Instant Health

The struggles people endure before they discover the answer for health are often truly astounding. Pain, depression, physical incapacitation, drugs, hospitalizations, even surgeries . . . all to treat this disruptive monster in diet.

Kim posted her story of her decades-long struggle for health, but a story with a happy ending of rediscovering health within days:

I am a 51 year old female. I am a former dancer, and all my life had been very lean, and had lots of muscle. Of course when I stopped dancing I gained a little weight, but was still lean by most standards.

In 1999 I was being treated for depression, and gained weight from most of the meds they had put me on, 14 different medication “cocktails” over the next 6 years! None of these medications did anything for me except to make me psychotic, more depressed, and of course gain even more weight.

I finally gave up on the psychiatric approach altogether, and turned to my faith, which has kept me med free and out of any deep depression for almost 7 years now! However, my weight reached a high of 150 pounds! I am only 5’2.

I tried many weight loss methods over the past 4 years even to the point of being severely anorexic. I starved myself by counting calories, and cutting fat, and at one point would not allow myself more than 700 calories a day. Well, I lost about 20 pounds, but also ended up in the hospital for what appeared to be a heart attack. It turned out that the pain in my left arm was from severe dehydration, and THAT may have saved my life . . . because what was really going on was that I had severe pancreatitis! The doctor even took my husband out of the room to inform him that my pancreatic enzymes were so high I might not make it! Of course they put me in the hospital, and ironically, had to “starve” me for four days to allow my pancreatic enzymes to return to normal. The two main causes of pancreatitis are drinking, which I don’t do, and gallstones, so, on day 5 they decided to remove my gallbladder. I had known for years that my gallbladder was making me sick, but after many, many trips to the er, and many scans, the doctors kept saying, “You don’t have any gallstones”.

A week after having my surgery, I returned to see the surgeon for my follow up appointment. He told me he was aghast at how much “sludge” he found in my gallbladder, and that it was so incredibly infected that the surrounding lymph nodes were also infected! Anyway, I was so pleased to finally have my gallbladder out, and have since been in recovery from the anorexia. My weight had hovered around 140-150, ever since. I just figured it was part of aging, the damage I had done to myself, and my sedentary lifestyle.

Sorry so long a history, but I feel it may help some readers to understand what I have been through.

Since having my gallbladder removed I have had horrible diarrhea, cramping, belly aches, and acid reflux. I don’t remember the last time I had a normal bowel movement . . . until TODAY!

Four days ago I was on the internet, again looking for a way to lose weight, but also just to get healthy. I started looking into gluten, what it is, what it does etc. I found your book on B&N.com and was mesmerized by the title ”Wheat Belly”!! My heart started pounding, and honestly I think a light lit up over my head! I hadn’t even read a word of it yet, but the title alone caught me . . . I carry most of my weight in my belly!

Well, to make a very long story shorter . . . I am on DAY 3 of being wheat free! I thought that it would be so difficult, but it’s really not. Yes, I have looked longingly at the bread, the “healthy” English muffins I had just bought, and these really awesome tasting artisan rolls in my freezer, but I have stuck to the plan. I have eaten more green veggies in the past few days than I have in probably the last 6 months! My body has already adapted a better “hunger rhythm” . . . I wake up hungry, and I never ate breakfast! I eat less at each meal, because I fill up faster, and I feel more satisfied!

I have lost 2 lbs in just three days, I have lost the pain in my hip and my lower back that was waking me up every morning. The joints in my fingers no longer hurt to hold my morning tea, and I sleep so deeply, wake less frequently, and feel more rested than ever! And here’s the best part…I had a normal bowel movement today! I know a lot of folks will think T.M.I., but when you have had nothing but water, loose, fatty stools, and have had to rush to the bathroom 5 minutes after every meal for years…this is AWESOME!

My energy level is up, my concentration is better, my skin looks great . . . I am amazed at the changes in just 3 days! I can’t wait to see what happens after a couple weeks! I think there should be a skull and crossbones on everything containing wheat, because THAT is how I see it now!

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  1. Olivia

    Just wait until week 9! (I’m on week 9 now) My story is very similar..I’ll be sending mine in soon. I felt a difference in 4 days and it just keeps getting better. This doctor and this book *literally* changed my life. I am so grateful! (2 years of bursitis pain, 5 of depression, 3 of high bp & meds…GONE!!!..I could go on!) I ordered the book and stopped all grains the second I pressed the “buy” button on Amazon…even before I read it…just from the reviews and how similar everyone was to me. Life is great now! :)

    • Dr. Davis

      That’s terrific, Olivia!

      Please do send in your story. I’d like to invite you to share your story in my upcoming cookbook. (It’s more than a cookbook!)

      • Olivia

        Will do! I will send in my full report in a few weeks. I wanted to wait for a solid 12 weeks off of wheat/grains. I can be contacted via my email also. It’s just astonishing how many medications I don’t need anymore.

      • Saw your comment that you were planning a cookbook. On your cookie recipes I would suggest adding 1 T. lemon juice to neutralize the baking soda. Sometimes the soda can leave an alkalline taste if not neutralized. (Just my professional opinion. No need to repost this.)

          • Yes. I’m the hypocrite baker that works in the food industry. I told my story in a response to your post about the GFF and the school system.

          • Dr. Davis

            Oh, yes, of course, Lucy!

            Just don’t lose your perspective and keep us informed on your saga!

    • Roma

      You will be in more shock after 6 months! I am an absoluteley NEW human! Inside and out! Keep up the good work & congratulations!

  2. Debrah

    My husband and I have both had very positive results from going wheat-free. We’ve read the book and have followed the eating plan for a few weeks now. Emptying my cupboards and pantry of wheat-laden toxic food wasn’t nearly as difficult as I thought it would be.
    I am always looking for new information to add to my understanding of how our guts impact every aspect of health. Late last night I was reading this blog and stumbled across a link to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride’s seminar video on the subject of GAP diet. I sat entranced through the lengthy program and couldn’t wait to share with my husband today the information I gained.
    Unfortunately, I logged off the seminar WITHOUT saving the web address and have been unable to find it again in the many blog entries.
    Help!! Can anyone re-direct me, not to the GAP doctor’s website, but to the link to her presentation before a group of medical professionals in the UK?
    It was very informative and I want to pass the information along. Just as I have recommended Dr. Davis’s book, blog and recipes.
    BTW, I battled high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, belly fat, acid reflux, insulin resistance and sleep apnea for years. Three months ago, my doctor gave me an ultimatum to avoid diabestes. His dietary guidance? “Burn more calories than you eat.” Thanks, that’s easy.
    My research led me to the wheat belly diet and adhering to it may save my life. I plan to stick with Dr. Davis’ common sense advice because IT WORKS for me!!!
    Thanks in advance for info about the requested link.

    • Lindsey

      Is it on vimeo from March 2010 in London or one of the youtube videos? If you Google her full name followed by “UK video seminar” (without quotation marks) you’ll get a lot to choose from, I hope it’s one of those.

    • Vicki

      I’ve been reading all of your amazing stories, seeking encouragement because I am so ready to give up. I am 52, 5’7″ and 128 pounds so weight is not my issue. I work out 6 days a week and have always been interested in nutrition. When I read WB, I was all in! My only problem is acid reflux/heartburn and occasional joint pain. Dr. wanted to put me on Nexium but I refused. I thought this was going to be my answer. It’s been 3 wks and I am worse! Yesterday it was so bad that I thought I could be having a heart problem but after taking Pepside, pain diminished. I have been so careful, using recipes from the book to make sure I wasn’t eating anything wrong. I am already taking a probiotic and have been for some time. Any suggestions?

      • Dr. Davis

        While wheat elimination is powerful, Vicki, it won’t correct all gastrointestinal conditions, such as pancreatic insufficiency, gallstones, bacterial overgrowth, H. Pylori infestation, and others.

        In other words, while wheat may be the problem for, say, 90% of people, you might be among the 10% who are experiencing something additional to account for your symptoms. A thoughtful assessment might help uncover the causes. This needs to come from a more holistic gastroenterologist (very rare) or a functional medicine doc.

  3. John

    I would recommend you check out Marks daily apple dot com. You find a lot of food and nutrition ideas that will help you out.

  4. Little Sister

    What a wonderful and inspirational story! Thanks for sharing it here. It almost defies belief that something so simple could so quickly make a dramatic difference in health. If I were just dropping by here to read a bit, and had not experienced it for myself, I’d think you were stretching the truth.

    But my own experience is quite similar. I’ve fought weight all my life. Was convinced I had an eating disorder since I was 11 or 12. Thought of myself as a food addict, utterly powerless over even the sight or scent of some sweet combination of grains and sugar (think cookie, cake, brownie, etc). To have dropped all grains, starchy vegetables, and sugar, and to have found that to be almost effortless, is something I consider a true miracle.

    And the health benefits, just as in your case, have been immense: weight lost, almost no hunger, no starving feelings, no drive for food, no need to white knuckle cravings into submission, a sudden and inexplicable desire to eat a lot of fresh vegetables (where did that come from?), relief from atrial fibrillation, relief from intense, extreme muscle pain that has kept me sitting in a chair for most of the last year (and certain my life was over, because once walking is agony, what is left?) … normal blood sugars, good blood pressure, energy, excellent sleep … and the pervasive sense of well being, of feeling hopeful about life, and happy, and not broken.

    I could go on and on, as I imagine most others who’ve experienced this grainless miracle could. I can’t imagine doing anything else at this point. If I never lose a pound (and though I don’t weigh, I know I have lost pounds), this is the only thing I can do if I want to feel good and have a great life. I sometimes think of how many years I gave over to convincing myself that, despite feeling happy and enjoying my life, I surely had some deep, dark disturbance that drove my eating disorder. That had to be the case, right? And now, I am cured of that “eating disorder,” which apparently was nothing more than the response to the slow poisoning that comes from eating wheat and other grains.

    I try not to rave too much because I know this all sounds unbelievable, and I really try not to collar people and shake the bagel out of their mouths :-) but this is the most amazing thing that has happened to me in forever.

    It’s a blessing to find a solution to so many varied problems, and such a simple one at that. This book is a lifesaver. I wish everyone could experience what we have. Yay for you Kim! And for me, for all of us. We are the lucky ones.

    • Hope

      Little Sister, you took the story right out of my mouth so there’s no need for me to say more! Exactly my experience. I too always thought something was wrong with me. Why didn’t I have any willpower? I couldn’t pass up anything without an enormous battle of good and evil, which I fought valiantly. That kept me from ever becoming extremely heavy, but oh what a drag it was. I feel like a huge burden has been lifted off me. It wasn’t me! It was the wheat! Life is good.

    • Kim Hood

      Little Sister…thank you so much! I agree we are so lucky to have found this truly incredible book of truth! We can only hope that our stories, and so many like it will convince others to just STOP THE WHEAT! I am now on DAY 10, and it just keeps getting better!

    • NancyMc

      “shake the bagel out of their mouths”
      Bwahahahahaha!!!! That was priceless :)
      I love each and every story :)

    • Kayla

      Little Sister, I have almost the exact story, although my muscle pain wasn’t nearly as bad (I just woke up feeling achy, but not incapacitated). What I noticed the most when I cut out wheat was that I was in what I call a “zen state” – very peaceful, not anxious, more able to deal with anything. After going up and down on the carb scale, I realized that my brain really likes ketones! No wheat and few other carbs = ketones for my brain. I’m sure the very constant blood sugar levels have something to do with it. I used to “have” to eat every 3 hours at the most, or I would be cranky, tired, and starving. Not anymore, now I can easily go 6 hours between meals, or even skip a meal or two. The best part is, no real hunger while fasting, steady energy, and I”m NOT irritable – I never thought that could be possible! I’m never going back!
      I gave up wheat a year before I started a low carb/high fat diet, it certainly made eating low carb easier – fewer cravings and I had already said goodbye to cookies, bread, and tortillas.

      • Little Sister

        Yes! That “zen” state. That is one of the OTHER benefits ~ there are so many, it’s easy to lose track ~ of eating this way. I have been dealing with two very very stressful situations this last month, and it’s not that they haven’t been stressful. It’s just that no matter what’s going on, I still feel calm, in control, and somehow very strong on the inside. I haven’t yet felt the urge to run get something to binge on. Food as my lifelong nemesis, the “issue” over which I could never, ever prevail, no matter how hard I tried (and no matter how many other difficult things in life I’d overcome), it’s just *poof* gone. It’s just food. I eat when I’m hungry and don’t when I’m not.

        I used to read diet books ~ even Atkins, Stillman, all the big time low carb guys ~ and they’d always say something like “eat all you want, you’ll naturally stop eating when you’re full.” Since that was NEVER my experience (and with Atkins, I can only guess that it was because I was still eating bars and low carb pitas), I always assumed there was something else very wrong with me that others did not struggle with.

        This is so incredibly affirming. Losing weight, feeling fantastic, recovering my mobility, and doing it effortlessly and with the sudden awareness that I am NOT broken. Not at all. Just poisoned.

        We are so fortunate!!! I want to collar everyone and tell them about this way of life.

  5. Tyrannocaster

    If I were in the grain industry PR business I’d be quaking in my boots. I’ve told too many people about my own experiences going wheat free; I got my energy back, my depression went away, my joint pains stopped, and I’ve lost 28 pounds. I can work out with weights, which six months ago I couldn’t even contemplate; it’s kind of hard to work out when you’re in bed all the time. All that changed. And one thing that surprises me is how many people I talk to start off by saying something like “Yeah, you know I’ve heard that wheat isn’t so good for you…” so while it may not be the common mental set, it’s certainly in the air now.

    Watch your back, Dr. Davis, watch your back.

    • Dr. Davis

      Thanks, Tyranno.

      Yes, I’m mindful. Think of all the money the pharmaceutical industry did NOT make because you are healthy! Big money, big stakes, to be sure.

  6. Jill

    A great story – anbd yet so difficult to convonce some people who hvae been on medication for years and won’t understand that just because something is not in a pill it can still help one’s condition.
    I’m not diabetic but a close relative is and frankly I’m afraid that all the medication she is on will kill her.

    She has other conditions besides diabetes. Those do not worry me. It’s the diabetes medication in addition to everything else I am worried about.
    This is what diabetes Australia recommends diet wise:
    http://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/en/Living-with-Diabetes/Eating-Well/Food-What-Should-I-Eat/
    “Healthgy whole grains” well in there.

    William, under what conditions would anyone need 3 anti water retention medications???

  7. LaurieLM

    Congratulations! Health is Wealth and Knowledge is Power.
    My life changed for the better, and continues to do so, the moment I put down Taubes’ ‘Good Calories, Bad Calories’, June 16, 2008- I just knew it would. Then I saw Naughton’s docu “Fat Head”, read everything I could by the good Drs. Eades, found and devoured Lierre Keiths’ “The Vegetarian Myth”, Gedgaudas’ “Primal Body-Primal Mind”, Cunnane’s “Survival of the Fattest”, Taubes’ next book, and Dr Fields’ “The Other Brain” (it’s about the one trillion glial cells we have in our brains that, in addition to our 100 billion get-all-the-press neurons, need fat, cholesterol and other materials that carbohydrate CEMENT ‘food’ cannot provide us). And just when I didn’t think there was even more information and already enough to warn me off grains, along came WHEAT BELLY!!! WELL, OMG. Thank you so much. Our lives and good mental health quite simply owed to you Good Dr. Davis, Laurie

    • Dr. Davis

      The peculiar thing, Laurie, is just how far astray we get from conventional thinking on nutrition, the healthier we get!

  8. LaurieLM

    Knowledge is Power.
    We humans are made of 100 trillion cells, each and every last one with a velvety, fatty, cholesterolly membrane enveloping it. Though vastly smaller than our cells, we carry 1000 trillion friendly symbiotic bacteria, and their health and composition is inextricably tied to ours. We have 1.1 trillion brain cells and vastly more connections (axons) that are all surrounded by cholesterolly myelin. If all the axons were laid end-to-end they would stretch around the earth FOUR times.
    We have 10,000 trillion mitochondria within our 100 trillion cells. They are very small, but mighty. That’s 10 000 000 000 000 000. I have no earthly idea how often a mitochondrian turns-over, but I’d be willing to bet there is a refreshing and refurbishing maintenance with quality materials and supplies, going on constantly- if not outright turnover because they are subjected to stress and ROS (reactive oxygen species) in their moment to moment activity. Each mitochondria has two membranes and one is highly convoluted, increases it’s total acerage. Our gut bacteria do turn-over and that is daily, and we supply them with everything. Do you want to eat solidifying accreting grain carbohydrate, polyunsaturated, low-cholesterol Frankenstein oils (originally created as drying agents for the paint, putty and varnish industries) or do you want to eat what we developed our enormous fatty brains on- both fuel and supplies? Saturated fat, cholesterol, animal protein, SALT and CALORIES.

  9. Diana

    Wow….thanks for sharing this with us. This is close to the same symptoms that I would feel when taking in Dairy too for many years. I’m not sure at what point this happened to me but I know I had to go on Nexium and Aciphex for the acid-reflux at least 15 yrs ago. I just assumed age was my culprit …. so I still feel too much wheat is a strong factor too of my belly fat. So happy for your discovery! God Bless!! Diana

  10. Beverly Driscoll

    re: knowledge is power
    All I know is that my millions and trillions of cells are doing a “happy dance” now that I have embraced a Wheat Belly lifestyle. Oh what a difference 10 weeks makes — what a feeling (finally) of power and control!

  11. Nell

    I am so glad to hear how successful being wheat free is for so many people. I have been wheat free for years, even before I was diagnosed with celiac, and found that it did make a small difference to my energy level. . However, I was diasppointed that even after being gluten free, it did not give me the much needed energy I wished for, even though I cut out dairy and force myself to exercise. I do still endorse a wheat free diet for others, though, because it seems to work for them.

    • Kayla

      “…constant blood sugar levels have something to do with it..” should have “as well” added to it. I don’t think constant blood sugar levels have much to do with ketones, but they do help keep my brain and body happy.

    • Kayla

      Whoops, that was supposed to go somewhere else. What I did want to say Nell is that maybe you need to look at your overall carbohydrate and fat intakes. I have infinitely more energy on a low carb/high fat diet that I ever have before. Even after I cut out wheat I ate too many other carbs and my body just can’t tolerate them. When I started the Atkins diet I was amazed at how much energy I had, it was like I didn’t realize how tired and low energy I had been for my whole life. I sleep better now and any tiredness I feel now is what I call “honestly tired”, meaning it’s just because I haven’t slept, or I’ve been racing around too much for too long – not due to low blood sugar. And the only thing that can help “honest tiredness” is sleep – I can no longer zip myself up with a handful of chocolate, so I have to rest. I suppose I could drink coffee, but I do want to be able to sleep in the next week, so I avoid it!

  12. Kim Hood

    Thanks for all the replies! I am on day 9 now, and won’t ever touch wheat/grains again. I have had a few days of cravings, but so glad I have not given in! To feel this good after so many years, so many doctors, and so many drugs…well, the truth is a miracle to me! :-)

  13. Terry May

    So many of these stories resonate with my own experience. I am almost 5 months utilizing the Wheat Belly approach. I’ve been off diabetic medication (insulin) since February 20/12 with great results. I have lost over 45 pounds and 6 inches from my waist. I am running again with lots of energy to spare. I could go on and on about :”getting my life back.” My story is well known by folks in our community and people are talking and adopting the approach and, of course, getting Dr. Davis’ book. My neighbour told me that his family physician recently recommended “Wheat Belly” as a lifestyle read. Well…change can happen! Stay the course folks.

    Wheatless in Canada,
    Terry

  14. Lindsey

    Dr. Davis – What would you say to convince a diabetic with blockage in a coronary artery who is being told Dr. Esselstyn’s plant-based no-oil (lots of whole grains!) approach will cure him of his own dr’s perceived need for a bypass? I’m worried he’ll die if he eats lots of grains (right now he does oatmeal, popcorn, whole wheat bread) and yet this is what he’s being told to do on the basis of Esselstyn’s book and diet (which sounds a lot like Ornish to me, but it’s been a while since I read Ornish).

    Thank you.

    • Uncle Roscoe

      Dr. Esselstyn is a vegan nutter. He conducted uncontrolled intervention studies on heart disease in his clinic.

      Dr. Esselstyn reported that his vegan diet stabilized the decline of heart disease patients. But Esselstyn secretly subjected his volunteers to other factors. Dr. Esselstyn prescribed pharmaceutical drugs, such as statins, for his volunteers. Dr. Esselstyn’s removed participants from alcohol, baked goods, white flour, and vegetable oils. These foods are not animal products. They are vegetable products. These are the foods highest on the list of causes of heart disease.

      Dr. Esselstyn’s book touts vegan and vegetarian diets because of their results compared to the overall population. But what really causes the results he claims?…..

      http://vimeo.com/27792352

      70% of vegans abstain from alcohol
      40% of vegetarians abstain from alcohol
      8% of omnivores abstain from alcohol

      In the overall population vegetarians are generally young people, and they are health nuts. So first, any population comparison would necessarily compare young adults to older adults. Second, young health nuts do all sorts of things to get healthy, including alcohol abstinence, exercise, sun exposure, etc.

      What about a valid comparison? What happens when we compare religious vegetarians, vegetarians who do not engage in these other lifestyle factors, to the overall population?

      Vegetarian Taiwanese women showed elevated (real) markers for cardiovascular disease.

      http://ymj.or.kr/Synapse/Data/PDFData/0069YMJ/ymj-52-13.pdf
      ——————————————————
      Abstract:
      Purpose: Many studies supported that vegetarians have a lower risk of cardiac diseases and mortality, partly due to better blood pressure and serum cholesterol profiles. However, the inflammatory markers, especially lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2), have not been well-studied. This study aimed to compare inflammatory markers and conventional risk factors between vegetarians and omnivores.
      …..
      Materials and Methods: One hundred and seventy-three vegetar-ians and 190 omnivores were studied. Fasting blood samples were obtained to compare levels of glucose, total cholesterol, triacylglycerol, high density lipopro-tein (HDL) and low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, homocysteine, Lp-PLA2 activity, and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP).
      ……
      Conclusion: In addition to lower total choles-terol, LDL-cholesterol, and HDL-cholesterol, Taiwanese female vegetarians have lower serum Lp-PLA2 activity but higher levels of hs-CRP, homocysteine, and tri-acylglyerol…….
      ——————————————————

      Vegetarians who don’t engage in other lifestyle changes suffer worse cardiac health compared to the overall population. But somehow we’re supposed to believe Dr. Esselstyn achieved his neutralizing, not improving, results, through veganism.

      There’s a word which describes people who intentionally tell untruths. They are called “liars”.

      • Walking Tall

        Uncle,
        I slide towards a Veg. type diet, but I am not all that convinced about the virtures of doing so, and am not all that convinced of meat-bourne illness, that some strict Veg. talks of, though, I must admit, they can and do present some compelling arguments, as much evidence seems to favor them.

        What I would like to see, is strict Veg.’s and long term Genetic Modified Wheat eradication . . . . as this is new to many, even if they have heard of Wheat Gluten Intolerance.

        Love your posts! Wish I were that computer savvy, and informed at the same time!

        Walking Tall

        • Uncle Roscoe

          Thanks for the props. You are asking a question which, I believe, has been answered by the “China study” via Denise Minger or Brad Marshall.

          http://rawfoodsos.com/2010/09/02/the-china-study-wheat-and-heart-disease-oh-my/
          http://bradmarshall.blogspot.com/2005/12/is-wheat-killing-us-introduction-maybe.html

          Although Marshall claims to have done his work first, I’m familiar with Minger’s work. She used China Study data to determine that:
          1. People who eat wheat have a 67% elevated risk of developing heart disease before something else kills them.
          2. People who eat meat have 35% lowered risk of developing heart disease before something else kills them.

          These two results form definitive conclusions when trying to correlate wheat vs meat as causes of heart disease. But Minger took the comparison one step further, comparing people who eat meat and wheat with people who meat but don’t eat wheat. She isolated several such variable combinations…..

          —————————————————————–
          Minger: “I won’t bore you with the results of every single combination I tried (over 100), so here’s the gist. No matter what model I use, wheat always adds unique variance. That means wheat (or an undocumented variable associated with wheat) is contributing something to heart disease that these other variables can’t account for. No combination out of the above bumped the association between wheat and heart disease out of the ‘statistically significant’ zone.”
          —————————————————————–

          So among people who do not eat wheat, people who also eat meat have, at worst, no greater risk of developing heart disease than people who do not eat meat.

          I could cite other sources to disprove the meat-causes-disease vegetarian dogma, but I can’t cite a better source than our host Dr. Davis’ blog:
          http://blog.trackyourplaque.com/

          Heart disease is caused by glycation. Glycating foods are sugars and related proteins which act as opioids. Glycation has nothing to do with meat, except for the fact that, if you don’t eat foods which cause glycation then you must eat foods which don’t cause glycation. What are your choices?

          Marshall and Minger were prompted to pry disease correlations out of the China Study data because T. Colin Campbell wrote a book named The China Study. In his book Campbell claims that meat causes a host of illnesses, including heart disease. But instead of citing China Study data, Campbell cites smaller scale studies of proteins and fats from things like milk and peanut butter. In other words Campbell simply wrapped his vegan biases in the name “China Study”.

          Again, people who intentionally tell untruths are generally referred to as “liars”. T. Colin Campbell wrote the introduction in Esselstyn’s book.

        • Lindsey

          I’m a wheat-free vegetarian (and certified health nut : ) ). Not the easiest thing to be, but doable.

      • Lindsey

        I’ll print out your reply and give it to the fellow who has the blockage but I doubt it will have the impact that the diatribe on Esselstyn’s approach (from a biology and chemistry professor) has had on him. He’s even been off his nitro for a week after months of use 4-5 times daily. I’m so afraid he’s going to die.

      • Dr. Davis

        Hi, Uncle–

        While I believe that Dr. Esselstyn means well, his experience is so clouded by so many changes in diet that it is hard to pinpoint why the few people he coddled improved. Personally, I am shocked that he has gotten as much press as he has based on so few experiences.

        I have treated well over 10,000 patients just the last few years. He treated fewer than 30.

  15. Debrah

    Lindsay,
    Yes! That’s the seminar link I was looking for. Thank you very much. Now my husband can watch the presentation.
    Another detail of this lifestyle change worth mentioning is the difference in hunger.Quality of hunger, maybe? Wheat-free belly= normal hunger. A few walnuts “tide” me over until my next meal.
    Gone is that mindless zombie-give-me-food-any-food-but-make-it-salty-crunchy-sweet-or-delivered-via-a-drive-thru-window feeling of desperation that fueled my eating for WAY too long.
    Regardless of success, on most diets I’ve tried over the years, all I could do was obsess about fooooood.
    Now I have relegated food to its proper place: a substance necessary for life. Never a reason to live.
    Thanks Dr. Davis. This blog, and the stories I read here, have been a real comfort.

    • Walking Tall

      Debrah,

      Indeed, a diverse people–but with a common enemy, Genetic Modified Wheat!

      The first 3 weeks were, to say the least, a night-mare! Just the smell of bread–or, the sight of it, was maddddd-en-ING!

      Now, into my 7th week, not as bad–and it is my hope, that I lose all cravings for, not only Genetic Modified Wheat–but regular table sugar–as in read the old book, Sugar Blues, by Willim Dufty–as it will never be irr-relllllllll-e-Vant!

      Walking Tall

  16. Walking Tall

    On Many Levels
    Dr. Davis, as a man, author and human, has appealed to me.
    My medical and back ground in the behavioral sciences–was an attraction to this book, his ideas, and the way he put things–all with not getting a big-head–as he admits to not knowing all the answers.
    This, to me, is one of the ground-breaking books, not just due the positive effects on the physical, but on more than just plumbing!
    I have had my share of body and mental low blows–but the Genetic Modified Wheat–as I call it Human Pesticide–exacerbated, not only my physical problems, but, it made me into an emotional crippple–as I could not cope! I know cripple is taken as prejoritive–but, as it applies to me, I mean it about me, in its most powerful and negaive full-orbed SCREW JOB!
    I had no idea–until that color-phamphlet came in the mail, and I read it, out of idle curiosity–and the connectons exploaded in my head–like the Fouth-Of-July! 1 Mar. 2012 was and is my Independence Day!
    All due respect to those in the medical, haveing to deal with the body–having to deal with the mind–more stress, more complex–as we are not taling about a cute litlte wheat plant, in like manner we are not talking of a cute little poppy or co-co plant. We are talking Genetic Modified Neruo-Toxins–

    Opium and opium bye-products, of a cute little Poppy, Cocaine and like bye-products, of the Co-Co Plant–and mind blowing [altering], nerurological toxins from a Genetic Modified Wheat Plant– Wheat, legal, cheap, and ordained by Govt. House, Expert House–turning all in its path, to an Out-House!

    I am in the process of writing an account–a before and after, if you like.

    As each day passes, I feel justifed in my optimism, for, now, I have a future–as I had no future let alone, no present hope, with a mind and body polluted by Human Rat Poison, endorced by a string of “experts.”

    Beleive in God or no, Dr., I thank the Creator that He has sent you, to me–
    and now, within the best of my ablility, time and talents–I will tell others!

    Walking Tall

    • Rong

      Please do write your before and after. I expect that I am like many others that check this blog ever day. I am blown away and greatly encouraged by all these stories though some are very, very sad and many are maddening. If you write your story I can assure you it will be read.

      • Walking Tall

        Rong,

        I read the posts on this blog, more so than other sites, as it is encouaging.

        I am in the process of writing–and the negatives brings back a flood of memories–all bad–but the postives, all good, and canciling out the negatives.
        When finish, I will, indeed, post it–not jus to say how bad I was, but to encourage others–as it has only been 6 weeks out of my Genetic Induced Wheat Hell-On-Earth!

        Walking Tall

    • Dr. Davis

      More power to you, Walking Tall!

      Your story adds to the critical mass of people, all confirming their life-changing experiences ridding themselves of this incredibly evil creation of genetics research.

      The great disconnect between what geneticists create for the sake of yield, resistance to drought, pests, etc. and what is appropriate for human consumption grows wider and wider. It’s our health that falls in this huge crack.

  17. Dr. Davis: When I reach my goal (which is soon, I hope), I assume I can relax the food guidelines a bit. There has been no discussion about how to do that. Do I eat a bagel? Have one “cheating day”? Ice cream? I think all of us need some guidance here. Help!

    • Walking Tall

      Mike,

      The sooner you realize that toxins, such as Genetic Modified Wheat, artifical sugars, (read Sugar Blues, by Willim Dufty, 1974) that are nerve poisions, (see Dr. Blaylock, Dr. Mercola, Dr. Janet Starr Hull and others) the better off you will be! Once you reach your goal, you will not want to re-introduce poisions, bac k into your system, to start the cycle of internal toxins–and horrid cravings, for man made plastics–when you have a live-enzyme body, and need real food, not man made Genetic Modified Rat Poision!

      Re-Read Dr. Davis book, in Wheat Belley, where he re-introduced 4 ounces of Genetic Modified Bread–and the hell, in the form of symptoms returned! I made a horrid mistake, and comsumed a very small amount of wheat coated chicken–and the bowel night mare returned, and did so with a vengence! Never again!

      If doing a certain behavior pattern gets you to your goal–reamain so! For to violate it, and do the exact oppisite, is to invite back the very things that harmed you in the first place!

      Much the same as some one that digs themself out of debt–and reintroduces crushing debt–and has the exact same stress and symptoms . . . as Dr. Albert Einstein used to say: “The defintion of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.”

      Walking Tall

    • Dr. Davis

      Personally, Mike, I would never relax the restriction on wheat.

      Remember: Wheat is the poison that started the whole mess, including appetite stimulation. If I recover from arsenic poisoning, it does not mean that I should resume consuming arsenic in small quantities.

      I believe what you are asking is whether lightening up on carbohydrate restriction is a good idea once you’ve achieved your target weight. This tends to be an individual issue that varies from one person to another. For me, for instance, consuming more than about 50-60 grams carbohydrates per day and I risk becoming diabetic. Others may get away with more, some a bit less.

      Deciding this requires watching weight and multiple metabolic markers, such as blood glucose, HbA1c, small LDL particles, triglycerides.

    • Dr. Davis

      Multiple foreign versions are in the works, John, including Spanish.

      I will make announcements here as they develop. Thanks for asking!

  18. Carolyn

    I’ve eaten low carb for 10 years and, after reading “Wheat Belly,” have been totally wheat-free now for over 3 months. I’m a 55 year old woman. My joint pain (which was sporadic) is now totally gone. But, the most amazing change is something that I don’t even recall reading about in the book (maybe I missed it?)–my severe night-time dry eye is gone. I’ve had dry eyes for about 25 years, but they’ve gotten much worse in the past couple of years as I’ve gone through menopause. Before I stopped eating wheat, I was using “severe dryness” eye drops at bedtime, waking up during the night and using more drops, and then more drops upon waking. In the past 3 months, you can count on one hand the number of times that I’ve used any eye drops at all.

    I just did a websearch to see if this was a known effect. I didn’t find medical websites which suggest that dry eye sufferers give up wheat or gluten. But, I did find threads on “dry eye” message boards where sufferers reported that going on a gluten-free diet stopped their dry eyes.

    I also found that there is an auto-immune disease called Sjogren’s syndrome in which the body attacks its own moisture-producing glands. The most frequent symptoms are dry eyes and dry mouth. This syndrome is most common among post-menopausal women (about 2% of women over 60 have it and 9 times more women have the disease than men) and among suffers of celiac disease. Like celiac disease, a treatment for Sjogren’s syndrome is a gluten free diet.

    Thank you, Dr. Davis, for the positive changes that your book has made to my life!

    • Dr. Davis

      Yes, it can happen, Carolyn, but it is indeed uncommon.

      The real test: resume wheat and see if the dry eye returns. I don’t think it’s worth it!

      I would just stay wheat-free. After all, the potential relief from dry eyes is just the tip of the iceberg for multiple probable other health benefits.

    • Andrea

      That’s really interesting that you should mention the dry eyes – I too have been suffering with red, dry itchy eyes – mostly at night time as well – I will wake up during the night ( I am in menopause and suffering with hot flashes and I find I have to wake up through the night to visit the washroom) and my eyes are generally stuck together – I can’t open them – because they are dry – I also have had difficulty finding any real explanation or solution for this. However – I did try Wheatbelly – almost a year ago – and I put on weight doing so… so I don’t understand – how if everyone can manage to cut out wheat and processed foods and lose weight how yours truly managed to put on weight! Any thoughts?

  19. Terry May

    To Mike…I agree with Walking Tall. Your query of “relaxing the guidelines”, in my opinion, parallels the idea of quitting smoking and then contemplating the idea of returning to smoking just one cigarette per day. We all know where that ends up. If it was bad for your health before you quit, then why would that change? it is what it is: WHEAT!!

    Stay the course folks

  20. Jeanne

    Great story Carolyn!

    I hope Dr. Davis meant to say ” Stay wheat free” AND gluten free. Sjogrens is indeed one of the common autoimmune diseases that occur in a lot of celiac patients. I understand possibly not feeling the need to do the testing for a formal celiac diagnosis- but you should read up on some celiac information sites such as GIG ( gluten intolerance group of North America) or others to learn about cross contaminant issues and other things pertinent to celiacs or the gluten intolerant. Wheat is by far the most prevalent gluten grain in this country, but if you are celiac, and continue eating rye, barley, and contaminated oats, even in minute amounts , your gut won’t fully heal.
    I am not diminishing Dr. Davis’ message in the least. For the majority of people, eliminating only wheat is all they need to fully restore health. A few of us need to take extra steps and be a bit more vigilant to get there.

    Best wishes and good health to you!

    • Annette

      We have removed all gluten from our diets.
      Oats even the organic ones give he horrendous gas. Not worth it.

      • Dr. Davis

        Agreed, Annette.

        Surely morning oatmeal is not worth the gas, cramps, high blood sugars, cataracts, arthritis and heart disease it causes.

  21. TYP

    Dr. Davis,
    I have kept up with your Heartscan Bog for many years. However, it has been silent for the past three weeks. I hope WB takes off for you, but please don’t forget the TYP folks …

  22. Lucy

    Would someone mind giving examples of what they eat during the day and esp for dinner and lunch (recipes etc). It’s hard to organize my meals and what to make for dinner. Thank you so much in advance.

    • Kate

      To Lucy and others who are wondering what to eat. Here is my list of favorite things that are easy to prepare and take along for meals or snacks. I am not much of a cook, so I want food that is quick to throw together. I’ve found that I eat much more quantity of fruits and vegetables now that I’ve dropped the gluten.

      Hare boiled eggs
      Smoked salmon
      Avocadoes
      Cheese
      Sweet Potatoes
      Yogurt
      Bananas
      Strawberries
      Carrots
      Almonds
      Snap Peas

  23. I used to have tremendous pain in my joints and just an overall feeling of yuk! 8 weeks in to being wheat free and I feel like a different person. Instead of eating any kind of wheat products I use veg as the replacement. Don’t even miss it! Thanks, Wendy Bottrell

    • Dr. Davis

      That’s great, Wendy!

      Stay the course and avoid this thing that causes terrible joint pain, swelling, and all around misery.

  24. Walking Tall

    This is sooooooooo encouraging!

    I visit this day-by-day for the encouagement of older posts–as many have had more “clean time,” than I.
    My wife did not have as far to go, as I, and she was not as sensitive–and she looks as good as she feels, RADIENT!

    We have adjusted to the Wheat-Free life–and hit olnly places, when we are out, that does not have any hint of the Human Rat Poison, cause’ we do not want reeeeee-in-fected!

    It does not surprize me that the Doc. has treated so many—as word of mouth is his best advertizment–as I have pointed quite a few to his book . . . .

    All I can say, is, if you are new–keep it up, and read the the posts of those with more “clean time,” as I am only into my 7th week, free of wheat, table sugar (kane or beet) and all-grains–as I do not trust any, in case they have been tampered with.

    I keep Wheat Belly next to Shelley’s Frankenstein, just to keep it a raw sore in my mind–as to what happens when man plays God.

    Walking Tall

    • Dr. Davis

      Walking–

      An incredible analogy: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Wheat Belly!

      As close as I am to this conversation, I did not see this wonderfully insightful connection.

  25. Elena

    Hubby at last jumped on the lowcarb wagon with me. He isn´t by a far cry as “fanatic” as I am but is starting to connect the dots when it comes to wheat. Soon I hope he will stop insisting on buying bread for the kids. He has lost 16 pounds in 6 weeks.

    A friend at work, a runner with no weight issues, wanted to try. Initially to try and help her overweight husband but she loved the results so much that she kept on even though he, at least not yet, hasn´t joined her. Her skin has cleared up for the first time ever since she was a child and she loves the way her cravings have just gone away and the higher level of energy she is feeling.

    Me? I´m happy with 57 pounds weightloss, radiant skin, 1,1 FOOT less belly (it´s shrunken by a whopping 1/3 in circumference in 14 months!), no cravings, no depression, no anxiety, clear head, no joint pains, strong nails, calm intestines and other niceties.

    • Dr. Davis

      That’s incredible, Elena! More than 12 inches lost from your waist?!!

      I’m looking for great stories like yours to tell in the Wheat Belly Cookbook, in which I will post stories like yours in the recipe section. Would you be interested?

      • Elena

        If you think it can inspire someone I´m game.

        Personally I love reading all the sucess stories.

  26. Dawn

    I’m listening to the Wheat Belly audio book. I would like to know if there’s a possibility that wheat is one product that has been causing my low back inflammation. I’ve been to the spinal and orthopedic docs and they say there’s nothing on the scans that could be causing the pain, which sometimes keeps me from being able to walk, if I don’t take my Celebrex. I’ve been taking it twice a day for a few years. I am eliminating wheat and have been wheat-free for four days. Unfortunately, I have been eating a Gluten-Free diet, because today I learned from the book not to eat gluten-free.

    • Hi Dawn~
      I can say from personal experience that eliminating wheat did get rid of many of the body pains I was enduring, as wheat is very inflammatory. I hope that it works for you! Also, in regards to going gluten-free… Dr.Davis does recommend being free from gluten, he just doesn’t want to see us replacing wheat products with other processed (high carb) convenience foods that happen to be gluten-free. Best of luck to you!
      ~Gretchen

  27. Dr. Davis,
    I commented here on your blog about a month ago, at the beginning of my wheat-free experience, and you had said that you hoped I would follow up with some of my results. First, I wanted to tell you that I am an avid cook and lover of good foods, and I decided to begin a wheat-free, gluten-free food blog over on WordPress, to help myself as well as others who are facing the same daily challenges (and successes!) I invite you to visit me at http://ggiswheatfree.wordpress.com/ where my post today makes a mention of your Wheat Belly book. Your initial comment to me was that perhaps I could write a book about my experiences, and a blog is pretty close ;)

    Here are some results I have experienced during the past month:

    ~ Immediate relief (within 2 days) of abdominal bloating that made me feel much more comfortable, and clothes fit better (same with husband).
    ~ Joint pain and inflammation 90% gone, within 3 or 4 days. I had been experiencing shoulder, hip and knee pain that had been worsening for a couple years, and often interfered with sleep and exercise (my son also experienced disappearance of joint pain).
    ~ Decreased appetite and craving for sweets and carbohydrates (same with husband) after the first couple weeks.
    ~ Haven’t had a headache bad enough to take Motrin in a MONTH, when I used to take it up to several times a week for headaches that could last 3-4 days
    ~ Husband’s heartburn and acid reflux are gone.
    ~ Better sleep, no insomnia.
    ~ IBS symptoms lessened somewhat, but not gone. (Currently researching other possible causes for issues, such as low stomach acid and pancreatic enzymes, or other food intolerances.)
    ~ Lost 10 lbs over the course of the month (and my husband did as well.) I didn’t start with the goal of losing weight, but I am thrilled that I have!

    I tell people all the time about my personal experience, and direct them to your book and blog, as well as recommend studying a variety of sources to understand how to go without wheat and gluten. Some people are fascinated and open to the idea, and others recoil as if I just said something that was SO ridiculous that I surely must be on the verge of joining a cult against America’s Heartland!

    One thing I find frustrating in the recipe world, is how many people are substituting other high carb flours for their wheat flour. In my cooking I occasionally use a small amount starch or rice flour (when making a white sauce), but for the most part I rely on almond and coconut flours for all of my baking. I also have observed that some who complain that the diet is too expensive, are relying on processed gluten-free foods and consuming too many starches in general. It is not cheap to eat healthy foods, but when the carbs are virtually eliminated, so are the cravings for them… which frees up grocery dollars to be spent on fresh foods and healthy fats. I know that we are not following the diet perfectly, but I am trying to achieve a healthy balance in all respects. We still have an occasional sweet potato and my son has gluten-free pasta once in awhile, along with milk… but the mainstay of our diet is fresh veggies, meats and cheeses with some fruits added in. Even my 10.5 year old golden retriever is grain-free now!

    My son (at 13) is a true believer, and takes a healthy bagged lunch to school every day. He comes home talking about how misinformed his health/gym teacher is, telling the students that whole grains are nutritious. It’s funny to see how indignant he is about it! He would save the world from the evil wheat if he could. The irony there is that even though his diet has drawn criticism at school, when his class took a food survey relating to health last week, he was the only one in his class whose diet was rated as “good”, while the rest were poor or needing improvement. He actually told me yesterday that he never plans to eat fast food again!

    Thank you again for your continued work and dedication to a worthy cause.
    Gretchen

    • Dr. Davis

      Excellent, Gretchen! And welcome to the world of bloggering!

      And great work with your son. I suspect that his health will be so far superior to those around him that, very soon, other kids and parents will be asking how he does it.

  28. Chrissy

    A word of advice for Kim, who told her story in Instant Health. From now on, make sure that if anyone else in your household is using gluten products, that you don’t pick up even the slightest crumb from the counter. I went gluten free when I found out I have Crohns, and that being an autoimmune disease, wheat is the worst thing I could be eating. I didn’t know that I was gluten intolerant until in a hurry one day I decided to eat a sandwich out…biggest mistake I ever made! The pain that came with that decision lasted for 2 weeks! I even use a separate butter dish than the rest of the family so no crumbs get on it, because just a couple crumbs will send me to bed with abdominal pain and nausea for a week! Now that I’m g free the constant nausea is gone, but just the tiniest amount and it comes roaring back.

  29. Anna

    Dr. Davis,
    My partner and I heard you on Red Ice radio (regular listeners) the other day and were so pleased to do so. We are in our forties and are both classified as obese and have struggled with weight loss since our teens. We strongly believe your findings are the answer to our problems.
    My mother has Graves disease and my partner’s mother passed away last year after a short three year illnesses stemming from her thyroid problem, I think it was initially diagnosed as Graves disease, which later developed into the thyroid cancer that led her death. She also had type two diabetes and struggled with weight loss until the thyroid problem became aggressive. She lived into her eighties and had a good life however neither of us want to go down this path nor do we want this for our children.
    We eat mainly organic and biodynamic food, and since seeing ”The oiling of America’” about three months ago use only butter and coconut oil for cooking and sometimes use olive oil in dressing on steamed vegetables/salad. We have avoided canola oil for a few years because of the possible GM content.
    We eat bread and I, being of mainly Italian decent, am addicted to pasta. I will keep returning for extra helpings if I get into the pasta cooking mode. I find I can put on 3kgs in a day if I give into these cravings, which then can take to up to a week of strict diet to get off again. My three month old, breast fed baby seems to be becoming constipated when I eat bread and pasta and will now only defecate every three to five days, this has been going on for about three weeks now. A friend suggested it was wheat and then the following evening we heard you (perfect timing).
    We have another son who is quite switched on but incredibly hyperactive and is easily distracted and distracting in class, quite a handful actually. We are hoping the changes our family make following your advice will benefit him too.
    Going through the products we use in cooking, anticipating the arrival of your book, we have a couple of questions which are basically the same. We eat mainly Asian inspired dishes and use a wheat free organic Tamari which contains ‘grain alcohol’, should this product be eliminated from our diet? My partner would also like to know if his top shelf whiskey should go too, he only has two bottles a year at the most but if we are to completely eliminate grains is it doomed too?
    We will let you know of our success and as great cooking family will pass on any recipes we create.
    Thank you

  30. Robert E Young

    I was in the hospital recently with a small bowel obstruction. 14 years ago I had the same thing, waited too long to get to hospital and had emergency surgery resulting in septic shock, 5 scary touch and go days in intensive care close to death, and 3 weeks in the hospital. This time I recognized the symptoms, got myself to the emergency room, and and was able to avoid surgery but still spent 9 days in the hospital. While there a male LPN, a “big” guy like me recommended the book and I got it, read it, and immediately started completely eliminating wheat containing products from my diet. I have tried Atkins diets in the past and getting great blood test results which pleased my cardiologist but didn’t really get him on board cutting down on carbs. Falling off that wagon I ballooned in weight up to 262 pound being 5′ 8 at 58 years of age with all the classic wheat belly symptoms found in the book. Mid-section fat (even after eliminating beer from my diet 2 years ago), appetite spikes, drowsy spells after my “bagel-fests”, joint pain, arthritis and more. It has been only 3 weeks and I have lost 13 pounds but more importantly I have lost my out of control appetite, making the weight loss easy. My knees are starting to bother me less and I can actually put on socks and shoes without struggling and getting out of breath. My wife is on board and is planning and cooking all our meals. We are very excited about the journey we have begun. We made the mistake before finishing the book of going “gluten free” at first, including a $50 shopping spree on gluten free baking supplies at a health food store. We are not going to replace the wheat breads with other types that will spike our blood sugar. That was a real eye opener and I think a very important point in the book for those of us not actually allergic to wheat, but needing to lose weight along with the other health benefits of a wheat free diet. Ive tried Weight Watchers and Atkins diets in the past and both worked pretty good. I realize now that I was cutting down wheat from the low carb diet, and restricting it with the Weight watchers approach as well ( but hungry ). This book explained to me why those diets are helpfull but now I am confidant this approach has already, and will continue to be, successfull in restoring my health.
    Best Regards,
    Robert E Young
    New York

    • Kim Hood

      Awesome to hear this Robert! It’s amazing how fast we start to see results! I will always be devoted to this lifestyle. I truly believe most, if not all of my health issues and pain could have been prevented if I had only known what the “wheat poison” was doing to my body! Stick with it, and congrats on a great start!

  31. Kim Hood

    Hey everyone..it’s me again! Just over two months now wheat/grain free! I still can’t believe the miracle I found in reading “Wheat Belly”. Just a quick clarification for some who have replied to my story here. I was NEVER gluten or wheat sensitive by diagnosis! The truth is that EVERYONE is, and adding gluten free foods is just substituting one poison for another. Balancing our blood sugar, and preventing spikes and crashes is a huge deal in regards to overall health!
    For those interested in what I eat? I stick to the simplest form of being wheat/grain free, no substitutions here. I eat fresh lean meat, eggs, cheese, lots of very creative, flavor filled salads, steamed fresh veggies, nuts, and fruits, and plenty of water! I have an occasional half a baked potato if I am truly carb craving, and I have no problem with this! I still have raw sugar in my tea in the morning, and an occasional soda. (Sorry Dr. D., but I must be real here!).
    I have been relieved of all my joint pain, back pain, headaches, and stomach issues. My skin is no longer dry. The same for my hair. My eyes are bright. I sleep great, have more energy, no depression, and I have lost a total of 17 pounds!
    Now the tough news. This past Thursday (6/7) I found out I have skin cancer. I am pretty shocked and a bit scared to say the least. However, I am truly blessed knowing that for the past 2 months I have done my body a world of good toward fighting this! I KNOW my immune system is stronger, and I am overall healthier! I won’t know until this Thursday exactly how serious this is, but I am very optimistic (most moments), and best of all…I am ready to fight!

    Sincerely in Wheat Free Living, Kim

    • Dr. Davis

      Stay strong, Kim, and KNOW that you are healthier today than just two months ago.

      Please be sure that, beyond eliminating wheat, your 25-hydroxy vitamin D is restored to a truly healthy level with vitamin D supplementation. This heightens the chance for remission and cure substantially. It may require more vitamin D than you think, but it will dramatically tip the odds in your favor of being rid of this condition. A typical dose for a woman is 6000 units per day in gelcap form.

      Please let us know how it turns out!

      • Kim Hood

        Hey Dr. Davis,
        Just an update on my surgery yesterday! Squamous Cell Carcinoma In Situ, and removed! (Ouch) I am sore but very happy! I honestly believe that my Wheat Belly lifestyle played a role in not allowing this cancer to spread, and will keep it from returning! Thanks for the advice on the Vitamin D. I had already been taking C, D, and E for my immune system before I even found out about the cancer. I will up the dosage on the Vitamin D though! Thanks again for showing me how to live a healthy, happy, pain free, depression free life!

  32. Neicee

    I’m so glad you’ve found what makes you feel good. Isn’t it GREAT! My husband spent the morning in a dermatologist’s office last week too. Monday the bioptsy came back. He has two moles right below the lower lip, one that has been splitting and bleeding everytime he shaves – the other is right below that had showing the same signs. The results of the tests show basel cell carcinoma on the upper one and he is to undergo MOHS surgery within the coming days. The other below it is simply cranky. Today I know more about MOHS surgery than I ever wanted to know, but basel cell is the one you want if given a choice. It can be treated. I urge both men and women to see a dermotologist yearly. I do, and going in Thursday to get a couple of very small moles removed. We’ll all pray your results come back with a condition that responds well to treatment.

    • Kim Hood

      Dear Neicee, I pray your husband’s results are good. Mohs is a great thing! I was unable to have it for several reasons, so my wounds, (I had two removed), are going to take longer to heal, and I still have to wait for the results of the removal. I’m being positive that they got it all, and that I only need to heal up now. Let me know how things turn out for him okay? You can friend me on facebook if you like. You can find me on the Wheat Belly face book page.

  33. Tony

    Dr. Davis,
    I came upon this article as I searched for anorexia.
    I read your book about 5 months ago and have been mostly gluten free ever since. I feel better and have lost some weight, although I still have a love of sweets that prevents dramatic weight loss that other describe.
    I am wondering if you have any other experience of gluten’s effects on folks suffering from anorexia?

    • Dr. Davis

      Please search these posts, Tony, and you will find a number of compelling stories about anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating, all reversed with elimination of wheat and its mind-active opiate, gliadin.

      • Tony

        Dr. Davis,
        I have searched for anorexia in these posts and this is really the only post that is listed.
        The link between wheat and purging type eating disorders (bulimia) makes some sense to me in that the appetite is stimulated causing the victim to purge to keep their weight under control.
        My daughter suffers from anorexia where she restricts her intake. I guess I’m confused how she is overcoming the appetite stimulation effects of gliadin. Or are you saying that the psychiatric effects of gliadin are causing the anxiety and depression and her restriction then is an indirect result of gliadin?

        • Dr. Davis

          I can only speculate why we are seeing such astounding effects in all forms of eating disorders.

          My observation is that people with what I call “vulnerable minds” that predispose them to the effects of gliadin will express it in different ways. Kids with autism show it as behavioral outbursts and inattention. Schizophrenics will show it as paranoia. People with bipolar illness experience mania. People with various forms of eating disorders develop food obsession followed by the various manifestations of binge eating, purging, anorexia, etc. though the anorexia experience seems to be less common, just based on observations here and in patients.

          We really need formal studies in this world of eating disorders and gliadin. I cannot personally perform them, as this is not my area of expertise. But I would like to see studies like this funded. This is among the reasons why we formed the Wheat Free Research and Education Foundation.

          • Kim.."Instant Health" author

            Dear Tony, I’m sorry to hear that your daughter is struggling with an eating disorder. I can only tell you from my own experience…eliminating wheat and grains from my diet has destroyed the power that my anorexia had over me! I don’t have to count calories, I don’t go hungry, EVER, and the part of my brain that had that “little mean voice” that all eating disordered people hear, has been silent for three months! I have lost 17 pounds, and feel better than ever. Tell your girl that I understand her fear of letting go of her eating disorder, but that by eating this way she will always be in control of her weight and her health~ I look forward to hearing good things from you in regards to this.

  34. Kim.."Instant Health" author

    Dr. Davis…I just wanted to let you know…I am cancer free! All excisions came back clean! I know that my change of lifestyle, thanks to “Wheat Belly” is, if not responsible for my body fighting this, played a major part in helping me to get through it without any major anxiety or depression, and that is something I never would have thought I would say. In my previous, wheat/grain life, I would have been so down, so discouraged during this whole thing. Not only is my body healthier to fight any illness, my mind is too! Many thanks!

    • Dr. Davis

      That’s absolutely wonderful, Kim!

      It’s impossible to quantify the precise contribution of this lifestyle, but I suspect that it did indeed help your health cause. Cancers feed on sugars and you have deprived your body and the cancer of this rapidly digestible, inflammatory sugar.

      This calls for a celebration!