Sourced from: Infinite Health Blog, by Dr. Davis,
originally posted on the
Wheat Belly Blog: 2012-04-12
The struggles people endure before they
discover the answer for health are often truly astounding.
Pain, depression, physical incapacitation, drugs, hospitalizations,
even surgeries . . . all to treat this disruptive
monster in diet.
Kim posted her story of her decades-long
struggle for health, but a story with a happy ending of
rediscovering health within days:
I am a 51 year old female. I am
a former dancer, and all my life had been very lean, and had
lots of muscle. Of course when I stopped dancing I gained a
little weight, but was still lean by most standards.
In 1999 I was being treated for
depression, and gained weight from most of the meds they
had put me on, 14 different medication
“cocktails” over the next 6 years! None
of these medications did anything for me except to make me
psychotic, more depressed, and of course gain even more weight.
I finally gave up on the
psychiatric approach altogether, and turned to my faith,
which has kept me med free and out of any deep depression
for almost 7 years now! However, my weight reached
a high of 150 pounds! I am only 5’2.
I tried many weight loss methods
over the past 4 years even to the point of being severely
anorexic. I starved myself by counting calories, and
cutting fat, and at one point would not allow myself more
than 700 calories a day. Well, I lost about
20 pounds, but also ended up in the hospital for what
appeared to be a heart attack. It turned out that the pain
in my left arm was from severe dehydration, and THAT may
have saved my life . . . because what was really
going on was that I had severe pancreatitis! The doctor
even took my husband out of the room to inform him that my
pancreatic enzymes were so high I might not make it! Of
course they put me in the hospital, and ironically, had to
“starve” me for four days to allow my pancreatic
enzymes to return to normal. The two main causes of
pancreatitis are drinking, which I don’t do, and
gallstones, so, on day 5 they decided to remove my
gallbladder. I had known for years that my gallbladder
was making me sick, but after many, many trips to the er,
and many scans, the doctors kept saying, “You
don’t have any gallstones”.
A week after having my surgery,
I returned to see the surgeon for my follow up appointment.
He told me he was aghast at how much “sludge”
he found in my gallbladder, and that it was so incredibly
infected that the surrounding lymph nodes were also infected!
Anyway, I was so pleased to finally have my gallbladder out,
and have since been in recovery from the anorexia. My weight
had hovered around 140-150, ever since. I just figured it
was part of aging, the damage I had done to myself, and my
Sorry so long a history, but I
feel it may help some readers to understand what I have
Since having my gallbladder
removed I have had horrible diarrhea, cramping, belly
aches, and acid reflux. I don’t remember the
last time I had a normal bowel movement . . .
Four days ago I was on the
internet, again looking for a way to lose weight, but
also just to get healthy. I started looking into
gluten, what it is, what it does etc. I found your
book on B&N.com and was mesmerized by the title
”Wheat Belly”!! My heart started pounding,
and honestly I think a light lit up over my head!
I hadn’t even read a word of it yet, but the
title alone caught me . . . I carry most of
my weight in my belly!
Well, to make a very long story
shorter . . . I am on DAY 3 of being
wheat free! I thought that it would be so difficult,
but it’s really not. Yes, I have looked longingly at
the bread, the “healthy” English muffins I had
just bought, and these really awesome tasting artisan rolls
in my freezer, but I have stuck to the plan. I have eaten
more green veggies in the past few days than I have in
probably the last 6 months! My body has already
adapted a better “hunger rhythm” . . .
I wake up hungry, and I never ate breakfast!
I eat less at each meal, because I fill up faster,
and I feel more satisfied!
I have lost 2 lbs in just three
days, I have lost the pain in my hip and my lower back that
was waking me up every morning. The joints in my fingers no
longer hurt to hold my morning tea, and I sleep so deeply,
wake less frequently, and feel more rested than ever! And
here’s the best part…I had a normal bowel
movement today! I know a lot of folks will think
T.M.I., but when you have had nothing but water, loose,
fatty stools, and have had to rush to the bathroom
5 minutes after every meal for years…this
My energy level is up, my
concentration is better, my skin looks great . . .
I am amazed at the changes in just 3 days!
I can’t wait to see what happens after a
couple weeks! I think there should be a skull and
crossbones on everything containing wheat, because THAT
is how I see it now!