The hidden killer in plain view
The subject I am about to cover will expose the truths about excess fiber and the illnesses
that are linked directly to its consumption. To most, this section will be very enlightening.
These revelations will explore the role of dietary fiber, and how it affects the life and health of the human body.
If you currently eat a small amount of fiber then it shouldn’t affect you negatively (as long as the food is natural/unprocessed food such as veggies, legumes and fruit in moderation). However, large amounts of fiber in your diet have very harmful effects on the body, this article will discuss those effects and the illnesses that are linked directly to its consumption.
I would like to make it clear that very small amounts of natural fiber will not obstruct your intestines or lead to diarrhea and or constipation in most people, as the majority of fiber will be fermented in the large intestine by your intestinal flora. The left-overs will not bulk up your stools enough to cause any damage.
However, this information is not what most people in the western world are used to hearing – instead they are instructed to consume large amounts of fiber in their diet.
Even government bodies, such as the USDA urge people to consume large dosages of fiber daily, as it is considered healthy even though some studies show it is not.
The figures below will show just how much fiber is recommended and how pervasive the big fiber lie really is.
The government recommends from 19grams to 25g for children aged 1-8 years old. For children from 9-18 years old, the recommendation is up to 38g.
For adults from 19 years old to 70 years old, the recommended amount of fiber is from 21 grams to 38g the recommendations are from the Food and Nutrition Board, which is a division of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. This is the body that creates the guidelines for the U.S. Government.
All of these figures represent very large amounts of fiber, which have adverse effects on health, and can lead to serious illnesses.
For children to consume almost the same amount as adults is crazy. Their intestines are approximately 10 times smaller then adults. You will be asking for serious trouble if you feed your child all that animal feed.
20 to 30 grams of fiber is insanely high. Give a child cereal in the morning and they have 8-10-20 g of fiber. This does not include all the fruit, breads,
beans, nuts, vegetables and all the other places we get fiber.
Fiber One 28 g
Grape nuts 14 g
All Bran 13 g
Corn flakes 6 g
Raisin Bran 6 g
Oatmeal 4 g
Rye bread 3 g
Wholegrain bread 3 g
What you are not told about fiber
Fiber causes many problems that seem to never get discussed by the government agencies, nutritionists or even doctors. It is important to know that humans have only consumed all this fiber for a short time in our history. Starting in the mid 20th century. Until recently, it was only eaten in very small amounts mostly from unprocessed natural foods.
Fiber is not a natural or evolutionary food eaten by humans.
When the sugars and starches from your meal are broken down in the small intestine, the fiber part is unable to be processed, as the human body does not have the necessary enzymes needed. It is only via machine processing that humans can consume these large amounts of fiber. This shows how unnatural fiber is for the human body.
There are two types of fiber (soluble and insoluble). Soluble fiber, if over eaten will cause osmotic diarrhea, as it soaks up water and holds the water inside the large intestine. Insoluble fiber is able to absorb digestive juices, which means it will expand four or five times its original size.
It is this expansion inside the intestine, which leads to intestinal obstruction and the other conditions discussed later in the article.
Just imagine the size of your intestine, and then think about something 4 or 5 times too big trying to get passed through it – this is what fiber creates in your colon.
Fiber is also known to hinder digestion, and is known to be a major cause of indigestion, GERD, heartburn, gastritis and ulcers.
Fiber is also known to obstruct the small intestine, causing problems of flow throughout the entire length of the intestine. As the intestines are responsible for the assimilation of nutrients, fiber related inflammatory disease causes malnutrition, and acute deficiency of vitamins and minerals, an inflamed intestine can not efficiently absorb vitamins and minerals.
Children are very likely to have issues with fiber, as their digestive organs are much smaller than those of adults.
Also note, fiber is a major cause of gas and flatulence. This is due to the gases generated during fibers fermentation within the large intestine.
Fiber will increase the size and weight of your stools, and causes mechanical damage to the colorectal organs. You will experience damage from large stools and it will lead to constipation, which will bring on even more damage.
Women tend to have more issues with fiber as the reproductive organs take up space in the abdominal cavity, and they must deal with the menstruation process. Any enlargement of the colon causes severe issues and pain. Also women tend to be more diet aware and will typically eat “healthier” then men, in today’s world that means more fiber.
It should also be noted that people taking supplemental fiber (to try to reduce cholesterol levels, loose weight, fight constipation), will develop a range of digestive disorders.
The following issues are directly linked to the consumption of fiber in the diet
Fiber and bloating
Fiber causes bloating from fermentation inside the intestines, which then creates gases. Bloating is also caused due to the acidity from the intestinal inflammation. The impact of the gases and the way that the inflammation causes the intestines to expand and balloon up.
Fiber and gas
The intestines are filed with intestinal flora, (or should be) and these bacteria are important for regular healthy functioning and digestion. It is a component of mucus, known as a mucin, which provides bacteria with the nutrients that they need to thrive. However, there are issues caused when both soluble and insoluble fiber reaches the lower intestine, which causes the bacteria to ferment everything in the intestine, and then multiply over and over again.
The fermentation process comes with huge amounts of gas. If you don’t experience gas after eating fiber, then it shows that your intestines are lacking normal bacteria, this shows that you are probably affected with dysbacteriosis (which is discussed in detail in later chapters of the book). But don’t worry this can be reversed rather quickly.
Fiber and stomach cramps
The correct term to use is abdominal cramps. The pain is actually felt in the abdominal region, coming from inflammation and a build up of gases, acidity and intestinal obstruction.
Fiber and vomiting
Many people don’t realize that fiber can cause both vomiting and nausea. These things occur as the fiber comes together in the stomach. This will stimulate the receptors that cause the vomiting center of the brain to be activated. It is the fiber that lumps together which blocks the path between the stomach and the duodenum, and will cause vomiting due to the overloaded stomach, or because it takes so long for the stomach to empty.
Should you have inflammatory stomach disease or ulcers, it is very probable there is a link to fiber related vomiting and nausea. This is because you are more sensitive than other individuals.
Fiber and rectal bleeding
Fiber is known as a bulking agent by doctors and nutritionists, as it makes your stools bulky and often wet. However, it is because the anal canal is small and narrow that when the large stools pass through, the delicate lining can be damaged, which will cause bleeding.
It is the size of the large stools, and the straining that is needed to pass them, which leads to the formation of a hemorrhoid, anal fissures and other serious problems, lacerations in the anal canal are very difficult to heal, once they are formed. However, there is even more danger from the prospect of ulcerative colitis. This is caused by the long-term contact of undigested fiber and excess fecal mater in contact with the colorectal mucosal membrane.
It should be noted that ulcerative colitis increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 3,200%. It is thought that the way fiber interacts in the body, and the connection with the large stools, is what causes precancerous polyps.
Fiber and unrelieved constipation
It is the large stools (from too much fiber), which cannot be passed. There are many people who are affected, especially children, seniors and those who are affected with a hemorrhoid or anal fissures. The size of the meal, if low in fiber has very little to do with the actual size of the bowel movement. (see chapter 3, Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Stools)
You need to resolve the excess fiber situation as quickly as possible, so that it does not lead to fecal impaction or worse. With more and more impacted stools (most people do not realize they have impacted stools), diverticular disease (expanding the colorectal wall) can be caused. Other serious conditions that can be created include megacolon (permanent stretching of the colorectal walls) and the movement of content from the intestines to the abdominals (which can be fatal in some cases).
Fiber and healthy people
Fiber might not seem to cause you problems right away. If you are healthy, there will be a delayed response to it. For sometime you might not have any adverse effects, as many people are able to burn off the calories from carbohydrates. Also, with healthy individuals, the intestines are still healthy and can process the fiber even when creating larger stools. However, the more fiber that you consume over time, the less likely you are to remain healthy.
Where is fiber found?
There are many foods that have fiber that you might not be aware of. Look at that prepackaged food label, do you see an ingredient listed as “cellulose?” Cellulose is fundamentally wood pulp, and it’s used widely in prepackaged foods as a filler, stabilizer, and or to boost “fiber” content. Cellulose is also used to improve the texture of many items and drinks such as milkshakes. If your nutrition facts label lists “dietary fiber,” chances are the product contains cellulose. Cellulose provides structure and strength to cell walls of plants and provides fiber in our diets. Although some animals can digest cellulose, humans cannot. Cellulose falls into the category of indigestible carbohydrates known as dietary fiber.
Fiber is so pervasive that it is even found within cheese, many shredded cheeses are coated with cellulose to repel moisture, drinks, sauces, ice cream, snacks, etc.. There are also many names that sound obscure, but they contain fiber. For example, fiber is found in pectin, guar gum, І-glucans, agar-agar, carrageen, hemicellulose, lignin, polylos, psyllium, polydextrose, resistant dextrin, inulin, lignin, oligofructose, fructooligosaccharides to name a few.
The names listed above are all made in the factory from wood pulp, cotton, seaweed, skins, tubers, seeds, husks, and other high-yield plants that can’t be consumed by humans, unless they are highly processed.
Really, the only way to avoid fiber is to check the food labels very carefully. If you don’t know the name of the ingredient, then you should avoid it. As such, it’s best to eat real food that is unprocessed.
See problems caused by excessive fiber.