Colon Cancer From Sitting Incorrectly on the Toilet
Humans and other primates sit in the squatting position naturally to rest and for bowel relief. In the western world, it may seem that squatting has lost its functionality as we tend to live our lives in chairs. It has only been since the 19th century that the seated toilet has been favored over the squat toilet, and since then, there has been a rise in colorectal cancer. Researchers have taken note. They are advocating better health by returning to our roots defecating in a squatting position.
The Colon and Cancer
The colon is a long tube which is usually five to six feet in length. It's purpose is to store waste from the small intestine and move it (by using muscular contractions) outwards to the rectum. Throughout this process, water is extracted from the waste to prevent dehydration. If there is a blockage of any kind along the descent, the waste can dry out and cement itself to the colon wall. By sitting on a western-style toilet, this flow is obstructed and can lead to forms of bowl disease including colon cancer.
The lower part of the colon is known as the sigmoid and is located near the rectum and anus. This is the most common site for colon cancer and the sigmoid works best if it has the support from the left thigh while evacuating. If using a squat toilet, the thigh lifts the sigmoid and opens the curved connection between the colon and rectum allowing a natural flow. If sitting on a western toilet, this connection is pinched and the flow is less natural.
The second most common area for colon cancer is the cecum, the area that is considered to be the beginning to the large intestine and connects to the ascending colon and the large intestine. When defecating while squatting, the cecum is squeezed by the right thigh which pushes the fecal matter up into the ascending colon. On a western toilet, it is not squeezed naturally because of sitting in the wrong position which can result in intestinal tears.
Where the sigmoid and rectum meet there is a kink or bend in the colon. This bend serves a very important function in preventing incontinence and also reducing the pressure from digestive buildup on the puborectalis muscle.
Our bodies have evolved to include these folds and bends for safety reasons and if they were not there, we would not be able to control our bowl movements. When sitting we are unable to rid the colon of its contents as the rectum is choked by the puborectalis muscle. Squatting allows us to open up the bends and folds within our intestines and have a cleaner evacuation.
Internal obstacles make it difficult to naturally eliminate, and not eliminating properly can harm your body from excess build up. As old excrement adheres to the intestinal walls, it slowly dries as our bodies are designed to absorb as much water as possible in the digestion process. The colon becomes increasingly constricted from buildup and cells begin to suffocate. Toxins are harder to purify and purge and malignant cell mutations may begin to occur. This leads to a painful constipation and according to a 1998 article in the journal Epidemiology, people with severe constipation were four times more likely to develop colon cancer.
Colon Cancer in the Non-Western World
Surprisingly, constipation is much more a problem in the west than it is elsewhere, and so is colon cancer. Sixty-three perfect of worldly colorectal cancer is from western countries, or countries that use a seated toilet. In the past, Western thinkers incorrectly posited that "developing" countries did not have as much colon cancer because their E. coli bacteria in food and water was believed to stunt the growth of cancer cells. This theory was just a suspicion and as it turns out, these countries are actually much more hygienic in the way they evacuate the colon as they do it in a natural way through squatting. In contrast to our toilets which involve a seated posture which can lead to fecal stagnation, which leads to inflammation, bowel disease, and colorectal cancer.
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