Panic in the Heartland

Bill O’Reilly’s recent vociferous attacks on wheat have earned him a bit of a backlash from Kansas wheat farmers. Here is a report from a Kansas TV station:

Towards the end of the report, listen to the inane comments from Dr. Justin Moore: comments right from the Wheat Lobby playbook, including the argument that people who eliminate wheat lose weight because they eliminate wheat calories. The ignorance about the issues surrounding modern high-yield, semi-dwarf wheat, even among “experts,” is nothing short of astounding. (Reminds me of the PhD Professor of Nutrition and Vice President of Research at an Agribusiness company who told me that “They made dwarf wheat so farmers could see above the fields.” Yeah, no kidding.)

I love that O’Reilly is calling for the U.S. government to issue a public service warning about the health dangers of wheat!

Make no bones about it: Elimination of wheat is the single most powerful strategy for health available to Americans, more powerful than any supplement, drug, or procedure to restore health, eliminate abnormal triggering of appetite and other abnormal mind and emotional effects, lose weight, and obtain relief from a long list of abnormal health conditions. It’s great that media personalities like Mr. O’Reilly is catching on. More are surely to come!

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  1. J

    Why anyone listens to this so called “conservative” blow-hard is beyond me. (No, I’m not a liberal either). Who cares as to what he says or does? It’s not necessarily the wheat, but the fact that most of it is poisoned with genetically modified seeds, pesticides and herbicides–which has gotten us into the freaking mess we’re in now in the first place. Just another crackhead pundit trying to force mental starvation on the nation. What happens when the government decides to ration your food? Or waste it making “new and renewable forms of energy”? We already have hungry and homeless…who would give anything for a slice of wheat bread. While I agree that most grains are not good for the body as a whole, it’s not the be all and end all dogma.

    • Stephan

      Read the actual science, ma’am. Even the studies that the low-fat, healthy whole grain supporters quote do NOT support their conclusions. If you don’t want to wade through the data yourself, then read Gary Taubes’ Good Calories,Bad Calories and he will walk you through it. What Bill does for a living has nothing to do with the benefits he is extolling here. Even rational minded (?) independents like yourself would benefit from eliminating wheat…. Unless you are not human?

  2. Michelle Stieb

    I totally disagree that it’s about eating less calories as per the dietition in the video. Since being off wheat the beginning of January, we eat whatever we want and that includes some days, hand-fuls of nuts!! They are not low calorie. We’ve actually come off of all grains and legumes. I have no more pain in my knuckles, I sleep better, lost about 5 lbs, better yet: I’m changing my shape from an apple to a pear. My husband has lost over 25 lbs and no longer gets the urge to nap in the afternoon. Of course we probably overall eat less than before, but we aren’t hungry like we were before. This lifestyle has revolutionized our lives!! Thank you Dr. Davis!! Keep strong and keep sending out your message. God knows we have been telling everybody that we care about, about this book and how it changed our lives. Thanks again!!

    • Dr. Davis

      Wonderful, Michelle: “Revolutionized” is the operant word.

      The proclaimed “Green Revolution” that heralded high-yield, semi-dwarf wheat devolved into a metabolic mess, rounded out by the worst epidemic of obesity and diabetes ever witnessed in the history of mankind.

      Yet you transform and apple into a pear: Alchemy, to be sure!

  3. Kati

    Since giving up wheat about 3 months ago, I have gone down 2 dress sizes. This is after being unable to lose any weight for over several years. It is now shedding off me. I am still eating 100% rye bread or rye-chia mixture, but rarely eat any other grains. My food cravings have stopped, my blood sugar levels seem to much more stable than ever and I don’t get massive highs and lows. I used to struggle with embarrassing perspiration and itchiness, but it’s it’s all in the past now. I can tell when I have even a little bit of wheat now as my waistline swells up immediately. And wheat is in everything, from BBQ sauce, Ketchup, icecream…it’s almost impossible to find anything in a store that does not have wheat!!

    However, I believe that my diet has been a massive contribution of getting sick. I remember the first time I came to Australia on holiday I ended up having massive GI issues, and 3 months after moving here, it all kicked up. I’ve heard that the wheat here is modified to include more gluten so that it can grow here. Not sure how accurate this is, but I struggle much more here than anywhere else. I also found that wheat aggravated my arthritis, making the inflammation much worse.

    I have also given up dairy as I have had problems with it since early childhood although not found allergic or lactose intolerant – the biggest mystery ever but it makes me really sick. Since giving up dairy as well I have noticed my skin improving and even though it’s winter, it is less dry than it has been over a decade.

    I know that I will eventually have to give up processed sugar, but I am still enjoying my gluten free treats (my guilty pleasures). I know this will not last forever, but finding it very hard to take on this last bit of the change, especially since I am still losing weight.

    I think my problem is that I also react to several other foods, such as nuts and some fruits to various degrees. I try to buy organic to avoid all preservatives, which I also react to, but it is quite expensive.

    I recently had a homeopathic allergy test done. I figured, just as well, since traditional medicine hasn’t been able to help me with the food issues and arthritis. I was surprised to see how accurately it pointed out all the foods/items, including wheat and dairy as the main culprits, that I thought I react to. It even pointed out all the seasonal allergies identified my prick tests…I also have an appointment with an allergist next month so what they can discover….It wil be interesting!

    • Dr. Davis

      Excellent, Kati!

      At this rate, don’t shop for a new wardrobe just yet. Wait until you plateau, else you may find yourself many more dress sizes smaller!

  4. Denny

    I can’t believe the “Dietician”, and I use that term loosely, used the argument that we subsidize wheat so we should eat it or we will have a big surplus. maybe the answer is that we shouldn’t be subsidizing wheat and other grains at all!!! Think of all the non-starchy vegetables that could be grown on all those wheat acres. Not only that but then a lot of our veggies wouldn’t be coming from foreign countries.

  5. Yak

    Sorry for the long post in advance.

    Here is my story thus far.

    FIrst of all I am a 23 year old former college football player who let himself get too big while playing football.
    I started the wheat belly diet about 2 1/2 weeks ago after reading the book on May 27th. Since then I have lost ~17 pounds(I am also doing the cardio program insanity). I had been doing insanity for three weeks prior to reading wheat belly and had only lost about 6 pounds. Even with my friends asking me how I have lost weight so quickly and me explaining wheat belly they are skeptical and unwilling to give up their “healthy whole grains” and their pastas. They tell me that my carbs need to come from grains. I ask them why? Why get your carbs from heavily processed grains when you can get them from veggies, nuts, fruits, etc.

    This book has changed my life. I shudder when I think about some of the things I used to eat and the hold that certain foods had over me. It got to the point that if I didn’t have something sweet before bed I couldn’t sleep. Some nights it was an apple but most nights it was a pack of cookies or some candy. I love the fact that my body tells me when it is really hungry now. I still see people saying that you need to eat x amount of calories to lose weight. I used to try to follow strict guidelines like that and saw little to no results. Without writing down any numbers I am able to enjoy REAL foods like meats, cheeses, vegetables, and nuts and still lose weight.

    Wheat belly has changed me from being a person who lived to eat to a person that eats to fuel his body.
    I still have about 50 pounds to go before I reach my weight loss goal but I am confident that I will get there.

    I have also experienced some amazing results for things that I never expected to happen.

    Acid Reflux- Pretty much gone.
    Stuffy nose/mucus/congestion- gone
    Sleepless nights- Gone
    Bloated feeling- Gone
    Mild Depression/anxiety- Slowly creeping away

    I commend you sir.

    • Dr. Davis

      That is truly wonderful, Yak!

      I am thrilled that you learned this lesson at age 23. Most NEVER learn this lesson . . . until their colon cancer, joint replacement, 20 years of diabetes medication and diabetic complications, or heart attack.

      Please keep us updated on your progress!

  6. Rong

    I saw this on FoxNews web site and it is the first article I have found on celiac disease in the mass media. Of course, the advice is that if you don’t have it you shouldn’t remove gluten from your diet because you might miss important vitamins and minerals. Like these can’t possibly be gotten from any other food. However, they did say that diabetics should consider going gluten free (duh!) as studies show that type I and II diabetics do better without it. Anyway, I was surprised to see the article. :

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  8. Does anyone remember Oprah Winfrey’s comment on TV regarding hamburger meat?

    A facinating exercise in panic by the various sections of the agriculture industry. I don’t care for Bill O’Reilly but hope he continues to fight for his right to eat and comment how he wishes. I didn’t like the way the TV link took all his comments out of context but anyone can go to his site and get the full story.


    • Jack D

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  9. Julia Kay Grace

    I sure do recall the aggressive litigation Oprah W. faced after her “I won’t eat beef” comment. I’ve heard B. O’Reilly say, long ago, that nobody should imagine that corporations are our friends. I, too, have been impatient with his not-quite-cogent radio broadcast commentary. Might we hope that going wheat free will improve his cognition? Might we hope that his consciousness will be raised after finding himself in the crosshairs of corporate agribusiness?
    Take heart, Bill, keep eating healthy. It’s good for you. And for us!

    • Dr. Davis

      Good old Judi Adams of the Wheat Foods Council makes a showing again! This is the Wheat Lobby at work, putting their nice pharmaceutical money to work.

      But, you know, I think that they truly believe the tripe they repeat over and over again.

  10. Susan

    Supply and Demand. If consumers quit eating dwarf wheat and only eat einkorn, for example, you’d better believe the farmers will produce it. And the government should be out of the subsidy business anyway….

  11. Dr. Davis,
    Will you please see if you can reach Warren Buffet’s son who will inherit his job? Howard Buffet always wanted to be a farmer and currently works at this in Pana, Illinois. He is against the way that the Gates Foundation teaches farming in Africa. Gates’ are not agriculturalists as is Howard. Gates are paying them to farm and using BigAg chemicals. Just throwing money at them. Howard is against this method, so when he takes over, Gates may listen. Howard Buffet sounds like a reasonable guy and I like his way of teaching Africans to water and fertilize their corn.
    The Buffets are easy to reach, as they have a small office staff and supposedly read their emails.
    So perhaps we can ask Howard via the Berkshire Hathaway email to please read “Wheat Belly” by you. I am not sure how many farmers are open minded about this, but Howard does not use GMO seeds for his crops.
    It would not only help many Americans, but has far-reaching benefits. Howard believes that the African groups need to earn their way and use good accounting for their crops. Gates Foundation will listen to him more if he gets support, perhaps.
    Surprised by all of this on the 60 minutes program Sunday night.
    Thank you for all your hard work.

  12. Natalie


    I just read the book and would like to cut out wheat however I do not want to lose weight as I am already underweight. Can I continue to eat rice and potatoes for calories and still see the benefits of wheat elimination?

  13. Natalie

    So I have been doing some research on wheat and apparently the US Department of Agriculture states that wheat grown in the US is not genetically modified. So what is the author of Wheat Belly talking about? Obviously he’s just trying to make a profit by lying!

    • Goody 2 Shoes

      Natalie –
      If you had taken the time to read the book before making such an unfortunate comment you would have saved yourself from all that future embarrassment once you discover just how mistaken you’ve been.