The Wheat-free “Movement”

I have seen bowel health improve in the majority of people who say goodbye to wheat.

But one observation I have not purposefully tracked is constipation. I have indeed seen constipation improve in many people, but it’s simply not part of the conversation in much of what I do. I hate talking about bowel movements.

But Wheat Belly Blog reader, Susan, left this fascinating comment about, yes, constipation:

I must say that coming across this information (wheat as we know it today – and it’s effects) has absolutely changed my life over the last 40 days.

I have suffered from extreme constipation for many years to the point that I would not eliminate for weeks. My stomach got bigger and bigger as I tried one diet after another, endlessly. Mostly fruit and liquid fads to loosen and discharge what was surely in there somewhere. Nothing really worked, though, except laxatives.

I did note than when I did eliminate – it was very hard and covered in “glue.” I assumed that to be because it was in there for so long. However, it got me thinking about gluten, so I googled on that subject and up came Wheat Belly.

Long story short, I eliminated wheat and as a result (beginning on the third day) I began eliminating more than I ate – daily. I don’t think I have to explain how that is a miracle to sombody who has been chronically bunged up for years. My hard, bulging lower stomach is getting softer and smaller by the day now. Weight dropped 20lbs in the first 20 days and now drops about 2 lbs each week.

The other miracle is that I am not manic and miserable, including confusion, short attention span, etc. I could correlate that to the elimination success, but I know it’s more than that. I feel now that the wheat was causing that as another symptom. My knee doesn’t get inflamed anymore either since the general bloating ended. I am simply thrilled to have discovered this information after decades of suffering needlessly. Who would have thought that bread (wheat), etc., could be THIS harmful when I was led to believe that whole grains were my constipation saviour.

Susan added an addendum:
I figured I would aid in cutting through the buildup of “glue” in me by eating a whole grapefruit every morning. I feel that has helped in conjuction with the wheat-free diet.

Although this has worked spectacularly, I now plan a phase two which is to reduce other carbs and sugars as WheatBelly recommends. I can’t imagine how I can improve on my already amazing results, but I’m very excited about seeing how much better things could get.

Today was day 40 and I’m not sure how to say this so I’ll just say it plainly: I had a BM today that I (nor my husband) could believe. It seemed to be a section of my intestine. My husband is of the opinion that it is the inner lining. It was basically a wall of sticky mucous.

Two years ago, my doctor ordered a colonoscopy to see why I was chronically constipated. I was half awake for the procedure and I was sure he was going to comment on how much matter was in there. He reported nothing unusual. Later I asked him where the 1,000 meals could be then and he didn’t have an answer. Now I know. It’s been building up on the walls and I hope to see the rest in the near future. I should add that during about day 25 I had a slip where I ate a sandwich and a bagel. I immediately felt tired and miserable and then it took two full days to start eliminating again (yes – two days of constipation from just that). That was all the evidence I needed to know that wheat is certainly my bane.

Now when I see a protruded belly on a miserable person I feel like sharing my story because I know how miserable they feel. When people google constipation, WheatBelly should be the first thing that appears. God bless.

Wow. I can just feel Susan’s relief.

Just how many ways can there be that wheat wreaks havoc on the human intestinal tract and body? How many other conditions are there that are nothing more than a peculiar relationship with wheat consumption?

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  1. Jacquelyn

    This has been my daughter’s problem for many a year, as it is with one of her daughter’s since being an infant. I remember being asked to hold the toddler’s hand while she tried to eliminate a “baseball”. As with Susan above, my daughter sought medical attention to no avail. Today she feels so much healthier!

  2. Madeline

    Thank you for sharing your story, Susan. It takes courage to offer that kind of testimonial and because of that, you are going to help so many people. God bless!

      • Kellylynn

        I would have to disagree with wiki given it isn’t a reliable source and also from a personal experience. I did the master cleanse for 40 days, and since I wasn’t in taking food per-say you would think nothing would be coming out. However, globs of what can only be described as “goo” would come out about every 5-7 days. It was gross, but fascinating.

  3. Can’t help myself as I giggle uncontrollably.

    Seriously, though, good for you Susan and thanks Doc for overcoming your dislike of the subject and posting this.

  4. Jennifer

    Hi Dr.
    A coworker of mine recently got me interested in living a wheat free life and I wanted to know, what is your opinion on rice product replacements such as “rice bread” found in the freezer section, and “gluten free pizza crust” available at our local pizza pizza shop. Also, in terms of general products, if I cut out all wheat, is it ok to have a little bit here and there (such as in soy sauce) or do you recommend cutting it out 100%. Will it effect you to have a tiny bit? Thanks!!

  5. Scott stauffer

    Now I want to know what the alternative is- does this mean I can never have a sandwich again? Do I eat Pumpernickle, white, gluten free? Now that I know the problem,what is the solution? The “bread of life” is not a misnomer,people around the world stay alive because of bread! Easy to be a genius dr. & identify a problem,harder to recommend a solution other than to just scrap wheat bread that has been a “bread of life” since the eon of time!

    • John

      Bread has not sustained humans for “The Eon of Time.” Grains only entered the human diet in the past 10,000 years. For the millions before that, humans ate meat, vegetables, fruits, nuts, eggs and seeds.

      Grains have always been problematic, but the changes in “wheat” in the past fifty years have multiplied this effect. Eliminating wheat has worked for me. Personally, I don’t even miss bread. It’s your health and ultimately, your choice.

    • PJ

      When you eliminate something from your diet, you don’t need to find a substitution. Sometimes these substitutions are as bad, if not worse, than the original item (think Snackwells). When someone eliminates cocaine, heroin, alcohol or cigarettes from their life, they don’t find substiutions . . . they just stop using the offending item. Though many people in the world rely on grains to prevent starvation, it is absolutely not necessary for the rest of us that have a choice. There are no grains that are essential for human health. It may very well be true that you may never have another sandwich again, but so what. It’s your choice . . . the negative effects of grain or more veggies, meat, fat, eggs and nuts.

      • jay

        Coconut flour bread makes a nice sandwich ; ). I’m not gonna lie, I miss having bread be such an easy thing to buy and eat but it’s worth giving it up to do without the problems that accompany it. And for me, embarassing digestive issues come with wheat consumption.If that’s the “life” in “bread of life” I want a new life. Oh, wait, I have one ; ).

        • jay

          We had some great cheeseburgers last night, wrapped in lettuce instead of bread. Didn’t miss the bun there.

          • Boundless

            Dr. D: Stay tuned, Jay. I, too, have been working on a sandwich bread. I think I’m close.

            Any update?

            The family member that discovered your book would love to have a bread substitute.

          • Hi, Boundless–

            Getting there. I made a pizza crust last night. It was the first time I got it to actually be holdable and not require a fork and knife.

    • Unfortunately, Scott, just because something keeps you alive does not necessarily mean it’s healthy.

      I would invite you to read the Wheat Belly book that details the full argument. I think you will see that “wheat” is not wheat; it is the product of genetics research, changed more than virtually any other crop.

    • Scott, I make a burger using two bun size portabella mushrooms. If you like mushrooms, it’s a perfect substitute. I just sautee both sides of each mushroom to soften them up a bit, but not too long that they become flimsy; although, I do end up eating it with a knife and fork once all the fixin’s are piled on!

    • hazeleyes

      I’ve eaten bread all my life (peanut butter and jelly sandwiches twice a day for my first 6 years) and always had excruciating constipation and ill health. Ditch the bread? Okay, if that means I won’t have any more symptomsof gluten intolerance.

      Don’t be silly; embrace wellness, run away from its opposite.

  6. Sol y Sombra

    You just don’t eat sandwiches, it’s as simple as that. People do not need grains (or hardly any carbs for that matter) to survive. What you really need is protein and fat. So yes, you go without sandwiches, it’s not a big loss anyway. You can eat meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruit and nuts (in moderation), dairy (maybe that in moderation too, although where I come from dairy is mostly feta cheese, milk and yogurt, not regular “yellow” cheese and I do eat a lot of feta). Hell, you can also have chocolate and wine in moderation. You really don’t need bread and sandwiches. Neither do you need legumes, rice and potatoes by the way.

    If you do have a problem from eating wheat, I can’t understand why you would be unwilling to give it up entirely. Yeah, sandwiches can taste good, so can pizza, pasta, pies and a number of other things people make from wheat and other flours. But if it damages your health to eat them, would you still insist on doing that? That would be suicidal…

  7. Mary Beth

    Well, I agree that writing about bowel movements is not the most pleasant conversation piece, but I do think that it is an important part of all the health benefits to going wheat free. I mean lets be honest here, this is what this wonderful blog is all about. Information is power!!!! And to hear people talk honestly and openly about struggles and triumphs is what keeps me motivated to staying wheat free. I stepped on the scale and am now down 20lbs. and feeling better than I have in years. I REFUSE to go back to that lifestyle.
    So, that being said, I have a question that I havent seen addressed and I’m really curious….Um….has anyone experienced an increase in sex drive since being wheat free? Or is this a no no subject?

  8. Susan

    Hi Mary. Now that the horse is out of the barn – I might as well keep typing because there’s more to be told. For me EVERYTHING has improved. That includes issues of water retention, libido, hunger control and cravings in general. I used to dribble (urinate) about 15 times a day and now I have a strong stream maybe 4 times times a day. As far as libido – circulation is returning in general – including below the waist.
    SOmething hit me like a tonne of bricks yesterday. I used to bake so I know how much flour is in bread. Strangely that was my strongest craving and I ate much of it, but mostly whole grains the last few years. I did the math on how much bread flour I’ve consumed over my 55 years (I’ve had the constipation issue since grade 7). 15,000 pounds worth. That’s about 3/4 loaf of bread a day (and other flour containing foodstuffs). I’m amazed my digestive tract has rebounded like it has, after this compaction and over such a long time. For people just starting out on wheat-free – I can say that it was only hard for the first week. I don’t crave it whatsoever anymore. Good luck to all.

    • That’s the good news, isn’t it, Susan?

      After all the abuse your poor intestinal tract has suffered, it can recover. Thank goodness for that.

  9. Liz

    Since we are discussing some of the more personal results of being wheat free, I am wondering if the disappearance of unwanted facial hair is another result. Makes me wonder if genetically modified wheat is loaded with hormones? I am a 48 year old woman that does not want to be sporting a beard, so yay! It’s gone!

    • bh

      Pleasant surprise (since I haven’t lost much weight) that I no longer have to monitor unwanted facial hair. :)

    • Mary

      I have to admit, after months of being wheat-free, I splurged over Christmas and ate some bread and pasta. Now all of a sudden I have more facial hair (besides other symptoms that I won’t talk about) so I think it’s definitely related.

  10. PJ

    I don’t understand why elimination is such a forbidden subject. We all do it. Our health depends on it. I challenge anyone to go through an extended period of improper elimination of any type and not want to talk to someone about it! When you hit on the solution, you want to shout it from the rooftops. Many other cultures actually pay close attention to their toilet habits and adjust their lifestyle accordingly. In American, we are so prudish about this topic.

    I applaud Susan for sharing (even in detail) what she has experienced. I am sure she is not the only person that has had a dramatic improvement in her bowel health since giving up wheat. For crying out loud, isn’t it the digestive system that wheat may have the most detrimental effect on, after all? I’ve known people that will discuss their pets’ movement in detail but would not ever admit that they, themselves, ever had a bowel movement. What you eliminate, and how you eliminate it, can be as important as what you put in your mouth.

    • John

      PJ,
      I think it’s partailly a forbidden subject because at some level, we are aware there is something very wrong with ourselves. Think about it- acid reflux, excessive gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation. People deal with these things practically daily. But when people eliminate wheat and let themselves heal, all these symptoms become rare, and are usually the result of food poisoning or an illness. They’re more than just minor annoyances, they’re our signal that we shouldn’t be eating wheat. I certainly wouldn’t want to admit that I was getting food poisoning every day.

  11. Jenni

    I think its great! I was wondering if the same had been hapening to other people, My husband just asked how I was doing about that since Ive been bound up for years, maybe 2 times a week if lucky,…. I was always suprised to hear that others go everyday,…. Well I told my hubby Im in the clear and also going everyday. Never did that even with added laxitives, my parents had to chase me around with suppositories
    so much happier now!

    • Jennifer

      A flax wrap is one of the incredible recipes in the back of The Wheat Belly book. My husband and I love them, and he cannot believe it isn’t bread. Just had one today for lunch with turkey, swiss, avocado and lettuce on it. Oh, and olive oil mayo too :)

      Here is another side note – I just made the wheat-free pizza for dinner for the second time, and my 6 year old son, who never eats vegetables without a fight, ate 2 pieces. He did the same thing the first time I made it, and I literally thought it was too good to be true! Now I am pretty sure he will keep eating it and actually liking it too! Of course, I haven’t told him he is eating cauliflower. He asked if it was some kind of taco and wanted to know how I got one that big! I just told him it was a special recipe that mommy made.

      • Excellent, Jennifer!

        A few “whole grain” lies can’t hurt. And I will be putting up my newest pizza dough recipe in the coming weeks, the sort that is more likely to look and feel more like pizza crust.

        • Jennifer

          Wow, that sounds great Dr. Davis. Maybe I can get my older son on the bandwagon with that! I can’t thank you enough for helping me to get my kids to eat vegetables…even though I know that was not your goal :)

  12. Brenda OBrien

    Hi all you wheat free fans, IM new to the wheat free movement, I started Sept. 27,2011 I have lost a total of 13 lbs and more importantly feel much better, I use to have a lot of tummy problems, and migraines but no more, My Brother actually got me started, hes been wheat free for over a year, and looks wonderful. I have really had no withdrawls at all from lack of breads cakes ect. My friend brought me over a dessert she thought I would enjoy, but I am not sure what the Dr. thinks of this, need some input, Its a Low Fat Mocha Cappuccino Mousse, geared toward the Low carb lifestyle. Its very good, it only has 6 carbs per serving, The one ingrediant im not sure of is it also has Partially hydrogentated soybean and cottonseed oil. I know normally most say to avoid anything partially hydrogenated, Is that true with product?If anyone has the answer to this please let me know. Good for us low carbors or not? I havent really had a sweet tooth, so im not craving anything, my friend just saw it and thought I might like it. Thanks in advance. Brenda

    • jay

      Partially hydrogenated oils are pretty much bad for you. I avoid soybean oil as completely as I can, same with cottonseed oil. I’ve found that eating those kinds of oils, including canola oil, have a similar affect on me as people report with olestra. Not fun.

      • Brenda OBrien

        Yeah thats what I was thinking, I think I will pass on that for a sweet treat stick to some peanut butter and apple, I know apples are high in sugar but I dont know to many fat people that eat alot of fruit, Thats just my observation.,

    • Hi, Brenda–

      The hydrogenated part and the linoleic acid-rich soybean and cottonseed oils are not such good things.

      Have you seen the recipes in the book and this blog? I’m sure you can find something here to satisfy. I just had one of my wheat-free, no sugar cookies and it was wonderfully satisfying.

      • Brenda OBrien

        Hi Dr. Davis, I did make the pumpkin muffins they were pretty good but I used almonds that I ground up and I do not think I ground them enough so it was pretty nutty mixtures, Is there a good recipe for peanut butter cookies, I Love peanut butter, Usually put it on a green apple. I seem to have slowed down on weight loss, I initally lost 15lbs but seem to be staying around this number, not sure why as IM not eating anything differently. Any thoughts on that?? Thanks Brenda

        • Kellylynn

          Since peanuts are not actually nuts but legumes, it’s best to avoid peanut butter all together. I have replaced it with almond butter, but I really don’t eat that all that much at this point either.

        • Hi, Brenda–

          If you take the chocolate chip cookie recipe and add 1/2 cup natural peanut butter and some chopped peanuts, you can make a darn good peanut butter cookie.

          Also, please take a look at a Wheat Belly Blog post back a few posts about this issue of not losing weight with this approach. There are a number of issues to consider.

  13. Scott stauffer

    You mean I Have to give up wheat or my future is someone chasing me around with suppositories- OM(freaking)G!!!!

    • Mary Beth

      Confessional?! There’s no judgement here. I’ll go right after you then and confess that my sex drive hasn’t been this good since I was much younger!!!! Lets just say my husband is loving this new lifestyle.

      • Scott stauffer

        Got to admit when you freak out over eating one low fat mocha cappuccino mousse you may need absolution!(just trying to help)- i got to admit the sex part of this exchange is very intriguing!!!

      • Scott stauffer

        Does this mean that you neglected your husband for years? And because you gave up wheat,you are just now letting him enjoy what he has long been entitled to?

    • I sometimes believe there should be, Scott!

      But then we’d have to invent a process of getting ordained, etc. to receive confessions. You could always just tell us your story and experience a satisfying catharsis!

      • Scott stauffer

        Great reply! Actually,you might not guess with my off beat humor,but I’m actually trying this! Big tennis fan! Worked for Djokovic,why not me!

  14. Susan

    This sentence (above from Dr. Davis) is the rub that should be seriously explored by our medical establishment – who appear to be satisfied treating symptoms rather than causes.

    “Just how many ways can there be that wheat wreaks havoc on the human intestinal tract and body? How many other conditions are there that are nothing more than a peculiar relationship with wheat consumption?”

    I mean that seriously. I can’t be the only person who’s reported this type of medical relief/reversal from eliminating wheat. One would think the establishment would hold an urgent Summitt somewhere and begin exploring. Aren’t they always talking about “research”? I have to wonder how hard they’re looking for the answers. Is it possible the system would rather treat me for enflamed knees/joints, bladder deficiencies, chronic constipation including expensive invasive procedures (and the list goes on)? I don’t even have to go to the doctor to find out that I’m no longer type two diabetic. I know that I shed that as well over the last month. I forgot to mention that – my hands don’t tingle and fall asleep anymore. I’m of the opinion now that a person is better off going to a naturopath practioner rather than enter the looping medical system.

    • Coleen C.

      Susan,
      That’s because the “research” is to sell drugs, not to get to the source of the problem! I was just given Prilosec, etc. when I went to my doctor with stomach issues. But I couldn’t figure out why I would have too much stomach acid when it’s usually low at my age (64)!

    • Susan–

      I invite you to yell, scream, and tell everyone about your experience. I have to believe that there are many other “Susans” out there suffering silently, also not receiving the appropriate advice who will never find the right answer.

      You are welcome to share your thoughts and developing experience as often as you like, right here!

  15. Amine

    Question about Chicken Please????????????
    I have been eating grass fed beef and love it. What about Chicken you see in stores, restaurants etc.
    Is Chicken healthy?

    • Enjoy your chicken, Amine. If (genuinely) free-range, organic chickens are in your budget, too, that’s an extra. It also tends to be sold by more humane producers.

  16. Justin Gardiner

    Hi Dr. Davis,
    I work with as a personal trainer with a client that is in need of some help. She is doing well with her weight loss goals as she has just turned 40. Over the past six-nine months she has suffered from several alarming symptoms. She suffers from inflammation throughout her body. Her fingers so swollen she couldnt take off her wedding ring and her feet to the point she couldnt get her shoes on. Since we have started back on her program, about three months ago her fingers and feet have gone down a good amount but calves are full of fluid to the point that it’s hard to bend her knees to 90 degrees. She is also suffering from very noticable discoloration and severe iching her skin throughout her body. As well as noted hair loss and daily fatigue. She has been to doctor after doctor who put her on diuretics and potassium supplements, basically with no answers. They have reffered her to an endocrinologist, who reports everything to be normal and is scheduled to meet with a dermotologist. After reading your book I immediately gave her my copy to read. She claims that she feels addicted to wheat, although she has managed to cut back to about one to two servings per day. Do these symptoms sound familar? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank You

    • Hi, Justin–

      It sure sounds like a wheat syndrome. The combination of leg edema, finger swelling, inflammation, and skin discoloration is, in fact, extremely suggestive of a wheat response. There’s a safe easy test to find out, of course: Get rid of this thing called wheat.

      There are other conditions that could account for this collection of phenomena, but they involve fairly elaborate testing, etc. Starting with a trial of wheat elimination seems like a really good idea to me!

  17. Shirley

    Add me to the list of “those who’s constitution train barely left the station.”
    Wheat elimination thankfully took care of that matter right quick.

  18. Sarah

    I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2006 and had to go from a super-heavy-wholewheat diet to gluten-free overnight. I only wish I could say I have experienced all the good effects of giving up wheat you write about. I wonder if the weight loss people experience is more because they are eating less than that they are eating less wheat? At any rate, I have not lost weight, I’ve gained, and I now have the worst constipation ever, and I do still have joint pain and arthritis. But perhaps as a celiac it is different for me?

    • Hi, Sarah–

      Sorry about your struggles.

      While wheat is an incredibly common and powerful cause of multiple health conditions and weight gain, there are of course other causes for the symptoms and failure to lose weight that you describe. A thorough evaluation that extends beyond wheat may be in order.

    • Michelle

      Hi, Sarah — According to a woman who runs a nearby gluten-free cafe and bakery, a large percentage of celiacs don’t really get better until they also eliminate dairy from their diets; apparently, this is because the gluten and casein (milk protein) molecules are extremely similar. Some people can continue to have sheep and goat dairy, but I would urge you to completely eliminate all dairy for a while, then perhaps try goat/sheep dairy and see how you do. Good luck!

    • Heather

      Hi Sarah, I completely understand where you are coming from.
      I hope it’s okay to say this here but I have found that there is more to it (for me) then just wheat. Look up the Specific Carbohydrate Diet by Elaine Gottshall. That diet saved my life. I think it will help you with the celiac. But, wheat is surely a killer. As soon as I eat even a little my belly blows up and I get horrendous pain. The joints in my fingers stiffen to the point I cannot bend them straight. And I get Iritis in one eye. Wheat and refined sugar are the cause I believe. For the constipation to resolve for me however, it takes elimination of wheat, refined sugar, and dairy. Even raw vegetables sometimes.
      I hope you research that book I mentioned up above.
      God bless.

  19. Andrew

    I am new to this. I have a sugar problem including Gout. Dr says reduce the spare tyre, drop the carbs. Beer is a good place to start – Whoe is me. Anyway beer contains wheat so will have to rethink this one.
    Some ineresting comments the info has helped me get started.

    Thanks

  20. joe

    I DON’T HAVE THE BOOK YET , IS THERE A DIET PLAN IN THERE? I MEAN BESIDES ELIMINATING WHEAT. THIS WOMAN WAS EXPERIENCING SOME SYMPTOMS I HAVE , BLOATING , CONSTIPATION. PLENTY GOING IN NOT A LOT COMING OUT.
    WHAT WAS THE TRICK? I HAVE STOPPED EATING WHEAT FOR TWO WEEKS AND STILL CONSTIPATED

    I’M ABOUT TO TAKE COLON CLEANSE “EXPERIENCE” IF THERE IS A BETTER WAY PLEASE SHARE :-)

    • Yes there is a recommended diet if full health is desired.

      I don’t think that we should interpret this woman’s incredible experience to mean that ALL constipation is caused by wheat, but just that some is, even despite extensive medical evaluation.

  21. Cathy

    Had the same experience. Going wheat free a couple of years ago cured my life-long chronic constipation. Also put an end to my blood sugar drops, cravings, and many other problems.

  22. Janne

    I am very happy on a no-wheat regimen but I wish I knew what I should do to add enough fiber to my diet. I am not quite on the verge of constipation. When I ate lots of whole grains (I haven’t touched refined grains in years), I would have easy daily bowel movements. I am still going daily but it’s not as ‘easy’. I eat lots of vegetables, and sometimes a little brown rice. What am I doing wrong?

    • Hi, Janne–

      Consider:

      1) More raw nuts and seed, more nut meals, including the recipes in the book and here on the blog.
      2) More non-wheat fibers that are low in carbohydrates, such as flaxseed and chia
      3) A magnesium supplement, e.g., magnesium citrate 400 mg once or twice per day
      4) A probiotic to help your poor wheat-damaged intestine to recover

      That does it for the majority.

  23. craig macdonald

    I’ve been wheat free for over a week now, following the guidance in Dr Davis’ book, and I’ve already lost over 2 kg. >In a week<. I'd class myself as having an almost 'elite' level of fitness, and two years ago I managed to lose four stone – but I've never experienced weight loss of this rate before, even when 'dieting' & working out 5 nights a week when I was at my heaviest (over 200 lbs).

    I can also happily report the dissappearance of mystery rashes on my chest & back, increased mental focus, and a higher rate of workload during workouts – not only am I working harder in the gym, I'm actually able to sustain intensity across the duration of the session.

    but what's really blown me away is the effect these dietary changes have had on my bowel movements.

    (skip the following bit if you're of a queasy disposition!)
    up until a few days ago, trips to the loo for a 'number 2' would regularly take me 20 minutes – seriously. the deposits would be tarry, loose, and never ending – with bloody piles. and when I needed to go, the intense cramps compelled me. every morning, at around 7 am, I'd have the same ordeal.

    as if this wasn't bad enough, they'd always be followed up with a mucous discharge which, as you can imagine, made returning to my chair in the office pretty uncomfortable, with a piece of tissue wedged in to absorb the leakage – positively disgusting!!!!

    18 months ago I spent a fortune with a specialist, involving cameras up and down, plus the remote camera capsule – I was convinced I had chrohns or bowel cancer. the conclusion at the end of these tests? excess stomach acid was aggrivating my intestines… so I was given a prescription for acidic inhibitors and sent packing.

    I've put up with these symptoms since my late teens, though they have gotten progressively worse over the last 4 years. I can't overstate the inconvenience and worry they've caused. and now, after just a week, I'm in and out of the loo with no worries in less than 5 mins. I can't believe how simple the changes have been, and how massive the effects of those changes are.

    thank you, good doctor :)
    craig, wales, UK

    • Excellent, Craig!

      I am amazed at how many people have been scoped top and bottom, misdiagnosed, “treated” with medications, even procedures, all to deal with the effects of wheat. It also dumbfounds me that the gastroenterologists only see celiac disease or no celiac disease as the choices in wheat effects.

      Thanks for the courage to share such intimate details.

  24. My doctor son-in-law got a present from a colleague this Christmas, and he passed it on to me on the grounds that I am more likely to be interested (!). It’s a publication by Chronicle Books and it’s called ‘What’s Your Poo Telling You?’ It comes in the form of a desktop pad, with a tear-off page for each day of the year. Each page contains a bit of information for anyone with — whether they like it or not — a need to keep an eye on their bowel movements. I was going to quote a few examples but on second thoughts perhaps I won’t. Anyway, it’s published on an annual basis, and the 2012 version is still available on amazon.com. You can ‘look inside’ before you order, to get an idea of what it offers.
    http://www.amazon.com/Whats-Your-Telling-Daily-Calendar/dp/0811879399/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326538252&sr=1-2

  25. Anna

    I just found this thread and thought it would be worth adding that my decades-long constipation problem also disappeared. I have cut out wheat along with all other grains, starches and sugars due to diabetes which started as gestational but became permanent. So I originally eliminated wheat from my diet as part of my disease management, wasn’t paying much attention in particular to the constipation until I realized that it was suddenly gone, along with the chronic hemorrhoids I have been dealing with. Naturally I don’t bring up this topic very often, but in case anyone out there is wondering, getting rid of wheat has appeared to clear up my constipation and, at the very least, not eating wheat or grains is not a factor in making constipation worse, as some people believe.

  26. BB

    I hate to say it but all grains should be avoided. They ALL contain a protein like Gluten that sensitve or Celiac will react to, including corn. That means there are NO such Gluten free prepackage ofoods ut there. Gluten and other proteins are hidden in most foods.

    Visit http://www.glutenfreesociety.org/

    They have the data and testimonials to back it up and hardly any doctors are aware of this.
    Only when I truly eat grain free do I feel normal and my list of symptoms is long and serious. Contipation being one that is gone wheil eat true grain free. It is alsolutely difficult to live this way.

  27. Rita

    I have been on wheat belly for 7 days and was feeling good. then I ate dry roasted peanuts thinking they were on the ok list Wrong! I have a terrible gassy stomach and feel aweful. Still learning.

  28. Tricia

    My 12 year old and I are going to do this together — she’s on a competitive gymnastics team and has the same mid-section as me, which is completely unfair considering how hard she works out. Any suggestions for anyone who is doing this with their kids? The school cafeteria is a mine-field, but it’s tough to prepare a lunch every day. Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks, Tricia, NH