From an interview with a doctor who has a new book out: "Why Do Men Have Nipples?"
One of the important questions you tackle is “Can you ignite a fart?” Is that something you studied in medical school?
I did have one lecture about farts and believe me, I took a lot of notes. More than I ever took for any other lecture. I was scribbling furiously.
Just a single lecture?
I know, isn’t that surprising? And there’s not that much research on them either. I love the bathroom humor. Poo and pee make me giggle. Isn’t that just what you want your doctor to say? The truth is, doctors see a lot of poo and pee and we laugh. We don’t do it in front of you. We leave the room and giggle. Not at you, of course, but at the situation. We’re never laughing at you. Never.
One of the burning questions you pose is about the safety of colonics, a high priced spa treatment in which the colon is flushed with water. Your verdict?
It’s a terrible idea. Basically, you’re not supposed to stick a garden hose up your backside. The whole idea is absurd. It’s suppose to be dirty down there. Leave it alone.