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Fiber Menace: Conclusion

In Health We Trust!

I never wanted to be a doctor because I’m too squeamish, too impressionable, and too fastidious—not exactly the qualities called for to examine and care for sick people. Nonetheless, I went to me­di­cal school to yield to my mother wishes, chose the phar­ma­ceuti­cal track to make this experience as short and sterile as possible, and left the field for greener pastures (computer science, invest­ment banking, business management) as soon as I graduated.

Despite my enormous curiosity about the workings of the human body, medical school didn’t teach me anything truly useful about preserving health and vitality. That wasn’t the goal of my curricu­lum: doctors and pharmacists are trained to take care of the sick, not the healthy.

And that’s one of life’s strange ironies—throughout the formative years we study many complicated subjects that rarely become use­ful in adulthood, but not simple and indispensable matters such as health, manners, or relationships. These life- and career-defining skills are primarily implanted by our parents and peers and to a lesser extent by pop culture (movies, television, books, periodicals, and, nowadays, the Internet).

The parental influence is by far the strongest influence simply be­cause of a parent’s lengthy “ownership” of our young, imprin­table minds, and their control over what gets inside our stomachs. If your parents are healthy, you’re lucky. If not, you’re likely to car­bon copy most of your parents’ bad habits and related ills.

That’s why I often chuckle while reading studies that blame life­style diseases on genetics, forgetting (or ignoring) the fact that 18–20 years of sharing the same dinner table with a constipated mom or diabetic dad has nothing to do with genetics, but everything with what was on that table. Not that genetics aren’t important, but food choices originate in the supermarket aisles, not in the genes.

In any event, by the time you begin reading this kind of book, you must have already been making your own dinner for some time, and it’s already too late to change your parents or improve your genes. But it’s never too late to drop excess carbs and fiber from your diet.

Nothing discredits fiber better and faster than the people who re­cover by dropping it from their diets. We survived millions of years of merciless evolution despite fiber, not because of it. It’s no accident that the American frontier culture, with its reliance on ranching, and not fiber-rich crops, went on to build a great nation.
Finally, please realize that I am not a doctor, nor am I playing one on these pages. This book distills generally available informa­tion about fiber-related disorders. It doesn’t, however, provide medi­cal advice on how to diagnose and treat diseases. For that, you need a caring, open-minded, and competent doctor. Once you find one, just follow these simple rules:

Of course, not ever needing a doctor is best. For that, be proac­tive. Drop the fiber. Reduce the carbs. Don’t drink more water than your body needs. Don’t take lifestyle drugs, change the lifestyle. Take quality supplements. Enjoy a daily walk. Don’t eat anything that your great-great-great-grandparent wouldn’t have eaten. Pray to God to give you health while you have it, and not when it’s gone.