Sick . . . for no apparent reason

Rochelle posted this story of just being sick without apparent explanation, despite “healthy” eating and exercise, “moderation,” with no solutions offered by doctors, just suffering day to day until . . .

I just have to say THANK YOU!

I have been experiencing some of the strangest yet “smallest” health issues since I gave birth to my son almost 8 years ago, starting with terrible migraines down to intestinal issues. I’ve worked out for the past 12 years and ate “healthy” for the most part. But I noticed that my weight loss journey and efforts to rid myself of the baby weight just weren’t working the way they did pre-baby.

Needless to say, I was frustrated and very upset that I couldn’t get the scale to move without starving myself, which is unrealistic. I’d been to two doctors, with neither making any efforts to dig deeper into my issues.

I suffered from dizzy spells (one of my biggest concerns), running into things, memory loss, minor aches and pains, slurred speech, having difficulty speaking or getting my words out, and, most of all, serious stomach problems that sounded more like I was always hungry, not to mention chronic bloating and fatigue, along with no energy. Day to day living and exercise was a major chore and struggle. Some days I was literally sick and just couldn’t understand why.

Well, back in May, one of my friends was diagnosed with RA [rheumatoid arthritis] and decided to give the Paleo diet a try. To all of our amazement, she dropped about 12 pounds almost instantly and a lot of her inflammation went away.

So I figured why not give it a try and see what happens. For a few weeks I stuck as close to Paleo as I could and noticed most of my symptoms went away. I decided to start to introduce the “healthy” foods back into my diet and guess what? Yep: ALL my issues came back almost instantly. It wasn’t until that same friend suggested I read your book that it dawned on me that all my so called “healthy whole grains,” brown rice, etc. were the root of all my issues. The more I read, the more amazed I was. So I decided to go cold turkey for two weeks and to closely monitor myself to see what my results would be.

I’m sure I dont have to tell you that again everything disappeared! I dropped 7 pounds in those two weeks, my energy level went up, and my bloating and “talking” stomach DISAPPEARED! I’ve cheated a few times but have to say that every single time my symptoms came back in a matter of minutes and reminds me why it’s just not worth it.

I now read every item I purchase in the grocery store and refuse to live just a “gluten free” life. My only regret is not testing my diet sooner.

It’s amazing that we don’t think the foods we place in our mouths could be the cause of most, if not all, of our health issues. When I tell people that I can’t and won’t touch wheat anymore they think I’m crazy, but I don’t care. I’ll keep telling them and suggesting your book until they get it. You are a Godsend and amazing. I dont care what the industry says. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR BEING ONE OF THE FEW DOCTORS TO SPEAK UP AND NOT BE AFRAID TO BUCK THIS BIG OLD SYSTEM!!! You have probably saved my and my son’s life.

p.s. I’m only 36 so I knew there had to be something wrong, regardless of what the doctors said, which included living on a 1000 calorie a day diet.

Sounds like Rochelle was on her way to a full-blown case of cerebellar ataxia, maybe even early memory impairment via gluten encephalopathy, as well as the more run-of-the-mill wheat problems like acid reflux, bloating, and migraine headaches. She was led down this path by the endlessly repeated mantra of “eat more healthy whole grains,” and likely would have been blamed for sloth, gluttony, and laziness by the doctors who failed, time after time, to understand that these phenomena were all due to the perfect chronic poison she was encouraged to ingest, AKA modern wheat.

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  1. Beth

    I get vertigo when I have wheat! I would get benign–I hope!–positional vertigo at least once a year, sometimes long-lasting, sometimes brief, but didn’t put it together until being off of wheat totally for a few months, then having a bit one evening (just to be social…). I also used to have panic attacks on the highway. Not when I’m off wheat/gluten.

  2. William

    I also decided to try wheat-free for just minor issues. I immediately lost weight and my appetite is greatly reduced. Energy and focus is up. Surprisingly, I forgot breakfast on a busy day recently and didn’t realize this until close to noon. I was amazed since this has never happened to me before and I am 44.

  3. Loretta

    Dr. Davis,
    Saw this on TV this morning. Thought you would appreciate it. Dr. Don Colbert is a Christian physician and he seems to be right on concerning Type 2 diabetes, wheat and sugar. It’s about 12 minutes long. You need to see someone else in this fight with you. One of your own. :-)
    Loretta
    http://lifetoday.org/video/

  4. Tina

    Today is my first day for Wheat free I have the same symptoms as chronic bloating and fatigue, along with no energy. Day to day living and exercise was a major chore and struggle. Some days I was literally sick and just couldn’t understand why. About 2 yrs now I have been diagnosed with RA [rheumatoid arthritis] and put on a lot of drugs and still my hands hurt alot now. So Thank you to Dr Davis I am starting a new day Wheat Free and hopefully pain free soon.

    Any suggestions I will take on what brands are good I live in the Wauwatosa WI area as a new person anything would help. Thank you

    • “First day wheat free” is a step in the right direction. Depending on the type and amount of damage, people usually notice positive changes within a few days to a few months. I do hope you see improvements soon. Understand it is possible to get a withdrawal reaction that can leave you feeling worse for a few days. That happened to me.

      As far as brands – the best starting advice I got was to stick with whole real foods and not to add in processed stuff until I felt better. I learned quickly I feel better without the processed stuff.

    • bh

      Easy, quick breakfast: flax seed,, almond slivers, plain sunflower seeds in a bowl with heavy cream and maybe some fruit.

  5. Meredith

    It’s changed my life over the past few months. I no longer make mistakes all the time at work, I don’t forget the things I need to do that day. I am no longer bloated and no longer have IBS symptoms! It’s amazing.

  6. Tina

    Question in the Wheat Belly: Quick and Dirty Dr Davis mentions For healthy breakfast choices ground flaxseed as a hot cereal? You just use the ground flax seed and some almond milk? If so how much?

    Any other good breakfast ideas?

    • Bob

      There’s a recipe in Wheat Belly for a hot cereal that consists of 1/2 cup ground flax seed, 1/4 cup of raw hulled sunflower seeds, 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut and 1/2 cup of almond (or other type of milk).

    • James

      Nothing beats the diner left-overs :)
      If you don’t have any: omelet + bacon + leafy greens on the side + a few blueberries and why not some 1/4 cup greek yogurt mixed with 1/4 cup full fat cream, vanilla powder and berries and seeds ? if you feel like a bit of sugar, a little bit of xylitol on top. Et voilà :) And if you are hungry at lunchtime after that, I guess you need to add even more fat to your breakfast :D Seriously, you can also bake some almond bread, very easy and delicious:

      - preheat oven at 350 F
      - 2 cups ground almonds (best if you have a blender that can grind your own almonds)
      - 1/2 tsp baking soda
      - 1/2 tsp sea salt
      - 1/2 tea spoon apple cider vinegar
      - 3 good size eggs
      - 1 Tbsp of xylitol (or equivalent)
      - for flavor: 1 tsp vanilla powder

      Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl
      In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and add the wet ingredients
      Add the egg mixture to the larger bowl and mix well

      grease a small bread mould (with coconut oil for flavor or butter), pour the dough and even up the top with a flat spatula or spoon
      bake for ~ 50mn
      take it out of the oven and let it cool for ~ 20mn before removing the bread from the mould
      let it then cool completely and enjoy a slice with butter or an apple slice :)

      • Bob

        Thanks for the almond bread recipe, James. I printed it out to add to my growing collection of WB recipes. Definitely going to get Dr. Davis’ upcoming cookbook.

        • James

          Hello Bob.

          I improved on the recipe yesterday. I was invited by a good friend and though I would prepare one loaf for that occasion. Then, as I was whisking the eggs, a jar of ghee which I recently made from organic butter happened to be on the counter-top. So I thought: OK, let’s add some for fun. So I slowly melted ~ 1/2 cup of ghee and whisked it with the eggs. The rest of the recipe remained unchanged. It was even better! The texture, the taste … wow! Give it a try!

          J.

    • Dr. Davis

      In the amount you want, Tina!

      Yes, eggs in all their glorious forms, including hard boiled, soft boiled, scrambled, fried, frittata. Also, see the recipes on this blog for muffins, coffee cake, and cookies, all good breakfast choices.

    • My current favorite breakfast is..
      -about a half cup of full fat plain greek yogurt (I like Voskos)
      -mix in some heavy whipping cream, enough to thin out the yogurt a bit
      -top with some almonds, sunflower and flax seeds and coconut flakes
      -add a couple berries if you have them

      This combo keeps me full for hours. I ate it this morning for breakfast, 6 hours later I’m still not hungry!

  7. valerie s.

    Dr. Davis,
    Today, CBS This Morning commented on an article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, “Emerging Type of Heartburn Defies Drugs, Diagnosis”. The opening paragraph states, “New research suggests that in many people, heartburn may be caused by something other than acid reflux. But gastroenterologists are often stumped as to what it is and how to treat it”. I immediately thought, WHEAT! My digestive system was a wreck before going wheat free in February. I had so much acid in my system, that it started to erode the enamel on my teeth! Modern wheat has become so insect resistant and disease resistant, it is now also digestive resistant in many of us. I would be interested in your comments on this article.
    Thanks for all you do!
    Valerie.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/health_journal.html

    • LorLor

      It reminds me of a book I read; author Anne Rice must be prescient. In “The Mummy” she describes a king who finds a way to make grain immortal, in the hopes of being able to endlessly feed his people. Unfortunately, the grain would not break down after ingestion and killed whoever ate it.

      Disease resistant, insect resistant – practically immortal. Scary!

    • Dr. Davis

      At least, Valerie, they are starting to see that there is something new and different going on.

      They will first ask: What is different about the people? They will entertain questions about unique viral infections, metabolic syndrome/insulin effects, etc. I will have to tell them: Think about the wheat! After all, our food is changing far more rapidly than us humans.

    • AllisonK

      Very normal. Different for everybody, but for me the feeling lasted about a week and a half. Each time it does get shorter……because I’m an idiot and keep forgetting how horrible “normal” eating makes me feel!
      Your body is basically prepping itself for the massive sugar spike and when it doesn’t show up you do get a bit dizzy, some brain fog and tiredness.

      • Bryna

        Yes. These are basic detoxing symptoms. Hang in there. They will pass soon! And then the pasture is greener on the other side. :)

    • Dr. Davis

      Expected, though not “normal.”

      It is not normal to be addicted to a food through an opiate effect. And it is not normal to go through withdrawal from it.

      But it is expected. Thankfully, it generally lasts 3-5 days, then you feel great!

  8. Laura F

    Wow, same here- at 34 years old, slurred speech, trouble swallowing, clumsiness, forgetfulness, shaky hands. Thank heavens I figured out what the problem was and am not poisoning myself anymore.

  9. Lisa

    Dr. Davis,

    Why are there so many low carb products out there (tortillas, wraps, baking mixes) that have wheat in them, yet they are very low carb when the net carbs are calculated?

    • Dr. Davis

      In my experience, they don’t play out as “low-carb” anyway, with unexpected rises in blood sugar, often substantial.

      So, as a general rule, stay away from these products.

  10. Kay Harrington

    Tina, Please don’t give up! For me the feeling was made far more bearable by drinking plenty of water. Sometimes I added a slice of lemon to it, but it helped flush the toxin out of my system, so I really only had bad detox symptoms on the first day. I soaked in a warm bath that evening and then they became really very mild for another couple of days. After that, I was like a new person! It felt fantastic! You can feel that way too – hang in there!

  11. Richard Johnson

    With so many testimonials, the anti-wheat movement is ‘on’ to something real. It will start showing in wheat sales and at the grocery store. I’d argue that is already gaining traction.

    • Dr. Davis

      I believe you are absolutely correct, Richard!

      Given the flood of wonderful stories, how can we not have an effect?

  12. Rochelle’s story is my story–almost exactly! Tina, hang in there! Once you are detoxed from wheat, you will be so glad you did! I was happy to see the dizziness, brain fog, slurred speech, and memory issues go away. Plus, the weight dropping after trying for YEARS with exercising and “eating right,” was an extreme cherry on top. Living seems so much easier now despite those around me who just don’t get this life change. I cannot even imagine going back to eating that way. In fact, I spent most of my Veterans Day cooking new recipes with my new bags of almond flour and coconut flour.

    I am also in charge of Thanksgiving this year; I DO plan on having a wheat-free dinner.

    • Dr. Davis

      Great, Tracy!

      Yes, the weight loss it the “cherry on top,” given the extravagant improvements in other spheres of health, especially neurological.

      Lose sugar, you lose a few pounds. Lose the wheat, you lose neurological impairment, gastrointestinal disruption, diarrhea, acid reflux, food obsessions, plantar fasciitis, migraine headaches, paranoia, anxiety, joint pain . . . Just “another low-carb diet”? Yeah, right!

  13. Dev

    Dr Davis, I have asthma and severe exacerbation put me in hosp for 8 days and prednisone via IV and pill form too for 2months! Water wt and wt gain and all side effects very bad. I’m afraid to cut wheat because what if I develop a reaction if I eat it in something not aware of containing wheat? I don’t want to develop a severe sensitivity to it and bring on an asthma attack? By cutting it out completely?

    • JIllOz

      JIllOz says:

      November 14, 2012 at 6:07 am

      OK, I just wrote a really detailed answer for Dev and my Internet disconnected!! Aaargh!
      Shorter version – Dev, I am a severe asthmatic with several types of allergies. I had got to the point where I could barely move without wheezing HEAVILY, and always had a low-grade wheezing, inflammation, and yucky stuff in my chest throat etc. My prednisone medication stopped working completely. After several weeks off wheat, it worked 100%. I am now in monitoring mode.

      i had also experienced a delightfull innovation where when I coughed – invariably a hard laboured chest hacking cough – I felt like my chest would break open and intense heart (?) racing occurred. I did not want to find out what this would be!!

      I went off wheat and things have improved. I still have allergies and some bad asthma when the weather is unsuitable, but overall my coughing is much softer, less congestion, and I am more active. I am also not scared to shower for fear of arm-raising pain. Etc etc. More energy, more of a feeling of “self”, less anxiety.
      Still keep dropping things though- maybe I should sleep more!!

      Dev, this asthmatic recommends most strongly that you get off the wheat – even a ten percent improvement is worth it, and it will increase with time.
      cheers

      (I just realised I posted my answer in the wrong place originally. Dr Davis, feel free to delete the anser below – I wanted to reply directly to Dev. )

      • JIllOz

        Regarding your fear of reactivating the sensitivity, no way can it be worse than what you are already going through. I understand the fear perfectly – ironically going off the wheat will probably decrease your anxiety and you can add some extra supporting health measures.
        Mind you, if you are that bad it is quite like you will still have the odd attack – but you will still improve overall. If not, there is something else going on.
        Talk to your (ideally sympathetic and smart) doctor and get this doctor to monitor you as you eliminate the wheat. get a good allergist and follow up with that if you like. That way you might feel less anxious and more supported in your wheat-free journey.
        To support yourself further, if you are an info junkie, read all Dr Davis’s entries in the left-hand sidebar. Learn more about this!! It helps to fortify you!
        And drink lots of water – that is a great help to asthma – I never drink enough water and when I do it is a great relief, especially hot water. Very relaxing and calming.

        It also depends where you asthma is coming from 0 if it’;s wheat, go off the wheat.
        If you live near a diesel facory, you might want to move! :)

        • Dev

          Thank you so much Jill for your reply. I went off wheat for 3 wks in the summer then added it back because didn’t notice huge difference. Ive never been this bad in my life, always well controlled so not long after added it in, got very bad so this scared me! I think I will do the allergy testing before I go completely off wheat. May not be at all related but still kinda scared me since never been like this, never been hospitalized in my life for asthma.

  14. Jay G

    Dev, I’d say it looks like you already have a pretty severe sensitivity to wheat. Don’t wait any longer. Remove it from your diet and breathe!

  15. JIllOz

    OK, I just wrote a really detailed answer for Dev and my Internet disconnected!! Aaargh!
    Shorter version – Dev, I am a severe asthamtic with several types of allergies. I had got to the point where I could barely move without wheezing HEAVILY, and always had a low-grade wheezing, inflammation, and yucky stuff in my chest throat etc. My prednisone medication stopped working completely. After several weeks off wheat, it worked 100%. I am now in monitoring mode.

    i had also experienced a delightfull innovation where when I coughed – invariably a hard laboured chest hacking cough – I felt like my chest would break open and intense heart (?) racing occurred. I did not want to find out what this would be!!

    I went off wheat and things have improved. I still have allergies and some bad asthma when the weather is unsuitable, but overall my coughing is much softer, less congestion, and I am more active. I am also not scared to shower for fear of arm-raising pain. Etc etc. More energy, more of a feeling of “self”, less anxiety.
    Still keep dropping things though- maybe I should sleep more!! :)

    Dev, this asthmatic recommends most strongly that you get off the wheat – even a ten percent improvement is worth it, and it will increase with time.
    cheers.

    • Dr. Davis

      While there is always the unanticipated, I have NEVER witnessed a worsening of ashthma with wheat elimination.

      • Dev

        But if cut it out and then eat some by accident, will it cause a bad reaction, bad enough to bring on an attack? If so I’d rather eat small amt so body is use to small amts. I’m afraid of becoming too sensitive if eliminate it completely then “wheated” by accident.

        • James

          Hello Dev,

          I understand your being very careful. But if I may add something, going WF is giving you POWER and CONTROL over what you stuff into your mouth. After all, you are ingesting external things that will eventually, to some extent, be part of YOU or fuel you and therefore influence certain behaviors, your personality, etc. So, a small amount of wheat remains a small amount of poison or drug (seen from a certain perspective, especially after you had been WF for some time and eat some at some family diner or whatever the circumstances, and suffer the consequences just hours later because you eliminated your tolerance to the stuff by going WF).

          On a personal note, I am now much more aware of what I eat, the quality of it, and my tolerance level regarding various foods, e.g. after a full month without dairy products, I reintroduced some and found that I can take very fat dairy stuff like cheese, cream, butter, ghee, greek yogurt, very good as long as it comes from organic farming, grass fed animals. This really improves my recent low carb – high fat lifestyle by quite a lot :)

          Your mileage may vary but with wheat, there is NO exception: it is OUT and shall not trespass on my body ever again! And you can believe me that it is a BIG feat in my case, I grew up on French baguettes, brioches, croissants, all sorts of French pastries because I lived about 20 years in France … Just 1.5 month going grain free, WF, low carb and high fat feels like starting another BOOK in my life story, literally … I will soon print a T-shirt with something like “Ketone Power”. It should trigger some eyebrow raising ;)

        • bh

          I have been wheat free since August 2011. Asthma symptoms totally gone. Previous triggers no longer bother me. Accidental wheat ingestion has not affected respiratory system. No wheezing, coughing, nothing!! Try it, Dev.

          • Dev

            Wow, what a great supportive group you are, I so appreciate you all taking the time to reply and help me out. OK, gonna try this again and see how I am!! Thank you all again for replying, I appreciate it so so much. I told my Mom about this plan and she’s lost 15lbs and is feeling much better. I’ve just been very nervous since when I added it back seemed my asthma got much worse, but this may be completely not related as I was told the inflammation in my lungs had been building for quite some time. Have a great Thursday everyone!!!

  16. Tina

    Day 2 feeling pretty good. Hands really don’t hurt as much as yesterday, we will see how the rest of the day goes.

    Having a small get together for some girls and looking for some simple but good receipes to serve at a Spa Party? Suggestions

    Then for Thanksgiving need to bring an awesome dish suggestions?

    • Dr. Davis

      Take a look through the recipes in the book and in this blog, Tina. Several are appropriate for the holidays, including stuffing, gravy, biscuits, and pumpkin pie.

    • JIllOz

      Hi Tina,

      why not a make a bunch of almond flour pancakes, stack them on top of each other with cream and fruit between the layers and cut the stack into triangle pieces a la cake slices??

      Seems pretty straightforward to me!! :)

  17. Loekie

    “It wasn’t until that same friend suggested I read your book that it dawned on me that all my so called “healthy whole grains,” brown rice, etc. were the root of all my issues.”

    I don’t think brown rice is the problem, is it mr Davis?

  18. BrendaS

    So…..will going wheat free help the pain and inflamation in my knee? I am looking at arthroscopic surgery next month and I am not looking forward to it but can’t stand the pain anymore.

    • Dr. Davis

      Yes, but it is impossible to predict how much relief you will get. Some get complete, most get partial, some get none.

      But there is nothing lost in trying.

  19. Tina

    So started 1 wk today and feeling pretty good actually more than pretty good lost some of the belly but no weight, is this normal? Should I be doing something different? Can I be eating to much or to less? Help

    • Dr. Davis

      Yes, an occasional person experiences it in this fashion.

      I say carry on and see how your wheatlessness unfolds, Tina!

    • DaveE

      Tina – I’d just like to say that I had the exact same start. For the first week, it felt like I was losing belly fat, but the scale wasn’t moving. I’m now into week 4, and I’m down about 9 pounds. I’m not sure where the belly fat ‘goes’ in the first while, but everything seems to sort itself out eventually.

      Stick with it, and you will hopefully start to see that scale move soon!

      • Wow, thanks! I’m encouraged – still getting to my first week but already feeling lighter with no budge on the scales. But I only probably have 15-20 lbs to lose. I’ll keep on keeping on! The best thing is I’m not hungry all the time any more. Can’t wait!

  20. Nancy

    I just read this story, and I must say she described my symptoms to a T, I like Rochelle have suffered similiar symptoms. I am very new (1 week) to the Gluten Free Diet, I am not sure if I am doing it the right way, as I am still learning what to eat, but in the first few days I have noticed that I am less bloated after eating, I don’t seem to feel as lethargic but I haven’t noticed a increase in energy. My endocrinologist turned me onto the Wheat Belly book, and I am working with him to try to control my Thyroid issues, I had been hyperthyroid most of my life and about 8 years ago went to hypo. My health has taken a nose dive over the last 3 years, where I have battled constant Stomach issues, headaches, joint pain, moodiness, etc, I begged my doctors to due further testing but they just said it was my thyroid and until they got that under control i wouldn’t feel better. I had a gallbladder attack in January of last year, and had my gallbladder removed and for awhile I felt like a million bucks. But that didn’t last long either, soon the symptoms returned with a vengeance, so back to the beg for further testing. My lab work came back borderline RA symptoms, along with other issues. I finally broke down and started seeing an endocrinologist a few weeks ago and will be doing more lab work in a few more weeks after my new medicines have a chance to kick it. I am determined to get my life back and I know how much my family is wanting their happy mother back. I know they said that getting older isn’t easy, but I just turned 40 and I am not willing to lay down without a fight. Now I know there is hope for me. Thank you, and I will keep you posted on my progress.

    • Dr. Davis

      Please do, Nancy!

      An endocrinologist? Wow, that’s rare: An endocrinologist who advised you to read Wheat Belly?

      Please tell us who it is: He/she must be one of the exceptionally rare open-minded endocrinologists in the country!

      • Nancy

        Dr. Davis,
        My doctor is Dr. Vera from Vera Endocrine & Associates. He is based in Daytona Beach, Fl. Not only did he suggest/urge me to read your book, he pulled his very own copy down off his book case in his office and had me read the excerpt from the back cover out loud. Since responding to the blog above I have continued on the WB diet, and I must tell everyone how much better I have felt, i have even dropped 3 lbs. I am excited as to where my health is going, and so glad my doctor has turned me onto your book.

  21. Jeffrey

    Dr Davis, I just removed wheat from my diet mainly to see if it would have a positive effect on my Hashimoto’s and also curious if it would help with anxiety and perhaps hair loss. The thing is, I’m 5’11″, male and only 122 lbs. Since starting two/three days ago I’ve replaced grains with proteins and vegetables/fruits and I lost 3 lbs.

    I’ve also had bad nausea.
    Is it safe for me to continue on this diet? Can my body handle weight loss if I am already so thin? I’m reading your book but don’t see you addressing whether skinny people would benefit from it.

    -Jeff

    • Dr. Davis

      Well, this is not about calorie or fat restriction, Jeffrey.

      I tell people who are fearful of losing weight to eat MORE eggs, cheese, meats, fats, butter, avocados, coconut, etc. Do not restrict calories.

      Weight virtually always plateaus at a healthy level.

  22. Wheat Belly Prayers I’ve been intending to re-write; no offense to TRUE Believers that recognize repetitive programmed dis-eases, i.e. “Give us our bread, our dally bread”

    Hail Mary, full of cake.
    Ohh Lordy be with thee.
    Blessed were thou among women,
    and blessed was the fruit pie in thy womb,
    Dear Jesus.
    Holy Mary, Mother of God, What were you thinking?
    pray for us (*1)sinners,
    now and at the hour of our (*2) death.
    Amen.
    Aye Womb(wheat?)-men too!

    *1) Sin = “miss the target” which was which weight?

    *2) Death; may be sooner than you think with that Wheat Belly “you hang onto” :O, Jesus HELP you…

    Maybe we could start a NEW Category on the left margin Dr. William? Hope to hear you @ A4M in Vegas!!

      • Tanya

        Heh funny coincidence or what? I’ve just been watching Lord of the Rings.. Gollum explains it himself: “… and we forgot the taste of bread…”, “… Smeagol hates nasty elven bread… ” No wonder he’s so skinny. No bread plus he’s on the Atkins diet!

  23. Sora

    Dr. D.

    Why don’t you address the concept of ‘pairing’ carbohydrates with proteins. Since pairing has been shown to keep blood glucose down, wouldn’t that be a loophole to allow consumption of (non-wheat) carbs?

    This seems like a pretty important thing to discuss.

    Sora

  24. Marci McMurray

    About 4 years ago I drove myself to the emergency room thinking I was having a heart attack. My arms were numb, I had pain in my jaws, cold hands, dizziness and difficulty breathing. I was told by the DR that I didn’t seem like the type of person who would make these things up and was in incredible shape for my age. ( 37 at the time ). He explained that dizziness was a common unexplained mystery in over 50% of emergency room visits and that sometimes your body just gets tired. These episodes have continued to haunt me sporadically without rhyme or reason. I am a very active person as well, spending time at the gym as well as Participating in many endurance sports etc, but have struggled for years with an apple shape. In the back of my head I have been suspecting a food allergy, but the typical wheat symtoms didn’t really match mine. Recently my health really took a downward spiral, very quickly too. Somewhere near the point of recognition I literally stumbled upon this book and upon reading the list of symptoms on the jacket, knew I better read it.

    It was the best thing I have ever done. What has impressed me more than returning to my normal health, weight, and dropping the dizzy spells is the change of mind. I had been living with an impending sense of doom, feeling it was my job and it’s relation to the economy I just kept enduring the feelings. I had no idea when embarking on this that I would end up with such mental clarity, drop my worry and become such an efficient positive problem solver. I am more productive than ever and I am loving it. I wish I had stumbled upon this sooner.

    • Dr. Davis

      How many people have endured years–decades!–of quiet suffering with such symptoms, going through test after test, even medical procedures, prescription medications, spending countless hours wondering if the problem is in their head, all occurring despite vigorous exercise, doing everything right . . . when it was all due to the food we were told to eat!

      Is there any way to overstate the enormity of this blunder?