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September 23, 2009

You Don’t Know Squat

By Mark Sisson
246 Comments

A 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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arthurb999
arthurb999
7 years 4 days ago

I’ll have to head out to the woods tomorrow morning and give it a try 😀

Craig
Craig
5 years 9 months ago

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!?

Zyriel
Zyriel
5 years 5 months ago

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?

Primal Palate
Primal Palate
5 years 4 months ago

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?

paleogriz
paleogriz
5 years 4 months ago

the trick is to just lower your drawers to your thighs; then squat and go.

Eric
Eric
2 years 7 months ago

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.

Corey V
Corey V
1 year 5 months ago

just leave your pants on the floor, I have been squatting my whole life, and I was taught to sit…squatting is much more comfortable, less strenuous, and overall easier to get the sh*t out.

Ghardenia
Ghardenia
8 months 29 days ago

Take them off DUMBASS

Sofie
Sofie
5 years 3 months ago

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.

Cat Grok
Cat Grok
4 years 8 months ago

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.

Deb Lorsch
Deb Lorsch
1 year 5 months ago

I’m too fat! My belly gets in the way.

darcy weinshienk
4 years 11 months ago

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.

Jessica
7 years 4 days ago

I think I’ll stick with the “modern” way for a while. Butt, I’m open to trying anything once. 😉

-Jess

clair
5 years 7 months ago

ha lol and nice name because thats ma sises name is

writebobby
writebobby
5 years 4 days ago

Try The Squatty Potty. It puts yoy into a squatting position over your own toilet. anyone can easliy do it
http://www.thesquattypotty.com

Biglee
Biglee
7 years 4 days ago

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!

writebobby
writebobby
4 years 8 months ago

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/

Jonathan
Jonathan
4 years 8 months ago

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.

Dave Clary
Dave Clary
7 years 4 days ago

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!

Mick
Mick
7 years 4 days ago

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! 🙂

Eric
Eric
7 years 4 days ago

Interesting, log, I mean, post. I’ll have to constipate, I mean, contemplate squatting.

JamieBelle
JamieBelle
7 years 4 days ago

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. 🙂

DaveDees
DaveDees
6 years 7 months ago

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!

Bob
Bob
7 years 4 days ago

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?

leslie
leslie
7 years 4 days ago

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!

gilliebean
7 years 4 days ago

HA! Hee hee hee…

YourMan
YourMan
6 years 11 months ago

Hey there sexy lady.

mamadoll
mamadoll
7 years 4 days ago

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

Vicosku
Vicosku
7 years 4 days ago
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
Vicosku
7 years 4 days ago

Google, I mean. Not “good”.

Cherie
Cherie
7 years 4 days ago

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.

Bonnie
Bonnie
7 years 4 days ago
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… Read more »
nessa
nessa
7 years 4 days ago

kneeling or on your hands and knees or leaning over a piece of furniture (or your partner) can be nice positions for birth.

amy
amy
6 years 7 months ago

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.

MG
MG
5 years 4 months ago

“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?

Lauren
5 years 4 months ago

Japanses researchers have filmed chimps giving birth, to prove that they also deliver anteriorly. Check YouTube.

Sarah
Sarah
5 years 4 months ago

Agreed, an unmedicated woman’s body tells her how to move and what position to get in.

Mel
Mel
4 years 7 months ago

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.

Grok
7 years 4 days ago

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.

Jeff
Jeff
7 years 4 days ago

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.

Jon
Jon
7 years 4 days ago
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… Read more »
Grok
7 years 4 days ago

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.

Sue
Sue
5 years 5 months ago

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.

Mikko
Mikko
7 years 4 days ago
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… Read more »
PaleoNoob
PaleoNoob
5 years 7 months ago

Pro tip:
Put down a “landing strip” of toilet paper. 9 out of 10 times this eliminates the need for cleanup!

Ogg the Caveman
7 years 4 days ago

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…

Christoph Dollis
7 years 4 days ago

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.

Aaron Blaisdell
7 years 4 days ago

Great, another question for Carrie! Sit or squat?

Peter Andrews
Peter Andrews
7 years 4 days ago

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
Peter Andrews
6 years 11 months ago

A higher quality version of the video (posted by the film maker) is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y76UbfBr5vo

Tess
Tess
4 years 6 months ago

Thanks so much for this link! A friend showed me this years ago, but I couldn’t find it again.

gwen
gwen
7 years 4 days ago

are you going to have a video competition for this one??? ‘most primal squat videos’ extra points for using a prickly leaf for TP

jennifer
7 years 4 days ago

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.

Vikram
Vikram
7 years 4 days ago

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 🙂

Rob M
Rob M
7 years 4 days ago

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

Nicholas
Nicholas
7 years 3 days ago

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.

gilliebean
7 years 4 days ago

I’m dizzy from all the puns!

Michael
Michael
7 years 4 days ago

squatting usually results in using less TP too!

Ramas
Ramas
6 years 8 months ago

Very true about the less TP, also you dont have to ‘sit’ there wondering if you’re emptied out or still to go..

Corey
Corey
7 years 4 days ago

Can you sit and lean forward? That would put you in pretty much the same position. Never tried it, just wondering.

Jon
Jon
7 years 4 days ago

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
Jon
7 years 4 days ago

…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.

FinallyFree
FinallyFree
7 years 4 days ago

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!

Dan
Dan
7 years 4 days ago

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.

Peter Andrews
Peter Andrews
7 years 3 days ago

I had the same question!

Toby
Toby
1 month 13 days ago

I know this is 7 year old LOL

To me the choice is obvious: either you take off your shoes and squat on the plastic ring, if you know it’s clean and it can tolerate your weight (I only do this at home) or you keep your shoes and pants on and squat on the porcelain (this is what I do outside.)

I can also attest to the benefits of squatting, both in time, “completeness,” cleanliness, and reduction / elimination of hemorrhoids.

Chef Rachel
7 years 4 days ago

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

katbarnett16
katbarnett16
7 years 4 days ago

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.

Mikeythehealthycaveman
7 years 4 days ago

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
7 years 4 days ago

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

Primal Palate
Primal Palate
5 years 4 months ago

That thing looks fragile.

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

Nina_70
Nina_70
7 years 4 days ago

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 🙂

Victor
Victor
7 years 4 days ago

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
Victor
7 years 4 days ago

Squating is also the normal way to give birth in some cultures. The baby seems to simply slide out into the Mother’s hands.

nessa
nessa
7 years 4 days ago
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… Read more »
Dan
Dan
7 years 4 days ago

An indelicate question for the experienced–do you have to take your pants all the way off?

fishergirl
fishergirl
7 years 4 days ago

Nope… You’ve just got to make sure to aim properly haha

Jon
Jon
7 years 4 days ago

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.

Blue Buddha
7 years 4 days ago

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.

Annika
7 years 4 days ago

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!

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fishergirl
fishergirl
7 years 4 days ago

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!!!

mcoz-09
mcoz-09
7 years 4 days ago
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… Read more »
Heather
Heather
7 years 4 days ago

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.

dots
dots
7 years 4 days ago

I don’t need to squat. I eat lots of veggies and that helps keep me on the reg’lar ole pot, no problems. 😛

terry
terry
1 year 11 months ago

What do you do if you have a limited dorsiflexion and your ankles?

Dennis
Dennis
7 years 4 days ago

I spent a year in Afgan and had to squat most of the times. It for sure was a diffrent experence but you get used to it. I would say it was easier, and I did notice my kids did it nartraly when the had to go

Rob
7 years 4 days ago

My wife spent time in Pakistan training Occupational therapy and thought that because of the squatting postition used for ‘pooping’ certainly helped hip mobility and also reported very little hip problems in even the eldest of patients

Great article

Weave
Weave
7 years 4 days ago
I’m Sold – got up early this morning, starting reading this post… I’ve been primal for almost two months now – It has changed my life – I was a chronic sufferer of IBS since a child – NO MORE – instead of constant cramping, bloating and 4-5 ‘movements’ a day, NO intestinal issues, and 1 movement a day – now, that movement has been ‘hard’ to move at times – and this post has solved that – half way down the read – an urge it me – looked at the the diagrams – went to execute – and… Read more »
Jonathan
Jonathan
7 years 4 days ago
Thanks for the link love (I’m the inventor of Nature’s Platform). One small correction. The Roman toilets and the ones at Mohenjo-Daro were almost certainly used in the squatting position. I contacted Dr. Bindeswar Pathak, the world’s foremost expert on toilet history, about his website’s claim that they were “western-style” toilets. I asked him how he knows they were sat upon. He admitted that he doesn’t know. He was just repeating the assumption made by western archaeologists. Regarding your skepticism about the link between colon cancer and western toilets, a study will be published soon confirming the link. Anyway, thanks… Read more »
Paneristi
Paneristi
7 years 3 days ago

Very common here in Hong Kong every public WC has a squatter _

Marie
Marie
7 years 3 days ago

Okay, you all are a bit convincing, but… as everyone is always talking about mankind evolving… we’re not done yet…so… maybe I’ll just do my part for evolution by doing the standard sit, relax, and read…

Jon
Jon
7 years 3 days ago

I doubt that bowell problems in middle age affect reproductive fitness, so I doubt that human intestinal function will adapt to the seated toilet in the foreseeable future 🙂

Charles Blackberry
Charles Blackberry
7 years 3 days ago

How do you deal with splashes?

Jon
Jon
7 years 3 days ago

Some people (including me) mentioned this earlier. In short, aim for the shallow end or lower the water level in the toilet (lowering the water level saves water too).

Primal Palate
Primal Palate
5 years 4 months ago

What kind of bolders are you guys dropping to be worried about splashes….LOL.

Bill
Bill
7 years 3 days ago

I’ve been squatting for 3 years. Cleared up my piles. I also find that the bladder empties better.

ArborealFish
ArborealFish
7 years 3 days ago

That’s the posture I naturally use on the toilet anyway.
Glad to see it has some foundation and I’m not just being unneccessarily wierd.

In fact, I’m squatting on my chair while I’m typing this.

I guess I just never grew out of it. I’ve found no inconveniences with it.

Tess
Tess
4 years 6 months ago

Angelfish, your comment about squatting on your chair as you typed gave me an unintentional laugh (not at you!)

I just finished watching an incredible Japanese series called “Deathnote” and the protagonist, a world-class genius squatted in ALL his chairs.

When asked, he said that to sit otherwise “decreased his reasoning efficiency by 40%.”

So now you can say you’re just keeping yourself up to super-genius level with your posture!

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