Paleo Pete: You're going to the toilet wrong

Author
NZ Herald Staff,
Section
Lifestyle,
Publish Date
Monday, 4 September 2017, 3:33PM
Pete Evans (Photo: File)
Pete Evans (Photo: File)

"Paleo" Pete Evans is at it again with yet another controversial health claim. This time it's not about what you're eating as much as it's about how you're getting rid of it.

That's right, Pete wants to talk about pooping. And talk he has: The celebrity chef has made headlines for a social media post promoting a squatting stool (below) as an alternative to, you know, sitting down on a standard toilet seat with your feet firmly on the floor.

The paleo advocate claims he and his uber-healthy family have been using the "Knees Up" stool (photo an end of article) at home and they're all reaping the health benefits.

Pete claims our toilet trouble starts back childhood.

"Ever since we were kids we've been trained to sit firmly on the seat, this action alone completely prevents our body's natural flow."

So what's so great about squatting? According to Pete, using the squatting method will leave you with better stools.

"Yep, it's a fact. Squatting creates cool stools," the Master Chef judge said in the post.

"You see, sitting causes an awkward angle to occur in our anal canal. And there's a key muscle - the technical term being the puborectalis - that basically gets all choked up, making it harder to eliminate the waste from our bodies."

According to the celebrity chef - who has previously come under fire for speaking out against using sunscreen and denouncing eating three meals a day - when you "pop a squat" you're body is positioned at the correct angle to expel waste more efficiently. Thus reducing the risk of haemorrhoids. And, as Pete says, "Ain't nobody got time for haemorrhoids."

"You see, when you pop a squat, the anorectal angle is in perfect alignment. This means you'll get cool stools, which are eliminated smoothly and quickly from the colon. There's no excessive straining - the culprit that causes potential damage not only to the anorectal region - ain't nobody got time for haemorrhoid's! - but also to the colon and other organs."

Aside from doing a better job of expelling waste, there are many other health benefits associated with squatting, including eliminating your risk of bowel disease, says Pete.

"Not only does squatting straighten your insides up and relaxes your puborectalis muscle, allowing for free flow, but it also completely empties your system without any strain.

"By having a strong functioning digestive system and eliminating properly, we can reduce the risk of many modern-day diseases, especially bowel disease."

His claims come just a week after he was widely criticised for suggesting that eating three meals a day was unhealthy and that instead we should be skipping meals and fasting regularly.

He believes the idea of "three meals a day" was conjured up by the food industry to boost business.

And back in May the celebrity chef engaged in a war of words with the head of the Australian Medical Association over his film "The Magic Pill" which purports that people suffering from illnesses such as diabetes, cancer and autism can reduce their symptoms by adopting the Paleo diet for just five weeks.

Dr Michael Gannon called the film irresponsible, prompting Pete to fire back on social media and accuse Gannon of making fun of people "regaining their health and improving their lives."

Pete has also spoken out on the use of fluoride and disputed the benefits of dairy products and calcium.

He is married to New Zealander and former model Nicole Evans who has also embraced the Paleo lifestyle.

 

 

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