Dietary Danger: Wheat

Mar 5, 2012 by: Blaine Purcell

Although the food pyramid urges people to eat so many grains daily, eliminating WHEAT from your diet could be the solution to many problems.

Life Extension Magazine – March 2010


What food can cause devastating inflammatory intestinal destruction that, if unrecognized, can lead to disability and death? 18

Increase blood sugar higher and faster than table sugar? 30

Trigger autoimmune inflammation in the thyroid?31

Create intestinal bloating, cramps, and alternating diarrhea and constipation, often labeled irritable bowel syndrome? 32

Weaken the muscle controlling food exit from the esophagus to the stomach, resulting in reflux esophagitis(heartburn)? 33

Worsen schizophrenia in susceptible individuals? 34

Contribute to behavioral outbursts in children with autism? 35,36

Increase the risk of or worsen various inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, dermatitis herpetiformis, systemic lupus, pancreatitis, and increase measures of inflammation? 37-42

Cause unexplained anemia, mood swings, fatigue, fibromyalgia, eczema, and osteoporosis? 38,43-45

That food is wheat. Yes, the ubiquitous grain we are urged to eat more and more by the USDA, the American Heart Association, the American Dietetic Association, and the American Diabetes Association. Wheat is among the most destructive ingredients in the modern diet, worse than sugar, worse than high-fructose corn syrup, worse than any fat. What other common food can result in such an extensive list of diseases, even death?

Few foods occupy the exalted position that wheat has gained, earning over 20,000 research publications in the medical literature over the past 30 years, many studies detailing the destructive and sometimes fatal nature of this common dietary product. Celiac disease alone affects more than 2 million Americans.46 The medical literature is filled with case reports of deaths from this disease,47 often after years of struggle with incapacitating intestinal dysfunction and encephalopathy (brain inflammation).

What happens when you remove wheat from the diet? Experience at our clinic has shown that the majority of people quickly shed 20-30 lbs in the first few weeks, selectively lost from the abdomen (what I call “wheat belly”); blood sugar plummets; triglycerides drop up to several hundred milligrams, HDL increases, LDL drops (yes, wheat elimination is a means of achieving marked reduction in LDL, especially the small, heart disease-causing variety); and C-reactive protein plummets. In addition, intestinal complaints like pain, gas, and bloating improve or disappear; gastroesophageal reflux often disappears; rashes improve; inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis improve; diabetes (adult or type 2) is more easily controlled; and behavioral disorders and mood improve.

In people who have celiac disease, the meticulous avoidance of wheat gluten and gluten from other sources, including rye, spelt, and barley, will be necessary. But there are millions of Americans who are suffering wheat-intolerance in some form, from skin rashes to arthritis to depression, who are wheat-sensitive but remain unaware.

Beware of the food industry’s efforts to capitalize on wheat intolerance with products known as “gluten free.” These are generally foods that don’t trigger the inflammatory response of wheat, but still cause high blood sugar, weight gain, and other abnormalities.