Fecal Incontinence
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"Every problem should first be checked to see if dehydration is causing it because that is the cause of most health problems."
Dr. Batmanghelidj

Q: I am a 65-year-old female. For about five years, I suffered from unpredictable fecal incontinence and diarrhea. Both afflictions were unpleasant and caused me considerable anxiety.

My 84-year-old aunt was not a bit shocked when I confided this to her. She simply told me to drink more water. Of course, my reaction was “Huh?” to which she said, “You’re dehydrated. Just do it!”

I can tell you that it really did work. Although I disdain the heaviness of so much water, I changed from iced water to room temperature, and the feeling isn’t so bad. I now drink about four ounces 12 times a day and have no more problems.

How could this be — more water curing me of both afflictions? I need to know the reason this works, because people don’t believe me when I tell them.

A: Diarrhea is typically caused by an infection or functional bowel disorder, such as irritable bowel syndrome. It can lead to dehydration, so it is important to take in additional fluids during an episode. Constipation often responds well to increased fluid intake. I am just as baffled as you are, but I am printing your letter with the request that if any of my readers have heard of or have had experience with this, they should write to me with their results.

As a matter of interest, I will briefly discuss dehydration. This condition occurs when the body loses more water than it takes in. This can occur for a number of reasons, including diarrhea, vomiting, excessive sweating, decreased water intake and the use of certain medications.

Symptoms range from mild to severe and can include thirst, decreased sweating and urination, reduced skin elasticity, dry mouth, low blood pressure, shock, severe damage to internal organs, confusion, coma and death.

Treatment is simple: hydrate. This can often be accomplished by simply cooling down and drinking more fluids. In severe cases, IV fluids may be needed to replace not only lost water but also lost electrolytes. If vomiting or diarrhea occurs for more than three days, a physician should be seen to determine the cause and ensure that dehydration has not resulted.

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On Sun, Feb 5, 2012 at 10:42 PM, Robert Butts <watercure2@comcast.net> wrote:
While water & salt are not the solution to everything, they are [part of every solution. Good health is 100% impossible without them.

On 2/5/2012 10:01 PM, Rick Ensminger wrote:

I have a 63 year old friend who has fecal incontinence, and has had it for about 6 or 7 years. She's tried everything the doctors have recommended with no improvement whatsoever.

Do you know of any cases where fecal incontinence has been healed with water and salt?