Constipation Myths
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Dahl, Wendy J. 2010. “Constipation Myths: FSHN10-07/FS155, 7/2010”. EDIS 2010 (5). Gainesville, FL.


FSHN10-07, a 2-page illustrated fact sheet by Wendy J. Dahl, addresses the common myths about constipation. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, July 2010.

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