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Index: Defiant Health (DH) Podcasts
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Defiant Health Podcasts

 

Edition: 2022-05-18

This is an index of links to podcasts of Defiant Health Radio with Dr. Davis. This is one of several sub-indicies for the PCM, all linked from the Master Index topic.

Dr. Davis’ Defiant Health Radio is available on a variety of popular podcast platforms. Those so far launched include: Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Buzzsprout, Buzzsprout RSS, Castbox, Castro, Google Podcasts, iHeart Radio, Listen Notes, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Podcast Addict, Podcast Index, Podchaser, Podfriend, Player FM, Spotify, Stitcher. Some of these may require having a login capability on the platform, which may or may not be no-charge. Please report any new sites discovered, or issues with the links provided here.

Notification: To stay notified of new podcasts, you can of course subscribe on each platform. As a UIC member, you can also subscribe to this Sticky thread. More below on how this works.

Status: The DH podcast began on 2021-06-30. This PCM index for DH is complete and current.

Visitors: This Index, and all podcasts, are accesible to to non-members (although some serving sites may require membership).

Quick Date Nav: [2022-05] [2022-04] [2022-03] [2022-02] [2022-01] [2021]


2022-05: Defiant Health podcasts

#DH2022-05-18: permalink to this episode Unexpected Ways to Boost Your Immune Response
   2022-05-18, 0:20:47

#DH2022-05-12: permalink to this episode What should blood sugar be after a meal?
   2022-05-12, 0:17:11

#DH2022-05-03: permalink to this episode The Oxytocin Project
   2022-05-03, 0:18:51

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#DH2022-04-20: permalink to this episode Become a Microbiome Citizen Scientist
   2022-04-20, 0:25:55

#DH2022-04-12: permalink to this episode Making Sense Out of Thyroid Health
   2022-04-12, 0:23:38

#DH2022-04-03: permalink to this episode The Intestinal Microbiome and Sleep
   2022-04-03, 0:26:21

2022-03: Defiant Health podcasts

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#DH2022-03-30: permalink to this episode The Birth of Wheat Belly
   2022-03-30, 0:46:06

#DH2022-03-24: permalink to this episode Vitamin D: Get It Right For Full Benefit
   2022-03-24, 0:33:29

#DH2022-03-19: permalink to this episode SIBO Yogurt
   2022-03-19, 0:25:40

#DH2022-03-08: permalink to this episode Depression and the Gut-Brain Axis
   2022-03-08, 0:18:24

#DH2022-03-04: permalink to this episode Five Events That Transformed My Views on Health
   2022-03-04, 0:40:15

2022-02: Defiant Health podcasts

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#DH2022-02-24: permalink to this episode I read an excerpt from my new book, Super Gut: Chapter 5
   2022-02-24, 0:31:10

#DH2022-02-14: permalink to this episode “I have SIBO--So What’s Next?”
   2022-02-14, 0:16:43

#DH2022-02-06: permalink to this episode Make Saccharomyces boulardii Sparkling Cider Probiotic
   2022-02-05, 0:18:47

2022-01: Defiant Health podcasts

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#DH2022-01-25: permalink to this episode Yogurt of Love
   2022-01-25, 0:18:29

#DH2022-01-16: permalink to this episode Statins, Anger, Hate, and Aggression
   2022-01-16, 0:16:57

#DH2022-01-09: permalink to this episode The Seven Dangers of Sugar
   2022-01-09, 0:18:46


2021-12: Defiant Health podcasts

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#DH2021-12-28: permalink to this episode Ancient Love
   2021-12-28, 0:21:14

#DH2021-12-10: permalink to this episode Secrets of the Microbiome Revealed in my new Super Gut
   2021-12-10, 0:14:57

#DH2021-12-03: permalink to this episode Identify the Emotional Roadblocks Holding You Back: An Interview With JJ Flizanes
   2021-12-03, 0:40:06

2021-11: Defiant Health podcasts

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#DH2021-11-17: permalink to this episode Interview with Dr. David Perlmutter and about his new book "Drop Acid"
   2021-11-17, 0:33:42

#DH2021-11-14: permalink to this episode Top Ten Reasons to Never Eat Wheat
   2021-11-14, 0:19:16

#DH2021-11-04: permalink to this episode The Truth About Food Intolerances
   2021-11-04, 0:27:41

2021-10: Defiant Health podcasts

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#DH2021-10-28: permalink to this episode Appetite Control Freak
   2021-10-28, 0:13:16

#DH2021-10-21: permalink to this episode The Magic of Oxytocin
   2021-10-21, 0:19:13

#DH2021-10-15: permalink to this episode Collagen: It’s Not Just About Skin Health
   2021-10-15, 0:15:58

#DH2021-10-05: permalink to this episode Does Wheat Cause Heart Disease
   2021-10-05, 0:21:33

2021-09: Defiant Health podcasts

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#DH2021-09-28: permalink to this episode Do You Have the Oxytocin Deficiency Syndrome?
   2021-09-28, 0:13:06

#DH2021-09-22: permalink to this episode How a Low-Carb Lifestyle Can Lead To Trouble
   2021-09-22, 0:13:37

#DH2021-09-13: permalink to this episode Interview with Paleovalley co-founder, Autumn Smith and her journey back to health
   2021-09-13, 0:16:19

#DH2021-09-04: permalink to this episode Interview With Microbiome Guru Brenda Watson
   2021-09-04, 0:37:21

2021-08: Defiant Health podcasts

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#DH2021-08-26: permalink to this episode This Is Your Brain On Wheat
   2021-08-26, 0:15:26

#DH2021-08-18: permalink to this episode Iodine Deficiency: The Forgotten Public Health Crisis
   2021-08-18, 0:14:24

#DH2021-08-01: permalink to this episode The Loss of Empathy (and how you can bring it back)
   2021-08-01, 0:13:33

2021-07: Defiant Health podcasts

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#DH2021-07-19: permalink to this episode All You Need to Know About CT Heart Scans and Coronary Calcium Scores
   2021-07-19, 0:13:32

#DH2021-07-12: permalink to this episode You don’t have to be a (T2) diabetic
   2021-07-12, 0:15:14

#DH2021-07-07: permalink to this episode The Mysterious Case of the Missing Microbes
   2021-07-07, 0:12:02

#DH2021-07-03: permalink to this episode How Big Pharma Bought Big Media
   2021-07-03, 0:08:17

2021-06: Defiant Health podcasts

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#DH2021-06-30: permalink to this episode Why I Dumped Conventional Healthcare
   2021-06-30, 0:23:37


Until the IC stands up a podcast section of its own, this page serves to provide an index of available DH podcasts. Links are to the Buzzsprout pages, which can be accessed at no charge, and with no Buzzsprout account.

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However, erythritol can be found in apples, pears, and other fruit in modest amounts.
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GLUCOSE/INSULIN TEST & ORGANIC ACID TEST
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Rog: Thx Lori, it’s certainly dragging on. Looking forward to the clay powder arriving and will try the soup.
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Lori_Miller: Keep your electrolytes up: salt, magnesium, potassium, etc. As you probably know, you can get powdered electrolyte mixes without sugar.

Some broth might feel good on your stomach. 
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heart times: I hope it helps:) It always does a great job for me. The powder I used always use to say don’t use metal while stirring it or storing it. Just plastic or glass. Also make sure it is for internal use and not for external use. 
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Advice from lipidologist to avoid saturated fats - your thoughts please?
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Steph828: A GI map test will not test for SIBO. Stool bacteria in the colon does not equal the bacteria in the small intestine. The only way to test for SIBO is to be scoped (VERY RARE and HARD to do) Or breath test. 
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WBB: Look Catrina in the eye and you can tell she’s grain-free!

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-06-03
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Look Catrina in the eye and you can tell she’s grain-free!

Catrina before & after

Catrina shared her photos before and after her Wheat Belly experience:

This is me after two months grain-free. I have lost 10 pounds and 10 inches so far.

After one month, I tried corn nachos and regretted it due to stomach pain and anxiety.”

Look at the change in Catina’s eyes: they’re bigger. While this might simply be due to facial expression, this effect is so common with the loss of facial edema in people following the Wheat Belly wheat- and grain-free lifestyle that I believe it is a genuine effect in Catrina. It is, of course, simply part of the body-wide reversal of inflammation and edema (water retention) that plagues grain-consumers. The weight difference is 10 pounds, but the loss 10 inches of Catrina’s measurements likewise signals the reversal of inflammation out of proportion to the weight loss.

Catrina’s experience also illustrates how grains–the seeds of grasses–cross-react, as grain elimination resulted in Catrina experiencing a toxic effect from consuming corn. Remember: corn may be “gluten-free” but has a protein called zein that is quite similar to wheat/rye/barley gliadin (within the gluten protein molecule), not to mention a collection of other proteins. This is why we are free of all grains in the Wheat Belly lifestyle.

Isn’t this wonderful? The Wheat Belly lifestyle is a powerful way to reverse inflammation in its many varied forms: skin rashes like rosacea and seborrhea, joint pain, autoimmune conditions, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s, and the unperceived forms of inflammation that lead to diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. And you can see it plain as day in the eyes.


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WBB: Wheat Belly works no matter what part of the world you’re in

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-06-02
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Wheat Belly works no matter what part of the world you’re in

Peter before & after

Peter shared his photos and story of his Wheat Belly experience followed in Transylvania, Romania, (Yes: it’s a real place!):

“This is my Wheat Belly result after not even a year: 40 kg [88 lbs] blown away, type 2 diabetes reversed. No sleep apnea anymore! I am just fit and enjoy my life again with my family.”

One of the reasons I post Peter’s wonderful results, experienced in Romania in Eastern Europe, is to illustrate once again that the destructive health and weight effects of wheat and grains are a worldwide phenomenon, not confined to North America (as some have argued). At other times, we’ve heard stories like Peter’s from Brazil, Spain, the United Kingdom, Australia, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Taiwan, the Czech Republic, Croatia, and others. After all, the original Wheat Belly is published in 33 countries, raising awareness in just about every of the developed world where wheat and grains are consumed and people struggle with similar health issues.

It reflects the exaggerated health effects caused by consumption of the purported savior from world hunger, high-yield semidwarf wheat, the spawn of genetics manipulations conducted by agricultural scientists in the 1960s and 1970s. A USDA spokesman told me that about 99% of all wheat grown throughout the world is now one form or another of semidwarf wheat.

From Wikitravel
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That number may change over time, as more and more farmers are just beginning to reject the tyranny of agribusiness, their genetics creations, patent-protected seeds that need to be purchased every year (rather than harvesting seeds to plant at no cost), and grow heritage strains of wheat such as Red Fife, Russian wheat, spelt, and kamut. But, as readers of Wheat Belly Total Health understand, such “traditional” strains that predate modern genetics manipulations are not harmless, but just less bad. Traditional strains still have the potential to provoke autoimmune diseases, disrupt bowel flora, and cause weight gain–just not to the extreme degree as modern semidwarf wheat strains. Geneticists and agribusiness did not cause all the problems associated with wheat consumption; they inadvertently made them worse in their quest for greater yield-per-acre and other agricultural advantages.

So experiences such as Peter’s, coming from a faraway part of the world, should come as no surprise. Peter is no longer diabetic, no longer has to rely on a device to breathe during sleep, and lost nearly 90 pounds by following this lifestyle. He likely added a decade to his expected lifespan and saved him and his family a ton of healthcare costs as well as misery. A “weight loss program”? Hardly. Wheat Belly is a revelation of a basic lesson of human adaptation: Humans are simply not equipped to consume the seeds of grasses. New York, Dallas, Madrid, Tehran, or Transylvania–the rejection of modern wheat and grains works for everyone because we are all human.


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WBB: Sarah: “Only” down 26 pounds

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-06-01
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Sarah: “Only” down 26 pounds

Sarah before & after

Sarah shared her Wheat Belly experience with us:

I removed wheat 9/2014, all grains 11/2014. While I’m only down 26 lbs, I feel a lot better, migraines are next to nothing, and my clothes are getting looser and looser. I do notice some facial changes, too.

I still have a ways to go weight-wise, but I’m happy so far.”

Doesn’t she look terrific? And freed of awful migraine headaches.

I am continually impressed and delighted at just how powerful the elimination of all wheat and grains can be. While the Wheat Belly strategy is indeed a form of reducing carbohydrates, it is so much MORE than that as the health benefits, such as relief from migraine headaches, demonstrate. Yes, by an outright rejection of all conventional dietary advice to include plenty of “healthy whole grains,” we take back control over hundreds of common, chronic, and often debilitating health conditions, including weight.

Think of what happens to people who remain unaware that wheat and grain consumption underlie their migraine headaches, hypertension, eczema, psoriasis, joint pains, leg edema, depression, obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, esophagitis, rosacea, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, iron deficiency anemia, peripheral neuropathy, asthma, repeated sinus infections, infertility, etc.? It means a life of dependence on prescription drugs, the medical system, and misery. Even if wheat and grain elimination “only” yields a weight loss of 26 pounds over several months and relief from a few hundred medical conditions . . . well, how in the world do conventional sources of dietary advice justify such ridiculous guidelines?


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WBB: Blow your HDL through the roof

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-06-28
on the Wheat Belly Blog, sourced from and currently found at: Infinite Health Blog.
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Note: a more recent (2019-04-07) video on this topic is found at:
Undoctored Blog: I raised my HDL by 350%


Blow your HDL through the roof

Blackboard with: HDL 94 mg/dl

The HDL cholesterol value is one of the four values on any conventional lipid/cholesterol panel, along with total cholesterol, triglycerides, and calculated LDL cholesterol (what I call “fictitious” LDL because of its incredible inaccuracy when compared to superior measures).

The HDL cholesterol value has some unique characteristics not shared by the others, however, and can serve as an index of overall health. Very high HDL values, for instance, are associated with extreme longevity. Centenarians typically have values of 90 mg/dl or higher. Higher HDLs are also associated with less risk for diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and dementia. Conversely, low values for HDL cholesterol can suggest that some bad things are going on in health.

When I was in my 30s, I made the mistake of eating an ultra low-fat vegetarian diet. I only ate vegetables, fruit, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains, while avoiding all meats, fats and oils. After several months of my vegetarian lifestyle, my cholesterol panel showed an HDL of 27 mg/dl and triglycerides of 350 mg/dl, while my blood sugars were in the diabetic range (161 mg/dl fasting–very high). As I came to understand diet and converted to a high-fat diet minus all grains and added sugars, my HDL increased to 94 mg/dl, triglycerides dropped to 47 mg/dl. (NMR lipoprotein analysis also showed zero small LDL particles, something I did not assess 25 years ago when I had the awful HDL/triglycerides, but small LDL back then was likely sky-high). I take no medication to improve these values, but use only the strategies I’ll discuss.

While HDL values are under genetic influence (e.g., CETP variants, Apo C3, others), there is plenty you can do to raise it. While it is not entirely clear whether it is HDL particles themselves that are responsible for longevity and protection from disease or whether they are simply associated with some other factor(s) that are responsible for the benefits, you can still view HDL as a gauge of the quality of your lifestyle. The same strategies also increase HDL size and number of HDL particles, yielding HDL particles that are more protective and provide, for example, better anti-oxidative protection.

A dramatic rise in HDL values is common following the Wheat Belly wheat/grain-free lifestyle. However, note that recent weight loss causes an initial drop in HDL, sometimes dramatic, that “rebounds” over time. HDL can also respond slowly. A typical response, for example, for a 240 pound man who starts with an HDL value of 35 mg/dl would be a drop to 27 mg/dl while losing 40 pounds, rebounding to 40 mg/dl 3 months after weight loss has ceased, then 63 mg/dl 1-2 years later. So time and patience is key.

During my busy cardiology practice days, I consulted in an area called “complex hyperlipidemias,” i.e., complicated lipoprotein and cholesterol abnormalities. Among the conditions I managed was something called hypoalphalipoproteinemia, a group of conditions associated with really low HDL values, e.g., 25 mg/dl. People who are overweight or have diabetes or pre-diabetes (metabolic syndrome) also commonly have low HDL values typically ranging 25-40 mg/dl. Following the strategies used below, I witnessed such powerful rises in HDL in these and other people that I abandoned the use of conventional treatments, such as niacin and fibrates (gemfibrozil, fenofibrate) used to raise it. HDL values of 60 mg/dl or higher were achieved with ease–no drugs required. Because the effect of the strategies below is so powerful, I no longer recommend any nutritional supplements to raise HDL, either, beyond those in this list.

Among the strategies that help raise HDL and thereby potentially protect you from multiple chronic health conditions, or at least provide a gauge of improved overall health, are:

  • Wheat and grain elimination–HDL is reduced by wheat and grain consumption, especially if gliadin, gliadin-derived peptides, wheat germ agglutinin, and other proteins trigger inflammation–exceptionally common. In addition, the amylopectin A of wheat and grains fuels high triglyceride levels in the bloodstream (via the process of liver de novo lipogenesis, the same process that causes fatty liver) that results in more rapid clearance of HDL particles, reducing the HDL value. Remove wheat and grains and watch HDL go up over time.
     
  • Limit carbohydrates–Just like grain amylopectins, sugars reduce HDL by the same triglyceride mechanism. Adding no sugars, avoiding sugar drinks and foods, while limiting carbohydrates, as we do in the Wheat Belly lifestyle, allows HDL to rise. Banishing the excessive consumption of fructose, as in high-fructose corn syrup, also helps raise HDL. We limit carbs in this lifestyle to 15 grams net carbs (total carbs – fiber) per meal or your individual carb prescription obtained by checking fingerstick blood sugars aiming for no change pre-meal compared to 30-60 minute post-meal peak.
     
  • Fish oil supplementation–As a source of omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. The omega-3 fatty acids reduce triglycerides (fasting and after-meal), thereby making them less likely to contribute to accelerated HDL clearance. This effect is maximized with an EPA + DHA intake of 3000-3600 mg per day (divided into two doses).
     
  • Don’t restrict saturated fat–Eating fatty cuts of meat, not trimming off the fat, eating more eggs with the yolks, using more butter, and adding coconut oil and other healthy oils all raise HDL.
     
  • Vitamin D–Vitamin D can contribute to substantial rise in HDL, though it is a slow process. I use the blood test for 25-hydroxy vitamin D to gauge dosage needs, but most adults need 4000 to 8000 units per day in gelcap form (never tablets) to achieve a 25-hydroxy vitamin D level of 60-70 ng/ml.

There are some other strategies that make smaller contributions to HDL rises, such as modest alcohol consumption (e.g., dry red wine) and exercise.

Be aware that substantial emotional or physical stress can work against you by reducing HDL values, as can many common drugs (e.g., Lipitor, beta blockers like metoprolol and atenolol, diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide). But, given the above strategies, combined with the tincture of time, you can watch this wonderful index of overall health called HDL climb higher and higher.


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Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-30
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The wheat and grain lobby is looking desperate

grain wagon being filled

The wheat and grain lobby is at it again, using their increasingly supportive medium, The Huffington Post:

Gluten Intolerance Isn’t Caused By Frankenwheat Because It Doesn’t Exist

(It is odd that Huffington Post has, in effect, become the sounding board for the wheat and grain industry to post it’s propaganda pieces, even awful and flawed analyses like this article. I smell a rat.)

From the article:

“‘There’s no such thing as Frankenwheat.’

“Chibbar’s research involved studying wheat varieties that have been planted in North America since the 19th century. They were grown and analyzed in test plots that have been maintained since 1989. The original intent was to catalogue improvements made in yield and time to harvest since the 1860s when homesteaders planted Ontario-originated Red Fife on their newly broken land.

“But the focus shifted when Chibbar began to notice claims from health advisers that new wheat varieties contained high protein levels and different kinds of starch that were contributing to gluten intolerance.

“‘A lot of questions started to arise that the modern wheat is very different.’

“Chibbar decided to find out if protein levels really have increased.

“The answer was yes. Protein levels have increased by about 0.01 per cent a year.

“‘That’s one per cent in a 100 years,’ said Chibbar. ‘The whole thing about protein levels having significantly increased, and that’s why we’re seeing the negative effects of wheat, that did not stand out.’”

Read the Wheat Belly books, read the discussions here on the Wheat Belly Blog or the Wheat Belly Facebook page, or listen to the hundreds of media interviews I have given, and you will NEVER hear me argue that the protein or carbohydrate content of wheat has changed. In fact, there are instances in which the protein content of modern wheat strains has dropped, not increased. While modern wheat tends to contain around 14 to 18% protein, for example, some strains of emmer wheat can contain up to 28% protein. And I know of no data showing that the carbohydrate content of wheat has increased or decreased, and I never claimed that it has.

But there is no argument that wheat has been changed. Chibbar (the wheat researcher) even concedes this point: “Chibbar said the mix of the individual proteins in the gluten may have changed slightly.”

The changes are more than slight, however, and they involve more than the thousands of genes coding for gluten. Just look at a wheat field and you will see the obvious changes: it stands 18 inches tall, not 5 feet; the stalk is thicker; the seeds are larger, the seed head longer. Just those few changes involve dozens of gene changes. And those are just the outward differences. There are also many changes in the genetics and thereby the components of wheat, all documented in hundreds of research studies from the agricultural genetics world. This is not in question: any agricultural geneticist is familiar with at least some of these studies. There have been changes, for example, in the gibberellin gene that codes for height, the gliadin alpha-9 for the form of gliadin that is the most potent trigger for celiac disease, changes in serpins, thioreductases, alpha amylase, and other allergy-provoking wheat proteins, all introduced by human intervention.

Whether the changes add up to 0.5%, 1.0%, or 3% is immaterial. Humans and baboons differ by only a bit in genetic code, typically estimated at 2% difference–but you notice the difference, I’ll bet. A critical change in one gene can spell the difference between triggering an anaphylactic shock reaction and no reaction at all. It has nothing to do with percentage difference.

This, by the way, has been the tactic employed by the wheat industry: argue a point that they claim was a point of contention, then win the argument . . . but the protein/carbohydrate content of wheat was never in question. They hope to draw away fire by arguing a non-issue. Another tactic: Deny that the evidence ever existed in the first place: “There are no studies demonstrating that wheat causes human disease,” reminding me of the Congressional testimony offered by Big Tobacco executives during the class action tobacco lawsuit: “No, Congressman: I am not aware of any studies associating cigarette smoking with lung cancer or heart disease.” Right.

Make no mistake: The wheat of today is substantially different from traditional strains of wheat. The farther you go back, the more marked the differences. Readers of the original Wheat Belly already know, for instance, that ancestral einkorn wheat contains 14 chromosomes, while emmer wheat (the wheat of the Bible) contains 28 chromosomes, and the forerunner of modern wheat, modern Tritium species, contains 42 chromosomes–we are talking about huge differences, even before humans got involved. But the real problems with wheat on a huge scale across hundreds of human diseases really gained traction when agribusiness got into the game and introduced all the hundreds, even thousands, of genetic changes into modern Tritium strains.

This research and the Huffington Post article promoting it are not just defenses of wheat; they reflect the growing desperation felt by the wheat industry as they feel the world crumbling around them. It is further reflected in the “There is no Frankenwheat” statement. Deny they ever contributed to creating a monster, deny it doesn’t have stitches and scars everywhere, looking startlingly different even to the naked eye, while it wreaks a swath of destruction across the countryside.

Surely they can do better than that.


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WBB: Vanessa freed of the appetite stimulating effects of wheat and grains

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-30
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Vanessa freed of the appetite stimulating effects of wheat and grains

Vanessa before & after

Vanessa shared her “before” and “after” photos and her experience following the Wheat Belly lifestyle:

“I am 34 years old, married, and the mother of four. Last September, I read Wheat Belly and started gluten-free, sugar-free eating on October 6th, 2014. This way of eating really does change one’s body and way of life. It’s so important to watch those sugars and any gluten food, because those cravings wreak havoc! It makes it harder to get back to doing things right.

“I started on October 6th, 2014 and had a starting weight of 226 lbs. I now weigh 143.”

(Just to be clear to any newcomers reading this, Wheat Belly is often characterized as a “gluten-free” lifestyle; this is not quite right. It is a grain-free lifestyle that ends up being gluten-free, since only grains contain the gluten protein. Being grain-free is far more powerful than being gluten-free.)

Vanessa’s story is a great reminder that wheat and grains are more than just sources of carbohydrates; they act as appetite stimulants due to several effects:

Gliadin protein-derived opiates–that bind to the opiate receptors of the human brain, triggering appetite and addictive eating behavior.

Leptin blockade–Leptin is the hormone of satiety, blocked by other gliadin-derived peptides and perhaps by the lectin protein of wheat and related grains, wheat germ agglutinin.

High blood sugars–that are followed by low blood sugars, with the lows accompanied by mental fog, fatigue, and hunger in a 90- to 120-minute cycle. This is due to the unique carbohydrate of wheat and grains, amylopectin A, unusually susceptible to digestion by the enzyme amylase in saliva and stomach.

Vanessa after: close-up

The weight gain effects of wheat and grains are further amplified by insulin resistance that develops due to the high blood sugar effect, insulin resistance and inflammation that worsens as visceral belly fat grows, and by undesirable changes in bowel flora to accommodate to the unnatural consumption of wheat and grains, something that humans are not fully adapted to consuming.

Put it all together and an experience like Vanessa’s can develop, not because she is “low-carb,” but because she has removed the powerful appetite-stimulating and metabolism-disrupting effects of the various components of wheat and grains.


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WBB: Former baker rejects grains!

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-30
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Former baker rejects grains!

Diane before & after

Diane is a baker, now rejecting consumption of wheat and grains. She has a terrific story to tell and photos that show how dramatic her appearance and life have changed in just 6 weeks:

“I suffered from joint pain, headaches, painful and heavy menstrual cycles, IBS [irritable bowel syndrome], exhaustion, and heart palpitations. Just a few days after starting on your Wheat Belly lifestyle, after acquiring all your books, the health benefits were apparent. I bought your first Wheat Belly book when it first came out, but it sat on my bookshelf. In desperation and from feeling so poorly and feeling as though I was more like 81 than my age of 51, I was watching public television and you came on–that was it for me. Here is a pic of me only 6 weeks after being wheat/grain free. New lifestyle and pain-free. A lot of energy and no turning back now.

“I am not weighing myself, but I do know that I am able to fit into clothes that were wishful thinking prior to being on the Wheat Belly lifestyle. I did make the silly mistake of having just one roll of homemade bread at my son’s college graduation celebration dinner. Inflammation, stomach cramps, joint pain, even my feet hurt to walk the following morning. I used to have itchy skin and some form of dermatitis that kept me from wearing earrings that has stopped since I started the Wheat Belly lifestyle. I cannot say enough good things about it.

“Thank you so much, as now I don’t feel that my age is the reason why I felt so tired and miserable. I was a baker, so you can imagine what my business has suffered because I refuse to sell products to my customers that will only make them sick.”

Even better, Diane is listening to her conscience and not adding to the health destruction of her customers. This is something that many in the grain and baking industry will have to grapple with, just as people working in the tobacco industry need to understand that they are selling a poisonous product to the public. But now she has the energy and health freedom to take on such a career change!


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WBB: Debunking the French weight myth

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-26
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Debunking the French weight myth

crowd scene in France

I’ve had this question many times: “If wheat is a major cause for obesity, why are the enthusiastic wheat-eating French so slender?” It prompts oft-repeated claims like “French women don’t get fat.”

Well, they’re not all so slender as described. (I snapped these people photos, most of the people walking by speaking French.) I’m in Paris, spending a lot of time at the Rolland Garros tennis facilities with tens of thousands of French people at the event, as well as restaurants, subways, groceries, and streets. Overweight and obesity are everywhere. While the tennis event is international, I hear most of them speaking French and I engage with many of them, also clearly French, as I struggle with my haltingly piecemeal French.

They are not as severely overweight as people in North America and not as overweight as those in some other European countries, but there is a clear and widespread weight problem here. Sit for just one minute, and you will witness a dozen or more people just in that time walk by who have a weight problem. French authorities predict that, at the current rate of rise, the French will equal the U.S. in obesity rates by the year 2020, in just 5 years.

I’m not the first to make this observation; here is a New York Times article from 2005, for instance, citing some of the numbers: 40% of the French are overweight, 11.3% are obese, and the numbers are on the rise. French doctors have repeated expressed alarm at the growing weight trends.

I can conceive of a number of reasons why the French have a bit less of a problem with weight (though clearly not entirely spared). Among those reasons:

  • Higher fat intake–Greater fat in the diet from meats, butter, and cream blunt the rise in blood sugar-it still rises substantially with grains/carbs/sugars, but just not as strikingly, provoking less insulin resistance. (I had duck for dinner at a French restaurant, for example, with a thick slab of fat left on the meat. At breakfast, thick slices of cheese were among the offerings, no low-fat options in sight.)
     
  • Less snacking and fast food–although these are cited as becoming relics of the past, as French adopt American-style snacking and fast food. McDonald’s and KFC are common sights in Paris.
     
  • Different strains of wheat–The role of this effect has not been formally quantified, as such distinctions among cultivars (strains) are virtually never explored scientifically (though virtually all semi-dwarf strains). It would be consistent with the common anecdotal claim that French wheat products do not provoke as much gastrointestinal distress as that consumed in North America (though a variation in perceived effect should not be construed as meaning that other effects are mitigated, as well, such as provocation of autoimmune diseases, anti-nutrient phytate effects, and blood sugar rises). France has also had to import much of its wheat from countries including Germany, the Ukraine, and Canada.

Semidwarf wheat harvest in Avignonet-Lauragais, France
(Semidwarf wheat harvest in Avignonet-Lauragais, France; from Bloomberg Business.)

  • They are more likely to smoke cigarettes–though this difference is diminishing as less and less French smoke (though they do indeed smoke more conspicuously, not having to confine their puffing to dark corners, as in the U.S.).

There are also factors such as some preservation of family communal eating (though that is eroding, particularly in urban centers) and walking.

You can often indeed pick out the North Americans and British in the crowds, as they are the most obese, but there seem to be an increasing number of French who are catching up.

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(From the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD, an international collaboration for social change and policy.)

Another observation: The French seem to show more of the “skinny fat person” effect, formally labeled metabolically obese normal weight, or MONW: people who remain more or less within the “normal” range for weight but show visceral fat–reflected by protruding abdomens or “muffin tops” on the surface, along with skinny, under muscled arms, legs, and chests. This phenomenon was incredibly common: I saw it in men, women, young, old, children, made even more apparent by the French predilection for tight pants and shirts, protuberant bellies in obvious sight.

another crowd scene in France

The skinny fat/MONW people are typically not captured in national weight data, as body weight and body mass index (BMI) often fall within or near the “normal” range, despite the metabolic disruptions, such as high blood sugar and insulin, high triglycerides, low HDL, excess small LDL particles, and inflammation, these people experience. Why there seems to be an excess of this less-than-overtly-obese pattern is subject to speculation: genetic variants, blunting of blood sugar/insulin by the higher fat intake, regional variation in bowel flora, etc.

All in all, the notion that French people are spared from the weight-provoking and health effects of wheat, grains, sugars, etc. is a fiction. There may be some lessons to learn in comparing how the French have lived traditionally up until the latter years of the 20th century and how their health habits have more recently been corrupted with adverse consequences more recently. But the fiction of such common “wisdoms” as “French women don’t get fat” or traditionally prepared French meringues and mousses are forms of health food need to go the same way as fictions such as “eat more healthy whole grains.”


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WBB: Wheat Watch: Scrambled Eggs

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-25
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Wheat Watch: Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs on plate

Wheat Belly followers have pointed this out a number of times, but it bears repeating because it happens so often: Watch out for scrambled eggs!

Wheat Belly Facebook followers have previously figured out, for instance, that scrambled eggs served at the International House of Pancakes have pancake batter added to them to make them fluffier. They also figured out that you can work around this by asking for “shell” eggs be used.

I’ve encountered scrambled eggs with wheat flour in many hotel breakfasts, especially the small buffets that many chains include with the price of the room (to decrease costs by adding filler?). In this case, because they generally will not whip up a batch without wheat especially for you, you will have to choose hard boiled eggs, an omelet, or other safe choices.

I encountered this–to my surprise–having breakfast in Paris, France. Because the French have a reputation for being more traditional in their food preparation, it surprised me when the staff did indeed tell me that the eggs (looking too fluffy for simple scrambled eggs) did indeed have batter added to them.

This also happened to my tennis player daughter (wheat- and grain-free) who had scrambled eggs at a hotel breakfast in Madrid, Spain while there for the Madrid Open, and experienced 48 hours of fatigue, lightheadedness, nearly passing out, loose bowels, and insatiable hunger. She now knows better.

Don’t let this happen to you and experience all the awful re-exposure reactions of wheat and grains, ruining your business schedule or vacation, perhaps even causing you to go further off course in response to the cravings that can be triggered. Be aware that something that seems as benign as scrambled eggs can indeed be a source of wheat/grain exposure.


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WBB: Doris: Acid reflux, acne, tremor gone!

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-21
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Doris: Acid reflux, acne, tremor gone!

Doris before & after

Doris shared the photos and some of the many health benefits she experienced while living the Wheat Belly lifestyle:

“I started my journey March 28th, 2014. I’m just shy of turning 48 years old. I began this lifestyle change to lose weight but have since changed my outlook.

“In 2012, my doctor wanted to put me on cholesterol medication. Thankfully, he gave me time to get it fixed with diet. He advised me to continue with my low fat eating! I had already been doing this for years, falling on and off the wagon and binging until I hurt and couldn’t sleep from going to bed with a tummy so full.

“I worked out in challenge groups, limited my fat and calories, bought shake meal replacements and was starving an hour later. I stopped this insanity immediately when I began my Wheat Belly journey.

“I noticed the change in my first month. I had tried so many different products for acne, I thought I’d be 70 years old, still buying an abundance of products to clean my skin. My acne disappeared immediately. I’ve taken so much medication for upper GI irritation for 20 years. I haven’t taken any Nexium in the last year. For years I had a really bad tremor. It was embarrassing, but I thought it was something I had to live with. A few months after changing my way of eating, my tremor was gone. My cholesterol and blood sugar are all normal now, tested six months after I gave up the grains. My proudest accomplishment is not overeating. I was embarrassed by how much I used to eat. I sent my husband to the store one day to buy me chocolate cake for breakfast and I ate the whole thing in one sitting. Now if I’m in a social setting, at a party I watch my friends reload their appetizer plates over and over and I bite my tongue.

“The photo of me in black was taken the month prior to going grain-free. I was struggling with my weight. Up and down 10 lbs, no matter how much exercise I did. I was sleepless and forcing myself out of bed to do my morning workout before work. Everything was low-fat and I was obsessed with eating my next meal or having cheat days.

“This photo of me in pink was taken in April, 2015. I no longer struggle. I travel, I do have to eat out on vacations, but I make good choices. I don’t fear trying on my jeans when I get home from vacations. I keep my carbs extremely low and I know that any variation in my weight will be back to normal within days.

“For the first time in my life, I’m confident I will be healthy and medication-free for many years to come. I’m blessed to be a grandmother who will live to be a healthy great grandmother one day.”


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WBB: Sharon’s Wheat Belly recovery after 23 years of medical blundering

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-20
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Sharon’s Wheat Belly recovery after 23 years of medical blundering

Sharon before & after

Sharon shared her wonderful story of wheat- and grain-liberation and the health transformation that resulted:

“I started Wheat Belly last August after years of weight that never dropped and 23 years of chronic thyroid problems that could never be corrected, no matter how much or what medications I took. Respected endocrinologists were stumped and told me basically this was how it would be: I was untreatable with medicine, but If I could work out 2 hours a day that might help.

“I went low-carb a few years ago, lost some weight but gained it back–over and over the cycle went. I was sick, exhausted, such severe brain fog I was sure I had something wrong with my brain, severe joint pain and flu symptoms every time I ate–no matter what it was, I was sick. Depressed and anxious, panic attacks–you name it.

“I bought Wheat Belly and in two weeks I felt cured. It was unreal, so I spent a couple months learning and, through trial and error, finally understood my own body and everything I was allergic or sensitive to. I gave it all up. Focused on the Wheat Belly way-of-eating and I started a support page and felt so great I knew I could find my way.

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“I’m half way thru my weight loss journey.The weight loss is a side bonus. I’m not sick anymore. I have my life back. Sometimes I get so mad that I lost 20 years to the socially acceptable ways of eating. It’s so sad I look around and I want to help others but honestly many people think I’m crazy–we know different! After two knee surgeries in the past 6 months, learning to walk again, I stayed strong. I’m down almost 50 pounds and I hit the gym today for the first time in a year. Am I 25 or 45? Most days I feel so great it’s hard to tell. Through tears I say THANK YOU, Dr. Davis!”

Work out for 2 hours a day? Exercise is good for health, but it cannot undo all the health struggles Sharon was experiencing, nor can any drug. And can a low-carb diet reverse joint pain, brain fog, fatigue, and thyroid disease? Of course not. Only removing the initial cause of the entire spectrum of health problems–wheat and related grains–can the process of healing begin.

But understand these issues and you are released from the grips of a destructive diet rich in “healthy whole grains,” starting your journey back to health and slenderness.

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WBB: Heather’s off insulin, no longer diabetic in 26 days

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-16
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Heather’s off insulin, no longer diabetic in 26 days

Heather before & after

Heather shared her impressive results after less than one month on the Wheat Belly lifestyle:

“The first pic was on April 19th. I have come off all my type 2 diabetes meds and insulin, even though I have only lost 22.2 pounds. The inches lost from all the inflammation I had is amazing. Not to mention all the energy I have. Thanks so much for your book. Plus I lost all of this in 26 days.”

Losing the wheat and grains adds up to more than reducing the glycemic potential of a grain-based diet. Removing all the components that cause inflammation, the exceptional distortions of insulin metabolism, the appetite stimulation, the disruption of bowel flora all contribute to causing diabetes. This is another instance of 2 + 2 = 11–not bad arithmetic, but the total effect of grain removal is greater than the sum of the parts.

Heather provides another great example of how conventional dietary advice to have diet dominated by “healthy whole grains” is a way to cause diabetes. Eat no wheat or grains reverses the whole kit and kaboodle. And this is just what happened to Heather in the first month!


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WBB: Heidi’s head-to-toe health and body makeover

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-15
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Heidi’s head-to-toe health and body makeover

Heidi before & after

Heidi shared her Wheat Belly experience since late 2014:

“Started Wheat Belly in September. I’ve lost 36 lbs so far and joined a gym in January. We are now expecting baby #3–this will be healthiest pregnancy so far.

“Benefits:

-no more headaches
-more energy
-helped fertility (I’m having baby #3)
-down 36 lbs since August/Sept of 2014.
-my skin is clearer
-my hair seems to have more volume
-overall happier mood

“If I slip or cheat and eat wheat, my knees & joints ache for days.”

Heidi experienced changes in her brain (headaches, mood), skin, hair, hormones, and metabolic factors by doing the opposite of all conventional dietary advice to eat plenty of “healthy whole grains.” Not just weight loss, not just a reduction of a few dress sizes, not just reversal of “gluten intolerance”. Heidi experienced a constellation of health benefits by removing the entire collection of dietary poisons in modern wheat:

Gliadin-derived opiates that drive appetite and exert mind effects
Gliadin that, when left intact due to incomplete digestion, initiates autoimmune phenomena (such as in skin, hair, and joints)
Amylopectin A that contributes to visceral fat accumulation
Gliadin-derived peptides, intact gliadin, wheat germ agglutinin, and several other proteins that drive inflammation

Had she measured iron levels (serum iron, ferritin), she would have witnessed a marked increase. Had she measured vitamin B12, she likewise would see the levels climb as her stomach and ileum recovered from wheat consumption. Zinc and magnesium levels would likewise all go up, reflecting the removal of phytates that block absorption of positively-charged minerals.

Add it all up and you can appreciate that wheat removal achieves a virtual head-to-toe health and body makeover.


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WBB: Marcie down 50 lbs this year, freed of insomnia

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-14
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Marcie down 50 lbs this year, freed of insomnia

Marcie before & after

Marcie shared her photos and experience living the Wheat Belly lifestyle:

“January, 2015 I started the wheat-free lifestyle, and now I am down over 50 lbs. I have lost weight every week. I am also free of fatigue and insomnia that I have had for quite some time. The energy I have now is the best part of my new lifestyle.”

Insomnia is an interesting wheat-related phenomenon. Despite being a very common observation, frequently reversed with wheat elimination, we don’t have any hard science to explain why this occurs so consistently. I suspect that it is related to either a peculiar effect of gliadin-derived opiates and/or part of the endocrine disruption of wheat and grains. We know, for instance, that the A5 pentapeptide fragment from partial digestion of the gliadin protein of wheat stimulates the pituitary to release prolactin–pro + lactation = stimulating growth of breast tissue in both men and women, resulting in man breasts and increased breast cancer risk in women. Could the insomnia effect be due to some distortion or blockade of melatonin, the pineal gland hormone of circadian rhythmicity?

We’re limiting to speculation on the why of it, but experiences like Marcie’s are the rule around this neighborhood: slender, energetic, and sleeping again, all part of removing the incredible health-disrupting effects of modern wheat and grains.


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WBB: Erika’s update: down 80 lbs, no more migraines

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-13
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Erika’s update: down 80 lbs, no more migraines

Erika before & after

Erika shared her most recent update on her Wheat Belly journey, now down a total of 80 pounds in weight along with relief from several health problems.

“When I started this journey (for me, it’s been a whole new life journey), I was huge and bloated and feeling gross: 225 lbs and a size 22.

“Just want to thank Wheat Belly for saving my life from couch potato status and always being tired and having migraine headaches and yuck tummy and opening my eyes to life. I am now a happy 145 lbs and a size 6!! I never thought I’d see this weight or feel this fantastic ever again. I just wanted to thank you for opening my eyes to health and happiness.”

Even without knowing Erika’s story, just looking at her photos makes it pretty clear that something very important has happened. Yes, she’s got a swimming cap on in the “before,” but look at the facial contours. Losing 80 pounds will do a lot for appearance, but generally not to the degree we see around here with the inflammation-reversing Wheat Belly lifestyle, nor would weight loss reverse conditions like migraine headaches or gastrointestinal struggles.

Doesn’t she look spectacular?


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WBB: You won’t believe Elena’s Wheat Belly 50

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-13
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You won’t believe Elena’s Wheat Belly 50

Elena before & after

Elena shared her photos, with the photo on the right her Wheat Belly result after one year.

“Greetings from Vienna, Austria. 46 years old on the left, 50 years old on the right. I have to say that, more than looks, it is the FREEDOM I enjoy most, freedom from beeing always hungry. By eliminating grain, I can have a relaxed attitude towards food and enjoy it again. I’ve tried many diets (after turning 40 and the weight kept turning up), but this is effortless.”

50 years old? Not only does Elena look younger at 50 than she did at 46, I would have guessed her age as 30!

Not everyone will look 20 years younger than chronological age like Elena, of course, by following this lifestyle. But we sure have witnessed some pretty dramatic reversals in all the signs and symptoms of aging around here.


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LKM512 yogurt?
I’ve been reading about some clinical studies regarding the health benefits of LKM512 bacteria, including increasing autophagy, improving digestive issues and skin issues, and perhaps even enhancing longevity based on some studies on mice. It apparently increases spermidine production, which if I understand correctly can have a telomere-lengthening effect, which is quite intriguing, if true. 

https://www.zmescience.com/medicine/probiotics-promote-longevity-04322/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17359386/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15542102/

So of course, it is natural to wonder if this could be another candidate for a probiotic yogurt bacteria starter. Would it work as starter bacteria? I’m not too clear on which types of bacteria will and won’t work for that. Any reason for caution or "watch outs" if I try it?



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WBB: JoCarol is back!

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-13
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JoCarol is back!

JoCarol then & now

Remember JoCarol? She was the woman who, starting at a weight of 250 pounds, dropped to 217 over one year by adhering to the Wheat Belly lifestyle. But then she wandered off this lifestyle and gained nearly 60 pounds. She shared this experience with the photo on the left above as her new starting point.

Well, JoCarol is back, down again in weight and dramatically different once again in appearance!

Here is the original “before” and “after”:

JoCarol earlier results

The key to this lifestyle, as JoCarol has learned the hard way, is to simply stick with it. As any seasoned Wheat Bellier will tell you, there is no deprivation, no need for hunger, no calorie counting, no counting points, no pushing the plate away.

This is a rich and varied lifestyle filled with delicious foods. But, in order to maintain the wonderful health benefits such as weight loss, freedom from joint pain and acid reflux, reversal of autoimmune conditions, reversal of type 2 diabetes and hypertension, etc., you must remain wheat- and grain-free and eat otherwise healthy foods. Going off program allows all of it–all of it–to come back with a vengeance. Don’t let it happen.


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WBB: Sherri found the Wheat Belly Fountain of Youth . . . and bowel health

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-12
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Sherri found the Wheat Belly Fountain of Youth . . . and bowel health

Sherri before & after: face

Sherri shared her amazing “before” and “after” Wheat Belly lifestyle photos and story:

“The pic on the left is from June, 2014 and the pic on the right is May, 2015. I started the Wheat Belly lifestyle in August, 2014 after reading how giving up wheat/gluten can help with arthritis pain.

“In Wheat Belly Total Health, you talked about people who were chronically constipated, I think the term was “obstipation.” Well, that was me. I thought that maybe as a ‘side effect’ I could get my gut working right, as well. I wanted to post because I was one of those people who really struggled with withdrawal and I don’t even like bread, pizza, or pasta. Between giving up wheat in August (I gained 5 pounds in the first 3 weeks and was horribly bloated), all grains in September, and Splenda in October, I felt terrible for 3 months and only lost a few pounds, including the 5 I had gained. Everything seemed to go really slowly for me. I realize now that my gut was more damaged than I ever imagined and was taking the time to heal.

Sherri before & after

“But now, ten months later I have (finally) lost 30 pounds and feel amazing. I stopped having hot flashes the first week, I rarely have a headache anymore, I do not need allergy medicine on a daily basis. The age marks on my face are gone, my hair is growing faster and it’s growing in a different color, my gut is working and my arthritis is so much better.

“Thank you so much for leading me on this journey. I’ve learned so much from you and have read at least 30 books on nutrition and getting healthy!”

Besides the impressive “anti-aging” effect that Sherri experienced, the obstipation she previously experienced deserves some discussion. Constipation is bad; obstipation is far worse. People with obstipation are able to move their bowels once every several days to weeks, sometimes longer. They are subjected to repeated upper and lower endoscopies that invariably find nothing wrong, then advised to use laxatives and enemas. They become reliant on such strategies, but even they can fail and/or result in a colon that doesn’t work at all and can enlarge (“megacolon”) and yield obstruction (“intestinal pseudo-obstruction). Obstipation yields a constant battle to move food through. Retained stools undergo putrefaction (rotting) that messes with intestinal permeability, nutrient absorption, and bowel flora. In short, it creates a gastrointestinal disaster. I’ve now witnessed many cases of obstipation reverse with wheat/grain elimination though, as Sherri discovered, full recovery of healthy bowel function requires months of healing.

In addition to relief from obstipation and turning the clock back 10 or 20 years, Sherri also reversed allergies, headaches, arthritis, and is experiencing improvements in hair. So what were those critics saying about the Wheat Belly lifestyle being nothing more than a new spin on a low-carb diet?


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WBB: Debi is not “gluten-free” . . . but GRAIN-free!

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-12
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Debi is not “gluten-free” . . . but GRAIN-free!

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Debi shared her wonderful experience shifting from a gluten-free lifestyle to the fully empowered grain-free lifestyle:

“Now it’s my turn. My life has been radically changed by following the Wheat Belly lifestyle. 7 months and over 20 lb weight loss to date and still dropping. No more acid reflux, brain fog, bloating, sleepless nights and feeling awful every day.

“I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance several years ago and, like most people, started filling up my pantry cupboard with the gluten-free alternatives, not realising the damage I was slowly doing to my body. Thank god for your website and news feed on Facebook, and the education I received about the dangers of consuming wheat and grains. It was a life-saver and has radically changed my life, not to mention all the new health benefits that I have. I have promoted Wheat Belly to all my family and friends who may have similar health issues, because I want to get the word out there.”

As often happens in the Wheat Belly lifestyle, Debi looks like she lost a lot more than 20 pounds–because she also lost the inflammation of wheat and grains.

And she avoids the awful, awful gluten-free replacement foods made with cornstarch, tapioca starch, potato flour, and rice flour, foods that send blood sugar through the roof and thereby, over time, add to risk for cataracts, hypertension, heart disease, hormonal distortions, visceral fat accumulation, diabetes, and dementia, as well as weight gain.

By following the Wheat Belly lifestyle and recreating foods such as breads and cookies with almond flour, coconut flour, and others that do NOT raise blood sugar, nor overlap with gliadin/gluten effects (as cornstarch and rice flour can due to protein residues), Debi can lose weight and obtain all the other health benefits without adding any risk for such conditions.


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WBB: Kaus’ 18-month Wheat Belly update

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-11
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Kaus’ 18-month Wheat Belly update

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Kaus shared his 1½ year update of living the Wheat Belly way.

“I am wheat-free, grain-free for about a year and half now and I feel amazing. Your books truly have changed my life!”

You may remember Kaus from when he shared a number of his photos from last summer:

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Kaus’ pre-Wheat Belly and post-Wheat Belly reveals just how profound the changes in his appearance are. As with so many others, yes, thinner, but also less facial puffiness/edema. We can’t see Kaus’ eyes behind the sunglasses, but I’ll bet that, just as with many others, his eyes appear visibly larger due to the loss of around-the-eye puffiness.

And this is 18 months into his Wheat Belly effort and he continues to look terrific with no regain of the former weight.


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WBB: Robin’s breathtaking Wheat Belly transformation

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-11
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Robin’s breathtaking Wheat Belly transformation

Robin before & after

Robin shared her photos before and after engaging in the Wheat Belly lifestyle.

“Thank you, Dr. Davis, for saving my life. While I had no known health issues related to obesity, I do know I was living on borrowed time. Here I am before starting Wheat Belly and just 5 months (40 pounds) later.”

Pretty darned astounding change, eh? And accomplished without cutting or counting calories, without portion control, without using smaller plates, without extreme exercise, without long periods of hunger–just no wheat, no grains, and eating real, single ingredient foods ad lib.

Even though Robin experienced “only” a substantial weight loss success, had we monitored her underlying metabolic changes, we would have observed:

  • Reduction in inflammation–via c-reactive protein and other markers. C-reactive protein typically drops to zero (despite the widely held belief that higher c-reactive protein is a mandate for statin drugs). This is evidenced on the face as loss of facial redness and swelling, including the “signature” puffy eyes of wheat/grain consumption.
     
  • Rise in HDL, drop in triglycerides, reduction/elimination of small LDL particles–all translating into reduced cardiovascular risk
     
  • Reduction in blood pressure
     
  • Reduced insulin and blood sugar
     
  • Drop in estrogen–due to reduced aromatase enzyme activity in visceral fat
     
  • Drop in prolactin–This is part of the endocrine disruption of grains that leads to breast enlargement (in both females and males).
     
  • Shifts in oral and bowel flora composition
     
  • Improved digestive ability–due to removing the disruptive effects of gliadin and wheat germ agglutinin and their effects on the intestinal lining, bile acid release, and pancreatic enzyme release
     
  • Reduced fat deposition in the liver–that parallels the drop in blood levels of triglycerides

In other words, even if no difference is perceived beyond weight loss, there are substantial changes going on under the surface that accompany the wonderful health benefits of wheat/grain elimination.

Ain’t wheat/grain-free life grand?


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WBB: Look what happened to Michelle . . . in just 10 days!

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-10
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Look what happened to Michelle . . . in just 10 days!

Michelle before & after

Michelle shared the results she has experienced during her initial 10 days of the Wheat Belly lifestyle:

“I started May 1, 2015. I have lost 7 lbs but so much swelling. I have Sjögren’s syndrome and am on several meds that I want off of.”

I’ve discussed how the Wheat Belly lifestyle stacks the odds in favor of reversing the 200 or so conditions of autoimmunity, especially when combined with anti-inflammatory nutritional supplements such as vitamin D and the EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil (only–never krill oil or flaxseed/chia), and a full program of cultivating healthy bowel flora. So Michelle has a terrific chance of reducing the inflammation of her Sjögren’s syndrome, if not achieving outright remission. She may thereby avoid the dry eyes, dry mouth, joint inflammation, and organ inflammation characteristic of this condition.

Following this approach does not reverse every autoimmune condition fully, but it nearly always yields at least partial improvement. And, unlike the prescription drugs used to “treat” autoimmunity accompanied by side effects such as causing diabetes and liver damage, the Wheat Belly strategies yield across-the-board health benefits–there is NOTHING to lose.

If Michelle can achieve a reduction in inflammation this quickly, reflected by the wonderful changes in her facial appearance, I am hopeful that she will manage to have her Sjögren’s syndrome recede, as well.


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Relative risks - Coronavirus
Not understanding the attention gap  ... tell me where I am wrong ..

Corona virus - peek (so far) about 50-deaths/day
Car accidents - about -- 100/day  ( all age groups )
Death due to lead exposure  1095/day ( mostly older )

Lancet paper says something like number one cause of early death could well be lead exposure - low levels matter..

The paper says :

"Although we cannot exclude residual confounding, we estimate that about 400 000 deaths are attributable to lead exposure every year in the USA, of which 250 000 are from cardiovascular disease. Concentrations of lead in blood lower than 5 μg/dL (<0·24 μmol/L) are an important, but largely ignored, risk factor for death in the USA, particularly from cardiovascular disease."

"Our findings suggest that, of 2·3 million deaths every year in the USA, about 400 000 are attributable to lead exposure, an estimate that is about ten times larger than the current one."

So my take is 400,000 deaths a year is more important than the coronavirus by - how do I say this? -- A WHOLE LOT !!!  ...

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpub/article/PIIS2468-2667(18)30025-2/fulltext

,.,.,.
Those wanting to reduce their risk might want to consider BG and fattyacids..

http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com/2020/03/ards-and-linoleic-acid.html
http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com/2020/03/cell-surface-oxygen-consumption-4.html

( I have not had influenza after I started low-carb - many many years ago... )
,.,.

Also - might be a link with people taking ace inhibitors and NSAIDs -- too soon to tell (I’ve said before that NSAIDs are not as safe as people think - I would only take a fever reducer if I had a fever over 103.5 - but then I might just do cold compresses..):

https://drmalcolmkendrick.org/2020/03/18/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://drmalcolmkendrick.org/2020/03/22/covid-19-update/


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WBB: Beth’s life-changing Wheat Belly experience

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-09
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Beth’s life-changing Wheat Belly experience

Beth before & after

Beth shared her photos and experience living the Wheat Belly lifestyle:

“I want to take a moment to thank you, Dr. Davis, for giving me a second chance at life through your knowledge and being willing to go against the grain, no pun intended. I started the Wheat Belly journey 4 months ago and knew this was for me.

“I have spent my entire life overweight. I was on meds for blood pressure, insulin resistance, thyroid, psoriasis and received yearly cortisone shots in my legs for pyoderma gangrenosum caused by constant inflammation of the skin. These are just the major medical issues, but many more issues were present, such as excessive sweating and constant knee pain.

“I am happy to report that I no longer take any medications and I have lost an astounding 43.5 pounds! I can’t thank you enough for giving me back my life.”

Beth progress photos

Yes, losing weight yields health benefits, including reductions in blood pressure and blood sugar. But wheat/grain-free experiences like that of Beth’s highlight all the other effects that develop beyond that accounted for by weight loss: reversal of skin rashes like psoriasis and pyoderma gangrenosum, knee pain, inability to control appetite, thyroid inflammation, and others. Just being freed of all the adverse effects of prescription drugs is another.

The Wheat Belly lifestyle is a means of regaining control over health . . . with weight loss, even substantial like Beth’s, a happy side benefit. This is why I point out that, to an incredible degree, the “healthcare” system is the system we have created to treat the effects of consuming wheat and grains. Lose the wheat and grains, regain health, use the healthcare system as little as possible. That is personal health empowerment.

Here’s an example of pyoderma gangrenosum (from Wikipedia):

Wiki: pyoderma gangrenosum


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WBB: Peggy’s mind and body freed of wheat and grains!

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-09
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Peggy’s mind and body freed of wheat and grains!

Peggy before & after

Peggy shared her photos on the Official Wheat Belly Facebook page, along with a description of her mind-clearing, weight-purging experience:

“This is 4½ months off wheat and 1½ months off of all grains. I’ve lost 30 pounds and I feel great!

“I am now fully following the Wheat Belly way of eating. Most impressive is that I don’t have “brain fog” any more. (I am completely sleep deprived in the picture on the right…. I only got about 3½ hours of sleep last night. I worked very long hours yesterday.) I know I have a long way to go but I’m actually excited. I am also amazed that I no longer have dark skin under my arms any more.”

Losing brain fog is such a frequent observation around here for those of us removing all wheat and grains from our lives. And it’s on-again, off-again nature–i.e., gone with removal, recurring with re-exposure–prove that it is indeed blamable on the wheat and related seeds of grasses.

It’s an effect most likely due to gliadin-derived opiates, the small 5-amino acid long peptides that have the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and exert mind effects. For Peggy, the wheat/grain mind effect was fogginess. For others, it can be appetite stimulation or food obsessions, depression, suicidal thoughts, impulsivity, anger, anxiety, paranoia, hearing voices, and the mania of bipolar illness (with the last several phenomena also involving a gliadin protein-induced autoimmune response in the brain). With the exception of caffeine and alcohol, no other “foods” have the capacity to exert such a range of mind effects. And, of course, there is nothing pleasurable in such mind effects of wheat and grains.

By saying goodbye to all wheat and grains, you are saying goodbye to a collection of mind-active drugs that distort thinking and behavior regardless of age or sex, occupation, body size, latitude, or ethnic origin–everybody.


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WBB: Lose the wheat and grains, lose the inflammation

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-06
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Lose the wheat and grains, lose the inflammation

Rick’s face: 2014-08 … 2015-05 & 2009

Rick shared the progression of facial and health changes he experienced by following the Wheat Belly lifestyle (above). Since he began 5 months ago, Rick has lost 28 pounds and 8 inches off his waist, he is freed from previously chronic knee and back pain, and experienced an improvement in mood. But take a look at Rick’s photos when we put his most recent photo at 248.6 pounds up against his 2009 photo at a weight of 250 pounds–virtually the same weight:

Rick 2015-05 vs. 2009

Even though each photo was taken at similar weight, look at the impressive contrast in Rick’s face: The photos look like two different people at virtually the same weight.

The difference is inflammation.

Wheat and grains powerfully inflame the body. Inflammation can manifest as facial redness (seborrhea), as other forms of skin rash such as acne, dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis. It can show as joint pain, especially in the hands, wrists, and elbows, sometimes in the knees, hips, and low back. It can show as water retention/edema in the face (look at the 2009 Rick) and ankles. Grain-induced inflammation can also show up as an autoimmune disease, anything from rheumatoid arthritis, to autoimmune pancreatic beta cell destruction (type 1 diabetes), to pernicious anemia (autoimmune destruction of the parietal cells of the stomach responsible for vitamin B12 absorption).

What makes wheat and grains such inflammatory stimuli? Here is a partial list:

Gliadin-derived peptides–This occurs in celiac disease and in people without celiac disease. Partially-digested gliadin-derived peptides are directly inflammatory to the intestinal lining.

Intact gliadin–When the gliadin protein molecule remains intact (or nearly intact, since humans struggle to digest poorly recognized proteins from the seeds of grasses), it initiates the series of steps that lead to autoimmunity and results in diseases such as celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, cerebellar ataxia, Sjogren’s disease, IgA nephropathy, some forms of schizophrenia, and type 1 diabetes.

Omega gliadins–The omega gliadins, one of the several variants of gliadin from wheat, rye, and barley, are responsible for some peculiar phenomena, such as exercise (and aspirin) induced anaphylaxis (severe allergy resulting in shock), some skin rashes, and make a contribution to Crohn’s disease.

Wheat germ agglutinin–Like intact gliadin, wheat germ agglutinin, entirely impervious to human digestion, is both a direct bowel toxin, as well as a trigger for autoimmune phenomena such as Crohn’s disease. If it gains access to the bloodstream (which it undoubtedly does, reflected by increased antibody levels against it in some people), it can activate inflammation, amplify the effect of insulin, and cause platelet aggregation (blood clots).

There’s more, but you get the picture. Take a look at Rick’s facial transformation, even when weight is the same, and you see the surface evidence of the body-wide inflammation provoked by following conventional dietary advice to eat more “healthy whole grains.”


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WBB: Athletes follow the Wheat Belly lifestyle

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-05
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Athletes follow the Wheat Belly lifestyle

Timothy in action

I recently discussed why and how, by following the Wheat Belly lifestyle, carb loading is no longer necessary to engage in exercise, even long distances. In fact, carb loading is a destructive process that, over time, accelerates joint destruction/arthritis, cataract formation, hypertension, heart disease, dementia, and other conditions (via excessive, repeated, and irreversible glycation of proteins; see the original Wheat Belly for further discussion).

The process of converting from carb-loading, grain-eating athlete to that of no carb-loading, no grain-eating athlete requires 4 to 6 weeks, the amount of time necessary to amp up the ability to mobilize fat for energy. It’s during this critical period that people will say things like “I tried exercising but felt so awful that I had to add back the carbs,” not recognizing that the effect would disappear by 4-6 weeks. And it’s not uncommon that performance improves over previous levels, as it did for both people here–after the obligatory 4-6 week wait.

Here are two endurance athletes who have embraced the Wheat Belly lifestyle and given up on the health and performance impairment of carb loading.

Timothy:
“I have been on Wheat Belly for less than three months. I am a triathlete who is 45 years old and I was constantly hurting myself, especially while I ran, and weighed about 238 pounds (6′ 2”) last year.

“But now that I found my fountain of youth by adding Wheat Belly (and taking a few natural anti-inflammatories that I was taking last year and helped a little bit), I have been injury-free, taken 12 minutes off my personal record in sprint triathlons, placed 1st and 2nd in my age group this year, can do triple workouts without any soreness or inflammation. I lost 22 pounds in the first two weeks of starting Wheat Belly (weigh 215 to 216 pounds now), went from 16% body fat on 9/16/14 to 7.4% body fat on 4/4/15. I no longer have to take meloxicam (anti-inflammatory) or the blood pressure reducer I was prescribed. I have the metabolic rate of a 22 year old and just feel like I have my 18 year old body back! And this journey began two years ago after I was diagnosed with bladder cancer.”

Caron before & after

Caron:
“I have always enjoyed running and have completed 4 half marathons. Yesterday, I completed my first half marathon since adopting the Wheat Belly lifestyle and I cannot believe the difference. I knocked off 34 minutes from my previous personal best and felt amazing the whole way through.

“Although the loss of 58 lbs likely had a big hand in that (they say you can’t out run a bad diet), I was even more pleased by the fact that I could do this without the sugary gels and sports drinks I saw all around me. My only ‘fuel’ was a sugar-free electrolyte and the water along the course. No need to carb load, no ‘runners stomach,’ and my legs felt little fatigue at the end of the 21 k race.”


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  Reference
  Topic Post Date: 5/4/2015
  Last Reply Date: 5/16/2022
WBB: Richard and Karen eat like royalty . . . and look what happens

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-04
on the Wheat Belly Blog, sourced from and currently found at: Infinite Health Blog.
PCM forum Index of WB Blog articles.


Richard and Karen eat like royalty . . . and look what happens

Karen before & after

Richard Lane is a regular around the Wheat Belly Facebook page, posting many photos of his beautiful wheat/grain-free meals. He is a champion at creating dishes consistent with this lifestyle, as well as drawing some recipes from the Wheat Belly Cookbooks and other sources.

“This is my wife Karen taken last summer at my sister’s birthday party. She put the same top on today. It’s awesome to see the difference in how she looks. I’m so proud of her and thankful to William Davis!”

As you can see from Richard’s photos, Karen is eating indulgently like a queen, thanks to hubbie’s enthusiastic wheat/grain-free cooking, yet she lost 33 pounds while doing so.

Here are some of the dishes that Richard and Karen have been eating (along with Richard’s commentary):

“Breakfast for supper. Poached eggs on sausage patties on top of Wheat Belly focaccia bread. Bread recipe is in both cookbooks and online. Google Wheat Belly focaccia!”

Poached eggs on sausage patties on top of Wheat Belly focaccia bread

“Spectacular burger on a GRAIN-FREE glorious bun on a fantastic evening. Adjective city!”

burger on a GRAIN-FREE bun

“What’s good for the pizza crust is good for scrambled eggs. No need to ask for a recipe, the crust is JUST SCRAMBLED EGGS. Throw on your own sauce and favorite toppings!”

pizza: crust is just scrambled eggs

“A favorite! Pizza: homemade sauce, mozzarella, spinach, mushrooms, red pepper, red onion, black olives, and goat milk feta. Delicious!”

Pizza: homemade sauce, mozzarella, spinach, mushrooms, red pepper, red onion, black olives, and goat milk feta.

“NACHOS! How I love thee and have missed thee, let me count the ways! BUT NO LONGER. Grain-free nacho chips covered with spicy ground meat, a few tomatoes and onions, and lots of grated cheese!” (Recipe for tortilla chips on Elana’s Pantry: http://elanaspantry.com/paleo-tortilla-chips/)

Grain-free nacho chips covered with spicy ground meat, a few tomatoes and onions, and lots of grated cheese


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  Reference
  Topic Post Date: 5/3/2015
  Last Reply Date: 5/16/2022
WBB: So what were they saying about Wheat Belly being another low-carb diet?

Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-03
on the Wheat Belly Blog, sourced from and currently found at: Infinite Health Blog.
PCM forum Index of WB Blog articles.


So what were they saying about Wheat Belly being another low-carb diet?

Linnea before & after

Linnea shared these photos and comments from her mom, who describes an impressive recovery from multiple health problems, including a life-threatening side effect of an intravenous drug used to “treat” autoimmune diseases:

“85 lbs lost. Severe debilitating rheumatoid arthritis in compete remission, medication induced liver failure reversed, high blood pressure reversed, no more IBS, chronic headaches or migraines, chronic urticaria (hives) gone, chronic pain and pain flares gone, chronic fatigue mood swings and depression gone, and many more milder issues resplved.

“Was on 17 medications including IV therapy immune modulator, chemotherapy, cardiac medication, etc. Now only on one thyroid pill. Basically I am alive and well and look forward to many more ENJOYABLE years.”

Now what should this woman tell her doctor(s) who nearly killed her now that she has undergone astounding remission–cure–with wheat and grain elimination?

Wheat and grain elimination, followed by vitamin D restoration and correction of bowel flora distortions (that are the rule in autoimmune diseases and must be corrected to restore normal intestinal permeability), should be the first default steps with the diagnosis of any autoimmune condition. Doing such easy, inexpensive, natural things does not, of course, preclude adding toxic drugs that do such things as cause extravagant weight gain and can lead to liver failure. But doesn’t it make sense to try these benign strategies first?


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