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Doped

By William Davis, MD

I’ll bet you pride yourself on living a pretty clean life.

It’s doubtful that I’d stumble on you in some alley, track marks up your arms, lying in a puddle of your own urine, unconscious from a night of shooting up heroin, snorting coke, or smoking crack. And you probably have all or most of your teeth, unlike the toothless addicts on methamphetamine.

Perhaps you even avoid or minimize your use of softer recreational drugs in cigarettes and alcoholic beverages. You likely adhere to healthy practices and keep such indulgences to a minimum.

The truth is that you’ve been doping it up for most of your life. You’ve been doping it up with an opiate, not unlike heroin, Oxycontin, or morphine. You’ve been doping it up for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. No tracks, no toothlessness, no pee stains on your trousers, no cardboard sign reading “I’m homeless and need help” . . . but you’ve still been doping it up.

You’ve been cleverly disguising your opiate of choice as muffins, bagels, cookies, breakfast cereals, and sandwiches. Of the many dark and hidden issues surrounding modern wheat, the addictive mind effects of the gliadin protein are among the most troublesome.

Have a couple of slices of whole wheat bread and the gliadin protein within is digested via stomach acid and pancreatic enzymes to a collection of polypeptides (small proteins) called exorphins, or exogenously-derived morphine-like compounds, as they were first called by the National Institutes of Health researchers who discovered them. Wheat-derived exorphins cross into the brain and bind to opiate receptors (the delta class of opiate receptors, for you neuroscience people). Different wheat exorphins, such as the A5 pentapeptide, differ in their binding potency, but as a whole, the wheat exorphins exert opiate-like effects.

Unlike heroine or morphine, however, the combination of receptors bound cause wheat exorphins to not provide relief from pain, nor the “high” of other opiates. Wheat exorphins “only” cause addictive behavior and appetite stimulation. People who consume wheat increase calorie consumption by around 440 calories per day, every day, feeding their habit and ensuring a constant flow of wheat-derived products. And appetite is stimulated but not for salmon and asparagus, but for junk carbohydrates like cookies, cupcakes, chips, and soft drinks. (Conversely, remove wheat and calorie consumption goes down by around 440 calories per day, every day.)

Stop the flow of wheat and a distinct opiate withdrawal process results in 35-40% of people: nausea, headache, anxiety or panic, fatigue, and depression, generally lasting 3-5 days, occasionally longer. The same phenomena can be reproduced by administering an opiate-blocking drug to the wheat-consuming individual.

Just as the tobacco industry doped their cigarettes for years with added nicotine to increase addictive potential, so Big Food has likewise been doping their foods by adding wheat to every conceivable processed food. Wheat is in nearly all breakfast cereals, candy, granola bars, canned tomato soup, powdered instant soups, taco seasoning, and licorice. Show me a processed food product and I’ll show you something that contains wheat.

Just as the sleazy drug dealer selling you your next hit of crack or heroin profits from your continued addiction, so Big Food acts as your opiate dealer in the wheat exorphin world of addiction. And, just as the drug dealer knows you will be back, else you will suffer withdrawal, sweating, hallucinating, finally begging for your next hit, so Big Food knows you will be back within hours as you begin the exorphin withdrawal process—tremulous, cranky, and foggy . . . until you get your next hit of a bite of pretzel or bread.

William Davis, MD
Author of #1 New York Times Bestseller Wheat Belly: Lose the wheat, lose the weight and find your path back to health published by Rodale, Inc.
www.wheatbellyblog.com


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Welcome to the forum. Look forward to talking to you more and hearing your experience.

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It all begins with a single step.... I just started Day 1 of Cycle 1. After reviewing and researching the Virgin Diet, I decided to give it a try. I have a chronic case of psoriasis and gastrointensinal issues that have become increasingly worse over the past 10-15 years. I also have been carry around approx. 10 lbs that I just can't shed despite my best efforts at diet and exercise. Even though this is only Day 1, I am amazed that I have not had any withdrawal symptoms and I am actually feeling full and energetic. Not sure if this is the result of my excitement about the next 21 days or my body responding positive to the removal of the Seven High FIs. Either way, it works for me. So happy that we have this Forum to exchange ideas and keep each other encourage. Here's to health and healing of our bodies, minds and spirits!!! emoticon

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE GREAT TO START, BUT YOU HAVE TO START TO BE GREAT!!!

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I think that is one of the most important lessons I am learning. I have been reading ingredients more and it is amazing what goes into the different foods.
I feel my body is more responsive to the food I am eating.
Like you said about your DH he knew it was the cherries because he is more aware of what he is eating.

Thanks for all the encouragement
Becky

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I will control my emotions and not let my emotions control me.

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It hides everywhere. Maybe as a thickener they used flour. It could also be the sugar. Hubby ate a few cups of cherries last night (about one cup to many) and he found that it kept him up and couldn't sleep as well. It shows to that sugar is sugar and its important not to have too much. Also restraunts don't usually use top quality meats. It makes it hard.

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I agree with you.
So many people say listen to your body but I think my body is lieing to me.
I picture it as my antibodies want to work so they are telling me to eat things so they can work. Things like ice cream, yogurt and cookies.

Last night I had the Venetian Apricot Chicken from Olive Garden.
This morning I woke up congested and feeling tired. So I looked up the ingredients. It is not on the gluten free food at Olive garden. I was sure it had sugar in the Apricot Jam but wheat??

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I think most of us were kind of those people. Thinking how hard it may be to give up those foods. It hard at first. Your body try's to tell you, you need those things. After awhile you free yourself and realize the damage that those foods cause. You become more mindful when you eat and eat for nourishment more than just eating for other reasons (emotionally eating was a huge one for me). You become more in tune with your body. There are so many bad things in food these days and it helps with making that choice that will be good for your body. You become more aware. We have come to a time now with all the bad, processed foods where now the younger generation is actually predicted to live shorter than there parents. ADHD, autism, asthma have all increased and I think food is a huge link. These huge company's have so much money that they can spend great deals of money to cover up the scientific facts of how bad these things are for you. They paid money and now pizza is considered a vegetable. Now, back to your question :p. I haven't had the opportunity to tell many people about the new eating lifestyle. One person I told replied that I am too young to be dieting and I don't need to lose weight. I explained it was for health. I am from Canada (work there and have a place I stay at up there when I am working) My hubby has a house in the states so when I am not working I am down here. It is much harder to find healthier products in the states without all the added stuff. It has been awhile since I bought groceries in Canada, but I think they also have strict law against antibiotics in meat. I told one other person about the diet briefly and she said something along the lines of the responses you got. I think the huge thing is giving up the sugar. I also eat less fruit and replace it with vegetable and choose lower sugar fruits now. There was a few people on the last movie I worked on that I told about it. They sounded interested by it. I will probably be working with at least one of them on the next movie. Also this next movie is a sugar-free show. I was thinking of trying to get some people together and get more people on it. We have a workout crew and gym in the studio so I'm sure I could get some of them to do it. We tend to not want to give up those things that cause us the most damage

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When I tell people about the diet I am on most people are so shocked. They say I could never give up----. How odd I really find it easy to get rid of the food that are making me sick. How do people react when you tell them what you are doing?

I am an intelligent person.
I will control my emotions and not let my emotions control me.

We need each other.
Becky in Donna, Tx
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Glad to see you back at it. I find the journal helps (I also use the sparkpeople one). Also I tell myself that if I drink water I can't eat anything for 30 minutes. After the first few weeks with a balanced blood sugar it becomes easier. I was addicted to food and have freed myself.

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I was on the diet one week before I buckled. I can tell a huge difference in my mood and energy level after I had eaten the "forbidden" foods. I am recommitting myself tonight! BTW... I lost 8lbs. in my first week and gained 4lbs. back since I fell off the wagon.

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Yes I am still around to give update, or advice tips if you need any. Also if you have any questions I will do my best to answer. I am on Day 25 I think now, along with my hubby. I tested eggs on Monday. By mid day the next day I decided eggs are out. I wrote about it in the cycle 2 section. I may just continue on cycle 1 longer before testing anything else. I am almost positive dairy is out (i know for hubby it is) and I think gluten is too. I also think there may be a few other foods that are allowed bothering me. How are you feeling?

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There are a few of us. I know at least 3 of us are in cycle 2 now.

How is day 4 for you so far?



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Hi all, Day 4 for me & am hoping some of you are still around to give me an update of how you're doing!

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Most definately. I got my book though Amazon as well. A great $15.00 well spent!

Hi it's nice to meet everyone. I look forward to going on this weight loss journey together! emoticon

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A work in (constant) progress...


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You don't have to purchase the book through the PBS pledge programming. Like me, I can't really afford that right now. I purchased the book through Amazon.com for $15 and it's been well worth it!!

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Hi Topaz,

I lasted 12 days on my first try and caved at an Xmas party. Starting all over and on Day 6 in my 2nd effort. Still losing lots of weight!

--May




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Hi Everyone!

Sorry I've been AWOL. Just finished my fall semester at college, took a vacation to see my in-laws for Christmas (Tons of fun), and caught a nasty cold. Now I'm better and back to normal. Managed to stay on the Virgin Diet through most of the holidays, but fell off the wagon during my cold since I was craving comfort foods. That little escapade caused me to gain back 5 pounds, but more importantly my GI issues returned with a vengeance :-( As soon as my cold disappeared I returned to my diet and my tummy instantly felt better and I knocked off those five pounds in a couple of days.

I have decided to repeat the Virgin Diet elimination portion again to give my poor tummy time to heal and to retest certain foods. I have to admit while I can live without wheat, soy, peanuts, corn, and sugar, I do miss dairy (particularly cheese and yogurt) and eggs. In any case, I feel hopeful for the first time in years that I will succeed in losing and keeping off the weight. Despite my setbacks, I have lost 20 pounds between December 3rd and today and I consider that amazing.

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

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Lori, I would save your pennies and buy the book if possible. There is so much important info in it. It really helps to understand how the whole things work and how to heal the leaky gut.

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Hi,
Really encouraged to hear about everyones success. I saw the PBS special and can't afford the book so I am trying to start the diet by the information given to me on the PBS Special. I am really excited about losing my big bloated belly, along with the aches and pains I have. I am only 51 and feel like I am 81....

Looking forward to a successful 2013 full of energy, weight loss and joy!!

Lori

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My legs are 1000 % better. I attribute it to toning down the entire body inflammation from foods I am intolerant to....maybe more than eggs, but I too haven't had any eggs in 2 weeks. I have followed her eating plan 100%.

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Hi everyone! Sorry I have been missing the past few days....life has gotten a bit hectic, but things have calmed down a bit. How is everyone doing? I am very proud of myself. I stuck to the plan, even through all of the stress, and I found it was easier to do than I thought! In fact, my body handled all of the stress hormones much better without it having to battle food intolerance on top of it all. I haven't had any eggs in two weeks, and all of my joint pain in my shoulders and knees have gone way. In general, I have been feeling great!

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I forget what she said about honey but I think for cycle 1 try to cut out sweets of any kind. Oatmeal is ok if it says it was made in a gluten-free factory. I think she has brands to buy at her website. Check out her website. Butter is a definite no-no because of its cow proteins and casein. However, ghee (which is butter with the bad stuff removed is ok to cook in and tastes similarly).

If I were you, I would BUY this book rather than borrow it. It's FULL of fabulous information. I plan on reading it twice and its good to have for reference.

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I don't have the book, we are on library wait list....only saw the PBS special. I've looked on line but can't clarify if honey is considered a sugar to be eliminated, if oats are considered gluten to be eliminated and if butter is considered dairy. Olive oil is okay, right?

Our entire family begins tomorrow eliminating all 7 items! My partner started a week ago even more strict doing the dry mouth allergen list also and that is SEVERLY restricted fruits and vegies, but her weight has fallen off and she's discovered how much simpler fewer choices are. As I'm stay at home mom, I'm doing some extra cooking and we are all discovering cooking with just whole grains, beans, fish/chicken and a narrow range of vegies is being quite satisfying. It's not that far off from our norm. My partner is doing no spices/herbs, that is the toughest. The 7 seemed restrictive, but no spicing, no sulphites and dry mouth list is much deeper restrictions....one day at a time!

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LOL Mayqueene! JJ talked about poop on her PBS special, and I just about laughed myself off the couch. How cool of JJ to do that - something that needs mention, but we are all afraid to talk about. Hey, I noticed that we have one more member on our board now. YAY!

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Well JJ talks about poop in her book! Learned a lot from her discussion!

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glorybee is a company that sells herbs and bee supplies, I know they sell on line as well, they carry organic tumeric in bulk, if you have a business you can get the wholesale price, there are quite a few herb companies that sell bulk on line, a pound will make a lot of pillls'! I'm taking it daily, lowered my blood pressure from 150/90 to 120/65 as a great side effect! Also got rid of my asthma! Yeah the diahria thing and accidents can be a huge social stresser! It's great that you've had so many positive effects. BM's say a lot about one's general health. Not many folks will talk about it in our culture.

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Hi Cynthiuus!

Ever since my revised weight loss surgery in 2003, I have had explosive diarrhea and horrible gas that was extremely embarrassing to say the least. I have had so many "accidents" both at home and out in public that I was getting desperate and seriously considering having my surgery revised once again. My weight loss surgeon blamed the diarrhea and gas on eating too much fat and dairy products, but avoiding them made no difference in my symptoms. Only after starting "The Virgin Diet" did I start to have normal BMs again.



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Oh wow I cant take motrin anymore either. Got a big ole hole there from taking all those Nsaids! I just ended up with terrible gastritis and would have to take nexium, zantac, and prilosec. It was ridiculous! A few months ago I started the Eat to Live diet and to my absolute amazement was able to come off all my stomach meds, my BP med, my asthma meds, and my allegra. Dr. Furhmans approach is kind of like foods can be the medicine so I stopped sugar, salt, all animal products including dairy, and ate tons of green leafy veggies, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries, nuts and seeds. I have been drinking green smoothies for a while. On that diet you can have some gluten foods and they started to really trigger me to over eat. I eat a lot of tomatoes and green peppers so I am wondering if the aches could be also related to that. Thanks for the hint about the turmeric!! Do you just take it everyday? Did you get it at whole foods?

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Cynthia you are a true testimonial that is getting me even more excited about this! That is phenomenol weight loss! Congrats! I believe my systemic inflammation is due to leaky gut as well as a sulfite sensitivity. Nightshades seem to be a problem as well. I'm blown away by how many things have sulfites, it will complicate the elimination diet, but I'm eliminating them as well. They are insidious, they are in things like dried fruit, concentrated lemon or lime, corn products, tomatoes, potatoes and sooo much more. I have discovered Tumeric, it's an incredible antiinflammatory. I cap my own with organic tumeric. If you buy the pills, they are expensive and are mostly filler. Tumeric is as strong as 800 mg of ibupropen! I could no longer take ibu due to it almost killed me burning a hole in my stomach. I think the diverticulitis may be diet related...What were your gastro symptoms that have improved?

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Good Morning Everyone!

I'm down another two pounds for a total of 15.2 pounds in one week! I'm also down 1.5 inches in my waist and hips. This week I will start adding exercise to see if I can keep up the progress.

As for breakfast...I've been having a Virgin Diet shake every morning. I make mine with 1 c almond milk, 2 scoops of SunWarrior Raw Vegan Protein Powder, 2 T of Chia Seeds and 1 c of Frozen Berries. To my complete amazement, the shake actually keeps me full and happy all morning long.


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Hi everyone! I just bought my copy of the book, and I spent most of Saturday reading every page and making my lists. Can't wait to get started. I've had the same problem lately - waking up at night and craving bread with peanut butter - ick!!! I don't even like bread! My shoulders are so achy to the point where it hurts to lift my arms, and my knees ache. I'm hoping that my cutting out the gluten, that it will help that. I don't like feeling this way at all. I'm curious about breakfast meals. Is everyone doing the shakes for breakfast?

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Greetings!

I weighed myself this morning and I'm down another two pounds...Yeehaw! To have lost 13 pounds in six days is beyond my wildest dreams. I didn't even lose weight that fast when I have my two weight loss surgeries. I feel so much lighter and I find myself not even craving the seven foods that I have eliminated. I have also lost an inch off my waist and hips and I don't look so bloated as before. Moreover my GI problems have completely disappeared....no more having to know where every bathroom was located within a 25 mile radius LOL.

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

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Hi Sal!

I'm Cynthia :-D! From what I have been reading lately regarding people with gluten sensitivities, it sounds like your night time snacking on bread may be the cause of your low energy and aches. I have to admit I was pretty dubious about the effect of gluten on people prior to starting "The Virgin Diet." I had read "Wheat Belly" by Dr. William Davis and felt it was more of a fad diet, yet here I am doing "The Virgin Diet" with amazing results.

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

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Wow that is awesome! I am really hoping for a big increase in energy and also hoping to feel a lot less achey! I had been doing really well with my diet but just in the past month or two kept blowing it with night time eating of bread. This incredible low energy and aching are new to me and I wonder if it is because I inadvertently detoxed myself and then by eating the bread dumped tons of gluten into the mix? I am hoping for the best! I am Sal by the way!

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Hi Everyone!

I started "The Virgin Diet" on Monday, December 4th and as of this morning (December 7th) I am down 10.8 pounds. Granted it's mostly water weight, but it's truly amazing and very exciting. I am also excited that avoiding the seven problems foods have made such a difference in my energy levels and have cured my gastrointestinal issues. Most importantly, I haven't been hungry nor experienced cravings since starting the program. I truly feel this is a program I can incorporate into my lifestyle.

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

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The Virgin Diet is based on the principle that food intolerances are the real secret behind weight gain. The program eliminates seven foods that are most likely to cause problems. These foods are wheat/gluten, soy, dairy, eggs, corn, peanuts, and sugar/artificial sweeteners. For the first 21 days, you avoid the problem foods. Afterwards, you carefully re-introduce the foods one by one to see what works for your body and what doesn't. According the book by J.J. Virgin, a person can lose up to seven pounds, lose belly bloat, gain energy, clear up inflammation, and look and feel years younger.

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

Norman Vincent Peale



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