What’s With Wheat?
Director & Producer Justin Brown
Celiac disease and gluten intolerance have increased tremendously in the last few decades. Why? Some speculate that we eat more wheat than we used to. Probably true especially since Ancel Keys hacked up his huge hairball of misinformation about fat that scared everyone away from bacon and eggs. Most switched to a breakfast of corn flakes and skim milk, which is a perfect recipe for A slow death. But wheat has been a staple in many cultures for thousands of years. Others say modern wheat is very different from ancient varieties; it has more gluten and that causes more digestive issues. Modern wheat was developed for quantity and ease of harvesting, not nutrition. That is probably true. Some say modern processing is the problem. Now we are talking about something that has definitely changed dramatically.
Even ancient wheat had anti-nutrients that required proper handling. Wheat must be soaked or sprouted for long periods of time to neutralize those anti-nutrients. Most modern wheat products end up in final form in less than two hours. Modern processing devitalizes the wheat and then adds back chemical vitamin fragments resulting in a product with no nutritional value.
Another problem with modern wheat comes from chemical pesticides and weed killers. Stephanie Seneff talks specifically about glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup. She is one of several faces appearing in this film that will be familiar to many of our members. Others are Sally Fallon Morell, Joel Salatin and Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.
The green revolution created a market for all those chemicals that were developed in the world wars—because it would be a shame to let all that expertise and technology go to waste. The food pyramid was developed not by scientists but by politicians to protect that industry. Our wheat-based food system seeks to remove animals from agriculture. The result is toxic ecology, erosion, imbalance, desert and other great things like that.
This film thoroughly documents the health crisis and other symptoms that come from turning devitalized wheat into a commodity and a dietary obsession. The thumb is UP.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Fall 2016