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02:49 PM on 02/22/2012
I've been wheat-free since last September. I am feeling like I did in my 20's (I'm 45), with more energy than I've had in years. No more low-grade nausea, no more anger outbursts, no more depression. It is such a drastic change I have to remind myself I'm not dreaming.

I was also taking Zoloft at the time (and had been for 1.5 years). I am no longer taking it. After three months without wheat, the Zoloft was producing more side-effects and making me irritable. I've since gotten off it. I have my normal, drug-free, life back. So thrilled!
11:02 AM on 02/26/2012
I can't wait to feel like this!! I'm so happy to read results that show me how much better I will (hopefully) be doing in a couple of months.
02:42 PM on 02/22/2012
I am a registered dietitian with my masters in clinical nutrition, I have several concerns with this article.

There is no research to support Dr. Hyman's claims that wheat is a "major contributor to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, depression, and... other modern ills." He neglects to mention the importance of whole grains, including whole wheat, as an important source of disease fighting nutrients and fiber. There is also no research to show gluten causes obesity and diabetes.

Dr. Hyman notes that we have significantly more documented cases of Celiac disease than we did 50 years ago. However, he neglects to mention that our knowledge of Celiac disease has changed over the past 50 years. Once thought too only be a temporary childhood complaint, we now know that Celiac disease can happen at any age and is lifelong.

A gluten-free, wheat-free diet is not appropriate and warranted for all Americans. It won't make you lose weight if you do not change other excercise and eating habits. Wheat-free diets are meant for those who are either truly intolerant or who are allergic, and gluten-free diets are meant specifically for Americans who with Celiac Sprue. Whole grains - including whole wheat - are an excellent source of minerals, vitamins, and fiber, and can help control blood sugar, help with weight loss, lower blood pressure, and lower cholesterol. Wheat can be a part of a healthy meal.
The United States for All Americans
10:39 PM on 02/22/2012
How do I put this gently...

The funding for the studies used as research references in the text books you read is provided by the same industries that produce and utilize the big wheat, corn, and diary.

I figured it out my problems with wheat and dairy 10 years ago, on my own, with no blogs or books to read. For about 5 years prior to that I visited by doctor on and off and got prescriptions for this and that. Precious little attention was given to the possibility that I had any kind of intolerance or allergy.

My symptoms were too subtle to trigger a clear reason.

Once I figured it out I realized that I could trace my problems with them to about 10 years before I started to treat seemingly random, unrelated symptoms.

All calories are not equal. My carbohydrate of choice is now rice. Some would say those are empty calories. I'm fine with that - because for me, wheat is poison calories.
11:00 PM on 02/22/2012
I suggest you do some serious research! Read "Wheat Belly." i would love to hear a debate with you, Dr Hyman and Dr. Davis on this topic. Have you ever had a patient completely eliminate wheat from their diet and see the dramatic changes? Of course how in the world can you possibly comment and feel good about what you are saying here! Tell us why you think you should not elimate wheat from your diet?
09:43 AM on 02/22/2012
"Wheat Belly" by Dr. William Davis is an incredible book originally outlining the information contained in the above article. Dr, Davis is a cardiologist whose been refining wheat elimination, the normalization of Vitamin D, blood sugar and thyroid to mention a few for many years. The elimination is truly the first and biggest step towards keeping or regaining health.
09:02 PM on 02/22/2012
I agree stcrim. Dr. Davis is amazing and really knows his stuff. He's the guru you want to follow for wheat elimination.
Rx for Body, Mind & Spirit
12:26 AM on 02/22/2012
I am so grateful for this article, Dr. Hyman (as I am for all of your wonderfully written articles!) For years I have been advising my students and clients against wheat -- even whole wheat -- and it's wonderful to have confirmation that I can share with them. We have no real protection from agri-business other than our standing up against these foods -- the work that you are doing is opening the eyes of more and more consumers.
09:49 PM on 02/21/2012
AMEN to the article.
Finally somebody saying that 'whole grains' are just as bad as white flour.
The human body is designed to thrive on a diet high in fat (saturated from animal sources being the bast), moderate in protein and low in carbohydrates.
I wish my father (who grew up eating bread, pasta, potatoes and vegetable oils) knew this before. He has had colon cancer and has type 2 diabetes. His mother had type 2 as well. I'm on a high-fat/low carb diet and, besides being 6'3" by 185lbs, my cholesterol is excellent, as well as my liver.
08:12 PM on 02/21/2012
I tend to agree with the idea of wheat 'addiction' and it increasing ones appetite. While I was on holiday for 8 days recently, I deliberately left bread, cereals, etc, out of my diet. I ate more vegetables, fruit and lean meats. No cravings, nothing. When I got back home I gradually introduced wheat products again and found the same thing happening. I'm going to check out his site for further information.
The sleep of reason produces monsters.
07:49 PM on 02/21/2012
I am on a no grain, no dairy, no starch, no sugar, no processed foods, etc etc. diet. (I do cheat once in a while, I'm human.)

I do not have the trouble that everyone has with bingeing, food comas, highs and lows, and all the rest. I have a GI illness and this is how I have treated it for over 10 years. I will never go back - our food system is poison and while my diet is drastic - it's really too bad that hardly no one knows the benefits I know living this way. My brain is sharp and clear, I am fit and slender and don't suffer ailments of all sorts that I can only say must come from our crappy diets.
02:18 AM on 02/22/2012
Many people are have brains that are sharp and clear, are fit and slender, and do not suffer ailments of all sorts, while eating as they wish.
There is no 'try'.
01:20 AM on 03/01/2012
"it's really too bad that hardly no one knows the benefits I know living this way." Actually if you go to Pharmacist Suzy Cohen's facebook page you will find a community of people there who espouse the benefits of the diet you follow (no grains, dairy etc.)
05:17 PM on 02/21/2012
Franken Wheat!
05:01 PM on 02/21/2012
Franken wheat. Love the term, but hate the way we manipulate our food.
04:46 PM on 02/21/2012
We are a small family owned gluten-free, nut-free bakery in California called Sensitive Sweets. Most of our customers have had serious problems with gluten. I LOVE being on a gluten-free diet because I have more energy, and it maintains my weight. Thank you for posting this article!
Melanie, owner of
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02:41 PM on 02/21/2012
I went on an elimination diet ( no processed food or sugar, coffee no wheat or milk) for two weeks and all my symptoms went away. I had high blood pressure, re flux, bloating, constipation, joint pain, muscle pain, fiber cystic breasts, over weight, depression, brain fog, would over eat on processed carbs, swelling, rashes, allergy's, canter sores, enlarged thyroid, anxiety, paranoia and never felt rested after sleeping. I lost 10lbs in two weeks. I now am gluten, milk and soy free. I lost 50lbs over a year without trying to lose weight. I also do feel better when I don't consume a lot of sugar. I lost the weight without exercise but now are starting to exercise. I never could before because I use to have exercise induced asthma. I know right away when I get any wheat even cross contamination. I basically get swelling from my mouth to my rectum. It makes me sick.
10:53 AM on 02/21/2012
I always thought wheat bread was good for you....Thank you so much for the information, but what about White Wheat....How does that affect you....and what about Brown Rice....Just curious....

Pattie Milligan
Don't panic.
10:02 AM on 02/21/2012
My sister in law stopped eating gluten and processed sugar and lost 35 pounds without making any other changes.
09:55 AM on 02/21/2012
I got to "super-gluten" and stopped reading because I was laughing too hard.

Rock on with your bad self, Dr. Hyman. You just keep believing that.
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05:26 PM on 02/22/2012
I particularly like the books for sale immediately after the article, and I use the terms article and books loosely.
09:26 AM on 02/21/2012
Everybody links everything to cancer. How about getting away from people that are wrong for your life. know their just negative. But the one you got to watch for is the "nice" one that's actually negative, cause they can act "nice" at any time...........That's bad....but so true.

I cut down on rice....and started losing a lot of weight. A lot of stuff make you gain weight.
You just got to eat in moderation, and some days go on a fasting, like just eat a small bowl of cereal and couple of carrots. You know what I mean, stop eating so much. I don't know how true the above, but I do know a lot of people eat too much for their body to stay lean. You can eat all the good foods, it just that when the weight comes on you got to "FAST" and lean out. Your body is built to tolerate "bad" stuff...... just not every day or every meal.
SomeOligarchs need a good old fashion Vulcan Pinch
11:58 AM on 02/21/2012
"Your body is built to tolerate "bad" stuff.....­. just not every day or every meal. "

It's called comfort food to deal with the stresses of life. Better then drugs. I did give up ice cream though. I cut down on my saturated fats to see if I could lower my cholesterol. Not sure if giving up the ice cream was the main reason but I dropped below 200 (187) for the first time in about 25 years. Also improved my LDL/HDL ratio where's it's finally in the "normal" range. Was on a gluten free diet for awhile but didn't notice any difference in my health. Never had much of a weight problem an I live a relatively healthy lifestyle.
09:56 PM on 02/21/2012
It wasn't the saturated fat in the ice cream, but rather the sugar.
Also, since starting my diet (high in saturated fats, low in carbs), my cholesterol was 177, it's now 198.
You'd think it got worse...absolutely not. My HDL (the good cholesterol) went from 28 to 52, my triglycerides (fat in the blood - the main cause of artery build-up) went from 180 to 110 and my LDL remained almost unchanged (from 108 to 116) and it's the harmless one (type A).
My doctor (a cardiologist!) said my numbers are excellent and whatever I'm doing works out. I also have a strong family history of diabetes and heart disease, so definitely not good genes here.