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Are there any natural bowel preps I can use before my colonoscopy?

Are there any natural bowel preps I can use before my colonoscopy?

Yes!!: Senna, an ingredient in many laxatives is a vegetable product. There are several non-absorbed sugars that give a clean prep without any "chemical" we often use sorbital- an ingredient in "sugar-free" candy. Diet is important for prep, also. ...Read more

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Are there relaxation products that I can use for my leg ulcer?

Are there relaxation products that I can use for my leg ulcer?

No, depends,: Is the ulcer from venous, arterial or diabetic neuropathic. Relaxation will not help any. Stop smoking, . Compression therapy for venous, improve circulation for arterial, offloading for neuropathic. These are the first line rx. However all need debridement and good wound care. ...Read more

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I occasionally get thin stools that stay for a month or so. Idon't have colon cancer. Are there any natural ways to relieve thin stools and constipation?

I occasionally get thin stools that stay for a month or so. Idon't have colon cancer. Are there any natural ways to relieve thin stools and constipation?

More fiber in diet: If you suffer from constipation, a great natural way to have regular and normal bms is to increase the fiber in your diet and to drink lots water. You can do it by eating foods high in fiber or taking in daily fiber in preparations such as metamucil. ...Read more

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I get side effects with suppositories available, [used for internal piles], please can you advice if there are any made of natural products on market?

I get side effects with suppositories available, [used for internal piles], please can you advice if there are any made of natural products  on market?

Yes: Piles, or hemorrhoids, are swollen and inflamed veins in your anus and lower rectum and result from straining during bowel movements or pressure during pregnancy or sitting. Many effective options are available to treat hemorrhoids. Most people can get relief from symptoms using home treatments (sitz baths, pads containing witchhazel) and lifestyle changes (fiber, stool softeners). ...Read more

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Pregnant and throwing up between 1 and 2 times a day. We have tried ginger peppermint B6 limes to no avail. Any other home or natural remedies for vomting during pregnancy? Help would be appreciated.

Pregnant and throwing up between 1 and 2 times a day. We have tried ginger peppermint B6 limes to no avail. Any other home or natural remedies for vomting during pregnancy? Help would be appreciated.

Homeopathy and...: My favorite treatment for morning sickness is homeopathy. You can try remedies suggested here: http://healthyhomeopathy.com/cases/homeopathy-for-morning-sickness/ but if they don't help consult a homeopath as there are many other remedies that can help. For other natural options see http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-9602/30-natural-remedies-for-morning-sickness.html Good luck! ...Read more

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Which is the safest and natural way of colon cleansing? I am scared to try any product or salt water flush but I have good bowel function. I need help

Which is the safest and natural way of colon cleansing? I am scared to try any product or salt water flush but I have good bowel function. I need help

Please ask yourself: Did a real physician ever recommend this dangerous and unnecessary experience? Does any ethical medical provider you trust recommend this procedure? Your bowel function is good, by your own report. No need to mess with your health. ...Read more

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Are there any fabric softeners I can use for my baby's clothes?

No: Do not use fabric softner for infants, children or teens with eczema. The fragrance and other chemicals will almost always make their eczema worse. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies to cure severe eczema and dry skin on palms? I would like to try other methods before considering to take steroids. Thanks

Are there any home remedies to cure severe eczema and dry skin on palms? I would like to try other methods before considering to take steroids. Thanks

Home remedies eczema: Essential fatty acids, like fish and seed oils can help with eczema. Topical application of non prescription moisturizers can help as well. Try moisturizer followed by occlusive dressing , like cellophane wrap, at bedtime for a few nights. ...Read more

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Are there any OTC meds I can take that will stop the smell of bad urine? Maybe cleanse?

Are there any OTC meds I can take that will stop the smell of bad urine? Maybe cleanse?

Multiple causes...: Urine should generally not have a bad smell. There are somethings that can alter the smell of urine such as B vitamins and certain vegetables, this is usually not troublesome. If your urine is dark it may be more pungent and this could indicate dehydration, you should drink more throughout the day. If it is cloudy or painful then this could indicate infection, you need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Is there any safe prescription or anything that can be done for irritable bowel syndrome-constipation while breastfeeding my 7 month old?

Is there any safe prescription or anything that can be done for irritable bowel syndrome-constipation while breastfeeding my 7 month old?

Certainly: Increasing evidence suggests that the use of "probiotics" has been found to assist in the normalization of many sufferers of ibs. Probiotics would not be harmful during breast feeding. Additionally, during bouts of constipation, polyethylene glycol (aka miralax) is commonly used for constipation in pediatrics; therefore, use by you should not pose a problem while breastfeeding. Both avaiable otc. ...Read more

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I'm 16 weeks pregnant and very constipated i've tried milk of magnesium and stool softeners nothing is helping is there any other laxative i can take?

I'm 16 weeks pregnant and very constipated i've tried milk of magnesium and stool softeners nothing is helping is there any other laxative i can take?

Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) dulcolax : Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is very safe and can be effective in large enough doses as a great place to start. Otherwise you may want to try a stimulant suppository such as dulcolax or glycerin. ...Read more

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What are best natural treatment options for constipation due to morphine?, I want to avoid taking laxatives. Last bowel movement was Monday.

What are best natural treatment options for constipation due to morphine?, I want to avoid taking laxatives. Last bowel movement was Monday.

High fiber food: Eat high fiber foods and drink plenty of water. Recommended buy Metamucil at the pharmacy since it is OTC and well tolerated than other strong laxatives . Metamucil is a fiber supplement you can buy as powder form and mix with water. If you do not wish to take Metamucil, you can always try keeping hydrated and exercise. Narcotics cause constipation and a gentler laxative like Metamucil helps. ...Read more

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I have tried bladder training exercises and several meds-even the over active bladder patch. Is there anything I can do to prevent having accidents?

Dr. James Lin Dr. Lin
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I have tried bladder training exercises and several meds-even the over active bladder patch. Is there anything I can do to prevent having accidents?

Here are some...: Remember: Mental & physical adoption & adaption for healthy lifestyle should be foundation of healthy care and precede drugs & surgery as needed. So, do: Refrain from coffee, caffeine-related drinks, spicy / acidic foods, smoking, alcohol, etc.; pee timely; moderate fluid consumption; ... ...Read more

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How do I get semi regular bms when on narcotics or aleveate some of the constipation? Natural options? What laxatives are better than others?

How do I get semi regular bms when on narcotics or aleveate some of the constipation? Natural options? What laxatives are better than others?

Hydrate!: Make sure you drink plenty of water, remember any fruit that starts with a "p" help you have a bm, peaches, plums, pineapple etc. Try to get some exercise, as you are allowed to. And consider magnesium as a stool softener. Check with your doc! ...Read more

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What to do if my loose bowel movements do not stop even after taking lots of medicines for 3 months.?

What to do if my loose bowel movements do not stop even after taking lots of medicines for 3 months.?

See your doctor.: if your stools have remained loose for three months now, you may have an infectious cause of the problem. You can try increasing your fiber and fluid intake, but you should see your doctor to help straighten it out. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is methylene blue available otc? If not, are there any OTC substitute dyes that i can self-inject into my rectum to confirm rectovaginal fistula?

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Is methylene blue available otc? If not, are there any OTC substitute dyes that i can self-inject into my rectum to confirm rectovaginal fistula?

Go see your doctor: Trying to figure out if you have a rectovaginal fistula is not a do-it-yourself project. Check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/rectovaginal-fistula/ds01065 for info re rvf esp diagnostic testing. Use of contrast dye is only one way to prove the presence of rvf but it's not enough for surgeon to act upon (also need to find cause). So go see your family doc or gynecologist for appropriate tests. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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