Better than any NSAID

Karen posted this story of dramatic relief from the inflammatory effects of wheat:

I’ve been experimenting with this diet for the past two weeks. I’m 26 years old and I have scoliosis.

At the age of 23, I got in a car accident and ever since I’ve had constant pain in my back. I just always associated the pain with scoliosis and the accident. When it got really bad, I would go to the doctor and they’d always prescribed NSAIDS [non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs] and muscle relaxers (which I hate because they make me sleep for and extended period of time). I would only take the NSAIDS and still never got relief, so I learned to just live with the pain.

I decided to go on this diet mainly to lose weight and because I heard good things about how it benefits the skin. After only 2 weeks on the diet, every time I see someone they say “Oh you’re glowing!” and I just tell them I’m on the Wheat Belly diet.

Today, as I was walking from my car to the building where I work (it’s a far walk), I noticed my mind was somewhere else for once and not thinking about getting to a seat as fast as possible. The point is I started this diet for other reasons but I’m realizing that the best thing that’s came about is no back pain whatsoever. I was so excited about the realization that I even called up a friend to go work out today!!

Its a really big thing for me since I’ve wanted to be more active for so long but could never really fathom it. I have so much energy right now and I really feel like it’s time for me to finally do what I’ve needed to for so long: get my life together. I’m young and the future looked bleek for me. This has definitely changed my perspective and I don’t think I will ever go back to wheat again!

Modern wheat is the perfect inflammation-provoking food. It inflames joints, skin, airways, sinuses, ileum, pancreas, arteries, even brain. And it does so via several means:

1) Gliadin–Due to gliadin’s unique capacity to “unlock” the normal intestinal barriers to foreign substances, numerous foreign polypeptides and other molecules gain access to your bloodstream, some of which are intrinsically inflammatory, while others trigger autoimmunity (causing the body’s immune system to attack its own organs).

2) Wheat germ agglutinin–The abnormal bowel permeability caused by wheat gliadin is amplified by the direct intestinal toxicity of wheat germ agglutinin. This allows wheat germ agglutinin itself to enter the bloodstream, where it is highly toxic (fatal in microgram quantities if injected directly).

3) Amylopectin A–The high glycemic (blood glucose) potential and, even worse, its insulinotrophic (insulin-provoking) effect result in growth of visceral abdominal fat, the sort of fat that is inflammatory, emitting inflammation-mediating proteins into the bloodstream and thereby amplifying inflammation in other parts of the body.

4) Disruptions of bowel flora–All three above wheat components disrupt bowel flora which, in turn, cultivates inflammatory responses in the intestine that are “exported” to the rest of the body. These data are still preliminary, but promise to be among the most exciting insights into how bowel flora impacts health. Disturbed bowel flora may be intrinsically unhealthy, but their metabolites that gain access to the bloodstream introduce another layer of unhealthy effects.

Believe it or not, there are even more ways wheat provokes inflammation. The means by which, for example, wheat gliadin (“gluten”) causes destruction of cerebral tissue resulting in the dementia of “gluten encephalopathy” likely involves several other brain-inflaming pathways.

It is no wonder that someone like Karen was plagued by pain. But the solution is so simple!

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64 Responses to Better than any NSAID

  1. Ellen says:

    I have been reading as many posts as I can, mostly concerned re my husband who has not started WB yet, but I did four days ago now and feel a tremendous difference in the inflammation of muscles and joints. Dr. Davis, my husband has a “life and death” condition that is not known to mankind yet, it is a cardiac condition where his pulmonary vein or artery on the left side has inflamed down to the width of a piece of yarn. On nuclear scan his lung is black… with a few white specks where blood is actually getting in. This problem is also on the right and in the arotic arch. Long story, I don’t really want to post too much info, but his case is so rare, that it is being published in a medical journal soon. Trouble is, it is life threatening and we’ve been doing prednisone methotrexare regimen now for about six months with NO improvement. I told hubby he has to try going off wehat. He is a wheat and sugar junky. He drinks coke for “energy” about 3 a day, and typically eats ciabatta buns, I think he is almost addicted to them and potatoes too. He is not really overweight at all, but he has addiction issues as above, to coke, potatoes, sweets, but he says it “gives him energy”. He literally breaths with one lung, very little oxygen going to the left. Can you help, advice, do you know of anyone with severe arterial disease caused from inflammation (he has no cholesterol or plaque involvement, and it is not takayasu or giant cell arteritis, we’ve ruled those out). His 9 specialists are mystified. Any advice or just total wheat annihilation and ditch the coke? I said wouldn’t it be a miracle if the wheat was causing the inflammation of his arteries and if in his next check up in three months (he has to be admitted for several days to run all the scans and diagnostics) that his arteries had improved? He is at risk of stroke, heart attack, losing his lung, and sudden death, so this is not easy to deal with at all. The wheat removal attempt is my last resort but any further advice you have I’d sure appreciate it. I could send you a copy of the journal of medicine article when it comes out on him if you like… Thank you.

  2. Heidi says:

    This gives me hope. I bought Wheat Belly last week but haven’t started it yet. For the past year, I have had some extreme pain – in my lower back, hips, shoulder joints, and now recently, my hands. I’ve been doctoring, thinking that it was arthritis (all signs point to this) but after testing, doctors tell me it’s not. They don’t know what it is (only that it’s inflammation, but don’t know what from) but prescribe pain killers and muscle relaxers. I don’t want to take pills, I’m only 31 for crying out loud! So, I moved on to chiropractors, massage therapists, and physical therapists – with little, to no relief. Tonight, I will go home and read this book. I’m so hopeful this is the solution!