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Wheat Belly Audiobook

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

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Publisher's Summary

A provocative look at how eliminating wheat from our diets can help us lose weight, shrink unsightly bulges, and reverse a broad spectrum of health problems—from acne to diabetes to serious digestive disorders.

Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than 2,000 of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat. How this once-benign grain—now genetically modified almost beyond recognition and found in virtually every course of every meal—has come to have such a profound and deleterious effect on our collective well-being is one of the great untold health stories of our generation.

In Wheat Belly, Dr. Davis exposes the truth about modern-day wheat, deconstructing its historical role in the human diet and the agricultural evolutions that have created a hybrid grain that has a greater impact on blood sugar levels than pure cane sugar and many of the addictive characteristics of a narcotic. He sheds light on wheat’s connection to weight gain as well as to a host of other adverse effects from diabetes to heart disease to immunologic and neurologic disorders like celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and dementia. Finally, to help listeners dependent on wheat products make the move to a wheat-free diet, he presents a clear-cut action plan packed with food and lifestyle tips, meal plans, and recipes.

Informed by decades of clinical research and backed by case studies of men and women who have experienced life-changing transformations in their health after waving good-bye to wheat, Wheat Belly is an illuminating look at a familiar food as well as an affirmative life plan for regaining health and losing unwanted pounds.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2011 William Davis, MD (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Suzanne Stittsville, ON, Canada 03-17-13
    Suzanne Stittsville, ON, Canada 03-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A little complex but valuable information"
    What did you love best about Wheat Belly?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wheat Belly?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Information - not emotion


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rodney Westbrook, Ct, United States 03-06-13
    Rodney Westbrook, Ct, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Highly recommend for nutrition conscious"
    What made the experience of listening to Wheat Belly the most enjoyable?

    The narrator has a pleasant tone that makes listening easy


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wheat Belly?

    Hard to say. The whole book is so informative.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Weiner – was your favorite?

    not applicable


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    not applicable


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Maple Ridge, BC 03-05-13
    Karen Maple Ridge, BC 03-05-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read, ponderous and stuffy narration"

    This book inspired me to get back to the low-carb life that saved me 12 years ago.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Hunt Takoma Park, MD 03-05-13
    Ryan Hunt Takoma Park, MD 03-05-13

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    "Good information, but take with a grain of salt."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wheat Belly to be better than the print version?

    Good to know, but you should read around about some of the research he uses to make some of his conclusions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca MARIETTA, GA, United States 03-05-13
    Rebecca MARIETTA, GA, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Information, Needs Better Narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wheat Belly to be better than the print version?

    Probably not because it's a lot of scientific information, which, in my case is something easier learned with visuals and time to contemplate and absorb.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It was nonfiction


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Not a bad voice, but he clearly didn't know anything about the material he was reading. He pronounced quinoa "kwi-no-ah" which made me flinch every time. It didn't seem like he was even listening to himself talk.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I really liked learning how wheat has changed over the last 50 years from "amber waves of grain" to 18-inch GMO dwarf wheat and how gluten exacerbates the symptoms of schizophrenia.


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    Josh Richmond, VA, United States 02-26-13
    Josh Richmond, VA, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Important life saving information!"
    What did you love best about Wheat Belly?

    The wealth of information and clear, hard data.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wheat Belly?

    Learning the history of modern wheat, particularly the incredible lack of any safety testing as wheat's genetics were manipulated over and over again.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Wheat kills slowly.


    Any additional comments?

    If you eat, you should read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John United States 02-20-13
    John United States 02-20-13

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    "Changed my life."
    If you could sum up Wheat Belly in three words, what would they be?

    Shed the bellyfat.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wheat Belly?

    Understanding how wheat can kill you.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Weiner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Don't know.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Wheat Belly.


    Any additional comments?

    I was amazed as to the bill of goods we have been sold over the last 50 years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Country Belle SHOW LOW, AZ, United States 02-19-13
    Country Belle SHOW LOW, AZ, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Everyone who eats needs to read this book."
    What made the experience of listening to Wheat Belly the most enjoyable?

    Learning information about wheat (so-called) that is new to me. I've removed wheat as much as possible from my diet to see what happens.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It opened my eyes about what is in our food...lots of "wheat"..... Parts of it cross the blood-brain barrier and head for the brain's morphine receptors? Wheat is addictive? Is this why when I follow a low carb/no carb diet I do not get hungry?


    Have you listened to any of Tom Weiner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. Except that I bought a hard copy for my daughter and mom-in-law.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Burnsville, Mn, United States 02-18-13
    Amazon Customer Burnsville, Mn, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting Idea, Execution Not Thrilling"
    Would you try another book from William Davis and/or Tom Weiner?

    I would probably not try another book by the author William Davis. While the information is worthwhile on the whole, some (see minimal) investigation on google reveals that a lot of the source material for the book is fraudulent. That being said the message provided and the benefits to be gained from a keto-esque diet make it a still worthwhile read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wheat Belly?

    The most shocking to me was the depictions of how the grain wheat has changed through the years


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    nancy STILLWATER, MN, United States 02-15-13
    nancy STILLWATER, MN, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Enlightening"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wheat Belly to be better than the print version?

    Yes in that some of the scientific terms for dissected wheat would slow down my reading of the book


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Who knows what ever grabs me.


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    fine


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


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  • CluelessFloob
    Sweden
    12/30/12
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    "This is a brilliant book, but..."

    ... don't buy it if what you're looking for is unbiased information. The author tells you, clearly, from the onset that he doesn't think wheat does anyone any good at all.



    Personally, I find this book absolutely fascinating. I've enjoyed listening to it, and it's interesting to hear about so many studies that have been largely ignored by the medical community. He speaks a lot of Celiac disease, weight loss and diabetes, among other things. I've found information here that I've never heard of before, which in and out of itself is quite astounding (I belong to that nerdy group of people that read and listen to this for fun).



    Sometimes I do find that I can only listen to the audio book for a short while, before wanting to shout "Yes, I get it, wheat is bad!" at the author, which is the only downside I've found so far. Well, I'd also like that he'd name what studies he's referencing when and from what year they are, so that I can look those up for myself, but that's a minor detail.



    All that said though, this is a good book, well researched, well thought out, well read and fascinating - that's why it gets four stars from me.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Mole
    UK
    4/17/13
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    "Dough!"

    Fascinating stuff. I found this book to be well narrated and the content to be highly interesting. I agree with other reviewers that the point does get laboured. However I did not find that this detracted from the subject. After listening to this I have moderated my consumption of wheat and have found that in doing so it has certainly stabilised my eating patterns. For me the key element was how wheat affects your blood sugar. Some of the suggestions are speculative, but if you’ve tried everything else then why not give it ago. A great book.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • G. Cross
    London UK
    12/4/12
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    "Wheat Belly review"

    This is a book that provides lots of answers for anyone that's questioned why they can't lose weight. It's not the calories that's the problem, it's the wheat and gluten. Since reading the book Ive stopped wheat and feel so much better in a week. It's a must read if you're seriously looking to change your look and your life forever

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Tandridge, United Kingdom
    8/19/14
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    "Far too long"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book should be cut down to about 1 to maybe 2 hours in length - This guy can really talk and goes into far more detail than he needs to


    Would you ever listen to anything by William Davis again?

    Only an abridged version.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Don't get me wrong the book is great, just far to long. So the performance could be far better if he went into less detail.


    Did Wheat Belly inspire you to do anything?

    Yes - It's made me cut down on my wheat consumption, I no longer see bread as being healthy.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hayley
    Halesowen, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "It's already improved my life."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, everything you need to know about today's wheat properties and it's affects on today's society.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wheat Belly?

    How quickly people's health improves just by omitting wheat from their diet.


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    Clear, concise and easy to understand.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It changed the way I eat and so improved my life completely for the better.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm now wheat free and no longer have a 'Wheat Belly'.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • heunec
    6/29/13
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    "we all needed to know"
    If you could sum up Wheat Belly in three words, what would they be?

    This is the scientifc based, best book ever about the truth about wheat, and the most simple solution to 90% most common health problems of our moder society.
    As soon as i listened to this I bought the actual paper book. It require to be read carefully.
    Got off wheat and lost the belly and have no arthritis any longer, nor i feel tired...


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • dawn
    Earl Shilton, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "It changed my life"

    I came to this book more by accident than any concerns around wheat as I'd heard excluding wheat could help with fibromyalgia. To cut a long story short the book has transformed my eating habits, returned my digestion to normal, stopped those awful unpleasant accidents and has reinvigorated my energy levels. Thank god for books.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Oslo, Norway
    3/20/12
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    "No more 'healthy whole grains'"

    Some parts of the book are very technical and the author might be exaggerating the consequences of wheat, however, it is informative and you will definitely cut down on your wheat intake after listening to it.

    The author talks about how wheat is the cornerstone of diabetes, so diabetics should give this one a try.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    St Thomas, USVI, United States
    12/1/13
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    "Take from it what you will but you will be amazed"
    If you could sum up Wheat Belly in three words, what would they be?

    informative bias health


    What does Tom Weiner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The pronunciation of food types and medical conditions that one might otherwise say wrong in their mind.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The emotional reaction to I had to this book was shock. From a scientific point of view I completely understand and can see how wheat has had these effects. The evidence presented in terms of patients he has cured is astounding (I do hope the claims are true and not absent of disclosing other implemented treatments).

    I myself suffer from IBS and are well aware of the symptoms he has described. After reading this book I endeavoured to follow his program and see how the results panned out. The most difficult part I found was eliminating the wheat! It is so abundant and an additive to almost everything we eat. To remove it and live a normal live is near impossible. The effort, planning and organisation is like rearing a baby. Everything you do and everywhere you go needs to have forethought and you must take you sling bag fill of 'alternatives' as you would nappies for an infant. Then there is the problem of being a guest and turning down al the foods that have been graciously prepared for you.

    I tried a wheat minimisation diet and that help things quiet a bit. My rule was - where I can control it - I will. It was enlighten and yes - I felt better.

    Read this book to learn. Make your decisions based on your situation and lifestyle and try to adapt. You will most likely feel healthier and more lively as a result.

    Good luck


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chris Leech
    Belfast, Northern Ireland
    10/10/15
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    "This book changed my life and my waist line"

    I had a suspicion that something wasn't right. I had an underlying stomach condition (hiatus hernia) that seemed to be getting worse, facing the possibility of an operation to solve the problem. Cutting out wheat has drastically changed how I feel, given me more energy and helped me lose weight.
    This book is thorough in the 'why's' of wheat issues, full of testimonials and has some great practical advise.
    Well worth reading the whole book!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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