I recommend this book to everyone. This book should be mandatory reading.
This book blew my mind. Though I am not overweight or suffering from celiac disease or any other ailment[s], I will never ever again eat wheat. Goodbye wheat. I swear that, because of this audiobook, I will go to my grave gluten free.
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
I haven't been very convinced that genetically modified food could be harmful and I am quite certain that some of the modifications that allow more production on less land have helped to reduce starvation in the world. However, I just coincidentally listened to this book after just having listened to Temple Grandin's "Animals in Translation" where she has a really interesting section about some of the harmful side effects (like rapist roosters - yes, really!) of genetically modified animals. She explains how selecting for one attribute can produce an animal that has some very negative qualities because of the gene-linking that we don't always understand or appreciate in advance. I know from first hand experience as a rescue volunteer that many breed dogs now suffer serious temperament and health problems due to selective breeding to meet AKC standards for the same reasons that selective breeding in livestock can go awry. So when William Davis in Wheat Belly started reviewing the enormous changes that have been made to wheat in the last 60 years, a light bulb kind of went off. Maybe I'm really not eating the same kind of wheat my great grandma did. Maybe my wheat really could be hurting me.
I picked up this book because it was on sale and I was recently diagnosed with lymphocytic colitis. This is not the worst of the diseases that can affect your large intestine, but it's not much fun either and it is very frustrating that the doctors don't have a clue what causes it. Since a lot of people believe that wheat may be at the root of many digestive tract troubles, I snapped up this book when it went on sale just to see what Davis had to say. I am kind of a natural skeptic so I am reserving final judgement - proof is in the (gluten free) pudding, right? But William Davis spelled things out in enough scientific detail to convince me to give it a try.
Not the most entertaining subject, but if you have diabetes, any of the chronic intestinal disorders, or are just fighting "wheat belly", you will probably have enough vested interest in the material to stay tuned in.
the extensive research on the hybridization of wheat
This book is scientifically written which can make it a little hard to follow but necessary to provide background data to support his extreme claims on wheat.
Solid information based on good research. Easy to digest - no pun intended. ; )
Reinforced my commitment to stay wheat free.
Definitely worth learning about -this can change your life!
A lot of information, maybe too much, but it sure explains why so many of us
are overweight and how to get thin. I am now trying to cut back on wheat,
but almost everything we eat has wheat in it;
That it went into great detail on why wheat is such problem in the past 50 years, and how to prevent all of the problems that todays wheat causes.
Very good voice for this type of book.
It made me want to cry due to the fact that wheat is in so many things that you wouldn't even think of.
The lead into the point is very long - we get it after a few chapters, but the information is nonetheless very valable and well documented.
This is an information book - as stated, it is long in unwinding to the actual point. But the evidence is well covered, thorough and interesting.
Information - not emotion
Maybe the papercopy would have been more appropriate, to refer to certain points or lists, but the associated cookbook covers that. I would not have read through had it not been in audio format.
I'm glad I bought this book, because it convinced me that eliminating wheat (and other carbs) from my diet is my best route to better health. The accompanying PDF is useful, especially for the recipes it contains, but I ended up buying the e-book in addition to the audio book to aid my understanding of the information. There are so many facts, figures and websites mentioned, that I found it useful to have both. My mind tends to wander when listening to books that are so data intensive, so I found that I was constantly backing up to listen to sections over (and over). I've listened to the audible book several times, just to remind myself WHY I shouldn't eat that plump, delicious bagel, but when I want to explain to someone else why I'm just eating the cream cheese, lox and tomato, it helps to have the BOOK as an aid to explaining how damaging the wheat can be.
When I learned that eschewing wheat products can protect me better from breast and colon cancer, osteoporosis and broken bones, high blood pressure and cholesterol, and insulin associated conditions like diabetes than drinking milk, using artificial sweeteners and taking medications and supplements. And I was thrilled to learn that FAT is not my enemy!
It must be really hard to read a book like this well! I thought the performance was a little overly dramatic, but the poor guy had to do something to prevent the reading from being dry and dull.
I highly recommend this to anyone interested in nutrition, trying to lose weight, or living with MOST conditions considered "chronic". According to this book, eliminating wheat can improve or even cure everything from Alopecia to Schizophrenia. There is enough information and evidence in the book to make it worthwhile to eliminate gluten for a month just to see if the conditions improve. My motto: "It can't hurt, and it just might help!"
The narrator has a pleasant tone that makes listening easy
Hard to say. The whole book is so informative.