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Re: HELP! Can constipation run in a family? 3 generations?

Re: HELP! Can constipation run in a family? 3 generations?

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Posted by Harry on October 16, 2000 at 02:11:35:

In Reply to: HELP! Can constipation run in a family? 3 generations? posted by Amy on October 14, 2000 at 20:54:12:

: Hello, I have always had problems with constipation since early childhood, now my 4 year old and 4 month old are both have great difficutly with this problem. The oldest has been on mineral oil for 2 years and is going for the scope next month, the younger has been taking a laxitive for 2 months now. The GI wants to do the scope to see why the constipation still continues even after a menu and diet change and pushing liquids. I was just wondering if something could be heridtary and mabye I passed something down? Ever heard of this anyone? My mom also has problems.

Hi Amy,
To make any colon work properly unless there is a physical disability you need liquid and bulk particuarly in the form of water soluble fiber. The reason it works is it absorbs water and don't give it all up in the colon--so the bulk in form of feces moves like it suppose to down the GI tract. The colon extracts liquid from the feces and does not do any digestive functions. Janet is right Apple juice contains the right stuff but not the kind you buy in stores --all the enzymes and nutrients are dead---fresh from a juicer with a little of the pulp should be used.If you don't have a juicer--a friend might.Fresh apple juice will turn brown almost before you can drink it----faster than an apple.I have done this and a half a glass will give me diarrhea.

I also have used prunes boiled in a microwave and let stand overnight then take the pulp without the peeling and mash it with the juice then-- drink/eat it. Prune juice is one of the only foods that does not oxidize resulting in a super bowel mover.
Other veggies that are mostly water soluble are carrots, beets, potatoes, sweet potatoes to name a few.
I"ll bet your family--for 3 genertions are not big water drinkers. MY wife thinks you only suppose to take a bath in it so it is not that uncommon. Most people also only get about 20% of the right kind of fiber in their Diet.
God Bless----Harry

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