Truth or Consequences

Julie posted the story of her wheat-free epiphany:

I have been struggling with intestinal issues all my life. One doctor told me I had 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 [rheumatoid arthritis], 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.

Julie and her mom, like the many, many thousands of people before her on this blog, join the ranks of the Wheat Free Crazies, as the Wheat Lobby likes to call us. According to them, we are all experiencing a case of mass hysteria, all entranced by my incredible powers of persuasion, made to believe that “healthy whole grains” are actually a creation of the Devil. It means that even people with no positive immune markers for gluten can still experience dramatic turnarounds in health–because it’s in their head.

Maybe that’s what is going on here to explain the incredible transformations of bowel, joint, and mental health we hear about every day: mass hypnosis, all mesmerized by a powerful placebo. Or . . . wheat has indeed become a perfect chronic poison that has no place in the diet of humans, its adverse effects magnified by the genetics manipulations of agribusiness to suit their own agenda, no questions asked about its suitability for human consumption.

You make the choice.

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58 Responses to Truth or Consequences

  1. Kathy Hussey says:

    After being wheat-free & grain-free since the end of August, I made a very stupid mistake yesterday that I paid for dearly today. I always bring my lunch to work or I run home when possible. I was in a hurry yesterday and decided to stop at Wxxxx’s and pick up a salad. What I thought would be safe was a Spicy Chicken Caesar. I didn’t touch the croutons, but did use the dressing.Whatever was in the seasoning for the chicken, or maybe the dressing itself had me bonding with the toilet in ways I hadn’t experienced since becoming a full-fledged, “Wheat-Free Crazy”. My stomach is still in turmoil this evening. Won’t make that mistake again! And if all the the great benefits we’ve attained from following a healthy life-style are the results of mass hysteria, what about all the people who can’t wait to try every new convenience food that advertisers convince us we just have to have. So we run to the store to get the latest Hot Pocket, Hamburger Helper,Eggo Waffles, Mac-n-Cheese.etc. We have been brain-washed into believing that we need this stuff to make our lives easier! What a load of crap! Really! Boy that felt good! Thanks Dr. Davis! You are my Guru! Lol…

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Yes, we often have to learn our wheat-free lessons the hard way, Kathy–sometimes it even means a load of crap!

    • Vir-Gena Fowlkes says:

      The spicy chicken has a wheat coating on it. I made the same mistake. I found it very helpful to do a little research on restaurants ahead of time, check ingredient listings on-line. Then, when you’re faced with an emergency lunch situation, you have safe alternatives. I learned that one of my favorite fast food places only had 1 wheat free menu item. Not even the Jo-Joe’s were safe.

  2. Jeff says:

    The following is almost too incredible to be believed:

    I’ve had TMJ for years. over the last year it’s gotten progressively worse with facial swelling, clicking, popping, snapping and pain, I started going to physical therapy a few months ago. My last visit was three weeks ago, an emergency appointment due to horrible pain. I’ve spent many hours in bed with all kinds of hot packs and ice.

    Well the other night, about a week after starting the wheat belly diet, I suddenly realized my jaw wasn’t bothering me! It just stopped cracking, the swelling seems to have melted away. It’s 95% better.

    I can’t believe it. TMJ can be and often is debilitating. I remember feeling close to suicidal at points (!). It’s not recognized as a real ailment by most dentists or doctors but it has very real pain. I’ve spent hundreds of dollars just in the last three months and now it has all but disappeared. I keep waiting for it to flare up again but so far barely anything.

    I understand the frustration that people with this pain feel and I wish I could yell this cure from mountaintops. There are so many ‘remedy’s’ and natural cures and therapy’s for this. If this is how simple the cure is, well, I don’t even know what to think.

    I’m not sure I understand how this happened but I really hope this is the new reality.

    Thank you so much Dr. Davis!

    • wrotek says:

      mine TMJ is caused by Borreiosis (Lyme Disease) which attacks joints.

    • Dr. Davis says:

      That’s a new one, Jeff!

      We will have to keep an eye out for others who report something similar to see how common/frequent this observation is.

      In the meantime, enjoy your happy chewing!

      • Janet says:

        Not as serious as above, but one of my knees periodically would kind of crack and “go out” so it was painful to walk or go up and down steps. Then it would pop back or something and it would be gone. I could never pinpoint if it was something I did to cause it. After a couple of months, wheat free, I noticed that this popping had stopped–in fact the noises (like cellophane being crushed) in my knee joints were silent and that pain has not come back since. I never changed my physical activity or working out at all during that time.

  3. JIllOz says:

    Dr Davis, I just popped into the blog mentioned earlier by a commenter,
    It’s very good, in two minutes of reading I’ve already learned about circadian rhythm disruption and is effects on metabolism. Amazing.
    I think it’s one for the lists!!

    • JIllOz says:

      I plan to investigate it more thoroughly mind you. :)

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Yes, Dr. Peter Attia is a gem of reliable and well thought-out health information. I met him recently at a meeting in which we were both invited to share our thoughts. I found him engaging and truly interesting.

  4. Em says:

    Dr Davis,
    I’m not sure if you’ve seen this article,, but it talks about you. It’s great to see you receiving publicity.

    If only our government would adapt Wheat Belly Living to the food pyramid. The ramifications are endless!
    Thanks for spreading the word,

    • Boundless says:

      > If only our government would adapt Wheat Belly Living to the food pyramid.

      That will happen only after everyone has already ditched USDA’s My Plate.

      > The ramifications are endless!

      Consider the wider context. Although it appears that Wheat Belly is about avoiding wheat, on closer study, you see that it is also about being low carb, and many other carbs (notably fructose) are on the totally-avoid list. Beyond that, the suggested diet is not just paleo. It’s at least borderline ketogenic if not full keto. This is all shocking radical compared to the official get-sick-medicate-and-die diet. Expect massive denial and resistance.

      Save your efforts for the victims of the official diets. Expect the officials to be the last to come around.

      • Em says:

        “Save your efforts for the victims of the official diets.”
        My heart aches everytime I see someone significantly overweight. I know, from personal experiences, that it’s not their fault.

        “Expect the officials to be the last to come around.”
        I am thankful that Dr. Davis is not one to prostitute himself and/or pay money in order to push his agenda. His message is clear and simple and true!

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Hey, thanks for posting this, Em!

      I wasn’t aware of the Swanson piece. They did a nice job.

  5. Caron says:

    Dr. Davis, thanks so much for your bold stand on the wheat problem. As a nutritionist myself, I see the consequense daily and have experienced the problem myself. I recommend your book always and am happy to be getting your recipes. This apple pie sounds great. A thought…. have you tried the “Just Like Sugar” inulin based product and what do you think about it?

    • Dr. Davis says:

      That’s great, Caron!

      While I’ve used many inulin-based sweeteners, I’ve not used the “Just like sugar.” Can you tell me what is in it?

  6. Geoffrey says:

    Delicious and satisfying breakfast (6:30 am): Cheeseburger – no bun, course – 100% grassfed beef (from local food coop) and Havarti cheese (Costco), green beans (Costco), small bowl of fruit (fresh raspberries very cheap from Costco) with 1/3 cup regular plain yogurt (Seven Sisters, Whole Foods or local coop), topped with my special homemade blend of nuts and seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, and flax).

    “Dinner” for breakfast is the best!