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The Scoop on Poop

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

In a perfect world, we would all be bright, shiny, cheerful and have at least one really good bowel movement a day! Imagine how happy we would all be.  Does this sound too good to be true?  It is!  Currently over 42 million Americans poop less than three times per week.  And, for those individuals who are only moving their bowels three times per week, quite often their output is hard, small and painful to produce.  This, my friends, is constipation!

Okay, okay, we know…. when we were little kids growing up we decided it was really funny to talk about poop, or call someone a “poopyhead” (even though this wasn’t all that nice.)  As adults,  this once funny topic of poop can become quite frustrating, especially among those who have great difficulty having a bowel movement.

Having a regular bowel movement requires fiber.  That fiber can be produced as the result of consuming between 3 and 5 cups of fruits and vegetables each day. Those who rely on fast foods, processed foods and other “convenience” types of foods may find their diet is greatly lacking in fiber and essential nutrients.  People are also encouraged to drink plenty of fluids in order to get things moving!

In addition to limited fiber and poor diet, stress, travel and lack of activity are all said to contribute to constipation. There are also some individuals who become constipated due to the medications they are taking.

While a variety of factors can lead to the inability to poop, the end result is the lack of ability to move one’s bowel can create a tremendous amount of discomfort.

Coastal Connecticut Research will be conducting a future study on constipation.  The study doctors are Robert M. Spitz, MD and Alan Greenwald, MD.  If you would like to learn more about how to become a research volunteer and help others through your participation in research, contact a member of our team at (860)443-4567 or email  We would be happy to discuss the scoop on poop as well as other currently enrolling research trials.