SOURCE: Hole Humor Publications

June 21, 2005 03:29 ET

Colorectal Health Book "Jokes from the Hole" Shows Laughter Is the Best Medicine to Prevent Cancer

Dr. Gene L. Syn Offers Practicality & Prevention

HOLLYWOOD, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 21, 2005 -- Each year, 140,000 people are diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer; each year, 65,000 people in the U.S. die from it. Author Dr. Gene L. Syn, a Colon & Rectal Surgeon, believes that humor can break through the embarrassment and taboo people have about discussing their nether-regions and digestive systems to reduce these diagnoses. Dr. Syn's book, "Jokes from the Hole" (Hole Humor Publications, 2005), is the first book to suggest 10 Keys To Colon and Rectal Health, interspersed with hilarious anecdotes, one-liners and original cartoon illustrations.

"It is my hope this joke book and sound medical advice contained therein will relieve and save hundreds and thousands of lives by bringing this sensitive topic out of the closet, into conversation, and into the caring hands of colon and rectal surgeons," says Dr. Syn.

"Jokes from the Hole" is the most current offering in a line of celebrity and expert endorsements for colorectal awareness, the first and most famous being Katie Couric's nationally televised colonoscopy on "The Today Show" in March 2000. That televised event promoted a 20% jump in colonoscopy rates nationwide, and USA Today reported a higher rate of colonoscopies sustained for nearly a year after the show. In May 2005, Oprah Winfrey hosted renowned Surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz ("Second Opinion," Discovery Health Channel) to discuss "three things to do in the bathroom" and how to promote colorectal health. Sadly, Sharon Osbourne, rock icon Ozzy's wife (MTV's "The Osbournes" reality show and her own talk show) was recently diagnosed with colon cancer, has had surgery to remove cancerous cells and is undergoing chemotherapy; she remains upbeat and educated.

Born and raised in Southern California, Dr. Syn is a practicing colon and rectal surgeon, a fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and President of the Southern California Colon and Rectal Center. He draws his humor from conversations with other surgeons, personal experience and his own bedside manner. To quote "Jokes from the Hole":

"For those who have experienced the indignity, a physician
claims that the following are actual comments made by his
patients while he was performing their colonoscopies:

1. Take it easy, Doc; you're boldly going where no man has
gone before.
2. Can you hear me NOW?
3. Oh, boy! That was sphincterriffic!
4. Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
5. You put your left hand in; you take your left hand out."
In "Jokes from the Hole," Dr. Syn has been careful to avoid the crass, bathroom humor that so many of today's comedians and writers use, and has even found a way to help people explain bowel movements to their doctors, in the giggle-worthy "Poopie List." He's cleverly taken a jab at pop culture with his twist on the MasterCard ad campaign:
"Ex-Lax: $5
 Metamucil: $10
 Barium Enema: $100
 Colonoscopy: $1000

 A great bowel movement: Priceless"
The film industry certainly has had its share of digestive digs throughout the years, with memorable bathroom scenes in such hits as "Ace Ventura, Pet Detective," "Dumb & Dumber" and the classic fire-pit flatulence scene in "Blazing Saddles." Witness also comedian George Carlin's timeless, 24-word, "Excrement List." "Jokes from the Hole" asks, "Why just laugh when you can learn too?"

Dr. Syn's 10 Keys to Colon and Rectal Health title each chapter, elaborating with jokes, prose and illustration:

1. Closely watch for symptoms
2. Early screening and detection
3. High-fiber
4. Hydration
5. Medications
6. Exercise regularly
7. Decrease stress
8. Stop straining
9. Heredity
10. Gentle anal hygiene
According to Dr. Syn, "This book could apply to any other part of the body. I have always preached that prevention is the best medicine. If you can see a doctor earlier, then major treatment or surgery sometimes can be avoided." He also adds, with regard to disease heredity, "DNA does not mean 'Do Not Ask.' Take the first step to see a colon and rectal surgeon."

"Jokes from the Hole" is the premiere release from Hole Publications, now available at or ordered (as well as individual cartoon prints) at For more information or to schedule interviews, please contact Scot C. Taylor by telephone at (949) 770-0403, fax (949) 770-7471 or email

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