America’s Addiction To Wheat

In reading and understanding America’s love affair with Wheat, I look to Dr. William Davis, who wrote the book “Wheat Belly”,  where he discusses the wheat that is manufactured today verses the bible days wheat. He states, “After having his patients cut wheat from their diets completely, they lost weight and showed improved clarity”.

My Intolerance

I have gluten sensitivity which essentially means I cannot have wheat, it makes my body react in ways that are not pretty.  I have acid reflux, digestive issues, severe flatulence, cramps, am super tired (lethargic) and now since I have been off of it so long, I get dizzy and begin to try and release the gluten through my stomach or other parts…it is horrible. I get physically sick and you can see it on my face and in my reactions.

I feel as if I may puke or could release other ways that I can not control. For me it means a day away from people, laying down with a cold towel on my head and trying to get some ginger ale to help settle my stomach and release the gluten from my system. I usually feel the gluten right away and exhibit symptoms soon after ingesting it.

After reading the book Wheat Belly, I fully understand that I cannot have Wheat but fail to understand what makes me different where others can absorb the wheat and not have any issues……….or do they.

America’s love affair with wheat began years ago in bible times where the wheat was pure and harvested without man’s manipulation. In the book, Dr. Davis states that the wheat today is a dwarf strain and not meant for human consumption.

He states that the wheat has been made so resistant to weather conditions that it is not good for anyone to consume. I have also read that gluten can manifest itself over seven hundred different ways in the human body…crazy.  I know people who have Celiac Disease (an auto immune deficiency) and they end up in the hospital from exposure to gluten. 

Eating Wheat

Continuing to consume the wheat of today is easy, it is available everywhere and is cheap. I make a spinach and artichoke dip that is delicious but does not call for wheat at all, but at many restaurants I cannot order it because they use wheat flour to stretch it. There is wheat in supplements, make up, cosmetics, medicines and many other places we don’t think about.

Is Wheat addictive, according to Dr. William Davis:  

Wheat is addictive in the sense that it comes to dominate thoughts and behaviors. Wheat is addictive in the sense that, if you don’t have any for several hours, you start to get nervous, foggy, tremulous, and start desperately seeking out another “hit” of crackers, bagels, or bread, even if it’s the few stale 3-month old crackers at the bottom of the box. 

Wheat is addictive in the sense that there is a distinct withdrawal syndrome characterized by overwhelming fatigue, mental “fog,” inability to exercise, even depression that lasts several days, occasionally several weeks. Wheat is addictive in the sense that the withdrawal process can be provoked by administering an opiate-blocking drug such as naloxone or naltrexone”.

To me the above says and even screams addiction, and I am uncertain about you, but for me I choose not to be addicted to anything.  As much as I love chocolate, I choose only to eat it now and then, I love popcorn but nothing calls me to have it.  Do you have a love affair with wheat?

Choices

I choose to stay far away from gluten, (wheat, rye or barley), not just because I know it is addictive, but because I feel terrible after ingesting it and always have.  I don’t believe that we pay enough attention to our bodies until our symptoms are so severe then we look for relief.  I was told in college that I had a spastic colon and after my diagnoses of wheat intolerance the doctor stated that it was probably the wheat back then but no one really understood it’s effects until now.

For many others it is very different, I think we exhibit some of the same symptoms but most have different ways it manifests itself in the body, I have been told that the brain fog is the worst.

Jerusalem

In 2019 my husband and I, along with several church members took a trip to Jerusalem, the Holy city, there was bread everywhere.  Rolls, buns, biscuits, flatbreads you name it.  I was tempted to try some since the wheat may be grown different there, as I have been told is true for Europe, but since I wasn’t sure of the effect it would take on my body, and we were there for many days, I did not chance it.  The city was beautiful, the ruins remarkable, the people were mostly gracious and the sights were remarkable.

We renewed our vows in Cana, were baptized in the the Jordan River, floated in the Dead Sea, and road on Camels, yet even here I could not chance getting sick so I skipped all the wheat products.

I am not always happy or cheerful about being gluten-free, but clearly understand that my health is so much more important than the temporary pleasure from wheat containing foods that I will ultimately pay the price for later.

Check out the information for yourself, I truly believe that each person is different so give yourself a day, week or month without wheat and document the effects.  You could be giving your body, and life the best gift you could ever give.  Stay blessed and healthy!

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