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Will Flatulence Lead to Failing Grade?

Q. I have uncontrollable gas, and it sucks! Being in my last year of high school, I have exams. That can mean a fail for me because I don’t turn up due to my tummy issues. I’m afraid to go to school and humiliate myself in front of the whole class. What should I do?

A. There are a number of herbs that can be helpful against gas. Try sipping a tea made of fennel or anise seeds, ginger root or peppermint leaves. One teaspoon of seeds or spice steeped for several minutes in boiling hot water makes a tasty tea that helps to fight flatulence.
It may also be useful to figure out if something in your diet is causing the problem. Many people react badly to milk or dairy products. Avoiding milk or taking a lactase enzyme pill such as Lactaid could help with this.
Others report that a low-carb diet can be beneficial. Here’s one story:

“I went on a strict low carb diet a year ago and mysteriously all flatulence disappeared. If I eat any highly refined product or sugar-containing food, boom: the gas returns.”

Keeping a chart of what you eat and how often you pass gas may help you figure out which foods are particularly troublesome for you. We are sending you our Guide to Digestive Disorders with many suggestions on overcoming flatulence or heartburn so you won’t have to skip your exams.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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