December 6, 2012 - Many of us are shunning wheat for lots of reasons, but we usually cite gluten as the culprit. Cardiologist and author Dr. William Davis, however, says its not gluten that makes modern wheat a perfect, chronic poison. Its the fact that genetically
modified wheat has become the wheat we know today.Davis
spoke on CBS This Morning earlier this year about one of agribusinesss biggest creationsthe word creation not used lightly.
an 18-inch tall plant created by genetic research in the 60s and 70s This thing has many new features nobody told you about, such as theres a new protein in this thing called gliadin. Its not gluten. Im not addressing people with gluten sensitivities and celiac disease. Im 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.
Increasing hankerings and padding on pounds arent all genetically modified wheat is capable of doing. A new GM wheat in development by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
(CIRO), an Australian governmental research agency, may permanently alter the genes of the humans and animals that consume it.
Through ingestion, says Professor Jack Heinemann of the University of Canterbury
Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety, these olecules can enter human beings and potentially silence our genes. The double stranded RNAs present in this genetically modified wheat would also survive cooking, digestion, and generations of life.
But what about all the hype over whole grains? Several health resources like the Mayo Clinic
advocate ditching white wheat for less processed varieties, but Davis claims that is like replacing unfiltered with filtered cigarettes.
Thats the logic of nutrition; its a deeply flawed logic.
Instead of genetically modified wheat, Davis advocates eating real foods like avocados, olives, olive oil, eats, and vegetables. While Davis does tell consumers to favor food least likely to be changed by agribusiness, the CBS source, unfortunately, does not directly address variables like organic and small-scale farming versus conventionally raised and pesticide-drenched vegetables or pasture-raised versus factory-farmed meats.
Genetically modified foods pose a threat to people (not just consumers), animals, and the planet Pesticides for GM corn pollute our water and often contaminate organic products. Although the issue of feeding the world is a complex and emotional one, GM foodand the poisoning of entire populations of peopleis not the answer.