Heart healthy whole grains and the new agenda for the Wheat Lobby

This recent Six Servings post from our nice friends at the Wheat Lobby prompted me to make this counterpost.

Their post begins with:

According to the American Heart Association, the best way to keep your heart in peak form is by eating well and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Whole grains are a cornerstone of a heart-healthy diet and consuming them has been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease by keeping blood pressure, cholesterol – and even weight – in check. Because of these benefits, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends making at least half your grains whole grains. By following this simple recommendation, you will be well on your way to giving your heart a little more love.

I’d like to contribute my thoughts to this grain-based love fest.

Now, when we’re talking about heart disease, we’re talking about a topic I know something about. Having practiced cardiology essentially 7 days a week, 50 weeks a year for the last 23 years, having been involved in the care of tens of thousands of people with a wide variety of heart conditions, having performed 5000 heart catheterizations, thousands of coronary angioplasties, directional/rotational/translumiminal-extraction/excimer laser angioplasties, stent implantations, intracoronary ultrasounds, treated thousands of heart attacks and cardiac arrests, performed tens of thousands of stress tests in various forms, echocardiograms, and participated in research in heart disease, I think about heart disease, I talk about heart disease, I write about heart disease . . . so, let’s talk about heart disease, specifically coronary heart disease and coronary atherosclerosis, the conditions that lead to heart attack and the “need” for procedures like heart catheterizations, angioplasty, stent implantation, and bypass surgery.

As followers of the Wheat Belly discussion already know, data like the Physicians Health Study and the Nurses Health Study and the 12 other studies often cited that “prove” that whole grains are heart healthy actually do no such thing. They only demonstrate that, if white processed flour products are replaced with whole grains, there are indeed health benefits, including a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease. But they do not demonstrate that whole grains improve health over no grains. So let’s ask: What happens when non-wheat/grain consuming people consume “healthy whole grains” on factors relevant to heart health:

Increased levels of de novo lipogenesis–The human liver is an efficient “machine” for converting dietary carbohydrates, such as the amylopectin A and amylose of wheat, to triglyceride-containing particles released into the bloodstream or stored in the liver. Eat more wheat and particles like very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL), signaled by increased triglycerides on a lipid panel, increase. Some remain in the liver, also; if enough are retained over time, “fatty liver” develops. High triglycerides also result in increased degradation of HDL particles: low HDL cholesterol, another cardiovascular risk.
Increased small LDL particles–The increased availability of VLDL particles in the bloodstream from grain consumption triggers a series of blood events that result in the formation of explosive quantities of small LDL particles. Typical small LDL of a non-grain consumer: 0 nmol/L small LDL particles. Typical small LDL of a whole grain-consumer: 600-1800 nmol/L–yes, explosive. Small LDL particles are not only more inflammatory, poorly recognized by the human liver, preferentially taken up by inflammatory white blood cells (macrophages) residing in the walls of atherosclerotic plaque, but they are also uncommonly long-lasting, typically lasting 7-10 or more days, compared to the 24 or so hours of large LDL particles. Small LDL particles are perfectly crafted to create coronary heart disease. One wheat indulgence = increased risk for heart disease for 7-10 days.
Increased fasting glucose and HbA1c–Eat foods that raise blood sugar and blood sugar goes up. I recognize how obvious that sounds–what knucklehead could not see this?–but that basic truth escapes people like the Wheat Lobby and their friends at places like the American Diabetes Association. High blood sugar after eating is reflected in the HbA1c value. Repetitive high blood sugar creates resistance to insulin and damage to pancreatic beta cells that produce insulin–fasting blood sugar goes up, pancreatic beta cell function becomes impaired, blood sugars go up farther . . . diabetes. Now that people are, to a greater and greater degree, heeding advice to consume more “healthy whole grains,” they are experiencing the worst epidemic of diabetes ever witnessed in the history of man on earth.
Increased visceral fat accumulation–As increased glucose/insulin does its work, the trigger for fat accumulation in visceral fat stores proceeds and fat collects around the abdominal organs (and heart), signaled on the surface by a protuberant abdomen, “muffin top,” “love handles,” etc. The more visceral fat, the greater the cardiovascular risk, as much as 2-4 fold greater. Also, recall that visceral fat is also inflammatory fat, reflected in inflammatory measures like higher c-reactive protein.
Impaired nutrient absorption–Grain consumers due to exposure to phytates, lectins, and wheat gliadin, have reduced absorption of magnesium, folate, vitamin B12, vitamin D, and other nutrients which can add up to increased cardiovascular risk.
Increased dental disease–The increased dental caries (cavities), gingivitis, dental plaque, tooth loss, and dental/facial deformities of wheat/grain consumption are increasingly being recognized as cardiovascular risk factors. Note that, even 100,000 years ago, before the availability of tooth brushes, toothpaste, dental floss, fluoridated water, and dentists, dental decay was uncommon, affecting less than 1% of teeth, compared to the 16-50% of teeth affected in wheat/grain consumers before vigorous dental hygiene became the norm.

Those are the biggest reasons why “healthy whole grains” are most definitely not heart healthy if your comparison group are non wheat/grain consumers.

The people in the Wheat Lobby are not entirely stupid. They fell into this nutritional trap, just as most people did, lulled by the flawed logic of nutrition and the flawed construction of epidemiologic observations. I believe that, more recently, they have smartened up. Rather than admit their logical errors–which would be disastrous for their industry!–they have chosen a second best: draw attention away from wheat and shine the spotlight on other grains such as quinoa and buckwheat. (Their current post features a recipe for Quinoa, Sweet Pepper, and Fig Salad–no wheat.)

Anyway, celebrate American Heart Month and . . . eat no “healthy whole grains”!

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    • Dr. Davis

      Nothing scheduled for near future, Sharon.

      I will be sure to post when an opportunity arises. Thanks for asking!

  1. Dita MacDonald

    I receive recipes to my email, but do not receive articles like the one mentioned above. How do I get the articles from your site as well as the recipes. I would appreciate any help you can give me.

  2. Deborah

    A huge eye opener for me was on the Dr. oz show when he tested people to see if their glucose levels went up as much as eating a candy bar, with eating wheat, and it did. After that I got your book and read about all the problems with wheat consumption, many of these ailments I could relate to. The only time my fasting blood sugars were elevated was when I went gluten free and ate grocery store gluten free products. I was perplexed at the time but again your book explained that phenomena. I do agree with the wheat belly movement and hope more people catch on. I do believe wheat free can keep us stay heart healthy, and help reduce and manage the diabetes epidemic as well as other health problems. It’s just a matter of spreading the word. Thanks for getting the message out there.

  3. Denise

    Thank you Dr. Davis, I believe you are a God send!!! My husband and I have been wheat free since January 1st this year. My sister has ordered both yor books. I do have a question about the probiotics. I just completed 30 days of the 50 billion CPUs and plan on continuing for 30 more days. Once I complete 60 days of the 50 billion CPUs what should I take on a regular course from here on out?

    Thank you on advance for your reply

    • Dr. Davis

      Provided bowel health has otherwise returned to normal, then no ongoing need for probiotics should persist, Denise.

      In other words, once you have repopulated with health bacteria, they should repopulate and continue to do so on their own.

  4. Kari

    How do we make shows like The Biggest Loser, which is seen by millions, the whole grains are NOT a healthy choice? It’s so frustrating that they continue to push Subway as a healthy alternative. No wonder people are soooo confused about what to eat.

    • Dr. Davis

      Perhaps it explains at least part of the emotional drama of the show, since wheat withdrawal must be part of the experience (without their knowledge)!

  5. Pattie

    I was just saying this very same thing tonight at dinner to my husband and son. A lot of the studies from the so called “experts” don’t really prove their point at all. That’s why the public gets so confused. I think you explained your point very well!!

  6. Denise

    Thank you, Dr. Davis. You are the hero in my husband’s and my life. We are trying to get our adult son to try Wheat Belly. It is wonderful going wheat free with my husband. We keep each other on track. More pounds to lose but we will continue on. Our results have been great! Weight loss, no more man boobs, clear sinuses, rash gone, better sleep, clarity just overall feeling great!!! Thank you so much, Dr. Davis.

  7. Denise

    One more item of great importance for soda addicts. I have been a soda pop drinker for decades. I quit drinking it on January 1 st when my husband and I started Wheat Belly. I haven’t had one since and Lord willing wont ever again. I wonder if the opiate wheat effect caused the addiction? I never thought I would enable to quit soda. Absolutely amazing!!

    • Deana

      Thanks for sharing that! I too am addicted to cokes. I have been wanting to get off of them for quite some time. I was only successful for about a few months then I was right back. I get scared of trying to quit them because I get such horrible caffiene headaches. And I love the “burn” of the carbonated water. For me, it is the equivalent of trying to quit smoking. But I’ve been mostly wheat free for a few days now and I’m also wondering the same thing. If wheat has caused my addiction to cokes.

      • Annette

        It could be also along with the sugar or the corn syrup they use. I used too drink them all the time now it is once in a blue moon. And you have to quit wheat all together. sometimes you need to reduce then quit.

  8. Slade

    December 26,2011 was the last day I knowingly ate any wheat.i weighed 195 to 197 lbs all the time.i’m 6 ft tall.At that time i was 56 years old.A very hard exerciser,weight lifter.I am a lineman by trade.My blood pressure could be as high as 160 /110.Ravenously hungry it seemed like all the time.Constant bloating,bm’s that were not manageable.Aches and pains everywhere.The visceral fat around my waist was intractable.I ate pizza the day after Christmas dinner,I was so bloated.
    I have not eaten any wheat in any form except,unknowingly one time.I knew it in five minutes.Took a week to get over it.By the end of April I was down to 170 lbs,My blood pressure 120/80 or less.The intractable visceral
    fat gone,totally gone.My waist less is than 32 in.I am as strong as I was at the higher weight.I can’t get over how clear my mind is.I` am amazed at how great my skin looks and feels.The aches and pains don’t exist on any level like before stopping wheat.Two other things the Publix has shrunk down to the two ends.Easy shopping great food.I like feeling full it ain’t the same as being bloated.I stay far away from wheat.I believe wheat is poison.it was poison,and manufactured to be more poisonous.I had no answers until Wheat Belly,eternally grateful.Thank you Dr Davis.

  9. darMA

    As I’ve written before, I’ve been following your recommendations and been wheat/grain free and low carb since reading the Heart Scan Blog in 2008. I think it’ll reach 5 years in April. My brain is still functioning quite well, despite what people are told about their brains “needing” carbs. Diagnosed in my teens with chronic bronchitis but I aced my pulmonary function tests and haven’t had a bronchitis episode in years, I can breathe through both sides of my nose, which I never thought would happen, only an occasional migraine now after having them since my teens along with IBS, which I was hospitalized for at 13 before it even had a name. My latest A1C was 5.0 (darned sweet potato experiment), still no meds, and my weight fluctuates between 119-122. My once blizzard-inducing dry skin and scalp are no more, restless legs just a distant memory, etc. etc. I wonder what going back to those “healthy” whole grains could do for me, grain lobby? Maybe you wouldn’t care if all those health improvements disappeared so you could make money but I certainly would. Me and my head, lungs, joints, stomach, nose, etc. thank you again, Dr. Davis. Keep spreading the word.

  10. Dev

    Also asked on ur fbook page, sorry totally off topic but I’m very curious about this…Dr. Davis, I read in your book, near the beginning of the book about a latex allergy somehow being related to wheat allergy? Can u explain this a bit, am I reading that right? Very curious, because I discovered when I worked in a lab, that latex gloves caused hives and itching on my hands. Thanks for info on this.

  11. Denise

    Deana,

    Just stop drinking the soda. You can do it. If I was able to quit I believe anyone can. You might have a headache for a couple of days, however it is very easy. I had been drinking Pepsi or Coke daily for decades. I too loved the “burn”! Give it a try and in a few days you will probably not miss the soda. Good luck!

  12. Peggy Holloway

    I follow the advice to eat half of my grains as whole grains and it works great, since half 0 is 0. :)
    I suggest the soda addicts drink unsweetened sparkling water. I find it very refreshing and I get the carbonation (which I do not think is unhealthy despite some reports that it contributes to obesity; I suspect the “studies” did not think to implicate artificial sweeteners). I don’t like bottled water, so the canned sparkling water has been my beverage of choice to take with me to work every day.

    • Boundless

      > unsweetened sparkling water. I find it very refreshing and I get the carbonation
      > (which I do not think is unhealthy despite some reports that it contributes to
      > obesity; I suspect the “studies” did not think to implicate artificial sweeteners).

      The real concern with carbonated water may be the carbonation itself, in terms of being a needless acid load.

  13. Denise

    Peggy,

    Dr. Davis has advised against drinking carbonated water due to the fact that carbonation erodes bone health. See page 84 in his Wheat Belly Cook Book.

    • Merlin

      What about the soda stream system for making drinks at home? I like making plain carbonated water with it. AFAIK, it’s just CO2.

  14. Karen

    Dr Davis: I just finished listening to the interview with you and Tim Caulfield on the program “Q” on CBC Radio. Just FYI, this is the comment that I wrote to the show’s website:

    “I am familiar with Tim Caulfied’s work; he’s a great writer and a terrific legal scholar. However, he was off the mark today in conversation with William Davis. Understandably, good scientists will always appeal to the need for scientific evidence; that’s just part of sound methodology and seeking scientifically valid results. But science is not the same as “truth” or “fact”, any more than “law” is “truth” and, like law, science requires robust skeptical examination from the outside. For years, we had no solid “evidence” that smoking was a major causative factor in lung cancer, but based upon the good-but-partial evidence that did exist, doctors and government warned strongly against smoking. I believe that we’re at a similar point with wheat–not all the evidence is in, and it might not be for a long time, but there’s enough evidence that people with chronic illnesses can at least try eliminating wheat to see if it works for them. And besides, there are no nutrients in wheat that you cannot get from other foods–and that’s a fact, Tim!”

    Karen

    • Dr. Davis

      Ah, a wonderful analogy. So wonderful, that I’d like to use it in upcoming interviews/debates!

      And thank you for posting your insightful thoughts.

  15. Isobel

    I love your blog, Dr. Davis, and I can say honestly that reading Wheat Belly totally changed my life. I’ve lost weight and have gotten rid of several persistent digestive issues. I love knowing that the food I’m eating is full of real nutrition, rather than empty calories. But my problem is my husband. About eight years ago he lost about 130lbs doing the conventional low-fat and lots of exercise thing (he was a really big guy). But he’s never been able to maintain that low weight and the weight has really started to creep back on over the past two years or so. He’s been doing the Wheat Belly diet since last February like I have, though he’s never been as strict as I have, but he just seems to put on weight. He won’t eat much fat, I will admit, because he thinks his body somehow manages to store it. Should he be eating more fat? Are there any supplements that might get his body to begin shedding pounds? We argue about food all the time, because I think he needs to give low carb more time, and he’s just frustrated with it. Any help is much appreciated.

      • Deborah

        Sorry still trying to learn. Could someone please explain if they know how come the first try at the diet is the best and results diminish after that. Does the metabolism go down, or are we just less motivated to stick to the plan or…?

        • Dr. Davis

          It seems to occur regardless of the intensity of commitment, though better commitment still generates better results. Nobody knows why this is, but it likely has to do with adipocytokine setpoints.

          • Deborah

            Thank you for the response. I hope I haven’t messed up my body too much with my chronic dieting but I am sure I probably have. I am starting to lose weight with wheat belly though, so all the more reason not to mess this diet up on my first attempt.

  16. Cammie

    Dr Davis, have you seen this article from 2.4.13 in the New York Times? “Gluten-Free, Whether You Need It or Not” http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/gluten-free-whether-you-need-it-or-not/?smid=pl-share It tiptoes around the idea that you don’t have to have celiac disease in order to be bothered by gluten. Ironically it doesn’t clearly elucidate the changes in wheat, nor does it mention that “gluten-free” products are usually high carbohydrate (although one of the commenters does)and the negative effects of such on health, nor does it mention you, or your book, or your work. Very major oversights! These oversights may be mentioned in the over 700 comments on the article, I just haven’t had the chance to read them all yet. Perhaps this article might be a good basis for a Wheat Belly Blog post?

    • Dr. Davis

      I’ll have to take a look at the comments. Sadly, this article looks like the stuff that was being written a year ago, before most writers recognized that they were up against a tidal wave of wheat-free success!

      • Isobel

        Thank you so much, Dr. Davis. I’ll print out the post about the other things that can stall weight loss and give it to my husband. I’m so happy following the Wheat Belly diet, and I want him to be as well, so it’s frustrating that this hasn’t worked for him the way it does for me. It’s definitely helped his heartburn and gas pain, so that’s something.

    • Carol

      Dr. Davis is mentioned in many of the comments to this NYTimes article, but even when he is not mentioned a lot of the comments are by people with lots of anecdotal evidence that getting off wheat has helped them clear up all matter of health issues. Lots of the comments talk about what has happened to wheat since 1970 and Monsanto’s role in this is mentioned many times. So I was glad to see this article because it shows that there are lots of people who know that wheat.and other grains are not really good for us.

  17. KC

    On the Pat and Stu show on The Blaze TV they had judge Andrew Napolitano on to talk about his new book. The Hosts started by mentioning how good the Judge looks and asked him what he has done. The Judge started talking about going wheat free and mentioned Wheat Belly. He did a pretty good job talking about mutant wheat and how the wheat of today isn’t the wheat of the past. The judge even mentioned that when he goes to an italian restaurant he brings his own wheat free pasta that he gets at Whole Foods and has them cook his pasta with what ever topping he orders

  18. Susan Fox

    Since I read your books I have been promoting them to everyone. I’ve sent the books to friends and family as gifts. It’s the best thing I can do for them. It’s about their health and quality of life. You are a hero Dr. Davis!!

  19. Jennifer

    Hi Dr. Davis,
    This may sound like a crazy idea, but wouldn’t it be great if we could somehow get New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to read your book and start eating based on your philosophy? I think it would be a win-win for everyone since his struggle for losing weight has been a big topic of discussion lately. I would love it if the country saw him lose weight by following the Wheat Belly eating philosophy. What do you think of the idea?
    Thanks so much for everything you do!
    Jennifer

    • Dr. Davis

      It would indeed be a wonderful thing for the wheat-free movement.

      However, I fear that a politician whose constituents include bakers, people working in the food industry, milling services, etc., all of whom stand to LOSE from this message, would take offense. So I am not hopeful that a politician ever picks up this baton.

      • Clydie

        Haha, speaking of New Jersey bakers, this got me thinking about another group of people in New Jersey who would greatly benefit from a wheat free diet: the fine folks at Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken. For those who don’t know, I’m referring to the cast of Cake Boss, which is a reality TV show about a family bakery known for their cakes, cupcakes and all things sugary and doughy. Going wheat free is probably a silly notion to them (as well as a possible career killer), but judging by the increasing collective girth of the cast from season to season, they’d be wise to cut back on the sampling all the goods.

    • Boundless

      > … could somehow get New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to read your book …

      As with the previous instances of Neal Boortz and Bill O’Reilly broadcasting their WB enlightenments, this is another case of: be careful what you wish for.

      In the specific case of Christie, Democrats may discount any diet message from him because he’s a Republican. Republicans may discount because they don’t think he’s much of a Republican, and everyone else may discount just because he’s a politician.

      > … Cake Boss …

      There’s a fabulous opportunity here for one of these pastry shows to exploit. Right now, they know that their product is an indulgence that should be consumed sparingly. Suppose they switched to low-carb grain-free pastries. There would be no guilt-laden limit on consumption, and they could lose weight, on air, eating the products.

      The current shows have pretty much exhausted the recipes for wheat, and are resorting to edible architecture. If they dumped wheat, there’s a whole new world to explore, and cookbooks to fill with novel recipes for new and healthy treats.

      A family member makes a dynamite low-carb grain-free frosted chocolate cupcake. It’s virtually indistinguishable from the more common toxic variety. One could eat nothing but, with no harm. If the Recipe feature of this blog ever gets fixed, we’ll contribute it back.

      • Jennifer

        If the entire country witnessed someone following the wheat-free diet and obviously losing weight, they would have a hard time discounting it though.

        Love the Cake Boss idea Clydie!!!

        • Nikki

          You would think that, but people in many of our daily lives have watched our personal improvements following the Wheat Belly way of life and yet, most refuse to accept that wheat is bad for them. I don’t think seeing someone “famous” lose weight would have any more impact than watching someone they know has had a lifelong weight struggle lose weight would.

    • Shirley

      Emeril Lagasse’s twin daughters are both Celiac and they published a cookbook last year. The book promotional video revealed Jilly and Emeril with serious wheat bellies. When I was in B & N I leafed thru the cookbook and found starches in every recipie read.

  20. Nancy Rivers

    Great post! Thank you. This makes so much sense.
    My husband and I started eliminating wheat 5 days ago. We both had headaches for about 3 or 4 days. Now feeling great. I’m still waiting for the book and cookbook to arrive. I have heard that you also recommend eliminating other grains and beans. Why the limit on beans? And is our usual breakfast of thick rolled oats, almonds, cinnamon, and yogurt OK?

    • Dr. Davis

      You are asking about carbohydrates, Nancy.

      Wheat Belly is about the changes introduced into modern wheat and the health benefits of stopping its consumption. However, if your interest is ideal health beyond that accomplished with wheat elimination, then most modern humans who have been miserably overexposed to carbohydrates the last 40 years also benefit by curtailing other carbohydrates, such as those in beans and sweetened yogurt. Most people do best by limiting carbohydrate exposure to 15 grams “net” carbs (total carbs – fiber) per meal or 4-6 hour digestive window.

      • Nancy Rivers

        Dr.Davis, Thank you so much for responding. I am looking forward to continuing with wheat elimination ( my husband is also completely on board), and reading your books.

  21. Lee Hurd

    Did anyone notice that the current “New Yorker” issue has an article about Dr. Oz where it’s stated that he eats mostly a paleo diet??? Who knew??

    • Malcolm

      Hello Lee:

      I did not see the New Yorker article. Did it mention whether Dr.Oz eats meat? My wife read in Oprah’s Magazine that he was vegetarian. That is not really “Paleo” in my opinion.

      Malcolm

      • Boundless

        > That is not really “Paleo” in my opinion.

        Paleo as an identifying label is not terrifically useful. It doesn’t guarantee sufficiently low carb. It may include fructose (honey). It often excludes fermented dairy, which you may consider unnecessary. It isn’t even necessarily restricted to what was in vending machines in 8000 BC.

        So yes, it is necessary to look at ingredients and macronutrient breakdowns in “paleo” cookbooks. I looked at the sample pages on Amazon, and ordered a copy of this one.

        Paleo – so easy, a caveman could do it.

  22. Deana

    Dr. Davis,

    I’ve been following a mostly wheat-free diet for almost a week. I’m very curious to know if there are any ill effects from me consuming so much more fat in my diet now. I’ve been eating a lot more nuts, eggs, and cheese. I’ve watched a segment on Dr. Oz that showed how the liver reacts to a fatty meal. Over time it causes the liver to become cirrhotic. And also are there any untoward effects from consuming more cholesterol from eating increased animal products? Thanks so much!

    • Boundless

      > … Dr. Oz that showed how the liver reacts to a fatty meal.
      When was that clip recorded?
      Was that in the context of a typical glycemic diet, low carb, or ketogenic?

    • Dr. Davis

      This is fiction: Consumption of fat does NOT cause fatty liver; consumption of carbohydrates, via liver de novo lipogenesis, causes it.

      If you’ve read Wheat Belly, Deana, you will see that the corollary of rejecting advice to eat “healthy whole grains” is a further rejection of the notion to cut fat. There is indeed an extensive rationale provided in the book.

  23. Melissa

    I am trying to understand this whole concept you have. My father is not in the best shape he has coronary artery disease and had a triple bypass almost 2 years ago. He doesn’t have the best eating habits and he eats sandwiches everyday for lunch (and don’t think he will ever change that eating habit). However, my whole life and especially now that I am a nursing student it’s been drilled into my head whole grains and wheat are better for you than white. I have been trying for the longest time to get my dad to eat healthier. He had finally replaced his white bread for wheat in the last year. Now he watches Dr. Oz (which I am mostly happy with). However, the other day he watched the episode with you appearing and supposedly learn that wheat is bad for you. He has now replaced all wheat bread with white. I can’t help but feel unhappy about this decision. I really don’t have the time at the moment to read your book (like I said I am in nursing school). However, I want to understand if maybe my dad misunderstood something or whether you truly believe white bread is better for you than wheat.

    • Boundless

      > … whether you truly believe white bread is better for you than wheat.

      Where that that notion come from?
      The WB message is to eliminate wheat 100%, whether whole or white.

      Whole wheat is 5% less destructive than refined. But you can grab that dial, and crank it down to 100% less destructive.

  24. I suffer from Afib. I have had a pacemaker for 14 years (I am 55) I have broken through Flecainide and after a disasterous ablation, tried Tikosyn, which failed as well. I have read your book and have been wheat free for four weeks! I have lost 11 pounds! I am wondering if this may eventually help my Afib as well? Right now I am trying out flecainide again (higher dosage.) Both of my parents had heart disease and each had 5 bypass openheart surgery.
    Even if the wheatless life does not help my afib – it sure has cured the aches and pains in my arms and legs and keeps me alert and craving free ALL DAY! Love your book. All the best -

    • Dr. Davis

      Hi, Dody–

      I’ve seen the frequency or duration of A Fib episodes diminish a number of times. However, with your fairly strong tendency for it, I believe the most you might hope for is better control, not elimination.

      Once A Fib gets established, it loves to come back.

  25. Jill

    Thank you so very much Dr. Davis for all your research and sharing with us ‘lay people. Do you have any info on Quinoa grain? I don’t see it in the cookbook. It would be nice to have an accumulated list of things that may be used on a wheat free diet. I go to the gluten free websites, but they always end up including ingredients that you say in your book are just as bad as wheat or gluten? Please advise.

  26. Peter

    So Dr Davis is saying that whole grains cause heart disease? What about clinical evidence that completely refutes this idea?