PJ left this comment on the Wheat Belly Blog. What I found interesting is that this thoughtful reader came to similar conclusions by just reading the scientific literature, even before stumbling on Wheat Belly.
I just graduated from college with a degree in Chemistry. For my senior capstone project I decided to delve into the inflammatory response promoted by carbohydrate intake. After a year and a half of sifting through scientific journal after scientific journal, my conclusions became more and more clear. Inflammation is hugely promoted by consumption of bread and wheat products. As I continued my studies, I stumbled across Wheat Belly. I ordered it on my Kindle immediately and began reading. After a few solid days of in depth reading, not only had I finished the book, I was sifting through the referenced journal articles confirming the blanket claims. Beautiful.
There is a reason for all of this background. My mom is diabetic (Type II). I began my research because I wanted something more firm to present to her in defending my reasons for not eating bread or wheat products. This book finally gave me the “reader friendly” version of all the studies I had accumulated.
It was time to initiate a new diet plan for my mom.
I started her on the Wheat Belly diet program approximately two weeks before my graduation day. Now (three weeks later), she has dropped 10 pounds!!!
This is HUGE! My mom has struggled with weight loss for YEARS and now she has finally seen that the things I am telling her are true. Not only is she losing weight, she’s starting to feel better!
Her love for sweets has also been cured. I got onto the website and weekly I make her something from the sweets recipes. She loves cheesecake, so I have made her two! It is perfect for when she has the craving, she has something she can quickly grab without having to wonder whether or not she can “cheat.”
Dr. Davis, I want to thank you. These changes I truly believe are just the beginning to a whole new transformation for my mom! I have been looking into to attending MD or DO school in hopes of promoting similar changes on a larger scale. The only thing holding me back is what you had mentioned: I don’t want to be taught curriculum coinciding with whole grain consumption. I want TRUE nutrition as what you have researched in the book you had written.
Thank you again for creating awareness and above all . . . citing your sources!!!
PJ left this recent update: Her blood pressure has dropped from a whopping 159/90 to
112/76!! (I just took it today.)
PJ came to similar conclusions, reading much of the same medical and scientific literature: The data already exist. The health destructiveness of a diet based on grains is lost on the majority who never look beyond the “whole grain products are healthier than white flour products” line of thinking.
PJ and his Mom are also learning that the occasional craving can be satisfied without consequence by using the recipes for cheesecake, muffins, and cookies. Having a slice–or two or three–of the cheesecake, for instance, created with non-wheat, non-sugar ingredients allows you to indulge but without 1) stimulation of appetite, 2) high blood sugar, 3) high blood triglycerides, 4) triggering formation of small LDL particles, 5) weight gain.
We need young people like PJ who are willing to question and explore conventional notions of nutrition and health, peeling back the dictates often created by marketing, unclear thinking, and “research” funded by sources with hidden agendas (specifically Big Pharma and Big Food).