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Hi:), i've been drinking laxative teas everyday for the past month 2xs a day, what are the dangers in that?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
"Cathartic colon": Laxative teas typically contain an "irritant" agent that can make your colon "floppy" & result in dependency--the more irritant laxative you use the more dependent you become on it. There is often a risk as well of melanosis coli--pigmenting of the colon lining. Examine your reasons for drinking this brew--stop it if just to lose weight; see a doctor if you have a real problem with constipation.

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