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Social attitudes to the process of Defecation
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Social attitudes to the process of Defecation

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Social attitudes to the process of Defecation

Embarrassment and unmentionables

“I find it difficult to discuss the topic of defecation and going to the Loo to open my bowel”

Yes, it does feel different to discuss a subject that we have been brainwashed into accepting as taboo. I wonder why.

Why can’t we discuss ALL subjects that may affect our health in the public arena without embarrassment?

We need to get over this Embarrassment issue and start talking about and discussing our problems around this difficult subject.


Defecation is a very private act for most people and few are willing to share a subject that they associate with noises, odours and “waste disposal”.

It is difficult for most to even discuss the subject with family members and friends, never mind in the public at large.
Some people find the whole subject so embarrassing that they will wait until the problem is really serious before they even decide to speak to a professional.

A lot of people prefer to empty the bowel in a familiar place such as their own toilet at home.

In order to guarantee some privacy during this sensitive act they will attempt to move the bowels when there is no urge to go.
This means a very long stay in the toilet for some action that does not happen. This in turn leads to the habit of reading in the toilet. When there is still no movement, the person tries to initiate a bowel movement by excessive force generated by STRAINING.

We all know the importance of eliminating waste from our bodies on a regular basis in order to maintain health and hygiene for a disease free body.
Anyone who has suffered from constipation will agree.

However, our ingrained attitudes to the process of Elimination can be quite negative. We hardly ever talk about the subject of emptying or opening the bowel, even when a serious problem may exist.
We prefer to suffer silently or handle the issue personally.

We tend to think of Urination, Defecation and Farting as “Dirty” and so avoid talking about the subject in society.
Many cultures have learnt to agree that this physiological need to evacuate our bowel does no harm and is an essential bodily function and do discuss problems associated with a mal-functioning or non-performing digestive system or bowel.

Our attitude to the subject of Elimination is often complicated by the fact that the organs of Elimination in both the male and female are also associated with the subject of sex.
We are embarrassed about talking or discussing the subject mainly due to this fact.
This prohibition is often maintained and emphasised by parents discouraging their children from discussing the subject due to cultural and religious beliefs.

How to heal and prevent Bowel disorders

Diet is not about what you should NOT eat, it’s about what you should include in the diet that matters.
As long as your diet includes the correct balance of plant foods containing soluble fibre, insoluble fibre and resistant starch your colon will produce the perfectly formed stool. The important next step is to evacuate this stool without straining so that the body does not suffer from the pressures created each time the bowel is emptied.

In order to heal and prevent bowel disorders you need to make lifestyle changes that last the rest of your life time.

1. Include more fluids and plant food containing soluble fibre, insoluble fibre and resistant starch in the diet so that the perfectly formed stool will be made in the colon and beneficial bacteria will flourish and eliminate disease causing bacteria and fungi.

2. Evacuate the perfectly formed stool by adopting the squat posture to eliminate the need to strain during bowel movements.

It is not possible or safe to squat on the modern raised toilet seat installed in all western homes and it is impossible to squat for any length of time if you have not done this from childhood onwards. This makes the use of any raised platforms impossible to adapt to.

The SquattLooStool is designed to allow you to adopt the squat posture while seated comfortably on your raised toilet seat.
The single best and easiest lifestyle change you will ever make, leading to a healthier body.