Saint Luke’s to host Wheat Belly author at cardio wellness event

Free community event June 4 to feature renowned author of Wheat Belly diet book and experts from Saint Luke’s Charles & Barbara Duboc Cardio Health & Wellness Center

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 10, 2013) — Famed author of the New York Times best-selling book Wheat Belly – Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight William Davis, M.D., is among the speakers at a free community wellness event sponsored by Saint Luke’s on Tuesday, June 4.

An advocate for a diet free of the destructive health effects from wheat consumption, Dr. Davis was inspired by the growing numbers of people with diabetes and pre-diabetes he meets. In an effort to reduce blood sugar, he advised patients to remove all wheat products from their diets based on the fact that wheat flour raises blood sugar higher than nearly all other foods. The results extended far beyond weight loss, to improvement in arthritis to acid reflux to schizophrenia, caused or made worse by this food we are advised to eat more of. “It’s also about losing weight–10, 20, or 30 pounds is often just the start–all from this thing I call wheat belly,” said Dr. Davis. “That’s when I knew that I had to broadcast this message - Wheat Belly was the result.”

The program will also includes a presentation by James O’Keefe, M.D., preventive cardiologist at the Charles and Barbara Duboc Cardio Health & Wellness Center at Saint Luke’s and author of two books, Let Me Tell You a Story and The Forever Young Diet. Dr. O’Keefe will present “Inspirational Stories for Health, Happiness, and a Sexy Waist.” The event is free and includes healthy refreshments. Books will be available for sale at the event. Please register to reserve a seat by calling 816-932-5100.

Event: Cardio Wellness Healthy Happy Hour featuring Wheat Belly book author William Davis, M.D., and James O’Keefe, M.D.

Brief Description: This informative healthy happy hour event is designed to provide tips on how to reduce your risk of heart disease. Featured speakers include the famed author of Wheat Belly, William Davis, M.D., and Saint Luke’s preventive cardiologist James O’Keefe, M.D.

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Time: 5:30 p.m. – socializing and refreshments 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., presentations and question/answer session

Location: Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, MO 64112

Cost: Free

Register: Registration is requested to ensure a seat. Call 816-932-5100.


Sponsored By: Saint Luke’s Charles & Barbara Duboc Cardio Health & Wellness Center

About the Saint Luke’s Charles & Barbara Duboc Cardio Health & Wellness Center The Cardio Health & Wellness Center specializes in the assessment and management of people at risk for developing cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and stroke. An integrated approach includes a comprehensive assessment of risk status, a personalized plan for optimized health, and follow up monitoring and counseling to keep goals on track and prevent the onset of heart disease or slow its progression. The program includes community education and screenings. Services are available at four locations in metropolitan Kansas City. The center is part of a comprehensive array of services available through Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, one of the nation’s preeminent cardiovascular programs. For information visit

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