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Typically what you want to do to get off of laxative (or overuse of enemas or other things like that) is to work on retraining the colon.Usually that means upping fiber and water so you have enough bulk for the colon to work with and enough water to keep things moist and thus easier to pass.Typically what you want to do is retain the body. Since the colon is normally more active about an hour or so after meals going to the toilet and staying there for 15 minutes or so after each meal as that is when you are most likely to naturally move the bowels. What you want to do is get your body to associate sitting on the toilet with going. Sitting on it for hours straining trains you to sit on the toilet and strain. If you don't go then wait for the next scheduled time--unless of course you get a signal that you are ready to go now, and you can tell the real ready to go from the constipation feelings. If you can't tell then stick to the schedule, but you want to try to figure out what is a real signal that you need to go and then not ignore them.It can mean putting up with some discomfort while the body is learning how to funciton again. It may also help to taper off whatever you are doing slowly in some cases. Take/do less, then spread them out so if it is daily go to every other day, then every third day...K.------------------�When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall�Think of it, ALWAYS. �Mahatma GandhiMy story and what worked for me in greatly easing my IBS: http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/Forum17/HTML/000015.html I do not work for anyone who sells any IBS related products.[This message has been edited by kmottus (edited 09-22-2001).]
 

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Typically what you want to do to get off of laxative (or overuse of enemas or other things like that) is to work on retraining the colon.Usually that means upping fiber and water so you have enough bulk for the colon to work with and enough water to keep things moist and thus easier to pass.Typically what you want to do is retain the body. Since the colon is normally more active about an hour or so after meals going to the toilet and staying there for 15 minutes or so after each meal as that is when you are most likely to naturally move the bowels. What you want to do is get your body to associate sitting on the toilet with going. Sitting on it for hours straining trains you to sit on the toilet and strain. If you don't go then wait for the next scheduled time--unless of course you get a signal that you are ready to go now, and you can tell the real ready to go from the constipation feelings. If you can't tell then stick to the schedule, but you want to try to figure out what is a real signal that you need to go and then not ignore them.It can mean putting up with some discomfort while the body is learning how to funciton again. It may also help to taper off whatever you are doing slowly in some cases. Take/do less, then spread them out so if it is daily go to every other day, then every third day...K.------------------�When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall�Think of it, ALWAYS. �Mahatma GandhiMy story and what worked for me in greatly easing my IBS: http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/Forum17/HTML/000015.html I do not work for anyone who sells any IBS related products.[This message has been edited by kmottus (edited 09-22-2001).]
 
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