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Wheat Belly Audiobook

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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    CarenL Omaha, NE 08-07-12
    CarenL Omaha, NE 08-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great narration! Great content!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this audio book. Very interesting content & written in a style that is suitable for narration. I was able to listen via my blue tooth while doing tasks at home (sometimes I feel guilty about reading all day when there are chores to be done). This format allows both! Very engaging. Anecdotally, I have already seen improvements in my weight, joint discomfort and sleeping in the 4 short weeks that I have been wheat free. Placebo effect? Maybe. I feel better and look better and I'm going to go with that. I'm not feeling deprived at all. There is such a vast array of food choices besides wheat--Dr. Davis delineates a list of these towards the end of the book-the list is HUGE.


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

    This was my first audio book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part about heart disease.


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

    ?


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    Rachel AUSTIN, TX, United States 08-07-12
    Rachel AUSTIN, TX, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Life Changing Inspiration!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wheat Belly to be better than the print version?

    The narrator is amazing and definitely helps sell the ideas in the book.


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

    I was astonished about all of the supported claims that are backed up by science which go against current popular belief which is supported by huge organizations.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven United States 08-07-12
    Steven United States 08-07-12
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    If you are interested in nutrition or better health you must read this book. As the parent of a child diagnosed with diabetes 6 years ago and celiac disease 5 years ago, I have become pretty educated on nutrition out of necessity, Reading this book was more eye opening than perhaps anything I have ever read. Through practicing what I have learned in this book I have personally lost weight and become much healthier in a multitude of ways. The results are so noticeable and I talk about it so much that numerous friends and relatives have read the book and experienced the same results. My brother in law who is a physician has read the book, experienced the results and is literally dumbfounded as to why this information is not taught in medical school. I have never been one to believe in conspiracy theories, but why this information is not common knowlege is inexplicable.

    Don't take my word for it, read the book and form your own opinion, it will be life changing.

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    land1176 United States 08-06-12
    land1176 United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Intersting and good information"
    If you could sum up Wheat Belly in three words, what would they be?

    Change your Eating


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was not overloaded with statistics but gave enough stats to make the point.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Processed food has become the staple for most households. As I have tried to restrict carbs in my diet, this took it one step further to eliminating "wheat".


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

    Some laughter but no tears


    Any additional comments?

    A good book and one that I would recommend that people read or listen to. It is very interesting the processing changes and how that has had an impact on health.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur MEMPHIS, TN, United States 08-06-12
    Arthur MEMPHIS, TN, United States 08-06-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Read it and you will cut out wheat."
    If you could sum up Wheat Belly in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent, well written


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

    n.a.


    What about Tom Weiner???s performance did you like?

    Did an excellent job of reading the book to me.


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

    n.a.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it and you will cut out wheat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Mcgee Katy, TX United States 08-04-12
    S. Mcgee Katy, TX United States 08-04-12

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    "Very indepth and well written"
    Where does Wheat Belly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am very impressed with the knowledge and sourcing that went into this book. It is very detailed with fact finding and less opinion.

    Highly recommended for those trying to understand our food chain and it's impact on the modern day American.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Páll Huddinge, Sweden 08-03-12
    Páll Huddinge, Sweden 08-03-12
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    "A bit fanatic for my taste"

    I have long known that wheat and especially white wheat and pastries is nothing for me. As good it may taste, I usually feel the negative effects soon afterwards: I become Irritated, sluggish and sleepy.

    But dr. Davis' book is simply not very good, he takes a rather fanatical approach blaming wheat for everything from teenagers acne and overweight to diabetes and death. Some of it is probably true but he fails to refer to any studies, it's mostly experiences from his clinic.

    The book is also quite repetitive and full of dry lists.

    But the narration is good.

    For a more interesting book on a similar subject I would recommend the book “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Glenda 07-31-12
    Glenda 07-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I think he has a point, several in fact!"

    OK, I was feeling a bit desperate to lose some weight. I did the recap of the
    diabetes education on eating right for diabetics. and GAINED another 30 lbs in
    the last 6 months. so fine I give up. Best friend used to say, why are you doing the same old thing over and over and expecting a different result.

    Dr. Davis, at least is willing to try something different and the results, I took wheat containing foods off my plate. I like vegetables, all kinds of vegetbles, and in three weeks I have lost 14 lbs. I don't do any additional exercise. The best part is I am not hungry. OH yeah, my morning sugars are down 50 points, and I run normal blood sugars all day. I can't wait till my next visit to my PCP to get the new hbA1c results and see what those are like.

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    Scott 07-28-12
    Scott 07-28-12
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    "Very science focused, and also very interesting"
    Where does Wheat Belly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in the top 25% of all the audiobooks I have listened to.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It's hard to criticize the book for being too science and fact focused, because that is one of it's most convincing aspects. But there were times, during the "History of Wheat" section, that I thought about skipping ahead. It's interesting that wheat of today is nothing like the wheat of 1000 years ago, but a whole chapter devoted to that was a bit much.


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    He kept a technical book interesting. That was his primary challenge with this material.


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

    "They say this book could not be turned into a film.... They were wrong!"


    Any additional comments?

    This is worth the investment of 7-8 hours to listen to - during your drive, workout, or other time. You will definitely understand the many many ways wheat is bad for you. And hopefully you will eat much less of it as a result. I recommend.

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    Jed M. Merrill APO, AE United States 07-24-12
    Jed M. Merrill APO, AE United States 07-24-12

    Jed M. Merrill

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    "Life Changing"
    Where does Wheat Belly rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This is the best health related book I've listened to since Jillian Michaels' Master Your Metabolism. There is far more information here than just weight loss advice, so read it even if you have nothing to lose!


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

    The Gluten Free Diet has additional useful information on this subject.


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

    Sorry, no, but this was well read and easy to understand even at 3x speed.


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

    Wheat is the junk food of the grain family. Did you know diabetes does not even exist in civilizations that do not eat wheat?


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing, life changing book. Thanks for years of extra life!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Sanna
    kristianstad, 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.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Mole
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    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.

    7 of 7 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

    6 of 6 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'.

    3 of 3 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
  • 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...


    3 of 3 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.

    3 of 3 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.

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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