Why is My Poop Green?

I remember one vacation I spent at the countryside. The food was different, the water tasted sweeter, but something was not right. That next day I found myself asking – why is my poop green? Most of us have come across individuals complaining of green poop. As much as it sounds sarcastic and absurd, certain factors lead to this condition. Now the question arises, what is the science behind green poop and what really causes it?

The science behind green poop

The science behind green poop is exciting and interesting. According to nutrition specialists, brown poop is the healthiest poop one can have. The explanation behind this fact is; a pigment called bilirubin is formed after the breakdown of red blood cells in the liver or the bone marrow. This pigment triggers bacteria to form in the large intestines.

The bacteria is responsible for turning the color of poop to brown. The failure of this pigment to form, is one cause of green poop. Food mixes with bile, which is green in color, before entering the long intestines. When food passes through the long intestines fast, it has no time to turn brown and therefore the color of the poop. Although science has its explanation to this condition, other causes of green poop also exist.

Causes of green poop

Green poop can be scary to the eyes of an individual for the first time. Scientists and nutritionists have explained that diet plays a vital role in determining the color of poop. Green poop for example has been explained to occur after taking a heavy vegetable diet. The green and leafy vegetables are said to maintain the green color throughout the digestion process.

Iron supplements are also proven causes of green poop. A diet excess in iron may lead to the inability of the body to absorb it all. The remains of iron will stain the poop green and hence its color. Eating large quantities of food coloring has also been proven to cause green poop. A low concentration of bilirubin in the body is too a cause of green poop. This condition is called diarrhea.


Although green poop might appear weird, there are other varying colors of poop which might have a eerie appearance. There is; dark red, brown and black. Information on the science behind green poop and its causes is essential. It will save you the embarrassment, if you experience it after reading this informative piece.

And The Crowd Cried Out For Pedagogy…

I’ve happily noticed that we’re going to the second-tier adoption stage.

We the “early adopters”have been playing with blogs in our classes for awhile now. We’re loved them just for the sake of loving them. We’ve evangelized them to our peers and our students, with mixed success.

But now, blogs must pull their pedgagogical weight. It’s no longer enough to just put a student blog collective online and see what happens, or to send your students to Blogger and allow them to pretend like it’s the same experience as writing a paper journal that they turn in to their teacher.

It’s irresponsible to just dump students into a public arena without really taking some serious time to discuss the consequences of compeltely public and potentially permanent writing. Some students recognize the responsibility of publishing online, but most students may not yet appreciate the consequences for themselves both now and later in life.

I like talking about this public/private issue in the context of the expectation of privacy in a digital world. Basically, once something is put on a computer, submitted to the web or sent via email, one should assume NO personal privacy. Email gets forwarded, listserve can be publically-archived, and email is stored in university archives indefinitely.

Blogging forces students to consider their writing in a public arena, which they’ve been unknowlingly participating in for some time.

I think those consequences are a good thing, and I think it’s vital to educate responsible online ethos and to prepare them for the eventuality of having to defend their words in a context that they did not anticipate.

Talk About PHP or Writing?

Jeff on Babel expressed an interest in talking about the blogging experience in terms of the different types of software; drupal, mt, etc..

That kind of feeds into the argument of blog as technology versus blog as rhetorical space. To some, a blog is the software and the user’s experience with the software, and because of that they focus on the technology that makes blogs possible.

To others, blogs are experiential in terms of an individual’s relationship to a blog as relationship, whether as an individual or one of a community.

I think I’d like to stay away from the technology experience. I’m as geeky as the next gal (ok, maybe more so), but I would really like to contribute more to the discussion about what people do when they blog. I’m most interested in group blogging and blogging as dialogue, since it relates to a looser definition of “argument.”

I think getting bogged down in the technical details sets up for that criticism of “we’re talking about technology and not writing.”

I’d rather talk about blogging as writing.

What is a Blog?

This “what is a blog” thing is quite an area of contention, I’ve noticed.

To one local contingent on campus, a blog is an online journal. This single poster throws their innermost thoughts into the mist, occasionally getting comments from outsiders, but not necessessarily.

To people like me, ‘blog’ means something much broader. Blogs can be single-poster or multi-poster. They can have commenting features or not. They can form communities of interest and argument within themselves, or social communities, or not. They can be created by a single inquirer drilling down on one topic of interest (like andrew sullivan’s about politics). They can have no text entries at all and be collections of pictures or audio files. They can be events unto themselves (mobblogging).

The one hallmark of the blog is the time-dated entry, indicating that it’s not just another website put up in haste and abandoned. Blogs tend to be more actively changed then traditional websites, and those changes are immediately noticable. That energy seperates blogs from other websites.

Another hallmark is the archives sections that divide the content by time period or category or both. Over time, this aggregation of content builds up and means something that a collection of emails or a distributed list doesn’t.

Blogs are useful for basic knowledge management because they create a gathering place and a searchable repository for information, displayed chronologically and by topic. Email gets lost, people drop out, and things change, but blogging a project group’s interactions assures that the expertise and process that the group develops and innovates as they progress doesn’t get lost in the chaos of employee turnover or forgetfulness.

Aristotle’s “Ethos” as “Online Reputation Management”

Aristotle characterized ethos as something vital for any public speaker’s effectiveness.

When we are online, all our audience has to judge us by is our words. Over time, those words build up, crystalizing an impression of who we are and what we mean, and what we will mean in the future. Unlike speech, which careens off into the ozone and disappears, our words online linger and color what we say later. Who among us hasn’t sent a piece of mail that we wish we hadn’t, only to have it come back later?

Being online means we need to consider our words in terms of reputation management. What we say online will remain. For years. That may make us more careful, but is that really a bad thing? When our words are our only currency, is it bad to want to spend wisely?