Original Title: "ENG's Ideas, Inventions, and Innovations Journal"
This blog, started 3-15-2005, contains journal entries and also ideas, innovations, and inventions that come to mind.
Note: All personal entries that aren't the 3 I's will be labeled "(Personal Entry)" on the titles' ends.
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...Elder Carter from Nagasaki?" His answer is the title today!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Place bidets in every restroom for all these beneficial reasons
(Egao No Genki)
Joe Koehle COMM 325: TU 1430-1545 December 2012
Paper: The Case that Adopts the Bidet-Attachment
you know that Japan and France have a longer life expectancy than the United
States of America? There are reasons why their citizens live longer than we do.
A big reason is habits pertaining to health. There is a critical fixture that
the French and Japanese people have a lot of that we do not. It is called the
bidet, and if adopted in more areas of the world, and especially the United
States, then we shall help save more forests by using water and consequently
cutting down on paper. The bidet is a device that is the following: A low, knee-high
sink that is next to the toilet (i.e. the “French Type”), or attached to the
toilet bowl under the toilet seat, or depending on the model, doubles as a
toilet seat. The appliance is a hygiene tool that cleans the user’s
nether-regions. Depending on the sophistication, it may deliver varying
temperatures of water to the user’s specifications, give a pulsating massage
for a greater, more comforting effect, provide enema washes for a more thorough
inside out cleansing, or even dry the user afterwards. Water is far more
recyclable than toilet paper, and can quite easily become treated and purified
back into normal water again, whereas toilet paper cannot turn back into trees.
The following may come as
a shock to most Americans, but we know about the Midwestern pastime of “mudding”
in a 4x4 vehicle out in the boonies. It may be fun while it lasts, but
eventually comes a time when the participants have to clean the truck or SUV. Do
they wash the mud away with a hose, or attempt to wipe it off with a towel. Of course,
they would use a hose, because clearly and invariably the results would trump
the towel. There would still be mud left after wiping with a dry towel whereas
using a hose would bring the truck much closer to showroom condition again.
necessities, the mothers of inventions:
as the use of a hose on a muddied truck procures better results than dry wiping
with a towel, why must we keep using toilet paper when water is clearly the
more effective cleansing method? It is because we are ingrained into the old
ways and the “fear of the unknown” comes into play when it comes to new methods
of restroom hygiene. What matters as well is the social difficulty of broaching
and describing the subject matter of the issue. Some inventions are easy to converse over,
consequently causing quicker, widespread adoption. It was okay to talk about the
benefit of cars vs. horses in Henry Ford’s time, which partly explains the
quicker and popular transition to the horseless carriage. On the other hand,
some inventions are harder sells because the subject matter is not as easy to
converse about. Talking about the cleanliness of our nether-regions is a generally
taboo and hard topic to broach, which is a significant reason for how we have
been slower to adopt paperless toilets / hygienic washing fixtures.
benefits for anyone:
benefits would abound. Some special lighting would immediately show how clean
our skin is, but unfortunately, are not everywhere. If they were a normal part
of lighting on everyday light fixtures, we would be far better aware of how
clean we are and remake our habits accordingly. Moreover, there would be a
stark difference shown on our hands if we went to and came out of the restroom.
True, it is common sense to wash hands afterwards, but not everyone remembers.
Many more would with such hygiene lights. On the other “hand,” if wiping only
happened after using the bidet, and only to dry (if the model did not have an
in-built dryer), there would be far less to see under a “hygiene inspection
light.” Moreover, this new practice would improve the health of millions of new
users. The rate of workplace productivity loss would decline significantly, and
the life expectancy would rise because some bacterial infections from normal or
careless use of the toilet could sometimes lead to death, especially for those
with weak immune systems. This is not just unique to the adoption of washlets /
bidet-attachments, but to any improvement of health habits and/or advances in
medical and hygienic science, of which the bidet would be no exception.
those with space to spare in the restroom, and who prefer some extra French
elegance, the French-style bidet (a very low sink) would come in handy.
However, the user would have to walk over from the toilet. Moreover, bidet
usage guides suggest dry-wiping first before using the bidet to wash off. But
one would sit on the bidet like a pony (in fact, the word “bidet” originates
from an archaic word for “pony,”) either facing toward or away from the faucet
for the cleansing to take place.
places that are short on restroom space, the type that attaches on top of the
toilet bowl would be ideal, like in many public spaces. If public restrooms
started having them, this would cause a sudden “eye-opening” to how much
potential the users have been missing all their lives in terms of the level of
hygiene they could ever hope to achieve. To make sure the first-time users know
what they are doing from the get-go, directions on how to use them would be
posted on a wall next to the toilet, as well as the benefits gained from using
course, there would be detractors, who would only not need to turn the
bidet-functions on and use the toilet like an ordinary toilet, though it would
not be a recommended move for the sake of their health. Detractors may tell us
to clean the rest of of our behinds in the shower. However, especially if more
than one person uses the shower, would you want to step on what others leave
behind? Moreover, even if the toilet bowl were flushed clean, would you ever
want to stick your foot in it? This is why the use of a bidet will always trump
“taking care of the rest” in a shower. Detractors may also say that washing
with a bidet would waste water. Turns out, the water being “wasted” is easily
recyclable once treated at a treatment plant, and less would be used in the
time that it would take for an average person to use up an entire roll of
toilet paper. At the factory, it takes many (about 37) gallons of water and the
use of various chemicals to make just one roll of toilet paper, not to mention
that there come less tress to replace carbon dioxide with oxygen so in reality,
the use of a bidet-attachment would let the user come out ahead
benefits for users with physical / health disadvantages:
health benefits for those with physical disadvantages would be astounding. Hemorrhoids
would make the sufferer thereof feel with toilet paper like how normal users
feel with sandpaper. That is why bidets would be essential to anyone living
with hemorrhoids. When the hemorrhoid sufferer can adjust the temperature,
pressure, arc, etc., they can feel far better and more satisfied about their
restroom experience, and cleaner and more confident than ever before.
is even more reason why clinics and hospitals everywhere must have the bidet fixtures.
Not only would they mitigate the effect of hospitals and clinics being the
hotbeds for disease, but patients who would have a hard time using the restroom
independently otherwise would have an easier, more pleasant and dignified use
thereof. Especially true for patients with varying types of paralysis or
injuries, it would be far easier for them to get clean just by operating a few
buttons for the wash sequences than it would be for them to clean themselves
the old-fashioned way. For the old-fashioned way, in some cases, a nurse /
attendant may have to take care of it for them, which is an indignity not generally
experienced amongst normal people since toddlerhood. Many would shudder at the
thought, which is why in such circumstances when the patient is injured or
incapacitated enough to compromise ordinary bathroom independence, the bidet-attachment
would be a welcome method to restore said independence to such patients.
might cite the issue of cost as a reason not to get those bidet-attachments.
True, some models are expensive, ranging from several hundred dollars to the
Kohler Numi, the most sophisticated electronic toilet model, whose starting
price was over $6,000. Typically, however, expensive bidet-seat models require
an electric power supply to plug into. Lower-priced models will not. There are non-electric
budget models that only give the basic spray, without water temperature
control, that cost under $50, all the way up to premium non-electric models
that will also give temperature control, enema washes, directional wash, and
even squirt liquid soap, which would cost upwards of $200. The BioBidet brand
has a well-rounded set of models from widely varying price ranges, including
those that would fit a typical college student’s budget, so such a
health-saving device would be within reach of the common working-class man,
woman and child after all.
who study abroad to Japan can get astounded by what they see and realize. Even
though the United States has been very good at importing a myriad of Japanese
goods, we remain behind in their Washlet technology. As mentioned before, it is
likely because some inventions are just harder to converse about than others,
so when there are touchy subject-matters behind the pitch of a new product, said
product would be a tougher sell.
paper was tasked with making a case for a change in society that may be most
effective when taken by governmental, educational and other large, versatile
entities. Medical entities such as a group of hospitals, medical associations,
etc. would be most interested in the idea of installing bidet-attachments in
their restrooms since they all would want a cleaner operating environment and better
health of anyone using their facilities and services; bidets would provide that
ticket to better health and cleanliness. If this happens, educational and
governmental entities would be sure to follow as their colleagues in the
medical field would spread the good news about the new hygiene devices of the
21st century, then the rest would take care of itself: The general
population would soon learn from them about the benefits.
though Japan’s Toto Ltd. invented the “Washlet” in 1980, most of America and
numerous parts of the world are 32 years behind. It would likely be a shock to
introduce a Washlet-like device much like how someone from a backward country
in 1912 would feel if they traveled to the United States and saw horseless
carriages for the first time in their lives. However, technology will not stop
its march of progress; there will eventually come a time when everyone receives
the hygiene upgrade they need.
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