The article Foods To Eat For A Healthy Gut states "What we put into our stomachs is so important that it affects whether we feel well, how flat our bellies are and even our chances of avoiding certain cancers."
The first piece of advice is:
"Eat to beat disease: citrus fruit, fiber-rich foods, leafy greens and yellow vegetables. Whole grains, spinach, cauliflower, carrots, wheat bran, apples, broccoli, beans, figs and pears are all great fiber sources. “Start slowly, adding more fibre every few days, and drink lots of water.
..eating light green, dark green and yellow-coloured vegetables help add up to a healthy stomach, too."
Yet instead of a diet change to relieve constipation some doctor's are pushing Miralax and giving it multiple times a day to children no less...!!!
NY Times reports:
"The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug for use only by adults, and for only seven days at a time. Despite the drug’s popularity, it has never been approved by the F.D.A. for pediatric use. In 1999, when the F.D.A. first approved Miralax, the patient materials included the warning: “Miralax should not be used by children.” In 2009, an F.D.A. drug safety oversight board raised a number of concerns about PEG’s use in children, including the uncertainty of the long-term effects of large doses, but concluded that current evidence does not suggest that PEG causes severe side effects.
Even so, some doctors said they are concerned about the lack of information about its long-term effects. “We don’t know 30 years from now what will happen,” said, Dr. Carlo Di Lorenzo, the chief of the gastroenterology department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
In a statement, Merck said it recommends the use of MiraLAX only for patients 17 and older and only for a week.
Often a contributing factor is diet, like too much dairy and too few vegetables and fruits. Other factors include not sitting on the toilet routinely, stress, lack of hydration, being sedentary and school rules that discourage children from using the bathroom as needed.
Rather than tackling those factors, Miralax “can be a Band-Aid,” said Dr. Tricia Jean Gold, a pediatrician at TriBeCa Pediatrics in Park Slope, Brooklyn. When parents try to wean their children off Miralax, “the underlying work isn’t done, so they become constipated again,” she added.
“I did read the label,” which says for adults and children 17 and over, said Ms. Tesfa, who is a contracts administrator for a government contractor in Arlington, Va. “When I brought this up with her, she said, ‘Oh no, don’t worry about it. It’s completely safe. I’ve had patients on it for years.”
A complete disgrace. How can doctor's over-prescribe this to children under the age of 17 when the manufacturer states on the label only to give it to adults and children 17 and over for no more than 1 week?!
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