The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Why Do People Fight About Coffee Cup Lid Contamination?

Have you ever observed a barista taking your money and then making a cup of coffee? We have! Can coffee cup lid contamination spread disease? Who knows?


Solving Problems With Both Constipation and Diarrhea

A person who suffers constipation and diarrhea as a result of irritable bowel syndrome offers tips on how to manage them both.

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All About KayaBiotics

Have you been wondering about KayaBiotics when you hear us mention this sponsor on the air? Listen to the CEO, Christian Ziegert, discuss the company.


Raspberry Powder to Fight Travelers’ Diarrhea

Travelers' diarrhea can be a problem, but there are solutions. One reader recommends raspberry powder. Pepto-Bismol and coconut may also help.

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 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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Clostridium difficile Infection (C. diff)

Clindamycin and C. Diff Infection: A Devil’s Ride

When most people think of diarrhea they imagine a minor annoyance that will go away in days. Clindamycin-caused C. diff infection can be life threatening.

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Research Supports Coconut Remedy to Stop Diarrhea

Readers relate success with the coconut remedy for diarrhea. Scientists have found that virgin coconut oil is active against C diff bacteria.

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Why Choose Certified Organic Probiotic Products?

Three out of four Americans take a dietary supplement such as a probiotic. There is virtually no oversight. Can you make wise probiotic product choices?

Norovirus in human intestine, 3D illustration

How Can You Avoid Norovirus?

Norovirus is extremely contagious and spreading in several states. To avoid it, use conscientious handwashing and disinfection tactics.

Clostridium difficile (C-diff) bacteria, 3D illustration
Clostridium difficile Infection (C. diff)

C Diff Infections Are No Longer Limited to Hospitals

C diff infections causing diarrhea were once found mainly in health care facilities. Now they are causing trouble out in the community.

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Crohn’s Disease

Coconut Macaroon Cookies Cured Child’s Diarrhea

Could coconut macaroon cookies save a child's life? One grandfather hoped so. He said macaroon cookies might cure a child's diarrhea from Crohn's disease.

A box of Sweet'N Low artificial sweetener
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.

man on toilet with a help sign

A Deadly Clindamycin Side Effect | Wicked Diarrhea!

Diarrhea doesn't seem like that big a deal when you are given antibiotics. But this clindamycin side effect can be disastrous. C. diff infections can be deadly.

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Clostridium difficile Infection (C. diff)

Should You Take Probiotics with Antibiotics? New Review Says YES!

If you have ever taken antibiotics, especially clindamycin, you know diarrhea can result. A C. diff infection can be life threatening. A new analysis suggests probiotics with antibiotics can help.

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Alternative Health

Can You Fight Bacteria with Viruses?

Bacteriophages, viruses that fight bacteria, may help physicians reduce the burden of antibiotic resistance by offering an alternative to overcome infection.

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What Are the Best Drugs for a Desert Island Adventure?

What would you do if your were stranded on a desert island? What about if the power went out for several months? What are the best drugs in such extreme situations?

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Alternative Health

Is Acidophilus an Antidote for Dreadful Diarrhea?

The probiotic acidophilus made one reader's life more comfortable by calming unpredictable and uncontrollable diarrhea. Some research supports this use.

Box of Imodium (loperamide) antidiarrheal caplets

People with IBS Worry about FDA Crackdown on Imodium

The FDA is considering restrictions on Imodium sales. For people with chronic diarrhea such as those with IBS, that is a daunting prospect.

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Can Kefir Help You Recover from an Infection?

Studies suggest that drinking the fermented milk product kefir can benefit the immune system and help you recover from an infection more rapidly.