Sourced from: Infinite Health Blog, by Dr. Davis,
originally posted on the Wheat Belly Blog: 2012-12-19
acne, asthma, collapse . . . could it be wheat?
Mia posted this story describing her experience
with the uncommon Wheat-Dependent Exercise-Induced Anaphylaxis, or WDEIA:
Over the past several years, I have struggled with
an occasional bout of asthma, while never really understanding what was
triggering it or how to prevent it from happening. I had an inhaler for
occasional use, which is odd, because I did not struggle with asthma while
growing up and found it strange that I should need one in my mid-twenties.
This past summer I took to jogging and power walking and, in spite of my
efforts to eat lots of “healthy whole grains,” I just kept
gaining weight. Jogging was extremely difficult, as I always struggled to
breathe and could barely keep up a shuffle. “Why?”
I wondered to myself, as I was only about 10 pounds overweight
and relatively young! I was careful about what I ate, so why was
exercising and losing weight so difficult?
Late in June, I came back from a typical jog and
collapsed onto the floor. I had the worst asthma attack resulting in
the onslaught of asphyxia I have ever had in my life and was sent to the ER
in an ambulance. It took hours to get my breathing stabilized. I was
prescribed a new inhaler, since my old one had expired (hence being unable
to stop the asthma attack). I returned home many hours later, weak,
shaky, and terrified.
I quit jogging and all forms of exercise. Ever
since the “attack,” even bustling around the house doing laundry
triggered an asthma attack. I was devastated, as I continued to gain
weight while not being able to exercise, and felt depressed and discouraged.
How was I going to get my life under control?
By a series of events that I attribute to
God’s grace, I discovered your book. After a 5-month journey that
began by going “gluten-free” to eventually wheat and grain-free,
I have since eliminated the “random” asthma attacks.
I haven’t used my inhaler in many months now, and I have resumed
my walks in the neighborhood. Oddly enough, during my wheat-free journey, I
deliberately consumed wheat twice as an experiment, like most people seem
to do, to see what would happen. Guess what: asthma!! Bad enough to need
that inhaler again. I was baffled each time. I also consumed gluten
accidentally after eating a tablespoon of ranch dressing (modified food
starch) and had another bout of asthma. After all of this, I was convinced
that wheat was the root of all of my asthma woes.
Oh yeah, and I have lost 8 of those stubborn
10 pounds that I had struggled to get rid of for years! I’m
amazed. Also, my acne has cleared up! I am telling everyone I know
about Wheat Belly, even though they think I’m crazy and are sick of
hearing me talk about it, haha. Thank you, Dr. Davis!
Mia’s experience is among the more
uncommon–though more acutely dramatic and potentially
life-threatening–responses to wheat. It is another example of the
peculiar ways that us humans respond to this unnatural component of diet.
WDEIA is usually attributable to the omega-gliadin fraction of the gliadin
protein, the protein with protean effects on us humans, including mind
effects like appetite stimulation, anger, anxiety, paranoia, and addiction;
increased small bowel permeability, likely one important mechanism
underlying autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis; as well as
allergic and anaphylactic phenomena such as asthma and Mia’s WDEIA.
Can any other “food” generate the array
of responses that wheat creates? Can any other food trigger asthma,
anaphylaxis, appetite stimulation, mind “fog,” paranoia,
anxiety, food obsessions, joint pain, acid reflux, bowel urgency, diarrhea,
bowel hemorrhage, autoimmune disease, diabetes, small LDL particles and
high triglycerides, and an extensive array of skin rashes? None I know of.
This is because wheat is not meant to be food, not meant to be
consumed by humans, never meant to be harvested or cultivated. It’s not
wheat’s fault; it is the fault of ignorant humans enticed by the taste,
smell, texture, addictive potential, availability, or ease of procurement. Of
course, the whole mess has been made much worse by the genetics shenanigans
introduced by geneticists and agribusiness who change our foods, including
grains, not for enhanced health but to satisfy some agricultural goal, such
as increased yield-per-acre, increased predictability of yield, resistance
to an herbicide, etc.
Consumption of modern wheat is for the ignorant,
uninformed, or desperate.