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Archive for the 'Diarrhea/Constipation' Category

Consumer Alert: Miracle Mineral Supplement aka MMS

Monday, July 11th, 2016

This product, when used as directed, produces an industrial bleach that can cause serious harm.

Swallowing doses of this bleach, such as those recommended in the labeling can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and symptoms of severe dehydration. (more…)

Risks due to energy drinks

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

In 2009, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that more than 13,000 emergency room visits were associated with energy drinks.

Now, The New York Times tells us, FDA reports the caffeine drink, 5-hour Energy, may have been involved in 13 deaths over the past four years.

There’s no absolute proof that these drinks were the sole cause of these events. And the makers of 5-Hour Energy and Monster Energy insist their products are safe and unrelated to the problems reported to the FDA.

Regardless. (more…)

CAM options to treat chronic constipation

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Chronic constipation is common among the elderly and women. Doctors prescribe various treatments, and patients often use over-the-counter remedies.

Researchers at Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario, reviewed the evidence and provide perspective. (more…)

CAM: It might be “natural,” but is it safe?

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Not always, according to this report from the Royal Children’s Hospital, in Melbourne, Australia. (more…)

Side effects from herbals used as laxatives

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Researchers at the University of Rome, in Italy, report on adverse reactions associated with herbal laxatives reported to the Italian Medicines Agency and the Italian National Institute of Health over 9 years. (more…)

Prunes vs psyllium for constipation

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Did you know, “Treatment of chronic constipation remains challenging, with 50% of patients dissatisfied with current therapy?”

Researchers at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, in Iowa City, compared the effects of dried plums (prunes) and psyllium in patients with chronic constipation. (more…)

Hemp Seed Pill to treat functional constipation

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Functional constipation doesn’t have an anatomical or hormonal cause.

Researchers at Hong Kong Baptist University, in China studied ma zi ren wan (Hemp Seed Pill), which is a branded product. (more…)

Review: Probiotics to treat diarrhea

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Here are 2 Cochrane reviews that evaluate the evidence for using probiotics to treat persistent diarrhea, and the value of probiotics + rehydration to treat diarrhea.


Review: Chiropractic for gastrointestinal problems

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Are chiropractic treatments effective for gastrointestinal disorders?

Prof. Ernst has reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Consumer Alert: Hyland’s Teething Tablets

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Oh, Oh. They added belladonna.

FDA found that this homeopathic product contains inconsistent amounts of belladonna, and using it may pose a risk to children. (more…)

Combining soy isoflaones plus radiation for prostate cancer

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Soy isoflavones sensitize prostate cancer cells to radiation. They also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, which might help prevent the side effects of radiation.

Researchers at Wayne State University, in Detroit, Michigan, studied the effects of soy isoflavone supplementation on the toxicity of external beam radiation therapy in patients with localized prostate cancer. (more…)

Reviewing the potential benefits of probiotics

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

The British Nutrition Foundation reviewed the effect of probiotics on health. (more…)

The status of probiotics to treat functional constipation

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Functional constipation is an umbrella term covering persistent, difficult, infrequent, or seemingly incomplete defecation without a known cause.

Researchers from The Medical University of Warsaw, in Dzialdowska, Poland reviewed the evidence in adults in children. (more…)

Zinc reduces diarrhea in HIV patients

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Zinc supplementation cut the episodes of diarrhea in half, according to researchers from Florida International University in Miami during the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. (more…)

Flaxseed review

Saturday, December 12th, 2009

Medscape has published 2 case histories. One patient wants to take flaxseed to improve cholesterol levels and diabetes control. The other has constipation and premenstrual symptoms.

Here’s what we know. (more…)

Normalizing bowel movements in frail nursing home patients

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Professor Kaisu Pitkala from the Helsinki University Hospital in Finland used fermented oat drinks.

Professor Jeremy Hamilton-Miller of the Royal Free and University College Medical School in London explains why this research is important. (more…)

Abdominal massage for constipation

Friday, November 6th, 2009

It decreased the severity of gastrointestinal symptoms, according to researchers at UmeÃ¥ University in Sweden. (more…)

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Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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Zinc treatment in children with cholera

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

This study by researchers in Bangladesh shows that “children with cholera should be supplemented with zinc to reduce its duration and severity.” (more…)

Biofeedback: Constipation and fecal incontinence

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

 Researchers from the University Hospital, in Tübingen, Germany, reviewed the evidence. (more…)