Wheat-freedom over forks

Wheat Belly is the #1 book on nutrition on Amazon.

Healthy nutrition is not about reducing fat or avoiding animal products.

It’s about not letting Big Agribusiness manipulate your eating behavior by allowing this opiate–the gliadin protein of wheat–to rule your eating behaviors and destroy health in the process.

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87 Responses to Wheat-freedom over forks

  1. Nancy B says:

    I’m wondering how long it usually takes to gain the energy everyone is talking about. I’ve been wheat free for almost 4 weeks. I HAVE seen a lessening of migraine headaches and headaches in general, which is enough to keep me motivated. Will the energy likely follow soon?

    • Dr. Davis says:

      It should, Nancy, if wheat withdrawal is the cause.

      However, given the unusual length of time that you have been low energy, it is also possible that there is something else going on. Always think thyroid first (and get an intelligent thyroid assessment from a functional medicine doc, naturopath, or other capable practitioner–meaning no endocrinologists and only rare primary care docs). Then think adrenal, especially disruptions of circadian rhythmicity. There are also other more pedestrian causes to consider, such as anemia. Also, is hydration adequate? We lose water in the wheat-free process and often need to compensate with greater fluid intake.

      • charles bergman says:

        General comment about the book-
        I don’t have a problem eliminating wheat from my diet. It’s sound like a good idea. Wheat products can be replaced with other types of foods and grains. But I do have an issue with the condemnation against other grains such as rice and oats. I’m not a doctor but to suggest that I should eat red meat instead of eating rice is in my opinion irresponsible and dangerous.
        Red Meat? Really?

        • Dr. Davis says:

          Yes, really.

          Eat your meat. Lose the grains, especially wheat.

          By the way, red meat, white meat, purple meat, polka dot meat–it makes little difference.

          • PJ says:

            Mmmmmm! Polka dot meat! With wine sauce!

            In my opinion it has been irresponsible and dangerous of the powers that be to have advised against eating red meat and fat all these years. Eliminate a perfectly natural healthy food and look what happened to us on such a grand scale.

          • Dr. Davis says:

            Yup.

            Couldn’t agree more, PJ.

      • Jennifer says:

        Hi Doc, I’m new, and am researching your site, but why no Endo? I have type 2 and hashi’s. I’m miserable (think i’m in the midst of a thyroid attack), but wheat free for 6 days. I will say my digestive system has had a wonderfully positive response. I was seriously thinking about getting checked for celiac or IBS, or something along those lines. After reading some of the thyroid posts, I’m going to do my best to actually go GF. Again though, i’m curious about why no Endo, just for my own understanding.

        • Dr. Davis says:

          What does “no endo” mean, Jennifer?

          If you are asking why no mention of endocrinologists, well, if you want a more worthless class of physicians, you will be hard pressed to find one than endocrinologists. They are absolutely useless for anything but delivering what the drug industry tells them to prescribe.

          • Jennifer says:

            Thanks…and yes, you got my meaning. My GP did the same thing…put me on synthroid (generic – which i don’t absorb at all). So it sounds like hunting for a naturopath is in my near future. It really should not be this hard to get well.

  2. Soul says:

    Congratulations Dr. Davis!

    You’ve not only changed the way that many Americans view healthy meals, you’ve influenced many outside this country with their eating habits. It’s an amazing accomplishment. One that few can claim.

    Well, it is looking more and more as if I found my dietary answer. Not only is wheat and other grains a health problem, pork or beef is as well for me. I’m leaning toward pork this evening. I’d be just as pleased with beef as a culprit. Fingers crossed. Regardless, if that turns out to be the case, I have an answer, it is then time for me to say good bye. Best of luck in the future. At the moment, I’m very much looking forward to mine.

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Great, Soul!

      Yes, we all need to identify our own unique food sensitivities. However, only one food is damaging to EVERYONE: Yup, good old wheat.

  3. David S says:

    Excellent! Congrats Dr. Davis.

  4. Terry May says:

    Congratulations Dr. Davis:

    I am certainly a big fan of course, and a proponent of the cause. I’m still insulin free!

    Wheatless in Canada

  5. Leopard says:

    I just purchased the book last week from amazon. I can’t wait for it to arrive! Several years ago, when I was very fit, I did p90x and followed their eating plan, which had very limited grains of ANY sort (lean protein, lots of veggies, some fruit). It was the best I ever felt. I had three pregnancies in four years, therefore laid off the p90x and dieting in general. I’ve had a sinking feeling ever since abandoning the p90x diet that carbs were literally an addiction for me. When I eat them I can’t stop eating them and I feel absolutely terrible after. I am really looking forward to reading the research and going wheat-free. Thank you for this blog and (in advance) for the book!

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Great, Leopard!

      Yes, liberate yourself from the addictive power of this grain that clouds your thinking, amps up your appetite, while hearing all the nonsense about this or that diet. Wheat is the opiate of the masses, sold to us by the chief drug dealer of all.

  6. Barbara says:

    Dr Davis,
    Is short grain organic brown rice different than long grain ? Is it ‘altered’ ?
    I discovered I had celiac disease 6 years ago at age 49. It took me 2 years to get serious about the consequences of continued consumption. As my health improved, I figured celiac has probably been the reason for health concerns dating back to my birth, low birth weight , lung issues,asthma, skin ,allergies..
    My mother said she was addicted to Pizza and peanut butter while pregnant. I do have severe peanut allergy.
    My neighbor shared with me your book Wheat Belly… Wow-it is the best source of Truth and information that I’ve come across. You really explain in great detail the effects and damage done to all our bodies, organs, skin and amazingly the Brain, which is the new topic of the day.
    Thank You for your passion and dedication and sharing this with all of us who don’t want to be part of Managed Health care!

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Hi, Barbara–

      Hard to know about the rice, as more and more is being genetically modified–but they don’t tell us which. As a practical matter, rice in any form should constitute a very minor component of diet.

      Given that you have celiac, you should be among the MOST serious in avoiding wheat and gluten.

      Stay strong, but please continue to avoid the obvious and glaring of health damaging foods.

    • Uncle Roscoe says:

      Peanut allergies fall into three categories:

      1. Obviously an allergy to proteins specific to peanuts.

      2. Allergy to the proteins common to most nuts or to all legumes (beans and peas). Peanuts are a legume with nut-like qualities.

      3. Heightened sensitivity to aflatoxin.

      Aflatoxin is the poison in Aspergillus fungus, most notably Aspergillus flavus. How toxic can aflatoxin get? It has been weaponized for use in warfare.

      Aspergillus grows in moist environments. Peanuts grow on the ground. Peanuts are particularly susceptible to Aspergillus infestation under less than ideal growing and storage conditions. Aflatoxin cannot be removed from infested peanuts. You can’t tell if a particular peanut is infested using your senses, but you can foresee the likelihood of infestation by the overall health of a batch of peanuts.

      With today’s court verdicts and international food shipping, aflatoxin is becoming much more common. I suspect much of today’s increase in peanut allergy comes from a synergy of peanut proteins with Aspergillus toxins. Some work on the gut, some work on the immune system and some work on tissue. Once sensitized, a person must avoid aflatoxin and all peanut-related proteins.

      Survival dictates that plants try and kill any animal which attempts to eat their seeds. In general humans eat the plants which fail at this survival task. Unfortunately many of us can still succumb to many plant seeds. Modern wheat is a good example.

  7. Amanda says:

    Thank you Dr. Davis for such an incredible book, I found out that wheat was killing me when I was 49 years old. I have been wheat free for 3 years and when I saw the book I bought it inmediately, you say the truth in such a wonderful fashion, I read the book in a few hours. The book has help me to continue cooking healthy meals and my whole family is gluten free now, before reading the book I was not sure if my family should go wheat free. My husband aches and pains, stomach complaints, acid reflux, gone! My sons are looking incredible well and they are feeling 100% better. As for myself the list of maladies corrected is as long as your book. A year after I could finally stop the antidepressants, tried before with no success for 10 years. Lost 30 pounds, migraines, eczema, joint pain, anxiety, vitiligo (which is repigmenting like a miracle), fatigue, fibromyalgia, allergies,uncontrolled appetite, etc cured! No medications except my thyroid meds, they are trying to block your book, pharmaceutical companies would go out of business if people follow your advice! Please we need the book in Spanish, I would like to give it as a present. I have bought a few books in English to give to people I love. Thank you again.

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Thank you, Amanda!

      And congratulations for getting your entire family to follow your lead!

      We all need to free ourselves from the bonds of this incredibly destructive grain, as well as the barrage of advice to consume it.

  8. Eric says:

    Too many carbs? Really?

    I just have:

    -A 1/2 teaspoon of honey w/ coffee X2
    -Unsalted almonds and raisins a few times a day
    -2 squares of 70% Lindt dark chocolate after lunch
    -A few portions of brown rice with either lunch or dinner.

    That doesn’t seem like much to me(?) But perhaps you and Dr Davis are right… I think I’ll get my blood-suagr tested.

    Thanks, Lindsey

    • Rong says:

      Not to be argumentative but while almonds are great in both good dietary fats and zero glycemic index along with macadamia nuts your other choices lack protein and hold lots of carbs:
      1. Honey is mostly sugar and has a glycemic index of 55.
      2. Raisins have one of the highest glycemic index of the fruits at 56.
      3. Brown Rice also has a 55 glycemic index.
      Again, as an expert only on myself, I try to keep to NO grains and foods with a glycemic index of 45 or lower. Hope this helps.

      • Rong says:

        Sorry, the G.I. for raisins is 65 not 55 as stated above.

      • Eric says:

        Thanks Rong.

        Not at all, where I come from, stating facts is not negative! I guess I’m comparing it to what I use to consume a day (cookies, jam, sugar in the coffee, etc.) that I thought there’d be at least SOME progress.

        But, I just made an appointment for testing my blood-sugar/insulin levels, so we’ll see…

        Thanks again.

  9. Eric says:

    I hope I’m not committing any conflicts of interest here, Dr Davis, if so, feel free to delete this post.

    But in an attempt to find out more about carbs I went over to Dr Mercola site. On the same page about carbs he happened to also talk about the need to eliminate grains from one’s diet.

    Then he said this interesting bit:

    “Unfortunately, most people don’t feel better immediately after eliminating gluten from their diets as it may take 30 to 60 days for the inflammation to subside, and up to 9 to 12 months for the lining of your small intestine to heal. ”
    __________________
    This would explain why I (and a few others here) may not see or feel immediate results after just a few weeks.

    Hope this helps…

    • Dr. Davis says:

      No problem, Eric.

      I believe that Dr. Mercola is absolutely correct, though in many people there are issues beyond even this, such as shifts in bowel flora, restoration (or failure of) pancreatic exocrine function (digestive enzyme production), and CCK signalling.

      Intestinal healing does indeed need to occur, along with restoration of these other processes.

  10. Leslie says:

    Congrats, Dr. Davis. I have recommended your book numerous times since October 2011 when I started on my own wheat free journey with my family. I have had very good results, as have my kids. I have had severe symptoms related to Hashimotos’ thyroiditis for 12 years, and after going wheat free and adjusting my medication dosages, I’m feeling great for the first time in over a decade. I also got relief from exercise induced asthma and migraine headaches. My 10 yo daughter has no more eczema, and my 12 yo son has no more “wheatitude” (as he calls it).

    I wanted to post about finally going dairy free this week. I’ve been toying with the idea for months, since I have remaining skin trouble that wheat free has not completely helped. I’ve done plenty of research, but had a harder time contemplating eliminating dairy than wheat. I just felt so upset at being deprived of my final “comfort” food group. Cream, cheese, and occaisonally ice cream have become a mainstay in my new diet, and I was feeling very emotioanal about this last step. That should have been a clue, I guess, about my body’s true reaction to dairy. It was actually an offhand comment I heard on a celebrity interview (by a vegan) about how cows’ milk containing a fair amount of pus. Not sure if that is true, but it gave me enough mental ammunition to finally make the break.

    The results so far are promising. I’ve lost 2.5 lbs in 3 days, and I wasn’t really overweight (5’3″ 130 lbs before). I feel even more energized. Skin inflammation seems to be down, but will take some time to see if everything settles down. I’m sold just from how good I feel. My morning coffee was my biggest concern; turns out that coconut cream is perfectly acceptable for me. Now I have an even better coconut oil intake!

    I found a great link to a study finding that 50% of people reactive to gluten are cross reactive to the proteins in milk: http://www.healthnowmedical.com/blog/2011/10/06/study-reveals-why-dairy-products-are-a-bad-idea/. Maybe this idea is worth a post? Could be the final link to great health for more folks already on the path after going wheat free. The evidence is compelling that dairy is just as bad as wheat for humans.

    Cheers,
    Leslie

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Yes, dairy reactions are increasingly common. It’s great that you’ve discovered this for your own health!

      I agree that this may be something worth talking about, peripheral to the wheat issue but nonetheless an important issue for many people.

      • Leslie says:

        Ok, I did a little more checking, and the “pus” in milk statements seems to be an exaggeration of facts being spread around by people with various agendas. However, milk certainly contains numerous hormones (lactating cow), allergenic proteins, and concentrated toxins, and is pretty high in carbs besides. Butter seems to be ok for all but the most sensitive, since the concentration of proteins is very low. I didn’t want to leave that statement hanging out there without checking myself!

    • Benigna M. Dase says:

      Hi Doctor, I am on my second week of no wheat, at what time do I start loosing the weight? I just love your book. I am telling everyone I know about it,
      Thank you,
      Bennie :)

      • Dr. Davis says:

        Most lose weight within a couple of days.

        If you do not, the most common cause is excessive non-wheat carbohydrate exposure. The second most common causes are endocrine distortions.

        Please go way back to last fall, 2011, for several discussions about this question of stalled weight loss, should this persist.

  11. shobhit chawla says:

    Its three weeks since i read your book and started a wheat free existance . The results are miraculous initially there was indeed some withdrawal but now things are great . Have replaced wheat bread with indian pancakes made with pulses and occasional small quantity of starch drained rice , is that correct way to go ?

    • Dr. Davis says:

      No, sorry, Shobhit, not the best: a potentially excessive carbohydrate challenge.

      You might regard this more as an occasional treat than as a staple.

  12. Barbara says:

    Leslie,
    Thank You- for sharing the Link to the study on dairies affect on our body. I found it quite helpful, and can see how I too, use dairy as comfort food since eliminating wheat. So I’m going to join you in going dairy free!

  13. Cherry and Richard says:

    For the last 3 weeks, every morning after breakfast while hubby, that would be Richard, washed dishes, I would read Wheat Belly aloud. From the beginning we were both fascinated with the history, the documented nutritional basis, and the humor of the author/book. Quite seriously, we could not wait until the next installment. As soon as we woke up we would cry “Wheat Belly ” !!! and couldn’t wait until we got our reading fix. What a great book and if only something could be done to alert the masses and provide better and more easily available alternatives to wheat. So THANK YOU ! We’ve recommended the book to over a dozen friends and family and know that several for sure have purchased it.
    OK on to us. About 10 years ago I figured out I was sensitive to wheat by process of elimination. So our house became wheat free at that time. We’ve seen better alternatives over the years but neither of us liked the gluten free baked goods as they seemed so refined – so when we read the reasoning behind why to avoid them as well, it all makes perfect sense.
    I have to admit that over the last 2 years, I had become lax on keeping wheat out of my diet, partially because I felt I was denying hubby bear claws, burgers and pizza and other boy food. So about one day a month I would declare wheat day and eat stuff with him. Although my reaction usually wasn’t bad, I did always feel bloated, puffy and blah after eating wheat.
    So this book couldn’t have come at a better time for both of us. We really read each sentence with relish and have such fun tweaking our lifestyle for even better health.
    I prepare 3 meals a day 7 days a week at home since we live 80 mile round trip from town so over the years, I’ve aimed us toward all the other wonderful food choices out there…….it is just a matter of getting used to it, then it becomes second nature.
    Thank you ! Cherry and Richard

    • Dr. Davis says:

      That’s great, Cherry and Richard!

      What you understood intuitively was correct, but it does help to hear it articulated aloud and explained in detail. I’ve heard this from many other people who sensed that there was indeed something very wrong with this thing called wheat, but couldn’t quite put their finger on what and why.

      Yes, modern wheat is a poison to humans who consume it. Plain and simple.

  14. Aethel says:

    Wheatbelly is without a doubt one of the most life-changing books I have ever read. My husband and I were convinced after the first chapter and have been wheat-free and low-carbing it for almost 4 months …. I suggested sending the book as a Christmas present to all our loved-ones this year…. but he was afraid it might offend certain family members. How should I think about this… I really want to make it my Christmas gift this year (instead of tropical jams and jellies of the past 10 years).

    Would appreciate anyone’s thoughts….

    • Dr. Davis says:

      I don’t worry about people’s feelings so much when you are doing something so benign and innocent as giving a book about health.

      If someone is offended by such a generous and benign gesture as receiving a book on health, well, I don’t think that the problem is with you–it’s with them.

  15. Robert says:

    I went to the Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight website run by Rodale to see how much the book cost. I had to enter my name and address just to see the price. It was twice the cost of Amazon so I went to Amazon and bought the book. To my surprise I received an e-mail order confirmation from Rodale. I responded to the e-mail to say I didn’t place an order and that e-mail address would not accept mail. I found the customer service address for Rodale and sent them an e-mail about the bogus order and got a response that I had to go to their web site to check the order. Rodale’s customer service impresses me like a scammer, though I think they are legitimate. Too bad you have to use such a company to publish your book. I expect I will have a hassle getting this resolved. Everyone, by the book from Amazon! The cost is half and Amazon offers great service.

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Hi, Robert–

      Sorry for the negative experience, but I can assure that Rodale means well.

      The cost for the Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight is greater because it comes with several additional items, including additional recipes, booklets, etc. This is apparently how they do things.

  16. Paul Duggan says:

    I can’t thank you enough Dr. Davis. You have changed my life. I have been wheat free for about 8 months with great results. I just wish I could convince family and friends to go wheat-free. I try not to be overbearing with it, but it is frustrating to watch them destroy themselves. I have a close friend who is 6′, 275lbs, and 55 yrs old. He just told me he was recently diagnosed with a heart condition…something about a weakening of the arterial wall in the heart. Yikes! I had breakfast with him and he ate a huge bowl of grits and several large white biscuits with gravy. He than ate most of the toast that came with my meal!!! He knows of the dangers of wheat consumption, but apparently this means little. He is no dummy. He has a masters in engineering and a great job. He is a new grandpa with two beautiful grand daughters, which he is constantly showing off pictures of. He has much to live for, but refuses change his diet. Ugh!!!! I also have a brother in-law with a body much like my engineer friend. His health insurer told him he needs to lose 55lbs or his insurance premium will increase significantly. He just went on Weight Watchers. He too knows about wheat. I suggested he lose the wheat and sugar and he will succeed. His response was I love bread and sweets. So, I guess this means he intends to continue the same diet that has made him fat and unhealthy. How do we break through to these people?

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Billion dollar question, Paul.

      Let’s cogitate on how to scare these people straight. Last I checked, I didn’t have $10 billion in my budget to get this accomplished, as agribusiness giants do. So let’s use our ingenuity, creativity, and connectedness to come up with a solution to get through to people like your friend.

      I am open to suggestions!

  17. Teri says:

    I think this is all fantastic and will modify my diet…. but with so many products containing wheat/sugars leaves one discouraged on what products to use especially in a regular supermarket. One has to find a quality health food store and I know some of the prices are just excessive. I believe in eating anything that has a skin or it’s own packaging from God.