Wheat Belly Total Health: the PBS Videos
Wheat Belly Total Health: the PBS Videos
Because this is frequently asked about on the Wheat Belly Blog:
In 2014, prior to the publication of Wheat
Belly Total Health,
Dr. Davis recorded a series of videos for public television.
The main video in this series
“Wheat Belly Total Health”
is periodically aired by PBS stations. The other
videos may also be, but I haven't studied enough PBS schedules to be sure.
To catch any on TV, check the website schedule for your station.
These specials are typically run outside of prime time hours (and
commonly during pledge drives). PBS stations rarely publish
programming for non-prime programming periods more than two weeks
in advance, but if they plan to run any in the next two weeks,
you may find it.
You may have no PBS stations within range, or may wish to watch the
show on your own schedule, or may want all of the videos.
A single DVD
and a DVD set
were produced and can sometimes be found. They were apparently produced for use
as pledge premiums, and can be had from several PBS stations, although
perhaps only during pledge drives. They also turn up on used media
sites and eBay (which is where I obtained the samples shown in this
Despite having UPC and ISBN barcodes, these discs
are not (so far) offered on any other web stores, such as
shoppbs.org, rodalestore.com or hayhouse.com.
is provided below primarily for the benefit of search engines.
This page may be more information on these titles than you
will find anywhere else. The price codes on the Collection
and its discs may only be for tax valuation purposes.
So what might you expect to pay for them?
PBS stations appear to be asking as follows for pledge pricing:
$ 60.00 for just the single DVD
$120.00 for the single DVD plus the Total Health book
$240.00 for a bundle of all DVDs plus multiple books
The used media market is strictly a supply and demand situation.
These discs have started to show up on Amazon, “new” and used.
They can also be found on eBay. At any time, there
appears to be only a 50% chance that either DVD product will have
an active listing on eBay. You can use eBay's Advanced Search,
including completed listings, to see what auctions and Buy-It-Now (BIN)
listings have closed at in the last 15 days. I bought the copies
shown here as BINs, and paid $25 for the single DVD (still in
shrink wrap) and $40 for the Collection (used), with free
shipping (First Class Parcel) on both.
People also ask: …any chance this show will be
available on Netflix/Hulu/Amazon soon?
The official answer is that nobody knows.
The rights to the show are probably held by Georgia Public
Broadcasting. Do regionally-produced PBS shows ever end up on
commercial streamers? (I don't know) Are such shows ever streamed
by any PBS affiliates? (again I don't know). It is also possible
that PBS might at some point just sell the
DVDs outright, but likely at prices not much lower than as premiums.
Important Format Information
The discs are 16:9 widescreen,
are region-free, but are clearly “NTSC”.
What does all this mean?
The video format on the disc is 720×480 pixels.
If you have an older 4:3 “Academy ratio” TV, and
not a widescreen TV, you'll have to watch the show in
“letterbox” (black bars above and below image).
There is no Region statement on any of the packaging or on the DVDs
themselves. My PC media player software reports that they
are mastered for region
codes 1,2,3,4,5,6. This means they are region-free, so if
your player can handle “NTSC” DVDs, it won't refuse
to play them due to DRM.
There is an NTSC icon on the DVD set. The single disc is silent on
this. “NTSC” is misleading for digital video, but implies
that the video format of the disc is intended for use with TVs descended from the
former 525 lines 60 Hz analog NTSC-M
standard. If you live in a former PAL or SECAM
region, or possibly in a 50 Hz power region, you may need at
least a multi-standard DVD player, and perhaps a multi-standard TV.
Wheat Belly Total Health single DVD
This disc includes the original show, a joint production of
Georgia Public Broadcasting and Rodale. The main show runs 60 minutes.
There are also two un-aired
supplementary videos, totaling another 40 minutes, on
11 frequently asked questions,
and a short Q&A session with the studio audience.
This disc has one audio stream (English) which is at least stereo.
The disc is close-captioned, also English only.
Wheat Belly DVD Collection
Note: This set does not include
the Wheat Belly Total Health
presentation, nor anything else from disc above.
The videos in this Collection were produced by Hay House,
but are apparently only available through PBS. They include:
- What If I Lost the Wheat But Didn't Lose the Weight
- Grain-Free Shopping and Eating Guide
- The Wheat Belly Revolution
A discussion with Dr. Davis and the
Dr. Wayne Dyer.
These discs have one audio stream (English) which is at least stereo.
The discs are close-captioned, also English only.