By: Terry Graedon September 18, 2014 3 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 July 9, 2014 8 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 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 8 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: 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 22, 2011 52 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 8 Comments
    Constipation Treatments

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

    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…