Sourced from: Infinite Health Blog, by Dr. Davis,
originally posted on the Wheat Belly Blog: 2011-12-10
and the New “Normal”
Eliminate wheat from the diet and multiple
facets of health improve.
Health improves so much that I believe
we have to reconsider what we regard as “normal”–normal
health, normal aging, feeling good. If we accept the current state of
the U.S. as it now stands, part of the current “normal” means
being overweight or obese, being pre-diabetic, experiencing energy lows
that impair day-to-day performance, developing arthritis by our 50s or
60s, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, hypertension, acid reflux,
constipation, sleep disturbances . . . and on and on. These
are the pedestrian plagues of the modern American, with a rare person who
escapes all of it. Fiction imitates life and we have become Homer Simpsons
of health: fat, lazy overeaters consigned to a life of discomfort, doctor
visits, and prescription drugs. Doh!!
Taking wheat out of the health equation means
that we need to redefine what we can expect in life. This is
because eliminating wheat:
appetite–“Normal” calorie intake is, on
average, 400 calories less per day for the wheatless. The notion
that a 50-year old, 150 pound woman needs 1800 calories per
day will need to be adjusted . . . downward.
2) Reduces body weight and visceral fat–You
might need to shop in the junior dress sizes. Men may find that clothes
manufacturers don’t even make trousers for your waist size any
more. (Ever try to find 31″ waist pants?)
3) Reduces small LDL particles–Meaning risk
for heart attack is dramatically reduced, “need” for
statin drugs reduced or eliminated. It means that the fictitious
target numbers your doctor treats known as “LDL
cholesterol” will need to be readjusted to accommodate the
reduction or elimination of the true number one cause
for heart disease in the U.S., small LDL particles.
4) Reduces blood sugar–Remove the
amylopectin A of wheat and blood sugar drops, HbA1c
(reflecting the previous 60-days blood sugar) drops, resistance
to insulin drops.
5) Diabetes and pre-diabetes are no longer
inevitable–The CDC predicts that 1 in
3 Americans will be diabetic in the coming years, another
1 in 3 pre-diabetic–it is nearly everyone’s
fate, according to the numbers. Remove amylopectin A, remove
lectin-induced leptin resistance, remove gliadin-induced appetite
stimulation, diabetes and pre-diabetes for most go away.
6) Joint and bone health improve–Arthritis,
joint pain, and osteoporosis, long considered the inevitable
accompaniments of aging, are delayed or simply don’t occur
once the acidifying effects of wheat are removed, the inflammatory
pus-like properties of visceral fat disappear, and brittle cartilage
effects of amylopectin A-induced glycation no longer occur.
7) Glycation comes to a halt–Provided you
don’t feast on M&Ms and Coca Cola in place of wheat,
irreversible glucose-modification of proteins–that causes
hypertension, cataracts, osteoarthritis, left ventricular diastolic
dysfunction (stiff heart), conduction system disease leading to
heart rhythm disorders and pacemakers, nervous system impairment
(reduced sensation and coordination), and aging–subsides to
its natural slow level.
We also no longer need to resign ourselves
to an inevitable future of blood pressure drugs, cholesterol drugs,
arthritis drugs, acid reflux drugs, diabetes drugs, along with
“plenty of fiber” to compel our diseased colons to do
their jobs. The savings in healthcare costs alone are mind-boggling.
Wheatlessness redefines what normal health
and aging are all about. I predict that our perception that the
“normal” 60-year old, overweight and tired, who takes
five prescription drugs, struggles to walk freely, and sees his or
her doctor for multiple abnormal health conditions, will be replaced
by a slender active person who can still run up a hill effortlessly,
wear a bathing suit or bikini proudly at the beach, and sees a
doctor for nothing more than a checkup.