1/2011 From an email: "I had very painful internal hemorroids from the radiation and started taking Horse Chestnut Extract capsules. You may already know about this. It made a really big difference". L.A.
8/2010 Ann F. (founder and president of the Annie Appleseed Project) just had a treatment from George Love, DOM (Doctor of Oriental Medicine). Dr. Love is also a Qigong master and just sent us a videotape of movement to help go the bathroom more easily. See Dr. Love Medical Qigong Lung & Large Intestine Meridians video below.
12/08 MedWatch - The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program
FDA has become aware of reports of acute phosphate nephropathy, a type of acute kidney injury, associated with the use of oral sodium phosphate products (OSP) for bowel cleansing prior to colonoscopy or other procedures.
These products include the prescription products, Visicol and OsmoPrep, and OSPs available over-the-counter without a prescription as laxatives (e.g., Fleet Phospho-soda). In some cases when used for bowel cleansing, these serious adverse events have occurred in patients without identifiable factors that would put them at risk for developing acute kidney injury. SEE COMPLETE ARTICLE BELOW.
3/30/07 MedWatch - The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program
FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients that Novartis has
agreed to discontinue marketing Zelnorm, a drug used for the short-term
treatment of women with irritable bowel syndrome with constipation and
for patients younger than 65 years of age with chronic constipation. (for more information, see item below)
Women Twice as Likely as Men to Be Constipated
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Jan 02
About one in four adults say that they have suffered from constipation in the past 3 months, with women nearly twice as likely to report symptoms as men, according to a survey of Canadian adults.
About 40% of more than 1100 adults surveyed said they had been constipated at some point in the past year and 27% said they had been constipated in the past 3 months. About 13% of those people experienced constipation as a side effect of medication or a medical condition, according to the report in a recent issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
Thirty-four percent of the subjects said they had visited a doctor for their symptoms and about one third reported using laxatives, the report indicates. When the researchers used a strict definition of constipation ó classified as experiencing at least two of six symptoms ó about 15% to 17% of the subjects had constipation.
Regardless of the definition used, women were twice as likely as men to be constipated, the authors note.
Women, individuals who recently used antidepressants, and older subjects were more likely to seek help from a doctor, according to the report.
"Constipation and related healthcare seeking are common in the Canadian population," Dr. P. Pare from Laval University in Quebec City, Quebec, and colleagues, conclude.
Am J Gastroenterol 2001;96:3130-3137.
Noise that arises from the digestive tract is not just a fact of life, it is a sign of health. Your doctor may listen over the abdomen with a stethoscope, but it is often easy to hear noises even without one. If you have concerns about your digestive tract or the noises it makes, see your doctor for evaluation, especially if you also have abdominal pain. But donít assume that whenever your stomach growls, itís time to eat; doing so may do little to reduce the noise but much to increase your weight.
Robert H. Shmerling, M.D., is associate physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and associate professor at Harvard Medical School. He has been a practicing rheumatologist for over 20 years at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is an active teacher in the Internal Medicine Residency Program, serving as the Robinson Firm Chief. He is also a teacher in the Rheumatology Fellowship Program.
Saturday Evening Post article
about Lancet study, 4/82