Saturday, October 23, 2010

Great poop chart

This is what I call an accurate chart. I found this online but I'm sure it has its origins in a clinical setting.....probably a family physician or a gastroenterologist  who got tired of trying to get the patient to explain the crap coming out from behind.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

IBS, Elavil and Acne

Here's another personal update about my IBS. After some research and discussions with my doctor we decided I should try taking the anti-anxiety medicine Elavil for my IBS. A mild dose of Elavil has proven to lessen the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, even for patients without anxiety. I thought it was worth the try. 

Not a good decision. It started out good with no noticeable side effects. However, after just a few days my acne started coming out like crazy. I've had bad acne episodes before so first I didn't think anything of it. But then I decided to stop taking the Elavil and the acne subsided. Strange! My doctor told me acne was not on the list of known side effects. But online I found out that other people have reported the same thing. After being off it for a month I decided to give it a try again. Yep, acne was definitely a strong side effect from taking Elavil. It came back again and as soon as I stopped taking the medication the acne started going away. 

Too bad! A lot of people with IBS seems to have gotten help from Elavil. On the other hand, I'm happy taking the least amount of drugs as possible. My fight against IBS continues.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Urgent...gotta go..

This is a funny sign and not one you want to see when you are about to have a toilet emergency. I always feel urgency and not sure I would like to see this sign when running to the restroom.....or maybe it would give me a good relaxing giggle?


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Toilet Trooper

My son really likes Star Wars so he had a good giggle when he saw this pictures. I find it quite funny myself, since you never saw the Star Troopers use the bathroom in the Star Wars movies.


Friday, October 1, 2010

Toilet Restaurant

I think I have posted pictures of toilet plates before but here you see a picture of the whole restaurant. Not very appetizing but I guess a good place to go for dessert or just check it out....take pictures.


Friday, September 24, 2010

Quickie in the bushes

There are two statues in a park; one of a nude man and one of a nude woman.

They had been facing each other across a pathway for a hundred years, when one day an angel comes down from the sky and, with a single gesture, brings the two to life.

The angel tells them, 'As a reward for being so patient through a hundred blazing summers and dismal winters, you have been given life for thirty minutes to do what you've wished to do the most.'

He looks at her, she looks at him, and they go running behind the shrubbery.
The angel waits patiently as the bushes rustle and giggling ensues.

After fifteen minutes , the two return, out of breath and laughing..

The angel tells them, 'Um, you have fifteen minutes left, would you care to do it again?' He asks her 'Shall we?' She eagerly replies, 'Oh, yes, let's!

But let's change positions. This time, I'll hold the pigeon down and you shit on its head.'

----------AND WHAT WERE YOU THINKING????

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Good things

Believe it or not, but there are actually some good things about having IBS-D:

1) There is no need to buy or go through colon cleansing....do it the natural way

2) Less risk for colon cancer

3) Don't need to worry about weight gain

:-)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Drop the Bombs

As a military history buff and someone who also likes to drop toilet bombs, I think I found my next toilet design here:


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Bling Bling Toilet

Did you want bling bling for your can? How about this one:


Friday, September 3, 2010

Throne Toilet

This is what Scandinavian royal toilets look like. Nice gold seat.


Saturday, August 28, 2010

John Lennon Toilet Sold




The toilet belonging to Beatles legend John Lennon was sold at an auction in Liverpool on Saturday for 9,500 pounds (15,000 dollars, 12,000 euros) -- nearly 10 times its guide price, organisers said.

Lennon used the porcelain lavatory, which is painted with blue flowers and a blue border at the rim and at the base, when he lived at Tittenhurst Park in Berkshire, southeast England, from 1969 to 1972.

The toilet was removed when the house was being refurbished, and Lennon suggested the builder, John Hancock, take it home and "put some flowers in it".

Instead, the builder carefully stored it in a garden shed, where it remained for 40 years until he died, and his son-in-law put it up for sale.

At the auction at the 33rd annual Beatles Convention in Liverpool, the toilet was expected to fetch about 1,000 pounds.

"It is unbelievable," said auction organiser Stephen Bailey after it sold for almost 10 times that. "We had bids coming in from all over the place but it went to a private overseas buyer."

- It is incredible. We had quotes from all different directions, but eventually sold it to a private foreign buyers, said auction organizer Stephen Bailey told the BBC.

That's one nice toilet. Better take better care of mine. ;-)

Toiletspotting

Did you see the British movie Trainspotting that came out in the late 90s. If you did, I'm sure you'll remember the scene pictured below.



I loved Trainspotting....and specially this scene when Ewan McGregor goes diving down a toilet into a dream scene, and then comes back up gasping for air. The soundtrack for Trainspotting is one of the best soundtracks in the history of film.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Shit Box

Someone somewhere came up with the bright idea of making a business out this invention. We used to use this in the military when they decided that shitting in the pit was not hygienic. Not sure if we used to call it the shit box or what but it sure was useful.



"The Brown Corporation" as they are cleverly called, says that this is a "lightweight portable toilet. The box pops up from a convenient flat pack to a rigid, reusable toilet. Each box comes with degradable poo bags, so you can use again, and again, and again...."


Where to use it? How about festivals, camping, road trips, hunting, fishing, etc.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

No Lotronox

So I tried getting Lotronox for my IBS, the best medication available for people sufferering from IBS-D. NO, said my doctor. I did know that Lotronox has only been approved for women because that was the group they only did tests on. If a drug is only tested on one gender, that is the gender that FDA will approve the drug for. That doesn't mean it's useless for men. Many men have tried it and have had success with treating their IBS. Several doctors are now starting to prescribe it to men, even though that is against recommendations. Unfortunately, my doctor is not one of those forward thinkers.

Even though I've had IBS for 15 years now, my doctor still comes up with clueless solutions such as "eh, how about trying adding more fiber to your diet?". What a bunch of bullocks. He obviously hasn't listened to when I told him what my diet consists of and that I've tried fiber supplements multiple times before.

Then he goes...."you just have to learn to live with it". Yeah right....what do you think I've done the last 15 years.

Anyway, I got this doctor because I tried to save some money on my health insurance. Not worth it. Going back to my old insurance and my old doctor who had some more foresight.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Exploring IBS medications

As some of you regular readers might know, I sometimes break the fun with some seriousness in this blog. I suffer with Irritable Bowel Syndroms, commonly known as IBS. If you read the earlier posts I've made about my IBS you'd see that I've tried pretty much everything under the sun to get rid of this annoying and life altering condition. Nothing has worked. Two medications have made it somewhat better, which is Imodium and Lomotil. They don't cure.....they ease the symptoms.

I have yet another medication to put down on not working: anti-anxiety and anti-depressants medically referred to as TCA's (tricyclic) and SSRI's (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). I've tried two different SSRIs and one TCA and no IBS improvement. I can say that the TCA did improve my mental well-being a little but no improvement of my IBS symptoms yet. I say yet because I'm still taking it in hopes of it starting to relieve my symptoms soon.

So what's next? Who knows. There's a lot of experimentation and research in this area now as IBS is starting to become a public pain for the masses.

I'm crossing my fingers. :-)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Obama Toilet Paper

Here's something for you who don't care much for the current U.S. president, Barack Obama:



Not sure where to buy this roll of Obama toilet paper though.....anyone seen it in the stores?

Friday, August 6, 2010

iPod Toilet Stand

Do you think Steve Jobs has one of these in his bathroom? Maybe this is something for the Apple Stores:


Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Story Continues with IBS

If you have followed this blog you already know that I suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). I've done every darn exam and tried a bunch of different diets and medications. Well, it's getting down to the wire and I'm trying a new (old) medication. I'm actually feeling quite positive about this one and am hoping it will work. I'll know after a month of daily usage. Apparently, it takes time for this to settle since I've had IBS for about 15 years.

Stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Toilet Jokes

Two men are occupying booths in a public restroom, when one calls to the other,

"There is no toilet paper over here, do you have any over there?"

The second man replies, "No, sorry, I don't seem to have any, either."

The first man then asks, "Well, do you have a magazine or newspaper?"

The second man says, "No, sorry!"

The first man pauses, then inquires, "Do you have change for a twenty?"

You'll find more of those kind of jokes over at BathroomJokes.com :-)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Restroom Signs Around the World

I like to post pictures of restroom and toilet signs but here's a compilation of signs from around the world in a video over at YouTube. :-) Grab the popcorn and have a laugh.


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Toilet Urgency

Oooooh, do I often feel this pain of urgency when in a need for a toilet. I little teasing to have the signs like this....especially if there is a line.


Monday, May 10, 2010

Used Beer Department

This is one of the funniest signs I've ever seen, specially the "Two Shake Maximum" part. My friends and I always used to joke about that. :-)


Saturday, April 24, 2010

No More Highway Pitstops in New Jersey

Yikes! I fear reading articles like this as I often have to pull over for pitstops while driving longer distances. Ok, so if you missed the news, the New Jersey Governor is shutting down highway restrooms to save a few bucks and patch the budget. I'm all for cut government spending but this one hits a little bit too close to home. I'm sure there are better ways to save money than to force commuters, tourists, and other travellers with urgent needs to use the bushes. I mean, think about the traffic incidents that might cause.

Here's the full article, copied from Bloomberg news:

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wants to shut the last two rest-stop bathrooms on non-toll roads in the most densely populated U.S. state after this year to save $270,000.

“We just don’t have the money for the bathroom facilities,” Christie’s transportation commissioner, James Simpson, told members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations committee today during a hearing on his department’s $1.24 billion budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

The bathrooms scheduled to close under Christie’s plan are on Interstate 80 at the Pennsylvania border and Interstate 295 at the Delaware border. Parking areas at the rest areas will remain open for truckers under Christie’s plan, Simpson said. The closings will eliminate 18 maintenance positions, according to the department’s written response to questions from the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services.

“Lavatory and tourism facilities will now be closed on all of the state’s non-toll roadways,” the response says.

Drivers will still find bathroom facilities on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway. Those are two of the busiest toll roads in the U.S., according to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

Christie, a Republican who took office Jan. 19, last month proposed a $29.3 billion budget that includes $10 billion of spending reductions to help close a $10.7 billion deficit. The legislature, which is controlled by Democrats, is holding hearings on the proposal. A budget must be approved by July 1.

Simpson told lawmakers he is hoping to coax federal officials to give the state an exemption that would allow a private vendor to operate a cafe at the sites where the rest rooms are scheduled to close Jan. 1, enabling the bathrooms to stay open.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dunstan McNichol in Trenton, New Jersey, at dmcnichol@bloomberg.net

Monday, April 12, 2010

Turkish Squat Toilet

Growing up in Europe, I was always told that these squat toilets were called Turkish toilets. After all, I saw and used these when I vacationed in Turkey. However, after I been travelling the world I've seen these in many other places, like in Vietnam. Now I'm on the quest to find out if the Turks really invented this toilet or if someone else did? Whatever the case, they are cheap and strengthens your legs.


Friday, April 9, 2010

Pay to use airline lavatory

Ever heard of Ryan Air? The low cost European airline that sells you a dirt cheap ticket and then charges you for everything.....literally.

Their latest fee is outrageous. They now want to charge you to use their lavatory. If you fly with them on their shorter routes you will have to pay around €1 ($1.50) to use the loo.

According to CNN, "The carrier said it is working with Boeing to develop a coin-operated door release so that when nature calls, passengers would need to deposit the change before being able to use the facilities."

Is there any economic sense in this? Will there really be a return on investment by paying Boeing to come up with a solution, the purchase payable doors from them, and then charge a frickin euro? Are they really going to save money? I'm sure people will avoid using the toilet so now the airline spent all that money on the doors.

Really! Use some common sense and don't go money pinching every day. Sooner or later it's going to bite you in the arse.

IBS, Anxiety, and SSRI anti-depressants

If you have followed this blog you know that I suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which is a very common condition in today's stressful society. It is so commonly diagnosed, and misdiagnosed, because there is nothing really physically wrong that the doctor can point out and say "this is what's causing your ailment". IBS is a group name for a bunch of different conditions related to the gastro-intestinal tract.

Anyway, I've gone through every physical exam available and have also tried a bunch of medicines and treatments. Nothing has been working very good. I'm on lomotil now, which is a pretty decent cheap drug. However, it only works half of the time.

Last year my gastroenterologist suggested I try an SSRI, which is an anti-depressant. I'm not a supporter of heavy drugs and try to avoid medicines as much as possible so at that time I said no. Then after more research and some time to think about it I gave it a try.

I started with Paxil, which is quite common but after only a couple of days it made me very naseous and sick to the stomach. It also made my mind numb. I stopped that and then got prescribed Zoloft, which is the most prescribed anti-anxiety/anti-depressant in the world. It seems to be better as I had no nasea. However, my mind felt somewhat numb though.

Well, I'm both happy and sad to say that these SSRI meds are doing nothing to help my IBS so I can check off those as well. I'm sad because I was hoping this would be the end of my IBS symptoms. However, I'm also happy because I didn't want to get stuck taking these heavy meds.

So, I'm still on the quest to become free from IBS.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

No Public Restrooms

Don't you just hate it when you really need to go and you find some establishment in hopes of relieving yourself and then you see a sign on the door that says "No Public Restroom" or "No Public Bathroom"? It has happened to me multiple times. Sometimes I've been able to purchased something small.....like a cookie...and then head to the can. However, that does not always work....especially if they don't sell small stuff. On the other hand, if I'm a customer at such an establishment I feel thankful that they have that sign and not allow homeless dudes to mess up their bathroom. What a dilemma! I guess you can't have it both.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Grossest Picture of the Year

The Oddly Enough blog on Reuters voted this as the grossest picture of the year. The infamous Canadian Toilethead man.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Update on my Lomotil usage

I have previously posted about the medicine called Lomotil (might be called something else where you live) here: http://www.toilet.se/2009/03/lomotil-for-ibs_12.html

Well, I thought I'd post an update. I've been taking this drug on and off now for almost 2 years and have both positive and negative things to say about Lomotil.

Benefits: Lomotil works great in reducing urgency, diarrhea, and anxiety in people suffering from IBS-D. It's effective, not to strong, gentle, and don't have many side effects. I would almost consider it a "happy drug" considering how well it makes me feel when I don't have any IBS symptoms.

Problem: The two only things I don't like about this drug is that my body builds up a tolerance and it's also hard to stop taking the drug.

Tolerancy: If I take Lomotil for a week or more my body gets used to it and I need to take more for it to be effective. I don't have to say why this is a bad thing. To prevent this from happening I take the drug for a few days and then take a break from it when I don't really need it as much. This seems to work in preventing tolerancy but it causes other issues:

It's hard to stop taking it. When I take Lomotil I feel fine but once I stop taking it then I get extremely tired and unmotivated. I guess it's some kind of withdrawal symptoms. This lasts for 2 days and then I'm back to normal.

Despite the issues I've had with this drug the benefits are far better so I will keep taking Lomotil as needed.

Disclaimer: As I said before, please talk to your doctor before you start taking any medications.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Don't defecate in the urinal

So today I go to one of my favorite restaurants and before I sit down to eat I go to the restroom to wash my hands. When I turn around I see a sign saying "Please don't defecate in the urinal" hanging above the urinal. WTF? Did someone really shit in the urinal? After some consideration, I have two explanations: Either it was one of the homeless men who usually roam the shopping center, or it was a tourist not knowing how to use a western toilet.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Fish Bowl Toilet

How would you feel about having your fish tank in your bathroom? How about in your toilet tank?


Women Only Lavatory

Japanese airline All Nippon Airways will now have a "women only" lavatory on their international flights. A survey among their female travelers showed that 90% wanted a toilet accessible only by women. This has already been implemented by Korean Air.

I'd say I now want a "men only" lavatory. It always seem to stink more when I use an airplane toilet after a woman has been using it.


Monday, February 15, 2010

Alien Friendly Restroom

It's nice to see that some establishments don't discriminate aliens. You're welcome dudes so just leave your space ship with the valet parking and drop in.


Friday, February 5, 2010

Don't Stand on the Toilet

Just in case you didn't know, you are not supposed to stand on the toilets. So remember, no more of those famous "height drops".


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Toilet Museum

Who would have known that a toilet museum exists. Well, there is one in India and apparently it's quite popular. It's called Salubh International Museum of Toilets. I'll have to put that one down on my list of things to see when I go to India.

You can check it out here: http://www.sulabhtoiletmuseum.org/

Enjoy!

12 arrested over lack of toilets in Uganda

I thought this story was really interesting so here's a re-post from Yellow&Blues.


A total of 21 people have been arrested over failure to construct toilets in their homes. This follows an inspection by health officials in Bugobi and Kisiro parishes in Bulange sub-county.

Juma Mugoya, the Busiki county health inspector, expressed concern that the toilet coverage in the sub-county was less than 50% compared to 62%in other sub counties.

The exercise was aimed at preventing an outbreak of diseases like cholera, typhoid, hepatitis, polio, trachoma and tapeworms — many of which can be fatal to people in the developing world.

The residents, however, said the sandy soils in the area had made it difficult for them to construct latrines.

Last year, 126 people were arrested for lack of latrines and 12 were sentenced to six months in prison.

There are more than 2.6 billion people, roughly 42 percent of the world’s population, waiting in line for toilets that just do not exist.

Children are especially vulnerable to diseases caused by lack of proper sanitation,” says UNICEF executive director Ann Veneman.

“Poor sanitation and hygiene and unsafe water claim the lives of an estimated over 1.5 million children under the age of five every year.”

We hope that international and government organizations extend their help in constructing more toilest in these areas.

Remember: Keep it clean!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Toilet Paper Wedding Dress

This is really elegant....especially when you consider that the dress is made out of toilet paper. I guess you wouldn't worry about spilling wine on this.....or if you have an emergency pitstop you can always use some of your dress for the dirty work.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Rough Toilet Paper

You think your toilet paper is rough? Don't be such a whimp. This is what macho guy Chuck Norris wipes his crack with:


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Camouflage Toilet Paper

Are you hunter, fisherman, soldier, or any other nature enthusiast? Do you take dumbs in the forest on regular basis? This toilet paper is probably for you. You don't want bright white paper to get your attention when your squatting in the woods with a bare ass, do you? Get a roll of camo TP.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

IBS, Acne and Stress

When I was 18 I started getting issues with my intestines, later diagnosed as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). That was over 15 years ago and since then I've gone through every gastrointestinal medical test known to man. There has and is nothing physically wrong with my gastrointestinal tract. There hasn't been any successful medications either. In the earlier days of my condition, I didn't care to investigate much...I just wanted it to go away. In the more recent years, I've become more analytical and really want to find the cause of this stupid condition.

Why am I talking about this here? Well, I have no personal blog and IBS is indeed related to toilets....considering how often one with IBS have to use one.

Stress. That is probably the biggest cause of IBS. People with IBS will tell you that it's not true, that they are not stressed, and that there must be an underlying physical reason to their condition. I will tell you that stress is the most common cause of medical conditions and diseases of the modern world. I'm not a doctor, nor do I pretend to be one, but I'm sure the majority of the people in the medical profession will agree. Stress is bad and is very hard to treat. Since everything else has failed I am now going after stress to cure my IBS. My friends will say that I'm not stressed. I appear very calm and stable on the outside but inside there is something else....my nerves is causing my IBS. If you only knew how big part of the nervous system is located in your intestinal area.

Acne. What would you think when I say that my stress is not only causing my IBS but also my acne and oily skin? Is it a far out theory? Before I used to think so. Now I think I'm on to something. Most teenagers acne start while going through puberty. I had NO acne during puberty. My acne started when I was 18, exactly around the time when my first IBS symptoms appeared. When my IBS symptoms gets worse, my acne gets worse. When I'm more stressed, my skin gets more oily. Coincidence? I don't think so. My dermatologist wants to think that there is a physical reason to my acne....so she can "cure" it with creams and strong pills. Not so fast! I'm not buying into that. Finally, my dermatologist did acknowledge that my acne can be caused by stress.

I am now on a mission to reduce my stress. I'm human....I can't eliminate it.....but I sure can reduce it. Will it work? I sure hope so. When I reduce my stress I am positively definitely sure that my acne and IBS symptoms will be less problematic.

When I'm done, I can confidently claim that stress causes IBS and acne.

Thank you!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Elephant Toilet

You gotta give it to elephants and their keepers....smart as hell. Who would ever have thought of a toilet for the elephants.