Many researchers have argued that hemorrhoids is rare in the developing world because of a high fiber diet. Yet there is no proof. The medical establishment embraces the fiber theory because they had no other explanation.
The problem with the fiber theory is that non-Westernised populations have a wide variety of diets. The amount of dietary fiber is not always the same.
Although the medical establishment has refused to recognize and acknowledge it, the reason for the low incidence of hemorrhoids among Asians, Africans and in the Middle East is their use of the squatting toilets. Traditionally, the peoples in these areas do not sit but squat to answer the call of nature.
The link between the use of the sitting position for defecation and haemorrhoids has been validated by published clinical research.
On sitting toilets, users are forced to strain in order to move the bowels. The main cause of hemorrhoids is the straining that takes place. It explains why haemorrhoids is almost unheard of in populations who use traditional squatting toilets.
In 1987, Dr B. A. Sikirov, an Israeli physician, studied the effect of adopting the squatting position for waste elimination on hemorrhoid patients.
Based on the results of his landmark study, Dr Sikirov arrived at this conclusion:
due to excessive straining in the sitting position."
It is tragic that although Dr Sikirov's study was carried out more than 20 years ago, many people today are not aware that squatting to empty the colon would have prevented or could be used to treat haemorrhoids.
The medical establishment has deliberately chosen to keep silent. Consider the typical do's and don'ts regarding haemorrhoids:
1) Eat more fruits, vegetables and grains
2) Drink plenty of liquids
3) Consider fiber supplements
5) Avoid long periods of standing or sitting
6) Don't strain
7) Eliminate waste as soon as you feel the urge
There is no doubt that these are important. However, there is no mention at all about toilets or toilet posture.
The deliberate omission of information on the link between sitting toilets and haemorrhoids means that many will remain unaware of the underlying cause of hemorrhoids and the link between toileting posture and health:
1) Human beings are designed to evacuate waste in the squatting position.
2) In the sitting position, the colon system is in the continence mode, and it is difficult to evacuate waste effectively, resulting in the need to strain and stagnation of waste.
3) The straining and pushing downwards with the diaphragm, while holding the breath at the same time
increases the pressure in the lower rectum, and cause the veins to stretch, swell and develop into haemorrhoids.
By understanding the link between toilet posture and hemorrhoids, you would be able to see sitting toilets for what they are - an ergonomic nightmare and a serious health threat.
And you would also know what is the best way to avoid and treat hemorrhoids: using the natural squatting position for your bowel movements.
You can find out more about Nature Knows Best by going to this page.
There Is No Time To Lose...
But you must act quickly. For the longer you continue the habit of sitting for defecation, you might lose the ability to squat easily, as explained on this page about squatting facets.
However, as squatting is a natural human posture, almost everyone, with practice and determination, can regain the ability to squat again. This would then make it possible for one to switch from sitting to squatting, using one of the four options described on this
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