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Chronic Diarrhea

In January of 1974, a lab technician in Houston, Texas experienced what she thought to be a temporary bout of stomach flu. However, she soon found that she needed to plan her day around being close to a bathroom. She spent at least two weeks living with a very annoying case of chronic diarrhea without ever learning the cause.

Chronic Diarrhea Caused by Infectious Organisms

The young lady mentioned above happened to rent a room in an apartment complex that also rented space to nursing students, and they attempted to help her. As it turns out, another girl living in the complex also had contracted diarrhea and it appeared some type of infectious agent was at work.

Indeed, chronic diarrhea can be caused by a variety of viruses and hostile organisms. In the United States, however, protozoan creatures are a seldom-mentioned cause for diarrhea. It seems America likes to brag about having the “best” of everything, and we seem reluctant to admit as a society that unclean living conditions and contaminated water supplies are possible in such a highly industrialized and modern world.

Giardiasis (a disease caused by protozoa) shows up from time to time at day care centers. The offending microorganism finds its way into human waste and from there can spread to others due to poor sanitary habits, especially if diapers must be changed or potties emptied. Laziness or ignorance on the part of day care workers can cause many young children to experience diarrhea needlessly.

Giardia organisms don’t just swim about in the intestine but actually stick to the intestinal lining where they begin to steal nutrients from the unfortunate host. These intestinal suckers can even reach the bodies of people who do not visit day care centers, simply by passing from hand to hand. They have been found in the intestines of campers and hikers after drinking from supposedly “pure” streams and lakes. Also, it’s easy for these types of parasites to spread via shared drinks, especially among children.

Cryptosporidium parvum and Endameba histolytica are other parasites that can cause chronic diarrhea. As recently as 1993, the former was to blame for rampant diarrhea among residents of Milwaukee after it infested a local water supply.

Hospital employees must often deal with cases of chronic diarrhea. Clostridium dificile is one of the most frequent bacterial causes of diarrhea among hospital patients. Beyond the walls of the hospital, E. coli, Salmonella, and Shigella also wreak havoc on the digestive systems of unsuspecting people even in otherwise sanitary conditions.

Medications Can Cause Diarrhea

A number of different factors besides a viral infection can also cause a prolonged bout of diarrhea. For example, taking normal antibiotics can destroy beneficial bacteria inside the body and that can hinder the easy digestion of food. When the intestines fail to work properly, diarrhea can become a chronic health issue.

Medications to treat high blood pressure or even cancer can be responsible for cases of chronic diarrhea. Many common, yet powerful drugs can literally wipe out the intestine’s ability to replace old tissue and thereby replenish itself.

Physical Reasons for Diarrhea

Endocrine problems can cause chronic diarrhea, with the thyroid and pancreas being the organs most at fault. Actually, anything negatively affecting the intestines’ ability to function properly can cause chronic diarrhea. If a patient must have an X-ray taken of their abdomen, he or she could later suffer from diarrhea simply due to upset from the radiation or especially if a barium agent was used.

Anything leading to a decrease in blood flow to the intestinal area can create digestive difficulty as well. Diarrhea could occur as a symptom of tumor growth within the peritoneal cavity for the simple fact the tumor may divert needed blood from the rest of the intestines.

Lifestyle Factors Leading to Diarrhea

Foods can cause or prolong bouts of chronic diarrhea, moreso since modern foods contain an array of chemical additives, preservatives, pesticide residue, toxic fillers, and dyes. An allergic reaction or sensitivity can easily produce symptoms associated with diarrhea.

Other factors, such as stress or intestinal tension, can likewise hinder blood flow to the intestines. Travel probably ranks high as a lifestyle factor since digestive systems are notoriously susceptible to sudden changes in environment and both the quality and content of food and water supplies.

Regardless of its cause, any case of diarrhea causes a quick “dumping” of the intestines’ contents as a defense mechanism. Over time, persistent or acute diarrhea can lead to other health problems such as dehydration, tissue damage, and a weakened digestive system.

Avoiding Diarrhea With Common Sense

To help keep your intestines working their best, it’s best to perform a thorough colon cleansing a few times a year. Colon cleansing helps your body flush out accumulated waste so it isn’t weighed down with toxic, leftover residue from what you eat. Oxy-Powder® is a powerful yet safe and effective oxygen based colon cleanser that uses organic ingredients to liquefy waste for easy removal. An efficiently working and unburdened colon is far less apt to present symptoms of digestive troubles such as chronic diarrhea, and is far more likely to make you feel “lighter,” healthy, and full of energy.

Remember to wash your hands after every visit to the bathroom and after handling raw meat (and teach your little ones to do the same). Avoid taking medications that cause more harm than good, such as weakening your immune and digestive systems. Drink only bottled water or other sealed beverages when visiting abroad. And, try colon cleansing to help keep your intestines free of garbage and working their best!

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