No grain, no pain

Carla tells this story of relief from a peculiar body-wide pain sans wheat:

It has been about 2 months of Wheat Belly diet. I am astounded with my results.

What prompted me to embark on this was my pain. My muscles were constantly in pain. I felt like my muscles were on fire. There wasn’t a piece of me that did not hurt. I took 6-8 Ibuprophen a day to try to manage the discomfort and some nights still be up walking the floor in pain.

I also had numerous “crisis” events lasting more than a week where my blood pressure spiked as high as 225/115. My doctor suggested a third blood pressure medication and I said WHY is this doing this–adding more drugs just cannot be the answer.

I’ve taken cholesterol lowering meds and hypertensive meds since age 40 (17 years) because I had such a strong family history of cardiac disease. The doctor kept saying it was just bad genes.

So within about 2 weeks I had virtually no pain. I haven’t taken an ibuprophen in weeks. I am no longer hungry all the time. But it is the stunning plummet in my blood pressure that has made me adhere to this change. My blood pressure recently on ACE inhibitor + diuretic was, on average, 145/95, heart rate 80. Lately my blood pressure is averaging 110/60 and my heart rate 60 on just the ACE–guess we need to eliminate that now too!

I’m about to have my blood work checked. I already know it will be improved. I just haven’t enjoyed the weight loss even without any gluten free goodies. I did a “test” with one dinner roll: Within 2 hours Abdominal pain, distension and diarrhea, same with some rice a few days later. It’s hard to believe these results but the numbers speak for themselves. The pain can be subjective but not the recordings! (Although my GP is still skeptical!) Thank you for making this information public!

The ways that this perfect chronic poison called “wheat” can express itself in the humans who consume it is truly incredible: muscle pain, hypertensive crises, abdominal pain, diarrhea? Imagine if Carla had continued to rely on her doctor (lose the doctor, by the way, Carla!) and was resigned to a lifetime of bagel- and pretzel-induced suffering, a life of pain, living on anti-inflammatory drugs that cause bleeding ulcers and kidney disease, as well as the long-term consequences of hypertension (that develop in spite of blood pressure medication).

As I often say, life without wheat is a 2 + 2 = 11 effect: The total is greater than the sum of the parts. Despite all the reasons we already know to tell us why modern wheat destroys health, I still marvel at the new lessons we continue to learn on just how varied the wheat effect can be. And, Carla: Stay tuned for more discussion on what to do if weight fails to drop when wheatless!

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  1. Terry Duncan

    Carla – Isn’t it wonderful to not have pain? Thank you for allowing your story to be told. Thank you Dr. Davis for the time and energy you put into Wheat Belly which in turn allows those who read and adhere to have more energy, less or no pain, better health, attitude, freedom from addiction and thusly more time. Love this blog and the facebook pages and your recipes! Terry

  2. Ellen

    I am looking forward to why we are not losing weight…I feel good, more energy, less food cravings etc. but I only lost about 3 pounds in 2 months no wheat……I am 54 years old, post menopausal……frustrated but sticking with it!

    • Heather Ann

      Hello,
      I also look forward to more discussion about why the weight is not coming off. I’ve been on the WB program for a month and have not lost any weight either. I am avoiding GF products — just as an occasional indulgence. But I am so thrilled with the lack of cravings! I feel in control of my food choices for the first time in years,and that is a miracle. I am eating much less food than I was before starting WB. The stiffness in my knees is lessening and I have lots of energy. I feel like a new person! I am also over 55 and am post menopausal. Could that be part of the problem with a lack of weight loss? Thanks again Dr. Davis for your incredible book and for this fantastic blog.

      • TomR

        From experience, I agree with Dr. Davis’ explanation of excess carbs. Since going wheat-free in June, I’ve lost 25 pounds. From 250, now down to 225. Rather than slow and steady weight loss, though, I will lose a few pounds in a week or two, then I’ll hit a plateau for a while. When I stall out, I look back at my diet and realize that I haven’t been tracking carbs and my carb intake has gone up. Once I dial back my carbs, the weight starts coming off again. I’m not following a strict paleo diet, but in “The Primal Blueprint”, author Mark Sisson recommends an average of 50 – 100 grams of carbs per day for fat loss. I target 75g and as long as I stay around that number I’ll drop a pound or two a week. I still give in to an occasional order of fries, but if I go too high on carbs one day, I cut back the next to compensate. I try to average 75g/day over a few days.

        Even without the scale, I know when my carbs are getting too high. I get physically sluggish, my mood is definitely down, and I get cranky and short-tempered. I’m also looking more into the fructose connection, which Dr. Davis also mentioned in that linked blog entry. When I go too high on carbs, it’s usually because I’ve been eating too much fruit (the peaches in the local market have been fantastic for the last couple of months) and have given in to sugar-filled foods. I recently asked in this blog about a connection between wheat and gout. Since doing more research, I found information from Gary Taubes (“Good Calories, Bad Calories” and “Why We Get Fat”) on the strong connection between sucrose and gout. My focus is on elimination of wheat, minimal consumption of sugar, and limiting carbs.

        • Wild will

          Tom. Have a listen to Dr Robert Lustig’s YouTube video titled Sugar -The bitter truth. He goes on to explain the crisis caused by excessive sugar in the western diet but specifically focuses on the consequences of excessive amounts of fructose. He goes on to show the way our body metabolizes fructose.
          I have been plagued by gout for almost 20 years and after exhaustive trips to my GP and others, I was finally put on allopurinol which has eliminated the symptoms for many years. Initially I was puzzled why this would happen as Iwasn’t one to indulge in the so called purine rich diet and not genetically predisposed to this affliction as far as I could tell. Once I saw Dr. Lustig’s video, things became abundantly clear to me as I’ve always had a sweet tooth and nothing was ever “too sweet” for me. Since reading WB in July and adopting the wheat free lifestyle as well as slashing my carb intake – mainly sugar but specifically fructose- I have stopped using my medication. It’s been three weeks (I know that’s not much time)but none of my previous symptoms have yet to return. We’ll have to see how this plays out.
          I hope this helps.

          • Tom

            Will, thanks for pointing me to that Lustig video. I watched the entire thing yesterday. He made the direct connection between fructose and elevated uric acid, which leads to gout. Not to mention all the other bad things that come from fructose. That video has convinced me to double up on my efforts to cut sugar out of my diet.

      • James

        Hi Lupo,

        Could you expand a bit about #5 on your list and provide pointers to some sources ? Thanks.
        J.

        • lupo

          “Sources” is a bit complicated, as it is a list from memory from lots of n=1 data. Consider it an checklist based on anecdotes. Regarding the insulin response from protein, I have added a citation (Floyd et al. (1996): “Insulin Secretion in Response to Protein Ingestion”, Journal of Clinical Investigation, 45(9):1479-86). Seems like the metabolic effects were researched 50 years ago and are no longer of active scientific interest.
          Thank you for your input, it helps me update and refine the article.

    • Darlene

      Same with me, 6 yrs into menopause. I don’t think I’ve even lost 3 lbs ( after almost 3 mos, and I exercise & walk a lot). Only difference I’ve noticed is I can now remove my wedding ring, and my watch is getting loose. I’ll keep at it, though!

  3. Scott Pierce

    Several years ago, I was readying myself for carpul tunnel surgery where they snip the tendon. I work in IT so assumed it was just inflammed from all the typing; however, after doing a lot of research and taking some queues from the Track Your Plague blog, which predated the wheat belly blog, I cut out wheat, sugar and vegetable oil. Just those three things. Though in hindsight they are obviously related but for whatever reason, I really hadn’t put the two together, I also had what felt like plantar fascitis. One morning I got up out of bed and headed for the coffee maker. I got there and realized my feet didn’t hurt. Latter that day, I realized that my wrist no longer hurt as well. Whenever I fall off the wagon and go through a manic sprint of bread eating say at Carrabba’s (anyone say opioid bread), my wrist begin a dull pain that I know will only grow if I don’t cut out the wheat immediately.

  4. chuck

    carla should look into muscle pain and statins. it is a very common side effect. i suspect elimination of wheat AND statins would resolve many issues.

  5. Lisa

    Ellen, it could be one of your medications that is slowing your weight loss. It also could be that you are still consuming more calories than your body requires. If you aren’t already, it might be worth keeping a food journal to track everything you are eating and drinking. Most people consume more calories than they realize. Regardless, keep up the good work! Your results are amazing and good for you for improving your health!
    - Lisa Egan

    • lupo

      Oh my god. Not the old “calorie in, calorie out” theory again. Organisms usually don’t work that way, period.

  6. Michael

    “…same with some rice a few days later” – Is rice a problem too? I eat brown rice most days, and I don’t get the wheat symptoms I used to get before going wheat-free.

    • darMA

      After my diagnosis of diabetes and receiving my glucometer, the very first meal I tested was my favorite – brown rice, chicken livers and canned turkey gravy. It was so long ago I don’t remember the number but I was shocked at how high the number was. The next night I tried the leftovers without the rice and there was quite a difference. That was the end of brown rice for me. The gravy also went bye-bye in 2008 after reading Dr Davis’s recommendations. However, at least I still get to eat my chicken livers!

  7. Ellen 2

    Since there are two Ellens commenting, I will henceforth sign in as Ellen 2 to eliminate confusion.
    I’m also eagerly anticipating Dr. Davis’ post about failure to lose weight despite following WB since February. I just started on Armour thyroid, but it takes a while to work. I’m in the same age group—even older—so maybe age adds to the difficulty of undoing (for me, at least) years of toxicity and damage from wheat. I noticed recently that an arthritic finger is less bent and not as painful. Progress! And I’m watching the lipomas on my legs in hopes that they GO AWAY!

  8. Jem

    Great story, I too am cutting out wheat due to high blood pressure. I will see how it goes.
    I have a question though, what’s with the rice? Is that bad too?

    • James

      Hi Jem,
      Rice (especially the white kind) is full of carbs. Avoid it. If you have to have some, prefer brown rice and only a handful. Rice must not be a staple food for us westerners.

  9. Sue

    I too am stumped. I lost weight last year counting calories and exercising. But I wasn’t well over the early part of this year and stopped the exercise and since then I have had no energy and just feel like my mojo got up and left. I am 49. I dropped wheat and dairy from my diet several months ago and try to eat Paleo as much as I can. My carb intake is vastly reduced from what it used to be and from what it was when I was loosing weight counting calories. But the weight just isn’t going. I am stuck in the high end of over-weight. I’m really pleased not to be obese anymore, but I really need to drop another 2 stone and it just isn’t moving.

    My thyroid function isn’t in the hypo range, but it’s not exactly doing great either. I’m told it’s at the low end of normal.

    What can I do? I don’t want to go back to counting calories.

    • Dr. Davis

      Unfortunately, Sue, “low end of normal” can mean “just enough to make you gain weight.”

      Insist on better discussion about thyroid with your doctor or–even better–find a new doctor.

  10. NancyB

    I’m in the same boat as Ellen – early 50s, menopausal. I weighed myself today and have experienced little to no weight loss. BUT my clothes fit better, my stomach/intestines feel better, I have a spring in my step, I’m up at 5am to work out every morning with enthusiasm and my knees and damaged thumb feel no effects from the colder weather.
    I decided – I’m alright with that!

    • Grace

      This is me! I am not losing weight, but I feel so good and my clothes fit so much better (??) and my bp is down (110/60), and best of all, I can quit counting the stupid WW points and just eat until I’m full, that I don’t really care that I’m not losing :) . I will be interested in reading about what further steps I can take, but for now, I’m happy with the results I’ve gotten so far!

  11. Lynda (Fl)

    I too look forward to more info on lack of weight loss. I have been wheat-free for almost a year and seen many improvements. I just got my blood tested and found my tsh had improved. It is now 1.0. At least, I think that is an improvement, so maybe wheat-free has even helped my poor struggling thyroid. I have taken Synthroid for many years. I was pleased to think that it hadn’t deteriorated. I wasn’t so pleased to see my lipid scores. My HDL remaines at 67 but everything else went up fifty to a hundred points and it wasn’t good to start! I would like some info on what to do if you don’t metabolize fat correctly. Maybe I’m one of those few who can’t eat a lot of fat or am very carb sensitve. Some ideas on where to look would be greatly appreciated.

    • Dr. Davis

      It depends on what you mean by “everything else,” Lynda.

      If you mean calculated LDL and total cholesterol, one possibility is that you have a gene for apo E4. I don’t know of a good online resource for this conversation. I’d like to say “talk to your doctor,” but it would be a rare one who understood this issue. My Track Your Plaque program has discussions about this issue.

      • Lynda (FL)

        Thank you , Dr. Davis.
        I will check out the info about apoE4 on TYP. I’m a member but an ignorant one, so it gets confusing. You helped by giving me someplace to start looking further.

    • lupo

      Hi Lynda,
      the values in the standard lipid lab are close to useless. First of all, they *correlate* with your risk of cardiovascular disease, neither do high readings condemn you to having a heart attack or stroke in the future nor do low readings prevent them. About 50% of the patients with acute heart attack have normal lipid labs on hospital admission!
      Next thing is, most standard labs do not measure LDL – they calculate it. Do you want your risk assessment to be based on some formula, or do you want to know what really is going on?
      Third, LDL measurement is a little bit esoteric. LDL particles come in multiple sizes. The smaller the particles are and the more particles you have, the higher your cardiovascular risk. But, in the standard lab, you get “LDL: xyz mg/dL”. Imagine you have lots and lots of small particles – you may end up in the healthy range, because it’s not that particles are counted, but the total LDL mass per dL of blood is measured; you are still at high risk. Now imagine you have relatively few, large particles – your blood test may end up in the unhealthy range, even if your real risk is low.

  12. steve H

    Doc,
    Would you contact me via email, i am a Canadian, i need some adivce on whether i should sign up with you in tracking my plaque, or not, please let me not which way you decide.( i recently have had a lot of test done, and apparently need more, for my heart)

    Much appreciated, i know your time is valuable.

    • Dr. Davis

      I’m afraid that this is not the place for discussions of Track Your Plaque.

      Track Your Plaque is a program for people interested in obtaining understanding and thereby control over coronary disease by 1) identifying the causes, then 2) tracking atherosclerotic plaque in order to 3) stop or reverse it. It is entirely up to you to decide whether it is appropriate for your situation or not.

  13. JoAnne

    Dr Davis posted: “I still marvel at the new lessons we continue to learn on just how varied the wheat effect can be.” In your “‘Dying, obsessing, scheming for food” post on Sept 26, 2012, Janet commented on losing her cellulite when she went wheat-free… Yes, me too! I no longer have cellulite either! Although I’ve always been thin and exercise regularly (weight has never been an issue) I couldn’t figure out why my thighs were still ‘jiggly’ with that puckered-dimply layer of cellulite. After only 3 months of being wheat-free I noticed that my cellulite was completely GONE! Too funny – I did the same thing as Janet – I’d squeeze certain areas looking for the cellulite, but it’s NOT there anymore. The cellulite was most prominent on my thighs. Now that it’s gone, I realize that for all my life (I’m over 50) I actually had a layer of cellulite on my arms, legs, and tummy too. Poof! Gone! NO WHEAT; NO CELLULITE !

    • Dr. Davis

      VERY interesting, JoAnne!

      Because it’s not something I’ve looked for in any systematic way, I don’t have any experience nor insight into the cellulite question. But this will be definitely worth looking for and talking about. Thanks for the observation–and good work!

  14. Marv

    Hi Carla,

    I remember a previous entry about bloodwork numbers taking about 6 months to settle down. Something about mobilizing the fat leading to temporarily higher triglycerides, etc. Just dont be discouraged when you get the report if its not earth-shattering. I happen to be married to a medical technologist – unlimited on-demand testing! This really works (but I don’t need a lab slip to know that… Thanks Doc!)

    –Marv

  15. Ellen

    This is Ellen1 :) I do admit I might eat too many carbs…not cookies or a lot of GF stuff, but I still have potatoes, some rice etc. I probably eat too much fruit also, I like to make smoothies with fruit and greek yogurt…..but just knowing that I have not eaten cookies, cakes, potato chips or bread for 6 weeks or so and haven’t lost more than 3 pounds is discouraging….. I am going to push myself to exercise more, maybe that will help. I do take Cholesterol medicine and 10 mg of Celexa, which might be affecting my weight loss also. But I will continue this way of life since I do feel much better overall. I have high cholesterol and the last time I had it checked after being WF for 3 weeks there was no change, so I am looking forward to seeing my blood results when I go back for another blood test in December.

    • lupo

      Ellen,
      it might be that weight loss will not happen through sports, it could happen that you just change your body composition. I suggest you get a body analysis scale to know what’s going on.

      • Jeff G

        I find that I eat more carbs than I think I do.

        To help keep me on track, I occasionally (every few months) track my diet for a week using DailyPlate.com.

        I find it to be quite helpful in identifying carbs that I have been overlooking.

  16. Dart

    Hello Dr. Davis. I just wanted to say Thank You and to relate our success story.

    In April my spouse and I entered into the Wheat Belly lifestyle and eliminated wheat from our diet. We have experienced a lot of the elimination of aches and pains etc. as noted in your book and blog. The most notable were the headaches (Migraine) experienced by my wife. As she puts it, “I use to count the minutes and hours between headaches, now I count the days and weeks between headaches”.

    Since April my spouse has loss 34 lbs. and I have loss a total of 20 lbs, but I gained a few back. You really have to read the labels EVERY time you purchase processed food. They have a tendency to sneak in ingredients.

    On a visit to the Doctor in May, I advised him that this is the “best I have felt in years”. I advised him of our results in following the Wheat Belly Life style. He commented that he should read the book and made note of the name. (Yah Right eh.)

    Yesterday my spouse had to see the Doctor. He commented about my recommendation and advised that he has lost 20 lbs. He also advised that he has recommended the book to many of his patients. One of note lost 50 Lbs. Who says that doctors don`t listen to their patients.

    A lot of people commented on our new look. If they showed an interest, I bought them a Wheat Belly book. To date we have purchase 9 of them. I have changed my strategy after the first 5 books. Now I give them a book on the condition that if they follow the book, it`s theirs. If not, return it and we will give it to other interest parties.

    • Dr. Davis

      Thanks for posting here and on the Wheat Belly Facebook page, Dart: a truly inspiring story!

      It is happening, isn’t it? Word is spreading and even my colleagues are starting to sit up and take notice!

      Keep up your wonderful work.

  17. richard

    I just got my blood work back and the results were FRIGHTENING. ..my total cholesterol went up from 225 to 285…and the ldl went up to 210…I have lost 42lbs…but was shocked at the cholesterol numbers. My daily diet the last 17 weeks has been 2 whole eggs, 2 egg whites scrambled with veggies and avocado, some berries for snack, vegetables and chicken for lunch, berries again for snack or almonds, salad with salmon at night, plus usually the nicicoise eggs…and nuts and raisins for snack later if i was hungry…so ive lost alot…but at what price?

    any clues, tips, ideas….i did get the book…have to look back about cholesterol…my doc didnt want me to leave the office without taking meds…whew..now what? Thanks!

    • Dr. Davis

      Several thoughts, Richard:

      1) NO decisions about “cholesterol” should be made during weight loss or when weight loss was recent. See this Wheat Belly Blog post on just this question: I lost weight and my cholesterol went . . . up!

      While there can occasionally be unexpected distortions in cholesterol values with reducing wheat/carbohydrate intake, most of the time it is simply the distortions that are expected during weight loss. Among the exceptions: having one or two of the apo E4 gene. But I wouldn’t even begin to consider such things until at least 2 months after weight loss has plateaued.

      2) Get a new doctor. It sounds like you’ve got one who falls in the “A drug for every issue” camp. We need to boycott them, as they are little more than whores for the drug industry, an unforgivable behavior pattern.

  18. Suzanne

    I´m from Sweden and I have dabbled in LowCarbHighFat for 4 years now. I haven´t had much success as I have constantly succumbed to eating sweets and cookies and what have you. However I have sort of bided my time and followed some blogs and read alot. In May I read Wheat Belly and decided that if nothing else I would definately cut out all the grain I possibly could.. Since August I have more succesfully than before managed to cut out most of the other “crap” things i put in my mouth. I also started out lacing my morning coffee with ecological coconutoil and butter which when mixed gives you a delicious Caffe Latte. This is my breakfast. Be careful about the amound of Coconut oil you start with as some people can get adverse effects from it. Start with half a teaspoon and work your way up. I am also cutting back on protein (I am not a tall person and I´m 56 yrs old) and I get most of my carbs from vegetables. I am not completely dairy free. The results so far are meagre BUT I do lose a little weight every week and my stomach when lying down i almost flat and happy! I try to cut out fruit completely, it does contain mainly of sugar anyway. Berries with full fat cream are a safer bet if you need to indulge.
    Comparing to the Swedish way of lowcarbeating you do seem to still consume a fair amount of carbs in the US. And not so much fat. I`d like to recommend Dr Andreas Eenfeldt´s blog in English: dietdoctor.com. You can also find his interviews with for instance Robert Lustig, Gary Taubes and Mark Sisson on Youtube.
    To Dr Davis: Thanks for your good work! I read your blog everyday and I recommend your book to all my friends. I´m also slowly getting my youngest daughter to realise that perhaps it´s not the smartest thing in the world to eat a lot of grass when you are allergic to it. Just wish I could get through to her type 1 Diabetic boyfriend too…

    • Dr. Davis

      Dr. Eenfeldt is a wonderful source of very credible information. He is a good friend of mine and I’ve enjoyed his company when we’ve spent some time together.

      You are absolutely correct: Carb consumption is wildly out of control and the reason why the U.S. leads the world in obesity and number of diabetics. It is truly tragic that it has been the official advice to “cut the fat and eat more healthy whole grains” that has, to a large degree, caused this incredible health disaster.

    • Dr. Davis

      Yes, much of this was “common knowledge” years ago, when people learned by observing, not by listening to the pronouncements of agencies like our USDA or the advice of dietitians!

  19. Uncle Roscoe

    Hi Dr. Davis,

    One of the biggest mainstream news headlines for the last two weeks has been the illness and death which have been caused by fungus contamination of prepackaged spinal steroid vaccinations. The vaccinations were manufactured at a Boston compounding “pharmacy”. Obviously the facility is actually a manufacturing plant which operates under the laws which allow compounding pharmacies.

    I don’t consider myself a conspiracy nut, but some trends are simply hard to separate. Some questions are simply hard to keep from asking.

    Compounding pharmacies (CP’s) are giant thorns in the sides of giant pharmaceutical drug companies. Compounding pharmacies’ most lucrative operations lie in re-dosing and re-packaging prescription drugs types which are old enough to be out of patent, for off-label use. All of these applications are cheaper than patented drugs. Most of them are more effective.

    The contamination issue has caused the Boston CP plant to shut down operations. The FDA and congress are holding hearings, and threatening to clamp down on compounding pharmacies, and on the laws which allow off-label sales of prescription drugs.

    Over the last couple of years one of the biggest CP markets has become sale of low-dose naltrexone (LDN). High-dose naltrexone, an orally-administered drug, was patented and accepted for treatment of opiate overdoses. Low-dose naltrexone is used for a massive array of autoimmune conditions …..diabetes, schizophrenia, autism, graves disease, chrons disease, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and cancer ……diseases caused by food sugars and opiates like the ones in wheat.

    LDN works in conditions where patented on-label drugs either have no effect, or have negative effects. In other words LDN represents a massive threat to the massive profits which Big Pharma is now raking in on sales of patented junk pharmaceuticals.

    What are the chances that Big Pharma played a part in creating the conditions which now threaten the sales of low-dose naltrexone?

    • Dr. Davis

      Well, I’ll be damned, Uncle Roscoe: The very same thought ran through my head!

      Compounding pharmacies are indeed a thorn in the side of Big Pharma, who has repeatedly tried to legislate them out of existence. I use compounding pharmacies with some frequency and find them helpful, so never to compound an injectable or intrathecal (injection into spinal fluid) compound.

      I am hoping that rational minds prevail and recognize that, at most, better oversight might be in order. I am hoping that compounding pharmacies are allowed to just do their job, though with some safeguards and better oversight put in place via Federal regulations, not just state regulations (or lack thereof).

  20. Thank you for the many discussions Dr. Davis and fellow wheat bellies!
    I am one of you and just beginning a more strict regimen. I have struggled with wheat products while in denial since my Italian mother and grandmother could shove pastina into my mouth in the high chair. Diets and pills and all that kept my weight in tow while I was a nursing student and subsequently an ICU-CCU nurse. In my forties I was ultimately challenged with pre-menopausal heavy bleeding despite my efforts to walk the treadmill , bounce on the trampoline and ski down mountains, no weight was coming off. When I hit menopause full on MURDER. Age 53 the bleeding stopped and my energy dipped, my depression increased but I suppressed it with more work and activities that would lift my spirits like all good menopausal women. My husband is a Doctor of Chiropractic, a holistic very advanced energetic medicine guy who always had my back but until he jumped into his main love, nutrition, I did not see or feel I had hope. His manner thru intense training complimented his already bright mind to see and explore and discover better ways to get to the cellular response. His Tx is NRT- nutritional response testing with remedy of pure whole food supplements that have been revered by all professions for a century. Even that, with all the faithfulness of it and gluten free diet for 7 yrs, no weight loss and inflammation barely kept at bay because truth be told, I found ways to cheat on the diet — be good one day or three days then some kind of corn, wheat or dairy became my fascination. It is an addiction I feel, that was well programmed genetically and from infancy. I could doctor up any food and make it taste great, but now I am at the point of no return. I am a wheat belly and hate myself for it. I decided to eliminate all grains, even rice. That meant no Trader Joe’s brown rice bread with the great seeds and no dairy or soy in there. That was my toast and I will be toast if I do not end it. I am exploring all the no grain blogs and recipes for comfort and hope and ability to change my life. I am doing other things to support this but about food and wheat, it does change the brain matter our first brain and our second brain, the gut. I write the blogs and believe in it but now change must come forth for ME. I do recommend you dairy-holics there is Pecorino Romano cheese which is sheep and Goat Gouda which is goat, SO Delicious brand of coconut creamer for the coffee and for sugarholics, there is coconut palm sugar which is the nectar of the coconut fruit and pretty much tests okay for most people in our practice. I have a friend that only cooks with almond or coconut flour so I am going in that direction since brown rice or white rice flour does not work for me.
    Many blessings to all in your quest aligning with mine. I find I can glean from all. Thank you!

    • Dr. Davis

      Think, Bettye, of all those people on the vents, ET tubes taped in place, on CPAP, multiple IVs, Swans, hemofiltration, etc., who had nothing more than the end-stage of wheat consumption!

      This tragic food has destroyed the lives–ENDED the lives–of far too many people. It is time to put a stop to it.

  21. Julie Stratton

    I have been struggling with intestinal issues all my life. One doctor told me I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. No testing was done, he just told me that was what I had. Stop eating greasy foods he said. A friend recommended that I read Wheat Belly, so I bought it and started to read. I was astounded. Just within the first couple chapters, I was ready to begin eating wheat-free. I started a gluten-free diet two months ago, and I am amazed at the results I am getting. Not only have I lost 16 pounds, my intestinal distress has completely disappeared. I am regular for the first time in my whole life. My energy level has increased, I am not as irritable as I used to be and I haven’t had one single headache, when I used to get them two or three days a week. My cholesterol dropped fron 275 to 199 as well. My husband doesn’t believe that just cutting wheat from my diet is what made all these changes. Well, I decided to to “test” it myself, and ate a sandwich on whole wheat bread. Within two hours, I was cramping and running to the bathroom every five minutes. Reading Dr. Davis’ book has changed my life. I no longer have to be tied to my bathroom. I can go out and enjoy the things I love to do without making sure there’s a bathroom nearby. I was tested for Celiac disease, since all my symptoms disappeared with removal of wheat, but was found negative. I only wish I had known about this years ago. I could have saved myself a lot of pain and discomfort, not to mention depression at times. I am so thankful to Dr. Davis for writing this book, and opening my eyes to the dangers of wheat. My 73 year old mother, who has diabetes and RA, decided to try this diet as well, and her blood sugars have dropped tremendously. She says the RA pain is improving too. We will remain gluten-free for good, and we are feeling so much better as a result.

    • Dr. Davis

      I believe your experience has pretty much encapsulated the entire book, Julie!

      Yes, it certainly can change the course of your life for the better. Your story is such a wonderful summary of what happens to so many people that I’d like to post as a blog post!

      • Julie Stratton

        Thank you for commenting on my story. I made the mistake of having a couple of pieces of pie on Thanksgiving, and was sick the entire next day. Never again will I stray from my gluten free diet. Thank you so much, Dr. Davis, for opening my eyes. I feel like a new person, and a much healthier one at that!

          • Wouldn’t it be acceptable to eat the pumpkin & whip-cream and leave the wheat-toxic crust behind as long as you’re not diabetic since there would probably be sugar in both pumpkin and possibly the whip cream–but both are far better options than the flour crust. Like a candy bar vs. wheat!

          • Dr. Davis

            Well, sugar is bad for everybody. Non-diabetics are potential future diabetics!

            Please see the recipe on this blog for pumpkin pie–perfectly safe with no added sugar.