Sourced from: Infinite Health Blog, by Dr. Davis,
originally posted on the
Wheat Belly Blog: 2012-04-04
Grain Foods Foundation takes the fight to the schools
BakingBusiness.com posted this press
release about the Grain Foods Foundation’s new initiative
to “educate” schoolchildren about “healthy
BOSTON — A grains nutrition curriculum
promoting the healthfulness of grain-based foods has been
developed and is being distributed this month by the Grain
The curriculum is aimed at teachers
in grades 3-6, the ages children generally form their eating
habits, according to Mullen, the G.F.F. agency that oversaw
creation of the curriculum.
Included in the curriculum packets are
activities for the classroom and at home (with parents), two
classroom posters as well as an in-class whiteboard activity
to be conducted by teachers.
The G.F.F. said the curricula would be
distributed in the first half of April in 16 target markets,
including New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Atlanta, Houston,
Miami, Kansas City, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago, Dallas-Fort
Worth, Seattle, Cleveland, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia,
Nashville and Omaha.
This is war. Because
they share the message of the USDA and U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services (read “effective deep-pocketed
lobbying”) to eat more “healthy whole grains,”
they appear to be on the side of right. Hook these kids with the
opiate in wheat, gliadin, and they have eager customers for life.
And, if they gain plenty of weight and become diabetic at, say,
age 16 or 24, they have a new customer for the diabetes drug
industry–you know, the people who have been vigorous
financial supporters of the Wheat Lobby for 20 years.
Everyone wins! . . . except your kids.
In my mind, this is unconscionable,
despicable, downright dirty. It’s like Bernie Madoff
showing up in your child’s classroom one day to pitch
his latest hedge fund opportunity, all with the blessing of the SEC.
Anyone wishing to at least let
educators know that this is not the good news it pretends
to be is invited to send a letter to your child’s
school to at least voice your opinion. Here’s a
sample letter. Feel free to use it.
Dear Principal ______________:
I have become aware of an initiative by
an industry-representing trade and lobbying group, the Grain
Foods Foundation, to provide “Grain Education Packets”
to teachers of Grades 3 through 6, which may include the
____________ metro area. I personally
disagree with the message that modern grains are in fact a part
of a healthy diet. But irrespective of that, I do not think it
is appropriate for “private industry” to lobby
their message to children in public schools.
With the increasing prevalence of celiac
disease and gluten intolerance – an estimated 90% of which is
undiagnosed – wheat flour should actually contain a warning
message! And it’s not just about gluten. Two slices of whole
wheat bread will spike blood sugar higher than a Snickers bar,
due to its extremely efficient-digested carbohydrates. Additionally,
the lectins in wheat play havoc on the gastrointestinal system.
There are studies exploring the link between the gliadin protein
in wheat and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, as gliadin
can penetrate the blood-brain barrier. There is an entirely new
frontier in exploring the effects of modern, hybridized wheat
and its effect on health and obesity. I think, as with the
tobacco industry, in 10 years or so we will look back on
these past 3-4 decades and say, “what were we thinking???”
I am trying to wean my own
___________-grader off of wheat products, and would resent
private industry lobbyists effectively reaching ______her/him
in our schools. To me this is the equivalent of allowing
Joe Camel to pitch cigarettes in schools, with
“whole grains” hearkening to a time when
“low tar” or “filtered”
cigarettes were considered less bad, so they were pitched
As a parent with a child attending
__________, I would appreciate your staff
dumping any Grain Foods Foundation material it receives in
the incinerator. And, at a minimum, I would ask that
____ not participate in any
“activities” related to this.