The Look of Success

How would you react if, instead of asking for a handout, the next bum you see — smelly and dressed in rags — approaches you and offers to be your "success coach" for a fee?

Have you pondered anything quite so absurd in a while?

Coronary heart disease prevention and reversal specialist, Dr. William Davis, wonders why it is, then, that people tolerate the advice of fat and even obese dietitians, who perhaps number in the thousands in hospitals and clinics around the country.

When I go to the hospital, I am continually amazed at some of the hospital staff: 5 ft 4 inch nurses weighing over 200 lbs, etc.

But what I find particularly bothersome are some (not all) hospital dietitians – presumably experts at the day-to-day of healthy eating — who waddle through the halls, easily 40, 50, or more pounds overweight. It is, to say the least, credibility-challenging for an obese dietitian to be providing nutritional advice to men or women recovering after bypass or stent while clearly not in command of nutritional health herself.

I note the same thing in general, both when visiting a hospital and daily around a large medical clinic less that a block from our residence. In fact, it is quite rare to see any lean person going in or out of that building, scrubs or "civvies."

Dr. Davis thinks they're by and large following the standard dietary advice. Perhaps they are, perhaps not, but here's the thing: "frankenfood" manufacturers have become ruthlessly clever, and that goes even beyond the political clout they and grain growers enjoy. Low fat is good? Food manufacturers deliver. They line the shelves with products that are low in fat, but high in sugar. Whole grains are healthy? They line the shelves with appealing — to many — products based on grains, and bonus: low in fat. Butter is bad? They give you margarine, for decades. Oops… Trans fats, now universally recognized as poisson. Alright, so now let's create a whole new line of synthetic "spreads" based on vegetable oils — formerly used as industrial machinery lubricants — extracted by heat and petroleum solvents that have to be deodorized to eat. Perhaps it won't take another four decades to determine that those are as bad or worse than the margarine they replaced. And what will they think of next?

Sadly, the "healthy, whole grain" message also contributes to heart disease via drop in HDL, increased triglycerides, a huge surge in small LDL, rise in blood sugar, increased resistance to insulin, tummy fat, and diabetes. Yes, the diet provided to survivors of heart attack increases risk.

The "healthy, whole grain" message also enjoys apparent "validation" through the enormous proliferation of commercial products cleverly disguised as healthy: Cheerios, Raisin Bran, whole grain bread, whole wheat pasta, etc. The "healthy, whole grain" message, while a health disaster, is undoubtedly a commercial success.

I'll bet that our fat dietitian friend enjoys a breakfast of healthy, whole grains in skim milk, followed by a lunch of low-fat chicken breast on two slices of whole grain bread, and ends her day with a healthy meal of whole wheat pasta. She then ascribes her continually climbing weight and size 16 figure to slow metabolism, lack of exercise, or the once-a-week piece of chocolate.

Wheat has no role in the Track Your Plaque program for coronary plaque control and reversal. In fact, my personal view is that wheat has no role in the human diet whatsoever.

Dr. Davis, a cardiologist who used to make a lot of money doing stents, angioplasties and other lucrative cardiac procedures gave that al up and now partially subsidizes a heroic and revolutionary program to detect, prevent, and even reverse heart disease. You don't have to take his ideas seriously, but you very well may live the consequences of them nonetheless.

He offers a list of relevant posts that I highly recommend reading.

  • What's worse than sugar?
  • The Wheat-Deficiency Syndrome
  • Nutritional approaches: Large vs. Small LDL
  • Are you wheat-free?

That last link has a bunch of testimonials, so if any of this sounds insane or unbelievable to you, you'll want to have a look at what people who've done it have experienced.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More


  1. Gabriel - Gadfly Revolution on December 27, 2008 at 22:53

    This is why I didn't listen to my doctor — a man with more than his fair share of excess poundage — when he told me to go on a diet. I find it hard to take advice from people who don't listen to their own.

  2. shea on December 28, 2008 at 08:07

    What's wrong with eating wheat? I went to the link, and I don't understand. Can you make it more simple and clear? Thanks. and Happy New Year, Happy Holidays

  3. Richard Nikoley on December 28, 2008 at 08:32

    Headed out the door for an 8-hr drive. I'll follow up later.

  4. Keith Thomas on December 28, 2008 at 17:19

    Another great post, Richard. I have your site set to open every time I log in anew (Firefox). Haven't commented previously, but I thought I should let you know how much I appreciate your insights and information.

  5. naturalone on December 28, 2008 at 20:07

    Wow, great post. It is amazing how untrustworthy most doctors and dietitians are these days. Thanks for introducing me to The Heart Scan Blog, it seems to have some good content, although not quite as good as yours 😀 .

  6. Keith Norris on December 28, 2008 at 13:58

    I don't want to hijack, so I'll just throw out two quick things for you to consider vis-a-vis wheat ingestion, until Richard can get back to you — insulin response and inflammatory response.

  7. Richard Nikoley on December 29, 2008 at 10:30

    Thanks, Keith. I welcome your comments anytime.

  8. Richard Nikoley on December 29, 2008 at 10:32

    Thank you for the complement, though I'm not too sure about that. Dr Davis is obviously a busy man. But, his archives are a great wealth of info. I guess what makes this place reasonably decent is that I try to find the best stuff from a number of sources, even "competitors," though I don't look at it that way.

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