By: Terry Graedon October 3, 2022 22 Comments
    What Is the Best Approach to Overcome Constipati…

    How healthy is your digestive tract? Unless it is functioning appropriately, you may not feel as well as you would like. Many readers have written to ask how to overcome constipation. Some also offer …

    By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2022 24 Comments
    Solving Problems With Both Constipation and Diar…

    Irritable bowel syndrome is a common digestive disorder, affecting between 25 million and 45 million individuals in the US. For many decades, gastroenterologists labeled this a "functional GI disorder…

    By: Joe Graedon August 15, 2022 66 Comments
    Video Demonstrates How To Make Nurse’s Pow…

    Constipation is way more common than you would ever imagine. A report in the journal Gastroenterology (Jan. 2013) suggests that the median prevalence of constipation for all households is 16%. One thi…

    By: Terry Graedon July 14, 2022 32 Comments
    Are There Natural Remedies for Constipation?

    Constipation is a very common complaint. While doctors rarely become concerned about constipation unless the patient seems to have obstructed bowels, sufferers find that this problem really affects th…

    By: Terry Graedon November 1, 2021 0 Comments
    Can Treated Licorice (DGL) Ease IBS Symptoms?

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has long been a mystery to doctors. Sufferers experience cramps, bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea and other digestive distress. Until recently gastroenterologists…

    By: Joe Graedon April 26, 2021 11 Comments
    Constipation | Will Miralax Cause Gas?

    We first suggested that Americans love laxatives many decades ago. That has not changed. If you visit the "Best Sellers in Laxatives" on Amazon, MiraLax is #1. It is also prominently placed on the CVS…

    By: Terry Graedon April 4, 2021 20 Comments
    Psyllium Fiber Is Versatile Remedy

    Psyllium fiber has become a household name, especially in the brand name formulations where it is found: Konsyl, Metamucil, Nature's Way Psyllium, and dozens more. From the 1930s to the 1960s a produc…

    By: Terry Graedon April 1, 2021 8 Comments
    Show 1179: What Should You Do About Digestive Di…

    Have you ever had horrible heartburn or a really bad bellyache? Most of us have experienced digestive distress at one time or another. When do you need to seek medical attention for your problem? What…

    By: Terry Graedon February 1, 2021 6 Comments
    Can You Use Dark Cocoa to Overcome Constipation?

    Our readers are ingenious. They sometimes discover remedies we would never have guessed. One person wrote to us recently about a novel use for dark cocoa.  Cocoa to Help Ease Constipation: Q. I r…

    By: Terry Graedon September 7, 2020 9 Comments
    How Can You Manage Opioid-Induced Constipation?

    Opioids have gotten a bad name over the last several years because so many users have overdosed and died. But people have been using these drugs, also known as narcotics, for millennia. The ancient As…

    By: Terry Graedon July 29, 2020 5 Comments
    Show 1222: How Can You Optimize Your Microbiome?

    The microbiome–the genome of our collective microbiota–has become a trendy topic in medicine lately. With more microbial than human cells in our bodies, it’s becoming clear we should think of ou…

    By: Joe Graedon July 6, 2020 14 Comments
    Chronic Constipation Causes Can be Challenging

    When patients complain to their health care providers that they are suffering from long-standing constipation, they may get a suggestion to use a stool softener such as docusate (Colace). If that’s …

    By: Terry Graedon March 2, 2020 2 Comments
    Are There Problems With Mineral Oil for Constipa…

    Some people are rarely bothered by constipation, but numerous others spend a lot of time and energy managing this condition. One reader has been taking mineral oil for constipation and wonders if ther…

    By: Terry Graedon December 16, 2019 1 Comments
    How a Little Girl Overcame Her Constipation

    Digestive woes such as heartburn and constipation are tricky enough to manage when an adult suffers from them. When the person suffering is a child, the situation becomes even more serious. A mother d…

    By: Joe Graedon September 9, 2019 8 Comments
    Nurse Endorses Coffee to Stimulate Bowels After …

    Anyone who has had abdominal surgery knows that the surgical team won’t let you leave the hospital until you fart. The passage of gas demonstrates that your digestive tract has started working again…

    By: Terry Graedon August 8, 2019 2 Comments
    Can Coffee Help You Leave the Hospital Sooner?

    What determines how soon you can leave the hospital? When people undergo abdominal surgery such as for appendicitis or colon cancer, doctors and nurses delay discharge until they have evidence of rees…

    By: Terry Graedon June 20, 2019 4 Comments
    How Do You Feed Your Microbiota?

    Scientists know that the community of microbes that lives in your digestive tract is unique to you (your microbiota). They hypothesize that if you want to stay healthy, you have to keep the community …

    By: Terry Graedon June 17, 2019 34 Comments
    Will Hot Water Help You Move Your Bowels?

    In years past, people put a lot of emphasis on regularity. They thought a bathroom visit every day, preferably first thing in the morning, was essential to good health. Some folks had their favorite t…

    By: Joe Graedon June 3, 2019 44 Comments
    Why Does Coffee Make You Poop With Regularity?

    OK, we admit that this is not one of the great medical mysteries of all time. It is intriguing, though. You might think that researchers have far more important things to do than try to figure out can…

    By: Terry Graedon May 13, 2019 7 Comments
    Can Antibiotic Help Post-Colonoscopy Problems?

    Colonoscopies save lives. The procedure in which a gastroenterologist examines the lining of the colon for pre-cancerous growths called polyps allows for early detection of colon cancer. In addition, …

    By: Terry Graedon May 6, 2019 9 Comments
    Must You Grind Flaxseed to Get Its Nutritional B…

    The humble flaxseed is now being hailed as a superfood because it is a great source of fiber, healthful omega-3 fats and lignans. The fiber content is helpful against constipation. A systematic review…

    By: Joe Graedon January 7, 2019 11 Comments
    Why KayaBiotics from Germany? Certified Organic!

    We are delighted that Kaya Biotics has decided to extend its relationship with The People’s Pharmacy. This German company is now underwriting our nationally syndicated public radio show. We are very…

    By: Terry Graedon December 17, 2018 5 Comments
    Can Epsom Salts Combat Chronic Constipation?

    Many Americans have difficulty with "regularity." They may pass stool infrequently or they may find their stool is hard and painful to pass. People are eager to find ways to combat chronic constipatio…

    By: Joe Graedon October 15, 2018 12 Comments
    Arthritis Remedy Does Double Duty Overcoming Con…

    Some remedies are perennially popular, presumably because they help enough people to generate word-of-mouth support. We first heard about the grape juice and Certo treatment for arthritis over 20 year…

    By: Terry Graedon October 4, 2018 41 Comments
    Will Artificial Sweeteners Harm Your Microbiota?

    Artificial sweeteners are extremely popular, since they appear to allow us to break the rules and enjoy sweet drinks or treats without gaining weight. The FDA has approved a number of artificial sweet…

    By: Terry Graedon September 24, 2018 22 Comments
    Are Cucumbers a Cure for Chronic Constipation?

    Constipation is a common problem–so common, in fact, that a definition is needed. Otherwise, people may mean completely different things when they use the word "constipation." The usual definition i…

    By: Terry Graedon June 4, 2018 8 Comments
    Should You Try Yogurt to Combat Constipation?

    Anyone who has suffered from constipation would be grateful for advice on preventing this troublesome problem. Avoiding medications such as opioid pain relievers or even supplements like calcium that …

    By: Terry Graedon April 9, 2018 5 Comments
    Agonizing Constipation from Calcium Pills for Bo…

    Some medications cause constipation as a side effect. Occasionally, people report that simple supplements can trigger agonizing constipation. As a result, one reader faced a dilemma: Trying to Take Ca…

    By: Terry Graedon March 22, 2018 31 Comments
    Show 1115: How You Can Conquer Constipation

    Americans love laxatives. Millions of people rely on such products to stay regular. But you can conquer constipation without depending on these medications. Medications That Cause Constipation: A surp…

    By: Terry Graedon February 11, 2018 2 Comments
    Does the Laxative Psyllium Really Lower Choleste…

    Dietary fiber is almost universally acknowledged as beneficial. Diets rich in whole grains and vegetables that supply fiber seem to be associated with better cardiovascular health, better metabolic ba…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2018 5 Comments
    Do You Absorb Magnesium from Your Armpits?

    Milk of magnesia is a time-honored medicine to treat constipation. But that is not the only use for this versatile compound. We first heard about using milk of magnesia in the armpits to suppress odor…

    By: Joe Graedon September 25, 2017 13 Comments
    Should You Worry About Constipation?

    It has been our experience that people pay very close attention to what happens when they sit on the throne in their bathrooms. We frequently get questions about the color, texture and frequency of bo…

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2017 9 Comments
    Can You Find a Breakfast That Will Fight Constip…

    Constipation is a chronic complaint that can be very troubling. In this condition, people move their bowels three or fewer times a week. Often, they must strain to eliminate hard or lumpy stools. Cer…

    By: Terry Graedon December 19, 2016 5 Comments
    Can Special Yogurt Prevent Diarrhea and Constipa…

    Chronic diarrhea is a vexing problem. Occasional diarrhea is generally a symptom rather than an ongoing condition. It may be a signal that you ate something that caused an infection. In other instanc…

    By: Terry Graedon August 13, 2016 12 Comments
    Mother Found Solution for her Son’s Big BM…

    Over the years, we have heard from a number of people troubled by large bowel movements that would stop up the toilet. It can be hard to figure out what to do about this problem if we don't know the c…

    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 June 23, 2016 1 Comments
    Are Laxatives in Hospitals Sending Money Down th…

    Constipation is common among hospitalized patients. A new study suggests, however, that the most common use of laxatives in hospitals might be a big waste of time and money. A Study of Laxatives in H…

    By: Terry Graedon April 4, 2016 24 Comments
    How to Overcome Drug-Induced Constipation

    Far too many medications can slow the digestive tract and contribute to infrequent bowel movements or hard stool that may be painful to pass. How can a person overcome this type of drug-induced const…

    By: Terry Graedon March 7, 2016 7 Comments
    How to Ease Joint Pain Without Suffering Constip…

    Easing joint pain due to arthritis has been a concern for so long that there are scores, if not hundreds, of home remedies to take care of the problem. Just as with the response to pain-relieving medi…

    By: Joe Graedon February 4, 2016 11 Comments
    How Can You Get Off the Laxative Merry-Go-Round?

    Laxatives remain one of the most popular products in the pharmacy. Millions worry that if they do not have a bowel movement every day they will become sick. But sometimes a laxative habit can develop …