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Can olive oil help with constipation?

A Reader

I'm having trouble with constipation after colon cancer and have been prescribed paraffin oil. Can I substitute olive oil for the paraffin oil with the same results?

Dr. Deane

Sorry, but olive oil will not work. The reason that paraffin or mineral oils work is because the body cannot absorb them so they pass through, softening the stool as they go. Olive oil would be absorbed in the small intestine and would never get to the colon.

Wednesday, July 7, 2004

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