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Lose the Wheat, Gain Your Health
“Modern Wheat is not Food. It is a Highly Addictive Poison.”
That is the contention of the author of Wheat Belly. Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health.
Dr. William Davis is a preventive cardiologist who advocates reversal of heart disease, not just prevention.
Today’s Wheat is Not What is Used to be
Davis’ contention is that modern wheat has been hybridized so many times, that it bears little resemblance to the original grain. Therefore, modern wheat creates a host of conditions in your body and mine.
Thousands Have Had Results
The first thing to note from the book is that Dr. Davis has had success with his patients. He has put thousands of his patients on wheat-free regimens and they have improved their health.
After removing grain for 3 months from his diabetic/overweight patients, the diabetics became non-diabetic and many of them had lost twenty, thirty, even forty pounds. Other conditions that improved: acid reflux disappeared, cramping and diarrhea gone, energy improved, greater focus, sleep was deeper, rashes disappeared, rheumatoid arthritis pain improved, asthma symptoms improved.
Do Your Own Experiment
Best way to approach this? Personal experimentation, as recommended by Timothy Ferris in his work The Four Hour Body.
Eating Wheat Makes You Hungry!
Gluten is one of wheat’s main proponents. Gluten is degraded to a mix of polypeptides. Once having gained entry into the brain, wheat polypeptides bind to the brain’s morphine receptor, the very same receptor to which opiate drugs bind.
Wheat, like High Fructose Corn Syrup, is an appetite stimulant: it makes you want to eat more. Is it any wonder that we have an obesity and overweight epidemic?
How it Works
The essential phenomenon that sets the growth of the wheat belly in motion is high blood sugar (glucose). High blood sugar, in turn, provokes high blood insulin. High blood insulin provokes visceral fat accumulation, which causes tissues such as muscle and liver to respond less to insulin. This so-called insulin resistance means that the pancreas must produce greater and greater quantities of insulin to metabolize the sugars. Eventually, a vicious circle of increased: insulin resistance, insulin production, deposition of visceral fat, insulin resistance etc, etc, ensues.
Visceral Fat Means Higher Risk of Breast Cancer and “Manboobs”
Visceral fat is also a factory for estrogen production in both sexes. Women = higher risks for breast cancer. Men = larger breasts or “manboobs”.
The “Low Fat” Craze Means we are Eating More Wheat
If national wheat consumption is averaged across all Americans, the average American consumes 133 pounds of wheat per year, or a bit more than half a loaf of bread per day.
This Can Lead to Pancreatic Burnout and Diabetes
Carbohydrates trigger insulin release from the pancreas, causing growth of visceral fat; visceral fat causes insulin resistance and inflammation. High blood sugars, triglycerides, and fatty acids damage the pancreas. After years of overwork, the pancreas succumbs to the thrashing it has taken from glucotoxicity, lipotoxicity, and inflammation, essentially burning out, leaving a deficiency of insulin and an increase in blood glucose and diabetes.
Eating Wheat Can Age You Faster
All carbohydrates increase blood sugar. This includes fruit and all other grains as well. Modern wheat just happens to trump most of them…even white sugar!
Advanced glycation end products (AGEs), is the name given to the stuff that stiffens arteries, clouds the lenses of the eyes (cataracts) and mucks up the neuronal connections of the brain (dementia). The acronym (AGEs) says it well: this process ages us…faster.
The Size of the “Bad” Cholesterol Determines its Effect
(This little section may give you more information on the effects of cholesterol than even your doctor knows!)
You have no doubt heard about the two kinds of cholesterol: High Density Lipoproteins (HDLs), the so called “good” cholesterol. And Low Density Lipoproteins or LDLs, the “bad” cholesterol.
What you may not have heard is that there are two sizes of LDLs, large and small. The size of the LDL determines whether it will accumulate on the walls of your arteries. The large LDL is defined as 25.5 nanometer or larger, while the small LDL is less than 25.5 nanometer.
Dr. Davis maintains that cholesterol has little to do with atherosclerosis. Instead it is about one crucial group of particles: very low-density lipoproteins, or VLDL.
A series of changes in the bloodstream determines whether VLDL will be converted to big or small LDL particles, and diet has a very powerful influence over this.
Eating Fat Does Not Increase Triglyceride Levels
Recent research shows that while consuming fats does indeed deliver greater quantities of triglycerides into the liver and bloodstream, it also shuts down the body’s own production of triglycerides, so the net effect of high fat intake is little or no change in triglyceride levels.
Eating Carbs Does Increase Triglycerides
Carbs, on the other hand, contain virtually no triglycerides. But carbs possess the unique capacity to stimulate insulin, which in turn triggers fatty acid synthesis in the liver, which floods the bloodstream with triglycerides.
High insulin levels efficiently transform carbs into triglycerides, which are then packaged into VLDL particles.
Anything that provokes an increase in blood sugar will also provoke small LDL particles. Anything that keeps blood sugar from increasing such as proteins, fats, and reduction in carbs such as wheat, reduces small LDL particles. Conclusion: Proteins And Fats Keep Blood Sugars from Increasing, While Carbs Increase Blood Sugar.
Wheat Creates Addiction and Obsessive Behavior…Just Like Opiates
This is from a byproduct of gluten called “exorphins.” Exorphins cause your brain to instruct you to eat more food. In other words, it turns off the “satiety switch.” You never feel truly satisfied and much the same way as High Fructose Corn Syrup.
Dr. Davis indicates modern wheat has a unique substance called gliadin that stimulates appetite meaning the average person is consuming, in his estimate, an extra 440 more calories per day.
Modern Wheat is a Perfect, Chronic Poison
“Modern wheat is a perfect, chronic poison. It causes diabetes. It causes inflammation. It causes heart disease. It causes high blood pressure…if we eliminate wheat, that’s when we see transformation. That’s when we see all the diabetics get rid of their drugs…that’s when we see high cholesterol going away. That’s when we see incredible transformations in health.” –Dr. William Davis, interviewed on CBS.
Thanks for reading.
Till next time, Happy Trails to You,
Much Joy, Energy, Health and Love,
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Any and all information provided here is not a substitute for the advice of a licensed medical practitioner. Individuals are advised not to self-medicate in the presence of significant illness. Always consult with your licensed medical practitioner first before undertaking anything…be it supplements, exercise programs or other protocols. The information on this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Do not construe the information provided here as authoritative health advice…or authoritative advice of any sort. All information provided or referred-to on this website is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be health, medical, financial, accounting or tax advice, nor should it be relied upon as such. Matti Anttila is not a licensed financial planner, doctor or health practitioner. If you're not inclined to Do-It-Yourself then please, before you Do-It-To-Yourself, obtain professional advice.
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