Our daughter who is 4 seems to have less than normal bowel movements sometimes going without for 4 to 5 days.

Our daughter, who is four, seems to have less than normal bowel movements sometimes going four to five days without. The last couple of bowel movements have been hard and we have seen traces of blood in the stool. Our pediatrician has prescribed Dulcolax, a stool softener, twice daily with no real success. The...

Since my daughter was born she has had a problem with not going to the bathroom everyday.

This is a rather "delicate" subject with my daughter. Ever since she was born, she has had a problem with not going to the bathroom every day and therefore having very large stools. We have tried a variety of remedies Metamucil, orange juice every morning, cereal with bran flakes or oat flakes. Nothing seems...

Where can I find a dietitian who works with people who want to eat more fiber or have problems with consitpation?

Where can I find a dietitian who works with people who want to eat more fiber or have problems with constipation? The Medical Nutrition and Nutrition Entrepreneurs dietetic practice groups of the American Dietetic Association provide medical nutrition therapy based on your diagnosis. Dietitians often have their own private practice nutrition counseling services in...

I have had a few patients wanting to know if they could take Chitosol as a fiber supplement.

I am currently working as an outpatient dietitian. I recently have had a few patients wanting to know if they could take Chitosol as a fiber supplement. I advised against it for a variety of reasons. I just wanted to get your opinion on this product. Thank you. I checked several over the counted medication...

I have hemorrhoids and I was wondering if this is related to my poor eating habits?

I have a question. I know I have an eating disorder of some sort. I alternate between overeating and extreme diets. Anyway, I have hemorrhoids, and I was wondering if this condition is at all related to my poor eating habits? If you could also give me any information on eating disorders it would...

Is Psyllium Seed (in Metamucil) made of seaweed?

Is Psyllium Seed (in Metamucil) made of seaweed? If yes can it contain large amounts of iodine that may aggravate hypothyroidism (low thyroid hormones)? Psyllium seeds are soluble and insoluble sources of fiber from a plant (plantago ovata), not seaweed and to the best of my knowledge do not contain iodine. I could not find...

I read in a magazine about ProFibe. Do you know where to locate it?

I recently read in a magazine about ProFibe. I am having a lot of difficulties locating it in the natural food stores. Can you give me any ideas on where to locate it? Thank you very much. Haven't a clue. My question is why do you want to use it? What are the reported benefits?...

I purchased a Vita-Mix blender. What is the recommended amount of fiber per person per day?

Hello, I just purchased a Vita-Mix (blender) to blend fruit and vegetable drinks. I would like to find out what is the recommended amount of fiber intake per person per day. Should children consume the same amount of fiber? Also, I don't like to eat fruit by chewing it. However, blending into juice is...

At the pharmacy, I was told the best diet pill was in the laxative section. I picked up FiberCon. What is in it?

I went to the pharmacy and asked about diet stuff and was told the best diet pill in the place was in the laxative section. I picked up a package of FiberCon and started taking one with a big glass of water around 11 AM and another (with water) around 4 PM. It seems...

What is bran?

What is bran? You hear so much about fiber and bran lately. My grandmother used to tell us to eat roughage. Why? Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Bran is the brown, outer covering of cereal grains such as wheat, rye, oats, barley, corn, and rice. The body does not digest...

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