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Liquid Paraffin Isn't Sold in Wales


This isn't usually the type of story that's usually discussed on SW however I feel Wales is being wronged and people I know are being treated badly, I had a friend of mine that died of bowel cancer aged 54 years old he blamed it on the fact that he wasn't able to purchase Liquid paraffin over the counter at any of his local chemists.

I know of two young women who have had to undergo Colostomies as a result of not being able to purchase liquid paraffin they both have Stoma bags their lives have changed and are naturally angry about the Welsh NHS.

I know having visited London a few times that Liquid paraffin is available in Chemists over the counters in London what a stupid part of the world I live in.

If your travelling to Wales for a holiday or on a business trip and suffer from constipation be warned you won't be able to buy any liquid paraffin in Wales, I have considered writing to the World Health Organisation about this disgrace personally I think it's a violation of citizens human rights.
Max41 · 26-30, M Best Comment
And they call themselves developed country .
senghenydd · M
@Max41 Now your on the right track I call my country "Silly".

Neoerectus · 51-55, M
Uhm ... the reason for the bowel cancer is more likely not constipation. Constipation is often a symptom of a diet not high in fiber, low water intake, high stress, other medical issues, etc.

Modern processed foods mess up gut bacteria which can cause a host of problems. High sugar, low fiber, high salt, etc. are the real boogeymen.
@senghenydd And yeah. That is about as useful as giving yourself a diagnosis from WebMD from googling random symptoms.
Neoerectus · 51-55, M
@senghenydd Again, anecdotal without professional scientific opinion supported by tech ( tests) is suspect. Constipation,k is usually a symptom of other things.
senghenydd · M
@Neoerectus I've lived with Crohn's disease all my life without Liquid paraffin I would of had a Colostomy it's obvious that Liquid paraffin is being phased out in the UK.
meJess · F
It’s because the Welsh assembly can’t tell the difference between kerosene and paraffin, and in their desperate desire to be seen as cutting emissions put restrictions on the sale of both..
senghenydd · M
@meJess There's many a joke about the Welsh Assembly I will stop you there and tell you this problem existed long before the Welsh Assembly existed.

Thought I'd add a picture of Smiler.

At first I was very very confused because here in Canada liquid paraffin is lamp oil aka kerosene.
senghenydd · M
@PicturesOfABetterTomorrow No it's a medicine for constipation.
@senghenydd Naming conventions for different things have very different meanings in different regions.
ChipmunkErnie · 70-79, M
Can't comment because I've never heard of the stuff. When I saw your headline I thought you were referring to some kind of heating or lamp oil.
senghenydd · M
@ChipmunkErnie What type of treatment is available in your country for constipation.
ChipmunkErnie · 70-79, M
@senghenydd Ex-Lax, Senacot, Dulcalax. Milk of Magnesia, and mineral oil come to mind, along with a host of other brands and types. Shelves of the stuff at the local pharmacy.
senghenydd · M
@ChipmunkErnie I'll give these items a trail.
Lauren19 · 26-30, F
What's it for? Getting a difficult stool out?
senghenydd · M
@Lauren19 It's for softening your stool it's a really effective treatment.
Lauren19 · 26-30, F
@senghenydd Shame you can't get it then. Try natural alternatives maybe? Prunes, high fibre stuff? Vindaloo? Lol.
senghenydd · M
@Lauren19 I eat a high fibre diet and sometimes take Sunflower oil used for frying chips it does help.
SirfurryanimalWales · 61-69, M
The question is why it isn't available.
senghenydd · M
@SirfurryanimalWales It's always been freely available in London but for some reason it's not available in Wales.
allygator18 · 22-25
i think selling puffins may be illegal
senghenydd · M
@allygator18 I think your right
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
Is liquid paraffin the same thing as mineral oil?
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senghenydd · M
@mcane I don't think so

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