Look what Janet accomplished in one year living the Wheat Belly lifestyle:
“Left at 53 with acid reflux for 10 years, asthma, allergies since 13 (on 4 meds daily), inflammation, joint pain from RA [rheumatoid arthritis], 50 pounds heavier at size 14. Always wheezing, so no energy.
“Right at 54, no acid reflux, no asthma, no allergies, no meds, no inflammation, no joint pain, 50 pounds lighter at size 4, full of energy and walking 10-20 miles a day because I can.”
Losing 50 pounds is no small matter. But being freed of all her health problems—gastrointestinal inflammation, airway and sinus inflammation, joint inflammation—is even bigger.
Losing weight, particularly when lost from visceral fat, the peculiar hotbed of inflammation surrounding visceral organs such as the intestines, liver, and heart, can reduce inflammation. But it would not reduce inflammation sufficient to reverse the joint pain of rheumatoid arthritis, or the airway and sinus inflammation of allergies (that Janet suffered for 40 years), or gastrointestinal inflammation of acid reflux/esophagitis. People like Janet experience such extravagant reversal of inflammation because they have removed a highly inflammatory group of pseudofoods in the form of wheat and grains that contain proteins such as gliadin, secalin, hordein, zein, glutenins, wheat germ agglutinin, alpha amylase inhibitors and others.
Remember: grains—the seeds of grasses—were added to the human diet in desperation, a means of surviving another day, week, or month, accessible calories (via amylopectin A, the one truly digestible component of grains), without recognizing the chronic health price humans pay when they consume something to which they are not adapted: humans have not had sufficient time to adapt to the proteins of the seeds of grasses. This is why, for instance, the gliadin protein of wheat can remain intact and trigger the initiating step of autoimmunity, or it can be broken down to small peptides (but not single amino acids like the proteins from, say, eggs or beef) that act as opioids and exert a variety of mind effects, and wheat germ agglutinin (in wheat, rye, barley, and rice) is entirely impervious to human digestion but exerts highly inflammatory effects in its course through the gastointestinal tract and via the small quantity absorbed into the bloodstream.
Janet is an impressive 50 pounds lighter and looks fabulous—she looks like a slender, healthy 30-year old woman to me. But it’s the reversal of inflammation from grain elimination that yields the extravagant health benefits.