Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Toilet Replacement Lids and Seats - Squatty Potty - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

Whether you’re already a believer in the benefits of squatting to eliminate, or you’ve stumbled onto this site as your first introduction to the whole concept, here’s the low-down on why squatting to poop is in your best interest and why using the Squatty Potty® is the most convenient and effective way to improve your bathroom posture.


Medical doctors, naturopaths, and assorted holistic health professionals have pointed out the hazards of the modern toilet for years. There is empirical evidence that elevating your feet during elimination is healthier.
The modern day toilet is convenient, but has one major fault; it requires us to sit. While sitting to do our business may be considered “civilized”, studies show the natural squat position improves our ability to eliminate. Better elimination may decrease many modern day ailments including bloating, straining, hemorrhoids and constipation.


Primary (simple) constipation is a consequence of habitual bowel elimination on common toilet seats. A considerable proportion of the population with normal bowel movement frequency has difficulty emptying their bowels, the principal cause of which is the obstructive nature of the recto-anal angle and its association with the sitting posture normally used in defecation.


The alignment of the anorectal angle associated with squatting permits smooth bowel elimination. This prevents excessive straining with the potential for resultant damage to the recto-anal region and, possibly, to the colon and other organs. There is no evidence that habitual bowel elimination at a given time each day contributes considerably to the final act of rectal emptying. The natural behavior to empty the bowels in response to a strong defecation reflex alleviates bowel emptying by means of the recto anal inhibitory reflex.




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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) defines constipation as having fewer than three bowel movements per seven days. According to the NIH about four million Americans suffer from constipation. Are you one of these people? Do you know someone who is?
One of the biggest obstacles to your success may be not realizing you’re constipated in the first place. The bowel is the body’s main elimination organ, yet amongst many Americans today, this central elimination system is compromised, as evidenced by high rates of constipation. The National Institutes of Health estimates that 4-10 million Americans have chronic constipation (defined as having a bowel movement less than three times per week), and as many as 63 million people are suffering at any time from occasional constipation.
Squatty Potty® toilet stools create healthy toilet posture to relieve and prevent constipation in the following ways:
  • In the squatting position, gravity does most of the work. The weight of the torso presses against the thighs and naturally compresses the colon. Gentle pressure from the diaphragm supplements the force of gravity.
  • Squatting relaxes the puborectalis muscle, allowing the anorectal angle to straighten and the bowel to empty completely.
  • Squatting lifts the sigmoid colon to unlock the "kink" at the entrance to the rectum. This kink also helps prevent incontinence, by taking some of the pressure off the puborectalis muscle.
  • The colon is equipped with an inlet valve (the ileocecal valve) and an outlet valve (the puborectalis muscle). Squatting simultaneously closes the inlet valve, to keep the small intestine clean, and opens the outlet valve, to allow wastes to pass freely. The sitting position defeats the purpose of both valves, making elimination difficult and incomplete, and soiling the small intestine.


Hemorrhoids (HEM-uh-roids) are swollen and inflamed veins in your anus and lower rectum. When we’re standing or sitting the bend, called the anorectal angle, is kinked which puts upward pressure on the rectum and keeps the feces inside. The sitting posture actually keeps us in ‘continence mode’. We thank our lucky stars for this muscle when we don’t want to go but when we need to go, and sit on our toilet to do it - it sure makes elimination difficult and incomplete, creating the need to STRAIN.
By age 50, about half of adults have had to deal with the itching, discomfort and bleeding that can signal the presence of hemorrhoids. The veins around your anus tend to stretch under pressure and may bulge or swell. Swollen veins — hemorrhoids — can develop from an increase in pressure in the lower rectum.


Hemorrhoids can heal without relapse when the squat posture is adopted for bowel movements.


Eliminating completely and often helps maintain good colon health. Many studies point to fecal buildup in the colon as a cause of diseases including colon cancer. And when there is buildup in the colon, our bodies can’t absorb all the nutrients from the food we eat, leaving us without the energy we could enjoy if our colons were healthy.


Urinary flow is usually stronger and easier when women squat to urinate. The bladder is emptied more completely when squatting rather than sitting or “hovering”. Squatting can help reduce episodes of urinary tract infections in both frequency and intensity. Now, that is good news!


A 2008 study by Kaiser Permanente published in Obstetrics & Gynecology found that one-third of women suffer from one or more pelvic floor disorders. In addition, aging, obesity, and childbirth increase the likelihood of experiencing these issues. Although pelvic floor disorders are more common in women, men also suffer from similar symptoms; the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reports that nearly one in every five men ages 60 and older experience incontinence.
A network of ligaments, muscles and connective tissues, the pelvic floor acts as a “hammock” to support the pelvic organs, including the bladder and rectum – and in women, the uterus and vagina. Pelvic floor disorders, also called pelvic floor dysfunction, occur in both men and women when muscles and nerves in this area become damaged or weakened, causing the pelvic organs to prolapse (drop), which can lead to symptoms such as constipation and fecal and urinary incontinence.
“Most pelvic floor disorders are tied to the de-evolution of our normal evolutionary biology,” said Dr. Jack Kruse, optimal health coach and Nashville, Tenn.-based neurosurgeon specializing in treating chronic pain, neck pain and back pain. “By correcting our bathroom posture, the Squatty Potty can be a huge help to people suffering from these health problems. Not only is the Squatty Potty aesthetically pleasing, but it also makes a tremendous amount of sense with how we should eliminate.”

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All these problems, and more, can be helped with the use of the Squatty Potty®. This innovative, health-giving toilet stool is easy to use and highly effective in positioning the colon for effortless bowel movements.
Unlike other contraptions you may have tried to assist in achieving a simulated or full squatting position over your toilet, the Squatty Potty mimics a natural squat posture, is ergonomic, comfortable, sturdy, convenient and affordable. It even slides out of the way under your toilet when not in use.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Toilet Replacement Lids and Seats - The waterless toilet that turns your poo into power - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

diagram of the nano membrane toilet

 A new toilet design is being trialled in Ghana which uses no water or electricity and can also create energy. Photograph: Cranfield Water Science Institute

Diagram of nano membrane toilet
Human excrement is rife with pathogens, “odorant volatiles” (the chemicals that make it smell) and parasites, but it has something going for it: it’s about 75% water. What’s more, water is the smallest of all its component molecules.
It’s these qualities of our faecal matter that got researchers at Cranfield WaterScience Institute thinking about how to make a new kind of toilet that can provide safe sanitation to the 2.5 billion people around the world who do not currently have it.

The result was the nano-membrane toilet which removes the water from human waste and leaves solids that can be used as fuel or fertiliser. It works by using a process called “pervaporation” – where mixtures of liquids are separated by vaporisation through a membrane.
The vapour is then recovered and drained into a collection vessel so it can be used for irrigation, household washing or even human consumption. The ingenuity of the nano membrane toilet is that it works without water or electricity, two key services lacking for many of those without access to toilets.
Instead of a flush, the toilet uses a scraper mechanism that sends the waste from the toilet bowl into a collection tank below, where the solids collect at the bottom as sediment and where the liquid waste is filtered. The solid waste is removed into a gasifier which converts it into gas and energy. According to Alison Parker, a water and sanitation expert at Cranfield University, there should be enough surplus power to charge a mobile phone.
The smart toilet is currently being trialled in Ghana. As well as the evident environmental advantages from its self-sustaining treatment system, the toilet promises to provide people with a clean and safe household alternative to the public lavatories that many currently use. This is of particular value to women and girls, who are often vulnerable when going to the toilet outside the house.

Market uptake challenges

Even if the technology proves robust outside the lab, numerous challenges still stand in the way of the toilet’s uptake.
Commercialisation is the most obvious. Parker and her colleagues are weighing up a range of options, but the most likely is a rental model that removes the need for customers to pay up front. Local entrepreneurs could also benefit from providing regular maintenance, the cost of which could be easily bundled into the regular rental package.

, another waterless toilet manufacturer on Parker’s radar, also uses a regular low-cost payment system for its operations in Madagascar. Loowatt, which uses an anaerobic digestion system, charges customers $1.10 (76p) per week to buy refills of the packaging where the waste is stored. “We set the price at an affordable level. If they need more refills they buy more; if they need fewer, they buy fewer,” says Virginia Gardiner, the firm’s chief executive.It’s an approach that has a proven record, says Parker, pointing to the Clean Teamproject in Ghana. The project rents portable toilets to residents in Ghana’s Kumasi district and charges them a fee to collect the waste two or three times a week. To date, nearly 700 toilets have been installed, benefitting 4,500 people.

Driving down costs

Another issue is affordability. The toilet’s designers have yet to fully cost out the nano-membrane toilet as it remains at a prototype stage. However, Parker notes that the hollow-fibre membrane materials are available off the shelf, given their current use in industrial applications such as blood oxygenation and beer nitrogenation, so don’t have to be specially manufactured.
In-country manufacture, an approach envisioned by RTI International is another practical means of keeping production costs low. In addition, RTI’s multi-use toilet block, which converts human waste into burnable fuel and stored energy, uses uniform-sized tanks in an effort to standardise production as much as possible.

“During 2016 we’re working with commercial partners in India to demonstrate [the technology] and hopefully progress towards manufacturing in-country,” says Myles Elledge, a senior director at RTI. “We are targeting [a cost] of about $2,500 per unit, which would serve about 50 users per day and would get us tothe Gates Foundation target of five cents per person per day over a 10-year life.”
Cultural context is all-important, too. You can have the most efficient, most sustainable, most affordable toilet in the world, but social mores and cultural habits may still prevent people using it. According to Parker demand for western-style seat toilets in Africa is high, while squat toilets remain culturally preferable in Asia.
In the case of the nano-membrane toilet, its promoters are looking to pitch it as an “aspirational product”. As Parker says, “We need to make sure we get the marketing right so that people believe it’s a product that they want to invest in.”

by Oliver Balch

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Toilet Replacement Lids and Seats - Why smart toilets might actually be worth the upgrade - This Old Toilet 800-658-4521

Whether you're remodeling your bathroom or you're just considering a new toilet, smart toilets are worth a look. Not only are they cool and super techy, they also make your life a little easier. Though there are many types of smart toilets, most have some basic features in common.

Futuristic flushing

First and foremost, they flush without being touched. Each toilet has a sensor that activates the flushing mechanism. Either it senses when a body has moved away from the toilet and activates a flush or you can wave a hand in front of the sensor to get it to activate.
If you're cursed with family members who forget to flush, the first type of sensor is ideal. No matter which one you choose, the perk of having a sensor instead of a handle is that germs won't get transferred from hands to the toilet and then to the next person who flushes.

Overflow protection

As a mom, one of the must-haves on my list when I refurbished my bathroom was a toilet that doesn't overflow. I chose the Delta Brevard with FlushIQ Technology. It stops you from flushing if the toilet is clogged, which keeps water levels in the bowl low.

Water savings and power sources

Smart toilets save water, but they also use electricity, so their environmental benefit is questionable. But you'll see a difference to your water consumption. Smart toilets sense how much water is needed and flush using just the right amount. The smaller flushes can use as little as 0.6 gallons per flush (GPF). A basic toilet that doesn't have smart flush technology uses around 1.6 gallons.
The flipside? All of that swanky technology needs power. There are two power options. Some smart toilets use batteries to power their smart functions, while others need to be connected to your home's wiring system. The battery option is best for those who don't want to call an electrician, though a wired system may suit you if you'd rather not regularly change your toilet's batteries.

More smart toilet features

Smart toilets range in price from a couple hundred dollars to thousands, depending on the features. You can get a basic toilet with just automatic flushing and water sensors, or you can get a fully loaded version with all of the bells and whistles, such as the New Waves Smart Toilet. Here are some options that are available:
  • Massaging bidet wash
  • Air dryer
  • Heated seating
  • Foot warmer
  • Automatic flush
  • Remote control
  • Self-cleaning features
  • Built-in sensors that alert you to possible tank leaks
  • Self-deodorizer
  • Emergency flushing system during power outages
  • Nightlight
  • Slow closing lid
  • Bluetooth and MP3 capabilities so you can listen to tunes while you go
by Alina Bradford