WHY IS FIBER SUCH A MENACE TO YOUR HEALTH?
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.
2nd edition (2008); Softcover: 296 pages;
You probably believe fiber
prevents colon and breast cancer, lowers cholesterol, reduces the risk of
heart disease, regulates blood sugar, wards off diabetes, curbs the
appetite, induces weight loss, cleanses the colon, arrests diarrhea, and
unplugs constipation. Tragically, none of this is true!
In fact, fiber-rich foods
and fiber supplements are either the primary cause of most of these
conditions, or major contributors. Please watch my investigative report
(or read the transcript) to learn the truth. If you
consume fiber for any health reasons, the next 14 minutes will turn your
life and health around:
just seen is only a small part of this incredulously bizarre consumer
fraud and medical crime. The larger part: fiber has its 'dirty hands' in
over fifty plus other disorders listed on the right. In this context,
reducing fiber in your diet may end up becoming one of the most
transformational experiences of your life. Here is the rest of this
Sex or No Sex,
We've Been Had — Big Time!
You might be surprised to find out that the
original intent behind fiber consumption wasn‘t the betterment
of your health, but the suppression of sexuality! As this book explains, fiber has indeed succeeded at rendering a
great many men and women sexually dysfunctional.
That's why just a generation ago, avoiding
fiber was the quintessence of prudent nutrition. Caring parents
everywhere, American and European alike, were earnestly peeling
fruits (apples, peaches, pears, prunes) and skinning vegetables
(tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, potatoes) before giving them to
children or eating them themselves.
The French and Italians still do it. And the
Japanese diet is practically fiber-free. Americans, on the other
hand, are urged to consume 30 to 40 grams of dietary fiber
daily, regardless of their age and health.
Many heed this advice (some with a vengeance),
assuming there can‘t be too much of a good thing. The outcome is
predictable: a pandemic of digestive disorders, diabetes, heart
disease, cancers, and obesity. These problems are worse in the
United States than in any other Western country.
All this seems hard to believe until you
actually begin examining the role of fiber in human nutrition,
Thus, the point of Fiber Menace isn't telling you what to
eat, but what not to eat and why. Here is a chapter-by-chapter
summary of what's under the cover along with a sprinkle of
readers' reviews (full names are omitted for medical privacy
Part I. Truth, More
Truth, and Diet Failure
Chapter 1, Fiber Carnage describes the role fiber plays in both
nutrition and disease, in layman‘s terms. It concludes that
fiber is an addictive substance, meaning that after you begin
consuming fiber specifically for its “health benefits,” you‘ll
need more and more fiber with every passing year to get,
literally, the same “kick in the ass.” If you abuse any organ
too long and too hard, it eventually breaks down. The list of
fiber-related fault lines is so long, the chapter takes over
thirty pages just to describe the major ones. [read]
Thinking out of the box — this book is priceless “I would love to tell you how this book has helped me with my daughter. She is 20 years old and has severe cerebral palsy, full care, and in a wheel chair. […] TRULY A MIRACLE. SHE IS BASICALLY FREE FROM ALL THE HORRIBLE SYMPTOMS except for very occasional constipation which is not a nightmare anymore. SHE IS SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 20 YEARS.” M.A.C., New Jersey
Chapter 2, Water Damage explains why the widespread
popularity of fiber brought with it another menace: increased consumption of
water. Not because more water is actually needed, but because the advice to “eat
more fiber” invariably accompanies the advice to “drink more water.” Water is
every bit as addictive as fiber, but for a different reason—the more you drink,
the more you urinate, the more you urinate, the more water you need to replace
Unfortunately, you don‘t urinate just water. Urine washes out minerals that are
crucial for health, especially potassium. Potassium deficiency happens to be one
of the primary causes of costiveness (hard stools) and constipation (irregular
stools). When that situation arises, you‘ll be advised to increase fiber and
water consumption. Imagine what happens next.
Fiber Menace & My Experience with Fiber “In the last five months, while making a point of cutting down on fiber and excess water consumption, I have lost 31 pounds and my HDL [healthy] cholesterol has also gone up somewhat, which puts it in the high range. My cardiac risk ratio has gone down significantly as my CRP test [c-reactive protein] showing heart inflammation is also down quite a bit.” L.M., Colorado
Chapter 3, Atkins Goes to South Beach illustrates the
connections between fiber and obesity, and fiber and diet failure—two of the
most pressing public health problems of our generation. The Public health
authorities‘ incessant urging that we consume more natural fiber in the form of
bread, pasta, cereals, fruits, and vegetables is precipitating an obesity
epidemic, because fiber-rich foods contain ten to twenty times as much
carbohydrate as they do fiber (5% to 10%). Unfortunately, by the time you‘re
ready to jump on the low-carb bandwagon, dropping carbs cold turkey doesn‘t
work, because your colon is already dependent on fiber to move your bowels. If
you throw the shortcomings of the Atkins and South Beach diets into this mix,
you end up with diet failure. If you didn‘t get major anorectal damage from the
“hard landing,” consider yourself lucky. For anyone who aspires to lose weight
and preserve health, this chapter alone makes reading this book worthwhile.
To eat or not to eat: that is the question “If you ever pondered a question why you can't lose weight, look no further. This book is your answer. With the true mastery, K. Monastyrsky "walks" his readers through the basics of the elegant process of weight loss. "Fiber Menace" is a jewel and a real eye opener. It is clever, informative, well researched and entertaining. Enjoy!” O.H. Ohio
Part II. All the Proof You Need
Chapter 4, Disbacteriosis. At one point or another, anyone may
experience costiveness (large, hard stools, need to strain) or constipation
(irregular stools regardless of size, shape, and volume). There are many reasons
behind these conditions (also known as dysbiosis), ranging from bad parenting to
bad poisoning, from too much fiber to too little fat, and everything in between.
Whenever external factors compromise bowel movements, the normal bacteria inside
the large intestine are the first to suffer. Because these bacteria make up the
bulk of normal stools (up to 75%), once they‘re gone, stools harden up because
the bacteria are no longer there to retain water, soften the stools, and provide
“bulk.” This chapter describes the sorry travails of these hard-working little
bugs, deciphers the events that precede their demise, and explains their
connection to health, longevity, and disease.
Fiber Menace “A fabulously informative book for those seeking knowledge on how to achieve optimal digestive function, and a must read for those interested in the repair and recovery of the entire GI system. As a person who suffers from chronic constipation I found the author's advice extremely effective and perhaps even life saving. I have resolved much of the suffering I encountered and have improved by about 90%. I continue to use the recommended recovery supplements, eat a healthy tasty diet, and am free of all fiber supplements which I had used for many years. The author's writing is clear, easy to read, thorough, and even fun for the delicate topic of digestion and elimination. There is plenty of room to tailor the program to one's specific needs or preferences.” G.S.
Chapter 5, Constipation. After the bacteria are gone, fiber
enters the picture to replace their function. For a while, it may even work as
advertised. Fiber makes stools voluminous and not as hard, and the problems
appear to be gone. Unfortunately, this is merely the calm before a calamity:
“normality” comes not from restoring the body‘s natural clockwork, but from
replacing it with an outside bulking agent; essentially, a laxative. For a
while, the problems are hidden because you don‘t yet feel them. This chapter
describes the transition through the three phases of fiber-dependence that
accompanies the functional (reversible), latent (hidden), and organic
(irreversible, only manageable) stages of constipation.
Child Safe - Child Helped“The information in this book is solid, easy to read, and practical. It can be implemented, as our family did implement it. I am grateful because my daughter no longer struggles with constipation on an ongoing basis. [...] This works. Don't be discouraged -- there is hope.”Signed as Gracious Mom
Chapter 6, Hemorrhoidal Disease. Here comes the reckoning:
large stools [caused by fiber] and the straining needed to expel them wear out
and damage the small, taut and extremely delicate anal canal. Enlarged
hemorrhoids are the first signs of trouble. As hemorrhoids get larger, the anal
canal opening gets smaller, and constipation gets worse. When that happens, most
people add more fiber to their diets. Naturally, the stools get even larger, the
anal canal opening even smaller, and the constipation more severe than ever.
This chapter describes the role of fiber in the pathogenesis and evolution of
this disorder, which afflicts up to half of all adult Americans by the age of
50. That‘s close to the number of people who become overweight on high-carb,
high-fiber diets. What goes around, comes around.
Life Saver“The beauty and strength of this book is that the approach is rational and makes no exaggerated claims. You are given a very detailed description of the process of digestion and elimination, and a highly informative account of how the process can be disturbed by over use of fiber. In my case it was a revelation.”B.L., CA
Chapter 7, Diverticular Disease. As we get older, the
muscles, bones, eyes, and hearing all grow weaker. The large
intestine is no exception. By the age of 60 up to half of
all Americans are affected by diverticular disease, which is
an irreversible bulging of the large intestine. There is
only one force that can make the intestinal walls bulge out:
large stools. There is only one food component that causes
large stools: dietary fiber. This chapter explains why this
happens, what you can do to prevent it, or how to make the
condition benign if you already have it. Trust me, you don‘t
want to experience the complications.
You need this book “I read Fiber Menace in one day and immediately began cutting out all the foods he'd suggested be cut. It took about 48 excruciating hours to transition from a woman whose intestines felt as if they were about to burst (mucosal inflammation, extreme anxiety from not being able to crap, sore rear-end, the whole nine yards) to a relaxed woman whose bowel movements come twice daily with no effort. I've lost several pounds, my stomach is flatter, and I'm eating foods I truly enjoy. Needless to say, I cannot recommend this book enough. ” Signed as Melissa
Chapter 8, Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The combined impact of
disbacteriosis, a fiber-rich diet, laxatives, constipation,
and hemorrhoids (not necessarily all of them or in that
order), brings along yet another torment—irritable bowel
syndrome. It is a functional condition, which means that
it‘s completely reversible. The problem is that everyone
tries to reverse it with more fiber and more drugs, rather
than with less fiber and bacterial supplements. This chapter
explains why up to 60 million Americans “can‘t get no
relief,” and how so many of them set themselves up for
what‘s addressed in Chapter 9.
IBC-C victim “At the young age of 21 I was struck down by IBS-C [constipation-dominant]. I'm 22 years old at the pinnacle of health due to Fiber Menace. This book is more like a Bible. It has kept my life from shambles when the doctors sent me around town to specialists which resulted in more fiber and less hope.” A.F.
Chapter 9, Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn‘s Disease. These two diseases are considered irreversible, points of no
return. Sure they are, as long as they‘re treated with even
more fiber, even more antibiotics, even more
immunodepressants, even more antispasmodics, and even more
laxatives. After you finish reading this chapter, you, too,
will be scratching your head in disbelief. If, God forbid,
you suffer from one of these conditions, you‘ll know what to
do to turn back the tide. If you do nothing, ulcerative
colitis increases the chances of getting colorectal cancer
by “32 times the normal rate” according to the National
Institutes of Health. That‘s, believe it or not, 3,200%
A must... if you really care for your health...
It will change your life! “Well is hard to even put in words how incredible my life turned around after I really applied all the knowledge I got from reading this book. […] I strongly recommend that you read every word in the book (including footnotes—there is no waste—and maybe not only once) because it will open your eyes regarding why so many digestive problems nowadays...” H.E., New York
Chapter 10, Colon Cancer. Think about it: according to this book, dietary fiber is the
primary cause of ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis
increases the chances of getting colon cancer a great many
times over. To prevent colon cancer, you‘re being told to
consume more fiber. Well, hope springs eternal, as they say.
This chapter reviews recent research data that tells the
unwelcome truth: fiber does little or nothing to prevent
colon cancer, and may actually contribute to colon cancer.
This research doesn‘t come from the bowels of the Internet,
but from some of the most distinguished medical publications
and establishments out there, such as The Lancet, The New
England Journal of Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, The National Cancer Institute, The World Health
Organization, and the like.
Top book to fix constipation “I am so happy I found Konstantin Monastyrsky's website and book. I searched for information about constipation on the Internet for a few days before I stumbled on to the website by chance. 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.” (Signed as Reader Critic)
Part III. From High To Low Without a Blow
Chapter 11, Avoiding the Perils of Transition. Imagine the promise of spectacular and permanent weight
loss, and then the disappointment experienced among people
who failed on the Atkins or South Beach diets because of
constipation, indigestion, hypoglycemia, dehydration, and
other “side effects” of reduced fiber diets. This book can
malign fiber all it wants, but what good will it do if fiber
addiction can‘t be broken without these debilitating
conditions? This chapter explains the causes behind the
fallout from fiber withdrawal, and describes key strategies
for a crash-free transition from a high- to low-fiber
lifestyle. This brings us to the final chapter.
Open you mind to open your bowel “This book is Great, It's Easy to read and very entertaining. All the references check out and you begin to ask why this isn't common knowledge. The book is worth reading just to know how much water to drink, let alone all the great ideas regarding constipation and help with the GUT. All of which work perfectly. I recommend the book to all. it helped me help my daughter and many friends too.” J.A., United Kingdom
Chapter 12, The Low-Fiber Advantage. Humans are extremely vulnerable to just about anything out
of the ordinary: heat, cold, fire, smoke, darkness, slippery
surfaces, and so on. The natural, innate fear of trauma and
death keeps most of us away from these types of perils. Not
so with health—as a rule, most people don‘t value it until
they no longer have it. Inversely, the value of health
becomes palpable when we first begin experiencing diseases,
especially those that cause pain or defy a quick fix. This
chapter enumerates the key benefits of excising fiber from
your diet. These benefits range from weight loss and
improved digestion to recovery from diabetes, indigestion,
irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn‘s disease, and ulcerative
colitis—disorders that defy conventional treatment because
drugs can only sugarcoat their symptoms, but can do nothing
to remove their causes. Fiber is the champion of harm among
A bit of common sense and the world is your oyster! “I find this book absolutely invaluable - finally! Somebody showed with simplicity and solid logic what fiber and water can do to your body and eventually to your life and career! Having Master's in Science I can assure that the principals described in the book do have a great deal of logic. Having an MBA degree I can assure you that this book was by far the best investment of my life - my health is what I really value! Get "Fiber Menace", read it, think about it, work on it - and believe me - the world is yours!” M.J, Virginia
“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
March 2, 2007
The Stats Behind Fiber's Disaster
Even if I wanted to, I couldn't dream up the
number of digestive disorders affecting Americans in my worst
nightmares. Unfortunately, it's all too true. No wonder we have
the costliest healthcare system in the world. Here are some
facts from the back cover:
The epidemiological statistics cited on the back cover was
obtained from the following sources:
1. Every tenth
adult American (over 21 million*) has been diagnosed with an
ulcer at least once in his or her lifetime.
Every fifth American (up to 60 million*) suffers from irritable
3. Every second
adult over age fifty (about 38 million*) is affected by
Hemorrhoids are very common in both men and women. About half of
the population have hemorrhoids by age 50.
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse,
a service of the National Institutes of Health;
Hemorrhoids; NIH Publication No. 02–3021; Feb. 2002;
4. Every second adult over age sixty (about 23 million*) suffers
from diverticular disease.
5. Depending on who‘s counting, over 80 million* Americans
endure chronic constipation.
The exact prevalence of constipation depends on the definition
used; prevalence estimates range from 2% to 28%.
Talley NJ; Definitions, epidemiology,
and impact of chronic constipation;
Rev Gastroenterol Disord. 2004;4
Suppl 2:S3-S10. PMID: 15184814;
6. Besides impaired digestion, over 137 million* adult Americans
are overweight or obese…
Results from the 1999-2002 National Health and Nutrition
Examination Survey (NHANES), using measured heights and weights,
indicate that an estimated 65 percent of U.S. adults [over age
20 – ed] are either overweight or obese.
Centers for Disease Control
Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity Among Adults:
United States, 1999-2002;
As you can see, fiber's toll on our health is huge. On a purely
statistical level, fiber causes more harm and death than
tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs combined.
Not surprisingly, just as in the case of the tobacco industry,
those who benefit most from peddling fiber will keep squeezing
every penny of profit out of it for as long as they can weasel
their way around the truth.
And why not? Baking cereals from cattle chow (bran), or making
laxatives from chicken feed (psyllium) is as profitable as
minting money. No, probably more profitable!
Another aspect of this tragedy is even scarier. Just as tobacco
keeps a substantial slice of the medical industry gainfully
employed, patching up fiber's shenanigans makes it rich. So why
stop the windfall?
It's really true “YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK. Read with an open mind & consider, just consider, the possibility of trying something totally new with your diet to change around your symptoms & bring gut healing. My desperation was so bad I was willing to try anything, and it was that open attitude that lead me to healing through the methods in this book. Good luck.” M.K, Chicago
Fortunately, there is hope. This is an institutional problem,
not a professional one. The absolute majority of honest,
hard-working, and honorable doctors, nurses, pharmacists,
nutritionists, and dietitians are as victimized by fiber-related
deception as their patients.
So while I am critical of many aspects of medicine, it doesn't
imply that I am critical of medical professionals wholesale.
Just like you can't blame a soldier for carrying out his
generals' orders, you can't blame individual doctors for abiding
by established guidelines.
Once, when I was presenting a lecture on a related subject, one
lady in the audience got up and said:
— Mr. Monastyrsky, what you are
saying irks me, but, as a physician, I can't find a single flaw
If ever I need a doctor, I'd like to be treated by an
introspective and honest doctor just like her. This excerpt from
Fiber Menace represents some even more nuanced discussions of this
So, if you want change, please, point out this site to medical
professionals in your life, or give Fiber Menace to read
to your physician or pediatrician. That's how the change will
come—one good doctor at a time!