Poop Bags (#6)

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In Episode 6 Heather and Debi interview Jean LaMantia, a Registered Dietitian who helps us really understand overflow diarrhea. Our minds were blown.

Jean also mentioned poop bags and to be honest we’ve been hearing all kinds of situations where people wanted or needed a poop bag. 

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Welcome to another episode of poop problems podcast…

…where it is our job to sit down, shut up, and talk sh!t.

We do this because we like to laugh and joke but also because we know that people have actual poop problems and that a lot of poop problems can be made better.

Our episodes frequently involve guests who have had poop problems and also guests who are experts in poop. We talk to these experts and learn all kinds of information about poop so that you can learn and apply this information in your own life.

Lastly, we seek to normalize the human experience of pooping.

Episode 6: Poop Bags

In Episode 6 Heather and Debi interview Jean LaMantia, a Registered Dietitian who helps us really understand overflow diarrhea. Our minds were blown.

Jean also mentioned poop bags and to be honest we’ve been hearing all kinds of situations where people wanted or needed a poop bag. 

So, in Part 2 Heather and Debi will discuss poop bags in detail along with another interview of our friend Bobbi, who’s mother had to use a poop bag — in the car. 

Thankfully, Jean is great teacher and super funny. She tells us about a great story during this episode.

Caution – adult topics are discussed in this episode.

Poop Problems Podcast is generally NOT suitable for work or children. Sex and other bodily functions may be discussed in this episode. 

You can listen to the full episode here, on Anchor or your favorite podcast platform.


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Jean LaMantia is a Registered Dietitian and helps cancer survivors to do everything they can to be cancer free.


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  • Jean LaMantia, Registered Dietitian is the featured guest in Part One. She is a Registered Dietitian in both Canada and the United States [1:30]. This was Poop Problems Podcast’s first INTERNATIONAL interview.
  • Jean LaMantia specializes in counseling people with cancer. She helps address three keys to cancer risk reduction. A lot of her patients have poop problems. [3:30]
  • Heather and Debi became friends after working together and talking about poop. [5:00]
  • Jean tells us about Overflow Diarrhea. Alternating constipation and diarrhea may actually be a constipation problem. [6:30]
  • Jean gives a great overview of the digestive tract (gastro-intestinal track) from the esophagus to the stomach and then the small intestine and the large intestine (also known as the large bowel or the colon). Water gets absorbed at the terminal end of the large bowel. The longer it sits there, the dryer it gets. Dryer stool cracks and forms hard balls. Dry stool causes us to strain. [7:30]
  • As stool gets hard and dry, liquid stool builds up behind the “plug.” When the constipation resolves, both the hard stool and liquid stool comes out. [11:00]
  • Monitoring the pattern of hard stool and loose stool is key to identifying the cause. Over- treating diarrhea can make the problem worse. [12:30]
  • Don’t wait too long to treat constipation. The main ways to prevent constipation are activity, fluid and fiber. [13:30]
  • Taking medication to stop diarrhea can make the problem worse. [16:30]
  • Traveling is hard on the digestive system. When you’re traveling your activity level is lower and fluid intake is probably lower. [17:30]
  • Jean has tips for constipation. Dry stool is harder to pass. Soluble fiber is more like a sponge that holds water. Soluble fiber holds water in the stool and keeps it softer and easier to pass. Soluble fibers are oats, oat bran, barley, apple, applesauce, pears, eggplant, persimmons. Insoluble fiber makes stool bigger. Taking walks is helpful for constipation. Bowels respond to changes in temperature. Drink a hot beverage then a cold beverage. The change from hot to cold stimulates the bowels to relieve constipation. [19:30]
  • In case of diarrhea, avoid changes in temperature (of beverages) because it is too stimulating to the bowels. [22:30]
  • Insoluble fiber is beneficial but adding more bulk is not helpful for constipation. [22:45]
  • Soluble fiber can help with diarrhea. It soaks up excess water and makes a formed stool. Soluble fiber treats both diarrhea and constipation. Remember, soluble = sponge, both start with “s.” Pectin is a soluble fiber [22:30]
  • Jean tells a funny story about running with the neighbor’s dog. You’ll have to listen for details but this story involves running, multiple poop bags, and cold weather. In the end, her tip is if you go running with the dog, bring an extra poop bag. [26:00]
  • In Part Two, Debi is ready to talk about poop bags. There are portable urinals for humans and poop bags for dogs, but poop bags for humans are not really a thing. [31:00]
  • It seems like humans are conditioned to believe they can only poop in a toilet, or in our pants. We don’t really think about pooping in to a bag. [33:30]
  • Diapers are associated with babies and elderly, but adult diapers are available for people of all ages. Is it embarrassing to buy adult diapers? [35:00]
  • Bobbi joins the podcast and tells a story about her mom. Mom really had to go to the bathroom while riding in the back seat of the car. She ended up pooping in a plastic bag while squatting in the back seat. Poor mom had to ride home holding the poop bag. [41:30]
  • Bobbi is full of stories. Later in life, her mom had a surgery and couldn’t make it from the living room to the bathroom on time. Unfortunately, she was using a walker and tried to clean it up. Her good efforts ended up making the situation worse. [45:00]
  • Bobbi was potty- trained by age 1. It wasn’t the best experience for her. [48:00]
  • Bobbi has more poop stories: A neighbor washed and dried poopy laundry in a shared washing machine and dryer. A lady at work got a bad reputation for making a huge mess every time she uses the bathroom. Another person pooped so much she was scared to flush it and had to make an improvised poop bag. [50:00]
  • Heather is missing her fart machine, the fart cup and fart gun. [1’15:00]

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