Ask the Specialty Pharmacy Expert – Nadine Saulnier



When you have a bowel movement, is it often dry, or hard? Is it painful and difficult to pass? According to the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation: “One in 4 Canadians has symptoms of constipation. Prevalence rates for women in all age groups are almost twice as high as for men. The prevalence of constipation is higher than for other common conditions such as migraines, asthma, diabetes and coronary heart disease. Because constipation is more common among people over 65 and life expectancy is increasing, an increase in the prevalence of constipation is expected in the years ahead. In a 2004 study, over 63 million people in North America meet the criteria for 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 your outlet valve (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 your outlet valve.
  • 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.
  1. Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids (HEM-uh-roids) are swollen and inflamed veins in your anus and lower rectum. The sitting posture actually keeps us in ‘continence mode’. It 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.

The good news about hemorrhoids…Hemorrhoids can heal without relapse when the squat posture is adopted for bowel movements.

  1. Colon Disease

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.

  1. Urinary Difficulty/Infections

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.

  1. Pelvic Floor Issues

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 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.

Dr. Jack Kruse is an optimal health coach and Nashville, a 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.”

Come into Millerdale Pharmacy today, talk to one of our helpful staff, and get a Squatty Potty® today! We are here for all of your healthcare needs! Call 403-342-1434