You deserve to be free of the dread of going (or not going) to the bathroom!
Constipation is at the root of all gastrointestinal disorders. It starts shortly after birth at a 3% rate, exceeds 50% by the age of 50, and reaches over 90% by 80. All along, it wreaks havoc with your gut and health.
To prove its harm, research physicians from the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco studied "12,838 adults 18 to 50 years of age with at least 24 months of follow-up who were treated for chronic constipation from 2008 to 2013 [link]." Here is what they found [link]:
Are you sitting down?
According to the report presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology [link], these risks (or hazard ratios) were 7.68 times higher for ischemic colitis, 6.26 times higher for colorectal cancer, and 5.06 times higher for diverticulitis. That's, respectively, a 768, 626, and 506 percent increase over the duration of the study. If the study had lasted longer than five years, these risks would be even higher.
As with most other lifestyle-related disorders, bad doctoring, bad dietary advice, addictive laxatives, and prescription drugs are the main culprits of chronic constipation in children and adults.
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Women of childbearing age suffer the most because constipation enlarges stools, causes flatus, and distends the colon inside the tightly packed abdominal cavity. The resulting intra-abdominal pressure constrains the neighboring uterus — a condition behind most pain, cramping, discomfort, domestic disunion, and workplace tensions associated with PMS (premenstrual syndrome).
In otherwise healthy adults, constipation is usually preceded by decades of semi-regular stools that are too large, too hard, too infrequent, or all three. Because of straining and retention, abnormal stools gradually decimate the insides of the colon, rectum, and anal canal, until one day the bowels no longer move as intended by nature — once or twice daily, usually after a meal, and with zero effort or notice.
Therefore, if you wish to have a healthy gut for the rest of your long life, it's best to recognize and eliminate abnormal stools long before they bite you in the butt, literally and figuratively.
— But what exactly are normal stools?
— Well, here is the answer:
If your BSF number isn't right, begin your healing and recovery by reading this page [link], or start from reviewing the answers to the following questions:
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Strange but true — the content of your toilet bowl predicts your future with more certainty than a crystal ball. With that in mind, read up, look down, and stay well!
A large part of this site is focused on the role of dietary fiber in the pathogenesis of chronic constipation and constipation-related colorectal disorders. Explaining this paradox has been a central theme of my book on this subject that preceded the development of this site:
After seeing the words "menace" and "fiber" in one sentence, many well-meaning people in and out of the medical community concluded that its author had gone postal. I wouldn't blame you for thinking the same, considering just how widespread is the popularity of dietary fiber.
Fortunately, the world is still full of brave scientists and medical doctors willing to challenge the most sacred medical dogmas. In September of 2012, seven years to the day after Fiber Menace was released, the World Journal of Gastroenterology published a seminal article entitled Stopping or reducing dietary fiber intake reduces constipation and its associated symptoms. Here is its conclusion:
Yes, you aren't misreading this quote! Just as I have been saying all along — LESS or NO fiber in one’s diet REDUCES the symptoms of constipation.
Rest assured, I am not cherry-picking this research from obscure medical blogs to support my point of view. You, too, can read this article in its entirety on the website of the National Library of Medicine, a division of the U.S. National Institutes of Health [link].
Author of Fiber Menace and GutSense.org