Vid + Squat 4 Health/Politics + Podcast: J. Diamond Published 100+ Books

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Picture me sitting on my haunches atop a conference table, assigned to perform an entertaining Toastmasters speech titled, “Benefits and Politics of Squatting”…

The subject first piqued my interest years ago, when my mom moved in with us. To make things extra comfy for all (including for when I’ working on my novels H-E-R-E), we had some construction done on our snug home.

Each morning, a crew of men assembled under our backyard gazebo. Aged from early twenties to eighties, they all immigrated to here in the United States from Cambodia.

The way they waited for each other to show up amazed me! In totally relaxed full-squats, the gentlemen sipped coffees, munched pastries, chatted, and smoked. Once all arrived, they stood; none of them groaned or complained of creaky bones.

Lunch involved more of the same. They full-squatted as they passed around freshly steamed rice with fragrant grilled meat and veggies. Afterward, still squatting, they finished with smokes and maybe a bit of candy.

Fast forward to some time later, when I broke my knee twice in the same year. Torn cartilage, fractured bone, stretched tendon, blah, blah, blah. Ouch!!!! and Ohno!!! don’t begin to cover it.

Screenshot from video of da-AL's speech on the benefits of doing full squats.
Squatting for my speech.

Enter, Francisco Rufino, a gifted yoga instructor who pointed out that squatting keeps people in India free of knee, back, and digestive problems.

Thanks to his suggestion that I squat for thirty seconds, five times a day, as I watched TV, my knee is so restored that I never needed the surgery that two doctors beforehand prescribed! Yesterday I went for a long jog and experienced no problems whatsoever!

Full squats align muscles and organs from toes to neck. The aid in…

  • Getting rid of hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, and hernias.
  • Preventing heart attacks caused by straining on European-style toilets.
  • Alleviating incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
  • Making pregnancy easier.
  • Guarding reproductive organs, including protecting against prostate cancer.

So why don’t we do it more? When I gave the speech, at least one audience member expressed disgust. My h-a-unch is that we believe we’re too good for it — and that includes politically. This Korean woman, married to an Anglo man, explains his chagrin when she and her family squat while socializing.

Would people you know feel embarrassed if you squatted while you relaxed?

75 thoughts on “Vid + Squat 4 Health/Politics + Podcast: J. Diamond Published 100+ Books”

    1. I just tried it. I think I have my legs further apart than you did, and my back isn’t straight. It was easier than the regular squatting, and I had no issue staying up, though I can feel it still in my leg muscles even though it wasn’t for that long. Do you ever move your back away from your knees so that you can do things? Or do you always use your legs to lean your body against (I know you said you use your hands, when you’re not using them).
      Love, light, and glitter

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        1. I’ve never seen kids doing it…! I was surprised at how it wasn’t as hard as I expected, and I could just stand up. It’ll definitely strengthen leg muscles and is a good thing to practice… I’m looking forward to it.

          Love, light, and glitter


  1. Oh wow, this is a really interesting one. More so that when you’ve applied it yourself, squatting five times p/day for 30 seconds each time, that you’ve had such improvements so as to not require the surgery you would have needed otherwise. Wow, just wow. I’m not sure it can get rid of hernias though (I was told by a surgeon they don’t self heal) but I do think it could be incredible for strengthening muscles, realigning the body, more flexibility and strength, and providing more support to pelvic organs too as you say. So many possible benefits that you’ve listed here, it’s quite eye-opening. I’d not really known of squatting as a way of life like this before either. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Caz xx

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  2. A physical therapist who worked with the elderly people at the residence where my mom lived the last 9 years of her life taught me a similar exercise, and told me this would keep me out of a wheel chair as I age. I need to do this more often – thanks for the reminder.

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  3. Thank you. I’d never thought about this, but yes it’s a cultural bias. We, in the western world, always so sure we know better.
    I would give squatting a try, but I’d probably fall flat on my face 🙂

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  4. Thank you for bringing up the topic of squatting da-AL. I have been thinking a lot about the squatting position that I adopted as a child when using the Asian toilet. Nowadays we all including me, use the European toilet 🚽. Hence when people rush to buy toilet paper 🧻 to protect themselves from the Coronavirus, I had a nostalgia of my childhood days. We used water to clean ourselves, not toilet paper.

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