Because they don’t give a crap.
All jokes aside – this past weekend, at the Digestive Disease Week program in Chicago, Yishai Ron, MD and his team of researchers unveiled a new oral capsule that has demonstrated the ability to alleviate constipation by vibrating 6-8 hours after swallowing and stimulating peristaltic waves in the small intestine. The resulting contraction contributes to easier movement of stool through the digestive tract.
Though fresh from a pilot study, the vibrating pill is a hopeful alternative to other pharmacological medications and laxatives which have harmful side effects, such as electrolyte imbalance, diarrhea, bloating, gas and cramps. Subjects in the preliminary study have reported an increase in bowel movements, from twice a week to four times a week, and have noted decreased incompletion and difficulty in passing stools.
According to the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons, roughly 80% of people deal with constipation at one point or another in their lives. Dr. Ron is optimistic about the potential of the vibrating capsule and plans to continue further investigation in a controlled, double blind study.
While we wait for more conclusive results from a potential treatment, I would suggest that those suffering from constipation drink plenty of water and eat 25-30 grams of fiber each day.