Sourced from: Infinite Health Blog, by Dr. Davis,
originally posted on the Wheat Belly Blog: 2012-07-20
Say you’re starting from
scratch and contemplating some change in diet. You suffer
with heartburn, your joints hurt, your feet are swollen
after standing on your feet for 8 hours. On your
last visit to the doctor, your blood pressure was
borderline high, your fasting blood sugar was in the
pre-diabetic range, your cholesterol values were all
screwed up, and your doctor threatened to put you on
drugs for all of it unless you cut your calories and
exercised more—even though you’ve been
trying to push the plate away, consume smaller portions
and exercise vigorously at least 5 days a week.
So you decide to eliminate anything
made of corn. This means you eliminate corn on the cob,
any sauce or gravy thickened with cornstarch, tacos and
tortillas or anything that might be made with cornmeal,
and anything sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup. You
continue to eat whole grain breads, pizza, and bagels.
You try to limit your saturated fats and total fats. You
eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
What do you think happens?
Probably . . . nothing.
Okay, so you lose 3 or 4 pounds, your fasting blood
sugar drops from 112 mg/dl to 109 mg/dl, blood
pressure drops from 140/90 to 137/84. After all, corn
is an increasingly ubiquitous carbohydrate and reducing
your carbohydrate exposure can lead to such health
benefits. Factor in the uncertainties introduced by
genetically-modified corn (glyphosate-resistant and
BT toxin inoculated, in particular) and you
have indeed achieved improvements in health.
But what about the other 70
pounds you’ve got to lose, the insatiable appetite,
the still-high blood pressure and blood sugar, joint
pains, peculiar rash on your arms and knees, leg edema,
fatigue, depression, mental “fogginess,”
not to mention the behavioral problems of your 7-year
old, the acne of your 16-year old, the awkward and
distressful cramps and diarrhea of your spouse?
You now where I’m going
with this: It’s not about corn. If the
entire health mess most of us find ourselves in were
about corn, well, then . . . eliminating
corn would solve the entire collection of problems.
It does not.
But, eliminate the wheat and
an unexpected and broad range of health benefits
develop. That’s why the movement—not
the book, but the movement—is labeled
“Wheat Belly” and not corn
belly, broccoli belly, beef belly, soda belly,
high-fructose corn syrup-belly, or any other belly.
It’s called “Wheat
Belly,” and it’s no mistake.