Constipation, of humans and their beloved animals, is a mega-bucks business. When I check on the financial performance of constipation medications, I notice companies developing them are among the big players in the share market.
recently approved to be sold as Linzess in US and as Constella in UK
and Europe, is projected to earn more than 2 billion dollars in USA
alone within seven years of its launching.
There are good reasons for their profit. We have more formidable challenges today in combating constipation.
From the day a tiny baby is born , avoidable constipation awaits. Even the breastfed ones, when mothers eat constipating food/medication and pass it through breastfeeding. Many mothers are not able to nurse their babies for at least six months...thus their babies do not have a good foundation to ward off constipation. Formulas can never replace the perfect baby food, breast milk. Cow's milk which iis a not-too-bad substitute, became very sh**ty for the bowels, after ironically the process of killing the germs and hygienic packing. As a city dweller, I haven't tasted nice milk for years.
Plain water, a very basic need, is often not-fit-to-drink. 783 million people lack access to clean or safe water. Folks who have access to "safe" drinking water more than often need filters, some even even install two filters for one household. It is not possible for many people to fuss about getting ph-balanced, slightly alkaline, reverse osmosis, smaller moleculed-water. Most of the time, it boils down to scrapping enough to have three quarters water in the stool to be constipation-free.
*Feel guilty about my unpleasant toilet visit due to caffeine indulgence.
FOOD + BIZ = EVIL
Super-rich fast food chains have phenomenal success through cleverly-crafted advertisement campaigns in convincing children and adults to substitute fresh food for evil saturated fat, in excess most of the time.
Procuring certain fresh food is not easy at all thanks to greedy business practices fully endorsed by greedy pig governments. I live at a coastal city where an ordinary citizen cannot find decent seafood because they are exported or grabbed by restauranteurs who in turn churned out sh**ty dishes sold at cutthroat prices. Whatever leftovers at the fish market are 99.9% added poisonous preservatives.
Stripping off fibers from rice and wheat, then reap profit from brown rice powder and wholemeal flour, preferably "organic". Quality edible oils especially cold pressed are available only by joining exclusive franchise memberships and fulfilling certain consumption/sale quotas.
To sort out half-truths and the truth is also a challenge. Many MLM companies do a good job in keeping the myth of autointoxication undead.
How could I not mention a party called "opposing
view" that is, in opposition to mainstream medical concept, even
denying the usefulness of dietary fiber in relieving constipation with ultra-sophisticated reasoning? Listening to their side of the story makes me pass out rectangular prisms the following morning.
Elderly Parkinson's disease patients reported doctors not taking their constipation seriously. Is it really that bad? Parkinson's causes constipation which in turn, caused the death of a patient eventually. People who are in a position to help the sick are too constipated mentally to empathize with their plight.
The most advanced medical achievement to date is still unable to completely eradicate constipation as a side effect of medications especially for patients who could not help being grievously ill or injured.
Indiscreet use of pharmaceutical laxatives usually leads to laxative abuse - a problem rooted in lack of willpower/common sense or wrong perception of body image or worst of all sexual abuse - is a constipating demon difficult to expel. Caffeine indulgence and chain-smoking pale in comparison.
Road rage instigators. Pedestrian-UNfriendly cities. Bicycle-Unfriendly cities. Parking nightmares. Swimming pools smell pee. Bullies. Queue jumpers. Perverts. Guy spreading legs wide apart in a packed tube. Politicians who don't have to live in the aforementioned situations that they create,
Genetically modified corn, soy, papaya, beet sugar, canola, dairy, aspartame, zucchini, yellow squash, probiotics sneaking into our diet. Paleo diet fans avoid GMO's like the plague, citing increase of digestive disorders, and other possible unknown consequences in near future. i am no paleo fan, praying hard that my most beloved natto does not turn into frankenstein food. I don't mind swallowing a miniature mechanical vibrant capsule though,
EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT TO DO
On the brighter side, countless inexpensive and even free natural constipation remedies do exist under the sun. Some aspects of traditional wisdom from different cultures I think is worth looking into if we are willing to view their strengths and weaknesses objectively.