Throw more tomatoes!

Sometimes the best lessons come in the form of criticism.

The occasional negative “review” of Wheat Belly on Amazon, for instance, reminds me that:

1) The Wheat Lobby is watching. At least some of the book’s critics oddly never posted anything about any other book before but occupy jobs in the wheat industry. Of course, anyone in the wheat industry has as much right to say what they want as you and I do and they’ve chosen to do so about Wheat Belly.

2) The counterarguments against the concepts detailed in Wheat Belly are, well, silly. Even during on-air debates with PhD nutritionists, I thought I was arguing with children, with their level of understanding of these comments somewhere below rudimentary. I’m happy to argue each issue, point by point, but comments like “Well, the USDA says it’s good!” just don’t hold water.

As representative of #2, witness:

This is a terribly misleading book. A healthy life for most people means a balanced diet and plenty of exercise. Blaming one of the world’s oldest staple crops for rising obesity rates is scientifically unjustified and, frankly, laughable. Common sense would deem this author incredible.

Another commenter, cmartel2, then posted this response:

I’m not sure I’d agree. Read the book. Dr. Davis’ issues with grain lie in our modern era tinkering with its genetic composition and the effects this has had on our bodies.

I’ve exercised and eaten reasonably healthy most of my life (i.e. avoiding lots of red meat, generally limiting portion size, rarely eating any junk or fast food, and if so, a grilled chicken sandwich). Still, my weight climbed gradually to 207 pounds at 5 feet, 11 inches in height. I wasn’t obese, but I wasn’t ideal, either. Once I cut out all wheat and most grains (I still rarely treat myself to some Thai food over rice on a rare occasion) from my diet, the weight just started falling off. I didn’t even try or I had a week at work where I was so busy I couldn’t make it to the gym (working 70+ hours per week) and I ended up losing weight. I’m less hungry, and I have more energy.

My weight has dropped from 207 to 169 pounds over the course of 5 months. There haven’t been any flashy gimmicks I’ve followed. I’ve replaced a lot of my carbs with almonds or fruit. I guess I’ve also greatly limited my consumption of potatoes. Make no mistake, I eat until I’m full.

I really don’t have anything else to attribute all of this weight loss to. I’m just a 33-year old guy who said goodbye to wheat and most grains. Higher fiber may have played a roll. I’m still taking the same old fish oil. Still the same D-supplement. Still eating chicken and fish. Still going to the gym 2-3 times per week with 30-40 minutes of cardio.

Thanks, cmartel2, whoever you are!

Critics, as well as most dietitians and people in the nutrition community, have failed to recognize that what they thought was wheat is no longer available. Traditional wheat has been replaced by the high-yield, semi-dwarf strains that we know are genetically removed from the wheat of 1950. Just as corn in 2012 is very different—glyphosate-resistant corn, Bt toxin corn, etc.—from the strains of 1950, certainly different from traditional teosinte, so has wheat been transformed to something almost unrecognizable.

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  1. Beverly

    People take this stuff so personally. It’s as if you walked into their kitchen and held a gun to their heads. Your book merely offers an alternative style of eating based on your research. People also freaked when faced with having to switch from eggs and bacon for breakfast to bran cereal when doctors started prescribing “fat free is healthy”. My response to the haters is: “Go ahead, eat what you want. Just don’t pass me the bread basket anymore.” I’ve been off wheat since May and following a low carb diet since the beginning of this month and though I have not experienced rapid weight loss, I’ve had other benefits such as no more IBS symptoms, patchy dry skin cleared up after years, and more energy. Plus, as a side note to any more traditional dieters/calorie counters, bread and grains simply have a lot of calories! I quit eating “bread” so I could eat more of other things like fruit, nuts, and dairy! Thanks for the book Dr. Davis, I’m spreading the word for you.

    • Dr. Davis

      Thank you, Beverly.

      You will be rewarded with superior health and, eventually, the weight you desire!

  2. Rong

    The lesson is clear, the experts have spoken. It doesn’t matter how successful loosing wheat is for you it’s the wrong thing to so. Weight loss, who cares! Off diabetes meds. big deal! No more IBS, etc. it’s all in your head. All of these improvements must be a coincidence. Keep eating those “healthy grains” watch your blood sugar spike your waist line expand and keep your mouth shut.

    (in case anyone is confused… that was sarcasm)

    • Amanda

      First week after I read the book, a nutritionist wrote a letter to all the staff about how she disagreed with the book. Ironically it was the nurse educator who is obese, the one who sent the letter in the system. She will never read the book, and she will die obese, and she will suffer fron migraines for the rest of her life, she will never be able to stop the antidepressants, just because she will listen to the nutritionist and she will never open the book.
      The one thing I don’t like about the book, I need to say it, it is that it target the overweight, “Drop the weight…” What about the unhealthy underweight around, like my husband who was dying of acid reflux, knee pain, posibly bone deterioration, because he thought wheat did not affected him untill I read the book and told him to try. he is a new man, but he would never bought the book…

      • Dr. Davis

        Yes, yes, I know, Amanda.

        We did this to appeal to a wide audience. But, as you know, wheat is about so much MORE than just weight loss. It is about just about EVERY aspect of health, weight and otherwise.

        Imagine I wrote a book called Wheat: Your Unhealthy Gastrointestinal Tract. You would likely yawn, along with the 200 other readers.

        • there is a very hostile review by a cardiologist.
          reason he gave 1 star? he did not loose weight.
          regards,

          • Dr. Davis

            Yeah, that made me laugh, Pam!

            Some people don’t want to know, especially if the message is inconvenient and comes with its own opiate withdrawal!

      • Boundless

        Amanda: > … The one thing I don’t like about the book .. it is that it target the overweight …

        An even larger number of people pass it up (their loss) because they choose to be insulted by the what the title implies.

        Had the book been titled “No Healthy Whole Grains”, you would never had heard of it, much less read it. The current title, with its unintended side effects, has done what was previously impossible – focused widespread public attention on the problem of toxo-triticale, and the benefits of low-carb grain-free paleo.

      • Rong

        Not to worry. I’m like the scorpion that stings the frog that is helping him cross the river. It’s in my nature.

  3. Kathy shore

    Hahaha….been gluten free now for 6 weeks now and feel so much better! Lost 17 pounds, and off my osteoarthritis meds…..for the first time in 4 years, I feel that I may not have to have bilateral knee replacements, even my surgeon is impressed…and by the way, I am a nurse…my patients are hearing my story and changing their lives too!

    • Dr. Davis

      Excellent, Kathy!

      You are in a position to positively influence others in health. Just beware of my colleagues who think that you may be expressing “fringe” opinions!

  4. hitfan

    “Blaming one of the world’s oldest staple crops for rising obesity rates is scientifically unjustified and, frankly, laughable. Common sense would deem this author incredible.”

    The advice to “eat a well-balanced diet and is modest in calories” is impossible to follow. Can one really eat just one single potato chip? No, most people will snarf down the entire bag in no time.

    Wheat is bad. Perhaps it always was bad ALL ALONG, and it’s been made worse according to Wheat Belly. Consider how many foods are laced with it: frozen fish sticks, crackers, snacks, etc. In fact, 99.99% of processed foods contain wheat.

    We should rethink the four basic food groups. They should be: meat, vegetables, fats and fruits. Sugar, corn and rice should only be consumed as a rare indulgence, and go out of your way to avoid the wheat at all costs. Better to fast for a day than eat the stuff.

    • Dr. Davis

      Hear, hear, Hit!

      What knucklehead ever dreamt of the phrase “well-balanced diet” anyway?

      • Uncle Roscoe

        Should a well balanced diet include rocks? Should they be small pebbles, large boulders, or a reasonable, healthy balance of both?

  5. Lisa

    Here is a link to a page that made me just want to cry because this is exactly what I’ve been going thru with our 10 yr. old daughter for almost all her life! The drs. wanted to put her on fiber, fiber, and more fiber – mostly wheat, of course, and it just gave her runny stools. We read this together and she has decided to go gluten-free.
    http://www.celiac.com/gluten-free/topic/46941-fecal-incontinence-and-giceliac/

    I’m not wanting to go off-topic here but I didn’t know where else to post this.
    Thanks, Lisa

    • Dr. Davis

      It is truly incredible, isn’t it, Lisa?

      It would be like the smoker who, becoming increasingly breathless, is advised by doctors to increase smoking because the deep inhalation is sure to improve lung health. It is indeed that bad.

    • Steve

      First of all, food studies which use surveys are notorious for being inaccurate, second this study does not prove causation, merely corollation, third – most people that try low carb diets are most likely people that are trying to lose weight, and therefore may have a higher rate of cvd not because of the low carb diet, but because of what they were eating before, which most likely means high carb low nutrients.

    • Dr. Davis

      This is the sort of nonsense conclusion, Jill, that come from using the flawed surrogate measures of heart disease like total and LDL cholesterol.

      If you are interested, I discuss these issues ad nauseum in my Heart Scan Blog.

      • JillOz

        Thanks to the two of you! What I principally noticed was that the article went into no detail at all about the study, just wrote its apparent conclusion!!

  6. aerobic1

    I suspect when more authors of books with opposing views to the Wheat Belly philosophy soon realize their pro-grain preaching’s don’t hold water, and that wheat compromises health on many fronts, they will throw more tomatoes in order to defend the falsehoods they have written. Then, of course, other authors will “borrow” the Wheat Belly philosophy and try to make it sound like they were the first one to come up with the concept. You, Dr. Davis, deserve full credit.

    Once people realize that going wheat-free may also diminish their dependence on drugs to suppress diabetes, obesity, depression, digestive and other disorders the drug companies may throw tomatoes too.

    • Dr. Davis

      Thank you, Aerobic.

      Though I believe that many of us have been coming to similar conclusions from many different directions. I believe that, more quickly than I would have ever predicted, we are achieving a broad base of consensus . . . though it may NEVER involve such agencies as the USDA.

  7. JillOz

    I finally understood the tomato reference!!
    At first I thought you were proposing some new and marvellous tomato salad creation*, than which there are few more splendid than:
    a simple tomato (or four)
    sea salt
    oil (alternating between flax seed and olive).

    Sometimes mustard, garlic, bocconcini accompany this marvel, sometimes (yes, still) a piece of baguette with butter, turkey, cheese. Or accompanied by the latter trio sans baguette.

    * or a new and terrible sport, where tomatoes get wasted in aggression rather than eating them, as they should be.
    Let’s make sure only ROTTEN tomatoes are thrown at the numbnuts, many of whom should not be in science or university at all, given their inability to draw simple (or not so simple) cause-and-effect relationships, or to think scientifically. “So and so said so” doesn’t cut it, unless you can justify why we should pay attention to so and so. Coming from PhDs this statement is outrageous.

    • Dr. Davis

      Yes, Jill: Rotten tomatoes!

      No sense wasting beautiful fresh tomatoes on these knuckleheads!

  8. Tammy

    “They” can say whatever they want.. I know it’s working for me and it’s only been 3 weeks. Nothing else has done for me what being wheat free has done. They can kiss my wheat free hinney !

    Tam

    • Lisa

      You’re right. “They” can say what they want. The proof is in the pudding – so to speak.
      Yesterday had a very interesting conversation with my husband.
      Despite that I’ve lost 35 lbs. now, fatigue gone, nausea gone, hives gone, loose stools gone, thyroid dose lowered – despite all that and more – he still insists this is just a “passing fad”.
      Addiction will say things like that and we can’t take it personally.
      It’s like the reaction of a drinker losing their drinking buddy.
      Now he’s lost our daughter as a “drinking buddy” – she’s gone gluten-free, too!
      His reaction to that was really unreasonable! I was shocked and dismayed.

      However, Big Ag and Big Pharm will say things like that and more and their agenda is not nice.
      They’ve got all the money for advertising and slamming campaigns against the truth givers like Dr. Davis. I don’t think they’ve even begun to fight! Wait until there are more eyes opened. Then the big guns come out.

      Wheat-free (grain free in general) and gluten-free eating is a quiet revolution that wins one person at a time. The truth about wheat has set some of us free. The truth tellers always get in trouble with the establishment.
      Lisa

      • Rong

        It is amazing how people won’t believe their “lying eyes”. Indoctrination has gone on for decades so it is unrealistic to expect things to change quickly. I experienced one dismissive comment that went something like; “Well all food is engineered now so what are you going to do?” How do you respond to that fuzzy logic? It is, of course, just a way to change the subject. Or, said another way, I’ve already made up my mind so don’t confuse me with the facts.

      • Dr. Davis

        Well said, Lisa.

        Yes, the worst of the fight from Big Food and Agribusiness is not over; it is yet to come. But that’s okay because, as you wisely point out, this is a battle won one person at a time.

        Hopefully, time and you and your daughter’s continued success will win over your husband.

  9. It is frustrating. I think I have to approach some as if they were children. Apologizing first that it must be so scary to give up something as American as pie. This is like giving up mommy. We often look at FDA or nutritionists as parents. Some of us need someone telling us what to do or eat at all times.
    Add in the addictive aspects of the food chain and it is easy to see what insight people need to see themselves objectively. So, addressing the fear, and admitting our own doubts in the beginning are approaches I have to use if anyone is even interested. I still struggle with sugar.
    I still struggle with how the beloved FDA, doctors, nurses and all respected authorities could have overlooked this. How did the FDA do such an abusive thing? It is very hard to take that leap initially and realize, yes, the FDA did overlook our welfare for a long time, Who do we believe now?
    If I thought that wheat were so good for me, well, then I would not give it up. Now I have to laugh at myself how addicted to a fresh loaf of bread and butter I could be. I would not go back to that bloated belly again. Even if I were to be in Paris or Italy with some of the best bread served in the world! I love to live without devastating migraines, dizzy spells, bloated belly, Tums, numbness in legs, sinus problems, slowly sinking into a very painful aging process, and not having to nap after lunch. I do not recognize myself, because I want to do lots of outdoor things like fish in the surf, camp, hunt and dance. Me? You could not have dragged me to those things. What is going on? So, from me, Dr. Davis, thank you for all your research and giving me a life again. I had read DogtorJ, but it was not the same as your gripping book. I was dubious in the beginning, but the cover gripped me, and when I read just a few paragraphs, had to purchase. Gary Taubes explained everything, but did not go into this aspect. I am one of the weird ones who love footnotes or bibliographies. Once again, your book was one, succint topic.
    I have studied nutrition for over 30 years, so this was shocking and yet I had to try one more time.

    • Dr. Davis

      Hi, Patty–

      It is deeply empowering to finally understand these issues. But I agree that it is, at the same time, deeply frustrating to see people around us impairing health, suffering through each day . . . when the solution is so close and obvious!

      For me, these lessons were like someone finally flipped on the light switch and I could see where I was, dirty laundry, grime, and all.

      • Rong

        Dr. Davis that is so, so true. I can’t watch TV, go the store or mall without seeing all the “wheat bellies”. I have such an urge to stop everyone and tell them how easy it is to solve the problem that they probably don’t see as a problem themselves. When you know the main contributor to this nations health problems it’s hard to have good manners not that mine were all that great anyway.

  10. Peggy Holloway

    Just finished bike tour #2 with lots of wheat bellied “skinny” cyclists. At a SAG stop, the son of the ride director said after reading the label of a nabisco cookie he was about to wolf down “this is made with whole grains so it must be healthy.” I did not hold back in expressing my opinion of that and used a term that is abbreviated BS!
    My partner and I are ages 70 and 59 respectively and we remained in ketosis (difficult as it was to find suitable food; in rural Nebraska and Kansas they have never heard of butter or cream) and never snacked and rode through very hilly, hot, windy country better than riders half our ages. We recommended “Wheat Belly” to many people who were curious about our diet.
    I meant to tell Dr. Davis in an earlier post that my daughter was married in April and served cupcakes supplied by a local bakery at her reception. However, since many in our family are paleo and low-carb, I volunteered to supply suitable cupcakes for us. I used the carrot cake recipe from Wheat Belly (I used zucchini instead of carrots as carrots are a bit to sugary for some of us) and they were a huge hit!

    • Dr. Davis

      That’s wonderful, Peggy!

      I think you did good in biting your tongue with tjhe “whole grain” comment. Sometimes, people are just not ready to hear the message. They will, in time.

      And very nice with the cupcakes for your daughter’s wedding!

  11. DanT

    My experience started out a few weeks ago when I heard Dr. Davis on a podcast. I was fascinated with what he had to say. I had begun a diet at the beginning of March through a weightloss clinic and had already lost app 35lbs. The diet I was on allowed for a small amount of bread per day but even before I’d heard of Wheat Belly I decided to forego the little bit of bread I was eating. I’m one of the ones that have lost and regained hundreds of pounds over the years (I’m 51). After listening to the podcast and reading some of Wheat Belly a lot of things started making since. #1 I definitely noticed that I’d been sleeping better and #2 is I definitely notice that I’m less hungry. I want to share my new found knowledge and experience with my family, co workers and friends but for the most part it has fallen on deaf ears. I attribute that to the addiction aspects of wheat. I have now lost 47 lbs since I started in March (weighed 213 this morning on a muscular 5’10” frame) and I feel better than I’ve felt in years. In addition I crave as much information as I can get on nutrition and my optimism at not only getting down to my optimal weight but on being able to keep the weight off is off the charts. This is mostly due to Dr. Davis and his book. Don’t worry…I’m not anorexic, I eat plenty! Thank God for podcasts!!!! My brother is a cardiologist whose birthday is on Saturday and I’m thinking about giving him the book as a present. He’s not what you’d consider overweight but I think if he hasn’t heard of it yet he find it quite interesting. I also plan on giving my 3 daughters a copy of it. I get this feeling of guilt if I don’t at least tell those close to me what’s going on with the bread and crackers they’re eating on a daily basis. Anyway….thought I’d share this with everyone.

    • Dr. Davis

      Great, Dan!

      But don’t be surprised if you are labeled as “anorexic” or some other nonsense when people begin to see the new slender you.

      Oddly, normal weight people are often labeled as abnormal nowadays, since memories of normal have long receded. 176 pound women and 220 pound men often see themselves as normal or slightly overweight but, in truth, they are quite overweight or obese. They see someone who is normal and label them abnormal.

  12. Jeanne

    Ahh what is the old saying regarding paradigm shifts? Especially with medicine and nutrition?

    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they get angry and try to discredit you, then they applaud you as a genius and visionary !

    Something like that… May have the exact wording or order wrong…. But you get the point!

    • Dr. Davis

      I believe we are pushing the paradigm towards angry, Jeanne!

      How else to ignore or deny the incredible outpourings of success? Can this just be mass hysteria at work?

      • Jeanne

        The good news- you’re only one step from the genius /visionary stage! Lol

        When you reach it , more of the population will come on board, get healthier, quit draining personal and government financial reserves on healthcare.THEN maybe REAL changes will be made in regards to things like farm subsidies, pushing wheat, soy and dairy into every processed bite of food-subsequently reducing the need/consumption of big Pharma .

        Ok, I can be a bit of a dreamer… But as you know, it starts with a vision….

        Ps. As I type this, the television is on and the number of processed food commercials is downright obscene!

        • Dr. Davis

          The constant din of the processed food message, once you see it for what it is, is truly astounding, isn’t it?

  13. Tyson

    Ignore = Bunting
    Ridicule = Dr. Atkins
    Attack = Dr. Davis
    Steal = ???

    We are not yet at the “steal” stage but I bet we’ll start seeing a shift in verbiage from the mainstream, less talk about “healthy whole grains” and more talk about “healthy whole foods”.

    • Dr. Davis

      Great wisdom, Tyson!

      It’s great to see the long-term perspective, isn’t it? It does require patience, however.

  14. This week I’m helping in my church’s children’s program which runs this week every morning for 5 days. I volunteered to help in the kitchen. I’m helping get ‘snacks’ ready for 100+ kids. The first morning it was little baggies of cheerios and M&Ms. Ugh! Second morning it was much better – fruit! Third morning it was rice krispie squares (another ugh!), and today it was better – apple slices and cheese. I don’t like to be in people’s face too, too much, so on ‘good’ days I commented on how good it was that the kids had some good food to get them through the morning!

    I’ve been wheat free since Feb, and gradually have adopted – not only wheat free, but crap-food free as well. Nothing processed with wheat, corn or soy. And with that as your criteria, you might as walk right out of the grocery store the minute you walk in!

    I brought my Wheat Belly book to the church this a.m. because I was meeting another friend later and wanted to loan it to her. EVERYONE in that kitchen was fat and sick – all the volunteers – with aches and pains and carpel tunnel, and back pain, and arthritis, and on all sorts of meds and talking about it. One woman had brought in some biscuits that she had made for our coffee break. I complimented her and told her how beautiful they looked, but regretted that I wasn’t eating anything made with wheat. That got us all talking. I got out my Wheat Belly book, and for the rest of the morning she sat there rapt in the book, just turning to random pages and reading it out loud, and exclaiming, ‘This is me! This is EXACTLY me!’

    She says she’s ordering it today. The word is getting out there.

    • Deb

      Our church now does gluten free communion for everyone since there are 7-10 of us who are wheat free. I used to have to take my own. Then we added little baggies of the wheat free to the regular and now we just serve everyone the rice crackers.

      • Peggy Holloway

        My church has gluten free communion wafers also, but that doesn’t help those of us who are completely insulin resistant and must be grain-free. I have had a blood sugar spike from that small an amount of grains.

    • Dr. Davis

      Wow, Linni: So you brought your weapon straight to the battlefield?

      I hope you leave a real impression on these people, who are clearly trying to do good. Please update us with what you observe!

  15. Roger

    Any man or woman is or can be measured by his or her oppositon. I have learned this, the hard way, as a Veteran.

    Dr. Davis, indeed, has opposition.

    Wheat-Munching Lap Dogs the best his Oppositon can come up with. Experts that will not look at the evidence, nor will they look at the measurable quanitative and qualitative evidence, in the lives that are saved, enhanced and prolonged, due to EVIDENCE!

    Dr. Davis, the “David,” amidst a bunch of emotional, blind-leading-blind “Goliaths!” Dr. Davis shows up on the Battle Field, goes to sleep, and wins! Some fight. And the CROWED GOES ZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz.

    Pathetic.

    The only thing I have against Dr. Davis, is, that he cannot find valid [i.e., evidenced-based] oppositon, and, in that, that is no fault of his. I know I have contradicted myself, but there is no valid opposition–money, power, political–nothing is going to save his oppositon from the power of evidence, as evidence stands on its own!

    I am not a Medical Dr., but I have a diverse back ground–and some God-Given Common Sense. I have tried, I mean really put effort in finding a valid argument that can de-bunk Dr. Davis–and I cannot. I am not even able to make up a good lie, to assalt his arguments.

    Roger, OHIO

  16. Barb

    Dr. Davis, is there any definitive data regarding whether or not eating animal fats, such as bacon and heavy cream leads to arteriosclerosis? So many eating plans continue to say eat only “good” fats.

    • Dr. Davis

      No, the argument that total fat and saturated fat cause atherosclerosis has essentially crumbled.

  17. Graham

    Barb, if you haven’t done so do read the astonishing Good Calories, Bad Calories (or perhaps better still get the audiobook) and you will not lack for data of all kinds.

    Funnily enough I was just looking at the Wikipedia page on the Atkins diet and lo and behold I find:

    But many in the scientific community also raise serious concerns:
    Dr. Robert Eckel of the American Heart Association says that high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets put people at risk of heart disease.[50] A long term study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2006 found that while women on low-carb diets were generally healthier than those on high-carbohydrate diets, women eating more protein and fat from vegetable sources, rather than from animal sources, had a lower risk of heart disease.[51]
    A 2001 scientific review conducted by Freedman et al. and published in the peer reviewed scientific journal Obesity Research concluded that low-carb dieters’ initial advantage in weight loss was a result of increased water loss, and that after the initial period, low-carbohydrate diets produce similar fat loss to other diets with similar caloric intake.[52]

    Sigh, a lot of people will most likely read this and believe it to be true despite a host of evidence to the contrary.

  18. JillOz

    Dr D,
    i’d like to point out that going wheat-free, for those people who find they feel better will help people as far as their wallet and their needing to mess around with medical staff is concerned.
    I mean only that the eternal treadmill of “what’s wrong with me, doctor” can end and real medical problems/diagnostics can occur without the interference of wheat-based processes in the body.
    Might I point out that the resulting clear-headedness can only benefit the citizenry and give us energy to spot national problems!
    Oh, and enjoy life!!

    having said that, i do find I still seem to need some sugar every so often, and then of course I overdose. Is this the withdrawal talking, or do we need something sweet after meat/vegetables?
    I may have underlying thyroid issues…

    • Dr. Davis

      Yes, indeed, Jill.

      The desire for something sweet after dinner will diminish, though may persist out of habit.

      Why not try some of the recipes here? They are created to be benign indulgences. So have a lemon cheesecake cupcake or two and enjoy it!

  19. sailor

    Your theory gained more experimental verification in the recent paper of Ludwig et al.
    Now they need to do the same study sans wheat!

  20. Russ Winter

    Doctor, sounds like the only argument the wheat apologists have are ad hominens. I’d let them put me into a “study”, but have my own health to save. I am 61, and 4 months ago I was fatigued and developing way too much visceral fat. I then tested pre-diabetic.

    I was exercising, and getting sugar and corn out of my diet helped some. But I really didn’t turn the corner big time until I got the processed wheat out of my diet. I tried to justify not giving up my sandwiches, and Subways, but now realize that it was my nemesis . The visceral fat melted away, I am energetic, and a new man. I can’t deny my lyin eyes.

    • Dr. Davis

      That’s excellent, Russ!

      Yes, the effect of wheat elimination exceeds expectations. I don’t believe that I could write a book called Corn Belly.

  21. Jean E. Brown

    My husband and I are both 73 years old with joint pain and wheatbelly. We read Dr. Davis’ book and it sounded like truth being spoken. We are at the end of our 5th week of being wheat free and loving it. Both of us have lost nine pounds and we are astounded that we are not hungry all the time like before. In fact, unless my stomach growls, I don’t even think about the fact that I need to eat. It is amazing.

    We decided to start with just taking the wheat out of our diet. We have not cut back on fats and sugars. We are taking baby steps as we begin our journey to health.

    One thing I have noticed is that for the last two weeks or so, I have been having little bumps on my body and wondered if it was a cleansing process that was taking place since I no longer EVER eat any wheat……at least knowingly. I know sometimes if you detox you will experience some skin problems as your system is cleansed. Does this also happen when you eliminate wheat?

    • Dr. Davis

      It would be odd, Jean, but we all have been hearing more about these sorts of unique experiences.

      Please let us know what becomes of this. Of course, it’s always possible that something else entirely is going on.

  22. kit saliba

    I am interestd in learning more about cerebellum athrophy. I have a friend who has been unbalanced for years and has just been told she has a shrinking cerebellum. would you please email me some info or studies that i could share with her.

  23. Natalie

    How is this diet any different from the atkins diet? Didn’t that diet prove to be dangerous due to it causing kidney failure? The beginning of the book is good, eliminating wheat is probably beneficial but eliminating carbs is dangerous. Our brains need carbs or we go into ketoacidosis!

    • Tanya

      Ketosis is benign & perfectly safe, and is easily reversible at any time.

      Diabetic ketoacidosis is totally different, very dangerous, yes, but very rare. It shouldn’t happen on the Atkins diet alone ~ it means that you have something very wrong with your pancreas.

      His diet doesn’t cause kidney failure ~ his only warning is that if you have pre-existing kidney problems to consult your doctor before starting his diet.

      And you don’t have to eliminate all carbs – just the ones from grains. Vegetables are carbs too, eat your salads and healthy cooked veggies and you’ll be getting plenty of carbs.

    • Boundless

      > … but eliminating carbs is dangerous.
      The book doesn’t advocate eliminating carbs; just cutting the net carbs down to a near ketogenic level.

      > Our brains need carbs …
      Nope. The brain apparently runs just fine on glucose from carbs, glucose from protein, or ketone bodies from fat.

      > … or we go into ketoacidosis!
      Only if you are dire diabetic straits. NK (nutritional ketosis) and DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis) are not the same thing at all.

      There are entire cultures of humans (such as the Inuit, before Twinkies) who live[d] entirely in ketogenic metabolism. Apparently, the other 99.34% of the human race, who live in glycemic metabolism, are making a huge mistake.

      And yes, WB followers need to increase their fat intake.

        • Boundless

          Well, thanks, doc. But my reply above is pretty much at the edge of what I know about this topic.

          At some point, we’re going to need to discuss the large entity in the room, elephant K we might call it.

          I’m getting the impression that there are a number of pioneers at the border between glycemic metabolism (GM) and ketogenic metabolism (NK), and that NK is still largely unexplored territory, scientifically. It looks like the place to live, though.

          Even the pioneers don’t yet have highly specific nutritional and status checking advice for glycemic refugees.

          Needless to say, this new NK territory frightens endocrinologists (who are already largely incompetent at living in the GM world). Dieticians and nutritionists are almost entirely unaware of the new NK world, and when they learn of it, their brains usually explode.

          • Dr. Davis

            Ha ha! Yes, this Brave New Nutritional World is rapidly leaving some people behind, such as the incredibly ignorant endocrine community and the majority of the nutritional community.

            The nutritionists and dietitians are starting to hear the message, however, with more and more starting to understand the issues. I can’t say the same for the endocrinologists!