Why Some Doctors Think We Should Stop Using Toilet Paper

Humans have used toilet paper dating back to the the 6th century in China, although the current modern form of the product began in the 1800's. So it would be hard to imagine that people could stop using it. But that's exactly what some doctors want us to do.

Many doctors are now saying it would be better for butt health if people stopped using toilet paper and instead went with bidets. They say that using a bidet or some other stream of water after using the toilet would help reduce the risk of a number of butt-related maladies, including hemorrhoids, anal fissures, itchiness and it may even prevent some forms of constipation.

Bidets can be especially helpful to women, because they are more effective at cleaning the behind region and wash away potential bacteria that can cause urinary tract infections.

And while bidets are considered borderline heresy in the United States, they are a growing trend. About 22 percent of bathroom designers received requests to install bidets in 2015 and there has been an increase by about 50 percent in "intelligent toilets." But 53 percent of Americans are still unwilling to use a bidet, although honestly I expected that number to be much higher.

But what will happen to all the commercials with the cartoon bears wiping their butts with toilet paper?

(h/t Vice)

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