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Singing the praises or cursing in the places where you have to squat to eliminate

Updated on September 5, 2009

How's that saying go "YOU DON'T KNOW SQUAT" In this case most of us may not and it could have many of us ending up in a hospital sooner or later.Eliminating the problem may be as simple as doing just that "Squating"Squating is so natural that people the world over who know better do it .Unfortunately ignorance or vanity has caused most people in the west to sit on it rather than squat.Maybe it was because the toilet was invented by an Englishman by the name of Thomas Crapper that we all seen to think it's fashionable to sit rather than squat.Squating is associated with those who are not sophisticated enough to appreciate sitting as chairs were considered a luxury as few could afford one in the not to distant past. A chair or sitting was considered something nobility did and was a vain but much sought after vice.Whatever the case it has become part and parcel of everday life in the western culture.

The western traditional toilets bad points

There are two big problems with a seating toilet. (1) You're seating naked on a seat that has been used by who knows how many people. How many did not clean themselves properly when they bathe? How many have not bathed for 3 days. How many have skin diseases? How many people had previously urinated on the seat, and the urine dried, but the seat not washed? (2) If your butt cheeks are squished together, how can anything exit your anus easily? Hemorrhoids are much less common in developing countries that still use squat toilets.

The facts show that the colon does not completely evacuate when using a traditional western toilet where your body is in the seated position especially if your feet don't reach the floor.Having your feet hanging off the end of the toilet puts more pressure on your backside while at the same time making it harder to eliminate properly if that is in fact what you are doing in the seated position.I'm sure you noticed they don't make toilets custom tailored to each one of us.In fact a person with a very small backside could even fall into a toilet if they are not careful and a heavy person with a huge rump would barely fit on some toilet seats.I know there are elongated toilets in most public restrooms because of this fact ,,but there is still the issue of height off the floor and width for someone too small to fit properly without falling into one

Squating toilets bad points

If the stalls are "cleaned," they are simply hosed off, so the water mixes with the urine and the poo and you are walking on a wet sewer slippery surface. The trash can full of fecal paper and no-one washing their hands with soap afterwards is the worst part! Anything you eat has been touched by such hands. And yes, the walls are covered in snot, spit and whatever else!

Some people say squating is not natural.That's because they haven't been brought up to squat.In fact squating is more natural than some people think it is.Not only is it natural,it is good exersise for your abdominal mucles which by the way help your body eliminate more completely by putting pressure where it's needed and suspending the colon properly for evacuation.Of course if you haven't grown up doing it as most of us in the western world haven't then trying it for the first time can be aukward to say the least.I think it would help if you had a way to help you up in the case of older or people who have a physical disability.Although I dare say some individuals would find it difficult if not impossible to squat in anycase.Be that as it may for those who can ,it's the best way to go for not only your abdominal muscles but for the rest of your body too.The less toxins that stay in your body the better off your overall health and the better you will feel the rest of the day as long as you also eat a balanced diet with enough healthy foods to help your body eliminate comfortably.Hard stools are a problem no matter how you eliminate,but squating is still the best way to go.

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    • someonewhoknows profile image

      someonewhoknows 8 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      That wouldn't be a porta-potty would it? lol

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      First I must say GreatAmerican made me laugh out loud with his comment. Man, that's funny.

      Anyway, great Hub. I don't think I can squat long enough to, uh, do my bidness. I solved part of the problem by having toilet nobody sits on but me. :)

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      someonewhoknows 8 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      You know your truely wealthy when you can eliminate where and how you want!

      I appreciate your comments Don.Must be my time of birth,3:23 am.Couldn't it wait until a more decent hour,when the doctor was still awake? lol!

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      dusanotes 8 years ago from Windermere, FL

      We have a ToTo, a japanese make that requires less water, more efficient. I agree, public toilets are the dirtiest places in the world. I'd prefer to wait than to squat or sit.

      Your article tells volumes about you. You are a get-to-the-point person, like a nurse who must change a bed pan, and to you this may be a great topic, but to many of us we'd rather not even think about it. But, practically speaking, you might have the greatest blog of the month here because when it's slightly controversial like this people seem to flock to it. Good luck with your blogs. You do have a way with words. Don White

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      Wealthmadehealthy 8 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

      LOL Only in nature when camping...does this mean I am not civilized? LOL

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      greatAmerican 8 years ago

      While we are on the subject of a-holes I guess I will go read the latest from Van Jones who seems to know a lot about a-holes...

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      someonewhoknows 8 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      It seems when it comes to stools no one gives a squat


      I seem to recall you making that styatement in one of the other hubs on this same subject

      Mighty mom

      I always think of squating in the all natural is our nature,I read one other hub on the subject and the person was squating outdoors in the middle of a cornfield.(I hope he didn't use the corn to wipe up with) Anyway he was suddenly aware that a bus was nearby while he was going and he was totally emb-bare assed. lol!


      I would have seconds,but the just the thought of eating it would gives me pause on the first course. lol! I know many animals eat it for digestive purposes,like elephants,rabbits,chickens "butt" thanks "butt" no thanks.Maybe it's a cultural thing,like marrying your first cousin.I'm not saying she wouldn't be hot "butt" ,but cultural tabboos are pretty strong,just as cultural customs,no if's ,ands or "butts" about it.

      Come to think about it ,our digestive system is designed to recycle bile from our gald bladder by introducing it into our digestive trac for the purpose of promoting digestion Apparently God knows it's not easy to digest.Some people drink ,or should I say sip their own urine for health reasons having to do with the immune system.They claim it helps the body produce antibodies to any disease the body might have.Wheather this is true or not ,I have no idea.

      Thank you for stopping by ,and hope you all have healthy bowels.

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      greatAmerican 8 years ago

      Hey life is full of risks, sometimes you just have to use common sense. I recall the Ayatolla of Iran saying he ate shit. Yes this was on a 60 minute interview, many years ago.

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      Susan Reid 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

      LOL. I thought you were going to talk about squatting out in nature -- where it is the only way to go.

      I don't frequent as many portopotties as I used to back in my heyday, but thats the perfect place to perfect the squat-and-go technique.

      I must say, this is a filthy topic but you handled it very well (meaning, your fingers seem like they were freshly washed with soap when you wrote it!)

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      Barbara 8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      My thighs need a bit of work before I submit to squatting :).