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A 45-year-old member asked:

is it safe to do colon cleansing for weight loss?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: Normal human's have self-clearing (like self-cleaning) intestinal tracts. After a person swallows food, the food is processed and moved along from the throat all the way to his anus, without any help or interference from him. If a person is eating a healthy, balanced diet (a doctor can help determine that, if needed), no colon cleansing is needed. Such cleansing is unnatural and may not be safe.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Initially: Will help initially - does not work longterm.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Does food intolerance or lactose intolerance increase your risk for colon or rectal cancer?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
No: Lactose intolerance does not cause colon cancer. However, there is an association between low levels of vitamin d and colon cancer.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can an aspirin a day help prevent colon cancer?

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Dr. Amanda Xi
Dr. Amanda Xianswered
General Practice 6 years experience
Possibly: A recent study (burn et al 2011, lancet) suggests that an Aspirin a day reduces cancer risk in carriers of hereditary colorectal cancer. Further studies need to be completed to evaluate an Aspirin regimen for risk reduction of sporadic (non-inherited) colon cancers.
Dr. Paul Cohen
Dr. Paul Cohen commented
Family Medicine 28 years experience
The evidence is being studied and i agree with Dr. Rosen. Ask your own health provider before you start on Aspirin to determine if it is right for you.
Dec 6, 2011
Sedalia, MO
A 38-year-old female asked:

38 f obese (but losing weight) have fatty liver. My right side under my arm around back be cramping. Could this be from the fatty liver?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
No: Fatty liver at your age should not be causing pain in that area.
Raleigh, NC
A 26-year-old male asked:

Blood in stools weight loss constipated. Blood on tissue paper. Im 26 freaking out what to do?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
More likely minor pb: If constipated, the rocks you pass likely caused a fissure or scratch in the anal passage which leaks bright red blood onto the stool or puddles in the stool ready to pass. Dark red or purplish stool is more likely to represent polyps or other issues higher in the colon.See your doctor & have this assessed.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What could cause fatigue, weight loss, anaemia, pelvic pain & dizzyness?

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Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 33 years experience
Consider tumor.: Weight loss and anemia can contribute to both fatigue and dizzyness. The question is is the anemia related to the pelvic pain. Hypothetically the answer is yes. Tumors of the sigmoid colon, rectum, bladder, uterus ovaries or prostate can cause anemia and the related symptoms although high on the list are colorectal cancers. See your md for possible colonoscopy and/or ct scan of the pelvis.

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