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September 1999 Issue

Constipation: How to Find Relief Without Laxatives

Part 1 of a three-part "G.I. series."No matter what you call it, "sluggish bowels" or "slow go," constipation is no fun. Yet almost everyone experiences it at one time or another. Constipation is defined as infrequent or difficult bowel movements, typically three consecutive days without a movement. Yet what's "normal" varies widely. For some people, every three days is de rigeur. Others move their bowels daily. You need to know what's normal for

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