Psyllium can perforate a weak bowel, resulting in abscesses, peritonitis, and septicemia.
It’s widely recommended as a gastrointestinal scrubber by colonic therapists and sold in pharmacies under product names such as …
Alramucil, Effer-Syllium, Fiberall, Hydrocil, Konsyl, Metamucil, Mylanta Natural Fiber Supplement, Naturacil, Perdiem, Pro-Lax, Reguloid Natural, Serutan, Siblin, Syllact, Vitalax, V-Lax, etc.
Psyllium is also used by the food industry as a stabilizer for frozen desserts.
Adano Ley (Swami Nitty-Gritty) cautioned me that even oat bran can clog the intestines.
I argued back that oat bran, unlike wheat bran and psyllium, is water-soluble and doesn’t pose that threat.
Adano shot me one of his notorious “Be my guest” looks, as in, “Be my guest. You’re entitled to placebo yourself till Midnight Eternity.”
Within a year, the media confirmed Adano’s assertion.
Doctors recommended a significant reduction in oat bran’s consumption because so many people needed surgery to remove it from their intestines.
They advised using no more than a third of a cup of oat bran accompanied by a glass or two of fluids.
Jonathan A. Edlow, M.D. (The Deadly Dinner Party & Other Medical Detective Stories, 2009) wrote …
“Because it is narrow, the human intestine can become obstructed relatively easily, making such blockages a common cause for admission to a surgical ward. In patients with small bowel obstructions, the portion of the intestine proximal to the obstruction swells. As the swelling increases, the blood supply to that part of the gut is compromised, and if the obstruction is not relieved, that part of the bowel will die. This leads to perforation and infection of the abdominal cavity, or peritoneal cavity, as doctors call it. This inflammation or infection of the peritoneum is called peritonitis. The inflammation leads to fluid being drawn out of the blood vessels and accumulating in the peritoneal cavity; this in turn can cause the blood pressure to fall. Unchecked and untreated, a bowel obstruction usually results in death.”