managing an LCHF lifestyle in Israel
(October 31, 2011)
I finished reading the book “Wheat Belly” by the cardiologist William Davis, MD.
And I don’t know where to start … (Between the interesting, annoying, and sad reading.) Maybe from the beginning? 😉
Dr. William Davis has been a cardiologist for decades and during that time he has treated thousands of patients. People who came to his office usually also suffered from other problems, including, of course, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. Fortunately for his patients, Dr. Davis would see beyond his area of specialization and suggest beneficial tips to his patients for their other problems. Especially would he recommend people with diabetes to reduce the amount of “healthy” full-grain bread that nutritionists and diabetes organizations recommend diabetics to eat. He just figured that if bread (of any kind) raises the blood sugar then you should reduce the amount in a diabetic menu. And didn’t aim for more. Suddenly his patients who did reduce bread from their menu, came back to him with all sorts of improvements – The most prominent was weight loss and the lower insulin levels they needed, but there were also improvements in blood pressure, joint pains, memory, skin problems, and more. At first the doctor thought “it happens”, then “a coincidence”, but after a few hundred such cases, he began to understand that there’s something else. And started to investigate.
The result is the book “Wheat Belly” and thousands of recovered patients.
So what did he find and what’s the book about?
The book is divided into three parts:
1) History of wheat – The wheat of today is not the same wheat that was eaten once upon a time. It has undergone several genetic cycles and today’s wheat was developed about 50 years ago. (It’s interesting that celiac disease has quadrupled in the same time and not just because it’s easier to find the disease!)
2) How wheat affects the body and the diseases it creates – Except celiac and raising blood sugar levels, there are several other medical problems that originate in the wheat we eat: for example, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and autoimmune diseases of the joints. In addition, wheat adversely affects osteoporosis, aging of the body (AGE), can cause neurological diseases in the brain and the body, causes sugar and carbohydrate addiction, increases the appetite, and much more.
3) How to cut wheat – In this part Dr. Davis gives advice on how to cut the wheat and what you can eat instead, lists of products containing wheat that should be avoided, and many ideas for menus and even recipes.
At the end of the book there’s a 15-page bibliography for those who are interested to read the studies by themselves. You can also go to Dr. Davis’ blog and read comments from people who eliminated wheat from their food and the almost magical results they experienced by doing it.
So I read the book, and I don’t know whether to be angry or cry … (I actually laughed a little here and there also thanks to the humorous writing style of the good doctor.)
I do hope that the book will spread outside the U.S. – It’s compulsory reading for anyone who want’s a healthy body!