Depression and chronic fatigue . . . gone!

Cheryl posted this brief but powerful observation that highlights the incredible mind effects of wheat, the unexpected freedom from even incapacitating effects with its elimination:

I have suffered with major depression and chronic fatigue for the last ten years of my life. This past Christmas I actually wanted to die! I couldn’t live like I was anymore. Practically bedridden. I was at the point of having to have electroshock treatments, as none of the medications were working.

I read your book, Wheat Belly, and the diet has changed my life. I have never felt better in my life! Just by eliminating wheat, my depression is gone! I have the most energy I’ve ever had and feel great.

I’m telling all my friends and family now about this book and diet. I can’t thank you enough for having the courage to publicly share your findings. It’s criminal that the Food and Drug Administration is promoting something that is making us so sick! Thank you so much!!

Eat no wheat versus a lifetime of hopelessness, partially-effective antidepressants, even electroshock therapy–is there any choice here?

The mind effects of wheat are highly variable, depending on the unique susceptibility of the individual. Wheat consumption via the mind active gliadin protein can show itself as behavioral outbursts in children with ADD or autistic spectrum disorder, as food obsessions in those with a tendency towards binge eating or bulimia, worsening of paranoia in people with schizophrenia, or as appetite stimulation in everyday people. And, in people like Cheryl, it can cause crippling depression.

Can you appreciate the enormity of experiences like Cheryl’s?

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  1. GaryM

    What an amazing story. And the dietary powers-that-be would say, but Cheryl is missing out on fiber and Vitamin B! From the phenomenon we are witnessing, there isn’t a single human who shouldn’t try wheat elimination – even the most skeptical should give it a few weeks.

    • Becalope

      Since eliminating wheat–and upping considerably the amount of vegetables in my diet—I have much better health generally, including in “bowel health”— no more constipation, much improved sleep, alleviation of depression, more energy. And by not substituting wheat for other grains as a dietary staple, making vegetables and other whole foods the foundation of my diet–I’m getting more fiber, more nutrients, including B vitamins, than ever before. This “lack of fiber, lack of B vitamins” stuff is non-starter for anyone who makes this swap. Eat eggs, fish, mussels, oysters–and you’re not missing out on a thing! Eat zuchinni, kale, spinach, onions, hazelnuts, almonds—plenty of fiber is available together with important other nutrients in vegetables, nuts, fish and lean meat ! Wheat is tasty, grant you that. But good for the body? Um. Not in my experience.

  2. Jan

    Hi! I’m so happy to read this testimony from Cheryl. I’m just beginning my wheat-free journey in hopes of ridding myself of my wheat belly and feeling all around better health. In reading Wheat Belly, I’m struck by the overwhelming scientific evidence Dr.Davis has gathered for the readers. It’s pretty scarey stuff. Like Dr. Davis, I live in Wisconsin, and I’ll admit, that drew me to buy his book. Obesity is so common up here in the Northwoods, that we don’t really notice it unless it’s extreme. What a sad state of affairs. A good friend recently had gastric bypass in Mexico, and has lost 50 pounds. She wants me to do the same, yet I know my weight isn’t from overeating, it is from what I eat! I’m looking forward to this wheatless journey, and I hope to be writing to you all about how great I feel and that my wheat belly is gone!

  3. Ali

    This happened to my husband. He decided to join me in gluten-free 5 years ago just as an experiment and his depression went away too. So too did his awful brain fog – so thick you could almost cut it with a knife, his anxiety, irritability, anger, frustration, and a lot of his pain (he has Fibromyalgia, and that would probably benefit even more if he would dump the sugar!).

    It took him being ‘glutened’ two or three times for the penny to finally drop, but as long as he is wheat/gluten free, he is a different man and things are great.

    I have mentioned before that I do sometimes bake him wheat bread, but only slow-rise bread, proofed for a minimum of 12 hours, preferably longer. He can eat that without any reactions because the long proofing pre-digests ALL the proteins and gluten making it far more digestible. Most bread now is proofed for less than 3 hours, and the shop-bought pap can be in one end and out the other within 45 minutes! No wonder it still ferments in people’s stomachs! It does make me wonder whether the ancient Einkhorn wheat that has the original 14 chromosomes would fare far better in a fast-rise situation than the modern grain as there are far less proteins and considerably less gluten for the yeasts to have to pre-digest.

    Maybe someone ought to get a campaign going to bring back the ancient wheat and get rid of this modern garbage!

    • Boundless

      > … long proofing pre-digests ALL the proteins and gluten making it far more digestible.

      I suspect it doesn’t neutralize all of the other toxins, and even if it does, you still end up with a very high glycemic confection. The wider context of Wheat Belly is low carb, bordering on ketogenic metabolism. You can’t eat more than a few 10s of grams of wheat per day, ancient or modern, proofed or not, without blood sugar consequences.

      > Maybe someone ought to get a campaign going to bring back the ancient wheat …

      No campaign is needed. You can buy what are purported to be ancient wheats and flours, but they may not be (ask for genetic analysis), and they are expensive, because old strains are an economic challenge (speaking as someone who owns what used to be wheat ground).

      The market may speak, and heirlooms could become more than the niche market they are today, but I tend to doubt it. Grain eating was a mistake 10,000 years ago, and it’s a mistake now. Many followers of WB dabble in the ancient arts briefly before accepting that grains are totally unnecessary (we bought some “einkorn” flour early on).

      Emmer, by the way, has more gluten than modern techno-wheat.

      • Amanda

        I am afraid that if you eat that bread every day, you will end up with wholes in your gut and a destruction in your villi and a return of all the misery, no thanks, I’m loving vegetables, nuts and proteins much more, I feel soooooo gooood!

    • Dr. Davis

      Excellent, Ali!

      But I would not be so lulled by the apparent lack of effect of the slow-rise bread. The lack of a single symptom does not mean that other phenonena, including neurological deterioration, are not occurring.

  4. Ray

    I took wheat and other gluten containing products off my list in July 2012. My weight is right where it should be, without dieting. I no longer crave sweets. My blood glucose level are normal… I was diagnosed type 2 diabetic in 1974. I sleep well. I haven’t felt this well in at least 30 + years. I read all ingredient labels, and stay away from gluten and hydrogenated products. I also am very particular re: country of origin, and manufacturer. I will gladly pay more for high quality food produced here in Canada instead of the no name or store brand products.
    Read The Labels. I will never go back to my former shopping habits.
    Thank you, Dr Davis.

  5. Elizabeth

    I have a question re: Wheat Belly and gluten free eating. I’ve been doing this now for 7 1/2 weeks. I know I’ve lost “some” weight (I only weigh once a month) but thought it would come off faster than it has. I “might” have lost 10 lbs or so now…better than a kick in the head I know…but I’d love for it to be coming off faster!!! I’ve been insulin resistant for many years now…probably 20 in looking back. I have rheumatory issues and type 2 diabetes so really want to be healthier. I’m encouraged by the stories given and transparency of folks as well. I just don’t want to become discouraged further down the line.

      • Becalope

        I have not lost a great deal of weight all told after 8 months on WB. HOWEVER, everyone thinks I’ve lost at least 20 lbs. WHY? My waist has shrunk, gradually but definitively and measurably, by about 5 inches. My face and neck have considerably slimmed down—I am no longer “apple-shaped” but I am the (less dangerous) pear now. I went from an 18/20 size to a 16/14 size. The scale hasn’t shifted by more than fifteen pounds total. I now have the energy to do yoga on a regular basis; I am stronger and my skin has achieved that “glowing” look that people get when they take out the cr*p food. I currently eat about 150 g of carbs a day, which is far lower than usual, but comfortable, given a busy lifestyle. As an “over fifty” female, I’ve lost (and regained) weight over and over, yo-yo style. I would love to see the scale more more but on the whole, feeling better and seeing the body improve, plus all the benefits of WB has me saying, the scale is just a number. When I’m ready to make the next big changes to my diet, then undoubtedly I will be moving more and more grains out of my diet (corn and rice, though not a lot of it, continue to be part of my routine) and I’ll be more scrupulous about counting carbs. I’m not quite ready yet. But I am happy with the progress. Slow and steady works for me.

        • Dr. Davis

          Despite the lack of lost pounds, the 5-inch reduction in waist size is a huge determinant of improved health, Becalope!

    • Heather

      Be happy with your 10lb loss! I’ve been 6 months fructose-free with no loss & have now also been wheat (& grain & potato) free for 7 weeks and have only lost ONE kilo (2 lbs). I intend to continue, but it is disheartening.

  6. Jeanine

    My husband and I went wheat free (and any grain free) on 2/4/13. Our results have been very satisfying, from weight loss, improved bowel health, no more achy bodies when we wake up, improved sleep, better energy, etc.We didn’t tell anyone we were starting this new adventure, but friends and colleagues are starting to ask what we’re doing because we’re both looking so much better. So, it’s all good. However, I do have some questions that maybe someone can help me with.
    1. Despite reducing his gerd significantly, my husband still needs to have the TIF procedure, which will require many weeks of a liquid then soft food diet. The “protein” shakes and puddings recommended by the doctor all have ingredients that we’re trying to avoid. Does anyone know of a protein shake out there that doesn’t contain the sugars, corn starches, etc.? I’ll be cooking and pureeing good vegetables, but in the morning, I’d like to just do some sort of shake (it can’t have raw fruit or vegetable) for the first few weeks.
    2. I’ve been thinking of adding a supplement called Vemma to our diet. It contains mangoteen. However, it has 8 grams of “natural” fructose in the 2 oz portion. Any comments about this supplement? The reason I want to add it is even though I have better energy going wheat free, I’m also trying to get off the climara pro hormone patch (for menopause). My “withitness” suffered a huge setback when I stopped it for two weeks, and someone recommended the Vemma product. Any light you can shed would be much appreciated.

      • Jeanine

        Thanks for the reply, Dr. Davis. The reason I’m looking for a supplement is that as I try to reduce my hormone dosage, I find myself making errors that I don’t usually make. I was looking for an extra “kick” that would help my mental clarity. My job (school administrator) is such that I can’t make these types of errors. When I retire in a year, it won’t matter. But now it does. Right now I’m taking the usual supplements such as fish oil, D3, low dose aspirin, CoQ10. Plus we have a spinach/kale/whey/yogurt blend every morning. I know for sure it’s the hormone drop because I (and everyone else) noticed my increased errors about a week off the patch. Before going off the patch, I was about 3 weeks into wheat free and had noticed improved mental clarity and energy. I figured I would be able to get off the patch since everything else was going so well. For now, I’m back on a half dosage patch. Maybe I just need to adjust to a new normal. I felt like going off the patch negated the positive changes of going wheat free. I want it all!

        • Jeanine

          I forgot another thing we noticed. My husband started having huge cravings for dill pickles (as in rushing in the door and going straight to fridge before a “Hi, how are you”). He is on lisinopril. I’m thinking his BP is going down due to being wheat free and then he is taking a drug to lower it more. I’m wondering if the craving is his body’s way of trying to bring the BP up. His latest BP was 112/75. It’s usually in the 120’s with lisinopril and over 140 without. He’ll run all this by his doc, but has anyone else on BP meds noticed the dill pickle (or other high sodium) craving?

      • Jeanine

        Thanks for the tips on the shakes and soft food. Can’t wait to try them out. I am determined to keep us “clean” during my husband’s recovery.

  7. Nancy

    If you have been wheat free for 7 1/2 weeks and have lost 10 pounds I think that is pretty darn good! I have been wheat free for 5 1/2 months, have lost 29 pounds and think I am doing really well! It will come off, you just need to keep at it. Feeling good is such a great experience that the weight is 2nd best to the great feelings.

  8. I just want to throw a few things in there for the people who are trying to lose weight this way. I found that along with eliminating wheat i had to seriously work on portion control!!! I am actually on the Adkins Induction for 2 weeks and found that my main problem is I eat too much of the good things! I have a problem with eating only a handful of nuts, drinking one glass of wine, etc. So, now, this week I lost 5 pounds. I have my coffee with cream but I measure out 3 tablespoons of cream. Before I would just pour! I meaure out 2 ounces of cheese. Before I would eat a whole block! Seriously…this has really helped me.

    One thing I wanted to tell Dr. Davis and all of you….since I put my CAT on GRAIN-FREE food she is so much more healthy and playful and her fur is beautiful. I swear she knows what I did and is thanking me!!! PUUURRRRR
    From the Wheat Belly Cookbook:
    The Key lime pie is out of this world! That is my problem. I’d have the whole darn pie eaten in 2 days! NOW I am making this for Easter but I am putting in cupcake tins so I know what a serving is and I won’t overindulge!

  9. Brian

    I can sure relate to the above story on how wheat can really mess with your mind. I didn’t have depression but suffered from insomnia and daily migraine headaches. I was considering the neurologist advice and having botox injections in my head to stop the pain when I first heard Dr. Davis on CBC radio. I have to admit I found it amusing hearing him talk about all the overweight people thinking how lucky can you be having only a weight problem! Try going without sleep for days on end and a migraine everyday tossed in for good measure! What really caught me was his comment about tri-athletes who had this stubborn ring of fat around their middle. This got my attention as I swim with a group of tri-athletes twice every week and I too noticed this stubborn fat that no one could execise away and gave the good doctor a great book title. At the end of his talk Dr. Davis listed the ailments that wheat consumption can cause and headaches was one.
    By now you know how this story ends, the 62 year old is headaches free within 2 days sleeps plus he gets 7 to 8 hours most nights. I started my wheat free lifstyle weighing 174 pounds and at 6 feet I really didn’t ant to loose weight but I did slip 6 pounds – apparently the exact weight of my wheat belly.
    I’m now just over a year wheat free and I had my first annual check up and was concerned to see my APO B was 1.29 g/L (I think that translates to 129mg/dL in the US) which puts me in the high risk of cardiovascular disease. My only transgression is 1/4 cup of oatmeal every 4th day for variety. Everything else seems so perfect with B/P down from 140/90 to 125/75, hmatology was all perfect, my glucose fasting was 5.4 which is within range but seemed high for my diet. Any ideas why my APO b is so high would be apprectiated.!

    • Boundless

      > My only transgression is 1/4 cup of oatmeal every 4th day for variety.

      That looks to be only 12 grams of net carbs, so the reading on the WB Sin Meter might be dependent on what else you consume with it, as you have only 3 grams to spare.

        • Boundless

          > … cooked or a 1/4 cup before cooking?

          Well, we don’t know. Brian didn’t say.

          I was relying on a best guess and http://nutritiondata.self.com.

          What we do know is that Dr. Davis has cautioned about oats many times. It may be the most aggressively glycemic of the non-gluten grains.

          • Rhonda

            Thanks for the link. I’m having a hard time giving up my steel cut oatmeal in the morning-the wheat was no problem in comparison-so just wondering how much I might be able to have if I blance out the other carbs I have during the day.

          • Brian

            Thanks for you input Boundless. That’s 1/4 cup of dry oatmeal . Within an hour of eating my oatmeal I’m in the water swimming up to 3 kilometers (almost 2 miles) I thought that would take care of any excess carbs.

    • Dr. Davis

      I would urge you to reread the “My particles are bigger than your particles” chapter in the Wheat Belly book, Brian. It is all explained there.

      Apo B all by itself is of only limited usefulness. Much more helpful would be a breakdown of LDL particle size distribution to determine how many LDL particles (apo B serves as a virtual count of LDL particles) are small and truly the sort that determines cardiovascular risk.

      And very nice with the headaches!

  10. Firebird

    Good for Cheryl, but I’ve been wheat free and low carb for a couple of years now and I still suffer from major depression and chronic fatigue. Going wheat free has not helped me where that is concerned.

  11. Paula SchillerStrom

    I have also suffered from depression and have been on medication for about 7 years now. I have asked a few times to get off the med, but my DR resisted. Since starting the WB lifestyle, 6 weeks ago, I have felt so good and just really want to be done with this med. Not just because of the change in eating but just in a different, better place in life right now. I’ve learned so many bad things that this medication does to a persons body and the horrible withdrawal symptoms. Having said that it did help be through my bout with depression, but it’s possible a change in diet and/or supplements may have done the job too. I’ve chosen, on my own, to wean off of the medicine, I have gradually just taken less and less and have even skipped a day and felt fine but then when taking a (reduced) dose, the brain fog return. In addition to being WF, GF, SF and low carb I take some supplements and vitamins that aid in helping to be without the medication. It’s still to soon for me to make any claims of how this process is going but will update with any results as time goes on.

    WF, GF, SF, caffeine free and soon to be medication free!!

  12. Rena Bolster

    As a former extremely addicted “carb freak” that is morbidly obese, type 2 diabetic, with fibromyalgia, trigeminal neuralgia, osteo-arthritis, DJD, Bipolar tendencies, with major depression for what truly seems like all my life, I honestly don’t have all the space needed to tell you the many, many changes in my life since stumbling into the WB blog and buying the book 3 and 1/2 weeks ago on March 8th, 2013. I have been wheat free since the following day.
    My fasting blood sugars have dropped to the point that I don’t need the 3! fast-acting insulin shots per day (humalo), and now, instead of 2 large dose, I take 1 medium dose of long acting insulin (Lantus) a day and have never had more consistently better readings in my 18 years of being insulin dependent.
    I fought with my Drs who were really pushing gastric by-pass, telling them it would never work for me because I am a “carb freak, completely addicted to carbs” and they would laugh and shake their heads telling me that was not possible. So many times I would leave their offices in tears feeling like a gluttoness pig.
    Since November I have lost 71 pounds before going wf but that just stopped suddenly even though I was following the same regimen. Since being wf for less than one month I have lost more than 17 pounds and two sizes, along with the GERD and taking expensive Nexium.
    I am so happy for Cheryl and the lifting of her depression, I can definitely relate because mine has lifted as well and instead of sitting at home half catatonic I am, for the first time in a very long time, taking care of my home and myself with pride and I am always getting out of the house to do something even if its only window shopping, its great fun.
    I just can’t get over the inches that are falling off and the fact that my husband jumped on the band wagon with me and I can see his heart attack/wheat belly shrinking every day!
    Thank you, Dr Davis, for this blog, your book and your continued hard work on research and advocacy for this wheat free lifestyle! Its soooo easy and so much less expensive than unneccesary Dr visits and medications.
    Quality of life is too important to us and a remedy to improve our life quality at the young ages of 50 and 54 has been a desperate search for us.
    My pain is slowly improving which is a significant quality of life factor for me as was ridding myself of the dark blob of depression. I am happy!!!

    • Dr. Davis

      Wow, terrific results, Rena!

      Please keep us updated on your progress. I predict even more wonderful results in future!

    • Sula

      In my surfing I have seen many sites with paleo Athletes and they do not do wheat… or grains or sugar. Check them out.
      Sula

    • Dr. Davis

      No, not to my knowledge.

      But, anecdotally, I am convinced that there is improved focus, endurance, and less joint discomfort in wheat-free athletes, just like the rest of us.

      • Jan

        And how true it is…..nearly two months gluten/wheat/sugar free…..my husband just came in second place at a Key West tennis tournament…….and at 72,he was playing much younger opponents too!

      • Brian

        I’m graduating soon with a PhD in exercise science, and am looking for faculty jobs right now. My research interests and experience so far has been relating to the biomechanics of improving anaerobic sports performance using different modes/methods of training. I’ve been wheat-free since June and it is the best thing I’ve ever done. Would love to combine those two things and do some studies on it. Anecdotes are nice (re: tennis example), but we need some real scientific studies with athletes.

        • Dr. Davis

          Yes, that would be spectacular!

          Please update us on your research efforts, Brian, as this is such an important area to explore. Are you familiar with Dr. Jeff Volek and Stephen Phinney’s work at U. Conn?

          • Brian

            I know a bit of Volek’s work. He has a new book out on ketogenic diets for athletes, but it is pretty much all about endurance athletes, not strength/power or power endurance athletes.

    • Drae

      Chris – there is a book called The Paleo Diet for Athletes from Dr. Loren Cordain. He has links to published research on his site, including papers on fitness (thepaleodiet.com).

  13. wrotek

    Dr Davis, do You think that bread manufactures may cheat sometimes on rye bread (or other non wheat bread), adding some wheat flour to it, to cut costs ? I don’t know if it would be profitable, i am just guessing, but i am really interested if it ever happened. If so, we would have to be careful eating any bread then.

    • Boundless

      > … bread manufactures may cheat sometimes on rye bread
      > (or other non wheat bread), adding some wheat flour …

      Hardly matters. Rye and barley are both gluten-bearing grains, and have both been subject to the same genetic meddling as wheat, and are both high glycemic carbs. They need to be entirely avoided, whether they contain additional wheat contam or not.

        • Boundless

          Well, before Wheat Belly there was Beer Belly, and on reflection, that phenomenon probably wasn’t all just due to carbs and alcohol.

          • wrotek

            carb free diet was long before wheat belly, what u r suggesting is that wheat belly is no different, not special

          • Boundless

            > carb free diet was long before wheat belly, …

            Low carb, even ketogenic diets existed before WB, but I can’t think of any that are “carb free”. WB is very low carb, perhaps borderline keto, but not carb free.

            > … what u r suggesting is that wheat belly is no different, not special

            “Low carb”, of course, is a relatively vague phrase. WB has an emerging set of specific recommendations regarding a multitude of nutrients and foods.

            WB, with a target of 50 net grams or less carbs per day is in the ballpark with other LC diets, but differs from previous low carb approaches in that:

            1. WB recognizes and gives prominence to the multiple peculiar hazards of modern gluten-bearing grains, which are way more than just hyper carbs. Other LC diets may allow or be silent on consuming these toxins as long as you meet their daily net carb targets.

            2. WB advises minimizing exposure to fructose, which translates to a “limited’ fruit consumption. Other LC diets are again often silent on this, treating fructose as just another carb. They may even encourage fruit consumption.

            3. WB further refines the daily net carb target to 15 grams or less per meal or 6 hour period. Other LC diets may have only a daily target, which could result in spiky blood sugar.

            I don’t speak for WB, of course. This is just my impression of the positioning.

  14. Shannon

    I’m trying to wean myself from 100 mg Sertaline (Zoloft) and 300 mg Wellbutrin XL daily because I feel so good following the WF lifestyle. The problem is I’ve been having horrible dizziness and wooziness. It’s almost like I’m intoxicated and I have to try very hard to focus and steady myself. I know there are side-effects from weaing off AD medications, but this is awful! Any suggestions?

    • Brian

      Shannon, Be very careful withdrawing from any benzodiazepenes. I was on Klonopin for insomnia and I thought I was taking a small dose (.35mg) but it took me an entire year to wean myself off and it was one miserable year. I would suggest going to Benzo Buddies on line and print out Professor Ashton’s withdrawal guide and take that to your doctor. Be prepared for a long road to recovery weaning yourself off one drug at a time. Don’t believe the manufacturers suggestion that you can wean off in a couple of weeks. I am convinced that Benzodiapenes are one of the most dangerous drugs out there.

      • Brian

        Shannon zoloft may not be a benzo after all. The maufactuers have countless different names for their drugs so check it out and still be careful!

    • JillOz

      OK I’ll try again.
      Shannon, i used to go to a naturopath who also had a program for getting people off drugs.
      She would fortify them with what ever vitamins they need ed for several weeks and only then
      start the weaning process.
      I suggest you find a naturopath practised in this, consult with your doctor so he/she can track the results and give this a go. It will help your system cope with the savage AD withdrawal symptoms. Good luck.

  15. JillOz

    Why do comments sometimes appear immediately and other times not at all?? Very frustrating!!

    • Dr. Davis

      This is simply because the blog software flags your commnent and can’t tell whether it’s legitimate or spam.

      So it puts it into a file for me to okay. I don’t get to this edit function more than once or twice a day, thus the delay.

  16. JillOz

    I don’t believe this!~!

    I’ve replied 3 TIMES to Shannon’s post and none of the replies have posted!!

    • Boundless

      > Why do comments sometimes appear immediately and other times not at all??

      Apart from blog malfunctions, there are two challenges with the way this one is presently configured:
      1. link limits
      2. CAPTCHA timeouts
      (“Error: You entered in the wrong CAPTCHA phrase. Press your browser’s back button and try again.”)

      If you include more than one URL in a reply (even if they all point to this blog itself), it flags the comment for moderation, and it won’t appear (except to you and the moderator) until the moderator releases it.

      CAPTCHA timeouts have the unfortunate side effect of usually causing retries to end up detached from the Reply you were replying to. Your reply ends up at the bottom of all replies, and you may just think it didn’t get posted. For more on dealing with this, see:
      http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2012/10/i-lost-the-wheat-but-didnt-lose-weight-2/comment-page-5/#comment-106363

      • JillOz

        Thanks Boundless, but I typed the CAPTCHA numbers after my comment, and the comment didn’t contain more than one link.

        My posts definitely didn’t get posted!! ;)

  17. Denise

    Shannon,

    I was on Paxil after an auto accident years ago. The doctor put me in Paxil. What a nightmare. After starting I had horrible side effects, then I became a Zombie. Long story short, I did a lot if research and found liquid Paxil and I slowly weaned myself from that JUNK! It took a few months but well worth it. After getting off of it, my doctor wantede to get back on it!!! Are you kidding me?! She replied that her dad was on it and it was now nice to be around him!! I told her, NO!! Never again.

    Shannon, you can wean yourself from the medication, just take it slowly. God’s speed.

  18. Diana

    I feel much better since I’m off wheat! I have a LOT more energy and I’m a lot nicer. People are noticing that my personality has changed. I’m not irritable, or crabby or complaining like I used to do. I’m happier, cheerful now and I have a real positive outlook than before! Plus my acid reflux has improved so much its almost gone! I’ve cut way back on grains. I’m only allowing a little brown rice at this point. My weight is slowly dropping too!

  19. Evie

    I’ve been on the Wheat free plan for four months and have had good results with loss of 12 #s, total resolution of digestive/intestinal issues, cessation of food/carbo cravings, and diminshed arthritc pain. I am 70 years old and have fought Carbo Hell for most of my adult life. It was called a sweet tooth in my day, but I think it should be changed to a “WHEAT TOOTH,” as without wheat, my addictive compulsion to eat the terrible chemical laden sugar bombs pushed by the food industry just up and disappeared. As a retired mental health counselor, who worked in a MICA (mentally ill/chemical abuser) program, I was well aware of the hypoglycemic and emotional ravages of abusing alcohol and drugs. I, also, intellectually understood the similar effects of simple and refined carbohydrates, even grains and fruits, but I was powerless to resist the call from “Little Dubbie” and “Pipperidge Farm,” myself. I was, myself, so frequently depressed and often irritable and anxious, but saw little to no relief from cutting out sweet treats. Every evening at 5pm, the BS dropped and, I, like a food zombie, began my craven search for that evenings simple carbo of choice. Ice cream, some cookies, a piece of pie or cake, even candy. Somehow, despite my heavy research into the bad health effects of HBS and hyperinsulinemia, and no matter that I ate sweet free all day, every evening I would, sooner or later, find myself sated with some decadent goodie. Every morning I would wake up in an extremely depressed mood (hypoglycemia?)and very negative thoughts. So, When Wheat Belly arrived into my sphere of awareness, I just did it.
    Wow. As long as I “ate no wheat, I craved no sweet”. Even if I had a little rice or grits occasionally, I was just not hungry. But each time I’d relapse and have a slice or two of sourdough toast, I’d be ravenous that evening again and would wake up next day practically suicidal. I now know that cutting out all the junk sweets and simple carbs, though healthy in itself, is not enough for me. I must abstain from wheat in all its manifestations as for me it is the “gateway food,’ if you will, to Carbo Hell with all its many ill effects, both physical and emotional. Thank you, Dr. Davis for helping me.

    • Dr. Davis

      Ah, Evie: If only other mental health counselors could be as enlightened as you!

      I’d like to post your comment as a blog post. Others need to hear it from someone with the depth of your mental healthcare experience. Thank you for posting!

  20. Catherine

    I am very happy for you. I am wanting to know how long it took to be off of wheat fully before you started feeling better. I have been off of it for a couple of weeks now and I feel no better. Thanks.

    • Jay Gillman

      I have been off no wheat for 3 weeks and still do not feel any better. In fact I feel less energized. How long does it take to kick in? Please help!!

  21. I’m actually blown away by this and am now actually considering going gluten-free. I’ve suffered from anxiety/depression and fatigue for as long as I can remember. I’m now on Zoloft for the depression and anxeity and while it helps somewhat my energy levels are still atrocious. I’ve been doing a lot of research and I’m considering Meckel Therapy but I had NO IDEA how much wheat can affect your mind (brain fog) and energy levels. Thanks for this post!

    • Dr. Davis

      Great, John!

      But remember: All of us here are wheat- and gluten-free, as well as free of the junk foods that typically pass as gluten-free breads, muffins, and cookies. We don’t want to trade one problem for another problem!

  22. Vicki

    Thank you all for your posts and Dr. Davis for waking me up to this wheat free revelation.
    Question: I’ve been on this for a month with no changes in weight other than I’m not snacking anymore
    I am on Effexor and read that antipressants will prevent weight loss. This has also been true for the Atkins diet.
    I cannot find anything explaining the reasons for this. Why would this be???
    Antidepressants saved my life and continue to keep me level.
    I would love to live without them however I’m reluctant due to the horrible side effects wirhdrawing (flu like symptoms) and return of depression :(
    Please offer some help. I need to loose weight and thought this diet would accomplish that

    Many thanks for listening
    Vicki

  23. Jim

    By the grace of God, I went off Lexapro (5mg) as of 061213. I started eliminating wheat a few days later. After a couple days of withdrawal (head zingers), I have felt the best I have mentally and emotionally in years. caffeine intake down by 75 percent. I feel smooth and steady emotionally. The energy lulls I have are cut to a minimum by increased healthier grains (ie., quinoa); protein, fruits, vegetables. I feel like a different person (for the better). I am far more patient with my children. I exercise aggressively (P-90X, Insanity workouts) 6 days a week and have no problem pushing myself to the max despite having no wheat. I couldn’t say enough positive things regarding the influence of the Wheat Belly material. Thank you, Dr. Davis.

  24. Kimberly

    I went wheat-free for 3 days last week and actually had the energy (and interest!) to scrub our home from floor to ceiling and install a new toilet, haha! Then we went to my in-laws for the weekend and I caved into baguettes and apple tarts and needless to say, I started to fall asleep at the lunch table and ended up taking a 3 hour nap!!! Since living here in France, I’ve gained 35 lbs and am miserable (so much for the dreamy French way of life eh?). I am half Korean so I grew up on a diet of rice, veggies, meats, and lots of fish! Never had any health or weight problems until I came to Europe 4 years ago and found myself surrounded by only wheat options. Now I’m desperate and more committed to eliminating wheat. Thank you Dr. Davis for your book and research!

    • Dr. Davis

      Thank you for this important insight, Kimberly!

      Yes, so much for the “French Paradox.” Ain’t no paradox here!