By: The People's Pharmacy June 25, 2015 29 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: The People's Pharmacy June 22, 2015 12 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: The People's Pharmacy 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: The People's Pharmacy February 12, 2015 25 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: The People's Pharmacy 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: The People's Pharmacy January 8, 2015 7 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 4 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: Joe Graedon July 2, 2014 10 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 5 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 18 Comments
    Magnesium Supplement Can Activate a Sluggish Bow…

    Q. I have been suffering with constipation for over a year. I chalked the problem up to menopause and tried everything I could think of: increasing the fiber in my diet, drinking more water and exerci…

    By: Joe Graedon December 5, 2013 17 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 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 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 26 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 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 8 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 58 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…

    By: Joe Graedon July 10, 2008 8 Comments
    Getting Rid Of Constipation

    Q. I take more than a dozen medications for my heart and digestive tract. I know some of them cause constipation. Could you please remind me about the proportions for the mixture of applesauce, wheat …

    By: Joe Graedon May 7, 2008 62 Comments
    Long-Term Laxative Addiction

    Q. No one knows I have this problem. I have been using the laxative bisacodyl every day for twenty years and have steadily increased the dosage. I've stopped taking it for a few days at a time. Not su…

    By: Joe Graedon March 20, 2008 2 Comments
    Special Recipe For Getting Rid of Constipation

    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 nurs…

    By: Joe Graedon April 30, 2007 6 Comments
    “Power Pudding” for Constipation

    Q. My husband has difficulty with his daily bowel movement. We eat dark bread and yogurt every day. He drinks milk but it does not seem to be helping the constipation. He is bloated and feels uncomfor…

    By: Joe Graedon May 23, 2005 0 Comments
    Overcoming Constipation Is A Challenge

    Judging from the popularity of laxatives, a lot of Americans think that regularity is essential for good health. But is this true or is it a myth? Although grandmothers in many countries have promoted…

    By: Joe Graedon October 7, 2002 2 Comments
    Constipation Can Be Cured

    Never let it be said that Americans lack compassion. So many readers responded to a letter from a woman suffering severe constipation that our mailbox was full. She said, "Unless I use a laxative, two…

    By: Joe Graedon October 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Patient Power Resurrects Drug

    Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the prescription drug Lotronex is about to return to drugstore shelves. This kind of resurrection is unprecedented in FDA history. Lotronex was approved for sale …