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Fact Check: Do holistic stomach exercises cure stomach blockage?



Rashidat Oladele


Claim: Holistic stomach exercises cures stomach blockage.


In an Instagram post, @mikechanofficial, who has 2,300,000 followers, describes himself as an alternative health coach who teaches activities for well-being.


In the video he shared, among others, he is shown pushing his stomach together with both hands to prevent obstructions, which he says strengthens the body’s defenses against sickness and disease. In order for the workout to be effective, he recommended that food be avoided for 24 or 48 hours. Since then, the post has received 2,300,00 views, 83,495 likes, 962 comments, and 58,400 shares.


NatureNews, Africa’s foremost news publications which is dedicated to providing accurate insights to stop the spread of fake news particularly among users of social media, subjected the claim to fact checking.


Findings: Using the Google search tool in conducting this research, NatureFact, the fact checking unit of NatureNews, accessed a few papers and studies.


“Not eating or drinking for a few days can help reset and reverse twisted bowels. If the blockage is not improving after a few days, you may also need IV nutrition.


An intestinal obstruction may partially or completely block this natural process. A complete blockage is an emergency and needs medical attention right away.

Because of the serious complications that can develop from intestinal obstruction, seek immediate medical care if you have severe abdominal pain or other symptoms of intestinal obstruction.



Verdict : False/ It is advice-able to see a health practitioner in any case of stomach blockage as self medication is frowned has not been medically proven that only starvation and stomach exercise can rid stomach blockage.


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