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Question:

What is the cause of diarrhea and constipation?

Drew

Answer:

Dear Drew,

Watery stools or diarrhea, result from any condition that rushes indigested food residue through the large intestine before it has had sufficient time to absorb the water (as an irritation of the colon by bacteria) .

Conversely when food residue remains in the large intestine for extended periods (as with atonic colon or failure of the defecation reflex) excessive water is absorbed and the stool becomes hard and difficult to pass causing (constipation).


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