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September 28, 2013

Contest: Prizes for Your Thoughts

By Mark Sisson
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The Prize:

Squatty PottySquatty Potty – You think Grok took a seat on a porcelain throne when nature called? Of course not! Toilets are modern inventions. Grok squatted, and so should you. Why? Well, squatting opens up the colon for fast and easy elimination, which is said to relieve constipation, straining issues, hemorrhoids, bloating and more. But what are we to do? Is it time for all-out bathroom renovations? No, there’s a simpler solution, and that’s where Squatty Potty comes to the rescue. Watch the video below to learn what a Squatty Potty is and win one today by participating in this contest!

The first 50 participants of this contest will get a free Squatty Ecco.

BONUS: Use coupon code mda20 at checkout and get 20% off your order through October 31.

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One randomly selected participant will win a Platinum Package.

The Contest:

This one’s simple. If you’ve used any of the Primal Blueprint supplements I’d love to hear from you. Has Primal Fuel helped you eliminate sugar cravings and lose body fat? Has Primal Flora helped to improve your digestion and regularity? Did you reverse a vitamin D deficiency with Primal Blueprint Vitamin D?

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Eligibility:

Only U.S. residents for this one.

The Contest End Time:

October 2, midnight PDT.

How the Winner Will Be Determined:

The first 50 participants get a Squatty Potty. One randomly selected winner gets a Platinum Package.

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La Frite
La Frite
3 years 20 hours ago

Wouldn’t a low stool be enough ??

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 20 hours ago
Here’s what I’ve been using this past 3/4 year: recycling bin, plastic garbage can (which bends comfortably when sat on), buckets, small plastic waste baskets, nothing (aka the ground in a squat or squat with hands and feet in the crab position [which, or variations of it, is also good as an upside down plank] or doing a “chair” wall-sit (such as on trees, and leaning back in a squat and holding on branches works. If you have neighbours I wouldn’t recommend this, unless you’re really close with your neighbours, or want to leave them a surprise in their yard… Read more »
Artemis67
Artemis67
3 years 14 hours ago

It is for me. I use a little plastic footstool I found in the kids’ section at Ikea 12 years or so ago, and it’s worked just fine.

Dr. Anthony Gustin
3 years 20 hours ago

Would have to think just a stool would be just as effective, or shoe box, pot/pan, etc. Great marketing though!

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Feather
Feather
3 years 19 hours ago
Wouldn’t leaning forward a bit have the same effect relaxing the horse-shoe shaped muscle? Tools like these are great reminders if you are still getting used to a new habit, tho. I suppose a stool would work, definately an easy way to try it out before ordering Good luck keeping that shoe box clean & not disintegrating tho, and a pot would get you some serious raised eyebrows…if you get a lot of visitors and do things that are uncommon (no matter how much sense they make) it helps a lot to have purpose built tools that look like they… Read more »
Cal
Cal
3 years 15 hours ago

Unfortunately Ikea’s Försiktig Children’s stool is only 5?” high and its maximum load is 77lb.

Feather
Feather
3 years 3 hours ago

Fortunately, that’s 5?” higher than my floor 😉

Adam
Adam
3 years 19 hours ago

I’m sorry but this is a bit laughable. I love the benefits of a primal lifestyle, but some of the things considered paleo or primal are what give the entire nutritional movement a bit of a bad rap. Try explaining this contraption to your buddies. Grab a newspaper (or good book) and do your business. Grab a stool if you need to, but why the heck is there serious conversation about how to take a crap (I’ve seen this on other paleo blogs as well).

Abdullah
Abdullah
3 years 16 hours ago

Because sitting on a western toilet makes complete evacuation more difficult, and is associated with higher rates of colorectal cancer? Because you’re designed to squat when releiving yourself, and anything you do that brings you closer to the way you were designed will make you healthier and happier? Because low pan toilets are more hygienic (no splashback)?

Tina
Tina
2 years 11 months ago

+1

Mary
Mary
3 years 16 hours ago

Agreed. I thought for a moment that Mark was totally pulling a prank on us. But the Squatty Potty is real? Really? We live in a modern world and do our best to be primal – it’s 80/20, remember? I think pooping while sitting on a modern day toilet falls in the 20%.

Siobhan
Siobhan
3 years 15 hours ago

Why shouldn’t there be serious conversation about taking a crap? It is really important. And you know (or maybe you don’t) lots of people have issues with it. Laugh all you want but be glad you don’t suffer from certain problems.

Hanna
Hanna
3 years 13 hours ago

You shouldn’t need a newspaper or a good book. You business shouldn’t take that long to do.

K
K
3 years 16 hours ago

This is just like religion. Creating a solution to something that isn’t a problem. How many people have any issues with using a real toilet? Ok, how many people have used a squat toilet in Japan and enjoyed the experience? Yeah. Exactly. For that matter, check out how many squat toilets they have versus western toilets. Yeah. There’s a reason. Western style toilets are more comfortable. If you have bad knees, bad balance, bad back, squatting is not going to work for you.

BtaylorTheRogue
BtaylorTheRogue
3 years 15 hours ago

With respect, I feel that you’re missing one of the big points of this. Yes, I agree, it’s a waste, but. . . .

With this product, as I understand it, you’re still resting on the toilet. It merely gives you something to rest your feet on while they’re elevating, properly aligning the colon for elimination.

There is not actual “squating” going on here.

Siobhan
Siobhan
3 years 15 hours ago

Actually…uh…I work in a hospital… lots of people have trouble with Western toilets. You would be amazed how many people have trouble with this sort of thing. Be glad you don’t

NotApplicable
NotApplicable
2 years 11 months ago

How can you call the thousands of people who suffer from IBS a non-issue? Or all of the other issues caused by their prolonged sitting on the can?

I think the problem is that this solution is too simple for many to believe, as it isn’t promoted by the AMA.

katherine C
katherine C
3 years 16 hours ago

kinda neat idea. if your on a budget, a short stool should work the same? I like the cut-out for the toilet though.

Judy G
Judy G
3 years 16 hours ago

Ever been to China? Don’t laugh but there was many a time I had to find the ‘handicapped’ bathroom because I didn’t quite have the balance thing going for me. My worst fear was that I would fall in (not that it was far to fall) but the western princess in me won out over the cave woman. TMI?

BtaylorTheRogue
BtaylorTheRogue
3 years 15 hours ago

My toilet faces my shower/bathtub thing. Otherwise, I’d look at something like this. And then buy a stool for 10 bucks.

To each their own, though.

Fox
Fox
3 years 15 hours ago

All I can say is the Squatty Potty is a boon. Try the squatting pose with a plastic trashcan or a box and then you’ll see why spending 35 bucks on a Squatty is a lot easier to use.
Nothing feels better than your sphincter opening the right way, ahh.

William
William
3 years 15 hours ago

instead of a stool, just lean forward to get the 35 degree angle.

Sharon
Sharon
3 years 15 hours ago
I guess most of the people commenting here would not like to win this prize. I did buy one get one free squatty potty(s) last year. The men in the house did not want to use it so only one bathroom has it in use. I do like it. My guess is actual squatting would be better and have the added benefit of keeping the squatting muscles strong and flexible. One woman on a review site said she used it while sitting on the floor for a table. I guess if one of you win this, you could use it… Read more »
Sharon
Sharon
3 years 14 hours ago

If there are more than 50 people that make a comment here you can send mine to one of them. I already have an extra one sitting unused.

Tapetum
3 years 15 hours ago

Or for the more flexible among us, just tuck your feet up on the toilet seat. Problem solved!

ninjainshadows
ninjainshadows
3 years 11 hours ago

Works every time! No more sitting there for 5 minutes to take a dump.

Shary
Shary
3 years 14 hours ago

We buy Costco TP which comes in packages of six, two layers deep. The unwrapped package makes a perfect stool for the feet. Otherwise, two spare rolls of toilet paper stood on end and placed under each foot works pretty well.

Ms. Jen
Ms. Jen
3 years 13 hours ago

I’ve been using small trashcans instead for about 5 years. I was skeptical in the beginning, but this position really does help with elimination. If I had the $$ I’d buy a “squatty” for every bathroom in the house.

Marti
Marti
3 years 12 hours ago
My sister told me this trick years ago. Before you mock, try it out with a box or trash can. I usually just hike my heels to the toilet seat, works well, but hard for older or non-flexible peoples. We have a “magazine rack/holder” in our bathroom which looks totally natural to have there… but it’s actually used for resting feet on more than holding the latest national geographic. You may think this is silly, but believe me the day will come, when you’re constipated, grumpy and desperate. You will pull the trash can from under the sink, hike your… Read more »
Jen M.
Jen M.
3 years 11 hours ago

If this thing had a built in stand to hold your magazine at reading level—-then I’d say that they were onto something!

Robert
Robert
3 years 11 hours ago

I keep a folding foot stool, in each bathroom. It works great for me. I have used them for two years now and will not do without them. When I travel I do tend to constipate – the leave no paper trail syndrome – but now I know I can use the empty bin to rest my feet. Thanks!

Rob
Rob
3 years 8 hours ago

Well… tried this squatting position and gave it some critical thought at the same time. What I first noticed was the smell. In terms of the evacuation I typically have no trouble ever taking a dump. I believe what’s more important is what the poop actually looks like.

RedG
RedG
3 years 7 hours ago

When I was pregnant my midwife recommended but I lean forward, and my feetto help with elimination. I did not realize she was probably putting me in this position. worked great. I would love to have one of these.

Ramona
Ramona
3 years 6 hours ago

Well, if you haven’t looked at the video, you’re missing the fact that it has a curved cutout so it can tuck up next to your toilet when not in use. Good concept, I’d use one.

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Vanessa
Vanessa
3 years 43 minutes ago
Well, I want one. As I’m in the U.K. a bit too expensive to ship so I’ll get creative and make my own. I have prolapse and pelvic floor problems since the birth of my youngest (probably TMI, but on a thread like this I figured it’s ok!). Since then have had some “evacuation problems”. After reading about this before I have been resting one foot on the edge of the bath and one foot on the slope on the side of the sink to get a “squattier” angle, it REALLY helps! By the way, I have one of the… Read more »
Elisa
Elisa
2 years 11 months ago

I read about the squatty potty about a year ago started using an upturned bucket. Then I went on holiday and… no buckets. So I got in the habit of squatting on the toilet seat. Takes some practice, and a little annoying to have to take shoes off, but works well. Added bonus: now I can go camping anywhere, toilets or no. I can squat the original way.

Tom
Tom
2 years 11 months ago

Ditto that! Primitive camping no longer requires a log as a seat. I’ve developed the physical and mindset flexibility to squat or sit. Squatting’s easier.

All you haters can hate, but I’ll poop the way I want. Thanks Mark – you’ve irrevocably changed my life in… um… the most irrevocable ways! LOL

Darleen
2 years 11 months ago
Squatty Potty is NOT a waste … we installed a chair height toilet a couple of years ago (we’re both quite tall and are aging to boot). I quickly regretted that decision. I had been trying to come up with a suitable foot rest when someone posted about the SP on another forum. I promptly ordered it and believe me when I tell you it was worth the money (and I cheaped out and bout the plastic one). It slips up against the stool when not in use so it’s both out of the way and pretty much not very… Read more »
Marilyn
Marilyn
2 years 11 months ago

Vanessa go to Amazon – you can get a decent UK shipping

Marilyn
Marilyn
2 years 11 months ago
Libby
2 years 11 months ago

Squatty potty is not such a silly idea. Seems like you could just do it at home with your regular toilet by using a stool, but when your are just busting to go the squatty potty might save just come in handy. Very practical 🙂

Ducky
Ducky
2 years 11 months ago

So, I don’t need to do it outside anymore?

Mark
Mark
2 years 11 months ago

Using this potty along with some proper breathing techniques will enhance the whole throne experience!!

bookmunkie
bookmunkie
2 years 11 months ago

That’s not squatting. Using like the squatty potty has its own problems (http://www.naturesplatform.com/faq.html#footstools). If you really want to squat at home without replacing your toilet, look into something like Nature’s Platform.

Amy
Amy
2 years 11 months ago

This idea is genius. I know lots of people that could really benefit from using this!

KimS
KimS
2 years 11 months ago

You all can laugh all you want about the Squatty Potty, but I love mine. I have really suffered with constipation since my thyroid was removed 18 months ago. The Squatty Potty has really helped. I don’t care who sees it or who laughs at it. It’s only funny if you’ve never had a problem.

Josh
Josh
2 years 11 months ago

The funny thing is that this thing actually works. My gastro doctor recomends this thing because of how it really does release the pressure assocated with bowel movements. I dont have one but I like how it pushes under the toilet.

Josh

Rhonda the Red
Rhonda the Red
2 years 11 months ago
Let me add my +1 voice to those who actually have and use the Squatty Potty. I never thought I had elimination issues, but hey I figured if it helps, it helps so I ordered one last year. It does make my potty time even briefer than it already was. I got the lightweight plastic version and when not in use, it tucks up tightly to the toilet. I got the 7″ version because I am so inflexible. In fact, my heels wouldn’t touch all the way when I first got it. Now I have no problem and would like… Read more »
Rhonda the Red
Rhonda the Red
2 years 11 months ago

BTW, Primal Fuel is delicious!!! Both flavors.

lisa
lisa
2 years 11 months ago

Would love to win one.

Chris McCardle
Chris McCardle
2 years 11 months ago

Just my 2 cents –

I actually use the Squatty Potty. I was using pots, boxes, tupperware bowls and such for a few years. I got tired of the clutter around my toilet so I sprung the 30 bucks for the Squatty Potty. WHAT A HUGE DIFFERENCE! My favorite part is that it tucks away when i’m not using it. It’s also much more sturdy and I am able to get into a nice deep squat (9″ squatty on a 15″ toilet) to sum it up: I LOVE MY SQUATTY POTTY.

Airi
2 years 11 months ago

Very useful post. this is my firs time to hear something that could help me in my vowel movement

Stacy
Stacy
2 years 11 months ago

This sounds very interesting. The fact it can be tucked away under the toilet after use is also great. Sure you could use a garbage can or Tupperware but the squatty most likely allows your feet to be the right length apart. Would love to try it. Have had problems for Years.

Issabeau
Issabeau
2 years 11 months ago
I’ve been using a heavy duty step stool (from Lowe’s paint dept) which is about a foot high for the last 3.5 years…ever since going primal on the 10.April 2010 . All you non-believers who don’t have a problem yet because you’re 21…let me tell you….I was chronically constipated, only being able to go with help from over-the-counter laxatives…and even then it took forever to eliminate. Once having the urge, I ran to the toilet, sat there like supposed to and the entire load got sucked back into the colon because I wasn’t squatting. Sometimes spending an hour or more… Read more »
Ken
2 years 11 months ago

A standard stool works, but since I tried the true squatty potty I wouldn’t go back. It slides out easily and contours to the toilet for a sleeker look than a stool.

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