You’re diabetic because “you are lazy and self-serving”!

Read the comments of dietitian Janelle Schnake RD, CDE that she posted on the Wheat Belly Blog:

Dr. Davis,

As a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator I really, completely, totally agree with your statements about whole wheat and how it affects blood sugar, but I also believe that we need to “call the duck a duck.”

The problem with obesity and diabetes in America probably–no, certainly–has nothing to do with the intake of wheat bread, but the fact that Americans are lazy and self-serving. The biggest problem with diabetes in America is that, as a culture, Americans want their food quick and fast and cheap and they don’t want to exercise because . . . well, I could repeat all of the absolutely selfish reasons why BUT I’m sure, as a doctor, you have probably heard the same ones I have.

Needless to say since this article came out in Prevention magazine, guess what the backlash I have heard, as an actual practicing clinician who lives in the “real world”: It’s not cutting out wheat products, it’s switching to something even worse: white bread. So congratulations on all of the extra money you have made on your book and magazine articles, but next time let’s face the real issue: Diabetes and obesity is usually caused by inactivity, huge portions, busy families, and poor food choices. Oh, yeah, that doesn’t sell books, my bad!!!!

That is precisely what she posted, though I did correct her rather horrendous punctuation. (She apparently is commenting on something that came out in Prevention Magazine that I wrote.)

You can see what we are up against: The incredible ignorance of the dietary community who are absolutely convinced that you are overweight, tired, feel awful, have acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome, unexplained depression and rashes, constant hunger, and have high blood pressure and high blood sugars . . . because you are “lazy and self-serving.” In the minds of people like her, it has nothing to do with the message to “cut your fat and eat more healthy whole grains” provided by our own “official” agencies and dietary community.

Rather than reading the book, opening her mind to the possibility that much of what she thought was right is wrong, that her education was heavily influenced by the curriculum set by the food and drug industry, and gently telling people that, no, white bread is no better than whole wheat because they’re both bad–well, instead, she chooses to vent her frustration in a place where it will have . . . absolutely no effect!

Actually, I do agree that there is indeed a subset of people who, no matter how effective the approach or method, will always overindulge, eat the wrong food, not bother with other healthy habits. But they are probably NOT the ones reading Prevention Magazine nor the ones looking to hear the message I am broadcasting. I fear that the ignorance of dietitians like Ms. Schnake is also self-fulfilling: If she thinks you are flawed, gluttonous, and lazy, she will help you do more of the same!

I am embarrassed and ashamed that we have people like Ms. Schnake purporting to provide dietary advice to the unwitting public, who put their trust in her. If she refuses to at least participate in the discussion, let’s do our best to put her out of business.

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  1. Kelly

    This person demonstrates a lack of knowledge (& compassion) so typical of many dietary “professionals”. My husband is in the process of effortlessly shedding years of excess kilos (sorry, we are Aussies) after struggling for years with an insatiable appetite. After 3 months of a Paleo style diet and meticulous avoidance of all grains he is finally experiencing what it is to feel satisfied after a reasonable sized meal, and has arrived at his healthy, desirable body weight goal (14 kilos lighter!). Prior to this he was always looking for seconds, struggled to drive past the bakery without pulling in for a “treat”, and could well have been described by some as a “glutton”.
    He works physically hard (he is a builder), and to descibe him as “Lazy and self serving” could not have been further from the truth. Instead we should have compassion for those people who struggle daily with an inability to feel satisfied with what they eat, and do our best to promote the dietary and lifestyle changes that will allow them to regain control of sensible and healthful eating. Doctors and dieticians have done nothing to help him arrive at his success, but rather it has been books such as “Wheat Belly” that have got us this far. It is a joy for me now to see my husband push his plate away when he has had sufficient to eat…I never thought I would see the day.

    • Dr. Davis

      Great, Kelly!

      You can see that people like this dietitian are part of the PROBLEM, not part of the solution.

      Your husband was victimized by conventional advice offered by people like this.

    • Rong

      I couldn’t agree more. We now accept alcoholism as a disease along with drug abuse. However, there are still very small minded people who look at overweight and obese people and want to treat them like we used to treat alcoholics and drug addicts. Some people are just predisposed to certain health risks and all to often their will power has nothing to do with it.

      Reminds me of the old Kris Kristofferson song line: “Every on need someone to look down on.”

    • JIllOz

      Great stuff Kelly! :)

      I listened to a local, Aussie radio discussison about obesity a while ago and heard the most awful sad call from a lady who had tried for years to lose her large amount of fat and simply couldn’t but kept getting fatter. She was almost crying on the air she was so upset. She was doing everything she was told but the weight wouldn’t move. What shocked me was that she was scared to leave her house because people had actually spat on her because of her size!!
      Unbelievable!

      It’s people like this lady that really need your help, Dr D!! i don’t recall whether I knew about WB then, but the difficulty there is that if you ring up certain stattions some hosts are of the sort that will dismiss you because it sounds like a fad diet, especially when you only have a few seconds to speak.
      fortunately there are others that don’t and i have rung a couple of those.

      • Dr. Davis

        Yes, indeed, Jill.

        So let’s keep on spreading the word. More and more people are hearing about these painfully simple principles, but many have not. As the message is broadcasted more frequently in mass media, this woman will hear it, sooner or later.

  2. Pat

    I can so relate to the adventures of dealing with hospital dieticians. My husband had to have surgery last May and I do want to stress that I have nothing but the greatest respect for his surgeon and the nursing staff who tended to him both pre and post-op. My beef is with the mindset of the dieticians. Although it only required an overnight stay they were not happy with his menu choices for the meals that he ate while in the hospital. Low carb and no wheat products just about threw them into a tizzy. It made no difference that he repeatedly told everyone from dietary that he was eating according to the recommendations of his primary care physician who is truly enlightened and recommended Dr Davis’ book to us. They did not want to hear it.

    • Neicee

      Pat, I pray both you and your husband survived the dealings with the nonsense you have to go through while hospitalized. My husband underwent surgery 6 years ago for a Spinal AVM. He had never shown a high blood sugar level, ever. After surgery, they would wake him about every 2 hours, then promptly give him a shot of something. I spent nights in his suite and heard him wake and ask the night nurse why? What was the shot for? Why did they always wake him when he’d just fallen asleep from the last round? Well, the injection was either morphine or morphine derivative and it spikes your blood sugar level…..he pitched a fit. It was an insulin injection!! Told them he would tough it out without the shot, he didn’t want it anyhow. That sent the entire night shift into a tizzy fit and they scrambled to find someone to authorize his refusal of the drug. He never took another shot, and refused to take any further painkillers. Hah!

    • Dr. Davis

      And you can’t help but feel like you are the prisoner and they are the prison guards, eh, Pat?

      And these prison guards are convinced they know all the right answers!

  3. Maybe if there was convenient foods available that actually were healthy, wheat-free, didn’t raise blood sugar, doesn’t shoot insulin sky high, and is nutrient-dense (not by government standards, please), and we had options, we would have our energy (fat) stores to burn in everything we do and our weight issues would take care of themselves.

    I would love to have some options available that fall into my primal, anti-inflamatory, low-carb, real-food (not created in a lab), diet. It would be nice to have a fast fix available to me out in the “real world” that isn’t going to make me diabetic, hungry again in 40 minutes, and sleepy from a blood sugar crash. If the government would get out of the health and nutrition business and let the actual current science speak loud and clear, maybe we could all buy fast, easy, convenient foods, that actually are healthy and promote weight loss, instead of the government recommended Standard American Diet (SAD diet).

    • Dr. Davis

      Couldn’t agree more, Vicki!

      Problem: How do we push Kraft, Nabisco, Coca Cola and their like out of the way as they transform inexpensive commodity ingredients into delightful and tasty chips on sale at low prices, say, while a healthy snack maker uses non-commodity ingredients to make more expensive but healthy snacks?

      It is going to happen, but it will be us early adopters willing to spend more who will enjoy the fruits of this effort first.

    • Hillary

      Vicki – have you ever tried coconut chips (larger than coconut flakes)? They are very tasty, filling and last forever if kept in a sealed bag or container. A very quick & easy snack to take anywhere. Several companies sell them online but my favorite ones are at http://www.wildernessfamilynaturals.com – they have a lot of very good products.

    • JIllOz

      Vicki, i’ts easier than you think.
      Buying a healthy salad and beef sandwich? eat the inside, throw away the bread.
      Buying a pie, breaded meat, pizza? Eat the good stuff, throw away the wheat parts.
      Once you focus on meat/veg only and forget the Wheat, it becomes much easier.
      Treat the wheaty parts of fast/take away food as a plate or food holder and ditch the sugary sauces.
      In fact, I heard a chef say recently that the breading part of breaded foods is not meant to be eaten as it is simply a way of making the contents more tender.

      I’m no saint by the way, I still have iced coffee (lots of water) and sweets, but am improving as far as my food goes – WheatFree of course – and make good choices.
      My parents are very pleased they don’t have to hear my painful rough chest coughs any more and that I am a bit more physical and energetic. (still get tired though).
      Now if they would only follow suit… :(

  4. Pat

    Wouldn’t want her as my dietician.
    She is wrong about diabetics- they need an educator who has a bit of understanding and compassion. The diet today is just the result of the rest of our lifestyle today.
    People need to make eating a priority and that is a good opportunity for her to practice her craft she gets paid for as an educator.

    • Shirley

      It certainly was not a lifestyle issue for me, Pat. I have the same life, still often rushed and frazzled.
      Not only did wheat cause my junk food cravings, but also shaped my choices when truly hungry. It was always just as easy and to order a salad as a burger and fries.

  5. Mary

    I used to be “diabetic.” Now I am not. Cured by Wheat Belly. Fasting blood sugar less then 87 consistently. Postprandial readings at one hour at 100 or less. A1c 5.5. No dietician can tell me any lies about wheat or proper carb intake. I struggled for 10+ years following ADA diet guidelines. I gained 15+ pounds. I walked 15 miles a week at training heart rate. I stopped all that nonsense because it only produced higher and higher blood sugar numbers, even on metformin and with exercise. Something was obviously wrong and I knew it wasn’t my laziness or overindulgence. Sorry. It was the horrendous advice that was killing me! Now I avoid carbs with the same dilgence that I avoid dieticians and doctors/nurses who give ADA advice. It doesn’t work and it never will. More people are diagnosed with diabetes and/or obesity every year. And with so many dieticians with such rock-solid advice? Hmm….Maybe it’s the dieticians who are propelling people to diabetes and obesity. That was certainly the case for me.

    • Dr. Davis

      Terrific, Mary!

      I’d like to post your comment as a blog post. Others who are temporarily and reversibly diabetic need to hear your story!

  6. Firebird

    “he problem with obesity and diabetes in America probably–no, certainly–has nothing to do with the intake of wheat bread, but the fact that Americans are lazy and self-serving. ”

    Wow. Lets see, can I bring up an example against this argument? I think I can. Bobby Clarke, a lifelong diabetic, played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League, won two Stanley Cups, was league MVP, won scoring titles, and then went on to become a successful general manager. He is in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

    Wait. Maybe my argument has no merit after all. Bobby Clarke is a Canadian.

    • Dr. Davis

      Interestingly, Canadians, even more than Americans, are a wheat-consuming population. I believe they are the top wheat consuming nation on earth.

  7. sigsy

    I am the offspring of two T2 diabetics. My mother was diagnosed at age 48, my father at age 75. Neither of them have any family history of this disease however I have been told that this disease is hereditary. My mother always battled with her weight but was very careful when diagnosed with T2. My father was always active, always watched his weight and maintained his normal 185 lbs. his entire adult life. He for certain is not indicative of what this RD is labeling diabetics at all! I was gestational diabetic for one of my children, so I knew that the chances of my developing T2 were pretty high and then, when both of my parents were diagnosed with it, I knew I was going to develop it as well, I just didn’t know WHEN it would hit me. I was diagnosed at age 55.

    I haven’t completed a full week yet on Wheat Belly and am giving it a month to see how I feel and how my sugars and weight do following this diet. I like it so far, four days into the program. I have access to all the items required to make the “faux bread”.

    I really enjoy reading the posts on here. Last night, when I read the headline for the day, I just had to read each and every post until I completed the whole thing! It really is outrageous and I am not putting my faith in an RD but rather am going to have faith in Dr. Davis.

    Thank you for this blog!

    • Dr. Davis

      Yes, diabetes has an inherited component in some people.

      But wait a minute here: We are in the midst of the worst epidemic of diabetes ever seen in humans! Could 1 in 2 Americans really have acquired this genetic disease?

      Of course not. The vast majority of the time, diabetes is caused by diet–yes, the diet advocated by the U.S. government, the diet advocated by the American Diabetes Association. Yes, they CAUSE diabetes. Whether out of ignorance, stupidity, or a profit motive, it is inexcusable . . . but that’s what they have done.

  8. JIllOz

    You know, this dietitian would fully justify her training had she bothered to read your book.
    Nothing she says is valuable simply because of this simple omission.

    Do these people think that learning about their job stops once they graduate??

    Pathetic.

    • Dr. Davis

      Yes, sadly.

      Believe it or not, I am on friendly terms with most of my colleagues (though we have come close to fists on several occasions!). And most obtain their “education” from the drug industry and will readily tell you so.

      The few who actually read the medical literature and/or attend scientific conferences are also not entirely without bias, as “education” is often paid for by, yup, the drug companies.

  9. Larry

    Dr Davis, when you started this website, one of the first things people wrote in about was how dieticians and nutritionists seem disconnected from what they’ve learned to what they see and deny.
    Countless people wrote in here, saying that they were taken by surprise at the food they saw being given out in hospitals.
    Patients being treated for life threatening illnesses were fed, cookies, cakes, sodas, bread, etc.
    This all just goes to show you how corrupted everything has become.
    They learn what the Lobbyists will tell them, after those Lobbyists have bought the power to do it.
    While Ms Schnake is partially correct, some people will never do anything to help themselves, a lot of that has to do with people being told there’s nothing they can do…except take more pharmaceitical drugs.
    If she was wise, instead of corrupted, she’d start advising her patients to cut out bread/wheat, eat a bit more protein and healthy fats, etc, at least the one’s who’ll listen.
    Maybe she’s afraid of what she’ll see.

    • Dr. Davis

      I am also incredulous, Larry, that people like Ms. Schnake who actually witness how things play out, don’t observe that, “You know, NOBODY seems to do better with my diet advice. Maybe it’s wrong!”

      Perhaps we are being too harsh on her. After all, she is simply a unthinking robot following the teachings of Big Food and the government agencies who support them.

      • JIllOz

        i don’t think you could be to hard pn Dr D. She’s shown herself to be an idiot!!
        If she was at least inquiring into the circumstances around wheat growing and effects of it on the human body, she would at least show that she has an inquiring mind and is ready to explore possible new developments in health.

        If she at least read read your book, explored a bit further and talked to her clients more, and then started dishing out good solid advice that actually helped people, clients would flock to her and she could make a fortune!!

        For some people, knowing that we need to get off wheat is enough. But many (including me) would do even better with a supportive health professional who knew some biochemistry and knew about the way in which our individual bodies worked.
        It would something like individual diet support/coaching and I think people are quite happy to pay for this sort of professional support because it can be quite tricky in the early stages and even a bit later depending on how far gone you are.
        Even healthy people need good sources of helath advice.

        Oh well – if she doesn’t want to be one of those, then too bad. But she’s doing herself and her clients no favours at all.

        • Dr. Davis

          Open-mindedness is my number one requirement among people in healthcare.

          But it is a surprisingly rare commodity.

  10. When my husband was first diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, he was sent to a dietician who told him that no food was off limits (he was even told to eat cereal bars as snacks so his blood sugar wouldn’t get too low!!), but he needed to monitor his intake and dose his insulin accordingly. Morning blood sugar was supposed to be around 140, which sounded awfully high to me. He’s been on Wheat Belly for almost two months and his insulin requirements have gone from 85 units to 15 units per day. His fasting blood sugar is now around 90, but he’s concerned that it’s too low and he might need to “eat more carbs.” My husband can’t seem to get the 140 number he was told by the dietitian out of his head, and when I praise him for the lower readings, he asks me where I got my medical degree! My point is that medical professionals have a huge impact on their patients, and what they say is taken as gospel by many. The medical profession really needs to get on board here… Thanks.

    • Dr. Davis

      You are absolutely correct, Patience, and your poor husband has been fatally misled.

      This is the state of affairs in conventional diabetes thinking: Advise people to eat in a way that sustains or worsens diabetes.

      It is shameful and wrong. The solution to low blood sugars is not, of course, to eat sugars or carbohydrates. It’s get rid of the medications that are dropping blood sugar.

      Ah, but what will Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Sanofi Aventis, and GlaxoSmithKline going to do for revenues? And, if the nation cures the diabetes epidemic by just eating properly sans wheat, what good is the American Diabetes Association and its diabetes-causing message?

  11. Leslie

    Here is my question, and it’s one that I’ve been mulling for awhiile: What kind of liability issues do credentialed medical professionals face when dispensing advice that goes against the currently generally accepted treatments/advice of the medical profession (and insurance and government, I suppose)? Is the “stick” that keeps the herd in line the fear of litigation if things go badly with a patient or the refusal of insurance payment for unaccepted forms of treatment? I also wonder how we can possibly turn the ponderous tide of the current medical and insurance establishment to another course. Most functional or integrative physicians are on a cash only payment plan because they cannot operate within the current insurance system, which denies their services to most people simply because of coast. Naturopaths generally don’t prescribe, so if you have true medical issues not related to diet (thyroid, for instance) you cannot use one as your primary physician, and they are also not accepted by insurance. Even if I personally were to go to medical school, could I make it through the training knowing what I know about nutrition and other foundatinal principals like saturated fat clogs your arteries? Would I be able to start a practice that could accept insurance? Would I be ripe for getting sued? Would I be shunned by my colleagues? Dr. Davis, you are a cardiologist, and I assume you make your living by billing cardiac services. The (great) nutrition advice you dispense is a value added service, not your main source of income. You also have some weight behind you because of your years in the profession. Could a new doctor have any chance of success? I was intent on medical school for many years aftere I graduated from college, but my personal physician actually talked me out of it because of the state of insurance (and that was in 1992). That decision may have saved my health, as now I am free to consider all sides of an argument based othe evidence presented, not by what was force fed and drilled into me as a condition of my employment.

    • Dr. Davis

      I think there are more and more young people who are starting to question, if not outright reject, conventional advice.

      Problem: Medical training is still about following rules, being belittled, being forced to work long hours that is meant, at least sometimes, to demoralize as well as educate. It tends to create a robotic rule follower, rather than independent thinkers.

      I do fine. Yeah, lots of colleagues disagree. But funny thing: Their patients come back to them 50 pounds thinner, off diabetes and hypertension drugs, with “cholesterol” values that are transformed with little to no drugs. So they tend to say,” Well, I don’t know what he’s doing, but just keep doing it.” In other words, they have also lost a sense of wonder and curiosity about nutrition and human health, choosing instead to be wowed by the charms of the sexy sales rep in the waiting room or just take the easy way out and continue to write prescriptions.

      I would not know what I know, had I not taken the path I took. But I would never take it again. Medical training was enlightening and exciting at time, but for the most part was 17 years of sleep deprivation and incredibly long hours. I would not want my children to go through what I went through.

  12. A friend told me about the book Wheat Belly, and I went out and bought it immediately. It was amazing what I was reading that pertained to the “old” me. I was told by my doctor to begin a “no sugar, no flour, no yeast” diet. After some time, I felt SO much better and understood how much my health had deteriated. In about ten months I lost over 70 pounds and had a great deal more energy. When I shared this information with a friend who has diabetics, I found out that this information isn’t shared with the diabetic educational community. I could share my experiences as anecdotal evidence for going without wheat,

  13. Mary

    Must be the same one that sent a 10 year old just diagnosed with TYpe 1 home eating 300 carbs a day . What happen was a thin child get very chubby and taking a lot of insulin until I read up on low carb dr Bernstein that was 5 years ago .Now he is eating around 50 carbs a day taking very little insulin and has stable BS not all over the place ones like he had 6 years ago . Thanks doc for the WB book now if I can just get him to eat more then lettuce baby spinach ,apples & celery !!!

    • Dr. Davis

      That’s wonderful, Mary!

      Yes, the standard advice for diabetes, including type 1, is nothing short of abysmal. Their advice causes an increased need for medication, including increasing doses of insulin.

      Thank goodness you rejected their silly and destructive advice and found the correct answer!

    • Joan

      Amazing, isn’t it? We got the same dietary advice a year ago when our 11 year old was diagnosed. He never ate that many carbs before his diagnosis- why would I start feeding him MORE carbs than before when diabetes is basically an inability to handle carbohydrates?? And it amazes me even more that our endocrinologist tells me my son’s A1C is too low (it’s not) and that he needs more carbs in his diet (and he isn’t that low carb, either- usually around 100 to 120 grams per day, but he’s an active athlete). I just tune her out and keep on doing what we are doing.

  14. pam

    this is what i think about that RD:
    “Stupidity and arrogance in one package, how efficient of her!”
    (B5 quote)
    cheers,

  15. Robin

    Coconut oil is VERY good. Eat lots of vegies. They’re great vehicles for grass-fed butter – yum. [As Sally Fallon says.] Don’t do low-fat anything and stay away from all those vegetable oils you see in the supermarkets. They’re extremely bad. Virgin cold-pressed olive oil is good too.
    Yep, you’ve got to get the book. :)

    • MelB

      For those of you who really like coconut: using coconut oil in cooking is not appealing to me, but I have discovered another way to get the benefits of coconut oil – some fantastic coconut macaroons – they contain no gluten, soy, eggs, grain, etc. I believe the brand name is Jennie’s. I believe that the serving size is 2, and I doubt that you will be tempted to over-indulge. Often, I just want 1. They are very filling. I have found them in two local health food stores, and I’m sure they are also available online. They don’t specify that you should refrigerate them, but I think they keep better and taste better when refrigerated in a glass jar.

  16. AP

    Does anyone else find it entertaining that her last name is Schnake and she is a minion disguising herself as a promoter of health?

    • AP

      I honestly feel bad for her as she will contribute to not only the demise of those she “helps”, but her own demise as well by choosing to follow the misguided old school advice. I guess you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make her drink. Thanks for all that you are doing and not being afraid to stand up for what we believe in Dr. Davis!

      • Dr. Davis

        I did a Google search for her name and the 2nd page came up with this discussion. She may find that her nasty comments come back to haunt her in any job search or other endeavor.

        It’s not wise to say stupid things like that in public unless you’ve got really good cause and the evidence and chutzpah to back it up.

  17. Rudy

    Yes I to have fallen to Dr. Orders eat fruits, veggies and WHEAT what a load of garbage after 15 years of meds and having RA, Diabetes, degenerative disc, and nerve disorder and taken 20 different medications at one time and doing insulin shots i gave up WHEAT and now I’m into my 13 week medication free 57 pounds lighter I’m able to sleep like a baby and yes I got my life back.

  18. jerry pohl

    I started reading the book about 10 days ago and started eliminating wheat intake at the same time…ten days later, ten pounds lost. But, as I tell my friends and family, it’s not the weight that motivates me. I live in So. Cal and the air pollution has given me asthma which I have suffered with for years. I had a hunch it might be in play. And yes, I know, you don’t rid yourself of asthma in 10 days. But I have noticed I do not need my QVAR inhaler or simply don’t feel the need in my chest. So, I don’t care what people say, I am doing this! The weight is gone, sure. But going down a path that will return me to health is way more important to me.

    Interestingly, you try to tell people you are excited about this new path of eliminating wheat from you diet and they think you are a kook!…some crazy vegan or person following yet another diet craze. And, believe, because they are so vested in eating wheat products, they actually do not want to know about it, and they ridicule you….very tough. Here are people you love and are trying to help, and they drive you away with laughing and ridicule.

    But, I am a believer….this is the most life changing book I have ever read. If they replaced my eight grade health class (1962) with a class that taught from the chapters in this book, Americans would be so much healthier…the health lessons they did teach, guided us little in our quest for actual health.

    Many thanks to Dr. Davis,

    V/R Jerry Pohl, Long Beach, CA

    • Dr. Davis

      Very nice, Jerry!

      Let them think what they want to think. Let them come back and ask what it is you are doing when you are the picture of perfect slenderness and health!

    • bh

      I started with the wheat belly lifestyle in August 2011. After a few months of “once a week won’t hurt,” and eating stuff to be polite, I got serious January 1. After 20 years of sometimes debilitating asthma, I am symptom free. Not just episode free, symptom free from asthma. That alone makes this new life worthwhile.

  19. tara

    I think she needs to give up wheat and gluten for a month just to experience the difference this will make in her life and her patients. However, for her to be so judgemental that all Americans are lazy and eat too much is wrong on so many levels. I adopted this lifestyle on January 11, 2012 and there is no going back. She needs to get out of health care. Her attitude will not help but genders.

  20. tara

    I meant hender. Spell check got the best of me at 3am. The weight keeps coming off. Before all this
    I pushed my body to exhaustion and permanently damaged my joints. I did not understand why the weigh
    Stuck with me. I used to love sandwiches and pasta. Ha, now I know why. Wheat belly changed my life
    And I tell everyone about it.

    • Boundless

      Assuming they haven’t been deleted due to abuse or system crash, they are usually there, but just hard to find.
      One of yours definitely still exists (but might be borderline, due to thinly disguised B-word).
      The site’s own search apparently only finds Dr.Davis base article.
      You can bookmark responses, but the page reference changes after a couple of days.
      At that point however, you can use an external search engine, restricting search to this site, such as string like:
      NOWHEATEATER site:wheatbellyblog.com
      which gets 4 hits at the moment.

  21. Celeste

    Dear Dr. Davis,
    Thank you for your terrific book and Blogs. I wanted to share with you my experience as a Breast Cancer Survivor. I am one of the over 50-80% of women who do not fit the profile for Breast Cancer risk, no close relatives, not over weight, exercise, etc. But I was a vegetarian (more like grainitarian) low Vitamin D (9) and have the double C mutation for MTHFR and was not on folate. But I was eating low fat, wearing sunscreen, had very low cholesterol (129). Well since then I have done lots of reading on my own and am blessed to have a sister her is an integrative nutritionist. My oncologist has never brought up food and nutrition in my visits unless I ask a question. I recently came across this and TrackYourPlaque blogs and find myself in heaven. I have come to believe that almost all disease starts in the gut. If for no other reason, it’s where the inflammatory products begin. Do you ever feel like Cassandra, cursed with the gift of foresight, but unable to do anything about it? I do all the time. Friends and love ones who, under the care of dieticians and doctors like the ones mentioned, dutifully following directives to their grave. I have given out the ‘Blood Sugar Solution’ as gifts. Perhaps this christmas I will try ‘Wheat Belly’ . Maybe that will get their attention.
    Thank you again.

    Sincerely,

    Celeste in Maryland

  22. Maxine Miller

    My husband and I went on the Wheat Belly Diet Aug. 2012. I must say that I was pesimistic, but followed Dr. Davis’ recommendations. In two months, my husband’s total cholesterol had dropped 24%, his HDL improved 28%, his triglycerides dropped 51%, and his LDL dropped 32%. We are believers in the Wheat Belly lifestyle. I’ve had cancer, so any reduction in inflamation is huge in cancer prevention. My acid reflux has improved greatly. We are so happy not to be taking any medications…so much healthier. Thank you Dr. Davis! You are a blessing! I’m busy creating new recipes. This diet is really not that hard. We’ve even found a deli providing wheat-free items. There are business opportunities out there for entrepreneurs.