Dr. Oz Show: Are You Addicted to Wheat?

The Dr. Oz Show segment about Wheat Belly to discuss the destructive health effects of modern wheat airs Monday, December 3rd, 2012!

The full preview is viewable here on the Dr. Oz Show website.

On the show, I got a chance to discuss several of the important reasons why wheat is perfectly crafted to cause weight gain and destroy health, and why complete elimination is the most powerful weight loss and health-regaining strategy I have ever seen.

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  1. Kelly

    Way to go Dr. D, you are indeed a force to be reckoned with. BG has to be held accountable for poisoning us. The healthy wholegrain mantra will finally to exposed as the lie it truly is. God bless you in this crusade.

    I have set my dvr to record the show.

    Thank you for caring!

    • Boundless

      > I have set my dvr to record the show.

      For those who live in dark territory, but have modest speed internet, complete episodes of the Dr.Oz segments are apparently available, free, but with commercials, on yidio.com

      We just signed up (free), and will report when the complete interview is on the web, unless Dr.D alerts y’all first.

      • Tanya

        Thanks for that tip, I will check it out, Boundless!

        I would love to watch this tomorrow but am working afternoon shift so I will miss it (I have no dvr) Dr. Oz is a highly-watched show… but I didn’t like the way he handled the show with Dr. Taubes, hopefully he handles himself better with Dr. Davis!

        • Tanya

          I just checked out that site but I can’t seem to find the episode… I wonder if it will be posted on Youtube after it airs?

  2. Boundless

    If this airing has the effect that it might, demand for almond flour is going to ramp up, probably long term.

    We’ve elected to hedge that bet and take advantage of a sale on at honeyvillegrain.com.

    Yes, what an appalling site name, and yes they also sell poisons, but the almond flour is high quality. Caution: the packing is truly bulk – you’ll need lots of zip bags or other airtight containers.

    • Fred

      If you need to start smaller nuts.com has a good selection of non-wheat (almond / coconut)… and great service!

    • Thanks Boundless!!
      We were so bummed when Honeyville Almond Flour went up a whole $11 for the 5 lb bag on Amazon…after it had been out of stock for a while :( I think I might be getting that 125 lb box from Honeyville’s website. That should last for quite a while! :D

  3. I will have to wait to watch it on the Dr Oz webpage – we won’t get it in New Zealand for awhile. I do hope you made the point about NOT GLUTEN FREE… not just wheat free. I’m sure you did and I’m so excited this message is getting out there!

    • Dr. Davis

      I believe I did, Lynda. It certainly bears repeating over and over again: NOBODY should be eating gluten-free foods made with cornstarch, tapioca starch, rice starch, or potato starch!

  4. Anna

    I hope the show’s editors and producers have not conspired with Dr. Oz to take you apart. Gary Taubes was not treated well on the show.

    • Dr. Davis

      Don’t worry, Anna: I was in New York to film the segment about 2 weeks ago!

      It was recorded. Judging by the previews, they are likely to maintain the spirit of the interview as it was originally recorded.

      • Anna

        I’ve seen it, great episode, am very reassured that Dr. Oz did not try to mow you down and is not somehow supported by food industry giants who dictate what he can say on his show. Most of all, it was really cool and kind of surreal to see you on the show. I loved the way you explained the concepts in a clear and articulate way so that everybody could understand it. Really captivating!

  5. Amanda

    Congratulations Dr. Davis! I really thought that Dr. Oz was never going to have you in the show. I was wrong, we can not hide this findings anymore. The greatest threat to humanity is wheat, and requires a genius like you to educate the world.
    I thank you again and again for enlightening us.

    • Dr. Davis

      Thanks, Amanda!

      I’ve got to give him and his staff credit, given the “healthy whole grain” message that has been part of their dietary message. They are at least willing to air competing viewpoints, even if they don’t embrace them themselves.

  6. Lisa

    I’m so happy to see that this information will be seen on the Dr. Oz show! Finally, people who watch shows like Dr. Oz and The Doctors will have access to this vital information to help them lose weight and alleviate a multitude of ailments. In the rare case that I am home at the time of the day that shows like this do air, I see so many bits and piece of information that will not help people lose weight or fight and even reverse diabetes. Maybe for once, I won’t get strange stares when I tell people I don’t eat wheat and no, I don’t have celiac disease. You’d think you were telling people you had a second head when you tell them you don’t eat wheat. Then, you get the same “you’re cholesterol will skyrocket” and “that’s not healthy” comments that really seem to be getting old. Thanks for making this information available to the masses.

    • Dr. Davis

      Don’t fret, Lisa: All those people who give you weird looks will start asking how you knew such things so much earlier than they did!

    • Lori

      Note that Ms. Tanya Zuckerbrot (author of the article) is also the author of the F-Factor diet, and sells a whole line of wheat-filled, er…”high fiber” products. She stands to lose a lot of $$ with the wheat-free revolution! No bias there…

    • Dr. Davis

      As is often the case, Ms. Zuckerbrot is woefully out of touch.

      Sadly, this is the status quo with these people.

  7. Joni

    Sometimes I think Dr. Oz features non-mainstream subjects like this just so he can counter them and make himself look like he knows better. Dr. Oz supports anything that will make him a buck, so what the final cut of the shows looks like will depend on what’s in his best interest – not ours. My DVR is set. Thanks for the heads up on Facebook the other day.

  8. Cathy

    I also am anxious to watch this. I’m hoping it will totally support Dr. D’s book . . .otherwise I will catch heck from my extended family who is not on board yet. They have all been advised to watch. I can’t get my 70 year old Mom to read the whole book, and she touts the “gluten free is for celiacs” ideology. Her comments often undermine what I’ve been advocating for my husband and kids . . . .frustrating. She quotes Doctor Oz a lot, so maybe this will help shift her thinking (if he becomes antiwheat). The four of us have been on the diet for several months – 11 year old has no trace of exercise induced asthma and went from an average runner to a first place runner on her soccer team. My youngest daughter no longer gets an itchy rash behind her legs. I no longer have what I thought was hypoglycemia, and have more confidence to tackle public speaking (no longer have uncontrolled anxiety and am calmer socially in general). Thanks Dr. Davis! A question for you on a different subject : what do you think of this rice and arsenic issue, given that those on gluten free are likely eating more rice. My kids eat rice chex sometime, as that is one of the only cereals that they can eat. Thanks again.

    • Dr. Davis

      Well, Cathy: I wouldn’t eat the rice!

      No sense is replacing one problem–wheat–with another problem–rice.

      Rice is indeed less harmful than wheat, but it is not benign. I would regard it as, at most, an occasional indulgence, certainly NOT a staple.

      • Cathy

        Thank you Dr. Davis! Your appearance on Dr. Oz is likely going to help the wheat free movement explode in popularity! Thank you for all of the kindness and care that you put into the blog. I think that Mom will have to change her tune after watching the Dr. Oz episode (so glad that you mentioned it is for children too)! The information in the book has helped our family to become healthier and happier. :)

  9. Annie

    My DVR is set on! Can’t wait to watch this show… I’m so glad Dr. Davis that your message will join a large group of people, not aware of this miraculous way of life!! even if there’s a portion of them who joins us, that’s gonna be a huge gain for Wheat Belly, because every new “follower” talk about it to family and friends, so it goes larger and larger! ;-)

    • Dr. Davis

      Thanks, Annie!

      Yes, I am deeply gratified at the number of incredible successes we are hearing about every hour, every day, every week. It is truly wonderful.

  10. betsey

    hi dr davis saw your book endorsement on cbs morning news.they gave you a good deal of time then.bought your book at B&N after reading nearly half in the store!!!!I’m a dairy farmer so the grain train has been a big debate on our farm.We’re a dairy and nearly half our cost of production has been grain.My being a dairy cow nutritionist as well I realized that although grain increased production it could be detrimental to the health and longevity of the cows. Most farms average 20 plus # per head per day.We’re down to less than 13# per head per day production hasn’t dropped and the cows seem much happier……….Oh I quit eating wheat also…..last week in october…….didn’t need to lose weight, 5’6″ 110 lb. but I’ve lost that lack of a waist look obviously I had a bit of a gland in my gut.I sleep better at night and not during the day,I’m not nearly as hungry…….You”re my HERO.What I have suspected you have proven…….Now lets go after the grain lobbyists and give Dairy Products the credit they are due.SAVE A COW, DRINK MILK

    • Dr. Davis

      Ha ha, Betsey!

      Help me understand something: The small family dairy farmers and organic farmers here tell me that they stop milking their cows the last 2 months of pregnancy, allowing them to pasture and preserving the nutrients for the developing calf. Is that your experience, too?

      • betsey

        very important time in a cow’s gestation,the last 60 days the fetus grows at a tremendous rate and can compromise their intake of food. By “drying ” the cow off you give her udder a chance to rest and lessen the demand of energy to produce milk.Also infections in the udder can be addressed more agressively to insure her remaining in the herd’.Cows with high somatic cell counts in their milk can create all kinds of problems,not to mention the shortened shelf life of the milk .A cows intake can be reduced to half that of hers when in milk.They are fed a more nutrient dense ration to ensure they get the needed trace minerals ,vitamins and protein to ensure as uneventful parturition as possible.The quality of their colostrum is crucial to the calves survival.The calf will consume as much as 2 gallons in the first 6 hrs of life ….and this will ensure a healthy happy growthy baby.

        • Dr. Davis

          Thanks for your recollections, Betsey!

          This is consistent with what other organic and family dairy farmers tell me. Reassuring that real human farmers care about their animals.

      • betsey

        thank you MELISSA,!!! We are very proud of our operation,NYSCHAP Tier VI.disease free..no johnes,leuckosis,BVD 100% herd tested.and we are a closed herd for 17 yrs.Consumers shouldn’t be so concerned with antibiotics,or even growth hormones in milk.Milk is tested every time it is picked up at the farm.We own that milk until it passes the drug test so if they find anything in our milk we will buy the whole truckload for haveing contaminated it.Oh and we pay for the trucking as well.What concerns me most is the doctors who recomend soy based formula for new borns!!!!!!Jump in anytime Dr Davis…..Milk is critical to child nutrition,especially girls.actually throughout their lives.Many think it’s fattening but whole milk is probably the closest thing to a perfect food humans can consume,of course I’m talking about the product in our bulk tank.4.3 butterfat,3.1 protein and way better taste than what the consumer can buy in the store

  11. Kim

    Hi Dr. Davis, I wanted to let you know I normally don’t watch Dr. Oz’s show. Due to my day’s events somehow I feel like I was destined to discover who you are by accidently flipping on the channel in which today’s Dr. Oz episode was on, and I was so glad I did.
    After watching you I felt like a lighbulb when on in my head.
    Thank you and keep up the good fight!
    Sincerely, Kim

  12. Jeanne

    Congrats Dr. Davis!

    The bit I was able to see today looked to be going very well. So glad to see it. Keep truckin’.

    Wow, just dated myself majorly… Hehe

  13. JEY

    Terrific interview! Dr Oz was respectful and impressed by your book. The blood sugar tests were a good “visual” and they did a good job explaining the four main steps of the diet.
    Please post the link to the viseo when available, many more need to see it.

  14. Pat

    I thought the interview went very well. My impression is that Dr Oz really listened to what you had to say. He certainly seemed to be enjoying the food samples. I just wish you could have had more time but I understand that in the world of TV it doesn’t always work that way. I really liked the blood sugar test results – the comparison of a piece of whole wheat bread versus a candy bar was spot on – no smoke and mirrors, just the facts.

    • Dr. Davis

      Thanks, Pat!

      Yes, more time would have been nice to more fully elaborate on this message. But I am nonetheless grateful for having the time allotted. I believe I squeezed in most essential introductory points. It is tough to tell such a horror story in just a few minutes!

  15. Jen

    Hey Dr. Davis!!! :)

    I was thoroughly impressed by what I saw on Dr. Oz today. I’m really glad you were on a highly watched show to get the word out.

    I do have a question though. 3 out of the 5 women had blood sugar spike more than 2 times higher when consuming the whole wheat bread over the chocolate bar. Nothing was said about those other 2 women. Were their blood sugar levels higher when eating the chocolate bar vs, the whole wheat bread?? I would like to know the results of that, if I may, please. :)

    Thank you muchly!!!!! :)

    • Dr. Davis

      I believe that, in those two women, there was no difference. In other words, both the bread and candy bar raised blood sugar equally.

      Don’t fall into the trap that tricks most nutritionists: If something bad is replaced with something less bad and there is an apparent health benefit, then eat a bunch of the less bad thing. Let’s use cigarettes instead: Replace something bad–unfiltered cigarettes–with something less bad–filtered cigarettes–and health improves, then the conclusion applying the logic of nutrition: You should smoke Salems.

      • John I

        I watched the show and I have it was great to see and to watch the interaction between you and Dr. Oz. Especially when he stated about the findings of the blood sugar testing. Kudos for him to address it and for the responses of the testing . Your words yesterday reignited my drive.

        Thank you again Dr Davis!!!


      • JC Kennedy

        There was point missed reguarding those two women and that was with the frequency of eating wheat and candy bars. They would not eat candy bars for breakfast, lunch and supper, but would probally eat wheat and therefore their rate of eating ( along with elevated blood sugars bouts) would be much higher.

  16. Patti

    I saw the show. I really liked the evidence based experiment with the blood values. I think this was the most powerful correlation connecting body damage with wheat. Congratulations Dr. Davis.

    Since discovering this website I have been wheat free for three weeks, but not sugar free. I made one dessert with stevia and it was not tasty to me, and it did not feel good in my body. Being wheat free has not changed my weight but my symptoms have subsided. Some of my symptoms were exhaustion, achy body feelings, bloated, uncontrollable cravings, and this weird breathing issue. Regarding my exhaustion, I could only walk my dog for 10-15 mins before becoming so tired I had to stop. After two weeks without wheat I am walking about 1 hour to 45 mins/day, and on Saturday or Sunday I will do an hour 1/2 to two hours. It was that quick of a turn around with my energy after years of being too tired to exercise. Also, I had this strange breathing problem in which I would fall asleep and I would feel a quick rush of air being quickly pushed out of me like a balloon being released. I spoke to a health professional and they thought it was some type of allergic reaction, as if my lungs were trying to expel something. It is now gone.

    I think my weight will come off if I give up sugar, but I can’t seem to stop. I am definitely taking in less than I was before giving up wheat. Maybe after being wheat free for a longer period of time my sugar consumption will also lessen.

    • Dr. Davis

      You might also experiment with your sweeteners, Patti, at least during this transition period off sugar and dealing with receding cravings minus wheat.

      We use erythritol, xylitol, Truvia, as well as stevia, alone or in combinations. Given a choice of sugar versus one of these more benign sweeteners, I’d go with the latter.

      • Patti

        Hi Dr. Davis – thank you for the reply. Good suggestion. I will branch out and try these other sweeteners (erythritol, xylitol, and Truvia).

        • Savannah

          Patti, I had really good success with xylitol. It doesn’t have the aftertaste that’s common with stevia, and it works great in cooking and baking as a one-for-one sugar replacement. I bake with almond flour and xylitol, and none of my friends can tell the difference.

          • Marian

            Thank you for this info. I don’t like stevia either. I will try and find xylitol. I have never seen even in my health food store. I need to cut more sugar. Therein lies my cravings!

    • Tanya

      That would be the day!! I didn’t like the way he treated Dr Taubes either. You could tell he was getting madder & madder, while Dr. T just stayed calm and relaxed (who looks more confident in their message huh?)

      • Michael Kovacs

        Umm, AFAIK Gary Taubes is not a Doctor, he is a science research journalist. But it does have a nice ring to it.

        • Tanya

          On second thought I think you’re right.

          He certainly is slimmer than alot of doctors I’ve met though!

    • Dr. Davis

      I think Dr. Oz is gradually reforming his thinking, but will do so as he gets a chance to consider these rather unconventional interpretations.

      It would, however, be very, very interesting if he went on the rampage and helped champion this cause!

      • Boundless

        > I think Dr. Oz is gradually reforming his thinking, but will do so as he gets a chance to consider these rather unconventional interpretations.

        He’s probably becoming aware of the wider implications, as we’ve seen with many readers here:
        1. OK, I get it about the wheat.
        2. And the fructose is interesting, even if sugar generally isn’t a big surprise.
        3. Fats are actually good for us? Wow.
        5. Wait a minute, this diet ends up being low carb.
        6. Hello, it’s not just low carb, it’s at least on the edge of being ketogenic.

        For Dr. Oz, that means almost EVERTHING he’s been taught, prescribed for his patients, and shared with his audience regarding diet is MASSIVELY INCORRECT, virtually upside down. That’s a lot to swallow at once, so to speak.

        • Boundless

          It’s worth mentioning that Dr. Oz has the further challenge that his show is supported by advertising for poisonous foods and unnecessary drugs (and an ad for one of which runs during the web snippet).

          What Dr. Davis is doing is going to dramatically reduce the demand for cardiac physicians, and he’s apparently comfortable with that. Is Dr. Oz prepared to either radically alter what TV Docs do, or reduce the demand for same?

          • Dr. Davis

            Yes, so all the more credit to him, eh?

            If the nation went wheat-free tomorrow, we would need about 50% fewer physicians–overnight!

        • Dr. Davis

          Well, I was there at one time, too.

          It is truly unsettling to realize that the world has fooled you. What we are taught in medical school and training is the kindergarten version of nutrition and health, a system built by Big Pharma and Big Food, not a system built to cultivate health.

          So it is truly unnerving to realize how far wrong you go before you can finally get it right.

          • betsey

            I think your candor on how much training doctors get in nutrition is gracious and very important to realize.Vets get at best 6 hours of lecture time on the subject,unless they go into nutrition as their specialty.I can’t see how anyone can deny Dr. D’s argument….Look at the inreased incidence of obesity and more tragic, diabetes. in household pets!!!!!Now go read the label of any dry pet food in the grocery store.Humans have K9 teeth for a reason……our total protein intake should be somewhere between that of a cat and a dog.27-32%.This is on a dry matter basis.I wonder if we balanced human rations with that criteria if we could help people maintain an optimum weight?

  17. Bill

    Great show! In fact, for Dr. Oz to take it so seriously was mind-boggling, given his usual predilictions. I think that he was freaked out by the results from the blood-sugar experiment on the 5 women. Well done, Dr. Davis! Very professional presentation and well-made points. You covered the important points, and kept emphasizing the downsides of just going ‘gluten-free’, a real education to the public.

  18. Amanda

    Congratulations Dr. Davis, the show was so good. I could not believe Dr. Oz facial expressions when talking to you.
    I liked the fact that he even recognized that he has been giving the wrong advice at recommending whole grains!
    I think that what makes the difference is a well writen book with all the research to back it up. And also the fact that you are a preventative cardiologist.
    Well done, we owe you so much!

  19. Birgit

    Dr. Davis,
    I can’t wait to see the show. This will do a lot to spread the message. I am so glad that Dr. Oz was listening, from here on out I think he will start making more and more connections. I hope that he will invite Gary Taubes back or maybe Peter Attia. Once the word is out more some more money will be donated to do real nutrition research that is not sponsored by the food industry or the big pharma. Awesome!

  20. Barb

    Great presentation on Dr Oz today! You were very articulate Dr. Davis! I was particularly happy you emphasized the fact that wheat is often hidden in foods. I love making homemade soups full of healthy veggies, particularly in the winter. In the past however, I used to feel very bloated and uncomfortable after eating them and didn’t know why. Since we’ve been on your wheat belly eating plan and I’ve learned to use organic, gluten free broths in my soup (no MSG, no yeast extract), I no longer have the bloating after eating it.

  21. Heather Ann

    Hi Dr. Davis,
    Congrats on a great show! I’m so happy your message is getting out to even a larger audience.

    I thought it was interesting that the segment following yours on the Dr. Oz show was about headaches and how to prevent them. In addition to the remedies offered, the obvious one is to give up wheat! My migraines have gone away since I’ve stopped eating wheat two and a half months ago.

    I can’t wait to get my copy of your cookbook in late December (pre-ordered on Amazon). It’s a combined Christmas and Happy New Year gift to myself! I feel so much better these days and it’s all because of your incredible message. Thanks again for letting the world know about the ill effects of “Frankenwheat.”

    • Phillis

      Dr. Davis I thought that you were awesome in your interview yesterday with Dr. Oz. I normally do not watch him so had to DVR the episode. I was pleasantly surprised that Dr. Oz seemed to give you his complete attention and seemed to be open to what you were saying. You were definitely the Big Dog in the room!! hahahahaha! Heather Ann, I too saw the follow up episode about the migraines but did anyone notice the snarky remark the lady doc made after Dr. Davis’s segment was done? She said “that eliminating a whole food group would have no effect on headaches.” Hmmm? Wonder which one she was referring too? Wheat maybe? Sounds like she was doing a passive-aggressive disagreement with Dr. Davis by just taking a snide pot shot at him after his segment was done and the limelight was on her. When she said that I was totally turned off of her as a professional. Emotionalism is neither rationality nor reason and blatant emotionalism in a scientist (which a doctor actually is) is very unbecoming as well as unprofessional. Frankly, that is why we got the whole low-fat mantra. More emotional hype rather than actual scientific facts. She seemed to me to be making an arrogant emotional statement without attempting to back up her assertion with at least a fact or two. Most people probably missed it because it was just one statement but it was there and she seemed very pointed with it. Thankfully, Dr. Davis backed everything he said up with either facts or references to scientific studies and that is one of the reasons that I was willing to listen to the message of Wheat Belly in the first place.

      • Heather Ann

        Hi Phillis,
        I missed that comment by that doctor! I’ll go back and watch the headache segment again! Yes, I think Dr. Davis’ message is threatening to many health care professionals. I appreciate the ones who maintain an open mind. At least Dr. Oz was respectful of Dr. Davis and his perspective.

        With regards to the headaches, the Dr. Oz show focused on what to do once a headache occurs and not how to prevent a headache in the first place. My migraines have disappeared since I gave up wheat two and a half months ago. I think that’s remarkable!

  22. Jonathan

    Is there a place to watch the full episode after it airs….its after it aired but full episodes aren’t on Dr. Oz….lame. Wanted to watch it but wasn’t home and don’t know which channel hes on anyway anymore.

  23. Katherine

    Wow, wow, wow! I just watched the show. Congrats, Dr. Davis. Insofar as the Dr Oz Show is part of the “pop culture”, this was a real turning point. And the really big moment was at the end, when Dr Oz said “I would do this; it’s not hard.” Think of all the people who were hearing this for the first time and whose lives will now be changed for the better! Again, congratulations!

  24. Anthony

    As I watched the replay last night someone mentioned it seemed Dr. Oz was not to happy with the results. My question is then why have you on the show? I explained that both of you are cardiologists and it must be tough for one doctor to realize that another dr is saying might actually be true, especially when Dr. Oz has been promoting the healthy whole grain for so long and it appears he may have been wrong. Tough words to swallow on a National Tv show.

    When I mention your book to friends I explain the weight loss as a positive side-affect of removing wheat. This is why I believe so many people think this is just another diet fad much like many others we have seen over the last 50 years. I tell people “Do you want to feel better?”, be more active but less tired? than drop the wheat for 10 days and see what happens. Will you drop a few pounds maybe but at the very least you will feel better.

    • At least Dr had a courage to look truth in the face and took it pretty well :) I noticed the same thing U R talking about, on mine own.

  25. Louise

    Congrats Dr. Davis….I was so hapy to hear you were going to be on the Dr. Oz show! I try to talk to others about the Wheat Belly and I get these crazy looks like I don’t know what I am talking about. I am happy for this site because I can relate to others posting on your blog. The show was great!! Can’t wait for the cookbook to come out!! My Christmas gift to me!! Have a great day!

  26. Jennifer

    Dr. Davis what a great appearance on Dr. Oz & so VERY informative!!! I lost over 130 pounds after having my son in 2006 when I cut all things “white” (bread, pasta, rice) and made the decision to go all wheat. I have slowly been gaining it back and i now see i replaced the bad with the less bad. I am an addictions counselor and can often relate to the “cravings” they have as food ( certain foods such as wheat, sugar,salt ) trigger those same neural pathways & attach to the opioid receptors. I would never tell a patient great job not doing any heroin and encourage THC use to replace it. I am so enlightened right now, I can’t thank you enough. I have Crohns disease and recently was told to cut all gluten, although my blood panels do not indicate that I am gluten intolerant. I think I found my answer to my weight gain & the management protocol for my Crohns. Along with fish oil, vit d, and iodine & iron herbal supplements that I am taking, I believe I have found my missing piece. I am excited and have cleaned the cupboards out..donating to the food bank, stopping at the bookstore, and stocking my fridge with all things healthy!! :)

    Thanks for all your research, and all your contributions in this area. I have been asking for an answer and believe you just gave me the opportunity of a lifetime! I will keep you posted on my success!


    • Dr. Davis

      Fabulous, Jennifer!

      And you can see that the solutions are truly so easy . . . and inexpensive and safe! No prescriptions, no extreme exercise, no cleansing enemas.

  27. YES! “Frankenwheat” is evil. I went Paleo in March 2012, didn’t lose an ounce for about a month and a half (and went through a truly awful sugar/wheat withdrawal), and then dropped 15 pounds quickly, followed by a slow loss of another 17 pounds lasting until August 2012. I never want wheat, and I find it pretty easy to avoid it as long as I’m willing to cook. I find that I can “cheat” on my Paleo diet with corn and sometimes sugar (gotta be careful) but I never gain weight – because I’m not eating wheat. Now I know that the weight problems I had since I was a toddler were not due to lack of willpower – they were due to misinformation about the foods we buy in stores.

    I also agree that Dr. Oz needs to bring Gary Taubes back. His book changed my whole outlook on food and nutrition, very much for the better. (And I have a PhD – so I’m not bamboozled easily by fads. He’s the real deal.) Dr. Oz – get out of the conventional track! Stop recommending whole grains!

  28. Tanya

    I just watched it! You were awesome Dr. Davis! But I was under the impression that he gave you the whole hour! Half the show didn’t seem long enough! Wish he had given you more time… but the main gist of the message got out, that’s the main thing! Loved the experiment with the womens’ blood sugar, I think Oz was in shock!

    • Dr. Davis

      Well, it’s a start!

      Maybe there will be an encore performance. I’ll try to squeeze in lots more next time!

    • Dr. Davis

      Thanks, Diane!

      I believe you are right. We start by talking about weight, but then educate people about all the OTHER wonderful health effects of giving up modern Frankenwheat!

  29. Lyn

    Hello Dr. Davis,
    I too enjoyed seeing you the Dr. Oz show. It was terrific to see another health professional running your blood test challenge and seeing the results. So very happy that others will see the results too.
    My question lies in the fact that when questioned on how Wheat affects the brain you made the statement that the “ONLY” affect wheat has is to stimulate increased appetite. I”m sorry to say I disagree on this point. My family all eat wheat free (and mostly “fad gluten free” too) and I can tell as soon as my daughter gets into Wheat. She gets “spacey”, can’t recall words, and gets very angry – so in my mind it affects mood and thought processes too. I realize there are a lot of bodily functions that Wheat can affect and this was too much to get into at that time – I just wish it had been mentioned. Maybe next time.

    • Dr. Davis

      Perhaps I stated that imprecisely, Lyn, because I am the first in line to denounce the MULTITUDE of mind effects modern wheat has. This is, in fact, among the most damning of all wheat’s effects.

  30. Dr. Davis, nothing regarding any recent news reports has thrilled us more than seeing you on Dr. Oz yesterday. A former Dr. Oz fan, I had stopped watching his shows after reading your book in August 2011, with his continually promoting “healthy whole grains.”

    Now 16 months later, inspired by your book (bear with me, I’ve written here in the past), both my husband and I are low carb, wheat free, all grain free, sugar free, starch free, and soy free. My hubby has lost 46 pounds, quit smoking and started walking and… stopped taking 7 pills a day! His IBS symptoms are gone!

    I was always slim and exercised but suffered with severe full body pain due as a result of a crumbling spine. Every disc in my back, from C1 to L5, is herniated (via MRI studies). I became pain free since about a month after starting this regime. My blood sugar was high after eating and dismissed by our doctor since my A1C was 5.7. I always struggling with constant hunger, feeling deprived and dieting to maintain my weight. Now, I only eat when hungry and load up on “healthy foods” with no desire for the foods I wrongfully thought were healthy in the past.

    My husband retired from a 42 year job on Halloween and in 4 weeks we leave the US to travel the world for the next 5-10 years as fit senior citizens. I could barely go to the grocery store 16 months ago and now I can travel the world!!! My blood sugar is now normal at all times including after eating. YOU inspired me to begin checking my blood sugar, only to be horrified in the readings of 180-200 after eating even a modest amount of grain or fruit carbs which I have now totally given up.

    We started writing a blog to document how we’ll enjoy food and life traveling around the world (www.WorldWideWaftage.com), wheat and grain free! No, pasta or bread in Tuscany next summer! We’re OK with this. Our health nourishes us. We’ll enjoy fresh foods from the local markets.. When one is not plagued with hunger, its easy to eat good food.

    So, thank you again, Dr. Davis and (of course, Dr. Oz) for presenting the extraordinary work you have done to enlighten us at the risk of constant criticism by the medical profession and the nay-sayers who have been blinded by agri-business and the likes of Monsanto.

    Warmest regards,

    • Dr. Davis

      Terrific, Jessica! Very nice results.

      Please travel the world and be healthy by avoiding all manner of wheat, no matter what international denomination!

  31. Now what

    Ok now what? I believe the facts about dwarf wheat variaties, BUT the the north american “machine” that produces wheat(farmers) is an unstoppable machine. In regard to the short stem of dwarf wheat, this was bred into the wheat because there is much less straw to handle after harvesting the grain. Less straw makes it easier to continuous crop the land. In the early to mid seventies farmers planted a crop every season, before that most farmers would give the land a season off this is called ‘leaving the land fallow’. But increased production for what ever reason forced farmers to plant the grain every season.

    • grass fed rancher

      Lets put a good portion into grass and raise good grass fed beef. We must however get the right type of cattle, not the corn and wheat burning machines. The rest of the grains could be used to make bio-fuels it might not be real economical, but look how it could cut our health costs. We have been wheat free and LCHF for almost a year now feel great, not going back. Eat more good grass fattened BEEF.

    • Boundless

      > Ok now what?
      The market for wheat is going to permanently collapse (and not even revert to hierloom). Farmers (and I own some “wheat ground”) need to figure out what else to do with the land. We’ve seriously considered going to grass and running cattle, but our cattle tenant tells us it take several years to convert tilled ground to pasture.

      > …BUT the the north american “machine” that produces wheat(farmers) is an unstoppable machine.
      So was tobacco.
      I also work in the farm machinery business. We need to be prepared to support whatever direction the customers go. Wheat, however, is doomed.

      How fast the market collapses is really up to the final consumer. If Dr. Oz joins the parade, the process will speed up. If the Surgeon General joins in, expect a tobacco-scale implosion.

      • Now what

        Tobacco was/is a different thing, 99.99 house holds have a loaf of wheat bread in the kitchen. Some of it really crappy bread, that white, moist and no real structure(wonder bread like). If you look at “100%” whole wheat flour it looks like its reconstituted from enriched flour, germ plus ???.
        Its the enriched flour that makes it not much better than wonder bread. How about the white bread with added ruffage!

        As the OZ show stated alot of packaged food also contans wheat, So whole real foods are the only way to go, with a patch of ancient grain planted in the back yard. The masses of North America are doomed to aquire diabetes and colon cancer.

  32. Parker

    Dr. Davis,

    Really enjoyed your interview on Dr. Oz’ show and only wish, as cardiologist, he would have taken it one step farther: shown the arteries of a patient with heart disease before embarking on your program (or any low carb program) and after. We see all of the benefits of a vegan diet such as Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s (or the alleged benefits of Ornish’s) on shows such as Dr. Oz’, but, I’ve yet to see him demonstrate the benefits of a good, low carb diet for the public. At least the blood sugar demonstration validated the concerns of regarding bread.

    I’d also suggest this consideration: have you seen the evidence that a (good) low carb diet may be more effective for improving prostate health than other dietary approaches? http://www.dukehealth.org/health_library/news/10177 I’ve actually written to several vegan doctors and asked for their thoughts…essentially, the feedback was “that’s nice, but….” Perhaps for your next project you might look into this added benefit of a low carb diet. I’ve actually started passing this information on to friends who are giving it a try. I actually found several boards where men suffering from elevated PSA levels cut them in half in weeks and have never looked back.

    Finally, regarding Mr. Taubes advice? My only suggestion is this: having been forced to survive off of the “wild” for several weeks, I can share his “dietary” advice vs. reality are two different things. In fact, “reality” is much closer to Art Devaney, Robb Wolf and Wheat Belly. Fatty meats, cheeses (dairy) and even eggs are simply a dietary rarity or non-option in the wild. How much milk did Paleo humans consume? (Zero) Cattle was not even domesticated until the time of agriculture…eggs are very difficult to come by in large volumes in the wild.

    Small animals–rabbits, squirrels–and fish provide most of the energy until a larger animal can be killed. Root vegetables. Limited berries. And lots of intermittent fasting while you’re seeking that next meal.

    Sorry for the long post, but, wanted to thank you again.

    • Dr. Davis

      It would indeed have been nice to have gotten into a discussion about implications of this approach for coronary risk and atherogenesis (causation of atherosclerosis). Alas, that is not what nice housewives hope to hear!

    • Dr. Davis

      I’m going to bet that there are a variety of reasons for observing such an effect. But among the reasons: the flaxseed, given its incredible hygroscopic property (water absorption), may serve to displace other foods, reduce appetite, and blunt the usual postprandial (after-eating) flood of particles from the byproducts of digestion.

      Beyond this, the rich soluble fiber component of flaxseed, digested by bowel flora in the large intestine, may play a role, as well.

  33. Janknitz

    Great Job, Dr. Davis!

    I didn’t care much for the hokey demonstration pouring the yellow water (seems like Dr. Oz gives little credit to his audience’s intelligence) but the rest was spot on. He seems to really have read the book and took the points you make seriously.

    I don’t doubt that he’ll be back to recommending whole grain products tomorrow, but at least he gave you a fair hearing before his wide audience.

    • Tanya

      Yup! He was back at the ‘healthy whole grains’ party line on yesterday’s show! (The metabolism one) He had 3 sisters, each with apparently a different metabolism, and he recommended one of them should eat a very high percentage of carbs including whole grain bread… it was on the presentation table.. guess old habits really do die hard!

      • Boundless

        > He was back at the ‘healthy whole grains’ party line on yesterday’s show!
        When was that show taped vs. the Dr.Davis footage?
        It might have been earlier.

  34. RokShox

    I was very impressed with how Dr. Oz handled the fact that your no-whole-wheat advocacy contradicts the advice he’s been giving for years about whole wheat. I understand the logic, (bad vs less bad vs get rid of it altogether), but I would expect the typical media type to have been very defensive and snarky, perhaps even trying to ambush you. (Say, with the results of the blood glucose test). Anyway, excellent job.

    • Dr. Davis

      Thanks, Rok!

      I tried to cast it in a positive light, as nobody likes to look stupid or be wrong.

  35. Robin

    You mentioned that the wheat we eat today is not our grandmothers’ wheat, rather genetically engineered . So if I am buying and grinding my own wheat and baking my own bread, would that be healthier? Did my grandmothers wheat contain the protein that triggers the appetite center?

    • Dr. Davis

      Well, Robin, first of all, wheat is not “genetically engineered.” It has indeed been changed, but using techniques that predate modern genetic engineering. The techniques used to modify wheat were, in many cases, WORSE than modern genetic engineering.

      And, no, no matter what you do to it, it remains modern, high-yield semi-dwarf wheat with all its awful components.

  36. Kathy

    I’ve not watched more than a few Dr. Oz episodes. He was interesting as a guest on Oprah (about the only time I watched her show), introducing viewers to their own bodies’ inner workings – a valuable “public service”, even if that wasn’t the intent. Viewership = sponsors = money, you know. His own show, on the other hand, is just more “daytime tv”.

    So I was really pleased with your appearance on his show, spreading the word to a whole new audience. And it was all so civilized! Not once did I hear you have to defend yourself against an attack. What’s daytime tv coming to?

    Good job, Doc!

  37. Jeanne

    On Dr Oz you said small amounts of Bulgar could be used. Is Bulgar not a wheat product? I am confused.

    • Dr. Davis

      I don’t think I said that. If I did, it was a slip, Jeanne!

      No, no bulgur. You correctly point out that bulgur is closely related to wheat.

        • Jeanne

          I thought I must have been sleep posting! Haha. But it is another Jeanne! Welcome. Are you a nurse too? Wouldn’t that be a coincidence.

          Jeanne C.

  38. Tanya

    I’m curious why Dr. Oz says wheat’s addictiveness ‘has been discussed, we’ve talked about this on the show in the past’ ~ this was Dr. Davis’ first visit right? So who else has been on his show talking about this?