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Probiotics: Healthtap Doctors are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. Go for multi strain, controlled release probiotics with millions to billions of cultures. ...Read more
Don't waste your $: Healthtap physicians have repeatedly addressed this subject with a clear "no" answer to colonics. There is virtually no value to colon flushes, cleansers, enemas, irrigation machines when the technique is accomplished to "detox" or eliminate "accumulated waste." the "no" response also applies to liver detoxes! there are few real health benefits, but sigificant unjustified risk. Don't "cleanse". ...Read more
Not necessary: The colon is a place where water and some nutrients are absorbed by one's body. Diarrhea occurs if one does not absorb the normal amount of water and nutrients from his poop (stool). If one has bowel problems, he can see his primary care doctor or a gastroenterologist. Colonic cleaning or irrigation is not natural, and can be dangerous if the person's chemical balance is distorted. ...Read more
A lot of health stores sell liver cleansing and colon cleaning regiments. Is there a cheaper way of detoxifying?
I'm taking probiotics and prebiotics. Do enemas kill good bacteria in the intestines? (using water/chamomile/coffee for enema)
1/4" diameter of mucus in stool 3X/wk, loose stools 1x/wk. severe health anxiety. Worried about Colon cancer. No family history. Cancer or IBS?
Hypochondrasis: I feel your distress about having Colon cancer. Relax about “No family history. Cancer or IBS” Feel good about lack of abdominal pain, bloody stools, diarrhea alternating with constipation, or severe constipation. Do not be victim of severe health anxiety, Be Captain of your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. See a Psychiatrist for Therapy for anxiety due to stresses; coping skills and medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Father got diagnosed w/ stage 4 colon cancer. Spread to liver, lungs, and brain. Currently at city of hope. Recommend a good place in LA areas? Help!
Here R some options: City of Hope is a good Cancer Center. Alternative institutions include USC- Cancer Center, UCLA cancer Center and many oncologists in private practice. search under Medical Oncologists in your area and make a call/s to find out if another medical oncologist would accept your father for treatment of his metastatic Colon cancer. This is a disease for which good treatments are available ...Read more
Please don't: Healthtap physicians have repeatedly addressed colon "cleansers" with a clear "no" answer. There is virtually no value to colon flushes, cleansers, enemas, irrigation machines when the technique is accomplished to "detox" or eliminate "accumulated waste." the "no" response also applies to liver detoxes! there are few real health benefits, but sigificant unjustified risk, as you've experienced. ...Read more
Redundant colon,candidate for elective colon resection. Linzess, miralax no help. Milk of mag or Sennokot 2-3x week helps.Use instead of surgery?
Chronic constipation: Most often, surgery is only considered as a last resort. For some people, having a bowel movement 2 to 3 times per week is normal. If you are able to achieve this using milk of magnesia, then I would not consider surgery at this time. It is always possible to have complications of surgery, and in your situation, it doesn't sound absolutely necessary. Fiber and hydration are key. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
WHO and health: Great question. Let's do 2nd opinion and discuss in detail. ...Read more
Depends: While colon cancer that has spread distantly is considered stage IV (of 4) and has the worst prognosis, there are patients with isolated metastasis to the liver who do quite well with surgical resection with or without chemotherapy. We find that 40% of those with resectable liver tumors can live over 5 years. Consider evaluation at a cancer center with a surgical oncologist or hpb surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoid dairy products: For a few days avoid dairy products, as severe diarrhea leaves you temporarily lactose intolerant. Try rice soups and bland foods at first (with lemon and salt to avoid dehydration). Then gradually reintroduce dairy products to your diet starting with greek yogurt - to restore your bowel flora and avoid chronic intestinal problems. ...Read more
Likely just laxative: Most of these teas contain senna (cascara), which is a natural stimulant laxative. It is fine to use once in a while for occasional constipation, but chronic use can cause your colon to become dependent on the chemical to move at all. There really isn't anything in there "cleansing" your colon. Just making you have a bowel movement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer