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Week of March 24, 2003

    Question:   I am a 32-year-old male. I have been on the Atkins Diet for several years. About two years ago I noticed small amounts of red blood swipes in my stool. I thought it was from straining as it seemed to come and go. I have since periodically gone off the diet and the bleeding goes away completely soon after as well as a return to regular bowel movements. However, anytime I go back to Atkin's diet or cut out carbs, the swipe of blood will begin to appear again. Could it be cancer if the bleeding stops and is this common with low carb diets?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I was recently told by another adult that her child suffers from ADHD and migraines. The mom said her child took a medication that covered both. What prescription covers both ADHD and migraines?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   My mother was recently diagnosed with diverticulitis. I find this hard to understand since she never had constipation. The woman desperately has to have a bowel movement after every meal. We can not eat and then go out, in fear there will be no restroom available. Is this really diverticulitis or more like irritable bowel syndrome? This condition occurs every time without fail. Everything I've read about diverticulitis is the opposite of my mother. Should I be concerned that she has been diagnosed incorrectly?    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer