Why NOT follow the Wheat Belly approach?
A frequently asked question around this neighborhood: “I (or my friend/husband/wife/cousin etc.) have ______________ (insert condition). Can wheat elimination help me?” We know for certain that a wide range of human health conditions recede or disappear with wheat elimination, from autoimmune diseases, to common skin rashes like eczema and seborrhea, to metabolic disorders like type 2 diabetes and obesity. We know this from published clinical data, confirmed with the overwhelming cumulative experience generated through the Wheat Belly experience. But we don’t have data nor experience for many uncommon con...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - July 11, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle acid reflux autoimmune Inflammation migraine Source Type: blogs

Wheat Belly Holiday Recipes 2
Now for the desserts! Here are recipes for Pumpkin Pie, Apple Cranberry Crumble, and Pumpkin Spice Muffins. Remember: By taking out wheat and other grains, not resorting to gluten-free junk carbohydrate replacements, not adding sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, limiting net carbohydrate content and not using other problem ingredients, we now have healthy desserts that do not pack on the pounds, screw with blood sugar, mess with satiety signals, or exert inflammatory effects. Have your Apple Cranberry Crumble or Pumpkin Spice Muffin and suffer not a moment of guilt! And I think they’re pretty darned tasty, too. Happ...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - June 30, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Source Type: blogs

Wheat Belly Holiday Recipes 1
At the start of their Wheat Belly journey, many people resign themselves to a life without gravy, biscuits, or pumpkin pie, having to make the best of holidays devoid of enjoyment and indulgence. Just eat your dry turkey meat and lettuce leaves! It’s not true. You can indeed have all your holiday dishes. But we are going to recreate them without wheat, without other grains, without use of gluten-free junk carbohydrates (no cornstarch, tapioca starch, potato starch, or rice flour), with little to no added sugars, and no other problem ingredients. Minus all the undesirable ingredients, in fact, pumpkin pie, biscuits, a...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - June 30, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Source Type: blogs

Wheat Belly Holiday Recipes 1
At the start of their Wheat Belly journey, many people resign themselves to a life without gravy, biscuits, or pumpkin pie, having to make the best of holidays devoid of enjoyment and indulgence. Just eat your dry turkey meat and lettuce leaves! It’s not true. You can indeed have all your holiday dishes. But we are going to recreate them without wheat, without other grains, without use of gluten-free junk carbohydrates (no cornstarch, tapioca starch, potato starch, or rice flour), with little to no added sugars, and no other problem ingredients. Minus all the undesirable ingredients, in fact, pumpkin pie, biscuits, a...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - June 30, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Source Type: blogs

What’s In Our Medicine Cabinets?
By HANS DEUVEFELT, MD  Recently published statistics show that the top-grossing medication in the U.S. for 2013 was the antipsychotic Abilify (aripiprazole) with over $6 billion in sales, narrowly beating out the previous few years’ winner, Nexium. The past decade’s dominating pharmaceuticals have been Lipitor (atorvastatin) for high cholesterol and Nexium (esomeprazole) for acid reflux. Nexium […] (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: THCB Abilify Drug sales Medicalization Nexium Pharmaceutical sales Viagra Source Type: blogs

Wellens' waves appear and disappear again and again, all troponins negative: Unstable Angina
This middle-aged woman presented with increasing intermittent substernal chest discomfort similar to her GERD, but not relieved by the usual therapies.  She was given an aspirin.  She had the following ECG recorded in the ED:A very astute physician read this as "biphasic T-waves in V3 and V4."  There is also T-wave inversion in aVL.  This is very suggestive of Wellens' syndrome with a proximal LAD lesion.A subsequent ECG was recorded:Not much changedThe patient was admitted to observation.  Her troponins [Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Limit of detection is 0.012 mcg/L, 99% reference value (...
Source: Dr. Smith's ECG Blog - June 17, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Steve Smith Source Type: blogs

MKSAP: 51-year-old woman with diarrhea and bloating
Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 51-year-old woman is evaluated for a 6-month history of diarrhea and bloating. She reports four to six loose stools per day, with occasional nocturnal stools. She has had a few episodes of incontinence secondary to urgency. She has not had melena or hematochezia but notes an occasional oily appearance to the stool. She has lost 6.8 kg (15.0 lb) during this time period. Results of a colonoscopy 1 year ago were normal. She has not had recent travel, antibiotic use, or medication changes. She does not thi...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - May 31, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Tags: Conditions GI Source Type: blogs

A WORD on the constraints of influenza virus evolution
Evolution proceeds by selection of mutants that arise by error-prone duplication of nucleic acid genomes. It is believed that mutations that are selected in a gene are dependent on those that have preceded them, an effect known as epistasis. Analysis of a sequence of changes in the influenza virus nucleoprotein provides clear evidence that stability explains the epistasis observed during evolution of a protein. Evolutionary biologist John Maynard Smith used an analogy with a word game to explain how epistasis constrains the evolution of a protein. In this game, single letter changes are made to a four letter word to c...
Source: virology blog - May 23, 2014 Category: Virology Authors: Vincent Racaniello Tags: Basic virology Information epistasis evolution influenza virus John Maynard Smith nucleoprotein protein stability selection viral Source Type: blogs

ADDitude Magazine: Anger. Also, Blogging Advice.
Last year at ADDitude Magazine I wrote about how ADHD anger issues hurt relationships with my daughters and my ex-wife. It wasn't a funny article, but a serious one where I shared what I learned, and hoped others could learn from my mistakes. I titled it simply "Anger" and listed three tips that adults with ADHD needed to manage their anger before they drove away everyone that they loved. Read about it at the Family Guy. Other Stuff • A reader sent me the following. I didn't think it was good from my usual Mailbag segment since it wasn't about mental health, but thought I'd answer it here instead: Hello...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - May 17, 2014 Category: Mental Illness Tags: ADHD Depression Family Writing Source Type: blogs

Change the lives around you
Lydia posted this wonderful comment describing her unexpected and profound wheat-free experience and how she is using it to change the lives and health of those around her. I started Wheat Belly 56 days ago. Since then I have learned so much about food, about not basing my life around the scale and counting calories. I have ALWAYS been overweight and for 10 years the medical issues that come with it: thyroid, insulin resistance, depression. In this short amount of time, I have lost 23 pounds and 2 prescriptions. I have never felt this clear minded or positive about anything before. Every ‘diet’ I have ever b...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - May 4, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat-elimination success stories Source Type: blogs

Be Wheat-Free And Change The Lives Around You
Lydia posted this wonderful comment describing her unexpected and profound wheat-free experience and how she is using it to change the lives and health of those around her. “I started Wheat Belly 56 days ago. Since then I have learned so much about food, about not basing my life around the scale and counting calories. I have ALWAYS been overweight and for 10 years the medical issues that come with it: thyroid, insulin resistance, depression. In this short amount of time, I have lost 23 pounds and 2 prescriptions. I have never felt this clear minded or positive about anything before. Every ‘diet’ I have e...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - May 4, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat-elimination success stories Source Type: blogs

Sarah no longer counts calories
Sarah relates this story of how, after years of struggle with health and weight, she finally found the answer. Her story is especially interesting as she worked in the weight loss industry. “I have struggled all my life with my weight and food was always my comforter. “In my late 30′s, I managed to lose 40 kg [88 lbs] and reach my goal weight with a major weight loss company in which I became a consultant. But, if I was previously fat and unhappy, I was now thin and unhappy. My years of chronic low-fat dieting led me to develop binge eating disorder. I felt like such a fraud and I was struggling to main...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 29, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

No Longer Count Calories And Lose Weight Like Sarah
Sarah relates this story of how, after years of struggle with health and weight, she finally found the answer. Her story is especially interesting as she worked in the weight loss industry. “I have struggled all my life with my weight and food was always my comforter. In my late 30′s, I managed to lose 40 kg [88 lbs] and reach my goal weight with a major weight loss company in which I became a consultant. But, if I was previously fat and unhappy, I was now thin and unhappy. My years of chronic low-fat dieting led me to develop binge eating disorder. I felt like such a fraud and I was struggling to maintain my...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 29, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

How to become diabetic
It’s so easy, anyone can do it! Becoming diabetic and proudly having to finger stick your way to blood sugar control is patriotic, as it builds revenues for Big Pharma. What better way to support your country than to help successful industries grow larger, increase shareholder value, and increase the salary and perks for hard working executives? So if you want to join the growing ranks of people who are becoming diabetic, now the largest epidemic of chronic disease ever witnessed in the history of the world, here’s what you do: –Cut your fat intake–Because it leaves you unsatiated and hungry, you ...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 28, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Diabetes Source Type: blogs

Step-by-Step, How to Become Diabetic (Hint: It’s Easy!)
It’s so easy, anyone can do it! Becoming diabetic and proudly having to finger stick your way to blood sugar control is patriotic, as it builds revenues for Big Pharma. What better way to support your country than to help successful industries grow larger, increase shareholder value, and increase the salary and perks for hard working executives? So if you want to join the growing ranks of people who are becoming diabetic, now the largest epidemic of chronic disease ever witnessed in the history of the world, here’s what you do: Cut your fat intake — Because it leaves you unsatiated and hungry, you will ...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 28, 2014 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Diabetes Source Type: blogs

Endoscopic Fundoplication Goes Forward: Medigus MUSE System for GERD Cleared in U.S.
Medigus (Omer, Israel) received FDA clearance for the latest version of its minimally invasive GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) treatment system. The MUSE, known as the SRS System in its previous incarnation, allows a physician to perform an anterior fundoplication using one instrument that includes a stapler, video camera, and ultrasonic sights that help with alignment. Fundoplication normally involves opening the abdominal wall or less invasively with laparoscopic instruments. The MUSE system allows the procedure to be done endoscopically, restoring the functionality of the esophageal valve with just a fe...
Source: Medgadget - March 25, 2014 Category: Technology Consultants Authors: Editors Tags: GI Surgery Source Type: blogs

Studies Prove Without Doubt That Unvaccinated Children Are Far Healthier Than Their Vaccinated Peers
Conclusion I find it amazing that despite mainstream media and leading government agencies stressing repeatedly that studies comparing vaccinated children to unvaccinated children cannot take place for ethical reasons, groups around the world are taking it upon themselves to do these studies anyway. While surveys of this kind are often dismissed as being purely epidemiological and passed off as little more than stamp collecting, I believe that studies of this nature should not be dismissed out of hand. After all, many stamp collections contain just one stamp that is worth far more than its weight in gold. These studies sho...
Source: vactruth.com - February 26, 2014 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Christina England Tags: Christina England Top Stories truth about vaccines vaccinated vs. unvaccinated Vaccine Safety Source Type: blogs

Pharmalot... Pharmalittle... Good Morning
Rise and shine, everyone, another busy day is on the way. And while this is shaping up to be a rather cold one, in fact, the sun is shining strongly over the hectic Pharmalot corporate campus, where the short people are enduring their usual ritual of hustling off to their houses of learning. As for us, we are, of course, indulging with a cup of needed stimulation as we sort through our to-do list and decide what to leave in and what to leave out. Perhaps you can relate. In any event, here are some items of interest to help along your own ride. Have a smashing day and drop us a line if something interesting occurs... CVS An...
Source: Pharmalot - December 11, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: esilverman Source Type: blogs

Wheat Belly holiday recipes II
Now for the desserts! Here are recipes for Pumpkin Pie, Apple Cranberry Crumble, and Pumpkin Spice Muffins. Remember: By taking out wheat and other grains, not resorting to gluten-free junk carbohydrate replacements, not adding sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, limiting net carbohydrate content and not using other problem ingredients, we now have healthy desserts that do not pack on the pounds, screw with blood sugar, mess with satiety signals, or exert inflammatory effects. Have your Apple Cranberry Crumble or Pumpkin Spice Muffin and suffer not a moment of guilt! And I think they’re pretty darned tasty, too. Hap...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - November 26, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Recipes Source Type: blogs

Wheat Belly holiday recipes I
At the start of their Wheat Belly journey, many people resign themselves to a life without gravy, biscuits, or pumpkin pie, having to make the best of holidays devoid of enjoyment and indulgence. Just eat your dry turkey meat and lettuce leaves! It’s not true. You can indeed have all your holiday dishes. But we are going to recreate them without wheat, without other grains, without use of gluten-free junk carbohydrates (no cornstarch, tapioca starch, potato starch, or rice flour), with little to no added sugars, and no other problem ingredients. Minus all the undesirable ingredients, in fact, pumpkin pie, biscuits, a...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - November 25, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Recipes Source Type: blogs

Weird wheat re-exposure reactions
As the world of people who are wheat-free continues to grow, I am witnessing a range of weird re-exposure reactions when people, intentionally or inadvertently, get re-exposed. Among the peculiar reactions: Congestive heart failure–A woman with a clear-cut syndrome of wheat intolerance that was evidenced by diabetes, excessive expression of small LDL particles (around 2000 nmol/L at the start), high triglycerides, gastrointestinal distress, widespread joint pain, and a peripheral neuropathy (impaired coordination, reduced sensation to the legs), and negative blood markers for celiac disease, improved substantially a...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - November 19, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Re-exposure syndromes Source Type: blogs

Jessica L.
Jessica’s story is truly inspiring. Her battle back to better health is the kind of empowerment I hope to facilitate with Grain Brain. Adopting a Grain Brain-friendly lifestyle not only gave Jessica back control of her health, but her entire life. – Dr. Perlmutter As a travel writer with a somewhat unusual story of having sold everything my husband and I valued and owned, with no storage, on Halloween, one year ago, we left our lifetime home, family, and friends to travel the world and write about our daily adventures and share photos. Just one year prior to that, I wasn’t able to go to any of our grandch...
Source: Renegade Neurologist - A Blog by David Perlmutter, MD, FACN - November 1, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: gbadmin Tags: Success Alzheimer’s gluten free Grain Brain low-carb Spinal degeneration sugar travel Source Type: blogs

Is There a Right Way to Feed a Baby?
This morning I opened “The Four Month Visit” email sitting in my mailbox from my pediatrician’s practice. Under the topics for the approaching visit is “solid foods.” The blurb reads “Solid food: Since Brandon looks hungrily at your food and tries to grab it, how about starting him on a little solid food? Don’t waste your time with cereals, since they offer little added nutritional value. Read more about when, how and why to start your child on solid foods.” Don’t waste my time with cereals? I spoke with some friends whose doctors told them to start with rice cereal. M...
Source: World of Psychology - October 13, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Jill Ceder, MSW, JD Tags: Children and Teens Disorders Eating Disorders Family General Habits Health-related Parenting Research Alan Greene Breakfast cereal Childhood Obesity food little solid food Nutrition Nutritionist Rice rice cereal starter Source Type: blogs

Supreme Court Asks Solicitor General About Whistleblower Cases
The US Supreme Court has asked the US Solicitor General to comment on a case that calls into question whether whistleblowers may be restricted from filing lawsuits alleging drugmakers duped federal healthcare programs into paying for medicines (see page 6). And what may be at stake is the ability of the federal government to recover billions of dollars from healthcare fraud. The case involves a Takeda Pharmaceutical sales manager named Noah Nathan, who claims the drugmaker defrauded Medicare by falsely marketing higher doses of its Kapidex treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, than what was approved by th...
Source: Pharmalot - October 8, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: esilverman Source Type: blogs

Medical Mispronunciations and Misspelled Words: The Definitive List.
Hearing medical mispronunciations and seeing misspelled words are an under appreciated  joy of working in healthcare.  Physicians often forget just how alien the language of medicine is to people who don't live it everyday.  The best part about being a physician is not helping people recover from critical illness. The best part is not  about  listening and understanding with compassion and empathy.  Nope, the best part about being a physician is hearing patients and other healthcare providers butcher the language of medicine and experiencing great entertainment in the process.   Doctors c...
Source: The Happy Hospitalist - October 2, 2013 Category: Internists and Doctors of Medicine Authors: Tamer Mahrous Source Type: blogs

Go Water Your Eggs or Something
Monday - Entry 36:Not sure where to begin. Let’s try this: And then I was depressed.There. I can work with a beginning like that. It’s spells out the problem and hints that something happened before I made my realization.This day has been a hard one to get through. The sickness lingers, sapping me of energy & strength. Each cough is a gagging experience. My lungs burn. My head throbs. I’ve been sick like this since August 21st. I know. I know. I promised not to count the days. I haven’t. I just remember acutely the day my life ended. You’ll have to forgive me. I don’t consider lying ...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - September 24, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Tags: Journaling Writing Depression Therapizing Source Type: blogs

Arrhythmia Masquerading as Cardiac Ischemia
A 45-year-old woman with a history of medication-controlled essential hypertension, stage 2 chronic kidney disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and a pack-a-day cigarette habit presented less than 60 minutes after acute onset of severe shortness of breath that awoke her from sleep. She had felt well the previous day, and went to bed with no complaints.   Around 4 a.m., she woke up from sleep very dyspneic, with moderate chest “discomfort” over her left chest that radiated to her back and was unchanged by position or respirations. She denied other symptoms such as fever, cough, nausea, vomiting, numbness, or ...
Source: Spontaneous Circulation - September 12, 2013 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Blog Posts Source Type: blogs

Arrhythmia Masquerading as Cardiac Ischemia
A 45-year-old woman with a history of medication-controlled essential hypertension, stage 2 chronic kidney disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and a pack-a-day cigarette habit presented less than 60 minutes after acute onset of severe shortness of breath that awoke her from sleep. She had felt well the previous day, and went to bed with no complaints.   Around 4 a.m., she woke up from sleep very dyspneic, with moderate chest “discomfort” over her left chest that radiated to her back and was unchanged by position or respirations. She denied other symptoms such as fever, cough, nausea, vomiting, numbness, o...
Source: Spontaneous Circulation - September 12, 2013 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Blog Posts Source Type: blogs

A Takeda Manager Asks The Supreme Court To Review A Whistleblower Ruling
Will a recent appeals court ruling restrict the ability of whistleblowers to file lawsuits that allege drugmakers duped federal healthcare programs into paying for medicines? This is the contention made by Noah Nathan, a sales manager at Takeda Pharmaceuticals, who claims the drugmaker defrauded Medicare by falsely marketing higher doses of its Kapidex treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, than what was approved by the FDA. So far, Nathan has lost two rounds in court, but now hopes the US Supreme Court will review his case. Why? In his view, a decision earlier this year by the US Court of Appeals for the ...
Source: Pharmalot - August 14, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: esilverman Source Type: blogs

Wheat Belly rocks Brazil!
Brazilian rock singer Octavio Godoy of the hard rock band, Metalmorphose, tells his wheat-free success story. (Wheat Belly was recently released in Brazil–19 countries and counting!) Since I was 20 years old, I started to gain weight. My weight back then was about 76 kg [167.2 pounds]. Now I´m 46 and last year I felt like I was exploding: My weight reached 98 kg [215.6 pounds] for my 1.72 m [67-inch] height.                   Octavio, in black, before Wheat Belly. I started to exercise by biking, but could only lose about 3 kg [6.6 lb]. Then I started swimming, too...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - August 2, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat-elimination success stories Source Type: blogs

A physician declares a wheat-free success–from Cyprus!
A physician from the island of Cyprus posted these telling comments: I am wheat and gluten free since the end of January, 2013. I suffer from type II diabetes, which was controlled with difficulty and I could not lose weight. I had acid reflux issues day & night, I was snoring every night, I could not sleep on my tummy, I had pain in several joints and I was suffering from diarrhea almost on a daily basis with tummy aches. (Gastroenterologists thought it was stress related.) After the first long and hard weekend of removing wheat and gluten from my diet (headaches, agitation, arthritic pain), most of these issues reso...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - July 22, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat-elimination success stories Source Type: blogs

Should Lawyers Be The New Doctors?
Dear patients, It has been a hard week. I wanted to take a moment to personally apologize for all that you have endured. As one who has witnessed your pains and struggles, I can only wince with each new passing hurdle you are forced to leap over. This business of disease and illness is not for the weak of heart (metaphorically, that is). To the man stranded in the hospital with a pelvic fracture, I wanted to say I'm sorry. Contrary to what you have been told, it was not I who gave the order to make your admission an observation. In fact, I did just the opposite. I had clicked the full admission order while doing the requ...
Source: In My Humble Opinion - July 17, 2013 Category: Family Physicians Authors: Jordan Grumet Source Type: blogs

Wheat Belliers share their wheat re-exposure experiences
How do we associate cause and effect? How do we KNOW when acid reflux, bowel urgency, depression, anxiety, asthma, joint pain and myriad other health complaints are due to consumption of modern wheat? Simple: When you can turn them on, turn them off, turn them on, turn them off, repeatedly and at will. For instance, avoid wheat, enjoy freedom from bowel urgency and the inconvenient and embarrassing searches for the nearest toilet. Have wheat, explosive return of symptoms. On again, off again: It is the consistent association that establishes a cause-effect relationship in an individual. Read the incredible descriptions fr...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - July 8, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat re-exposure syndromes Source Type: blogs

Hot flashes no more!
Deb posted this comment in response to the Smarter, Faster, Better post describing the transformations in her brother’s life and her own health minus wheat: After watching my 52-year-old brother drop 53 pounds in 6 months, I knew he was onto something BIG! For years he had experienced severe digestive issues, was turning into a recluse, he complained constantly about aches and pains, and he was depressed. A friend turned him onto Wheat Belly and it changed his life. Thank you for giving me my brother back! After eliminating wheat, he no longer has any digestive-colitis issues, his depression is gone (without medicati...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - June 26, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat-elimination success stories Source Type: blogs

How quickly does wheatlessness unfold?
Wheatlessness: the happy, healthy state achieved by not eating wheat. A frequently asked question: Once you eliminate wheat, how fast do the benefits occur? Well, it depends. It depends on what health issue we are discussing, what organ system, and how far along the process of wheat destruction you were. Nonetheless, there are a number of common patterns that develop once you decide to eliminate all things wheat in your life: Gastrointestinal Acid reflux, bowel urgency–5 days is typical for these conditions to reduce or go away entirely. Ulcerative colitis, Crohns–These complex inflammatory conditions require...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - June 15, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat-ectomy Wheat-elimination success stories Source Type: blogs

How Much? Pfizer And Teva Reach $2.1B Deal Over Patent Dispute
This is an example of why at-risk launches are, well, risky. After nearly a decade of squabbling, Teva Pharmaceutical and Sun Pharmaceutical have agreed to settle a heated patent dispute with Pfizer over the Protonix acid-reflux by paying $2.15 billion. More specifically, Teva will shell out $1.6 billion – half this year and half next year - and Sun will pay the rest. At issue was a bet by Teva to begin selling a generic version of Protonx in December 2007 while simultaneously challenging the patent on the medicine that, at the time, was sold by Wyeth, which Pfizer subsequently acquired. The hope was that Teva, which...
Source: Pharmalot - June 12, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: esilverman Source Type: blogs

Acupuncture Improves Diabetic Gastroparesis
By Diane Fennell "Needleless" acupuncture can provide relief for people dealing with diabetic gastroparesis, according to new research recently presented at the 2013 Digestive Disease Week meeting in Orlando, Florida. As many as 50% of people with diabetes will develop gastroparesis. Gastroparesis, most commonly caused by damage to the nerve fibers that control the movements of the stomach, is a condition in which the stomach's ability to move food into the small intestine is reduced. This slow stomach emptying results in a variety of symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, feelings of fullness after eating, a l...
Source: Diabetes Self-Management - May 31, 2013 Category: Diabetes Authors: Diane Fennell Source Type: blogs

Wheat Belly saves a life
Tammy posted this astounding story of a life saved by the Wheat Belly message: I have been off wheat since November, 2012, and I can tell you that it was life changing. September and October were very scary months for me. I was very close to killing myself. I imagined taking pills and just ending it. I was terrified to go to bed because that was when the darkest thoughts would come. I was in constant pain, all of my joints were inflamed, and I was getting to the point where I couldn’t walk. I was getting heart palpitations every time I ate. The acid reflux was awful. I felt like I was never digesting my food. I was ...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - May 26, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat-elimination success stories Source Type: blogs

Left Bundle Branch Block with Less Than 1 mm of Concordant ST Elevation (in the Setting of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy)
A male in his 60's with a known history of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HOCM) presented for chest pain.  He thought  it was "acid reflux," and it started a few hours prior to his presentation to a non-PCI capable hospital.  He denied any associated symptoms.  His pain was not relieved with NTG.  He had an minimally elevated troponin at the referral institution, (assay unknown).  He was diaphoretic and clutching his chest.  Here is the first ECG:There is sinus rhythm with LBBB and high voltage, and all leads have appropriate and proportional discordance EXCEPT for lead V4, which ...
Source: Dr. Smith's ECG Blog - May 3, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Steve Smith Source Type: blogs

Feeding tubes and weird ideas
My favorie BADD post: Tube-ageddon. I haven't had much time to write anything here about the hell I went through getting my GJ tube. I had every indication for a GJ tube. I had gastroparesis so bad it was starting to affect my breathing, in a way that doctors said was likely to result in infection after infection until I died. From the emergency room onward, doctors were saying my best hope was to get a feeding tube. Yet the pressure I got from doctors, while in the hospital for one of those infections, was to just keep getting infections, go home, wait to die. Most of them wouldn't say that outright. But som...
Source: Ballastexistenz - May 2, 2013 Category: Autism Authors: Amanda Tags: Abuse Autism Bullying Cognitive disability Degradation Developmental disability Disability Rights Discrimination Ethics Ethics, justice, etc. Food Hatred Medical Medical stuff Outside Perceptions Physical disability Power Source Type: blogs

EsophyX for Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) Proves Itself in Trial (w/video)
Fundoplication surgery has been around since the 1950′s as an option to treating gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and hiatus hernia. The technique normally requires an invasive procedure and involves suturing the upper part of the stomach around the lower part of the esophagus. This provides the added strength to the lower esophageal sphincter and prevents the expansion of the esophageal hiatus.EsophyX, a device introduced a few years ago by EndoGastric Solutions (Redwood City, CA), offers a new, minimally invasive way for performing fundoplications.  The entire procedure is performed using an incisio...
Source: Medgadget - May 2, 2013 Category: Technology Consultants Authors: Editors Tags: GI Surgery Source Type: blogs

FDA: Enhancing Benefit-Risk Assessment in Regulatory Decision Making
Last summer, Congress enacted the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), which included the fifth authorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA V).  Title I of FDASIA reauthorizes the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), which provides FDA with the necessary user fee resources to maintain an efficient review process for human drug and biologic products.  The reauthorization of PDUFA includes performance goals and procedures that represent FDA’s commitments during FY 2013-2017.  These commitments are referred to in section 101 of FDASIA. Section X of these comm...
Source: Policy and Medicine - April 25, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs

Type 1 diabetes . . . cured?
Carrie posted this wonderfully thought-provoking comment about her diabetic son: My 13 yr old son was diagnosed over a year ago with Type 1 [diabetes]. Before his diagnosis, I was very ‘green’ — bought organic foods, bought meat from free-range, grass-fed local farms, cleaned my house with products I made myself from vinegar and natural products. But we did follow the low-fat, low-calorie, high-fiber, healthy whole grain diet. We were told “eat whatever you want” — just dose for it [with insulin] and be healthy (yep: low-fat, high-fiber, etc.) I didn’t think so: If he has a carb p...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 19, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Diabetes Wheat-elimination success stories Source Type: blogs

With GERD, How Often Should My Father Have an EGD Done?
GERD, also known as acrid reflux disease, can lead to esophageal cancer. People with GERD are encouraged to have endoscopic exams to check for this cancer.Contributor: Melissa HowePublished: Apr 17, 2013 (Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content)
Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content - April 17, 2013 Category: Other Conditions Source Type: blogs