POSTS WITH TAG: digestive issues

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    When 18-year-old Ayperi Alekseeva developed stomach cramps and became so sick she couldn't eat or drink, doctors were baffled. So they decided to X-ray her intestines and what they saw in her tummy is something you normally only associate with kitty cats. Alekseeva had a nine-pound hairball in her stomach. Nine pounds! We're talking, like, a baby made of hair. In her stomach. OMG. How did this happen?

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    Ever gotten some really crazy, unsolicited advice about how to care for your child's eczema? People say a lot of dumb things when they are actually trying to be helpful. As the old saying goes, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." Well, so is the road to a mom hating you. Check out the 7 things you should NEVER say to a mom of a kid with eczema.

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    Who knew this one surgical cut could do this much damage? A couple is suing over what they call a "botched" episiotomy they say left the new mom with severe digestive problems and worse. Amy Herbst gave birth at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital at Fort Campbell, Kentucky nearly two years ago. She says her nurse-midwife, Tiffany Williams, administered an episiotomy without her consent -- and that she faces numerous reparative surgeries and may have to end her career as an opera singer.

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    Let's talk about poop, bay-bee. Let's talk about you and number two. Let's talk about all the good things, and the bad things, in your poop. Let's talk about poop! Hey, if Cameron Diaz can talk about poop, so can we. Cameron, who appeared on the Dr. Oz Show to flog her new health book, chugged an entire liter of water on the show to demonstrate how she likes to get her bowels moving in the morning. She said:

    This is the best way for me to go poop in the morning. Water wakes you up. First I brush my teeth because I don't want to swallow all the bacteria in my teeth from the night before. So I make sure that's gone and then I ...

    She then proceeded to drink the entire liter of water. And now you know why we're gonna practically run out of drinking water by 2030. Thanks, Cameron! But Cam has a good point. Poop really can be a good indicator of your health. Let's check out our crap. Here are 6 things to look for.

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    Call me repressed, but I would rather share my most intimate and embarrassing secret than talk about what I do on the toilet. And I'm not the only one. Some of us grew up thinking our toilets are dirty, secret places where we go to do our business -- and even turn on the faucet so company doesn't hear us -- and then flush and forget it ever happened. 

    But our thoughts about the potty might change sooner than we realize. The "toilet of the future" is headed our way and it honestly sounds like a porcelain miracle. It features a built-in screening system that can actually check your waste for kidney disease, diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, and even pregnancy. But before you run to put your name on a waiting list, ask yourself this: are you willing to get with the times by...squatting

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    I fart.

    This is because I am a human being who exists on the planet. As such, tooting happens. I mean, not if we have just started dating. For those first few blissful weeks, I store up my farts and take a special bus out to a field upstate where I stand quietly expelling noxious gases for several hours. Don't ask  me where upstate, because I won't tell you. I need my privacy. 

    But if you are a long-time partner, a family member, a friend, you have probably been around me when it's happened. I'm not, admittedly a 12-year old boy about it. I have a certain base-line level of shame, after all. But, and this is key, I'm not going to let my shame prevent me from living a happy life, nor am I going to let it to do me physical harm. If I held in my farts? That's exactly what would happen.

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    Talk about a beer gut! A Texas man has a rare disorder that results in food being fermented inside of his stomach. In other words, it turns into alcohol! In fact, the guy was so sloshed all of the time that his family all thought he was an alcoholic! On the contrary, he had something called Gut Fermentation Syndrome, or "auto-brewery syndrome" (perfect name), which meant that when he ate starches, he had a chemical reaction that turned his food into hooch.

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    If you're planning on having friends and family over to celebrate the Fourth of July, you might want to consider having some gluten-free buns for those hamburgers and hot dogs. Maybe a gluten-free pie or cookies to boot. Because more now than ever before, people are experimenting with -- or committing to -- a gluten-free diet, whether or not they've been diagnosed with celiac disease. Going gluten-free may be the only thing that has helped them address certain G.I., autoimmune, or hormonal issues, but some experts are still hyper-critical, skeptical, and certain gluten sensitivity is rare and claiming you suffer from it is a fad.

    Now, not only are they saying people aren't to be trusted to eat a well-rounded, nutritious, and gluten-free diet, but researchers say gluten sensitivity isn't triggered by gluten at all.

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    Okay, everybody, it's TMI time. For as long as I can remember, I've gotten up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. If it's only once, I consider it a good night. Some nights, it can be three, four times. Some nights, I get up several times before I fall asleep as a "precaution," but then still have to get up once or twice and interrupt my sleep. In fact, where a bathroom is in an apartment is a dealbreaker for me. Once, I lived in an apartment that had a bathroom down a flight of stairs. I agonized over whether to live there, and finally decided to give it a try. I thought maybe my bladder would adjust. It didn't. Little did I realize that I have something called "nocturnia," which affects one third of the population.

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    Confession: While I've been known to poke fun at Gwyneth Paltrow now and again (come on, it's like shooting fish(mongers) in a barrel!), I find myself hesitating to criticize her latest cookbook craze/crazy cookbook. It's All Good is all about how getting rid of gluten, sugar, meat, eggs and dairy has revolutionized her health -- not to mention the health of her unwittingly-along-for-the-ride family. Most of the flack Paltrow is fielding has to do with her admission that occasionally, yes, her kids get really hungry. And while, as a mom, I'm not so sure what I think about whether elimination diets are appropriate for kids, I have to admit ... I lived the gluten/dairy/egg/meat-free way for a while myself, and I felt ... mostly ... all good.

    I wasn't trying to be cool or anything -- my doctor at the time suggested the diet as a remedy for what he suspected was celiac disease, a digestive disorder triggered by gluten intolerance.

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