By: Terry Graedon October 18, 2018 5 Comments
    Do People Who Eat Fish Grow Old More Healthfully…

    Does eating fish or taking fish oil make any difference for your health? For decades, researchers have touted the anti-inflammatory benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. They have sug…

    By: Terry Graedon August 9, 2018 1 Comments
    Does Work Email Bother You at Home?

    Does your boss expect you to respond promptly to email or Slack messages outside of working hours? Did you know that before you took the job? Why Answering Email from Home Could Harm Your Health: A ne…

    By: Terry Graedon April 2, 2018 7 Comments
    Are You Worried about a Limit on Loperamide?

    The FDA has announced plans to make the anti-diarrhea pill loperamide (Imodium) more difficult to obtain. The agency has developed this initiative as part of the government's efforts against the opioi…

    By: Terry Graedon February 26, 2018 75 Comments
    People with IBS Worry about FDA Crackdown on Imo…

    Sometimes the FDA takes actions that make people nervous. Concerns about abuse of the anti-diarrhea drug loperamide (Imodium) have the agency considering restrictions on this over-the-counter product.…

    By: Terry Graedon December 4, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Enteric-Coated Peppermint Oil Help Your Dig…

    When you learn that an herbal medicine is helpful for some type of health condition, it may be a little tricky to sort out just which problems it helps. One reader found this especially troublesome wi…

    By: Terry Graedon March 13, 2017 6 Comments
    Could Probiotic Supplement Ease IBS and Anxiety?

    IBS, irritable bowel syndrome, afflicts an estimated 40 million Americans. They suffer cramps, bloating, diarrhea or constipation as a result of this condition, although gastroenterologists generally …

    By: Terry Graedon July 25, 2016 13 Comments
    How to Improve Digestive Health with a Poop Tran…

    How do you feel about poop? Most people prefer not to talk about it. That's why we have so many euphemisms: number two, stool, feces, manure, crap or BM for bowel movement. No wonder you probably neve…

    By: Terry Graedon May 26, 2016 7 Comments
    How to Relieve IBS with a Low FODMAP Diet

    People with irritable bowel syndrome(IBS) frequently suffer severe abdominal pain, bloating and flatulence, along with diarrhea or constipation, or occasionally alternating bouts of both. The situatio…

    By: Terry Graedon March 27, 2016 2 Comments
    Is Xifaxan Helpful for IBS with Diarrhea?

    Irritable bowel syndrome can make life miserable, although doctors often find nothing obvious wrong with a sufferer's digestive tract. A person with IBS may have embarrassing bouts of urgent diarrhea…

    By: Terry Graedon February 22, 2016 17 Comments
    Irritable Bowel Symptoms Overcome by Cholesterol…

    Gastroenterologists are often baffled by irritable bowel syndrome. Irritable bowel symptoms such as abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea and/or constipation are very disruptive, but don't…

    By: Terry Graedon November 16, 2015 13 Comments
    Coconut Cookies and Peppermint Oil Ease Irritabl…

    Irritable bowel syndrome can cause a lot of misery in the form of stomach cramps, bloating, stomachaches and either constipation or diarrhea. Doctors are not entirely certain why some people develop i…

    By: Joe Graedon May 21, 2015 16 Comments
    Finding the Cause of IBS

    IBS as Mystery Syndrome Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS has long been a mystery to doctors. It causes the sufferer cramps, constipation or diarrhea and a lot of other digestive distress. Until now ga…

    By: Joe Graedon May 21, 2015 0 Comments
    Peppermint Oil Eases Symptoms of IBS

    A presentation at the Digestive Disease Week annual meeting demonstrated the effectiveness of enteric-coated peppermint oil for relieving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, also called IBS. The Pep…

    By: Joe Graedon July 2, 2014 13 Comments
    Peppermint Oil for Digestive Woes (IBS) vs. Side…

    Q. I've heard that taking enteric-coated peppermint oil can help IBS. My worst symptoms are stomach cramps and flatulence, but I'm reluctant to eat out or travel. Some of my friendships have suffered.…

    By: Terry Graedon November 25, 2013 5 Comments
    Peppermint Tea Helps Irritable Bowel Syndrome, U…

    Many of us have trouble keeping IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) distinct from IBD (inflammatory bowel disease). They are, however, totally different disorders. IBD, which includes Crohn's disease and u…

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2012 18 Comments
    Peppermint and Probiotics for IBS

    Q. I have had irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for two years. I have constipation (can't "go" for a week). When I finally can go, I can't stop. At that point the stool is soft and runny. I also have cra…

    By: Joe Graedon January 18, 2012 8 Comments
    Peppermint Solves Digestive Distress

    Q. I have had irritable bowel syndrome for more than 25 years. I've tried all sorts of remedies including coconut macaroon cookies. I ate so many I can't stand even looking at them! Then I remembered …

    By: Terry Graedon January 6, 2011 17 Comments
    Antibiotic Battles IBS

    People who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome frequently experience bouts of diarrhea and abdominal discomfort that are hard to treat. Physicians have been unable to determine a cause for this condi…

    By: Terry Graedon December 30, 2010 3 Comments
    Placebo Power Probed

    The power of placebos is more mysterious than most scientists ever imagined. Sugar pills are perceived as worthless since they have no active ingredients. Researchers use them for comparison when they…

    By: Joe Graedon November 24, 2010 19 Comments
    Coconut Treats “Changed My Life”

    Q. More than 20 years ago I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Tests revealed no cause. Diarrhea attacks accompanied by severe abdominal pain rarely gave me time to find a bathroom bef…

    By: Joe Graedon May 5, 2010 1 Comments
    Talk Therapy Eases Irritable Bowel Symptoms

    Cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown to be helpful for a range of conditions, from depression to insomnia. Now a small study shows that this type of targeted talk therapy can also improve sympt…

    By: Joe Graedon January 2, 2010 38 Comments
    Coconut Controls Colitis

    Q. I have had colitis for almost three years. Last month a friend mentioned that she read an article in the newspaper about coconut macaroon cookies preventing diarrhea. I was ready to try anything, s…

    By: Terry Graedon October 23, 2009 16 Comments
    Peppermint and Coconut Conquer Diarrhea

    Q. I have suffered from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for months. I read that Archway Coconut Macaroon cookies might help and looked for them with no success. When I heard they were no longer availab…

    By: Joe Graedon April 24, 2008 9 Comments
    Herb May Ease Irritable Bowel

    Q. I have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Is there a home remedy I can take to ease the discomfort? I currently use Nexium every day. I drink a lot of water and try to stay regular, but I am always un…

    By: Joe Graedon February 14, 2008 10 Comments
    Coconut Macaroons For IBS

    Q. Thank you so much for writing about IBS and coconut macaroon cookies. IT WORKS. I suffered with chronic diarrhea for years and have been healed for the last two years. A. We're always pleased to he…

    By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2007 2 Comments
    Home Remedies for IBS Distress

    Q. Help! Now that Zelnorm has been taken off the market, what can I do for my irritable bowel syndrome? I depended on this drug. A. Zelnorm was prescribed for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with const…

    By: Joe Graedon May 7, 2007 2 Comments
    Probiotics May Help IBS

    Q. My husband and I travel by car each year to Arizona for the winter and return home in spring. The trip is difficult because I have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and often hold up our fellow travel…

    By: Terry Graedon December 5, 2005 0 Comments
    Natural Approaches for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Q. Are there any natural treatments for IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)? I think they should call it cranky colon or irritable intestine or something alliterative, but I've had it for several years and…

    By: Joe Graedon March 14, 2005 0 Comments
    Celiac Disease Has Terrible Consequences

    Graduating medical students are sometimes told: "Half of what we have taught you is wrong...we just don't know which half." As amusing as this sounds, it rings true for a complex condition called celi…

    By: Joe Graedon January 19, 2004 0 Comments
    Peppermint Solves Digestive Distress

    Q. I have had irritable bowel syndrome for more than 25 years. I've tried all sorts of remedies including coconut macaroon cookies. I ate so many I can't stand even looking at them! Then I remembered …

    By: Joe Graedon October 21, 2002 1 Comments
    Peppermint May Interact With Medications

    Q. Periodic bouts with irritable bowel syndrome cause me painful cramping and gas. My doctor prescribes Donnatal, but it makes me drowsy. I have read that peppermint oil would help. Could you give me …

    By: Joe Graedon October 1, 2002 0 Comments
    Patient Power Resurrects Drug

    Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the prescription drug Lotronex is about to return to drugstore shelves. This kind of resurrection is unprecedented in FDA history. Lotronex was approved for sale …