Whining About DEX
Dexamethasone (DEX) is a part of many myeloma regimens - my doctor says "everything works better with DEX."  I've taken it before, and not liked it then, but this most recent experience is something new indeed. Sunday night I took the "usual" 40 mg dose, ten little 4 mg tablets, at bedtime.  In the past this has worked OK for me because the DEX doesn't interfere with my sleep that first night.  And it didn't interfere Sunday night, I slept well.  Monday, then, was "DEX day," full of energy, as if 200% caffeinated all day.  I got a lot done, including an energetic 4-mi...
Source: Myeloma Hope - March 18, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: acid reflux DEX dexamethasone GERD hearatburn Source Type: blogs

Whining About DEX
Dexamethasone (DEX) is a part of many myeloma regimens - my doctor says " everything works better with DEX. " I've taken it before, and not liked it then, but this most recent experience is something new indeed. Sunday night I took the " usual " 40 mg dose, ten little 4 mg tablets, at bedtime. In the past this has worked OK for me because the DEX doesn't interfere with my sleep that first night. And it didn't interfere Sunday night, I slept well. Monday, then, was " DEX day, " full of energy, as if 200% caffeinated all day. I got a lot done, including an energetic 4-mi...
Source: Myeloma Hope - March 18, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: acid reflux DEX dexamethasone GERD hearatburn Source Type: blogs

He couldn’t eat, drink or work. And doctors couldn’t explain his searing pain. - The Washington Post
Kim Pace was afraid he was dying. In six months he had lost more than 30 pounds because a terrible stabbing sensation on the left side of his face made eating or drinking too painful. Brushing his teeth was out of the question and even the slightest touch triggered waves of agony and a shocklike pain he imagined was comparable to electrocution. Painkillers, even morphine, brought little relief. Unable to work and on medical leave from his job as a financial consultant for a bank, Pace, then 59, had spent the first half of 2012 bouncing among specialists in his home state of Pennsylvania, searching for help from doctors w...
Source: Psychology of Pain - March 16, 2016 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: blogs

DATA SIMPLIFICATION: Abbreviations and Acronyms
Over the next few weeks, I will be writing on topics related to my latest book, Data Simplification: Taming Information With Open Source Tools (release date March 17, 2016). I hope I can convince you that this is a book worth reading. Blog readers can use the discount code: COMP315 for a 30% discount, at checkout."A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the other one." -Baltasar GracianPeople confuse shortening with simplifying; a terrible mistake. In point of fact, next to reifying pronouns, abbreviations are the most vexing cause of complex and meaningless language. Before we tackle the complexities of...
Source: Specified Life - March 14, 2016 Category: Information Technology Tags: abbreviations acronyms complexity computer science data analysis data repurposing data simplification simplifying data Source Type: blogs

Safe sex on weekends only
“I think totally eliminating wheat is too hard! What if I cut back, say, 80 or 90%? Can I still get most of the benefits?” The short answer: No. Let me explain. If you cut back on sugar by 90%, you obtain 90% of the benefits, right? 90% less weight gain, 90% less insulin provocation, 90% less dental cavities, etc. Simple arithemetic. But, as with many things in this wheat- and grain- distorted world, that simple arithmetic does not hold with cutting back. Instead, a bizarre calculus of metabolic distortions apply because of several long-lasting effects of modern semi-dwarf wheat and other closely related gra...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - March 9, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle acid reflux aging cataracts gastrointestinal gluten glycation grains heart disease IBS Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

Is Your Antacid Medication Ruining Your Gut?
Proton Pump Inhibitors are a class of Antacid Medication that are so common and considered to be so safe that they were even declassified as prescription drugs and are now available over-the-counter so that anyone can use them if they happen to have heartburn. With names like Omeprazole, Nexium, and Prilosec, the ‘little purple pill’ is advertised everywhere on billboards and TV ads with barely a mention that their might be consequences to suppressing stomach acid. There are consequences of any Acid Reflux Medication, however, like the Side Effects of Omeprazole and other proton pump inhibitors can lead to oste...
Source: Immune Health Blog - March 2, 2016 Category: Nutrition Authors: Kerri Knox, RN Tags: Digestive Health Infections Source Type: blogs

The Grain Deficiency Syndrome
Beware the dreaded Grain Deficiency Syndrome. This is what will happen to you if you eliminate wheat, corn, and other grains, the foods that the USDA and U.S. Dept of Health and Human services tell us, through their Dietary Guidelines for Americans, to eat more of, every day, every meal and snack. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Heart Association, and the American Diabetes Association also all agree: Terrible things will happen to you if you eliminate grains. You will develop Grain Deficiency! So what does the Grain Deficiency Syndrome look like? Like any other syndrome, you can recognize this conditio...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - March 1, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle blood sugar cholesterol diabetes Inflammation minerals vitamins Weight Loss wheat deficiency Source Type: blogs

Can Your Antacid Cause Alzheimer’s Disease?
Can your antacid really cause Alzheimer’s Disease? Recent research suggests that, indeed, proton pump inhibitors, some of the most common drugs for reducing feelings of heartburn, can cause an increase in the ‘beta amyloid’ deposits in the brain that are indicative of Alzheimer’s Disease. This is in addition to some of the other serious Proton Pump Inhibitor Side Effects, like osteoporosis, magnesium deficiency and  heart rhythm problems; Antacid Medications can Even Ruin Your Gut. These problems can occur even when these heartburn relieving drugs are taken for short amounts of time. All too of...
Source: Immune Health Blog - February 26, 2016 Category: Nutrition Authors: Kerri Knox, RN Tags: Brain Health/ Neurologic Digestive Health Vitamin B12 alzheimers disease causes cause alzheimer's disease cause of alzheimers disease causes of alzheimers omeprazole side effects proton pump inhibitors proton pump inhibitors cause alzhei Source Type: blogs

Can Your Antacid Cause Alzheimer ’s Disease?
Can your antacid really cause Alzheimer’s Disease? Recent research suggests that, indeed, proton pump inhibitors, some of the most common drugs for reducing feelings of heartburn, can cause an increase in the ‘beta amyloid’ deposits in the brain that are indicative of Alzheimer’s Disease. This is in addition to some of the other serious Proton Pump Inhibitor Side Effects, like osteoporosis, magnesium deficiency and  heart rhythm problems; Antacid Medications can Even Ruin Your Gut. These problems can occur even when these heartburn relieving drugs are taken for short amounts of time. All too of...
Source: Immune Health Blog - February 26, 2016 Category: Nutrition Authors: Kerri Knox, RN Tags: Brain Health/ Neurologic Digestive Health Vitamin B12 alzheimers disease causes cause alzheimer's disease cause of alzheimers disease causes of alzheimers omeprazole side effects proton pump inhibitors proton pump inhibitors cause alzhei Source Type: blogs

Can Your Antacid Cause Alzheimer ’s Disease?
Can your antacid really cause Alzheimer’s Disease? Recent research suggests that, indeed, proton pump inhibitors, some of the most common drugs for reducing feelings of heartburn, can cause an increase in the ‘beta amyloid’ deposits in the brain that are indicative of Alzheimer’s Disease. This is in addition to some of the other serious Proton Pump Inhibitor Side Effects, like osteoporosis, magnesium deficiency and  heart rhythm problems; Antacid Medications can Even Ruin Your Gut. These problems can occur even when these heartburn relieving drugs are taken for short amounts of time. All too of...
Source: Immune Health Blog - February 26, 2016 Category: Nutrition Authors: Kerri Knox, RN Tags: Brain Health/ Neurologic Digestive Health Vitamin B12 alzheimers disease causes cause alzheimer's disease cause of alzheimers disease causes of alzheimers omeprazole side effects proton pump inhibitors proton pump inhibitors cause alzhei Source Type: blogs

Crohns disease cured . . . by a chance encounter at the airport
I posed this question recently: Given the extravagant health successes people are experiencing by living the Wheat Belly lifestyle, are we on the dawn of an age of self-direction in health? If doctors misdiagnose/misclassify our acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, intractable constipation, migraine headaches, chronic sinusitis, asthma, depression, binge eating disorder, type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, autoimmune hepatitis, and hundreds of other conditions, which we then reverse on our own with the lifestyle changes we introduce . . . who needs the doctors? Christine provided her perspective: &...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - February 18, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories gluten grains microbiome nutrients self-directed health undoctored Source Type: blogs

Wheat Belly: Self-Directed Health?
Director chair, film slate and load horn. Here’s a proposal for you: If, by following the Wheat Belly lifestyle, a long list of conditions are reduced or reversed at no risk, almost no cost, reversing even chronic and potentially fatal conditions . . . does that mean that the notion of self-directed health might be on the horizon, i.e., putting control over health back in our own hands? I think it does. No, we will never implant our own defibrillators or take out our own gallbladders. But so many chronic health conditions afflicting modern humans recede that I believe that it is entirely reasonable to start talking a...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - February 16, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle arthritis autoimmune diabetes eating disorder gluten grains Inflammation joint Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox: A Life-Changer
Here’s another brief excerpt from the new Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox book. Followers of the Wheat Belly lifestyle quickly learn that this is not just a means of losing 30 pounds without effort. It is a simple way to regain health in so many ways, ranging from relief from migraine headaches, to reversal of skin rashes and joint pain. No organ system is spared the ravaging effects of wheat and grains; no organ cannot show improvement by removing them. Sit down, grab a handle, and strap yourself in: you are going for the ride of your life, a roller coaster of emotional and physical turbulence with a few yelps, na...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - February 11, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle acid reflux Detox energy fatigue weight loss gluten grains IBS Source Type: blogs

Even your LIVER is fat
Wheat Belly Blog reader, Denise, posted this question: “My doctor has prescribed a low fat diet due to a barrage of tests that ended up showing I have a very fatty liver. I am overweight, have high blood pressure, IBS and acid reflux. In all the reading I have done on here, I keep seeing to add fats . . . healthy ones . . . to your daily eating. How do I eat these and also stick to a low fat diet to please my doctor? I am 59, female, and really need to try to get healthier.” Sorry, Denise, but it’s not your job to please your doctor. It’s your job to do what’s right for your health. Sadly, you...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - February 10, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle carbohydrates fatty liver gluten grains nald Source Type: blogs

Christine’s breathtaking Wheat Belly transformation
This is Christine’s impressive Wheat Belly transformation: weight down 100 pounds over 15 months, back pain, migraines, sinus infections all gone. “This picture of me in the rocking chair was the day I bought your Wheat Belly book. My Uncle had told me about it. I now tell EVERYONE I meet to buy & read it! “My health is amazing. My blood pressure is down and I was borderline diabetic and my doctor wanted to put me on medication. I was suffering SEVERE lower back pain, migraines and suffered CHRONIC sinusitis. “Also, need to add I was exhausted ALL the time and had horrible acid reflux and swal...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - February 8, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories back pain gluten grains Inflammation joint pain migraine sinusitis Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

My Children are Vaccine-Damaged; are Yours?
Conclusion A growing number of today’s children suffer from vaccine damage. Most individuals do not make the connection between health problems and vaccines. When asked about the cause of autoimmune disorders, asthma, allergies, diabetes, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, autism, and other common childhood diseases and illness, the majority of health care providers advise patients that the causes are unknown. Doctors, including most integrative physicians, fail to make the connection to vaccines. It takes one moment to permanently damage the health of an adult or child, but t...
Source: vactruth.com - February 5, 2016 Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Michelle Goldstein Tags: Logical Michelle Goldstein Top Stories autoimmune disorders gardasil HPV Vaccine Medical Authority vaccine injury Source Type: blogs

An Open Letter to Oprah Winfrey
Ms. Winfrey, Can you lose weight while continuing to consume bread and other products made with wheat flour and grains? You absolutely can—though it is quite difficult physically and emotionally, requiring monumental willpower, as you already know. But I fear that you have overlooked crucial issues in your campaign for Weight Watchers and the exoneration of bread. You have, unfortunately, propagated some destructive misconceptions. And the people who you have hurt the most I suspect are the people who you would have preferred to help the most. Losing weight by avoiding processed food products made with wheat and rel...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - January 27, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle bread gluten grains oprah Weight Loss weight watchers Source Type: blogs

Wheat Belly does not end at weight loss
Misty joins the ranks of people whose physical and facial appearance has undergone a dramatic transformation by living the Wheat Belly lifestyle. “I have been eating the Wheat Belly way for 2 months. I have lost 18 lbs. I went off blood pressure meds. I was having really bad stomach pains and they have disappeared. I was losing a lot of hair and had a very dry scalp and both have improved a lot. I can tell a big difference in my stomach and legs. I don’t have many ‘before’ pics and the pics I am posting are different angles.The first pic is from May, 2015.” You can count calories or points a...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - December 30, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Success Stories acid reflux bloating gluten grains hair loss IBS Inflammation rash Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

MKSAP: 21-year-old woman with a rash in the lower extremities
Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 21-year-old woman is evaluated for a 3-week history of painful nodules and a rash in the lower extremities, along with pain and swelling of the wrists, knees, and ankles. She reports a low-grade fever and a 2.7-kg (6.0-lb) weight loss since the onset of symptoms. She has taken naproxen with some relief. History is significant for gastroesophageal reflux disease and acne. Medications are over-the-counter famotidine as needed and minocycline. On physical examination, temperature is 38.2 °C (100.8 &de...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - December 26, 2015 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Conditions Rheumatology Source Type: blogs

No folate fortification for the grain-free
Advocates of wheat and grain consumption claim that multiple nutritional deficiencies will develop if we eliminate them from our diet. Not true. Let’s explore this question. Folates are a B vitamin necessary for multiple cell processes, including assembly of DNA and RNA. Folates are therefore especially necessary during pregnancy, as the fetus requires this nutrient to assemble and grow its own genetic code. The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for folates and folic acid, which are lumped together as Dietary Folate Equivalents, is 400 mcg per day in adults (male and female), 600 mcg per day in pregnant females. (1 ...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - December 22, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle folates gluten grains vitamins Source Type: blogs

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