Shared Voices Book Review

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IN THE BOOKWORM’S CORNER- reviewed by Anne Stopps in Shared Voices

We’ve all heard of the Atkins Diet, California Diet, and the Mediterranean Diet: now make way for the Wheat Belly Diet. Eminent cardiologist Dr. William Davis believes the world’s most popular grain is the most destructive dietary ingredient on the market today. As well as gaining a wheatbelly when it is eaten, there is hardly an organ that is not damaged by eating it.

Bread and other foods made from wheat have sustained humans for centuries. However, the wheat that is harvested today is nothing like the original grain. Today there are over 25,000 varieties, most of them coming from the laboratory. So intent were the geneticists on increasing wheat yields to ease world hunger, no animal or human safety testing was ever carried out on the new genetic strains.

In centuries past a prominent belly was a mark of the wealthy, but today anybody can have a big belly. Dr. Davis believes the level of obesity in North America today, which is on a scale never seen before, is a direct result of eating products made from wheat. Now almost every snack or meal contains foods made with it. Modern wheat has the unique capability, among modern grains, to convert quickly to blood sugar. It also has addictive properties that cause us to eat more of it. He calls it the “Haight-Ashbury of foods.”

Dr. Davis links the health problems of North Americans from fatigue, arthritis, IBS and obesity to wheat addiction. Patients following his diet have seen both health improvements and “flop over the belly fat” vanish. They also reported improved mood, fewer mood swings, better concentration and deeper sleep within days to weeks of their last bagel, doughnut or baked lasagna.

Many case studies in the book profile patients who initially had serious health problems, who all seemed to recover once they ventured down the wheat free path. The basics he lists are to eliminate wheat products (either cold turkey or gradually) and replace them with vegetables, raw nuts, healthy meats, eggs, cheeses, (fruit and dairy products in small quantities), plus good oils such as virgin olive or coconut oil. He suggests filling up on a larger portion of baked chicken, green beans, scrambled eggs, or salad. He includes lots of recipes to try out, which you will need to get you started.

If you really want to get serious about getting wheat out of your diet, the Wheat Belly Cookbook is just the ticket for you. The first section describes his theories on eliminating wheat, in which he freely admits that going without wheat can be downright frightening. The main section is then devoted to all the recipes you will ever need: smoothies, soups, mains, salads and desserts to replace wheat with healthy alternatives.

Excellent Website: www. wheatbellyblog.com

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NMO 2nd Annual 5KM Walk/Run

Photo by Cheryl Kathler

Photo by Cheryl Kathler

A bright spring day, a sea of vibrant green shirts, and a courageous mom determined to raise money and support for NMO.

The 2nd Annual Walk/Run for NMO created an electric buzz at Rocky Point Park on June 1st. Nancy Reimer, the determined organizer, remarked “I just had to step back and go whoa.”

Nancy’s son, Riley, was diagnosed with Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) nearly three years ago. Often misdiagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis, NMO is a similar disease, but is diagnosed and treated differently. According to the UBC NMO Clinic, attacks may include severe sudden vision loss or optic neuritis and severe transverse myelitis with evidence of a “long cord lesion” on MRI.

When Riley was diagnosed, Nancy faced the discouraging reality that sufficient resources and support for those affected by NMO did not exist. Out of frustration came her desire to start fundraising and gathering support for her son and others affected by NMO through a charity walk event.

In its second year, the Annual 5KM Walk/Run for NMO was an uplifting and successful family event. Upwards of 450 people arrived ready to don their green t-shirt and walk or run the 5km scenic route together. Riley’s school, Eagle Ridge Elementary, wasa huge supporter and this year’s walk even had out of province participants and a 40 person flash mob from Port Moody School of Dance.

Dr. Traboulsee, an NMO specialist, spoke and drove home the message that fundraising events do make a positive impact on NMO research. Under the banner of “I am Courage, I am not Alone, Standing Together to Find a Cure for NMO” over $20,000 was raised for the UBC NMO Clinic and the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation.

Nancy crossed the finish line with Riley by her side; together they illustrate how an unpredictable disease with no cure can be braved.

For more information on NMO visit the UBC Clinic website: & for information on the services provided by the MS Society visit the MS Society website.