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Fiber Menace [Kindle Edition]

Konstantin Monastyrsky
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Fiber Menace is for people who believe fiber prevents cancers, reduces the risk of heart disease, regulates blood sugar, wards off diabetes, lowers appetite, induces weight loss, cleanses the colon, and eliminates constipation.

Tragically, none of it is true, and Fiber Menace explains why it's the complete opposite. Most of those findings have been well known and widely publicized even before Fiber Menace's release. Here are some of the most striking examples:

-- Fiber doesn't ward off colon cancer, according to the Harvard School of Public Health: "For years, Americans have been told to consume a high-fiber diet to lower the risk of colon cancer [...] Larger and better-designed studies have failed to show a link between fiber and colon cancer." Scores of other studies, cited in Fiber Menace, have demonstrated that fiber increases the risk of colon cancer. (p. 181)

-- Fiber doesn't prevent breast cancer either, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, it's the complete opposite: "Carbohydrate intake was positively associated with breast cancer risk." Fiber happens to be a carbohydrate too, and carbohydrates are the only food that contains fiber. (p. 183)

-- Fiber doesn't reduce the risk of heart disease, according to the American Heart Association: "A fiber supplement added to a diet otherwise high in saturated fat and cholesterol provides dubious cardiovascular advantage." Furthermore, these supplements caused "reduced mineral absorption and a myriad of gastrointestinal disturbances" -- factors that in fact, contribute to heart disease. (p. 41)

-- Fiber doesn't counteract diabetes, according to the Harvard School of Public Health: "Fiber intake has also been linked with the metabolic syndrome, a constellation of factors that increases the chances of developing heart disease and diabetes." Truth is, fiber requires more insulin or drugs to control blood sugar, and makes diabetes even more devastating. (p. 220)

-- Fiber doesn't curb appetite, according to the Jean Mayer U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University: "...fiber supplements did not alter hunger, satiety or body weight in a pilot study of men and women consuming self-selected diets." In fact, fiber stimulates appetite, extends digestion, expands stomach capacity, and makes you hungrier the next time around. (p. 60-76, or here.)

-- Fiber doesn't keeps "colon clean" by speeding elimination, according to the highly respected and authoritative Rome II: The Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders textbook: "There is little or no relationship between dietary fiber and whole gut transit time." In fact, fiber delays transit time more than does any other food ingredient, and is the primary cause of chronic constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn's disease. (p. 21,23, 29, 103)

-- Fiber doesn't relieve chronic constipation, according to the American College of Gastroenterology Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Task Force: all legitimate clinical trials demonstrated no "improvement in stool frequency or consistency when compared with placebo." How could it, if it caused it in the first place? (p. 105, 115)

But that's only a small part of fiber's menacing role in human nutrition. It also has its imprint in practically all digestive disorders. In that context, learning from Fiber Menace diet may end up becoming one of the most transformational experiences of your life.

Editorial Reviews


My training as a physician included many hours of nutrition, but fiber was only mentioned in regards to the effects of a deficiency. Never once did any of my professors consider the possibility that too much of what has always been considered a good thing' could have such harmful or far-reaching consequences. The author's detailed description of the trauma imposed to the gastrointestinal mucosa by the expanding fiber is a vivid reminder that returning to the basics of GI function and logically thinking through what our bodies actually are designed to do with the food we eat, should be the first step on anyone's journey to recovery from digestive disorders. Thanks to the insights in this book I have slowly begun to change my approach to common patient symptoms, which I traditionally would have treated by suggesting increased fiber and more water to correct! So far the results are promising. Dr. John Turner, DC, CCSP, DIBCN --Wise Traditions Newsletter by Weston A. Price foundation

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  • Publisher: Ageless Press; Kindle Edition edition (January 14, 2011)
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93 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The fiber theory in this book is TRUE February 24, 2010
By Benj
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It seems we barely know what is really good for our bodies. Until dramatic progress in molecular biology are made, we are in the dark and can only experiment. I believe entire walls of concepts will collapse as we gain knowledge.

The fiber myth might well be one of them. As the author says, some population like Inuits live with extremely low levels of fibers, and to my knowledge, they are not reputed to be the most constipated / unhealthy people on the planet.
Anyway, the principles in this book have changed my life and there is not a single day that I don't benefit from what I learned.

My story is a long one so I will try to make it short, although I could write a book about it (and thinking of creating a website).

I have a tendency to constipation. Since I was a kid. Since no medical condition could justify it (I exercise, drink water, got a colonoscopy, feces analysis, blood analysis, rectal examination....) I was told to increase fibers ingestion by certified doctors here in france.

So I tried to load myself with brans. Did it for years. Retrospectively, I well see it didn't help AT ALL.
Like 10 years ago I bought a new brands of cereals, rich in fibers, with dried fruits. Tasted so good I ate a lot of it. This lead to a fecalom, which is an obstruction of the colon by huge amount of feces. Constipation is NOT a problem of quantity of stool. It's not because you don't produce enough feces that you don't have your bowels movements. So fiber megadosage is totally useless and in my case resulted in accumulation in a fecalome that I had to remove with my finger, millimeter by millimeter, which took 36 hours.
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334 of 378 people found the following review helpful
I had to order this book via Amazon USA because it is not available in Europe. His basic recommendations, not do eat too much fiber and not to overdose water intake, seem to make sense. His hints how to fight obstipation caused by low-carb/low-fiber-diets are also as reasonable as the recommendation to make the transition vom a high-fiber/carb-diet to a low-fiber/carb one slowly to prevent negative side effects of the carbohydrate withdrawal.

But there are also some serious flaws. First is his completely wrong reception of the cause of Atkins' death. As we know, Atkins died from an accident with severe damage of his skull and brain. At the time of this accident he was not obese at all and did not suffer from heart disease. But Monastyrsky states Atkins died from a cardiac arrest, "unquestionably from obesity-related complications [...] and he died morbidly obese". Monastyrsky also seems not to have really understood the principles behind ketosis. I certainly do NOT endorse the Atkins-Diet nor his very problemable "induction phase", but I really dislike lay-journalists/writers who investigate inaccurately or do not fully understand what they are writing about.

Secondly Mr. Monastyrskys calculations about the daily need of carbohydrates (200 g/day is way to high) and the maximum intake of carbohydrates, fats and proteins to allow fat loss are quite weird. He claims that only with NO carbohydrate and max. 1 gram of fats and proteins per kg bodyweight, weightloss would be possible. Following this idea, a person of 75 kg would be allowed to have NO carbohydrates, 75 g fats and 75 g protein per day.
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168 of 188 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiber Menace October 27, 2006
Fiber Menace
By Konstantin Monastrsky
(Pub. by Ageless Press, 2005)

From a symbolic cover illustrating a cereal bowl full of gold screws, the insightful book, Fiber Menace, reveals the disastrous effects that our modern high-fiber nutritional dictates may have on the proper functioning of the digestive system. From purely a perspective of the problems that a high-fiber diet creates--of large stools that stretch the intestinal tract beyond its normal range and eventually cause intestinal damage and bowel problems, including hernias, hemorrhoidal disease, constipation, malnourishment, irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's disease, to drastically upsetting the natural bacterial flora in the intestinal tract--Fiber Menace describes major health issues that can develop from eating what's considered a modern healthy diet that is high in fiber from fiber supplements, grains, vegetables, fruits and legumes.

The book also details the problems with over-hydration. The recommended 8 glasses of water a day may cause problems such as constipation, mineral depletion and imbalances, which can factor in digestive disorders, kidney disease, degenerative bone disease, muscular disorders and even cardiac arrest from electrical dysfunction. Pointing to traditional healthy cultures, we find that people did not drink large quantities of water because a clean water source was not guaranteed. Instead, they stayed hydrated with dairy, fermented beverages and bone broth soups, which have incredible nutrient qualities and are not flushed through the body as plain water.

The author of this book is a brilliant man who suffered a life-threatening illness from years as a vegetarian. Mr.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Konstantin needs to examine the death of Dr. Atkins ...
Konstantin needs to examine the death of Dr. Atkins a little more closely. Makes me wonder about the rest of his work in Fiber Menace.
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting
Very Interesting book, unfortunately I have not been able to get the whole book read. When I do however, I plan on reading it
again in a shorter time frame so I can absorb... Read more
Published 25 days ago by JGriffith
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you K. Monastyrsky
2 years ago I became committed to eating as healthy as possible. Oatmeal with dark chocolate for breakfast, raw carrots for snacks, whole grain pasts wth fresh tomato sauce for... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ronald E Ringler
5.0 out of 5 stars The low-fiber principle should be common sense
I suffered with twenty years of IBS and back pain caused by fermentable foods. I have discovered through researching this that there is indeed a link between back pain and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jason C. Mortenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Konstantin' products are wonderful as well
This book has changed my life. I suffered for years with digestive issues and after reading this book I follow the principles he clearly and strenuously lays out. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cyndy P.
1.0 out of 5 stars Troubling......
Dangerous! After checking the 'mainstream media' issues that Monastyrsky cites, it is clear that he is taking most of these references out of context. Troubling to say the least.
Published 2 months ago by LondonDreamer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiber Menace changed my life!!!
After reading this book, following the advice and taking the supplements, my life is completely different. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jamesgang53
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Should have read this years ago as it has made such a difference to my life.
Published 2 months ago by Gillian Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Must read!
This man has saved me a lot of grief! I am so glad I found his information and go over the guilt thing that I am supposed to cram a bunch of fiber into my body and cause all sorts... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Annette
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More About the Author

Mr. Monastyrsky graduated from medical university in 1977 with a pharmacy degree. Shortly thereafter his family emigrated to the United States from the Ukraine (the former Soviet Union), where he decided to pursue a career in the high-technology field, and taught himself advanced programming languages.

From 1985 to 1990, he worked at two premier Wall Street firms: at First Boston/Credit Suisse as a senior systems analyst and at Goldman-Sachs & Co. as a technology consultant to Dr. Fischer Black, the co-author of the Nobel Prize-winning Black-Scholes theory of options trading.

In May of 1990, Mr. Monastyrsky was invited to participate along with Mr. Bill Gates in the filmed introduction of Microsoft Windows 3.0, which forever revolutionized personal computing. He was the only programmer in the United States to earn this honor because of his substantial contribution to the development of graphical user interface and Windows programming techniques.

Between 1990 and 1998, he was the president of Okna Corporation, a software development company. In 1996, Mr. Monastyrsky began to suffer from diabetes and a host of related ailments, including the debilitating carpal tunnel syndrome. Unable to use the keyboard, he turned his attention back to medicine to find solutions for his rapidly deteriorating health.

He applied the same analytical rigor to the study of his health condition as he had to technology, and within several years had completely recovered from diabetes. In 1998, free from the ravages of carpal tunnel syndrome, he left the technology field to pursue a career in nutritional research, medical writing, performance and longevity counseling, and health advocacy.

Through his extensive investigations and research, Mr. Monastyrsky pioneered the fields of forensic nutrition and nutritional intervention--both terms that he coined. His unorthodox thinking, penetrating analysis, and extensive and accessible writings are ushering in a new era and approach to nutrition and healthcare in the United States.

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