Friday, February 12, 2010

First post and some explanation

This blog isn't for the weak of stomach, it's not for the squeamish, it's not for those who think their shit doesn't stink. This blog will celebrate the (usually) solid effluvia from the human (mostly) body. The name comes from an aid used by health care providers to classify how one's bowels are performing. Quoting from Wikipedia (complete with Briticisms):

"The Bristol Stool Scale or Bristol Stool Chart is a medical aid designed to classify the form of human faeces into seven categories. Sometimes referred to in the UK as the "Meyers Scale," it was developed by Heaton at the University of Bristol and was first published in the Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology in 1997. The form of the stool depends on the time it spends in the

The seven types of stool are:
Type 1: Separate hard lumps, like nuts (hard to pass)
Type 2: Sausage-shaped, but lumpy
Type 3: Like a sausage but with cracks on its surface
Type 4: Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft
Type 5: Soft blobs with clear cut edges (passed easily)
Type 6: Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool
Type 7: Watery, no solid pieces. Entirely liquid

Types 1 and 2 indicate constipation, with 3 and 4 being the "ideal stools" especially the latter, as they are the easiest to pass, and 5–7 being further tending towards diarrhoea or urgency."

At one time Oprah had Dr Oz on and started a period of the Oprahites worrying if their stool wasn't the perfect "s"-shape in the toilet (that would be Bristol Type 4.)

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