Dr. Rakel explains if passing pebble-like stool is healthy.
If your stool is a bunch of pebbles it says that your body is not stimulating the regular evacuation. It means that that stool is spending too much time in the colon and the colon mainly reabsorbs water. So it’s reabsorbing water and it’s condensing that stool into little pieces and then when it packs up in your sigmoid or that distal intestine without evacuating it starts to stack on top of each other and generally that means that we are retaining that stool for too long of period of time and we need to get into better habit of evacuating more regularly.
About Dr. Rakel, M.D.:
Dr. David Rakel, M.D., attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and completed a family practice residency in Greeley, Colorado. He spent the next five years in rural practice as one of two physicians staffing a 14 bed hospital in Driggs, Idaho. As medical director for Grand Targhee Ski resort in Wyoming, he developed an interest in sports medicine and received his Certificate of Added Qualification in 1999.
Dr. Rakel completed a two year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona from 1999-2001. He joined the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine in 2001 where he teaches and practices, and is the medical director for the University of Wisconsin Health Integrative Medicine. Dave is board certified in family medicine, holistic medicine and sports medicine. He is also certified in Interactive Guided Imagery.