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A Cork Won’t Solve Excessive Gas

Q. I need information about flatulence. I am 92 years old and usually there is no odor when I pass gas. It is loud enough to be heard, though, and I cannot hold it back. This is very embarrassing! Are there any solutions? My daughter says I need a cork!

A. There are a great many medications that can contribute to flatulence. So can many foods and not just beans. The first thing to consider is whether your diet or drugs could be contributing to the problem.

Some ways to fight flatulence include fennel seed tea, Angostura bitters and herbs such as ginger or turmeric. We are sending you our newest book, Best Choices From The People’s Pharmacy, with a list of foods and medicines that can cause gas and more details on ways to overcome flatulence. Anyone who would like a copy may find it in the library, local bookstore or on this website.

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About the Author
Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.”.
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