Military Food To Blame? Harry Reid Asked Pentagon To Research Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Heyes Pin It (NaturalNews) At a time when the nation was involved in two wars and there was already plenty of strain on the military’s budget, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was pressuring the Defense Department to spend scarce Pentagon resources (and taxpayer dollars) to research irritable bowel syndrome. The revelation was contained in a new book, Duty, by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who admitted when he received the request from Reid that he didn’t quite know how to react to it, especially given that with “all the major issues we had to deal with, my personal contacts with Senate Majority Leader Reid were often in response to his calls about Air Force objections to construction of a windmill farm in Nevada because of the impact on their radars,” Gates wrote. “He also once contacted me to urge that Defense invest in research on irritable bowel syndrome,” he said. “With two ongoing wars and all our budget and other issues, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.” It wasn’t the only time that Reid, who has a history of outrageous behavior and silly requests, got on the bad side of Gates. ‘Disgraceful’ The former defense chief, who served during the Bush and Obama administrations, said that one time the Senate majority leader made the comment during the troop surge in the Iraq War that “this war is lost” [ ] – a statement that Gates described as “disgraceful.” “I think the troops knew the score,” Gates said recently during an interview on MSNBC. “The troops believed and believe that they were being successful in their mission. So I think they were able to a certain extent to set aside the politics here at home.” “Although,” he said emphatically, “I make the point in the book: when you have somebody like the Senate Majority Leader come out in the middle of the surge and say ‘this war is lost’ – I thought that was one of the most disgraceful things I’ve heard a politician say. That sends a riveting message to kids who are putting their lives on the line every day, that they’re doing it for nothing, and that was absolutely not the case.” In his book, Gates wrote this about the incident: “I was furious and shared privately with some of my staff a quote from Abraham Lincoln I had written down long before. ‘Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled or hanged.'” In the days since, Reid has fired back at Gates, impugning his character – which is typical for a politician to do – and questioning his motives for writing Duty. ‘Just out to make a buck’ In comments last week, Reid said Gates was making certain charges about him and others in the Obama administration because he was “out to make a buck” (though Gates’ net worth is already north of $5 million – about the same as Reid’s). “He denigrates everybody, everyone, Secretary (of State Hillary Rodham) Clinton, the president, (Vice President) Joe Biden, me,” Reid told reporters. He added that he hadn’t talked to Obama about the book but he has spoken to Biden about it. “We just lamented how disappointed we were. It’s obvious it’s to sell a book,” he said. “I’m surprised he would in effect denigrate everybody he came in contact with in an effort to make a buck.” Elsewhere in the book, Gates described additional interaction with Reid, saying the Nevada Democrat called him in 2008 before Obama had named a running mate, as reported by the Associated Press: “Reid said he was thinking about me. …

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Dealing With Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) at Work

Women are more frequently affected than men. Only about 10 percent of people with symptoms of IBS go to a doctor for evaluation or treatment. In spite of this, IBS accounts for nearly 3.5 million physician visits in the United States annually, and it is the most common diagnosis by gastroenterologists. The cause of IBS is not known, although a combination of factorsincluding hypersensitivity of the intestinal tract and an imbalance of neurotransmitters, the chemicals that send messages between nerve cellsis thought to play a role. There is no cure. The good news is that IBS does not lead to serious diseases such as cancer and doesn’t shorten a person’s life span. Most people are able to control their symptoms by modifying their diet, finding ways to better manage stress, and sometimes by taking medications. This section has more on: Risk factors Need-to-know anatomy Irritable bowel syndrome affects the large intestine, or colon, which is 6 feet long and about 3-5 inches in diameter. It connects the small intestine with the rectum and anus. Digestive products enter the colon from the small intestine, and may sit there for several days while water and salt are absorbed through the colon’s walls. Muscles in the intestine contract and push stool along toward the rectum, eventually forming a bowel movement. In people with irritable bowel syndrome, the colon seems to be more sensitive than in most people, so that muscle contractions are triggered more easily and pain and constipation or diarrhea result. Causes No one knows what causes irritable bowel syndrome.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Research Digestive Disorders

The group has 25,000 active members online, as well as face-to-face meetings in the U.S., Canada, and other countries. Recommended Related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome Read the Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Depression article > > “We have seen people who’ve stopped working, because they can’t cope with getting ready in the morning, leaving, and having that uneasy feeling of having to deal with (symptoms),” says Roberts. Leaving the working world is just one of the things people with IBS do because of their disorder . Sufferers often miss or are late for work, school, and other activities. The Costs of Care for IBS The direct and indirect cost of irritable bowel syndrome in the U.S. has been estimated at between $21 and $30 billion. The numbers alone are staggering. And numbers cannot even begin to quantify the cost of human suffering and damage to relationships. Give Yourself Time to Prepare if You Have IBS To reduce your own potential economic loss, Roberts suggests giving yourself time to prepare for work. He has IBS, and gives himself at least two hours to get ready in the morning. Once at work, he does the best he can to deal with IBS symptoms . “I roll with the punches,” says Roberts. “My IBS is quite severe. I deal with it with some medications, but I also deal with it by realizing that I’m going to have some bad times, and I’m going to have some good times.” Tell Someone at Work You Have IBS It may help to talk with a trusted and sympathetic co-worker or boss about your IBS.

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