Thursday, September 15, 2011

Is Modern-Day Wheat Dangerous?

I am in the middle of a book called Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health. I have always wondered if I had celiac disease but never been tested so figured it couldn't hurt to give this book a try.

The book is written by cardiologist William Davis who says that thanks to the actions of Big Food and government agencies such as the USDA and places like the American Heart Association that are always pushing "whole grains," we are sicker and fatter than ever.

Davis discusses how modern-day wheat can be dangerous and can lead to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease and neurological disorders. "Wheat," the book says, "has changed dramatically in the past 50 years under the influence of agricultural scientists who have genetically altered it beyond recognition with little or no questioning of whether these agricultural "evolutions" are compatible with human health."

Have you tried getting off wheat? If so, did it help?

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59 Comments:

Blogger Cham said...

I only eat wheat products when I have no choice, like when someone buys me a sandwich or serves me pasta. I dislike being a pest about food so I don't fuss.

Someone gave me a sandwich yesterday, I ate it, digested it but I could tell my tummy was not happy about it. Ever since I rejected wheat I learned that I have cheekbones.

7:33 AM, September 15, 2011  
Blogger E. Steven Berkimer said...

Low carb is the way to go, and Cham is right on the money. Someone my wife works with, sent us a pizza last night, and it's amazing how badly I reacted to it.

I started a low carb lifestyle after reading it on Amy Alkon's site. And I've never felt better, and I've lost close to 30 pounds as well... without exercise.

7:37 AM, September 15, 2011  
Blogger Tristram said...

Whenever I greatly limit my wheat (and sugar) intake, I feel much better. Sadly, I really, really like bagels and pizza, so I can usually go a couple of weeks, then I need a shmear or a pizza.

I did read some about the paleo diet, and I have grown to have some concerns about gluten / grains. I wonder if some of the benefits (esp in the beginning) of things like Atkins are not so much because of ketosis or lake of carbs, but that the carbs that are first removed are grains, and grains are the last to be reintroduced (after veggies and such). That is the PITA part of dietary research: you can't remove one macro nutrient without increasing others.

At the same time, I unless diagnosed, I wouldn't freak out about a moderate amount of grains. Do get checked, if you are concerned.

7:37 AM, September 15, 2011  
Blogger elliot said...

I have celiac. Most people who have celiac actually gain weight after they are diagnosed. Partly because they start digesting more of the food they eat as their body repairs itself and partly because you end up eating a lot more rice, corn and potatos.

7:56 AM, September 15, 2011  
Blogger LissaKay said...

Hey Helen... Glad you guys got this book, I suggested to Dr Davis that he send it to you. As I've mentioned here before, I've been eating low carb/Atkins for a while - mostly due to reading about Gary Taubes here and on that little blog run by that dude you're hitched to - and have spent a lot of time researching food and nutrition issues. The information in Wheat Belly is simply astounding. Wheat - the modern hybrid variety sold and promoted by the USDA as a healthy food - is actually toxic to ALL of us, not just those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

It gets even better... Since the release of Wheat Belly, the entities that make financial gain from the sale of wheat products have doubled down and are formulating a public relations response to mitigate the damage. Even though it is clearly shown that wheat is not good for us, they care more about their bottom line than the health of the general public.

Yeah... I am so shocked by that.

9:53 AM, September 15, 2011  
Blogger ZorroPrimo said...

I've been doing the Atkins thing for so long I can't remember the taste of bread. I eat pasta only as a holiday treat. I have not had soda since high school.

Ask anybody who has worked in a supermarket: What's the highest profit leader in the entire store? The baked goods! Their reps do all the stocking and displaying, and it costs about 5 cents to produce and deliver a $1.99 loaf of bread.

Americans are fat because we swallow carbs like whale sharks swallow krill. I don't know if wheat has become inherently bad, but if carbs were alcohol, we'd be a nation of blackout drunks.

9:53 AM, September 15, 2011  
Blogger Oligonicella said...

Well, I've eaten wheat my entire life and don't plan to quit. My suggestion? Don't eat so much... Exercise more...

As I got older, I of course became more sedentary. Hard to work out like I used to with the arthritis in the knees. So I eat a helluva lot less than I did. A mistake people make is to continue eating like they're 20-30.

11:15 AM, September 15, 2011  
Blogger Ern said...

Zorro -

I bake my own bread (there are two loaves rising in the oven right now), and it costs me approximately $0.50 per loaf for the ingredients. I don't doubt that a commercial bakery's cost/loaf is considerably lower, but I have a hard time believing that they can produce and deliver a loaf of bread for 10% of what I pay for ingredients alone (there is nothing exotic about my ingredients, either).

11:17 AM, September 15, 2011  
Blogger Magson said...

I dated a woman with Celiac disease for about 18 months. For the last 6 months or so we weren't living together, but I was usually at her place in the evening and we'd make dinner and eat there. I lost about 20 lbs in those 6 months.

Since that relationship ended and I've "gone back to pasta" and other breads that aren't gluten free anymore, I've put on about 50 lbs.

For a short time last year we thought my wife might be gluten sensitive, so for a couple of weeks we went gluten free. I don't think we lost any weight, but we did both feel better, so we've recently talked about going gluten-free again. After reading this post today and the other comments, I think I've got even more impetus to do so.

11:54 AM, September 15, 2011  
Blogger GulfofMexico said...

After searching online for a way to get off some meds, I found the paleo/caveman/archevore/etc way of eating. One of the basics is to avoid grains in general, which in today's society is primarily wheat. Long story short, I'm off the meds, dropped 20 lbs., and feel and look better than I did 15 years ago. Do it.
I'm convinced a lot of inflammatory diseases come from overconsumption of grains and omega-6 fatty acids.

12:58 PM, September 15, 2011  
Blogger Joe said...

Yet another "this food is bad" based on scant actual evidence. All the hand wringing ignores the fact that people, in general, are simply eating more than we have in the past and that people, in general, are guzzling massive quantities of drinks, be it sodas, diet drinks, energy drinks, booze, coffee and even tea.

1:32 PM, September 15, 2011  
Blogger Brother J said...

I gave it up (after being diagnosed as type 2 diabietic and not wanting to take medication), along with all other refined carbs, and dropped from 185 to 145 pounds in about 6 months. My blood sugar is down to high end normal to just over and my latest cholesterol had my trigycerides at half the high limit, LDL under 100 and HDL at 69.

This looks like an interesting book. I'll have to pick it up

1:52 PM, September 15, 2011  
Blogger SGT Ted said...

Food scares are usually hype, with little actual science to back it up. I am skeptical of broad claims like these.

Most people could lose weight simply by not consuming soda or other sugary crap, or by eliminating snacking from their diet and only eat 3 moderately portioned meals a day.

1:54 PM, September 15, 2011  
Blogger Helen said...

LissaKay,

Thanks so much for telling the author to send it! It's been very helpful.

2:39 PM, September 15, 2011  
Blogger dr.alistair said...

hmmm. i'm of the eat less to lose weight school, but if cutting out wheat works for you then who am i to argue.

my concern is that with so many one-stop diet solutions we are running the risk of doing more harm than good.

i know that if eat a slice of pizza i feel heavy and slow afterwards, but it could be from all manner of things other than the wheat in the dough.

i eat mostly meat curries, oatmeal breakfasts and drink no soda whatsoever, but god knows what my bloodsugar etc. is as i stay away from doctors mostly unless something serious happens...which thankfully hasn't.

4:56 PM, September 15, 2011  
Blogger br549 said...

Look at what feeding cattle grain does to them. It fattens them up for market as we all know. It also requires them to be pumped full of anti-biotics during that stage.

I just stick to what grand ma said. If it tastes good, spit it out.

6:55 PM, September 15, 2011  
Blogger Eric said...

I cannot get free of all wheat, because it is extremely inconvenient. I try to avoid it as much as possible. Personally, I feel a lot better getting my carbs from rice (and so does my gut).

7:46 PM, September 15, 2011  
Blogger Eumaeus said...

Disclaimer 1st -
I raise wheat in the breadbasket of American, Kansas. Have been doing this for several decades, as have two generations before me here in the US and untold numbers prior, in "the old countries".
Wheat is the "staff of life" and has been feeding mankind for at least 5,000 years. Modern wheat is the product of 5,000 years of "genetic modification" aka cross-breeding. Nothing being done in labs is any different, it's just faster. Read any basic high school biology text book if you need supporting documentation.
Panic Mongers like to say otherwise, because they can sell books to the ignorant and get invited onto daytime talk shows.
Wheat is not making you sick, your spoiled, soft, weak, urbane lives and petty neuroses are. Eat your Wheaties and stop whining you sorry bunch of hypochondriacs!
That is all, and thank you for the opportunity to explain this.

1:01 AM, September 16, 2011  
Blogger br549 said...

My daughter is getting her PhD in plant biology. She knows more about that stuff than you can shake a stick at. There are over 6 billion people on this planet. You have to squeeze every every grain possible from every producing acre if we expect to be able to feed everyone. There are three vertical industries left in this country, all having to do with population increase; food production / maanufacture, potable water making plants, and waste water treatment plants.

Genetic modifications to increase yield, and fertilizers to enrich the soils depleted by growing food are absolutely necessary.

7:33 AM, September 16, 2011  
Blogger DADvocate said...

Eat your Wheaties...

Dang! I grew up on Wheaties. Ate two boxes a week when I was a teenager. Still my favorite cereal. The brown sugar and whole milk I smothered them with surely did more harm than the Wheaties.

That said, food allergies and intolerances abound. I'm largely free of them, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. Whole grain brown rice seems to sit better on my stomach than bread.

7:48 AM, September 16, 2011  
Blogger Cham said...

Absolutely necessary? I'd think getting a grip on the population explosion would be a better solution. What happens with the food-growing acreage fully depletes?

7:48 AM, September 16, 2011  
Blogger ZorroPrimo said...

Buckwheat is awesome!

8:17 AM, September 16, 2011  
Blogger SGT Ted said...

Wheat is not making you sick, your spoiled, soft, weak, urbane lives and petty neuroses are.

This.

9:50 AM, September 16, 2011  
Blogger James A said...

The bullet does not kill you, your spoiled, soft, weak, urbane lives and petty neuroses kill you.

10:20 AM, September 16, 2011  
Blogger br549 said...

Cham: Duh!

Unmodified grains, and organic growing techniques would have us in deep do-do already.

All corn was the size of the mini-cobs we get in salads when the Brits hit Jamestown and were introduced to corn by the native peoples.

And NYC was inundated with horse shit and flies before trolleys, buses, subways, and cars.

10:41 AM, September 16, 2011  
Blogger Oligonicella said...

br549 --

"Look at what feeding cattle grain does to them. It fattens them up for market as we all know."
Because that's all they are fed and they're restricted in movement.


"It also requires them to be pumped full of anti-biotics during that stage."

Not true. The enforced stillness and accompanying mess does. The grain has nothing to do with it because that's only the last few months.


"I just stick to what grand ma said. If it tastes good, spit it out."

Damn. Your grandma never made you any elderberry jam?



James A --

"The bullet does not kill you, your spoiled, soft, weak, urbane lives and petty neuroses kill you."

Oh please. That wasn't even a good parody unless you're making the axiomatically stupid suggestion that eating a loaf of bread is equally as lethal as eating a gun.

10:56 AM, September 16, 2011  
Blogger Der Hahn said...

I'm often of two minds about this.

In one sense, I've got personal (though antecdotal) experience that there is something to it though I doubt that it's the magic bullet as some people present. I went through a two stage weight loss over the last two years. The first portion was pretty basic and done on my own - move more (mostly walking) and eat out less. I still ate a considerable quantity of wheat products and processed foods though I tried to limit consumption. I lost about 30 lbs, was happy, and figured I had lost about as much as I could.

I then joined a 'fitness boot camp' type gym. They suggested a change in diet to bump up the amount of protein consumed and limit carbs, as well as a pretty significant increase in activity. It wasn't much of a change and I didn't feel deprived of anything. I dropped about another 15 lbs which I found pretty surprising. I've stuck with the program though I have drifted back to eating somewhat more carbs than suggested.

I can see where this might be a valid issue. I concur with DADvocate that there's probably a broad range of people who may have issues digesting various grain components but I don't know if that means we should write off cereal grains as a source of nutrition all together.

The last thing that gives me pause is that eating is often done almost unconsiously and there are a lot of triggers besides a rumbling in your belly that get you to put a Twinkie in your mouth. Our evolution prepared us for a 'feast or famine' existence, not the abundance of food that's found in modern western nations. I often wonder if a good portion of weight loss after adopting some sort of restricted diet can be attributed to making food consumption a more consious decision.

1:18 PM, September 16, 2011  
Blogger PierreLegrand said...

Gary Taubes Why We Get Fat is a terrific book about what is going on. On a personal level I have lost 30 pounds by eating a VLC diet usually eating less than 30 grams of carbs a day. The weight was lost very quickly with no hunger...matter of fact my Chef couldn't figure out how I was doing it since I usually had 3 eggs and ham in the morning steak for lunch and so on.

I started the diet January 19th when I decided that at 55 it was now or never. For the last 6 months I have been working out every day loosely following the Endurance Athlete program from Moutain Athlete. I can do more pull ups now than I have ever been able to do and I kind of scare myself doing squats.

Not saying this to brag but to alert the rest of us over the hill gang that it is never too late. Get on with it.

2:17 PM, September 16, 2011  
Blogger dr.alistair said...

pierre, firstly; you have a chef?

and secondly, you are bang on with the older person being still able to get on with it.

i pulled 445 off the ground working out with my step-son the other night and play soccer 2-3 times a week winter and summer.

and i turned 50 last october.

we are omnivores and we need to experiment with what works for us individually. i can eat most things and know what makes me go and what makes me slow, and sure there are those with sensitivities, but most of us can eat a steak or a bowl of oatmeal or anything else within reason and live a healthy life.

3:44 PM, September 16, 2011  
Blogger PierreLegrand said...

Dr. Alistair,

Yes I am a General Manager/CEO and have a chef at my business. I live a blessed life...

It appears that while we may indeed be omnivores we probably shouldn't be eating tubers and other starchy foods. Wheat is also on the list of things we probably shouldn’t eat...

Ketosis is being used in the treatment of variety diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Lou Gehrig’s. Ketosis is only achieved by severely limiting carbohydrates.

4:13 PM, September 16, 2011  
Blogger Doom said...

I did cut wheat, both "whole" and unbleached white, for quite some time. When I decided to add a bit of wheat back in, I went whole wheat initially. At this point, I am about half whole, half regular wheats and products.

Health? I did have diabetes. That seems to have gone. If I hit sugar too much, which I sometimes do, it can edge up (but well within what doctors want).

As for health, to my notions? Not much difference. I felt no better or worse without it, with just whole wheat, or such. I did used to carb load (not for athletics, but just the same). And, when diabetes was in effect, yeah, it was a sugar rush thing.

To be honest, going more with meats, having fruits and vegetables more as treats, and going to smaller more frequent meals seemed to be the trick for me. But that is just me.

6:57 PM, September 16, 2011  
Blogger Bob Wallace said...

All "primitive" cultures worldwide have gotten around the problems with grains by fermenting them, i.e., adding water and fermented milk and letting it stand for anywhere from one day to one week. It destroys the gluten and phytic acid and increases the availability of the vitamins and minerals. Unofortunately, wheat is the worst offender -- being associated the schizophrenia, bipolard disorder and depression -- so I never touch the stuff.

8:13 PM, September 16, 2011  
Blogger TNTitan said...

The naysayers should actually read the book instead of speaking out of ignorance. Both Davis and Taubes (in Why We Get Fat) do a great job of explaining the science and backing it up with clinical research. It's understandable that folks are skeptical, but they are doing themselves a disservice by not giving these men a fair listen.

10:22 PM, September 16, 2011  
Blogger Alcibiades said...

I've been off of gluten almost 5 years now and sugar and preservatives just over 4, and I have never felt better -- happy and healthy.

Helen, your difficulty with wheat doesn't necessarily mean you are celiac, you could just have gluten intolerance, leading to dysbiosis, bacterial imbalance in the gut. You should look at Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride's Gut and Psychology Syndrome -- known by its acronym as the GAPS diet. Or Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gotschall.

Lots of people are unable to digest wheat properly, especially given how much of it our society consumes of it generally, which is far more than we evolved to eat as little as several decades ago. Our systems have not caught up yet.

The best way to test it out is to try it out - to see if it makes a difference for you or not. We all have unique reactions and sensitivities to various foods, based in part on the differences in the bacterial populations we harbor.

11:07 PM, September 16, 2011  
Blogger Julie G. said...

I am one of those weird people, I do eat healthy, I have followed a high fibre diet most of my adult life, don't drink soda, don't eat cakes except for special occasions, don't eat candy again except for special occasions. I have vegetables at two or three meals, I have a classically healthy diet. I exercise 4 or 5 times a week for at least an hour a day. My bloods always come back good (except for low Testosterone), with cholesterol at or below 4, my doctor always takes my blood pressure 3 or 4 times because he can't believe why its so low.
In all the time I have eaten and exercised like this I have gained anywhere from 10lb to 20 per year and now weigh 275lbs.
I think its time to chuck the governments and industry idea's in the bin and start again.
I started this diet 2 days ago and today for the first time in years my IBS hasn't had me running to the toilet. If the effect is that quick in just two day's, whats it going to do for me in a month or a year.

3:53 AM, September 17, 2011  
Blogger Pink Lady said...

I followed the HCG Protocol to lose weight. Protocol cuts processed foods, starches and sugars from the first two phases of the diet. It was amazing how much energy I had during these phases. I tried to add grains to my menu while maintaining my weight. I would gain weight, feel bloated, lethargic and have general aches. I finally made the decision to go totally grain free and follow a paleo lifestyle.

6:46 AM, September 17, 2011  
Blogger JC Florida said...

Wow, lots of dismissive comments here. Amazing how many plant genetic experts, nutritionists, physical fitness experts, psychologists and other assorted folks have commented on something that most have A) Never tried, looked into, or talked with someone who has or B)Read the book in question, and would thus realize how ignorant most of their claims, dismissals and rhetoric are.

Some simple advice. Read it, then make a intelligent, informed opinion. Otherwise you just prove that line often attributed to Socrates (though the source is disputed) "Better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."

8:57 AM, September 17, 2011  
Blogger ZorroPrimo said...

@JC: Go back to your trailer park.

9:59 AM, September 17, 2011  
Blogger JC Florida said...

Wow. Well @ZorroPrimo, nice comeback. Typical response for someone that cannot argue the points. You insult. By the way, you may be interested in that technique is called either an Ad Hominem attack. May your pathetic life as an internet troll be painful and short.

And just for the record, I do not live in a trailer park. What would lead you to think I do? Or are you projecting your own insecurities on others? Either may, your point is moot.

12:36 PM, September 17, 2011  
Blogger ZorroPrimo said...

@JC: The attendant at Checkout #8 at K-Mart is missing, and the manager is looking for you.

1:52 PM, September 17, 2011  
Blogger JC Florida said...

@Julie G. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Try looking into Paleo/Primal eating. I know it may seem counter intuitive, but it works for lots of people. You will find out on sites from Robb Wolf and Mark Sisson that there is a very good reason that, despite your hard work, you have negative results. I was doing much the same as you, stumbled onto Paleo/Primal, and have dropped 66 pounds. On top of that , I have gotten rid of several long time health issues (IBS being just one of them) have improved my stamina, muscle tone and overall energy, and it did not take eating any odd foods, being a gym rat, none of that. Eat foods you enjoy, do some high intensity, short duration exercise (no chronic cardio here) and you will notice results. You are on the right track with losing the wheat, now keep going!

3:36 PM, September 17, 2011  
Blogger The Captain said...

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4:05 PM, September 17, 2011  
Blogger JC Florida said...

The wheat of today has passed far beyond anything Mendel could have dreamed about. This is not crossbreeding to obtain a desired result, this is direct gene splicing. The splicing was done for yield. With no concern about the possible changes resulting in the product being consumed.

While I am sure you have given yourself a pat on the back with your New Age comment, I would suggest, as I did before, you actually read the book and research the issue. As for "hucksterism" which approaches that title, recommending someone try a modified diet for 30 days and observe the effects, (the method the doctor recommends, which could actually decrease his money, as patients need his services less) or pump drug after drug into your body, hoping to affect condition A, without exacerbating conditions B, C and D.

If you do not think it will work for you, fine. But try and come up with an argument that does not insult the person or product. Show proof there is no harm in the wheat of today. That several health issues getting worse and worse in the US are not linked to this product. If you want logic, start with using it yourself. Show how the thesis is wrong with logical points, not rhetoric.

Anyway, feel free to argue amongst yourselves. For those interested in learning about this, the doctor has a website, and Facebook has whole communities that can help educate you. I am heading out for a run, and some weight work. Some of us are not afraid of work, or sweat.

As for the problem with the fire department recruiting? Considering the appearance of many of the local department members, I cannot imagine why they have problems. Perhaps the image they portray is part of the problem. Why would any young person want to join a group that looks like they just do not care about themselves? Or the complaints are just more of the same. An older generation about a younger one. Nothing new there. I have news for you "Captain" the same was probably said about your generation. Too lazy to do the job.

4:50 PM, September 17, 2011  
Blogger ZorroPrimo said...

@JC: I hope you don't mind, but that kid who played the banjo in Deliverance needs a bone marrow transplant, so I gave them your name and number because I know how you people like to "keep it in the family."

4:57 PM, September 17, 2011  
Blogger ALP said...

No, I have no intention of giving up wheat. Books like this appeal to what I call "the worried well".

Its all about proportion. Eat wheat in proper proportion to fat and protein. Too many convenience foods are wheat-based and that is the problem. I am skeptical it has anything to do with wheat itself.

Disclosure: my parents went vegetarian/organic in the mid-70's. My dad gave up wheat and eventually became a vegan. So I've tried giving up wheat in the past due to parental influence. Didn't feel any better. I've seen so many of these food panics come and go - what will the next one be, I wonder?

6:56 PM, September 17, 2011  
Blogger dr.alistair said...

we put too much focus on what food is supposed to do for us...almost like what drugs will do for us, and magic potions and six week ab workouts.

people are impatient and believe advertising...and the next popular book written by doctors or other experts holding out miracle cures or quick roads to success, and while these publications do little harm, they mostly provide little help either for the general public.

and regarding irritated bowel syndrome, my step-daughter shits through the eye of a needle most days because she insists on eating fast food and smearing everything with goo from bottles in the fridge without tasting first..and she has an irritated head that churns and boils as much as her lower intestine...and that, she insists, is everyone else's fault.

i pity her boyfriend, though he is shaping up to take her off our hands soon, though i imagine it won't be for long.

7:49 AM, September 18, 2011  
Blogger SGT Ted said...

The reason for the skepticism is the many, many food scare/fad claims that were allegedly backed up by science that have turned out to be complete bullshit.

so, no. I highly doubt the assertions made here about wheat.

9:00 AM, September 18, 2011  
Blogger SGT Ted said...

Most peoples weight problems aren't related to 'wheat'. Most peoples weight problems are related to their overall shitty diet, starting with the amount of foods they cram into their cakeholes and the couch their spreading ass can't get off of.

9:03 AM, September 18, 2011  
Blogger br549 said...

For the last eleven years, I have had a desk job. In days gone by, I was at least moving about on a daily basis as much as I was sitting. I gained a lot of weight. The fanny spread, the belly pooched. Muscle mass turned to fat.

Yeah, it's a lot more than just wheat. I eat differently now, I walk a bit. The muscle mass is still way down from more youthful days, but the "chub" has backed way off, too.

The splicing and otherwise genetic mods to most foods have been about yield per acre, etc. Just like fattening animals before slaughter. There are billions to feed, with the number only growing larger. I don't see any new land being made. So again, it is done out of necessity. I can't imagine the cost of food at this time without it.

10:01 AM, September 18, 2011  
Blogger Alcibiades said...

Dr. Alastair,

If you think the diet approach to IBS/IBD is a magic bullet - you're way off of base. It's the anti-magic bullet, it's a long term cure that can take years to get right - unlike drugs, that can be a magic bullet, but with these disease complexes, just, at best, offer symptom relief. And in the long term lead to extensive surgeries of vital parts for many people because there is no cure.

Why do you think it is a problem to think of food as nutritive and healthful as opposed to the opposite? Retraining our eating habits is a great way to heal from specific diseases and a preventative measure, though by no means a cure-all. Still, it can help a lot.

Also, it's no surprise that your step daughter's head is messed up if her gut is as well - because of the very close connections between gut and brain. See Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride or The Second Brain by Michael Gershon.

11:03 AM, September 18, 2011  
Blogger dr.alistair said...

alcibiades, you have me wrong. my daughter's boiling head has as much, if not more, to do with her bowel than the other way round.


and i think some, if not the majority, of books like this are published and held out as "magic bullets, when as you say, it takes years to correct major issues such a ibt...and a willingness for people to recognise the cognitive aspects of such disorders.

6:25 AM, September 19, 2011  
Blogger BarryD said...

I stayed with friends who are into the "paleo" thing, though not 100% strictly. They don't have bread around, though, so while I stayed with them, I didn't eat any.

I found myself feeling better, more energetic, and able to be satisfied with fewer calories.

Since then, I've done without wheat and other grains insofar as it's practical. Eating vegetables, fruits, nuts, meat, etc. is fine by me anyway.

I've lost the weight that I couldn't get to come off, despite regular exercise and even calorie counting.

I don't know why, but cutting out most wheat consumption has been good for me, and I will continue with it.

4:41 PM, September 19, 2011  
Blogger Xiaoding said...

Modern wheat, ususally comes with proccessed sugar as well. A double whammy.

Thnx for this column, I am getting off wheat now to see what happens.

Paleo seems to be the way to go. Insulin resistance is key.

Anyone who thinks food can't affect them, is just an idiot. Very usually a fat one.

Had dinner the other night, with a very fat guy at the other end of the table. He spoke for an HOUR AND A HALF about...food! Thank God I could ignore him..pity the company rep who couldn't!

I suspect his knowledge of vitamins is less comprhensive!

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6:07 AM, September 21, 2011  
Blogger Lord Jiggy, Prince of Whitebread said...

Avoiding wheat absolutely helped.
I trained for an Ironman, working out 6 days a week, eating the "right stuff," and I still had an embarassing gut.

Then I began following "The Primal Blueprint," and dropped the wheat/pasta/grains. Then I dropped 20 pounds, while exercising much less than I had for the Ironman, and I look and feel a hell of a lot better (IMHO).

10:14 PM, September 28, 2011  
Blogger Gert said...

All you nay sayers, without having read Dr. Davis' well researched book! Easy to say eat less and move more, some of us however find it not so simple. I'd have a bowl of high fiber Kashi cereal at 7 am and by 10:30 I'd be starving. So much so that I'd head to the nearest fast food place (my job entails driving all day). My husband, taking all the medications prescribed, could not get his blood sugars below 170...even while starving himself. We went Paleo and wheat free 2 months ago. Hunger is under control, blood sugars in normal, non-diabetic ranges. We have both lost 25 lbs, and my hair is amazingly bouncy! You keep eating wheat...As for me and mine, no thanks!

2:48 PM, October 01, 2011  
Blogger Gert said...

All you nay sayers, without having read Dr. Davis' well researched book! Easy to say eat less and move more, some of us however find it not so simple. I'd have a bowl of high fiber Kashi cereal at 7 am and by 10:30 I'd be starving. So much so that I'd head to the nearest fast food place (my job entails driving all day). My husband, taking all the medications prescribed, could not get his blood sugars below 170...even while starving himself. We went Paleo and wheat free 2 months ago. Hunger is under control, blood sugars in normal, non-diabetic ranges. We have both lost 25 lbs, and my hair is amazingly bouncy! You keep eating wheat...As for me and mine, no thanks!

2:51 PM, October 01, 2011  
Blogger Nick said...

The Low Carb diet is a BOGUS FAD. It accomplishes its goal only in the same way talking to your plants keeps them green - you pay more attention to what you're doing.

The secret to remaining lean and fit is simple: eat right and exercise!

We ALL know what "eating right" means. It means a well-balanced diet including fruits, vegetables, meat, and carbohydrates with all the essential vitamins and minerals. Portion size is important, and it becomes more important as our metabolism slows with age.

We all know what exercise is too, but so many people are too lazy to exercise, they substitute malnutrition in order to lose weight.

If you're focusing on WEIGHT instead of body composition and nutrition, you will ALWAYS be wrong. The Low Carb diet focuses are attention away from healthy habits and toward mindless counting.

The "science" of carbohydrate processing is BS. Carbs and proteins have precisely the same amount of energy per unit of mass, and proteins are broken down into simple sugars through a slightly different process than carbs, but the end result is the same.

It is true that wheat is very different than its ancient forebears, producing a fuller, richer, more bountiful crop. This has been much to our advantage.

The idea that a genetically altered food might not suit our evolutionary co-development is sophistry. Humans spent millions of years putting things into their mouths, trying to subsist off of them, without knowing the long-term effects. Human diets "evolved" through a selection process - diets which were harmful of insufficient lost their adherents. It's highly doubtful we'd change wheat so drastically that it would have detrimental effect.

The fact that we observe more obesity and more heart disease is not merely a result of diets rich in calories and lifestyles poor in exercise. The longer we live, the more time we have for such diseases to develop. It's a survivorship bias in the data.

For example, heart disease and prostate cancer were seldom a problem for medieval man who often died of other causes long before such diseases took their lives. Because of early detection and treatment, more men today die WITH prostate cancer than FROM prostate cancer. Technology reversed the trend that longevity created.

The same can be said of the recent trend in running barefoot. It is said that few people had running injuries before running shoes. The problems with that are: 1) fewer people ran before running shoes, 2) we didn't collect data on running injuries before the age of running shoes, 3) the social 'push' for people to run too far, too fast, too soon.

So eat reasonable portions of your pasta and start running a reasonable number of miles each week!

6:57 PM, October 02, 2011  
Blogger Gert said...

Nick, how about all the obese, pre-diabetic kids out there nowadays? The wheat being grown today is not the same wheat grown and eaten 50 or so years ago. That's a fact. I eat all the carbs I want while avoiding grains, in the form of lots and lots of fruit and veggies. As much as I enjoyed pasta and bread I certainly didn't enjoy how they made me feel. If this is a fad (and I don't believe that for a second), it's working for us. Hunger not a problem, cravings...nope, all gone. Some fad!

2:56 PM, October 05, 2011  

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