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Fiber Menace: The Truth About the Leading Role of Fiber in Diet Failure, Constipation, Hemorrhoids, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, and Colon Cancer Paperback – October 15, 2008
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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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I am trying to reverse constipation that started after 3 rounds of antibiotics for a tooth abscess that led to extraction. Prior to that, I was VERY regular -- 1-3 every day, not hard, easy, no pain. I NEVER took any fiber supplements, absolutely no bran. I ate an apple a day because I enjoy it (not for the fiber) and I swear it kept constipation away. If I skipped the apple for a few days, I missed a few days of elimination. But once I added the apple again, then easy, regular elimination was restored! I also drank a cup of coffee every morning. I also ate no sugar (99% of the time but never at home). I did enjoy a bowl of shredded wheat cereal (no other ingredients) with a few almonds on top, and an occasional bowl of oatmeal. But NEVER any fiber supplements or bulking additives. When I ate fiber foods it was only because I like them and they contain nutrients, not for the fiber.
Now, things are slower -- I go once every 1-2 days. I am following the program, but I must say I miss my oatmeal (which I ate with grass-fed butter and a few nuts), my apple a day, and broccoli for dinner.
I'm wondering if I can include these foods if I maintain a lower overall fiber intake -- in other words, don't combine all of them in the same meal or on the same day.
My husband is urging me to start drinking a cup of coffee again and see how that works.
I'm a very active, energetic 60-something woman, outdoor cyclist, and I need to consume enough food and liquids to sustain and recover from this activity.
Read it open minded and use the insights before functional disorders become serious.
Thanks a lot Konstantin for wonderful gift you gave to the readers.