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Is the dietary advice the doctor gives the captain to help his hemorrhoids in the novel Captain Corelli's Mandolin
good advice in the real world for this condition?
posted by bluefly to health & fitness (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The doctor's advice:
'The answer to your problem is to eat a lot of onions, tomatoes, parsley, basil, oregano, and garlic. The garlic will be an antiseptic for the fissures, and the other things, taken together, will soften the stools. It is very important not to strain at all, and if you eat meat, it must always be accompanied by a great deal of fluid and a sideplate of vegetables.'
The part about eating vegetables and lots of fluids makes sense. In particular, I'm curious the about the advice with the onions, tomatoes, parsley, basil, oregano, and garlic.