This is a question we often get. The answer I give is that over the years most people, not to say all, notice a positive difference in their health when they stop eating it. That’s enough of a reason for me to recommend a wheat-free diet. But if this is not convincing for you, there are so many allergies and intolerances towards it that science and statistics speak for themselves. I guess one of the reasons why we can’t tolerate wheat today is that it is so genetically manipulated that it is not wheat any more. We wanted a puffy, starchy white bread, so farmers started modifying the wheat about 200 years ago, creating a grain that has nothing to do with the original wheat grain that nature created. Compare it with Kamut that the ancient Egyptians ate, or Dinkel and Spelt. They are hard and dark. After the war the real genetic manipulation started (in the name of stopping starvation. Hallelujah!) and created a hybrid seed that is weak and an easy target in nature. Therefore it needs loads of pesticides. So it could very well be that the combination of high starch (sugar) and pesticides, and probably something else, is the cause of the damage in our intestines. I have great respect for the 137 billion years of evolution and slow development of cohabitation in between our bodies and food. Not all new is bad, cooking for example is one of the greatest inventions for our survival, but some of it has been really bad for us. I believe we are seeing signs of other modern genetic manipulation harming us too, like soy, now creating its own pesticide killing crops around it (and us) too. More and more show intolerance for soy too.
The latest book on the theme is Wheat Belly by William Davis (MD). It has gotten rather beaten up in a lot of reviews, but I haven’t found any real good ones, which is just a proof on how ‘holy’ our loved bread is. Now, I would have enjoyed better scientific sources and more focus on the good substitutes for wheat instead of how bad it is, but he is a cardiologist so I guess it goes with the profession.
Try a total wheat free diet for a good 10 days. Notice if your mood, digestion, joints, skin, kidneys, immune system, etc, gets better and some of the irritations and pain goes away. Then you know. Still want your bread? Me too, I love bread, so make our Olive Retreat Bread (recipe in previous blog post).
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Since 20+ years we have successfully been consultants in the natural health sector to support individuals and we are in particular working with entrepreneurs and professionals. Our mission is to defend natural health, the only one that really works so far. We mainly but not entirely use Eastern philosophy such as Ayurveda, TCM, Yoga, Thai chi, Falun Gong, and only honest modern science.
Everyone can heal naturally, it's what bodies and (free) minds want. Our O• Method is based on physics, chemistry and biology with emphasis on the first one as the rest often follow naturally. We divide our work in three parts: Body-Mind-Soul. To allow them all to detox and let go we work with energy (Prana, Xi, Vitality, Spirit, Pneuma or whatever you call the life force, it's the same force mentioned in ancient texts) to heal on all levels, i.e. from chronic disease, toxicity, depression and traumas using our own method, reaching 96% success rate which is unheard of by others in our sector. Would you know of anyone with that result, let us know.
Considering that we invented and dumped >120.000 (petro)chemically derived substances since 1945, of which many are very toxic, getting healthy will most likely include a good old body detox sooner or later.
My love for Ayurveda started in 1993 with Deepak Chopra and after a few turns in life I quit my job as a Nordic Brand Manager and BI strategist at the largest Nordic telecom operator and re-schooled in natural medicine. Besides Dr. Chopra I have studied Dr. Lad, Dr. Siva (Pune, India) and other prominent teachers in their field, but the real difference comes with a practiced. I added nutrition, Orthomolecular Medicine with Dr. Nielsen (USA/Spain) and herbalism.
Today we teach those whom want to continue our work and we love to dig down in etymology and the original (mainly Avestan, Pali and Sanskrit) scripts to understand the words fully and I fall in love with the concepts over and over again for every sutra. This love affair that created a few books (Amazon), presentations, essayes and many events and consultations, is still giving us Yang-Yin balance and inspiration. I guess with that we are recognizing the value of Dao De Ching 💚🌿💜
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