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"Fiber and Starch Since infant formula manufacturers strive to emulate human milk and human milk contains no fiber, fiber is not added to routine formulas. High fiber intakes may also interfere with adequate caloric intake and inhibit the absorption of minerals including trace elements.38 Recently, however, Ross developed a soy-based infant formula with soy fiber, for short term feeding of infants with diarrhea. The added fiber holds water and the fiber-supplemented formula has been shown to reduce the number of watery stools during mild to severe diarrhea."
- Reginald C. Tsang, Nutrition During Infancy: Principles and Practice (Get the book.)

"Calcium is absorbed through the intestinal tract, and fiber shortens the time that our food travels through the intestinal tract. The less time the food is there, the less time we have to absorb calcium, other minerals, and other nutrients as well. While a high fiber diet has many advantages, with too much fiber this is one disadvantage. However, many people who may think they eat a "high" fiber diet may actually not be eating enough fiber to have a significant impact on calcium absorption. The high amount of processed foods in our diets has greatly decreased our fiber intake."
- Beth M. Ley, How to Fight Osteoporosis & Win: The Miracle of Microscrystalline Hydroxapitite (McHc) (Get the book.)

"Take a look at all the ways both soluble and insoluble fiber can help you shed those pounds. Fiber adds bulk to your intestines, making you feel full. It takes longer to eat a high-fiber food than processed food. People who eat slowly tend to eat less than people who eat quickly because slow eating gives their bodies time to "realize" that they ate. By helping your body move fat and calories through your digestive system, fiber actually increases the amount of calories you excrete in your feces (Mayell, Murray)."
- Mike Adams, Natural Health Solutions (Get the book.)

"The FBI's hair and fiber experts can take a particular questioned fiber and match it precisely to a fiber that has come from a known manufacturer in a particular color and style. Manufacturers use constantly changing formulas for dye and for materials, and fibers can come in all sorts of sizes and shapes—round, delta, trilobal, oval, wrinkly. The top hair-and-fiber person in the FBI is a unit chief named Douglas Deedrick, who works at the Laboratory at FBI headquarters. They say that Deedrick has a near photographic memory for fibers he may have seen just once before in his career."
- Richard Preston, The Demon in the Freezer (Get the book.)

"In contrast, increasing fiber intake is mentioned five times in the executive summary. (One of the authors and two of the reviewers have done research on fiber funded by Procter and Gamble, the manufacturer of Metamucil.) The drug companies have plenty to gain from the pro-drug orientation of the updated guidelines. If the guidelines are followed, sales of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs will increase by at least $20 billion to $30 billion per year."
- John Abramson, Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine (P.S.) (Get the book.)

"George Elliot ( Healthy fiber for Super Health^ • EAT BERRIES, surprisingly good sources of fiber. • KEEP BEANS HANDY, probably the best fiber sources. Cook dried beans and freeze in portions. Use canned beans for faster meals. • INSTEAD OF ICEBERG LETTUCE, choose deep green lettuces, romaine, bib, butter, etc., spinach or cabbage for variety salads. • LOOK FOR "100% WHOLE WHEAT" or whole grain breads. A dark color isn't proof; check labels, compare fibers, grains, etc. • WHOLE GRAIN CEREALS. Hot, also cold granolas with sliced fruit. • GO FOR BROWN RICE."
- Patricia Bragg and Paul C. Bragg, The Miracle of Fasting: Proven Throughout History for Physical, Mental & Spiritual Rejuvenation (Get the book.)

"It all added up to enough fiber to start a paper mill. The higher content of fiber in a primarily vegetarian diet is the basis of many of its advantages: its ability to collect and pull toxic substances out of the body, for example. I am horrified by the nearly total absence of fiber in the standard American diet, which is largely meat, white flour, milk products, eggs, sugar, fats, and oils—all of which are fiberless. The occasional addition of potatoes or green salad, which do contain a bit of fiber, comes nowhere close to remedying the situation."
- Rudolph M. Ballentine, M.D., Radical Healing: Integrating the World's Great Therapeutic Traditions to Create a New Transformative Medicine (Get the book.)

"Not only does low fiber cause constipation, but fiber finds the estrogen and drags it out of the body." There are nutritional ways to reduce estrogen levels. "A woman can effectively lower the active estrogen in her body by consuming ground flaxseeds," Dr. Debe says. "Flaxseeds contain compounds called lignins, which increase binding proteins that take active estrogen out of circulation. Estrogen exists in the circulation in protein-bound form, which is inactive, and in free form, which is the active hormone."
- Gary Null and Amy McDonald, The Food-Mood Connection: Nutrition-based and Environmental Approaches to Mental Health and Physical Wellbeing (Get the book.)

"Whole Grains Whole grains include barley, buckwheat (kasha), millet, oats, quinoa, brown rice and wild rice, all of which are high in fiber. Just because a food is called "whole grain" you can't assume it is a good food. Many whole grain cold cereals are so processed that they do not have a significant fiber per serving ratio and have lost most of their nutritional value. The more coarsely ground grains are absorbed into the bloodstream more slowly and therefore curtail appetite better. Whole grain hot cereals are less processed than cold cereals and come up with better nutritional scores."
- Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Eat For Health: Lose Weight, Keep It Off, Look Younger, Live Longer (2 book set) (Get the book.)

"Not only does low fiber cause constipation, but fiber finds the estrogen and drags it out of the body." There are nutritional ways to reduce estrogen levels. "A woman can effectively lower the active estrogen in her body by consuming ground flaxseeds," Dr. Debe says. "Flaxseeds contain compounds called lignins, which increase binding proteins that take active estrogen out of circulation. Estrogen exists in the circulation in protein-bound form, which is inactive, and in free form, which is the active hormone."
- Gary Null and Amy McDonald, The Food-Mood Connection: Nutrition-based and Environmental Approaches to Mental Health and Physical Wellbeing (Get the book.)

"HGH is the body's master craftsman, burning belly fat, layering on muscle fiber, and pumping up brain volume. Researchers believe it can reverse the loss of brain volume that naturally occurs as you age. Athletes such as Olympic sprinters and football players are essentially spiking their levels of HGH when they do interval training, doping the natural way. The result is a buildup of fast-twitch muscle fibers, which adds power to their movements."
- John J. Ratey, MD, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain (Get the book.)

"For example, experts told us that we need more fiber to fight certain kinds of cancer. Then the FDA prevented cereal manufacturers from stating that fiber was useful in preventing these cancers. Other experts contended that the case for fiber is overstated. Now there are new findings that there are different types of fiber and not all fibers are equal. The problem is that we get conflicting, technical, constantly changing recommendations from a host of experts. One day the government gives us Minimum Daily Requirements (MDRs)."
- Ross Pelton, Mind Food and Smart Pills (Get the book.)

"Because this wonderful sweetness is absorbed in a matrix—a framework, that is—of fiber and water. Fruit is 90 percent water by weight. This and the fiber allow for slow, gradual absorption and none of the wild blood-sugar bounces that are causing your child to misbehave all this time. In contrast to any acceptable amount of natural sugar, large doses of processed sugar—such as the amounts added to kids' cereals, packaged treats, sodas, and juices—produce a rapid change. Insulin levels spike and then inevitably crash. Moods become harder to control. Depression sets in. Exhaustion sets in."
- Jay Gordon, The ADD and ADHD Cure: The Natural Way to Treat Hyperactivity and Refocus Your Child (Get the book.)

"Artificial satellites, fiber optics, digital coding, computerized switching, faxes, video links, and other advances in telecommunications have woven an ever-thickening web of information flowing around the world: billions of messages shuttling back and forth at the speed of light. We, the billions of minds that make up this huge "global brain," are being linked together by the "fibers" of our telecommunications systems in much the same way as are the billions of cells in each of our brains."
- Peter Russell, Waking Up In Time: Finding Inner Peace In Times of Accelerating Change (Get the book.)

"By helping your body move fat and calories through your digestive system, fiber actually increases the amount of calories you excrete in your feces (Mayell, Murray). Your body digests soluble fiber more slowly than processed foods, which slows down your body's release of glucose and thereby reduces hunger pangs (Whitaker). Fiber will make your body release natural appetite-suppressing hormones like cholecystokinin (Murray)."
- Mike Adams, Natural Health Solutions (Get the book.)

"To remove the proteins from the intercellular fluid, the body rebuilds the protein and converts it into collagen fiber, which is 100% protein. (See Illustration 1.) In this form, the body is able to build the protein into the basal membrane of the blood vessel walls. While accommodating the excessive protein, the basal membrane may become up to eight times as thick as is normal. Once, the capillary walls are saturated with the protein or collagen fiber, the basal membranes of the arteries start doing the same."
- Andreas Moritz, Cancer Is Not A Disease - It's A Survival Mechanism (Get the book.)

"Many antioxidants, natural compounds that neutralize free radicals and supply generous amounts of natural fiber. (Fiber has two great benefits: it is essential to health, and also helps fill you up.) If you have heart disease—or if you never want to develop it— it is critical to grasp these absolute rules: The rules 1. Do not eat meat. 2. Do not eat chicken, even white meat. 3. Do not eat fish. 4. Do not eat any dairy products. That means no skim milk, no nonfat yogurt, no sherbet, and no cheese at all. 5. Do not eat eggs."
- Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease (Get the book.)

"Fiber is good for men's hearts, we are told. But this study massages the data to the same extent as the fish study above to come up with significant reductions in relative risk. Absolute risk reduction is trivial (Rimm et al. 1996). 4. fiber is good for women's hearts, we are told. The study (Wolk et al. 1999) is as unconvincing as the study on men. 5. Eggs are exonerated! At least, one egg per day won't hurt you. Many eggs may hurt you if you're a diabetic (Hu et al. 1999). Give me a break. 6."
- Nortin M. Hadler MD, Worried Sick: A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America (Get the book.)

"Fiber Fiber-rich diets have been reported to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer (reviewed by Clifford and Kramer, 1993). fiber may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by decreasing the length of time the stool remains in the bowels; by decreasing the concentration of carcinogens in the stool; and by increasing intestinal bacterial populations that may destroy carcinogenic metabolites (Doll and Peto, 1981). fiber also increases the excretion of fiber-bound steroids such as cholesterol, and allows for the production of butyric acid, which may induce differentiation and apoptosis."
- John Boik, Cancer & Natural Medicine: A Textbook of Basic Science and Clinical Research (Get the book.)

"Manufacturers of foods are adding prebiotics to packaged foods. As fiber, prebiotics are perfect ingredients to add to packaged foods as they do not affect taste, moisture or shelf-life of the product. One of the most common group of prebiotics added to packaged foods is called fructooligosaccharid.es, declared as FOS, (a short form of fructooligosaccharide) on the label. You may also see it called NutraFlora, a popular brand found in North American products."
- Allison Tannis, Probiotic Rescue: How You can use Probiotics to Fight Cholesterol, Cancer, Superbugs, Digestive Complaints and More (Get the book.)

"Do you need fiber for your bones? Yes. Prebiotics have been shown in animal studies to have positive effects on calcium absorption. Prebiotics (inulin and oligofructose) may contribute to the prevention of osteoporosis. Eat more grains, greens, beans and berries as these prebiotic foods may offer a whole array of healthy benefits. You might not find raw, green bananas appealing for dinner, but your microflora do. Raw, green bananas are a great source of resistant starch. Ripe bananas do not have the same amount of resistant starch."

- Allison Tannis, Probiotic Rescue: How You can use Probiotics to Fight Cholesterol, Cancer, Superbugs, Digestive Complaints and More (Get the book.)

"As such, they have many positive effects on your intestines. fiber helps to increase stool frequency, particularly in people suffering from constipation. Prebiotics also decrease fecal pH. This drop in pH helps prevent the production of harmful (putrefactive) substances by bad microbes in the colon. By this mechanism, prebiotics may have a cancer preventative effect. These harmful chemicals can lead to damage of colon cell DNA, which can, in turn, lead to cancer. Do you need another reason to include prebiotics in your diet?"

- Allison Tannis, Probiotic Rescue: How You can use Probiotics to Fight Cholesterol, Cancer, Superbugs, Digestive Complaints and More (Get the book.)

"As well, probiotics strains found in the colon help with digestion of some forms of fiber. Probiotics also produce vitamins, including the particularly important B vitamins, which play a key role in energy metabolism. Probiotics have other roles in promoting health in your body. They can inhibit the ability of bad microbes to grow in the intestines. This can help prevent illness and disease. Many strains of probiotics are lactic acid bacteria. This means they are capable of releasing lactic acid into the environment."

- Allison Tannis, Probiotic Rescue: How You can use Probiotics to Fight Cholesterol, Cancer, Superbugs, Digestive Complaints and More (Get the book.)

"People still take in about 60 percent of their diet in the form of fat and are not consuming sufficient quantities of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and other nutrients. This amount of fat carries the risk of poisoning the body with pesticides and insecticides that ultimately end up in fatty tissue high in the food chain. The same limitation holds true for the South Beach diet."
- Stephen Sinatra, M.D. and James C., M.D. Roberts, Reverse Heart Disease Now: Stop Deadly Cardiovascular Plaque Before It's Too Late (Get the book.)

"Studies have shown that for every 10-gram increase of daily fiber, there is a stunning 29 percent reduction in the risk of heart disease. The best foods for lowering insulin are legumes (such as lentils and chickpeas) and broccoli. 2. High in antioxidants. Ample amounts of vegetables and fruits also deliver protective antioxidants and other micronutrients to the body. These naturally occurring compounds help combat free radical-induced diseases, including cataracts, cancer, CVD, and premature aging. Remember that LDL cholesterol isn't dangerous by itself."

- Stephen Sinatra, M.D. and James C., M.D. Roberts, Reverse Heart Disease Now: Stop Deadly Cardiovascular Plaque Before It's Too Late (Get the book.)

"What's helpful about externalizing Intention statements is, by repeating them out loud to many people, we become accountable to them as they become ingrained statements of reality and an important part of every fiber and sinew of our conscious lives. Seven years after her diagnosis, Nancy is alive and well and continuing to set Intentions about her health, her kids, her new granddaughter, and her career."
- Rick Foster, Greg Hicks, M.D., Jen Seda, Choosing Brilliant Health: 9 Choices That Redefine What It Takes to Create Lifelong Vitality and Well-Being (Get the book.)

"Smart fiber Plus acts like a broom, softening and sweeping away debris, dramatically increasing the size of your bowel movements. The Eliminator and Smart fiber Plus are perfect synergistic partners, deeply cleansing the colon without cramping or bloating. Brantley Total Body Detox Now that you have started to soften and sweep away the toxic waste, the Total Body Detox comes in to protect and simultaneously detoxify your body. It is so efficient, it can detoxify your small and large intestines, liver and gallbladder, kidneys, bladder, pancreas, adrenals, and blood."
- Timothy Brantley, The Cure: Heal Your Body, Save Your Life (Get the book.)

"Processed grains, stripped of fiber, can have an effect similar to that of pure sugar. All vegetables, fruits, and grains have been ranked on a scale called the Glycemic Index, which rates them according to how quickly they are digested, and according to how many carb calories they dump into the system. This rating system should be your guide to avoiding hypoglycemia. The Glycemic Index of the Relatively High-Glycemic Foods Foods are rated from best Glycemic Index to worst 1. Beans. 2. Low-starch vegetables with peels intact. 3. Low-starch, peeled vegetables. 4."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

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