Wheat Belly #1 New York Times Bestseller!

Wheat Belly makes it to the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller list for the Hard Cover Advice & Miscellaneous category.

Although it was first released nearly one year ago, the Wheat Belly message is growing. More and more people are learning that the message to “eat more healthy whole grains” is ineffective, fattening, and downright destructive.

Eat no “healthy whole grains” and enjoy restored health and control over appetite and weight. This is not gluten elimination for the gluten-sensitive; this is wheat elimination for everybody.

And I believe that the message is gathering momentum!

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  1. Neicee

    A big whopping ‘good job’ and kudos to you, your family, and those that encouraged you to come forward. And, I thank the Almighty you did. Well deserved and looking forward to more books in the future.

    I noted elsewhere I was on my 3rd copy. Keep finding people that are open to discussion but I know are on very limited budgets and I turn over my copy. :) Found another one on Saturday, struggling with her weight while trying to keep her strength up to move patients in the nursing home where my mother-in-law resides….there will soon be another copy ordered! My husband is verbal about how your book should come with a warning label: be prepared to buy a new wardrobe from the inside out including shoes, and it requires multiple copies. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and his. His new nickname for me is Slim….

    • Dr. Davis

      Thank you, Neicee!

      I love the idea of putting a warning label on the book about a new wardrobe needed!

      I’m going to make that suggestion to my editor for the new Wheat Belly Cookbook. Brilliant!

  2. Congratulations again, Dr. Davis. People are catching on!
    By the way, I told you I would post my thyroid results. Would you please look at them and tell me if these numbers look good or if I need to find another doctor to help me get rid of the pounds? I don’t have a lot to lose, but I have been eating this way since March and the pounds are still stuck. I got rid of the arthritis and I feel so much better but I would like to lose the extra 10 or so.I have lost a little around my waist, though.Thanks.
    TSH-L 0.03 Expected 0.49-4.67
    Free T4- 0.82 Expected 0.71-1.85
    FreeT3-2.98 Expected 2.30-4.20

    • Dr. Davis

      The numbers actually look pretty good, Dove.

      HOWEVER, if you have any symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as cold hands and feet, low energy, or thinning hair, it is still possible that you are low in thyroid via, for instance, excess reverse T3, a T3 thyroid hormone mimic that results in symptoms of hypothyroidism, including stalled weight, but with normal appearing values.

      If thyroid is not the issue, there are some other issues to consider, such as disruptions of cortisol rhythmicity, lack of progesterone, leptin resistance, etc. You can see that these questions are beyond the realm of most conventional primary care docs and a functional medicine doc or naturopath may prove more productive.

  3. Janice Oeltjenbruns

    Hi Dr. Davis and all.
    I have purchased one ebook and 6 hard cover books to pass around. I have been steering people to your blog as well. I have a long story. So I won’t go into it. I have a couple of observations I think are interesting though.
    #1 – After being grain/sugar free for 5 weeks I had the occasion to eat 3 whole wheat saltine type crackers…within minutes my mouth, tongue and lips got all tingly and almost numb… It went away after a few minutes. I thought maybe I was developing sea food allergy as we had been eating shrimp alot. So after a while I went back to the kitchen and ate another shrimp….nothing… no response. Hmmm, a couple of days later the kids had a box of Life cereal and I took 5 little squares… ate them as a test and within a couple of minutes….mouth tingling (less so than before).

    #2 – I had some sweet tea (yes I knew it had sugar) but very little. For 2 days I was buzzy in my head and unable to concentrate, felt generally ill. I took my BP (as I had orthostatic BP issues with a previous “Ideal Weigh” diet) thinking I was going through a transition but…all fine.

    There you go….wheat and sugar. Boom

    Peace to you all,

    • Dr. Davis

      Hi, Janice–


      I take this to mean that you had previously experienced some form of gastrointestinal disruption/inflammation that has now dissipated, partially reawakened by the wheat re-exposure.

      And I’m hearing from more people about these sugar intolerances after eliminating wheat. This is something I’ve not encountered before. Gotta watch for this!

      • Janice

        Yes Dr. Davis
        I am a lifelong wheat addict… and my body shows it. Diet after diet. I was somehwhat successful on Atkins type but… I never reached the level of non-hunger non-interest in eating that I enjoy now. Most days it is 1 pm before my mind wanders to food. I do drink coffee/cream all morning though. I find I’m drinking less of the coffee as well. I can see my ankles all the time (even in the heat) and there is at least 4 inches of room between the steering wheel and my belly. My triglicerides are heading downward (after only a month).
        Now, the challenge is my high-school children… they don’t want to hear about another diet I want them to share in. Sigh….
        Congratulations on your book’s success.

  4. Congrats, Doc! I bought your book when it came out and recommend it to all of my clients. It’s a great resource and the recipes are delicious, especially the cheesecake.

    • Dr. Davis

      Thanks, Dave!

      Hmmm, thanks for reminding me about the cheesecake. I was thinking about a dessert and a cheesecake sounds perfect!

      • Piper

        This reminds me – I have a chocolate chip (coconut flour) cookie recipe that I have been working with for quite some time… The consistency of the last batch I prepared is the closest to real I’ve gotten (A little spongier than normal cookies) Where do I post the ingredients?

  5. justina

    Well, I have an unusual success story. My sweet cat was a whooping 24 pounds (his breed is larger, but should be about 18 pounds). He had the belly of the year. I had him on only about 1/2 cup of low-cal dry cat food. It certainly contained wheat. As an experiment for 1 week I put him on lower calorie “wet” pure meat cat food – wheat and almost-carb free. He actually lost 1 pound! For a cat, that is incredible for only a week. He now does not meow all the time for food, and his much more active. My vet was shocked!

  6. Belinda

    A hearty congratulations! That is phenomenal!
    Today, I recommended your book to someone who is on a budget and suggested they could find it in the library. I checked. Indeed they can. In fact our county library system has 7 copies. However, there are currently 37 people who are wait-listed to check it out!

    • Dr. Davis

      Thank you, Belinda!

      I’m hearing similar messages from other people and libraries.

      I heard of one library that purchased an incredible 50 books and still had a long waiting list hundreds long.

      I am very grateful that this important message is gaining such a wide following. It does affect SO many people.

      • I never reccomend that anyone borrow the book–that they buy it, as an investment–give up 3 bags of wheat-based man-made toxins, and it’s YOURS!

        I an not surprized that Wheat Belly is no.1, again!

        I will not be surprized when Dr. Davis’s next book hits no.1!

        What that means to me, is more people are becomming educated, and less people are suffering, from man-altered genetic toxins!

        That is greater pressure on the Fed. Govt. and Experts, to revise their “Eat more healthy Whole Grains,” and “Eat more heart healty Whole Wheat,” toxic advice. Thanks to Dr. Davis, an informed people can inform their Govt. and Experts!

        Roger, OHIO

          • The “Experts” soon, in great numbers, will start comming out of the woodwork, and all they will have, to counter Dr. Davis, is ridicule, fancy words and no hard-science!

            I read a newer blog, how some “experts” are responding to the Paleo-Diet, and the miss-info they present.

            How does one account for all the people, a few of them, worse than I was, HOW DOES ONE ACCOUNT for all the people that have left chronic and terminal symptoms behind, when they left Wheat Behind?

            How does one account for me, the before and after–and that is after 49 years, 3 months of Wheat and Wheat Product consumption–free since 1 Mar. 2012!

            I wonder what these “Experts” will do and think, once either they or somone they love, has enough Wheat and Wheat Product Toxins, accumulated, for brain/body devestation?

            Roger, OHIO

          • Dr. Davis

            Don’t fret, Roger: They all have to do the dance in the hopes that they have not spent the last 30 years of their career echoing mistakes, destroying the health of the people they advise, and getting fat and diabetic themselves from their own poor understanding of nutrition.

            Nobody wants to look stupid. “Experts” who have been echoing conventional dietary advice really, really risk looking . . . like morons.

  7. Piper

    This makes me sooo happy!!! I am so excited for you Dr. Davis!

    What a great message you have sent to the world. It’s about darn time!

  8. Stephanie KL

    Way to go Doc! It’s spreading like wild fire. Personally, I’m having trouble passing the message on to others. They’re just non-receptive but the seed was planted and for some it takes a while longer to germinate. I’ll not give up!

    • Dr. Davis

      Don’t you worry, Stephanie.

      As word continues to spread and people hear this message on, say, Kelly Ripa’s show, or from Bill O’Reilly, or other celebrities or media, they will begin to realize that you were right!

  9. Claudia

    Congratulations and well deserved Dr. Davis! You and your book are very inspiring to me – so much so that I preach the Wheat Belly gospel all the time lol!
    I ride public transit and don’t generally engage with other people on transit (I don’t generally post on websites either for that matter). Anyways, I spied a very large, tall man standing by the doorway and passed him a note on this way out “Read Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis – It changed my life it can change yours too”
    Can’t believe I did it but believe in your message so much that I really had no choice

    • Dr. Davis

      It’s hard to keep quiet about this, isn’t it, when you’ve experienced the health transformation . . . from such a simple thing?

  10. JIllOz

    Congratulations, Dr Davis! And once again – thank you for writing the book and for writing it in such an accessible manner.

  11. Donna

    Congratulations, Dr. Davis! And thank you. I am one of your reader-patients who has not only lost weight but nearly cured my arthritis. In three weeks I am getting tested for celiac and gluten sensitivity. My GI expects positive results, which would explain my hypothyroidism, osteoporosis, and arthritis–all at the ripe old age of 57. Thanks to your book (and the low-carb bloggers I’ve been reading over the past two years) I put two and two together–my primary care doctors said I was just “getting old.” I will never eat wheat again, and I consider it a tiny sacrifice for the sake of health and longevity!

    • Dr. Davis

      Excellent, Donna!

      But be careful: Even if you test negative for the celiac markers, I would not interpret that to mean that wheat must therefore be okay. Given your wonderful response to wheat elimination, I would NEVER go back, regardless of what some blood test shows.

      Sadly, the blood tests are of very limited usefulness, as they can only identify one aspect of the wheat/gluten response.

  12. Nancy W.

    Congratulations, Dr. Davis!!! A well deserved honor. Now if I could just get my 16 year old son on board, maybe some of his ADHD symptoms would go away!!!

    • Dr. Davis

      Yes, potentially life-changing for him, Nancy.

      At 16, it is indeed a tough sell. Give it time and patience.

  13. Congrats Dr. Davis! I remember I use to read Wheat Belly on the train and the cover really got strangers and people passing by curious to open a dialogue about all this stuff!

  14. Doc,
    i’ve read the book twice over, there is a lot of info. I tryed going gluten free, before reading you book, but found out that the sugars in a lot of the gluten free products, would make me dizzy withing a short time. Your book has been long over due, trust me because i have been on every diet known, and they all failed. One thing l have notice about being wheat free is my energy level is better. I still have to watch for those hidden sugars in products. Okay enough about me, congrats on the book doc, looking forward to more books

    • Dr. Davis

      Thanks, Steve!

      Yes, once all the important issues have been identified, it is really very easy.

  15. I know I tell everyone I know about your book, and as an author myself, I know that word of mouth is THE best advertising there is. Congratulations, Dr. Davis!

  16. PJ

    WHOO HOO! Love it! You’re making it happen Dr. Davis! The word is definitely spreading. Some people I talk to mention that they’re seen you on Bill O’Riley or Kelly and want to know more detail. Different response than less than just a year ago.

    Soon it is going to be sooooo mainstream.

    Way to go, Dr Bill!

  17. Stella

    Yeah!!!!! The arrow of truth is finally pointing in the right direction-Wheat Belly! I make it my business also to daily tell someone about Wheat Belly. My mom also spreads the word. I wonder what the great influencer Dr. Oz has to say about Wheat Belly. He can’t ignore it now. It is #1!

    • Steve & Kate Cook

      Hi Stella ~ I was wondering the same thing.. What Dr. Oz’s take is on a wheat free diet. I see he has recipes on his site and perhaps I’ve missed an episode on this?? But I would imagine it falls into the same category of being politically correct. Can he really do that on his show..? Who’s he really gonna tick off ? Did you see the show’s he did on apple juice?
      Well, we’ve been on this for a little over a week now and I have had a profound change in some aches and pains I’ve had that are now gone! Just figured I’d let you know I had the same question in my head about Dr. Oz!! Kate

  18. Stan

    Dr. Davis-
    A well-deserved congratulations.
    What is particularly frightening at this time, (except for encouraging enlightenment about what wheat has been doing to civilizations for eons). Currently, projections for drought-induced shortages for most wheat, soy and corn crop production and derivative food supplies might actually force people to take another look at the pervasive influx into our processed, food supply.
    Unfortunately this USA, and world’s poor who have been fed (pun intended) the line of eat lots of grain/carb foods for your proper diet–will be the ones who are hurt most in their health and budget. They will simply struggle harder to fill their opioid-induced wheat habit with ever-cheaper, damaging food stuffs because it only is accessible.

    It’s degradation/quality, I predict will be even worse with the ensuing greater damage to the health of billions.

    • Dr. Davis

      Yes, indeed, Stan: There are some complex and perhaps unforeseen consequences of this situation.

      I believe that the solutions will be varied and unique to each region and country, different in, say, Pakistan than the U.K., and different in turn from the U.S. and Canada.

  19. Congratulations, and keep up the blog. Great work.

    Full disclosure: I haven’t read the book yet because I’ve been off grains for over a year. Which makes me feel kinda guilty. So I was wondering, is there any info in the book for the already converted?

    Thanka in advance,


    • Dr. Davis

      Perhaps not to make it work better, Kurt, but only to understand WHY this situation has developed.

  20. Janice

    Hi. I don’t know if this is the right place for this but the newsletter sent by the school indicated what the school lunch program will be this year and I found this USDA article.

    I just had a talk with my three high school daughters (2 are freshman, one a sophmore) about taking a home made lunch instead. With the afterschool sports and early morning marching band I’m scrambling about what to give/buy/send for them.
    Any good ideas are appreciated. BTW – they are not on the wheat/sugar free bandwagon. I am working on it.

  21. Mary

    Hi Dr. Davis,
    Congratulations! I have recommended the book to everyone I know and those who have read it are blown away with the interesting points you make and the wonderful results that come from your advice. I am a former type II diabetic! It’s awesome to go to the doctor’s office now and tell them how I turned my situation around with no meds, just good advice from you! Keep up the good work.

    • Dr. Davis

      Excellent, Mary!

      Please don’t hesitate to relate your entire story: when you were first diagnosed, treatments offered, then what you experienced with your wheatless experience.

  22. Pat

    Dr Davis,

    I too would like to say Congratulations and Thank You! Our primary care physician suggested getting your book after my last visit about two and a half months ago when we discussed my discouraging lack of progress in weight loss and trying to keep my blood sugar from creeping ever so close to officially being diabetic. So I bought the book, read it and then gave it to my husband to read. We were convinced that going wheat free was worth a try since whatever we were doing at the time was not satisfactory.

    I am excited to report it is working!! My husband went to the doctor about a month into our diet change and the doctor was absolutely delighted at the changes (for the good) in all my husband’s test results. As for me, I have started losing weight and both of us have noticed how much better we feel. We are spreading the word about the wheat free lifestyle to anyone who will listen.


    • Dr. Davis

      Excellent, Pat!

      Think of it: Eat NO “healthy whole grains” . . . and lose weight, reduce or eliminate inflammation, and undo diabetes!

      Are you listening, USDA?

  23. Marieke

    Hi Dr. Davis,

    Congrats on your book making #1! Well-deserved! You also did a great job on Live with Kelly- you are making a huge difference in people’s lives! Bravo!

    Just a quick question: I know you recommend raw nuts b/c of the poor quality oil used to roast them. I wonder if you are ok with people roasting raw nuts with a bit of olive oil spritzed on them? I am having a tough time enjoying the raw nuts- and love the nuts I roast myself. I really appreciate your time- thanks!

    • Dr. Davis

      I believe that the sacrifice in health effect is quite modest, Marieke.

      So if that is the step required for you to enjoy nuts, I think that’s okay.

      What I believe we should continue to avoid are nuts commercially roasted in hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil. These are clearly not good.

    • janet

      I love almonds also, but the raw ones not so much. Soaking them overnight in salt water removes some of the not so good things in nuts. Then I dry them in my dehydrator or you can use your oven. They get nice and crisp and a bit salty. Google soaking and drying nuts for more directions. Don’t eat too many nuts, though. They will stall weight loss. Reasonable amounts as snacks.

  24. Mark.

    Congratulations! I saw the book the first week it was in bookstores and… okay, I bought the Kindle version right then and read it on my phone. I was hoping it would sell well, and feared it wouldn’t — I guess that the O’Reilly enthusiasm has given it a real boost. Maybe the relatives I’ve tried to get to give up wheat, at least as an experiment, will finally give that a try…

    • Dr. Davis

      Thank, Mark!

      While much of the Wheat Belly enthusiasm has been driven by the accumulating stories of incredible successes, Big Media has been tentative.

      I suspect that sensitivity to advertisers play a role here, so I am grateful for these Big Media opportunities for a message that affects many, many millions of people.

  25. I occasionally get e-mails with book suggestions from Amazon.
    Yesterday the book they recommended was Wheat Belly!
    The revolution continues…..

  26. Thomas Scheer

    Archaeologists Officially Declare Collective Sigh Over “Paleo Diet”

    2012 August 6

    tags: archaeology, paleo diet, ridiculousness

    by Paul D Zimmer

    FRANKFURT- In a rare display of professional consensus, an international consortium of anthropologists, archaeologists, and molecular biologists have formally released an exasperated sigh over the popularity of the so-called “Paleo Diet” during a two-day conference dedicated to the topic.

    The Paleo Diet is a nutritional framework based on the assumption that the human species has not yet adapted to the dietary changes engendered by the development of agriculture over the past ten thousand years. Proponents of the diet emphasize in particular the negative effects of eating large quantities of grain and its numerous by-products, which can lead to hypertension, obesity, and various other health problems. Instead, the Paleo Diet posits that a reliance on lean meats, fresh fruits, and vegetables while minimizing processed food is the key to health and longevity.

    The nutritional benefits of the diet are not what the grievance is about, said Dr. Britta Hoyes, who organized the event. She agreed that a high-carbohydrate diet can have a detrimental effect on long-term health, as many studies have demonstrated. Instead, the group’s protest is a reaction to the biological and historical pediments of the diet, in particular the contention that pre-agricultural societies were only adapted to eat those foods existing before the Neolithic Revolution.

    Hoyes, a paleoethnobotanist who specializes in reconstructing prehistoric subsistence, stated that only thing unifying the myriad diets that she’s studied has been their diversity. “You simply do not see specific, trans-regional trends in human subsistence in the archaeological record. People can live off everything from whale blubber to seeds and grasses. You want to know what the ideal human diet consists of? Everything. Humans can and will eat everything, and we are remarkably successful not in spite of this fact, but because of it. Our adaptability is the hallmark of the human species. We’re not called omnivores for nothing.”

    As for the idea that agricultural products are somehow maladaptive to the human species, researchers at a seminar entitled “It’s When You Mate, Not What You Ate,” pointed out that evolutionary fitness is measured by reproductive success, not by the health or longevity of an individual.

    Richard Wenkel, a biostatician who chaired the panel, explained: “As long as the diet of an individual keeps them alive long enough to successfully mate, then that diet has conferred an evolutionary advantage. By that metric, the agricultural revolution has proven to be the most effective dietary system in the history of our species. We are the most prolific higher-order vertebrate on the planet.” It is a point that he feels is overlooked by Paleo Diet enthusiasts.

    “Look at that British girl who lived off of chicken nuggets for almost eighteen years, ” Wenkel continued. “The fact that her body was able to utilize the meager nutritional value of those things and get her to reproductive age is an incredible feat. It shows exactly how effective our versatility has been in human development. In a strict evolutionary framework, all your body needs to do is keep you alive until you breed. After that, you’re just living on borrowed time.”

    Wenkel stressed that personal health is too often confused and conflated with evolutionary fitness, a fact that has become more pronounced with the popularity of the Paleo Diet. Roddy Collins, a colleague of Wenkel’s, drove the point home: “It’s like, even my barber is suddenly an expert in evolutionary physiology. A seventeen-year-old kid at my gym give me a ten minute lecture on how my Clif Bar was poison because humans can’t metabolize soy. I’ve been studying human evolution for thirty years.”

    One of the strongest critiques of the Paleo Diet was presented by Karl Fenst, a bioarchaeologist with the Ardipithecus Institute, in a keynote address entitled “Papayas Ain’t Paleo, and Neither Are You.” Rather than focus on relative merits of one diet over another, Dr. Fenst instead attacked the premise that agricultural products are somehow “‘unnatural,” with wheat being specifically singled out. What people seem to ignore, he said, was that the fresh fruits and vegetables forming the basis of the Paleo Diet were created by the same agricultural process that produced cereal grains.

    “Nearly every food item you currently eat today has been modified from it’s ancestral form, typically in a drastic way, ” he began. “The notion that we have not yet adapted to eat wheat, yet we have had sufficient time to adapt to kale or lentils is ridiculous. In fact, for most practitioners of the Paleo Diet, who are typically westerners, the majority of the food they consume has been available to their gene pool for less than five centuries. Tomatoes, peppers, squash, potatoes, avocados, pecans, cashews, and blueberries are all New World crops, and have only been on the dinner table of African and Eurasian populations for probably 10 generations of their evolutionary history. Europeans have been eating grain for the last 10,000 years; we’ve been eating sweet potatoes for less than 500. Yet the human body has seemingly adapted perfectly well to yams, let alone pineapple and sunflower seeds.”

    In a Q-and-A session afterwards, Dr. Fenst provided some clarification into what he felt was at the heart of the issue: “The real problem is that people are cherry-picking data to sell this diet, and that it seriously misrepresents the historical and evolutionary development of our species.”

    Back in the lobby, Dr. Hoyes was busily collecting signatures for an even stronger gesture than the sigh to be held at the conference next year. “Were thinking of something big,” she explained, “like a statue of a Cro-Magnon eating a baguette.” The room burst into applause at his news.

    When asked what she would tell people who wished to pursue a true paleolithic diet, Dr. Hoyes laughed harshly before replying. ”You really want to be paleo? Then don’t buy anything from a store. Gather and kill what you need to eat. Wild grasses and tubers, acorns, gophers, crickets- They all provide a lot of nutrition. You’ll spend a lot of energy gathering the stuff, of course, and you’re going to be hungry, but that’ll help you maintain that lean physique you’re after. And hunting down the neighbor’s cats for dinner because you’ve already eaten you’re way through the local squirrel population will probably give you all the exercise you’ll ever need.”

    Summing up what many considered to be the main point of the entire conference, she told reporters:

    “Look, the diet itself is sound; it’s the philosophy that’s bullshit. Eat what you want. Just leave the damn cavemen out of it.”

    • Wonder what these types will do, when the Wheat and Wheat Product toxins, accumulate, to devestate their mind and body, as it took 49 years 3 months to nearly kill me–as I was getting to the point, I was in so much mind and body pain, I wish I were never even born!

      Is it just a Ko-inky-dink, that people become more healhy, when they lose the Wheat?

      I am not impressed, swayed or convinced by many so-called experts–as their credentials, fancy words, and cute and savvy insults, are not evidenced based.

      Do lilke the comment about chasing cats, after one has ate all the Squril population–as a hunter-gatherer . . . cute, though it missed the point of what Dr. Davis is trying to say!

      Roger, OHIO

    • Dr. Davis

      A useful discussion.

      BUT, as if often the case, the arrogance of scientists who study such things as fossils and other remnants, then make broad pronouncements on health in living humans, reflects their inexperience with real live humans.

      I advocate that modern humans eat none of the genetics manipulations of modern genetics, another group of scientists with a different brand of arrogance, one that says, “No matter how extreme the changes we introduced into a foodstuff, it still remains suitable for human consumption.”

      I would just as soon take the words of archaeologists as the final word in nutrition as I would take the word of Albert Einstein on how to navigate a spaceship.

      • John B

        Hello Dr. Davis,
        I just watched the Dr. Oz episode that you were featured on. I’ve been on your blog before, as I’m quite curious about your research on wheat and gliadin. I was looking through and found this blog comment and it intrigued me. Obviously the initial comment incited a very emotional reaction from one of the other blog members. This is a very emotional topic and I find it admirable and gutsy that you dive right in and reply to people, especially when they write something that challenges your research.

        I write because I have two questions. I would not call them challenges b/c I’m not a health or science professional. But they’re nature may seem challenging:

        1.) How would you respond to the panel of scientists originally mentioned in this thread, in regards to their comments about human adaptation to crops that have been part of our diet for a much shorter time than wheat? According to them, wheat has been consumed by some portion of the human population dating back as far as 10,000 years ago.

        2.) On the Dr. Oz show, 2 out of the 5 women that he tested blood sugar levels on, did not show adverse effects to the whole wheat bread vs. the candy bar. Why were these woman seemingly not affected?

        I thank you for your time in advance. This is a very important conversation and I’m glad that it is making people start to ask real questions about the food that we eat.


        John B.
        New York

        • Dr. Davis

          Hi, John–

          It is absurd for these people to suggest that humans have nearly or totally adapted to wheat. We MIGHT concede that partial adaptation has occurred to wheat in its traditional forms. But the 30-50 years since geneticists changed wheat is clearly insufficient to allow genetic adaptation.

          The 2 women had blood sugars with whole wheat bread equivalent to the candy bar: Best case scenario is that whole wheat raises blood sugar the same as candy. Worst and more common scenario: whole wheat raises blood sugar higher than candy bars.

          • John B.

            Thank you for your prompt reply Dr. Davis. I have three more question if that’s alright, and I’m done.

            1.)If we were eating a more traditional form of wheat and not the genetically engineered wheat, would there be any significant difference between the gliadin and glutenin proteins in that wheat?

            2.) I’m someone who does consume wheat in moderation, but does not have blood sugar or weight problems. I’m almost 30(I know I’m young), but I have very good self control and eat home cooked meals(meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes etc.). I’m looking to experiment with other whoe grains/pseudograins(millet, quinoa, whole corn etc.). Are you against most of these, and if so why?

            3.) I’d like to read your book but I also want to look for some peer reviewed studies on the gliadin effect. Can you point me to any?

            Thank You!

            John B.

          • Dr. Davis

            Yes, there are extensive changes introduced into both gliadin and glutenin proteins. Oddly, I discuss this fairly extensively in the new Cookbook. (Yes: There are more than recipes.)

            I will discuss your second question in an upcoming blog post. While you can consume these without perceived effects, you likely contribute (quite substantially) to issues like arthritis, cataracts, hypertension, heart disease, cancer, and dementia. So, no, I would regard these as benign mostly because of glycation issues. (See the relevant chapter on glycation in the book.)

            Please refer to the references listed in the book. There is also an expanded discussion on just this question with references in the new Cookbook.

          • John B.

            Sorry Dr. Davis, I didn’t see a reply capability underneath your last reply to me(probably cause I had indicated I was done), so that’s why I responded up here. Not sure where this comment will ultimately end up on the page’s layout.

            I just wanted to say thank you again for getting back to me and my questions. When I first commented, I brought up the sentimental reaction of one of the people on here to someone who challenged your position with a post by archaeologists and how they feel about a non-grain(for lack of a better term) diet. I think it works both ways though. People on the ‘we don’t want to give up our wheat’ side feel equally sentimental about their food. Food is engrained(no pun intended) in our society and culture. I for one am almost frightened at the idea of having to give up my family’s recipe for Greek spinach pie(amongst other traditional foods made with wheat) passed down through the years. But at the same time, I seem to have soft tissue problems from the age of 20 and occasional gastro problems(although a stress-free vacation has proven a great, immediate remedy to those in the past).

            Needless to say, I take my health very seriously as do many people. I wonder if wheat is in fact the major culprit in my health issues, and seeing your work in the media is what has sparked this curiosity and concern. It’s very much a confusing issue to me though at the moment. I have a grandfather who is 97 and can eat anything he wants, as long as he puts it “Don’t overdo anything, everything in a balance.” This is just an anecdotal example obviously, as he may just be genetically blessed as his father was, but I think it would be a good test to examine the effects of wheat on some long living individuals. Maybe even go to some pockets of humanity where people live above average lives(blue zones) and examine how many and types of grains they consume(if any at all).

            I’m sure the research and experiments to come will be interesting, I just hope that they are done in a sincere manner and that the debate doesn’t get hijacked by loud, irrational people. I believe you’re the right person to spearhead this debate based on what I’ve seen of you. Your intentions seem sincere and in the interest of helping people improve their health. I wish you the best and look forward to reading your book soon!

            Have a Great Holiday,
            John B.

          • Dr. Davis

            Hi, John–

            Yes, joining the conversations here is easy.

            Please feel free to continue to post comments/feedback, though most attention is obtained by posting comments to the most recent posts.

    • James

      I think these scientists have a point but they seem to miss a BIG one:

      To be able to reproduce is one thing, and nearly any diet will allow you to reach reproductive age. But that’s not the end of it. You also want to THRIVE! Have an optimal health and so on, with all the nice consequences (physical, mental, social, etc). The picture of what a “true paleo” person would have to do presented by one of these scientists is rather depressing, and I don’t think that humans would have survived if they had had to live a truly depressing life. If we live on borrowed time once we have reproduced, then I don’t see the point of our species evolving the ability to live older than say 30 y.o.

      I agree about the concept of the paleo diet, there was probably as much diversity as there is today, but for the rest, I find these scientists’ idea of paleo life rather cartoonish …

  27. Doc,
    i like the results you are getting with your new book. Question? is wheat related to cancer, here are some things i found that doesn’t take into account the posionous effects of wheat
    You cannot have cancer unless three factors are present.

    These three factors are:

    The presence of an ectopic germ cell

    The stimulating presence of the female sex hormones

    A deficiency of active pancreatic enzymes

    please respond doc.


    • Dr. Davis

      We need better data, Steve, that separates the effects of any grain versus no grain at all. This is very difficult to do in a long-term real world setting, as it requires decades of observation to show a “preventive” effect.

      My suspicion, however, is that consumption of modern wheat in any form will prove to be an extravagant risk for gastrointestinal cancers, increasing risk not just a bit, but many times that of a non-wheat consumer.

  28. Kate

    I am 78 years old. PCOS [polycystic ovary disorder] has blighted my life since my early teens. I am also hypothyroid [a long standing family disorder] that I have been treated for since diagnosed at age 32. My thyroid disfunction has been well treated since then, and my regular blood tests always report that I am euthyroid.
    The PCOS is another story and I have struggled with weight issues forever, and all the other mental and physical problems that can come with it. All despite despite sticking to the ‘diet’ recommended by all doctors/nutritionists and dieticians as being ‘the cure.’
    For the past two years I have had increasing gastrointestinal problems – not life threatening, but acidity, gas, discomfort making me unwell, and unhappy. All that, and an increasing belly.
    I was on the point of taking these symptoms back to my doctor who was dying to order all the invasive diagnostics he could come up with. Then, I misclicked on a link to this site.
    That was two weeks ago, I immediately cut out bread [and I am an enthusiastic bread maker!] After just two days I no longer needed my ‘little helper’ chewable heartburn tablets, and I slept without waking.
    I did try oats one morning and suffered mightily afterwards, a but am now I am feeling brighter, lighter and am delighted.
    No weight loss yet, but my clothing feels looser.
    Dr Davis, I have your ‘Wheat Belly” book on order, and look forward to inhaling the information it contains.
    Currently I have one health concern; after a routing eye examination I was told I have ‘an inflamed patch’ on one retina. I was questioned extensively regarding any ‘inflammation’ I might have.
    Tomorrow, I see a retinal specialist, but am wondering if, in your opinion, this inflamed patch might be linked to the use of wheat products?
    Thank you for this site, I am already one of many singing your praises with; I hope more benefits yet to come.

  29. Graham

    Hello Dr. Davis – heartiest congratulations on your #1 in the NY Times! So glad so many people are getting your information.

    I was wondering if you’d think about publishing a short and simple version of Wheat Belly, sort of what Michael Pollan did with “Food Rules”? I am a huge fan of your book, and almost a year after I first read it I consider it one of the most important books I have ever read. But tonight as I was trying to explain the evils of wheat to a friend who is borderline Type 2, and maybe 50 lbs overweight, I realized there might be a need for a distillation of the text – a handbook for those who might not otherwise take the time to get through the original book.

    Anyway, thanks again, no wheat since last September and I’ve never been healthier. So glad your book is getting out there.

    Cheers, Graham

    • Dr. Davis

      Hmmmm. An interesting idea, Graham.

      Because my editor and I have been so engrossed in the cookbook project, we haven’t yet talked about how to continue to grow this movement and support the needs of followers.

      Thanks for the suggestion! Perhaps a simpler “how-to” and “why” version might be a good idea.

  30. Nicole

    Dr. Davis,
    I got to read only part of your book while visiting a friend and was fascinated…am going to try a diet change.
    I was wondering if sprouted wheat has the same effects on the body as other wheat? You may have heard of Ezekiel bread. Is this a good substitute? Or, I’ve also been making all rye or a mixture of spelt/rye bread. I understand that these have less gluten and aren’t genetically modified. Could you comment on any findings with the use of these? Thanks so much…

    • Dr. Davis

      Sprouting the wheat seeds, Nicole, reduces the amount of amylopectin A carbohydrate by a modest amount. But it remains wheat.

      Sprouting remains one of the many fictions surrounding wheat. It still remains a poison, just as low-tar cigarettes do not make healthy cigarettes–it’s still made from tobacco.

  31. Barbara Erlandson

    I have given up gluten in my diet. It is still early. I am beginning week 4 of a new lifestyle change. But what I like the most is that I sleep through the night now, my skin is blemish free, my joint pain is gone, and I have lost 5 pounds! I also noticed that the mental fog I so often found myself floundering in is gone. I have never dieted before in my life. This has convinced me this is the right path for me. I also have early stage Crohn’s Disease.

    My sister and father have also gone gluten-free and as a result are enjoying better health. My Dad is soon 85 years young and has diveriticulitis so bad he is hospitalized and given blood transfusions. My sister, who is morbidly obese, just had a pacemaker put in after heart surgery failed to help her heart. She has lost over 40 pounds and feels so much better and all she has done is eliminated wheat, rye and barley. She now swims and is enjoying her life.
    I am so thankful I read your book, it has changed my life and the lives of my sister and Dad. Thanks.