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Bariatric whistleblower

Saturday, September 01, 2012

This is from the wheatbelly blog of 9/1/2012 and speaks for itself:


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KARENA-G 9/9/2012 9:00AM

    Personally, I know that since I gave up wheat, my stomach FINALLY quit hurting after months of being in constant pain. I was unable using "modern" medicine to cure it. Three days after changing my diet to the one recommended by Dr. Davis, my acid reflux was gone, and my stomach stopped hurting. I did experience the withdrawal. It was pretty rough, but worth it.

I also read chriskresser.com and mariahealth.blogspot.com. Both these blogs are very information, more so than Dr. Davis's.


Comment edited on: 9/9/2012 9:04:20 AM

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KENDRACARROLL 9/4/2012 10:49AM

    Thanks for the link, Birgit.
While I completely go along with the arguments against weight loss surgery (totally opposed), I'm not convinced that this "letter" is genuine. Also, I'm still on the fence about this entire wheatless thing, but always find it interesting to hear everybody's opinions on this topic.

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HOUNDLOVER1 9/4/2012 10:12AM

    Thank you everyone for your comments. I did read the article that Donegirl linked. It would take a lot of time to look up all the original research articles that are quoted to see who was accurate and inaccurate in their quotations and interpretations. What Dr. Davis says about wheat and grains in general is probably not 100% right,maybe not even 75%, but based on huge amounts of anecdotal evidence that I've read about here on our wheatbelly team, many blogs and the report of Dr. Davis patients I would say that I don't want to wait for the research to be all done until I make changes to my diet and recommend for others to try it. Dr. Davis thinks as a clinician, not as a researcher, which is a good thing for his patients who can't wait for years for their health to improve.
Consider eliminating wheat and even all grains from one's diet experimental treatment if you like, it has no health hazards that I'm aware of so there is nothing to lose (except for the wheat industry that is understandably getting VERY worried, LOL) but possibly life to gain for people who are close to dying of heart disease or other common diseases, not to mention improving quality of life.

Comment edited on: 9/4/2012 10:13:28 AM

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CHRISTINASP 9/4/2012 4:38AM

    I have read Wheat Belly and I found it very interesting. I am not a scientist, and I don't have time to dig into a lot of long scientific articles. The basic outlines and conclusions of the book make sense to me though.
The message of the book to me is: "Cut out wheat and you cut out a food that may be causing major problems to your health". That's the bottom line for me. I've tried and noticed that indeed, wheat causes cravings in me and makes me want to overeat. That is enough information for me.

Some will want to cut out wheat, others won't. Each person must make their own, preferably informed choices about what to eat, why, when and how!
Rather than try to argue with those who eat in a different way that I think is right I prefer to get some insight into the different methods, then just focus on what makes sense to me and to join with people who are using the same method.

Comment edited on: 9/4/2012 4:39:09 AM

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JANNEBARN 9/3/2012 7:43PM

    All I have to say is: I am not a celiac but when I cut our wheat, it changed my life for the better. End of story and thank you Dr. Davis and my friend Tim who recommended his work to me(Tim is a scientist).

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JUSTBIRDY 9/3/2012 5:22PM

    I have also written about Davis in my other blog, and I think some of his arguments are shaky, too. But my own experience with wheat is that I am much better off without it. It bothers my stomach, increases my cravings and I always want to eat more. I don't have to have a celiac test or know that all of Dr. Davis's arguments are 100 percent airtight before removing wheat.

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HOUNDLOVER1 9/3/2012 2:27PM

I just took a look at the article on "The daily lipid" that you linked. It is a long one so it will take me a while to read. I'll comment when I have done so.
Thanks for the link. If anyone gets to it before I do I'd be interested to hear comments. We could even start a thread with this topic in the "Wheatbelly" group and discuss it.


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DONEGIRL 9/3/2012 1:07PM

    Hound lover yes I want to know......the truth. I don't think bypass surgery is the answer either. I have read a lot of his blogs and a lot of extracts from his book. What I don't like is wheat belly misquoting people and stating theory as fact. For example in his blog about wheat opiates Dr Davis quotes a Gastroenterologist who quite reasonably says that unless you are a coeliac most people don't have a problem with wheat. But Dr Davis misquotes him claiming that he said you could eat as much wheat as you want if you're not coeliac. That's NOT what he said.

Another example highlighted in The Daily Lipid shows how Davis claims that if you "block the euphoric reward of wheat" with naloxone, "calorie intake goes down, since wheat no longer generates the favorable feelings that encourage repetitive consumption," and that the effect of naloxone "seems particularly specific to wheat" (p. 51).  In support of this argument, he cites two studies  (20, 21).

But these studies which incidentally do not mention the word wheat come to the OPPOSITE conclusion.

That blog from the daily lipid.
Is a quite balanced critique of wheatbelly although I don't agree with everything he says. He has one great quote which Dr Davis would do well to consider 'Science is not a war against molecules. It is a search for truth.'

The problem with Dr Davis is that he has a hypothesis and he has not proven it yet. He may be proved right eventually but the evidence is not there yet. There are other more plausible explanations for his observations and scientific evidence to support them.
When his patients remove wheat from their diets they lose weight as do most people because they remove a lot of calories. I myself have tried this recently with some success. it's that simple - calories in calories out.

Comment edited on: 9/3/2012 1:25:48 PM

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HOUNDLOVER1 9/3/2012 10:21AM

Dr. Davis is only quoting someone who works in a bariatric surgery unit. If you are looking for the evidence about the dangers of modern wheat maybe you should read the book, it's in a lot of libraries now, if you don't want to spend the money. Most of the content of the book is free in the form of a video that was recorded and posted in it's entirety on Jimmy Moore's blog "La Vida Low Carb" and that is also a great source for lots of other research that has been published on similar issues. This is assuming you really want to know. emoticon

Comment edited on: 9/3/2012 10:26:55 AM

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DONEGIRL 9/3/2012 10:05AM

    Yes it speaks for itself- he does exactly what he criticises the bariatric surgeons for -making money- while at the same time he is selling his own books! How naive people are! Do you really think it's that simple- that wheat is the cause of so many diseases?
Just because wheat varieties have changed over the years the amino acid composition has not. Where is the evidence???

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HANDYV 9/3/2012 3:10AM

    Thanks a lot - sure is making me think. emoticon

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JUSTBIRDY 9/2/2012 11:12PM

    emoticon (I stole it)

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DEBRA0818 9/2/2012 2:52PM

    Thanks for posting -- I added his blog and Gourmet Girl's blog to my reader. Both look like great resources and support for my "no grains, no sugar" lifestyle.

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-LINDA_S 9/2/2012 5:44AM

    This was great! I also love Gourmet Girl's blog. Some of that food sounds wonderful!

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WOUBBIE 9/1/2012 10:42PM

    I don't envy the writer, or any medical professional who goes against the "common wisdom". It's truly risky to your career to step up and say something that is not "by the book."

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ROBYNLN 9/1/2012 9:54PM

    Too true!

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    Thanks so much for sharing the link to this great blog - amazing!

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/1/2012 8:11PM

    Very well written. Enjoyed the link to a great series of blogs.
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HEALTHY4ME 9/1/2012 7:40PM

    HA I do hope he gests out of the system and makes a biz of teaching people how to eat right and avoid those surgeries.

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GOPINTOS 9/1/2012 7:39PM

    Wow. Thanks for sharing!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Wheat Belly Team

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Low-carb runner Tim Olsen wins Western States 100 mile Ultramarathon

Monday, August 27, 2012

This story speaks for itself:


It is relevant for any endurance athlete to see that new records are set running low-carb.

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SKINNYPANDA2015 9/6/2012 8:00AM

    Thanks for posting!! I'm trying to make my lo carb lifestyle work with my running. NIce to read a success story!

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GOPINTOS 9/5/2012 8:54PM

    DH is on the phone with his son, and he is talking about an Iron Man he is going to do, and I heard him talking about trying to figure out his carbs and what to eat and all that, so I just sent him this article :) thanks!

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BEARCLAW6 9/3/2012 8:32PM

    This ia great. My dad used to do this race back in the 1980s. He difinitely ate loads of carbs during the race. I remember him talking about having to balance the calories in with the upset stomach. Loads of runners have to quit the race due to the inability to keep things down.

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HOUNDLOVER1 8/28/2012 12:26PM

    I would not have thought it was doable either, LOL, now a marathon does not seem like such an extreme idea any more. :)

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WOUBBIE 8/28/2012 12:15PM

    Wow. I had no idea this was even doable.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 8/28/2012 9:31AM

    great read-thanks

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GETSTRONGRRR 8/28/2012 7:55AM

    Amazing isn't it!

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EGALITAIRE 8/28/2012 7:31AM

    This is great - thanks for posting

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KRISZTA11 8/28/2012 3:38AM

    Thanks for sharing!
I loved the relaxed way he ran and he didn't seem to be as exhausted as one would expect after 100 miles...

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FLAMENM 8/27/2012 10:37PM

    I used to work with several ultra-marathoners. Several of them moved towards high fat low carb because of stomach issues during races. Thanks for sharing.

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UMUCGRAD 8/27/2012 9:58PM

    Amazing. High carb, low card, I find it AMAZING that anyone can do that. Wow!

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JENN03275 8/27/2012 6:52PM

    Ty for sharing.

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Low carb diet for kids - a good idea?

Monday, August 27, 2012

This topic has been on my mind these last few weeks and sharing my thoughts about it is more of a brainstorming session. I have not yet had time to look for research on the topic or even read articles on the web.
Peter Attia just wrote a blog about low-carb for kids concerning his young daughter. I know there has been some blogging on this topic but there are few guidelines and even fewer authoritative voices.
I have been trying to be helpful to my 15-year-old daughter as she is going through the process of thinking about her own eating style. She is home-schooled and has been taught from a young age to make decisions concerning her lifestyle and educational choices more than is typical of children who go to school. More about that later.
When it comes to kids and teenagers there are different issues at stake than for adults who may have had serious obesity problems, carb addictions and health problems that are the result of eating a poor diet for decades.
In many ways kids have an easier time changing habits if they are encouraged and have their parents as role models more than as preachers of a new life style.
Kids have bad habits but they have likely not experienced as many limitations as a result of unhealthy eating habits. On the other hand they have extra challenges as well. The research in epigenetics gives some indication that children whose mothers ate a high-carb diet during pregnancy and/or were diabetic during pregnancy have more insulin-producing cells in their pancreas, setting them up for greater chance of metabolic syndrome and weight struggles earlier in life and possibly for a lower carb tolerance.
There are many social pressures on kids to eat high-carbohydrate diets that they are surrounded by, including school breakfast and lunch options, fast food, snacks that friends eat etc.
Even at high school sports events meal breaks for traveling teams are typically at fast food restaurants and snacks provided at meets are often cookies, sandwiches and chips, all filled with starches, grains and sugars.
The reason my daughter is eating lower carb is in part because we don't have grains and beans and sugar in the house any more. We do have lots of choices when it comes to veggies, nuts and seeds, meats, dairy and fruit. Eating this way will almost automatically limit carbs to no more than about 120-150 grams/day, depending on total calorie intake.

I believe that "diet" for kids should almost always mean "lifestyle diet" not "reduction diet", even for kids who are obese. Any diet that can not be maintained for life would possibly deprive children of nutrients they need for their bodies to grow and being "on a diet" would single them out among their peers and have a potentially very negative effect on their sense of self.
Assuming all this, I encouraged my daughter, who is ideal weight, to consider a low-carb diet for overall health and the potential benefit of improved athletic performance, in particular in endurance events where it helps to fuel exercise more with fat than with glycogen.
As a swimmer on the High School team, the longest distance she currently swims is 500 yards, but during practice she typically swims between 5000 and 7000 yards, making this an endurance event.
After reading part of Volek and Phinney's book on low carbohydrate performance she told me today that gong very low-carb (ketosis) is not what she wants to do. The reason:
Too many restrictions; she can't have the occasional slice of gluten-free pizza, she would have to think and plan far more what to have for meals away from home and for snacks; she can NEVER EVER have certain foods again.
Since we have raised her from very young to make responsible choices for her well-being I feel very comfortable with letting her make her own choices in this area. She did her homework to learn about all the options and the possible consequences. She, like everyone else, is an experiment of one and knows her body better than anyone else. It will take her at least a couple of months to fine-tune what works and what does not work. She will make mistakes along the way, but I may have spared her many mistakes that I made when I grew up, including an addiction to sugar and pastries.
Her daily carb intake may end up closer to 150 grams/day or as low as 60, but it will be low-carb and grain-free.
I am so thankful that she will likely be able to avoid so many diseases that are common in our culture just by eating right: cancer, autoimmune diseases, heart disease, diabetes, many types of brain dysfunction.
So to sum it up, yes, I think low-carb is a very good idea for kids, it may be the only healthy diet around for kids, but it may not be necessary to go to the same extremes (think induction Atkins) as a middle-aged obese adult who has full-blown metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, heart disease and who has not been able to exercise much for many years.

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JUSTBIRDY 8/27/2012 8:01PM

    In Peter's Attia's recent blogpost, he mentioned that his 4-year-old eats carbs. No junk or sugar in the house, and an occasional sweet treat. Well, we'll see how that goes once she starts school. It is so hard to control what goes on there.

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-LINDA_S 8/27/2012 7:41PM

    I have a great deal of fear regarding my grandson's diet. I've tried making suggestions to no avail. I'm afraid there's nothing I can do. I don't think he needs to be low-carb, but more healthy food would be great. You're doing a great job with your daughter.

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TRISH579 8/27/2012 3:50PM

    I read Peter Attia, and I love him!!!!
The only experience I have is with our 3 sons, 25, 27, 29. Growing up, we didn't do Low Carb, per se, but we did eat healthy.
Junk food at a minimum, candy, deserts were a once in a while thing, juices were diluted with water because I just thought it was too much sugar.
Fast food was , again, a once in a while treat. With all 3 on various sports teams, dinner time was a challenge, and even if dinner was a big overstuffed sandwich, fruit and maybe chips, it wasn't McDonalds. Luckily, many of the parents who brought snacks to games felt the same way. You were more likely to see orange wedges at a game than donuts.
End result: as adults, they are all slim, tall and muscular and wouldn't eat fast food on a dare. Now, they will enjoy themselves at bars and some bar-food, but it's not all the time, and they watch their food intake after indulgences.
As it should be.

You're doing well with your 15 year old. At that age, they like to make their own plans, and your daughter is planning well, with your guidance.

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When low-carb is not quite enough - food addictions treated the low-carb way

Sunday, August 26, 2012

This podcast from La Vida Low Carb was posted by someone else on Spark, can't remember who, thanks whoever you are. I found it so valuable that I wanted to pass it on.
The expert is Julia Ross. Hope this helps someone. I have learned several things about amino-acids that I'm willing to try.


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MYLADY4 9/3/2012 6:03PM

    So true, I was a total carb and sugar addict 10 years ago and guess what put an end to that, low carb. Sugar is just plain evil and it make me shake my head when I see weight loss shows that still promote the SAD diet. Someday they will learn.

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JUSTBIRDY 9/3/2012 5:52PM

    looks like they pulled that thread. good riddance!

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JUSTBIRDY 9/3/2012 5:31PM

    Thanks. There is a thread on the main message board, someone taking a "poll" to see if we should start censoring everyone who says that they can defeat eating disorders. Some crazymakers just want us to stay with sharing in their misery.

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DEBRA0818 8/27/2012 2:40AM

    Thanks for posting this -- I definitely qualify!

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Great video talk series by Jeff Volek about low-carbohydrate performance

Saturday, August 25, 2012

This is some of the same info you can get from the book. Enjoy!



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-LINDA_S 8/25/2012 12:13PM

    Thanks, Birgit, for keeping us so informed!

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GETSTRONGRRR 8/25/2012 12:03PM

    Very cool..... I just blogged about how I have been setting personal bests at ST and cardio, even with keeping my carbs below 50 gms/day.....another myth busted!

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