Peter shared his photos and story of his Wheat Belly experience followed in Transylvania, Romania, (Yes: it’s a real place!):
“This is my Wheat Belly result after not even a year: 40 kg [88 lbs] blown away, type 2 diabetes reversed. No sleep apnea anymore! I am just fit and enjoy my life again with my family.”
One of the reasons I post Peter’s wonderful results, experienced in Romania in Eastern Europe, is to illustrate once again that the destructive health and weight effects of wheat and grains are a worldwide phenomenon, not confined to North America (as some have argued). At other times, we’ve heard stories like Peter’s from Brazil, Spain, the United Kingdom, Australia, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Taiwan, the Czech Republic, Croatia, and others. After all, the original Wheat Belly is published in 33 countries, raising awareness in just about every of the developed world where wheat and grains are consumed and people struggle with similar health issues.
It reflects the exaggerated health effects caused by consumption of the purported savior from world hunger, high-yield semidwarf wheat, the spawn of genetics manipulations conducted by agricultural scientists in the 1960s and 1970s. A USDA spokesman told me that about 99% of all wheat grown throughout the world is now one form or another of semidwarf wheat.
That number may change over time, as more and more farmers are just beginning to reject the tyranny of agribusiness, their genetics creations, patent-protected seeds that need to be purchased every year (rather than harvesting seeds to plant at no cost), and grow heritage strains of wheat such as Red Fife, Russian wheat, spelt, and kamut. But, as readers of Wheat Belly Total Health understand, such “traditional” strains that predate modern genetics manipulations are not harmless, but just less bad. Traditional strains still have the potential to provoke autoimmune diseases, disrupt bowel flora, and cause weight gain–just not to the extreme degree as modern semidwarf wheat strains. Geneticists and agribusiness did not cause all the problems associated with wheat consumption; they inadvertently made them worse in their quest for greater yield-per-acre and other agricultural advantages.
So experiences such as Peter’s, coming from a faraway part of the world, should come as no surprise. Peter is no longer diabetic, no longer has to rely on a device to breathe during sleep, and lost nearly 90 pounds by following this lifestyle. He likely added a decade to his expected lifespan and saved him and his family a ton of healthcare costs as well as misery. A “weight loss program”? Hardly. Wheat Belly is a revelation of a basic lesson of human adaptation: Humans are simply not equipped to consume the seeds of grasses. New York, Dallas, Madrid, Tehran, or Transylvania–the rejection of modern wheat and grains works for everyone because we are all human.