Remembering Kevin Moore

Dr. William Davis Warns About Wheat On The Dr. Oz Show

As I’m still in recovery mode from the 36-hour series of flights coming home on Monday from my spectacular three-week “Low Carb Down Under” Speaking Tour of Australia (a special podcast about this magical adventure in Oz is coming before Christmas on “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show”), I was heartened to hear about the national television exposure for a key message in livin’ la vida low-carb–eliminating wheat and other “junk carbohydrates” from your diet. We often talk about what it’s going to take to bring Paleo and low-carb living to the mainstream and many have become increasingly pessimistic that it will ever happen as I discovered in my 2012 LLVLC Reader Survey earlier this year. Even still, having the opportunity to share your message with a captive audience of millions of television viewers certainly can’t hurt and that’s exactly what happened for Dr. William Davis on Monday, December 3, 2012.

When I first heard that my friend and New York Times bestselling author of Wheat Belly appeared on “The Dr. Oz Show” in a segment called “Are You Addicted To Wheat?” as I was flying home, I gotta admit my gut reaction was one of skepticism regarding how he would be portrayed by the producers of the #1 nationally syndicated TV health talk show in America. After all, these are the exact same people who mocked Gary Taubes and low-carb living in March 2011 leading many supporters of the low-carb message angry with the most recognized television doctor. The mere mention of the “O” word on The Low-Carb Cruise elicits boos and hisses from the crowd.

So imagine my surprise and great delight as I watched Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of Dr. Davis’ brilliant appearance with Dr. Mehmet Oz and noticed that the coverage was just about as positive as it could possibly be on a show funded by Big Agra companies promoting “healthy whole grains.” But there was Dr. Davis with his signature smile and witty analogies making great point after great point even as Dr. Oz sometimes tried to steer the conversation in another direction. When Dr. Oz tried to get Dr. Davis to concede that the non-wheat whole grains were completely fine for people to eat, I love how Dr. Davis said they might be better but that doesn’t make them good. I’ve been privileged to hear Dr. Davis articulating these messages over the past year or so in various parts of my work:

  • Episode 495 of The LLVLC Show
  • Episode 528 “Encore Week 2012” on The LLVLC Show
  • Episode 3 of ATLCX on “Healthy Whole Grains?”
  • Dr. Davis’ 2012 Low-Carb Cruise Lecture
  • A Wheat Belly Bonanza LLVLC blog post
  • KUDOS TO YOU Dr. Davis for continuing to be a champion for the cause of wheat-free, low-carb living! I can’t wait for your Wheat Belly Cookbook releasing on December 24, 2012. We will continue to see more great exposure for Paleo, primal, low-carb, real food living in 2013. Hold on tight because it’s gonna be an amazing ride in the coming years.

    • Jubei Yagyu

      I too was stunned by this episode. Now new need Taubes back with Attia by his side.

      • LLVLCBlog

        Taubes/Attia will be HUGE.

    • Suzanne

      Jimmy doesn’t it make you cry to see Dr Oz in a panic and suddenly realising his core audience might be drifting away from him to a medic with 6 months as a best seller. Sob.


      • LLVLCBlog

        What do think the odds are I’ll be on there talking about nutritional ketosis within the next year? It could happen. 😉

    • RadiantLux

      I just watched it. It certainly appeared that Dr. Oz agreed with him. In the end, Dr. Oz said he could eat that way with no problems. The sample meals seemed pretty carb-heavy, but I think it makes sense to a mainstream audience.

    • evinx

      IMHO, Dr Oz dissed Taubes bcs he is not an MD. MDs are in love with other MDs + will listen to them on any subject, ie, investments, real estate, ties, etc. So he was more respectful of Dr Davis. If Peter Attia goes on, w/o Taubes, my hypothesis is he will also be treated more respectfully. With Taubes, Oz will throw more softballs to Attia + slam comments from Taubes. That is just the way MDs are.

      • Hi,
        Read my other comments above. “Wheat Belly is just another repackaged low carb diet.” I don’t think I was very enamored with Davis and I’m an MD, MS. Taubes is the better scholar than any of them easily. Oz is basically a self-serving medical elitist without the credentials of an elite.

    • LLVLCBlog

      …and invite Jimmy Moore on to talk about it. 😀

      • Janet Harlow

        Yeah! Your big national low carb/ketosis exposure is getting closer. Good to have you bac in usa. Missed your podcasts.

    • Lawrence Louis

      First, the fact that Dr. Oz had Dr. William Davis on his show, to promote
      the concepts of his book “Wheat Belly”, and that Oz seemed very
      receptive and accepting of Davis’ message, illustrates a fundamental paradigm
      shift in Oz’s thinking, since Oz has always been a proponent of “healthy
      whole grains”. So, I do applaud Dr. Oz for at least not being dogmatic and
      being amenable to new evidence. Davis skillfully articulated that grains are
      the exact antithesis of healthy eating, and Oz did not really object to any of the
      arguments Davis put forward. Now notice that Davis spent some time stating that
      starch laden wheat substitutes were not good because, as he specifically said,
      “they raise blood sugar”, and Oz nodded his head in agreement.

      So all Davis did, through the approach of wheat restriction and the restriction
      of carbohydrate rich substitutes for wheat, is promote a variant on the low
      carb diet. And Oz offered no protest whatsoever. So if Oz had any
      intellectually integrity, wouldn’t he offer Gary Taubes – probably the most
      well researched defender of the low carb diet – a formal apology for comically
      dismissing him on his show, when he had Taubes on last year? In fact, wouldn’t
      it be a great gesture to have Gary Taubes and/or Dr. Peter Attia on the show so
      that Oz could more publically announce how much he has changed his mind on the
      issue of low carb? If Dr. Oz did that, I think a lot of people who adhere to
      low carb would watch his show.

      • LLVLCBlog

        Not gonna happen because there’s no MD after Gary’s name.

        • Lawrence Louis

          Jimmy, I hear what you are saying, but Dr. Oz has many other people on his show, who pose as authorities, who do NOT have MDs, or any sort of doctorate for that matter, and still he treats them as people to be respected. In fact, so many of these so called “health experts”, don’t have a scintilla of the education that Taubes has.

          • LLVLCBlog

            True. I agree Taubes deserves an apology.