Apparently there's a growing number of doctors and other healthy living advocates that seem to think they are.
For the years before the modern toilet existed, humans used almost exclusively the squatting position for defecation. In many parts of the world, this is still the preferred position, however most of the western world has since adopted the sitting toilet, which of course is used in a comfortably seated position.
However, according to a number of health experts
, the sitting toilet has caused more problems than it has prevented. According to them, squatting is the only natural and healthy position to perform defecation. Squatting proponents claim that the squatting position leads to easier, faster, and more complete evacuation for the following reasons:
1) Squatting increases abdominal pressure, which forces waste out of the body.
2) Protection of the appendix by completely closing the ileocecal valve, which prevents backup
3) Straightening the sigmoid colon, allowing for easier flow of waste
4) Relaxing the puborectalis muscle, straightening the final pathway
Their claim is that in the sitting position none of these take place, thus causing excessive strain and force while defecating, and further results in incomplete defecation. They go on to claim that this also causes a myriad of other problems, not the least of which include colon cancer, hemorrhoids, among other problems.
So apparently sitting while shitting isn't doing your body any favors. I don't know. This seems a bit out there, I think. But who knows, maybe they're right.What are your thoughts?