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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Shakespearean Ponderings

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet."
--From Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

And that which we call a fart, by any other word, would smell as, er, gross.

People who suffer from uncontrollable gas also smell gross. The problem is, most people – and certainly those who are not family members (such as coworkers) – won’t tell someone they have an odor problem.

They might think you don’t bathe. I’ve been in offices where people joke about “Len” or “Karen” having “frumunda cheese”, meaning they have odors emanating “from under” their arm pits or other bodily folds.

The truth is, Len or Karen might actually have uncontrollable gas, usually as a result of their diet. The Lens and Karens of the world simply don’t realize their all-day gassy leaking creates an aroma that clings to them.

They don’t smell it, because they’re used to it. But the reality is, others do smell it, others talk about it behind their back, and others are too embarrassed to do the right thing and tell them about it.

That’s why I created my Gassy Greeting Cards. They’re a safe, completely anonymous way to tell people they have a gas problem, and should do something about it.

What can be done? Lots of things; some obvious, others not so obvious. I’ll be touching on some effective gas-fighting techniques in future posts.


  • ~ Anonymous Anonymous said …

    Before you encourage people to send "Gassy Gretting Cards" you may want to read a bit more about people with an IBS realated symptom coined "Leaky Gas" (LG). It is the lack of inability to control gas, that leads to maldourous odour. Most these people know they smell, and they have tried just about everything they can to eliminate the problem without avail. There are people who have suffered this for over 25 years, and people who have been repeatedly humilated by the judgement of their co-workers and strangers.

    Now imagine you have this disorder, you have seen every specialist, tried numerous elimination diets, tried more drugs then you can count and nothing helps. You still try and go on, feeling embarressed and insecure every day of your life. Then someone sends you a "Gassy Greeting Card". Think this really helps? Or do you think this is just another form of humilalition? I would say most definetely the later. It is one more step in a downward spiral of depression. It is another indication that you will never feel normal again. Try going back to work after receiving something like that. Try living with that embarrassment every day. Could you?

    I know you were not encouraging it in a cruel way. I just I really encourage you to read this thread for some insight into this illness: http://ibsgroup.org/groupee/forums/a/tpc/f/74310261/m/211103912

    Many people in this position have severe depressions and sucidial tendencies. Many live in complete isolation because of the embarrassment.

    You seem to be knowledgable about this area of study. Perhaps you can help, since so far most doctor's merely dismiss this as a "minor IBS symptom". And for those of us who suffer from it, it is anything but.


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