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Every so often when I find a book that I think people need to read, I’ll post a review.  

Wheat Belly Book Cover

In the 1970’s Dr. Robert Atkins, a cardiologist, published “Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution” after following a low-starch diet based on work  done previously by Gordon, Goldberg and Chosy in an article published in 1963 in JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association). Dr. Atkins replaced the idea of starches being an issue with the idea that carbohydrates (especially starchy ones) were an issue. Dr. Atkins diet was controversial to say the least, but regardless of the outcry from the industrial medicine community, it did work.  It worked for many people, including myself. Most of Dr. Atkins research was either ancedotal, or conducted himself.

In 2007, Gary Taubes, a scientific journalist, published “Good Calories, Bad Calories“, a lengthy tome that describes in detail how the medical research into dietary habits does not support the mainstream (media and goverment) claims that fat is bad for you and that carbohydrates are good.  In many ways, Taube’s book provides the links to the research which supports Atkins anecdotal suppositions.  Again, Taubes concentrated on carbohydrates as a whole.

Now, in 2011, another cardiologist, Dr. William Davis, points his finger at a specific carbohydrate, grains, with a particular emphasis on wheat, narrowing the culprit down much further. His book, Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health, is the next step in the realization that processed foods, which are stuffed with cheap, subsidized wheat is the problem. Along with anectodal evidence, Davis provides references to over 250 studies and articles, which bolster his premise.  (more…)


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