Have a happy wheat-free New Year!

2011 marks the year when many people became acquainted with the astounding health and weight benefits of doing away with wheat. Had this message been followed by story after story of NOTHING happening, then it would have rightfully died on the vine within a few weeks.

Instead, stories of weight loss and health transformations continue to pour out each and every day, and the Wheat Belly movement continues to gain momentum. Though the book has now been on bookstore shelves for four months, the enthusiasm and number of success stories have not faltered–they have exploded.

I believe 2012 will mark the year when a critical mass of people will become acquainted with the notion that, not only is consumption of wheat and “healthy whole grains” not effective for health, they are the most destructive foods ever created, responsible for untold disease, suffering, and weight gain.

The situation with wheat reminds me of the Berlin Wall: After years of oppression and being told that the wall was there for the protection of East Berliners from capitalist and fascist regimes, the wall was torn down. We are tearing down the oppressive wall of “healthy whole grains.”

Here’s to a happy, healthy, slender, and wheat-free 2012!

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  1. Joyce

    My husband went to the Doctor last week and the Dr told him to quit the wheat and read your Book…wow..once I started to read it and labels I was surprised how many products wheat is in… So to sum it up we are both going to give it a try. No wheat for 2012.

      • Cat

        WOW! I am really impressed with Joyce and her husband’s doctor!
        I told my doc mid-2011 that I’d gone Paleo. He thought it was OK as long as it suited me. Which is not the same as recommending the diet style; but it’s much better than advocating “healthy whole grains”.

        Happy and healthy 2012, everyone!

    • Boundless

      > the Dr told him to quit the wheat and read your Book…wow..

      Wow indeed. This report needs to be noted, as I think it’s the first of its kind on this blog. This may represent an early indication of a sea change in the practice of medicine.

      The typical report here is of MDs recommending the official suicide diet, and responding to suggestions of grain-free paleo with something between indifference and hostility.

      • “The typical report here is of MDs recommending the official suicide diet, and responding to suggestions of grain-free paleo with something between indifference and hostility.”

        That is so true! My primary care physician has never asked about my diet, ever, even when I went in specifically to discuss weight problems! So, I went to see a naturopath. She told me to “be careful cutting out all grains like that, they really are essential to your diet.” *gag*

        Also, recently I was at a friend’s house and somehow my grain-free-ness came up. One of the people there is studying to be a nurse. She berated me for about 2 hours about what I was doing to myself. She refused to even look at Wheat Belly or Why We Get Fat (both of which happened to be in my purse at the time). She went as far as demanding that my sisters and friends “don’t let” me follow a low-carb and/or grain-free lifestyle. The whole encounter left me and one of my sisters really irritated, to say the least!

        I really wish people would at least read the books before they condem my choices. I’ve been grain free for 6 weeks. It hasn’t been long enough to show results in my weight because with the holidays there were still way too many carbs in my diet. But, Sunday my husband and I purged our pantry and refrigerator. We got rid of all the bad stuff and went shopping. I went as far as putting our menu for the week up on display in the kitchen. We are serious and I’m expecting some serious results. Results that I cannot wait to rub in everyone’s faces, by the way…

        • PJ

          Stand your ground, Nikki! Sometimes it takes all the backbone we can muster to stay grain free. Every unhealthy, overweight person will tell you how important grains are to our health.

          Sounds like you’ve got some really good tactics for getting serious. You’ll do great! (BTW, nose rubbing is one of my favorite hobbies!)

  2. Theresa

    Getting off of wheat 6 months ago completely changed my life and I couldn’t wait to read your book when it came out. I am slowly but surely changing the mindsets of those around me. Keep up the good work.

  3. Laurie

    Thanks to people who have shared their stories on your blog. My husband and I got started even before we bought the book — from reading your articles here on your blog (which we found through Sean Croxton’s Underground Wellness site.) Many of the comments and storiees here from people who had followed your advice have been helpful in getting us started.

    We just got the book and our plan for New Year’s Day is to spend it in front of the fire, reading Wheat Belly!

  4. Linda Harris

    I went wheat free Nov. 16 and have not looked back. Wheat (sadly) has become the evil empire to me. I was diagnosed with UC in 1995 and gave up meds after 5 years because it wasn’t better with them. I did the whole dairy free, sugar free, soy free, etc. and it didn’t work. Why I didn’t give up wheat is beyond me. I think it is in so much of what I was raised on and what I fed my children that it just didn’t occur to me. Since giving up wheat, I am pain free and am grateful for that. I have lost 9 lbs., but I was doing it to see if it would help with the UC and irregular heartbeat. It has helped both! Today I found Udi’s gluten free bread and actually liked it. I encourage everyone to at least try it a few days, it is bound to change your life!

    • Excellent, Linda!

      Oddly, I’ve seen this peculiar combination of ulcerative colitis and palpitations several times. Gotta wonder . . .

      Anyway, be careful with the gluten-free stuff like Udi’s. As long as you accept that, while it is gluten-free, it is essentially made of junk carbohydrates and thereby triggers yet another collection of health problems. The key is avoiding commercial gluten-free and making your own. Be sure to see the recipes in the Wheat Belly book and on this blog. They are designed to NOT recreate the damage of gluten-free foods .

  5. Jan

    Happy New Year, Dr.D! Thanks for writing the book and creating this blog for sharing the remarkable stories of transformation as people give up wheat and grains. I have followed you for a number of years and implemented your nutritional protocol, initially to lower my LDL. In the meantime, I have lost 24lbs, lowered my total C and LDL, raised my vitamin D to the 60’s and turned 60 in Nov!

    I have to say that while my weight is great and I am not diabetic in any way, the monitoring of my blood sugar after eating has been the biggest help and motivator to stay off grains, as well as other sources of carbs. A simple kit from Walmart allowed me to know how foods I thought were “ok” caused hours of higher than desirable blood sugar levels. It is fascinating! Happy to say my husband and I enjoy being grain-free and follow a primal diet.

    So, thanks again for all the information you share both here and on the Track Your Plaque site. You help us manage our own wellness so we can enjoy many, many more New Year’s celebrations!

    • Thanks, Jan!

      And more activity will be coming on Track Your Plaque and the Heart Scan Blog, heart-relevant, of course.

      There’s only so much one person can do. While this has been my focus for the past several months, I will be able to devote some more time to the heart-related projects in near-future.

  6. Phillis

    Happy and Healthy New Year Dr. Davis and Wheat-free friends!!! Ya know, there is an old saying that when the student is ready the teacher will appear and that is exactly what happened with Dr. Davis. I had finally gotten tired of being sick and tired (and VERY overweight) about 5 years ago and found that a very low-carb diet was the best for me (I still can’t tolerate many carbs). BUT that being said, I also did not realize that the few wheat-based LC foods that I allowed and occasional splurges off the diet were actually harming me and while I was losing weight and lowering my blood-pressure, etc., I was also still experiencing some residual problems such as arthritis and joint pains, sinus, skin/scalp rashes and sensitivities and some leftover stomach issues from having my gallbladder removed 3 years ago. It wasn’t until I read Wheat Belly that I found out that all of these problems were probably due to wheat intolerance or sensitivities!! Dr. Davis and Wheat Belly came along at just the right time and was the final piece of the puzzle for me. I’ve been wheat-free for two and a half months now and even tho a whole host of problems were corrected by the LC diet this has just about fixed the rest of it and after my body has had a chance to finally finish healing (it sure didn’t get damaged overnight) I’m sure that I’ll be even better!

    • Very nice, Phillis!

      Yes, it may require several months for some people to undo all the damage they’ve accumulated over years of wheat consumption . . . but thankfully it does happen.

      Happy New Year!

  7. Susie

    The Wheat Belly message is very important. I came into the wheat free life unintentionally (cutting carbs while my husband was trying to drop a few pounds and lower trigly). Just woke one day and realized we had not eaten any wheat for a while and thought that was not such a bad thing and felt amazing. But, I have to say I believe it all. I have always wondered why I work out the way I do but have such a relentless bagel butt – no wheat belly here – total pear shape. Giving up wheat has changed that – for the first time ever, muscle tone is emerging in my legs!!!

    Funny though, when I mention this to people who have many of the issues discussed in the book, the most frequent answer is “I know and maybe when I have more time and/or energy, I will think about wheat elimination”. I think people know this, but it is overwhelming and a bit depressing to begin with. This is our first Christmas wheat free and I have to say it is strange.

    All the best to you Dr. Wheat Belly – and thanks for looking out for the greater good of our health!

    • Thanks, Susie.

      As you can see, it’s going to take some work getting others to see what is going on. Most people have gotten complacent, having heard the “healthy whole grain” message over and over and over again.

      You will set the pace!

  8. Katie

    I think I’m going to start looking down my nose at people when they eat “healthy whole grains” as if they just lit up a cigar or slipped a stinker. I’ll say, “You’re going to put THAT in your body?! Haven’t you read ‘Wheatbelly’? You’re stuck in the ’80’s, Man”!
    : )

  9. tulip

    I am grateful to be starting the new year, not only gluten free (which I’ve been for a few years), but finally finding an eating plan that is taking off the weight (slowly but surely), and more important, a plan I can stick with for life.
    Hopefully as time goes on, we will all learn how to personalize the eating template in Wheat Belly to suit our own needs. For example, I know the maximum 2 fruits, 2 starches quoted in the Woman’s World article by Dr. Davis (here in the article library), will be a great maintenance plan for me, but for weight loss I’m truly minimizing them now. I also learned I can’t even eat gluten free oats. They affect me terribly, even in small amounts, and all my old symptoms come back.

    Also, I think this is the year we’ll have the last laugh at all the critics (and I actually just read a recent criticism in an evolutionary Psychologist’s blog)…I assume this year they will come out of the woodwork. Yes we will all have the last laugh at those who think we suffer psychosomatic symptoms, that our arthritis is imaginary and our other symptoms cannot possibly be from healthy wheat (gluten). We’re here to prove them wrong.

    Here’s to a healthy new year for us all! …raising my glass of (gluten free) Cabernet Sauvignon to you all!

    • Sol y Sombra

      Oh, yes, a friend recently said I was imagining the pain in my knees… True, I am a hypochondriac, I can’t deny that, I have been known to imagine illnesses before, but my knee pain is very, very real and has been there for a really long time. And is getting worse. My messed up cycles are another thing I don’t think I could have imagined. And they have been greatly improved by a low-carb diet. I certainly hope that a longer period of primal eating and wheat freedom will bring more improvements healthwise.

      Have a happy new year, everyone!

      • Sol y Sombra

        By the way, I have a diabetic uncle who used to consume a whole lot of white bread at every meal before he was diagnosed with diabetes. He was overweight too. When he was diagnosed, he drastically reduced his bread consumption. He cannot accept that eating wheat is that bad, we have all been raised on bread, it is a part of our traditional diet. But he did realize he was eating way too much of it. And guess what – as soon as he cut down on bread, he started losing weight at a very rapid pace and his blood sugar values improved. His endocrinologist was really impressed. Now he knows that bread is not his friend, nor high-carb foods in general, so he does try to eat more non-starchy veggies.

        • Hi, Sol–

          I believe that it is not a stretch to say that wheat consumption = diabetes. It really is that simple for many people.

          It also means that wheat elimination = no diabetes.

  10. Kirsty A. Ellis

    I went wheat free and gluten free in January and have lost 70lbs and feel great. This has been a fantastic year, my doctor has barely seen me compared to normal. Being wheat free has made all the difference in the world. I hope the message gets across even more this year and everyone can feel like this, Happy New Year everyone, a happy healthy wheat-free new year to all.

    • Lori

      Can you share your typical day of eating. I’ve been doing this for about 5.5 weeks and I’d like to see more weight loss. I lost about 10 but mostly the first 2 weeks and not see much movement since. The only carbs I eat are from veggies (no starch) and berries and eating meat, fish, nuts, cheese etc. I’m worries perhaps I’m consuming nuts and cheese on a daily basis and that is getting in the way. I’d love to hear your story.thanks!

      • Lori–

        Be sure to take a look at this Wheat Belly Blog post. It discusses the issues to consider when weight loss stalls after removing wheat.

        While wheat removal is a powerful strategy for weight loss, it cannot cure most thyroid dysfunction, circadian disruptions of cortisol, etc. These issues may require specific attention.

        • Lori

          Thanks. I read the other post thoroughly. I will be going to my dr. On the 9th and will ask about thyroid and cortisol. The same time I started Wheat Belly eating I also went off my bc pill after 5 years. Could there be any correlation? Only carbs I eat come from veggies ( no starch) and berries (small serving once a day at most). I have a thorough food journal too.

  11. Mike

    As the wheat-free message gets around — and I sure hope that Dr. Davis is correct and this is not just a passing fad — I expect its critics to become more and more vocal. My three wishes for 2012 are (1) That Dr. Davis is able to successfully counter the coming criticism; (2) That I will soon be able to purchase a “WheatBelly Bar” for snacking; and (3) That my wheat belly will continue to shrink and my friends will be jealous.

    • Boundless

      > … wishes for 2012 …
      > (2) That I will soon be able to purchase a “WheatBelly Bar” for snacking …

      I second that, and it raises an issue. Such bars would be GF (Gluten Free), and it could be a problem if they say so on the box, as Dr.Davis has positioned GF products as “never” use.

      I’d like to suggest that for 2012, GF be moved from “never” status to “beware of” status.

      Of course, GF is not the whole story. GF products, in addition to usually being gratuitous carbs, could easily contain other worrying components (e.g. wheat dextrin, agave, etc.). Perhaps what we really need is a new health branding to replace GF altogether. I can think of some, but broadcasting them here might allow the antagonists to co-opt them.

      • I hear you on the bars, Mike. And I’m not a bit worried about the coming criticisms.

        Having debated several PhD nutrition “experts,” it was like debating children. They barely understood what they were saying.

        I see gluten-free, Boundless, like candy: Sure, have some now and then. But not in the guise of health. I am, of course, not trying to pass legislation to ban gluten-free foods, but make everyone aware of the flawed foods they are.

        We zigzag through nutrition and health, but eventually we get to where we want to be!

        • Roz

          Although not commercially made, there are plenty of gluten free and grain free bar recipes. Google for Elana’s Pantry and Civilized Caveman, both have quite a few between them. That being said, they all tend to fall a bit high on the carbs what with the dried fruit or honey involved. Hard to resist a combination of ground macadamia nuts, dates, cocoa powder, cinnamon and a bit of cayenne blitzed in the food processor and rolled in toasted coconut….

          • Mike

            I speak for those of us who do not read recipes and do not enjoy cooking. I look forward to being able to purchase a ready-made “Wheatbelly Bar” at a store or over the Internet.
            It would also be nice if I could purchase some Dr. Davis approved Wheatbelly Bread, Wheatbelly Pie, etc., etc. Just dreaming…

          • I hear you, Mike.

            I often miss having one of these types of foods on hand for breakfast or a snack when I haven’t made any. It sure would be nice to have the option of purchasing and not making everything from scratch.

            In time!

      • Louise

        I would like to see Almond Bread in the stores, even if it’s in the frozen food department of my local coop..
        I make the almond bread (from recipe for stuffing submitted by another poster on this blog) about twice per week..Use it for toast. I love it because it has no sweeteners in it ( some of them upset my stomach and some give me an aftertaste)..

  12. Sigi

    Happy New Year, Dr Davis, and thank you for all you do. Keep up the good work in 2012!

    BTW – will your daughter Lauren be playing the Australian circuit this summer? And if so, will we be lucky enough to see you down here as well?

  13. Melissa

    Just back from our annual New Years dinner at a fantastic local Italian restaurant. I had no trouble saying no to the baskets of bread or the pasta and instead enjoyed the meat and cheese antipasti followed by seared tuna with spinach and roasted red peppers drizzled with olive oil. Cannoli or tiramisu? No thanks, didn’t even tempt me! Here’s to a wheat free 2012!

  14. Kim

    Thanks to Wheat Belly, Dr Davis, 2012 is going to be a fantastic year for me. After fifteen years of working with doctors to figure out why I had all the symptoms I do, I finally took myself off wheat, added back raw dairy (which I thought I was allergic too, but wasn’t – pasteurized, yes) and the changes were overnight and remarkable. This was done mid-August this year after my daughter’s wedding. My first step was wheat removal only. Then something just seemed wrong, I seemed stuck and was experiencing some of the old symptoms. When I read your book in October I knew right away it was the GF substitute foods. I had already figured out cornstarch and potato starch, but your list was more extensive and I realized they were all over the place in my diet. I’m learning to measure my carb intake, too, and watch out for too many simple sugars. Wah lah! I feel great! Yep, I mess up now and then, but I am full of energy (I haven’t had my whole life). No more thinking my roller coaster emotions at 55 are menopause related (good Lord, how many of my contemporaries are on prozac because their doctor didn’t know to get them off grains). I also shocked my doctor last week with a blood pressure of 120/80 when the last time I was in his office in May it was 154/98. I’d been monitoring my blood pressure for 2 months so I knew it was lowering and staying down. He set me up for a retake of the tests I had in May which I’ll do next week. Can’t wait to see the comparisons!
    So thanks to your book, Dr D, for the first time I really feel this coming year will be a huge launch into great health for me! You really brought us the keys to wellness. May you and your family have a prosperous and healthy New Year!

    • Very nice, Kim!

      Yes, you make an excellent point: How much medication do we take as a nation just to treat wheat consumption? And how many people think that the weight gain, hypertension, and diabetes they experience eating gluten-free foods is just bad karma?

      Anyway, you’ve found the answer and it is liberating!

  15. Lindsey

    Trying to be a wheat-free vegetarian and coming up against a lot of wheat-gluten based protein (burgers, crumbles, fake chicken), what do you think of Quorn, Dr. Davis? As a substitute? Two of their products don’t contain any wheat.

    • Interesting stuff, Lindsey! I’d never heard of their products, but they sound like they might be worth exploring.

      I also noted that most of their products, however, contain wheat as a principal ingredient. Provided you purchase the wheat-free versions are not exquisitely gluten-sensitive (since their production facility is not gluten-free), they sound like a reasonable product.

    • Anya

      Lindsey, I am not sure about your reasons behind being a vegetarian but, just to put my story out there, I was raised a vegetarian and was vegan for the past 12 years. I became very, very ill and when I read Wheat Belly, I knew I had to give up grains. I just did not see a way of doing that and being vegan so I gave it up and for the first time, ever, have been eating meats and fish. I have not looked back and have benefited so much. I know how sensitive it can be to hear someone tell you to eat meat, but those substitutions you are talking about are so processed even if they don’t have wheat.

  16. Erin

    Hello Dr. D!! Happy New Year! 2012 will be my first attempt at wheat free. I’ve lost 50 pounds so far working out and just eating better in general, with a focus on low carb and portion control. I had two pregnancies that were Gestational Diabetic, and was up to 228 at my highest. I was 179 this morning, so I’m happy. BUT, after reading your book this last week, I’m ready to embark on this new wheat-free lifestyle and continue my weight loss, especially that belly! Hope it works on my flabby underarms too, where I have not lost any inches! ack! It would be great if it could help with my fibromyalgia, insulin resistance/metabolic syndrome, and my irregular palpitations (once in a while). Thank you for your book, and the next time I write I hope it is to reveal how awesome I feel and how much more weight I’ve lost!!

  17. Kathleen

    Hi Dr. Davis! My husband and I are long time, very fit, avid trail runners and cyclists in our mid 40’s. Neither of us have ever had a weight problem. We always have eaten a ‘healthy’ diet. Ahem. My cholesterol tended to just over the high normal range but my doc wasn’t concerned as the good cholesterol was high and the rest was attributed to ‘hereditary’. Long story short – I started developing some intestinal issues – the typical – gas, bloating, cramping, etc. One added concern was blood in my stool. Not all the time but it became too frequent. I have had 2 colonoscopies, 1 endoscopy with biopsies, blood tests, stool samples, urine tests, the whole gamut. Nothing came back conclusive (thankfully) other than a bit of intestinal inflammation. No Celiac, either. The docs scratched their heads and said ‘maybe your running is causing the bleeding’. Problem is, the bleeding happened when I rode my bike, too. So, after my last colonoscopy 18 months ago, I started experimenting with diet – beginning with eliminating most gluten. I called it a ‘gluten light’ diet. The docs (gastro and primary care) cautioned me about going ‘gluten light’ because I would become more sensitive when I did ingest gluten. My definition of gluten light was avoiding most/all gluten/wheat products when possible but I would allow myself a ‘spurge’ now and then – the Lemon Loaf at Starbucks post long trail run was a “treat” occasionally! Gradually, my symptoms improved, for the most part, to the point where I didn’t think about the cramping and blood because it didn’t happen anymore. I was still running and biking as hard as I ever had. And continued limiting my gluten/wheat.

    Then, then in February of 2011, I was diagnosed with Graves Disease. There is absolutely no family history of thyroid disease. Dealing with the Graves, as an athlete, has been a challenge but am confident we are close to finally getting it well managed. BTW – when they did the bloodwork prior to the Graves dx – my total cholesterol came back down 75 points – way down in the lower normal range. My doc was impressed. The Graves may have had some affect on it but I think it has more to do with the gluten/wheat elimination. The Graves does affect intestinal function, as well, so that makes it a bit more difficult too.

    Then your book came out. Wow. It just seemed to support everything we had been slowly discovering on our own but couldn’t really put a ‘label’ on. After reading it, my husband and I have gone completely Gluten Free! No ‘cheat’ days (good bye Lemon Loaf!). Actually, those days aren’t really cheat days as I’ve discovered I just don’t feel well for a few days afterward (emotional stuff, intestinal cramping, gurgling, etc) and a little blood in the stool returns. It’s almost like the gluten/wheat acts like a scouring pad on my intestines and inflicts physical damage. Have you heard any one else having that problem?

    After my husband joined me on the gluten free diet, he ended up dropping about 7 pounds from around his middle – he was never able to drop those few pounds despite running and riding for 20 years and “eating healthfully”. He has always been trim but now he is lean – he dropped his cholesterol 40 points (he was never high – always well within the normal range) when he had his annual physical a month ago. The doc was impressed. Doc told him he doesn’t usually see a 45 year old man trim his waist and drop his cholesterol – usually it goes in the opposite direction. Hubby told him we had gone Gluten Free and the doc said “Well, if it works…..”

    Anyway, that’s our quick story. Thank you for your diligence and care and for continuing to share. Like I mentioned earlier, “Wheat Belly” finally gave us an ‘identity’ as to the journey we were traveling on but didn’t know what to call it. We do have a big family problem though – our brother-in-law and his dad and brother are WHEAT farmers!!! Awkward! :-)

    One question: As Wheat Belly gains traction and popularity and people finally begin to discover that wheat and whole grains AREN’T healthful, there will be a need for dieticians/nutritionists who are specialized in helping people achieve their health through gluten/wheatless living. Where can we go to learn, be educated, certified for something like that???? The need is immense – schools, nursing homes, you name it. I visit many nursing homes with my job and I wonder about the huge health changes that could come about for the residents if their diets could be changed…….. That’s a whole other discussion! :-)

    Thank you again!

    • Kathleen

      I meant to mention the 2 colonoscopies, endoscopy, etc. happened in 2009 and 2010.

      I have tried to manage my Graves with an anti-thyroid med but it hasn’t been able to manage it like we had hoped.

      Also, my mom passed away in 2010 from a form of appendix cancer. She presented with many intestinal issues, initially. She LOVED her bread, cakes, cookies, etc. She was not over weight, though. She was healthy and active. It makes us wonder about the wheat connection.

    • Thanks for sharing your story, Kathleen. I’d like to post as a focus for a blog post. People need to hear about the intestinal bleeding that comes from wheat, something I’ve seen also.

      You are absolutely correct: There needs to be a formal mechanism for education. Problem; Conventional thinking dietitians and nutritionists, especially those funded by industry, will fight this tooth and nail. We will be forming a research and education foundation and this will be among our goals.

      • Kathleen

        Hi Dr. Davis! That would be great if you would do a post addressing intestinal bleeding caused by wheat. I know I may have left some gaps in my story – since the docs couldn’t find anything conclusive from the tests concerning my intestinal woes, other than a slight amount of inflammation, they concluded that my problems were most likely caused from running induced ischemia, which may or may not have contributed to some of it. But, like mentioned earlier, I also experienced bouts of blood in the stool following bike rides which is obviously no-impact, no jostling. The bleeding also occurred after very mellow, low intensity workouts, after high intensity days, and on days with no workouts. Many days there wasn’t anything. There was seemingly no rhyme or reason. That’s what puzzled the doctors. Only after I started cutting wheat/gluten from the diet did I begin to notice improvement and a subsequent pattern. Now we know there was a rhyme and reason – it just took a while to figure it out. I became an experiment of one. My hubby makes two. :-) Let me know if I can clarify or add anything else.

        Also, since we are endurance athletes, we have found it somewhat challenging, at times, to find the proper fuel and fueling balance for our longer, hard runs/rides. Again, our self experimentation is in full force. In addition to forming a formal mechanism for education with regard to generalized wheat/gluten free living, an additional focus on sports nutrition for endurance athletes would be oh so beneficial. I know a number of high profile pro cycling teams and/or team members had gone gluten free a few years ago. I will have to track down some of that information as it will be interesting to re-read their info and find out whether they have continued their wheat/gluten free living and training.

        Again, thank you so much!!!

        • Sadly, there is not much formal exploration of the intestinal bleeding from wheat outside of celiac disease. So it remains a scientific “gray zone.”

          But the fact that you and I see this phenomenon disappear with wheat elimination suggests a real cause-effect association. It is likely part of the spectrum of gastrointestinal conditions that develop from consumption of wheat.

          • I’ve also had the bleeding problems that Kathleen mentioned. My sister does too. She had a colonoscopy done about 5 years ago (making her 23 at the time) and it revealed nothing. Both of us were told that the bleeding was due to “stress.” A pretty lame diagnosis, if you ask me! I haven’t had any problems with bleeding since going wheat free though.

    • Uncle Roscoe

      You could be describing my condition, but add a few years. I HATE throwing my shadow on doctor doors. I’m an endurance runner and a bike rider. Like you, I carried an extra few pounds. I developed classic symptoms of Graves, complete with panic and WPW heart arrhythmia. I had bouts of bleeding stool, and was descending into LADA diabetes. I had weaned myself from most fructose decades ago. But my endurance was fading badly.

      I got a tip about going gluten free, so I tried it. The transformation was noticeable after only a couple of days. My endurance doubled. My LADA and Graves symptoms went away. Subsequently I’ve had to give up some other bad proteins, like nightshades and legumes. Apparently the problem lies in the zonulin permeability switch. Once turned on, it persists for years. Intestinal contents continue seeping into the bloodstream. So one needs to test, and eliminate sensitivity foods.

      Some of the best parts have been improved intelligence and confidence.

      • Uncle Roscoe and Kathleen, have you ever read Mark’s Daily Apple? It’s another blog I read daily, in addition to this one, of course. I would think that endurance athletes would find it particularly interesting since Mark Sisson was an olympic level marathoner.

        • Uncle Roscoe

          Nikki, Thanks, I’ve been catching up with Mark’s Daily Apple. It’s traffic is increasing. Great site!

          Mary, It’s kinda tough relating my Graves symptoms, because they’ve been gone for four years on a lectin free diet. They were sinusitis, bulging eyes, blurred vision, panic, WPW arrhythmia, fainting, lowered endurance….. everything that comes from hyper-increased metabolic rate. In the wake of going lectin free, I got athlete’s bradycardia for a couple years until my heart recovered. Bradycardia kind of self-manages when faced reasonably, so I got through that okay.

          Why do you ask?

          • Mary

            Uncle Roscoe, first sorry for my bad English, I’m from Spain and I’ve forgotten a little English.

            I have swollen, itchy and rash eyelids since June. Two months ago and ophthalmologist told me about Basedow Graves.

            Blood test, low neutrophils and high igA (I knew it from several years) and positive fribillarin. Now he begs my interpheron tb test.

            So years ago I notice my eyes were sunken, now my lower eyelids are a bit sunken maybe for a blepharoplastia. I don’t know.

            I’m wheat free from December 12 and almost sugar free since a couple of weeks.

            My eyelids are some days better and some days worse. I don’t know what it depends on.

          • Uncle Roscoe

            Mary, Your English is much better than my Español. I’m only an uncle, not a doctor. And this is the internet. Medical practice is based on a patient and a doctor behind a closed door.

            I’m familiar with Graves disease. Apparently Basedow syndrome is a European name for the same disease.


            IgA antibodies work on mucous membranes. The body can make IgA antibodies against many things, including thyroid tissue, wheat gliadin, milk casein, etc. Like 99% of autoimmune diseases the exact cause of Graves disease is not known. In MY opinion autoimmune diseases are facilitated by the ingestion of wheat, other grassy grains, and foods which contain lectins. In the case of Graves disease, the lectins attack the brain’s hypothalamus and the thyroid gland(s) in ways which cause the thyroid to overproduce thyroid hormone OR the immune system responds to the attack by attacking the affected tissue.

            Whether or not a Graves patient has anti-wheat antibodies, I think eliminating wheat and sugar is a worthwhile endeavor. Your abuela would tell you to stop worrying about diet, and find out what’s wrong. That’s fine unless your new diet cures your symptoms. In that case, you have your answer.

            All organs are controlled by nerves. Nerves communicate with organs via electro-chemical “transduction” (lo mismo en Español). Nerve transduction boundaries are the most vulnerable parts of organs, and represent the focal points of autoimmune disease.

            Good luck.

  18. Jeanine

    I started a 3 month running program this summer without changing my diet, and gained 4 pounds (I can’t tell you how many people said it was just muscle gained). On a mission to find the right balance of macro nutrients I read dozens of books on nutrition and I found Wheat Belly. It spoke to me because my sister was diagnosed with Celiac 15 years ago (unheard of at the time) and through her own nutrition journey became a RAW foodist.

    I stopped my running program and started eating the Wheat Belly “diet”. Before Christmas, I reached 20 pounds lost over 3 months. The interesting thing is that I’ve learned a lot by weighing myself every day. I wouldn’t recommend it for every one. But what I’ve realized is that on my “cheat” days, I will gain 2-3 pounds, but then lose it rapidly over the next few days of being grain-free. Once I lost the initial weight, I went back to losing a steady 0.2 pounds per day.

    I spent the last week not following the diet because I was on “vacation”. It doesn’t surprise me that I’ve gained 5 pounds. But I also know that over the next week I’ll be able to lose it again. It was also a good experiment because I was able to really see the consequences. Besides digestive issues, my acne came back, I’ve been really tired, and I’ve even recognized that I have a slight tinge of paranoia (which BTW I’ve read that paranoid schizophrenics have a higher percentage of Celiac patients than the general population and their symptoms were less when following a gluten-free diet).

    I can’t wait to be grain-free again (started today) so that I can be less tired, have better skin and most of all be happier and healthier! My goal is to lose a total of 40 pounds by my summer birthday, and as soon as I lose the holiday weight I’ll be half-way there again.

    • Imagine your despair if you didn’t realize what was the cause for all the ups and downs!

      Once you identify the cause, the solution becomes obvious. So, if there’s anything to be paranoid about, it’s the wheat!

  19. Karyn

    Cutting out wheat had such dramatic positive results for me, it hasn’t been hard at all for me to “resist” eating foods with wheat in them. It’s taken a bit of planning and adjusting, and being the holiday season I’ve certainly had more sweet foods than I ought to, but even there I have not experienced the COMPULSIVE CRAVINGS that used to be a constant struggle.

    I found “Wheat Belly” while doing some random surfing on Amazon for books about “real food” and low-carb eating. The idea that wheat might be connected with the stubborn belly fat, even while losing fat in other areas of the body, intrigued me so I had a look. After reading about the various health benefits attributed to cutting out the wheat, I figured, what the hell, I’ve tried everything else, can’t hurt to try.

    Within a few days I had lost about seven pounds of water-retention weight. The stubborn swelling of my ankles and feet went away. The lifelong “must have bread/cookies/anything made of flour!” cravings literally disappeared. My appetite stabilized. And in the past month I’ve lost about five more pounds, apart from the immediate water-weight loss.

    My knees, which for most of the past year had been sore and inflamed and increasingly “creaky,” no longer hurt. I work on my feet, so yes, sometimes by the end of the day they still ache a bit. But they are HEALING.

    This summer, when I visited my son in California, I was hobbling around like an old woman–and I’m only in my late 40s. Instead of our usual vigorous hiking, it was slow going around the parks and trails and city. In contrast, when my son came into town for the holidays, we enjoyed a nice energetic hike on trails in a local park, and I was back to my usual self.

    So far the only change I have made to my diet is to eliminate wheat and all gluten-containing products. I’ve had a few “gluten free” products as part of my transition, but with the wheat gone, I’m finding I don’t really crave the grains as much, either. I’m still finding it hard to believe that of all the things I’ve eaten and avoided eating over the years, of all the dietary experiments and lifestyles I’ve tried, simply eliminating this one food has been key to improving so many health conditions.

    I expect I’ll continue the steady weight loss as I go back to non-holiday eating. ;-) But honestly, even if I were to stay fat, I am so pleased with my overall well-being due to such a simple change that I have no reason to put wheat back in my diet. The hardest part is the social side of it, and simply saying, “I’ve had to cut out wheat for my health,” has worked so far. In the case of family, I’ve been more blunt: My knees aren’t killing me any more, so if not eating wheat is what it takes, I’m all for it!

    • Karyn

      One more health effect I meant to include in that dissertation above. ;-)

      Just after Thanksgiving, about the time I was looking at those books online, I got hit with a nasty respiratory infection: gunked up sinuses, gunked up lungs. By the end of a week, I was feeling much better. I got home from work and had some soup along with some flatbreads I’d bought at work. I remember I was seriously CRAVING BREAD, and eating the bread with the soup satisfied that craving.

      Then I spent the night unable to sleep because my lungs kept “gunking up,” and after a night of coughing and next to no sleep I had to call in to work the next day.

      At the time I couldn’t understand why, when I’d been feeling great, I suddenly had a relapse, but after I stopped eating wheat and gluten I’ve noticed that my lungs and sinuses are clear. I’ve had some sinus headaches with changes in the weather and air pressure, but no congestion. I’m curious to see if my lifelong pollen allergies are no longer as severe as they used to be, but I’ll have to wait for summer to find that out.

    • That’s great, Karyn, even if it means being a big anti-social!

      Given the relief from leg edema and joint pains, I’ll bet that there are even more profound benefits developing at the cellular and metabolic level that you can’t even see. It means that future health will likely improve even more. Stay the course!

  20. Marv

    Hi Doctor! Dec 16th is when you CHANGED MY LIFE sir.
    I purchased a glucose meter in the past to evaluate food response and was getting concerned that it was routinely in the 120’s in the morning. One week after reading one chapter in Wheat Belly it was SEVENTY-TWO, one hour AFTER a big breakfast without healthy whole grains! “Thank you” sounds so trivial.

    This IS your (our) year Doctor. Thanks again for a much better life. Thank you. Thank you.

    • Very nice, Marv! If that’s what happened after reading just one chapter, think what will happen by the time you get to the end!

      You can see that the answers are really quite simple. The problem is that all “official” advice tells you to do the OPPOSITE.

  21. Holly

    Dear Dr. Davis,

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the blessing you have been to my life! About a year before I read your book, I was diagnosed with probable celiac disease or gluten intolerance (life-long stomachaches, gas, bloating, diarrhea, esophageal gurgling, severely low serum ferritin levels, migraines, etc.) but thank goodness, my physician told me a gluten-challenge with intestinal biopsy was not necessary with how radically my symptoms improved when I removed gluten from my diet.

    Unfortunately, my road to gluten-free resulted in major weight gain and an awful muffin top for me. I read books which stated that some patients do experience this phenomenon on a gluten-free diet as a result of intestines healing and taking in nutrients again. (In fact, I read that some patients choose to go back to eating gluten and have diarrhea, etc. to control their weight ~ crazy!) I also had reached perimenopause, and wondered if I would have to accept the fact that this may just be a fact of life – as many women had shared with me their fight with a “menopot.” My weight gain was seriously unbelievable. I felt like Tim Allen in the Santa Clause movies!

    Here is where your book was so beneficial to me. In your book, you discussed the reasons you don’t recommend any gluten-free products. It was a light-bulb moment for me! That day, I pretty much removed all grains from my diet, and the results were simply astounding. I was amazed how quickly I started to lose my “wheat-belly.” My “Santa-Clause” phenomenon reversed SO quickly I could hardly believe it. It seemed like daily I would wake up and my stomach was getting flatter and flatter. I also finally started to heal from a weird balance issue I had been experiencing. I will be forever grateful to you. Thank you SO much!

    On a totally different subject, I would also like to share with you some observations I have experienced in my professional field (I am a dental hygienist). Years ago, while I was attending a continuing education course, the lecturer was discussing the fact that periodontal (gum) disease is one of the autoimmune diseases. He encouraged us to watch for a group of symptoms in our patients which would point to potential problems with their immune system – respiratory infections, skin and scalp infections, diabetes, arthritis, (this list of symptoms really stood out to me because he could have been describing my mother!). Oh. My. Goodness. – he could have been discussing problems with…WHEAT!! So, are we going to someday add periodontal disease to the list of diseases potentially influenced by wheat…and is this really the cardiac connection between the two??

    Daily, I update my patient’s medical histories and am saddened by what I am observing…acid reflux, arthritis, digestive issues, diabetes, skin issues, headaches, cholesterol problems, etc. etc… I have also read that canker sores and geographic tongue (where the tongue looks like a map) can be signs of a problem with wheat. When it feels acceptable, I share my story with them. I tell my patients because I am not a physician I am telling them these things as a friend, and not a medical professional. I share your blog and encourage them to read your book. Unfortunately, the most common response I get is, “That sounds like me…but I could never give up my bread, pizza,… (fill in the blank).” Regardless, I hope I have at least planted a seed that they think about !

    My other observation is wondering if wheat has a possible connection with dental decay. I would never neglect to note that the main causative factors of dental decay are poor brushing and flossing, poor diet, and specific bacteria, but what if there’s something else? From my limited research I am wondering if tooth decay could be influenced by at least three other contributing factors, all related to wheat – poor enamel formation due to poor absorption of minerals from damaged intestines, acid reflux, and a possible breakdown of an invisible shield (enamel pellicle) which protects the tooth from acid attack.

    As an example, a couple of months ago, I saw a little boy as a patient. Every baby molar in his mouth had been restored with crowns. His 6 year molars were starting to come in with hardly any enamel on them at all. His lips were surrounded with eczema. I started to talk to his mom about my observations. She interrupted me with, “Don’t even go there, he is SUCH a picky eater, and besides that, three of my sisters have Celiac!” Hmmm…maybe he’s a “picky” eater because his body knows what makes him sick?!

    Finally, I recently attended two other continuing education classes – one on pediatric dentistry, the other on diabetes. It was interesting how items discussed at both seminars included childhood obesity and how young some of our American children are being put on cholesterol and diabetic medications (at ages 4-7!). Toward the end of the pediatric lecture, the speaker was discussing how many children we are seeing that have erosion on the cusp tips of their molars due to acid reflux. It made me sad when he supposed that these children are stressed and are most likely “Type A” children. I wanted to jump up and down and say, “Maybe it’s WHEAT!!”

    Thank you again, Dr. Davis. May you be blessed with a wonderful 2012 as you have been a blessing to so many others!

    • Neicee

      Holly, you’re speaking to my choir about the dental problems. I’ve tried for 15 years to convince my dentist/perio/and then oral surgeon that my dental problems were due to a flaw in our diets. The bone holding my teeth has been receding, leaving some teeth loose. I actually asked if osteoporosis could be a marker for weakening bones in other parts of the body and perhaps starts in the jawbone? I am very conscientious cleaning and disenfecting the brushes and tools I use. My teeth are cleaned every 3 months, for awhile once a month after oral surgery on the gums. I’ve had bone density tests and they’ve come back good/excellent. They’ve blamed it on coffee, tea, perhaps the cigarettes I smoked years ago, I didn’t drink enough milk as a child……everything it could be but isn’t.

      I’m with you and perhaps the dental community will someday admit there is a lot more to learn about what causes dental problems and it’s connection to heart disease. Even my hygienist has remarked that cleaning my teeth are a joy now because there is so little plaque, but the deep pockets must be investigated for further problems.

      If you want your teeth to feel like satin, after brushing place a 1/2 tsp. of coconut oil in your mouth. Let it melt, swish it around, then rinse. Helps with your gum tissue as well. TSA have given me weird looks when spotting the hand-labeled container but have never confiscated it, since I’m more than prepared to eat it. ;)

    • Wow, Holly. I agree with you on all counts!

      The dental connection is among the least well-documented, but I am convinced there is a connection.

      You are witnessing first hand just how much education is going to be required for people to even start to give this incredibly powerful strategy a try. Even when the answer is crystal clear in front of them, some people choose to not see it. This is how it is for any addiction, because that is what it is for many.

  22. Jean

    Dear Dr. Davis,
    I wanted to thank you also for your book. I think it is the missing link for me. I’ve tried for years to lose my post-pregnancies weight. I exercise quite a bit and eat well (I thought!), but nothing was budging the weight. After reading your book, I reduced my wheat consumption by limiting it to 2 days per week for the month of December. Even with such a small change over just a few weeks, there was a significant improvement in the edema I’ve had in my legs for years, and a small but noticeable reduction of the fat around my middle. And most notably, by isolating the days I ate wheat, it finally became apparent to me how much it affected how I felt. So now I’m going entirely wheat free and can’t wait to see what happens. Each of our family members publishes our top 3 books of the year in our holiday letter, and yours was one of my picks this year! So that means about 150 other people got the word about your book – if they didn’t already know. Thanks so much!!

    • Thank you, Jean!

      Having edema makes me concerned that you have developed abnormal tissue permeability and/or water retention, both of which can signify hidden inflammatory phenomena.

      It means saying goodbye to wheat once and for all!

  23. Ellen

    Dear Dr. Davis,
    I’ve been wheat-free for 9 years. Initially, I lost 15 pounds, went from being an every day asthmatic to about once a year with cross-contamination, had more energy, was sick a LOT less, had much less seasonal grass allergy symptoms, slept less, my eczema is gone, and I no longer clear rooms with flatulance.

    My doctors, of course, did not believe me. My friends did not believe me. My husband did.

    I have been avoiding wheat for so long, without an official diagnosis, without any official doctor’s orders, it doesn’t even register that I can’t eat the cookies or the brownies or the birthday cake at social functions. I just look for the fruit, veggies, and cheese. When offered wheat products by the pushy social people, at birthday parties for example, I just say “no thanks”. I don’t explain unless they really want to know. My friends all have wheat-bellies, and joke that if they gave up cookies and cake and bread that they’d be as skinny as me, but they’re not willing, and I can’t do it for them.

    When I cheat, which is about once or twice a year, here’s what happens: I immediately feel my throat closing off, but then it loosens, then I start sneezing mildly, for about 30 hours. If I’m dumb enough to exercise within about 6 hours of ingesting wheat, I’ll have a breathing through a straw and itching lips/neck/chest asthma attack. Ditto with aspirin/NSAIDs within 6 hours. I could self-diagnose myself with Wheat-Dependant Exercise-Induced Asthma/Anaphylaxis, but I think I’ll just ignore labels and continue avoiding wheat. It’s not worth it!

    I weigh the same as I weighed in college. I didn’t gain any weight this Holiday season, despite spending it in a different State and having the in-laws cook, and being surrounded by delicious food that I could eat.

    • Same weight as in college? Hallelujah, Ellen! Few can make that claim.

      Yes, it is simply not worth it, especially now that the whole world of wheat-free baking is starting to come into its own.

  24. Maz

    Happy New Year to Dr. Davis and all the amazing people here looking to improve their lives!

    Thank you Dr. Davis for writing and publishing this wonderful and eye-opening book! I believe it should be mandatory reading as part of the health curriculum in every high school.

    As a Radiologist, I’ve read thousands of CT scans, Ultrasound, and MRI exams over the past 13 years. The trend over that time has been an increase in the number of patients with fatty liver and increased visceral fat along with IBD, rheumatologic diseases, and cancer. Although this sample represents a very small percentage of the U.S. population, I truly believe that it is, nevertheless, representative.

    I recently stopped eating wheat products for 1 week and lost 5 pounds, felt more energetic, and craved less food. I kept all other variables constant. My wife and 12 year old son have been amazed at the change and are striving to lower their wheat intake as well.

    I truly believe that this book is the first step in allowing us to regain our health.

    • Hi, Dr. Maz–

      Good to hear from a colleague on this side of the wheat-free fence!

      Yes, indeed, you are witnessing precisely what is happening to this population, thanks to the incredibly silly “healthy whole grain” message. I don’t think that your population is exceptional; I believe it is a perfect cross-section.

  25. Jamie

    i am also a physician, and have followed the wheat belly advice for about 2.5 months and lost about 20lbs, and feel great. i’ve noted many of the beneficial effects you describe, such as a dramatic reduction in hunger pangs,
    reduced frequency of mental fogginess (the 2-4pm period was occasionally brutal) and the ability to go 4-5 hours without the feeling of starvation setting in. over the preceding 2-3 years i had gained about 20lbs (80 hour residency workweeks didn’t help) despite regularly getting to the gym for resistance training and cardio exercise, and eating a low-fat, low-meat, high carb diet (which seemed right at the time).

    one question: i enjoy lifting weights, primarily with the intention of maintaining a healthy toned appearance, and secondarily as an attempt to increase muscle mass, in a gradual fashion. weight-lifting literature strongly supports boosting protein intake (~1-1.5g/kg), and suggests whey and/or soy protein supplementation as a means of doing so. i take 1-2 whey protein shakes (20-30g protein, 2g carbs with no sugar) each mixed with 250cc’s milk daily. how does milk and whey fit in with the wheat belly regimen? would you suggest other means of supplementing protein intake? is there too much sugar/carb in the milk?
    many thanks.

    • Hi, Jamie–


      I think that dairy and whey are fairly small issues for most. They are insulinotrophic, i.e., they stimulate as much as a tripling of pancreatic insulin production. But I don’t believe this is such a big deal that we should avoid.

      • Neicee

        Dr. Davis, that is good news about dairy. For years (while eating wheat) I thought I was lactose intolerent. Even ice cream bloated me up. Then about 15 years ago I started noticing that bread gave me horrid headaches. When I cut out the bread I started craving whole milk – at least a glass every day. I’d also been unable to eat nuts because of setting off a full blown attack at 2 AM with throwing up, chills, intestines tied in knots, bowels completely out of control. After giving up bread I made a test run eating a few nuts and nothing happened? Hmmm? I’m still reluctant to try peanuts, but now I enjoy a handful of nuts every afternoon. I’d learned by trial and error what was causing so many problems, your book explained why.

        • Hi, Neicee–

          Yes, I’ve witnessed similar phenomena many times: Apparent intolerances to multiple foods reverse with elimination of the probable real initial insult: wheat.

  26. Louise

    Dr Davis,

    HATS OFF TO YOU!! This movement of change is growing and word is getting out. Thank you for being our fearless leader. Thank you for writing the book and also a huge thank you for taking the time with this blog to provide support and guidance to those of us who are struggling to change our diet to grain free, to get healthy without the help of our own doctors.That is so appreciated. YOU ARE THE BEST!!

  27. Boundless

    Data point from the New Year:
    We went out to eat at an Applebees a few days ago, as we knew they were supposed to have “special needs” menus. It turns out it’s not exactly like that. They give you a tabbed binder with one or more sheets for each allergen. Each sheet lists the menu dishes which are unlikely (not assured) to not contain that allergen.

    One of the tabs was “gluten”. It was out of date, and clumsy to match to current menu items.

    So today I went to the corporate web site, just to see if that’s where the problem was. They have all the allergen pages on-line (as a PDF).

    The list there appears to be up to date vs. the menu. The interesting bit is: in addition to the Gluten page, there is is also now a separate Wheat page. Hmmm.

    • At least it’s a start, Boundless.

      I believe that California Pizza Kitchen tried having a gluten-free pizza, but did not allow for cross-contamination issues, which is an issue for some people with celiac and similar extreme gluten sensitivities. So it was pulled.

      Any restaurant looking to have gluten-free and wheat-free therefore needs to be clear on what they are trying to accomplish.

      • Boundless

        For people with Celiac, or who have acute non-Celiac wheat and/or gluten sensitivities, I don’t see how they can even take a chance at a restaurant that also serves items containing grain and its byproducts. The chances of cross-contamination are way too high.

        Applebees is at least clear that:
        a. cross-contamination is a risk, and
        b. check with management before ordering, because local ingredients may vary from corporate spec.

        Talking to management is doubly worthwhile, not just to confirm the menu. We also need to lean gently on restaurants that are at least willing to make some effort to offer allergen-free items. The alternative is that they’ll watch their patronage slowly decline and have no idea why.

        Print out the current corporate menu delta, and have it with you when seated.

        PS – can you release from moderation this [unrelated] post:
        Apparently, your blogware does filter for some possible abuses, but isn’t quite smart enough to recognize that the URLs are all to this blog itself.

        • Hi, Bounless–

          I am impressed that you even see this stuff!

          Yes, the spammers have become increasingly effective and break through, while the barriers for nice people like yourself are raised higher.

          I will check the moderation list.

          • Boundless

            That article was out of waiting for mod, and is now back in. How does that happen?

            And will we ever have a way to report spam in way that will get read by your web wardens (who I hope are not you – what a waste of your time). The Press/Media > Bio page is largely spam, for example.

  28. Deb

    I went wheat free as of January 1st in an effort to lower my cholesterol (my doctor wants me on a statin). I was looking forward to feeling better as well. My problem is that since the day after I cut wheat out I’ve had an almost constant headache. Also, I have Trigeminal Neuralgia, and I’m having more episodes of pain. Is this normal? Is there light at the end of the tunnel? I’m getting very discouraged.