Rebecca’s journey to health and youthfulness
Rebecca shared her photos and experience living the Wheat Belly lifestyle: “Eliminating wheat has made such a huge difference in my health and, surprisingly, my appearance. I am 42 and have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. I’m also a single mom of four and was told that it was ‘normal’ for me to be tired. But I was miserable. I was so tired it hurt despite having thyroid levels that were in the normal range. I also had brain ‘fog,’ anxiety, depression, and trouble sleeping. Doctor after doctor kept prescribing me more medicine: medicine for my mood, medicine to help me sleep. And despite a...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - December 3, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories anti-aging anxiety Armour autoimmune Depression hashimoto's hypothyroid Inflammation insomnia leaky gut sleep Weight Loss youth Source Type: blogs

Matthew’s incredible Wheat Belly transformation
Remember Matthew? I previously shared his story and photos, including his 80-pound weight loss and change in cholesterol values. But there is much more to his story that he has been sharing on the Official Wheat Belly Facebook page. Because the changes he described were so extensive, I’ve collected his comments here. Put together, Matthew’s health transformation is nothing short of astounding. He previously told us that hypertension and pre-diabetes have reversed with now normal blood pressure and blood sugars. But just read on and see how much more happened. Matthew’s experience is a terrific example of ...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - November 27, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories acid reflux allergy asthma cholesterol cramps gerd gluten grains heartburn IBS indigestion spastic colon Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

Matthew’s impressive Wheat Belly success
Remember Matthew? Here was his original Wheat Belly success story describing how he obtained relief from near-diabetic blood sugars, asthma, sinusitis, acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, skin rashes, and daily headaches. Here is Matthew’s latest update. “Down a total of 77 pounds since May 1. Wheat Belly rocks!! Have incorporated more ketogenic principles and eat-stop-eat intermittent fasting into the mix.” Even better, Matthew shared some recent lab work: The drop in triglycerides, fasting blood sugar, and HbA1c (reflecting Matthew’s prior blood sugars over 90 days) show a dramatic r...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - November 19, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories acid reflux asthma bmi cholesterol fatigue gluten grains IBS sinusitis triglycerides Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

Moving numbers
By following the Wheat Belly lifestyle, you can observe such wonderful effects as loss of belly fat, reversal of facial skin rashes and edema, and relief from acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. But, because we have all been told to “cut fat and eat more healthy whole grains” that triggers a domino effect of metabolic and health distortions, most people also typically start their Wheat Belly journey with high blood sugars, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, dysbiosis, inflammation, and other abnormal patterns, the abnormalities that drive billions of dollars of drug prescriptions ...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - November 16, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle blood tests bowel flora cholesterol fish oil hypothyroid Inflammation labs lipoproteins magnesium microbiota omega-3 vitamin D Source Type: blogs

Clay no longer skinny-fat, but skinny-skinny
Clay shared his 3-month Wheat Belly photos. “This was from August 1st, 2015 to November 1st, 2015: 3 months. I also exercised by walking about 26 miles per week. “I have more energy and stamina. I no longer have to use nasal strips to prevent snoring. I sleep better, my food tastes better, my acid reflux has improved, my LDL amd HDL are headed in the right direction, as is my blood glucose. Also my blood pressure is now easily managed.” You can see the dramatic reduction in tummy fat, the visceral fat that drives inflammation, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and increased risk for heart disease, ...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - November 11, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories abdominal acid reflux blood pressure blood sugar cdl diabetes Fat gluten grains heartburn hypertension insomnia LDL sleep sleep apnea visceral Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

The Courage to Refuse
Last week I attended a talk and panel discussion at Brookings, in which Roger Lowenstein discussed his new book on the Fed’s origins. I have much to say about that book, and I eventually plan to say some of it here. But for the moment my concern is with another book, this one concerning, not the Fed’s origins, but its recent conduct. I mean Ben Bernanke’s The Courage to Act. So why bring up the Brookings event? Because, in the course of that Federal Reserve love-fest, someone made a passing reference to those crazy people who actually want to limit the Fed’s emergency lending powers. Having seen the...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - October 31, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: George Selgin Source Type: blogs

Glyphosate: not JUST a carcinogen
One of the most potentially harmful aspects of genetically-modified crops, or GMOs, are that such crops are often engineered to be resistant to an herbicide. A farmer therefore can spray the herbicide to kill weeds, while the GM crop plant survives. But it means that the plant now has herbicide residues in it. So GMO crops pose a double-whammy: the crop itself with new genetically-programmed components, especially proteins, coupled with an herbicide. Glyphosate is the most widely applied herbicide in the world, in part because GM corn and soy have been engineered to be glyphosate-resistant. So much glysphosate is being use...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - October 12, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle bowel flora gluten glyphosate gmo grains herbicide microbiota soy Source Type: blogs

What medications have you been able to stop on the Wheat Belly lifestyle?
I posed this question on the Wheat Belly Facebook page recently and received an overwhelming response. Here, I share a partial list of the responses: medications people have been able to stop by following the Wheat Belly lifestyle. Just take a look at this incredible list: these represent medications prescribed by doctors to, in effect, “treat” the consequences of consuming wheat and grains. They prescribe drugs to treat the inflammation, swelling, skin rashes, gastrointestinal irritation, high blood sugars, airway allergy, and other abnormal effects all caused by wheat and grains. The list includes anti-infl...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - October 6, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle asthma cholesterol diabetes drugs gluten grains hypertension prescription medication reflux Source Type: blogs

Allergy, asthma, rash, IBS, pre-diabetes, hypertension . . . all becoming a bad memory for Matthew
Matthew shared his 90 day Wheat Belly experience: “I began my Wheat Belly journey approximately 90 days ago. At that time, I weighed 285 lbs, had really bad sinus/rhinitis/allergy issues, worsening asthma that depended on a rescue inhaler many times a day, high BP, high cholesterol, borderline Type II sugar levels, frequent IBS symptoms, frequent gastric reflux symptoms, the skin on my fingertips would dry, crack and bleed and had for 3 years, chronic hip, knee, and foot pain, and I had not gone home from work a SINGLE DAY in the last 15 months without a headache, and I had not slept a complete night through in 24 mo...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - September 23, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories acid reflux allergy anti-aging asthma gluten grains IBS irritable bowel skin rash Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

Skin rashes, vomiting, and seizures: Wheat Belly followers share their re-exposure experiences
When you have eliminated wheat and grains from your life, odd things happen when you get re-exposed. First of all, you’ve lost the partial–partial, never total–tolerance to some of the adverse effects of wheat and grains, and they come back with a vengeance upon re-exposure. And it’s not just due to the “gluten.” Those of you hanging around here understand that there is far more to wheat and grains than gluten, such as reactions to the bowel toxicity of wheat germ agglutinin, or the mind “fog” of gliadin-derived opiate peptides, or allergic reactions to alpha amylase inhibito...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - September 19, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle abdominal pain anxiety bloating Depression diarrhea gluten grains joint pain rash re-exposure seizure vomiting Source Type: blogs

The Wheat Belly lifestyle BEGAN with heart health
Debbie posted this comment on the Wheat Belly Facebook page: “I posted a few weeks back about our scare from our primary care doctor. My husband had a calcium score of 1200. We panicked! Messaged Dr. Davis and went the next day to a cardio doctor and had a stress test, ultrasound, and blood test (inflammatory markers). Got him on recommended supplements per Dr Davis. “Latest update: Cardio doctor says, being as you started ‘Wheat Belly’ back in October, 2014, your score could have been higher and already started to improve, we don’t know. What we DO know is, because of this new way of eating,...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - September 15, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle calcium score cholesterol fish oil gluten grains heart disease iodine Thyroid vitamin D Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

Why we NEVER “cheat” on the Wheat Belly lifestyle
I’ve heard this many times over the years: “I allow myself one cheat day a week.” Or “I allow myself a cheat every Friday night.” Or “I have a couple of slices of pizza every Saturday.” Or the comments from naysayers such as “A little bit can’t hurt” or “Everything in moderation.” I urge everyone to never cheat, however. But it’s not because I’m a control freak or because I like to make arbitrary rules. There are many reasons to never allow yourself such a cheat. And it has nothing to do with the few calories ingested. The implications are ...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - September 11, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle autoimmune blood sugar gluten grains Inflammation joint pain skin rash Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 115
Just when you thought your brain could unwind on a Friday, you realise that it would rather be challenged with some good old-fashioned medical trivia…introducing Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 115 Question 1 Dr Jerri Nielsen FitzGerald ran into trouble when she was stationed in Antarctica in 1999. What condition did she face and had to treat herself for? + Reveal the Funtabulous Answer expand(document.getElementById('ddet1636854385'));expand(document.getElementById('ddetlink1636854385')) Breast cancer. Dr Fitzgerald had to perform a biopsy with the help of non-medical staff, and treated herself with chemother...
Source: Life in the Fast Lane - September 4, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Niall Hamilton Tags: Frivolous Friday Five appendicitis breast cancer dr Beecher Dr Jerri Nielsen FitzGerald FFFF Forssman morphine pink lady placebo saline vibrations Source Type: blogs

What a difference 3 weeks on the Wheat Belly lifestyle can make
Ben shared his 3-week experience living the Wheat Belly lifestyle after being diagnosed with celiac disease: “My family doctor diagnosed me with celiac and wheat allergies. These pictures were taken 3 weeks apart: prior to the diagnosis and three weeks later, a photo of me after following the Wheat Belly books that my doctor recommended I get. “I still feel like I eat like a king. I am just a lot more cautious about what I put into my body and I am seeing the results!” You can see that Ben’s face shows the changes we expect to see as inflammation recedes: reduced cheek and around-the-eyes edema, la...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - September 3, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories celiac gluten grains Inflammation Source Type: blogs

Wheat Belly Survey Update: It’s Better Than We Thought!
I recently reported the crude numbers from the Wheat Belly Survey that revealed some impressive results. Of the 4200 responses received–thank you!–1200 came from people who had not started the Wheat Belly lifestyle yet. (Most newcomers also did not provide full data.) Having so many newcomers therefore skewed the results a bit. If those 1200 newcomers are excluded, then another round of analyses of the remaining 3000 people demonstrate: 70.0% reported increased energy 51.3% reported improved sleep 48.8% reported partial or total relief from chronic headaches 63.4% reported partial or total relief from mind &l...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - August 26, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Surveys autoimmune energy fatigue Inflammation Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

The initial Wheat Belly survey results are in!
Nearly 3400 responses came in within hours of releasing the first Wheat Belly Survey. Due to the number of responses, it will require some time to analyze and breakdown the results into, for example, the experiences of people before they begin, the first week when most people are struggling with withdrawal/detoxification phenomena, and long-term outcomes. But it will prove to be fascinating, perhaps teaching us some new lessons about the power of this lifestyle. Nonetheless, if we lump everyone–beginners and experienced–together, some crude numbers jump out: 61% reported reduced or complete relief from joint p...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - August 24, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Surveys acid reflux constipation Depression gluten grains IBS irritable bowel syndrome mood Source Type: blogs

Jane did NOT lose weight, but lost inflammation
Jane’s experience highlights an important aspect of the Wheat Belly lifestyle: “I may have not weight but certainly lost inches!” Despite no change in weight, there has been an obvious change in Jane’s appearance. In addition to the lost inches she describes, she has also undergone an obvious change in facial appearance. Jane’s experience highlights an essential feature of the Wheat Belly wheat- and grain-free lifestyle: more than weight loss, it is a lifestyle that has the potential to powerfully reverse inflammation. But it’s not magical: it is simply a consequence of removing the in...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - August 22, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories gluten grains Inflammation Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

It’s not just weight loss we’re after: it’s HEALTH
Kristina shared her Wheat Belly experience since originally posting her “before” photo (left) a year ago: “This pic (right) was taken August, 2015. I have now been wheat- and grain-free for a year and 10 days. “I have learned a lot about myself and how my body reacts to different foods that I eat. I must say that I feel better, look better, and I am so glad to be living this lifestyle indefinitely. I have lost 53 pounds and almost 10 inches off my waist.” Kristina makes an essential point: If you are attuned to the way you feel, you can identify many of the adverse effects that wheat and grai...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - August 21, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories grain waist Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

More energy, love, no acid reflux, a new “glow” . . . what’s not to love?
Brad first heard about the Wheat Belly lifestyle through an unusual source: “I found out about you from The Colbert Report. “Mood improved with vitamin D, magnesium, iodine, omega-3 so much, I felt so good that I adopted a dog for the first time in my life because I felt I had so much energy and love to share. And acid reflux no longer requires medication.” Brad was especially proud of the “glow” he now seems to exude, living the wheat/grain-free lifestyle: It all started with some pretty funny satire, but ended up with Brad enjoying a complete turnaround in his health. “Just what is i...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - August 5, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories acid reflux energy fatigue gluten grains Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

Elaine freed of anxiety, heartburn, sinusitis, prescriptions, and 37 pounds
“Before and after photo: wheat, grain and sugar free 5 months, down 37 lbs and off all meds: Xanax for anxiety, Dexilant and Prilosec for heartburn and indigestion, a steroid spray for chronic sinus infections. Feels good! Elaine lost the 37 pounds put there by national advice to eat more “healthy whole grains.” But, even more, she reversed anxiety and inflammatory conditions. By removing wheat and grains, she is no longer exposed to gliadin-derived opiates with their peculiar mind effects. She is no longer exposed to the gliadin that remains undigested and intact and initiates autoimmune phenomena. She ...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - August 4, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories acid reflux anxiety gluten grains indigestion sinusitis Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

Wheat Belly is an anti-inflammatory lifestyle
Laura has not only lost a substantial amount of weight from inflammatory visceral fat resulting in a dramatic reduction in waist size, but has also experienced a reduction in the issues associated with her autoimmune diseases: “I have been on Wheat Belly for about 2 years. I have rheumatoid arthritis and lupus and have seen huge improvements and lowering of meds due to this wonderful plan. So far (and I still need to lose more) I have lost 80 lbs and am still losing. First pic is of me at our high school reunion in 2013 and the next one is today. I think you can see a bit of the difference. I am happy to be down, eve...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - July 28, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories arthritis autoimmune gluten grains lupus rheumatoid Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

Physician success stories don’t make it to the newspaper
Jim almost convinced me.  The burning in his chest, after all, could have just been gastroesophageal reflux.  He assured me that the sensation was nothing new; that he got it from time to time after a large meal and took Tums.  I couldn’t, however, ignore that it seemed to worsen with activity.  The pain was bothersome enough to drag him into my office, without taking the time to make an appointment. Jim and I argued over the EKG.  He wanted to take his prescription and go home.  No hospitalization, no blood tests, no diagnostic studies.  I grabbed his shoulder, and did my best to c...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - July 27, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Physician Primary care Source Type: blogs

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 reversa...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - July 26, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories anxiety facial change fiber gluten grains IBS irritable bowel syndrome Source Type: blogs

The Wheat Belly lifestyle reverses inflammation
Robyn shared her Wheat Belly experience (combined with dairy elimination) after just 4 weeks: “Wanted to share my 1 month photo comparison. Elimination of wheat and dairy. Loads of improvements in all aspects: more energy, less pain, less inflammation, able to stand and walk for long periods–previously would have pain on standing up for a few minutes, less bloating, no more diaphragm cramps, more energy, increased metabolism, improved mental health–reduced anxiety/better outlook on life, sleeping better, no cravings, digestive system feels better–reflux gone, less nasal congestion, body is quieter a...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - July 24, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories acid reflux anxiety bloating cravings fatigue gluten grains inflammaion insomnia pain sleep Source Type: blogs

Kay relieved from the agony of weight loss
Kay shared her story of weight loss success and failure, the calorie- and point-counting, the emotional turmoil, yielding temporary success, if any success at all, even as a Weight Watchers instructor. But when she discovered that wheat and grains were the culprit for both health, as well as weight, disruptions, she was freed of all the nonsense that passes for weight loss programs. “My name is Kay. I am 63 years old and I have had a weight issue all of my adult life. I started gaining weight after my first child and, I’ll be quite honest with you, I thought, why not get pregnant? I’m already overweight ...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - July 22, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories gluten grains Weight Loss weight watchers Source Type: blogs

Natalie’s asthma, allergy, energy, and eyesight breakthrough
Natalie shared her experience with one year on the Wheat Belly lifestyle: “I suffered through 5 years of allergy shots without knowing wheat was so bad for me. The time and money for that was huge, not to mention the pain. After stopping the shots, my allergies returned full force. “Almost a year ago, I read your book and took the leap of eliminating wheat from my diet. Within the first few weeks, I was able to eliminate my asthma, allergy, and reflux medications that I had been on for years. The list of additional improvements to my well-being and health are extensive, but today I had another surprise. I went ...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - July 20, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories acid reflux allergy asthma astigmatism gluten grains Source Type: blogs

The Sh$t You Read In The Newspaper
Jim almost convinced me.  The burning in his chest, after all, could have just been gastroesophageal reflux.  He assured me that the sensation was nothing new; that he got it from time to time after a large meal and took Tums.    I couldn't, however, ignore that it seemed to worsen with activity.  The pain was bothersome enough to drag him into my office, without taking the time to make an appointment.Jim and I argued over the EKG.  He wanted to take his prescription and go home.  No hospitalization, no blood tests, no diagnostic studies.  I grabbed his shoulder, and did my best to c...
Source: In My Humble Opinion - July 20, 2015 Category: Primary Care Authors: Jordan Grumet Source Type: blogs

Do proton pump inhibitors cause heart attacks?
This study used a technique called “data-mining” to extract information from years of electronic medical records (EMRs) and included about 70 thousand patients in their primary analysis.  They describe the data-mining technique in the article, which seems to boil down to assigning a mathematical function to certain defined variables (patients taking PPIs) and an outcome (heart attack) to see if the two events are associated. Continue reading ... Your patients are rating you online: How to respond. Manage your online reputation: A social media guide. Find out how. (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - July 18, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Meds GI Heart Source Type: blogs

Sydne an example of Wheat Belly Total Health done right
Sydne took the information in Wheat Belly Total Health to heart and is enjoying a dramatic turnaround in health. “My family and friends know me well enough to know that I NEVER share photos of myself. As a matter of fact as my thyroid dysfunction worsened over the years, I tried very hard to stay out of all photos. The issues with my thyroid dysfunction (hypothyroidism) went on for more than 15 years and became worse as time went on. I went from doctor to doctor seeking answers, to no avail. I cannot tell you how much I suffered during this time, mostly in silence except when I was alone. Those are the times I would...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - July 16, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories Source Type: blogs

Quit your pushing: A cutting-edge guide to constipation
Here’s an update to an earlier Wheat Belly Blog discussion about constipation. I really don’t like talking about constipation, since it makes me wonder whether I’m starting down that inevitable decline towards the day when all I want to talk about is having a “good bowel movement.” But the C word–constipation–continues to come up regularly when people go wheatless and grainless. “Won’t I lack fiber?” many ask. For example, in response to the Wheat Belly Blog post, The Wheat-free “Movement,” Janne posted this comment: I am very happy on a no-wheat regi...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - June 29, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle bowel habits constipation fiber magnesium microbiota prebiotics probiotics Source Type: blogs

The extraordinary power of the Wheat Belly lifestyle
Janet shared her experience in reversing the phenomena of rheumatoid arthritis by following the Wheat Belly lifestyle, including regaining her vision: “I started dieting and working out in January. My Wheat Belly journey began in February. “Three years ago, I went for my annual physical and everything seemed fine until I mentioned that I could no longer see in the dark with one eye. From that moment on my life changed. I was told this had to do with the rods and cones in the back of the eye and is indicative of an autoimmune disease. This started all the testing and the diagnosis was rheumatoid arthritis. It w...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - June 24, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories autoimmune gluten grains Rheumatoid arthritis Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

The Digital Doctor: Is Natural Language Processing the Breakthrough We’ve Been Waiting For?
By BOB WACHTER, MD Natural language processing might seem a bit arcane andtechnical – the type of thing that software engineers talk about deep into the night, but of limited usefulness for practicing docs and their patients. Yet software that can “read” physicians’ and nurses’ notes may prove to be one of the seminal breakthroughs in digital medicine. Exhibit A, from the world of medical research: a recent studylinked the use of proton pump inhibitors to subsequent heart attacks. It did this by plowing through 16 million notes in electronic health records. While legitimate epidemiologic quest...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Irvine Tags: THCB Source Type: blogs

Kerry’s one-year Wheat Belly success
Kerry shared her wonderful 12-month results following the Wheat Belly lifestyle: “The first photo was taken 12 months ago, the second was taken today. I decided to go gluten-free/paleo at the end of January, 2015 without much change. I discovered Wheat Belly end of March, 2015 and this is the result. Down 13 kg (nearly 29 lbs) and off all medications. Still have a way to go with my weight but I’m happy. “I stopped statins, reflux, and osteoporosis meds. I have my doctor on my side– unusual here in Australia. My cholesterol was a bit high, but when I told her that I had given up wheat and grains, she...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - June 20, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories acid reflux cholesterol gluten grains osteoporosis psoriasis statins Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

Joint pain, edema, acid reflux, skin rashes: All part of the inflammation from grains
Aibreanne shared her Wheat Belly experience and photos, since she has experienced some pretty impressive relief from inflammatory health problems: After following a friend’s astounding transformation while following Wheat Belly, I decided to try it for myself. The photo with me in the Kilkenny colors [left] is from September, 2014. I’ve had to wean myself off Protonix and Zantac. I’ve had some fits and starts and some major cheating episodes–grains are drugs, I’m addicted, I eat, I suffer, I clean up. I’m trying to reduce and eventually rid myself of sugar but my current work schedule ma...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - June 19, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories edema fatigue gluten grains joint pain Source Type: blogs

Wheat and grains make you sick
Jennifer shared her “before” and “after” photos after just 3 weeks of following the Wheat Belly lifestyle: “I am 30. I have been dealing with health issues my whole life. About a month ago, I had to go to the ER for severe abdominal pain and nausea. I still don’t know all that is going on, but I do know the Wheat Belly diet is helping me to get better (docs haven’t been helpful thus far). “This is a pic of me before Wheat Belly on the left and 3 weeks after starting the diet. I have followed your Facebook and seen all the ‘before’ and ‘afters’ and wan...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - June 13, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories abdominal pain gluten grains nausea Source Type: blogs

My Wheat Belly turning point
Many of you know that the Wheat Belly concepts got their start when I was trying to help patients in my cardiology practice obtain better control over risk for coronary disease. An exceptionally common combination of abnormalities in people with heart attacks, survivors of sudden cardiac death, those who have undergone stent implantation or bypass surgery, or have high coronary calcium scores (an early quantifier of coronary atherosclerotic plaque): large quantities of small LDL particles and high blood sugars (high fasting glucose and/or hemoglobin A1c, HbA1c, reflecting long-term blood sugar fluctuations). Because wheat...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - June 11, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories cholesterol gluten grains lipids lipoproteins ulcerative colitis Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

The resurrection of taste
Portrait of a man with his tongue out “Candy now tastes sickeningly sweet.” “Almonds are sweet.” “Foods taste better.” “My daughter now loves asparagus.” I’ve heard these comments from Wheat Belly lifestyle followers numerous times over the years, observations that reflect the change in taste perception that develops with wheat and grain elimination from the diet. Unlike many other aspects of this lifestyle, you’ll find no formal clinical studies of this effect, given the low priority taste perception rates in health considerations. But it is such a consistent eff...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - June 4, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle gluten grains taste Source Type: blogs

Sarah: “Only” down 26 pounds
Sarah shared her Wheat Belly experience with us: “I removed wheat 9/2014, all grains 11/2014. While I’m only down 26 lbs, I feel a lot better, migraines are next to nothing, and my clothes are getting looser and looser. I do notice some facial changes, too. “I still have a ways to go weight-wise, but I’m happy so far.” Doesn’t she look terrific? And freed of awful migraine headaches. I am continually impressed and delighted at just how powerful the elimination of all wheat and grains can be. While the Wheat Belly strategy is indeed a form of reducing carbohydrates, it is so much MORE t...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - June 1, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories gluten grains headache migraine Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

Doris: Acid reflux, acne, tremor gone!
Doris shared the photos and some of the many health benefits she experienced while living the Wheat Belly lifestyle: “I started my journey March 28th, 2014. I’m just shy of turning 48 years old. I began this lifestyle change to lose weight but have since changed my outlook. “In 2012, my doctor wanted to put me on cholesterol medication. Thankfully, he gave me time to get it fixed with diet. He advised me to continue with my low fat eating! I had already been doing this for years, falling on and off the wagon and binging until I hurt and couldn’t sleep from going to bed with a tummy so full. &ldquo...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - May 21, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories acid reflux acne binging cholesterol heartburn tremor Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

JoCarol is back!
Remember JoCarol? She was the woman who, starting at a weight of 250 pounds, dropped to 217 over one year by adhering to the Wheat Belly lifestyle. But then she wandered off this lifestyle and gained nearly 60 pounds. She shared this experience with the photo on the left above as her new starting point. Well, JoCarol is back, down again in weight and dramatically different once again in appearance! Here is the original “before” and “after”: The key to this lifestyle, as JoCarol has learned the hard way, is to simply stick with it. As any seasoned Wheat Bellier will tell you, there is no deprivatio...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - May 13, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories gluten grains regain Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

Debi is not “gluten-free” . . . but GRAIN-free!
Debi shared her wonderful experience shifting from a gluten-free lifestyle to the fully empowered grain-free lifestyle: “Now it’s my turn. My life has been radically changed by following the Wheat Belly lifestyle. 7 months and over 20 lb weight loss to date and still dropping. No more acid reflux, brain fog, bloating, sleepless nights and feeling awful every day. “I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance several years ago and, like most people, started filling up my pantry cupboard with the gluten-free alternatives, not realising the damage I was slowly doing to my body. Thank god for your website and ne...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - May 12, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories acid reflux brain fog gluten grains insomnia Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

I lost the wheat, but didn’t lose the weight: Updated version
Yes, it happens: Rid your life of all things wheat and you get relief from acid reflux, joint pain, and high blood sugars . . . but not weight loss. While most people enjoy rapid and dramatic weight loss with wheat elimination due to the loss of the appetite-stimulating effect of gliadin-derived opiates, the loss of repetitive glucose-insulin provocation of amylopectin A, the reduction of inflammation from the combined effects of gliadin/wheat germ agglutinin/amylopectin A, and reversal of the leptin-blocking effect of wheat germ agglutinin, this doesn’t happen to everybody. Or you lose, say, 20 pounds, only to have...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - May 7, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle carbohydrates gluten grains insulin low-carb Thyroid Weight Loss whey Source Type: blogs

Thyroid Tune-up: Update
I am re-posting a classic Wheat Belly Blog post from a few years ago. Despite all our discussions about thyroid issues, there continues to be an enormous gap: undiagnosed hypothyroidism, gross mismanagement sufficient to impair weight loss and increase cardiovascular risk, and ignorance among healthcare providers. This Thyroid Tune-up is therefore an updated version of the previous post. Imagine that all the cars in your neighborhood run poorly because nobody bothers to tune-up their autos. I show you how to tune your car and, lo and behold, 80% of the cars now run great. But 20% of cars still run poorly because their tra...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 28, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle gluten grains hypothyroidism iodine t3 t4 TSH Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

The Wheat Belly lifestyle: The eyes tell the story
Rebecca shared her “before” and “after” photos, another terrific example of how appearance changes with this lifestyle. “It has been almost a year on Wheat Belly, and down 30 lbs and several inches.” Looking back over the many facial transformations people have shared, you will see that one of the recurring themes is larger eyes. With less facial edema and less around-the-eyes puffiness, the eyes appear larger and more prominent. It happens in women, it happens in men, it happens in the young, it happens in the not-so-young. But remember: While we see the wonderful changes of wheat- an...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 27, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories facial transformation gluten grains Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

The battle for bowel flora
3d render illustration of colorful bacteriaThere is no longer any debate: the composition of bowel flora in the human gastrointestinal tract is a critical aspect of human health, both bowel health and overall health. The status of bowel flora can spell the difference between having an autoimmune condition and not having an autoimmune condition, being diabetic or not being diabetic, being emotionally happy or not being happy, and developing colon cancer or not developing colon cancer. The composition of bowel flora and their ability to metabolize prebiotic fibers/resistant starches to butyrate and other fatty acids play im...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 25, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle antibiotics bowel flora grains herbicides microbiota pesticides Source Type: blogs

Heather’s impressive Wheat Belly experience
Heather is catching on: the Wheat Belly wheat/grain-free lifestyle impressively reverses inflammation body-wide, evident in photographs of the face. While the coloring of Heather’s photos prevent us from seeing any reversal of facial redness, there has been an obvious reduction in facial puffiness/edema over and above that achieved with weight loss . . . though weight loss has also been quite impressive. “Six weeks into Wheat Belly and 22lbs down! Inflammation is WAY down as you can see, energy is up, and the weight is melting away. Thank you!” The conventional approach to “treating” inflamma...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 21, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories facial changes gluten grains Inflammation Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

The road to health care for veterans is baroque
Read the voices of Service: this discussion  thread is a show and tell of what women veterans have to go through to get care. It also demonstrates some traits of women warriors: generosity, tenacity , wisdom , guts and extreme moxie. It is unconscionable that those who served have to come home and fight more battles. Shame on us. Alana Vollmer-Bland Question…..I have a 30% rating for PTSD from Afghanistan. I told the shrink at the VA at the beginning of the claims process and then another counselor at the VA here about the sexual assault while I was on active duty. She spent 6 weeks doing intake on me and waffl...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - April 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Women Veterans Source Type: blogs

Mary figured out how to reverse diabetes . . . on her own
Mary shared her story of how she learned–on her own, at first–that foods that raise blood sugar, such as grains, cause you to “need” diabetes drugs. Not eating foods that raise blood sugar causes you to not need diabetes drugs. “I started going grain-free in December, 2014 as a last-ditch effort to get a handle on my diabetes. “My extreme reaction to metformin–stomach problems from diarrhea to esophageal spasms–made me give it up for good early last year. My blood sugars were out of control, but my doctor did not want to start me on insulin. My blood sugar numbers were regu...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 16, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories blood sugar diabetes gluten grains Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

Wheat Belly and inflammation
Sophia shared this enlightening and wonderful story of relief from inflammation and half a dozen anti-inflammatory drugs by eliminating the cause, grains: “Morning from Berkshire, UK. This is me now [on the right], 3 and a half months into Wheat Belly. No drugs, no sarcoidosis, no osteoarthritis, no gastric spams, no joint inflammation, no brain fog, no redness of skin. Still ongoing disc problems but decided to wean myself off of all drugs and manage the pain with exercise, yoga, cycling and then rest. “By drugs: omeprozole, naproxen, gabapentin, tramadol, diazepam, prednisolone, gastric drugs. “I have l...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 15, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories acid reflux gluten grains iinflammation joint pain sarcoidosis Source Type: blogs

Tim’s remarkable 3-month Wheat Belly experience
Tim shared his dramatic 3-month Wheat Belly experience: “Dr. Davis, you have changed my life. In just 3 months I have lost 50 lbs! “I was a staggering 325 lbs and today I am 275! No more IBS, no more acid reflux, no more joint pain. I look and feel amazing, but the battle has just begun. I am so encouraged by my success that I have set a long term goal to be 200 lbs by Jan 1, 2016. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” Yes, Wheat Belly can be used to lose weight, often huge amounts, even though we do NOT count calories, do NOT limit fat, do NOT engage in vigorous physical efforts (unless you want to for...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 15, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories facial change gluten grains Weight Loss Source Type: blogs