Vicki has shared her story on a number of occasions on the Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox Private Facebook page. Because Vicki’s experience is such an incredible story of success despite some overwhelming health odds, coupled with a wonderful attitude of optimism, I am re-posting several of her comments/updates she has provided over the past 15 months, including her most recent update.
While Vicki’s structural issues, such as her retroflex odontoid bone, cannot be reversed with the Wheat Belly lifestyle, the dramatic reduction of inflammation that develops is often sufficient to reverse much, if not all, of the inflammation, swelling, and pain that is unmasked by consuming grains.
July 17th, 2016
“My name is Vicki, I am almost 53 and just celebrated my one year GRAIN-FREE Anniversary! And I am here to tell you that if you are living with chronic inflammation and pain, you NEED to get on board! I have Chiari Malformation [a congenital defect of the base of the skull involving the cerebellum], a retroflexed odontoid [a bone in the cervical spine], cervical spinal degeneration and an ugly autoimmune disease, and I AM NOW PAIN-FREE! I am sleeping again at night, walking 6-10 miles a day, and living life.
“A year ago, I was in bed, in tears and wondering who was going to care for my medically fragile child when I was no longer capable of caring for him. And my doctors were suggesting brain stem and spinal cord decompression surgery and lots of narcotics. Today I am medication-, grain- and pain-free! My doctors are in shock and I am OVERJOYED!
“Don’t believe that it works, friends? I didn’t either. Not until I tested out the Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox last July, and found I would NEVER turn back! 5’6″ 130# and LIVING!
“DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THE DETOX! Know that the process of detox is literally flushing all the garbage from your system and getting your body ready for the NEW AND CLEANER, HEALTHIER YOU!
“My hubby made the before and after [above] a couple weeks ago. Taken one year apart: 7/1/16 and 7/1/17.
“Despite all the odds, diagnoses and prognoses, this new awakening for me of what foods really are healthy, and what they can help me do FOR MYSELF WITHOUT DRUGS or MEDICAL INTERACTION, is simply miraculous and almost mind blowing to me! Weren’t we all raised on sandwiches and cereals and of course cakes and cookies for desserts? And were we not later all taught that sugar and fat were our problems and that we were simply not getting enough grains and fiber?
“At almost 53, I am now RE-EDUCATED and have learned so much through you, that I have been able to buy all those books and now share them with all of my doctors! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE what this has done for my life, and therefore my family. We are living, surviving, pain free and thriving!”
August 9th, 2016
“Many of you commented on my post from that you wanted a before and after side-by-side, and I repeatedly commented that I had shared one previously, and that Doctor Davis had also shared my story on the Wheat Belly page. But, after my 53rd birthday escapades today, at my favorite spot in Michigan (Sleeping Bear Dunes Life Saving station), Ned commented that he had taken a picture of me here last year in the very same spot.
“So, here are my side-by-sides exactly one year apart and, at that point, I was only 5 weeks into my new grain free living and had lost 10 pounds. Today, I am at my goal weight and have lost a total of 35 pounds. And there you have it, awesome cheerleaders!
“And if you are looking for a secret on how to make this work for you, here it is: JUST DO IT! Clean out your cupboards, hop in your car, and make your way to the grocery store. Buy yourself some clean and compliant meat, cheeses, xylitol, fruits and vegetables, coconut oil, almond and coconut flour. Stop making excuses about how you don’t have time to cook special meals or can’t find the correct food. Really ?! Read the books! Leave out the grains and other non-compliant junk, and save yourself from the sickness, disease, suffering and pain that I was experiencing before I woke up.
“There is truly no reason to live a life of misery and pain when you can control your own symptoms. Get rid of the grain and therefore the pain!”
“This girl, 52 years young, used to live by labels such as autoimmune syndrome, Chiari malformation, brainstem and spinal cord compression, osteoarthritis.
“Today, exactly two and one half months after doing the Wheat Belly Detox, I’m with my beautiful husband and our sweet, home schooled, nine year old son, on a two week camping (yes, sleeping on an air mattress) adventure. Four mile beach walk yesterday. Rock collecting on the beaches of Michigan and fishing, fishing and more fishing! All of this could not be possible with my previous pain level, but today pain medication-free and living life to its fullest!
“Eating the Wheat Belly way on vacation some say is difficult, but frankly most things in life that are too hard to do are simply that way because you don’t want them bad enough. And believe me, friends, I’m wanting to stay pain-free and flat tummied BAD ENOUGH! Because of Wheat Belly I have regained my life, my family and my gratitude for the very many blessings in life.
“And by the way, my new label is Pretty Mommy! Lol That’s what Hayes (my little fella) called me yesterday!”
July 15th, 2017:
“I am almost 53 and just celebrated my one year GRAIN FREE anniversary! And I am here to tell you that if you are living with chronic inflammation and pain, you NEED to get on board. I have Chiari Malformation, a retroflexed odontoid, cervical spinal degeneration and an ugly autoimmune disease, and I AM NOW PAIN FREE!
I am sleeping again at night, walking 6-10 miles a day, and living life.
“A year ago I was in bed, in tears and wondering who was going to care for my medically fragile child when I was no longer capable of caring for him. And my doctors were suggesting brainstem and spinal cord decompression surgery and lots of narcotics. Today I am medication-, grain- and pain-free. My doctors are in shock and I am OVERJOYED! Dr William Davis, THANK YOU FOR SHARING THE SECRET OF LIFE WITH ALL OF US!!!”
September 3rd, 2017:
If you ever hear anyone say that eating grain-free is a fad diet and that it can’t really improve health conditions, show them this. My name is Vicki. I’m 53, have Chiari Malformation, a retroflexed odontoid, degenerative cervical disc disease, and a nasty autoimmune disease. 14 months ago I was in massive pain. My insurance was refusing decompression surgery on both my brain and my neck. And all of my doctors, rheumatologist and neurosurgeons could offer me were narcotics for the massive pain and steroids for the inflammation. But, because I have a medically needy kiddo, I could not use the meds. I need to be fully alert at all times.
“Long story short, I read Dr Davis’ blog, then his books, thought the man had completely lost it, but because I was sick of laying in bed or on the sofa crying and wondering who was going to take care of Hayesy when I was no longer around, I gave in to his 10-Day Detox and decided that it would either help me or… or nothing! By the time I was just a few days into the Detox, I was hooked. I was out of bed. My joints, spine, head, neck and shoulders were no longer killing me. And my hands, arms and thumbs that were numb were back to feeling normal. By one month in, my swallowing issues had diminished greatly and I was feeling almost human again. Now, 14 months later, I am symptom-free, have lost 35 pounds, walk many many miles per day, every day, and am at a campground in Michigan, hosting activities for two months.
“I have a new lease on life and plan to share my story with anyone who has ears. Grain-free is not a fad. Grain-free is not a diet. Grain-free saved my life!”
And her most recent update in early October, 2017:
“Dr walked into the exam room today. Looked at me. And said, ‘I have absolutely no idea how you’ve done this, but you’ve defied all medical odds. You’re now a perfectly healthy weight, your labs are amazing. And to top it off, I believe you are the only patient worldwide with Chiari Malformation, degenerating cervical spine, and a screwed up immune system who is taking no medications. I honestly have nothing to tell you, other than to keep doing whatever you are doing!’ Then he looked at me and laughed and said, ‘I’ll plug my ears if you’re going to tell me you are using illegal drugs or something!!’ Bwaaa haaa haaa
“Illegal drugs, my butt. It’s called throwing out the grain and living again! Chiari Malformation, I win!“