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Fiber

Fiber

Recent History

January 1, 1869

A treatise on the function of digestion; its disorders, and their treatment

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Pavy suggests that vegetables cause flatulence in 1869.

The object to be attained in the treatment of flatulence is the improvement of the digestive energy and the muscular tone of the stomach. Digestive solution without spontaneous decomposition is what is wanted, and the muscular power should be such as to be capable of expelling by eructation whatever gas may chance to be produced, instead of allowing it to accumulate. The food should be easy of digestion, and taken at regular intervals. Vegetable articles, from their difficulty of digestion, are not unlikely to occasion flatulence with a weakened stomach. 

January 1, 1932

New health for everyman.

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Arbuthnot thinks roughage should be added to the diet to reduce intestinal diseases.

 In 1932, a ‘New Health’ movement was promoted in which people were urged to include plenty of roughage in their diets and it was hoped then that the prompt passing of stools after each substantial meal would reduce the incidence of intestinal diseases.

In the 1930s Arbuthnot Lanel promoted a "New Health" movement in which he urged, inter alia, that plenty of roughage should be included in the diet. Efficient defaecation and the passage of stools promptly after every substantial meal carried the hope that the incidence of intestinal disease would thereby be reduced. Thirty years later Burkitt suggested that the freedom of Africans from intestinal cancer might be related to their subsistence on coarse cereal foods, which promoted the frequent excretion of copious, loose stools.

http://www.thelancet.com.secure.sci-hub.tw/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(86)91316-4/fulltext

January 17, 1933

Ten Lessons on Meat - For Use in Schools

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Although the book doesn't implicate meat in causing disease "in many cases meat has a place in the treatment of the very diseases which it was once said to cause.", it does introduce an error whereby indigestible cellulose needs to be eaten in order to enhance bulk of the stool. "Meat, since it is so completely digested, furnishes very little of the bulk necessary to regulate body functions."

Meat in Bright's disease. 


The present diet in Bright's disease is in striking contrast to the theory of diet formerly held. An abundance of protein is the rule in the new diet. Dr. McLester says: "It was the custom to think only in terms of protein catabolism and of the harmful effects of its end-products, and consequently the patient was told to eat no meat. Now attention is directed to the anabolic influences of protein, its upbuilding effects and beneficial influence on repair processes, and the patient is told to take liberal amounts of this essential foodstuff." s 


Meat does not cause disease. 


In the past many erroneous beliefs were held regarding meat as a contributing cause to disease. Meat has been blamed for a long list of diseases such as kidney trouble, rheumatism, high blood pressure, cancer, hardening of the arteries, gout, etc. In the light of the newer knowledge of foods and diet through careful scientific investigation, these old theories not only have been discarded, but in many cases meat has a place in the treatment of the very diseases which it was once said to cause. 


Meat lacks bulk. 


Meat, since it is so completely digested, furnishes very little of the bulk necessary to regulate body functions. If the entire diet were made up of food lacking in bulk, there would be difficulty in eliminating waste products from the body. It is essential, therefore, to eat plenty of leafy vegetables and fruit with their frame-work of indigestible cellulose as well as for the nutrients that make these foods valuable.

January 1, 1963

Some geographical variations in disease pattern in East and Central Africa.

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Burkitt attributes low cancer rate to high fiber diet.

Thirty years later Dr Dennis Burkitt, while working as a doctor in Africa, discovered that there was a much lower incidence of cancer of the colon among rural black Africans than among Europeans and Americans. He attributed this low incidence to their relatively crude diet. The theory was that fibre hastened the passage of the bowel contents thus allowing less time for cancer-inducing agents to form. This, of course, presupposed that food became carcinogenic in the gut and there was no evidence that it did. Neither was there any evidence that moving food through the intestine at a faster rate decreased the risk of cancer.

January 1, 1971

Epidemiology of cancer of the colon and rectum. 1971.

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Lack of fiber in the diet was first postulated in 1971 as the cause of diseases such as diverticulosis, hemorrhoids and colorectal cancer

The close relationship between bowel cancer and other non‐infective diseases of the bowel, such as benign tumor, divert ocular disease, and appendicitis, indicates that these conditions may have a common or related etiology. Their close association with the refined diet characteristic of economic development suggests that the removal of dietary fiber may be a causative factor. These diseases are all rare in every community examined which exists on a high residue diet, and common in every country where a low residue diet has been adopted. Dietary fiber has been shown to regulate the speed of transit, bulk, and consistency of stools, and together with other dietary factors is probably also responsible for the changes which have been demonstrated in the bacterial flora of feces. It seems likely that carcinogens produced by the action of an abnormal bacterial flora when held for a prolonged period in a concentrated form in contact with the bowel mucosa may account for the high incidence of these diseases in economically developed countries.

Ancient History

Books

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

Published:

October 15, 2008

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

Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia

Published:

November 15, 2010

Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia

The Low Fiber Diet: 6-Week Plan for Restoring your Bowel Health

Published:

April 12, 2017

The Low Fiber Diet: 6-Week Plan for Restoring your Bowel Health

The Bloated Belly Whisperer: See Results Within a Week and Tame Digestive Distress Once and for All

Published:

December 24, 2018

The Bloated Belly Whisperer: See Results Within a Week and Tame Digestive Distress Once and for All

The Carnivore Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Optimal Health by Returning to Our Ancestral Diet

Published:

February 25, 2020

The Carnivore Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Optimal Health by Returning to Our Ancestral Diet

Gut and Physiology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Allergies, Autoimmune Illness, Arthritis, Gut Problems, Fatigue, Hormonal Problems, Neurological Disease and More

Published:

November 23, 2020

Gut and Physiology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Allergies, Autoimmune Illness, Arthritis, Gut Problems, Fatigue, Hormonal Problems, Neurological Disease and More
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