The same people who brought us the Bristol Stool Scale (you should check this out if you want to rate your bowel movements!?) took the simple step of asking people what their bowel movements were like. These Brits studied over 1,900 men and women and concluded: “conventionally normal bowel function is enjoyed by less than half the population.”
That is worth repeating. Fewer than half of all people have normal bowel movements.
That means that a healthy digestive system is not the norm. When they broadened the definition beyond what is conventionally normal, but still within the range of reasonable, the study found that “normal stool types … accounted for only 56% of all stools in women and 61% in men.” Interestingly and maybe not surprisingly, they noted that “most defecations occurred in the early morning and earlier in men than in women.”
They also found that age had no significant effect on bowel habit or stool type. It didn’t matter how old you were, you still were just as susceptible to bowel irregularities. This is a pattern also born out at the IBS Treatment Center. Age is irrelevant to us. And we’ve also found age does not affect the chance that we can successfully cure your problem.
Another way of looking at this whole issue is to point out the flip side. This study found that it is abnormal to be healthy. This is a trend that we are unfortunately seeing in our species. Normal health is no longer being defined by being healthy, but by the degree of separation from health. (Another example of this is headaches. It is considered normal to have headaches.) This is a significant problem, and should give you pause.
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Article Courtesy: Dr. Stephen Wangen
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