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Modern wheat a "perfect, chronic poison," doctor says
CBS News ^ | September 3, 2012

Posted on 09/29/2012 5:32:25 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Modern wheat is a "perfect, chronic poison," according to Dr. William Davis, a cardiologist who has published a book all about the world's most popular grain.

Davis said that the wheat we eat these days isn't the wheat your grandma had: "It's an 18-inch tall plant created by genetic research in the '60s and '70s," he said on "CBS This Morning." "This thing has many new features nobody told you about, such as there's a new protein in this thing called gliadin. It's not gluten. I'm not addressing people with gluten sensitivities and celiac disease. I'm talking about everybody else because everybody else is susceptible to the gliadin protein that is an opiate. This thing binds into the opiate receptors in your brain and in most people stimulates appetite, such that we consume 440 more calories per day, 365 days per year."

Asked if the farming industry could change back to the grain it formerly produced, Davis said it could, but it would not be economically feasible because it yields less per acre. However, Davis said a movement has begun with people turning away from wheat - and dropping substantial weight.

"If three people lost eight pounds, big deal," he said. "But we're seeing hundreds of thousands of people losing 30, 80, 150 pounds. Diabetics become no longer diabetic; people with arthritis having dramatic relief. People losing leg swelling, acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and on and on every day."

To avoid these wheat-oriented products, Davis suggests eating "real food," such as avocados, olives, olive oil, meats, and vegetables....

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TOPICS: Agriculture; Food; Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: agriculture; diabetes; food; gluten; wheat
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1 posted on 09/29/2012 5:32:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

sfl


2 posted on 09/29/2012 5:35:18 PM PDT by phockthis (http://www.supremelaw.org/fedzone11/index.htm ...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes. Love this, thanks for posting.


3 posted on 09/29/2012 5:35:21 PM PDT by MarMema (eh.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/


4 posted on 09/29/2012 5:35:42 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve severely reduced the wheat products I eat and feel a heck of a lot better.


5 posted on 09/29/2012 5:36:16 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obesity and ailments of old age plaguing our nation makes me a bit skeptical of research that, at it's core, requires more government control to address.

Like we need a multi billion dollar agency of wet to regulate the environmental concerns of fish.

6 posted on 09/29/2012 5:39:21 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("Mitt who? I'm voting for Ryan.")
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To: driftdiver

I havent reduced my intake of wheat products, and I feel fine. I weigh 98# soaking wet.

There’s always a new theory or fad going around. I try not to fall for them.

Anytime you lower your caloric intake, you should lose weight.


7 posted on 09/29/2012 5:40:10 PM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: driftdiver

So have I - among other improvements my joints aren’t so stiff. I’m trying to get my elderly parents to cut back as well.


8 posted on 09/29/2012 5:42:22 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m not buying it, at all.

Wheat is one of the best, most complete, foods you can eat, if you mill it yourself, whole. It isn’t called “the staff of life” for nothing.

The flour you buy in a sack at the store is worthless. They’ve stripped everything good out of it, then pumped a bunch of chemicals back in so they can call it “enriched.” Junk.


9 posted on 09/29/2012 5:42:33 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (If your only choice is evil, you've either died and gone to hell, or you're a Republican.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think moderation is the key to a healthy diet. I’ve lost 40 pounds in the last year by limiting carbs and high fat content food. But once in a while I do scarf a bacon double cheesburger (while they’re still legal).


10 posted on 09/29/2012 5:44:38 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wheat mixed with DHMO . . . Zombie Apocalypse??


11 posted on 09/29/2012 5:44:42 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not to worry. The resident experts here on FR will deem it safe and call anyone who believes otherwise a gullible fool.


12 posted on 09/29/2012 5:44:57 PM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett (Gingrich or bust! (5/7/12, I guess it's bust.))
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To: basil

I didn’t say I lost weight. I said I feel better.

Its not a theory or a fad. its science.


13 posted on 09/29/2012 5:44:59 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So wheat is a poison because it’s full of calories and prevents people from starving?

This is what really irritates me. Wheat is a “poison”, sugar is a “toxin”. What a bunch of newspeak lies. ARSENIC is a poison, and has no nutritional value at all.

I’m sick of all this garbage being spew as a way to control how people eat.


14 posted on 09/29/2012 5:45:26 PM PDT by Shadow44
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To: Shadow44

So you just read the headline?


15 posted on 09/29/2012 5:46:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: basil
Coeliac goes away instantly upon eliminating the intake of wheat, barley and rye. Australian scientists have found the peptides that cause the problems.

The incidence increases in frequency as folks age.

Read a bit more about rice allergy ~ they've got that down to the gnats eyelash, and it's a very real biochemical problem mediated by LgE antibodies just like Coeliac, but with a different effect.

16 posted on 09/29/2012 5:46:34 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: basil

If you weight 98 lbs without trying, you are one of the lucky ones who were born with a wonderful metabolism. The rest of us need to cut back on gluten/carbs to live a healthy life.


17 posted on 09/29/2012 5:46:34 PM PDT by EnquiringMind
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I agree 100%. My wife and I began an Atkins diet this month. Within 5 days I had more energy than in the last 15 years (i’m 55).My joints feel much more limber. My blood pressure the last 2 evenings was less than 120/80.My wife’s blood sugar was running 125-130 for years, in the last 3 weeks she has checked it as 118,109,106,102,96.I am very noticeably more mentally alert. Haven’t fallen asleep in meetings or Church.
My boss and his wife started the same diet a week after us and have announced parallel results.
Oh.and another nice bonus; i have lost 25 lbs.


18 posted on 09/29/2012 5:47:29 PM PDT by rsobin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Which is why I rely heavily on barley in my diet. Mashed and fermented into that highest expression of human achievement - Single Malt Scotch!





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19 posted on 09/29/2012 5:47:36 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There wasn’t a wheat problem until crop circles started showing up.


20 posted on 09/29/2012 5:47:59 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I read the article. I know people who are all about food politics, and I’m tired of the terminology being used in this debate.

Do people eat too much grain? Probably. But I don’t think that warrants it being labeled a toxin, and the government getting involved telling me how much bread I can eat.


21 posted on 09/29/2012 5:48:49 PM PDT by Shadow44
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I gave up all wheat around June 1 because of IBS. I have lost over 20 pounds. I am kind of stuck right now and would like to lose more, I guess I will have to walk the rest off.


22 posted on 09/29/2012 5:49:06 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe Bloomberg will save us: ban sandwiches with more than one slice of wheat bread!


23 posted on 09/29/2012 5:49:31 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: basil

I’m not entirely clear on the reason, but many, many people do not digest wheat well. This isn’t a “peanut” allergy, there isn’t a real noticeable bad reaction, but this is not a fad. I lost 30 lbs by pretty much just quitting eating bread and pasta, things I liked very much. And I definitely eat more and more often than before I quit, but just getting rid of bread lost me a lot of pounds. It’s those carbs...they cause an undesirable digestive & hunger cycle that’s not beneficial. I’m not going to claim I can explain why it has this effect, but on many people, it does.


24 posted on 09/29/2012 5:49:37 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: Shadow44
Coeliac will pretty well control how you eat ~ first, no wheat, barley or rice. Else your villiae in your intestines will be killed by our t-cells. They take 3 days to grow back. in the meantime you will get no nutrition from your food. enough of this and you'll starve or have a very miserable and short life, and might even develop bowl cancer.

laughing at it or imagining coeliac to be a leftwingtard power conspiracy is just weird.

25 posted on 09/29/2012 5:53:53 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Shadow44

Didn’t you know? Food is “bad for you”.


26 posted on 09/29/2012 5:54:10 PM PDT by Freedom4US
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gliaden is one of the issues for we celiacs, and the initial bloodtest does measure this.

This is a cardiologist selling his book. While there may or may not be merit to what he is claiming, the involved motives are somewhat suspect.

My wife and I don’t necessarily mind the fad gluten free diet, since it makes it easier for us to find a greater amount of food that doesn’t make me or the twins sick. But I do sometimes worry about the after-effect when the fad disappears. While some people might see some benefit from adopting the diet, for myself and two of the fearsome fivesome, it’s an absolute necessity.


27 posted on 09/29/2012 5:55:52 PM PDT by sayuncledave (et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
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To: EternalVigilance

Davis makes a compelling case in his book that the wheat we eat today isn’t even close to the wheat that was first called the staff of life some 2000+ years ago. Not just in its processed form but on the plant itself. And, in fact it is damaging to your health. Apparently there are a few strains that come close, but they are not easy to come by.

The whole grains movement, a lot like the low-fat movement, have resulted in a fatter, less healthy population, with more government/corporate control over what we eat.

It may not be necessary for you, but if it is working for a lot of people (and it is), let it be.


28 posted on 09/29/2012 5:56:30 PM PDT by newheart (At what point does policy become treason?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m a physician who bought into some of Dr. Davis’ and others ideas.

My weight fell from 207 to 168 pounds with very little else changing for me other than tossing out anything with wheat in it and eating more raw nuts. I made few other dietary modifications including limiting potatoes and other grains. I definitely didn’t increase exercise and if anything was working more than ever.

I’m a believer in a grain free diet. My blood pressure normalized without medications, my HDL increased.


29 posted on 09/29/2012 5:57:40 PM PDT by CaspersGh0sts
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; phockthis; MarMema; gorush; driftdiver


Here's a recipe for chocolate cake you might try:

Chickpea Chocolate Cake:

2 cups of drained and rinsed chickpeas 1/3 cups of orange juice

4 large eggs, at room temperature 3/4 cup of brown sugar 1/2 cup of cocoa powder 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda

Puree chickpeas and orange juice in processor. Add eggs one at a time. Add last 4 ingredients and process until well blended.

Pour into a well-greased 8 inch cake pan. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes. Cool 15 min . before removing from pan.

Good cake. My wife bakes one occasionally.
30 posted on 09/29/2012 5:57:45 PM PDT by caveat emptor (Zippity Do Dah)
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To: muawiyah

I’m well aware of Celiac disease. There’s a difference between people who have it, and those who use buzzwords to try and get the government involved in dictating diets.

I have a lethal Peanut allergy, but I don’t go around saying that Peanuts are poisonous and that the general public should stop eating them.


31 posted on 09/29/2012 5:59:17 PM PDT by Shadow44
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To: sayuncledave

IIRC, wasn’t Dr. Atkins a “cardiologist selling his book” as well?


32 posted on 09/29/2012 6:01:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Here is my very unscientific opinion:
It's not the wheat! It's all the other crap in processed food where wheat may be the dominant ingredient.

For instance: Frozen pizza or frozen spaghetti dinner. Is it the wheat or all the other questionable ingredients?

Of course you would feel better when you start eating “real” food. Think of all the processed food you can't eat when you are “wheat free.”

Give us this day our daily bread. Personally, I make my own and it is to die for!!!!

33 posted on 09/29/2012 6:05:18 PM PDT by GrannyAnn
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To: driftdiver

Think about it.

Wheat is a seed. Basically, a type of grass seed.

And it does not benefit at all if it gets chewed up and digested. Not like some other seeds (fruit seeds) that use animals eating it to spread it around and boost the fertility.

But it does benefit wheat if it contains toxins or proteins that cause grief to anything that eats it.

If wheat grains wanted to get eaten, it wouldn’t be wheat.

It’d be a strawberry!


34 posted on 09/29/2012 6:06:08 PM PDT by djf (Political Science: Conservatives = govern-ment. Liberals = givin-me-it.)
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To: Shadow44

Don’t eat candy bars ~ that’s all i gotta’ say ~ and you know what i mean.


35 posted on 09/29/2012 6:10:37 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: sayuncledave
The good news is the incidence is increasing ~ your chance of developing it increases with age. They don't quite know what the deal is, but it probably has to do with some quite ordinary process where genes are turned on or off.

The bad news is they keep pumping more gluten into wheat ~

36 posted on 09/29/2012 6:12:46 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: djf

Peas do the same thing ~ over time we’ve developed toxin free varieties but down in the Sahel they still keep the old nasty ones that make you go blind ~ they plant them in the bad years because they’ll grow with little water. Then they eat them and go blind


37 posted on 09/29/2012 6:14:40 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: sayuncledave

“This is a cardiologist selling his book.”

If he was a good cardiologist he would have so much money and work he wouldn’t have time or the necessity to write a book!


38 posted on 09/29/2012 6:14:43 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: ConorMacNessa

I love Scotch, it makes me mean, though. Can’t touch it...something in the brew...


39 posted on 09/29/2012 6:15:18 PM PDT by Shady (Hey, King Bozo Osmocote....you can't hide the truth anymore..)
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To: GrannyAnn
i make my own bread too ~ from white corn. Drop a little bit of crushed red pepper in it and the stuff tastes like bread.

Doesn't hold together as well as wheat but it tastes right.

BTW, I take a white corn tortilla and put pizza toppings on it and it tastes like pizza and i suffer no ill effects. it's the bread; not the topping!

40 posted on 09/29/2012 6:16:42 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

The politicization of food is a really sore subject for me, mainly because as somebody with a food allergy I’m more acutely aware of it.

Too many people push these fads, and use people who have real medical issues like Celiac Disease and Food Allergies as props for Nanny state solutions.

I remember when I was in grade school I was the first case student with a Peanut allergy, and there was serious issues that had to be addressed. However, a few years down the road a lot of other kids “had” peanut allergies, and did much to muddle things as to what food allergies/intolerances really are and is ultimately counterproductive.


41 posted on 09/29/2012 6:19:21 PM PDT by Shadow44
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I’ve been doing the Paleo diet and it is great, my wife is diabetic and withing a couple of weeks her blood sugar was in the normal range with no drugs.


42 posted on 09/29/2012 6:21:09 PM PDT by Leto
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To: EternalVigilance

What kind of wheat do you buy? How long can you store it in its whole state? How do you mill it?

I want to make some.


43 posted on 09/29/2012 6:24:34 PM PDT by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: muawiyah

So, how much rice can we eat and not be turned into rest home cases?


44 posted on 09/29/2012 6:26:42 PM PDT by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: Shadow44

People discussing a doctors study is not the same as govt mandates on diets.


45 posted on 09/29/2012 6:27:45 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: caveat emptor

Thanks for the recipe!!!


46 posted on 09/29/2012 6:29:49 PM PDT by Domestic Church (AMDG ... there is no such thing as coincidence)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Did you also get rid of potatoes in your diet? I thinking of a nice 12 oz rib eye with a salad and skipping the potato. Does that sound right?


47 posted on 09/29/2012 6:31:33 PM PDT by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Atkins all over again. No one wants to admit he was right.


48 posted on 09/29/2012 6:33:07 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: ConorMacNessa

you might want to visit this site.... single malt made in the states... in VA no less


49 posted on 09/29/2012 6:35:13 PM PDT by SouthernBoyupNorth ("For my wings are made of Tungsten, my flesh of glass and steel..........")
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To: jonrick46

nobody knows, but when your food talks to you all sorts of possibilities creep in don’t they.


50 posted on 09/29/2012 6:35:34 PM PDT by muawiyah
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