Back in January, a man named Lamarr Chambers was arrested in Harlow, Essex. The 24-year-old man was arrested because law enforcement suspected him of swallowing a huge stash of drugs.
The man made the decision to refuse to defecate for 47 days—several weeks—while in police custody.
As a result of his decision, police are unable to prove whether or not Lamarr actually committed the alleged crime, resulting in his being released on Monday.
Police actually tweeted about their so-called “poo watch”, and Lamarr’s ability to hold it all in was—in its own way—pretty impressive.
The police in Essex were advised to release Lamarr due to legal and medical advice.
The charges against Lamarr—one of which was the intent to supply a Class A drug—were dropped. This happened despite the fact law enforcement applied for custody extensions at seven different court hearings.
It has been reported that—previously—the longest an inmate had gone without defecating was 23 days. Lamarr broke the record, for sure.
Law enforcement believed that Lamarr was trying to conceal the drugs he intended to sell prior to his arrest; they were waiting for him to “go” so that they could officially charge him with a crime.
The police force in this case actually started a hashtag—PooWatch—regarding the situation; they did so in order to keep the public up to date on the curious state of affairs.
If you’re wondering about the live-tweets put forth by the police department, here are a few.
One tweet, dated the 20th of January, said that another day passed “without any movement”.
Prior to that, there was a tweet dated the 18th of January. It said that the alleged criminal is still “refusing to pass” the objects. Lamarr, according to the tweet, did not believe that police had the power to hold him until he defecated—adding that Lamarr had been charged with possession and intent to distribute a class A substance.
In that tweet, the police said that Chelmsford Magistrate Court had issued a 190-hour detention warrant for the suspect in the case. The police also said that they would apply for more time if the items were not passed.
A tweet dated the 25th of January told followers that it was day nine of the detention of the prisoner arrested due to intent to supply. According to that tweet, another eight days of custody was authorized.
— Op Raptor West (@OpRaptorWest) February 8, 2018
Eventually, there was nothing but silence from the police department due to the fact Lamarr just refused to eliminate the waste from his body.
Now, the man—who clearly has a lot of resolve—walks the streets a free man.
This story may seem amusing and unbelievable, but constipation really is not a laughing matter. Constipation—often defined as having three or less bowel movements per week—is actually a serious issue; sadly, there are many side effects if one doesn’t poo regularly. In the United States alone, over 40 million people suffer from constipation every year.
One side effect of constipation may be anal fissures, which are tears in the moist tissue that surrounds the anus. They can cause both pain and bleeding during bowel movements.
There is also the possibility that constipation causes headaches—there definitely seems to be a correlation; this may be because of anxiety related to being unable to poop. Also, constipation is frequently related to dehydration, and dehydration can cause headaches. However, the buildup of toxins during periods of constipation might also contribute to headaches.
Constipation is also directly related to appetite issues—because your abdomen can end up bloated and distended.
Other studies have suggested that constipation can actually cause bad breath, which is a thing none of us want to have.
Constipation may also be indicative of a health problem, such as a problem with your bowel flora. Constipation may be the result of a certain bacterium in your system—clostridia—that entered your system. It can increase the retention of water in your colon, which ends up drying out your “waste”.
Issues in your gut—like constipation—can also cause skin issues, such as acne and dark circles under your eyes. If toxins aren’t escaping your body via the normal route, they may just end up trying to leave your body via the skin.