In the previous post in this series, which you can read here, I wrote about the journey I’ve been on for the past 15 years, and what drove me to research everything I could learn about the food manufacturing system in our country. I also listed a few of the items I’ve cut out of my diet, and at least one of the reasons why. In this edition I’m going to discuss one of the three main concerns I found: Wheat.
One thing for certain, Americans LOVE stuff made from wheat. From bread, to cake, to cereal, to pasta, you’ll find it in just about everything you eat. Even in a lot of the stuff you wouldn’t think of, like hot dogs, or ice cream, or vodka, or even chewing gum. Chewing gum? Yeah. It’s in there. Or at least, one of the by-products of wheat is.
So, what’s the issue? Wheat has been around for thousands of years! Just about every major civilization has had it as part of the staple foods of their culture. Why is it just becoming a problem now? Simple. We changed it. Primarily a large, well-known corporation did. Why? Because they wanted to make more money, that’s why.
Now, before I go off on the dangers of GMO products, let me say this: I’m okay with finding ways to make our food sources more productive, more nutritious, or even find ways to help it survive all of the things that threaten it. Farmers have been cross-pollinating and grafting different species together to make some amazing things. Like pluots (a cross between a plum and an apricot).
But that’s not what this large corporation did. What they did was to alter the genetic code of the wheat plant so it was immune to herbicides. Not every herbicide, but specifically the herbicide this corporate giant manufactures and owns the patents to. This way, farmers don’t have to worry about accidentally spraying some of the herbicide on their crops, because it won’t kill the wheat – just the weeds. They said this would help farmers use less herbicides, but, in fact, the opposite has been true.
In 1996, the chemical glyphosate, which is the plant-killing ingredient in the herbicide we're talking about, only made up 15% of all herbicides used. Enter the RoundUp Ready GMO Wheat seeds, and what happens is, ten years later, that same chemical, glyphosate, now makes up 85% of all herbicides used, (see chart in this article) and the percentage is considered to be even more today.
Bottom line - RoundUp Ready seeds allow farmers to spray their fields whenever they want and however much they want. Right after seeding, as the crops begin to grow, as the plants start to ripen, even the same day they harvest the crops. They can spray every day if they want to and the wheat won’t care. This means more crops survive the season, the farmers harvest more grain, and everyone is happy, right?
Everyone except the millions of Americans who are suffering from digestive disorders. Honestly, it’s not the wheat’s fault. It’s the fact that wheat is now so saturated with chemicals that our bodies can’t digest it any longer. This is what is making so many people sick, and with so many different types of conditions, including emotional health, mental health, and reproductive health. Here’s what happens.
Doctors have identified a health condition that is referred to as ‘leaky gut’. Super-scientific term, right? Anyway, what happens with a leaky gut is that the already thin membranes that connect cells together wear down, and the cells begin to separate. When that happens, some of the three main compounds of the food we eat—protein, carbohydrates, and fat—get absorbed into the bloodstream before they are fully digested.
These semi-digested compounds can then go wherever blood flows, like into our hearts, lungs and brains. There, they react directly with our organs, producing a wide range of health issues. (I got this list from an article on EcoWatch).
ADHD, Alzheimer’s, Anencephaly (the ‘small head’ syndrome blamed on the Zika virus), Autism, Birth Defects, Brain Cancer, Breast Cancer, Celiac Disease, IBS, Kidney diseases, Colitis, Depression, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Liver disease, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Obesity, Reproductive problems, Respiratory Illnesses, and more.
But that’s okay – we have all kinds of pills for these things now, so, problem solved, right? Curiously, two companies are in the process of merging. (Read about them here) One of these companies, Monsanto, makes RoundUp and the genetically modified RoundUp Ready seeds. The other company, Bayer, makes prescription medication. Strange coincidence? I don't think so.
So, why isn’t our government stepping in to protect us? Well, the FDA says there’s nothing wrong. The only thing is, the FDA doesn't perform the tests required to determine the safety of products that are used in our food. They rely on the company that produces the products to do the testing and then submit the results for review.
Although the FDA might how many tests must be submitted for review, they don’t restrict the number of tests companies can perform. They also don’t say the companies have to submit the results of every test they run. This means a corporation can run as many tests as they need until they have the results they want.
Let’s say the minimum number of results they need is three. And let’s say the company completes three-thousand tests before they finally get three tests that prove their product is safe. Even if all the other tests prove the product is NOT safe, as long as they get the minimum number of tests they need saying it is safe, then only the results of those that 'pass' are what they report.
What happens to the other two-thousand, nine-hundred and ninety-seven tests? Whatever the company wants. The results can be stored in a closet where they never see the light of day. And that’s exactly what this company did. Let’s stop here for now. I’ll write another post on this topic in a few days. Until then, I highly recommend you watch What’s With Wheat, which was still on NetFlix the last time I checked.
A bit of a disclaimer. I am not a doctor. Nor am I a scientist, a geneticist, a wheat farmer, a nutritionist, a chemical engineer, or anything related to these topics. I'm just an average citizen who got fed up with not knowing what was wrong with my health and took matters into my own hands to find the truth. Everything I've learned and everything I am sharing now I found at least three resources to validate every one of these claims. I encourage you to do your own research before making any health-related changes in your own life.