Poo-Poo to Navel-Gazing: Look Lower
Enough navel-gazing; looking lower will yield clues into your inner workings
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2008 9:00 PM CDT
If you're having trouble pooping, it's time to re-evaluate your diet.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – Poop isn't just joke fodder, Leslie Crawford writes in Salon, it can also be a vital way to assess your health and well-being, and Americans are being prompted to scrutinize (and rhapsodize over) what they produce in a variety of media. From Oprah to the popular book What's Your Poo Telling You?, the virtues of a good bowel movement might never have been more widely extolled.

The book also broaches the topic of the euphoria that can accompany defecation, Crawford writes: "To some, it may feel like a religious experience, to others like an orgasm."  But party-poopers say so much focus isn't healthy. "If you're reading a book that has you focusing on your poop, you need to get out more," says one doctor.