Is wheat a health food? Prior to the 1960’s, wheat naturally grew to shoulder height. Then with the introduction of mutated, high-yield, dwarf wheat the grain now only grows to around two feet tall. This was and is still manipulated by irradiation and powerfully toxic chemicals, namely sodium azide. This hybridized wheat relies heavily on the use of pesticides and fertilizers to grow.
Since wheat manipulation occurred decades ago, it is believed no human can fully digest and assimilate it, thus causing deleterious health effects. Wheat consumption is now being linked to obesity, diabetes, appetite stimulation, high blood sugar, and inflammatory conditions.
Clinically, I have seen significant improvement and sometimes resolution of symptoms in a wide variety of health conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, joint pain, and autoimmune disorders when wheat products are abstained. In addition to avoiding obvious wheat sources like breads and pastas, one must be mindful of other less obvious sources. Consumers should be aware that cows’ digestive systems are designed for grass, yet they are being fed grains and even candy to reduce feed cost.
Unless specifically stated as “grass-fed,” milk, yogurt, cheese, and beef products are generally fed grains and other unnatural food. My favorite milk and yogurt brand is Zionsville based Trader’s Point Creamery who sells only grass-fed, organic, recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) free dairy products. This is the best place to find dairy in its most natural state, packaged in glass instead of plastic. Trader’s Point Creamery also sells local, grass-fed beef which is much leaner than standard beef and contains a higher amount of beneficial omega 3 fatty acids.
Grass-fed milk, meat, and egg consumption is believed to reduce the risk of obesity, cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Grazing animals appear to have a healthier nutritional profile including higher omega 3 fatty acids, beta carotene, and vitamins A and D.
Choosing natural foods like organic fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy is the foundation for optimal health. Physician-grade dietary supplements, probiotics, and herbs tailored to individual, specific needs are key to maximum vitality. Come see me at the Guyer Institute for the best in nutriceuticals.
Chris McMullen Pharm.D., RPh
Board Certified Pharmacist