Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

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Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

  • Wheat Belly
Over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat every day. As a result, over 100 million experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes to high blood sugar to unattractive stomach bulges preventative cardiologist William Davis calls "wheat bellies." According to Davis, that excess fat has nothing to do with gluttony, sloth, or too much butter: it's due to the whole grain wraps we eat for lunch. After witnessing over 2,000 patients regain health after givi

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  1. Robert Burton Robinson - Author of FOUR STEPS...
    5,381 of 5,498 people found the following review helpful
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    Overweight? Diabetic? Got High Blood Pressure, Arthritis? Get this Book!, September 2, 2011
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    I’ve been following Dr. Davis’ heart scan blog for the past year, and have learned so much about how certain supplements can stop and even reverse plaque, high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, and many other health problems. And he talked a lot about wheat, and the many ways it destroys your health. But I’ve been hesitant to go wheat free. I love warm bread with butter, cinnamon rolls, pizza, pasta, cake, pie, Ritz crackers, pretzels, and almost everything else made with wheat. So it wasn’t easy to make the commitment to go without them.

    I pre-ordered this book, and finally went wheat free one week before the book was released. And what a difference. My blood pressure had been averaging 140/88 (taking two blood pressure medications). Now, after only two weeks of wheat-free eating, I’ve averaged 124/68 for the past four days. I’ve reduced one of my medications to keep my blood pressure from dropping too low after it fell to 108/58. It’s crazy! And I’m not starving myself. I’m getting plenty to eat.

    So, why did I buy the book if I already knew what to do? Because this book goes into great detail about WHY wheat is a problem. If you’re like me, you probably think of wheat as four-foot tall “amber waves of grain.” But that’s not what we are eating these days. It’s an engineered version that’s two feet tall, and is nothing like what I ate as a kid in the 1950s. And unfortunately, it raises your blood sugar higher than eating a candy bar. And if you don’t think that’s a problem then you need to learn more about how high blood sugar affects your health.

    “I don’t need this book, because there’s no way I’m giving up my bagels and pizza,” you say. That’s fine—if you don’t mind being fat, developing diabetes and high blood pressure and heart disease and a host of other health problems—which is what the typical American is doing these days.

    Or, you could buy this book and learn how to live a healthier, and quite possibly longer, life.

    Update (9-12-2011): I’ve now been wheat free for three weeks (as stated above, I went wheat free one week before the book was released), and I’ve lost 7 pounds. That may not sound like much of an accomplishment, until you consider:
    – I am 6’4″, and have been stuck at around 210 lbs. for over two years. I have not been able to lower my weight by dieting or exercise.
    – 210 is only 20 pounds over my goal weight of 190. And everybody knows how difficult it is to lose those last 10 to 20 pounds—especially at my age (61).
    – This is my lowest weight since 2002.
    – I have not exercised for the past three weeks.
    – Although I have eaten no wheat for three weeks, I have eaten a few candy bars and I’ve had Blue Bell No Sugar Ice Cream almost every night. (I don’t recommend this—particularly the candy bars.)
    – I have definitely been less hungry than when I was eating wheat.
    – The hypoglycemia I’ve suffered with for many years has pretty much disappeared.
    – I fully expect to be down to 190 lbs. within a few weeks. I haven’t weighed 190 lbs. in over 25 years!

    Update (11-25-2011): It’s now been nearly three months since I went wheat-free, and I’ve lost 16 lbs., which is about 1.2 pounds per week. So you might think, “Hey, that’s no big deal–you could have lost that much weight without really trying.” But you’d wrong. Way wrong. As I stated before, I was stuck at 210 for over two years. Dieting and exercising did nothing to reduce my weight. I had hit a plateau and was going nowhere. Now, in just three months, I’m down another 16 lbs., to 194! I’m within four pounds of my goal weight!

    And now for another confession: during the three months I have stayed wheat-free, BUT…I have eaten Mexican food at least once a week (sometimes twice), including a basket of (corn) tortilla chips, chicken (corn) enchiladas, etc., an occasional chocolate bar, and other carbohydrate splurges. Yet, in spite of all that, I still lost 16 lbs.! My body fat is now at 14%! It’s crazy!

    Also, it got a lot easier when I realized I could still have breads–without wheat, of course. I am loving almond flour. I bought the Blanched Almond Meal Flour, 5 lb. and have been using it to make pancakes, muffins, cobbler, :). And it tastes great! Here is the pancake recipe I use:

    1 Cup almond flour
    2 eggs
    1/4 Cup water
    2 Tablespoons oil (I use coconut oil)
    1 Teaspoon baking powder (double acting)

    Makes 6 4-inch pancakes. I top them with real butter (because remember: fat is okay–it’s the carbs that are killing you) and Cary’s Sugar Free Syrup, 24-Ounce (Pack

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  2. Pamela R. Merritt
    1,590 of 1,690 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A world shaking book that worked for me, September 3, 2011
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    Pamela R. Merritt (Lake Placid, NY United States) –

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    This extraordinary book will explain how the bread in the Old Testament, the bread scattered throughout human history, even the bread your grandma made for the family; isn’t what we are eating today as “bread.” Not only is the wheat a distant genetic relative, but industrial food processes have put it in EVERYTHING.

    We are not eating the backbone of the agricultural revolution. We are eating its Frankenstein’s monster.

    With history and self-experimentation and case histories and lots of well explained science, Dr. Davis lays out his experience, and his contention: that every single human will experience health improvement by giving up modern wheat. In a fascinating chapter, he even explains why we find it so difficult to “live without bread.” It has natural morphine-like qualities that makes us act like any sick and despairing junkie!

    Even though this book just came out, I have been reading Dr. Davis’ blog for almost a year. I came from years of happy low carbing. But it was his writing that eliminated my occasional “cheats” with wheat products. I went totally gluten free.

    I didn’t expect much of anything… I’d already lost sixty pounds and kept it off, gotten the blood sugar & triglyceride & blood pressure improvements, and was sleeping well with better moods.

    But I got my world rocked all over again.

    By completely eliminating all grains, I lost ten more pounds without even trying. My rosacea, dwindled but still subject to flareups, now told me what had been causing the flareups; it was wheat and their accompanying seed oils. People spontaneously started saying, “What did you do? You look great!”

    And I was someone who wasn’t eating wheat much at all. Dr. Davis is right.

    After all the genetic manipulations of recent decades, it’s no longer the “staff of life.” It’s poison.

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  3. Alijazz
    2,036 of 2,190 people found the following review helpful
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    Read this and save your own life., September 30, 2011
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    Alijazz

    I wasn’t lucky enough to have a curious, clever, caring doctor like Dr Davis. My massive intolerance to wheat, you would think obvious from my extreme symptoms, went unrecognised and untreated for fifty years. By that time I had been following medically-prescribed, low-calorie, low- fat diets for most of my life. These were all based on wheat products – wholegrain bread and pasta – and completely and efficiently destroyed my health and my life. I became massively overweight, having been slender and attractive in my youth, and despite starving myself for protracted periods. I could not walk upright because of ataxia. I could barely breathe because of asthma. I could barely see. I couldn’t focus my mind, despite previously having been a sharp-witted live broadcaster. I began to feel as if I were being possessed. I cried all day, for no reason. I suspected everyone of intending me harm, and wouldn’t go out. I developed nerve damage, and often could not feel my legs or hands. My bloated stomach was so large that once, when I attended a POST-natal appointment, the nurses were asking me when my baby was due! I was so weak that I couldn’t hold my newborn baby. In fact I couldn’t hold my arms up long enough to wash my hair, and became dependent on carers. I developed tinnitus so loud that it could drown out the noise of overhead aircraft at an airport (and which, sadly, is still with me).

    I underwent many painful and pointless investigations, to try to find out what was wrong with me. My surgeons were as ignorant as my GPs. One took my appendix out, because he couldn’t think what else to do. During one particularly horrific hospital stay, I remember a young doctor’s standing at the foot of my bed, begging me to think what could be wrong with me, because it looked as if I might die. I was suffering from a massive peritonitis-like infection, an infection so bad that they simply sewed me up and said there was nothing more they could do. They didn’t dare operate for fear of spreading it about. Imagine how frightening that was, and how heartbroken it made my desperate husband. Nothing made any difference. I was sent home to my fate. I would like to add here that on each occasion I visited either a doctor or hospital, it was either subtly or overtly expressed that I was fat, so therefore had been the architect of my own misfortune. By this time my husband was having to make all my meals, so he knew exactly how little I had been eating, and how “healthy” was my food. It made no difference. The doctors took even less interest in me than before, because they assumed I spent all my days sitting on a sofa eating candy. Like I say – they were no Dr. Davis!

    Because we had no other choice, we turned to the internet to try and save my life. We Googled all my symptoms, and quickly began to suspect that this was something to do with autoimmunity. Within about an hour we had found celiac disease, and knew this was it. We spent a week researching, before approaching a doctor. We knew we would need real proof in order to be taken seriously. I went armed with papers from The Lancet, and The New England Journal of Medicine, and research from John Hopkins University. I was determined not to insult their intelligence, even though doctors had done that to me for the whole of my life. At that point I had a blood test, which was positive, followed by a biopsy – again positive. I had found my own disease, and I had saved my own life. The results, from a leading specialist, were met with sarcasm and disbelief. Even in the face of expert medical proof, my doctors could not accept that mere bread had been killing me. That is the crux of the problem today. Doctors have gotten into the way of dispensing pointless drugs, rather than their time and powers of deduction. I commend Dr Davis for wanting to reverse this trend.

    For the avoidance of all doubt, here it is. Eating wheat almost killed me. It cost me my appendix, an ovary and one kidney. It cost me my childhood to illness, and more than one lucrative job. I am, thankfully, and only just, living proof that wheat is a devastating poison. The food pyramid is on its head, and Dr Davis is being vilified for pointing this out. I love this book. I admire his courage in spreading the message. He is not alone. He finds himself facing up to the baying, illogical, unscientific wheat growers and food processing companies and wrong-headed doctors as did Robert Atkins in the past, and as does Gary Taubes now. There is a lot of money in wheat, so it’s going to be quite a fight to be rid of it. These men come at the subject from slightly different angles, but agree about processed carbs, and the dangers of eating grains. The science backs them up. You have to ignore a great deal of science to conclude that wheat is safe to eat. Look how ill and fat people are becoming. How cynical for governments to be hounding the obese, whilst insisting they eat the cereal poisons…

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