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Lose Your Wheat Belly on Dr Oz

Published on February 7, 2014,

We can’t embed the videos here but see the link below for a three part video in which Dr Oz discusses Dr William Davis’s idea that modern wheat has become “Franken-wheat” which is fundamentally different from the traditional version and far less healthy…

Dr William Davis on the Dr Oz Show

Dr William Davis on the Dr Oz Show

He discusses how modern wheat has become high in GI, meaning bread can have a higher glycemic index than candy bars, how the glutens have changed and how this may be affecting intolerances and making people fat. Dr Oz goes on to interview Dr Davis who says everyone should now be off wheat because of the multitude of adverse consequences he believes it is responsible for.

Dr Davis claims conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, skin conditions and much more can improve in as little as five days once people give up wheat.

The show goes on to describe Dr Davis’s diet ideas and demonstrates a series of 30-minute “wheat-free” makeovers for favorite meals…

See the videos at: Dr Oz: Wheat Belly – Lose The Wheat, Lose The Belly

Six Tips For Surviving Wheat Withdrawal

Published on October 3, 2013,

Wheat Belly author Dr William Davis has written about the withdrawal symptoms many will go through when they eliminate wheat from their diet and what can be done to ease the transition to being wheat-free. This is from the Wheat Belly blog…

Wheat Belly by Dr William Davis1) Hydrate–Ridding yourself of wheat involves diuresis, or fluid loss. This is due to the loss of the gliadin protein that causes sodium retention, as well as resolving inflammation previously triggered by gliadin-derived peptides, intact gliadin, and wheat germ agglutinin. Urine, for instance, should always be nearly clear, not a dark, concentrated yellow.

2) Use some salt–e.g., sea salt or other mineral-containing salt to compensate for the loss of urinary salt. Salt, along with water, addresses the common lightheadedness symptoms.

3) Take a probiotic–e.g., 50 billion CFUs or more per day containing mixed species of lactobacillus and bifidobacteria. This accelerates the conversion to healthy bowel flora off the disruptive effects of this potent bowel toxin called wheat. This addresses the common bloating and constipation, usually within 24 hours of initiation. This should be necessary for no more than 4 to 8 weeks. (If symptoms such as heartburn or bloating return when probiotics are stopped, this suggests that there is something else wrong, such as failed cholecystekinin signaling to the pancreas, pancreatic enzyme insufficiency, hypochlorhydria, etc. that requires a formal assessment.) Among the best: VSL3, Garden of Life, and Renew Life brands.

4) Supplement magnesium–Magnesium deficiency is widespread and is associated with osteoporosis, hypertension, higher blood sugar, muscle cramps, and heart rhythm disorders. For unclear reasons, these phenomena are magnified during wheat withdrawal. Magnesium supplementation can thereby have some dramatic benefits during wheat withdrawal. Unfortunately, most magnesium supplements are better as laxatives than as sources of absorbable magnesium. Among the best: magnesium malate at a dose of 1200 mg two or three times per day (weight of the magnesium + malate, not just “elemental” magnesium). Source Naturals makes a great preparation.

5) Supplement omega-3 fatty acids–There are plenty of reasons to supplement omega-3 fatty acids to make up for our aversion to consuming the brains of land animals and only occasional reliance on seafood. But during wheat withdrawal, weight loss proceeds at a rapid clip for most people, a process that involves massive mobilization of fatty acids into the bloodstream (evidenced on a cholesterol panel as higher triglycerides). Omega-3 fatty acids partially protect us from the adverse effects of this flood of fatty acids, as it activates the enzyme, lipoprotein lipase, that helps clear them from the bloodstream. I advocate an EPA + DHA intake of 3000 mg per day (the dose of omega-3 fatty acids, not of fish oil). The best fish oil is in the liquid triglyceride form, not the common ethyl ester capsules, as the triglyceride form is better absorbed (particularly the DHA). My favorite brands because of meticulous production techniques: Ascenta NutraSea and Nordic Naturals.

6) Supplement iodine–The average person is marginally deficient in iodine, particularly in people who avoid use of iodized salt. Ironically, the more you avoid processed foods (as we do with wheat elimination, given wheat’s ubiquity), the less iodized salt you get. Avid exercisers also are more iodine deficient than average, given iodine loss via sweat. This has gotten so bad that I have actually found many people with goiters (enlarged thyroid glands). Even a modest lack of iodine leads to lower output of thyroid hormone (especially T4), resulting in mild hypothyroidism that impairs weight loss, can make fatigue worse, increase LDL cholesterol and triglyceride values, and even increase cardiovascular risk. Iodine is an essential trace mineral: everyone needs it (though people with a history of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or thyroid nodules will have to be extra careful; I’d like to say consult your doctor, which is true if you have a doctor knowledgeable about iodine, which is less than 1% of my colleagues). I advise patients to supplement iodine as inexpensive drops, capsules, or kelp tablets (dried seaweed) to provide 500 mcg iodine per day.

More at:  Surviving wheat withdrawal

Grain Brain – Are Wheat, Sugar and Other Carbs Helping Cause Dementia and Parkinson’s Disease?

Published on September 17, 2013,

Neurologist Dr David Perlmutter has written a new book called Grain Brain in which he argues that wheat, sugar and carbohydrate are ‘secret killers’ of the brain at least partially responsible for the fact that neurological disease is the most quickly expanding cause of death, and symptoms are starting at younger ages (even earlier than 55). This is an extract of a review of Grain Brain by Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb’s Jimmy Moore…

Grain Brain by David Perlmutter MD

Grain Brain by David Perlmutter MD

As someone who follows the very latest information on nutritional health through my work at “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb,” most of what I read in Grain Brain was not new to me. But for the general public who has unfortunately not been enlightened to this yet, the idea that the consumption of carbohydrates, even from the so-called healthy sources such as whole grains, is directly responsible for destroying the brain is mind-blowing! With people dutifully consuming copious amounts of these “healthy” whole grains along with the Standard American Diet consisting of other carbohydrate-rich foods such as refined flours, sugars and starches while simultaneously eschewing truly healthy real, whole brain fuel foods that contain sources of dietary saturated fat and cholesterol (such as eggs and fatty red meats), Dr. Perlmutter puts forth the notion that this has led to debilitating and incurable brain diseases such as dementia. And he says it is completely preventable if we flip the dietary advice we’ve always heard is healthy on its head–cut the carbs and increase the fat in your diet! Because you can’t undo the damage that’s done to your brain once dementia sets it, it is incumbent upon you to take action on this NOW while you still have your mental faculties to do so.

Grain Brain makes a rather compelling case to shift your diet away from the consumption of grains, sugars and other culprit carbohydrates that are leading to the early signs of neurological health problems such as migraines, seizures, mood changes, sexual dysfunction, and ADHD which then progresses to more advanced issues like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. How many of us have watched friends and family members deal with this exact thing and wondered how it could possibly be happening? We chalk it up to old age, but what if what we’re eating right now could be the very thing that leads us down a similar path to neurodegeneration? That’s precisely what this book is trying to help you prevent from happening.

Although blood sugar is generally seen by most people as something only a diabetic needs to be concerned about, Dr. Perlmutter contends that keeping it within a range of 70-100 mg/dL is ESSENTIAL to maintaining proper brain health (and getting a glucometer to test your blood glucose levels is so incredibly easy by getting a monitor from your local Walmart or pharmacy–EVERYONE should own one of these devices and know what their blood sugar is doing). He recommends several other critical health tests you need to be asking your doctor about if you want to protect what’s in that head of yours! As you read through Grain Brain, you’ll begin to realize why these tests are so important, how controlling chronic inflammation is the ultimate goal, what dietary changes are necessary that will very likely go against everything you’ve ever heard before about nutrition and its relationship to your health, and some rather simple things you can do to attain mental stability and literally rehabilitate your brain from the damage you’ve inflicted upon it because of your poor nutritional choices. It may not be too late if you take the advice of this brain health doctor who has seen thousands upon thousands of patients get their life back again by implementing easy dietary changes that radically improved their health and life forever.

More at:  Book Review: Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter

You can see a webinar by Dr Perlmutter here

This is a short introduction from Dr Perlmutter to Grain Brain…

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