Hello Fallsian and welcome to CureZone! So glad you found us. :) Your doctor should be shot.
When you start taking fiber to cleanse the bowels, you still have control over when you go. :) Especially if you only take a tsp of cleanser, that really isn't all that much. You'll see. :) Now of course if you take tons of laxatives that changes things and yep, sometimes it's gotta run now or there'll be quite a show, folks! But there are very gentle, mild laxatives that don't do that.
You can easily order waht you need off the Internet. We say start off with a fiber shake with Psyllium seed husks and liquid Bentonite clay, which you're probably familiar with from Jensen's book. :) OR you can buy Dr. Schulze ' intestinal cleanser #1 and #2. I like his because he separates out the laxatives so you're not always taking them. YOu shouldn't take cascarda or senna for more than 7-10 days or you become dependent.
Changing your diet, exercise and taking the shakes is a great way to start.
Here are my notes on bowel cleansing. they include some natural laxatives that give you total control over when you go. :)
Here's what happens: when you first add fiber, your colon is a bit weak AnD probably coated with mucous. The mucous, altho bad, has a good side effect - it helps things pass quickly!
The fiber starts taking off the mucous, so it slows down your BMs for awhile until your colon strengthens!
This is why when you first start bowel management, you want to do....
1. either do the fiber PLUS laxative for about 1 week, not more or you get dependent. There are fruit-based laxatives that are better if you can find them, such as Triphala. These *strengthen* the colon rather than create dependency so you can take them over a longer period of time. Start with only 1 P&B shake a day, gradually increase dosage until you're doing 3 a day. Follow each P&B shakes with a glass of plain water.
2. Start off with a series of colonics. colonics will reduce mucous AND exercise the colon too!
3. slat-board exercises, walking, yoga, basically do AB exercises which in turn strengthen your colon.
4. Experiment with different fibers. Some people don't do well with psyllium. Most do, but some are better off with flax seeds, green apples, etc.
5. Start each morning with a large cup of very warm but swallowable water. This induces a bowel movement quite effectively.
6. End each night with this drink: a cup or so of milk simmered for 10 minutes with 2 whole cardamom seeds, 1/2 inch fresh ginger root cut or grated, 1 stick cinamon, 3 cloves. This is basically Chai tea without the tea. Pour into a mug with a tsp or so of honey. This will hlep you sleep AND is a natural laxative too! :)
7. 1-3x a day take 1 tablespoon of olive oil. This will force the liver to give up some bile, and bile stimulates peristalitic action! :)
8. Avoid all constipating and mucous forming foods such as deep fried, cheese, most dairy (unless cooked). Eat more nuts and fruits (preferably apples, pears, berries), but eat fruits alone as a fruit meal, never combined with anything else. Avoid animal protein for a couple weeks. Eat more veggie stews with Quinoa, Basmati Rice, instead.