Varicose Veins Result From Constipation, Not From Pregnancy

If you do an Inter­net search on vari­cose veins, you’ll prob­a­bly find lots of arti­cles that claim that the cause of this con­di­tion is com­pli­cat­ed or mys­te­ri­ous. Preg­nan­cy is usu­al­ly cit­ed as a risk fac­tor. Yet Denis Par­sons Burkitt found that vari­cose veins were prac­ti­cal­ly nonex­is­tent in Ugan­da, even though many of the women in Ugan­da had borne many chil­dren.

The peo­ple in Ugan­da, like many oth­er pop­u­la­tions in the Third World, were eat­ing an extreme­ly high-fiber diet based on unre­fined starch­es and veg­eta­bles. As a result, they pro­duced large, soft stools that were easy to pass. In con­trast, Euro­peans and Amer­i­cans tend to eat a low-fiber diet with a lot of processed foods and dairy prod­ucts. As a result, their stools were small, hard, and dif­fi­cult to pass. The pres­sure that is gen­er­at­ed with­in the body when peo­ple try to pass these hard pel­lets can cause seri­ous dam­age, includ­ing diver­tic­u­lo­sis, vari­cose veins, hem­or­rhoids, hiatal her­nia, and uter­ine pro­lapse.

In oth­er words, your vari­cose veins spell out “I’ve been con­sti­pat­ed” in swollen pur­ple let­ters. How embar­rass­ing!

6 thoughts on “Varicose Veins Result From Constipation, Not From Pregnancy”

  1. Vari­cose veins are caused by faulty valves and weak­ened the walls in the veins. Nor­mal­ly, these one-way valves keep the blood flow­ing effi­cient­ly against grav­i­ty up to the heart.


  2. Yes, but what caus­es the dam­age to the valves and the walls of the veins? It’s the back­ward pres­sure that’s gen­er­at­ed when con­sti­pat­ed peo­ple strain to move their bow­els.

    Here’s a sci­en­tif­ic arti­cle that pro­vides evi­dence that vari­cose veins are linked to lack of fiber in the diet, even among peo­ple who have always used a squat­ting posi­tion when they defe­cate.–3/abstract

  3. Love your site, Lau­rie.
    Keep up the good work.

    Yes, I’ve got vari­cose veins and a hiatal her­nia and used to strain a lot but now eat lots of fibre and all is well.

  4. My moth­er has the worst vari­cose veins I have ever seen. I remem­ber the last of her rot­ten teeth being removed with­out anaes­thet­ic when she was 25. As a child she was so thin she was nick­named rat. Yet her colour was high so she was con­sid­ered healthy. Sug­ar and white flour would have been cheap foods for those tak­ing advan­tage of cheap child labour in the 1930s under the NZ fos­ter care sys­tem that was my mother’s expe­ri­ence.

  5. In “The Road to Wigan Pier,” George Orwell wrote, “In Wigan var­i­ous peo­ple gave me their opin­ion that it is best to get shut of your teeth as ear­ly in life as pos­si­ble. ‘Teeth is just a mis­ery,’ one woman said to me.” Even if the teeth do not decay, the soft diet that is eat­en in indus­tri­al­ized soci­eties tends to pro­duce crooked teeth and near-sight­ed­ness:

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