Success Stories

Amine:
In just a matter of 2 months (since 9/3 to be exact), I feel unbelievable and quickly losing the gut just by dropping wheat.

Here is the before and after in just a matter of 8 weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would remember when I start with one sandwich and eat 3 to 5 sandwiches and dont want to stop.
There is no way I would ever eat bread again. This reminds of the first time they told me that packaged mashed potatoes is fake. Same thing with bread.
The stunning part for me is I have exercised like a maniac for years and never noticed a difference in weight. By dropping wheat and exercising like usual, I have quickly noticed the difference. Yay, I’m 185 pounds again. It takes courage for a Doctor to go the unconventional route and expose this problem.

Donna:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progress report at 3 weeks: Lost 4 pounds around my middle (and thighs), body aches have disappeared, my previously distended, uncomfortable belly has deflated, can go for 6 hours without feeling hungry, I feel so energetic and practically spring right up a flight of stairs, sleep like a baby with no hip pain waking me up, no longer feel depressed because I was slowly gaining weight despite being a runner and person who doesn’t overindulge.

This book has changed my life for the better and I hope you give it a try! I did not have that much weight to lose, but it was unhealthy weight nonetheless and made me miserable . . .

 

Michelle

I’m a 48 year-old woman. The pic on the left was taken in April, when I was at my heaviest – about 169 lbs. My A1C had gone from a 5.4 in December to 6.5 in April, as my weight ballooned. I found that I had intense carb cravings. If I went out to eat and started in on the bread on the table, I would literally keep eating it till the main dish came, or until I’d finished the basket of bread. Same with cookies, pasta (couldn’t just have one serving!), basically anything with wheat or sugar in it.

I realized that I was on the verge of diabetes, which runs in my family. I felt tired and sluggish all the time, despite working out three to four times a week. I had acid reflux to the point that I was taking Prevacid every day. Headaches were a regular occurrence – in fact, not to have a headache was the exception. Intestinal distress was “regular” for me “:-)

I read Gary Taubes’ book “Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It” and realized that carbs were killing me. I decided to cut out anything “white” in my diet. I added Jorge Cruz’s Belly Fat Cure idea of only eating 15g of sugar and 6 servings (about 120g) of carbs per day, but I did not like his addition/inclusion of wheat toast. I knew that if I ate one slide of bread, all bets were off.

From April through June I slowly weaned myself off most carbs, and all white flour products. I ate mainly meat proteins, eggs, cheese and nuts, and high fiber veggies like broccoli. My acid reflux disappeared almost immediately. Headaches became rare occurrences. I started losing weight. But I’d have an occasional bite or two of pasta, or a brownie. Usually I would get a headache or acid reflux, but I was losing weight (10-15lbs at that point), so I didn’t really care.

Then, for my birthday in June, I decided to “splurge” at dinner. I had a steak, sweet potato, and two (or maybe three!) dinner rolls. I also had cake for dessert. Before I even got home, I had a splitting headache. I crawled into bed feeling like I just wanted to sleep for a year. But I woke at 3am – feeling like I had tied one on the night before (I’ve been alcohol-free since August 2008). The next morning felt like a hangover. Headache, brain fog, sluggish. Awful. Terrible diarrhea for two days (I called it the diarrhea diet, but wouldn’t recommend it to anyone!).

At that point I scheduled an ALCAT food sensitivity blood test with my doctor; I knew that something in my dinner had almost killed me. Two weeks later, in July, I got the results – extreme gluten intolerance. The gluten intolerance found in my blood test only confirmed what I had already suspected (I’m also highly intolerant of high-fructose corn syrup!). At that point, I got serious about being wheat free. No more cheats. I was dead serious about losing weight. Even by July, on my 90% wheat-free diet, my A1C had dropped to 5.8. I had lost almost 20lbs, and I was feeling better than ever.

By late September, when the pic on the right was taken, I had dropped more than 25lbs. My A1C was down to 5.7, and my doctor pronounced me out of danger of diabetes.

I recently found out about “Wheat Belly” through a friend who works at a bookstore in Canada. I immediately read your blog. It made total sense to me. I would love it if we could convince the FDA that their food pyramids and plates are killing us. People can’t believe that all I did was cut wheat out of my diet, along with other high-glycemic carbs like rice, and cut back my sugar to 15g or less a day (they don’t realize that there is hidden sugar in everything – I have to thank Jorge Cruz for that one – who knew yogurt was so full of sugar? Natural (if you eat the right stuff) but still sugar. Bananas? ditto… milk? same thing).

So – NO wheat, limited carbs and VERY limited sugar, and I’m now down 33 lbs. I weigh 136 lbs. I am starting to recognize the woman in the mirror as the same slim woman who was in the Army 30 years ago! I think I can get to my “fighting weight” of about 130lbs with no effort if I just keep eating the way I am. I figure my body will stop losing weight when the fat is gone. That’s one thing I learned from Taubes’ book – our weight should be self-regulating, like that of wild animals, if we are eating the right foods and not messing up our hormones with sugar and carbs and gluten and gliadin.

That was probably way too much info. But I want people to know that they too can lose the weight, and feel like they’re young again. It came off almost effortlessly for me. I haven’t looked at calories or fat, just sugar and carbs, and I don’t touch wheat or other gluten-containing products. Even with the “gluten-free” pastas, etc. I either eat VERY small portions (which wasn’t possible for me with wheat-pasta) or skip it. Gluten-free cookies, etc. still contain as much sugar as regular cookies, and I don’t want to spike my blood sugar, so I look for those sweetened with stevia or just skip them. I find almond butter or peanut butter on a lentil cracker (low carb yummy goodness) or even on a piece of 85% dark chocolate is enough of a treat for dessert.

I feel as if I’ve gotten a degree in nutrition over the last six months. My friends tell me I look 10 years younger (and the pics attest to that), and I feel younger and better for sure! This is not a diet. This is a lifestyle change for me! Thanks for filling in the final blanks with “Wheat Belly”!

Susan
Among a few other health issues, one that was troublesome, but I thought, manageable was wicked PMS. I’m talking about relationship-threatening, everybody leave me alone, don’t even think about talking to me PMS, a full week every single month. It was easy to recognize, and it was usually the first temper tantrum each month that had my family, mostly hubby, running for cover. I would also be bloated, and tired and constipated.

When I bought your book two weeks ago, and started wheat-free, I actually didn’t even think about this part of my health. Guess what….NO PMS this month! A little edgy for a day or so, but work was hectic, and I sure wasn’t paying attention to the calendar.

At dinner tonight, I asked my husband and 14 year old if they had noticed PMS for the past week. The 14 year old is brutally honest, and would have come out with it. She said no right away. Hubby noticed the slight “edge” for two days, again attributing it to work. I am simply amazed. Having accepted this as who I was for the last 30-something years, I am astounded that this simple change has made all the difference. My family thanks you, Dr. Davis! Stay tuned for the continuing successes I hope to have.

 

KDM
Here’s a small list of things that have occurred since being wheat free for the last three months:

Weight reduction from 162 pounds down to 143.
Sleeping better and no more leg cramps waking me up in the middle of night.
Sinus and nasal allergy issues are gone.
I no longer need meds for heartburn and indigestion.
I don’t require eating something every 3 or 4 hours to keep from feeling like I’m going to pass out.
My skin no longer looks dry and cracked. I believe this is because less of my daily water intake is needed for digestion of food since wheat products are no longer consumed. I would also attribute this to the leg
cramps disappearing.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update: Weight now 140 lb. after 16 more days:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Beth
I’m not really sure if this should be considered a success story, maybe more of a triumph!!!!

Today was just one of those dumbass days. Tough day at work, tough day with thinking about my stepdaughter being so far away in Rhode Island in law school (thou so proud of her). Tough day with the thought of my “baby boy” going off to the ARMY (again, very proud mama) in November. A day where being an office manager for a construction company was hectic, and everyone wanted something. Just a sucky day!!! I wanted nothing more than to go off and get like this huge triple stacker greasy burger with fries etc. at lunch.

But, my day got too busy and didn’t have time to take lunch break. (Good thing I had my stash of cucumbers, raw nuts and other veggies to swear at while I was eating them to get me thru until I left the office after a 9 HOUR DAY sitting at my desk!!!) I start at 6am every morning so at 3:00, I was sooooo ready for that burger. Stop at the store to get some ibuprofen (I’m out of it), go home, veg in front of the TV with my lounge pants on and eat, probably even doze off watching a rerun of Oprah.

So, I get home and I’m irritated that, after I put my lounge pants on, they are driving me crazy because they keep falling down past my waist, so I pull the strings tighter from where they are knotted, and I stomp into the living room to watch Oprah and take a little nap. This is when I realize that the show is over, I drove right by Wendy’s on my way home, didn’t stop for ibuprofen, (I’ve been out of it since I read your book, I haven’t needed it ) my pj’s are loose on me, and I’ve kept myself busy with some things to cross off my to do list, (that is STRICTLY for weekends, beacause I have no energy to do stuff when I get home form work).

Dr. Davis, I guess I’m posting this as a success story because since I’ve read your book, I feel better!!! I didn’t need the comfort fast food after a bad day, I’ve been bringing healthy stuff with me to work, (my poop by the way has been normal, even with no benefiber). Remember, I’m the girl that was terrified of another diverticulitis flare up). My clothes are much looser, still working on my wheat belly, but I’ve noticed that when my husband hugs me, he can get his arms around my waist, and he kind of pats my butt, so I gotta love that, I guess it’s because he can reach it again.

So, I guess for me, after this day I had, It IS a success story. I’m thankful that you wrote it, I’m thankful for reading the article in Women’s World, I’m thankful I bought the book, and I’m thankful that I think you may have changed my life,. Now, if you could just do something about my baby leaving for the ARMY!!!!! (By the way, I’m going to see my daughter at the end of next month and am going to buy her a copy of this book, and bring it to her. She has been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease a couple of years ago, and struggles with severe intestinal issues, joint pain, and is now on Remicade infusions because of her flare ups….Never mind… I am going to send her a copy TONIGHT, because I have the energy to get dressed, go to the book store, then go to the post office and mail it to her.

 

KT

 

Wheat-free, down 31 pounds.

 

 

 

 

 

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Starting weight 288, Current 222 Target 190. Short, intense workouts 3 days a week (each approximately 20-30 minutes) I started with cutting back on sugar, salt and fats, and lost 35 pounds in 8 months. After stalling out and getting frustrated, I came across the concept of removing grains, sugar and sweeteners from my diet. Then did things take off! 31 additional pounds in 2 months, increased energy, ambition and stamina. I have to say the removal of grains has had the greatest impact. I have even added the occasional sugar free sweetener, salt and dairy back, with no ill effects. From a complete reversal of Irritable bowel syndrome (no meds now), to leveling of moods, completely ending the high/low 90-120 minute cycle of hunger, snacking, joint pain, complete disappearance of chronic rashes, completely off acid reflux meds (I had been diagnosed with 2 ulcers as well). The only thing I take is a multivitamin and a probiotic. I have to attribute all of this to one thing: No more grains, particularly wheat!

For the first time in my 15 year marriage, I am the one agitating my wife to go on 4 mile daily walks, to driving her to exercise more, talking to friends about nutrition and exercise (also the occasional total stranger. Yes, I am one of those folks!) I have even decided to begin training in (good) nutrition and fitness, so I can better get the word out there of how just a diet change can have such a huge impact on anyone’s life. Dr. Davis book is absolutely the real deal. For those that think it does not work, try it. You will be amazed at not just the results, but also how easy it is to live without these modified grasses. I can walk through the middle of a bakery, and not even feel tempted. I just smile at what I was like before I gave those items up. I would not go back to the old me for anything!

 

DK
I have always had allergies and asthma, as early as age four I have memories of struggling to breathe. In my 30′s I decided to walk three miles each day, eat a healthy diet, lose weight and get my asthma under control….and felt the worst ever in my life. I added whole grain pasta, whole wheat bread, bagels etc. to my diet and progressively felt worse. My asthma was out of control (daily medication), the skin rash/bumps on my skin were more defined than ever, itchy I was constantly taking Benadryl. Going to the DR gave me more medications, which seemed to give me more side effects, or only help for a short time. No one was treating what was causing my asthma, headaches, exhaustion, itchy skin and generally unwell feeling, only treating the symptoms!

I decided to keep a daily/food journal and record what did, I ate, the time eaten and how I felt through out the day. I’m not sure why, it just felt like a last resort. Come to find out within an hour or two of eating wheat, or corn products (sometimes sooner) my asthma would act up and I would need my fast acting inhaler/allergy meds. Next I cried (it felt like grieving), I had no idea how to remove wheat and corn from my life, that is all I ever ate…pastas, bread, etc. My comfort food. How do I socially eat with friends at dinners, restaurants??? (It seems to be in EVERYTHING!!!)

Still, I thought maybe just a test, I’ll remove it for a few weeks and if there is no difference… nothing lost, nothing gained. To my surprise I had headaches at first, worse than ever…but by week two, I had some really great side effects. Headaches went away, I lost 7 pounds without trying. By the third week, I was still losing weight and my skin was glowing and clearer than ever. By week four, my joint pain and aches that I thought were caused by walking, or ‘doing too much’ went away (no more daily pain meds) and I was sleeping better through the night.

By week 8 I lost over 20 pounds, no longer needed daily asthma medication and my exhaustion seemed to disappear. I started this the last week of December, and total I have lost 30 pounds, and feel great. (maintained it too!!!) The skin bumps on the back of my arms are GONE, I’ve had them all of my life and had no idea they could ever just be GONE! (Even went to the DERM several times, nothing worked.) I’ve learned not to cheat either, immediately my wheezing, mood, itchy skin and exhaustion return with just a slice of pizza. It’s not worth it!

I was excited to read your book, and hear that while I stumbled across this by accident, there are others that understand how I felt, and how great I feel now. My children have their mom back, and my husband is excited and noticed all of the positive changes too.

 

Ang
I have been wheat-free for 9 days after reading the article in Woman’s Day (which I NEVER pick up — don’t know why it struck me that day to read it). I cannot believe the PROFOUND DIFFERENCE in my life.

I have spent 43 years in the throws of what I will call a “food addiction” problem. The CONSTANT fight to win the battle of not eating too much, not eating the wrong foods, not eating, exercising more, etc. has taken a toll on my life and is time wasted I can never get back. But my husband described this best when he said “it’s like you’ve been a wheelchair and can walk again.” Cravings have been ELIMINATED. I mean COMPLETELY ELIMINATED. The ability to recognize ACTUAL HUNGER is so foreign to me that when, in the past eight days, it happened, my husband and I were GIDDY. I actually KNOW when I am hungry. I have NEVER KNOWN what hunger felt like.

PERFECT EXAMPLE: We were at a ballgame and there were few options available and I was, as my husband, GENUINELY hungry. So I ordered a sauage and peppers without the bun and the fries that came with it. Now, I have NEVER EVER EVER LEFT FRIES on a plate and called them a “trigger food” for me for years. But, with out the wheat trigger in my life, I easily knew when I was full and, lo and behold, half the fries were left. NOW LET ME BE CLEAR: I am not saying I’ve replaced bread with french fries, I get that carb-porn/fried or otherwise can be problematic and I am eating plenty of vegetables, lean meats, brown rice and healthy choices, but when I was in a situation where real genuine hunger and VERY limited choices made a poorer choice the only option — without WHEAT, I was able to eat like a NORMAL human being, recognizing the signs of FULL and not feeling depriviation or the need to “WILL” myself not to finish the fries. I have NEVER had that ability!!!!!!

Oh — and I’ve lost eight pounds in the eight days.

 

Anne
When I was in my mid 50′s I started having problems with blockage of my LAD [left anterior descending coronary artery]. I had multiple stents that failed and went on to bypass in 2000. After bypass I still did not feel well. In 2003, I was having SOB [shortness of breath] and pitting edema of my lower legs. My cardiologist suggested that I have another angiogram to see if there was more blockage.

At that time I was also experiencing terrible pain from small fiber peripheral neuropathy. My energy level was down to “0″, My skin, eyes and mouth were dry. I had many other symptoms. All these symptoms along with the SOB and edema, and I thought I was dying.

Because my doctors had no answer for my peripheral neuropathy(PN), I turned to google. I found a forum and was told to read the articles of Dr. Hadjivassiliou about the connection between gluten and PN. Although I asked my doctors to test me for celiac disease, they all refused so I used www.enterolab.com. My tests were positive for antibodies to gluten and a tissue transglutaminase reaction to gluten. I stopped eating gluten the day I received my tests results and within 3 days I knew I was on the right track. The first symptom that disappeared was my knee pain.

After a few weeks of living without wheat, barley or rye, I noticed that I was no longer had SOB or pitting edema. My energy level was improving too. I called my cardiologist and told him that I saw no reason for further tests at this time.

Over time my diet has changed even more. I am still very strict about gluten. The slightest amount will cause symptoms for up to 7 days. It did not take me long to figure out that I am also sensitive to yeast and that I feel better totally grain free. I am now on a paleo/primal diet that is low in carbohydrates. Keeping my carbohydrates low keeps my blood sugar from rising. Yes, turns out I also have T2DM [type 2 diabetes mellitus]. My fasting blood glucose is “normal” but my postprandial BG can easily spike over 200. My doctors were not concerned about this because of the normal fasting levels.

I have been gluten free for almost 8 years and low carb/primal/paleo for a little over 2 years. I feel my health is doing great – I feel great and have energy. Oh yes, as far as my PN, all that is left is mild residual numbness without pain. Recently I have been getting more temperature sense back.

 

John K. from Texas
I was some kind of wheat belly slob. My health was terrible. I was on an express lane to early death. I found myself in the hospital and had a stent inserted into the infamous “widow-maker” artery. After the surgery I began asking questions as to what I needed to do to improve my health. I was told that if I have any difficulties to let them know. I really expected at least something about preventative measures, etc. Nope. That began my journey to find solutions. I found Dr. Davis and TYP (Track Your Plaque) and so began a new journey.

So, I am glad to share how it all began — eliminating wheat and grain!

Since eliminating wheat & grain from my diet in 2007, I went from 265 lb pathetic slob to 180 lbs., down 85 lbs! I was taking ToprolXL, Benicar for high blood pressure and Tricor for triglyceride. Diagnosed: hypertriglyceridemia. I am embarassed to say that I could not even bend over to tie my shoes; I had to sit-squat. Look at that huge wheat belly (pix below)!

Then (02/2006):

LDL = 89
HDL = 30
TG = 360
Total Ch = 191

Wt = 265 lbs

I stopped eating all wheat and grain products and I dropped a huge amount of body fat — and that ugly wheat belly. Gone! In the beginning I thought I would miss wheat and grain but never did. The transformation was like a miracle. That 265 lb wheat-belly slob is but a distant acquaintence today. And, look what happened to my lipids!

Now (03/11):

LDL = 62
HDL = 67
TG = 94
Total Ch = 148

Wt = 180 lbs

After losing my “wheat belly” I truly regained my youth! I am 69 years old and feel like I am in my 20s (energy, stamina). I am in great physical condition. I no longer need BP medication or tryclyceride medication.

My health insurance has a preventative care program and a nurse would call me to check on my health, diet, etc. They abandoned me long ago — I no longer fit their profile. My cardiologist jokes with me, asking me why I even come to see him.

I am busy with all kinds of interesting projects and even going back to grad school to take courses, just for the fun of it. This summer I am hoping to skydive once again (used to do that regularly years ago).

Before-After

It is difficult to imagine that THAT wheat belly dude was me a mere 4 years ago!

 

 

 

 

Joan
As a person who formerly owned a wheat belly, I can tell you this works. I was a 5’8? 162 pound woman whose blood sugars were verging on prediabetic and triglycerides were at Lipitor levels. And I had that soft, squishy, grandma belly. March 1, I gave up wheat and its cousins, rice, oats, and corn. By June 1, I had lost 32 pounds, my blood sugars are in a 15 point range from 85 to 100 at all times, my triglycerides are normal, and my squish is gone. I lost my GERD [gastroesophageal reflux disease], my urge for afternoon naps, my gnawing hunger, and my IBS [irritable bowel syndrome] along the way. I never counted a calorie, just read labels and checked blood sugars to make sure I was on track. Easiest diet ever.

I’d take a look at the trackyourplaque blog as well. I read every single post…and a lot of the replies. I learned to “eat to my meter.” Dr. Davis has a couple of great posts about that. I’d add a food, test my sugar, repeat for each new food, at first. I learned what I could and could not eat. As long as my 1 hour blood sugar stayed under 110, I lost weight by the pounds per week, sometimes as many as 4. Not sure what the directions would be for a diabetic on meds, though, as far as a desirable 1 hour post-prandial sugar. There will be some medication adjustment that would have to go on there if you follow the diet. But basically, what made the difference for me was getting rid of wheat, rice, corn, and oats. I just don’t eat them. And they are in almost everything you pick up that is processed in any way.

I’ve relearned how to cook, thanks to a lot of folks in the low-carb community, many of whom are diabetic or prediabetic and are managinng without medication. I’m embarrassed to say I’m a nurse who helped teach cardiac patients “how to eat.” (At the behest of the doctors I worked for, no less.) Now I have the urge to call them all and tell them just how wrong I was. Eating whole grains put 30 pounds on me and raised my blood fats. Eating without grain took off the weight, normalized my sugars, and lowered my blood fats. My wheat eating friends, who are all my age, keep telling me I’m “too skinny” now. But I’m the only one who is playing tag with the grandkids, and not sitting around complaining of being too tired to go anywhere, so I figure I’m ahead of the game.

 

Frank of Low-Carb Age
My doctor recommended reducing carbohydrates in 2009 to lower my triglycerides. This was a last ditch attempt after several years of trying to lower it with a low fat diet, fish oil, niacin and, briefly, a triglyceride lowering drug. The combined pharmaceutical approach resulted in only a modest decrease from 440 to 344, and I developed an allergy to the drug. With a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome, my insurance company recommended I start Metformin, a blood sugar management drug. It seemed like my future was predetermined; I would follow the other members of my family into type II diabetes and eventually become insulin dependent. But six weeks after starting the low carb diet, my triglycerides fell to 106, well below the 150 reference standard. My blood sugar stabilized at just over 100, and has been under 100 for the past year.

Along the way, I lost 50 pounds, started sleeping through the night, stopped taking Prilosec for my GERD [gastroesophageal reflux disease] and quit nearly falling asleep during my afternoon commute. Other than sugar, wheat represented my biggest carbohydrate load, as I loved bread, pastries and other “healthy whole grain” foods. I do know that if I eat wheat, even staying within reasonable daily carbohydrate limits, my GERD returns. Dr. Davis’ research through the years, combined with his real world experience in treating thousands of patients, has helped me understand the contribution wheat made to my health problems. Today, I no longer fear the onset of type II diabetes, as I have eliminated the markers for metabolic syndrome.

 

Shaun
I have a double success story here, with my wife and myself.

Being a life-long keep-fit enthusiast, I had never had any trouble staying lean. Health is another matter, though; I had habitually suffered from sinus problems (and pretty serious infections) and joint pain; however, I always attributed the latter problem to 25 years of contact sports and intensive training. It wasn’t until last September (the 13th to be precise), when we cut out all cereal products that I was leaping out of bed with no neck, back or knee pain whatsoever. This was the first time in years that I was able to get up without a prolonged mobilization session. Incredible!! I was to experience many, many more advantages to wheat-free living over the following weeks and months…

Being very active, I found myself in a prison of sorts. To fuel my hiking, kayaking, cycling, running etc. I had to be practically living in the kitchen. Bagels, OJ, toast, pasta etc. were the mainstay of my refuelling. I was constantly ravenous, bolting down “heart-healthy” breakfast cereal at 6 am before walking the dogs, then returning home to wolf down a few slices of low-fat toast . . . and on and on it went, all day having to top up with all kinds of wonderfully healthy wheat products. I never stopped to think that this might be my body’s way of screaming “Shaunito, there’s something seriously amiss here, you’re not nourishing yourself adequately!”
I just continued stuffing my face and then, low and behold, despite being the most active person amongst everybody I knew, I started gaining a lot of podge.

How could this be?! I was spending all my free time training and yet I was gaining body fat. Ahh, it just gets harder with age, I was told. An inevitable aspect to aging . . . and then I came across people such as Dr. Davis and their very cogent explanations regarding the deleterious effects of wheat. I immediately knocked all cereals on the head and discovered the joy of living without the horrible, gnawing hunger that had previously accompanied me throughout my entire existence. Now, I eat once or twice a day and never suffer the type of hunger that makes one miserable. I savour my food, rather than just see it as fuel. I can do as much as I like and still go an entire day without even thinking of food. Oh yes, I effortlessly dropped 12 kilos [26 lbs] and my wife 10 kilos [22 lbs] over the first few months.

All of these things were tremendous findings, but the most mind-blowing success for us was what happened with my wife’s fifteen year struggle with colitis. She had started losing a lot of blood when she was a teenager and, despite all the usual medical interventions, this had continued to afflict her into her thirties. During one bad spell she had been taking up to 13 types of medicine (amongst other invasive procedures) and, long story short, had never been close to being “fixed.” It was just too much leafy veg perhaps, or…or…and on she went suffering a very uncomfortable existence.

Fast-forward to last year and our wheat elimination starting in September. After the already mentioned improvements we were delighted to realize that my wife had gone a month without losing blood (previously she had suffered bouts of colitis every few weeks on average), so we were pleased that things seemed to be clearing up . . . then two whole months . . . and after three months we were ecstatic. Then Christmas arrived and although I stayed on the wheat-free path, the little lady got a bit ahead of herself and suffered the consequences. Mere moments after “enjoying” a local wheat-tastic dish she had to run to the toilet and it took her three weeks for everything to clear up and return to pre-Christmas levels of well-being.

Sometimes we need the extreme problems in order to make a change in our lives and this episode has convinced both of us to stay on the wheat-free course for the rest of our lives. On the rare occasion that we unwittingly consume the noxious substance, we both suffer horrendously (me with joint pain and my wife with another episode of colitis), but we merely consider this a reminder to behave ourselves. Our friends (mostly in their thirties and, in their own eyes, unaffected by wheat) virtually all show symptoms of impending problems and, although I do my best to push books and websites on them, they will probably resist until things take a drastic change for the worse. The wheat bellies are growing and the men are increasingly endowed with female breasts, but they insist that they just need to increase the gym visits . . .

Hopefully this knowledge will become more mainstream and everybody can start enjoying the sort of health that me and my wife are currently blessed with, thanks to blogs and books like “Wheat Belly.”

Thanks for all the information that we have been fortunate enough to pick up from you and your blog, Doctor, and we are currently awaiting your book (which will find its way into the hearths and homes of our friends before it’s too late).

Regards,
Shaun

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  1. Silva says:

    I’m so lucky to have seen you on CBS @ 3 or 4 months ago (I only receive 2 channels). I liked the idea that perhaps there was a reason I’ve never been able to control my desire to eat from waking to whenever I could fall asleep. More than that, I thought it would be worth trying to see if I could have some relief from excruciating joint pain in my hands. I am a breast cancer survivor, treated /w surgery & radiation @ 2 years ago. The joint pain has been with me @ 20 years along /w carpal tunnel syndrome. The pain from my joints is much worse than the CTS. It wakes me up at night & I can only cry while waiting for it to subside, take a sleeping pill & start again. My oncologist told me that /w my daily hormone therapy pill any joint pain I had could become worse, and it did. I’ve always relied heavily on the use of my hands. I was my mother’s primary caregiver the last couple of years of her life, and I couldn’t stop for pain or cancer (so lucky not to have HAD to) and I really neeed my hands!! I really didn’t think I could do w/o my pasta, potatoes, stir-fry /w rice or noodles etc., etc. But that morning I gave it all up. Really I’m still eating huge quantities of food. Turns out I really am a glutton. The quality of the food I eat now of course is so different! The pain was @ 90% impimproved after a couple of months. I prepared our Thanksgiving supper. I first made one w/o any grains which was delicious, and I ate! I then made the traditional one for the family. I ate some of that too, and that night all the pain was back. It’s slowly improving, and I’m not doing that again. I cooked a delicious meal for my family on my 57th birthday w/o grains, & had no birthday cake that they purchased. I actually don’t crave sweets anymore. All I really want is more lovely delicious healthy food! I’m never hungry, but still eat tons of food. I’ve not weighed myself, but my clothes are fitting better. My skin looks better than it did when I was an adolescent. I’ll never go back!!

  2. Julie says:

    I recently saw the authors of Wheat Belly on Dr. Oz….

    I am really losing weight with the help of leaving out wheat, sugar, and flour. I feel my clothes looser and see it in the mirror. Will post pics soon.

  3. Katie says:

    I almost 21yrs old and have been overweight for most of my life. Every day I feel extremely tired and I just assumed it was because I’m young and stay up late every once in a while. I also have bad knee problems (I dislocated my knee just over a year ago) Some of my family have gone wheat free and has lost quite a bit of weight so I thought, why not just try it? I started going wheat free around 4 days ago and I’ve already lost 3lbs! I’ve already starting to feel so much better too!

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Great, Katie!

      Unfortunately, we have the dietary community and agencies like the USDA to thank for telling Americans how to gain weight, become diabetic, and experience a multitude of adverse health effects while disguised as “healthy whole grains”–a true oxymoron!

  4. Mom of 3 says:

    Mom of 3 says:

    December 12, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Interesting. I’m going to cut the Whey Protein from my smoothie and see what that does. I have taken phentremine for years, except during pregnancies of course, to help lose the baby fat and it also helped with joint pain. I stopped taking it altogether about 6 weeks ago or so. Do you think that’s playing a factor in this? I’m very healthy, check ups always come back spot on. I don’t have a ton of weight to lose, 10 pounds tops. Nonetheless I’m going to drop the Whey Protein unless you think the phentremine is playing a part in this. Thanks for your time Dr.Davis, very appreciated. PS……regardless if I lose a pound, I’m sticking to this bc overall I feel better, more energy, sleeping better, joint pain gone, waking up actually feeling rested and not exhausted. Thanks for that!

  5. Doadie says:

    Hello, started reading your book in October and eliminated wheat before I even finished the book. Just made so much sense to me. I have set a goal of wheat freeness for 2 months as an experiment. It’s easier than I thought for the simple reason that I don’t get extremely hungry like I have in the past. I would eat some form of wheat and then be absolutely ravenous in a couple of hours……..just like your book said. Now, I may get hungry (or not) but the food I eat sustains me longer. I have lost 12 pounds pretty much effortlessly but that has motivated me so much. I know I’ll make the 2 month mark but I feel like I’ll just keep right on going – why wouldn’t I when I feel so good and have been able to lose those stubborn pounds that I’ve carried around for about 15 years! The other thing I’ve noticed is that my urine is completely clear – kind of a gross revelation but I think I had an overgrowth of yeast or something (for years). Luckily I don’t have a wheat issue like celiac disease but committing to be wheat free for 2 months (in fact pretending that I can’t have wheat) is actually easy – eliminates temptation. Wheat is in everything except fresh whole food. I also read ‘End of Overeating’ which was very very informative as well. I’m spreading the word……………………….DM

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Yes: spread the word that our minds and appetites have been the recipients of manipulation to stimulate appetite and thereby increase the sales of processed foods.

      Big Food found out that they could get you and your family to each consume 400-800 more calories per day, every day. So they went ahead and exploited it to its maximum, putting wheat in virtually all processed foods!

  6. anne wai says:

    this is very familiar

  7. Alex says:

    I have had a somewhat successful experience of my wheat-free diet. It appears that I am particularly sensitive to wheat. I have been suffering with terrible anxiety and chronic fatigue for a good number of years (particularly after an extremely heavy course of antibiotics to which I think there is likely a connection). Whilst I have been avoiding wheat, my severe chronic fatigue has melted: I can stay up past 8.30 and don’t feel the weight of my limbs as I go about my day-to-day activities – woohoo! Moreover, my anxieties have significantly diminished.

    I think the diminishment of my anxieties is probably largely related to my significantly increased energy levels as much as anything else – when I have more energy I have more mind space to contain my thoughts. However, I have noticed a direct correlation between wheat and significant perceptual/anxiety issues. After not eating wheat for about 5 weeks, I celebrated the other night by eating a ginormous pizza. The next day I had what people refer to as (severe) ‘brain-fog’, my energy levels were appalling, I experienced significant derealisation and the ability for me to contain my negative thoughts was significantly diminished. I am convinced that it is wheat (and, holistically, fatigue) that cause me these issues.

    I do, however, have a problem with not eating wheat. As a side-effect I am losing a significant amount of weight. I am already at the very low end of the healthy BMI spectrum, bordering on underweight. I believe this is partially natural for me as I am a young man with a wiry, yet athletic, physique. I do not, however, think it is particularly healthy for me to continue losing weight. As well as the ‘wheat-belly’ factor, I believe the loss of weight is due to me eating a bean salad rather than a sausage roll and a meatball subway for lunch. I am now finding it difficult to keep weight on and am trying to eat lots of fresh (and unprocessed) meats and nuts etc. Still, this is a challenge I think I will continue to face in this wheat-free diet.

    Generally I like to approach these things as a sceptic as I have been burned by non-paraigmatic health claims in the past. However, at this early stage, I would say that excluding wheat from the diet will have a significantly positive impact on a number of my chronic health woes. I do believe, however, that it is not a miracle cure, and encourage people to continue to exam their lifestyle choices as a whole when attempting to reach a level of decent wellbeing.

    • Dr. Davis says:

      You have been experiencing one version of the wide variety of mental and emotional effects that are attributable to this mind-active drug called wheat gliadin. Some people experience mind “fog,” others experience paranoia, others experience moodiness and anger, others experience food obsessions, others experience impulse control. The variety of effects is truly myriad.

      To keep from losing weight, don’t restrict fat or protein calories: eat MORE eggs, cheese, olive oil, meat with the fat, poultry with the skin, etc. You may also be among the gifted few who can indulge somewhat more in carbohydrates from fruit.

  8. June says:

    Hope this is the right place to tell my story.

    For the last ten years at least, my health has been steadily declining. I was always in pain, not sleeping well at all, tired, fuzzy, and all the rest of the symptoms I’ve seen listed here.
    Five years ago, I was diagnosed as diabetic, which was a surprise because at five feet seven and 130 pounds, I don’t exactly fit the profile. After years of adjusting meds, and following the ADA diet, my A1C had reached the level three months ago that my doctor put me on pre-meal insulin shots. Not convenient to say the least.
    Two months ago, I was talking to my sister who is very much like me physically, and who had been diagnosed with diabetes the month before. She had done research and had gone gluten-free and felt great. So I decided to give it a try.
    Fast forward. I have actually been told to stop taking insulin before dinner because my blood sugar drops too low if I do. I have lowered all of my medications. My blood pressure at today’s doctor visit was 100/60.
    Much of my pain issues stem from the fact that I had polio as an infant and I do have post-polio syndrome. But I have not had to take a pain pill in the last three weeks.
    EVERY time I see someone that I haven’t seen for a few months, they tell me how wonderful I look. I’ve even been told by some friends that they have heard from others how great I look. And both of my doctors have been astounded. One said the other day, “I wish there was a way you could tell your story.” So here I am, telling my story.
    My life is back to where it used to be, if not even better. Thank you so much, Dr. Davis, for this lifesaving book! You have given me back the joy of living.

    • Dr. Davis says:

      June–

      Please elaborate on any objective values you have, blood sugars, HbA1c, etc. I’d love to post your story as a blog post!

      You can see how enormous this message can be for many people, even after YEARS of misguided medical advice that does little more than just patch holes!

      • June says:

        Dr. Davis,

        I haven’t had a recent HbA1c, but I will say that after five years of following the “recommended” diet, as per the ADA, My HbA1c had gradually climbed form 6.2 to 9.7!
        My blood sugar readings after meals were in the 170-190 range, no matter how hard I tried to eat “right” and even though I diligently took the ever-changing meds I was prescribed. Now, My after meal readings are in the 90-115 range and my fasting range is 80-95.
        My doctor yesterday remarked that I no longer have the kind of puffy look I’ve had for so long. And I told her that It is really nice to go to bed because I’m sleepy rather than because I’m tired!
        By the way, she has gone GF and is recommening it to patients! ONe more convert in the medical community!

        • Dr. Davis says:

          Terrific, June!

          You can appreciate how far wrong the American Diabetes Association has gotten diet: Their diet CAUSES diabetes or makes it much worse, sending HbA1c through the roof, for instance.

          Sounds to me like you are well on your way to kissing your diabetes goodbye!

  9. Mia says:

    Dear Dr. Davis,

    I wanted to share my story, which has to do with that “curious condition” you described in your book as “wheat-based, exercise-induced asthma.”

    Over the past several years, I have struggled with an occasional bout of asthma, while never really understanding what was triggering it or how to prevent it from happening. I had an inhaler for occasional use, which is odd, because I did not struggle with asthma while growing up and found it strange that I should need one in my mid-twenties. This past summer I took to jogging and power walking, as in spite of my efforts to eat lots of “healthy whole grains” I just kept gaining weight. Jogging was extremely difficult, as I always struggled to breathe and could barely keep up a shuffle. Why?…I wondered to myself, as I was only about 10 pounds overweight and relatively young! I was careful about what I ate, so why was exercising and losing weight so difficult?

    Late in June, I came back from a typical jog and collapsed onto the floor. I had the worst asthma attack resulting in the onslaught of asphyxia I have ever had in my life and was sent to the ER in an ambulance. It took hours to get my breathing stabilized. I was prescribed a new inhaler, since my old one had expired (hence being unable to stop the asthma attack.) I returned home many hours later, weak, shaky, and terrified.

    I quit jogging and all forms of exercise. Ever since the “attack,” even bustling around the house doing laundry triggered an asthma attack. I was devastated, as I continued to gain weight while not being able to exercise, and felt depressed and discouraged. How was I going to get my life under control?

    By a series of events that I attribute to God’s grace, I discovered your book. After a 5 month journey that began by going “gluten-free” to eventually wheat and grain-free, I have since eliminated the “random” asthma attacks. I haven’t used my inhaler in many months now, and I have resumed my walks in the neighborhood. Oddly enough, during my wheat-free journey, I deliberately consumed wheat twice as an experiment, like most people seem to do, to see what would happen. Guess what….asthma!! Bad enough to need that inhaler again. I was baffled each time. I also consumed gluten accidentally after eating a tablespoon of ranch dressing (modified food starch) and had another bout of asthma. After all of this, I was convinced that wheat was the root of all of my asthma woes.

    Oh yeah, and I have lost 8 of those stubborn “10 pounds” that I had struggled to get rid of for years! I’m amazed. Also, my acne has cleared up! I am telling everyone I know about Wheat Belly, even though they think I’m crazy and are sick of hearing me talk about it, haha. Thank you, Dr. Davis!

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Ah, Mia: Priceless!

      I would like to post your story as a blog post. While your experience is uncommon, it is an example of the many varied and often bizarre ways that wheat tells us it should not be eaten by humans!

      Thank you posting your insightful story.

      • Mia says:

        Awesome, thanks for posting this, Dr. Davis! I hope others will be encouraged by my story.

      • Paula says:

        WOW. this could be the answer for me.
        This past year, 2012, has been the WORST for my asthma, allergies and pneumonia. I’ve had pneumonia THREE times. Each time, taking prednisone and each of those times adding more weight that I was ALREADY gaining.
        I began to eat whole wheat thinking it was healthier. Turns out, my allergist determined that I have a medium allergy to wheat. WOW. Talk about your cyclic sickness!
        So….wheat makes me gain weight, makes my allergies and asthma go crazy and then I end up on prednisone. Vicious cycle!
        I also suffer from stress, anxiety and poor sleep…
        I sooooo hope this helps me….it could very well end my asthma and allergies! I am a little anxious about not eating bread though…..prayers needed!
        Thank you! At least there is another possibility that I might get well and lead a more healthy life.

  10. sibel says:

    Dear Dr. Davis,
    I recently started the wheat belly eating regimen. I am also following the weight watchers diet.
    You are recommending only 1 serving of diary per day, however, ww is requiring to have 2 each day? What would you say about this?
    Also, what is you recommendation for daily amounts for potatoes and rice.
    Thank you very much
    Sibel

  11. Erik says:

    I have been on a strict Wheat Free diet for a month now, and the difference is UNBELIEVABLE.
    I can totally confirm what most of the Success Story folks above are saying.
    My daily symptoms included:
    – heartburn and acid reflux
    - burning feeling in chest when running uphill
    - brain fog and dizziness
    - general edgyness

    - joint pains after sports
    - irritated bowel, rollercoaster between diarrhea and constipation
    - suddenly feeling hungry to the point of almost fainting
    - need to snack on cookies, chocolate bars etc in afternoon
    - need to have a drink before dinner to “take the edge off”

    ALL GONE. In just one month!

    Thanks to all for spreading the word –
    Erik

    • Dr. Davis says:

      You can see why the naysayers just find it so incredible: How can eliminating “healthy whole grains” be anything but unhealthy?

      Not only is wheat-elimination healthy, but it liberates us from an incredible array of health distortions. I predict that the people in the Wheat Lobby will be getting coal in their stocking this Christmas!

  12. David says:

    I am a 48 year old male and have been healthy and fit for the majority of my life. I am an avid cyclist and have been so for twenty years now. I have the good fortune of excellent blood pressure and heart rate and my cholesterol and triglycerides are in the healthy range. Until recently, my only notable health challenge has been exercise induced asthma. I have not been able to ride my bike without an inhaler since I was a kid. For anyone who uses a ventolin salbutamol inhaler, they will be aware that it is a nasty inhalant and can make you agitated and irritable. I have personally hated the thing and wished for years that I could ride without it…but that was never an option. Once or twice I forgot to use and it and within a few hundred meters I could feel my bronchial passageways closing. I had accepted it as an inevitable reality of my life and condition. A holistic practitioner once suggested she could cure me of my asthma but would not even suggest a method unless I agreed to expensive sessions. I was frustrated by the obfuscation and chalked her claims up to quackery (although I am not in any way against holistic practice in general).

    As you can imagine, after reading Wheat Belly, I was in a fervent passion to dump wheat products to see if it would affect my breathing. In my world, the loss of wheat would be a tiny price to pay if I could lose that cursed inhaler for once and for all. I am thrilled to announce that for the past two weeks I have been riding without the aid of the salbutamol inhaler and have never been happier in my life. My entire cardiovascular function has changed in some subtle and not-so subtle ways and I find myself powering up over tough hills and long inclines even better than I did with the inhaler. My recovery rates are faster and more efficient than ever before. This has truly been a miraculous event and I thank Dr. Davis for his work on this subject and for an extraordinary improvement in my health and my life.

    But this is not the end of the story. In May of 2012, while working on my farm, I had my first diagnosed event of atrial fibrillation. I had a neighbor rush me to the hospital where it was officially diagnosed. I believe I had a couple of previous A-fib events that I had passed off as anxiety attacks but in fact they were A-fibs. I learned that it was also a condition that has plagued both of my parents over the years and I was in the high risk category to suffer from it as I got older. I underwent a subsequent battery of tests under the supervision of a cardiologist and have been informed that although my heart is healthy and strong and all of my vitals are excellent, I am doomed to suffer from occasional bouts of A-fib and have been prescribed “event” medication to take when the arrhythmia strikes. I am also informed that, although rarely fatal, I am at increased risk for a stroke and no amount of exercise or life management will eliminate this condition. I have had 7 A-fib episodes since the first one in the spring. Needless to say I am less than happy about this development.

    I do not smoke, take drugs, eat poorly or drink coffee. I am a very moderate drinker, although I am a passionate lover of fine red wines. I drink them often but very rarely to excess. So when my cardiologist suggested that I would have to give them up, I was very, very disappointed. On the other hand, A-fib episodes are nasty beasts and I would be prepared to give up wine (albeit reluctantly) if it meant I could avoid the heart distress. So in the fall of this year I cut back dramatically on my wine intake, limiting myself to only a very occasional glass. It is a fact that 5 of the 7 recent A-fib episodes involved some amount of alcohol (wine or beer).

    In my case, all of my A-fib episodes have been preceded by a warning of sorts. I experience an upper chest (gastrointestinal) anxiety or nervousness followed by a couple of heart flutters which then gives way to a full-fledged attack. The degree of the severity will fluctuate from episode to episode, but the warning signs are always pretty consistent. Notably, there have also been numerous occasions when that upper-G.I. nervousness has not resulted in an A-fib attack, but itself is an unsettling and uncomfortable condition. I have struggled for months to get to the root of this problem without success. So I was astonished to discover that within two days of dropping wheat gluten, my upper G.I. discomfort vanished like magic and I have not had an A-fib episode since. Over Christmas I have freely indulged in wine without the slightest tremor. I even drank enough on two occasions to require a taxi or designated driver (not drunk, just delightfully tipsy).

    Now I do not profess to know enough about cardiology to say with confidence that wheat gluten is the cause of A-fib, but I know what I have experienced. I met with my cardiologist and with great excitement told her my story. She simply stared blankly at me and then proceeded to tell me that I had no idea what I was talking about. She is fully prepared to tell me that wine has a direct link but is not willing to accept the possibility that wheat gluten could also be a trigger. In the same breath she also explained that we do not definitively know the trigger for A-fib. So in one breath she will admit it can be caused by the ingestion of a substance and in the other she claims its cause is unknown. Then she proceeded to prescribe a new course of medication. Hypocrisy!! I was furious with her and do not expect to return to her for further consultation. If she cannot show herself to be better than a butcher or drug peddler, then I will have to find a more creative physician.

    On the other hand, I accept that there may be far more to this than simple dietary changes but I cannot argue with the outcome. I am further convinced that there is a causal connection, because when I began to review some if the episodes, they almost all had a couple of things in common; alcohol and gluten. The most recent attack involved a bottle of wine and a loaf of sour dough bread shared with a colleague. Another involved wheat beer and yet another involved a family meal with wine, turkey stuffing and pastries. When these gluten items are eliminated the A-fib does not occur. I don’t think this is an irrelevant fact and will be watching closely in the months ahead to see if the rule remains true. If I get to the one year mark without an episode I will be looking for a cardiologist who is willing to study this more carefully to see if there is relief for other A-fib sufferers in the gluten free regimen.

    Notwithstanding the unwillingness of traditional medical professionals to accept a causal link between A-fib and gluten or asthma and gluten, I am thrilled and renewed with excitement about the prospects of the next couple of decades of my life without inhalants and heart rate mediators. Dr. Davis, I thank you for your thoughtful and carefully researched work and your passion for the cause of health through moderated diet. Hippocrates would be proud of your achievement!

    • Dr. Davis says:

      Hi, David–

      Thank you for your detailed and articulate story!

      Yes, you have some knuckle headed doctors who sound like they are more interested in control issues than genuine health, not interested in unique observations outside of their drug-and-procedure way of thinking. The atrial fibrillation association is quite real, something I have now witnessed many times. I don’t know how or why this occurs, but it is a very reproducible on again, off again phenomenon.

      I’d like to post your comment as a blog post so that others can read about it.

  13. Antoniella says:

    Hi,
    Ive been on wb for about 3 weeks, but I realized that I was consuming large qty of salted roated almonds when they should have been raw. As a result, I gained four pounds. I realised my mistake about about 10 days ago. I believe that I’m starting to lose weight, but not sure yet since I don’t want to get on the scale and be disappointed again. I am lactose intolerant but I continue to eat dairy products in large amounts, and of course I pay the price with pain and bloating. I have noticed that I don’t crave sweets like I used to, but I still crave them. Will that pass or is there something I can do? Also I can’t just have one piece of anything,so can I splurge on your cheese cake or any of your other recipes?

  14. jc shepherd says:

    I have type 2 diabetes and have pcos. July 3 2012 i started the 17 day diet by Dr Mike Moreno, with great success. I noticed weight loss slowed during the second and third cycles, which seemed to be expected. But i was just fine with that as i was still losing weight and inches, best of all my A1C tests had come down to normal, it had been floating between 7 and 8, The doctor had taken me off my 3 fast acting insulin shots a day and adjusting my slow (night) insulin to almost half after experiencing lows in the morning. I was taken of the chlorestorle pills and my blood pressure is is mostly 101/64 so pretty sure that pill is going soon. My energy and sleep is amazing, …and then someone asked if i had been doing the Wheat Belly Diet and i explained that i had not, but asked about and bought the book, read it and it made soooo much sense. I had always had a very high healthy way of eating and exercising, and yet the weight would not come off and the diabetes just got worse and worse, i went to Endocronoligsts specialising in both diseases, and diabetic educators, dieticians and sooooo much of my own research to be the healtiest i could be with decreasing success, so now i have the Wheat belly book and have a light bulb moment, Quinoa, rice, ect (and not much of it because i new it spiked my insulin levels) encouraged on the 17 day 2-4 cycle (I must clarify that i still think the 17 day is amazing, and every one can benefit from it) In fact i wish these two Dr.s would get together and change more peoples lives. Was what was slowing the weight loss down, not stopping it just slowing down, So now i have the Wheat Belly Cookbook and have started reading it ….i can’t wait to see how fast i can eliminate the rest of the insulin, metformin and blood pressure pills. jc

  15. Ginny says:

    From the age of 18 I had debilitating stomach pain, weight gain, fatigue, and joint pain, and eventually diarrhea alternating with constipation. Doctor after doctor told me I had everything from “nervous stomach”, pre-ulcer, fibromyalgia, etc. About ten years ago I went on the Adkins diet and poof, all of those symptoms disappeared. Eventually I connected my problems with wheat. But I have had a tough time getting other people who have similar problems to give up wheat. This is where “Wheat Belly” comes in! It is an awesome tool because it gives very clear science behind the reasons that wheat is so destructive to health.

    I shared the book with two people – one who was facing having his colon removed and another who was told it was a matter of time before he would start losing parts of his intestines. Naturally both of these people were totally freaked out. Now they are pain free, having normal bowel movements, and losing weight! I am so grateful for this book and info. Thank you Dr. Davis! You are a lifesaver!

  16. David says:

    Dr Davis,

    Please feel free to re-print my remarks at your convenience and editorial discretion. I am very pleased to learn that there is precedent for this and I am not simply a one-off story, This could have profound implications for many, many people who suffer from this affliction and may even save lives if caught early enough, as seems to be the case with me. I will be fascinated to hear from other sufferers (or ex-sufferers) to see what kind of consensus there is on this discovery. I will update you from time to time to chronicle events or non-events.

    Warmest regards,

    Dave

  17. Dawn says:

    I think you may be the right people to help me with a question I have.

    I quit bread and chocolate for 8 weeks and over the holidays I started on sandwiches again as there was nothing else available. Over this last week I’ve had nausea, especially on waking and even during the day., also felt more tired.

    Is this the bread?

    Thank you,
    Dawn

  18. Renee says:

    First of all, thank you Dr. Davis for writing this book. You helped me make the connection to my life long gluten intolerance.

    I am a female and I have always been fairly thin — and I have been a vegetarian since my early 20s. I have long limbs, but when I gain weight, it is always in my mid section. The only way I could keep my belly down was by running a couple of miles 4-5 days a week. That is until 2 years ago when I was diagnosed with early onset arthritis in my joints, which put a stop to the running. Since then it’s been a battle for me. This is in spite of the fact that I ate a diet of veggies, low fat dairy, beans, nuts and lots of “healthy” whole grains. In fact, as a vegetarian looking to increase my protein sources, I began to buy more faux meat products, many of which were made of wheat. My problems escalated, including:

    * severe bloating
    * intestinal distress and some bleeding (I was told this was due to hemorriods)
    * hair shedding at the roots (in the last 5 years)
    * periodic bouts of fatigue and anxiety
    * inability to sleep or restless sleep
    * early onset arthritis in knee and hip joints
    * below average iron levels (I found this out when I was rejected from donating blood)

    After the arthritis diagnosis (with no recommended treatment). I went to an immunologist to get tested for immune issues. I had virtually every test run from rhumatoid arthritis to lupus. Everything came back negative. The doctor even smirked when I told him my hair was falling out at the roots. He didn’t think it was an issue since I didn’t appear to be going bald.

    Three weeks ago after several weeks of intestinal misery I decided on a lark to try to go gluten free to see if that would make a difference. A week into my experimental diet, I found your book online and bought it immediately. At that time I was considering going off this diet because I hadn’t yet felt much relief. Your book helped me understand the toxicity of wheat and the damage it has done to my intestines. I stayed on the diet and within 2 weeks, my symptoms dramatically improved. Three weeks in (with no exercise), I have lost 2 inches from my mid section and all my joint pain is gone. The other unexpected result is that hair shedding has reduced to a normal level. Unbelieveable!

    Clearly gluten intolerance has been my issue and has escalated by my consumption of “healthy” wheat products. I can’t believe that immunologists don’t know this. Thank you for writing this book, it has changed my life! I feel like I did in my 20s!

    Renee

    (By the way, the person who invented that “healthy” high protein, whole wheat pasta that tastes like gummy cardboard and twists up people’s intestines – should be flogged!)

  19. Renee says:

    One more issue I forgot to mention. My life-long sinus/breathing issues have disappeared. I can now breath easily.

  20. shannon says:

    no more heart burn or acid reflux in 3 days on this new eating journey – amazing. I was taking 12-15 tums daily everyday.

    I do have headaches and moodiness but am hoping its just withdrawal of wheat and sugars.

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