Gluten Wars

July 3, 2017

Everywhere we look – gluten free foods, gluten free cosmetics, even gluten free water. The buzz phrase is “gluten free” with nearly everyone we know suffering from some sort of gluten-intolerance. It starts to seem like it’s all hype and maybe even fake.

What’s With Wheat is a documentary that shines the light on the truth of supposed gluten-intolerance. It’s fascinating, particularly if you happen to know anyone with a gluten problem. (My father, sister, brother, as well as countless aunts and uncles and cousins have all been medically diagnosed with celiac disease, so the discussion is common amongst my family members.) The experts in this documentary surmise that yes, we do indeed, have a huge wheat problem and the problem is growing worse with each generation. However, it is not the actual wheat that is the problem, but rather what we have done to the wheat that is the problem.

It turns out that the wheat of today is absolutely nothing like the wheat of our forefathers and foremothers. We have cross-bread it, destroyed it and weakened its nutritional value with chemicals, and literally destroyed the soil that surrounds it. As a result of our destruction of our earth, the experts are linking huge numbers of diseases to intolerance to wheat from our own wheat-killing-doings – everything from heart disease and diabetes to schizophrenia. Think about the massive numbers of children who are born today with autism, which was incredibly rare once upon a time. They are linking it to what we have done to the wheat. As an added problem, we have “political” problems with the wheat. Guess what? It’s cheap and easy to produce, so it’s in literally everything. And, we have exported our wheat problems to the developing world because we export it to feed millions of people living in famines around the world.

This film is detailed, honest, and filled with nutrition information and discussions. I particularly liked that the nutrition experts discuss not only wheat, but nutrition in general. Big shock – we should be eating “real” food and cutting out all the processed stuff. Nature really is a miracle – eat your fruits and vegetables.

Although it was fascinating to hear discussions about the reversal of disease with patients going gluten-free, it was also a little bit frustrating. They talked quite a bit about autoimmune disease, of which I am an unfortunate sufferer (eczema and psioriasis). Although I have no doubts that gluten (and other chemicals in the environment) are causing and exasorbating disease in the modern world, I can speak from experience that gluten-free-living is not necessarily a cure-all for everything. I have been completely gluten-free for many, many years and it has not affected my eczema or psioriasis at all. Luckily, I do feel my general well-being and mood are definitely affected by gluten-free living, so it is certainly worth the effort. But, it most definitely is not a cure-all for everything.

I think this documentary is definitely worth watching. I particularly liked what all the experts had to say about it, my favorite being nutritionist Cyndi O’Meara. It is also notable that many of the people interviewed have personal experiences (not unlike mine) that they discuss in regards to their personal journeys of living gluten-free.

The message, as always, is clear. If you want to live pain-free and disease-free – choose “real” foods that are non-GMO and organic whenever possible. Your body, mind and spirit will thank you.

Exodus 23:25 (NRSV): You shall worship the Lord your God, and I[a] will bless your bread and your water; and I will take sickness away from among you.

Serve all with love.

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