StoolSteps: 'The Western toilet wasn't a good invention'

EUGENE, Ore. - Darcy Weinshienk got a look at a different kind of lady's room while on a trip to India and Nepal - and realized how much easier it was to go to the bathroom by squatting.

"It's more like simulating a squat which is really how humans are meant to eliminate," she said. "Dr. Oz talks a lot about the importance of getting your feet up quite a bit on his show, so it's an idea starting to get out there that maybe the Western toilet wasn't a good invention."

She'd been dealing with her own bathroom blues when she got an idea.

"Quite honestly I deal with constipation issues," Weinshienk said, "and I was visiting my colonic hydrotherapist, and she had a similar product in her bathroom but it was plastic and hollow and just ugly."

That's when she asked her carpenter boyfriend Sean Cannon to make something more solid. He built the first StoolStep.

"That's the reason I got into it," Cannon said. "Then I tried one. I never thought I had trouble taking a poop."

At up to $85 apiece, StoolSteps don't come cheap - but Weinshienk says it's worth every penny.

"We're about making a crafted handcrafted product that looks great in the bathroom that's also really great for your health and functional," she said.

Weinshienk and Cannon said they hope they can make people's lives move a little easier.

"Knowing the product I'm making helps people's health is a big reason I can do it," Cannon said.

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