Kelly’s Uncle Wes, who long-time LCRW readers may remember as the author of an oatmeal cookie recipe a while back, just had has his first book published and even though it’s full of great stories it’s in a very different section of the bookstore than Kelly’s books!
Wes’s book is Cure Constipation Now: A Doctor’s Fiber Therapy to Cleanse and Heal (for Kelly this sort of like a real-life version of Mark Leyner’s My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist) and it just came out in paperback from Berkley. I’m very glad they chose to use a typographical cover instead of something illustrative.
Dr. Wesley Jones, to give him his full title, believes most people in the USA (and Western world) eat too much refined food and need more fiber. Here’s his bio:
He is the founder and senior partner of the Cape Fear Center for Digestive Diseases in Pennsylvania. He is chair of Curamericas Global, Inc., which provides healthcare to Central America, South America, and west African communities. He was awarded the FACP and AGAF awards for his work in the field.
Wes is passionate about health and providing quality health care and his book is full of great anecdotes about patients getting better using his program and it’s all backed up with solid research. It’s been awesome to see him go from having the idea for the book while volunteering in Iraq to getting down to it and writing and selling the book. Since, as it says on the book, about “100 million Americans suffer from chronic and sometimes very serious gastrointestinal conditions,” I figured that somewhere out there there will be some readers who will be very happy to read to his book in which he’ll show you how to :
• Relieve gas and heartburn
• Alleviate irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
• Combat acid reflux, persistent diarrhea and hemorrhoids
in his simple, three-step fiber therapy program which “has brought lasting relief to thousands of patients.” So here’s Wes:
Gavin: What did you have for breakfast today? (No cheating! If you had sugar cereal you’ve got to fess up!)
Dr. Wes Jones: I had a ham and cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread and a cup of yogurt. I also had a rounded teaspoon of Konsyl after eating breakfast. I really did not count the whole wheat/grain bread as having any significant fiber.
Why are you obsessed with what people eat?
I’m not obsessed. To me, it’s like everybody is smoking cigarettes and don’t realize what it is doing to their house of health. Many smokers assume that they will be able to dodge the odds, but sadly they are mistaken. Same is true for your diet.
Do you think Garbage In, Garbage Out applies to diets?
No, actually, the problem is that far too many people obsess about their diets not realizing how devastating their “healthy diet” actually is. So even the people who think they are eating healthy, generally aren’t and this book explains why this is so.
If food smells good, why the bathroom odor? Food has to sit inside you too long and putrefy for that to happen — this is why bathroom odor is the norm, not the exception. Bathroom odor should be more like what you smell walking into a grocery store. The late renowned (at least during his day) Dr. Denis Burkitt said that based on his research of intestinal transit times, the USA is a constipated nation and that this is why we have so much heart disease, reflux/heartburn, gallbladder disease, colon cancer, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, appendicitis and diverticulitis. To this list, in my book I have added the most commons forms of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
What do you hope to accomplish with the publication of your book?
Turn medical research upside down in addition to helping people with reflux (15-20% of the us population), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients (10-15% of our population), abdominal gas problems (20% of our population), not to mention preventing the illnesses listed above.
The point is that you can be regular and still be constipated. In fact 90% of the people I see who have complaints of diarrhea of any extended duration are actually constipated.
Also most my IBS patients don’t need to learn to live with their illness and many of my reflux patients need less potent medicines less often.
If we were out grocery shopping, what would you push and what would you try to ban?
The problem is that most whole wheat breads and pastas are not any good. They are whole wheat, it is just that they use the wrong kind of grain.
I do like the high fiber cereals like Allbran and Kashi and Fiber One, and there are others. But most people can’t eat high fiber cereals twice daily, so that is where the fiber supplements come in, and this can be flaxseed, psyllium products, Benefiber (wheat dextrin). It is fine to eat fresh vegetables and fruits for nutrition, but this is not a good source of fiber for the GI tract.
Is your book sponsored by Raisin Bran?
There are no sponsors of the book.
There’s a multi-billion dollar business behind getting people to eat crap, over-processed foods. What do you think your chances are of successfully getting your message out?
I have had interviews by Sirius Radio out of NYC, KFAI radio in Minneapolis, and one in LA, and yes, while it seems small, what I am saying is so revolutionary, I am convinced that the word will go out.
I’m getting peckish. Any recommendations for snacks?
I am not convinced that the fiber bars are good sources of fiber. So no recommendations there.
Are there any other books on eating and food you’d recommend?
No, I think they are overrated. Everyone is looking in the wrong direction. They are looking at what to put in your diet when i am talking about what has been taken out of our diet. The high fiber breads you find today by and large use the wrong kind of grains. This is explained in the book. How do you get poisons out of your body that you have inadvertently absorbed? This occurs either via your urinary system or the bile. What does the Metamucil can say? Do not take with your medicines. Think of psyllium as scrubbing your bile in addition to getting all those leftovers out of your body before they rot inside you.
We have this idea the colon does not absorb anything but salt and water. However, studies have shown that if you resect half the small bowel, you can absorb up to 2000 calories daily through the colon and if you can absorb nutrients there, you can absorb toxins.
While everyone recommends a high fiber diet, they do not know what this means in the bathroom nor how to get there and why. I do not recommend any more fiber than what dietitians and manufacturers advise.
I have devised a simple three-step program that allows people to transition to a high fiber diet as many people will not tolerate fiber well.