Upcoming Wheat Belly presentations

I will be speaking at the following events open to the public near-future:

Get Calgary Healthy
Sunday, October 14th, 2012
Calgary TELUS Conventional Center
Calgary, Alberta

20th Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine
December 12-15, 2012
American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine
The Venetian Resort, Hotel & Casino
3355 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas NV 89109
I will be speaking Thursday, Dec 13th at 10 a.m.

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  1. Karen

    Hi … I have a question since I started Wheat Belly.

    Five weeks ago I began wheat belly and have been extremely strict about it, eating nothing but eggs, nuts, fruits, vegetables, cheese, meats and shellfish. However, this past weekend was my daughter’s birthday, and I allowed myself to eat one slice of pizza, one garlic stick, and the following day a piece of birthday cake.

    Since the weekend I have also broken out in itchy little bumps, almost hive-like, and am wondering if it’s any correlation to allowing wheat back into my diet for a couple of days?? No one else in my family has these itchy places all over them , and they also are following wheat belly, for the most part.

    I would really love to know if you think this is related, and if so, just how long I might continue itching … it’s rather annoying!


  2. Jeanne

    If they are on both sides of your body – such as both elbows, knees etc, it could be DH-Dermatitis Herpetiformis. It is basically celiac disease, manifesting in he skin.

    Of course it could be a simple wheat allergy or intolerance as well. DH is what I immediately consider when hearing of those symptoms after eating wheat or gluten after being off for a while.

    • Jeff G

      I was excited to read your comment, thinking “at last I have an answer!” Alas, no. What I have is nothing like the pictures I googled (blistery-looking bumps).

      What I have is dry, itchy skin on both hips. It’s so odd. Same spot on both hips. Both flare up, both subside, at the same time.

      I’m running out of possible causes. Argh.

      • Jeanne

        Jeff G.,
        Eczema can be related to food intolerances. Kinda notoriously related to dairy intolerance, but can be for any substance irritating the immune system. Psoriasis usually has silvery, thick plaques.

        Of course, it goes without saying , I am not diagnosing. I am not a MD, but an RN with a lot of experience. If I was in your shoes, I would eliminate gluten( wheat goes with out saying) And all dairy to start. If no better after a couke of weeks I might eliminate soy too. give it a fair trial.

        Good luck!

  3. Robin

    Hello Dr Davis
    My husband and I have been wheat-free since about February. He’s lost weight. I haven’t really; just maybe a bit off my hips but I’m not overweight anyway. We eat animal fats, coconut oil, grass-fed meats, fish, a bit of offal, veggies, hardly any sugar, nuts, use almond & coconut flours. Our cholesterol has gone up and the doctor wants to put us on statins. I’m not going there. I must confess to not doing much exercise. The thing is, our HDL is low and LDL high. The worst they’ve ever been. I was expecting it to be the other way around. Eg, my HDL is 2.24mmol/L (87mg/dl), LDL 5.2 (201). His is 1.57 (61) and 6.3 (244) respectively. At those levels of LDL, does that mean there would be a lot of the VLDL? I asked to have my VLDL checked, but no go. We’ve read that eating lots of saturated fats is supposed to raise HDL. I’ve been consuming at least 2 Tbsp of coconut oil per day and using that and butter for cooking. We use some butter on veggies, as per Sally Fallon. Something seems to be really wrong. Have you any suggestions please?
    I see your interview with John Hudson for TVNZ is on here this Sunday so we’ll be watching that.

    • Pam

      Hi Robyn.
      I think you are misunderstanding your lipid results especially in the context of your changed diet. I think your HDL is amazing and your husbands pretty good too. In NZ the lab uses a value of 1 as its lower limit of normal. Matters more what your triglycerides are than your LDL in view of your current diet. Check your Hb A1c too – an indicator of your blood sugar levels over previous 2-3 months. Stay away from those statins. I think your doctor is stil in the unenlightened world – as are many. I am a newly enlightened GP and with my mind more open to questioning what we have previously regarded as ‘gospel’. If you want a really good run down on lipids go to Peter Attia’s Eating Academy.

    • regular

      LDL is not a single-size particle. LDL comes in many different sizes, so measuring the weight per volume is a bad measure. What matters is the amount of particles per volume in the blood. More particles = bad. Get a lipid profile that is useful and differentiates between small dense and large boyant LDL.
      Your lab says something about mmol/L, but it is a fraudulent calculation done through statistics rather than measurement.

      • Robin

        Yes, understood, regular. The thing is, I don’t know if there’s any lab here that tests for the other particles and the doctor would not request it, even though I asked. He just kind of smirked when I said getting the usual cholesterol test done was a waste of time.
        We’re going to eat a bit differently for a couple of months & get checked again to see if anything’s happening to decrease the LDL reading, even though that is kind of flawed. If the LDL hasn’t come down, or the HDL hasn’t gone up, or if the LDL is still much higher than the HDL, then I’ll look to getting a lipoprotein analysis using NMR spectroscopy although the cost of that is probably prohibitive, even if available to us. It’s a waste of time going to our doctor for advice because he (and others) obviously don’t have training in the current knowledge around lipoproteins. So frustrating!
        Thanks for your input.

        • Bill

          You are right Robin. The NMR test is not available in NZ.
          Other particle tests are though. Check out Canterbury Laboratories web site. They have a list of tests available including Apo-B, which is the one I would go for, along with hsCRP.

  4. Robin

    Thanks heaps, Pam. I’m just wondering though. Shouldn’t HDL be higher than LDL? Ours is totally the other way. We’ve never had higher LDL than HDL, not even when we were eating processed foods, grains & legumes, and low-fat. I’ve always read that HDL should be high and LDL low. My husband is going to go on statins for 3mths, he says, while we eat less eggs & other cholesterol-containing foods. He will be going for a cardiology test as well as he thinks he had a bout of angina. If this is so, then, after about 7 mths of eating this way, it has done the opposite of what it was supposed to do.

    No wonder people are all over the place. We don’t really know what the actual truth is. So much confusion. I would just like to know why, after eating very healthily, (we thought) – grain-free, sugar-free, legume-free, nothing low-fat – we got these results.

    I did ask for the Hb A1c as well, which he added. Also awaiting the triglyceride score and CRP which the doctor is still reviewing. They got in touch yesterday because of the ‘horrendous’ results of the cholesterol test. I forgot to ask for a calcium test but they probably don’t do that here either.

    There’s no point in asking questions of our doctor and I don’t know where to go for a good doctor versed in natural medicine so it’s off to the internet – where you get contradictory information from ‘experts’. I found a site rubbishing the Weston A Price Foundation. I’m utterly baffled.

    • Bill

      Hi Robin. I’m in NZ too.
      I think you are totally confused about your lipid numbers.
      I’d agree with Pam, they look good to me.
      You won’t find a GP here that has a clue about cholesterol so I would also recommend that you check out Dr. Peter Attia site.
      He has a series called “The straight dope on cholesterol”. It is well worth reading it several times until you fully understand it. You will then know far more than your GP and even most cardiologists.
      The test you need to get is the Apolipoprotein B test. After you read Dr. Attia’s site you will understand why, and that LDL & HDL are pretty unreliable at determining heart disease risk. Stick to your guns with your doctor and insist on having this test included in your lipid panel.

  5. Pam

    Hi Robyn
    I understand your confusion. I don’t think I have ever seen an HDL higher than LDL so you may not be comparing the correct numbers. There is more than 1 type of LDL and not all LDL is bad. However our lipid tests do not distinguish between them. Dr Attia from eating academy would explain that if your triglycerides are low then you need not worry about your Total LDL. I would suggest reading his site. Also Gary Taubes. Stand by what you believe and ask your doctor to keep an open mind while you experiment. Agree to disagree – your relationship regarding your health and treatment should be a partnership and not a dictatorship. Sometimes doctors get rattled when their beliefs and knowledge are questioned, although I’m not sure why. If your husband has diagnosed Ischaemic Heart disease such as angina their may be evidence for statins in his case but diet won’t go amiss either. Also the CRP which you have tested is not really useful as it is not a high sensitivity CRP which is the test which has been used for inflammation in connection with coronary artery disease. Keep reading and learning till you are satisfied.

    • Robin

      Pam, thank you for your input. And thanks for the link to the Eating Academy. So much information there. I’ve read some of the series on cholesterol which is fascinating – even tho I don’t understand most of it, lol! I’ll keep working through that to try to make as much sense of it as I can with my not-academic brain.

      Another site (husband found it) mentions that some people get higher LDL from eating beef fat and eggs so we’ve immediately cut those out, apart from eggs in the muffins which we don’t have every day. We’re going back to mainly raw but with fish & mutton to see how that affects the results but will continue with the coconut oil.

      From your message – ” I don’t think I have ever seen an HDL higher than LDL”. This is the opposite to what I wrote and I think you’ve just typed these round the wrong way rather than misunderstood me. We have much higher LDL than HDL and I haven’t heard what our triglycerides are yet. From doing the ‘back maths’, they seem to be within normal range but I’ll have to wait for the actual figures. We’ve never had them round the “wrong” way before and that’s why we’re concerned. It makes sense to reverse something we’ve been doing these last 7 months which is eating much more saturated fat and meat, and we have been eating quite a few eggs. Also going to be more responsible about getting exercise. Then we’ll have another look at it. We won’t be returning to wheat ‘cos that would be stupid.

      I do have Gary Taubes book “Why We Get Fat” – must read it again. I have “The Great Cholesterol Con”, Malcolm Kendrick. I’ve got a couple of Paleo books, “Nourishing Traditions” …

      As you say, we just have to keep searching and learning – thanks for replying to my messages. I do appreciate it.

  6. twosisters

    Dr. Davis, I’ve seen a few recipes that call for nutritional yeast flakes. From what I read online, they are sugar free and seem to have other nutritonal benefits. Is this a healthy ingredient to incorporate in my recipes or should it be avoided?
    Just reading your book right now. So much good information to absorb its taking me awhile to get through it.

  7. Robin

    Many thank yous, Bill! I’m away down south for a couple of weeks so will follow that up when I get back to Auckland. I’m continuing to try to find anything that relates to what we’re experiencing and there is so much contradictory stuff out there. I believe my TG levels were well within normal at .5 where they should be under 2.
    Reading the Daily Apple, it seems that there are others who have had results seemingly out of kilter after going Paleo, not that we’re all the way Paleo. So much to learn!