Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2016-02-16
on the Wheat Belly Blog,
sourced from and currently found at: Infinite Health Blog.
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Wheat Belly: Self-Directed Health?
Here’s a proposal for you: If, by following the Wheat Belly lifestyle, a long list of conditions are reduced or reversed at no risk, almost no cost, reversing even chronic and potentially fatal conditions . . . does that mean that the notion of self-directed health might be on the horizon, i.e., putting control over health back in our own hands?
I think it does. No, we will never implant our own defibrillators or take out our own gallbladders. But so many chronic health conditions afflicting modern humans recede that I believe that it is entirely reasonable to start talking about following this program as a means of not just dropping a few sizes in yoga pants, but also taking back control over a multitude of health conditions. Having spent over 25 years in the healthcare system, I can also tell you that much of what goes on in healthcare has little to do with health, but has plenty to do with delivering drugs, procedures, and other revenue-generating activities to benefit the healthcare system.
Here is therefore a list of conditions that are caused by wheat and grain consumption (especially products made from modern semi-dwarf wheat strains), reversed or minimized with their removal. Note that this list overlaps substantially with the list of conditions virtually unknown in non-grain consuming cultures but plague such people to extraordinary degrees when they are exposed to Western foods. Believe it or not, this is not a complete list, leaving out some obscure conditions.
This is not to say that, for example, every instance of sarcoidosis or CREST Syndrome will reverse. But, as I often point out, there is NOTHING lost in trying—there are no toxic intravenous drugs here, no one develops side-effects like type 2 diabetes, liver failure, or sudden cardiac death from this lifestyle, even though these are well-known side-effects of common drugs. I would be far more reluctant to start a modern drug for, say, rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn’s disease than I would in starting this lifestyle. The only downside I know of is . . . inconvenience. And even that is minimal for those of us who have simply learned to prepare more of our own foods, shop more selectively, etc.—not a big price to pay to be relieved of so many health conditions.
Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome
Autoimmune hemolytic anemia
Autoimmune inner ear disease
Autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura
Binge eating disorder
Bipolar illness (manic phase primarily)
Cardiomyopathy (dilated or congestive)
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Coronary disease, angina
Dental plaque, gingivitis
Diabetes, type 2 (potentially type 1 if changes instituted before pancreatic inflammation/beta cell destruction complete)
Esophagitis, esophageal spasm
Food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome
Gallstones, bile stasis
Hair loss, non-immune
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura
Insulin-dependent diabetes (type I)
Iron deficiency anemia
Irritable bowel syndrome
Mixed connective tissue disease
Non-alcoholic liver disease
Primary biliary cirrhosis
Schizophrenia, paranoid (limited to reduction of paranoia, auditory hallucinations)
Seizures, primarily temporal lobe
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
Systemic lupus erythematosus