HOW TO OVERCOME DEPENDENCE ON FIBER AND FIBER-RELATED CONSTIPATION
Dietary fiber is literally a delayed-fuse mine inside your gut. This guide explains how to overcome unhealthy dependence on fiber without resorting to laxatives. It is essential for anyone who wants to reduce fiber consumption, and is especially useful for people who wish to lose weight or reverse diabetes.
Dietary fiber expands and transforms colorectal organs, and, eventually, causes a physical
dependence similar to drug addiction. This unfortunate outcome is familiar to anyone
who has failed a low-carb diet because of severe constipation.
The following colorectal and genitourinary
disorders and conditions are commonly related to consumption of fiber
with food or as laxatives:
Persistent flatulence; Abdominal bloating;
Straining and irregularity; Dependence on
laxatives to move the bowels; Hemorrhoidal disease; Chronic
constipation; Sporadic diarrhea; Fecal incontinence; Irritable bowel syndrome; Diverticular disease; Anal fissures; Anal
fistulas; Ulcerative colitis; Crohn‘s disease; Familial history of colon
cancer; History of colorectal polyps; Premenstrual syndrome (PMS);
Infertility; Spontaneous abortion of fetus; Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
(POS); Chronic fatigue syndrome;
Diabetic nerve damage; Loss of control over
the bowels; Anorexia; Megacolon; Rectocele, Appendicitis; Inguinal hernia;
Fecal and urinal incontinence; Frequent urination; Urethral
Practically all these
conditions share several common characteristics — difficulties in moving
irregularity, and large or hard stools. To get well, you need to work
backwards — first, reduce the fiber; second, normalize stools; and, third,
restore normal bowel movements.
The first task is easy to do, but the
second — normalizing stools — is an enigma. And the third depends on the
second. So let‘s turn to Fiber Menace for guidance on what normal stools
Form Follows Dysfunction*
The British take their stools much
more seriously than the Americans. Researchers at the Bristol Royal
Infirmary—a hospital in Bristol, England—developed a visual guide for
stools. This guide is called the Bristol Stool Form Scale, BSF scale for short. It is a self-diagnostic tool that helps skittish patients and
doctors alike discuss this delicate subject without getting embarrassed.
You just look at a simple chart,
point to what approximates the content of your toilet bowl, and your
doctor (or this book) tells you whether the form is right or wrong.
Type 1: Separate hard lumps,
Typical for acute disbacteriosis. These stools lack a
normal amorphous quality, because bacteria are missing and there is
nothing to retain water. The lumps are hard and abrasive, the typical
diameter ranges from 1 to 2 cm (0.4?0.8”), and they‘re painful to pass,
because the lumps are hard and scratchy. There is a high likelihood of
anorectal bleeding from mechanical laceration of the anal canal. Typical
for post-antibiotic treatments and for people attempting fiber-free
(low-carb) diets. Flatulence isn‘t likely, because fermentation of fiber
isn‘t taking place.
Type 2: Sausage-like but
Represents a combination of Type 1 stools impacted into a
single mass and lumped together by fiber components and some bacteria.
Typical for organic constipation. The diameter is 3 to 4 cm (1.2?1.6”).
This type is the most destructive by far because its size is near or
exceeds the maximum opening of the anal canal‘s aperture (3.5 cm). It‘s
bound to cause extreme straining during elimination, and most likely to
cause anal canal laceration, hemorrhoidal prolapse, or diverticulosis.
To attain this form, the stools must be in the colon for at least
several weeks instead of the normal 72 hours. Anorectal pain,
hemorrhoidal disease, anal fissures, withholding or delaying of
defecation, and a history of chronic constipation are the most likely
causes. Minor flatulence is probable. A person experiencing these stools
is most likely to suffer from irritable bowel syndrome because of
continuous pressure of large stools on the intestinal walls. The
possibility of obstruction of the small intestine is high, because the
large intestine is filled to capacity with stools. Adding supplemental
fiber to expel these stools is dangerous, because the expanded fiber has
no place to go, and may cause hernia, obstruction, or perforation of the
small and large intestine alike.
Type 3: Like a sausage but
with cracks in the surface
This form has all of the characteristics
of Type 2 stools, but the transit time is faster, between one and two
weeks. Typical for latent constipation. The diameter is 2 to 3.5 cm
(0.8?1.4”). Irritable bowel syndrome is likely. Flatulence is minor,
because of disbacteriosis. The fact that it hasn‘t became as enlarged as
Type 2 suggests that the defecations are regular. Straining is required.
All of the adverse effects typical for Type 2 stools are likely for type
3, especially the rapid deterioration of hemorrhoidal disease.
Type 4: Like a sausage or
snake, smooth and soft
This form is normal for someone defecating
once daily. The diameter is 1 to 2 cm (0.4?0.8”). The larger diameter
suggests a longer transit time or a large amount of dietary fiber in the
Type 5: Soft blobs with clear-cut edges
I consider this form ideal. It is typical for a
person who has stools twice or three times daily, after major meals. The
diameter is 1 to 1.5 cm (0.4?0.6”).
Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool
This form is close to
the margins of comfort in several respects. First, it may be difficult
to control the urge, especially when you don‘t have immediate access to
a bathroom. Second, it is a rather messy affair to manage with toilet
paper alone, unless you have access to a flexible shower or bidet.
Otherwise, I consider it borderline normal. These kind of stools may
suggest a slightly hyperactive colon (fast motility), excess dietary
potassium, or sudden dehydration or spike in blood pressure related to
stress (both cause the rapid release of water and potassium from blood
plasma into the intestinal cavity). It can also indicate a
hypersensitive personality prone to stress, too many spices, drinking
water with a high mineral content, or the use of osmotic (mineral salts)
Type 7: Watery, no solid
This, of course, is diarrhea, a subject outside the scope of this
chapter with just one important and notable exception—so-called
paradoxical diarrhea. It‘s typical for people (especially young children
and infirm or convalescing adults) affected by fecal impaction—a
condition that follows or accompanies type 1 stools. During paradoxical
diarrhea the liquid contents of the small intestine (up to 1.5?2
liters/quarts daily) have no place to go but down, because the large
intestine is stuffed with impacted stools throughout its entire length.
Some water gets absorbed, the rest accumulates in the rectum. The reason
this type of diarrhea is called paradoxical is not because its nature
isn‘t known or understood, but because being severely constipated and
experiencing diarrhea all at once, is, indeed, a paradoxical situation.
Unfortunately, it‘s all too common.
To avoid referencing
non-descriptive numbers, I use the following definitions: types 1, 2 and
3 = hard or impacted stools. Type 4 and 5 = normal or optimal. Type 6 =
loose stool, subnormal, or suboptimal, and type 7 = diarrhea.
In such cases as acute hemorrhoidal disease, anal
fissure, or the inability to attain unassisted stools, loose stools (type 6)
are acceptable. It‘s a messy experience, but which would you rather have
— a bucketful of blood, pain, and an anal fissure that won‘t heal, or a
lukewarm douche afterwards?
To restore and maintain normal stools (from type 4 to
6), the colon and rectum must first be free from hard and/or large stools (type
1 to 3). In our case, the opposite of hard isn‘t just soft, but
also easy, small, and regular.
As you can see from the illustration (and, perhaps,
already know firsthand from your own experience) “hard” stools can be “small,” “regular,” and
“large.” Equally important, a “small” stool for one person can be
“large” for another, because the perception of size isn‘t determined by
a caliper, but by the aperture of one‘s anal canal. If the anal canal is
constrained by enlarged internal hemorrhoids, even “small” stools, such
as type 4, may be “difficult” to pass. Don‘t fall
into this trap. The rule is: If stools are hard as in difficult, or not easy, or irregular, they are HARD,
Unless your stools are type 4 to 6 (normal), they are
impacted. Impacted stools can be small, large, hard, soft, dry, moist—it
doesn‘t matter. What “impacted” means is that they had a chance to pile
up, compress, and dry out in the large intestine. Despite all of the nonsense
you‘ve been hearing about “formed” stools, if yours are “very well formed,”
most likely they
are already impacted.
If we didn‘t have the Bristol Stool Form scale
illustration in front of us, and you asked me what are normal stools, I
would answer: normal stools are
not noticeable during defecation!
Again, for someone with an intact anal canal, this may
consist of formed stools as in type 4. For someone with hemorrhoidal
disease, this may only be loose stools as in type 5 or 6. In other
words, the normality differs from person to person, depending on the
degree of prior damage. It‘s pretty much similar to defining pornography
in the context of free speech: I can‘t tell you what pornography is, but
I can tell when I see it. Similarly, I can‘t tell you what normal stools
are, but you can tell when you don‘t have them yourself.
As you can see from the BSF scale, normal stools don‘t
have to be round. After all, your anal canal isn‘t really round (when
shut, it‘s actually flat), particularly if you already have enlarged
internal hemorrhoids. So a flat shape is okay. In fact, when stools are
already round as in type 4, it means you already have a slight degree of
impaction. Otherwise their shape would be flattened up while passing
through the anal canal.
Flat stools scare doctors a great deal because type 2,
3 and, to a lesser extent, type 4 may indicate the presence of a colorectal
tumor. But that's because few doctors have ever observed normal (type 5)
Here is what's actually happening: think of the colon
as a round mold. Then, it‘s easy to imagine why a tumor may change
impacted stools from the round shape to a flat shape. This rare
occurrence doesn‘t apply to type 5 stools, because their shape is formed
primarily by the shape of the anal canal, not the colon‘s “mold.”
To rule out a tumor scare, just withhold your
stools for few days to give them the opportunity to get molded. Observe
their shape, and calm down yourself and your doctor. If you still worry,
a tumor of the size capable of altering the shape of stools will show up
instantly on abdominal x-ray with contrast medium — a much faster,
cheaper, and safer alternative to colonoscopy in the case of severe
Abnormal stools are any stools that require straining
and/or you feel pressure from stools passing through the anal canal.
Abnormal stools may be small or large size-wise,
depending on fiber consumption, and frequency of defecation.
Normal stools can be loose or slightly formed (Such as
BSF type 5).
stools (between BSF type 4 and 6) aren‘t perfectly round.
Normal stools for one person may be abnormal for
another. The degree of normality is determined by the anatomy of the
Normal stools require zero effort and zero straining
Normal stools pass through the anal canal without any
perception of pressure.
Of course, once you have damage to the anal canal,
achieving absolute “normality” may not be easy. In this case you may have to accept a
small degree of “abnormality” such as type 6 stools. This is no
different from accepting gray hair, wrinkles, dental implants, and so
You may also have to live with the fact that after a
certain degree of prior damage, caused by fiber, you won‘t be able to
attain “unassisted” defecation and “normal” stools because of
irreversible nerve damage, stretching of the large intestine,
significantly enlarged hemorrhoids, and similar factors. I‘ll teach you
how to overcome this problem as well without fiber and laxatives.
In fact, if I didn‘t know how to attain this seemingly
impossible goal, I wouldn‘t be touching this subject or this site. I
only got into this “game” when I was assured of having a winning hand.
Otherwise, what is the point of maligning fiber if the only remedy is
even more fiber.
Loosening up hard stools
Impacted stools (hard, type 1 to 3) and fecal
impaction aren‘t the same. While stools are impacted, defecation is still attainable, even though it may be irregular or
painful. Fecal impaction is a veritable medical emergency,
because stools are no longer expelled no matter what.
Why am I getting into all these semantics? Well, these
definitions are important. Some people, will, in fact, strain squeeze
stools, and will say: “Oh, mine aren‘t hard?” and will keep
straining, suffering, or taking me for a fool. And I don‘t want this outcome either
for you or for myself. Others may say: “Oh, next to this idiot who
didn‘t flush after himself/herself in the public bathroom, mine are
Also, don‘t confuse the goal of having a colon “free from
impacted stools” with the promise of or desire for a “clean” colon. The
colon is never literally “clean” or empty because the transformation of
liquid chyme into semi-soft stools is its job. Hence it always contains
a certain volume (preferably small) of fecal matter, representing “work in progress.”
Unlike the colon, the rectum indeed must be empty at all times, except
A common suggestion to “cleanse” the large intestine
with fiber or herbal laxatives is the worse form of quackery. Instead of
helping, the herbal laxatives are actually contributing to constipation
and colorectal damage because they irritate the intestinal mucosa,
damage the nerve endings, kill intestinal bacteria, cause painful
cramping, and may provoke severe diarrhea.
“Cleansing” with insoluble fiber, such as bran, is even
more dangerous, because undigested fiber keeps piling up on top of
already impacted, hardened stools. This may lead to obstruction, fecal
impaction, and other complications, such as diverticular disease,
megacolon, prolapsed hemorrhoids, or colon perforation — which is a
mostly lethal condition.
The natural “cleansing” kits that provide a double- or
triple punch—a combination of stimulant laxatives, such as senna;
soluble fiber, such as psyllium husk; and insoluble fiber, such as
bran—are the most dangerous. They may do the “trick” for someone with
relatively intact and unobstructed colorectal organs, but someone with a
longer history of constipation may end up in the ER either because of
intense cramping caused by senna, or an allergic reaction to psyllium, or severe diarrhea
from both, or
impenetrable obstruction or colon perforation caused by bran, or combinations of all
of the above.
In essence, sending triple-laxatives down into the
dysfunctional colon is like blowing more and more helium into the
balloon — it can only expand so much before it will blow up in your face.
The most common ways of
loosening up and expelling hard stools rely on three methods: rectal
enemas, water irrigation, and laxatives:
Rectal enemas stimulate vigorous colorectal
peristalsis and invoke impossible to resist defecation. They are
particularly effective for children who withhold stools, because
their rectum and anus are exceptionally sensitive to external
Disposable enemas, widely sold in
pharmacies, are best used for this purpose. Just follow the
instructions that accompany the product. Make sure to review
contraindications, such as the symptoms of appendicitis,
intestinal blockage, ulcerative colitis, heart disease, rectal
bleeding, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and others.
Rectal enemas are marginally or not
effective at all for people with chronic constipation, because the
fluid doesn‘t reliably penetrate beyond the rectal cavity, and can‘t
loosen up hard stools above the rectum. With some skill enemas
can be used to lavage (wash out) the rectal cavity of hardened
stools. Once the rectum is thoroughly lavaged, the stools
accumulated in the sigmoid and descending colons are likely to
move down and get expelled as well because fluids stimulate
Large volume enemas, delivered from a enema
bag (douche bag), are difficult to administer without
experience, and aren‘t likely to be effective for most people.
Even if you can manage to deliver an enema solution past the
rectum, few people can retain fluids long enough for it to be
effective. If it “works,” it does it for the same reasons as
a rectal enema, but with a lot more hassle and risk.
Water irrigation (also known as colon hydrotherapy or colonics) is more
effective than enemas, though it too is limited to the rectum, sigmoid
and descending colons. Water irrigation requires licensed facilities, a
great deal of expertise, and the operator‘s integrity.
A special nozzle is
inserted into the patient's anus and slowly advanced past the rectum and
deep inside the colon. The nozzle is connected to two plastic tubes. One
tube is attached to the water pump, which injects pressurized lukewarm
water inside the large intestine. A vacuum pump removes the injected
water and loosened-up fecal matter in the opposite direction, through the
Irrigation may induce cramping, and may not be very
comfortable for some people. As with any invasive procedure, there are
always risks of infection or colon perforation, because there is no
visual control of the advancing nozzle. Water irrigation used to be
quite popular in the first half of the past century, but eventually
became controversial because of the exaggerated claims made by some of its
A less invasive form of colonic therapy is
practiced the United States today. Here is how Ms. Pamela Gerry,
a Registered Nurse and Certified Colonics Therapist (CCT) based
in Springvale, Main [link] described it to me:
“Every therapist I know inserts a speculum only 1 inch into
the rectum. There is nothing inserted deep within the
colon, and the "nozzle" is not advancing. Most of the units in
North America work on gravity flow in and out, and some use 1
psi infusion pressure, but no suction on the outflow.
Studies indicate colonoscopy is statistically much more
likely to cause perforation that colonic irrigation. Most
practitioners keep the water pressure under 1psi, but the safe
limit allows an upper value of 2psi. I personally believe
colonic hydrotherapy (CHT) is a very safe procedure. In 7
years I have not seen any perforation nor infection.”
This “soft” protocol may not be as quick and
thorough at going inside the colon the old fashioned way, but, indeed, it must be
quite safe, particularly in the caring hands of someone as
considerate and experienced as Ms. Gerry. It is especially a
good "first try" approach to resolve fecal impaction in young
children and seniors before attempting a manual disimpaction in
the hospital settings.
Laxatives are a non-invasive preparation, taken via the mouth. There are several
types of laxatives, classified by their mechanism of action. The
selection of a particular type is made based on a patient‘s age, health,
contraindications, and degree of constipation. Most laxatives are
addictive (i.e. cause dependence), and aren‘t intended for long-term
The right laxative—non-addictive,
without side effects, and without a negative impact on digestion—is
certainly the safest non-invasive method of loosening up hard stools and
maintaining regularity in people who already have nerve damage (lack of
urge), enlarged hemorrhoids (reduced aperture of anal canal), or who
can‘t move the bowels unassisted because of age, infirmity, or trauma.
Unfortunately, there is no such a thing as
a 'good laxative.' Here‘s a concise overview of various laxatives,
presented by their mechanism of action:
These include fiber from natural sources, such as psyllium (Metamucil)
or bran, and synthetic bulking agents, such as calcium polycarbophil (FiberCon) or methylcellulose (Citrucel).
Problems: Bulk-forming laxatives should not be used to
normalize stools under any circumstances, because they may cause even
more severe constipation or fecal impaction.
Conclusion: Not appropriate for the task of loosening up hard
stools. Shouldn‘t be used for any form of constipation, because, just as
with dietary fiber, bulk-forming laxatives can cause irreversible
colorectal damage, as documented throughout this book.
Mineral oil (or its emulsion) passes through the small intestine
unchanged. It lubricates (coats) hardened stools and, presumably, eases
the passing of large stools.
Problems: Mineral oil does not break apart hard stools; it
doesn‘t prevent the colorectal damage that can come from stretching and
pressure; it doesn‘t alleviate straining. While transiting through the
small intestine, mineral oil absorbs the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, K,
and E. This “oversight” causes an acute deficiency of these vitamins—an
especially troubling problem during pregnancy. Mineral oil may cause lipid pneumonia, if a small amount enters the lungs (a common
occurrence among young children and impaired adults, who have problems
Conclusion: Useless at best, harmful at worse.
Emollient laxatives (stool
These are supposed to break down and soften
hard stools, and are recommended for long-term use. Emollient
laxatives are quite popular at hospitals and nursing homes. They
are based on a synthetic compound called docusate, and sold
under different brand names, such as Colace, Dialose, Diocto,
DOS, Dosaflex, Genosoft, and others.
Problems: Docusate causes a depletion
of potassium and magnesium, which in turn may cause muscular
dysfunction and heart problems, particularly if supplemental potassium and
magnesium isn‘t taken.
Since all cellular membranes are made of
fat, emollients damage and penetrate the intestinal wall, enter
the bloodstream, and are potentially carcinogenic.
permit the absorption of mineral oils and undesirable trans
fats, which accumulate in the lymph nodes and can cause
inflammation there. Docusate should not be used in combination
with mineral oils. Emollients are slow acting and may take a
week or more to act.
Conclusion: Unsuitable for long-term
use, especially for older adults. Marginally effective for most
These are, essentially, diarrhea-causing agents, because they do not
absorb in either the small or large intestine, and cause water
retention. Lactose (milk sugar) and sugar alcohols, such as sorbitol,
are “natural” hyperosmolar laxatives. Under the deceptive name of
lactulose, lactose is sold as Kristalose, Cephulac, Chronulac,
Cholac, Constulose, Enulose, and others. Polyethylene glycol (MiraLax,
Polyethylene Glycol 3350) is a factory-made organic compound
that acts just like lactose sans fermentation.
hyperosmolar laxatives are unsuitable for people who are
lactose-sensitive, because even a slight overdose may causes
severe diarrhea. The fermentation of lactose inside the
intestines causes bloating and
cramping from gases produced by bacteria.
Polyethylene glycol-based laxatives damage
bacterial flora, block absorption of nutrients throughout the GI
tract, cause dependence, and, soon, intensify all of the
symptoms of disbacteriosis and constipation. They are especially
problematic if you are already affected by hemorrhoids and/or
fissures-related bleeding, since disbacteriosis causes acute
deficiency of vitamin K, and, correspondingly, clotting and
healing problems, blood loss, anemia, and so on.
Conclusion: Ill-suited for many
people, especially those who already suffer from intestinal
disorders such as IBS, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn‘s disease.
Life-long dependence and no chance of recovery. May cause acute
disbacteriosis, malnutrition, blood loss, chronic (pernicious)
These preparations cause inflammation of the intestinal mucosa and overstimulate the nervous receptors. The inflammation blocks water
absorption, while the stimulation of the nervous receptors speeds up
intestinal peristalsis. The best-known stimulant laxatives are castor
oil (cascara is the active agent), senna (Ex-Lax, Senokot), bisacodyl (Dulcolax, Correctol), and aloe juice.
Problems: Stimulant laxatives are certainly “effective,” but at a
cost—diarrhea, dehydration, loss of electrolytes (particularly
potassium), intestinal cramping, and decimation of normal intestinal
flora — all of the side effects similar to ulcerative colitis and Crohn‘s
Conclusion: Just like hyperosmolar laxatives, stimulants are
unsuitable for anyone who is already suffering from intestinal disorders
such as IBS, ulcerative colitis, or Crohn‘s disease, and are of dubious
value for everybody else.
To stabilize rapidly rising osmotic or
hydraulic pressure, the
blood promptly ejects excess plasma and electrolytes (the ions of
mineral or organic salts) into the colon. The ensuing surge of fluids inside the colon
breaks down hard stools, and stimulates defecation by flowing down and
filling up the rectum.
Two of the best known saline laxatives are Milk
of Magnesia and Epsom Salts. Milk of Magnesia is an 8% water solution
of magnesium hydroxide, Mg(OH)2. It has strong antacid
properties, and interferes with gastric digestion if taken with food.
Individuals with impaired kidneys may develop toxic levels of magnesium
from extended use of Milk of Magnesia.
Epsom Salts is a brand name for
magnesium sulfate. It‘s more potent than Milk of Magnesia because it
absorbs faster, and may cause severe diarrhea, if overdosed. The risks
in each are similar.
Problems. Indigestion when taken with food, abnormal kidney
accumulation, possibility of diarrhea, dehydration, and a loss of
Conclusion: If used properly, osmotic laxatives are
may be used for loosening up hardened stools or relieving
It‘s apparent from the above
overview that an osmotic agent would be the optimal tool to normalize
stools, especially for people with nerve damage, anorectal disorders,
and chronic constipation. Fortunately, I've developed such a “better
agent.” Unlike Milk of Magnesia or Epsom Salts, it doesn‘t have any side
effects and is suitable for long-term use.
Colorectal Recovery Program
Originally, I developed Colorectal Recovery Program (CRP) for myself in
order to get off laxatives and fiber. I had to overcome
irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, severe hemorrhoidal disease, anal
fissures, and bleeding caused by a high-fiber vegetarian diet.
Before CRP, practically all trips to the bathroom
were a torturous, dreadful experience, particularly without a laxative.
I was trying to avoid laxatives because their residual side effects
included an exacerbating round-the-clock pain and discomfort related to
irritable bowel syndrome.
I haven‘t had a single case of bleeding or
acute hemorrhoidal disease since I began taking CRP regularly in
2000. It also erased a profound, paralyzing
fear of going to the bathroom due to excruciating pain and a
toilet bowl full of blood.
Similar outcomes have been confirmed by practically
everyone who started with CRP and continue using Hydro-C (colonic
moisturizer, one of its components) after reading
my books or following my recommendations. Also, since then, I am
not as dependant on Hydro-C, because CRP has helped me to restore anorectal
sensitivity and a natural urge. Obviously, I am free from IBS as well.
For those and many other good reasons I recommend using
Colorectal Recovery Program to normalize stools and maintain regularity over
other methods. Please review
the Colorectal Recovery Program page for additional detailed information about its content,
application, benefits, safety, indications, frequently asked questions,
and related facts.
— Try a corkscrew, dear!
If it upsets you that I can‘t provide a one-page “quick
fix” to eliminate fiber dependence, constipation, and other colorectal problems that you may
have accumulated over prior 10-20-30 or more years, don't get upset —
sleight of hand isn't my specialty.
Michael R. Bloomberg, a self-made billionaire and
extraordinary successful mayor of New York, put it this way in a recent
“If you have complex
problems, there probably are no simple cost-free solutions to them,
because if there were, somebody would have [already] solved them.” [link]
Similar observation applies to eliminating
fiber-dependence and related problems — it isn‘t the
same as changing a fuse or replacing a circuit board, otherwise somebody
would have already normalized them for you. Fiber was that
“honest-to-goodness” attempt to solve this “complex problem,” but you
already know its sorry outcome.
Even though our bodies are all similar at birth, they
gradually transform due to self-inflicted damage, natural aging, medical
interventions, and other factors. These determine the extent and
complexity of your particular problems and the “costs” to eliminate
For these reasons I can share with you my extensive
know-how and “battle-proven” tools to do the job, but you have to
continuously adapt these tools and suggestions to yourself. And that
means studying and understanding the “user manual,” which is what Fiber Menace and this site are.
If you do, you‘ll be rewarded with better health,
an improved quality of life, and, hopefully, a much longer life. If you
can‘t or are too busy, try to find an attentive doctor who can help you,
hopefully without fiber and laxatives.
I am not trying to scare you off — when push comes to
shove, it‘s an extremely simple approach that can be summarized in four
— Cut out all sources of processed fiber.
— Normalize stools, flora, and colon function
with Colorectal Recovery Program.
— Maintain regularity to prevent large stools
and/or fecal impaction.
That‘s really all there is to it. But that‘s just like
playing golf — a club, a ball, and a hole. What‘s the big deal, right?
But even picking the right club or hitting the center of the ball
requires knowledge, patience, and hands-on training.
Obviously, having normal stools isn‘t like playing
Masters at Augusta. But the more you know about it, the better
you‘ll be able to manage the process and the exceptions. Once you learn
the basic rules and practice a little, this will become second nature,
no different than brushing your teeth.
And don‘t forget to share your knowledge with people
who don‘t know about this site yet! Just one e-mail may save someone
from years and years of misery and disease. In many families, anything
connected to stools is a taboo subject. So parents, spouses, and adult
children may silently pretend that everything is fine until the day a
Don‘t ask! Don‘t presume. Just
send the link to this page via
e-mail or share it via Facebook, and let your
friends, colleagues, and family deal with this issue in the privacy of
their own computers! Tell them it‘s an interesting site about fiber, and
they‘ll figure out the rest!
If you are experiencing abdominal pain,
rectal bleeding, tarry stools, diarrhea, dehydration, fecal impaction,
acute diverticulosis, or haven't had bowel movements over a three-day
period, visit your doctor or emergency room immediately. DO NOT DO
ANYTHING described here or in author's book!
The information presented here is educational in
nature, represents the author‘s opinion and experience, and isn‘t
intended to treat, cure, prevent, and diagnose any disease. The author
is not a medical doctor. Before changing your diet and taking
supplements, consult your doctor or pharmacist to make sure they will
not interfere with any medical treatment you may be undergoing.