The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Nurse Endorses Coffee to Stimulate Bowels After Surgery

Passing gas doesn't seem like a great accomplishment unless you have had abdominal surgery. Doctors need to stimulate bowels after surgery to prevent POI.

Nicholas Shaheen, MD, GI expert
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Show 1179: What Should You Do About Digestive Distress?

Listen to find out when your digestive distress might signal a serious problem and when you could manage it at home with simple remedies.

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Can Coffee Help You Leave the Hospital Sooner?

People who drink coffee after abdominal surgery get their bowels moving faster and can often leave the hospital earlier. Three cups daily did the trick.

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Bulky Bowel Movements

How Do You Feed Your Microbiota?

An intriguing study reveals that what you feed your microbiota influences the variety of microbes in your intestines. The relationships are unique to you.

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Will Hot Water Help You Move Your Bowels?

Coffee can help you move your bowels early in the morning. Will a cup of plain hot water have the same benefit?

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Why Does Coffee Make You Poop With Regularity?

Have you ever had the experience of drinking a cup of coffee and then having to head for the bathroom pronto? Can coffee make you poop or is it a myth? Find out!

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Can Antibiotic Help Post-Colonoscopy Problems?

One reader had persistent digestive distress following a colonoscopy. An antibiotic prescribed for something else solved the post-colonoscopy problems.

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Must You Grind Flaxseed to Get Its Nutritional Benefits?

The scientific consensus is that if you grind flaxseed, you get more of the fiber, lignans and omega-3 fats that make it a healthful food.

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Why KayaBiotics from Germany? Certified Organic!

What's the latest on probiotics? Which strains are best for your specific condition? Learn more about Kaya Biotics and why the Europeans have a head start.

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Alternative Health

Can Epsom Salts Combat Chronic Constipation?

There are many ways to combat chronic constipation. Incorporating more high-fiber vegetables and fruits in the diet may be among the best.

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Arthritis Remedy Does Double Duty Overcoming Constipation

We love it when a remedy for one thing works really well for something else. And it's great when there is science to support it for overcoming constipation!

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Clostridium difficile Infection (C. diff)

Will Artificial Sweeteners Harm Your Microbiota?

Artificial sweeteners appear to be toxic to bacteria similar to those that inhabit our intestines. That could potentially be bad news for our health, too.

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Are Cucumbers a Cure for Chronic Constipation?

One reader found that eating cucumbers can correct chronic constipation. Have you tried this simple remedy, or do you have other foods you use for this problem?

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Should You Try Yogurt to Combat Constipation?

Including plenty of fiber and fluid in the diet is the best way to combat constipation. Foods like yogurt that contain probiotic bacteria may also be surprisingly helpful.

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Agonizing Constipation from Calcium Pills for Bones

If calcium supplements cause agonizing constipation, how can you avoid it? Also, how can you get the calcium you need to keep your bones strong?

Dr. Robynne Chutkan, The Microbiome Solution

Show 1115: How You Can Conquer Constipation

The old wives were right when they said you should eat your vegetables. A fiber-rich diet, including vegetable stems, is a big help when you are trying to conquer constipation.

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Alternative Health

Does the Laxative Psyllium Really Lower Cholesterol?

Regular consumption of the laxative psyllium can lower cholesterol and blood sugar as well as prevent constipation.

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Body Odor

Do You Absorb Magnesium from Your Armpits?

Applying milk of magnesia to your armpits can cut body odor. Scientists haven't seen proof that much magnesium is absorbed through the skin.

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Should You Worry About Constipation?

Some readers have likened the sensation to passing bricks. Do you worry about constipation? What do you do about it? Readers share their favorite remedies.

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What Is the Best Approach to Overcome Constipation?

Increasing fluid and fiber intake can help overcome constipation. Power Pudding of bran, applesauce and prune juice, washed down with water, might help.