Sourced from: Infinite Health Blog, by Dr. Davis,
originally posted on the Wheat Belly Blog: 2012-07-10
In the mood for a little excess?
“I found myself in a
ditch along the side of the road.”
So Ken told me, describing
his trip to southern France to ride his bike along
the French rural backroads.
“I was wheezing so bad,
I could barely breathe. Next thing you know, I’m
in the ditch, lying on my back. The doctor said I had
asthma, so he gave me prescriptions for two inhalers.
“So I come back to the
States and I see a pulmonologist here. He asks whether
I’ve been evaluated for acid reflux that could
have triggered the asthma. I tell him
‘no,” so he writes me a prescription for
Aciphex to block the acid.
“I’m feeling better
now except for the pain in my right knee. I’m
thinking I might have to get it replaced.”
This conversation transpires
while Ken walks the treadmill during his stress test,
being performed to further evaluate his coronary disease.
Due to an inherited predisposition to having oodles of
small LDL particles, Ken has a lot of coronary
atherosclerosis in his arteries.
“Gee, Ken,” I tell
him, “asthma, acid reflux, knee arthritis.
This sounds an awful lot like you’ve got a
problem with wheat.”
“Yeah, yeah, yeah.
You already gave me that song and dance. But, you know,
I figure: It’s not wise to eliminate an entire
food group. My Mom always said: ‘Everything in
Personally, I prefer Oscar
Wilde’s attitude: “Moderation is a fatal
thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.”
“Everything in moderation”
is one of those nonsensical, meaningless mantras meant to
provide solace to the indulgent masses, similar to
“Everything will all be alright” and
“We all make mistakes.” Well, I hate to
burst your bubble, but everything won’t
always be alright and we all do indeed make
mistakes, but this provides no justification for the
specific mistake in question. The Huffington Post may
be many things to many people, but they certainly have
impeccable timing; here’s their post for The ‘Everything in
The “excess” I had
in mind, of course, is the complete elimination of a
“food group.” Who said wheat and other grains
constituted a food group, anyway? What if I fail to
recognize something that is tantamount to a human poison
as a food group and regard it as a contaminant
instead? Is hydrogenated cottonseed oil okay in moderation?
How about agave nectar and high-fructose corn syrup? How
about teosinte, modified via centuries of hybridization
to create modern corn, now carrying genes from other
plants, such as Bt toxin or wheat germ agglutin, inserted
by geneticists? Does corn occupy a special
“food group,” too? Just because something
has been consumed for centuries does not justify its
continued consumption in light of new scientific insights.
And what if the food group in question has undergone
extensive and uncharted genetic changes at the hands
So Ken has acid reflux, asthma,
coronary disease, all being “treated” with a
panel of medications. Why not just treat it with the
elimination of the food group that causes this specific
collection of abnormal health conditions, namely wheat?
moderation” makes as much sense as justifying a
fatality caused while driving drunk as “just a
mistake.” Everything in moderation is definitely
not okay. It is a silly notion that, like other
outdated notions, will fall by the wayside as yet
another form of nutritional roadkill.