about constipation are usually advised to concentrate on fiber, fluids and exercise. A new study of nearly 11,000 adults has found, however, that fluid consumption makes much more d…

    By: Terry Graedon March 25, 2013 32 Comments
    Magnesium Excels Against Constipation

    Q. Here's another vote for magnesium to promote regularity. I'm in my 50s and have had terrible constipation for more years than I can remember. I've tried drinking lots of water and adding fiber to m…

    By: Terry Graedon December 20, 2012 22 Comments
    No More Enemas for Constant Constipation

    Q. I absolutely abhor enemas but they are about the only thing that works for my chronic constipation. I am otherwise healthy and in great shape but sometimes I can wait over two weeks to have a bowel…

    By: Joe Graedon September 17, 2012 27 Comments
    Home Remedy Reverses Chronic Constipation

    Q. I have suffered silently from constipation for more than 30 years. Actually, that's not true. Sometimes I cry when the pain is too great. If I don't use a laxative I can go over two weeks without a…

    By: Terry Graedon June 4, 2012 6 Comments
    Overcoming Laxative Habit

    Q. I have relied on daily laxatives for more than 50 years. I am working at ways to stay healthy without taking laxatives, but it is a challenge if I want to have a regular bowel movement. What can yo…

    By: Terry Graedon April 23, 2012 14 Comments
    Overcoming Constipation with Yogurt

    Q. I've had 20 years of trial and error in fighting constipation. I am lean and fit and have a very healthy lifestyle. I was disappointed to see your suggestions for a constipated reader were more of …

    By: Terry Graedon April 2, 2012 31 Comments
    Tips to Ease Constipation

    Q. I am 23 years old and having terrible trouble with constipation. I can go for a week without a bowel movement even though I am choking down gobs of fiber. When I finally do go, it can be very painf…

    By: Terry Graedon January 2, 2012 31 Comments
    Combating Chronic Constipation

    Q. I've suffered from chronic constipation most of my life. My doctor prescribed Amitiza, and it has been a lifesaver. However, the medicine is now costing me hundreds of dollars a months and I can't …

    By: Joe Graedon September 29, 2011 9 Comments
    Is Constipation Linked to Colon Cancer?

    Q. Can constipation cause cancer? My mother is convinced that a daily bowel movement is essential for good health. She insists that constipation leads to colon cancer. I worry that she is hooked on la…

    By: Joe Graedon September 22, 2011 69 Comments
    Big Bowel Movements Block Toilet

    Q. My 12-year-old daughter has very large bowel movements, so large, in fact, that she quite often plugs the toilet. They are hard and dry. She has no other health problems. She eats a relatively well…

    By: Terry Graedon August 8, 2011 14 Comments
    Medications Contribute to Constipation

    Q. I am in my 70s and like many seniors must take several medications. Mine make me constipated. I am taking MiraLax but still have bleeding hemorrhoids occasionally. Will a sitz bath help? I would ap…

    By: Terry Graedon May 2, 2011 37 Comments
    Overcoming Constipation

    Q. My wife has suffered from constipation for years. She usually has just one or two small bowel movements a week, with difficulty. She has tried prescription and over-the-counter medicines, including…

    By: Terry Graedon June 6, 2010 10 Comments
    Constipation Treatments

    Learn about constipation treatments in this video by Joe and Terry Graedon.…

    By: Joe Graedon October 2, 2008 5 Comments
    Calcium Was Constipation Culprit

    Q. I know the desperation some of your readers feel about constipation because I suffered the same problem for years. Those who haven't experienced this problem have no idea of its severity. I tried i…