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.
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.
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.
As an artist busy with my hands and eyes I had to give up reading. Then audio books came into my life and I am back to over 200 books a yr.
I am glad I got the audio version first and may invest in the print version later. I don't think I would have gone ahead and read the whole print version due to the overwhelming amount of scientific and technical information. But in this audio version, I listened to every part as carefully as possible. I am sure when I go through it again I will have more of the important points hit home for me. The reader did an excellent job. His voice is very clear and precise and carries a feeling of being an authority on the subject. Very professional. I am sure if I tried reading the printed copy first I would have struggled trying to pronounce many of the words.
My daughter has been trying to tell me for years that gluten is bad for me. Of course I knew she was knowledgeable about it and was telling me the truth. But the overwhelming scientific evidence presented in this book could not be ignored.
So many of the health effects that were mentioned are health issues that I have and had attributed to my genes. But then he hit on one particular issue that hit home. Dermatitis Herpitiformus is a condition that I only acquired a few years ago. It is an annoying condition. I have had psoriasis for many years and just accepted it.
Of course the doctors prescribed cortizone cream for that. But they never tell us how we suddenly have these conditions. We are just supposed to use their solutions which always involve chemicals that we know we should not have in or on our bodies. I am sure if I went to the doctor for my new skin concern the treatment recommended would have been the same. I have never had any doctor tell me that the root of some of my health issues were probably caused by the food items I eat. They are always prompt to tell me that my weight is the source of my high blood pressure. I am sure that it is true also. But they never go any further with that. They also never bother to tell us that some of the medicines they prescribe may have serious side effects short or long term. For example, Cortizone creams are not meant to be used more than a few days in a row and don't actually fix the problem long term. However, when you stop using the cream after 10 days (the recommended length of time that the doctor doesn't tell you about), eventually the condition flares back up.
I have Dermatitis Herpitiformus as well as many other conditions that are explained in the book. And now with the information in Wheat Belly, it makes sense. I made a decision that I needed to go wheat free immediately.
I found all the food in my pantry, fridge and freezer that had wheat and gluten and tossed or donated it all. I now read more labels. The surprising thing is that I don't really miss the wheat or gluten. There is a down side. All of those wonderful wheat and gluten free products cost a lot more. But as described in the book, I don't crave all the snacks I used to eat throughout the day. Getting wheat out of my new way of eating actually helps save money by me not eating all those junk foods.
We are so lucky these days that there are so many alternative foods available. I have found that I actually love the wheat & gluten free bread that I am now making. I have long been discusted with all the unpronouceable ingredients in most of our normal everyday food. It is so delightful to be able to pronounce the ingredients in the food I now buy.
I highly recommend this book and look forward to the accompanying cookbook that will be published soon.
Already recommended it to people
Simular to other low carb, gluten free diets
No, too much information to absorb. Needed to relisten several times.
Yes, I would like to hear some of the science again.
Makes me aware of wheat's pervasiveness
retired special education director/educ. diagnostician
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.
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.
I don't think I have.
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.
It's a must read for all adults with any weight issues...and maybe all adults period.
An interesting argument.
Lots of intriguing and somewhat controversial ideas to challenge current thinking on nutrition.
He reads in a "no holds barred" style which demonstrates the author's evident frustration with the state of the SAD -standard american diet.
It should not be the only nutrition book you read but is definitely one of the great new approaches.
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.
If I had the pages where I could write and see certain figures. It is very advisable to have it in print.
It is a health program to consider
I have realized that technical science books it is advisble to have in print form instead of audibel.
Yes indeed! There was no way to get all the information from one listen. I need to listen to several areas again.
The moment when I realized that my eating "healthy whole grains" was killing me in more ways than one.
He just narrated - but his reading of the phrase "healthy whole grains" was awesome every time.
I wanted all the information, but it was to dense to try to absorb all at once.
Stop eating wheat!
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