A frequently asked question around this neighborhood: “I (or my friend/husband/wife/cousin etc.) have ______________ (insert condition). Can wheat elimination help me?”
We know for certain that a wide range of human health conditions recede or disappear with wheat elimination, from autoimmune diseases, to common skin rashes like eczema and seborrhea, to metabolic disorders like type 2 diabetes and obesity. We know this from published clinical data, confirmed with the overwhelming cumulative experience generated through the Wheat Belly experience.
But we don’t have data nor experience for many uncommon conditions, such as psoriatic arthritis or pemphigus vulgaris. It does not mean that wheat elimination cannot offer potential for improvement; it just means that nobody ever performed a clinical trial of wheat elimination vs. no wheat elimination to compare the effect.
But, as I often point out, why not give wheat elimination a try anyway? After all, wheat elimination:
- Provides a wide range of other health benefits–even if no response were to be experienced for __________, but you lose 28 pounds, are freed from acid reflux and bowel urgency, have lower blood sugars and blood pressure, and regain mental clarity or freed from migraine headaches, then nothing has been lost.
- Costs nothing–There are no costly meal replacement drinks, cleanses, nor 4-enemas-per-day involved–just don’t eat wheat. (Due to the loss of appetite-stimulating opiates from the gliadin protein, many people who follow a grocery budget actually report modest cost savings with wheat elimination.)
- Can be followed in the comfort of your own home
- Slashes need for prescription medications–especially drugs for blood pressure, cholesterol, depression, anxiety, pain and inflammation, acid reflux, and diabetes. Because drugs introduce unanticipated changes that distort health, such as changes in bowel flora and blocking weight loss, reducing your exposure to them achieves more than you often expect.
Eliminating wheat and, even better, other closely related seeds of grasses, especially rye, barley, and corn when autoimmune conditions are involved, should in my view be the default strategy when trying to reverse just about any health condition. No other strategy–drugs, nutritional supplement, exercise, alternative therapy–has the potential to improve health so powerfully in so many ways.
Outside of the initial inconvenience, there is NO reason to not give this approach a try.