What if . . . ?

There are several questions in my mind that nag me night and day on this thing called “wheat,” bothersome issues that, if any are true, suggest some very sinister goings-on. This is an “adults only” conversation, as it’s just too upsetting to many people to hear such speculations. So read on at your own peril.

We know that this thing being sold to us called “wheat” really isn’t . . . or, at least it is a far genetic stretch different from its natural predecessor. It stands 2 feet tall, short and stocky, a distant reminder of what wheat once was. The marked changes in outward appearance have been accompanied by similar changes at the biochemical level of the various components of the plant, changes that have, for the most part, not been studied for their effects in humans.

We know, for instance, that the gliadin protein of wheat, a component of gluten, was changed during the genetic shenanigans of the 1960s and 1970s, resulting in the creation of a powerful appetite stimulant whose introduction into the food supply was followed by an increase in calorie intake of 440 calories per day. Such issues make me ask myself several questions, questions that I don’t yet have full answers to. So, here they are.

What if . . . The changes introduced into the gliadin protein of wheat in the 1970s were intentional? What if geneticists were charged with not only the goal of increasing yield-per-acre, but also charged with finding a way to increase appetite? After all, a piece of cake or pie in 1940 made with something closer to traditional wheat was surely tasty and invited a desire for more, though not as marked an effect as modern wheat. Could they have known that a few amino acids shifted in the right direction in the gliadin protein would increase appetite by 440 calories per day?

What if . . . Smart food scientists of the 1980s noticed that this new gliadin had the ability to increase appetite and, rather than sound the alarm to the public, kept quiet and said, “Shhhhhh. Let’s keep quiet about this. Let’s just put it in everything!” thereby increasing sales and revenues. While I have no proof that they knew this, it’s the only explanation I can think of to explain why wheat is in virtually all processed foods: to increase appetite.

What if . . . The lessons learned with wheat will be (have been?) applied to other foods, foods engineered to have appetite-stimulating properties and thereby further increasing consumption? After all, Big Agribusiness has already shown us that they would like to keep us in the dark about the changes introduced into our foods, as evidenced by their vigorous opposition to the Truth in Labeling Act with their stand, in effect, stating that it is none of our business if they genetically-modify foods.

What if . . . Big Food gets its way and you no longer eat green peppers, kale, and eggs from local producers, but only consume foods that are created from low-cost commodity ingredients, all sourced from high-yield genetic strains, all conveniently subsidized by the U.S. government, that permit substantial markup. A little cornstarch, a little wheat flour, some high-fructose corn syrup, some sucrose, add a little food coloring, and–ouila–you’ve got 99% of all processed foods, complete with several hundred percent markup at the checkout register. (Then, of course, you co-opt the nutritionally blind, like the American Heart Association, and purchase a “heart healthy” endorsement or other similar meaningless purported health benefit.)

What if . . . Diabetes drug manufacturers knew this all along, from day one, that introducing foods that increase blood sugar extravagantly would predictably enlarge the franchise for diabetes drugs? What if they knew that consuming a diet low in fat and rich in “healthy whole grains” would escalate the incidence of diabetes, creating the worst epidemic of diabetes the world has ever seen, thereby increasing the need for multiple diabetes drugs costing as much as $1500 per month per person? (If we viewed diabetes as a “market,” this plan has succeeded on an unprecedented scale.)Why, for instance, does the Wheat Lobby have such close financial ties to the diabetes drug industry?

Well, if any of this were true, it all leads to one place: money. Would it be such a big shock to know that some smart, ruthless people with foresight and savvy, along with a touch of indifference to the welfare of their fellow man, would use any of the above strategies for enormous personal financial gain?

I don’t think so. Now, to gather the proof of any one of these notions . . .

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  1. Michelle

    I”ve asked these, and similar, questions for years. I think it reaches far beyond just wheat and the diabetes market.

    • Ann

      I”ve thought this way about corporate food and the FDA for years as well, but it wasn”t until I read “Wheat Belly” that I thought the grain industry could be in on it, too.
      For heaven”s sake, who would have ever dreamed something as innocuous as wheat could be so deadly? Once I read “Wheat Belly” and listened to all Dr. Davis was pointing out about modern wheat, I realized that the last bastion of wholesome food had just joined the ranks of commercialized poison-
      They proved years ago, with the cigarette controversy, that companies are willing, able, motivated, and have the capacity to make their products desirable and addictive to us – what”s to stop them if we”re “none the wiser?”
      Thanks Dr. Davis, for bringing this to the attention of American, and world-wide, consumers! We must be our own watchdogs — it seems that not only are we responsible for our own health, but we also have to be watching over our shoulders because it seems that between corporate food and big pharma, there may even be some drive to intentionally harm us-

      • I stumbled across an excellent video from a nationally recognized author, speaker and consultant. Robyn O”Brien is a wife and mother who is concerned about the engineered proteins that have been surreptitiously entered into the food supply.

        Here”s a link to her web page, the video is in the upper right side just below the banner. http://goo.gl/ddBYI

  2. jnw

    These are the inevitable questions that arise when you look at conveniently profits and processed foods dovetail to create the perfect storm of disease. Here is another question: Are the big industrial food producers and pharmaceutical companies owned by the same corporate entities higher up the chain?

    You are going to catch a lot of conspiracy theorist flack for this post, but don”t let them deter you.

  3. The UK is the same. The advice still being put out from mainstream medicine is to eat starchy carbohydrate foods at every meal.
    I suppose playing havoc with blood sugar levels leads to an increase in medication needs and further complications and more profit for the drug companies.
    The bottom line is money. We need to keep asking the questions.

  4. Murl Landman

    Dr. Davis,
    While the opportunity for a conspiracy between the industries is certainly possible, I find that it is unlikely. Even if it were true, it would be virtually impossible to prove. What would be a more likely case is that these companies are just mistaken and not evil. More importantly, does it really matter? The Wheat Belly phenomenon is improving individual lives every day and showing that truth reigns over power. While your questions are thought provoking, please do not let them detract from your positive message of achieving health and joy that has changed so many lives for the better.

    With warm wishes and respectful sincerity,
    Murl Landman

    • This could only be done with a return to local, decentralized wheat milling & flour production, which you can actually do yourself at home with a Vitamix machine with the grinding blades or a similar hi speed grain milling device.

      “As long as the bran is intact, and the grain kept relatively cool, dry and rodent or bug free these “seeds” will store indefinitely with no nutrient loss. Once the kernel of wheat is broken open, however, as in milling, the protection of the bran is gone and many of these nutrients, now exposed to oxygen, are lost by oxidation. In fact, once milled, as much as 45% of the nutrients are oxidized, in the first day alone. In 3 days 90% of the nutrients are lost, to oxidation alone.” http://goo.gl/36fPp

      Local milling was the practice for hundreds, even thousands of years until millers realized that by stripping out all the actual nutrients from the wheat that go bad and attract worms & bugs (they”re NOT stupid, I mean the bugs, they need real nutrition too!) they could create a shelf stable flour product requiring fewer and centralized production plants, and would then make it possible to ship their stuff around the world and dominate global markets because it does not go bad.

      The problem is that bleached, stripped nutrient depleted white flour is toxic, but that”s a minor consideration compared to corporate profits.
      “As the use of white flour became more and more common, disease and illness relating to vitamin deficiencies rapidly increased. Beriberi and pellagra (two B vitamin deficiency diseases) and anemia became so prevalent, health officials urged the milling industry to return the bran and germ to the flour. The millers, however, had developed a rather lucrative market for these “by-products” of the milling process, (the nutrient loaded bran and other fractions were and are still sold as cattle feed, conveniently creating a secondary revenue stream.) The bran and germ were being made into highly animal feed to fatten chickens and cattle! The millers refused to return the bran and germ to the flour and chose instead to “enrich” the long lasting white flour.”

      And thus we have our modern world and it”s epidemic disease rates due entirely to substandard, non nutritive, manipulated & mechanically produced “foods.” Now, all you conspiracy doubters, tell me once again how you think this is not by design?

      • Interesting. I buy my meats from a local farmer; grass fed beef, chickens fed on whole grain. While he is very aware of many of the issues surrounding genetically modified foods (he said his chickens will no longer eat corn!) he did not seem open to what I told him about wheat. His response to me was “Oh, I”m sure there are other strains of wheat grown in Canada. I get beautiful bread flour for about $13 per 20 kilo bag.” (His wife does baking for restaurant use.) “But,” said he “at the local feed store, I pay considerably more than that for the wheat I feed my chickens. And it”s not even cleaned, has weeds, oats, etc. in it, straight from the combine. You could never use it for seeding a wheat field. So, I don”t get why it costs more.” He told me he”d even confronted several growers and heads of companies, asking them to explain this phenomenon. He never got a satisfactory response from them. But, what you”ve just said explains it.

    • little baker

      It is produced and can be found. Just google “heirloom wheat”. In Canada, for example, organic Red Fife flour is quite common. It is an excellent flour for sourdough bread.

  5. Slade

    That is similar to my “What if…” My understanding is the government has been trying to push for national health care since the ”60s. What if they pushed for poor nutritional advice so we”d all need some help with paying medical bills so they could someday push for the idea of helping us because they created the need? Big Pharm gets additional profits from this too – cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, pain meds. We need help paying for some of those too. I”m glad generics work for me.

    • Gary M

      In my more cynical moments, this is precisely what I have thought….”make us need government more and more”

    • Seriously?

      You did study civics in school, right? You DO know “the government” is US, don”t you? And what would be the point.

      Oh and we HAVE “national healthcare” it”s called Medicare.

      I”m sorry, I have NO patience for nonsense like this.

  6. Drew

    Investigators always ask, “cui bono?” (“who benefits?”) from an action. I think it”s fair to ask that question in cases like this…big agra, big food and big pharma ALL benefit, and they”re in it to maximize profits. There”s nothing wrong with making a profit, but when the profit is made at the expense of the well-being of much of the world”s population…well, that”s another story.

  7. eric olander

    I”m a ardent supporter of the Wheat Belly movement and It”s my hope that everyone accepts the truth of your message. You”ve got me worried though. The wheat industry is clearly attempting to smear your good name by painting you as a fanatic, so I question the wisdom of hypothesizing about conspiracies. It seems to me this may appeal to a certain audience, and very well may attract publicity, but I fear it may be the wrong kind of publicity and may hurt your credibility with the mainstream. Just sayin.

    Eric Olander

    • George Marasco

      I agree. I think Dr. Davis has been making a lot of very over the top claims lately (e.g., that eliminating wheat will “cure” diabetes… well, no, the underlying disease process is still there even if the blood sugar is under control and will return if consumption of wheat/carbs increases again, this is not a “cure” by definition). The health benefits of reducing wheat/carb consumption are very real, and the message is too important to get lost by asking people to suspend too much of their disbelief. Maybe in a decade or so, when a significant enough proportion of the population are aware of and have accepted the underlying truths here, but Dr. Davis seems to be trying to do too much, too fast.

      • Janet

        Considering the amount of fraud and outright criminal activity of the financial industry and the people who have suffered because of it, you don”t think there was an effort to maximize profits in the food industry with some scientific study that showed humans would eat more of their product hence more profit? We bought a fraudulent economic system for 30 plus years. We bought a low fat scam for 30 years. We will buy anything as long as powers that insinuate in every corner of our media and commons that what they peddle is the truth. The tobacco industry knew of the addiction factor of their product and kept right on selling it. But an industry whistle blower got hold of their studies proving exactly that. But he was threatened too. We need a whistle blower within this industry too. I wouldn”t put this profit motive behavior beyond any of the corporate culprits and their parasitic medical organizations and politicians. Get real and get educated. I for one am very pleased to poke a giant stick into their eyes on a personal responsibility level and spread the truth–that is what I can do.

        You go, Dr. Davis. But hang tough because the corporate food industry won”t go down without a fight.

        • George Marasco

          No, what I”m saying is the more important thing here at the moment is to get the word out to people that giving up wheat and carbs will have significant positive impact on their health. That is the primary thing that currently needs to be accomplished. This other stuff is diverting attention from that message and makes it harder for it to resonate with people who will already have enough difficulty swallowing the fact that every single thing they have been told about nutrition for the past 40 years is incorrect. Those of us who are already there, okay. We have already accepted that and are ready for more “advanced” topics, so to speak. The rest of the general public still needs to be cozied along to accept that particularly bitter pill, and throwing and even more bitter pill on top of that at the same time probably means fewer people will be willing to swallow the first pill to begin with.

          • Johannah

            George,
            Now why is that “the fact that every single thing they have been told about nutrition for the past 40 years is incorrect”? Our scientists must really be bad or the profit motive made all the rules that have been pushed by the government, alphabet organizations (ADA, AHA etc.), and the media. I don”t think they should be allowed to keep doing it.

        • Uncle Roscoe

          George Marasco: “…..Dr. Davis has been making a lot of very over the top claims lately (e.g., that eliminating wheat will “cure” diabetes…”

          You”re defeating your own argument.

          The only way you can get away with making the false claim that wheat elimination is not a “cure” for type 2 diabetes? ……is that type 2 diabetes is not a disease to begin with.

          Let me repeat that. Type 2 diabetes is not a disease.

          Type 2 diabetes is a condition, brought about by the ingestion of things like gluten and its associated sugars. How do we know this? Because the only effective “treatment” doesn”t add some substance to the body. The only effective “treatment” simply stops the ingestion of a substance.

          That pretty much points out that the substance was causing the condition …….Doesn”t it?

    • Naw, this is deliberate & intentionally designed to increase corporate profits at the expense of public health, see the video I linked above.

      Unfortunately, the dominant capitalist business paradigm is exploitation of human ignorance, always has been, most likely always will be, and ultimately it”s for power & control because healthy, vital people are powerful and neither subjectable or controllable. How do you think this country got it”s start??

    • I”m more worried about industry whistle-blowers who end up dead in a ditch on a lonely stretch of road. Remember Karen Silkwood? It”s a big, mean bear you”re poking with that ”what if” stick. We like to think The Truth will set us free, but when that truth is going to cost a lot of ruthless people a lot of money, beware. Don”t get me wrong…even as a small child I was never willing to pretend the emperor wasn”t stark naked. Just, you know, please be careful, Doc. The world needs you.

  8. Emily

    Dr. Davis,

    Very interesting suppositions! I only have one question. Are you sure you are not describing the cigarette industry? Seriously, your suppositions may not be to far from the truth.

    Please continue to keep us informed.

    Sincerely,
    Emily

      • This is all so sad. Both of my parents died almost 2 years ago, just 12 days apart because of cigarettes. I watched my mom die from emphysema though she never ever complained because she said she did it to herself. She tried many times to break her addiction but wasn”t successful. She wanted to keep on living even though in my eyes her life was miserable. She just withered away.
        My dad died of a fast growing cancerous tumor on one of his lungs due to smoking also.
        I am so grateful I never started smoking because it is so hard to be that addiction.
        We”ve all got to work together harmoniously to defeat these things: cigarettes, changes to wheat and many of the other problems in the food industry mentioned in other comments.

        • As you well know, Rachel, insight into an addiction doesn”t always provide the solution.

          As with nicotine and cigarettes, so with gliadin and wheat. It can be a real struggle.

        • Emily

          Rachel,
          I am sorry for your loss. I know that you will forever keep them in your heart and sometimes actually feel their presence.

          Keep up the great work of not smoking. Nicotine is indeed a powerful and addictive drug. Unfortunately, money trumps health.

          Eliminating both tobacco and wheat will greatly enable you to live a healthy life.

          Take care,
          Emily

  9. I think Occam”s Razor does away with the first three “What If”s” pretty easily. As for the fourth “What If”, if people will buy it, food companies will make it; I don”t think it”s a matter of making it and then foisting such fake food on people, too many people would resist. There is already a general consensus against HFCS for example.

    The fifth “What If” is the troubling one. When the “healthy whole grains” revolution came along, it specifically went against much of the diabetic research of the time advising avoidance of all carbohydrates. It was in large part the isolation and synthesis of insulin in the 1920s (which allowed diabetics to eat more carbohydrates) that allowed nutritionists and government to later say that grains are good for everyone and get away with it. I simply cannot believe that some drug company CEO or top researchers failed to see the connection between a high carb diet and development of diabetes. High blood sugar is the problem, so avoiding anything that raises it will ease symptoms. I think it”s highly likely they invented an equivalent to the glycemic index decades before GI was actually developed publicly in the 1980s.

    OTOH, while the drug companies might knowingly conspire today to keep the house of cards standing, I don”t think they pre-planned anything. Insulin was synthesized, consumer desires changed, wheat changed, people began to get hungrier and sicker; they simply saw a market and exploited it. It”s not up to them to follow up on claims that all these drugs aren”t actually necessary. The public and independent researchers need to educate themselves, just like they did for smoking, and turn the tide of public opinion against them.

  10. Elene

    the phrase I coined fits perfectly here:
    “Gut wadding for the ignorant masses” Folks need a history lesson. Remember what grain has meant to leaders throughout the ages that needed adequate calorie intake for their subjects but not vibrant mental capacity and health. Science has helped them take this strategy one step further.

  11. Terry May

    If I touch poison ivy, I will react to the oils in the plant. If I do not touch poison ivy, I will not get a reaction. But I have not been cured of the effects of poison ivy by not touching it. Physiologically, I still react to it and so does 85% of the population. Simple analogy, but common sense in a way. In the world of cause and effect, we acknowledge that we are, in a major way, physical / biological in our make up. Are the effects of diabetes inevitable? I believe that Dr. Davis has often referred to eliminating the symptoms and/or possibly the need for diabetes medication. In the same way that avoiding contact with poison ivy will prevent a rash, does avoiding wheat consumption prevent the symptoms of, lets say, Type II diabtetes? Is prevention a cure? In fact, I believe that our medical community should be more inclined towards prevention and “do no harm.” And anyone who is oblivious to the “sleight of hand” utilized by giant multinational food and drug companies is open for scary manipulation. Are we writing our story about health or is their strory writing us?

    I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in April 2005. When I adopted the wheat belly approach 11 weeks ago, I was then injecting 90 units of 24 hour insulin at bedtime and 15 to 20 units of rapid acting insulin with each meal. I have already told this story on other blog segments. Two nights ago, I injected ONLY 10 units of 24 hour insulin and my morning FBS was 4.3 mmol/L (77.5 mg/dl). Last night I injected 0.0 (ZERO) units and my morning FBS was 4.9 mmol/L (88 mg/dl). NO insulin at all in the past 2 days. My past 30 day average involving 104 tests is 5.8 mmol/L (104.5 mg/dl). You who understand diabetes know what these numbers are saying. I work with nurses who know, and are amazed at these reults. I have to ask folks: was my pancreas “sick” and is it “cured” now? I followed all kinds of well-meaning advice and… NO SUCH RESULTS!! The forum is open… and I like your ideas.
    Cheers, Terry

    • If there were ever just one good reason to stop eating wheat and carb diabetes would be it. Just saw this sad story of the dispair and desperation people can fall into as a result of complications from diabetes. It”s not a happy read, but I hope everyone reading this will take this lesson to heart.

      Posted last night on my cancerclasses Twitter channel:
      Thoughts & #prayers for #Seinfeld actor Daniel von Bargen, suicide attempt in despair from #diabetes, very sad. goo.gl/i66744

  12. Marie

    As much as people want to villainize the medical establishment, I just can”t buy into it completely. I know you”re just playing a what if game, but the flaw in these kinds of conspiracy theories is that the very people covering up their ”greed and evil-doing” will be harmed by their own greed and evil-doing, as would their families and loved ones. If the goal of Big Pharma and the Medical Establishment was to keep people sick and fat so they could get rich from it, wouldn”t you have a case of all Big Pharma CEOs and employees, doctors, nurses, and hospital administrators avoiding the hell out of wheat? Are there any cases of top execs at these places avoiding wheat since the 1950s? They are as misguided as the rest of us have been.

    • Marie, I think you have assumed that those with profound wealth and power operate from a stance of logic. Maybe I”m misguided but I don”t think there are too many people around these days who don”t admit to the correlation between burning fossil fuels and the destruction of the Earth”s atmosphere leading to global warming. So, by your reasoning, the people who profit from this ought to have done everything in their considerable power to halt the use of said fossil fuels and put all their resources and energy into finding alternatives. After all, their progeny will suffer from their continuing production and profit from the fuel. But, uhm… most the people I know are still powering their lives with decomposed dinosaurs. I try to imagine how the minds of Petroleum Moguls work and the only thing I”ve been able to come up with is that they”ve invested in the development of colonizing another habitable planet. Now THAT”S conspiratorial thinking.

    • hitfan

      There”s a movie that came out a couple of years ago called “Extraordinary Measures” about a father of two children with a genetic disorder that will eventually kill them by their tenth birthday.

      So he finds out about a scientist who has a theory about how to treat this disease. Organizing several teams of lab technicians to perform the necessary testing based on a theory (which may or may not work, nothing is certain) does not come cheap.

      So desperate he is to save his kids, he gets funding from a private pharmaceutical company. There is a telling scene where he makes a pitch/business case for the new drug and says that each patient on the drug will generate a hundred thousand dollars per year for them as long as they”re kept alive.

      I doubt that the industrial costs for the new drug would cost that much, but what the patients are paying for is the biotech comapnies trying to recoup the R&D costs and to satisfy the corporate bean counters.

      I saw an 80 year old multi-billionaire on TV (I forget who). And he said that good health is more valuable than anything else in the world. He would gladly trade in all of his wealth for quality of life and good health.

      Pharmaceutical companies (like most people) like to make money. Patents for drugs that have been invented fifty years ago still cost far more than their industrial costs, but patents get extended, or a new variation of old drugs get put to market, etc.

      The conspiracy is money.

  13. Uncle Roscoe

    Ad hoc conspiracies are the rule, not the exception. Anywhere you find more than one extremely selfish person with no morals in the presence of wheelbarrows full of harvestable money, you find liars with parallel interests. Even if there was no need to conspire they would do it anyway.

    Because that”s who they are.

    I”ve observed human nature for too many years. People are ******”s.

  14. Hey Doc, as a follow up to my comment back in October re how carb loading may explain sudden cardiac death in marathoners ( http://goo.gl/3NavW ), Jack Kruse or somebody posted a link to this recent study http://goo.gl/dDbBu explaining how supposed “genetic” mutations change the shape of the sodium ion channel at the site where the protein binds, affecting how well the channel can open and close. The result – the flow of sodium into the muscle cells is disrupted and the heart does not beat regularly,” causing atrial & ventricular fibrillation.

    I had previously been thinking about Brugada syndrome after learning about it & thought how someone should coin the name SADS, similar to SIDS in children, that describes Sudden Adult Death Syndrome in adults. On a lark, or hunch, I googled that & was surprised to discover there IS a syndrome name exactly that described on Wikipedia. http://goo.gl/JeLou

    “SUDS has been cloaked in superstition. In Thailand it is particularly believed to be linked to eating rice cakes.[citation needed] Filipinos believe ingesting high levels of carbohydrates just before sleeping causes bangungot.
    It has only been recently that the scientific world has begun to understand this syndrome. Victims of bangungot have not been found to have any organic heart diseases or structural heart problems.
    However, cardiac activity during SUNDS episodes indicates irregular heart rhythms and ventricular fibrillation. The victim survives this episode if the heart”s rhythm goes back to normal. Older Filipinos recommend wiggling the big toe of people experiencing this to encourage their heart to snap back to normal.[5]
    In the Philippines, most cases of bangungot have been linked with acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis by Filipino medical personnel although the effect might have been due to changes in the pancreas during post-mortem autolysis.[6] In Thailand and Laos, bangungot (or in their term, sudden adult death syndrome) is caused by the Brugada syndrome.[7]”

    So I Tweeted the following to Jack to initiate a discussion re same (expanded for clarity) “@DigiSurg SUDS = carbohydrate INDUCED Brugada syndrome. Excess carbs glycate ion channel proteins, EFA deficiencies alter heart cell membrane structure, & sodium deficiency compounds the problem.” Never heard back from him, but I know he”s busy.

    So to connect the all the dots, rather than a few cases of an actual genetic mutation s in various populations, I believe the vast majority of SUDS, A & Vfib & Brugada syndrome are epigenetic caused simply by a combination of nutritional deficiencies and, most critical, excess intake of carbohydrates. When I loaded all these bits of data into my brain and processed the seperate pieces & clues, the picture starts to come together. Whatcha” think, am I off base with this??

  15. Terry May

    Yes indeedy… “that”s who the are”

    “Clinical trials conducted by heavily biased “researchers,” advertisements and news stories carefully scripted to scare you into belief, highly polished corporate offices and corporate websites, and an extreme focus on whatever has the most profit potential – not lifesaving or life-enhancing potential – are not qualifications. They are scams.” – Dr. Mercola -

    Marie… I like people. But I am more than persuaded, after reading the obfuscated results of “research” that when it comes to huge profits you will find “more than one extremely selfish person with no morals” as Uncle Roscoe stated. “The uncritical researcher uses statistics as a drunken person uses lamp posts, for support rather than illumination.”

    Lets look at Mike Taylor, the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Often referred to as “Monsanto Mike” many have called for him to be dismissed from his job. His reported employment history includes alternating work with the U.S. government as well as Monsanto corporation. Reported FDA issues include failure to enforce food and safety violations by large corporations. Apparently, there is also an ongoing effort by these multinationalists to put raw milk producers out of business. Recently, I hear they went after the Amish; you know, those terrorist Mennonites who have caused the world such grief. (insert sarcasm here)

    I do not, however, believe that the medical establishment are all villians. But I do believe that, beyond a doubt, there are villians in this game. And this is where I feel it is all quite complex…embedded in cultue in fact. Wow! What do any of us do with that notion. We are a capitalist culture. I am at least. Money drives infrastructure and infrastructure drives thought. It”s a double bind wherein anyone who is convinced in terms of the dominant ideas about healthy choices believes they are doing the right thing but, in fact, are advancing the profit interests of multinationals.

    Okay… enough “heavy” stuff. Change will not happen overnight given that it did not develop overnight. i am optimistic in light of the option we all have to make good choices about our own health. So… do it! Eat well, live well, laugh often, hug a loved one.
    Take good care, Terry

    • Full disclosure is the key. I, too, am optimistic, Terry, because I believe there are enough people with open minds and honest souls who will win out over the predatory practices and profiteering . . . though, as you point out, it may not happen overnight.

  16. Ri

    Hi Everyone just wanted to share this- i made some delicious peanut butter cookies yesterday and brought them into work today and they were quite the hit! All of my coworkers were raving about them and they were so simple to make.
    The ingredients -1 cup of peanut butter, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 egg (thats it) blend them all together, roll into balls and bake at 325 degrees for about 15-20 minutes yields about 20-24 cookies-delicious and best of all gluten free! next im going to make some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies -also gluten free! :)

  17. Cindy Hayden

    All I can say is that I found out that my blood suger was 205 which is way too high. I cut out all the white stuff and almost all the sugar. I lost 12 pounds in one month and now my blood sugar is down to 90. Walking is also something I do at least 5 tmes per week. The wheat is not the problem it is the enriched stuff they do to it. The first ingredient has to be wheat or whole wheat not to be a problem. It cannot read ”enriched wheat” because it means it has been processed and all the good stuff taken out..

    • Uncle Roscoe

      Cindy Haden: “The wheat is not the problem it is the enriched stuff they do to it.”

      Wrong.

      If you would care to support your statement I for one will be glad to discuss it.

    • Having just posted above that I”m not averse to some sugar, I do agree that large amounts of sugar in today”s diets cause a lot of problems. For some of us, we were already aware of the harm that wheat and gluten can do because we suffered the physical effects. I gave up wheat before Dr Davis” book came out.
      But we are like the canaries in the mine – those who are struck down early by these novel food products are the early warning sign of danger for the rest of the population. Many feel fine now, but in time more, sadly, will suffer too.

    • PJ

      Seriously?! I guess you didn”t read Dr. Davis” book, Cindy. I can”t think of ANY “good stuff” in wheat.

  18. Have you ever thought about looking at the evolution of wheat and obesity? I was thinking today that if you would plot consumption of wheat (and knowing what I”ve learned about the changes of wheat over the years, I say plot them out in calories of wheat per total amount of calories consumed) and average weight in 1 chart whether you would see a similar trend?

    • Actually, yes, and the curves almost perfectly coincide.

      The difficulty, of course, is that correlation does not equal causation. It would be nice to have a more direct connection.

  19. Hi, Cancer–

    An intriguing hypothesis!

    I have no experience with the Brugada Syndrome, so have limited insights. The majority of sudden cardiac death occurs in people with relatively easily identified structural myocardial defects, such as idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis, hypertrophic or dilated cardiomyopathies, right ventricular dysplasia, or ischemic heart disease.

    But I believe you are proposing something entirely different. Hmmmm. Don”t know. Be nice to bounce this off someone whose primary interest is ion channels and dysrhyhtmias.

  20. Eliza

    Write to IHOP (International House of Pancakes).
    Do you know that they put pancake batter (i.e., wheat) into their omelettes? Read it on the menu.
    If you want to avoid wheat you have to avoid omelettes or ask to have them make it without the wheat!

    • DeLee

      how about just avoiding ihop…my guess is that even the removal of pancake batter from their omelets will not result in a healthful end result. in a low priced chain restaurant, it”s really difficult to KNOW what you are getting….are the eggs really fresh EGGS? what is REALLY in that “cheese”? What type of oil is that omelet cooked in? IMHO, we”d all be better off just eating breakfast, and most other meals, at home….that way you KNOW what you are eating!

  21. Jenny

    Today, someone told me that in bread made the old fashioned way – slow and repeated risings – the yeast reduces the effects of gluten in the flour. Whereas the fast method does not have this effect. This would compound the effects of modern wheat, and even if the manufacturers weren”t aware of the latter, they MUST have been aware of the former effect.

  22. hitfan

    Of course the diabetic drug industry wants to increase it”s market share so that they can make more money.

    My biggest worry is that if ”Wheat Belly” gains really serious traction (as in a large percentage of the population begins to boycott wheat), that the wheat lobby will collude with other food manufacturers or bribe the government to mandate that many foodstuffs be injected with ”healthy whole grains”.

    Imagine if gliadin were to be forcibly introduced into the very fruits and vegetables that we eat so that we can”t escape the stuff at all.

    Just look at the scam that is ethanol. 1.13 barrels of oil of energy is actually used up to produce 1 barrel equivalent in ethanol. Yet it gets increasingly mandated at most service stations. And ethanol has less energy efficiency. And it wrecks your engine.

    • Uncle Roscoe

      hitfan: “Just look at the scam that is ethanol. 1.13 barrels of oil of energy is actually used up to produce 1 barrel equivalent in ethanol. Yet it gets increasingly mandated at most service stations. And ethanol has less energy efficiency. And it wrecks your engine.”

      …..Arthur Daniels Midland (ADM) Corporation.

      Ethanol has probably 65% of the energy content of drip gasoline by volume. Ethanol or some such additive is needed to reduce the volatility (increase the octane) of gasoline for use in internal combustion engines. Past that though, ethanol is harmful. One of its biggest harms is its ability to absorb water. Watered down gasoline harms engines and makes them run rough. Without ethanol water used to stall engines. The people who put the water in got prosecuted. Now these incidents just go unnoticed.

      Then we can talk about curbside “recycling”. It”s all about garbage companies.

    • A twist I hadn”t considered, Hit. Very scary potential.

      Yes, indeed. Imagine the protein for the unique polypeptide sequence within gliadin that is responsible for appetite stimulation was cloned and implanted into other foods. Wow. That would have limitless potential from the perspective of appetite- and revenue-stimulation.

  23. Amy

    Dr. Davis -
    I am writing to let you know that I owe you my life. I read your book, quit wheat, and felt a noticeable improvement after just three weeks. I have suffered from autonomic dysfunction, POTS, IBS, migraine, fibromyalgia, obesity, high triglyerides, PCOS, and even ovarian cancer. I went to an allergist asking for a wheat blood test, as my primary care doctor”s suggestion to curing my diarrhea was to “take more fiber – here are some Citrucel samples.” I just got the call back that my IGA results were indicative of Celiac (even three weeks after wheat suspension.) I have so many mixed emotions right now…Firstly, relief that I finally know what”s wrong with me. Secondly, overwhelming gratitude for your work. Thirdly, rage that none of the 6 doctors I have seen over the past 5 years have EVER suggested Celiac even though all the clinical indicators were there. Fourthly, tremendous sadness at the “what ifs…” over my father. He died in 2009 of complications of heart disease, autoimmune diseases (polymyositis, inclusive body myositis), diabetes, lactose intolerance…) – WHAT IF he knew he had celiac. WHAT IF we could have saved him?????? You are an angel, Dr. Davis. Thank you ——— I now want to shift my life”s work to helping others. Please let me know how I can help you get the word out. If can arrange for speaking engagements for you in Ohio where I live, don”t hesitate to contact me privately…. My best to you -Amy

    • Thanks for telling your story, Amy.

      I”d like to post your story as a blog post. As you know, the more people who hear about stories like yours, the more they will press for a diagnosis and/or eliminate all wheat.

      Re: speaking. If you have a specific event in mind, please feel free to call my office at 414-456-1123 and ask for Dawn, who arranges all such things.

  24. Phil

    “What if . . . The changes introduced into the gliadin protein of wheat in the 1970s were intentional?”
    Made me think of the tobacco companies when they got busted for intentionally adding a chemical to tobacco to make it more addictive. IMHO, any company or person that puts profits ahead of a persons health…should be hung!

  25. Duder

    Wheat was intentionally genetically modified in the ’60s, but not as a conspiracy to make you fat…it was to stave off a potentially catastrophic famine as the result of a massive drought. By genetically modifying wheat, they were able to grow it in less habitable environments. This new strain of wheat was so resistant to drought that it could be grown in southern climates where they previously couldn’t. This was, quite simply, a more efficient food. Costs dropped, jobs were created, famine was avoided, etc…all of the horrible things this new strain became, just weren’t considered back then. Unfortunately, when you have something that seems so incredible, why grow the inferior (original) version? This new crop phased out the old, and now we’re stuck with a sub-par cousin of wheat. It’s unfortunate for sure…but it’s not a conspiracy.