TMHS 247: Whole Grain Deception And Getting Undoctored – With William Davis, M.D.

With all of our apparent advancements in medicine (screening, drugs, vaccines, surgeries, etc.) you would think that the rates of chronic diseases would be going down. But they’re not. In fact, since many of today’s standard treatments hit the scenes decades ago, disease rates have been on the rise, without any sign of letting up.

Somewhere, somehow, conventional medicine missed the mark. It’s the biggest, baddest billion-dollar system in the United States. Yet, millions of people are struggling each day to receive any true health solutions from it. Today’s our opportunity to look at exactly what’s happening inside of our healthcare system, and, most importantly, what we can actually do about it.

Dr. William Davis has been there… performing thousands of surgical procedures and seeing the same folks coming in again and again searching for lasting help. Though, all he could do was provide temporary solutions. Through his own health crisis, and searching outside of the failing healthcare system to help his patients, he was able to transform his health along with countless other people. Now, he’s the NY Times bestselling author of one of the most read and highest praised books of the decade. After Wheat Belly hit the shelves, thousands upon thousands of stories began flooding in from people all over the world who were regaining their health from the grips of chronic illness. Diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, obesity, and more, were not only seeing vast improvement, but many people were completely cured (with Wheat Belly to thank for it). Everything was obviously looking up, but there was one glaring problem…

There were also countless stories of patients telling their physician about Wheat Belly and wanting to work to get off their medications or avoid surgery by practicing what they were learning, but their doctor would simply brush them off. “That’s not proven.” “It’s too risky.” “It won’t work for you.” These are some of the things they’d hear.

The reality, however, is that the science was proven, it was all far less risky than the drugs or surgery they were facing, and it was working for so many people that, today, it’s literally changed the way our society looks at healthcare.

The change is happening, but it may not be happening fast enough. Thankfully, Dr. Davis is back on The Model Health Show today to talk about what it means to be Undoctored, and how to address some of the biggest issues with our healthcare system right now. Several things you are about to learn will probably shock you. But in order to find a solution, we have to know exactly what we’re dealing with. You’re about to receive some huge insights into what it takes to be empowered and successful in your healthcare decisions. Just tune in, take good notes, and enjoy!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What the #1 expense on our economy is.
  • Why using scare tactics and separatism to get people to be healthy can backfire.
  • Whether or not removing wheat from your diet can cause nutrient deficiencies.
  • What the real enemy of the healthcare system is.
  • Which organizations fund nutrition programs in colleges and medical schools (this is shocking!).
  • Why humans are physiologically unequipped to eat grasses.
  • How conventional wheat products are making millions of people sick and overweight (you need to know this!).
  • How long humans have actually been consuming grains.
  • What anthropologists can tell us about how grains impacted human development.
  • The alarming way that grains are tied to suicide.
  • Why whole grains are better for you than refined grains in some ways and worse in others.
  • How to more accurately track your blood sugar.
  • How doctors are incentivized to prescribe drugs and do unnecessary procedures.
  • Why our access to health resources has grown exponentially.
  • Why you’ll be paying high rates for health insurance even if you’re healthy.
  • Whether or not the movie What The Health is accurate about sugar-related science.
  • What you can do right now to become Undoctored.

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  • Sara Daley
    18 Oct 2017, 8:53 pm

    Let me say that I normally love your podcast. I’ve learned so many tips to improve my life and my health. I did, however have to turn this episode off because it made me really upset. When your guest started talking about the healthy subsidizing the sick as a flaw of health care I was a little astounded. In our country we care about providing for our most vulnerable. When the young and healthy opt out of the insurance system they not only put themselves at risk if a catastrophe occurs, but we leave a system that is not equipped to care for our impoverished and elderly. That doesn’t really jive with your typical message of compassion and meeting people where they are at. I was a little disappointed. Still love you, just thought I’d leave a little food for thought.

  • diane
    19 Oct 2017, 2:13 pm

    Thanks for all of your great Pod Casts -really enjoying them and learning so many new things…getting my health back on track 🙂

    Can you help me in finding out if and where I can get a copy of the show “notes” (transcript of the discussion)

    Thank you!


    • Shawn
      6 Nov 2017, 10:12 am

      Thank you Diane! Yes, you can find the transcription right above this comment section, right after the ‘Items Mention’ section.

  • Brandon
    9 Nov 2017, 5:39 pm

    I really enjoyed this episode, and bought the books wheat belly and undoctured as a result. (i also have your book Sleep Smarter I’ve read it and listened to the audio version, fantastic book I have been getting better Sleep because of it). Your book Sleep Smarter inspired me to become more healthy and led me to your podcast. I have a few questions hoping you could answer,

    Do you personally live a grain free life ? I ask because from what I gather, wheat belly is a lifestyle not a temporary diet. I am a little overwhelmed at the idea of never eating anything that contains grain ever again. As that elminates a lot of food options. How did you make that paradigm shift in your life? Or do you still eat grain but very minimally?

  • Fatima
    28 Jan 2018, 12:40 pm

    Just listened this podcast 4 times today (3 on soundcloud and 1 on youtube). Awesome work shawn!! In two months you became a reference for me to ffollow about health and fitness!
    I listen to your podcasts at least 3 times to get the whole picture, I just went through ten podcasts … more than 240 to go!! hihiihihi

    Thank you again! Love from France!

  • 3 May 2018, 7:44 am

    I just want to say how much I enjoy your perspective on overall health and nutrition and how you present the information to the public.

    This episode really resonates with me as one of the early children diagnosed with Celiac Disease in the US, I have been living a very healthy gluten free life for over 30 years now. This was the driving force for me to go back to school and get my Masters of Nutrition degree so that I could help others live healthier lives.

    That being said, I love that you mentioned who backs the American Nutrition and Dietetics Association. I was shocked to learn who backs most of these large associations that are supposed to be looking out for our well being but really aren’t. This was what drove me to become a Holistic Health Advisor instead of getting my RD. I refuse to have my practice dictated by big companies only looking out for their pockets.

    Kudos to you, Shawn and keep up the awesome work!