Potty Timing

By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog

In the American diet, 45% of the dry weight of a stool is mucus, 45% is bacteria, 3% is dietary fiber, and 7% is undigested food.

I’m an ex-super duper pooper scooper who took X-rays of the large intestine.

The “museum colon” illustrated in anatomy books is extremely rare because the average colon’s theme song is, “Let’s twist again like we did last summer.”

My own intestinal X-ray back in the 1970s showed a transverse colon dropped lower than my belly button.


Colon health is more about TIMING than how “arty” your stool is. People who wake up in the morning and don’t cop a squat are constipated. Period.


For high-level wellness, stimulate the orthocolonic, gastrocolonic, and chronocolonic reflexes of the large intestine.


The orthocolonic reflex is the response to standing up vertically after being horizontal in your bed for at least an hour or so.

The gastrocolonic reflex is the response to food entering your mouth and stomach at a meal.

The chronocolonic reflex is the response to your biological clock sensing that it’s Large Intestine Time (5:00-7:00 a.m.).


A bowel movement before 7:00 a.m. often indicates a fast colon.

A bowel movement after 7:00 a.m. often indicates a slow colon.

Eating breakfast in the middle of Stomach Time (7:00 -9:00 a.m.) is an ideal remedy for a slow chronocolonic reflex.


'Potty Timing' have 2 comments

  1. August 20, 2020 @ 8:13 am Francisco

    Dear Atom,
    Any idea why one would get an itch or irritability around the anus AFTER pooping? Most discomforting!


    • August 20, 2020 @ 9:34 am Atom

      Possibilities are (1) over-acidity, (2) over-alkalinity, (3) worms.

      Numbers 1 and 2 are easiest to “fix.”

      If it’s worms, you can sometimes see them in the stool.


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