Texas doctor discovers the power of Wheat Belly!

Dr. Madhavi Ampajwala, a family practice physician in Plano, Texas, wrote me a wonderful letter detailing her wheat-free experience and what she is witnessing as she incorporates wheat elimination into her medical practice:

I have found an answer.

Finally, there’s a resource I can recommend with confidence. Dr. William Davis’ book, “Wheat Belly,” has given me the ability to help those patients who come to me looking for a way to improve their health and lifestyle.

Many of my patients ask for advice on effective nutritional strategies for weight loss. Oftentimes, they are looking for an answer besides ‘exercise and a healthy diet.’ Many of them tell me that they work out four or five times a week and eat healthy, but do not see any change in their weight.

This book is for everyone who is looking to transform their health and wellness and, in particular, for folks who are struggling to shake of that excess weight. The book focuses on the effects of modern wheat and carbohydrate intake on one’s health. Dr. Davis highlights the discovery that obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, etc. have all been on the rise since the low-fat diet came to light two decades ago. He also explains that since the use of genetic modification through hybridization, the grain is not the same as it was in the 1970’s.

As a native of India, I grew up with a diet consisting of rice, vegetables, and the occasional chicken, fish, or egg. After coming to the States, I acquired a taste for bread in the form of wraps and sandwiches etc., and thus wheat entered my diet. A few months into my new lifestyle and food intake, I began to experience severe allergies, regular sinus headaches, and eczema. My baby was being breastfed at the time and developed eczema by the time she was 6 weeks old. I began to suspect my new wheat intake. I made sure I ate only whole grains, but I continued to experience fatigue and weight gain. I gained an unwanted 18 pounds (went from a size 2 to 6).

I hired a personal trainer with the goal of losing 12 pounds. I lost 6 in about 6 months times. This was all with what I thought was a healthy diet and exercise routine 6 -7 times a week. After all that effort, it was disappointing to see no improvement in my energy level or loss in weight. This is when I came across “Wheat Belly.” A colleague recommended it to me in March of 2012, and I decided to take on the wheat-free challenge in April. I have continued since then, and have seen an incredible transformation.

I lost ten pounds in the first six weeks and dropped 3 sizes. My energy level was higher than ever before. I saw improvement in my previously troubled sleep habits. I used to wake up with aches and pains; now that was all gone. My appetite was reduced; I no longer craved food. To date, the weight I lost has stayed off. I didn’t even have to go to the gym every day. I felt like an entirely new person, and my experience empowered me to help my patients in their weight loss journeys.

Not a single weight-loss conversation with my patients goes by without my recommendation for “Wheat Belly” or the Wheat Belly Blog. I make sure that my patients receive a copy of “Wheat Belly Quick & Dirty” article from the blog. All my patients who adopted the wheat-free diet have showed significant improvements in their health, as well. I intend to continue referring my patients to this book in hopes of improving their health, as much I was able to improve my own.

Ah, priceless! Thank you Dr. Ampajwala. Your open-mindedness will make you a better practitioner who will deliver empowering messages of health to your patients.

As Dr. Ampajwala is discovering, NOTHING comes close to the power of wheat elimination to restore health and weight in so many people. I virtually stopped prescribing drugs for people because so many conditions previously “requiring” drugs got so much better or went away.

This is revolutionary: If there is a healthcare crisis going on that threatens to bankrupt the country, I believe what we have here is an answer that, because the benefits are so astounding and apply to so many people, has the potential to slash healthcare costs–and suffering–by a huge margin.

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  1. Heather

    Hello all, I have been an avid wheat belly and low carb follower for 2 years. I have lost 70 pounds and feel better than I ever have in my life. I’m 42 years old and 8 weeks pregnant. I am certain that my lifestyle had everything to do with my ability to get pregnant and am so grateful to Dr. Davis and all of you, whose comments I have read and learned from. Now, the big question…how should I add carbs back to my diet and do I need to??? I’ve read that too much protein(over 20%) in my diet I can be bad, per paleo folks…I still love and crave high protein high fat, veggies. fruit is starting to sound good(I normally don’t eat fruit at all) , dairy is usually cheddar, parm;no cows milk, yogurt, or cottage cheese for 2 years. I really appreciate any help. I’m not worried about weight gain, I know how to lose the baby weight thanks to wheat belly! I just want to be as healthy as possible. Thanks!

    • Congratulations Heather…..to my knowledge, you are having the first Wheat Belly Baby on this blog! I look forward to the education you will inspire among the WB crowd…..please keep us posted and best of luck!
      p.s. Do you have a functional doctor?

      • Heather

        Jan, my doc is/was very receptive to my grain free lifestyle, especially considering the weight loss, chol/trig improvement, and bp control! We’ll see what she has to say tomorrow! Thanks for the support, I went through a panic stage for a day or two!

    • Dr. Davis

      Humans existed without grains and without added sugars for the first, oh, 2.5 million years of their time on earth!

      If there are carbs to add, it is in the form of roots. We do not have tough, fibrous roots like our ancestors, but soft, starch-rich modern hybridized forms, such as sweet potatoes and white potatoes, so go very lightly.

      I know of no obligatory role for carbohydrates, however.

      • Heather

        Thanks Dr. Davis, are you aware of any threat of eating “too much” protein? Ive read that protein should be no more than 20 % of diet, that seems low to me. My food intake is high fat, moderate protein(eat until just full) and veggies.

          • On “The Easting Academy:, Dr. Attia suggests an intake of 1 to 1 &1/2 grams of protein per kilo of body weight. So, if you weigh 110…..the parameters would be 48(ish) to 73 (ish) grams per day. Sounds reasonable to me.

            Heather…..look forward to following your journey…..besst of luck!

          • Neicee

            Jeff G, thank you for posting the link to keto-calculator. I’m small (4′ 11″ and 100 lbs, weight was not a huge issue, but I still lost 2 sizes in clothing and just last Sunday put on a ‘skinny’ pair of slacks in size 4 – two inches too big at the waist – still losing? Yet this website says my net carbs should be much lower. I try to balance 70% veggies at dinner against 25% proteins/fats. Still having fun with the lifestyle though and feel great!

        • Dr. Davis

          Listen to your body with protein, Heather: It should be self-regulating.

          Google “rabbit starvation” for some insights.

  2. Denny

    Imagine how much better it would be with total removal of grains and other carbohydrates (potatoes and sugar). Yes there are carbs in veggies but very very few and they are accompanied by fiber. Virtual total carbohydrate removal is ideal and Wheat Belly is a big help in that regard.

  3. Janknitz

    Heather, If you feel the need to add carbs, choose moderate amounts of fruit and starchy veggies. DON’T add grains back in. You and your baby don’t need them. Nor do either of you need more sugar in your diet.

    Have a wonderful, happy, healthy pregnancy.

  4. John V

    Interesting story. It is good to read what people coming from different cultures are experiencing with wheatbelly.
    I have read that some people are buying the einkorn flour to make bread, saying that they “read about it in wheatbelly” I read the book twice and while the einkorn strain is mentioned, I saw no recommendation that suggests this be consumed. Am I missing something?

    Started wheatbelly, February 1st 2013, lost 27lbs, in 8 months with no change in physical activity, at all.
    Thank you Dr. Davis!

    • JayInKett

      John, I started Feb. 10th and to date have lost 34 pounds and 5 inches off my waist. And, like you, this with no change in physical exercise.
      As regards einkorn, Dr. Davis advises against it. It may be an early form of wheat, but it is still wheat with the same big three baddies: gluten, gliadin and amylopectin A.
      This posting from Dr. Davis, at
      http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2011/12/upper-crust/
      addresses concerns about the older forms of wheat. Money quote –
      Hunter gatherer humans who first began to incorporate wild einkorn into their diet experienced a downtown in health, including more dental caries, bone diseases, and probably atherosclerosis and cancer. Likewise, modern hunter gatherer cultures who do not consume wheat are spared these conditions.

  5. Jean

    Heather – Congratulations! Recently I have found Maria Emmerich’s cookbooks and blog. She is full of recipes and wonderful information. She has young children and you may find her info helpful. Their are many comments on her blog and she seems very receptive to comments and questions. Check this out – I hope it is helpful to you. I wish I ‘d had all this information when I had my four sons.

  6. Ri

    God Bless you Dr Davis for the amazing work you do -you really are an everyday hero and you will leave your mark in this world in the best possible way by improving this generations health and many generations to come! keep it up and looking forward to book #2!!!

  7. Karen Weston

    Dr Davis: I recently discovered the phrase “Semmelweis reflex” or “Semmelweis effect.” Have you ever heard of it? It originates from the story of Ignaz Semmelweis, who was a pioneer in antiseptic policies, though not recognized as such in his own lifetime. Semmelweis was a physician in the 19th century in eastern Europe. Among his many contributions, he discovered that mortality rates from childbed fever dropped ten-fold when doctors washed their hands with a chlorine solution between patients. His hand-washing suggestions were rejected by his contemporaries, often for non-medical reasons. For instance, some doctors refused to believe that a “gentleman’s hands” could transmit disease. Despite his demonstrations that when hand-washing policies were followed, death rates fell dramatically (at a time when nothing was yet known about the existence of “germs”), the medical community completely rejected him and his findings. As you’ll find on Wikipedia (although I’ll bet there are lots of more authoritative references) the so-called “Semmelweis reflex” is a metaphor for behaviour that is characterized by reflex-like rejection of new knowledge because it contradicts entrenched norms, beliefs or paradigms. And of course, it is named after Semmelweis, whose perfectly reasonable hand-washing suggestions were ridiculed and rejected by his contemporaries. My own discovery of this phrase so aptly captures the reaction that we’ve seen to date to any suggestion that wheat could be bad for us, with all the usual justifications that you set out here and in your book, as well as to the philosophy of low-carb eating and the evidence about including fats in our diets that is seen as so contrary to the usual 20th century nutritional “agenda.” You might find it a useful concept to include in talks, etc., so I thought I would share!

    • Dr. Davis

      Very astute, Karen: I, too, have imagined parallels between the Wheat Belly message and Ignaz Semmelweis.

      Let’s just hope our fate is not the same as that of the ill-fated Dr. Semmelweise, who spent his last days in a sanitarium, as his colleagues made him crazy!

  8. LorLor

    It’s heartening to hear that another doctor has seen the benefits of going wheat free. In all the talk lately about the high cost of healthcare and how to make sure everyone has coverage, I rarely hear about taking care of our bodies so we won’t NEED so much medical intervention. Whatever happened to “Prevention is the best medicine?” I continue to hope that the doctors in my area eventually open their eyes to the benefits of being wheat free. I’m very grateful for all the wonderful information on this blog and in Dr. Davis’ book!

  9. Jeanne

    Very happy to see yet another physician on board! You’re reaching them, Doctor D!
    As a RN of 18 years and a soon to be CCN ( certified clinical nutritionist), wheat is nowhere in my recommendations to ANYONE.

  10. wrotek

    Does acetaldehyde contribute to wheat toxic effects ?
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acetaldehyde
    ” Acetaldehyde occurs naturally in coffee, bread, and ripe fruit, and is produced by plants as part of their normal metabolism. It is also produced by oxidation of ethylene and is the cause of hangovers from alcohol consumption, ”

    It is very interesting chmical

  11. GrainFree4Ever

    I have become a recent convert and won’t be going back but I have a couple of questions.

    My son 6 has a speech delay.
    His belly was distended and seems better.
    Has trouble balancing on 1 leg and hopping (although a slight improvement in 1 1/2 weeks wheat free).
    He has puffiness under his eyes and it is still a bit dark (no real change since going grain free)
    He does have milk (mostly raw)
    His bowel motions are still a little pale.

    I am going to cut out milk to see if there is a difference. He is on a good probiotic.

    Is there anything else I could add supplement wise. Will cutting out milk help the puffiness and the bowel motions? Would cod liver oil help? Thanks

    • Dr. Davis

      Many people in this situation benefit from:

      1) a probiotic
      2) Vitamin D normalization (achieve a 25-hydroxy vitamin D level of 60-70 ng/ml–INSIST. You son has delayed speech, a very important phenomenon.)
      3) Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation. A reasonable dose for most kids would be 1000 mg EPA + DHA.

      Don’t be surprised if your pediatrician has NO understanding of speech apraxia whatsoever. This would be typical.

      • GrainFree4Ever

        Thanks so much. It has been a long road with little or no support from Doctors.
        He also has a couple of gray hairs so hopefully I am on the right track now. Will update if we have progress.

  12. Denise

    Dr Davis, and others

    My husband was in the hospital today for an EP study. Long story short the good doctor took care of his SVT problem. During our visit my husband mentioned how he’d lost 30 lbs. all of the assistants and nurses were in awe about the WB lifestyle. They are all very excited about WB. One of the nurses mentioned she had seen a documentary on the Salem witch trials. She said that the grains they were consuming were contaminated by fungus!! Do a search on the net and several articles come up. WOW!!

  13. Janet

    Eczema!!

    That is wonderful,that this doctor is directing her patients to a life of better health–without dangerous drugs.
    As she wrote about her eczema, I have been off wheat and grains and paleo for almost 2 years now with wonderful results. However, since last spring I seem to have patches of eczema on my hands, back of my calf and top of my feet. I have never had this nor any rashes at all in my life, and I am 65 YO woman. I eat pretty clean and the patches don’t seem to occur after I have been exposed to some gluten. That does happen sometimes, but I can’t make any connections via the time. I have upped my dark chocolate consumption (yum) since early spring but I can’t connect anything else. I have eaten eggs (2 to 3 per day for 2 years and nothing has seemed amiss and can handle dairy, as much as I can figure out.

    I am perplexed as to what might be causing this and why now. Not overweight and my gut seems pretty healthy at this point. I sleep very well and my stress levels are pretty low. It seemed better this summer but now that it is cold here in Northern Illinois and I’m wearing more clothing, it has flared up again.

    Any ideas?.

    • Culinary Adventurer

      Hi Janet,
      Do you eat eggs from free range chickens that are NOT fed a diet of… you guessed it…wheat? (Yep, many organic chicken farmers feed mostly those “healthy whole grains” to the chickens). I have to look for these but it makes a difference!
      Or, is it possibly from some other product you are using?
      Example: do you use more simple or organic and scent free washing powders and liquids? It could be something in soap irritating your skin! (This stays in clothes) I had to completely switch out my laundry and other soap products! I am not as sensitive now without wheat. Sometimes it is other non-food chemicals that cause Eczema flare ups. This is a tough one! Palmer’s cocoa butter products can be pretty soothing in calming this down.
      I wish you a speedy recovery from this!

      • janet

        Thanks for your ideas. They remind me of some changes lately. I was using a locally made with pure products laundry soap. Then I ran out and yes, I have been using a cheap powder for a couple of months. I now have some of the natural products again so will see what happens. I have stopped my “inhaling” of 90% dark chocolate a week ago and it seems the bigger area has dried up some. The raised red spots have gone to kind of a group of tiny scabs. (yeah, gross). At first I thought I was detoxing from my daily doses of homemade Kombucha, but would think that would be done by now. LOL. I buy local eggs and she has her chickens outside pecking around, but I am sure she uses some grain feed as well. I never asked, as maybe I didn’t want to know since I had just found this source! Anyway, I ate grocery store eggs for almost a year on Paleo before the local eggs and nothing erupted. It is perplexing but so far I am living with it, as they are very small patches but makes me grumpy that here I am eating clean as I can, NO wheat, and this comes up. Everyone is different. Back to n=1 experiments.

    • Craig

      Janet:
      I get red, blotchy rashes on my forearms after eating potatoes, rice, or anything that constains starch. Might be a possibility in your case.
      Craig

      • janet

        Thanks. I do go long stretches where I don’t eat potatoes or especially rice, and sometimes I eat more of them. This summer I ate lots of sweet potatoes/potatoes and the rashes were mostly gone. But another idea to keep on my plate for observation. Good day.

        • Barbara in New Jersey

          Janet,

          I have to be careful of eating too many nightshade types of veggies. Eggplant, tomato, peppers, potatoes and the like. It seems that they upset my acid/alkaline balance and I wind up with a rash if I eat too many of them and not enough other veggies and too much animal proteins.
          To avoid this, my plate looks like just more than half to 2/3rds veggies and the rest meat, cheese or fish.
          Before WB, I ate a great deal of fruit and veggies, most of them alkaline.
          Now that I am eating minimal amounts of fruit, I found that I really need to eat less meat and more veggies even if I go over the 15 carb per meal suggestion.

          Perhaps you drank more liquids during the summer or were in the sun more or were eating a lot of things you are not eating now.

  14. GrainFree4Ever

    I am just wondering if cheese has any wheat or gluten in it. I bought some hard cheese from the supermarket and there were no ingrediants listed on the label. I haven’t had a migraine since I started going grain free 2 weeks ago and have a migraine today (both sides) which is getting worse.

    The only other thing I have eaten which may be suspect is bacon and eggs in a cafe (maybe they were cooked in a pan that had bread cooked on it).

    My weight loss also seems to have stalled.

    • janet

      Purchased Grated cheeses will often have some kind of starch or flour on it to keep the grated pieces separate. I get whole cheese and grate myself. If you are really sensitive, then restaurant eating could throw you off unless you ask and and make sure they know you are gluten/wheat free. Don’t be afraid to request these things.

      This will take awhile. I began wheat free because of some health issues, not particularly to lose weight and after 3 months I noticed I had lost my belly roll. I was too busy feeling better from my health issues gone that I didn’t notice the composition of my body had changed, not necessarily that I had lost weight. PLEASE DO NOT WEIGH YOURSELF EVERY DAY> You are changing more than just a number on the scale. This is different –your body is changing for the better and weight may not reflect that during times your body is changing. Two weeks is just the start–but that is the start of better life. Hang in there, please. The improvements are on-going and take time too. I was told by my beautician after over a year that she said I had more hair and now I have some curl in it. (I am 65 years old gal). My cellulite has gone and the chicken skin on the backs of my arms has left me with nice smooth skin again. Granted, I wasn’t greatly overweight, but I was more than I should be. I was a real bread-hound and now I have NO cravings for it and the thought of a donut leaves me ==meh. (Donuts drew me like a drunken ant.)

      Success to you–I don’t say “good luck” as I believe we can make our own success.

      • Barbara in New Jersey

        Sometimes pancake batter is added to scrambled egg to make them fluffier. Always inquire!

      • Dave II

        Janet, you are so right about not weighing yourself every day. There are a lot of people who do this, especially after going wheat free, and all it does is add stress and discouragement.
        If you’re going to measure anything, measure inches and not pounds. And do it infrequently (like once a month).

    • Uncle Roscoe

      I went gluten free because of sensitivity. It cured many ills, including headache. About 18 months later I started getting migraine headaches. Since then I’ve been on a long road, testing and eliminating food after food.

      Migraine headache is often an indicator of elevated intra-cranial blood pressure, either isolated or widespread. Indicators are tinnitus, blurred vision, nosebleeds and kidney problems. Look up “idiopathic intracranial hypertension” (IIH) or “pseudotumor cerebri”. IIH is on the increase. “Idiopathic” means it has no known cause. Doctors diagnose IIH by eliminating things like meningitis, multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, and real tumors.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idiopathic_intracranial_hypertension

      My migraines seem most tied to my sinus and allergy problems. Elimination of problem foods like eggs, ALL dairy, anything which tastes sweet, process foods which contain limestone (“lime” contained in some corn chips and tamales)….. has helped more than anything else. But antihistamines and improved posture have also helped, particularly sitting upright, and not sleeping on my stomach. I also treat my affected ears and nasal passages with zinc

      Doctors can treat IIH with surgery, but success is limited.

      • Brian

        Thanks for the information Uncle Roscoe. I seem to match you symptoms and even the timing on your recurring headaches. Last week my ND started an elimination diet starting with eggs and nuts and I can see this can be a long process. Are you on the wheat free forum where we could exchange information?

  15. Daniel Lipson

    Hi Dr. Davis.

    I really enjoyed your book and your blog. I am a student at the University of Virginia studying the market for gluten-free foods. Are you available to answer some questions about your book and about the gluten-free industry?

  16. Ri

    Hi there im hoping for some answers here- lately ive been learning more about raw veganism and i feel like it would be beneficial for me to cut back on meat and dairy products (partly for health, partly for ethical reasons) and incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my diet, so in essence i would be increasing my carb intake and decreasing fat and protein and of course keeping wheat and gluten out of my diet. My only concern is the sugar in fruit. Im aware of how sugar particularly , fructose can drastically increase blood sugar levels eventually making you insulin resistant and bring on diabetes. My mother is pre-diabetic so that is something im concerned about. But my question is -does the sugars in fruit affect your blood sugar levels the same way that the sugar found in packaged, processed foods like cereal would? i referred back to Wheat Belly and Dr Davis said that fruit is high in sugar so to limit it particularly high sugar fruits like bananas but doesnt fruit have relatively small amounts of fructose sugar?which is the worst kind of sugar. Lately ive been eating a large banana for breakfast because its convenient and i can throw it in my bag and go and also where i work there arent many healthy breakfast options so id rather eat a large banana over a bagel. Raw vegans who survive almost entirely on fruit have claimed that after eating large quantities of fruits there blood sugar levels remained stable. I dont want to have to poke myself with a needle to find out if that in fact is the case everytime i eat a banana or other fruits. Isnt it true that when eaten in combination with other foods it changes the glycemic index of the fruit?And doesnt the amount of fiber in fruit decrease how quickly the sugars enter your blood stream? i dont know how some people can survive and claim they thrive mainly on fruits (ie. 50 bananas a day girl-i know thats a little excessive!)- thats a lot of carbs and sugars but they also exercise daily so that probably makes a big difference-im not planning to go fully raw or vegan just wanting to cut back on meat and dairy and also continue eating seafood and i do love eggs. Would appreciate it if somebody could shed some light and provide me with answers to my questions! thanks!!

    • Barbara in New Jersey

      Why don’t you read the book or perhaps Grain Brain by Dr. Perlmutter? Your questions will be answered. Remember that Steve Jobs are mainly fruit and died of pancreatic cancer.
      Dr. Davis recommends 15 carbs per per 6 hour period. He does not recommend a banana for breakfast because it is convenient for you. Check the specific carb amount of the fruit you like to eat and the carb amounts of the other foods you are eating. If you want to play the blood sugar game, then it is important to monitor that blood sugar.

    • Uncle Roscoe

      Fructose is fructose is fructose. Fructose is the only digestible substance responsible for the taste of sweetness. So if it tastes sweet there’s a 99.99% chance that it contains fructose.

      I’m pretty sure I lack the gene for acetaldehyde dehydrogenase, because all fructose makes me sick. Dr. Lustig is the world’s biggest nemesis of fructose. Dr Lustig takes a “some progress is better than none” approach to fructose. He says that fruit is less bad than concentrated sweets because fruit contains “fiber”. But fiber offers no magic antidote for fructose. Fiber merely dilutes the fructose. I.E. if you eat fiber then you’re ingesting less fructose.

      Let’s say though that you have the acetaldehyde dehydrogenase gene. Ultimately it breaks fructose and alcohol into uric acid. And uric acid is responsible for a massive array of neolithic diseases and death.

      As Dr. Davis points out the problems with wheat include amylopectin A and a startling array of harmful proteins. The sugar in other starchy carbs mainly comes in the form of amylose. Humans have mechanisms for digesting amylose safely in a timed manner. The same cannot be said of fructose. You can sneak up on fructose any way you please, but it’s still fructose. And fructose is BAD.

    • Dave II

      “Lately ive been eating a large banana for breakfast because its convenient ”
      Convenience is the enemy.
      Convenience is why the government has moved towards a grain-based diet.
      Convenience is why we have 10 times more diabetics compared to 30 years ago and 1/3 of Americans are obese.

  17. Ri

    thanks Barbara i seen that book at the bookstore and i will be sure to check it out. And i was watching a news study done about sugar and learned that 4 grams of sugar equals one teaspoon of sugar but most people dont know that when looking at food labels i didnt! i think Canada and US need to provide consumers with better labels and let people know that if there favorite cereal contains 22 grams of sugar per serving that’s equal to 5 and 1/2 teaspoons of sugar -that should be next to the sugar grams i think. Wheat and sugar are poison and the reason for the health epidemec in today’s society and obesity in children.

  18. GrainFree4Ever

    My eyes seem to have gotten more dark patches in them over the last few years. I have only been grain free for 2 weeks so I have decided to have an iridology appointment to see if the eyes show my body healing. I am going to get a photo at the appointment and see if there is any progress with my eyes the further along the wheat/grain free trail. Has anyone else noticed their eyes becoming clearer or losing the dark spots after going wheat/grain free. I am thinking because the iridology studies show blockages in the body it should show up in the eyes. It will be interesting to see anyway and I will report back after about 6 months if it showed anything.

    • GrainFree4Ever

      Also I have read many people doing the paleo diet report their eyesight getting better. Has anyone here noticed improvement in eyesight going wheat/grain free?

      • Barbara in New Jersey

        As the wheat/grain/sugar diminishes and inflammation no longer restricts blood flow, your eyes are more nourished and often your eyesight becomes better.

        • > how does inflammation diminish blood flow ?

          By inflaming the lining of arteries, and reducing their inside diameter. This (not “fat clogging”) is what leads to heart attacks, and constricted arteries are similarly destructive to other body systems and organs.

          It is conjectured, by the way, that to the extent that statins actually work (reducing heart attacks in middle-aged men who have already had one), it’s because the drug is reducing inflammation, and NOT because it is artificially biasing some lipid numbers that don’t matter. (For anyone else, of course, statins are flat out bad news, and if your MD routinely prescribes them, you need to find a competent health care provider).

  19. Melanie

    Dr. Davis,
    As a recent convert to a wheat-free lifestyle, I am still trying to navigate through all the “helpful” data out there. I read something today about almond flour, which I know you have listed as an acceptable flour to use. I have nothing to do with the website, other than having found it, and question its statements, so if I may post it here, could you give my your opinion? I am especially concerned with they thyroid connection they make. I noticed that they do recommend coconut flour in its place. Could you share your thoughts on this?

    http://empoweredsustenance.com/avoid-almond-flour/

  20. Larry

    I’m glad to see a doctor embrace the wheat-free lifestyle. Now I am looking for an MD here in Connecticut that subscribes to the wheat-free benefits and can advise me on my health. My own PCP doesn’t have a clue when I say that I lost 40 pounds by giving up wheat, only saying that my triglycerides and A1C need more decreases. I do have one side-effect for me, and that is frequent constipation; which I thought was the result of giving up all wheat. I’ve tried to drink lots of water every day, eat a lot of spinach and romaine salads, and make some of the recipes in the book and cookbook. I just don’t have a handle on the constipation issue. And my own doctor has a pat answer; eat more whole grains. So, in the absence of these whole-grains, what do I do?

  21. Dawn

    If you suffer from gluten related disorders, there is a free online event that is to take place next week. Each day, 3-4 interviews with leading experts on this topic will be available for a 24 hour period. I used to suffer from multiple migraines each month and since going gluten free a little over a year ago, I rarely get headaches!

    If interested, click on this link to go to the registration page. There is no cost to attend! https://gg110.infusionsoft.com/go/tgs/dfralick/