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Sourced from: Infinite Health Blog, by Dr. Davis,
originally posted on the Wheat Belly Blog: 2012-06-17
“Wheat Belly is just
a low-carb diet, another version of the Atkins diet.”
Hmmmm. Where to start?
If Wheat Belly were a diet,
I would have called it “The Wheat Belly Diet.” But
it’s not a diet and I didn’t call it that.
While a diet is indeed articulated, Wheat Belly is,
first and foremost, about the changes introduced into modern
wheat by the work of geneticists during the 1960s and 1970s,
the same kind of research that led to the creation of Agent
Orange, DDT, and other “better health through
chemistry” types of efforts.
The failure of agricultural geneticists
and agribusiness to ask questions about the suitability of a
genetically unique crop means they unleashed a foodstuff on a
public . . . with no understanding of its effects
on humans who consume it. This unquestioned acceptance of
chemistry and genetics was the modus operandi during
the mid-20th century. Look at asbestos exposure, the widely-used
insulation that now shows up as lung diseases, asbestosis and
mesothelioma. Or the widespread application of brominated flame
retardants, such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PDBEs),
in carpeting and mattresses, that triggers thyroid disease.
How about bisphenol A, BPA, formerly used as an estrogen
replacement in females, found to provide desirable hardening
characteristics in polycarbonate plastics, but also yielding
. . . estrogenic effects in humans using the plastics?
In other words, wheat is really
part—though an awfully big one, also enjoying widespread
endorsement by dietitians, nutritionists, physicians, and the
U.S. government—of a broader problem. We now know that
asbestos, PDBEs, and BPA have destructive effects on human
health, thanks in part to 40 years of exposure on a large
scale sufficient to witness the increased cancer, disruption
of endocrine function, and 9-year old females with breasts
and menstrual cycles. Yet wheat continues to enjoy its
hallowed place in nutrition, praised by nearly all who
offer nutritional advice.
Among the changes introduced into
wheat by geneticists:
—Enrichment in the
glia-alpha-9 genetic sequence that provokes celiac
disease. Nearly absent from the wheat of 1950, nearly all
modern semi-dwarf wheat contains this genetic sequence.
Is it any wonder why the incidence of celiac disease has
—Gliadin is a more powerful
opiate–The changes introduced into the
gliadin gene/protein make it a more potent opiate.
While the digestive byproducts of gliadin bind to the
opiate receptors of the brain, they lack the
pain-relieving and euphoric effects of heroin and
morphine, but “only” provoke
addictive eating behavior and appetite
stimulation. People who consume wheat consume,
on average, 440 more calories per day,
365 days per year.
—Changes in the lectin unique to wheat,
wheat germ agglutinin, that is responsible for
1) direct intestinal damamge, and
2) a Trojan horse effect of helping foreign substances
gain entry into the bloodstream. This is likely at
least part of the reason why wheat-eaters experience
more lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, polymyositis,
type 1 diabetes in children, worse ulcerative
colitis and Crohns, more Hashimoto’s thyroiditis:
Foreign proteins gain entry to the various organs of
the body and result in “autoinflammation.”
Changes in wheat lectin may have also led to more
effective blocking of the hormone of satiety, leptin.
—Changes in alpha amylase
inhibitors–These are the most common
sources of wheat allergies, e.g., wheat allergy in kids.
Eliminating wheat is about undoing
all these effects, effects that have broad implications
for human health across an astounding number of health conditions.
So is Wheat Belly just
another low-carb diet? Hardly.
Wheat Belly is an
exposure of the destructive changes introduced into
wheat by unwitting geneticists during an age when
such things were unquestioningly viewed as scientific
progress. It is an accusation that Big Food, likely
aware of these phenomena for 25 years or more,
has quietly put these effects to use, especially
appetite-stimulation, to increase revenues. And it
is an exposure of the incredible ignorance (collusion?)
of official government agencies, such as the USDA,
FDA, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
who tell us to eat more “healthy whole grains,”
then watch healthcare expenditures and American waistlines
explode . . . then blame the disaster on
our gluttony and sloth.
And, oh yes, there is a diet to follow, too.