Women More Often 

Constipated as Men

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.

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Written by:

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.

Constipation & Breast Cancer

Saturday Evening Post article about Lancet study, 4/82

Opioid-induced Constipation
Bowel Movement Frequency & Colorectal Ca
Kiwi Helps

Asia Pacific J Clin Nutrition, 6/02

Ann Fonfa's Advice on Resolving Constipation

Some tips that may help

Kelly S Suggests Miso
Clinical Response to Dietary Fiber

Am J Gastroenterol, 1/97

Constipation: Diet, Fluid Intake & Exercise
Barley Excellent Fiber Source
Whole-grain Rye & Wheat: Bowel Health
Ayer-Vedic Tip on 'Elimination'

Thanks to www.mapi.com

Children and Constipation/Enemas

Pediatr Med Chir, 3-4/03

Reflexology in Chronic Constipation (Children)
Colon Enemas in Slow-Transit Patients
Pediatric Constipation
Some Advice for Kids with 'Tummy Trouble'
Outlet Dysfunction Constipation

Curr Treat Options Gastroenterol, 8/01

Enema-induced Perforation of Rectum

Dis Colon Rectum, 12/99

Colorectal Perforation - Self-Administered
Doctor Yourself.com


Flat-D Innovations

LINK to site with "doctor recommended flatulence deodorizer (for clothing)

Colonic Hydrotherapy (irrigation)

Various articles, links, info

Clinical Value: Colonic Irrigation w/Continence Disturbances
Methylnaltrexone: Treats Opioid-induced Constipation

Abstract #8279 ASCO, 2004

Colon Cleanse-Constipation.com

LINK: Provides information on constipation and its treatments. Contains over forty articles on constipation and colon cleansing

The Poop Doc

LINK to information, advice, lots of other links

Sound Feelings

LINK to "This free gradual colon cleansing recipe helps constipation and avoids the dangers of enemas and laxatives."

Remedy Find - constipation

LINK to information and method ratings

NewColonSweep - What you can do about constipation

LINK to product site with articles of interest, colon cleanse, detox, diarrhea, etc.

Chronic Constipation -Defining the Problem: MD Approaches

Thanks to Medscape Gastroenterolgoy, 4/05

References on Constipation article
Zelnorm Taken OFF the Market (FDA Requested)

March 30, 2007

Medwatch Safety

Colon Cleansing Zone

LINK to site created by a woman who dealt with candida w/colon cleansing & alternative medicine

Advanced Cancer Patients & Constipation Issues

Abstract P-75 MASCC, 2007

Low Magnesium Intake & Low Intake of Water from Foods= Constipation

Eur J Clin Nutr, 2007; 61(5): 616-22.

FDA MedWatch: DO NOT USE these OTCs  BEFORE Colonoscopy

Problems with oral sodium phosphate products before colonoscopy, December 2008

Colon Health Advice from Sweden

LINK:Site offers personal information about colon health from various perspectives, lots of links

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