Don't Know Squat
term "appendicitis" was coined in 1886 by a Harvard anatomy professor
named Reginald Heber Fitz. Most people assume that the disease has
always afflicted humanity. But actually, it’s only been around for
about 150 years – and only in the western world.
did it suddenly appear? And why only in the West? And what causes
appendicitis? Ask any gastroenterologist these questions and you’ll
get the same answer: "Nobody knows."
of other colon and pelvic diseases also got their start toward the
end of the nineteenth century – including diverticulosis, colon
cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and prostate and uterine disorders.
medical profession responded by devising ever more sophisticated
surgical techniques to remove the diseased organs. Once again, having
no inkling of the cause, they ruled out any means of prevention.
the 1970s, a British surgeon named Denis Burkitt, who had practiced
medicine in Uganda for twenty years, reported a remarkable absence
of these ailments among the people of Africa. The same diseases
that afflict African-Americans in large numbers were curiously absent
in the land of their ancestors.
research by epidemiologists showed a similar immunity in Asian countries,
especially the rural areas. And once again, on moving to the West,
these ethnic groups quickly became just as prone to western diseases
as the rest of the population.
Burkitt believed that two aspects of the Africans’ lifestyle protected
them from colon ailments. First, their diet contained higher levels
of fiber. And second, they used the natural squatting posture for
researchers immediately latched onto the first factor, preferring
to ignore the second one. Diet could easily be discussed and amended
if necessary, but toilet habits were cast in porcelain and certainly
not to be tinkered with (or even mentioned in polite company.)
the new, popular theory to explain these diseases was a "deficiency
of dietary fiber." Even prostate cancer, which is also restricted
to the developed world, was thought to be somehow caused by our
over-refined western diet.
embarked on a series of studies to test the promising new theory.
Here are two news reports that indicate how disappointing the results
(AP) - October 13, 2000 - Evidence is mounting that fiber might
not prevent colon cancer after all, with a new study suggesting
that one type of supplement might even be bad for the colon.
theory that a high-fiber diet wards off the second-leading cancer
killer has been around since the 1970s, but the evidence was never
strong. The concept began to crumble last year when the first
of three major U.S. studies found it had no effect.
the latest study, published this week in The Lancet
medical journal, European researchers found that precancerous
growths, or polyps, were slightly more likely to recur in those
taking a certain fiber supplement.
of Clinical Oncology - August 30, 2002) – A low-fat,
high-fiber diet heavy in fruits and vegetables has no impact
on PSA levels in men over a four-year period, and does not affect
the incidence of prostate cancer, according to a study by researchers
at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the National Cancer
Institute, and seven other centers.
all the disappointment, researchers apparently forgot about the
late Dr. Burkitt’s other factor: the use of squat toilets. They
would have discovered persuasive historical and anatomical evidence
showing that the true culprit may actually be the modern commode.
Diet may have little or nothing to do with these diseases.
human beings have always squatted for bodily functions. Every infant
instinctively uses this method until he is forced to sit on a potty.
Most of the adults in the world continue to use squat toilets all
their lives. It was only about 150 years ago that the "porcelain
throne" came into widespread use.
was basically a fad that started in England and quickly spread throughout
the western world. No country wanted to appear backward and uncivilized,
and no one at the time realized what the medical consequences might
be. Even if they happened to be aware of the drawbacks of this new,
contrived method of evacuation, they were unwilling or unable to
break the Victorian taboo surrounding the subject.
the fad continued to spread, doctors noticed a mysterious upsurge
in colon, bladder, and reproductive diseases. The medical profession
was caught in a conflict of interest. Since treatment was becoming
so lucrative, they had little motivation to explore the cause or
to find means of prevention.
does the modern commode contribute to these diseases? There are
two basic kinds of damage. The first comes from pressure on the
pelvic floor from chronic straining in the sitting position. Over
time, the pelvic floor "descends," stretching and injuring the nerves
that supply the bladder, the prostate and the uterus. The result
is that these organs become dysfunctional and prone to disease.
second type of damage is caused by fecal stagnation, from incomplete
evacuation. A polluted colon is prone to cancer, diverticulosis,
appendicitis, colitis and irritable bowel syndrome. The following
explanation of appendicitis answers the questions with which this
appendix is attached to the cecum, at the beginning of the colon.
When fecal matter gets lodged in the appendix, it hardens, causing
the appendix to suffocate and die. This only happens to users of
the modern commode, for two reasons:
cecum cannot be fully evacuated in the sitting position. It needs
to be squeezed empty by the right thigh while squatting.
down with the diaphragm in the sitting position can force waste
matter into the appendix. On a squat toilet, you don’t hold your
breath or push downwards. The posture itself effortlessly generates
the required pressure for expulsion.
appendix was not "poorly designed" – contrary to what is taught
in medical schools. Like the rest of the colon, it was designed
with squatting in mind.
here for a more detailed explanation of how the modern commode
contributes to appendicitis and the other diseases mentioned above.
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