Monday, January 7, 2013

Have You Heard of Wheat Belly?

In December when I thought about my one little word, I kept sensing the word healing.  My thyroid prescription was just about expired.  I needed an appointment to get a new one.  When I talked to the   appointment desk in early December they told me since I hadn't seen my doctor for several years (I had seen his PAs).  They would have to treat me as a new patient and the first available appointment was in May of 2013.  I then asked if a different doctor could see me.  One was available on Jan 2, 2013.  The last of my pills would run out Jan 3, 2013.

I was impressed with how thorough this new doctor is.  His office even returned my phone calls!  He read my earlier lab report and was concerned with my elevated liver enzymes.  So he ordered another test.

As I drove home I reviewed all the tests I had agreed to take (mammogram etc).  I then thought about my one little word and laughed.  Of course I would need a baseline to judge healing.    Thursday the lab reports came back.  I needed to go in to have more blood drawn for further tests.

Friday when I called about the results I was told he was running late and hadn't been able to review the labs.  So over the weekend I started researching beginning with the Mayo Clinic website.  I ruled out many possibilities.  As I searched further I  started reading first about Celiac Disease (gluten sensitivity).  Eventually I came across the words "Wheat Belly"  I remembered seeing a headline about that in connection with Dr Oz.

Dr William Davis believes that eating wheat can cause many of the symptoms and diseases listed below.  When I looked at the long list I realized I was experiencing many symptoms on the list.  As I continued to look at the symptoms I realize I need to become proactive.  I need to change what I eat and see if that makes a difference in how I feel.

  • joint pain
  • difficulty walking
  • obesity
  • depression
  • diabetes
  • skin problems
  • inflammation
  • gastrointestinal problems
  • problems with balance
  • neurological problems
  • foggy thinking
  • dementia
  • fatigue
The other part is how many products have wheat or wheat flour as one of the ingredients.  Wheat and wheat flour are ingredients in most of our daily food.  I read the label on a package of red licorice, you guessed it "wheat flour" was clearly written as one of the ingredients.

Today the doctor's office called me my test came back negative.  The doctor is going to run a new set  of tests.  I asked if gluten sensitivity could cause an elevated reading.  They told me they didn't think so.  I think I need to test this theory myself.


  1. Always good to question, question what the good doctor says, even if you trust them. They aren't perfect & can't know everything. Maybe if you brought in the articles, like from Mayo, that show that wheat can cause some areas of distress? I'm glad you are being proactive. No one else will do it for us. And, in addition to wheat, there's lots of corn in everything too! Additives!

  2. Dr Davis is recommending everyone go wheat free. I am more of the notion it is an individual decision and for some people a health mandate. I need to examine how avoiding wheat and other additives affects me. I am a little overwhelmed when I look at how many foods contain it.

  3. I like your pro-activeness! I had never hear about Wheat Belly! Maybe I have to do a little research myself......


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