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Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health | [William Davis]

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

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 two thousand 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.
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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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    David Ford 09-03-12
    David Ford 09-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    Would you listen to Wheat Belly again? Why?

    Yes, I would like to hear some of the science again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    DNA


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

    DNA


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

    Makes me aware of wheat's pervasiveness


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan B. Jamieson Lewisville, TX, USA 09-03-12
    Susan B. Jamieson Lewisville, TX, USA 09-03-12 Member Since 2010

    retired special education director/educ. diagnostician

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    "The truth hurts!"
    Would you listen to Wheat Belly again? Why?

    Yes. I plan to listen to it over and over until I can hammer it into my head. The truths about wheat are shocking and scary for our society. Everyone needs to read this book.


    What other book might you compare Wheat Belly to and why?

    I haven't read anything else as compelling. I understand that The Paleo Diet has a similar approach but Wheat Belly gives so much historical information about how and why we all suddenly got fat that it makes you ask many questions about our national leadership in areas of agriculture, farming, nutrition, and medicine.


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

    I don't think I have.


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

    I was totally absorbed and shock drove me to send a copy to my brother for him and his spouse. Still trying to figure out how I can get my son to listen to it.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a must read for all adults with any weight issues...and maybe all adults period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    heather ottawa, ON, Canada 09-03-12
    heather ottawa, ON, Canada 09-03-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Hmmm, who knew?"
    Would you listen to Wheat Belly again? Why?

    An interesting argument.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lots of intriguing and somewhat controversial ideas to challenge current thinking on nutrition.


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

    He reads in a "no holds barred" style which demonstrates the author's evident frustration with the state of the SAD -standard american diet.


    Any additional comments?

    It should not be the only nutrition book you read but is definitely one of the great new approaches.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura United States 08-29-12
    Laura United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book; Difficult to Digest in Audio Form"
    Would you listen to Wheat Belly again? Why?

    Listen? No. . .

    Wheat Belly is an amazing new approach to looking at food. While there always will be debate when it comes to nutrition (I've already perused articles criticizing Dr. Davis' interpretations of clinical studies that support his claim), to me this book made a lot of sense. As a gluten-sensitive individual, it explained a lot for me. I'm hoping that adapting to his gluten-free diet will bring the changes in the weight gain I have experienced since going gluten free.

    That being said, this is a TOUGH book to do on audio. For those who have no option, I'm glad this resource is available. The narrator is monotone and the text tedious at times. I personally only made it through the first three chapters and then paid for the text version. I just couldn't do it. This audiobook was wheat to my ears.

    I'm also given to understand the audio does not have the recipes. I have not confirmed this. While understandable (how weird would it be to listen to a recipe read aloud?), I feel that's a big loss. The recipes are what I found the most valuable.Bottom line, if you have a choice- buy text.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Octavio Colmenares Chile 08-28-12
    Octavio Colmenares Chile 08-28-12
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    "it is worthed to have in print"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If I had the pages where I could write and see certain figures. It is very advisable to have it in print.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a health program to consider


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    What character would you cut from Wheat Belly?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    I have realized that technical science books it is advisble to have in print form instead of audibel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P. J. Zannini Boston, MA USA 08-28-12
    P. J. Zannini Boston, MA USA 08-28-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Well Researched! STOP Eating Wheat!"
    Would you listen to Wheat Belly again? Why?

    Yes indeed! There was no way to get all the information from one listen. I need to listen to several areas again.


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

    The moment when I realized that my eating "healthy whole grains" was killing me in more ways than one.


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

    He just narrated - but his reading of the phrase "healthy whole grains" was awesome every time.


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

    I wanted all the information, but it was to dense to try to absorb all at once.


    Any additional comments?

    Stop eating wheat!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bert OJAI, CA, United States 08-27-12
    Bert OJAI, CA, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Wheat no more."

    The information in this book falls into the realm of "things you don't know, that you don't know."

    I had no clue that the wheat we eat today had been modified and transformed without any significant testing—unlike the myriad of other products that must undergo USDA, or other agency testing and approval before going to market and human consumption.

    I've been working to be wheat-free for a couple weeks now.
    I don't have celiac disease or any other gastrointestinal issues, but I've begun to shed the pounds like magic.

    This book was an eye and ear opener.
    A must listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bob H 08-27-12
    Bob H 08-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Shocking Truth backed up with Facts to Prove It"

    Very compelling. Don't know if I could have read this one page by page because of the details of the science behind it all. Thankful for audio and ability to listen at 2X speed which made it all extremely captivating and compelling so much as to start living life without wheat so I could see what the outcome it has on myself and loved ones.
    If you want the most no nonsense, no BS read on the subject of wheat and gluten and all the facts to back up every word of every chapter then get this book.

    After devouring it in 2 days of driving 4 hours each day I really don???t think this is another fade diet, rather a real epidemic that has real long term health effects on us wheat eaters. Luckily no one in our immediate family has the dramatic effects but instantly recognized issues that coworkers and friends and friends kids may have that could very well be caused by eating wheat with every meal every day. Please understand that I am not a tree hugging vegan loving, won't wear anything but hemp type at all. Just a road warrior business traveler who wants to find a way to live longer and enjoy good health longer than what I see going on around me.
    Hope this book can give you the same benefits as I am noticing only 1 week into the wheat free diet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Sitler Kemp, TX USA 08-27-12
    Andrea Sitler Kemp, TX USA 08-27-12 Member Since 2013

    The DOT Doctor

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    "Informative and Helpful"
    If you could sum up Wheat Belly in three words, what would they be?

    I feel better!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Helps you understand WHY and then motivates you to DO.


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

    No I have not.


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

    Loose the Wheat, feel great!


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful book. Recommend to anyone who can't figure out why all the high fiber diets fail and who feel awful for no reason. Try it you'll like it....literally!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Johnny Glendive, MT, United States 08-27-12
    Johnny Glendive, MT, United States 08-27-12
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    "MUST READ"
    What made the experience of listening to Wheat Belly the most enjoyable?

    The book is very well narrated and the information is spot on.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NA


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

    NA


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

    No extreme reaction, just strongly agreed with the message.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read for anyone that has had, is dealing with, or knows anybody who deals with diabetes, ANY autoimmune issues, or struggles with their weight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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