Wheat Belly epub edition by William Davis, M.D.
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A renowned cardiologist explains how eliminating wheat from our diets can prevent fat storage, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse myriad health problems. Every day, over 200 million Americans consume food products made of wheat. As a result, over 100 million of them experience some form of adverse health effect, ranging from minor rashes and high blood sugar to the unattractive stomach bulges that preventive cardiologist William Davis calls â€œwheat bellies.â€? 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 their health after giving up wheat, Davis reached the disturbing conclusion that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic—and its elimination is key to dramatic weight loss and optimal health. In Wheat Belly, Davis exposes the harmful effects of what is actually a product of genetic tinkering and agribusiness being sold to the American public as “wheat”—and provides readers with a userfriendly, step-by-step plan to navigate a new, wheat-free lifestyle. Informed by cutting-edge science and nutrition, along with case studies from men and women who have experienced life-changing transformations in their health after waving goodbye to wheat, Wheat Belly is an illuminating look at what is truly making Americans sick and an action plan to clear our plates of this seemingly benign ingredient.
Reviews: I have read literally hundreds of books on nutrition, dozens which warn us of the evils of wheat. But what makes this book unique is its intense focus on this one "food" item and the havoc it wreaks on our health. I knew wheat was really bad, and even wrote about it in my own two nutrition books. But I sometimes wondered why it wasn't quite so bad in the `50s and `60s when I ate it as a child. This book contains an entire chapter on the history of wheat's hybridization, and how it has become something very foreign. Without doubt, our bodies no longer recognize it as food. Ironically, the hybridizing accomplishments of a Dr. Borlaug enabled farmers to grow eight times as much wheat, solving world hunger and saving many hungry Chinese from starvation. You could even say that wheat enabled us to overpopulate the world. But one may wonder, what good is a huge population of sick people? The author blasts the drug companies as not being interested in true healing. This is why MDs are not educated in the simplicity of nutritional healings, which can be as simple as eliminating all glutens (the main offender being wheat).
So what is so bad about this deadly grain? The author compares wheat addiction to that of cigarettes. It actually gets you high with exorphins. It pumps up the blood sugar (increasing insulin, and hence fat storage and overeating) more than sugar. It wreaks havoc on the intestines. (I noticed decades ago that I had to eat a sandwhich without the bread to avoid constipation.) In fact, the author implicates wheat in nearly every disease of civilization. Indeed, this ubiquitous "food" plays a role in every malady from diabetes to cancer---most startlingly perhaps, even schizophrenia! Best of all, perhaps, by simply giving up wheat, we can lose anywhere from 10 to 70 pounds! Our appetites diminish with the loss of this addictive food, and we naturally and effortlessly consume about 400 calories less per day. Now if that doesn't motivate you... But what can we eat without wheat? It's found in bread, cereals, bagels, donuts, cookies, cakes, casseroles, nearly every processed food, and more. Yet, rest assured that once past the addiction, you won't miss wheat. There are tons of recipes in this book for wheat and gluten-free living. I agree with the author on this: give up wheat and your life will change! For me, the brain fog was gone, and it transformed my life.
A year ago I attended a cardiology seminar where the cardiologist/lecturer emphasized the supposed importance of a "diet rich in whole grains and complex carbohydrates" for cardiovascular health and avoidance of atherosclerosis. Without any credible scientific references or support, of course. His power-point presentation even included a photo of a giant head of wheat. I was torn between wanting to find a hard solid surface to bang my head into and wanting to scream and call him out on the errors, disrupting the august assembly. But where would I start? There are so many problems with wheat that I couldn't begin to even touch the surface in a Q&A session following the seminar.
William Davis MD has belatedly solved my problem. I'll just send the lecturer his own copy of this book and he might realize that he is actually promoting cardiovascular disease, insulin resistence, premature aging, obesity and a host of other problems. The problem is that the lecturer was stuck in the 80's and 90's when some really bad "science" was embraced and promoted that gave us today's obesity epidemic and a host of accompanying medical problems. The results of a lot of peer reviewed scientific research on wheat, its components, and their effect on human health is emerging. And it is essentially all going one direction though on numerous fronts - against wheat. This is unusual. Usually there is a lot of back and forth in medical journal reporting. Five studies on green tea will suggest a correlation with, say, decreased prostate cancer and three will not, or something like that. But with wheat it is different. The vast weight of research is consistently going against wheat and against a number of its constituents and wheat is being consistently linked with bad health outcomes. Dr. Davis pulls this research together, including some of the most recent, and presents it in a readable, understandable and even entertaining manner. The only criticism I have of the book is the somewhat limiting title, Wheat Belly. The book aptly covers the problem of persistent obesity, especially abdominal obesity, caused by wheat. The author refers to independent studies strongly supporting this proposition. But the book is about far more than obesity and the author also demonstrates the role of wheat in inducing brain dysfunction and damage, dementia, schizophrenia, ataxia, gastrointestinal problems, reflux, numerous skin conditions, premature aging, rheumatoid arthritis, many other autoimmune disorders, and many other conditions. He also addresses something that few others have adequately considered, the addictive character of wheat. Wheat contains opioid peptides and components that can produce a withdrawal reaction lasting some days when it is completely eliminated from diet and Dr. Davis confirms that one must persevere in face of these transient withdrawal symptoms in order to achieve the great long term feeling and benefits of being off wheat.
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