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  • #16
    kmonastyrsky

    Thank you so much for your books. Not only do I recommend them, I think they have helped in saving my life, as has Mark Sisson and the members of this forum.
    "When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power." - Alston Chase

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    • #17
      Originally posted by kmonastyrsky View Post
      Omni,

      Thank you for your kind words about my work. Regretfully, your comment about me not providing sufficient details about fiber is incorrect. My book opens with the following statement:

      "If you consume minor quantities of fiber from natural, unprocessed food, there isn‘t anything wrong with it, because (a) small amounts of natural fiber (which is mostly soluble) will not obstruct your intestines or cause diarrhea, (b) most of it will get fermented in the large intestine, and (c) the remainder will not bulk up the volume of stool high enough to cause any damage from “roughage.” But that‘s not what most Americans do or are urged to do..."

      You can read the reminder of this chapter here: Fiber Menace: Excerpts from the book.

      I make it absolutely clear there and elsewhere that my beef is squarely with fiber laxatives and processed foods, such as bread, pasta, and morning cereals fortified with bran (fiber).

      And, as you correctly noted, my book is addressed primarily to people affected by colorectal disorders. This is quite clear from the title of my book:

      "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."

      Thank you again,

      Konstantin Monastyrsky, the author of Fiber Menace and GutSense.org
      Thanks for your response and a warm welcome to you.

      I haven't read your book, instead my comments were based on members responses who had read your book and they seemed to have an exaggerated fear of fibre and in addition I did visit your site a while ago and read through a variety of pages and other links that you had written, it may well be the context and although I could see where your underlying message was coming from, the feelings I got from it were an indiscriminate prejudice against dietary fibre. So possibly to more often address the distinction of healthy whole food fibre vs added fibre and suppliments may help readers stay on track with the core message.

      I will go and have another look at your link just to refresh myself, and just to repeat:

      I think your message is very important and everyone should take it on board and understand how fibre can be healthy, but in some instances where there are potential GI issues, then it can become an unmitigated disaster and create a major problem where there was only a minor one to begin with. Your work added significantly to my health knowledge and inspired me to look deeper at the GI/Fibre/Microbiota story in relation to maintaining good health and has reversed my outlook about using fibre suppliments to maintain GI health.

      Hope you will pop in from time to time, good luck with it.
      "There are no short cuts to enlightenment, the journey is the destination, you have to walk this path alone"

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      • #18
        Originally posted by otzi View Post
        I'm trying to decide if I like this guy or not. He is seeming to put off a wanna-be guru vibe to me. Read this comment/answer and tell me what you think...is it going to be worth following his wisdom?
        Originally posted by Neckhammer View Post
        Well, anybody selling a book or promoting their ideas tend to take on that authoritative tone. It turns me off, but I think that the vast majority of people actually have the opposite response. People wanna be led I suppose. It's part of the problem I have with posters here sometimes when they use their "big voice" when spouting obvious opinion rather than agreed upon facts.
        They come in all shapes and sizes, in some ways I actually like the more abrasive ones than the smooth ones, the challenge is to look over their persona and try to decipher the message, I don't have to like the person to take on board good information, and most of the time it's just a lead for me and then I look elswhere for corroborating evidence.
        "There are no short cuts to enlightenment, the journey is the destination, you have to walk this path alone"

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        • #19
          He reminds me of the villain from Raiders of the Lost Ark, lol. Watch his video on stool analysis.

          http://www.gutsense.org/

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          • #20
            Another article from Konstantin Monastyrsky; On how long it take to lose the weight:

            How to Determine the True Duration of Your Weight Loss Diet
            "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

            - Schopenhauer

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            • #21
              Omni,

              Thank you so much about your kind words about my work. It's unfortunate that so many comments on this subject are concentrating on my persona, what I look like, and so on, as if it is a beauty pageant or popularity contest.

              Fiber Menace is a specialized book that deals with a narrow subject. It is non-dogmatic, and completely based on mainstream academic research. There isn't anything there that belongs to "Konstantin Monastyrsky." I am a reporter, not a scientist. I report on information that is in the open and from the bluest-of-the-bluest (chip) sources.

              I am guessing people who are concentrating on the messenger instead of the message are causing a huge disservice to their own health, and the degree of prejudice and hostility to a complete stranger is hard to comprehend.

              So, I hope, other people on this forum, will see your point, will try to understand my point (which is, incidentally, endorsed by Mark in one of his essays), and concentrate on loving their guts rather than hating mine.
              Last edited by kmonastyrsky; 03-28-2013, 10:15 AM.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by kmonastyrsky View Post
                Omni,

                Thank you so much about your kind words about my work. It's unfortunate that so many comments on this subject are concentrating on my persona, what I look like, and so on, as if it is a beauty pageant or popularity contest.

                Fiber Menace is a specialized book that deals with a narrow subject. It is non-dogmatic, and completely based on mainstream academic research. There isn't anything there that belongs to "Konstantin Monastyrsky." I am a reporter, not a scientist. I report on information that is in the open and from the bluest-of-the-bluest (chip) sources.

                I am guessing people who are concentrating on the messenger instead of the message are causing a huge disservice to their own health, and the degree of prejudice and hostility to a complete stranger is hard to comprehend.

                So, I hope, other people on this forum, will see your point, will try to understand my point (which is, incidentally, endorsed by Mark in one of his essays), and concentrate on loving their guts rather than hating mine.
                It's all good--we like to beat up everybody around here. You should see how we treat Danny Roddy!

                Anyway, I'm following your new series, but I think you will get a lot grief from many following your advice. CICO doesn't seem to work for a lot of people, even though it worked for you.

                We often see people speaking authoritatively for everyone based on their own experience, but we are giving you a chance as you are only up to part2 of a long series.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by kmonastyrsky View Post
                  It's unfortunate that so many comments on this subject are concentrating on my persona, what I look like, and so on, as if it is a beauty pageant or popularity contest.
                  Hello Mr. Monastyrsky, Just ignore the ignorant posters! This forum need science based information and your perspective is interesting and appreciated!
                  "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

                  - Schopenhauer

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by kmonastyrsky View Post
                    Omni,

                    Thank you so much about your kind words about my work. It's unfortunate that so many comments on this subject are concentrating on my persona, what I look like, and so on, as if it is a beauty pageant or popularity contest.
                    I am also following your series with interest. Agreed - there have been some unkind messages about you personally rather your work, but usually when people have to resort to criticising your appearance it's because they have nothing constructive to say about your actual argument.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by lucy1984 View Post
                      I am also following your series with interest. Agreed - there have been some unkind messages about you personally rather your work, but usually when people have to resort to criticising your appearance it's because they have nothing constructive to say about your actual argument.
                      Yes, some of us would like you to know that your presence here in this forum is very welcome and appreciated.

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                      • #26
                        I just hate blog features that draw the whole thing out for like EVER only to get more people to look at the ads or whatever. I have nothing against the author of the series. I would read a longer article just to get to the point or just wait the 6 months or however long it takes until the final installment and hopefully come across it then.
                        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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