Most Americans are not
familiar with the unique "fourth" bathroom fixture, long
an essential in the sophisticated homes and hotels of Paris, Rome,
Caracas and Rio. It's called the Bidet (pronounced Bee-Day) and
may be described as a little bath to sit in.
It appears that the Bidet
had its origin in France. It was comprised of a simple encased receptacle
used to hold the water and supported in a portable wooden stool.
The name "Bidet" originally meant small horse. French
Cavaliers desirous of bathing but having little time to do so, were
indeed thankful for the original version of the Bidet. It permitted
partial bathing of those body parts which were in close contact
with their saddles.
The Bidet is almost always
placed beside the bathroom toilet (as illustrated above) and is
actually a form of lavatory. It provides convenient facilities for
intimate personal cleansing of the rectal and genital areas of the
human body usually not accessible for washing when fully dressed.
It is the most significant innovation for personal hygiene and sanitation
since the introduction of indoor plumbing itself.
The chief purpose of the
Bidet is to maintain for the user a constant state of cleanliness
after each use of the toilet. The Bidet should be considered a hygienic
necessity rather than a luxury or status symbol. Daily use of the
Bidet should become as conventional as brushing one's teeth.
After elimination, it
is impossible to cleanse the rectal/vaginal areas with dry toilet
paper. Warm water is obviously a better cleansing agent than the
softest, prettiest or costliest toilet paper available. Any family
laundress or personal valet can testify to this statement.
Toilet paper has been
perfumed, decorated in color, sterilized and made antiseptic, but
nevertheless, it is still dry paper and only a step better in evolutionary
improvement than the pages of the mail order catalogue or the barbaric
If it is routine to wash
one's hands after using the toilet, is it even not more logical
to wash one's bottom? Babies always have their bottoms washed clean,
powdered and pampered. However, upon graduating from infancy to
the stage of self reliant childhood, they are permitted to revert
to the medieval custom of wiping and dry toilet paper. American
parents are solely responsible for depriving their children of the
appropriate guidance and education on this subject. Perhaps this
is the result of the Puritanical American culture and heritage handed
down through the years.
Most Americans are reluctant
to talk about the matters which Bidets are concerned with. Many
people look upon the Bidet with ridicule, thinking it is reserved
for Parisiennes of doubtful virtue*, solely for feminine hygiene
(douche bowl), or for prophylactic purposes (birth control). The
latter is obviously not accomplished with plain water washing. Some
misinformed Americans maintain that if people take enough baths
or showers they do not need the Bidet. It should be realized that
the Bidet is not a competitor of the bathtub or stall shower, but
It is truly amazing that
although American plumbing manufacturers produce more Bidets than
manufacturers in any other country, these same Bidets are exported
away from the very people who believe that they lead the world in
personal cleanliness and hygiene habits. It appears incredible that
the modern American who spends so many billions of dollars on cosmetics,
drugs, and various other personal care preparations annually, as
compared to similar expenditures for physicians' services, should
be so concerned about fastidious daintiness and well being for 98%
of his body, when for the better part of each 24 hours he blissfully
ignores his invisible but nevertheless soiled derriere.
The same American who
employs the tooth brush and "Water Pik" 1-2- or 3 times
daily, should not retain the antiquated habit of relying on toilet
paper to achieve cleanliness.
The Bidet can be put to
good use for many purposes. The therapeutic advantages of washing
after elimination are obvious to every proctologist, gynecologist
and general physician. Bathing the genital organs can be more easily
accomplished here than in a tub or shower. Women should thoroughly
cleanse the external vaginal area at every opportunity during the
It seems unbelievable
that the American home, which is so commonly equipped with every
comfort, convenience and entertainment gadget such as: air conditioning,
color television, dish washers, clothes washers and dryers, electric
tooth brushes and shavers, stereo music sets, hair dryers and so
on, should be so sadly lacking in such a useful appliance for the
bathroom. For that matter, American hospitals are not equipped with
Bidets nor are the majority of homes of American Physicians including
proctologists and gynecologists.
of the Bidet
I'm gonna wash that man right out of my hair...
...Apologies to the South Pacific!
COLON-RECTAL CANCER AND HEMORROIDS
USING THE MIRACLE