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Wheat is an opiate

Although it is a central premise of the whole Wheat Belly argument, I fear that some people haven’t fully gotten the message:

Modern wheat is an opiate.

And, of course, I don’t mean that wheat is an opiate in the sense that you like it so much that you feel you are addicted. Wheat is truly addictive.

Wheat is addictive in the sense that it comes to dominate thoughts and behaviors. Wheat is addictive in the sense that, if you don’t have any for several hours, you start to get nervous, foggy, tremulous, and start desperately seeking out another “hit” of crackers, bagels, or bread, even if it’s the few stale 3-month old crackers at the bottom of the box. Wheat is addictive in the sense that there is a distinct withdrawal syndrome characterized by overwhelming fatigue, mental “fog,” inability to exercise, even depression that lasts several days, occasionally several weeks. Wheat is addictive in the sense that the withdrawal process can be provoked by administering an opiate-blocking drug such as naloxone or naltrexone.

Dr. William Davis, of the Wheat Belly Blog, has long warned us about the danger that wheat poses to our health. It is also, according to him addictive. From my own personal experience, since I’ve been off wheat for months now, I find that I just don’t have the desire for it like I used to. Oh, I’ll have a part of a hamburger bun, or a piece of cake every now and then, but the “pull” for it is not nearly what it used to be. So there must be an addictive quality to it – which I’ve luckily shaken by now.

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