* If you must, choose wheat- and barley-free brews and, although Bud Light contains barley malt, it’s made mainly of rice, still a grain but one of the less problematic
Going Undoctored also includes eating real whole foods, limiting net carbs to 15 grams per meal, embracing fat, not counting calories and choosing the right libation. Cornstarch, as an example, raises blood sugar higher than any other food, which can contribute to insulin spikes, weight gain and hypertension.
Grains are also in Davis’s crosshairs for one of the deficiencies he details how to identify and correct. “Almost all magnesium absorption is blocked by the phytates (anti-nutrients) of grains. You take grains out, absorption increases but [the deficiency is] so profound, so longlasting, that you’re better off supplementing.”
As he notes in the book, magnesium deficiency has been linked to high blood pressure, high or erratic blood sugar, a higher risk of heart attack, osteoporosis, muscle cramps, migraines and constipation. He recommends 400 to 500 milligrams a day in the following forms: magnesium malate, conveniently available in tablet or capsule; magnesium bicarbonate, which must be mixed with water but highly absorbable so worth the extra effort; or magnesium citrate for a modest laxative effect. (Vitamins D and B-12 as well as iodine, omega-3, zinc, iron and folate round out his hit list.)
From acne to ulcerative colitis, Davis listed no less than 67 ailments that can be addressed by his approach. Hoping to prove its merit, he’s created Undoctored Connect (at undoctored.com) for readers to record their progress after 60, 90 and 180 days. He expects them to feel better but does he really want them to ditch their doctor? No, but he wants the relationship to change.
“I want them to collaborate with the doctor,” Davis explains. “So if the doctor hands you a prescription, you’re going to say, ‘I’m going to investigate this first.’” Doctor’s orders.
Whisky, bourbon, beer*
Zucchini, spiral cut
Gin, rum (unflavoured), vodka (unflavoured, potato- or grape-distilled), dry red or white wine For Davis’s all-purpose baking mix, go to www.everythingzoomer.com/ recipe-all-purpose-baking-mix