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26 Sep 2007

laxatives
hi doc, i havea friend who is addicted to laxatives, but they are natural, she eats and then before bed time takes a laxative, after her meal, specially after something fattening, but i am concerned, would it actually help rid the junk, or is she just damaging her self

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Concerned Friend
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Concerned Friend
Excessive use of harsh laxatives (no matter if they are 'natural' or not), is potentially harmful as it destroys the body's normal bowel function, and can lead to deficiencies. It may cause slight weight loss, but the best way to lose weight is by using a balanced, low-fat, energy-reduced diet and daily aerobic exercise. Tell your friend to take care. If she has colon problems, she can click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on 'DietDoc's articles' and read Articles 123 and 124 about healthy colon practices and what to eat to keep her colon healthy.
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DietDoc
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