The Real Reason to Avoid Wheat!

Several years ago we gave a presentation at a Health Minister Reunion about a relatively unknown, rarely discussed topic—gluten.  We helped our audience understand that wheat is not created today as it was years ago and the “staff of life” can no longer sustain and could possibly harm people.  We discussed how the “gliadin,” a protein in wheat, has been hybridized to produce fluffier, larger, plumper breads, muffins and bagels.

Years later now, we have seen many books written on this topic and more and more people are finding they can lose that last 10 pounds if they stop eating wheat products.  People stop snoring, their digestive distress diminishes and many more symptoms are abated when they remove wheat from their diets. What is interesting though is that in other parts of the world, wheat is consumed without any of those dramatic effects.  Is it our soil, our hybridization, our conventional seed?  Believe it or not, it may not be any of those things causing the numerous problems in people.

As a follow up to this topic, we have recently learned yet another reason you may want to be extremely careful that if you do choose to eat any wheat product it must be organic, non-GMO and “chemical” free.  Yes, you read that right, “chemical” free.

Did you know that as early as the 1980’s some Europeans were using Roundup on their wheat plants before harvest?  Later, it became legal to use it in the United States. What is used specifically is glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup.  It’s purpose is to “dessicate” or dry out the weeds that typically grow alongside the plant.  The herbicide is also used to hasten the maturation of the plant itself for an earlier harvest. Other herbicides are also being used.

Although the 1980’s doesn’t seem terribly distant to some of us, it does give enough time to create a connection between celiac disease and the consumption of herbicide-treated wheat.

In case you may have thought the use of this herbicide is rare, according to the US Department of Agriculture, as of 2012, 99% of durum wheat, 97% of spring wheat, and 61% of winter wheat has been treated with herbicides. This is an increase from 88% for durum wheat, 91% for spring wheat and 47% for winter wheat since 1998.  (1)

Using Roundup on wheat crops throughout the entire growing season and even as a desiccant just prior to harvest may save the farmer money and increase profits, but it is devastating to the health of the consumer who ultimately consumes the glyphosate residue laden wheat kernels.

Several new studies (2) are confirming that not only is the connection between this conventionally grown wheat with the growing incidences of celiac, but even if you don’t have celiac, this herbicide tainted “food” will likely have devastating effects on any body despite the fact that the gradual growth of inflammation stays silent for years.  Sadly, it isn’t just wheat that one must be concerned about.  Conventionally grown sugar cane, barley, rice, seeds, dried beans, peas, sweet potatoes, and sugar beets have also been treated with glyphosate for years.  Similar effects are indicated when consuming these plants that have been grown conventionally.

The consequences of this systemic inflammation are most of the diseases and conditions associated with the Western lifestyle:

  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Depression
  • Autism
  • Infertility
  • Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Birth defects
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • And the list goes on and on and on (1)

Sadly, now there is even greater reason to evaluate your food choices. If you can’t find an organic, “chemical” free alternative for any of these foods, you may want to definitely consider eliminating them, If for no other reason than they will likely kill you—it may take a while, but the fact is, your body was not created to consume Roundup herbicide and the long-term implications of consuming it are down right dangerous.

 

Resources:

  1. http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/real-reason-for-toxic-wheat-its-not-gluten#sthash.TlxXA4IA.dpuf
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3945755/

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38 comments

  1. Please clarify, you say “organic” and “chemical free”… Do you mean that there are some crops that are sold as “organic” or “certified organic” that have this chemical? OR if it says “organic” or “certified organic” can we assume the crops have not been treated with this chemical.

    • If a product, food, etc is certified organic by a credible organization (you can do a Google Search to find such organizations), it will be free of herbicides and chemicals.
      If a product is promoted as organic but has not qualified for organic certification, it may not be as pure as expected.

  2. It’s true, roundup is used to make wheat harvest ready by drying out the plant; this brings the entire wheat crop to harvest ready status all at once instead of partial portions of the crop not being ready for harvest. I live in the middle of a region of grain farming which is how I found this out; I was rather incredulous. Wheat seed is now sold in “roundup ready” varieties. The closest to primitive wheat in the form God created it is Einkorn wheat from what I have heard so far, it might be worth investigating. There are folks who produce Einkorn wheat in the US and Canada. Folks who produce, advocate and use roundup are staunch defenders of the product and will tell you that it is a salt based product and therefore not toxic. Any thoughts on the salt based non toxic claim? Thanks, Patricia.

  3. What about spelt, would that be a safer alternative?

    • If it is organic, it is a good option. If commercially grown, it could be (we don’t know) be subject to some of the same practices as wheat and other cereal grains.

  4. I appreciate your timely article as this is a subject that I have been studying. Your article does create a question though. You stated organic and “chemical free”. I thought all organic products had to be “chemical free”. Has the regulation on this changed? Do I need to look for additional indication on labels or contact companies and ask specifically about products that I am using?

    • If a product, food, etc is certified organic by a credible organization (you can do a Google Search to find such organizations), it will be free of herbicides and chemicals.
      If a product is promoted as organic but has not qualified for organic certification, it may not be as pure as expected.

  5. I buy wheat for my bakery and I know quite a few grain farmers in Pennsylvania, New York and Montana and they dismiss this claim as absolutely absurd.
    The only problem with wheat is that it is one more commodity that has entered the western industrial food chain. What ails wheat, ails corn, potatoes, rice, tomatoes and literally every commodity on store shelves that are being grown on a massive scale for industrial purposes. One should either grow their own food or buy from independent farmers who nurture plants from soil they protect rather than deplete and strip of nutrients to extend shelf life.

    • We did verify that this is indeed true as much as we would like to believe it is not. Our researcher knows a wheat farmer in his church who verified this has become a common practice. Note comments below as well as the reference to the PUB Med article:

      “He said that this spraying of Roundup on wheat before harvest is a common practice. It was legal in Europe (maybe before 1990?) before becoming legal here. He also said that other herbicides could be applied as well. He thought Paraquat was legal as well. Paraquat kills anything green and growing, but it is also associated with increase in Parkinson’s disease. There is a certain wait time between spraying and harvest, but who knows how often that is followed either. Of course, there is no marking of such wheat, as they simply declare such practice legal without any health ramifications.

      He said that the practice is not as common here in the Northwest, and he himself thinks it is a very bad idea. Maybe OK for animals, but not for the direct human food supply.

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3945755/
      This reference is the published paper that the blog referred to. If this is true, as it appears to be, then we need to be making a distinction between conventional wheat and organic and chemical-free wheat. They really may be affecting people differently. Certainly there is potential for a lot more harm from wheat with high residuals of chemicals in it.

  6. Do you know where I can purchase organic wheat that is free from chemicals and GMO’s?

  7. I would like to know if your on social sec. How can you buy very expensive organic foods. I would like to eat better and I love the Vit. That you offer. Tthanks. Dale

  8. Have you written any articles on Shingles? What can be done for them?

    Thank you

    • We have not written any articles. My wife was successful in supporting her body’s battle with shingles a couple months ago. At first onset, she began using 8 gramps (teaspoons) of Lyposomal vitamin C daily (divided servings of 2 to 3 grams 3 to 4 times daily and 3000 mg of Lysine in divided servings. In less than 5 days she was free of symptoms with having experienced almost no discomfort.
      Our body has an amazing ability to heal from in almost all situations when we supply the needed conditions. Most folks are woefully low in vitamin C intake as our body (unlike many mammals) is unable to produce it, thus we must get it from diet or supplementation.

  9. Are we eating for pleasure or Eating Nutrition?

  10. Let Healthy food & minerals be for your healing

  11. Where do you find this wheat that is organic, non gmo and chemical free?

  12. Where did you purchase the lyposomal vitamin c and the lysine 3000mg? Thank you and have a blessed day!

  13. I take wheat in place of eba or garri. from what you said in your writeup on reasons why we should stop eating wheat, please is that limited to USA? In Nigeria i do buy unprocessed wheat from the local market and grinds it for my consumption. Is that good enough? I also eat wheat bread. Is any substitute you can recommend for me in the place of wheat?

  14. What kind of bread is healthy to eat? Is there some other kind of grain that is healthful and could be substitued for wheat? I eat lots of wheat bread, thinking that it is better for me that the bread made from white flour. Am I riight? I am amazed that I have not understood about the toxicity caused from the chemicals absorbed in the grain. We can still learn at “80”!

    • GRAINS
      Remove these: Refined, bleached flour products, most cold breakfast cereals and white rice.

      Replace with (Raw): Soaked oats, raw muesli, dehydrated granola, dehydrated crackers.

      Replace with (Cooked): Whole-grain cereals, breads, pasta, brown rice, millet, etc.

  15. What about the wheat produced in African countries like Nigeria? Is the Nigerian wheat organic and chemical free?

  16. My husband is a wheat farmer. We have begun raising Turkey Red Wheat, which is the heirloom variety that the Russian Mennonites brought to Kansas when they left Russia to escape religious persecution. They were allowed so many pounds of luggage on the ships when they came to the US. These people filled their suitcases with wheat seed.

    Our first crop was very short due to serious drought last year, but we raised enough to plant again. We use no chemicals and only natural fertilizers. We are a small operation and cannot afford the government inspections to have our wheat certified, so our customers have to take our word for that.

    We are very happy with the bread from our Turkey wheat. Even though it is lower in gluten, the texture is still quite good. There are other heirloom varieties as well. We were able to acquire only very small amounts of those seeds, so it will be a few years before we can produce enough to tell the quality of their flours.

    My point is that good wheat is available; you just have to do your research. Don’t buy wheat products at the grocery store or use wheat products in restaurants. Be vigilant when you shop at health food stores. Bake your own bread.

  17. Rhoda O. Awotu-Ukiri

    Dear Christy Okon

    I am hoping you will get to read my very important mail I have written to you.
    I am glad I read this article “r The real reason why we should not eat wheat” today. My husband Duke Awotu-Ukiri and I took the April 2014 training of Health Minister online because we just opened a Hallelujah Acres franchise office in the federal capital city of Abuja where we reside.
    Kristina V. Kirk was my instructor and at the end of the program advised that we can get our HM code from you.

    Please would you forward our HM code to us; for Duke and I Rhoda Awotu-Ukiri
    Thanks very much and may God bless you richly

    Rhoda Awotu-Ukiri

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    My question to you what should I consider to change/modify my diet so that my allergies might stop and give my body a chance to detox. I have been practicing Hallelujah diet for the last several years (4-5yrs); however, I started very well, I have eased off. I am still using little dairy, some fish, and bread/muffins that I know are not healthy and coffee. Please advice!

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