an unusual research study

Earlier today I was switching channels on the TV and heard something unexpected.  Apparently some research group is looking for people to participate in an induced constipation study.  I just saw the end of the commercial, so I didn’t hear what the compensation was (if it was mentioned), but it would have to be a lot.  Actually, I’m not sure you can put a price on being regular.

I don’t know what it feels like to be constipated, but I figure it would be quite bad after a while.  And using experimental drugs to get there just seems like a really bad idea.  I don’t even want to know what the potential side-effects of that are…  Besides, shouldn’t the drugs be fixing constipation, not causing it?

That whole scenario just sounds wrong.  I hope it’s not some scheme of the Important Evil Genius trying to rule the tri-state area with constipation… it sounds like some lame plan he’d make up.

a side-effect of sugarless gum

Surely chewing gum is harmless, right?  Recent studies have revealed something unusual about sugarless chewing gum.  The first ingredient in most sugarless gums is a laxative : sweet-tasting sorbitol.  So it helps people who are, well, gummed up.  🙂  Apparently you have to chew a whole pack a day to get the stool-loosening effect.  But if you chew this gum too much each day, it can lead to chronic diarrhea and dangerous weight loss.  And you don’t want that, particularly the chronic diarrhea — that could leave an indelible mark on your daily routine.  But if you’re constipated, perhaps you should try some sugarless gum…