Ivanhoe man claims changing diet cured his ailments

IVANHOE — Not everyone can give up eating grains, but some should according to James “Jim” Weckert.

The Ivanhoe man claims giving up eating grains was life-changing for him.

“This might not work for everyone, but it did for me, Weckert said. “In five days on the grain-free diet, I was able to get out of bed and nothing hurt.”

Additionally, his blood work showed his cholesterol had dropped from 233 to 193, an “amazing” 40 points, he said.

Weckert had been forced to retire early from his Lincoln County Highway Department job because of the pain caused by fibromyalgia. He started experiencing those pains in 2004 and retired in December of 2009.

“I was only 60 years old when I retired, five years early. I just couldn’t do it anymore,” he said.

“Jim Weckert is well-known throughout Lincoln County for his metal fabrication expertise and inventions,” friend Jay Nelson said. “He was the county highway department’s ‘fix-it guy’ and had an impeccable work ethic.”

Weckert is back at it now, working part-time at a machine shop in Ivanhoe where he likes to tinker even when he’s off duty.

“I’m 68 years old now, and I feel better than I did 10 years ago,” Weckert said. “Now that I’m grain-free, I look forward to getting out and doing something. I can work 14 to 16 hours per day instead of just two.”

When the symptoms first started flaring, Weckert went to his regular health care provider who sent him on to a neurologist in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. All the signs were there, he said.

“They gave me pain pills,” Weckert said. “That’s all they could do for fibromyalgia.”

Over the course of three trips and three different types of medications tried, Weckert wasn’t in any better condition than when he started, maybe worse.

“The pills caused side effects,” he said. “Some made me goofy and some caused other reactions like not feeling right, lightheadedness, dizziness and feeling off-balance.”

In October 2015 Weckert saw a commercial on television for a book called “The Grain-Free Cure” written by William Davis, MD, a cardiologist in Wisconsin. Weckert ordered the book.

“The first five chapters told me a lot,” Weckert said. “I decided I didn’t have anything to lose and everything to gain by trying it.”

Weckert said he always adhered to the saying, “Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it.”

“Only the most ignorant of fools will condemn something they know nothing about,” he said. “I’ve run into a lot of them — they won’t even read the book. You have to have an open mind in this world or you’re not going anywhere.”

Weckert said the human body is dependent on food, and if something in your diet is causing problems, “remove it.”

Weckert said he lost almost 50 pounds in about six to eight months without exercise.

“I didn’t do anything different from my daily routine except cut out grain,” he said.

He went on to say that humans need carbohydrates, but those carbs should be fruits and vegetables not breads, pastry and pasta.

Reading from Davis’ book, Weckert said, “Grains are simply the innocent seeds of grasses, incompletely digestible just like the rest of grass plants. This indigestibility allows toxins to persist, intact and ready to block, irritate and inflame the gastrointestinal tract of Homo sapiens who never would have eaten the stuff in the first place.

“This results in insufficient bile and pancreatic enzymes, impaired digestion, gallstones and dysbiosis, coupled with intestinal inflammation — the human gastro-intestinal tract doesn’t stand a chance,” the quote continued.

Additionally, Davis wrote that “A diet rich in ‘healthy whole grains’ is the perfect formula for creating diabetes. The diabetes epidemic in the United States and world is to be expected; it’s developing precisely as you would predict after encouraging Homo sapiens to consume as much of the seeds of grasses as possible.”

“‘Just because we’ve erred for several thousand years doesn’t make it right,'” Weckert said, still quoting the author.

And, again, Weckert said, this diet isn’t for everyone, but it worked for him. He said it may be right for some people, such as those with gluten sensitivity. Because as the doctor also said, people have a hard time sticking to this diet if their family isn’t on it.

“(However) even healthy people have felt better after giving up grains,” Weckert said.