I firmly believe that the squatting position is the ideal position for evacuating. I always squat, never sit when evacuating. This is the way animals do it in nature - just look at a cat or a dog - and it is also the way everyone except royalty and disabled people did it up until the 19th century. When you sit, the colon is unnaturally compressed, which does not happen when squatting. The sitting position not only makes evacuation much more difficult, but it's also linked to several diseases, including colon cancer, appendicitis and inflammatory bowel disease. I strongly recommend reading this page on the subject.
[Previously, this post was a warning about how squatting on a toilet could be dangerous and the source of nasty accidents. Reading some of the comments has made me see how stupid and silly I was. The only evidence I had were three pictures - possibly photoshoped, possibly fake, taken from a gory-fetish website which I found by chance while searching for information about the squatting position. They showed a woman with an open leg, and it was claimed that she'd suffered an accident while squatting.
It is true that many public restrooms in Asia warn against squatting on the toilet, but maybe that doesn't mean all that much...
I now believe squatting on a toilet is reasonably safe, at least as much as driving a car at 100km/h in a busy road full of trucks, maybe much safer than that; maybe as safe as riding a bike next to a busy street, or perhaps even as safe as crossing a busy street with the traffic lights red...
I would like to offer my deep apologies to all those who have read this silly nonsense, though I know my apologies won't undo anything I have done.
It only shows my capacity of saying idiot things at times. Those pictures were so disturbing that I felt I had to divulge them so that what I saw wouldn't happen to anyone. When I first saw them I thought if I told people about the benefits of squatting - which I wanted to - someone might suffer a gory accident and this simple possibility made me panic.
I acted on impulse, not rationally.
I swear I never had the intention of hurting anyone, or of self-promotion.
Please forgive me. I promise I will never again post a warning without having sufficient evidence and without previously consulting other people whether I should post it or not. ]
Get a Nature's Platform for better squatting. Or take a look at the design, and make one on your own using just wood. A friend of mine made his own platform, and it works well.
I have one, and if I don't feel like squatting, I just sit on the thing, which also works.
I made one of those today! Works really well. I didn't make it out of fear as I never stood on the toilet before, I just thought squating sounded like a good idea after reading this post. Thanks OP!
Maybe we could use this as a reason to ban sit-down toilets in public and have them replaced with the "hole in the ground" types..
Send these photos to your local government officials! (even though they are most likely fake)
Isn't this a solution:
I am totally getting one of these! Thanks for sharing the link.
i haven't even used my toilet in 4+ months. humanure all the way.
save the world build some soil! SAFE
How do you squat on a bucket?! ;)
the special stand that guy posted above,seems it would do the trick
how else would we do veganic gardening? :) getting adequate b12 and all...
An update: I have begun to squat on the toilet and I don't see how my weight of 50kg could possibly be enough to break it. That's ridiculous and absurd.
On second thoughts, I'm glad that this discussion took the proportion it took. I have shown to the world that the squatting position is the best position for evacuation, which was my main objective right from the start.
Thanks to all for reading and answering!
I know this is Sean Croxton and all and he is a big paleo supporter but I promise he does not spew any paleo BS in this vid. Just good poopin advise.. Watch and Poop..