The Cause of Internet and TV Addiction?
“For most of history humans have squatted to have a bowel movement. In fact, if you watch children still in diapers you will see them squat naturally when they have a bowel movement. Most unfortunately this good, natural behaviour is unlearned with the beginning of potty training around the age of two.”
What’s Wrong With Sitting?
“While the majority of the world (two thirds of the population) still squats to defecate, the western world with its sitting posture has some of the highest rates of bowel and colon related diseases including:
· Hemorrhoids, occurring in 50% of the population over the age of 50
· Appendicitis, occurring in 7% of the population
· Irritable Bowel Syndrome, affecting 10-20% of the population
· Diverticulosis, affecting half of all Americans age 60 to 80, and almost everyone over age 80
Colorectal Cancer, over 148,300 new
cases and 56,600 deaths expected in 2002 in the
· Bladder Incontinence, 50% or more of elderly persons are incontinent and $16.4 billion is spent every year on incontinence-related care
Prostate Cancer, over 190,000 new cases
and 30,200 deaths each year in the
“When you were born you had ‘squatting facets’ on the talus (heel) bones in your feet. In cultures where squatting is a way of life both on and off the toilet, these ‘squatting facets’ are retained into adulthood.
However in western cultures where sitting and standing are the norm, these facets disappear as we mature, tendons shorten and squatting becomes a difficult balancing act for many [and may lead to muscular imbalances—however there are alternatives].”
Compressive Peroneal Nerve Dysfunction/Palsy
“Common peroneal [refers to the outer part of the lower leg] nerve dysfunction is a disorder caused by damage to the peroneal nerve, characterized by loss of movement of or sensation in the foot and leg.”
“Symptoms & Signs
· Decreased sensation, numbness or tingling at the top of the foot
· Weakness of the ankles or feet
· Walking abnormalities [gait]
· ‘Slapping’ gait (walking pattern)
· Foot drop [gait] (unable to hold foot horizontal)
· Toes drag while walking [gait]”
“Compressive peroneal nerve palsy is a well-known clinical condition.
· Usually, the nerve is compressed at the knee as it passes around the head of the fibula [Smaller of the two bones in the lower leg; runs from knee to the ankle along the outside of the lower leg] along its course,
· Or the nerve's sensory branch may be entrapped over the dorsal [top] side of the foot.2 [more information in case report 2]
· Bilateral compression of the nerve is quite rare. It may occur as a result of mechanical irritation during prolonged leg crossing and squatting.”
· “Damage to a peripheral nerve by internal or external pressure of various origins causes a ‘compression neuropathy’.
· At certain sites, the nerve in question is anatomically more vulnerable.
· Examples of external compression neuropathies are
· Alternatively, the nerve may be compressed or stretched by adjacent tissues such as
· It is also known that nerves in particular patients are more sensitive to pressure. These include patients with
· generalized neuropathy,
· diabetes mellitus,
· tomaculous neuropathy, and
· certain infectious, genetic, and metabolic diseases.”