8 Things Your Pooping Habits Say About You

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 Let’s talk about poop—seriously. It’s something we’ve talked about before, so chances are, you already know when your movements look or smell weird (if you need a refresher, here are 7 things your poop says about you). But what about the way you go No. 2—how long it takes, how often you go, how you sit on the toilet…you get the idea. We consulted a few trusty gastroenterologists to get the facts straight. Here’s what they had to say about your pooping habits.

1. There’s no rule that says you have to go once a day.

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“On average, people go once or twice a day,” says Felice Schnoll-Sussman, MD, director of the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at New York-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine. “But many people go way more.” And not pooping for a day, two, or even three can also be fine. In short, if you feel OK—no upset stomach, no trouble making it to the bathroom on time—then you probably don’t need to worry.

“The rule with pooping is there’s no such thing as normal—just normal from one person’s perspective,” says Schnoll-Sussman. So what if you’re a once-a-day pooper who’s suddenly going three or four times a day? Schnoll-Sussman says that it could be as simple as your diet (eat some sketchy meat recently?) or as complex as an infectious diarrheal disease. It could even be a good change; maybe you’ve started eating more fiber, for example. The important thing is to go to your doctor if your new pooping schedule gives you a constant upset stomach or your frequent bathroom trips start to make social situations, umm, awkward.

2. Being regular’s a good thing.
If you can set your watch to your bowel movements, it means that you have a healthy digestive system. But don’t worry if you aren’t quite so regular. You can poop at any point in the day, but experts have noticed that it’s common to visit the porcelain throne first thing in the morning. “Most people eat the heaviest meal in the evening,” Schnoll-Sussman says. “So when you wake up, there’s been hours and hours for food to digest and position itself in your bowel.” She also explains that when you’re lying flat, your bowels close off so you won’t feel enough pressure to wake up to poop. But when you stand up, your bowels open and everything shifts downward.

The second-most common time to poop has nothing to do with biology and everything to do with human nature: Lots of people head to the bathroom when they get home from work. “It’s simply because there’s time to relax and have a bowel movement,” says Lisa Ganjhu, DO, FACG, AGAF, an clinical associate professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center.

3. Running to the bathroom after meals doesn’t always signal trouble.
If dinner seems like it goes right through you, it’s not because you have a super-efficient digestive system. Instead, Ganjhu says, it’s more like your digestive tract never grew up. “Pooping right after you eat is a reflex babies have,” she says. For some people, that reflex never goes away.

Though it might not be ideal, having to be near a bathroom after meals is perfectly normal and isn’t anything to worry about, says Schnoll-Sussman. The stool you pass after dinner isn’t from the food you just put in your mouth (even if eating is what triggered the “got to go” reflex), so your body has had plenty of time to soak up the nutrients. The only problem, Schnoll-Sussman says, is if your poop is runny, floats, and smells terrible—that likely means that you’re not absorbing fats well. In that case, you should make an appointment with a gastroenterologist.

4. Coffee really does really get things going.

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You know it’s true, but you might be curious as to why. Ganjhu says it’s because caffeine stimulates your bowels. The drug makes your gut contract, which in turn pushes stool toward your rectum. “So it’s not uncommon for people to have their morning coffee and then have a poop,” Ganjhu says.

5. Periods and more poop go hand-in-hand.
Add this to the list of unfair things: Getting your period often means cramps, bloating, and…more time on the toilet. Ganjhu says it has to do with hormones. “A lot of women say they have looser stool on their periods,” she says. Scientists believe it’s because the hormones you release during your cycle, called prostaglandins, trigger your uterus to contract and can sometimes get into your bowels and cause them to contract as well. And contracting bowels means more bowel movements.

6. Your technique matters.

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If you feel like pushing stool out takes eons, Schnoll-Sussman says it could be because you’re not sitting right. Science has proven that the most effective position for going No. 2 isn’t at the 90-degree angle created by sitting on a typical toilet, but more of a 45-degree angle that you get when you squat over the ground. It harkens back to the time of our ancestors, when toilets didn’t exist and everyone had to squat to go to the bathroom. Squatting changes the position of your rectum so it’s at an angle that lets poop slip out with minimal effort, Schnoll-Sussman says. Unfortunately, it’s not an easy position to master on modern toilets. Our suggestion: Try a Squatty Potty—Schnoll-Sussman says they really do work.

7. Vacation constipation is totally normal.
Stop us if this sounds familiar: You’re on a family vacation, enjoying relaxing days on the beach with sun and sand, but there’s just one problem—you haven’t pooped for days. One study estimated that 40% of people experience vacation constipation, although both Schnoll-Sussman and Ganjhu say it’s impossible to know the real number.

So what’s the problem? “Just sitting on a plane for a few hours is enough to dry your colon out,” says Schnoll-Sussman. The atmospheric pressure inside a plane is different than the pressure outside, so it slowly sucks water out of your body and your bowels. Dehydration worsens as you spend all your time at the beach or sightseeing and forget to drink as much water as you do at home. Meanwhile, you’re probably eating tons of (possibly fried and fatty) foods that you normally don’t eat. And having to get down to business in an unfamiliar place—perhaps in a different time zone—can also make your colon extra shy.

8. Take all the time you need.
Do you read the whole newspaper—or get through several levels of Candy Crush—on the toilet? There’s nothing wrong with taking your sweet time or with pooping super-fast. If it takes you 5 minutes, great, but if it takes 20, that’s OK, too, says Schnoll-Sussman. “Most times you don’t even have to think about it,” Ganjhu says. “The colon knows when it is empty and done.”

That said, if pooping seems to take forever because you’re really straining—or because you need to manipulate your bowels to help yourself poop by sitting a certain way or even sticking a finger in your anus—you ought to see a gastroenterologist. “Some people who have a lot of difficulty may have some anatomical abnormalities that could be impinging on the rectum,” Schnoll-Sussman says.

 

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Happy New Year: 10 Steps to Natural Health + Wellness

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     Mainstream medicine appears suddenly poised to differentiate and define an entirely new human organ:  the Mesentary, also called the Omentum.  Using common sense, critical observation, and a conceptual shift from the accepted medical paradigm, researchers have  discovered that the Mesentary is indeed an organ. It is the continuous, fatty, protective and lymphatic sheath holding the intestines in place.

We’ve known for awhile now that it contains transmitters and neurotropic factors extremely useful in many surgeries.  It can promote vascularization in any tissue that it’s placed near.  What does this all mean for us?  Breaking research in 2017 might now begin explaining  IBS, inflammatory bowel disease and a host of ‘mystery ‘ illnesses  that until now have had no apparent cause except  ‘the patients immune system is ‘weak’.  That explanation is beside the point, and It’s a circular logic that blames the victims. We want to know WHY?  And of course, we need to learn what we can do to promote normal regulation.  We know that lymphatic function is  damaged by heavy metal exposure, parasite, viral or other infection, or even blocked regulation of another distant organ or system.
Let’s review some healthy, easy and natural steps everyone can take every day to enhance lymphatic drainage, gut health and promote better autonomic regulation overall.

1.  Drink filtered water with lemon.
2.  Sleep 8 hours at night.
3.  Build a daily spiritual practice.
4.  Practice community building in your own way.
5.  Eat raw, organic and fermented foods like Kim chi, kombucha, kefir, yogurt, sour cream and raw cheeses and milks,
6.  Use organic oils of Sesame, Coconut, Grapeseed, and Olive, and  cultured butter and ghee. Use probiotics.
7.    Use digestive enzymes and eat less.
8.  Build a daily diet using mainly legumes, fruits, veges and nuts.
9.   Learn manual lymphatic drainage techniques from a professional. Practice daily dry brushing, Qi Gong breathing, visualization, meditation, yoga and mindful walking.  Stretch.  Keep moving.
10.  Use herbs to reduce inflammation, promote drainage and enhance immunity, like Kachaan guggle, Turmeric,  (Curcumin), Ashwaganda, and (finally) Cannabis (CBD), one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory resources on the planet.  It’s legal and available in effective, non-psychoactive forms.  Cannacare is the local resource for inquiry re: medical marijuana.
If you resolve to include even one or two of the suggestions above, your regulation will improve over time.  If you’ve already been handed a diagnosis, seek out clinical treatments to correct lymphatics including colon therapy, far infrared sauna, ionic footbath, Ayurvedic pancha karma, acupuncture and massage for lymphatic drainage, as well as chiropractic care and naturopathic treatments.

Where do you begin?
You can initiate your journey using regulation thermography, a non invasive, indirect measure of overall autoregulation that prioritizes your needs, including recommendations for correction, and a follow up treatment with Dr. Joann Monteiro of Seekonk Family Chiropractic.  She currently offers a full network of services and follow up options for both women and men through SeacoastBreastHeatlh.com

Time Magazine has recently reported that cancer treatments overall are becoming more focused on wellness.  Several large centers are adopting a more comprehensive approach to care.  Evaluation includes anxiety, depression, loss of work and financial stress, diet, exercise and group support.  The research is in:  managing these factors mindfully influences treatment outcomes and patient satisfaction in positive ways.  All these findings are starting off a hopeful for mainstream as well as integrative practitioners and their patients.  All of us deserve a new year of radiant health starting right now!

Jillian VanNostrand, R.N., & Shabnam Hashemi, R.N.

References
Coffee, J.C., FRCS, and O’Leary, D.P., PhD
The Mesentary:  Structure, Function and Role In Disease.  Lancet, Vol 1, No. 3, pp238-247, Nov, 2016.
World J Gastroenterology,  2000. April 15, pp 169-176.
Indian Journal of Surgery, Vol 68, No. 3, May-June 2006.

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Tis the Season… for Bone Broth!

So, you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to travel more, and one to eat better.

Good news: those goals are entirely compatible. Almost every culture incorporates restorative foods into its cuisine as much for their delicious flavors as for their beneficial nutrients. Treat yourself to the best of both worlds.

1. Bone Broth
International

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Though long a staple of traditional home cooking in many cultures, bone broth is currently gaining momentum with a health-conscious crowd around the globe. Restaurants like Brodo in New York City and Brothl in Melbourne are serving long-simmered broths (including vegetarian, beef, and even breakfast varieties), which supposedly have fortifying minerals and collagens.

 

2. Ginger
Burma

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Warm, spicy ginger is universally regarded as an anti-inflammatory powerhouse, which may also help boost metabolism and ease digestion. Naomi Duguid’s recipe for this addictively crunchy salad from Burma is loaded with the bright taste of pickled ginger.

 

3. Fresh Juice
USA

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Though the benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables are acknowledged around the world, their use in detoxifying juice cleanses has reached epic proportions in the U.S. (Though the benefits of these cleanses are debated, it can’t hurt to get more fruits and veggies in your diet.) Moon Juice’s two Los Angeles outposts offer inspired combinations like pineapple with cucumber and jalapeño.

 

4. Bitter Greens
Italy

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Italians are known for their masterful use of bitter greens—from escarole and chicory to puntarelle and arugula—which are reputed to promote liver detox, reduce cravings and purify the blood. The spiny cardoon, a relative of the thistle, lends its sharp flavor to an Italian gratin in this recipe from Lidia Bastianich.

 

5. Oysters
France

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Low in fat and high in protein, oysters have historically been known—for better or worse—as a libido enhancer, thanks to high levels of testosterone-promoting zinc. France has traditionally been one of the world’s top consumers of these briny bivalves, so eat them the French way: topped with a frozen Champagne mignonette, a riff on the classic sauce that accompanies oysters.

 

6. Turmeric
India

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Though it’s a fiery orange color (and will turn your hands yellow if you use the root), turmeric is an anti-inflammatory thought to calm the respiratory system. Its mildly bitter flavor is pervasive in Indian cuisine, and it’s one of the few spices used in kitchari, a soothing porridge of split yellow mung beans and white basmati rice.

 

7. Honey
Spain

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Prized for its antioxidant and antibacterial properties, honey’s natural sugars also speed up the oxidation of alcohol by the liver. Combined with immune-boosting, probiotic whey, it is frozen into an ethereal sorbet that appears on Alex Raij’s Iberian-inflected menu at La Vara in Brooklyn.

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Mammography versus Thermography for Breast Cancer Detection

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According to breastcancer.org, one in eight women will develop breast cancer in the U.S. alone. The trick to surviving this unfortunate disease, is early detection. Luckily, there are several options available to detect cancer cells in the body. Some people use MRI, ultrasounds, and self-examination. The most popular, yet potentially fatal screening test that most women are recommended for is mammography. Mammography is a painful and ineffective way of detecting breast cancer in women. The most effective, however underutilized test is thermography, which records visual images of any part of the body using infrared sensors.

Mammography

  • An outdated screening technique used to detect breast cancer
  • This extremely uncomfortable test uses X-rays to capture images of cancer cells
  • The radiation that emanates from Mammography can actual increase a person’s chance of breast cancer by up to 15%, causing the exact disease they are trying to help prevent.
  • Mammography is very ineffective in its techniques, as most tests only detect about 40% of breast cancer patients.
  • In order for a Mammogram to accurately detect breast cancer, the cancer cells have to already appear as a tumor of a certain size, meaning that early detection is impossible.
  • Mammograms have an extremely excessive rate of false positives, meaning that the test will find cancer where there isn’t any. This leads to unnecessary anxieties, and pointless treatments like biopsies, or radiation.

Thermography?

  • The safest, most effective way of early detection in breast cancer is through thermography.
  • Thermography is a painless, noninvasive test that records thermal images with a visible light rainbow scale
  • Thermography does not give off any radiation, but instead uses heat patterns to detect imbalances in the body.
  • This FDA approved test has an incredible detection rate of 90% and can be increased even further when paired with an Ultrasound.
  • Perhaps the best fact about this cancer screening test is that there does not have to be a tumor present to identify the existence of cancer cells.
  • Unlike Mammography, Thermography does not produce false positives, and is completely affordable.
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    Dr. Nick Delgado, PhD (www.delgadoprotocol.com) is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC). He studied Physical Therapy at Rancho Los Amigo Hospital, Health Sciences at Loma Linda University, and Nutrition at CSLB. Dr. Delgado directed the Nathan Pritikin Plan, and is certified in NLP, Time Line, and Hypnotherapy. With an emphasis on optimal sports performance. Dr. Delgado broke the World Strength Endurance record, lifting 50,640 lbs in one hour, and led Team USA to a World Championship. He is a medical commentator in the WHN Forum.

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Homeopathic Teething Gels May Pose Risk


Parents should throw away any homeopathic teething tablets and gels they may be using, since they may pose a risk to infants and children, the Food and Drug Administration is warning.

The products are manufactured or distributed by CVS, Hyland’s Homeopathic and other companies and are sold online and in retail stores. Seizures, lethargy and other problems have been reported in children using the products.

CVS has voluntarily withdrawn the products, and Hyland’s has issued a statement saying that it is “fully cooperating with the F.D.A.’s inquiry.”

The F.D.A. issued a similar warning in 2010, saying that the products contain “inconsistent amounts” of belladonna, a plant compound that can be dangerous at high doses. At that time, Hyland’s recalled its products, changed the formula and then began selling them again in 2011.

The current F.D.A. warning does not mention belladonna or other specific components of the products as posing health risks. Hyland’s statement said that the amount of belladonna in the product is two-trillionths of a gram per tablet and that “a child would have to eat multiple bottles at once to experience the first side effect of belladonna, which is typically dry mouth.”

An F.D.A. spokeswoman, Lyndsay Meyer, said that the agency is “currently investigating this issue, including testing product samples and analyzing the adverse-event reports.”

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How to Stay Compassionately Engaged…

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Five Ways to Avoid ‘Bad-News Fatigue’ and Stay Compassionately Engaged

by Shannon Sexton

Like many people in the yoga community, I want to take a stand against violence, injustice, and divisive rhetoric in the world. But I’m ashamed to admit that, lately, I’ve got bad-news fatigue.

According to longtime activist and yoga teacher Seane Corn, I’m not alone. “Most people just keep taking in more and more information, until they feel overwhelmed,” Seane says. “Their nervous systems become deregulated, and they start to shut down or feel sick.” But the less we’re engaged with what’s going on in the world, she points out—the less we’re paying attention, protesting, and advocating—the more fear, violence, and injustice reign.

I asked a couple of yoga-practicing activists how we can stay compassionately engaged—while reading the news, bearing witness to injustice, taking a stand on issues that matter—yet still take care of ourselves, so that we have the strength and the courage to make a difference long-term.

Transform your inner world.

Kundalini Yoga teacher Guru Jagat, author of the forthcoming book Invincible Living and the founder of RA MA Institute for Applied Yogic Science and Technology, says, “To me, the new activism is about doing practices that help you touch that eternal space of peace and happiness in yourself, which you then take out to the world.”

She says she does her yoga, meditation, and pranayama practices every morning so that she can make herself “strong enough to engage with the world from as high of a level” as she can, “with as much energy and generosity” as she can. “The whole reason we do spiritual practices is to cultivate enough energy to become the trailblazers and thought leaders that the world needs now,” she says.

Reframe your perspective.

When we watch the news or scroll through our social media feeds, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all of the violence, injustice, and hateful rhetoric in the world. But the way Guru Jagat sees it, “there’s only a small minority of people on this planet who want the majority of the population to be in fear.” She says it’s important to remember that “the majority of people want peace. They want schools and families and economies that work for everyone. They want harmonious nation-states.” When you find yourself getting overwhelmed or afraid, try looking at the world through this positive lens.

Guru Jagat also suggests cultivating the ability to look at one topic, conflict, or situation from multiple perspectives. For example, explore content on one particular issue that has been published by different political groups, different news outlets, different experts, and/or different witnesses or citizens. Consider each perspective (including those that you’re averse to), and start to suss out the true story. Share that…..

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Shannon Sexton is the former editor-in-chief of Yoga International magazine and a freelance writer, editor, and strategist based in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

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RIEDS Guest Lecture: Radical Remedies

Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
Rhode Island Support Group

Individuals with EDS have a defect in their connective tissue, the tissue that provides support to many body parts such as the skin, muscles and ligaments. The fragile skin and unstable joints found in EDS are the result of faulty collagen. Collagen is a protein, which acts as a “glue” in the body, adding strength and elasticity to connective tissue.

For more information about EDS please visit EDNF.org
We are a support group for those with all types of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and their caregivers, family and friends.

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JILLIAN VanNOSTRAND, R.N., graduated from Brown University, magna cum laude, ’76, with a degree in psychology, and also from Newport Hospital School of Nursing, ’83. She has been a professional medicinal herbalist, registered nurse, certified midwife, sex educator and counselor for both adults and adolescents. She is also a colon therapist with advanced certification and a 15 year private practice. She has 30 years of formal education, practical knowledge, and teaching experience in natural wellbeing and regulation, with a focus on women’s health. She will be talking to us about colonics and digestive health. For more information about the guest speaker: http://www.radicalremedies.com/html/j…

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