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Posted: 10/20/2018 3:19:00 PM
Originally posted by Dr. Davis on 2018-10-20
on the Wheat Belly Blog,
sourced from and currently found at: Infinite Health Blog.
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Is glyphosate the REAL problem in wheat?
There’s an argument that has been batted
around in online conversations, one that I thought
that, because it was so patently absurd and so
readily disproven, it would simply disappear into
the blogosphere . . . but it hasn’t.
So let’s talk about this idea.
The idea goes like this: Because glyphosate is
liberally applied to wheat, including its application
as a desiccant and for weed control pre-planting,
during maturation, and pre-harvest, the high
concentrations of this herbicide in wheat products
are the cause for all the problems that emerge with
wheat consumption. It means that, minus glyphosate,
wheat is now a healthy food for human consumption.
As you will learn, while there is no argument from
me that glyphosate is indeed a problem, given its
carcinogenic and endocrine-disruptive potential,
removing it most definitely does not make
wheat a healthy choice for food.
First of all, if that were true, all we would have to
do is consume organic wheat, i.e., wheat and
wheat fields not treated with glyphosate. If you are
grain-free, give that a try: You will learn very
quickly that the diarrhea, bloating, abdominal
discomfort, high blood sugars, joint pain, emotional
effects, suicidal thoughts and other re-exposure
phenomena are still provokable in the absence of
This is because, even minus glyphosate, modern
wheat still contains:
- Wheat germ agglutinin
(WGA)—Modern strains of wheat have
been selected for greater wheat germ agglutinin
content because it confers pest resistance, making
the wheat plant less susceptible to various insects,
molds, and other infestations. But WGA is toxic to
humans. Wheat germ agglutinin is an exceptionally
potent gastrointestinal toxin and provocateur of
inflammation if it enters the bloodstream (which it
does, accounting for the many humans with antibodies
against WGA). WGA blocks the action of the intestinal
hormone, cholecystokinin, reducing bile release from
the gallbladder (and causing bile stasis that leads
to gallstones) and enzyme release from the pancreas,
effects that impair digestion and cultivate
dysbiosis. All this happens whether or not
glyphosate is present.
- Phytates have likewise been enriched
in modern wheat strains, also for their pest-resistance
properties. But phytates bind most or nearly all iron,
zinc, magnesium, and calcium in the intestines and
prevent their absorption, explaining why, for instance,
iron deficiency anemia is common and can be resistant
to iron supplementation, a condition that promptly
reverses with removal of all grains. Phytates exert
these effects in the absence of glyphosate.
- Gliadin—Recall that
gliadin-derived opioid peptides stimulate appetite,
exert a range of peculiar emotional effects, and are
responsible for many forms of food obsessions and
addictions. Gliadin has also been shown to be the
initiating factor in type 1 diabetes,
rheumatoid arthritis, and other autoimmune conditions.
Glyphosate is not required for these toxic effects
of gliadin to be experienced.
- Amylopectin A—Amylopectin A
is the complex carbohydrate of wheat and other seeds
of grasses that is highly digestible to the enzyme,
amylase. Amylopectin A is responsible for the
high-glycemic indexes of all wheat products, whole
or processed, a glycemic index that exceeds that of
sucrose or table sugar. High blood sugars, high
blood insulin, and insulin resistance results from
consuming foods containing amylopectin A
regardless of glyphosate content.
- Allergens—Modern breeding
methods have introduced dozens of changes into
various proteins such as alpha amylase inhibitors,
thioredoxins, gamma gliadins, and glutenins,
thereby amplifying their allergic potential that
can manifest as gastrointestinal upset, skin
rashes, or asthma.
There’s more, but I think you get the idea.
Removing glyphosate is a good thing, but it does
not leave a healthy plant behind. Wheat is among
the most toxic things you could consume cleverly
disguised as food.