(an Amazon customer review)
This book needs to be read!, December 4, 2005
There is a huge amount of resistance to the idea of eliminating grain from the diet, because one visit to the grocery store reveals that most of its contents are comfort foods based on grain. Who wants to give up all those goodies? I sure didn't. I was addicted to all sorts of things which I had on a daily basis in small amounts. But a lot of health things were increasingly bothering me, some of them digestive, and I had gotten to the point where I thought nothing agreed with me. I have had about 15-20 excess pounds I simply could not get rid of, even though I'd eliminated most sugar, ate very little bread and cereal, minimal dairy, exercised 5-6 days a week. The excess weight just would not go. I think I've tried every diet known to man, and oddly, the only one where I lost weight was Atkins, which I only stayed on for about 6 weeks. But I never put 2 and 2 together when I did that diet.
After a scary dizzy incident a few weeks ago on a day where I had eaten a LOT of wheat things, I started researching gluten sensitivity (celiac disease) because my mother has it....and I found two very valuable books "Dangerous Grains" and "Going Against the Grain." Everyone should read those two books, by the way! I had this "No Grain Diet" book in my vast library of health/diet books, but had initially rejected it as too extreme for me to consider, and well, I was resistant to his ideas.
Now I'm reconsidering. Two weeks ago I implemented a diet very similar to what Dr. Mercola suggests: strictly no gluten/grain, no dairy, no sugar, increased veggies and low-glycemic fruit in limited amounts, lots of water, and somewhat increased lean protein intake. After just this 2 week period here are the results: bloating & gas gone, weight coming off, asthma symptoms and chronic cough GONE for the first time in 20 years, all digestive problems gone, headaches gone, joint aches and pains gone, and tons of energy. I feel better than I've ever felt, with virtually NO cravings for any of the junk food that I used to love. Did I say the bloating went away and the weight is dropping off at a very good clip!!
Now there have been some naysayers reviewing this book as junk science, but the fact is, there are many of us out there who cannot digest grains. PERIOD. One negative reviewer said most people don't get whole grains, so that's not the issue. WRONG! I actually reacted WORSE to refined grains....cakes and white flour things would make me sick and nauseated. I don't know why that is, but I always knew such things would give me great digestive upset for a day or two. Another naysayer mentioned the Egyptians eating grains....in "Dangerous Grains" the author discusses who the Egyptians started having obesity and all sorts of health issues which coincided with the grain consumption in their societies. The connections are too strong all over the world to dismiss them.
I'd actually suggest reading the two books I mentioned above and then read this one. You'll find your resistance to these ideas melting away very fast. Just because so many bad foods exist on the supermarket shelves certainly doesn't mean they are good for you. And the parallels are too strong to ignore when you look at the rates of increased grain consumption in the U.S. compared to the increase in obesity, heart disease, diabetes and many other disorders. You can put your head in the sand or you can read to educate yourself. Finally, the "proof is in the pudding" so to speak. If you have the courage and willpower to go on a restricted diet for a couple of weeks, you'll see--you'll FEEL for yourself what the results are.
Kay’s Note: This book was an eye opener! EVERYONE (sick or well) will benefit from reading it!