Wheat: The Unhealthy Whole Grain by William Davis (Full Transcript)

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In this exhaustive presentation, Dr. William Davis, author of the NY Times Bestseller, Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight
, dives into the roots of the origins and explains why the wheat of today is not the wheat of the Bible. Rather it’s a product of repetitive genetic manipulations that have lost its original properties. With the advent of this new strain of wheat – high yield, semi dwarf strain — there have been a whole host of health problems and diseases associated with it. We produce here the full transcript of the Youtube video here to spread the awareness of the harmful effects of the modern wheat and for your information purposes only.

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William Davis – Author of Wheat Belly

I’m William Davis. I am a cardiologist in Milwaukee. I was very unhappy with the way things were going a number of years ago. So I was simply unwilling to accept this notion of take your Lipitor, cut your fat and you’re done. I know lots of people who had bypass surgery, three stents and heart attacks following just that regimen. So I started asking questions why – why do people have — you think this be clear as they but it’s not. Why do people have heart disease? And so just asking that very simple question pointed me down some new paths. And it took me down this path, and I will show you why.

So I call this Wheat: The Unhealthy Whole Grain, or subtitled, why we are the unwitting victims at a grand genetics experiment gone sour. And I will tell you why I say such obnoxious things. We all know what that is, right? I bet you some of you had that for breakfast – toast, English muffins, or at least in your pre-wheat days. So I know some of you have read the book. Bagels – how about low-fat turkey breast on two slice of whole wheat bread for lunch? How about low fat pretzels for a snack? How about some Wheat Thins? How about some whole wheat pasta and termi soup for dinner? So we all know what this stuff is. It’s 20% of all human calories.

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So what’s the problem here? Humans have been consuming wheat for thousands of years, literally thousands of years. Why would I poke — point my finger at it? It’s part of habit. It’s in the Bible. It’s part of tradition. It’s part of holidays. It’s part of friendship and sharing.

What could there be wrong? Well, I want to dispel some myths. The myth for me is healthy whole grains. So bats are not blind. Lemmings really don’t jump off of cliffs. Bananas don’t grow on trees, they grow on vines. Scientology is not about science and humans have no business eating grains. So let’s talk about that.

So we’re going to talk about why I say these kinds of obnoxious statements, and I realize how obnoxious and provocative and polarizing even this can be. But I’m going to argue that this stuff is not only — not good, it is very destructive.

So in order to gain some perspective on why this might have occurred, let’s go back way, way back in time. So if we go back 10,000 years, somewhere around 8500 BC. This is the years just after the last Ice Age. Pulled back, and temperatures rose worldwide that allowed fields of grasses, grains get to emerge. And humans back then were hunter gatherers. They would hunt animals, fish, gather seed, nuts, berries, mushrooms, insects, reptiles and we have – did I say? But they noticed this grain, this grass that animals would eat, wild goats would eat it, wild sheep would eat it. So they thought – well, let’s give that a try ourselves, well you can’t eat raw grass, by the way it makes you very ill.

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So they learned how to use this, grind it down with stones and make it into parts. It’s not quite clear how they – we’re talking like 10,000 years ago. We’re not even sure if they knew how to cook it, or how they hit it, just the precise means by which they did that, but somehow they incorporated wild wheat — the ancestral form of wild wheat into their diet.

Einkorn Wheat

Well this ancestral wild wheat that grew in fields in Middle East was called Einkorn. Now I won’t bore you silly with talk of chromosomes and genes, and those sorts of things. But if I pick a very nice lady at the audience, how many chromosomes do you have? 46. How about a six-foot to Masai tribe woman from equatorial Africa who lives on the blood of cattle? 46. How about a Aboriginal woman standing four-foot six, dark kinky hair who lives in the outback of Australia? 46. So despite extreme — or very striking outward differences, we all share 46 chromosomes. Not one single person here tonight has anything but 46 chromosomes.

Okay. Einkornthe ancestral form of wheat that grew wild and humans harvested by hand, 14 chromosomes. Okay. I will tell you where I am going with this.