Wheat: 200 Clinically Confirmed Reasons Not To Eat It

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With sales of foods labeled gluten free now reaching over 6 billion dollars a year, something truly profound is happening to the way in which Americans are perceiving the role of wheat in their diets. Once celebrated as the very poster-child of the health food movement, folks are increasingly rejecting this “king of grains,” and are now identifying it as being at the very root of their health problems.

Detractors claim that the movement is just a fad, or worse, that those who have embarked upon it without an official diagnosis are a bit crazy. After all, simply “feeling better” following gluten elimination is not considered to be proof of anything within the conventional medical system.  Biopsies, antibody, and genetic tests later, if nothing is found, and you still think gluten – this ‘sacred,’ omnipresent grain – is a problem, you might just get referred to a psychiatrist.

But anecdotes and “subjective experience” aside, the type of clinical research that constitutes “Truth,” with a capital T, from the perspective of the dominant medical establishment, can be found on the National Library of Medicine’s biomedical database known as MEDLINE. This vast bibliographic archive contains over 21 million citation entries, which as of time of this writing, contains 9,776 references to gluten.

There has been a sharp increase in interest and research on the topic of “gluten intolerance” – although we prefer to label the subject “gluten toxicity,” in order to shift the focus away from the “victim” back to the “aggressor,” the gluten itself. In 1971, there were 71 studies listed on MEDLINE which referenced gluten. Last year in 2011, there were 514.

At present, the conventional medical establishment only identifies a handful of disorders likely to be caused by wheat consumption, such as:

  • Wheat Allergy
  • Celiac Disease
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis
  • Exercise-Induced Wheat Anaphylaxis

These conditions, however, are but the tip of a massive “celiac” iceberg.  In a previous essay, The Dark Side of Wheat, we discussed the problem from a more philosophical perspective.  There is now, however, a huge dataset firmly establishing the likelihood that wheat intolerance, or better yet, wheat toxicity, is a universal, human species-specific problem, occurring only in differing degrees, and mostly sub-clinically, at least through the optic of conventional screenings and technologies.

One must also account for the “invisible thorn,” which is wheat lectin – known more technically as Wheat Germ Agglutinin (WGA) — and which can cause a broad range of adverse health effects, even while being undetected through conventional screenings.  Learn more about this topic in our essay Opening Pandora’s Bread Box: The Critical Role of Wheat Lectin in Human Disease.

In order to fully appreciate the extent of damage wheat and/or gluten consumption can have on the body, included “sprouted wheat” (since WGA is still present), view the screenshot from Green Med Info Wheat page below:

NameCumulative KnowledgeArticle CountFocus Articles
Celiac Disease1395150focus
Wheat Intolerance40229focus
Gluten Sensitivity38035focus
Gluten Intolerance33627focus
Autoimmune Diseases13612focus
Schizophrenia1117focus
Food Allergies: Wheat10611focus
Food Allergies9710focus
Psoriasis825focus
Down Syndrome805focus
Diabetes Mellitus: Type 17312focus
Irritable Bowel Syndrome714focus
Diabetes Mellitus: Type 1: Prevention708focus
Celiac Disease: Diagnostic Considerations637focus
Autism Spectrum Disorders615focus
Sjogren’s Syndrome603focus
Cerebellar Ataxia534focus
Dermatitis Herpetiformis504focus
Epilepsy506focus
Graves Disease503focus
Liver Disease502focus
Multiple Myeloma503focus
Multiple Sclerosis503focus
Migraine Disorders445focus
Atopic Dermatitis404focus
Casein Intolerance402focus
Gastroesophageal Reflux402focus
Hyperthyroidism402focus
Anaphylaxis: Exercise-Induced375focus
IgA Nephropathy363focus
Gastrointestinal Inflammation345focus
Infertility312focus
Autoimmune Thyroiditis302focus
Cirrhosis: Liver301focus
Diarrhea: IBS associated301focus
Hypothyroidism303focus
IgA rheumatoid factor: elevated302focus
Infertility: Female301focus
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma303focus
Polyarthritis301focus
Psychoses301focus
Eosinophilic esophagitis264focus
Epilepsy: With Cerebral Calcifications253focus
Cerebral Calcifications232focus
Diarrhea233focus
Celiac Disease: Prevention222focus
Abortion: Spontaneous212focus
Ataxia: Cerebellar213focus
Miscarriage: Recurrent212focus
Thyroid Nodule212focus
Atherosclerosis201focus
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity202focus
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder201focus
Autism201focus
Cardiomyopathy201focus
Cholestasis201focus
Cholestasis: Autoimmune201focus
Coronary Artery Disease201focus
End-Stage Autoimmune Liver Disease (ESALD)201focus
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis201focus
IgE-Mediated Hypersensitivity202focus
Infant Nutrition201focus
Meniere’s Disease201focus
Organ Transplantation: Liver201focus
Palmoplantar Pustulosis201focus
Peripheral Neuropathies201focus
Restless Legs Syndrome202focus
Rett Syndrome201focus
Sensory Neuropathies201focus
Macroamylasemia194focus
Intestinal Permeability176focus
Asthma154focus
Ataxia143focus
Headache132focus
Pancreatitis132focus
Lymphoma122focus
Psychiatric Disorders122focus
Cancers: All112focus
Rheumatoid Arthritis112focus
Thyroid Cancer112focus
Acquired hypogammaglobulinemia101focus
Allergy: Cow’s Milk101focus
Anaphylaxis101focus
Aphthous Ulcer101focus
Ataxia: Dominant101focus
Ataxia: Sporadic101focus
Atopic Dermatitis: Infant & Childhood101focus
Attention Deficit Disorder101focus
Brain Injury: Hippocampal Damage101focus
CNS White Matter Abnormalities101focus
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome101focus
Celiac Disease: Early Onset101focus
Child Mortality101focus
Children: Impaired Growth101focus
Chronic Constipation, Children101focus
Colitis: Collagenous101focus
Constipation101focus
Depression: Unipolar101focus
Diarrhea: in Children101focus
Enamel Defects101focus
Epithelium Damage: Lymphocytic infiltration101focus
Food Allergies/Intolerances: Cereals/Grains101focus
Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage101focus
Gluten Ataxia101focus
Hepatitis: Autoimmune101focus
Hippocampal Sclerosis101focus
Hypertransaminasemia101focus
Hypogammaglobulinemia101focus
Kidney Cancer101focus
Liver Fibrosis101focus
Mania: Acute101focus
Microscopic Colitis Syndrome101focus
Mortality: All-Cause101focus
Mucosa: Flattened101focus
Myocarditis: Autoimmune101focus
Myopathies101focus
Myopathies: Inflammatory101focus
Nervous System Diseases101focus
Neurological Illness: GAD antibody-associated101focus
Nightshade Foods Intolerance101focus
Pregnancy: Prevention of Problems101focus
Small-for-gestational-age infant101focus
Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 2101focus
Stiff-Person Syndrome101focus
Stomatitis: Aphthous101focus
Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (TLE)101focus
Thyroid Neoplasms101focus
Turner Syndrome101focus
Urinary Stone Disease101focus
Kidney Diseases92focus
Prolactin: Inappropriate Secretion82focus
Anemia72focus
Conjunctival Tumor61focus
Ectopic Calcification61focus
Encephalopathies61focus
Glomerulonephritis61focus
Hypocalcemia61focus
Neuromyelitis Optica62focus
Pituitary Diseases61focus
Polyneuropathies61focus
Prolactin Hypersecretion Syndrome62focus
Seizures61focus
Splenic Calcifications61focus
Splenic Diseases61focus
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus61focus
Urticaria62focus
Immune Disorders: Low Immune Function51focus
Malabsorption Syndrome52focus
Enteropathy42focus
Insulin: Elevated42focus
Male Hormone Imbalances41focus
Diabetes Mellitus: Type 231focus
Facial Palsy31focus
Folic Acid/Folate Deficiency31focus
Food Allergy: Immunoglobulin E-mediated31focus
Gastrointestinal Diseases32focus
Hydronephrosis31focus
Hyperamylasemia31focus
Inflammation32focus
Insulin Disorders32focus
Kidney Stones31focus
Opiate Addiction/Withdrawal31focus
Osteogenesis Imperfecta31focus
Osteomalacia31focus
Osteopenia31focus
Osteoporosis31focus
Parathyroid Diseases31focus
Parathyroid adenoma31focus
Stroke31focus
Thrombosis31focus
Tremor31focus
Urolithiasis31focus
Uveitis31focus
A1C21focus
Allergies21focus
Blood-Brain-Barrier Disorders22focus
Demyelinating Diseases21focus
Diabetes: Glycation/A1C21focus
Drug Toxicity: Methotrexate21focus
Glucagon: Excess Secretion21focus
Gynecomastia21focus
HPA Axis Dysregulation21focus
Insulinitis21focus
Low Immune Function: Thymus Dysfunction21focus
Serotonin Disorders21focus
Thymus Atrophy21focus
Ataxia: Idiopathic11focus
Brain: Microglial Activation11focus
Breast Cancer11focus
Chorea11focus
Clotting11focus
Dementia11focus
Food Poisoning11focus
Guillain-Barre Syndrome11focus
Huntington Disease11focus
Hyperinsulinism11focus
Insulin Resistance11focus
Lane-Hamilton syndrome11focus
Lectin-Induced Toxicity11focus
Miscarriage11focus
Myelopathy11focus
Neurologic Disorders11focus
Neuropathy11focus
Osteoarthritis11focus
Oxidative Stress11focus
Quick Summary: 20 associated Adverse Pharmacological Actions

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