Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2015-07-26
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Daphne, a former skeptic, now a Wheat Belly believer
Daphne was a Wheat Belly skeptic. There are lots of them out there. And I understand that. I, too, was once a skeptic. After all, I started this journey over 20 years ago following a strict low-fat, vegetarian diet.
I first began observing the astounding changes in health in my cardiac patients who I counseled to eliminate all wheat to reduce formation of small LDL particles–the most common abnormality in people with coronary disease–and high blood sugars. At first, I didn’t know what to make of the astounding weight loss, the reduction in appetite, the reversal of joint pain and skin rashes, the reversal of autoimmune conditions, the change in facial appearance, thicker hair, younger skin, relief from acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome, etc. that people reported to me. I first dismissed it as coincidence . . . until it kept on happening dozens, hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, now hundreds of thousands and millions of times.
That’s when I started asking questions of agricultural geneticists to understand: Why would eliminating the food that ALL official providers of dietary advice urge us to eat more of yield astounding changes in health and weight? That’s when I put 2 + 2 together: the wheat of the 21st century is not the wheat of 1960–it was changed, and changed dramatically. Combine these insights with the frustration I experienced in discussing this with colleagues, even when CURE of chronic diseases was encountered, and that began the process that has turned the world of nutritional advice topsy-turvy. Don’t eat “healthy whole grains”–eat NO grains, especially the worst one of all, modern semidwarf wheat. Don’t cut fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol–instead, eat fatty meats, don’t trim off the fat, and add more healthy fats like coconut oil. Eat real foods least corrupted by modern agribusiness.
Daphne is among our most recent converts. Struggling with weight and health issues, surely the solution cannot be found in doing the OPPOSITE of all government advice and eating NO grains and plenty of natural fats?
“It took me almost a year to decide to try this lifestyle. I wasn’t sure I believed it 100%. I read all your books and finally decided to jump in head-first the last week of March, 2015.
“I have struggled with IBS [irritable bowel syndrome] and severe digestive issues since I was a child. I have been to so many doctors, I can’t even count. They all told me to ‘eat more fiber and whole wheat.’ I didn’t get any better. I started having severe anxiety issues in 2012 and started putting on the weight. I gained 56 pounds and felt worse than I have ever felt in my life.
“Once I started Wheat Belly, I lost 14 pounds in the first 2 weeks and I haven’t had one stomach ache in two months. I can eat again. I am still dealing with anxiety but I am hoping that, the longer I dedicate myself to this lifestyle, my anxiety will taper off. Thank you so much for your books and research. I have spread the word and my brother, best friend, and several others close to me have started living this lifestyle, as well.
Here’s another “after” photo Daphne shared:
Why has it taken a lifetime for Daphne to finally discover the solution to her bowel struggles? Why did she have to endure countless misinformed doctors, likely subjected to unnecessary testing and prescription drugs, before finding out that it is a destructive component of diet causing the entire problem, foods that all providers of nutritional advice agree should dominate every meal?
As often happens around here, you can see much of Daphne’s health success reflected on the face: less edema, less inflammation, as well as being slender. The Wheat Belly lifestyle works at so many levels in health because it removes a cause for body-wide inflammation.