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Have You Read The Book Wheat Belly?
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I have downloaded recently an audio e-book entitled: Wheat Belly. Is informs me that Wheat, in our day and age, is unhealthy for many reasons. I need more feed back in this specific area.

I want to know if anyone who is in this forum has read the book Wheat Belly and what their feelings are about the book and the subject in the book in regard to America's consumption of wheat and the health results have been over recent years.

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I read the book before I gave it to my brother as a birthday gift. He won't read it. Then again, he got himself a kindle so if I'd have gotten a kindle version he might have looked at it.

I think Dr. Davis provides a lot of very good info. about the harmful effects of modern wheat. However, when it comes to America's waistline, I think that's only part of the problem. I think neurotoxins like MSG are another part of the equation.

Here's some links, in case you're interested:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/27/us-msg-linked-weight-gain-idUSTRE74Q5SJ20110527 http://www.naturalnews.com/024438.html

Edit: wow, I edited the post to remove too many uses of the word 'however' and when I added it back it had all of the html formatting showing up (such as <br> and the like), so I edited again to remove all of that. Between that and not finding any emoticons to add at the end of a sentence, I think adding and editing messages on here is a bit broken. :-/

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I really enjoyed the book for a number of reasons, primarily because it justifies what I've been telling people for a number of years.

It also touches on the dangers of GMO as it gets into how the wheat was modified in the late 60s which is the root of a lot of problems besides the dramatic increase in celiac and other problems many of us face, not just obesity.

In my case the celiac lead to heart problems. Two years ago I went vegan and it was the best decision I ever made. Besides feeling 20 years younger I was able to stop taking pills for diabetes, chloestorol and blood pressure. No more meds!

I think the book should be required reading for all of us as well as chefs

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I have downloaded recently an audio e-book entitled: Wheat Belly. Is informs me that Wheat, in our day and age, is unhealthy for many reasons. I need more feed back in this specific area.

I want to know if anyone who is in this forum has read the book Wheat Belly and what their feelings are about the book and the subject in the book in regard to America's consumption of wheat and the health results have been over recent years.

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DITTO! Your body cannot tell the difference between "whole wheat" and "regular" wheat!? I don't care if it's brown rice or wheat. Sure, a lot have Celiac and have super reaction to gluten but I don't and it affects me? Since we figured out what was wrong with my beautiful, long suffering daughter I too have gone gluten-free. Wow. What a HUGE difference in my temperament & moods. Not so much in my weight because of the gluten-free foodstuffs available.

Then I started reading. My daughter was having reactions with body products so I really had to read. Boy, the stuff I have learned about nutrition! Thank goodness for Paleo and the GAPS diet or we would of never gotten a good handle on this! My PRESSURE cooker is my best friend and I bought a good one. I had one, I never thought it worked right. When I got my Spanish "lover", my new pressure cooker, I realized what I had been missing. You can make the best bone soup, hands down, in this thing. A sip of soup every hour on the hour really helps the gut heal!? Who would of thought? A Soothing Broth by Pat Willard is a great book to start. Anne McIntyre does Healing Tonics and Chakra Tonics.

I love to cook but I've changed the way I cook drastically. I only use whole foods now, I bake with nut butters and not flour, I grow as much as I can in my yard (hanging in baskets, easy, peasy) I bought a Nutribullet to grind my own. It also has boasted my nutrition level by leaps and bounds. I added a lot of ground flax, chia, and hemp hearts. I grind those separately or it's gets icky. I keep a batch in my fridge and make sure I eat 3 tablespoons a day. There are some people doing the 3-2-2-1 http://nutiva.com/the-nutiva-kitchen/daily-3-2-2-1-program/ I am not sold on coconut oil. I like NO oil better or nut butter if I am baking.

If man made it, don't eat it. At least use almond flour for most of that baking! The only time I "cheat" is waffles. I have a blend that would knock your socks off! 1/2 cup this, 1/2 cup that. Bottom line? While my kid has to do it for health I have found the MENTAL aspect is far more spectacular. MY FOOD WAS MAKING ME NUTS! They put crap in our food. Even the one's they tout as "healthy".

Live simple: Buy a pressure cooker and make it yourself!

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Love that book. Scared the heck out of me! I read it about a year ago (before my celiac diagnosis...or even before I susected) and reduced my flour consumption by quite a bit. Great read.

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I am reading the book now and have purchased copies for both of my kids. Don't think they will read it but mom has to try! As celiacs we know how harmful wheat can be but I had no idea to the extent that it damages ones body. I cannot imagine ever eating the stuff agin (even if I wasn't celiac!).

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