Posted by: Dr. Jamey Dyson | January 11, 2012

Do you have a Wheat Belly?

The book I’m currently reading is Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD.  Dr. Davis dives into the science of the modern wheat plant and it’s incredibly detrimental effects on human health.  Believe me – you will never look at a bagel the same way after reading this book.  Sorry, bagel shop owners!  I’ve only read 4 chapters and I already feel that way.

Not only does modern wheat make you fat around the belly (thus, the term “wheat belly”), but it is also addictive – acting as an “exorphin” – which is an opiate-like protein created from the digestion process of gluten.  These exorphins cross the blood-brain barrier and attach themselves to the morphine receptors in our brains… ahhhhh that feels good… I waaaaant some more… gimmee another bagel NOW!!!  For many people, bread is their “crack”.

Other deleterious effects of wheat in the book:

  • causes digestive irritability, leaky gut, and Celiac Disease.
  • one of the primary foods that leads to insulin resistance and diabetes.
  • changes our body pH to acidic and leads to osteoporosis.
  • speeds up the aging process.
  • increases the number of small dense LDL particles which is the primary cause of heart disease.
  • can lead to cerebellar ataxia and peripheral neuropathy.
  • affects the skin, resulting in all types of rashes and skin conditions, including acne and hair loss.

I can hear you crying out, “But wheat is a foundation of our whole grain-based government food pyramid!  Wheat is biblical!  Wheat is so American… “amber waves of grain” and all!  Why the clobber on wheat?”

It turns out that the wheat plant has changed dramatically in the past 50 years.  It has been geneticized, hybridized, and cultivized into a plant that the human species has never been exposed to in history.  All the changes to the wheat plant have been done with plenty of good intentions… easier to harvest, larger yield per acre, ability to grow in a variety of climates, etc.  Very virtuous efforts to help feed the world and prevent mass starvation.  But, have the scientists created a ‘super-grain’, or a ‘franken-grain’?

Based on what I’ve read so far, FRANKEN-GRAIN wins by a landslide.  The plant scientists made a critical error in their grand efforts to solve world hunger… they improved the wheat plant for production, but failed to test this new plant on human health.  They just assumed that people would be fine with it.  BIG MISTAKE!  This new wheat is turning out to be pretty darn nasty.  It looks like modern wheat is screwing up millions, if not billions of people across the planet.  For all the nitty-gritty, “grainy” details, I highly recommend this book.

Be Well,

Dr. D.

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