Ok, not Winnie the Pooh. During the course of pulling together some research this month on gut instinct, aka the enteric brain (more to come later), I was trying to catch up with some facts I’d read awhile back on holding in the intestine and bowel that occurs as part of the flight or fight instinct.
Wow. Can I just say that what I encountered when I googled ‘bowel’ was a little crazier than I thought it would be? Salon, a hip on-line magazine, actually went to Union Square here in the city and filmed interviews about bowel movements. Really, I … well, I kid you not.
It was in service of an extremely important aspect of your health, your bowels. Salon’s Leslie Crawford camped it up admirably, in her story, “The bowel movement,” captioned:
“What is your poo telling you about your health? It’s the burning question that has everybody’s head in the toilet these days.” Read the whole article.
When my sister’s kids were little I mailed them the book Everybody Poops which made me, briefly, their favorite aunt, and for somewhat longer than that, my sister’s least trusted sibling. Today, I’m alerting her and you to an equal resource on the internet, Dr. Stool (“Like a snowflake, each poo has a wondrous uniqueness.”) If you have questions that you’re embarrassed to ask directly, you can find answers on this website. Remember though, bowel health is serious. Any concerning issues should be discussed immediately with your doctor.
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