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Christmas is coming

First of the Xmas dos last night - this morning I'm suffering - and today promises lunch time with Mr NBC followed by drinks tonight, probably with the Good Colonel and Mr FM, and then the weekend starts. But we mustn't complain - so as my Xmas gift to you I present below a handy cut and keep guide to hang on the back of the outhouse door. As you are groaning in the morning it is important to be scientific about these matters.

The Bristol Stool Scale (drawn up by a team of gastroenterologists)
Type 1: Separate hard lumps, like nuts. Are abnormally loose (ie constipation) and result from a slow bowel transit time. These seem to be linked with an increased risk of gallstones.
Type 2: Sausage shaped but lumpy
Type 3: Like a sausage or snake but with cracks on the surface. Are described as perfectly normal bowel motions
Type 4: Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft
Type 5: Soft blobs with clear cut edges Is poorly formed, soft and verging on abnormal.
Type 6: Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool. Are abnormally loose (ie diarrhoea)
Type 7: Watery, no solid pieces.

Bowel Habits (according to a study they did involving almost 2000 people)

  • The commonest bowel habit was once daily with 40% of men and 33% of women enjoying a regular 24-hour cycle.

  • 7% of men and 4% of women had a regular twice or thrice daily bowel habit.

  • 33% of women defecated less that once daily.

  • 1% defecated once a week or less.

  • Only 61% of men and 56% of women had what were defined as normal stool types - ie least likely to provoke symptoms.

  • Most people in the study defecated in the morning with the commonest time being 7am - 8am for men and an hour later for women.


I was mesmerized by this piece.

My sister, who is training to be a nurse, has this on her toilet wall, only hers includes pictures. :-P

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