The easiest way to turn a legitimate disease into a mere nuisance is by blaming the patients' perception for feeling sick. That is exactly what Big Pharma did by turning 'constipation' into 'irregularity' in order to cover up one of the most dominant side effects of prescription drugs. No constipation — no problems getting the FDA approval to peddle these drugs, making a bundle of money in the process, and you — constipated for life!
What Is The Difference Between Irregularity And Constipation?
Actually, none… It is all the same, and this
distinction only came out recently.
According to the authors of the Merck Manual Of
Diagnosis and Therapy — the number one medical reference in the United
States — you are regular if you move your bowels at least once every
three days. Constipation comes only on day four.
The publisher of the Merck Manual — Merck & Co. —
happens to be one of the world‘s largest drug makers, with close to $27.4
billion annual revenue in 2009.
Persistent chronic constipation happens to be one of
the most prominent side effects of almost all contemporary prescription
drugs, particularly antibiotics, cholesterol reducers, proton pump
inhibitors, and blood pressure reducers, the product categories that
bring Merck most of its billons.
By stretching out the definition of “constipation” to
the fourth day, Merck was able to overcome this intractable obstacle
while pushing their drugs through clinical trials and FDA approval.
If you take prescription drugs that may contribute to
constipation or are simply concerned over irregularity, please visit
this page to learn about big Pharma‘s effort to hide the side effects of
prescription medication, and, in effect, to hook you up on even more
But most importantly, you will learn how to restore
regularity without any complication-prone fiber supplements and
The transformation of honest-to-God constipation into benign irregularity isn‘t that difficult to accomplish.
Pharmaceutical companies, such as Merck, control directly or sponsor
indirectly the publishing of most medical textbooks and reference books,
the curriculum of continuous education courses for doctors, the content
of licensing exams, and practically almost all clinical research in
Here comes the definition of constipation in the Merck
“Many people incorrectly believe that a daily
defecation is necessary and complain of constipation if stools occur
less frequently.” [link]
In other words, according to Merck, moving your bowels
daily isn‘t necessary. And if you still believe this is wrong, and not
moving your bowels daily bothers you, according to the same Merck, you
are simply a psycho:
“Obsessive-compulsive patients often feel the need to
rid the body daily of “unclean” wastes. Such patients often spend
excessive time on the toilet or become chronic users of cathartics.” [link]
In other words, it isn't the side effects of the drugs
you may be taking, but it‘s all in your head, and it‘s all your fault…
When doctors diagnose you as “obsessive-compulsive,”
they can put you on anti-psychotic drugs for constipation or
constipation-dominant irritable bowel syndrome. Unfortunately, pretty
much all anti-psychotics, sedatives, and antidepressants make
constipation even worse, because they diminish muscle tone and nerve
This coincidence opens up a treasure trove of income
opportunities to prescribe fiber to bulk up stools, antibiotics to
relieve inflammation and bloating from fiber fermentation; blood
thinners to prevent clotting because the heart is also one big muscle,
and clots form on the periphery when it isn‘t pumping the blood
efficiently. And so it goes on, until you die from the ensuing
treatment, medical errors, drug side effects, cardiac arrest, blood
clots, or cancer.
At this point some people say:
— Oh, come on, Mr. Monastyrsky, all of this is a
fantasy… You have a propensity for seeking out medical conspiracies…
Well, to make sure that I am as sane as the Pope, I
consulted my collection of out of print Merck Manuals, going back two
generations ago. Here is what the 9th edition (1956) had to say about stool
frequency and constipation treatment:
“Constipation: difficult or infrequent passage of
stools” (p. 644)
And when constipation was related to what they called
“(1) Eat regularly and follow a moderately bland diet
containing, however, some fruit and low-roughage vegetables. (2) Try to
have the bowel move at the same time daily...” (p. 646)
By “bland” and “low-roughage” they, of course, meant
“low-fiber.” They didn‘t say it that way because back then the concept
of “dietary fiber” in connection with health and nutrition hadn‘t really
existed, and the word fiber isn‘t mentioned once in all the 1870 pages
in the 9th edition of The Merck Manual.
So, as you can see for yourself, just two generations
ago, the recommendations from the same Merck manual were the complete
opposite of today‘s:
— Infrequent passage of stools, meaning not every
day, was still “constipation” around the time I was born.
— A low-fiber diet was preferred for constipation,
particularly in case of constipation-dominant irritable bowel.
Interestingly, an Internet search of the current 18th
edition hits the term “dietary fiber” 184 times. Since Merck Co.
can‘t change basic human physiology to sell more and more drugs, it
keeps changing the medical references. So much, ladies and gentlemen, for my
propensity to seek out medical conspiracies…
In this context, entrusting your health to the Merck
Manual-educated physicians is pretty much the same as asking a registered
sex offender to baby-sit your precocious child. Nonetheless, the Merck
Manual is considered the “gold standard,” and relied upon by practically
all medical doctors for what they call “trusted” information. Good Lord!
Let me conclude: If you are irregular according to the
Merck 18, or constipated according to the Merck 9, then start learning
how to become regular without fiber and laxatives from here: No Downsize,
These sections address all kinds of constipation — from sporadic
and functional to chronic and organic, and for all age groups — infants,
toddlers, pre-teens, teens, young adults, middle-aged, and seniors.
They also provide a great deal of professional information for
doctors, so they don‘t freak out when you tell them that according to
Merck 9, fiber makes constipation worse, not better, and that their
'trusted' Merck 18 may be dead wrong!