Poo, constipation, and all that crap.

Talk about your camp or project's LNT plans (and MOOP problems) here. Discuss cleanup tips. Ask questions or share ideas on what works and what doesn't.
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Post by Boijoy » Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:35 am

a cig & PBR first thing in the morning should do the trick. :)
If you don't smoke, just have a PBR, still should do the trick.
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Post by C.f.M. » Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:38 am

Dairy is known to be constipating.

Gluten does it for me.

Massage the bowels can help, too.

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Post by Parasitoid » Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:44 am

huh, my experience was that I had some of the most satisfying poops of the year out on the playa.

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Post by swampdog » Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:50 am

one year I grabbed a big bottle of sugary juice (costco brand cran-raz as I remember) when I really should have grabbed a water bottle. I must have been a little dehydrated 'cause I think I polished off a quart of the stuff.

That sure moved the mail. I can't say I recommend that approach.

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Post by Stitch » Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:30 pm

I went 5 days without a bm at bm after consuming nothing but ham sandwiches, whiskey, and PBR. Where was gentle laxative camp when I needed it!? This year I'm stocking up on some senna tea.

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Post by Fire_Moose » Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:36 pm

Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa





..............I thought girls didn't poop.....
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Post by VeganChoirGirl » Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:44 pm

I didn't shit once at bm last year...honestly, I didn't notice until I got home. Woops. I find that a whole bottle of Martineli's Sparkling Apple Cider consumed as quickly as possible is an interesting way to wake up the old bowels. Good luck, and many happy shits this year, ladies and gents.
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Post by Ugly Dougly » Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:19 pm

C.f.M. wrote:Dairy is known to be constipating.

Gluten does it for me.

Massage the bowels can help, too.
From the outside, I presume?

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Post by darcitananda » Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:31 pm

Monday is movement day!

I have shy bowels. What works for me is eating lots of spicy mostly vegetarian food, and unfortunately, staying away from breads and dry stuff. Granola bars don't help me. Greasy stuff though, followed by a cup of coffee seems to lube things up. And of course drinking water. A lot of constipation is caused by dehydration. And if you're eating things like dried fruits you have to drink a ton of water, other they just sit there. Furthermore, the Western method of sitting on the toilet isn't super conducive to easing things out. If you're consti, try squatting in your tend to get things moving, and then finish the job in the portapotty. Also, while sitting on the pot, if you put your hands above your head (kind of like wooo hooo!); it massages your insides. I swear this helps.

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Post by Bling » Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:48 pm

Really?! Cool!

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Post by FaeTora » Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:51 pm

I have never been consipated. I had the other isssue for a long time, but never that one. Don't know what i'd do if I was.

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Post by geekster » Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:52 pm

Yeah, if you can tolerate it, anything with even moderate amounts of capsaicin will loosen the bowels. The bowel sees it as an irritant and sheds water into the bowel to move things along.

So use that pepper shaker.
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Post by mudpuppy000 » Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:03 pm

Something on the playa seemed to speed up my digestion. Maybe it was eating all that playa dust, lol.

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Post by ej » Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:43 am

Dried mango, the occasional prune, and staying hydrated are my go-to solutions.

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Post by ygmir » Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:47 am

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Post by Ugly Dougly » Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:16 am

I usually do fine after my first cup of coffee.

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Post by swampdog » Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:35 am

FT, I'm with you on this one. I don't think I've EVER gone a day without a poo, usually more than one.

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Post by unjonharley » Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:10 am

In extreme times,,

Yogi tea called "Get Regular".. It has Senna leaf in it..

Nelly bar the door when it works through..

Some cramping while it tears old stuff lose..

Senna leaf is an old indian cure..

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Post by trystanthegypsy » Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:17 am

Ugly Dougly wrote:It's really common for people and other animals to become constipated when they can't shit in their accustomed hole. Never ignore the psychological component. Love them or not, porta-potties are not a place where you can feel at home.
This is defitely my problem.

maybe bring some candles, incense, maybe an ipod (fastened securely), portable bidet... hahahaha.

Nah, I did like six weeks of festivals already this summer, aside from my problems with not eating I'm getting over my problems with not shitting at festivals. It's a necessity really.

I find drinking copious amounts of vodka helps. I wonder why?

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Post by dewnorth » Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:19 am

The thread "One Item for BM a Day" should be very helpful with this topic. :D

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Post by Sail Man » Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:28 am

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For some reason "Pop goes the Weasel" is playing in my head :lol:
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Post by illy dilly » Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:54 am

Last year a few of us around camp, had some trouble with the runs. Lots of runs to the porta.
We figured it must have been our poor dish washing tactics. One person uses bucket A to soak and B to rinse, then another person comes along and does it the exact opposite....
If you get clogged up, just let some dirty dish water sit out for a while, then wash a plate..... eat what ever you want!
This year a family friend is writing us scripts for all sorts of mild intestinal medications.
And were gonna use a spray bottle for dishes! :idea:
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Post by Bling » Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:12 pm

Food poisoning DOES tend to move things along. Just not the way anyone wants. 8)

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Post by Ugly Dougly » Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:38 pm

trystanthegypsy wrote:
Ugly Dougly wrote:It's really common for people and other animals to become constipated when they can't shit in their accustomed hole. Never ignore the psychological component. Love them or not, porta-potties are not a place where you can feel at home.
This is defitely my problem.

maybe bring some candles, incense, maybe an ipod (fastened securely), portable bidet... hahahaha.

Nah, I did like six weeks of festivals already this summer, aside from my problems with not eating I'm getting over my problems with not shitting at festivals. It's a necessity really.

I find drinking copious amounts of vodka helps. I wonder why?
If you bring a portable toilet, such as:
http://ibdcrohns.about.com/od/travelwit ... oilets.htm
You can set it up in a corner of your camp any way you want, and take your sweet time crappin'. Whether you can dump it in the portapotty is another question.

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Post by Boijoy » Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:44 pm

Sail Man wrote:Image

For some reason "Pop goes the Weasel" is playing in my head :lol:
really? I'm hearing the Hokey Pokey.
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Post by Fire_Moose » Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:52 pm

Nothing like the sweet glow of a red head lamp illuminating the inside of a port-o while tripping dick.
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Post by unjonharley » Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:17 pm

Wash dishes without soap.. Them scald them.. Damn kids.. Never been camping before..

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Post by ygmir » Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:28 pm

Boijoy wrote:
Sail Man wrote:Image

For some reason "Pop goes the Weasel" is playing in my head :lol:
really? I'm hearing the Hokey Pokey.
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Post by C.f.M. » Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:17 am

A lot of constipation is caused by dehydration

Excellent point.

Senna and other "natural" laxatives can make one jump up and run for the nearest loo (or have zero effect, a la me).

"Smooth Move" is one tea known to work - and it comes in a chocolate flavor. However, as with anything, one cup might work for A, three cups for B, takes no time in C, takes four hours in E (you drink some laxative, wait and wait, nothing happens, "Oh well, guess that didn't work..." five hours later...).

Just once or twice won't be too bad, but laxatives can mess with your bowels.

A bottle of the lemon-flavored magnesium stuff, available at any drugstore/WalMart/Target is similar to what they give you before a colonic and is guaranteed to work...

Another problem is a stimulant's effect might last longer than the just initial time. You could have the shits for a good day or two, as in.

Unless you take Immodium (et al). Then you're just on a nice cycle...

Lots of water
bulk-forming foods or supplements like psyllium husk
coffee and a cigarette

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Post by C.f.M. » Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:01 am

Yes, external massage, clockwise if you're looking down at your belly.

I forgot to mention many find success at regularity with a daily dose of apple cider vinegar.

I suggest test-running things, first. Get some Smooth Move tea, see how it does ya.

Another idea to help is to empty shit out (no pun intended) before you go. I would recommend the epsom salt route, as it is cheap, quick, guaranteed and there's no long-term side effects (as there can be with senna, cascara segrada (sp?).

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