I previously shared Tammy’s Wheat Belly success story that illustrates just how far you can take back health and reverse numerous chronic health conditions. Besides losing over 70 pounds in weight, she also:
- Reversed type 2 diabetes, reducing HbA1c from the diabetic range of 8.4% to 4.9%—an ideal level.
- Reversed hypertension
- Reversed gastroesophageal reflux
- Reversed irritable bowel syndrome
- Reversed rheumatoid arthritis
She has also been able to discontinue a list of toxic medications, including metformin, Prilosec, and Remicade. And, as you can readily see, turned the clock back 20 years in appearance. Here is my interview with Tammy to get some of the details.
Dr. Davis: Tammy, thank you very much for taking the time to share your story. Your story was so over-the-top spectacular and it got so many wonderful comments. In particular, I think what caught everyone’s eye was the astounding age-reversing effects you enjoyed. I want to hear from you, in your own words, what exactly brought you here and what you experienced.
Tammy: I was headed down a really bad road of diabetes. I also was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis 24 years ago, and because of the medications that I was taking and everything, I suffered with IBS. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I was pretty much a metabolic mess. My triglycerides were off the charts, and my HDL was bad. My LDL was bad — everything.
My doctor friend suggested that I read Wheat Belly. As a matter of fact she wouldn’t even support me with anything, unless I read the book. So, of course I got the book and, … I’m a tad dyslexic, so I had to reread and reread and reread. Cutting out all breads and pastas, and all the stuff that we had to start, all of us, that are on this way of eating, have to do. Then she started helping me with the supplements.
I went to my rheumatologist, oh, I want to say it was probably four months into it, and I had already taken off like 30 pounds. My blood work — she agreed to help me follow. At that time I was on Remicade® (infliximab) infusions once a month, which were not only horribly bad for my body, but horribly expensive.
Anyway, a couple months later it was phenomenal. My lab work started coming back. I was starting to edge closer to within normal limits of everything, and I had taken off 20 more pounds. So, she is totally on board (my rheumatologist). The good news is I just saw her in November, and my inflammatory markers, my SED rate, all that, are the lowest they’ve ever been in 24 years.
Dr. Davis: So Tammy, all the pain swelling of the rheumatoid arthritis is now gone?
Dr. Davis: How about your diabetes?
Tammy: My diabetes … at the beginning of the year was 8.4 (% HbA1c). I just had an insurance person come and do a physical on me. They did another A1c and it was down to 4.9.
Dr. Davis: That’s fabulous. How about your irritable bowel syndrome?
Tammy: Gone. TMI, people, but I was on the toilet 24/7 prior to eating this way. I go once a day now. I don’t have the gut ache. I don’t have the cramping. I don’t have the swelling. It’s just been amazing. I was on Prilosec® (omeprazole) 40 milligrams a day — I don’t even have heartburn anymore.
Dr. Davis: That’s great
Tammy: If I eat something I shouldn’t, my body tells me immediately, within 24 hours. Then I do get a little bit of heartburn, or a little bit of diarrhea, or whatever. The one thing that I learned through eating this way is, you learn to listen to your body.
Dr. Davis: What’s been the reaction of family and friends, who now see you looking 20 years younger?
Tammy: They are amazed. Everybody keeps asking me: what did you do? what did you do? what did you do? That’s what everybody wants to know, but you know, the thing is, you’ve really gotta want it, and you really gotta stick to it. I mean, it wasn’t easy getting rid of bread. I’m a carboholic. Now I’m meat and vegetables; however, I’ve learned, through the recipes that are on your website and whatnot. Originally, it wasn’t about losing weight. That wasn’t part of what I wanted. I wanted to get healthy again.
Dr. Davis: Oh by the way, how much weight did you lose in total?
Tammy: I started out at 205 and I am now down to 115.
Dr. Davis: What’s become of your prescription medications?
Tammy: I am only taking Nature-Throid® (an NDT). I was on blood pressure medicine. I was on rheumatoid arthritis medicine, the Prilosec, antispasmodic type medicine — you know all those type of medicines. I don’t take any of that — metformin, all that. I don’t take any of it anymore.
Dr. Davis: That’s great. You look fabulous and tell me you feel fabulous. You’re doing what you should be doing, that is, helping spread the word by example. I love stories like yours, where not only are you slender now, and healthy, and off your medications, but you got 20 years back in appearance. People accuse me of putting up mother-daughter photos and calling them before-after. No. We don’t have to do that, because this is what happens on this lifestyle. People reclaim youthfulness. Thank you again Tammy. You look fabulous.
Tammy: Thank you.