Depression lifted, no more stomach pains, 90 pounds down!

Here’s Rachael’s wonderful story of marked improvement in longstanding depression, along with getting slimmer by 90 pounds!

In December/January just past I started eating to Wheat Belly guidelines. I’m no longer depressed, stomach pains from wheat are gone, I’m healthy and happy. I went from 250 pounds to 160. And still dropping.

I did this for my health and concern for Frankenwheat, not solely to lose weight. They just happen to go hand in hand.

Ever since I was little, I’ve suffered from depression. When I was 18, I was admitted to hospital for about three months. Drug after drug and trial after trial I felt like a zombie. After about four years on the drug, I stopped. I didn’t want to feel like I was just sitting and watching in my life.

The next 1.5-2 years were a struggle. I practiced all of the techniques that I’ve learned (cognitive behaviour therapy, etc.). I finally reached my ultimate low past January. I went researching what can cause such bad depression in people. Somehow I ended up reading about the genetic makeup of wheat, which led me to Wheat Belly.

I had nothing else to lose. I was already at rock bottom, so I cut it out. My withdrawals were awful for the first two weeks.

After the first 30 days, I could see my eyes getting clearer. My mood was changing. By month two, I had more energy. I wanted to start exercising, whereas before I wanted to, but was always too lethargic.

Now, 8-9 months later and 90 pounds thinner, I’m doing great. My depression is at a tolerable level where it’s not to the extreme. My outlashes are gone. I wake up wanting to nourish my body with healthy foods that will fuel me.

And I spend less money eating this way than I did eating before. I stay full and content throughout the day, whereas before I would eat pasta or something, be full, bloated, stomach pains and hungry in thirty minutes!

Rachael’s form of depression is labeled “unipolar” depression, to be distinguished from “bipolar” depression, i.e., a condition characterized by “highs” as well as “lows.” As Rachael experienced, a marked lifting (though in her case, not complete) is common; some people do indeed experience a complete lifting.

Let’s extend this to other forms of emotional/psychological struggles, such as eating disorders (especially bulimia and binge eating disorder) and schizophrenia, and increased behavioral difficulties and shortened attention span in children with ADHD and autistic spectrum disorder. ALL of these conditions are unmasked or worsened by the gliadin protein of wheat, the protein degraded to small polypeptide opiates that bind to the opiate receptors of the human brain and exert a variety of emotional and psychological effects.

As Rachael’s substantial struggles highlight, this is no small matter. Wheat can literally ruin a life. Only a minority of people are able to pinpoint the thing that makes their condition so much worse . . . then remove it. And they generally do so against the advice of their psychiatrist, primary care doctor, dietitian.

We are advised by our own government agencies that ALL Americans, without exception, benefit by loading their diet up with “healthy whole grains.” After all, whole grains are less harmful than white flour products! Can you appreciate the enormity of this blunder when it comes to mental health issues alone?

If you, like Rachael, experienced an emotional or psychological effect by banishing modern wheat from your life, please share your story here!

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  1. Denise

    I could share so many examples of my improved health since eliminating wheat. But I suffered from depression for several years in my 30’s & 40’s. I even went on anti-depressants for about 7 years. I weaned myself off eventually and continued to fight it. A little over a year ago I eliminated wheat and the fog began to lift – not only depression, but feelings of anxiety were gone as well. I like myself again. I’m easy-going again (well, as easy-going as my type-A personality permits!). My husband just commented the other day how much he enjoys being around me again.
    Almost every symptom I had for 30 years was attributable to wheat consumption and now they are virtually all gone! At 51 I feel better than I have since my early 20’s! (And I’ve lost 55 pounds so far.)

    • Barbara in New Jersey

      It helps to eat more fats to stop the binging. Drink more water and add more salt to your diet.

      • Faye

        Rachael, you look amazing. You had such a darling smile before you lost so much weight and you are even more stunning now. You go girl!

  2. Dave

    I was one of the lucky ones who managed to pinpoint wheat as the cause of my depression, brain fog, and fatigue…but it took me 13 years to figure it out.

    Most practitioners toggle back and forth between anti-depressants and talk therapy. That’s the paradigm. If one antidepressant fails, then it’s time to try another. If this counselor didn’t work out for you, then go try cognitive behavioral therapy with another counselor. Maybe add some adderall to go along with the Zoloft. Thanks for the $20 copayment. See you at the same time next week.

    Innovate approaches like elimination diets and comprehensive thyroid and hormonal testing aren’t part of their tool kits.

    • Neicee

      That is quite a testament too. Thanks for sharing.
      You’re also right about being bounced from one medical office to another to another and then back again. But, dang, those co-pays tend to add up and the fact that some tests ordered are not covered at all by your insurance is maddening.

      • Dave

        Hi Neicee, Thank you for the kind words. I don’t know if the extra blood work for a full thyroid panel and hormones would have been covered. No one ever proposed those options so I never investigated the reimbursement. And of course, no one ever proposed a wheat elimination trial even though it was free to do.

    • Dave II

      I had the same reaction. You can tell it’s more than just the weight loss and the hair color. The picture on the right just looks so much healthier; even the eyes are different. If I saw Rachael at a bar, I’d be elbowing my buds asking, “Who’s the hottie?”

      • wrotek

        This is good story to show how long does it take to get better. It takes time and one must be patient

        • Dave II

          It takes time and persistence, but 90 pounds in about 9 months is absolutely incredible. That’s averaging 2.5 pounds per week. Usual weight loss guidelines (the starvation and sweat route) recommends aiming for half a pound per week. At that rate, Rachael would have dropped only about 20 pounds in the same timeframe.

          The great thing about Wheat Belly is that it’s not a diet, it’s a way of eating. If you stick with it and you are persistent / patient, your health and weight will improve.

          Maybe it’s me, but 9 months seems fast (in a good way) for these kinds of results.

  3. Lori

    I am currently starting to eliminate wheat from my diet. In reading the book and the success stories I feel somewhat confused. Are these success stories just from removing wheat from their diet or is also removing sugar, dairy and processed foods? The titles are confusing, as is the title Wheat Belly. If these results can be achieved strictly from eliminating wheat, the titles are clear. But, the book goes into detail about removing sugars, processed foods, most dairy, etc. Well, the the title Wheat Belly confuses me. If these result stories could also include what exactly they eliminated (and also some example foods they ate most) would make the stories much more clear and thus provide more support and encouragement. I am really hopeful that I see some results strictly from cutting wheat. I don’t imagine 90 lbs in a year from wheat alone is likely, but a few health improvements and some weight would be fantastic. I will continue to move forward :)

    • Lori, going wheat-free means eliminating a LOT of pre-made foods because almost all of them contain wheat. Gluten-free goodies are OK now and then, but in general, they’re nutrient-deficient refined carbohydrates: in other words, junk food. Some people tolerate dairy well, but personally, I had to eliminate dairy (except butter) because I don’t seem to handle dairy proteins well–I get acne and some mood problems.

      My diet and results are on my blog if you want to see them.

    • Barbara in New Jersey

      You really should look at “Wheat Belly Quick and Dirty” for an overview of EXACTLY what foods should be eliminated, what foods can be eaten in small amounts and what foods can be eaten in unlimited amounts. The best results come from eliminating ALL WHEAT AND GRAIN and ALL FRUCTOSE AND SUCROSE.
      The explanation is clear: aside from the many bad side effects of wheat, other grains and starchy flours raise your blood sugar. Fructose and sucrose raise your blood sugar. High blood sugar as a constant is very bad for you and causes all kinds of health problems in addition to the problems caused by wheat.. If dairy products give you a stomach ache, eliminate them. If they don’t bother you, don’t eliminate them.

      Nearly ALL processed foods contain grains and sugars in rather high amounts.
      To normalize your weight, cholesterol, blood sugars and blood pressure among many other body processes, it is recommended that you consume 15 carbs per 6 hour period. Should you choose to consume these carbs in ice cream, tortilla chips or similar foods, don’t expect much in the way of improved health or normalized weight. All the people who wrote about losing tremendous amounts of weight did so by following the recommended foods list.

    • Susan Fox

      Just keep wheat out of your diet and start taking out all sugar and starch and you’ll be amazingly healthy. I kept reading more of what Dr. Davis and his readers have been saying. I also read books on the history of humans and food. 10,000 years ago when humans started eating sugar and grains human health started to decline. Well right there it’s a no-brainer. I eliminated sugar and all starch and have felt and looked amazing ever since. (It will also help prevent dental caries) It takes some time for all the weight to come off but not near as long as it does with diets. I eat all I want of meat, cheese, eggs, veggies, nuts and a small amount of fruit. I don’t have any desire to eat starch or sugar any more. If I eat chocolate I eat dark (75% or 80% cocao) chocolate. So I get a tiny amount of sugar occasionally. Clemmy’s brand ice cream uses xylitol and is great! I use almond flour and xylitol for baking. I make amazing pizzas with almond flour. Get Dr. Davis’s book The Wheat Belly Cookbook and you’ll have great recipes plus updated info on how to eat and where to buy your ingredients. I wish you the best and can’t wait to hear your results some day. I’m almost 67 and way healthier than most of my peers.

  4. Ri

    Dr Davis ive been watching this lecture on YouTube called Sugar: The Bitter Truth by Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology:

    He discusses how sugar fructose of any kind is poison and mentions how its in most breads -just curious what in your opinion is more detrimental wheat or sugar?he says the body can use glucose (found in breads) because it is the energy of life.Do you agree or disagree with Dr Lustig’s take on fructose vs glucose?
    i believe in the wheat free movement but it seems to me this man is claiming that glucose can be used effectively by the body. Can you clarify please.

    • In case Dr. D. doesn’t directly respond, he touched on the relative-hazards issue in the summary that opens the Wheat Belly cookbook, and concluded (as I recall), “… but wheat is the worst”. See also:

      In my view, the top 3 health problem provokers today are all diet related, in this order:
      1. Rampant mutant gluten-bearing grains.
      2. Rampant fructose.
      3. Low fat mania.

      If you approach fixing your diet from any one of those, you are apt to end up at the same place.

      Ditch the grains, and you’ll need to replace them with something, which leads to going low carb (low sugar, and thus low fructose), which leads to high fat.

      Dodge the fructose, and it might occur to you to look at other insulin insulting foods, which leads to grains. Further, if you’re obese, you are probably making fructose from fructans, and the main dietary source of fructans is wheat.

      Go high fat, and you’ll go low carb, and low carb has no room for more than condiment quantities of grains and sugar.

      The WB recommendations hit all three at once. It’s way far not just about wheat. The WB Cookbook, by the way, is the only LCHF/paleo/primal cookbook in our house that does not require double-checking ingredients.

    • Dr. Davis

      Actually, Dr. Lustig is absolutely correct. Though I would not take the “glucose is less harmful than fructose” comment to mean that lots of glucose is harmless. That is most definitely not true.

      All you need do is have a blood sugar checked 30-60 minutes after ingesting glucose to see a sky-high rise in blood sugar which, after all, is blood glucose.

  5. Ri

    Boundless thanks for your reply- ive also been following freelee on youtube whos a fruitarian and low fat raw vegan and has been known to eat uo to 50 bananas a day!!she does mono meals throughout the days so for breakfast will eat 10-12 bananas and then for a snack 8 oranges etc..shes also extremly active and fit her body is in perfect form! how does she maintain doing this when there is so much fructose in the fruit?she also claims that high fat diets make you fat and thats why she sticks to low fat-looking at her she looks quite healthy and like i said her body is in perfect shape is there any harm in eating that much fruit in a day if your not eating anything else? i know you still need healthy fats but could you look into this further and let me know! so much conflicting information out there gets extremly confusing!!

    • Neicee

      Ri, if you own the book and have read it, you should be well equipped to make an informed decision. None of us here can/should ‘prescribe’ a certain diet or way of eating. That borders on practicing medicine without a license. We can only relate to how this lifestyle has helped us. If you can honestly say there is nothing wrong with pounding down 10-12 bananas and the person doing the YT presentation is healthy, go for it. I’ve been vegetarian more than once in my lifetime to the point of having to retrain my stomach to accept real food again, and yes it was high fruit/veggies and wheat. Perfect diet to make a gluten intolerant person sick enough to die. As far as Dr. Lustig, his specialty (and most of us have viewed his YT presentations) is concerning sugar = insulin and obesity. He states that healthy carbs that will not surge insulin levels are probably OK. Yet, he has never gotten around to forming a clarified diet or way of eating as far as I know. If you’ll notice, he is a big man and tends to be rather portly in some photos….hmmm? One I would recommend on YT is Gary Taubes. His articles and lectures led me to Dr. Davis and I’ve not felt better in years. But, that’s me. Good luck in your quest.

    • The short answer is that you can’t follow every bit of diet advice out there. It’s better to get to one side or another.

      People need some fat in their diet (hence the term “essential fatty acids”), but the need for dietary carbohydrate is zero. A high-fat diet in the context of a high-carb diet can make you fat, but a high-fat, low-carb diet with adequate protein generally will not. People typically lose weight on such a diet.

      Is there any harm in eating enough fruit for a family of chimps every day if you’re not eating anything else? Yes. Fifty bananas and eight oranges have over 1,300 net grams of carbohydrate. That’s like eating six cups of sugar–a hell of a load on your pancreas. You’d have to be extremely active to burn that much sugar. But there’s no fat, no vitamin B12, no retinol (preformed vitamin A), no vitamin K2, and little zinc. With no dietary fat, vitamins A, D, E and K aren’t well absorbed. Some people do well on a raw vegan diet for awhile, possibly because they’re not eating junk, they are scavenging proteins in their bodies and increasing some nutrient intakes. (Google Julianne’s Paleo Zone Nutrition post on raw vegan diets.)

      Personally, I don’t want to make a full-time job of eating and exercising, and my body wouldn’t handle one-tenth that amount of carbohydrate. Eating a diet high in most of the necessary nutrients, makes me feel good, is easy to follow and doesn’t require constant exercise is a no-brainer for me.

      • Barbara in New Jersey

        Jobs was a pescovegetarian, meaning he ate vegetables, grains, fish, eggs, honey and fruits. His cancer was a “rare” kind: neuroendocrine tumor on his pancreas. He lived 12 years with this cancer and passed away at age 56.

        He was rather private about his health issues and so we will never know if he had allergies to grains or ate too many carbs or high fructose foods.

        • > … so we will never know if he had allergies to grains
          > or ate too many carbs or high fructose foods.

          Whatever he was doing didn’t save him, and it’s clear from his bio (Issacson) that he was willing to try unusual diets. Since Ornish was apparently a pal, that might have include what Ornish advocates. The current “Ornish Spectrum”, under “Most Healthful”, includes fruits and grains, with zero caveats about wheat. It also has coconut oil in the “Least Healthful” category. There is no macronutrient summary on the site, but it’s pretty clearly NOT a low carb diet.

          Had Seyfried gotten his cancer&ketosis book done a year or so sooner, Jobs might have tried that.

      • Dave II

        I just read that in preparation for his portrayal of Steve Jobs, Ashton Kutcher became a fruitarian for a couple months. (As if anything could help his acting.) Just before filming commenced, he ended up in the emergency room for his pancreas as a result.

        • Neicee

          Dave II, that should wake a whole bunch of people up but probably won’t. Wow, I’d throw in a word to describe my thoughts on it, but I’m afraid it would trigger the NSA into listening in on all of us. :)

  6. Neicee

    Rachael, you were pretty before but your new image is incredible. Not only have you solved the problem with depression but now you have a bright future to enjoy everything that life has to offer. Terrific results. I’m sending your story to some I know that have battled with depression and weight gain for years. Fingers crossed they’ll listen.

  7. bill

    On page 69 of Dr Lustig’s book Fat Chance, he states,
    “I gained 45 pounds during residency, and I haven’t taken them off yet.”
    Physician, heal thy self.
    He’s got no answers.

    Lustig’s all over the board in his book, even suggesting that
    government should step in and fix things. Oh, yeah, that’s a great
    idea. NOT.

  8. john

    Can I ask about hair? I don’t seem to be as follicly challenged as I once was on top of the head.
    I wouldn’t say it is growing back like mad but there seems to be change in what hair is there or some coming back in since I gave up carbs in Feb….which really gave up Wheat. I do eat it from time to time like I had pizza last night but it does not effect me.

    • Dr. Davis

      Yes, indeed: skin, hair, and nails are common places to reveal adverse reactions to wheat, improved with its removal.

  9. Ri

    Neicee i appreciate your response. I bought wheat belly when it first arrived on bookshelves here in Canada and i have read it from front to back and frequently go back to it and come on here to read posts by Dr Davis and others. im definitely not seeking a prescribed diet or way of eating from random people because in my posts i usually address Dr Davis who is a certified medical physician and i believe an expert in the field of health and nutrition. I also feel that i am very well equipped to make proper choices and i am for the most part quite fit and healthy. i come on here for advice and feedback because i care about my health and body and continously seek new information and sometimes clarification about some things. I think the sickness you were experiencing being a vegetarian was not necessarily from the high volumes of fruits and vegetables but the grains. The raw vegans i watch on youtube are usually wheat free low fat and only eat foods in their natural state and raw so they look quite healthy. I personally need meat in my diet and a little more fat and i dont think that i could sit there and eat 12 bananas in one sitting as much as i love them. Everyone claims their diet is the best and what works for one person doesnt always work for everybody but like i said i just like to get other peoples opinions and viewpoints and compare notes. In wheat belly Dr Davis doesnt eliminate fruit from the diet which is great because i love fruit but i guess since it is a form of fructose even though naturally occurring we still need to watch our intake. I wasnt sure what Dr Lustigs opinion of wheat was though because he never really specified he just stated that most breads have fructose and fructose is poison but he didnt suggest eliminating it. So im just trying to compare doctor’s notes here. But at the end of the day im fully on board with Dr Davis’ assertions that wheat is the ultimate culprit in what seems to be our never endless fight against weight and in seeking good health. Thank you for suggesting Gary Taubes on youtube i will be sure to check him out.

    • Neicee

      The fruits Dr. Davis recommends are quite limited for those wishing to lose weight or keep their glycemic loads in check. I limit the recommended fruits to minimum. My triglycerides came in at between 55-60 on the past two blood tests, and still enjoy a glass of wine with dinner. My endo at that point sat the readout on the table and said “How?”…..besides working with osteoporosis he also councils Type 2 diabetics that have proven they are incapable of keeping their BS in check (which with the recommended diet that is thrown out by the ADA is probably not their fault). However, I got past the notion that meat was bad, all carbs are good, dairy products are only for children, and the full gambit of being a food rebel in college. Now, with the added data that many great thinkers (Dr. Davis and others) have assembled, wheat is no longer a passion or option.

      Funny thing about the bananas….my daughter has had a banana every single morning since she was little. About 5 yrs. ago she started breaking out in sores/welts/hives on her upper arms and legs. No one in the medical community ever asked her what she ate on a regular basis? She ran out of them one week and couldn’t get to a market for several days. The sores, welts, and hives disappeared. :)

      • Craig Howard

        She ran out of them one week and couldn’t get to a market for several days. The sores, welts, and hives disappeared.

        Heh. If there’s one thing I’ve learned since reading “Wheat Belly”, it’s that different people react to different foods differently [though I suspect the problem with wheat is universal]. Since going wheat-free, I’ve found myself very intolerant of starches: corn, potatoes, etc..

        My 89 year-old mother who went wheat-free with me some four months ago, isn’t bothered by them in the least. Go figure.

        • Neicee

          Craig, good on your mother joining you in the WB experience. My MIL is 93, suffering Alzheimer’s and breast cancer….but, all she wants are carbs and sugar. Too late for her, but one of her co-patients where she lives is 99 yrs. old and sharp as someone in their 50’s. Here’s hoping your mother fits into that group down the road. It’s inspiring.

  10. Ri

    Dr Oz has it all wrong! i was just watching a showdown on his show between him and Gary Taubes he’s giving people all the wrong diet advice! Dr Davis you need to go on there and tell him he’s got it all wrong!

  11. gingerbread

    You are truly beautiful! Your transformation outside and inside is just amazing. I too am floored by the fact that the pics are of the same person. Simply amazing! And the best compliments i have seen have been from the guys! I am so very happy that you were able to overcome your depression. So many people suffering. You are giving hope to so many by this story and these pictures and I am very grateful to see them.

  12. nutsnomore

    Well yeah, I signed in with a fake name “nutsnomore” and a fake email just because I’m paranoid I’ll be identified! I could laugh at that last sentence, but really, (and aside from the sense of humor avoiding gluten has gifted upon me), when I avoid gluten in all forms, my depression and anger lift. I can laugh and make jokes. I feel so much better emotionally. And in addition, no more awful brain fog, like I’m wading through a cloud of cotton candy inside my brain. That’s the only way to describe it.

    I wish someone would give us a real study of just what wheat/gluten does to our brains. I have no doubt that had I avoided gluten since childhood, instead of just the last few years, I would have had many wonderful years instead of suffering the way I did. But better late than never. In my case, it’s just not wheat, it’s all gluten. And unfortunately, the older I get, the more vulnerable I am to even cross contamination with gluten.

    Wheat/gluten is poison. Period.

    • Toni

      Dr. K in his book “Why Isn’t My Brain Working” discusses the effects of gluten on the neurologic system. Really a good/interesting read.

    • Barbara in New Jersey


      Read some of Dr. Daniel Amen’s books and web site for even more info on how your food changes your brain. His wife Tina has written “The Omni Diet” based on his work. Lots of good information to help you choose exactly what foods you want to eat. He has before and after CAT scans among other documentation of what certain foods does to our brains. The recommendation is 30% protein (animal included) and 70% plant (vegetable, nuts, seeds and fruit) as a balanced dietary guideline to restore energy, rejuvenate and optimize your body from the inside out. Tina Amen as also written several cookbooks. Dr. Amen’s lectures have been shown on a PBS.

      You have realized the profound effect of certain commonly available foods on your personal health issues. So have all the people who blog here and on paleo/primal sites among similar ones. Questions like ” how do we feed the people on this planet?”, to “EXACTLY how does grains and sugar” effect humans and pets” to “does the food my foods eats make a difference in the nutrition provided?”are being asked and studied. You will be seeing a lot more in print from both sides.

      This train has just left the station.

  13. Toni

    Dr. K in his book “Why Isn’t My Brain Working” gives very interesting insight on gluten’s effects on the nervous system- well worth reading.

  14. Stephanie

    Congratulations Rachael, you look stunning! So glad you are feeling healthier and happier – go girl! Your story is inspirational – so glad it has been posted here for others to see.

  15. Gina

    Congratulations to Rachael! So happy to see that you’ve reduced your depression just from eliminating wheat.

    This is off-topic, but I was wondering if anyone has experienced this: I have been wheat-free for only 5 days but feel like a new person already. However, tonight after dinner I suddenly felt terrible and reverted to some of the same symptoms I’ve been having (fatigue, achiness/weakness, bloating, wheezing). I made the meal from scratch and am positive there was no wheat. It was, however, the first time in these past few days of having a higher-carb meal (it was “pancakes” of sorts, made from fresh zucchini from my garden, eggs, a very ripe banana, and almond flour, served with a dab of real maple syrup).

    I came across some info in carbohydrate (or fructose) intolerance and wondered if Dr. Davis has seen this in any of his patients. It’s also linked to depression in women from what I’ve read, which is also what I’ve been suffering from (but has amazingly improved the past few days). Just thought I’d throw this out there on the chance that someone could help shed some light. Thank you!

  16. JillOz

    My mood has definitely improved. Stress/ anxiety not as indepth as it was, much easier to improve a mood.
    Still sensitive to certain things, but the difference is perceptible, to me anyway.

  17. Deby

    I tried this over a year ago, but think I overdid it on the cheese…
    The weight has piled on….
    Starting back tomorrow….with hope and hoping I can DO IT this time
    This is a VERY encouraging post !!!!

  18. Loretta

    Dr. Davis,

    Sorry if this has been mentioned before, but I have not been able to find anything about it. I was reading the label on my shampoo the other day and one of the ingredients was “hydrolyzed wheat protein”! Is this something I should be concerned about and change shampoos? This darn stuff is in everything!


    • > … shampoo … ingredients was “hydrolyzed wheat protein”!

      Check all your lotions, potions & toothpaste too.

      > Is this something I should be concerned about and change shampoos?

      People have reported skin reactions. I would change shampoos whether I reacted or not. The people who formulated that stuff are criminally incompetent at the very least. You may assume the other ingredients were selected with the same level of care for your health, The makers need to be sent an economic message.

      > This darn stuff is in everything!

      Check your pet food too, where wheat is even more destructive to cats & dogs than to humans.

  19. barbp

    Last week I was in a local natural foods market about to buy an “organic” lipstick, only to be shocked to see wheat in the ingredients list. And you know we are all eating our lipstick, ladies – where else do you think it goes?

    • vanessa

      I would rather have wheat then parabens which is much more common and more harmful risks associated with it.

  20. Alan

    Thank you, Dr. Davis, all of your research about wheat and for putting up this blog.

    I decided to try a gluten-free diet after reading in the foreward of a gluten-free cookbook that “non-traditional” symptoms of gluten sensitivity could include acid reflux and brain fog/worsening of ADD – both of which I could see applying to me.

    In doing more research about gluten-free diets, I stumbled upon your blog and learned that it was about wheat, not just gluten – and started seeing some of the dramatic success stories. I feel like I have already become one of them.

    After just 2 days of being wheat-free, I started experiencing a mental clarity that I have (unfortunately) never experienced before. Staying focused on workdays became a breeze instead of a struggle. I’m sure I still have some underlying ADD symptoms, but it is so much easier to manage that it almost doesn’t matter anymore.

    In addition, my acid reflux is mostly gone. My relentless heartburn at the end of the day used to be the reminder to take my heartburn medication – but now I may not even need it. It’s funny how I had “blamed” acid reflux on so many foods – wine, tomato sauce, chocolate, cheese, oils – that now cause no problems for me. I had never thought to question that I was usually consuming each of these with a meal containing a generous hunk of bread.

    I have now been wheat-free for over a week and the benefits go even above and beyond what I could have ever hoped for. Bloating after meals is gone, no more urgent bowel movements 3-4 times per day, and I have already lost a couple of pounds (mostly from my waist it seems) despite not really having much to spare there in the first place. No more cravings for sweets and constant hunger.

    Most of all, though, I feel like the mental benefits have truly changed my life. At the age of 26 I was starting to feel old, tired, and hopeless, and each day I tried to laugh about my lapses in memory, inability to stay focused, etc. to make myself feel better while secretly fearing how much worse it could get in the future. With my newfound mental clarity, I have renewed energy and a renewed sense of hope for what life can be.

    I am so grateful that I found this blog at this point in my life.

    • Dr. Davis

      That’s terrific, Alan!

      You can appreciate just how powerful and wide-ranging these benefits are. Not only does wheat ruin health, it impairs our ability to function at our best. No wheat = higher levels of functioning!

  21. the science of everything

    When a You-tube-video with the intriguing title “The UNhealthy whole grain” popped up on my screen I immediately asked myself what the United Nations had to do with grains. After I realized that no one was talking of the U.N. I was curious. Not that I really expected whole grain to be unhealthy but since every loaf of bread has its two sides I wanted to know the reason for this blasphemy. Little did I know that this video would never make me McEat (I´m not dissing Scottish food right now…) or drinkola some things again-and that because of cupcakes! A picture of cupcakes to be precise. The one-hour long presentation held by one Dr.William Davis, a cardiologist who explained that due to genetic modification the wheat we consume today is a completely different plant from the wheat from 50 years ago bla bla bla, had some more or less interesting arguments why flour now equals poison what sounded a bit drastic. What finally got me and caught my hungry eye(s), was a picture of some cupcakes that looked heavenly to my dieting, weight-losing, constantly jogging self. Like promised by Dr. Davis I found the recipe for “Lemon Cheese Cupcakes” on his blog that is named after his best-selling book “Wheatbelly – Lose the wheat, lose the weight”. The blog is inofficially run by many very convinced people who feel about wheat like most of us feel about their ex. I looked the book up on Amazon and started reading some of the numerous reviews that dealt with miraculous, effortless weight-loss and an improvement or complete healing from approximately 27.000 different diseases.
    It took me some time to gather enough information on the field of nutrition -which is emotional, controversial, at times scandalous and often simply wrong- to seriously understand how essential it is to know what you eat and to eat what you know. Today I know some things and I eat a lot- if you want to know how it is possible to eat 4000 calories without gaining weight but losing it (does not include vomiting or anything obscure) and why sugar is good for your teeth, read on (and lose the weight).

    If you want more, please visit my blog:

  22. Sherry ~Rustique Gal

    I went wheat free last October and within 2 weeks noticed the total reduction of arthritis pain. My hands and fingers used to hurt all the time, now only occasionally with bad weather. I am still struggling to lose weight, and having tests to see if my thyroid is okay. Have given up all grains now and mostly eat veggies, some fruit and meat/fish. Recently cut way down on sugar, only some dried fruit.
    As Martha would say, It’s a good thing!

    • Dr. Davis

      And feel free to post your thyroid values here for feedback, Sherry.

      It is shocking to me how many people are told they have “normal” thyroid values that are really NOT or the panel is woefully incomplete.

      • Neicee

        I thought it was great. The author has been a fine student and pretty much covered everything from our lies to ourselves to why just one bite is a nudge to take another. Thanks Mia, the author has a great sense of humor as well. All the way through it, I kept laughing because it brought back so many memories.

  23. It is almost criminal the way our government recommends 8-11 servings of whole grains daily. What a wonderful story with a wonderful outcome! I am so glad the message you present Dr. Davis is getting out! We all appreciate your efforts…

  24. Alex

    I started my wheat free diet few days after watching Dr Davis on CBS morning show last September. As far as weight loss, frankly, I have not noticed much reduction. Main reason: my addiction to damn sugar. I think stop eating wheat is 80% easier than getting rid of sugar. whoever that could develope a new formula, approach or techniques to move people away from sugar, they’ll be super rich. And I mean practical and do-able way to get rid of sugar. Thus far I find it already a losing battle, at least for me.

    The best result of being gluten free for me has been: mental clarity & things like depression.

    One of my old favorite things to eat pre gf was replacing my own chicken broth with those instant Maruchan noodles. Walmart sells various flavors for $0.28 for the last 4-5 years. Inflation does not apply to these noodles!

    A week ago I decided to cheat and have these soups. Taste-wise I loved it. That night, I woke up two times with panic attacks & crying for no reasons! I never had such an episode, since I started gf diet.

    After few days of no panic attacks, I decided to eat the same noodles again!! That night again I woke up with exact panic attacks and crying for no reason!!

    So I’m back to gf again and sleep like a baby.

    • Have you seen:

      > I started my wheat free …
      It’s not just wheat free. It’s also very low net carb, and there are some specific weight-magnet foods you also need to avoid, like fructose. Sucrose (table sugar) is 50% fructose, and most sweetened products are using HFCS, which is 60% fructose, and free fructose for extra adversity..

      > Main reason: my addiction to damn sugar.
      Switch to any of several alternatives. See “In Pursuit of Sweetness” on this blog.

      • Neicee

        October 1st, 2011 I went completely wheat/grain free. Even with gluten intolerance I would lie to myself, would snitch a bite here and there from my husband’s plate, felt like I’d lost a friend. It was no friend. But, sugar was always my go-to energy booster. Soooo, Jan. 1st 2012 I threw out a 5 lb. bag of sugar (while my husband watched in horror) and anything else in the cabinets that contained it. Haven’t touched it again either. I’m no saint, because once in a while I do have visions of a glorious croissant loaded with butter or a shortbread cookie during the holidays but when reason sets in I don’t. I do have a glass of wine with dinner and it’s not lessoned my attempts to remain as healthy as I can be. Good luck Alex. You can do it and you’ll never look back.
        P.S. = the only time I use stevia/Truvia is when eating fresh berries with cream and they’re just a little too tart. Or, when making whipped cream.