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Part ii

All the Proof You Need

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
George Bernard Shaw (1856—1950)


The Fiber Menace Gets Real

Conceivably, an experienced medical writer can write about anything related to health and medicine. The amount of information—textbooks, physicians’ references, academic research, clinical and epidemiological data—is infinite, and it’s yours for the taking in the libraries and on the Internet.

Predictably, a book about dietary fiber based on all of those sources would recommend more fiber, more water, and more exercise, because that’s what the consensus is among the top clinical, academic, and public health researchers.Why, then, would someone write a book that calls fiber a menace and declares it a threat to public health—the complete opposite of mainstream opinion?

The answer is: because it is! And I have the first-hand knowledge of it not from studying medical publications, but from years of pain and suffering caused by progressively worsening irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, hemorrhoidal disease, and anal fissures. None of them came from poor health, lack of medical care, or misfortune, but from a high-fiber diet, recommended by well-intentioned physicians.

So I knew from the get-go that fiber-related complications would be a tough nut to crack. But it was only after I began researching and writing about it that I came to realize just how complicated, multifaceted, and challenging this problem really is, especially when all of the “aggravating” aspects are factored in—age, health, gender, occupation, medications, ethnicity, even one’s character. In a nutshell, what I learned during the years of hardship, recovery, and research into this subject, is this:

It simply can’t be so, right? Well, keep reading!


1 Ulcerative Colitis; NIH Publication No. 03–1597 April 2003; [link]