Okay, it’s 6:00 pm and I have to get this post out – and I had a wisdom tooth extracted a few hours ago, and these pain killers are a one-way ticket to la-la land… but here goes.
I’ve taken the opportunity of having little to do at work in the past couple of months to make the rounds of doctors and dentists, catching up on all the visits I should have made over the past few years, and naturally a few ‘issues’ have come up, like the aforementioned wisdom tooth. Well, my GP tells me that at 43, I have developed type 2 diabetes. Not good, but it means that I’m going to start eating right and exercising, along with jabbing my finger three times a day to check my glucose levels. Fun, let me tell you. Along the way, I did a little research on fiber, because everybody says that a high fiber diet is good for what ails me, and I encountered this fellow: http://fibermenace.com/.
Konstantin Monastyrsky, a one-man crusade against fiber. He has all the earmarks of a crank, fighting a lone battle against the establishment, accusing all and sundry of invovlement in ‘big fiber,’ an enormous conspiracy against the public’s health. Only he has seen the truth. He points to a selection of studies that don’t show the expected results in favor of fiber. He has a whole list of things that fiber doesn’t do – it doesn’t help your heart, it doesn’t counteract diabetes, it doesn’t clean out your system – domino after domino falls before the assault from this pharmacist, computer programmer, and nutritionist.
Not only that, he makes some good points about the history of fiber, pointing out that early proponents of high fiber diets were themselves pretty much coo-coo for cocoa puffs. John Harvey Kellogg, for example, was obsessed with enemas and took a very strong anti-sex and anti-masturbation line, reportedly (though it could be a myth) never having sex with his wife. He was also an active member of the eugenics movement, beleiving that the races should not mix.
So the skeptical bells are ringing. How do we evaluate Monastyrsky’s claims? Check back in next week for part II. I’ll be especially grateful for comments from anyone who knows something about this topic, which has suddenly become very dear to my heart. As it were.