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. Nina

    Yay! Doctor to doctor. Oz introduces you with a copy of the book and the announcement that it has been at the top of the best seller list for 6 months. Check mate. He can’t junk your experience medically. If he junks your book, he risks losing some of his popular audience and not recruiting your audience.

    So what does Oz do? He doesn’t highjack you in the way he did Gary Taubes, but sets up a visual demonstration (as if he was the originator of the ideas).

    You da man! Respect!


    • Dr. Davis

      Thanks, Nina!

      I do give Dr. Oz credit for at least being willing to listen. While more and more of my colleagues are beginning to understand the power of this approach, many still refuse to even hear the logic.

      The ones who listen tell me about all their patients with relief from multiple ailments, losing unprecedented quantities of weight. The ones who don’t want to hear about it will be busy dispensing drug after drug, recommending imaging procedures and surgeries, making lots of money for their hospitals and systems. This is the sad reality of modern healthcare.

  2. Fred

    Please put the links to the show here on the blog… sent several over, guess they are on Facebook only?

    • Dr. Davis

      The link to the Dr. Oz Show is just below the graphic, Fred.

      Or, of course, Google “Dr. Oz Show” and click on “episodes.”

  3. Debbie Picozzi

    Dr. Davis,
    How do you respond to the following research?
    1. Reddy, S.T, Wang, C.Y., Sakhaee, K., Brinkley, L., and CYC. Pak. Effect of low-carbohydrate high-protein diets on acid-base balance, stone-forming propensity, and calcium metabolism. Am. J. Kidney Dis. 40(2):265-74, 2002.

    Effect of low-carbohydrate high-protein diets on acid-base balance, stone-forming propensity, and calcium metabolism.
    Reddy ST, Wang CY, Sakhaee K, Brinkley L, Pak CY.
    Department of Internal Medicine, Section of General Internal Medicine, The University of Chicago, IL 60637, USA. sreddy@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu
    Low-carbohydrate high-protein (LCHP) diets are used commonly for weight reduction. This study explores the relationship between such diets and acid-base balance, kidney-stone risk, and calcium and bone metabolism.
    Ten healthy subjects participated in a metabolic study. Subjects initially consumed their usual non-weight-reducing diet, then a severely carbohydrate-restricted induction diet for 2 weeks, followed by a moderately carbohydrate-restricted maintenance diet for 4 weeks. Results: Urine pH decreased from 6.09 (Usual) to 5.56 (Induction; P < 0.01) to 5.67 (Maintenance;P < 0.05). Net acid excretion increased by 56 mEq/d (Induction; P < 0.001) and 51 mEq/d (Maintenance; P < 0.001) from a baseline of 61 mEq/d. Urinary citrate levels decreased from 763 mg/d (3.98 mmol/d) to 449 mg/d (2.34 mmol/d; P < 0.01) to 581 mg/d (3.03 mmol/d; P < 0.05). Urinary saturation of undissociated uric acid increased more than twofold. Urinary calcium levels increased from 160 mg/d (3.99 mmol/d) to 258 mg/d (6.44 mmol/d; P < 0.001) to 248 mg/d (6.19 mmol/d; P < 0.01). This increase in urinary calcium levels was not compensated by a commensurate increase in fractional intestinal calcium absorption. Therefore, estimated calcium balance decreased by 130 mg/d (3.24 mmol/d; P < 0.001) and 90 mg/d (2.25 mmol/d; P < 0.05). Urinary deoxypyridinoline and N-telopeptide levels trended upward, whereas serum osteocalcin concentrations decreased significantly (P < 0.01).
    Consumption of an LCHP diet for 6 weeks delivers a marked acid load to the kidney, increases the risk for stone formation, decreases estimated calcium balance, and may increase the risk for bone loss.
    Copyright 2002 by the National Kidney Foundation, Inc.
    [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

    • Dr. Davis

      Hard to say, Debbie, as I don’t have access to the full-text publication to understand the composition of the diets used, along with potential confounding issues such as weight loss during dietary manipulations.

      For instance, if by “low-carbohydrate diet” they mean a largely meat-based diet that is lacking in vegetables, nuts, some fruit, then the meat-based diet can indeed do this.

  4. Crystal

    I just read your book and am introducing it into my life. I do eat very clean and dont necessarily have a ‘wheat belly”….I am more concerned with leg and butt fat. Also, I have dark circles under my eyes that wont go away no matter how much I sleep. In October I found out I have an egg allergy and eliminating it has been great. I just had a few questions:
    – does wheat add to butt and leg fat
    – can it affect eye circles…sinuses?
    – is it normal to feel thin in the morning and by the end of the day bloated and bigger in the butt and legs
    I work out quite a bit but read the Hormone Diet book that stated that working out too much is not good for hormone health. Im trying to find balance and think eliminating wheat will be my next step!

    • Dr. Davis

      Those phenomena could indeed be due to wheat consumption.

      There is a very easy test to connect cause and effect: Eat no wheat! That is the beauty of this approach: No drugs, cleansing solutions, enemas, meal replacements to buy–just eat no wheat and you should have your answer. I’ll bet that at least some of your symptoms go away, if not all.

      • Crystal

        How long after going wheat free do people normally notice a difference? Does wheat cause fluid retention due to the high GI effects?

  5. anne

    You said something on the Dr. Oz show about how wheat stimulates the opiate receptors, but it doesn’t make you high like, say, heroin. Well, maybe not like heroin, but I think it does do *something* along those lines. My husband has a form of celiac disease and I don’t, so I can eat wheat, although I have scrupulously avoided it since Wheat Belly was published. Before the book, though, I would infrequently have bread when out, the occasional small serving of pasta, birthday cake, etc. One Christmas I was making cookies for the rest of the family and decided to indulge a bit. I had maybe half a dozen cookies as they came out of the oven and definitely noticed a fabulous increase in positive energy and mood a short time later. I was nearly euphoric – as if I had taken something – as if I was high! So I think it’s possible that it actually does have that effect when you’re not used to eating wheat.

    And by the way, eating half a dozen cookies only made me want more, of course. But the subsequent cookies over the course of the next few days didn’t give me that pleasant euphoric feeling again. Just unwanted holiday weight gain.

    • Dr. Davis

      Yes, indeed, Anne: Wheat exerts a range of mind effects that vary, depending on your susceptibilities.

      In addition to increased appetite, some experience a mild “high” as you did. Others experience mind “fog,” anger, anxiety, behavioral outbursts, paranoia, or food obsessions. Is it any wonder we have so much mental illness and stress in our world? It’s not ALL due to wheat, of course, but a lot of it is!

  6. PJ

    I finally got to watching this interview and I must say, for the first time I was impressed by Dr. Oz. He listened without making faces when you spoke and what you said. What I first noticed when I saw the two of you side by side was the surface health differences. While you had the “good health glow”, Dr. Oz had the typical low fat, heavy grain look (dark circles under his eyes, gaunt face). Who would I want to take nutritional advice from?

    I have to give Dr. Oz a big “atta boy!” when he admitted that all along he has been giving incorrect advice to his patients. Since he does have a huge fan base, I predict there are going to be a lot of WB converts.

    Love watching your interviews and the reactions the hosts display.

    • Dr. Davis

      Yes, I was impressed that, at the very least, Dr. Oz was willing to listen.

      I don’t know if I made an impact on his thinking, but perhaps we got the wheat-free ball rolling in his head!

    • Dan Austin

      Going based on “looking healthy” is a decidedly unscientific approach given the low sample size. If that’s your methodology, then Clarence Bass — http://www.cbass.com — is far fitter and healthier than either of the docs here, even though he is much older — and he advocates a mostly whole-grain diet. Be mindful not to confuse science and religion.

      • Jason

        I completely agree with Dr. Davis’ research but PJ, you are being ridiculous.
        Dr. Davis had the healthy glow and Dr. Oz having the heavy grain look?

        Obviously one cannot see the insides of the two individuals in question but Dr. Oz definitely appears to be in better physical shape and appearance on the surface.
        Again I completely agree with Dr. Davis’ research. As a fan of both of these gentlemen I believe that your comment is ludicrous PJ. Even if one were not to adopt my viewpoint, I do not believe that one can conclude that Dr. Davis had a significantly healther appearance than Dr. Oz.

  7. Crystal

    In terms of carbs, how many would you suggest in a day (grams)? I did a survey from Jillian Micheals and it stated that I am an equal oxidizer and would require 30% of fat and 35% of carbs and protein. What is the max amount of carbs that should be injested in a day. I am a 30 year old female, 5’3 and weigh approx 115 lbs.


    • Dr. Davis

      35% of carbs is, I fear, absurd, Crystal, the sort of “wisdom” that comes from people who, while well-intended, do not understand nutrition nor the consequences of such an eating pattern on health. That advice is, in effect, the kindergarten version of nutrition.

      Most people can tolerate up to 15 grams “net” carbs per meal, i.e., total carbs minus fiber. Exceed this and varying degrees of hyperglycemia/glycation and small LDL provocation develop (consequent to hepatic de novo lipogenesis).

  8. lissajean

    Hi I saw that interview with Dr. Oz. I really thought the demonstration with the yellow H2O was ridiculous. The study of modern wheat and what it does to the body is really rather complicated for daytime television, so they set up this silly demonstration with sponges. With no disrespect intended, I’m surprised you went along with it.

  9. Jason

    It’s an analogy Lissajean.
    The purpose of an analogy is to simplify complex matterrs so that everyone may understand them.
    I agree that it was making a complex matter very simple; then oyu could also argue that Dr. Davis’ cigarette analogy was equally “silly.” Both analogies were perfectly valid.