Gastroenterology/Withholding stool

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Hi! I'm a 16-year-old diabetic boy. Recently I noticed that I have a habit of holding in stool. I can't recall how long has this been going for, but I'd assume I have learned this during my childhood. Every time I'd get the urge I'd just ignore it and usually defecate the next day, resulting in large stools. I have been searching about this on the Internet and I do realize it's definitely not a good habit, so I want to stop it. For about a week now, I have tried to defecate every day. I don't get the urge to go, but usually I can defecate if I "push" a little. I know straining isn't healthy, but I'm not sure if this is called straining and if one should be able to defecate without any pushing at all. I feel like the urge to defecate has suppressed because I have ignored it, so that's why I have to push to defecate. I have read about anorectal nerve damage, distended bowels, hemorrhoids, rectal prolapse etc. resulting from withholding stool and straining. The list seems endless. What should I do to restore normal bowel habits? I'm also quite scared that I have already caused bad permanent damage.

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Dear, J!

Scarring and stress are not a solution. The practical way is ‘What I have to do to improve my health’.
I joke to my patient’ If you think eat or not to eat? - Do not!’ If you think go to the bathroom or not? Run.

Every day in the morning and before going to bed, go to the bathroom without books, telephone, other distracting’s and focus on the elimination 5-7 minutes. Be patient! You may restore your reflex.
You know that diabetes is not only high blood glucose but, also the deficiency of the water-soluble vitamins, minerals (magnesium, potassium), bicarbonates and trace elements (chromium, cobalt, zinc and more). Look for the holistic, naturopathic specialist who may help you to avoid consequences of diabetes and side effects of its treatments.

Next, your pancreas besides the producing of the insulin is responsible for digestion. Digestive and metabolic functions of the pancreas are interrelated. Even your Hb1C is OK; you have to be on healthy for pancreas, alkaline diet. I wrote about it in my EBook. Do not use the laxative. Instead use fresh, raw vegetable blend and drink in the morning Karlovy Vary healing mineral water. I think you may buy the salt in Europe. Physical activities, abdominal massage, and acupuncture can be beneficial.  

Have good health.

Peter Melamed, PhD
Biotherapy Clinic of San Francisco

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I can answer all questions about digestive health, especially in focus on the non-drug, non-surgery treatment. It includes healing diet, acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, healing mineral water, abdominal massage, and cleansing techniques. All these practices are widely used by gastroenterologists all over the world.

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This is my everyday job at Biotherapy Alternative Medicine Clinic in San Francisco. I have decades of the experience of working as an MD in ICU, outpatient department and privet practice. I have helped many of my patients with the chronic digestive disorders by using the non-drug, non-knife approach for the 20 years.

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I published many articles on internet about gastrointestinal disorders. 1. Peter Melamed, Ph.D., Felix Melamed, LAc, MSTCM. EBook Healthy Pancreas, Healthy You. Publisher Biotherapy, Inc, September 2014 https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/236176#/longdescr 2. Peter Melamed, Felix Melamed. Chronic Metabolic Acidosis Destroys Pancreas. JOP. J Pancreas (Online) 2014 Nov 28; 15(6): 552-560 http://pancreas.imedpub.com/chronic-metabolic-acidosis-destroys-pancreas.pdf 3. Peter Melamed, Felix Melamed. Short Review of Our Work - "Chronic Metabolic Acidosis Destroys Pancreas" with Focus on the Functional Exocrine Pancreatic Disorders JOP. J Pancreas (Online) 2015 Jul 08; 16(4):365-368 http://pancreas.imedpub.com/short-review-of-our-work--chronic-metabolic-acidosis-destroys-pancreas-with-focus-on-the-functional-exocrine-pancreatic-disorders.pdf 4. Peter Melamed, PhD, and Felix Melamed, MS. Acidity Kills the Pancreas. Townsend Letter, the Examiner of Alternative Medicine. August/September 2015, p. 74-80 http://www.townsendletter.com/AugSept2015/acid0815.html 5. Peter Melamed, Felix Melamed. The Role of the Metabolic Acidosis in the Development of Chronic Pancreatitis. SM Group (USA) Chronic Pancreatitis: Recent Advances. 2015, Aug 10 http://www.smgebooks.com/chronic-pancreatitis/chapters/CP-15-01.pdf

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MD, Ph.D. in the medical science and also LicAc, RN

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