Am I too skinny?
LM posted this interesting dilemma: I wonder if anyone has experienced TOO MUCH weight loss with the wheat free diet? I have been eliminating obvious sources of wheat for roughly 4 months and have been steadily losing weight. By obvious, I mean that I don’t go out of my way to avoid things that contain trace amounts of wheat, soy sauce, or other sauces thickened with flour. I also don’t totally avoid beer, though I tend not to drink a lot of it. I have tested negative for celiac disease and don’t believe that I have a noticeable sensitivity to wheat. In the first month or so, I started noticing a change of shape in ...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - April 2, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Weight loss Source Type: blogs

Anatomy of a poison
There is a substantial amount of science devoted to characterizing the gliadin protein in wheat. There are thousands of versions of this molecule, varying in amino acid sequence. But there are sequences shared by most forms of gliadin proteins. (These sequences can also be found in the gluten and glutenin proteins of wheat, as well.) Gliadin has been the recipient of many of the changes in modern high-yield, semi-dwarf wheat. What is fascinating is that many of the adverse effects of gliadin consumption in humans have been drilled down to their structural basis: Image Fasano 2013 Note the following on the gliadin “...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - March 18, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Gliadin Source Type: blogs

Give Harvard Health a piece of your mind!
This article misses many of the essential points that are driving the tidal wave of wheat-rejection. Let me make a few of the most important points: 1) Gluten is just one protein in wheat. There are over 10,000 others. 2) The gliadin protein of wheat exerts opioid effects on the human brain that, via the tetra- and pentapeptide digestates of gliadin, stimulate calorie consumption: 400 more calories per day, every day. The effect is blocked by naloxone/naltrexone, opiate-blocking drugs. (An FDA application is currently pending for such an application of naltrexone.) 3) The gliadin protein has been demonstrated (Fasano et al...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - March 16, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

1500 calories LESS per day . . . and a question
A reader who calls himself “Not Hungry in NC” posted this wonderful story along with an important question at the end: My story: Was advised to read Wheat Belly by a friend who’d had success with it. Started wheat free (and generally low carb) eating on Jan 1, 2013. I was 6-1′, 237lbs then. Within two weeks, was down to 225lbs, and am currently at 215lbs. I’ve seen the critics who call this just another diet fad. But let me explain why I think it’s different. First, I *love* food and love eating. So losing weight is hard for me as I lack the necessary self-control. Seeing food makes me hungry. Beyond ...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - March 15, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Gliadin Inflammation Wheat-elimination success stories Source Type: blogs

Ulcerative colitis tamed
Traci posted this wonderful story of her dramatic relief from years of ulcerative colitis: Dr. Davis, For 24+ years I have suffered from Ulcerative Colitis (UC). This past Christmas, my stepmother recommend that I read your Wheat Belly book. I did because I had decided to remove carbs from my diet at the beginning of the year. She said your book would be a great supplement to my carb reduction. I had no idea that by reading your book my symptoms of UC would disappear!!! Normally, I am treated with a medicine called Remicade which is administered via IV. Usually I receive this medicine every 2 months. Guess what??? It’s ...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - March 6, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Ulcerative colitis Source Type: blogs

The Gluten Free Experience: Tips on How to Eat Out with Gluten or Other Allergies
Are you Celiac, Paleo, or simply avoiding gluten? Here are some basic recommendations to help you stay on track when dining out.Contributor: Carla Prada AkersPublished: Mar 03, 2013 (Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content)
Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content - March 3, 2013 Category: Other Conditions Source Type: blogs

Is gluten on the increase?
I often hear people say that the reason that there more problems today with consumption of wheat products is because the gluten content has increased. I always wondered where that argument came from. I am obviously no defender of wheat nor gluten, but I also don’t like attention diverted by issues that have no basis in truth. So this paper written by a USDA scientist entitled Can an Increase in Celiac Disease Be Attributed to an Increase in the Gluten Content of Wheat as a Consequence of Wheat Breeding? I believe helps settle the issue. After surveying analyses of various wheats of the 20th century, he concludes: ...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - February 15, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Genetic changes Source Type: blogs

A drug for every wheat condition
Nina posted this tale of an entire family’s health gone sour, treated with medication after medication, only to discover that it was wheat at the bottom of it all. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your book. So many answers in one place. My oldest daughter had what moms call “upset stomach” a lot while growing up. She began having acid reflux which only got worse and, by her sophomore year of high school, she had grade B esophageal ulcers and was diagnosed with depression. By senior year, her GI doctor had run all the tests. She was on 3 types of meds: one for reflux, one for irritable bowel, and one...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - February 12, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Gluten sensitivity Wheat-elimination success stories Source Type: blogs

Celiac is not a disease
. Lest you think I’ve gone off my rocker, let me explain. Say that, of 100 people you know who smoke, only 1 gets lung cancer. Do we declare that the only person who has problems with cigarettes is the poor unfortunate guy or girl with the one lung cancer? Shall we ignore the 60 cases of chronic bronchitis and emphysema, the 10 abdominal aortic aneurysms, the 5 thoracic aortic and iliofemoral aneurysms, the oral, tongue, and laryngeal cancers, and the several dozen other conditions that typically develop in smokers–but not as imminently fatal as lung cancer? In other words, do we dismiss all these conditions ...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - February 5, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Celiac disease Source Type: blogs

Wheat liberation
Abbey tells this story of life transformed minus wheat. I call it “wheat liberation” because her story makes me think that she was a prisoner of the wheat message, in pain all the time and not understanding why. Let the Wheat Lobby and uninformed dietary community prattle on about how “healthy whole grains” while we witness success after success in regaining health. The last few years a lot of my friends have gone gluten free and have ballyhooed how wonderful it is and how good they feel, but I had been of the opposite mind: “What? Give up bread and cereal? What’s wrong with breads and cereals...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - February 2, 2013 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Inflammation Joint pain Wheat-elimination success stories Source Type: blogs

Heart Disease and Height Coincide
Short People Have Higher Risk for Disease Is it possible that the closer you are to the ground, the more likely you are to be sick? A recent article in the Associated Press noted a study that found that short people had a 50 percent higher chance of getting heart disease, than taller people. It is also important to note that other issues, like smoking and weight also played important roles in these heart disease risks. Read the full article here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100609/ap_on_he_me/eu_med_short_people_hear... Well, there could be several reasons for this. Besides being hereditary, being short could also be beca...
Source: Doctor Kalitenko antiaging blog - January 15, 2013 Category: Physicians With Health Advice Authors: admin Source Type: blogs

Don't Put All The Blame On Hormones - Gluten Can Shorten Your Sex Life, Too
Even though it is believed that with menopause and andropause comes a loss of libido, fertility and sex drive, it has been always assumed that the reason is due to a change in hormones. However, a recent study is claiming that it may not be the only reason, and that gluten, once again, is the culprit for our failing health! (1,2). Moreover, the problem starts long time before menopause hits.  This problem affects the whole reproductive life of a woman, leading to miscarriages and premature birth.  This problem makes menopause more severe than in healthy women.  But what is it? What is this unknown enemy that can make su...
Source: Doctor Kalitenko antiaging blog - January 10, 2013 Category: Physicians With Health Advice Authors: admin Source Type: blogs

Whole grains: you’re being fed half truths
Eat your grains! Whole grains are extremely popular because of their heavily advertised health benefits.  But the more research is done, the less attractive they look to doctors and patients—and to me. While doing a follow-up appointment with a patient, he mentioned that he had eaten bread the day before the appointment.  I said, “As per my advice, you should not eat bread at all.”  He answered, “It was whole wheat bread, so should not be a problem.” He thought that if it is a whole wheat bread, then it’s ok. Why did he think like that? Because grains are a staple food for many of us.  Because mainstream m...
Source: Doctor Kalitenko antiaging blog - January 8, 2013 Category: Physicians With Health Advice Authors: admin Source Type: blogs

10 Things You Can Give Up in 2013
With the new year rapidly approaching, I wanted to compile a list of my top 10 things that I think you should give up in 2013. Take a look and see how many you can cross off your list next year! 1. Guilt I’ve blogged about food guilt in the past, and still feel that this is something worth mentioning as we move into 2013. Many times the guilt associated with food comes from the food policing that I mention below. It creates a cycle of restriction/avoidance of food, overeating, guilt, and restriction again. The only way to break the cycle is to give yourself permission to enjoy foods you love without guilt or shame. 2...
Source: Balanced Health and Nutrition Rebecca Scritchfield's Blog - December 31, 2012 Category: Nutritionists and Food Scientists Authors: rebeccascritchfield Tags: nutrition eggs gluten-free maple syrup paleo weight management wellness Source Type: blogs

I’m picking up good fermentations
… but the Woo is giving off bad vibrations! OhMyGosh the world is full of idiots! Tonight I was stocking over in the health foods section, which is either a great place (for our large selection of gluten-free products for coeliacs) or a magnet for all people woo-stricken. A woman came to the grocery wanting “bread […] (Source: Andrea's Buzzing About:)
Source: Andrea's Buzzing About: - March 23, 2012 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: andrea Tags: Anti-Quackery Food OMG Science Source Type: blogs