And it might be worth a try for you too. There are many good reasons why. I’ll list four of the main ones here first and give you sources for the information later on. Also before we begin, notice that the subject here is “grains,” not just “wheat” or only “gluten.”
There are proteins in wheat, rye, corn, and barley that are as addictive as heroin. The damage is different for different people, ranging from increased appetite to depression and more.
Those same proteins cause intestinal permeability (more commonly known as “leaky gut”). In some people the leaks cause a misdirected and inappropriate response by the immune system that leads to inflammation in some organs or tissues (autoimmune disease). The inflammation turns up in whatever part of you is your weakest link. It may be your pancreas (diabetes), your joints (rheumatoid arthritis), your nervous system (MS), your skin (psoriasis or eczema), or your brain (Alzheimer’s). Sooner or later, you will see and feel the effects.
The component WGA (wheat germ agglutinin) is found not only in wheat but also in rye, barley, and rice. It is indigestible and interferes with digestion, causing inflammation in the digestive tract along with other bowel problems and gallstones.
Grains contain phytates, which block absorption of nutrients like iron, zinc, and magnesium. That’s why bread is sometimes “fortified” with these nutrients. It might be better to simply take supplements or eat something else.
On the other hand, grains contain the carbohydrate Amylopectin A, which is highly digestible and therefore raises insulin more than even table sugar. That in turn leads to diabetes and overweight, which are increasing and affecting younger and younger people.
This information comes from Dr. William Davis [http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/books/], whose desire to help his heart patients led him to synthesize this research and these conclusions. His newest book, Undoctored, includes these ideas from his earlier works, and recommends removing grains from the diet completely, immediately, and forever.
Doctors who agree include Dr. Tom O’Bryan [http://thedr.com/], Dr. David Perlmutter [http://www.drperlmutter.com/], and Dr. Peter Osborne [https://drpeterosborne.com/], among others.
Why am I sure they are right? Because I have proved it with my own body. When you have an autoimmune condition, you can measure the “antibodies” in your system that are attacking your own joints and tissues. My weakest link is my thyroid gland. I have had thyroid antibodies destroying my own tissue measured as high as 2000 in 2007 that are down to 110 – still high but very much improved. The photos tell the inflammation story – notice the difference in my face from 2007 to 2017. I have lost about 50 pounds with 25 more to go. I have no aches and pains anywhere in my 67-year-old body. I have also put Lyme Disease into remission over the same time frame…but that’s a story for another day.
Your experience with giving up grains may be different than mine. Many people improve much more quickly than I did. Most people see and feel some improvement in the first days, although some have an opioid withdrawal first. I hope you’ll give it a try and let me know your results below.