Little Poops, Big Poops

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What are the special digestive issues in kids? Have you ever noticed how the elderly pay what seems like special attention to the movements of their bowels? In this issue we explore the issues in elimination at either end of the lifespan and we hear a frank discussion of another brave soul’s digestive habits.  Doctor Bittoo Kanwar informs us about how to prevent the most common digestive issues in infants, children, and adolescents.  Yī Shēng Chris Randle educates us about the traditional Chinese medical perspective on the most common digestive problem in the elderly.  My good friend ‘Marc’ bravely divulged the details of his digestive habits for the benefit and progress of humanity.

Pondicherry Feb 2006

Ode to my Ulcer

fed by an unseen anger
Screaming forth
to a river of blood
Burning unknown sorrows
with the fury
of an unnamed fear.

Don’t dare to douse this blaze
that seeks untamed ways.

jaysi, 1995


Author Spotlight

Little Poops

Doctor Bittoo Kanwar is an Assistant Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at UCSF. His research interests revolve around the mucosal immune response in the gastrointestinal tract. In particular, he investigates the role of the adaptive immune system in such systemic diseases such as HIV infection and inflammatory bowel disease. The ultimate goal of his research is to better define how our mucosal immune system interacts with both commensal bacteria and foreign pathogens while maintaining tolerance against self antigens.Read Full
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Big Poops

Yī Shēng Chris Randle is a licensed acupuncturist with a Master of Science degree from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. He completed the Advanced Clinical Training Program in Hangzhou, China with emphasis in Oncology, Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine. He also practices Chinese Medical Massage (Tui Na) and T'ai Chi. Previously he has worked at the ACTCM Ear Clinic, Maxine Hall Community Clinic, HIV Integrative Care Clinic at Haight-Ashbury, and the Stroke Center at California Pacific Medical Center. Currently he practices at the Oakland Community Acupuncture Clinic.Read Full
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Brave Soul

Brave Soul
'Marc' is 45 years old, was raised in the US on the East Coast, and now lives on the West with his husband, two children, and their dog. He works in high tech. ‘Marc’ is too shy really to let you see his face.Read Full