Wheat Belly #5 on New York Times Bestseller list!

The New York Times just released its bestseller list due for release September 18th, 2011 . . . .

Wheat Belly is #5!! (That darned Jane Fonda woman elbowed me out for the #4 spot!)

Wheat Belly #5 on New York Times Bestseller List!

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  1. KDM says:

    Congratulations!
    Thank you so much for the time and effort you have giving to bringing this important subject to light. Here’s a small list of things that have occurred since being wheat free for the last three months:
    Weight reduction from 162 pounds down to 143.
    Sleeping better and no more leg cramps waking me up in the middle of night.
    Sinus and nasal allergy issues are gone.
    I no longer need meds for heartburn and indigestion.
    I don’t require eating something every 3 or 4 hours to keep from feeling like I’m going to pass out.
    My skin no longer looks dry and cracked. I believe this is because less of my daily water intake is needed for digestion of food since wheat products are no longer consumed. I would also contribute this to the leg cramps disappearing.
    Keep of good work and thanks again.

  2. PJ

    High five! Congratulations! So cool to be number 5 in one week. Proud to have helped with that rating. It’s bound to stay high, too. The bigger the controversy the bigger the sales. Hopefully, the bigger fuss the Grain Foundation makes, the more people will end up reading your book because they’ll want to know what the fuss is about.

  3. Sue

    Congrats! Your book deserves to be number 1 and to stay there for months.

    Too bad they’re not counting other formats as I’m guessing a fair amount of people got the kindle version, which is what I’ve got.

    It’s a great book. Thanks for writing it.

    • Thanks, Sue!

      Judging by the outpouring of support and the incredible stories of health and weight turnarounds in as short as 3 days, I believe Wheat Belly will indeed enjoy a number one spot.

      My reward is in hearing wonderful feedback like yours!

  4. Shaun White

    Wow! I had no idea that this anti-wheat knowledge was so mainstream. Here in rural Spain they all think I am mad to doubt the healthiness of the stuff.

    Well done on flying into the top 10!! I expect my copy should turn up here within a fortnight or so and I’ll do my best to get the message across to as many people as possible.

    • Shaun in Spain? That’s great!

      You are an early adopter. It will take many long conversations and media forays to persuade the broad public that they have been killing themselves in little bits and pieces with those bites of bagel and pizza.

  5. Debbie B in MD

    Dr.Davis,
    I received my copy yesterday and I am about half way through. Wow! I went gluten free in January 2011 and my daughter did in March 2011 following celiac diagnoses. The change in both of us has been great. I am glad you spend so much time on celiac in your book, but I have a couple of questions and great concerns. I understand all that you have written about the increased dangers of disease in people with celiac and I note that in some areas you mention a resolution of risks with the removal of gluten from the diet. Is the five year mark you mention pretty much across the board with various risks? After 5 years of gluten free eating will we be on par with the rest of the wheat free world of disease risk? Or are these risk levels for those with celiac who dop not abstain from gluten? My daughter is 15. I would love for my 17 year old son to read the book, but if I let him read it, he will be quite distressed to read about the increased risks his sister and I have. Now that we have been gluten-free, with very little gluten free items replacing the gluten, what is our risk of the cancers you write about? My son is a wheat boy for sure, so he needs the information from someone other than mom, but he is also a great worrier. Thanks for you help.

    • Debbie B in MD

      Not to mention my concerns about my daughter’s health too. She is gluten-free. IMy son tested negative for celiac, so feels that he doesn’t need to make any changes. At least not willingly. :)

    • Hi, Debbie–

      Five years and you should confidently revert to the risk of a non-celiac.

      But I suspect it’s actually better than that. I predict that wheat will prove to be one of the extravagant and unrecognized causes of many forms of gastrointestinal cancers in humans and the wheat elimination is a powerful strategy to reduce risk. It means that people who are wheat-free, celiac or no, might be over the long run at reduced risk for cancers.

      • Debbie B in MD

        I would guess that the 5 year guideline would depend, in part, on how long you have had an active disease. Of course, it is a bit hard to determine the timeline between when the disease started and when symptoms started showing up to when we went gluten free. I would think the shorter the time of illness the shorter the return to “normal” or even better chances of avoiding those things. Yes, I am trying to make myself feel better and not be so worried about my beautiful daughter. :)

  6. Roger

    Congratulations!! As one of your patients and one who has been on a wheat and sugar free diet for two years and has been trying to tell as many people as possible about wheat free but mostly I receive a polite smile and I am told that “THEY” say that wheat is good for them and they will keep eating it. Now that you have come out with “Wheat Belly” which is #5 and I am sure will become #1, and I expect to see your face plastered all over the TV, I can just hope that this will help to turn around the awful fat epidemic in our country. Thank you Dr. Davis for what you have done for me and for now what I hope can be done for millions of more people.

  7. Betsy J

    Congrats ! I believe it will climb to number one before too long.
    I’m abt a 1/3 of the way thru your book…and it is great.
    The only ‘diet’ that has ever worked for me is low carb. My mother stumbled across Dr Atkins years back and it has made a world of difference. No more heartburn, shakes, and headaches. I always thought it was the yeast in baked goods that gave me heartburn, must have been the gluten, had no clue.
    I stray quite often (not sure why since I feel great doing this, but after feeling lousy week after week after week, something’s gotta change)…This time I am commited. I first heard abt your book thru Woman’s World magazine..stating lose 30 pounds in 30 days… is it true ? Sounds good to be true… but after 5 days of low carb and abt 99% wheat free eating… I am down 5 pounds…
    Cooking is the key – which I have no patience for – that’s one reason for my bad eating habits – and planning.
    I am trying to convince my hubby to convert – he said today is the day…but I am doubtful, we’ll see.
    Thanks for the great book Dr Davis !

    • Thanks, Betsy!

      The “30 lbs in 30 days” statement was the experience of one woman. They chose to use that (somewhat exceptional) experience as their headline.

      A more typical response would be 1 pound per day first 10 days, then a slowing to a total of 20 pounds first 30 days. It also depends on starting body size (bigger people lose faster), sex (males faster than females), age (younger faster than older), quality of diet prior to the start, exercise and physical activity, and hormonal status (especially thyroid and adrenal).

      At the very least, we can set the example and hope that those around us learn from our experience.

  8. Bill

    I have been slowly eliminating wheat and corn from my diet for a while. My overall health–as evidenced by dramatically lowered glucose, triglycerides, cholesterol, and blood pressure numbers–has improved. I have ordered Wheat Belly to motivate me to figure out if it will be to my best interests to also stop eating the rye crackers, oats, and rice cakes I consume to avoid the wheat.

    My wife is a 110 pound wheat junkie. She walks every day and may be underweight by a couple of pounds. She does not overeat, but wheat is the number one ingredient in her diet. She does have some Celiac symptoms, especially joint pain, fatigue, frail bones, and discolored teeth. She also suffers from a very small patch of psoriasis on her scalp which is hidden by her hair. This does not concern her much, but the psoriasis is accompanied by psoriatic arthritis, which does concern her . She has an enormous fear of letting go of her toast, sandwiches, and cereals. I’m hoping Wheat Belly will inspire her to take a look at whether or not wheat and gluten consumption is related to some of her symptoms. I heard Dr. Davis on AM 620 WVMT in Burlington, Vermont. Thanks to Dr. Davis for the coming on the air. I only wish Dr. Davis had been willing or had been allowed to answer a few questions. I will read the book to answer mine.

    • Hi, Bill–

      It sure sounds like a wheat problem in your wife. There’s one sure-fire way to tell, of course: get rid of it.

      Few things inspire such fear when there’s talk of removal like wheat can. The psychological pull of this thing cannot be underestimated.

      Sorry, but there was no opportunity to take calls.

  9. I can barely put mine down! Great research Dr. Davis!

    I will be ordering one for each member of my family with a variety of ailments from obesity to RA to GERD and other maladies, they will all benefit from their very own copy.

    I really enjoyed your interview with Robb Wolf as well.

  10. Michelle

    Do kindle sales figure into that? Just wondering; I bought the book on kindle but I may have to buy an actual copy to lend out.

    • You’d think I’d know this, Michelle, but I don’t.

      I’m just thrilled that this message is getting out. Just reading these posts shows you how profound the effect of wheat elimination can be. It is, by no means, a small effect!

  11. Susan S.

    Dr. Davis, I bought your book, and the science makes so much sense to me. I’m 47 and just didn’t feel well; I’ve wanted to lose weight, but always felt deprived/starving when cutting back on food. I’m about 60 lbs overweight, my diet consisted MOSTLY of carbs before I started on my wheat-free journey. I could see that everything I over-ate had wheat in it, and no matter how much I ate, I always wanted more. Wheat-free wasn’t really that hard to do; the cravings disappeared after a day or so, and I lost 5 lbs the first week. This is great, and it is certainly a goal to lose a LOT of weight over time from being wheat-free, but I was wondering about the average amount of time where one really starts to feel better, where the health issues start to clear up, you feel clearer-headed, etc.

    • Yes, Susan: Your life is yours again, not the victim of this crazy product of the geneticists.

      Now, we’ve just to convince agencies like the USDA to stop with their incessant “whole grains” mantra! (Imagine a day when the USDA says, “Avoid grains, whole and processed, because they lead to heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, behavioral disorders, and are generally unhealthy, similar to smoking.”)

  12. Miriam

    Dr. Davis I bought your book and love it. I’m really trying to convince my family to give wheat-free a try.
    I went wheat-free a week ago and Susan S., right away I noticed less inflammation and pain in my joints. I am in my mid 60s and small framed with a wheat belly. Truly makes me nuts since my extremities are not large.
    I always had such a small waist and hourglass figure. So I am really hoping I see success with this.

  13. Tracy Grudzielanek

    Your link was sent to me by my step-daughter. Can’t wait to pick up this book to see what all the excitement is about. My husband is a former patient of yours and I hope your words, and my actions on trying this process, will help him change his ways as he thinks only situps will take away his belly.

  14. BrianMI6

    I find it ironic that “Forks Over Knives” sits in the #5 spot for paperbacks right across from Wheat Belly. It’s almost like some type of pictoral illustration of the two major diet paradigms which are locked in an epic battle for dominance in the minds of the public. I say that because it’s hard enough to avoid grains. If you had to avoid grains, meat, eggs, and dairy…..well you might as well eat the tasteless mush as depicted in The Matrix.

    Unfortunately, I think the vegan crowd has a head-start. It’s seen as moral to avoid meat in favor of healthy while grains. It seems to be “cool” to be vegan too. More grass-fed beef for me I guess.

    • Yeah, that is an odd situation I’ve also noticed, Brian.

      Buried in that “competition” however for me is another message: more and more people are questioning conventional diet “wisdom” and looking for better answers.

      Although I do not agree with the dietary premise of Forks Over Knives, I’d rather someone follow this idea than follow conventional dietary advice.

      • JL

        Dr. Davis, excellent work and research into the modern wheat rabbit hole. Thank you for your hard work. I have also seen ‘forks over knives’, and really would like your feedback about their observations and medical & scientific basis for their diet. Do you dispute any of the points they make specifically? Are you aware of the China study, and the effects of forced meat diet reduction on WW2 populations etc? The evidence presented seems bullet proof. Much like your own observations, where wheat off = good, and wheat on = back to bad. They have also seen meat off = good, and meat on = back to bad.

        Is there perhaps a meat free and wheat free diet hybrid you all can agree on? :)

        • Dr. Davis

          The China Study is an entire conversation of its own.

          Suffice it to say that I use this book to start fires in my fireplace. It is utter nonsense.

          For a persuasive summary of how the China Study book differs from the actual findings of Campbell’s research–meaning he essentially re-interpreted his data to suit his agenda–read Denise Minger’s excellent http://www.rawfoodssos.com blog.

  15. Kevin

    Dr. Davis,
    Really appreciate your efforts in definitely wanting to help people. As soon as I leave from work today I’m heading to the local bookstore to pick up your book and gonna give it a try. Maybe you can help me with something though; that is, if you have time. Could you maybe state in a few words what are the fundamental differences between your plan and that presented in “Forks Over Knives”? I watched that documentary as well as one called “Food, Inc.”. After a friend told me about your book I wondered if you were all consistent or if there were key differences. If different, how do I know who is correct, and which one to try?

    Thanks a lot.

    • Dr. Davis

      Well . . . I did the diet articulated in Forks Over Knives 22 years ago. I also advised hundreds of patients to follow a similar program, so witnessed the effects on a substantial scale. While it is better than the standard American diet, it is not an ideal diet. It made me, along with a good many others, diabetic. (I am no longer diabetic after stopping this destructive diet.) The diet reduces HDL, increases triglycerides, and typically causes pre-diabetes and diabetes, not to mention flagrantly increases small LDL particles.

      The diet I advocate is, first, no wheat. Then most of us benefit by a further reduction in junk carbohydrates. But the book is not principally a diet. It is a discussion of the incredible changes introduced into wheat by geneticists and its resultant head-to-toe destruction of health.