Dr. William Davis, MD: Wheat Belly – #25

William Davis, MD, is a preventive cardiologist whose unique approach to diet allows him to advocate reversal, not just prevention, of heart disease. He is the founder of the Track Your Plaque program and the author of Wheat Belly, Lose the wheat, lose the weight.  After trying to find a way to help his patients avoid heart disease, Dr. Davis decided to make some unique nutritional interventions that defy conventional wisdom.  He comes on Bulletproof Executive Radio to talk about those interventions, and how you can avoid heart disease by changing your diet.

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What We Cover

  1. You’re a doctor, aren’t you supposed to be telling us to avoid saturated fat and cholesterol?
  2. How do your nutritional recommendations differ from most doctors?
  3. Is it possible to treat most diseases without at least some nutritional changes?
  4. How did you break from conventional wisdom in your nutritional practices?
  5. What makes wheat so bad for us in particular?
  6. What are some of the ways wheat can wreck your health?
  7. How does wheat contribute to heart disease?
  8. Is the modern wheat plant the same as that of several hundred, or thousand years ago?
  9. Are other grains bad for your health too?
  10. How do grains, and wheat dysregulate your appetite?
  11. Do you ever consume wheat, of any kind?
  12. Do you think legumes or polyunsaturated fats can also be detrimental?
  13. What is HeartScan, and how did you think of it?
  14. How does Track Your Plaque enable people to prevent heart disease?
  15. How does plaque form, and how does a heart attack actually occur?
  16. Is arterial plaque reversible, or is it permanent?
  17. When trying to avoid heart disease, are drugs better than dietary changes?
  18. How does a high refined carb diet contribute to heart disease?
  19. Are all carbs created equal?  Do sweet potatoes contribute to heart disease the same way as toast?
  20. What are the most important variables in tracking your risk of heart disease?

Links From The Show


Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis, MD

Track Your Plaque by Dr. William Davis, MD

What Does My Heart Scan Show? by Dr. William Davis, MD

Wheat Belly Blog

The Heart Scan Blog

Food & Supplements

Bulletproof® Upgraded™ Coffee Beans

Upgraded™ Whey Protein

Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT) Oil

Hydrolyzed Collagen Protein

Upgraded™ Glutathione


Vitamin D3

B Vitamin Complex






N-Acetyl Tyrosine

Malic Acid

Kerrygold Grass-Fed Butter

Grass-Fed Meat

Vitamin K2

Vitamin D3

Butyrate Complex 

Assault Pre-Workout Creatine Supplement


Earthing Mat

HeartMath emWave 2

HeartMath emWave Desktop


Ending Aging by Aubrey De Grey

Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis, MD

Track Your Plaque by Dr. William Davis, MD

What Does My Heart Scan Show? by Dr. William Davis, MD

Listener Q & A Summary

  1. Is there anything wrong with sautéing butter?
  2. Is L-glutathione as effective as reduced glutathione?
  3. What do you think of 5-hour energy drinks?
  4. Does caffeine in energy drinks have toxins?
  5. Is there any research behind grounding?
  6. How do you convince your spouse butter isn’t deadly?

Biohacker Report

“Positive psychological well-being and mortality: a quantitative review of prospective observational studies.”

“Ingesting a pre-workout supplement containing caffeine, B-vitamins, amino acids, creatine, and beta-alanine before exercise delays fatigue while improving reaction time and muscular endurance”

“Enhancement of butyrate-induced differentiation of HT-29 human colon carcinoma cells by 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3.”

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Listener Questions


Is there any downside to sautéing veggies in butter instead of melting the butter on them?


I find “reduced” glutathione at my local health food store. One type is called L-glutathione. Is that close enough? And what’s the recommended dosage?


Can the caffeine in energy drinks contain toxins and if so is it high? Also, they say the ingredients in the 5-hour energy drink are safe. Would love to know your insight on it.

Brian P

How does coffee affect Vivance (for ADD) users? I am hoping to get off of Vivance completely but it is helping quite a bit at work.


Do you know of any validated study data to support grounding?

Aren’t we grounding ourselves every time we touch something that’s earthed? Like a metal post on the street while waiting for a bus.

I’m open to walking around my local park bare foot but don’t know how to rule out placebo effect without some equipment to measure charge.

Also, I did my regular 1 hour high performance cycle class at the gym today but was fueled by MCT oil. I I had more and longer lasting energy.  I got a stitch though we almost never happens for me. I need more data so will keep testing this.

PS: My wife banned me from putting chunks of butter in my coffee. Help me convince her it’s safe.

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