Sourced from: Infinite Health Blog, by Dr. Davis,
originally posted on the Wheat Belly Blog: 2012-11-13
Sick . . . for no apparent reason
Rochelle posted this story of just being sick
without apparent explanation, despite “healthy” eating
and exercise, “moderation,” with no solutions offered by
doctors, just suffering day to day until . . .
I just have to say THANK YOU!
I have been experiencing some of the
strangest yet “smallest” health issues since I gave
birth to my son almost 8 years ago, starting with terrible
migraines down to intestinal issues. I’ve worked out for
the past 12 years and ate “healthy” for the
most part. But I noticed that my weight loss journey and efforts
to rid myself of the baby weight just weren’t working the
way they did pre-baby.
Needless to say, I was frustrated and
very upset that I couldn’t get the scale to move without
starving myself, which is unrealistic. I’d been to two
doctors, with neither making any efforts to dig deeper into my issues.
I suffered from dizzy spells (one
of my biggest concerns), running into things, memory loss, minor
aches and pains, slurred speech, having difficulty speaking or
getting my words out, and, most of all, serious stomach problems
that sounded more like I was always hungry, not to mention chronic
bloating and fatigue, along with no energy. Day to day living and
exercise was a major chore and struggle. Some days I was
literally sick and just couldn’t understand why.
Well, back in May, one of my friends
was diagnosed with RA [rheumatoid arthritis] and decided
to give the Paleo diet a try. To all of our amazement, she
dropped about 12 pounds almost instantly and a lot of he
r inflammation went away.
So I figured why not give it a try and
see what happens. For a few weeks I stuck as close to Paleo as I
could and noticed most of my symptoms went away. I decided to
start to introduce the “healthy” foods back into my
diet and guess what? Yep: ALL my issues came back almost instantly.
It wasn’t until that same friend suggested I read your book
that it dawned on me that all my so called “healthy whole
grains,” brown rice, etc. were the root of all my issues.
The more I read, the more amazed I was. So I decided to go cold
turkey for two weeks and to closely monitor myself to see what my
results would be.
I’m sure I dont have to tell you
that again everything disappeared! I dropped 7 pounds in
those two weeks, my energy level went up, and my bloating and
“talking” stomach DISAPPEARED! I’ve cheated a
few times but have to say that every single time my symptoms came
back in a matter of minutes and reminds me why it’s just
not worth it.
I now read every item I purchase in the
grocery store and refuse to live just a “gluten free”
life. My only regret is not testing my diet sooner.
It’s amazing that we don’t
think the foods we place in our mouths could be the cause of most,
if not all, of our health issues. When I tell people that I
can’t and won’t touch wheat anymore they think
I’m crazy, but I don’t care. I’ll keep telling
them and suggesting your book until they get it. You are a Godsend
and amazing. I dont care what the industry says. THANK YOU THANK
YOU THANK YOU FOR BEING ONE OF THE FEW DOCTORS TO SPEAK UP AND NOT BE
AFRAID TO BUCK THIS BIG OLD SYSTEM!!! You have probably saved my and
my son’s life.
p.s. I’m only 36 so I knew there had
to be something wrong, regardless of what the doctors said, which
included living on a 1000 calorie a day diet.
Sounds like Rochelle was on her way to a
full-blown case of cerebellar ataxia, maybe even early memory
impairment via gluten encephalopathy, as well as the more
run-of-the-mill wheat problems like acid reflux, bloating, and
migraine headaches. She was led down this path by the endlessly
repeated mantra of “eat more healthy whole grains,”
and likely would have been blamed for sloth, gluttony, and
laziness by the doctors who failed, time after time, to understand
that these phenomena were all due to the perfect
chronic poison she was encouraged to ingest, AKA modern wheat.