Q. My brother-in-law has had diarrhea since radiation treatment on his prostate burned his colon. He has suffered demoralizing daily diarrhea.

I told him to try coconut macaroons to battle the diarrhea, and they worked for him. He is elated. He’s actually planning on taking some extended driving trips, which he didn’t dare try before.

He takes two cookies a day. He IS diabetic so my sister makes him a batch that is sugar-free.

A. We first learned about coconut macaroons calming chronic diarrhea from Donald Agar of Pittsfield, MA. He reported his results, and many others have benefited since.

Macaroons are easy to find and offer a fairly consistent dose of coconut. We think that coconut is the active ingredient, though, so your brother-in-law could skip the cookies that are not on his diet and just eat a teaspoon or so of unsweetened coconut. He’ll have to figure out the effective dose.

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    I recently read in your column a reader took coconut for diarrhea….I have the same problem as I can not go into a store without heading for the bathroom. How much coconut did they take? Was it sugar free and when did they take it? I do take 6 capsules of Metamucil every night. It helps control dashing to the bathroom when I’m out somewhat.

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