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Wheat Belly Audiobook
Wheat Belly
Written by: 
William Davis
Narrated by: 
Tom Weiner
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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    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-07-12
    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-07-12 Member Since 2011

    I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".

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    "Good Information, boring delivery"

    The message is important and I'm grateful for it. The science was not friendly to me. I took 4 years of high school math, 1 semester of higher level college math, high school biology, chemistry, physics, and two semesters of college biology and one semester of college anatomy. With this background under my belt you would think I would find this authors science interesting. No, it is boring. It is hard to listen. This book educates on the bad side effects of "wheat". It needs a new writer and a new narrator. Here's an example of how it could deliver it's excellent message and reach more people: "The Omnivore's Dilemma" authored by Michael Pollen is an excellent treatment on the bad side effects of "corn". Both give us excellent facts to improve our health. But "The Omnivore's Dilemma" educates on the ills of genetically modified corn in a way that is fascinating. I read the book twice and plan to reread it annually(and it was 5 times longer!). It was great! On the other hand "Wheat Belly" is so boring (after the first 30 minutes) that I have to read another audio book between 30 minute intervals of reading "Wheat Belly" to stay alert. It is like listening to a college biology/chemistry class: boring. Info is healthful but prepare for 7 hours of a sleepy college lecture.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carla Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 10-02-12
    Carla Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada 10-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Really dislike the narration - did not finish book"

    Warning - I did not finish the book, so take my review as you like.
    Doom and gloom narration is over the top and annoying.
    Found the book repetitive. Ultimately got bored and stopped listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sandra dexter, MO, United States 10-02-12
    sandra dexter, MO, United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "This needs to be on facebook to enlighten people!"
    Would you listen to Wheat Belly again? Why?

    Yes and I will purchase a hardback of it as well. Tom Weiner gives these statistics life and energizes facts and a possible boring book to some. He did very well to keep my attention on those facts and why it is so important to know wheat is and has not been wheat for a long time.


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

    No but I like his structure, tone and overall presentation as he read to me. Thanks Tom


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

    Yes but as always I needed to reread areas again but that is just me and my brain working.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elie 10-02-12
    Elie 10-02-12

    Elie Suida

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    "Good read, a little scary"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wheat Belly?

    Learning I need to try this and see if it is do-able


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

    The reader kept an at times technical book interesting.


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

    It scared me for my grandchildren.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Australia 10-01-12
    Wendy Australia 10-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Very informative"
    Where does Wheat Belly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Highly


    What did you like best about this story?

    It gave me the insentive to pass on a lot of carbs, especially bread. Haven't eatin it for weeks and don't even miss it.


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

    I'm not sure here. I don't like reading, so audios are for me!


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

    no comment


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks to this author I have lost 6 kilos in 6 weeks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    EM123 10-01-12
    EM123 10-01-12
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    "new lifestyle and healthier body"
    What made the experience of listening to Wheat Belly the most enjoyable?

    just being able to listen to it over and over while driving to work


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

    none


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

    no


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

    no too busy


    Any additional comments?

    bought book first then purchased audible so I could listen to it while doing other things

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-25-12
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    "Very helpful book on going wheatless!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, if you need to go wheat free, this book helps you understand why it will help you.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Westmount, QC, Canada 09-21-12
    Martin Westmount, QC, Canada 09-21-12
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    "So far so good"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wheat Belly to be better than the print version?

    No I think there are some technical chapters where the print version would be better. It was good to have the pdf as well.


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

    I don't know of any other diet book to compare it with. But it is a life changer so perhaps "Younger Next Year"


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

    Not applicable


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

    Not applicable


    Any additional comments?

    So far I am trying the diet and not finding it too difficult. The book did advise about some of the withdrawal symptoms which actually happened. But now that I am over that I find that I am eating less and feeling good about not being a slave to wheat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ivonne NOGALES, AZ, United States 09-18-12
    Ivonne NOGALES, AZ, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Must read!!!! I really learn and enjoy it."

    I really recommend this book, this book explain clearly how the wheat impact our body in a way that i understood all the effects, everyone must read it.

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    Mr. Anonymous United States 09-15-12
    Mr. Anonymous United States 09-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Speculative hypothesis, not very convincing"

    William Davis might be right, but he didn't convince me. His theories about wheat are largely consistent with the idea (championed by Gary Taubes and Robert Lustig, among others) that carbohydrates in general are harmful. So perhaps it's not wheat per se that is the problem; it's the high carbohydrate content of wheat products that's the issue.

    Another problem with this book is that it's very wordy and repetitive. I got the sense that Davis had to struggle to write enough content to fill a book. I remember one section of the book where he tediously listed many, many examples of wheat-based products that you can find in the supermarket. He went on ad nauseum. Was that really necessary?

    My recommendation is to skip the book and wait to see how this all plays out. Perhaps Davis will be proved right, or perhaps he's conflating wheat with carbs.

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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.

    12 of 12 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.

    8 of 8 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...


    4 of 4 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.

    4 of 4 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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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