William Davis, MD, has done a ton of research and, coupled with many years of clinical experience, has gained a wealth of knowledge about the modern variant of a plant we call “wheat”, but which bears little resemblance to it’s ancestors. He has published much of this knowledge in a new book named “Wheat Belly”, released yesterday.
While much of the Wheat Belly story is about overweight, it is also about the complex and not fully understood range of diseases that have resulted from [wheat] – from celiac disease, the devastating intestinal disease that develops from exposure to wheat gluten, to an assortment of neurological disorders, curious rashes, and the paralyzing effects of schizophrenia. Documented peculiar effects of wheat on humans include appetite stimulation, exposure to brain-active exorphins (the counterpart of internally derived endorphins), exaggerated blood-sugar surges that trigger cycles of satiety alternating with increased appetite, the process of glycation that underlies diseases and aging, inflammatory and pH effects that erode cartilage and damage bone, and activation of disordered immune responses.
Thanks to Tom Naughton for the excerpt, and great book review.
I first learned of this book via The Paleo Solution podcast, where Robb did a fairly in-depth interview with the author. It is a must-hear synopsis of the book and discussion of the many perils that the latest scientific research has linked to gluten and other nasties in the genetically engineered “frankenfood” known as wheat. Head over to the podcast page to listen or download it.
Or, if you’re using a modern browser, you can listen to it right here:
Thanks to Robb & Dr. Davis for the great interview, awesome information. Wheat Belly is now on the top of my reading list!
Update: check out the official Wheat Belly Blog.