Sourced from: Infinite Health Blog, by Dr. Davis,
originally posted on the Wheat Belly Blog: 2011-10-07
[Wheat Belly] outtake: Sitosomania
If psychiatrists were to come up with a word
for obsession with wheat, it would be sitosomania.
“Sitos” is the transliteration of
the Greek word for “wheat.” As kleptomania means being unable
to resist the temptation to steal, and flagellomania refers to a passion
for flogging and caning, so sitosomania drives the relentless pursuit of
There is no doubt: For some people, wheat is
addictive to the point of creating obsession. I still get rap music
shivers when a well-dressed, suburban soccer mom desperately confesses to
me, “Wheat is my crack!” Yes, indeed:
Sitosomania at work.
Many people with wheat addictions just know
they have a wheat addiction. They already understand, even before I tell
them, that wheat provides a little “high” and, when the flow
of pasta and Danish stops, an uncomfortable “withdrawal” follows.
These are the same people who crumble in shame and horror when I advise them
that many of their health problems are wheat-related, fully aware of what is
in store when their next “hit” is missed.
Eat wheat, feel good. Lack wheat, feel bad
. . . real bad. That’s called “withdrawal.”
Recall that, in the gastrointestinal tract,
wheat gluten is digested into polypeptide fragments called
“exorphins” that cross the blood-brain barrier to exert
morphine-like brain effects, effects that can be neatly blocked with
opiate-blocking drugs like naloxone, a drug usually reserved for
injection into drug addicts overdosed on heroine. Naloxone has the
interesting effect of reducing calorie intake, such as in binge eaters.
Most of the reduced calories are those from wheat products.
Can there be any remaining doubt that wheat
works on your brain?