A physician shared the experiences she has witnessed in the first few months of using the Wheat Belly wheat/grain-free lifestyle in her Internal Medicine practice. In addition to her personal health and weight loss success–that’s Dr. Mary Beth’s “before” and “after” photos, above!–she watches as people make this switch in diet and make impressive improvements in health.
I have been in private practice for 5 months now, and results with my patients have been absolutely mind-boggling. I’ve been able to pull diabetics off their insulin as well as patients on statins and anti-hypertensives for years off these medications. Some patients balk, but most are grateful for the unvarnished truth and the amazing results. The best medicine I have EVER prescribed is a wheat-free lifestyle! The side effects are life-saving. You taught me what I was (sadly) not taught in medical school and residency — and it has revolutionized my career and practice.
I have learned that eliminating wheat (not to mention grains) and sugar is the cure for Type II diabetes. Hemoglobin A1c (a measure of blood glucose over the past three months) drops dramatically, even after only 3 months on this diet. I tell my diabetics that, if I am to assume and continue their care, I EXPECT them to (at least) eliminate wheat from their life.
In addition, removing wheat and (even better!) all grains has a powerful effect on the cholesterol profile. I regularly run a VAP [Vertical Auto Profile from the lab, Atherotech] on my patients for routine lipid screening. This test provides so much more information than the standard cholesterol panel by telling us the size of a patient’s LDL particles — small dense LDL particles are more dangerous than large buoyant ones. Interestingly enough, the overweight and diabetic most often have the more dangerous small LDL particles (pattern B). I have seen patients’ predominant LDL particle size switch from B (small dense) to A (large buoyant) with only three months of grain-free living.
I have had a few surprises, as well, in applying this lifestyle to my patient care. It is effective for treating erectile dysfunction, as reported by one of my patients who was ecstatic upon returning to the office for his follow-up (20 pounds lighter). Also, I have seen patients with resolution of liver enzyme elevations, especially those with fatty liver (the #1 cause of cirrhosis in the U.S. and also a fairly common condition in the obese and diabetics).
Prescribing a wheat-free lifestyle has allowed me to pull diabetics off their insulin, and, indeed, all glucose-lowering medication. It has allowed me to avoid prescribing statins many times over the past several months, a class of medications which are far less benign than commonly represented by drug companies and even professional medical organizations.
I try to emphasize to my patients that prevention is truly key. Also, every medication has side-effects. Only by removing grains to simulate the diet of our ancient ancestors can we achieve the best health possible, for both treatment and prevention of disease. I have found it challenging to initially sell patients on a grain-free diet (as opposed to merely wheat-free diet), but, once they see the benefits of removing wheat, convincing them to discontinue other grains is far less difficult. It is my hope and prayer that, someday soon, American medical schools will wake up and see the light — that we truly are what we eat — and will teach that a grain-free lifestyle is truly the cornerstone of health.
What a breath of fresh air–and from the experience and insight from a physician in practice! Dr. Dearmon clearly understands that the charge of a physician is to heal, not to just prescribe drugs, order procedures, and pad the revenues of their healthcare system. She has witnessed the astounding healing power of wheat/grain elimination in her patients. Hopefully, her colleagues will take notice and be reminded that healthcare should be about health, not disease, and that the path back to health is the opposite of what the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the USDA have told us.
Dr. Dearmon practices Internal Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama in the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical West clinics.