Wheat Belly explodes into bookstores!

Wheat Belly is finally available in Barnes and Noble and all major bookstores nationwide! Also available at Amazon. Electronic versions for Nook and Kindle, as well as an audio CD, will also be available.

Chapters in the book include:

Not Your Grandma’s Muffins: The Creation of Modern Wheat
Whence and where did this familiar grain, 4 1/2-foot tall “amber waves of grain,” become transformed into a 2-foot tall, high-yield genetically unique plant unfamiliar to humans? And why is this such a bad thing?

Cataracts, Wrinkles, and Dowager’s Humps: Wheat and the Aging Process
If you thought that bagels and crackers are just about carbs, think again. Wheat consumption makes you age faster: cataracts, crow’s feet, arthritis . . . you name it, wheat’s been there, done that and brings you one step closer to the big nursing home in the sky with every bite.

My Particles are Bigger than Your Particles
Why consuming plenty of “healthy whole grains” is the path to heart disease and heart attack and why saying goodbye to them is among the most powerful strategies around for reduction or elimination of risk.

Hello, Intestine: It’s Me, Wheat
No discussion of wheat is complete without talking about how celiac disease and other common intestinal ailments, like acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome, fit into the broader concept of wheat elimination.

Here’s a YouTube video introduction to the book and concept posted on the YouTube Wheat Belly Channel. Join the 100% wheat-free discussions on Facebook. Have that last bite of blueberry muffin, because I predict you won’t be turning back!

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  1. Rita

    Eliminated wheat 2 weeks ago and just read your book. I do have less body aches already. I have only lost 4 lbs so far. I am very excited to try your pizza “crust”. It sounds very good. Thanks so much for writing this. It is very encouraging to me.

    I would like to email you personally if I could. I have a couple of questions I would like to ask that require me to divulge personal information.


    • Hi, Rita–

      This sounds like a good start with wheat elimination, only now to be limited by a thyroid issue.

      I will email you. (The software for this blog platform shows the originating email.)

      • Dear Dr. Davis,

        I’m impressed with the reviews and the excerpts (Life Extension) that I have read. Do you believe the same issues exist with ancient grains like Spelt, Polish Wheat (Kamut) or other gluten containing grains that have not been genetically modified? I’m sure the GI would be similar for spelt and other ancient grains, but the proteins are definitely different. I have many clients who cannot tolerate wheat, but that have no digestive issues with spelt or Kamut. Other grain, including millet, Amaranth, Quinoa (technically not a grain), buckwheat (also, technically not a grain), have proven to be much healthier in my experience.

        I use Spelt for most of my baking, but at times I will use additional Wheat Gluten (Vital Wheat Gluten) as spelt doesn’t rise as well as breads made from wheat.

        I’m also interested to know your opinion of sprouted grains. When a grain is sprouted, it is transformed from a seed to a grass, and at the earliest stage of the sprout the nutritional value and digestibility are greatly enhanced. I sell a wonderful sprouted cereal made of sprouted wheat, rye, hemp, and flax that is naturally sweet and has made a significant difference in the health of many of my clients and customers who start their day with it. The cereal, called Breakfast Choice Plus is consumed uncooked (heating would kill the live enzymes). I developed a recipe that adds rice bran solubles (rich source of plant sterols), hemp seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sometimes chopped dried prunes, shredded coconut, chopped walnuts, chopped almonds and goji berries. It tastes great, will cure anyone of constipation, and those that eat it rave about the energy they receive from it.
        Aviva is one of Canada’s leading natural health retailers and online companies. I will contact your publisher, as we have an excellent book section at Aviva, and I want to offer your book to my customers, and to health conscious Canadians through our website.

        Do you ever travel to give seminars? We have a seminar series at Aviva, and I know we would get a very large turnout to hear you speak.

        I studied nutrition with Dr. Alan Gaby and Dr. Jonathan Wright, taking their Nutritional Therapy seminars twice, and my wife is an M.D. (Internal Medicine). We both are excited about your book, and believe you have done the world a great service by writing it.

        Be well,

        Nathan Zassman,

        Aviva Natural Health Solutions
        1224 St. James Street
        Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H 0L1
        (204) 944-8080
        Fax: (204) 947-6786
        Toll Free: (866) 947-6789, EXT: 301

        • Hi, Nathan–

          I’m afraid that, even if you dress it up, put makeup on it, spice it up with cologne . . . it all remains the same genetically-unique and dramatically altered plant: modern wheat.

          The evolutionarily older forms of wheat like spelt and kamut are better, but better does not necessarily mean good. They retain the glutens, the lectins, the (less appetite-stimulating) gliadin, and amylopectin. Better, but not good.

  2. Mary Beth

    Dr. Davis,
    I’m looking forward to reading your book. After many, many years of “intestinal” issues ranging from (perhaps misdiagnosis) crohns, ibs, constipation, diverticulitis (several severe attacks, finally ended up with a colon resection) I am willing to try this before my dr. puts me back on the RX (Asacol) that I was on for many years (for intestinal inflammation) I am sincerely hoping that this will lead to a lifestyle that I can follow and go back to ‘living”. Im tired of feeling and being puffy and tired all the time. I’m too young for this (only 44) I look forward to continue reading the blog and cant wait to start reading the book on my ride from Green Bay to Madison for 1st Badger Football game of the season. (No brat with bun for me tomorrow !!!!!!! :(

    • Hi, Mary Beth–

      Damn shame you didn’t hear about this BEFORE colon was removed. Nonetheless, don’t let the same thing recur and remove the offending culprit: this genetically-altered monstrosity being sold to us, altered for the sake of high-yield and desirable baking characteristics, with no concern for its suitability for human consumption and its health consequences. In a word, it is intestinal POISON.

      Enjoy the game! And be sure to stop at Graze restaurant on the Capital circle. My wife and I had a spectacular locally-sourced meal there just two weeks ago. I thought I was in San Francisco or LA, it was so hip and trendy. Our meals were beautifully presented and delicious, service delightful, surroundings stunning. In Madison, no less!

      • Mary Beth

        So, I’ve started reading the book (I have no patience to wait until my trip to Madison) VERY INTERESTING!!!! It has already made me extremely conscious of labels and of what Im consuming. (Last night supper was grilled fish and vegetables with salsa) I am the fiber queen Dr. Davis and take Benefiber often several times a day because of the diverticulitis!!!! Imagine my shock when I saw the ingredient wheat dextrin. Maybe it wasnt shock, it was almost panic, this is what I’ve been told that I need to take on a regular basis (almost on an RX level) to avoid flareups at all cost. I did not take it this morning and I’m hoping you can give me your thoughts on this, or suggestions. Maybe once I get further into the book, I will have found the solution or something recommended instead of the Benefiber. I think that eating more vegetables (raw or otherwise) I will get my intake of fiber that I need, but again, i have been told that I need more of it due to the flareups. Im terrified of another diverticulits attack. Some of the worst pain and illness I’ve ever experienced.
        I appreciate your comments and am grateful you take the time to answer people’s questions. (I wish you were a Dr. in Green Bay)

        • Hi, Mary Beth–

          One of the “softer” effects I’ve witnessed in most people is improved bowel regularity without having to supplement fiber once wheat is removed from the diet. I can only speculate why: improved peristalsis (forward propulsion), healthier profile of bacteria, etc. But if you are among the rare people who still needs additional fiber, flaxseed is great (just hydrate more to compensate for its water absorbability), chia, and psyllium (Metamucil) can be helpful non-wheat fiber sources.

          • Mary Beth

            Dr. Davis,
            Just had to let you know that in just these past few days, I am feeling better. I don’t know how many “pounds” I’ve lost, but I know I dont look nearly as “puffy” as I did before, and, Im happy to say, I’ve been several days without taking (almost obscene) amounts of fiber, (due to fear of diverticulitis flareup) and that I feel good. And when I say good, I mean, not ok, I mean I just feel GOOD!!!!!! I have a bit more energy, I slept really well the last few nights, and I feel a little more in control of what Im putting in my mouth.
            At a get together yesterday evening with family and friends, I enjoyed a huge grilled burger with no bun with fresh veggies on top of it and mustard. It was great, and I didnt feel like crap after that.Very empowering to be able to just not have something and find better choices. My husband is even getting on board, and while he had two hamburgers, he only had one with a bun and no ketschup (baby steps) and fresh veggies. The only thing I did find myself missing was an “adult beverage” I’m not much of a beer drinker anyway, so I didnt miss that, but, i do enjoy a whiskey or brandy with giner ale. Or even vodka with oj or tomato juice. I’m certainly not asking you to endorse alcohol, just looking for something on those lines that I can enjoy with my new life style.
            Thanks Dr. Davis, I’m not gonna lie, you kinda rock!!!!!

          • Hi, Mary Beth–

            I’m having a glass of Seven Daughters white wine while I write this, not a smidgen of the evil grain in sight!

            Wine is a generally very safe area. Beers are a problem area, while hard liquors are a mixed bag. I will post a detailed Wheat Belly Blog post about this in near-future so that you can have a nice cocktail or two and not experience the overwhelming cravings and health destruction that wheat consumption brings.

          • Boundless

            re: … and psyllium (Metamucil) can be helpful non-wheat fiber sources.

            In the Metamucil product line, some caution is indicated:

            The standard (smooth and coarse) powders are 75% sugar (sucrose) by weight.

            The “sugar free” powders contain aspartarme (avoided by many people) and maltodextrin (with no disclaimer about whether it is wheat-derived).

            The #1 ingredient in the wafers is wheat, and the remainder include bonuses like corn oil, sucrose, fructose, molasses and corn starch.

            The capsules appear to be mostly OK, other than an unspecified “caramel color”. The main concern with capsule psyllium is intestinal blockage due to failing to consume enough fluid with it.

            The “Clear and Natural” product is not psyllium. It’s 100% inulin, about which I know nothing.

          • Boundless

            Metamucil’s major competitor is Benefiber. I just took a look at what’s in the various versions.

            Benefiber powder:
            100% wheat dextrin (it was guar gum until 2006).
            Remarks: They claim “gluten free”, but admit that trace amounts of gluten may remain. More significantly, is the 4g of carbs free of other wheat hazards?

            Benefiber chewables: Wheat dextrin, sorbitol, corn starch, microcrystalline cellulose, dextrates, citric acid, natural and artificial flavor (soy), magnesium stearate, silicon dioxide, sucralose, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, red 40 lake, yellow 6 lake, blue 1 lake.
            Remarks: Wheat dextrin again.
            3 different artificial sweetners, one Phenylalanine; why?
            Dextrates are apparently essentially dextrose (“Dextrates is a purified mixture of saccharides resulting from the controlled enzymatic hydrolysis of starch.It is either anhydrous or hydrated.Its dextrose equivalent is not less than 93.0 percent and not more than 99.0 percent,calculated on the dried basis.”)

            Benefiber caplets: Wheat dextrin, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate, colloidal silicon dioxide. The “Plus Heart Health” adds: modified food starch, pyridoxine hydrochloride, (vitamin B6), sodium citrate, citric acid, folic acid, sodium benzoate, sorbic acid, cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)
            Remarks: Wheat dextrin again.

            Benefiber sticks: same as powder

            Bottom line: on the whole, it looks like an entire product line worth avoiding

          • I wasn’t aware of this issue with Benefiber, Boundless. Thank you for uncovering!

            This might avoid many nights of “unexplained” cramps and diarrhea!

  3. Shaunito


    We cut wheat out last September and within 2 days all my joint pain had gone. No more 15 mins mobilizations before being able to get out of bed. 6-8 meals/snacks a day reduced to 2 (or even 1) and what was unbelievable, my wife’s colitis of 15 years went away immediately, only to resurface at Christmas when she foolishly reintroduced a few wheat-containing “foods”.

    Just ordered the book and look forward to it arriving.

    Thanks for all your work.


  4. Kathy Jake

    Doctor, Doctor…..what can we do for our children? Do you imagine that today’s Frankenstein Wheat can be removed from school lunches? I think the fight for our children’s lives will be epic.

    • Yes, Kathy, “epic” is the right word.

      This will be, sadly, the last and most hard-fought battleground, a fight that will take many, many years.

      All we can do is raise awareness so that, when parents raise their concerns about including products made of modern wheat, as well as sugar, are raised, they are not met with stone silence or outright resistance, but some measure of understanding.

  5. Kathy Jake

    Hi Dr. Davis….I am so impressed with the wonderful research you did to establish the principles in your
    book. Seeing the research is very important to me. I started eliminating wheat on September 14th so I’ve lost 11 pounds in 10 days. I know a lot of this is water but I also know wheat was causing my edema! My ankles are no longer swollen and that alone is miraculous as I thought it was caused by heart disease. It will take 2 or 3 readings to commit more of your important technical statements about wheat to memory so I can talk to others intelligently. I would like to see you review your book on CSPAN2 – Book TV and other TV shows, etc. and I’m willing to work tirelessly to help you spread the word. So many obese people, teenagers etc should be aware of what wheat is doing to them. Do you have a brochure that I could give to friends or some other way to inform others of your book?

    • Hi, Kathy–


      Yes, many people enjoy relief from the edema caused by wheat consumption. However, I am not clear on why this develops in the first place: lectins, some other mechanism? Nonetheless, I’m glad the edema goes away with wheat elimination.

      A brochure? Nice thought. Sorry, no such thing at present. How about directing them to this blog? Not a bad idea, however, to have something to pass out. Hmmm.

  6. Janet

    My husband , 31 year old daughter and myself have been on the wheat belly diet for 10 days. I have only lost 2 pounds, my daughter only lost a quarter of a pound and my husband lost 4.5 pounds. Two years ago we followed the south beach diet and i lost 9 pounds in 2 weeks. We have tried to follow the diet correctly, but was greatly disappointed at the weight. loss Since doing the south beach diet i started taking HRT for hot flashes would this slow down weight loss?
    On the plus side my husband says he feeling better. Less overall aches and pains and a clearer head in the morning. My daughter and i feel that our bellies are less bloated but still would like the weight loss that others talk about in the first weeks.

  7. Trudi J. Jones

    Good Morning,
    I’m just getting started with all of this. I have not yet finished the book. No wheat yet today, but the unsatisfactoriness of a no toast breakfast pushed me to buy chocolate instead. I look to greater things than this in the future, because all the science points to that possibility. Thank you Dr. Davis.

    Can I purchase a Wheat Belly powerpoint presentation somewhere? Who has the best deal on multiple copies of the book itself?
    And to all of you making this move, we are part of a bigger issue you know. When you have a minute to ponder life’s larger issues ask yourself, and better yet, ask each other, ” DO WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT IS IN OUR FOOD?”
    Blessings, – T

    • Hi, Trudi–

      Don’t despair: Lots of great breakfast choices still exist, even after we banish toast!

      Sorry, but I don’t have a PowerPoint presentation that is for sale. However, as speaking engagements come up, I will video and place up on YouTube, etc. if that’s any help.

      I believe that the publisher, Rodale, can make multiple copies available through: Special Markets Dept., Rodale Inc., 733 Third Ave., NY, NY 10017.