The contents of the large bowel are the primary determinant of the health and function of the intestine, and a spastic colon is no exception to this rule. Few physicians have even an elementary understanding of the influence that foods can have on the body: they are unprepared to deal with health and disease from this fundamental perspective. Possibly it is too simple and obvious a fact that the contents of the large intestine will determine whether or not the stool will be large or small, hard or soft, and if defecation will be painful or not, and whether or not blood and mucus will accompany passage of the stool. (This is a clear case of not seeing the forest for the trees.) Could the fear that the very foods the physicians and dietitians themselves eat and feed to their families can also be the cause of their patient’s illness be too personal a threat for most health professionals? The “high-tech” drug solution would be much more easy to accept for most men and women of science. The correct stool contents that make a healthy colon are the remnants of the foods after the digestive processes have acted upon foods high in fibers and low in fats, and devoid of all animal components (especially dairy products). Fibers will actually sooth the irritated bowel. Contrary to popular conception, fibers are not coarse scratchy strands of plant materials, like the bristles in a broom. Fiber is a general term used to describe long complex chains of sugar molecules that are attached by linkages that resist normal digestion by enzymes in the human small intestine, and therefore end up more or less intact in the large bowel. The intestinal bacteria in the colon do have the capacity to break down some of the linkages in those fibers. These microscopic remnants of fibers are soft, not irritating to the intestinal lining, and will absorb water to help form a soft stool that still has considerable bulk. Most people with irritable bowel syndrome improve almost as soon as they begin to eat a starch-based diet that provides all types of fresh or fresh-frozen plant foods.
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