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Being gut free (spoilerish?)

After a good, long run, we have decided to close our forums in an effort to refocus attention to other sections of the site. Fortunately for you all, we're living in a time where discussion of a favorite topic now has a lot of homes. So we encourage you all to bring your ravenous love for discussion to Chuck's official Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. And, as always, you can still post comments on all News updates. Thank you for your loyalty and passion over the years. These changes will happen June 1.

Having become acquainted with some people who are gut free, I now know that if you lose your rectum and asshole, you will end up with a stoma and a colostomy bag. A stoma is a small opening on your abdomen where they terminate the end of the gut at a small opening in the skin. A plastic bag plugs in there, and liquid form poo just goes directly in there every time you eat. If they just hooked up your guts where your asshole used to be, you would be completely incontinent and just have diarrhea constantly, because there would be no muscle there to act like a valve to stop the poop from coming out. Then you can also suffer from "short gut syndrome" where you do not absorb enough nutrients, and possibly do not re-absorb enough bile either. In that case, you may need supplementary Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) which is a nutrient-rich liquid typically injected through a PICC line around the collarbone area, as they sometimes do with people who have eating disorders.