Doctor: Wheat A "Perfect, Chronic Poison" | 20Jan2014 19:05:22
The Doctor who created Bill O'Rilleys new diet says skip the hamburguer rolls and pasta salad at your Labour Day cookout Dr. William Davis is a cardiologist and author of the best selling book “Wheat Belly.” Loose the wheat loose the weight and find your path back to health. Dr., good morning.
WD: Good morning
CBS: Happy Labour Day.
WD: You too.
CBS: Why in your estimation is wheat so bad?
WD: It's not wheat. It's a 18 inch tall plant created by genetics research in the sixties and the seventies. This thing has many new features nobody told you about such as, there's a new protein in this thing called gliadin. But I'm not talking about glutens. So I'm not addressing the people who have gluten sensitivities and celiac diseases. I'm talking about everybody else. Because everybody else is susceptible to this gliadin protein that is an opiate. This thing binds to the opiate receptors in your brain and in most people stimulates appetite. Such said, you and I consume on average 440 more calories per day, 365 days per year. I bet you're hungry right now.
CBS: I'm always hungry right now. Here we have some bagels on the front of the book here. They do look appetizing. So it's not necessarily the wheat it's the kind of wheat we're eating.
WD: That's right. It's not the wheat that mom had. It's not the wheat that grandma had. It's a very different genetically changed plant. By the way this all predates the techniques of genetic modifications. These techniques were crude imprecise unpredictable far worst than modern genetic modifications. So this stuff was sold with no questions asked. It's the product of research that occurred before the techniques of gene splicing. So this thing is very different. Has many new unique properties on humans. But the appetite stimulation effect is the most standout effect of all. But there are others.
CBS: Would it be possible to turn back the clock and go back to the old wheat?I mean is that scientifically possible at this point in time?
WD: It's very possible. It's economically unfeasible probably because this thing yields about ten fold more per acre. And so you'd have to ask farmers to do, to take a loss in effect. We'd have to ask agro-businesses to revert back to old seeds. They can do it. They probably won't do it. Now we have sparked a movement and we are having a lot of people. They're having record drops in sales because of this. Because so many people. I think what's driving this is the tidal wave of change. If 3 people lost 8 pound well big deal. This thing just dies and fizzles, right? But we're seeing hundreds of thousands of people loosing 30, 80, 150 pounds, diabetics becoming no longer diabetics People with arthritis having dramatic relief. People loosing their leg swelling, acid reflux, air bowel syndrome, depression, on and on and on every day.
CBS: So here's the question; If people want to start eating healthier today then. And they can't afford to go to a specialty store. They can't afford to manufacture their own wheat. What can they start doing right now?
WD: Eat real single ingredient foods. Eat avocados, olives, olive oil, meats … vegetables, in other words, real food. The stuff that is least likely have been changed by agro-business. Certainly not grains. So when I say grains of course, over 90% of all grains we eat are going to be wheat. It's not barley, it's not milliet, it's not flax. It's going to be wheat. So it's really a wheat issue. We have been a recipient of this extensive set of changes.
CBS: And yet there are a lot of farmers who deal in these grains who would argue otherwise. The Mayo Clinic argues otherwise. They say you need a well balanced diet and that includes wheat.
WD: That's right. Because all that literature says, if you replace something bad, white enriched flour products, with something less bad, whole grains and there's an apparent health benefit. Let's eat a whole less bad things. So I take Tareyton unfiltered cigarettes and replace them with Salem filtered cigarettes. You should smoke Salem's. That is the logic of nutrition. It's a flawed deeply flawed logic. What if we take the next step and say; Let's eliminate all grains what happens then? Particularly eliminate this modern thing created by genetics research called semi-dwarf wheat. That's when you see, not improvements in health; That's when you see transformations in health.
CBS: You gave me a weird look when I said I had a whole wheat bagel this morning Well you're working so... And you got away with it. I was trying to fire up before the broadcast but that generally speaking, even the whole wheats, just to reiterate, you're saying it's a bad idea.
WD: It's a very bad idea. In fact I'll say modern wheat is a perfect chronic poison. It causes diabetes, it causes inflammation, it causes heart disease, it causes high blood pressure. Just because whole grains are less harmful than white flour does not make it a good thing. So we've gotta use a whole new brand of clear logic on this. If we eliminate grains eliminate wheat really specifically semi-dwarf high yield wheat. That's when we see tranformations. That's when you see all the diabetics get rid of their drugs. That's when you see the rheumatoid arthritis throwing away all their drugs for joint pain. That's when you see high cholesterol going away. You see incredible transformations in health.
CBS: Food for thought. A lot of food for thought. Please avoid the breakfast tray if you would. Dr., thank you very much.