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by Ellen Landauer
Fiber and constipation propaganda was something I firmly believed for over 45 years! Medical authorities, doctors and dietitians vigorously promoted a diet rich in cellulose!
Salads, apples, whole grains, nuts and a plethora of other plant-based foods were the healthiest diet...so I thought...
PHOTO ABOVE: Do you really want to eat like this??
Even as a child, my parents believed that 'roughage' was necessary for healthy bowel function. We did have quite a varied diet however; meat, fish, potatoes, grains, salads, fruits and juices, dairy, eggs and sweet treats as well.
In my mid-twenties, I spent 3 years on a strict macrobiotic diet, then 3 years on a strict vegan diet after the macrobiotic diet failed to support the kind of vitality for which I yearned.
Both macrobiotic diet and vegan diet are high in plant cellulose. I thought this was good.
Back then, my ideas on fiber and constipation were in the realm of fantasy!
Once the 'honeymoon period' was over, macrobiotic diet left me moody, depressed and lacking in energy. Vegan diet made me weak and sickly compared to how I had been on a varied diet.
Including dairy, fish and meat in my diet once again was an improvement.
In my 30's and 40's, I was primarily vegetarian, with a small amount of animal-based foods. I did a lot of psyllium seed cleanses during this time. This consisted of mixing 1/4 cup of ground psyllium husks with 12 oz water and chugging it down before it turned to gel - a formidable task. Often I would take powdered aloe tablets after the psyllium to irritate the bowel and stimulate peristalsis. (Yes, you heard right - herbs like senna and aloes are irritants).
The many 'holistic' magazines and books I perused were full of articles on fiber and constipation, which strongly validated my beliefs about food. I believed that psyllium and other roughage 'swept' the colon clean - but it seemed an endless task to have a 'clean' colon.
For a few decades, I drank a quart of carrot juice daily, ate large salads with vegetable oil dressings and ate plenty of fruits, nuts, seeds, nut butters and grains. Only after consuming a bellyful of rabbit food would I then eat a small amount of animal-based food. I used herbs liberally, drank tea with honey, ate lots of apples, and didn't stop to wonder why I was prone to be a little achey, depressed, annoyed or tired.
I also was always hungry. I needed to snack on nuts, dried fruits, etc. The more of these items I ate, the harder it was to stop eating. I was not fat, exerciesed a lot - but the hunger never seemed to calm down.
I was not yet aware that the abundance of cellulose in my diet was interfering with elimination. I figured I just needed to eat MORE of it! The association between fiber and constipation was not yet a concept.
My ideas on fiber and constipation recently got tossed in the crapper (sorry, I couldn't resist). After many years of thinking of humans as vegetarians or omnivores, I now see us as carnivores. This is my path, and I'm not going back!
Since eliminating all plant foods, I feel better than I have in many years!
I eat two meals a day; raw dairy (usually fresh sheep milk mixed with equal amount of cream, and four hours later, a meat meal (usually rib eye steak or other beef mixed with a generous sprinkling of pure salt).
PHOTO ABOVE: Noon meal.
PHOTO ABOVE: Dinner (no longer includes the garlic).
Oh, you might say, but what about the configuration of our dentition? We have molars for grinding roughage, therefore the percentage of plant foods should equal the percentage of molars in our mouth. We only have 4 canine teeth and even those are not really fangs. (Folks, this is part of the propaganda)! However we also share in common with wolves, dogs and felines 8 incisors (4 top and 4 in bottom jaw).
In my new experience on an animal-based diet, I find the molar teeth do a great job of chewing meat (raw or cooked) of all kinds. We must also remember that as primitive humans evolved, they soon had fire - and fire does serve to tenderize meat, as long as we don't overcook it. Primitives also aged their meat at times, wrapping it in leaves or bark and burying it with rocks on top to keep the other carnivores from eating it.
Not only is my body proving to me that we are carnivores - hunters - but there is a movment afoot - the Carnivore Diet movement - which is proving this in thousands of other peoples' bodies and health as well.
Savvy, openminded medical doctors are traveling the world lecturing on the real facts about ideal human diet. Dr. Paul Mason, Dr. Nadir Ali, Dr. Shaun Baker and Dr. Frank Shallenberger are just a few of these doctors. These great doctors present reams of research in their talks - proving that everything I believed about fiber and constipation - for decades - was unequivocally wrong!
Our healthiest ancestors were - hunters. You notice I didn't say 'hunter-gatherers.' The amount of plant matter these people ate was so small that it seems calling them 'hunter-gatherers' is a ploy to try and emphasize plant-eating.
Here is a research study on fiber and constipation
"It is a widely accepted view that dietary fiber is essential for gut health and to promote bowel movements. However, most patients with chronic constipation seen by the authors were already taking high fiber diet with no improvement in their symptoms."
"The authors showed that reducing dietary fiber intake may actually improve symptoms of chronic constipation."
Fiber and Constipation: Another Study:
Consuming too much fiber can cause excess fermentation to spill over into the small intestine leading to a condition called Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).
The small intestine normally contains drastically fewer and different bacteria than the large intestine. SIBO occurs when bacteria from the large intestine invade and multiply in the small intestine. There is a growing list of digestive conditions linked to SIBO including Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Not surprisingly, SIBO symptoms can include abdominal pain, bloating, distention, gas, acid reflux, cramps, diarrhea or constipation and even malnutrition.
Irritable Bowel Syndrom (IBS), SIBO and Fiber
Dr. Mark Pimentel and colleagues at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, as well as Dr. John Hunter’s group at Addenbrooke’s Hospital NHS Trust, Cambridge, UK, have both published on the link between IBS, abnormal fermentation and SIBO.
Ellen Landauer is an expert with over 40 years in-depth study and experience of the safe and effective use of nutritional supplements, botanical extracts and detoxification methods.
She is Certified as an Advanced Practitioner of Structural Integration body therapy developed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf - also known as Rolfing. This hands-on therapy is the deepest, most comprehensive body alignment therapy.
Ellen Landauer is also a NEWLY PUBLISHED AUTHOR!
To learn more about Ellen Landauer, see her detailed bio HERE
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