From: marianne bolding (
Sun Aug 5 13:29:21 2001

--- Helen Dynda <> wrote: > Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2001 14:36:29 -0500
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> From: "Helen Dynda" <>
> To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS
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> Subject: CONSTIPATION...
> [] Constipation -- is becoming an increasingly
> familiar complaint at doctor's offices nationwide.
> This almost-never talked about disorder can be
> uncomfortable, embarrassing and worrisome.
> Fortunately, treating and preventing constipation is
> much easier than it used to be!
> Bowel movements which are defined as painful,
> difficult or uncomfortable and/or infrequent bowel
> movements.
> 2.) CAUSES
> Lack of proper fiber intake.
> Inadequate fluid intake.
> Inactivity.
> Over-use of bowel stimulants.
> Over-use of antacids.
> Anal fissure.
> Back pain.
> Insufficient diet.
> Colon or rectal cancer.
> Irritable bowel syndrome.
> Stress.
> Infrequent bowel movements.
> Hard stools.
> Abdominal swelling and bloating.
> Staining during movements.
> Pain with bowel movements.
> Fullness in abdomen following bowel movement.
> Bleeding during or after bowel movement.
> While occasional constipation is not dangerous,
> recurrent bouts of constipation can signal disease,
> allergic reaction, and other conditions. Extreme
> changes in the frequency or volume of stool produced
> always warrants a trip to your family doctor. The
> presence of blood in the stool, pus, mucus, or fatty
> materials may also be indicators of disease.
> Having a bowel movement on a daily basis is not
> necessarily normal. It is a common misconception
> that, unless you move your bowels daily, you are
> constipated. Not true! Everyone's body functions
> differently and therefore, there are no set
> guidelines as to what is normal when it comes to
> your bowels. Going three times a day may be normal
> for one person and moving the bowels twice a week
> may be normal for another. The easiest way to gauge
> your body's regularity schedule is to keep track of
> the average times per week you move your bowels.
> Remember, intestinal function changes often and can
> be influenced by stress, medications, disease, lack
> of sleep or exercise, and other factors. If your
> body strays from its regular schedule only
> infrequently, there is no cause for concern.
> The over-use of certain stimulant formula laxatives
> has created a new form of constipation in North
> America called Lazy Bowel Syndrome. When the bowels
> have been stimulated artificially with chemical
> laxatives over a long period of time, they stop
> functioning on their own, creating a laxative
> dependance, chronic constipation, and chemical
> imbalances. While there are some safe laxatives,
> those which stimulate the walls of the large
> intestine can cause serious, permanent damage,
> addiction, and lazy bowel syndrome.
> Constipation is best treated with a combination of
> diet changes, exercise, lifestyle adjustments and
> occassionally, medication.
> ADDING FIBER to your diet is the easiest and most
> effective way to rid yourself of constipation and
> prevent its recurrence.
> Eating bulk foods like bran, raw fruit and
> vegetables, or high fiber cereals daily will help to
> stimulate bowels naturally without causing the
> sometimes painful symptoms that other laxatives can.
> EXERCISING two to three times each week will help to
> promote healthy intestinal contractions and keep
> constipation at bay. Adding exercise to your
> schedule is sometimes all it takes to put an end to
> slow bowels.
> BULK-FORMING fibers like psyllium are safe,
> effective alternatives to harsh, chemical laxatives.
> A bevy of products are sold on the market today in
> many forms, such as liquid drink additives,
> crackers, fiber cookies, dissolving tablets, and
> more. Most bulk-agents should be added slowly to
> the diet and taken with at least 8-ounces of water.
> DRINK MORE WATER! Consuming at least 8-glasses of
> water a day will aid in passing stool through the
> intestines.
> CHECK your medications! Many OTC and prescription
> medications (like those containing bismuth, iron
> salts and tranquilizers) cause constipation. OTC
> antacids are a common cause of acute constipation.
> Eliminating or decreasing the dosage of constipation
> inducing medications will solve most drug related
> episodes.
> LAXATIVES can be used to treat occasional
> constipation.
> BULKING FORMING AGENTS are by far, the safest type
> of laxative on the market today. Bulking agents
> containing bran, psyllium, calcium polycarbophil, or
> methylcellulose work naturally to add bulk to the
> stool and stimulate contractions in the intestine.
> This type of laxative is non-addicting and can be
> used daily.
> OSMOTIC AGENTS or wetting agents pull water into the
> large intestine and make stool soft and loose,
> stretch the walls of the intestine, and stimulate
> movement. This type of laxative contains salts
> (magnesium, sulfate or phosphate), sugars or sodium.
> Enemas, epsom salt solutions or liquid medications
> (Milk of Magnesia) produce bowel movements in 15
> minutes -3 hours, and should only be used
> occasionally. Wetting agents have the tendency to
> cause mild to moderate abdominal cramping and can
> upset sensitive digestive systems.
> CHEMICAL STIMULANTS are by far, the most addicting
> and dangerous of all laxative products. When used
> properly, they can relieve occasional constipation
> in 6-8 hours. Chemical detergents stimulate the
> large intestine, causing it to contract and ease
> stool along. Chemical stimulants include senna,
> cascara, bisacodyl, castor oil or phenolphthalein.
> Chemical suppositories containing any of these
> ingredients produce bowel movement in 15-20 minutes.
> This type of laxative often produces cramping and
> other gastrointestinal upsets.
> SOFTENING AGENTS like mineral oil can be taken to
> ease stool out of the body. Mineral oil is best
> taken via an enema and only occasionally, as it can
> hinder with proper digestion and absorption of
> vitamin and minerals.
> LARGE doses of vitamin C stimulate the intestinal
> wall, producing bowel movements in 1-5 hours. Take
> 1,000 mg. of chewable vitamin C on an empty stomach
> when arising. (Note: Those with ulcers should not
> use this method.)
> DRINKING hot water or tea can also help to stimulate
> the bowel. If you're not a coffee drinker, try
> drinking one cup of coffee upon waking.
> USING a homemade enema mixture of 3T olive oil and
> 1c warm water will help to soften feces safely,
> creating an easier passageway. Olive oil is safer
> than mineral oil and can be used when necessary.
> GRANDMA ATE PRUNES and you can, too. Many prunes
> are now flavored or can be added to foods and
> desserts of those who don't like the taste. Prunes
> stimulate the bowel naturally, are fat free and
> contain ample amounts of fiber, iron and calcium.
> MAKE IT A ROUTINE to use the bathroom regularly.
> The best and most natural time to have a bowel
> movement is about 1 hour after breakfast. Try
> sitting for at least 10-minutes at the same time
> each day. Regular repetition will work to train
> your bowels. Never hurry. Just sit..even if you
> don't produce a bowel movement.
> DRINK ALOE VERA juice. Many are singing the praises
> of this healthy drink, made from the aloe vera
> plant. Aloe vera juice causes some minor cramping
> and can produce bowel movements overnight.
> 10.) TIPS
> ADD MORE FIBER to your diet easily by sprinkling 2 -
> teaspoons of bran over your breakfast cereal, a bowl
> of freshly cut fruit, or into a cup of yogurt.
> FIBER works best when consumed with an adequate
> amount of water.
> ADD FRESH FRUIT to your breakfast cereal in the
> morning for a quick-dose of fiber.
> ADD bulking agents to the diet slowly to prevent
> excessive gas and bloating.
> Title: Cure constipation problems safely
> Description:Overuse of laxatives has caused a new
> type of constipation known as Lazy Bowel Syndrome.
> Learn how to cure constipation safely without
> causing permanent damage to your body!

> ATTACHMENT part 2 application/octet-stream


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