A Book Review: Wheat Belly – Lose the Weight and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis, MD

In Part One, Dr. Davis gives us the shocking news (if we didn’t already know it), that Whole Wheat is unhealthy. In fact, the wheat we have today is nothing like the wheat of old – as recently as with our grandparents. He gives a thorough history of the grain of wheat. Gluten is the key ingredient, according to Davis, that makes wheat stick together and what makes problems for many. Other grains have gluten as well, but since Americans do not eat as large quantities of these other grains as we do wheat, Davis simplifies by saying, “wheat.”

Then, in Part Two, Davis presents all of the ways in which wheat destroys health. What we have today has been genetically changed into something that is actually addictive. Dr. Christine Zioudrou and her colleagues of the National Institutes of Health studied the effect of gluten on the brain. It penetrates the blood-brain barrier. Based on the effects to the brain, they called the polypeptides “exorphins” – short for exogenous morphine-like compounds. Also, wheat functions as an appetite stimulant. Wheat produces belly fat that looks like a pregnant belly. Further, wheat triggers the production of a cycle driven by insulin of satiety and hunger with emotional ups and downs. This visceral fat is very dangerous to our health. One outcome is diabetes.

Some suffer from celiac disease – the intestines react violently when wheat, even a tiny bit is consumed. While animal products including cheese upset the pH in the body by producing too much acid, wheat also disrupts the balance. Excess acid in the body produces joint pain and demineralizes the bones. Other problems that wheat causes include cataracts, wrinkles, osteoporosis and dowager’s hump (bent posture) skin problems (acne, rash), and heart disease. Regarding the brain, wheat messes with cerebellar health. “Cerebellar ataxia is progressive, getting worse with each passing year until the sufferer is unable to comb his hair, brush his teeth, or go to the bathroom alone. Even the most basic self-care activities will be performed by someone else.” (p.167) Peripheral neuropathy has also been linked to gluten. MRIs have also shown brain damage in the cerebral cortex the center of memory and higher thinking. Dementia and temporal lobe seizures have been connected with wheat as well.

Finally, in Part Three, Davis guides his readers in how to “create a healthy, delicious, wheat-free life”. He lists foods that contain wheat and give recipes in the appendix. What is left in a wheat-free life? Vegetables, raw nuts, good oils (butter, olive oil, coconut and others), meat and eggs, some dairy and some fruit. By doing so, you will enjoy a healthy and slender life. Davis makes an excellent case.

A Book Review on "Quantum Healing – Exploring the Frontiers of Mind-Body Medicine" by Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra is a well-renowned medical doctor trained both in India and the U.S. Currently in endocrinology, he was also the former chief of staff of New England Memorial Hospital in Stoneham, Massachusetts and the founding president of the American Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. His insights on both Western and Eastern medicine give him a more complete and well-rounded understanding on the origin of disease.

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, thought nature cured disease and although modern medicine is necessary for emergency purposes, it has recently taken a 90° turn away from Hippocrates original vision. The turn has been toward drugs and surgery, but many of today’s modern diseases can be prevented with maintaining a healthy mind and body. These solutions lack long-term sustainability and lack the intelligence of the body. Understanding this requires a different approach called “quantum healing”. Deepak Chopra describes quantum healing as “the ability of one mode of consciousness (the mind) to spontaneously correct the mistakes of another consciousness (the body).”

The Quantum perspective began with Einstein, who found that nature was not always predictable and expanded upon Newton’s straight-line physics. Planck discovered the measurable nature of energy, which transforms non-matter into matter, time into space and mass into energy. Later Irish physicist, John Bell, and English astronomer, Sir Arthur Eddington, both believed in a connection between our thoughts and the universe. An invisible force turns thought (non-material) into form (material). We know neurotransmitters perfectly match up the mind with the body and DNA builds RNA, a mirror-image copy of DNA, which carries out tasks in the body. From the quantum perspective, as we think and feel, we create chemical changes in the brain that set-off a chain reaction of bodily responses. Both good and bad thoughts alter the field of intelligence and thus the body for better or for worse. In this way, our stream of consciousness is the free circulation of intelligence between the mind and body.

Ayurveda is a medical perspective whereby symptoms are controlled by attention. In Ayurveda, every part of the body correlates to certain herbs, colors, minerals and even sounds. The use of meditation and techniques such as primordial sound are implored to initiate healing. Meditation brings awareness of thought patterns while primordial sound uses one vibration to heal another. Usually Om, pronounced AUM, is the vibration or sound used to represent the collective vibration or sound of all living things and is a way to connect to your true undistorted self. Ayurveda differs from Western Medicine in that it believes the war (disease) begins inside the body. Louis Pasteur’s germ theory, the cornerstone of Western Medicine, believes the war (disease) begins outside the body. However, if even Louis Pasteur himself admitted that his controversial theory was wrong on his death bed. Don’t you think its time for us to give up his theory?

Love and compassion are our highest qualities and in this state, we cannot contradict ourselves. True love and compassion for ourselves and all other beings enables us to live in accordance with nature. One way we manifest love and compassion for all is with what we eat. We can eat in support of nature and ourselves, but the ultimate gatekeeper of health is the mind. Carcinogens, stress, chemicals, fatty and processed or sugary foods, and diets high in animal protein can all induce cancer, but ultimately the body can restore itself. In the medical field, spontaneous healings are rare and not well-understood. Such unpredictable recoveries occur at the quantum level & are beyond what modern science can measure or record, they are formless.

The wisdom of the ancient Rishis of India was recorded in the ancient Vedic texts & predated the Egyptian pyramids by thousands of years. These texts revealed many of the concept found in quantum healing and Ayurveda. The Rishis discussed three subjective states of consciousness: waking, sleeping and dreaming and a fourth, non-subjective state attained only during meditation or prayer. This fourth state is known as our most natural state and from here we can destroy our illusions and rest in our own true nature. The Rishis also believed that all beings were not restricted by time and space, but were infinite. So think and feel from the heart not with the head, think good thoughts and feel good. Act in accordance with nature and nature will always provide for you in many ways. “In the deeper reality beyond space and time, we may be all members of one body.” -Sir James Jeans