World Toilet Day is a day which allows ordinary citizens and everyday people to take action and raise awareness about the billions of people around the globe. Many people in American and other first world countries do not realize that around two and a half billion people do not have access to sanitary toilet facilities, and many of these people practice open defecation in fields due to a lack of sanitation facilities. It is estimated that roughly 1 billion people around the world still practice open urination and defecation, and this not only leads to disease and the spread of harmful microbes in communities but it also puts women, girls, and even males at risk for sexual assault or even murder.
Many people in countries outside of North America have no access to even the most basic and rudimentary toilet facilities, even though the right to water and to proper sanitation facilities are considered human rights that every person around the globe is entitled to. World Toilet Day is a day set aside to do something about this lack of sanitation, encouraging ordinary citizens to speak up and take action for those less fortunate. The date of November 19th has been designated as World Toilet Day by the United Nations, and one of the goals is to prevent rape for women and girls who must wait until dark and then go in open fields and other areas with no privacy or security. This is an unacceptable situation, and one that can be easily prevented with awareness and the development of proper sanitary facilities around the world.
No one should have to live in fear and hide in the dark just to urinate or defecate, and no female should be forced to risk rape just to take care of a bodily function. World Toilet Day 2014 follows a theme of dignity and equality, in the hopes of inspiring action to finally put an end to the practice of open defecation. Even in areas where there are limited toilet facilities available there may be obstacles for special populations, preventing those in these populations from utilizing the facilities that do exist. Disabled individuals and those who are elderly may require special accommodations which are not available in many more remote areas and smaller villages in a number of poverty stricken countries.
Everyone should take the time to commemorate World Toilet Day by speaking out or taking action, ensuring that everyone on earth has access to toilets, basic hygiene, and privacy. Developing sanitation facilities needs to be a top priority in areas where these facilities are not currently available, and the global community needs to speak up and let their voices be heard. Every person should be able to go in privacy, without any risk of harm or death just because they need to relieve themselves. World Toilet day is also a day to be thankful if you live in a country where toilets and modern sanitation are common, and to make an effort to help those who do not have the same bathroom experience.
- Nearly 1.5 million children under the age of five die every year from diarrhea globally.
- Diarrhoeal diseases are the second most common cause of death of young children in developing countries, killing more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and measles combined, and resulting in 1 death every 20 seconds.
- 40% of people worldwide don’t have a safe and healthy way to defecate.
- Toilets have added 20 years to the human lifespan over the past 2 centuries.
- Washing hands could save 3.5 million kids lives every year.
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Bidets are becoming incredibly popular for many people, and with good reason. These appliances are being used all across the world for cleaning after bathroom use, and they are gaining in the USA as well. One of the times when a bidet can be especially helpful is during pregnancy and the postpartum period, when various bidet functions can provide soothing, cleaning, and even help to promote better healing in most women.
Bidets can be found in a wide range of price ranges, and there are inexpensive and extremely basic bidet models as well as more costly versions which may offer an extensive variety of features. A bidet can help with some of the most common problems during pregnancy and after childbirth, and a number of ob/gyn specialists recommend this type of appliance for women if it is a possibility.
Bidets Can Help With Hemorrhoids, a Common Pregnancy and Postpartum Problem
Very few women make it through pregnancy without developing hemorrhoids, and these can be very painful at times. The pressure of the growing baby can lead to pressure in the lower pelvic area that can contribute to hemorrhoids. Bowel movements may become more difficult as pregnancy progresses and the fetus presses on the bowels. The straining required during natural childbirth can also cause hemorrhoids to develop.
A bidet can be invaluable for any woman who has developed hemorrhoids. Keeping the area around these varicose veins clean is very important to ensure that no infection can gain a foothold. Every bidet model will help cleanse the peri-anal area with water so that you stay cleaner and there is no chance of bacterial growth due to missed stool. Toilet paper and repeated wiping can irritate hemorrhoids and make them bigger and more painful. According to Ob-gyn Michele M. Hakakha, MD "Hemorrhoids are a sure bet when a woman becomes pregnant. They often occur with constipation and the straining that ensues in an attempt to have a bowel movement. And we all know that constipation is one of the most common complaints in pregnancy."
Other Bidet Benefits During Pregnancy
Flexibility and mobility decrease as pregnancy progresses, and in the last few months you may find that bending and reaching for normal bathroom related activities is greatly decreased. A bidet can eliminate the need for you to reach behind you or bend forward repeatedly in order to clean yourself after a bowel movement. The gently flow of water will keep you clean without pushing the limits of your flexibility and mobility in the last months of pregnancy.
Another common issue during pregnancy is a vaginal discharge which can become heavy, and many women feel unclean because of this. A bidet can help you feel fresh and clean all day long because the water from the nozzles can wash away any discharge.
Incontinence can be a major problem for women in the later stages of pregnancy, and this is completely normal because of the pressure and weight of the baby on your bladder. A panty liner can help prevent urine leakage from soaking through your clothes, but you are still left feeling soiled. Bidets can quickly clean any urine leakage off your skin and prevent chafing and irritation from incontinence. For many women taking a shower after they experience incontinence from sneezing, the baby kicking, or even just the increase in pressure is too much of a hassle. A bidet can cleanse the area in no time without the need to take a full shower or bath, and keep your skin healthy and intact.
Bidet Use for the Postpartum Period
The benefits of the bidet do not end when you give birth, these appliances can be very beneficial during the postpartum period as well. After childbirth you are probably very sore in the peri-anal area, and you may have stitches or be extremely sensitive in this area. A bidet with adjustable water temperature and water pressure features can help you cleanse and soothe the area without causing any discomfort or pain. In the past a sitz bath soak was recommended for women after childbirth because the warm water helps to ease any swelling and sensitivity, but a bidet will do the same thing quickly and conveniently. This is also a great way to keep any stitches clean and infection free while also minimizing any itching in this area.
A hand held bidet can be used on your baby as well as yourself, and this can be a terrific way to clean your baby without using a lot of wipes which can contain chemicals. There are portable bidet models that you can take with you when you are away from home, so that you can get the bidet benefits even while you are out.
Using a bidet during pregnancy and after childbirth can keep you cleaner, help you compensate for the loss of flexibility and mobility as your pregnancy progresses, eliminate itching and discomfort, and even lower your risk of infection if you required stitches during childbirth.
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Incase you missed it on our front page, we have a monthly Happy Bidet Giveway!
What does that mean? Every month we give away a free bidet on someone's birthday!
All you have to do is enter your name, email and birthday below, and you're automatically entered, no purchase necessary. Just make sure to confirm your email account.
To determine the giveaway bidet, we generate a random number which corresponds to a specific bidet.
Thank you, and good luck!
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To celebrate the launch of our social media accounts, we're having our first Bidet Giveway Sweepstakes and will be giving away over $500 in bidets! Entering is free and easy.
ONE - Clean Sense DIB-1500R ($379 value)
ONE - Brondell FreshSpa Dual Temperature Bidet ($79.95 value)
ONE - Bio Bidet Elite3 Bidet attachment ($59 value)
ONE - Luxe Bidet Neo 110 Attachment ($29.98 value)
No purchase necessary. Giveaway begins October 20, 12:00PM, and ends November 30, 11:59PM. You will receive one entry per social media request below (five entries total if you enter each one):
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Contest is open world wide. Shipping is free within the US. Winners outside the US are required to pay shipping. An Amazon gift card of 50% of the prize value may be substituted for the winning prize. Entrants must be over the age of 13.
Winners will be selected at random and will be posted on our blog, as well as our social media accounts. Prizes will be selected at random. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.
Due to the possibility of fake social media entries, winners must have an active social media account which appears to be a real person. This decision is done at our discretion. If you do not have an active social media account but with to enter the giveaway, please email us your account details to firstname.lastname@example.org. We apologize for this step but we want to keep this giveaway fair to everyone.
Entrants agree to release www.bidet.org from all liability, claims, action or proceedings related to the sweepstakes and from injuries or damages relating to acceptance or use of the prize.
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Thank you for entering and good luck! If you'd like to enter our "Happy Bidet Giveaway", where we randomly give users a free bidet on their birthday, please enter your contact details under "Our can't miss newsletter" on our main page www.bidet.org. You can find it towards the bottom of the page.
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I dedicate this blog post to Mr. Cohen, who's products I believe were ahead of their time. I think more people should know about the man who started it all.
Several years ago I stumbled upon www.bidets.com. It was that day that began my fascination with bidets. The more I read about bidets the more I wanted one. I thought the idea was brilliant. Bidets.com is owned by Arnold Cohen, and he is the original inventor of the bidet toilet seat. Over a year ago we had our first communication. I introduced myself and told him I was interested in his website and his products. Mr. Cohen owns numerous domains, and the one I wanted was www.bidet.org. Our talks went nowhere, so I left it several months and then I continued discussing some of his domains. The more I talked to Mr. Cohen the more I learned about the man, and his past is pretty amazing.
Arnold Cohen was born in Brooklyn, New York, and his family had money. By the time Cohen was 19 he had already established a successful advertising firm at a prestigious Fifth Avenue address, and he did have some help from his wealthy parents in order to achieve this. The gratitude and love that Arnold felt for his parents caused him to invent the American bidet system in the early 1960s. Cohen's father had a medical condition that caused pain in the rectal area, and Arnold wanted to make life easier for his beloved parent.
It took two years for Arnold Cohen to design the American bidet system, using odd parts and odds and ends to create a toilet seat which washed and dried the behind to help his father. The new seat also included a hose, which was very useful for colonic irrigation and douching, and a foot pedal for operation. When the device, originally named the American Sitzbath, was first available Cohen realized that few people wanted to discuss their bathroom needs. In 1964 Arnold patented his design and started marketing the innovative bidet product by using large ads and attending trade shows.
In 1964 Arnold Cohen started the American Bidet Company, but North America sales were few and far between. Many considered the topic vulgar, and few wanted to run the ads that Cohen produced. According to Arnold “I installed thousands of my seats all over the suburbs of New York, and we had offices all across the country. But advertising was a next-to-impossible challenge. Nobody wants to hear about Tushy Washing 101.”
Cohen did not let this attitude stop him. Since North America was not yet interested in the benefits that the American Sitzbath offered Arnold licensed his invention and patent to the Toto Company in Japan. The original American bidet model was upgraded by the company, and by 1989 the Washlet Sleek was introduced. Today bidets can be found in almost every home improvement store in the USA, with prices that are very affordable for typical consumers. Without Arnold Cohen and his incredible efforts to assist his father the bidet as Americans know it today would not have been possible, and this man has truly earned the title Bidet King extraordinaire.
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