The Disinformation Campaign gets underway

This is an example of what seems to be developing over at Amazon.com, posted as a “book review”:

The author has no credentials, no credibility, just a small cult of terribly misinformed followers. Don’t be fooled by the high volume screech against wheat and grains. Allegations of “secret ingredients in wheat” to make you eat more, or comparisons to cigerettes. Seriously?! For over 8000 years wheat has sustained and grown human kind, oh and it tastes good when mixed with a little water and yeast. Every nutritionist and serious medical professional will tell you that bread is the most economical and safe source of essential nutrients. In fact, bread is handed out in natural disasters because it sustains life without food safety issues or requiring refrigeration. And now, suddenly it will kill you. Comical! This book is such a bone headed, misinformed way to just scare people into not eating.

As for secret ingredients, humm, apparently the author is ignorant of the food laws that regulate everything that goes into food and on food labels. Unlike some enforcement agencies, the FDA has some serious teeth behind its enforcement. As for frankenwheat, again seriously?! Wheat, due to its ubiquitous presence in the world is treated as sacrosant from any GMO research or development.

If you need real, science based information on healthy eating, check out [...] and leave this book and its cult in the compound.

If you recognize the wording and tone, you will readily recognize the footprints of the Wheat Lobby here. “Terribly misinformed followers”? . . . Hmmm. “Food laws”? I didn’t realize that eating more “healthy whole grains” was a . . . law?

Make no mistake: There are people and organizations who have a heavy stake in your continued consumption of the equivalent of 300 loaves of bread per year. There are people and organizations (read: pharmaceutical industry) who have a big stake on the “payoff” of your continued consumption of “healthy whole grains.”

This is not a book review; this is part of a concerted, organized campaign to discredit a message that needs to be heard.

Anybody from the media listening?

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102 Responses to The Disinformation Campaign gets underway

  1. Judith T says:

    First THANK YOU for being so brave!!

    Before giving up wheat, I knew every single source of bathrooms on my daily journey – need I say more or would that be considered tmi? I had reflux, insomnia, ibs, headaches, candida, bad skin and more. Other less informed doctors wished me to take medication, no mention of changing my diet, I had to find the knowledge to do that and it’s from the good doctors out there like Davis, Kruse, Eades, Atkins (plus Wolff and Sisson) etc etc, that I got this knowledge and cured myself – with no money going to anywhere except whole food providers. Again – THANK YOU, I can’t shout this loud enough.

    btw – if there are any doubters out there, just go to any of the low-carb forums and read first hand about similar stories and how normal people have cured themselves, just by changing the way they eat. If asked, these people are only too happy to share their blood-work results with you.

  2. jay says:

    Ah yes to the doubters. Wheat is so wonderful. So wonderful that it’s now Thursday and my digestion is still acting up from my weekend wheat binge. I indulged in wheat based foods in a social setting and have regretted it for days. I used to live with this every day and thought it was normal. Now I see how bad it was.

  3. Kathy says:

    Thanks, Dr. D. for holding your stand, and for keeping us informed of what’s afoot. Amazing what happens when you put “Wheat” in the title, isn’t it? I would laugh at their backlash if it weren’t so important for people to know the truth. I think we should all just buy more books for Christmas presents. . .imagine a world where we could put more money into preventive care because we weren’t, as a nation, sick and tired all the time? Paradise!

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Hear, hear, Kathy!

      Speaking of Christmas, it reminds me that we are going to need some nice recipes when the holidays roll around. Stuffing, nice side dishes, tasty desserts.

      • Jenni says:

        Funny I was just tinking that too about the stuffing for up comming holidays!

      • areta says:

        Bought the book; read it in 2 days; bought copies for relatives for Christmas. Unbelievable what the big food and pharmaceutical companies want us to believe. I wish my doctor would recognize all of this “wheat” problem. Maybe after my next blood test and weigh-in he will ask how I did it. If it weren’t for Dr Oz I would not have known about my wheat belly. My cookbook will arrive Monday from Amazon. Can’t wait for the recipes. Thank you Dr Davis for the wonderful Christmas and New Year your information has given me (and my husband who also has a beer, oops, wheat belly).

  4. Casey says:

    I’m thrilled with this book, Dr. Davis, and so grateful to you for writing it. A few thoughts about the Amazon reviews: Most experienced Amazon shoppers easily spot trolls and ignore them. Thoughtful reviews that agree with the author’s main premises are, of course, good, but I can assure you that the reviews that stimulate sales are the ones that are most personal and specific. (I’m a writer and have many friends in the publishing business who are convinced that great Amazon reviews can sell more books than major newspaper reviews.)

    So, I would ask every single person who has posted a positive comment here–particularly one that states pounds lost/health, energy and mood issues resolved — to go post an Amazon review. If you consider this book a gift from Dr Davis, as I do, then give him an appropriate Amazon review as a thank-you.
    And, remember: Be specific.

    • Iris says:

      Good point. Done and thanks for the suggestion.

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Thanks for your insights, Casey!

      I agree: Most people who seek out books are a pretty smart bunch and can separate the wheat from the chaff. (Sorry; couldn’t resist.) Evidence that real thought went into a review counts for a lot. Vitriol that smacks of personal attack for some ulterior motive does indeed smell bad.

    • Iris says:

      There are some awesome reviews on Amazon. A very recent one that I just read moved me to tears. It was written by Alijazz and titled “Read this and save your own life”. An amazing story and one that I’m sure lots of others will relate to as I do.

      • Dr. Davis says:

        Hi, Iris–

        Yes, I am so overwhelmed with gratitude for the outpouring of positive comments on Amazon. People are not just reviewing the book; they are also telling their stories, the most powerful feedback I could hope for.

  5. PJ says:

    Brandon, I’m sorry if I came across rude. That was not my intention, but I have seen your replies in previous posts and several of us asked you to read Wheat Belly so that the issues you seem to have would be clarified. I think if you actually read the book, the issues you seem to have with what Dr. Davis says would be explained. At that point healthy debate would be a fun and interesting thing and I would look forward to it. See you here soon!

  6. Mary says:

    Its sad, biased and seems to be uneducated on the subject. I haven’t read the book yet but will begin it next week. I have been waiting to start it because I am having ankle surgery tomorrow and wanted a good read. I am gluten intolerant and cant even begin to say how much better I feel off of it. Somedays when on gluten I could barley hold my head up, it made me feel drunk, ears rang etc. I have been off gluten for about a year and am far more alert, mental clarity is better, no acne, no digestion issues, have a ton more energy and a desire to do more. I saw you on Fox News last week and instantly knew I had to read your book especially when you mentioned gluten free breads are just as bad. I cant wait to read it.

  7. MaryBeth says:

    Dr. Davis….All I can say about some of the reviews I’ve read, is that they can kiss my wheatless ass!!!!!
    which by the way, is 11.5 lbs smaller than it was when I started this journey around August 31st.
    There is absolutely no denying that I feel better than I have in YEARS!!!!! I have no stomache distress and bloating which has plagued me forever!!!!! I’ve lost weight, I’m not nearly as exhausted at the end of a 9-10 hour day sitting at a desk as I have been, My nails (finger and toenails) are growing like crazy and are stronger. I even think that I am getting rid of (sorry….this is kinda gross) toenail fungus that I have had off and on for several years. (Have you heard of any reports on this???)
    Anyway, I feel awesome, and damn Dr. Davis….I’m starting to look pretty awesome too. Been thinking about sending you some before and after pics like you asked. I was just going thru some pictures of this summer when my son graduated from High School , and the difference in my face now….Unbelievable
    I”m a changed woman Dr. Davis and I cant thank you enough. (I’m even working on getting my diabetic mother, and ill sister (with just about everything wrong with her) on the bandwagon. Heading down to Madison for Badger game Saturday and hubby is taking me to Graze restaurant that you reccommended. Cant wait.

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Wow, MaryBeth: I’m blushing just reading your comments!

      If you are game, I’d love to post your pictures. While the guys have been very forthcoming with their pictures, the ladies have been shy. Break the pattern!

      I just love the “wheatless ass”! I’m writing it down in my book of memorable wheat-isms.

      • MaryBeth says:

        Well, at least I know I made you genuinely blush and that it’s not from some wheat related rash. :)
        I WILL break the pattern and go thru some pictures and send them. I told you, I’m a changed woman. Besides, I am many, many things, but shy is unfortunately not one of them.! Then hopefully, in a couple of months, I can send another picture that will look even better.
        Please let me know how I have to go about sending them.

        • Dr. Davis says:

          Hi, MaryBeth–

          Excellent!

          You can just post them here and I will cut and paste onto appropriate area, e.g., Success Stories.

          I’m looking forward to it! Any more ladies willing to show off their results?

          • LXV says:

            I’ll send some in once I can find my camera for some “after” shots. It’s only been 15 lbs though. I’m hoping to see another 10 or so gone by Christmas.

          • Dr. Davis says:

            Hi, LXV–

            “Only” . . . many people pay good money to achieve something similar!

            Keep up the momentum. I’m looking forward to the pictures. I take it you are a Ms. LXV and not a Mr. by your avatar. We need more pictures of the wheat-free ladies!

          • Katrina says:

            I’m just starting but I’ll take some before pictures and maybe in a month or two – if and when there’s a big difference – I’ll post the afters :)

          • MaryBeth says:

            I’m assuming my camera or computer is still on wheat withdrawl cause I cant figure out how to upload the pictures to this site. Is there a trick to this?

  8. JJ says:

    I’m afraid I’m not one of life’s great warriors, but I drop little snippets of information into conversations. I teach adults so I meet a lot of people, so if one or two in each class are intrigued to look further then that is a success. I know your book is on order at our library here in Auckland (NZ) and I have recommended it to a few already. There is a waiting list for it so obviously the word has got out.

  9. Roz says:

    Is there even a single person out there who can say ‘I’m middle-aged. I see my doctor regularly, have fabulous bloodwork, no problems with weight, take no medications because I have no health problems at all and I eat wheat with every meal, as I have done every day since teething’? Because so far I’ve seen hundreds of people across celiac / low-carb / paleo / primal forums discussing from personal experience the amazing results garnered from going wheat/grain-free. I’ve yet to see any one person sing paeans to gluten gluttony relating to personal health — citing studies and raving about their vegan friends, sure, but no solid first person info with medical history to back it up. Yet we’re the crazy cultists. Go figure.

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Wow, Roz. Elegant and eloquent!

      I couldn’t have said it better myself. I agree: Sickness in its many forms is simply accepted as a matter of aging. Over 50? Hypertension, high cholesterol, heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis–it’s all just a “normal” part of aging. Funny that this goes away with elimination of wheat.

      • Roz says:

        I have to give my mom credit for the idea. My parents are 68, and in excellent health. My mom had a severe ear and jaw ache, which turned out to be some sort of infection that cleared up with a vitamin B shot, but at the time thought it might be heart related so went the ER. The nurses and most of the doctors who saw her asked the usual ‘what medications do you take? why didn’t you bring your meds with you?’ and didn’t believe her when she said she’s not on any. Talk about age-ism! Or would that be wheat-ism? Both have been gluten-free for almost a decade, with a recent reduction in starch and grain intake that coincided with my pre-diabetes diagnosis in Dec 2010.

  10. land says:

    I am someone who has eaten wheat in my cereal, bread with every meal, cake and doughnuts and pizza as often as I can, etc. etc. for 60 years. I don’t have any health issues, I don’t have any excess weight, and I’m not taking any medications. I came across the MacLeans article recently and was interested enough to come to the blog. I think a valid point in the article, and there were many, was that there is a subset of people who are going to be more impacted by a wheat portion in their diet. There was no suggestion of how big that subset might be. Dr Davis?

    I understand that breeding, especially when in a big hurry for profits, can leave a food source like wheat, or corn, or soy etc changed more quickly than people can adapt to the new varieties. I wonder if the seemingly big increase in wheat allergies hasn’t come about because of that kind of plant breeding being used. (ie mutational breeding) On the other hand, one of the comments in the article strikes me as being unproven and that is the idea that the dwarf varieties of wheat might be having an impact when it is my impression that these varieties are primarily used for animal feed.

  11. jen says:

    It seems as though he hasn’t read the book, and anyone who brings up the FDA as a credible source for anything needs to have his head examined.

    I just got the book in the mail and I’m almost finished with it. (I live in the Netherlands but ordered the book from the US since I didn’t feel like waiting for the UK release date.) The book is so descriptive and well written, and I love the use of metaphors! I’ve been wheat free for over three weeks and I feel so much better. My cravings and mood swings are gone and the rashes on my hands cleared up. The Dutch eat wheat breakfast, lunch and dinner. A lot of them have auto-immune disorders, too. I know several people who have had their intestines cut out. After reading this book I don’t want to go near the stuff! “Wheat Belly” and “Why We Get Fat” are my two fav low carb books. I can’t wait to try the recipes. Many thanks to Dr. Davis!

    • land says:

      Who mentioned the FDA? I’m curious about Dr. Davis’ response.

      • jen says:

        @Land -
        The Amazon reviewer we’re discussing wrote:
        As for secret ingredients, humm, apparently the author is ignorant of the food laws that regulate everything that goes into food and on food labels. Unlike some enforcement agencies, the FDA has some serious teeth behind its enforcement. As for frankenwheat, again seriously?! Wheat, due to its ubiquitous presence in the world is treated as sacrosant from any GMO research or development.

  12. matt says:

    Hmmmm, anger, baseless accusations, denial…. sounds like *somebody* has an addiction! A WHEAT addiction!!!
    Keep on swinging! It’s a good fight when all your opponents can do is whine. Besides, how much of an opponent can they be? They’re frightened and confused by their wheat brains (hey, there’s a good title for the next book).

  13. Katrina says:

    I just started eating wheat-free yesterday. I haven’t noticed a huge difference yet of course but what you say makes sense. We have a son who has Celiac Disease but the rest of us (hubby and 2 other children) and came back as not having it. But I’ve been having issues with acid reflux, skin problems, flatulence, irritability, etc and I’m going to give this way of eating a good try to see if any of my issues will resolve. I have had “gut issues” my whole life – when I was a teen I had such bad abdominal pain and went through a battery of tests and ultrasounds only to be told in the end that they couldn’t find anything so it must be stress. I have had flare-ups that do tend to get worse when I am under more stress but I’m just so tired of not feeling well. I am 35 years old and I also have hypothyroidism. In my family, I have a cousin and an uncle who also have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Can’t wait to save up a few dollars to go out and buy your book – in the meantime I am loving your website!

    Katrina

    • Tori says:

      Maybe you had false negative tests. Also, like the lady in Dr. Davis’ book who almost had some of her intestines removed, you may never get a positive test.

  14. Brad says:

    Because of poor sleep (wheat related?) was up very early and caught Dr Davis on Fox. Checked it out on google, etc., and went out to get last copy at BN. Incredible read, identified with so many things, went wheat-free immediately. Have lost 8 lbs, back problems are SO much better. Am combat wounded Viet Nam Vet, so Dr Davis, I’ve got your back in this battle with “them.” Thank you so much.

  15. Jennifer says:

    Before I post, I just wanted to list my science credentials. I am a geologist and an archaeologist so I like to think I know something about the scientific method and science in general. I believe that at its core science is the unfaltering search for truth. No scientist should have a stake in the outcome of any research. Our job is to see where the data and evidence leads us. When the scientific community condemns conclusions based on undeniable fact (as is shown above) they become no better than the medieval clerics who condemned Galileo. Dr. Davis keep up the good work and thank you.

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Hi, Jennifer–

      I’m envious! Geology and archaeology are such fascinating areas. Doing my background work trying to understand the ancient origins of wheat, I found the archaeological literature absolutely fascinating.

      Yes, it indeed has been an incredible instance of ignoring data, selective blindness, and false conclusions. And now the Wheat Inquisition!

  16. Lin says:

    Dr Davis:

    After I finished Wheat Belly I handed it to my mother, who has diabetes but not celiac. She works out at least an hour a day but hasn’t been able to lose the pretty sizeable tire around her middle. I suggested that she spend a month eating in more Wheat Belly-unfriendly manner, which she agreed to do. I helped her shop and think about her food choices, and even got her to give up her beloved sandwiches and replace them with foods that didn’t require a wheat wrapper.

    Within a month she had lost 10 lbs – without dieting. All of her numbers are better, and her doctor told her she would consider reducing her various medications (blood pressure, diabetes etc) if she continues on this path. She hasn’t quit wheat entirely – she still eats some for breakfast, in her cereal (she wouldn’t give it up). But the rest of the day she is wheat free and has cut way back on her grain consumption. She is much more energetic than she used to be and gets less hungry. What a difference it has made for her.

    Thanks!

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  18. denise says:

    I am not sure where to post this question, so I am taking a chance and posting it here. My doctor has prescribed a low fat diet due to a barrage of tests that ended up showing I have a very fatty liver. I am overweight, have high blood pressure, IBS and acid reflux. In all the reading I have done on here, I keep seeing to add fats…healthy ones… to your daily eating. How do I eat these and also stick to a low fat diet to please my doctor? I am 59, female, and really need to try to get healthier.

    Thanks, Denise

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Sorry, Denise, but it’s not your job to please your doctor. It’s your job to do what’s right for your health.

      A low-fat diet CAUSES fatty liver because cutting fat increases carbohydrate intake which, in turn, increases de novo lipogenesis, the conversion of carbohydrates to fats that are deposited in your liver.

      Sadly, your doctor is doing more harm than good.

      I would like to post your question as a blog post, as others have asked something similar.