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Are prunes an effective alternative to fiber for constipation?

Yes!  Prunes are a great food to help with chronic constipation.  Six prunes eaten twice a day will help bowel movement frequency double.  It will also help improve stool consistency and constipation symptoms.  Prunes are as effective as psyllium (Metamucil) … Continue reading

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Constipation

Constipation is a common digestive problem. Your stools may be very hard or you may have a sense of fullness even after a bowel movement. It’s not true that you must have a daily bowel movement to be “regular.” The … Continue reading

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Crohn’s disease of the bowel

I see many patients with GI complaints.  Some have Crohn’s disease which is inflammation of the digestive tract—it can affect anywhere between the mouth and the anus. Symptoms are stomach pain, weight loss, bleeding from the rectum, stomach pain and … Continue reading

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(Irritating) irritable bowel syndrome. What is it? What to do about it?

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common intestinal problem.  We are unsure why it occurs.  It may signal intestinal hypersensitivity to pain or nerves–or a change in bowel bacteria.  A “textbook case” involves a 20-year-old woman with symptoms as below. Bloating and gas Constipation … Continue reading

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