Fri Nov 9, 2012, 02:14 PM
ErikJ (4,919 posts)
Has anyone gotten one of these yet? Seems like a pretty good idea. I might just try a cinder block instead though.
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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 03:17 PM
Warpy (81,493 posts)
3. Those look like well made units and I might just get one
I use an overturned gallon pail when things get a bit slow and it really does help to get the thighs angled upwards. I've done this for ages. This gadget would accomplish the same thing without potentially slipping out of the way and injuring my dignity, such as it is when I'm sitting on the loo.
Squat toilets themselves are a great idea for younger people but I'm an old crock with severe arthritis who's barely coping with a standard "family" size toilet--too short for grownups but usable by kids over 6.
European toilets use the sitting position because that's basically the design northern Europeans came up with when they realized digging latrines was the best way to keep waste away from drinking water. Indoor toilet facilities in palaces were often very ornate chairs where the seat could be lifted to expose a hole with a removable pot under it to catch the royal doodoo. In fact, my grandparents had one of those, probably used before they had an upstairs bathroom and somebody was too sick to make it downstairs.
So yeah, I give this gadget a two thumbs up. Getting into the proper position helps a lot, so don't be tempted to pass this off as silly.