What’s the Scoop on Poop?

This subject is something most people may not want to discuss, but if health is important to you it is important you have some good answers. Believe it or not, there is a variety of information on the subject: Healthy Poop that you can Google. It may be a little difficult to determine, which information is correct., if you haven’t studied this before.

Different websites described what healthy poop looked like, but there was a little problem with the color of a normal poop, because few people in this country are eating foods that belong in the human body. If people are mainly eating starchy foods or high protein foods, the color, bulk and smell will not be the same, as poop from people who are eating mainly fruit and vegetables. Some of the websites advocated eating cooked foods over raw in order to have a healthy bowel movement. This goes entirely against nature.

Colors for a healthy poop ranged from Golden Brown to light brown to dark brown. Which is the right color? Dr. Norman Walker who did a great deal of research on this subject, before writing “Colon Health” said that brown was the color of a healthy bowel movement.

Why is poop brown? The color comes mainly from bilirubin, a pigment that arises from the breakdown of red blood cells in the liver and bone marrow. A great deal of it winds up in the intestines, where it is further modified by bacterial action. But the color itself comes from iron, and iron in the waste product bilirubin causes the brown color.

If the stools are black, tarry and sticky it could mean there is bleeding in the upper digestive tract. The black color comes from blood cells that have been in the intestinal tract for a period of time. Bright red blood indicates a problem in the colon (lower digestive tract) or with hemorrhoids. I would suggest seeing a doctor with a nutritional background.

Some poop is yellow and this is attributed to Gilbert’s Syndrome. People with this condition don’t process as many blood cells – or not as fast – and their poop tends to be pale brown or yellow from the lower quantity of discarded red blood cell matter. This is considered a benign thing, but it is an indication that something is not right in the diet.

Another cause of yellow poop is a giardia infection. Giardia are tiny protozoan parasites that can invade the intestines and result in severe yellow diarrhea. It is a dangerous and contagious affliction that doctors are obligated to report to the Center for Disease Control.

How about green Poop? It can come from eating lots of leafy green vegetables or by consuming large quantities of unnatural green food coloring in ice cream or cakes, etc. It can also be caused by excess iron in the diet from dietary supplements. In babies green poop occurs from iron in baby formula that is not being properly absorbed.

What about red? Beets can color the stool red. Steaming fresh beets is also a way to test the transit time of your food. Note the date and time that you ingest the beets and keep an eye on the toilet bowl, after every bowel movement; to ascertain how long it took for the red beets to arrive in the pot. I have read that a transit time of 20 hours would be considered healthy. If it is much longer, the digestive tract is sluggish. Also, if the food goes through the intestinal tract too rapidly, it could indicate that all the nutrients in the food (chyme) were not being assimilated.

How about size and shape? According to all the confusing information – the size and length of the elimination – ranges from 4” to 18.” In observing a small 9 pound pet whose elimination is approximately 5” long – I would say that the human species should have a natural elimination of at least 12 – 20 inches in length depending on the size of the individual and the amount and type of food consumed.

If people were eating bulky high water content raw fruits and vegetables, the elimination would be different than if they were eating processed foods with low water content. The shape of a healthy elimination would conform to the shape of the colon. It would be cylindrical and would be at least ¾” in diameter.

If the stool appears to be pencil-thin and ribbon-like, it could mean some sort of a growth, blockage or perhaps, a kink in the junctures of the transverse colon. Dr. Walker wrote about impacted colons, where food adhered to the walls of the intestines, in such a manner, that there was only a very narrow pencil-thin opening for food (chyme) to transverse.

Two foods that I would recommend – not to eat – oatmeal and pizza; both of these can coat the colon. Oatmeal was at one time used for wallpaper paste. The melted cheese from pizzas can harden like glue in the intestines…and coat the walls. These foods can then prevent osmosis from taking place…nutrients can’t get through the walls and into the blood stream Read Dr. Norman Walker’s book Colon Health and take a look at his sketches of healthy vs.damaged colons.

If the stool looks large, frothy and floating on the top of the water, this can be caused by excess grains in the diet. As a child my grandmother took me into the bathroom to observe my 3 year old brother’s bowel movement, which was bulky, frothy and floating on top of the water. She said that my mother was feeding him too many starchy foods.

Also, when I was about 10 years of age I accidentally walked into a Men’s Room in an amusement park in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. No men were there at the time, but I observed that there were a number of un-flushed latrines loaded with floating, bulky, frothy and very large eliminations. I had never seen anything like this before. It goes without saying that these men were eating the wrong way – creating illness.

As a child my eliminations were marble-sized, hard and dry. I didn’t have an elimination every day. The meals my mother served us, were mainly processed, low water content foods. We didn’t get fresh salads or much Fruit. I grew up during the Depression and money was scarce. We existed on too little food, period. If one doesn’t eat enough food or does too much fasting…food doesn’t move through the intestinal tract and constipation ensues; as one meal pushes the last one forward.

What I experienced was constipation. My mother was the Laxative Queen. We were given Ex-Lax, Citrate of Magnesia, Milk of Magnesia, and a purgative every springtime. My mother succeeded in helping to breakdown my Peristaltic Valve. This is a valve at the beginning of the rectum that provides the urge to defecate.

When I wrote my book Sharing from the Heart, I mentioned what the school systems were doing to the health of their young pupils. I wrote about Eliminations by the Bell. This a a crime to make a child who needs to have an elimination…wait until the bell rings at the end of the class. It will eventually lead to problems with the Peristaltic Valve in the future; setting them up for constipation. When nature calls one must act immediately. To ignore the urge is detrimental to the health of the individual.

Americans are using laxatives by the box car loads. It was a sin for doctors to suggest laxatives on TV as they did in the past, when I used to watch the boob tube. I am not sure, if this is happening today as I don’t have time to watch much TV,

It is really interesting to have had people confide in me and ask me to take a look at their eliminations. I had a black lady who used to work for us and lived with us in the late fifties. She asked me to look in the toilet, because she wanted to show me that she was bleeding from the rectum. I couldn’t believe the amount of blood that I saw. I told her to go to the doctor and have it checked, but she had waited too long. Within a year she was gone from colon cancer. I noted that she loved cooked foods; particularly pork chops and mashed potatoes. She wasn’t into eating much fresh fruit or vegetables.

Another friend of mine asked me to check his elimination and he asked me, if it was normal? I did have my holistic health center at the time and I should have known more about the subject. However, I have to admit that I wasn’t focused on Poop at the time. Today, there is a great deal more knowledge than was known in the early eighties on the subject health and nutrition.

Another item of great importance was the importance of squatting, when one had an elimination. Another friend showed me how he squatted on the porcelain toilet. He said that the majority of people in the world still squatted – because few people in rural China, India and Africa had porcelain toilets. They squatted on the ground in order to have bowel movements. This was the posture that facilitated the rapid expulsion of human waste.

Our bodies were not designed to sit on regular toilets. The pressure on the legs is unhealthy, if one sits too long on the pot. It would be far better to purchase a Squatting toilet, which is available in different parts of the world. It would be a very health-oriented device for every home owner to use. If people are renters, there are Portable Squatting Toilet Platforms, which can be placed over the regular toilet.

Reading about all the problems that are being caused by this sitting toilet, such as, diverticulosis, prostate problems, female pelvic problems, etc. It made me wonder, if I should make a change.

An Iranian radiologist by the name of Dr. Saeed Rad in 2002 published a study which compared the effectiveness of sitting vs. squatting for evacuation. Thirty subjects participated in the study. Each patient was studied in the sitting and squatting positions. Dr. Rad found that when the subjects used sitting toilets, the angle of the bend (where the end of the rectum joins the anal canal) at this juncture point, the puborectalis muscle creates a kink to prevent incontinence. This forced the subjects to strain. When they used squat toilets, the angle opened to an average of 132 degrees. At times it reached 180 degrees making the pathway perfectly straight. Using squat toilets all the subjects reported “complete” evacuations.

The bowels of Western Man are subjected to lifelong excessive pressures., which result in problems with the walls of the intestinal tract, such as, diverticulosis, irritable bowel syndrome, etc. Diet is one of the causes of intestinal problems, but something as simple as using the wrong position while having an elimination could be even more important.

Diverticulosis is common in the Western World, but it is extremely rare in areas, such as, Asia and Africa. Prostate problems can also be attributed to the use of the sitting toilet. African-Americans have the highest prostate cancer risk in the world…and despite high rates among African-Americans prostate cancer is very low in Africa.

Incidence rates for clinical prostate cancer in Western Men are 30 to 50 times higher than those for Asian men.

Migration studies reveal that movement of people from areas of low risk to areas of high risk is associated with an increase in the incidence of prostate cancer among the migrants. In one study within one generation. The increase in incidence in Japanese immigrants was 4 to 9 fold compared to the incidence of prostate cancer in Japan.

Over two-thirds of humanity use the squatting position, therefore the porcelain “throne” is the most likely culprit in pelvic disorders (male and female) that plagues the Western World. To squat or not? That is the question.

Healthfully Yours,

Barbara Charis

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