Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-05-06
on the Wheat Belly Blog,
sourced from and currently found at: Infinite Health Blog.
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Lose the wheat and
grains, lose the inflammation
Rick shared the progression of facial and
health changes he experienced by following the Wheat Belly lifestyle
(above). Since he began 5 months ago, Rick has lost 28 pounds
and 8 inches off his waist, he is freed from previously chronic
knee and back pain, and experienced an improvement in mood. But take
a look at Rick’s photos when we put his most recent photo at
248.6 pounds up against his 2009 photo
at a weight of 250 pounds–virtually
the same weight:
Even though each photo was taken at similar
weight, look at the impressive contrast in Rick’s face:
The photos look like two different people at virtually
the same weight.
The difference is inflammation.
Wheat and grains powerfully inflame the body.
Inflammation can manifest as facial redness (seborrhea), as other forms
of skin rash such as acne, dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis. It can show
as joint pain, especially in the hands, wrists, and elbows, sometimes
in the knees, hips, and low back. It can show as water retention/edema
in the face (look at the 2009 Rick) and ankles. Grain-induced
inflammation can also show up as an autoimmune disease, anything from
rheumatoid arthritis, to autoimmune pancreatic beta cell destruction
(type 1 diabetes), to pernicious anemia (autoimmune destruction
of the parietal cells of the stomach responsible for vitamin B12
What makes wheat and grains such
inflammatory stimuli? Here is a partial list:
occurs in celiac disease and in people
celiac disease. Partially-digested gliadin-derived peptides are
directly inflammatory to the intestinal lining.
the gliadin protein molecule remains intact (or nearly intact, since humans struggle to digest poorly recognized proteins from the seeds of grasses),
initiates the series of steps that lead to autoimmunity and results
in diseases such as celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis,
nephropathy, some forms of
Omega gliadins–The omega
gliadins, one of the several variants of gliadin from wheat, rye, and
barley, are responsible for some peculiar phenomena, such as
(and aspirin) induced anaphylaxis (severe allergy resulting in
rashes, and make a contribution to
Wheat germ agglutinin–Like
intact gliadin, wheat germ agglutinin, entirely impervious to human
digestion, is both a
bowel toxin, as well as a trigger for autoimmune phenomena such as
disease. If it gains access to the bloodstream (which it
undoubtedly does, reflected by increased
levels against it in some people), it can activate inflammation,
amplify the effect of insulin, and cause platelet aggregation (blood clots).
There’s more, but you get the picture.
Take a look at Rick’s facial transformation, even when weight
is the same, and you see the surface evidence of the body-wide
inflammation provoked by following conventional dietary advice to
eat more “healthy whole grains.”