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.