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Wheat Belly Total Health: The Ultimate Grain-Free Health and Weight-Loss Life Plan

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Wheat Belly Total Health answers the question, “What's next in the battle against wheat?” In his follow-up to the mega bestseller, Wheat Belly, Dr. Davis helps his readers take command over their life and health in the aftermath of wheat. There are many strategies that will help heal the damage caused by years of a wheat-filled diet. And many of these lessons have been lea ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Rodale Books (first published September 2nd 2014)
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Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health, audiobook
I think I enjoyed this book more than the first Wheat Belly. The first book covered a lot of ground in explaining why wheat is harmful for human health, due to our stomach's inability to properly digest grasses. This book in comparison, starts with the assumption that the reader already knows of the harm wheat causes our species. The focus of this book looks at how to regain health after a lifetime of consuming wheat. For example, how to recognize nutrient deficiencies that wheat often leads to, ...more
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
So, it's no longer wheat, barley and rye . . . corn and rice have been added to the list of foods to avoid; which will make baking more difficult for me, especially since I use three different kinds of rice flour.

However, since I feel so much better sans grain, the adjustment is well worth the health benefits (for everyone)!
Apr 12, 2015 rated it liked it
I have to return this to the library - it's on hold by someone else. Managed to read about 1/3rd. I'm interested in the subject, but a little skeptical when it comes to any diet which excludes an entire food group forever (and this one excludes two large ones). I also wonder about the repeated statement that early man didn't suffer from the same degenerative diseases that we do - could that possibly be because the average age of death was so much younger that those diseases just didn't have time ...more
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it
I read the book with a skeptical eye. Davis uses global arguments to support specific conclusions--a logic error. He also uses fear of big government, agribusiness to support need and compel change. If you don't buy into that, you're probably not going to buy the anti-grain argument which is the thesis of this work. The author wrote the book to appeal to a large audience, a lot to consider and one of many 'findings' about food opiates. Part Three deals with total continuous health into the futur ...more
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Since my endocrinologist recommended I ditch gluten (soy and dairy too) I thought I'd find out more about how gluten affects thyroid dysfunction. In order for the bulk of the book to make sense, one must first believe his thesis statement that humans aren't evolved to be grain eaters (eg: we're not giraffes) and that only in times of desperation did our ancestors choose to consume them. I thoroughly appreciated his sections on thyroid dysfunction and autoimmune diseases, as it made for one of th ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is super redundant. The same thing is said chapter after chapter. Also I am not a fan of blaming every single malady with wheat. And I have a PhD in nutritional neuroscience...
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a good book. It goes into more details beyond just not eating grains. It tells you how to have total health. It tells you how to heal your body after the grains are gone, and why you may still have some problems. He tells you how to correct the problems and gives some recipes for correcting the problems. This goes into more details than the first book, since he has learned more. I think this is a must have book along with the two cookbooks.
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a great book! Very convincing about the negatives about eating anything grown from grasses, i.e. wheat, barley, corn, etc., and the health conditions that can be improved by changing your eating habits. Lots of research to back up the author's claims. Anyone interested in losing weight or improving their health has to read this book!
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks, health
Some books tell you not to eat this or not to eat that but do provide valid information to back up why you should apply what you are reading. I wish I had read this book years ago! This book reinforces what my doctor has me doing and confirms the things I have experienced. Amazing!
Dec 24, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a redundant book, chapter after chapter.
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I've gone grain free. I sleep better and can think more clearly. This really works. Dr Davis is a very knowledgeable man and has given me a way to enjoy the rest of my life.
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading this book, Grain Brain and the Whole 30 I notice a big difference in my health.
First of all, I must admit that I started reading this book out of mere curiosity with a platter of wholewheat sandwiches on my lap. I am by no means a nutrition expert, but this book didn't convince me enough to stop consuming not only wheat but all other grains! The writer stresses and repeats A LOT that seeds of grasses are the ultimate culprit of all our health problems which includes but not limited to diabetes, skin rashes, autoimmunity, hormonal distortions, joints stiffness and pain ,, e ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
α - I had read Grain Brain during April last year and have all but cut out sugar in my diet. I think it mentioned that a slice of bread can spike your blood sugar more than a soda.

Φ - I'm skeptical that wheat could contribute so heavily towards so many diseases and not result in a class action lawsuit towards the American Heart Association... The OMG GMOs WFTBBQ! reaction doesn't provide enough evidence to warrant that trendy reaction. And most of the evidence presented to support the case for
Deborah Davidson
Oct 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book appears to be a doubling down on a theory that is not proven. It is not a diet that everyone needs to be on and focuses way to much on the danger of now beyond wheat, all grains which has no science to back it up. It also spends very little time on alternative solutions such as fermentation. Which while receiving mention I are not emphasized enough as actually solving gut issues. It felt like the entire book was meant to prove a point that many don’t agree with and I’m not sure why. Ea ...more
Jacqueline Wheeler
Feb 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an Okay book - I guess I'm just bored with reading the same type of health books. A few years ago, everything used to be eating gluten free and paleo, and now everything is geared toward gut health and keto. I agree with all those forms of eating, but I wish a book would be written that is much easier to read. A lot of these have a lot of science behind them, but I'm not the type of girl that understands any of what they are saying - I like books that have the plan and recipes written o ...more
Robert B Alston Jr
Interesting ideas

As a healthcare doctor, I am not convinced with the majority of his arguments. Perhaps the modern diet has gone too far to the grain side of the spectrum and thus many of the health problems that come with obesity, can be “attributed” to grains. I think there are many factors as to why obesity is a problem and overconsumption of grains may be some of the problem, but not all of the problem as Dr. Williams implies.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jury's still out on much of this Doctor's premise regarding weight loss and improved health by cutting wheat and other grains out of your diet. However, I took it all with a grain of salt, and have already begun to incorporate these ideas into my daily life. The personal testimonials alone give me inspiration to finally rid myself of these unwanted pounds. This is an easy read and fairly straight-forward.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I definitely appreciate the content of "Wheat Belly Total Health", however, I had already read "Wheat Belly" and much of the information is the same. If you haven't read about the perils of consuming grains, I'd suggest reading the original "Wheat Belly" or "Grain Brain." Pretty interesting stuff!
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing book that every American needs to read—especially if you’ve been diagnosed as pre-diabetic, a Type II diabetic, overweight, or obese. For that matter, even lean and healthy people need to read it if their diet contains any wheat or grain products. It was an eye opener for me and has changed my life.
Ronald Breightmyer
This book explains why we shouldn't eat wheat in great detail. Any confusion about where disease comes from is revealed with science based nutrition. You may never look at wheat the same again. The truth is uncovered about the food industry. Profits above everything,including your health. I have eliminated wheat from my diet and am healthier for it. It's not easy, but it's worth it.
Mike Sherman
Could have been summarized in 10% of the pages. or a few words "all wheat and other grains are bad, omit them from your diet." The explanations are not very compelling nor is the diatribe against capitalism. He states theories as facts and includes very little actual proof. Yuval Harari in Sapiens had a more credible if less conspiratorial explanation of the inclusion of grain in human diets.
Angie Kowalzek-Adrians
I pretty much got the gist of this book after the first chapter. I feel the author repeats himself way too much and each chapter reads as though it’s a standalone and the reader will not remember anything read from previous chapters.
Aug 29, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The amount of hyperbole in this book is untenable.
And I disagree with much of his pseudoscience explanations. I was hoping to glean some nuggets of truth from this book, but I can’t tolerate the rest of the book to see if there are any nuggets to be harvested.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free through the Goodreads giveaway. I thought there would be more recipes and not so much on why everything is bad for you.
Andrew Obrigewitsch
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health-fitness
Very informative follow up to the original Wheat Belly book.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspiring, favorites
Facts presented are convincing enough to change nutritional habits. Worth reading.
but writing style is a little bit boring. I've skipped many paragraphs :)
Lisa Burrington
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
not sure I believe all of this but he puts out a good argument and it was interesting- this is a strict way of living
Pinar Gungor Cankaya
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ben cok begendim kitabi, yedigimiz tahillarin ne kadar zararli oldugunu ve farkinda olmadigimiz diger saglik yan etkilerini anlatiyor. Tek kotu tarafi tekrar tekrar etmesi ama D vitamininin faydasini o kadar cok anlatti ki hemen gidip takviye alacagim. Cok begendim kitabi, ufkumu acti.
"Homo sapiens are just not equipped to handle the components of these plants: lectins in wheat, rye, barley, and rice; the prolamin proteins gliadin, secalin, hordein, zein, and kafirin; acrylamides; cyanide; and
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What Belly caused quite a stir when it came out; was eliminating wheat the panacea the author purported? In this follow up, he tells us it wasn't and urges readers to take a stronger and more encompassing stance by removing all grains completely. Although a lot of the evidence is fairly specious (there just isn't enough evidence at this time), he does make compelling points for his stance.

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William Davis, MD, is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight and Find Your Path back to Health. The creator of, Dr. Davis is a preventive cardiologist whose unique grain-free approach to diet allows him to advocate reversal, not just prevention, of heart disease. He is the medical director for Track Your Plaque, an online hea ...more

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“The lectin of the seed of wheat is wheat germ agglutinin (WGA). It is neither as benign as the lectin of spinach nor as toxic as the lectin of ricin; it is somewhere in between. WGA wreaks ill effects on everyone, regardless of whether you have celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, or no digestive issues at all. The” 0 likes
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