Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Plastic in Your Poop

According to a recent article in Wired Magazine, we now all have traces of plastic in our poop. That's right! The more our world, and especially oceans, is polluted with plastics, the more we will ingest it. Not only pollution, but these plastic traces may also come from the water bottles we drink out of as well as plastic wrapped foods. So do yourselves a favor: drink from glass or steel containers, eat more fresh food, and poop often!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Amitriptyline / Elavil

It's been a while since last post but I've been really relieved from my IBS-D symptoms. After 20-something years, I can actually say that things have been improving significantly. The reason being my new gastroenterologist who had me try a combo of Amitriptyline and Imodium.

So what am I taking and when?

Every evening after dinner, about 1-2 hours before I go to bed, I take one dose of Amitriptyline (also known as Elavil). I started with 10mg but that didn't do very much. So I upped it to 20mg and then 25mg once daily. Things really changed and I was feeling so much less anxiety. However, I couldn't improve the IBS issues unless I also took Imodium. I take one Imodium tablet in the morning and one at night. That's all! I've never seen results with taking that small amounts of Imodium. But I guess in combination with the amitriptyline that it works.

25mg amitriptyline daily is comforting on regular days. However, not on stressful days. So I'm planning to start 50mg soon to see if things are well even when under tremendous stress.

So there you have it! If you have IBS-D and haven't tried amitriptyline, I really urge you to see your primary case physician or gastroenterologist to find out how it can help you.

Take care! See you on the bright side!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Common Medications for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS-D)

If you have IBS-D, that is, the diarrhea predominantly type of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, then these medications might be something you should ask your doctor about.

Elavil - an anti-anxiety and anti-depressant that has been successful in treatment of IBS-D. It calms the otherwise nervous/stressed intestine-brain connection.

Imodium - well known over the counter medicine that slows down the intestinal movements.

Lomotil - another common medication for diarrhea, whether it's caused by IBS or something else. Slows down movement and has a calming effect, although also makes people a bit drowsy.

Rifaximin/Xifaxan - an antibiotic that is taken for 14 days every 4-6 months. Kills bacteria in your intestines that can cause IBS.

Take care!

Restroom in all languages

Found this sign at a university. Seems like they tried to make some of their international students be able to find their way to the toilet. Obviously, they didn't include all their foreign students and even looks like they made a mistake in translation.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Toilet Seat Cleaner Than Laptop

Who would have thought that a public toilet seat is cleaner than a laptop keyboard? Yuck, yuck, yuck!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Restroom Hall of Fame

As many travelers would know, public bathrooms or WC is referred to as restroom in the United States, and there are many many awesome restrooms throughout the US that you might want to visit. Our friends over at Cintas gives out a "Best Restroom" award. CLICK HERE to access their hall of fame throughout the years. My favorite is year 2014, the public restrooms at the Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Outdoor Public Toilets in the US

If there is something you commonly see in Europe, but not in the US, it's free-standing outdoor public toilets. A lot of them in Europe are coin-operated. But still it's a good resource when needing to go. In the US, you would have to go to a department store or shopping center in order to find a public toilet (restroom).

That might not be the case for much longer. In San Francisco, they are experimenting with portable toilet and washrooms inside trailers. In Cambridge, they have opened the first freestanding outdoor public toilet and I'm sure it will be a success.

Read more HERE.