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23 Sep

You Don’t Know Squat

pseudo2A while back, I gave a bit of Link Love to Nature’s Platform (thanks, NeoPaleo), a contraption that fits over regular toilets and allows users to squat instead of sit. I included it mainly for the laughs, a bit of tongue-in-cheek (no, not that cheek – the other one!) ribald humor that was somewhat relevant to the Primal lifestyle (because let’s face it, Grok was definitely a squatter), but then I got to thinking: maybe there really is something to squatting. At the very least, I owed it to our bowels to look a bit deeper into the subject, to try to get to the bottom of it, as it were.

I’ve always been one to pull up a stool, have a seat, and ruminate on the past. Learn from what our ancestors did. They made mistakes, sure, but they also made great strides, and to simply wipe that history clean and discard the wisdom contained therein is foolish. If we do that, we risk flushing vital information down the toilet. This is of course old news to most of our regular readers, who take the concept to heart, especially in regards to evolutionary diet and fitness. With every fiber of our being, we pattern our behavior after our ancestral history, because that’s when the formative years of human evolution occurred. Homo sapiens have been eating certain things and exercising a certain way for hundreds of thousands of years, and it doesn’t make sense to mess with a good thing.

So where does historical defecation posture fit into all this? Well, if you’re going by years, we’ve been eating grains far longer than we’ve been sitting down to poop. There have been a few exceptions, of course. Moenjo-daro, a 2600 B.C. Indus Valley city-settlement, featured advanced “Western style” toilets, for example, and the Pharoahs and upper-class Romans may have sat to handle their business (they certainly had toilets). Up until the 19th century, though, sitting toilets were a luxury reserved for the affluent. And even then, the sitting toilet was only widely adopted in the West. Everyone else squatted – and most continue to do so today. I go to Thailand fairly often. I can vouch for the prevalence of squat toilets. We’re the weird ones for sitting down to poop, if you want to go by sheer numbers. Worldwide, sitting is actually just the number two method.

If you want to be anal about it, there may actually be some concrete physiological benefits to squatting.

Straining

For one, squatting opens up the recto-anal angle, allowing the squatter to be a bit more lax when handling business. Sitting down to poop, on the other hand, constricts the passageways and requires more straining to push things through. The Israeli researcher Dr. Berko Sikirov, an especially adamant proponent of the squat method, identified the “underlying mechanism” behind constipation: “the obstructive nature of the recto-anal angle” in the sitting position. Constipation often leads to excessive straining (“at least three-fold more than in a squatting posture”), which has been fingered as a probable cause of colonic diverticulosis by Sikirov.

Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are another fixture of Western society that don’t enjoy the same prevalence in “squatting” countries. Sikirov assumed the defecation posture might be the culprit, so he gathered a relatively small group of hemorrhoid sufferers – twenty of them, to be exact – and “treated” them with the squatting method. The results were noteworthy: more than half showed marked improvement within weeks or days, while the rest took a bit longer. Everyone improved. Unfortunately for us, the necessary follow up research (on account of the small sample size) has yet to be conducted. The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons don’t seem interested in the possible therapeutic value of squatting. In fact, you might even say Sikirov is the butt of their jokes.

Other Claims

Colon cancer is relatively rare in third-world countries, and now that the fiber hypothesis is all but dead, some suggest chronic constipation (possibly from sitting to poop) is to blame. These claims seem a bit more dubious, judging from this study’s (PDF) conclusion: that aberrant crypt foci (ACF) is the most likely cause of colorectal cancer, and that a cause-and-effect relationship between constipation and cancer cannot be established. Squatting may help clear the road, but I doubt it’s the key to preventing colon cancer.

Proponents also claim that seated toilet-induced “fecal stagnation” causes appendicitis and Crohn’s disease, both of which are rare in traditional cultures and relatively common in westernized cultures. I lean toward diet being the general cause, but I admit defecation positions and their possible health ramifications aren’t my area of expertise, so I’ll relay the information all the same. The appendix, seen here right next to the ceceum, may be vulnerable to fecal blockage (which is actually one of the official possible causes of appendicitis when waste is eliminated from a sitting position. In a stunning display of disturbing imagery, the folks at Nature’s Platform liken it to squeezing a toothpaste tube in the center and seeing both the bottom and top inflate with paste: when sitting, the ceceum cannot be completely vacated and the contents spill out haphazardly, presumably into the adjacent appendix and small intestine, causing appendicitis and Crohn’s disease. When one squats, however, the ceceum is squeezed empty from its base by the right thigh.

As I said earlier, I can’t make the call. Nature’s Platform seems well-sourced, and the references that offer free abstracts or texts check out just fine. There are obvious benefits to squatting – reduced constipation, less straining – and there’s definitely a strong evolutionary precedent for it, but the claims about cancer, appendicitis, and Crohn’s disease aren’t exactly verifiable. I’d say that squatting to eliminate is technically Primal, but I don’t think it’s necessary. Can’t hurt to try, though (unless you have bad knees and joints, of course). In fact, I’d urge you to give it a shot at least once, as long as you’re physically able. A few of our forum members seem to enjoy it.

Let me know what you think. Ever tried it? Will you now? Experiences? Thanks, everyone!

Photo Credit: Nature’s Platform

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  1. I’ll have to head out to the woods tomorrow morning and give it a try :D

    arthurb999 wrote on September 23rd, 2009
    • I live in China and I often hear other foreigners complaining about the squat toilets here. However, I just can’t deny it–more ends up in the toilet where it belongs compared to the sit down western standard!

      Besides, who really wants to sit on a public toilet seat anyway!?

      Craig wrote on December 4th, 2010
      • This was the first thing that came to my mind as well. Although, alas, I have never had the opportunity to use a squat toilet. To be honest I’m a little perplexed by them.

        Do you have to take your pants all the way off?
        What happens if you need to pee too?

        Zyriel wrote on April 21st, 2011
      • But where to put the pants while squatting?
        Down around my akles? The back part would still be in the way…
        I bunch them up in the front? How do I relax holding a bunched up pair of pants?

        Primal Palate wrote on May 22nd, 2011
        • the trick is to just lower your drawers to your thighs; then squat and go.

          paleogriz wrote on May 22nd, 2011
        • I hang them on the wall. I’m not from China, I’m from Malaysia, another asian country. I do have sit toilet at home, but when using public toilet, I don’t want to sit on it. A lot of people have aiming problem that can’t shoot accurately into the bowl, hence I don’t want to sit on it. I always choose squatting toilet while pooping.

          Eric wrote on February 21st, 2014
      • Here’s an easy way to squat on a western toilet:

        1. Sit down normally.
        2. Place your hands on the rim behind you and lean on them.
        3. Put your feet up on the rim, one at a time.

        And there you go! Just reverse to get back off.

        Sofie wrote on May 28th, 2011
        • I’ll need to limber up to try this out. I don’t think I’m quite flexible enough to do the squat, on or off the toilet.

          Cat Grok wrote on January 15th, 2012
    • I agree, squatting is definately the best pooping posture. But my knees can’t handle squatting, so I use a “stoolstep”. It totally helps me have great healthy poops.

      darcy weinshienk wrote on September 30th, 2011
  2. I think I’ll stick with the “modern” way for a while. Butt, I’m open to trying anything once. ;)

    -Jess

    Jessica wrote on September 23rd, 2009
    • ha lol and nice name because thats ma sises name is

      clair wrote on February 25th, 2011
    • Try The Squatty Potty. It puts yoy into a squatting position over your own toilet. anyone can easliy do it
      http://www.thesquattypotty.com

      writebobby wrote on September 23rd, 2011
  3. One of my other favorite web sites is http://www.undergroundwellness.com and Sean just posted a video about pooping and how it’s more natural to squat. He uses a stool (no not that kind) to put his feet on to help align for better elimination. Check him out on youtube, do a search for underground wellness.
    P.S. Mark, I just started your Damage Control Formula, I’m on autoship.
    Been wanting to do it for some time and I think nows the time!

    Biglee wrote on September 23rd, 2009
    • Sean Croxten at underground wellness is awesome! here is the link to his blog about squatting

      http://undergroundwellness.com/poopin-2-the-squatty-potty-giveaway/

      writebobby wrote on January 26th, 2012
    • Sean’s video perpetuates the myth that propping up your feet is the same as squatting. He has taken all the research on genuine squatting and applied it (without any evidence) to his bogus method. Someone with bad knees who can’t squat can resort to a footstool, but anyone else should squat properly if they want to gain the full benefits.

      Jonathan wrote on January 27th, 2012
  4. When I brought my sons to the U.S. from Thailand, they had done nothing but squat. So I wasn’t surprised when I walked in on the oldest to find his feet perched on the toilet seat!

    Dave Clary wrote on September 23rd, 2009
    • This was an interesting read — having lived in Europe during the 1960′s-1980′s, I’ve seen my share of Turkish & Italian toilets. As a hemerrhoid sufferer, I’m intrigued that squatting might help recovery.

      And with that, I’m gonna go log out! :-)

      Mick wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  5. Interesting, log, I mean, post. I’ll have to constipate, I mean, contemplate squatting.

    Eric wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  6. This made me laugh several times. Thanks! :)

    In all seriousness, I’ve heard of this before, particularly with the hemorrhoid issue. One of the worst things people can do is sit on the toilet and read, and my husband does this all the time! It drives me nuts. Of course, he’s had hemorrhoids, too.

    All you need is a footstool by the toilet to use to help keep your legs up a bit, and it helps with the circulation issue. :)

    JamieBelle wrote on September 23rd, 2009
    • Putting something under your feet while you sit (what I call “imitation squat”) doesnt really make a world of difference, as further imformation I read showed. What I do is, I stand on two large coffee cans, one under each foot and squat over the bowel. A real squat!

      DaveDees wrote on February 25th, 2010
  7. I’ve often seen my seven year old son perched on the toilet in a squatting position. He’s a free spirit…and I always chuckle and move on. Now, I may ask him how he does it!!

    By the way…you had a bunch of fun writing this one, didn’t you?

    Bob wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  8. ooo nooo….. now everytime i see the banner on your page of you squatting with your hands in prayer, i think of you taking a primal poo. THX Mark!

    leslie wrote on September 23rd, 2009
    • HA! Hee hee hee…

      gilliebean wrote on September 23rd, 2009
    • Hey there sexy lady.

      YourMan wrote on October 8th, 2009
  9. There are a few footstools on the internet which get your body closer to a squatting position on a modern toilet. We have used it for years, fits under your toilet and makes everything easier.
    Wellesstep
    http://www.juicing.com/wellesstep.htm
    Healthstep http://www.naturalhealingtools.com/healthstep.aspx
    Lifestep
    http://www.renewlife.com/products/lifestep.aspx

    mamadoll wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  10. It’s amazing how everything works together. Squatting is pretty difficult unless you’re used to going barefoot and you have the required flexibility and muscle strength.

    Another interesting thing I’ve read is that squatting is also the ideal position for childbirth. I’m a man that doesn’t have kids, but all the horror stories I hear about childbirth make me wonder how it could have been done in Grok’s time. It doesn’t seem like many animals have as much trouble with it as us. Maybe we just shouldn’t be laying down to do it? Good “Squatting childbirth” for some easy info.

    Vicosku wrote on September 23rd, 2009
    • Google, I mean. Not “good”.

      Vicosku wrote on September 23rd, 2009
    • After having 3 kids all without any pharmacuetical help I can tell you that the best position is the one that makes you feel most comfortable. I really don’t think I would have felt much like squatting plus I think it would have increased the force and speed of the head emerging and caused a lot of tearing.

      Cherie wrote on September 23rd, 2009
      • Cherie’s right on – midwifery, which tends to focus on a more ‘natural’ birth, discourages squatting to push as it vastly increases the risk of tears. The baby shouldn’t be encoruaged to come flying out as fast as possible, the mother’s tissues need time to stretch and adjust.

        One thing is for sure, though – flat on your back with your feet in stirrups for the duration of labor is not optimal.

        The best explanation for the difficulty and pain of human childbirth is being bipeds (and maybe our largish skulls as infants). We are the only primate whose infants come down the birth canal anteriorly (face down) making labor longer and more painful, and difficult for the mother to assist the baby as it emerges – luckily we are the only animal who can assist eachother during birth.

        Bonnie wrote on September 23rd, 2009
        • kneeling or on your hands and knees or leaning over a piece of furniture (or your partner) can be nice positions for birth.

          nessa wrote on September 23rd, 2009
        • I had two kids squatting (or standing) during the entire labor and delivery. Both with very minimal tearing-I was in control of the speed-they did not fly out. They were both under two hour labors.
          Also one of those kids (the other is still an infant) squats to play and poop. She also learned to stand from a squatting position without the aid of furniture.

          amy wrote on February 25th, 2010
        • “we are the only animal that can assist each other during birth”
          not true, also elephants and dolphins as well as us humans.
          questions:
          in what position do hunter-gather tribal women give birth?,
          how do the great apes give birth?

          MG wrote on April 30th, 2011
        • Japanses researchers have filmed chimps giving birth, to prove that they also deliver anteriorly. Check YouTube.

          Lauren wrote on May 27th, 2011
      • Agreed, an unmedicated woman’s body tells her how to move and what position to get in.

        Sarah wrote on May 9th, 2011
      • I had my child on my knees and resting back on my heels. 2.5 hours, not a stitch, no drugs and went home that day. Anyway I was on here cause my boy now 6 squats on the toilet to do poos, noone showed him this, he just does it.

        Mel wrote on February 2nd, 2012
  11. Nice SEO piece. This ought to get you some “organic” traffic “honking for the right-of-way” to “drop in” for a read.

    I like these kind of posts! Recipes are tasty looking, but I find this kind of information a lot more useful. Recipes are dime-a-dozen and I can modify most any of them to be primal.

    How many articles will appear in front of us about the correct way to poop this week? Probably ONE (this one) unless other primal bloggers feed off (bad wording choice) the hype of this post.

    Grok wrote on September 23rd, 2009
    • SEO piece indeed! Just look at the URL:
      /squat-poop

      ^^

      Steve Pavlina of stevepavlina.com has mentioned that one of his highest traffic articles is on cooking brown rice, despite his site being devoted to personal development topics. I imagine he gets a lot of loyal readers via such digression posts.

      Jeff wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  12. I’ve been squatting for most bms for the past several months. By far the most noticeable change is how easy (no pushing required, just relax), fast (5 seconds of relaxing while squatting versus a minute of pushing while sitting), and complete elimination is. These benefits by themselves are already enough to choose squatting over sitting in my mind without even considering any measurable medical benefit.

    I would recommend that everyone who is medically able try squatting for a week. The first couple of times you try it you might be uncomfortable due to the unfamiliarity of the position.

    Be careful if you are squatting on a toilet seat that isn’t securely fastened to the toilet. Also, watch for splashback (eww!) if the water is deep. You may want to lower the water level in your toilet.

    I think it’s a shame that this issue is so taboo and most doctors haven’t heard of it.

    Jon wrote on September 23rd, 2009
    • While I haven’t done any squatting, I have been doing a modified sit for a few months. Agreed that relaxing is a much more pleasant experience.

      Grok wrote on September 23rd, 2009
    • Try overlapping a couple layers of toilet paper in the bowl (two connected squares in one direction then two connected squares on top of that in another direction ought to be sufficient) before you “assume the position”. The paper floats on the surface of the water like a raft and helps eliminate (hee, hee) the possibility of splashback as well as any loud kerplunk-esque sound effects.

      Sue wrote on April 22nd, 2011
  13. I also found out about this few months ago, tried it and not going back ;) The effort is reduced considerably.

    You can do it easily with a normal toilet, you don’t need any special platforms for it :) You just need to practice getting on a little bit, so that the plastic ring doesn’t get too much damage (like sliding it off from its base and falling yourself to bathroom floor…).

    Splashing is a little problem, but if you aim a little “off” so that your stuff hits the wall before anything else, you’ll be alright (if you don’t mind about the added cleaning effort :)).

    Mikko wrote on September 23rd, 2009
    • Pro tip:
      Put down a “landing strip” of toilet paper. 9 out of 10 times this eliminates the need for cleanup!

      PaleoNoob wrote on February 2nd, 2011
  14. This reminds me of camping. The most noticeable difference at camp is that there’s no traffic jam and things move faster.

    Squatting while defecating is a good skill to have, if for nothing else but just in case you make a trip to places like China.

    I love the play on words and puns in this post…

    Ogg the Caveman wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  15. While it makes sense to me, installing “a hole in the floor” custom plumbing may be a wee bit hard to get friends and family to use.

    Christoph Dollis wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  16. Great, another question for Carrie! Sit or squat?

    Aaron Blaisdell wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  17. Before I can ‘advance’ to pooping – I need to get better at squatting. I sometimes try to squat while waiting for the bus and I need to work hard not to fall backwards.

    Here is an amusing video which actually teaches you how to squat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWTmg4dHiKg

    Peter Andrews wrote on September 23rd, 2009
    • A higher quality version of the video (posted by the film maker) is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y76UbfBr5vo

      Peter Andrews wrote on October 8th, 2009
      • Thanks so much for this link! A friend showed me this years ago, but I couldn’t find it again.

        Tess wrote on March 17th, 2012
  18. are you going to have a video competition for this one??? ‘most primal squat videos’ extra points for using a prickly leaf for TP

    gwen wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  19. fantastic post! being from the caribbean where most people do this, americans/westerners generally don’t know squat. this ignorance can be a pain in the butt! of course, i would love to see squatting become far more poopular.

    jennifer wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  20. This has always been normal in India, where I’m from and yes it is indeed a lot easier than sitting, unless, of course, you have knee problems.
    In fact you even get toilets (commodes) with a “foot rest” allowing you to squat if you lift the seat. If you lower it, it’s a regular toilet.

    Off topic: I recently bought your book and had it delivered by my sister who lives in the US. Great read. Just letting you know you’re popular halfway round the world :)

    Vikram wrote on September 23rd, 2009
    • My biggest problem in India was using the squat toilets with a bad knee. At least with the PB diet, I don’t have IBS anymore.
      - Rob

      Rob M wrote on September 23rd, 2009
      • by PB diet you mean the “primal Blueprint” diet book, am i correct? yes i am new to the site and lovin it, great info, already into researching the Paleo diet, this seems to take it to another level, especially with the whole squat to poo method.

        Nicholas wrote on September 24th, 2009
  21. I’m dizzy from all the puns!

    gilliebean wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  22. squatting usually results in using less TP too!

    Michael wrote on September 23rd, 2009
    • Very true about the less TP, also you dont have to ‘sit’ there wondering if you’re emptied out or still to go..

      Ramas wrote on January 15th, 2010
  23. Can you sit and lean forward? That would put you in pretty much the same position. Never tried it, just wondering.

    Corey wrote on September 23rd, 2009
    • No, I’ve tried both leaning and squatting, and simply leaning forward doesn’t work. Possibly due to the different angle of gravity, things don’t seem to quite line up the same as with squatting, and also you no longer have gravity fully assisting in evacuation.

      Jon wrote on September 23rd, 2009
    • …also, when your weight is fully supported by your feet, a greater torque is applied to your hip joints than when your thighs are supported by the seat. For me, this extra stretch at the hips helps open things up so stuff can come out more easily. At least that’s how it feels for me.

      Jon wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  24. Just be careful trying to squat on a western toilet. Porcelain can shatter and cause cuts in …ugghh… bad places. That and replacing a toilet is a pain!

    FinallyFree wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  25. Is it necessary to have the seat down to squat on it? It would seem safer and better for the toilet to squat on the bowl with the seat raised.

    Dan wrote on September 23rd, 2009
    • I had the same question!

      Peter Andrews wrote on September 24th, 2009
  26. I have used a Well’s Step for 20 years. I love using it and yes, it does make for easier movements. It’s similar to Nature’s Platform, takes up very little space, and it’s far more comfy than just sitting upright on a toilet seat or squatting over one. See picture here.
    http://www.prettylikeme.com/The-Welles-Step-For-Easier-Defecation-p/rr-444123.htm

    Chef Rachel wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  27. When my kids have had trouble “doing their thang” they’ve gotten into the squat position without any suggestions from me, just something they’ll naturally do. Squating to poop seems instinctive then, until its conditioned out of us– like most instincts seem to be in todays world.

    katbarnett16 wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  28. You don’t need any fancy contraptions or a hole in the floor… Just lift up the seat and squat on the rim. Don’t worry it won’t break ( I weigh 195, and I haven’t fallen in thus far)… I do have to admit there is a learning curve. Ideally you should be able to squat comfortably with your heels on the floor before trying the rim squat!

    Mikeythehealthycaveman wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  29. If you don’t know squat, this is by far the neatest squat platform I’ve seen…
    http://lillipad.co.nz/order-lillipad/order-lillipad.html

    Mikeythehealthycaveman wrote on September 23rd, 2009
    • That thing looks fragile.

      But it gave me a good idea…I’ma build my own! Thanks for the link.

      Primal Palate wrote on May 22nd, 2011
  30. I’m definitely a squat-lover…when we’re out camping there’s nothing like finding a good spot, enjoying all that nature has to offer & relieving oneself naturally. I must say, it does give a better poop :)

    Nina_70 wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  31. I have been travelling to China several times a year since 1994 and was forced to learn how to squat.

    Unfortunately in China the trend is to replace squat toilets with western toilets – in some cities it is now mandatory to install western style thrones in new homes.

    In some older apartments the shower is installed over the squat toilet. It’s best to watch where one stands when showering or one could put one’s foot in it; so to speak.

    Victor wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  32. Squating is also the normal way to give birth in some cultures. The baby seems to simply slide out into the Mother’s hands.

    Victor wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  33. We stumbled upon this method almost a year ago. Our kids have been using essentially glorified chamber pots (the baby bjorn “potty” that sits right on the ground) since they were old enough to climb on (we sort of do elimination communication style potty-learning). FTR, they are 2 & 4 now. My husband and I have reverted back to our old sitting habits but I’m intrigued to start squatting again and see if there is a noticeable difference. We haven’t had any bowel complaints in quite awhile (we’ve been on an allery-restricted diet for nearly 2yrs and we’ve been paleo for almost 3m now).

    nessa wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  34. An indelicate question for the experienced–do you have to take your pants all the way off?

    Dan wrote on September 23rd, 2009
    • Nope… You’ve just got to make sure to aim properly haha

      fishergirl wrote on September 23rd, 2009
    • It’s easier if you do take your pants all the way off (this is what I do — at home of course), but I’m sure you can do it without taking them off.

      If you need to climb onto toilet to squat, you need to pull you pants down far enough to ‘clear the route’, but keep them fairly high so you can climb onto the toilet and position yourself properly.

      Jon wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  35. OK, I have long held the belief that the modern toilet has led to the laziness of the westerner. My theory is that waste elimination is necessary and humans don’t seem to just “go in the woods” therefore, even when old, disabled or simply tired, having to have the muscle control and ability to squat is essential. I share this with many people who usually look at me like I’m insane, but I firmly believe in that theory.

    Also, the book “How to Sh!t in the Woods” is quite informative.

    Blue Buddha wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  36. U.S. midwives, at least home-birth midwives, certainly encourage squatting for childbirth. Squatting opens the pelvic outlet better than any other position. There are plenty of other good positions for birthing, but lying on the back ain’t one of them!

    Annika wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  37. So many puns lol! I’ve squatted when I’ve gone fishing, hunting, etc… I mean it’s not like we’re going to drive all the way to a toilet just to go! I rather enjoyed it :P.
    Squatting while peeing is a whole different thing… It really sucks to get pee on your shoes!!!

    fishergirl wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  38. I can’t work it out. Why are the Ozzies and Kiwis (Australians & New Zealanders) so anal?

    Ozzies have books and books of photos of loos (toilets in outhouses or just a modest shelter) with a view. Fantastic views over the Pacific or a mountain, valley or beautiful rolling hills. But this craze is new to me (an Ozzie by birth).

    Look at Nature’s Platform Website at the link:
    “Gems from Down Under — Australian Perspectives on Squatting”. It’s not as if their website has loads of other links.

    Then Mikeythehealthycaveman gives a link to a NZer’s website: http://lillipad.co.nz/order-lillipad/order-lillipad.html

    Supporting this company will help a village in an underdeveloped country [Vila Ebule Rural Training Centre Workshop here in Port Vila, Vanuatu].

    Get off your butt onto a squat for a healthy and hygienic way to go by buying a beautiful Lillipad Squat Toilet Platform. You’ll never regret it!

    “Squat on the loo − it’s good for you!”

    mcoz-09 wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  39. http://www.amazon.com/Big-Necessity-Unmentionable-World-Matters/dp/0805082719/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1253763459&sr=1-1

    A favorite book of mine. Fun to read and very informative. Our tall, sitting toilets are pathetic.

    In case the link goes all wonky, look the book up on amazon.com:
    “The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters” by Rose George

    I suggest reading it while you’re in the bathroom.

    Heather wrote on September 23rd, 2009
  40. I don’t need to squat. I eat lots of veggies and that helps keep me on the reg’lar ole pot, no problems. :P

    dots wrote on September 23rd, 2009

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