Fayetteville Observer

Doctor spreads fiber message nationwide

Doctor spreads fiber message nationwide


By Meredith Jacobs

When Dr. Wes Jones learns of a need to meet or a cause that needs help, you won’t find a man more willing to get the job done.

Jones, who is known in this community for making large donations to charitable causes, cares for Cumberland County residents through his local medical practice, Cape Fear Center for Digestive Diseases.

He also is a man of strong religious faith, which in the mid 1980s, led him to take on the responsibilities for a struggling medical clinic in the South American country of Bolivia. He recruited doctors to visit and treat its patients, then financially assisted the clinic, which had fallen into a crisis. Today, Jones is chairman of Curamericas Global Inc., which provides care to Central and South American and West African communities. He has been a member of Doctors Without Borders.

Needless to say, you won’t meet many people like him.

But for the past few years, Jones has been concentrating on a project closer to home. He wants to make sure that Americans learn about a dietary issue that seriously affects their health and comfort: the importance of fiber.

Jones’ patients have already had the benefit of “the fiber talk,” as they call it. Jones’ advocacy of fiber includes the use of products such as bran and Metamucil, but goes beyond that to address how to increase fiber in your diet.

Jones’ information is available in “Cure Constipation Now: A Doctor’s Fiber Therapy to Cleanse and Heal.” It will be released nationwide by Penguin Group on Tuesday.

He offers examples of how to deal with discomfort from constipation, diarrhea, Crohn’s disease, acid reflux and the painful symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Locally, you won’t need a referral to talk to Jones. He will be at Books-A-Million at 2 p.m. on July 18.

Staff writer Meredith Jacobs can be reached at jacobsm@fayobserver.com or 486-3542.