Smeller's the feller...a question about farting

Are there any potential medical risks associated with holding farts in for long time periods?

I remember reading in some old history book that a Roman emperor’s doctors advised him to fart freely because he had a problem with gas and the doctors thought holding it in was unhealthy. I don’t know what kind of cutting-edge fartology has happened in the last 2000 years, though.

Bad breath?

One of the medical types around here (think it was Quagtop stated that it was bad to hold in your farts as it can cause diverticulosis and other problems.

Cecil Adams: Does suppressing the urge to toot endanger one’s health?

Thanks, bibliophage. I missed that one. Feel free to lock this thread.