I hadn’t planned to start this blog with a tirade about wheat but why not? Wheat forced me to retire early, it made me spend most of my time in bed, it caused me to gain weight and have an impossible time trying to lose it for all of my pre-wheat life, it gave me eczema, dandruff, crusty ears, constant fatigue, and joint pains so bad that I lost the ability to play the guitar completely. And I had been a professional guitarist.
So while I don’t intend for the title of the blog to reflect my thoughts on wheat, you could say that it does to this extent: WHEAT THE FU(|( !
(Yes, that’s me in the photo – but it’s me AFTER wheat. I won’t show anybody pictures of what I looked like before; they’re simply too painful. I was 61 when I did this picture in early 2012, and I was in better shape than I had been in as long as I could remember; to me that’s a sobering thought.)
I forgot to mention the Metabolic Syndrome and pre-Diabetic condition I had acquired, the high triglycerides and the other delightful symptoms – all reversed within 30 days. In fact, my triglycerides decreased by 170 in that time. Wow; it was an official eye-opener for me, folks.
How did all of this come about? Really, the problem is that wheat causes so many different problems that patients present different symptoms to doctors, and for the most part doctors don’t have a clue about what good nutrition is so they never connect the dots. Before I found out about this issue I saw so many doctors for fatigue and the other symptoms that it would be silly to list them. Just for the hand problem alone I saw (besides my family doctor) two hand surgeons, two physical therapists, a chiropractor, a rolfer and an acupuncturist. I had two sets of X-rays and an MRI, too; “We don’t see anything wrong with you. Maybe you’re just depressed.” The acupuncture was the only thing that helped at all, but it only relieved some of the symptoms and didn’t do anything for the then-mysterious cause of the problem. I found that out on my own. Thanks a lot, all of you allopaths.
See, I don’t have Celiac disease – I’m just really intolerant of some of the ingredients in wheat; there are a host of them to complain about but I believe that for me gliadin is the main culprit as my lab results shwed that one at the very top of the scale. It doesn’t matter which one anyway, all that matters is that by dropping wheat from my diet I started to feel better (dramatically better) in just two days. While about one per cent of the population is Celiac, estimates are that 30% are gluten intolerant. That figure doesn’t mention gliadin or any of the other proteins in wheat which cause problems, either. Most of those people are undiagnosed just like I was.
There is now a ton of information on the web about how to eat to avoid this; for me, the solution ended up going full-bore Paleo. I’m not trying to convince people here, I’m just saying that this works for me, and boy, does it ever work. If something else works for you, I’m all for it – I realize that everybody is different. However, as I look around me in America and see all the obese people I know that most of them have one thing in common – their diet. Lots of carbohydrates from processed foods and the completely not “healthy whole grains”, lots of sugar and HFCS, and as little fat as possible. Man, I believe the medical establishment, the FDA and the USDA owe us a huge refund, because what they have been telling us for the last several decades is, I believe, absolutely WRONG.
More about my story on Dr. William Davis’ Wheatbelly Blog.
I’ll be posting more on these subjects, and lots more on other things too, including music, photography, languages, films, and anything else I feel like. It’s not just an anti-wheat screed, it just happens to start with one.