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Sourced from: Infinite Health Blog, by Dr. Davis,
originally posted on the Wheat Belly Blog: 2011-08-30
That 5.8-magnitude rumble you feel under your feet
is not another earthquake. It’s just the rumbling from your Wheat Belly.
Have shredded wheat cereal at 7 am for breakfast
and your stomach will be rumbling by 9. Have a few Wheat Thin crackers,
the rolling abdominal reverberations start again and you’re hungry
at 11. Glancing at the clock and counting the minutes until lunch,
you give in to the aftershocks and have a few pretzels. A sandwich for
lunch and the cycle begins anew.
This effect is shared by other carbohydrates,
including oats and candy bars. Carbohydrates cause a 90- to 120-minute
cycle of high blood sugar and insulin, followed by a precipitous drop.
The insulin/sugar drop triggers a powerful hunger signal, the rumbling
and desperate search for food.
But wheat products are different. In addition to
the 90- to 120-minute cycle of sugar and insulin, there’s the
gliadin effect. Gliadin is the protein unique to wheat that
stimulates appetite. Gliadin induces a subtle euphoria that triggers a
need for more, no different than an opiate like morphine, heroine, or
oxycontin. Skeptical? A drug company has already made application
to the FDA for the drug naltrexone, an opiate-blocking drug, for weight
loss. Does it work? You bet: 22.4 pounds lost first
6 months. NIH researchers have already shown that proteins
derived from gliadin bind to opiate receptors in the brain. Skip that
mid-morning snack and gliadin withdrawal starts to kick in: shakiness,
mental “fog,” anxiety, accompanied by the loud rumbling rolls.
The peristaltic rumbling and shaking you therefore
experience are not the shifting of earth’s tectonic plates.
It’s just this unnatural disaster called wheat.