A couple of weeks ago, my nephew, a PA in California visited.  The last time I saw him, we had lengthy discussions about Carbs and a Ketogenic lifestyle.  He was interested and started reading the various literature.  But being a Californian from the Berkeley area and influenced by some of the more “interesting” views on food, he drifted towards the Paleo concept.  He read the original Wheat Belly which was published in 2011.  At this recent visit, he refused to eat anything with Wheat in it.  He shied away from all grains.

His reaction to that book convinced me that it was time to read it.  I went on-line to download the Kindle edition and learned that the author had published a successor book, so I bought Wheat Belly Total Health: The Ultimate Grain-Free Health and Weight-Loss Life Plan by William Davis MD (2014-09-16). Rodale Books. Kindle Edition.  So far, I’ve finished Part I, which is a rehash of the first book and more importantly  an encyclopedic analysis of all the various Grains – which he calls “the seeds of Grasses” – and why they are actually poisonous.  Plant by Plant – illness by illness – he marches through the grassy fields swinging a very sharp Scythe.

What I call “nonwheat grains,” such as oats, barley, rye, millet, teff, sorghum, corn, and rice, are nonetheless seeds of grasses with potential for curious effects in nonruminant creatures not adapted to their consumption. I would classify nonwheat grains as less bad than the worst—modern wheat— but less bad is not necessarily good. (That extraordinarily simple insight— that less bad is not necessarily good— is one that will serve you well over and over as you learn to question conventional nutritional advice. Davis, William (2014-09-16). Wheat Belly Total Health: The Ultimate Grain-Free Health and Weight-Loss Life Plan (Kindle Locations 583-587). Rodale Books. Kindle Edition.

His method of presenting the information is excellent – at times – entertaining.  He stands on a high Soap Box and lets loose with all the ammo at his disposal.  He makes a matched set with Robert H. Lustig and his Crusade against Sugar.

When I started Low Carbing, I just counted carbs and did not really pay much attention to where they came from.  As I read, I realized that I had to add Clean Eating – to my way of life.  I did away with most highly processed foods and significantly limited the highly processed Low Carb foods that have inundated the market.  I experienced a number of positive health events during the first two years – which have continued.  But – since I had cleaned up my eating, lost 80 pounds and became a Gym Rat – all at the same time – there is no way of telling what aspect was the cause of these health changes.

When you go Ketogenic/Clean Eating – you actually eliminate most of the “seeds of grasses.”  You may not go all the way to Paleo extremes which encompass dairy products – but you are damn close.  My diet has become more akin to what Dr. David Perlmutter espoused in the Grain Brain.  I sense that Davis is going in that direction.  Both authors praise each other.

As I move through this book, I will report my impressions.  So far – I am impressed and suggest that you follow my lead and read the book.  Your comments are welcome and appreciated.

 

 

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