Dr. William Davis, Author of New York Times Bestseller, “Wheat Belly”

Howdy folks,

Very excited to present you today with the much-anticipated interview with Dr. William Davis of Wheat Belly fame. Doc’s grain-busting manifesto has sat atop the New York Times bestseller charts for what must be a truly an alarming amount of time for the massive industrial farming machine, industry lobbyists, and traditional diet dictocrats.

But it sure makes me happy.

You see, one of the hardest things for people (myself included) to accept when they begin this lifestyle is that whole grains ARE NOT good for you.

“But Abel, everyone says that whole grains are healthy and so do the commercials!”

They’re wrong.

“Ok, but wheat is in everything.”

I know, it sucks.

“But whole wheat is healthier than white flour!”

Not really.

Actually, there is a “germ” of truth (sorry) in that last part. As Doc Davis says, “Whole grains are indeed healthier than white flour products – just as filtered cigarettes are healthier than unfiltered cigarettes.” “Less bad” does not mean healthy, despite the pleas of well-meaning nutritionists.

To illustrate a few of the more remarkable and unexpected results of wheat elimination, what happened when Dr. Davis advised his patients to cut out wheat?

  • incredible weight loss
  • reduced blood sugar
  • relief from acid reflux and the gas, cramping, and diarrhea of irritable bowel syndrome
  • increased energy, more stable moods, and deeper sleep
  • relief from arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis
  • dramatically improved cholesterol values
  • reduced blood pressure and inflammatory measures

After witnessing over 2,000 patients regain their health after giving up wheat, Davis reached the disturbing conclusion that wheat is the single largest contributor to the nationwide obesity epidemic — and its elimination is key to dramatic weight loss and optimal health.

In Wheat Belly, Davis exposes the harmful effects of what is actually a product of genetic tinkering and agribusiness being sold to the American public as “wheat.” It’s a terrific read and I highly recommend you spend a few hours curled up with it. You’ll never go back to your wily, wheaty ways.

Interviewing Dr. Davis was great fun (and he has a superb Casey Kasem-esque radio voice – just listen). In the show we talk about:

  • How Wheat is a Trojan horse for your gut that destroys your intestinal tract
  • How eating a Snickers bar is less unhealthy than 2 slices of whole wheat bread
  • Why smoking filtered cigarettes is healthy following the logic of traditional nutrition
  • Why the worst part of a hamburger is the bun… (and the pink slime)
  • How a diet high in grains, not fat, causes heart disease


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  1. Abel,
    I’ve been listening to your podcast episodes during my gym workouts , they are a great listen and make my workout go much faster .. thx much for sharing all your insights and experience. This one with Dr. Davis was eye-opening .. so, if you where to cut the wheat from your diet all together .. what would be your recommendation for an acceptable replacement for your night “cereal” ? .. any grain at all ? ( oats, etc. ) .. or any other replacement ? what would you take ? . thx much for your thoughts.

    • Hi Roberto,
      Thanks for the kind words and so glad you’re enjoying the show. I’d recommend avoiding grains and replacing your calories with extra fat (butter, avocado, olive oil, nuts, etc.).

  2. My Dad worked with Norman Borlog when he won the Nobel Prize in plant breeding. The reason for the breeding was to eliminate starvation; It was to help humanity. Many years later, I was diagnosed with Celiac (gluten intolerance).
    I’m having a hard time believing that plant breeding causes wheat intolerance. Instead, I believe that it is the amount of food and the processed food that we eat. Plus, a certain gene has to be present for gluten intolerance. So, whether wheat is bred or grown as it was historically – the human biological intolerance in certain people would still be there.
    In a few years, I think that we will find that Celiac is like Diabetes – some bodies just can’t handle certain substances.

  3. Help me out here. Dr Walter Kempner, M.D., employing his noted Rice Diet, fed obese, diabetic and otherwise dysfunctional people WHITE rice and a piece of fruit, basically 2-3X a day. They achieved remarkable blood sugar DROPS, weight loss, and blood pressure declines. I never hear Dr. Davis comment on that, only that grains, including rice, and especially WHITE rice due to glycemic spikes, are bad. Kempner is pretty famous, was at Duke University for years, and his work has been continued by others. Answers, please.( Great site, by the way.)

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