Here we are enjoying July-uary in Vancouver.

I recall that we were promised a summer like last summer. Long, hot and dry. I loved it. I’m still waiting. 
Toilet height is an issue after knee and hip replacement. Very much for the hip replacement. I was prescribed 4″ risers for my toilets. Why do I need this? After using these for a day it occurred to me that the 4″ increase made for a much more comfortable toilet-ing experience. 
Haven’t you ever gone to sit on a toilet and gone down, and down and still fallen the last, terrifying, inch onto the seat?  Why are they so low? Who determined the height of toilets seats? Is it because when toilets came into common use people were shorter? Or is it to do with the height of chamber pots? 
I set out to answer this question. Along the way I came across some very interesting information. The first of which is that most toilets toilet seats are 14 – 15 inches high. It’s possible to get taller toilets. These  are becoming popular and this popularity is being blamed on the increase in obesity in North America rather than the overall increase in height due to improved nutrition and health care. Who or how the toilet height  was established is still, at this time, a mystery. I must say that the taller setup would be my choice if I was planning on a bathroom reno.

The other interesting information that I came across was about lower toilet seats or no toilets. Apparently there is ample evidence to show that squatting to do our business, in the bathroom, is far healthier for us then sitting at the current height that we do on our current 15 inch toilet seat. According to the article that I read, the sitting position we are in on our current North American European toilet seats is not conducive for pooping.  Our bum cheeks are too close together and our spine and colon are not curved appropriately or optimally.   When we are  squatting with our bums approximately 9 inches off the ground our spine is curved correctly so that it’s, if you pardon the expression, a straight shot. Also in societies where squatting in the bathroom is the standard practice there almost no evidence of haemorrhoids. This, I believe, indicates no evidence of straining.

Being an individual who is physiologically incapable of squatting without falling over this was of great concern and great interest. I approached a friend of mine who lived for a period of time in India and ask her what she thought. She would’ve had to have gone from having lived the standard North American style of toilet usage to learning how to squat and I wanted to know her thoughts on the issue. She said being a young woman the  Haemorrhoid issue was not something that she could speak to but certainly she found that once you got the hang of it, you certainly got the job over a whole lot quicker.

Here we have a no drug related solution to a fairly common problem. I don’t think we’re going to get people to give up the regular toilets. Could a squatting situation be created with, say, a step or some sort of risers that you could  pull into position with  a lazy boy chair style lever. Pull the lever and the foot rests come up and now your feet are in the right position you could sort of rock forward on them and perform.  There are still quetions. Does the weight need to be on the feet or can the weight rest on the pelvis? I don’t know but it’s something to think about

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