Eliminate wheat from the diet and multiple facets of health improve.
Health improves so much that I believe we have to reconsider what we regard as “normal”–normal health, normal aging, feeling good. If we accept the current state of the U.S. as it now stands, part of the current “normal” means being overweight or obese, being pre-diabetic, experiencing energy lows that impair day-to-day performance, developing arthritis by our 50s or 60s, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, hypertension, acid reflux, constipation, sleep disturbances . . . and on and on. These are the pedestrian plagues of the modern American, with a rare person who escapes all of it. Fiction imitates life and we have become Homer Simpsons of health: fat, lazy overeaters consigned to a life of discomfort, doctor visits, and prescription drugs. Doh!!
Taking wheat out of the health equation means that we need to redefine what we can expect in life. This is because eliminating wheat:
1) Reduces appetite–”Normal” calorie intake is, on average, 400 calories less per day for the wheatless. The notion that a 50-year old, 150 pound woman needs 1800 calories per day will need to be adjusted . . . downward.
2) Reduces body weight and visceral fat–You might need to shop in the junior dress sizes. Men may find that clothes manufacturers don’t even make trousers for your waist size any more. (Ever try to find 31″ waist pants?)
3) Reduces small LDL particles–Meaning risk for heart attack is dramatically reduced, “need” for statin drugs reduced or eliminated. It means that the fictitious target numbers your doctor treats known as “LDL cholesterol” will need to be readjusted to accommodate the reduction or elimination of the true number one cause for heart disease in the U.S., small LDL particles.
4) Reduces blood sugar–Remove the amylopectin A of wheat and blood sugar drops, HbA1c (reflecting the previous 60-days blood sugar) drops, resistance to insulin drops.
5) Diabetes and pre-diabetes are no longer inevitable–The CDC predicts that 1 in 3 Americans will be diabetic in the coming years, another 1 in 3 pre-diabetic–it is nearly everyone’s fate, according to the numbers. Remove amylopectin A, remove lectin-induced leptin resistance, remove gliadin-induced appetite stimulation, diabetes and pre-diabetes for most go away.
6) Joint and bone health improve–Arthritis, joint pain, and osteoporosis, long considered the inevitable accompaniments of aging, are delayed or simply don’t occur once the acidifying effects of wheat are removed, the inflammatory pus-like properties of visceral fat disappear, and brittle cartilage effects of amylopectin A-induced glycation no longer occur.
7) Glycation comes to a halt–Provided you don’t feast on M&Ms and Coca Cola in place of wheat, irreversible glucose-modification of proteins–that causes hypertension, cataracts, osteoarthritis, left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (stiff heart), conduction system disease leading to heart rhythm disorders and pacemakers, nervous system impairment (reduced sensation and coordination), and aging–subsides to its natural slow level.
We also no longer need to resign ourselves to an inevitable future of blood pressure drugs, cholesterol drugs, arthritis drugs, acid reflux drugs, diabetes drugs, along with “plenty of fiber” to compel our diseased colons to do their jobs. The savings in healthcare costs alone are mind-boggling.
Wheatlessness redefines what normal health and aging are all about. I predict that our perception that the “normal” 60-year old, overweight and tired, who takes five prescription drugs, struggles to walk freely, and sees his or her doctor for multiple abnormal health conditions, will be replaced by a slender active person who can still run up a hill effortlessly, wear a bathing suit or bikini proudly at the beach, and sees a doctor for nothing more than a checkup.