Yesterday I was in GI Lab. Sometimes when we do colonoscopy there is 'poor prep' or 'residue stool left in the colon'. The gastroenterologist has to wash it out.
This is often because as we get older, the 'motility' of the bowel weakens, and slows down.
I saw many diverticula, outpouchings of bowel near the perforating blood vessels, a result of high intraluminal bowel pressure too.
How do you know if you are constipated? There is a picture to look at, that shows you what constipated, healthy, and watery 'poop' looks like. Many are constipated because they just don't know they are. Here is the picture (second link provided in the hyperlink attached is bigger, and here is just the picture too) and the story of 'what is what': http://reikidoc.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-bristol-stool-chart-reiki-story.html
Dr. Shulze has some products that have turned people's lives around. I am sending the link to the home page, so you may read the testimonials: https://www.herbdoc.com (Intestinal Formula 1--take it with dinner because there is cayenne in it.)
And the 'Emptyness' line by Chakrafood, a Korean master herbalists' two step product that is used in chemo patients and in hospitals. It's from Berkeley. You take one packet dry in your mouth, chase it with a glass of water, then take two small capsules. Here is the link for them: http://www.chakrafood.com (just call to order or find the health food store nearest you-- I tried on MAC and also on a PC, and the program gets 'stuck' at the zip code calculate part)
They are both reputable.
What about children? Many of them are in fact constipated. Little ones would rather play, and 'hold it'. Even the gastroenterologist I worked with yesterday said at his elementary school, there were no doors on the stalls, and who would want to go like that where everyone could see? He said nobody used it.
I found this laxative--my son agreed to take it because he has 'rabbit pellets' right now (I'm sorry to be so blunt but as a mother I think you moms should know to ask your children from time to time how 'everything's going?')--http://www.renewlife.com/buddy-bear-gentle-lax.html
I also bought everything my mom said to try--prunes (he hated them), dried apricots ('disgusting'), applesauce, fruits and vegetables (he's picky), increasing water intake, and exercise such as walking.
A gastroenterologist said to put some miralax in the food. It's odorless and tasteless, and really is helpful for just about all children. But something held me back.
According to mom, there comes a time in everyone's life where 'you need to take something for maintenance'. For her, it's applesauce and prune juice every day, and if she misses it one day, she notices it the day after. She has had clostridium difficult colitis several times while in the hospital after her bladder cancer surgery, and this part of her health is very important to her.
I hope you don't mind taking the time to go over elimination in this blog post. It is an important subject. Many in Hawaii in the times of the Kahuna were 'blocked up' and the major efforts and tools of the Kahuna were directed at opening the elimination process. Otherwise a quick death was a result.
If you ask me, one of the prime ways for a 'slow death' at the hands of 'those who do not have our best interest at heart' will have something to do with the colon. I can't put my finger on it, but I just feel in my gut there are slow toxins or something in there to decrease our vitality by affecting this organ system.
And if you suffer from inflammatory bowel disease, know this man 'cured' his ulcerative colitis with diet--that's an important data point too--http://healthwatchman.com
He had nothing to lose, and he gave it a try.
Love, and Light.
Aloha and Mahalos,
P.S. The chakra that is affected by constipation is the yellow chakra, the solar plexus. According to Louise Hay and Mona Lisa Shulz, M.D., the imbalance is refusing to let go of the past/stuck in old ideas/ stinginess. The affirmation to use to remedy this is: As I release the past, the new and fresh and vital enter. I allow life to flow through me.
And of course, there is always Reiki, self Reiki, too.
P.P.S. my general surgeon heard this song and said, 'Look! It's the hemorrhoid song!' (general surgeons fix them, but he wasn't at the time). These recommendations work for hemorrhoids too.
Ring of Fire, Johnny Cash