October 26, 2021

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Doctors Debunk 12 Myths About Gut Health | Debunked

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Gastroenterologists Dr. Fola May and Dr. Austin Chiang debunk 12 myths about indigestion. They explain how spicy food doesn’t cause ulcers, why you don’t need to poop every day, and how long it really takes to pass gum. They also talk about probiotics and why they might not be the cure-all you think it is.

0:00 Intro
0:58 It takes years to digest gum
1:30 Smelly farts always mean something is wrong
2:30 You should be pooping every day
3:47 Only spicy food causes ulcers
5:12 Your stomach shrinks if you eat less
6:26 Jumping or exercising after eating will give you appendicitis
7:15 You need to wait 30 minutes to swim after eating
8:15 Probiotics will fix your gut
9:30 "I got food poisoning from the last thing I ate"
10:51 Women don’t need regular colonoscopies
11:57 "I feel really bloated, so it must be IBS"
13:02 I just know I have a gluten allergy"

Dr. Fola May is the director of the Melvin and Bren Simon Gastroenterology Quality Improvement Program at UCLA. You can learn more about her and her work here:
https://www.uclahealth.org/gastro/health-services-research/folasade-may-cancer

Dr. Austin Chiang is the Director of the Endoscopic Bariatric Program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. You can learn more about him and his work here:
https://www.austinchiang.com/

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Doctors Debunk 12 Myths About Gut Health | Debunked