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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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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.
I am very grateful that he researched all these topics so thoroughly. I applied the principles he set out and I noticed the changes IMMEDIATELY.
My bowel habit improved remarkably. Fixing the constipation has brought about other improvements in my health.
The only thing I am doing differently to the book is not low-carbing. I am eating lots of fruit every day.
I am a physician and I had a good chuckle when he wrote on the website (in relation to why physicians aren't recommending the same treatments as he does to their patients): "In the doctors' defense, I have to say this: the majority of their patients don't give a damn about the causes of their diseases; don't care to learn how to eliminate these causes, don't want to change anything in their lives and diets, and prefer an instant fix with this or that pill, ideally for free."
He is spot-on! When he hints that the pharmaceutical companies are virtually running the whole medical profession, he is accurate there too.
I bought the Kindle download version (for Mac) and it loaded well.
I became aware of constipation issues, after losing a good amount of weight through "healthy" diet and exercise. I was feeling great from my weight loss, loading up on fiber and staying regular like clockwork. Then I developed a nasty sinus infection that knocked me out of commission for a week during which I took a course of antibiotics. After that I would exercise, but feel terrible, and my digestion started going all haywire. In retrospect, it was probably from the antibiotics destroying my good intestinal flora. I was no longer regular, and if I hadn't been before maybe it wouldn't have bothered me as much, but I had been, so I was determined to figure out what was wrong.
Not staying regular had a tremendous effect on my mental wellbeing. I was easily exhausted so sugar became my friend because I realized I could eat a lot of sugar and that would act as laxative and make me briefly alert. Unfortunately, I also gained some of my weight back. Besides sugar I still ate a fairly healthy diet, but I developed vitamin and mineral deficiencies which I now realize caused my depression and were ultimately related to my gluten and fiber dependence which created malabsorption issues.
At first, I did everything the right way to relieve my constipation or should I say the government approved way. I ate more fiber, drank a lot of water and exercised as instructed by my doctor, but nothing would budge. Then I retreated to harsh laxatives and went that route, but after realizing it was a painful solution, I figured there had to be something more out there. I tried Miralax, but I didn't understand why I should have to take something long term, so it was back to the drawing board.
When I first read Fiber Menace awhile back in March 2012, it made sense, and I immediately tried L-glutamine thinking it would provide some kind of magic relief, but when it didn't, I moved onto something else. Eventually I made my way to Wheat Belly, got myself tested for celiac disease, and low and behold, tested positive! Finally, a step in the right direction!
I am only 6 months into a gluten free diet, so I am still in the early, healing stages, but if I would have paid closer attention to Fiber Menace during my first read through, I just finished my second reading, the author references gluten as a harmful allergen multiple times. If I would have made the connection between gluten and celiac sooner, I would have been tested sooner. Hindsight is always 20/20, and I'm glad I made the connection now rather than twenty years down the road. Along with the fiber misconceptions, doctors still think you have to be emaciated and underweight to have celiac, but now 40% of people diagnosed with celiac disease are overweight.
You do need a genetic predisposition to develop celiac disease, but environmental factors trigger it somehow. I'm thinking out loud here, but it's often been said that a virus could trigger celiac, but what if too much fiber is a cause too?
Before my gluten free days when I was told to eat more fiber it was always in the shape of Fiber One products which are loaded with gluten. After going gluten-free, I am regular, however sometimes I have to push a little too hard for my liking, so I thought more gluten-free fiber would be the answer. I bought certified ground gluten-free flax seed and it plugged me up and made me feel bloated, as did too many fruits and vegetables. I was eating beans and had terrible smelling gas. Negative was the smell, but the positive as learned in Mr. Monastyrsky's book is that I wouldn't have had any gas if I didn't have my little gut bacteria working hard, so that was great to know they were working. I was tested for Vitamin K deficiency twice, and was deficient both times, which means I was previously lacking intestinal flora, but after my run in with the beans, I'm hopeful my next Vitamin K test will show adequate levels! In the past I was also Vitamin D and potassium deficient.
What I'm finding works for me is a little soluble fiber here and there and even a tiny bit of insoluble fiber from fruits and vegetables are fine. However, I am no longer loading up on them. When I eat white bread and white rice, I feel better and am not bloated and my bathroom visits are effortless. Meat makes me feel good, and I am hopeful that once my body situates fully into a low fiber/gluten free diet some of my other food intolerances will disappear once my intestinal tract settles down from inflammation to fully absorb everything I eat.
Thank you Mr. Monastyrsky for your forward thinking ideas. I know you receive a lot of opposition from people, but someone has to speak out, and I believe in what you say. I'm in my twenties, so I watch a lot of my friends eat Fiber One bars, and they say it makes them run to the bathroom, and then they are dumbfounded when I say that doesn't work for me and neither do gluten free options like flax seeds. Insoluble fiber stops me up instead of cleaning me out. I think I just wore out my free fiber pass sooner than my friends, but my hope is since I am still young is that through a gluten-free/low fiber diet, I will return to the days of using the bathroom with regularity and more importantly ease.
Things I advise; figure out if gluten is causing you problems and ALWAYS follow a round of antibiotics with probiotics.
Thank you for your work, Mr. Monastyrsky. I am definitely one of your supporters!