Home > Newsletters > Weekly > Weekly health update: Meet the 2015 Miss Deaf SA beauties, The Atkins Diet made easy, Put together your own natural first aid kit Updated 07 August 2014 Flush mobs Earlier this week we watched a so-called poo protest from the safety of our fifth-floor offices in Adderley Street. Clearly, toilets and sanitation are political and emotional issues. 0 Earlier this week we watched a so-called poo protest from the safety of our fifth-floor offices in Adderley Street. Later in the day nine people were arrested for flinging human faeces in the Cape Town International Airport Departure Hall.Clearly, toilets and sanitation are political and emotional issues. While I won't get embroiled in the ins and outs of pre-election party politicking, I have to just add that this no new issue. I remember in the early nineties when I was working in the townships driving through a sewage-flooded Old Crossroads after a winter storm.Back to the issue of toilets. Try and imagine your life without yours. For many thousands of years there were no toilets – there was just the Great Outdoors and a few leaves for loo paper. Centuries ago in many cities people simply flung sewerage into the streets. But with our overcrowded modern cities, an efficient sewerage system is paramount. We just couldn't live here without it.Cholera, diarrhoeal diseases and parasitic infections can all be caused by poor or non-existent sanitation. Apparently, in rural areas of India, a man's eligibility increases hugely if his home has a flush toilet. It isn't difficult to understand why.So next time you flush the loo, be grateful. In fact, the average person uses the toilet eight times a day. So you have eight opportunities for gratitude every day. If you think I am joking, just see how helpless you feel when it is blocked up and cannot be used.Write to us and let us know if you have any ideas on how sanitation problems can be solved in SA, and whose responsibility this is. Susan Erasmus More: WeeklyWeekly health update: Meet the 2015 Miss Deaf SA beauties, The Atkins Diet made easy, Put together your own natural first aid kit advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical SEE: How a simple weed can help lower your high blood pressure Medical 5 facts and myths you should know about dagga Lifestyle Why more Americans are kicking the smoking habit Lifestyle 7 simple tips to nix eye strain that don’t involve getting specs Medical 7 tips from a dietitian on how to prevent a stroke Medical Sleep apnoea might raise odds for painful gout From our sponsors Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract Live healthier Looking younger » Can maple leaves help you look younger? New research has found that maple leaf extract can help you look years younger. Killer foods » Wild mushrooms a 'silent killer' Health practitioners are warning people to stay away from wild mushrooms.