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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How is Nature's Platform different from "toilet footstools" like the Welles Step, the Life Step, the Health Step or the Squatty Potty?

  2. I have no problems with elimination. Why should I use the squatting position?

  3. Can you read while squatting?

  4. Is Nature's Platform easier to use than traditional squat toilets?

  5. How much weight can Nature's Platform hold?

  6. I weigh more than 300 pounds. What should I do?

  7. I feel nervous being up so high. Is there a way to squat closer to the floor?

  8. If squatting is so natural, why did the Western World abandon it?

  9. Couldn't you just squat on the toilet seat?

  10. Can elderly people and small children use Nature's Platform?

  11. Will squatting cure my constipation?

  12. Why didn't my doctor tell me about squatting?

  13. Will squatting reduce the need for colonics?

  14. Can Nature's Platform be used for urinating also?

  15. Do you have any comments about the popularity of the Squatty Potty?

  16. But isn't a footstool more convenient, since you don't have to remove your pants and underwear completely?

  17. When everone has switched to squatting, what will we do with all the obsolete toilets?

  18. Converting the Western World to squat toilets seems impossible. How do you expect our society to make such a radical change?
1. How is Nature's Platform different from "toilet footstools" like the Welles Step, the Life Step, the Health Step or the Squatty Potty?

Nature's Platform (below right) uses the natural squatting position, with the body's full weight on the feet. The pelvis is suspended like a cradle. The thighs compress the abdominal cavity, producing a natural laxative effect.


Sitting with your feet elevated (often described as "wishful squatting") is a crude attempt to imitate the natural position. It increases the constricting pressure of the toilet seat, since the body's weight is shifted to the rear. To compress the colon, you have to use the awkward posture pictured below on the left. You still need to hold your breath and push – which is not required when squatting correctly.

Straining in this way is the cause of hemorrhoids, diverticulosis and pelvic organ prolapse. The Israeli physician, Dr. Berko Sikirov, has published clinical research on the use of squatting to cure hemorrhoids. He is quoted in the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients (October, 1996) as saying that only genuine squatting, with the body's full weight on the feet, offers any advantage over the conventional sitting position.

Finally, all the benefits of squatting have been identified by studying populations that use the natural position. There is no evidence that sitting with your feet propped up provides similar benefits.

The Squatty Potty is discussed in more detail below.

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2. I have no problems with elimination. Why do I need to use the squatting position?

Because "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

Long-term use of conventional toilets causes wastes to collect and harden in the lower regions of the colon (illustrated here.)




You may not notice this fecal stagnation – until one day it manifests as appendicitis or diverticulosis or inflammatory bowel disease or cancer. Squatting helps keep the colon clean and free of disease.

You may feel there's "no problem" simply because you have not yet experienced the ease and completeness of natural elimination. Once you become familiar with squatting, your standards will be much higher.

The following picture shows one reason why squatting is more effective. Other reasons are discussed on the Health Benefits page.





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3. I like to read on the toilet. Can you read while squatting?

Yes, you can, but not as easily as in the sitting position, because your "lap" disappears. On the other hand, you will get the job done much more quickly, so there is less time for reading.

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4. When traveling in India I always had a problem with squat toilets. I couldn't keep my feet flat without falling backwards. So I had to balance on the balls of my feet. This was no fun at all. Will Nature's Platform be any better?

Much better. When you're on the platform, the built-in slope means you're facing slightly downhill. This shifts the center of gravity forwards and offsets the tendency to fall backwards. You feel remarkably stable and secure.

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5. How much weight can Nature's Platform hold?

Nature's Platform has been tested extensively with over 300 pounds and sudden jerky movements and showed no sign of weakness.

The patented design allows a device weighing only 12 pounds to support 25 times its weight. This is because the legs remain absolutely vertical and are never subjected to shearing or twisting forces. The only force which bears on the frame is the force of compression. It would take tons of compression to deform any material, even plastic.

One lady, who describes herself as "quite overweight", was using Nature's Platform for the second time. She happened to be reading a magazine, and something she read made her burst out laughing. Her whole body shook with convulsive laughter – but Nature's Platform did not budge.

"That experience," she later said, "convinced me, once and for all, that I had nothing to fear. Thank you for making such an invincible product."

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6. I weigh more than 300 pounds. What should I do?

You can make your own platform by using four concrete blocks and some plywood. Stack two blocks on each side of the toilet. Cut the platform to the right size with an opening in the center as in this picture. If you don't have a jigsaw, use three boards as in the right-hand picture. Set the platform on the blocks.

The blocks can be left in place permanently, since they don't interfere with people using the toilet in the conventional way. Just lift the platform and set it aside. Some people prefer to tape some padding to the blocks, to avoid bumping against a hard surface.

A few additional points:

  1. When you buy the blocks, measure them. The actual size is usually one-half inch less than the stated size. For example, 6 X 8 X 16 inch blocks (a good size to get) are actually 5-1/2 X 7-1/2 X 15-1/2.

  2. The blocks should be even with the top edge of the toilet bowl. You may need to put boards on top of the blocks to get the right height.

  3. Wash and paint the blocks so the floor does not get littered with concrete "crumbs". The plywood should also be painted.

  4. For people with tight calves and achilles tendons, it may be necessary to add a slope to this platform, as described in the next question.

The following picture shows a slight variation on the above theme. The footpads are connected in back instead of in front, so they don't have to be removed when a man urinates.

If you build one of these and it looks nicer than the one pictured, please email a picture to us. We would like to inspire more people to use this simple, effective method. The email address is at the bottom of this page. Thanks!

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7. I feel nervous being up so high. Is there a way to squat closer to the floor?

Yes. Just put a container on the floor and footpads on either side. The footpads can be concrete blocks, or telephone books, or planks of wood. The version shown here has a forward slope to keep you from falling backwards.


This method is also ideal for potty training. Children are more flexible, so they will not need the incline. Daily squatting will keep them flexible throughout their lives.



A stainless steel pan like this one works well. Just search the internet for "steam table pans."

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8. If squatting is so natural, how did western civilization get off on the wrong track?

Although squatting is the most natural and effective posture for evacuation, the body is able to use other positions in emergencies (like a broken leg). For thousands of years, kings and queens have taken advantage of this option to distinguish themselves from the "commoners."

Then, in the mid-nineteenth century, at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, indoor plumbing became universally available. The early industrialists decided (rather arbitrarily) to install throne-like toilets everywhere – to allow ordinary people to feel like kings and queens. Knowing nothing about physiology, they sincerely believed that they were improving people's lives.

Those who felt uncomfortable with this decision were forced to keep silent. (In Victorian England, bodily functions were considered unmentionable.) From Great Britain, the most influential country in the world at the time, the fad quickly spread to the rest of Europe, and to North America and Australia. No country wanted to seem "backward" at a time when the world was making such rapid "progress."

Until just a few years ago, the taboo on discussing this subject kept most of the western world in the dark about how the human body was designed to function. The ignorance of the medical profession has been especially regrettable – and has caused much needless suffering.

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9. Is Nature's Platform really necessary? Couldn't someone just climb up on the toilet seat and use the squatting position?

Someone who is very flexible and agile might be able to do that, but there are two factors to bear in mind.

The first is comfort. In over 3 years of testing with hundreds of individuals, the unanimous verdict was that Nature's Platform is much more comfortable, stable and easy to use than balancing on the toilet seat or the rim of the bowl. Even people who had been doing that for decades said they intend to purchase Nature's Platform as soon as it becomes available.

One tester put it this way: "I never realized I was living in a hut until I had a glimpse of the palace."

The second factor is safety. Using a toilet in this way can dislodge the bolts that hold it to the floor. Once the seal between the toilet and the drainpipe is broken, toxic methane gas can leak into the house.

Toilet bowls are not designed to bear the concentrated strain of someone squatting (especially someone heavy.) They have been known to collapse, causing severe injury from pieces of jagged porcelain.

One additional factor to consider is that by purchasing Nature's Platform you are supporting the effort to re-educate the Western World, and thereby eradicate some of the most terrible diseases afflicting our society.

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10. Can the elderly use Nature's Platform? And how about small children?

If your knees and hips are flexible enough to squat without discomfort, then anyone of any age can use Nature's Platform. However, if there is any feeling of unsteadiness or tendency to lose your balance then you should have something to hold onto. Either attach hand grips to the wall, or set a chair in front of the toilet (facing away) so you can hold onto the back of the chair.

A chair is also advisable for small children. A folding chair with rubber feet is ideal. A walker also works well, especially if space is tight.

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11. Will squatting cure my constipation?

It depends on the underlying cause or causes. Squatting will certainly improve the situation significantly, but it may not "cure" it. There could be other factors involved. Make sure that your diet is healthy and that you are getting enough exercise.

In some cases, congenital factors may interfere with elimination. But whatever your inherent limitations might be, using the squatting position is the most important thing you can do to maximize your ability to eliminate.

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12. Why didn't my doctor tell me about squatting?

There are a number of possible reasons:


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13. Will squatting reduce the need for colonic irrigation?

The colonic irrigation industry sprang up to remedy the ill-effects of the "porcelain throne." Sitting toilets result in incomplete evacuation. The wastes accumulate and harden, constricting the colon and exposing it to toxic carcinogens. Colonics are very helpful to clean out the impacted wastes.

But, as more and more people use the squatting position, the need for colonics will diminish. Other specialists who will also find their patients disappearing include gastroenterologists, urologists and gynecologists. To learn why, see the Health Benefits page.

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14. Can Nature's Platform be used for urinating also?

Yes, of course. Men just aim downwards, and for women, the urethra naturally points downwards.

Over the years, we have found that a small percentage of customers feel the need for a "urine shield." So, on request, we provide a free device, shown below, which can be quickly installed or removed as necessary.

Some women prefer to use a special funnel when squatting. There are many brands sold, and here is the Wikipedia article about them.

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15. Do you have any comments about the popularity of the Squatty Potty?

For people who can't squat (due to physical or psychological barriers) a footstool like the Squatty Potty has some value. Since squatting is so powerful, even a small fraction of the benefit will impress those who have struggled their whole lives with the western toilet.

The company claims that it's not just a footstool, but can also be used to really squat. But genuine squatting, with the knees fully bent and the buttocks resting on the ankles, is impossible on this device, because your rear end bumps against the toilet. So, you have to hold your bottom suspended in the air and your arms stretched out as a counterweight. The term "stress position" comes to mind.


For the world to return to squat toilets, children need to be allowed to squat naturally. Unfortunately, the Squatty Potty forces children to use the
footstool method, causing them to grow up unable to squat.





The next picture shows the natural squatting position -- the birthright of every child.




Having the body's full weight on the feet makes all the difference in the world.




Most adults can re-learn to squat if they practice every day
and avoid toilet footstools like the Squatty Potty.


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16. But isn't a footstool more convenient, since you don't have to remove your pants and underwear completely?

If your priority is convenience, use a footstool. If your priority is health, use the natural squatting position.

But bear in mind that the diseases you're trying to prevent are not especially "convenient." Just ask someone who wears diapers or a colostomy bag.

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17. When everyone has switched to squatting, what will we do with all the obsolete toilets?

They make excellent planters!





Another good suggestion can be seen here.

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18. Converting the Western World to squat toilets seems impossible. How do you expect our society to make such a radical change?

Even if only 50% of the population can squat today, and even if we only increase the figure by 1% per year, then in 40 years, 90% will be able to squat. Children are the key because almost all children can squat with no problem. Just encourage them to keep doing it. They will retain their ability throughout their lives.

The other key is the medical profession, those responsible for improving health literacy. They can treat the western toilet just like cigarettes: discourage its use by spreading the word about its pernicious effects.

Making this change overnight would certainly be impossible -- but doing it gradually, over decades, is quite feasible.

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