... and so much has changed.
Here are the links to my blogs from February 2nd and 3rd of this year:
As you may have guessed, I am now 100% sure that the book "Wheatbelly" is not a new diet scam but rather one of the most important books on health of the century.
It has been just over 6 months since I first stopped eating wheat. Yesterday was the first day this season that I walked my dogs through a wheat field that had just been harvested the day before. The grain trucks make nice wide paths lined with wheat straw as they haul off the precious gold to the closest grain elevator. There could not be a nicer running or hiking trail than this. I just heard the combine up the hill, will take a short break to take some pictures.
------------- Here are the results:
Combine harvesting wheat
Wheat transferred to truck
Truck dumping wheat at grain elevator
Blue Eagle in her pasture with combine in the background
A picture from a few days ago showing the dust in the air during harvest. The ridge in the background is only about 8 miles away and can usually be seen crisply against the blue sky.
In the front there is a harvested wheat field from last year that was sprayed with roundup for weeds. In the back a partially harvested field.
Tomorrow I will be riding my horse through the field in the photos. It makes for a great galloping hill. The owner gave us permission to ride on his land. He knows that we are responsible and will stay out of the way of harvesting equipment and out of the fields while the wheat is growing. He's a nice laid-back guy who inherited the farm from his dad. I talked to him just the other day as he was preparing to spray weeds. He let me know when and what he'd spray so I knew when to keep my animals out of the fields.
I have not talked to him about "Wheatbelly". I did not feel I knew him well enough for that. I did tell one friend whose husband is a local wheat farmer several months ago. She acknowledged what I said but did not raise the issue again on her own. Did she think I looked at her like a drug pusher?
I'm wondering what these farmers think, if they have heard all the health risks related to wheat. Maybe they have no idea? Maybe they think there are commercial interests here, some anti-farming lobby? Maybe some of them don't eat wheat themselves but see it as a good way to feed millions of hungry people around the world who have very little to eat?
I wonder how many of them have celiac disease or gluten-intolerance and don't know it, how many have severe arthritis in their joints, autoimmune diseases and inflammatory diseases in their body and they don't make the connection.
I wonder if they have considered growing other crops or turning their fields into prairie to graze cattle on it, the way it looked 150 years ago when the buffalo still roamed here.
Many cowboys currently work on dude ranches and would not mind returning to their old way of life...
I'm hoping something will change as the wheat market changes over time and the information about wheat gets out. I hope there is a way for things to change without farming families getting hurt. The average wheat farm in our area is several thousand acres with large sums of money invested in equipment, hoping for a good harvest to pay the enormous bills. Switching to a completely different crop would not be easy, if possible at all in the short run. Maybe switching to a gluten-free grain would be a great start.
There are some things that only God can change. Maybe this is one of them.
In the meantime I want to say that I am very grateful to Dr. Davis for writing his book. It has changed my life. I have gone from eliminating wheat to eliminating gluten to eliminating all grains and beans and my health and energy level are much better, not to mention that the last 10 lbs. came off for good while being able to eat as much as I like. I am very glad that there are cardiologists who help people to prevent heart disease rather than just treat it and hope that the medical profession as a whole will shift their focus in this direction. It would save lives and a lot of money.
Please spread the word in your community about "Wheatbelly". You will save lives!
Thank you Dr. Davis for setting a great example.