Bread, paper, and other inedible objects

Olivia posted this incredible story of wheat-free release in the comments on this blog. Her story so powerfully encapsulates how far off course health can go from consuming this inedible thing called “wheat,” that I thought it was worth sharing with everybody:

I am a 41-year old busy mom and I have been wheat-free (and gluten-free) for 12 weeks. My results are dramatic! I found out about Wheat Belly from a friend. I looked it up on Amazon and started going wheat/gluten free the second I pressed the “buy” button! That was 12 weeks ago.

My history is a lifetime of typical outdoor allergies as well as many mild food allergies, IBS [irritable bowel syndrome], diarrhea, severe abdominal cramping, gas-bloating, water retention, swollen calves, mild depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, heart palpitations, acne and rosacea, asthma, body aches and joint pain, plantar fasciitis, and bursitis . . . all of which I thought were unrelated and just part of who I was.

Three months ago I was taking the following medications:
 amoxicillin for acne,
lorazepam for anxiety,
albuterol [for asthma]. I was also just about to make my appointment go back on an anti-depressant,

The first week off of wheat I had mild headaches—it was like I was withdrawing from an anti-depressant. I can’t imagine having a 5-day headache if I stop eating broccoli for a week!! By the end of the week I felt so different that I just started crying. I was sad for the amount of years that I had felt so bad . . . and in 6 days I felt SO great.

The first month I felt great, but I was tired. I started exercising after 1 week because my joint pain and hip pain had suddenly disappeared! I continued to exercise and was so shocked to actually be “sore” the next day. I hadn’t felt normal muscle soreness (that wasn’t an injury) in YEARS. The first 8 days I must have lost at least 5-7 pounds in water weight. I couldn’t believe it when I looked down and recognized my “normal sized” legs! I was tired during the day at first but after 6 weeks I found I no longer needed a nap. After week 9 my energy started to pick up dramatically.

I tested negative for celiac disease, which surprised me because I felt so much better that there MUST be something medically wrong with me. My doctor thinks I must be wheat-intolerant or gluten-intolerant but, as he put it, “There is no medication for it, so the treatment is to stay away from it.” I had to gradually wean off of the diuretic, as well as the acne medication, because my skin was too dry and my blood pressure was low. Also, my doctor had a shocked look on his face when I told him a few days ago that my inhaler and anxiety medication have remained UNTOUCHED for 12 weeks. After 2 weeks I couldn’t believe how well I could breathe—all my asthma was gone! My doctor told me “This is great. Just keep doing what you’re doing.” Next time I visit, I’m bringing him a copy of Wheat Belly.

After 3 months I have lost 14 lbs, dropping from 143 to 129 lbs! I am no longer bloated. I get hungry when I’m really hungry, maybe 4 hours after I’ve eaten (instead of 40 minutes!). I have tons of energy. I can work out in the morning, run errands and work during the day, and then cook dinner and still have energy for my kids after school and into the evening. I do this effortlessly now.

I am not anxious! At night, I have such restful sleep. Last time it was this restful I was on Effexor. Those are all reasons enough . . . but the most amazing thing that happened to me is that I am off 5 medications. FIVE! I never even thought this was a possibility. I am in shock and am so happy.

As far as my other issues:


• Diarrhea – GONE

• Severe abdominal cramping – GONE

• Gas-bloating – GONE

• Water retention – GONE

• Swollen calves – back to normal!

• Mild depression – GONE

• Anxiety – GONE

• High blood pressure – GONE

• Heart palpitations – GONE

• Acne medications – GONE

• Rosacea – GONE

• Asthma – GONE

• Body aches and joint pain – still surprised they are GONE!

• Plantar fasciitis – GONE

• Bursitis – GONE

I do believe I have a true wheat/gluten intolerance/sensitivity. But even if I didn’t, I am staying away from this “wheat.” After 41 years of eating it, my body doesn’t like it anymore. I don’t even crave it even when it’s right in front of me. When I see cakes, rolls and bread, most of the time it looks no different to me than something inedible, like paper. It is just no big deal anymore. How good bread tastes is not worth going back to how bad I used to feel! I feel too good to ruin my health by eating wheat.

As a side note, and probably out of fear that I would be craving wheat, the first week I bought 2 bags of gluten-free pretzels, 1 box of gluten-free cookies, and 1 bag of chocolate covered gluten-free pretzels. Twelve weeks later, they remain unopened in my pantry. I choose other foods instead, like “no bake cookies” or a few squares of dark chocolate.

I had a dozen or so health issues that I never thought could be connected. My doctors didn’t help me at all. I read your book and helped myself. It was the wheat/grains/gluten after all. Thank you for writing this book, Dr. Davis. You changed my life!

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57 Responses to Bread, paper, and other inedible objects

  1. What a testimony! I almost want to start eating wheat again so that I can stop eating it! :0) I have stubborn belly fat that will just not go away, no matter how low carb and high fat I go. It’s been three years, and I still have body fat of 35% or so. No sugar, no wheat, no gluten, just protein, veggies, healthy fats and a tiny bit of berries only now and then, and still not a lot of progress.

    • Dr. Davis says:

      You really, really, really have to get an intelligent assessment of thyroid first, then cortisol, Rebecca, else you may be stuck in this situation.

      In other words, you can follow a PERFECT diet, but still fail to lose the weight you want to lose if there is something blocking your success, such as low free T3 thyroid hormone or excessive reverse T3.

  2. Josie says:

    Hi Dr Davis – and all posters on here :)
    A few weeks ago I posted on here a question about symptoms of intolerance coming back ten fold after a break from wheat. After years really of general poor health and months of continual muscle aches and pains, ankles, knees, hands hurting after meals etc., I took wheat out of my diet for a few weeks after reading your book and then, to prove things, reintroduced it one day and has such extreme reactions over 72 hours that it was pretty scary. Wheat is back out of my diet again and I feel much improved but my Dietician has told me my reaction was because my body had “craved” wheat for those weeks as it really needed the wheat hence my quite extreme reaction when I ate it again?? I don’t believe her, as I know how well I feel now but what would you say to a health professional to try and convince them there may be another way to look at things? She has advised me she will take me off her books if I don’t go back on wheat as I am “deliberately hindering any recovery by following a dangerous path”. Wondering what your thoughts are and guessing you guys maybe come across this a lot??
    Many thanks