Say you live in a village.
And in this village, everyone drinks water from the same well in the center of town. Everyone brings their own bucket, lowers it, brings it back up and carts it home to have water to drink and cook.
One day, 9 out of 10 people drinking from the well get sick. Suspecting that it’s something in the water, those 9 out of 10 stop drinking the water, retrieving water instead from the river 2 miles away. Those 9 out of 10 quickly get better.
They then return to the well for their water. After all, it’s right in the center of town and not a couple of miles away. The 9 out of 10 get sick again. They stop drinking the water from the well, then get better again.
On again, off again. The process repeats itself over and over again, reproducibly and consistently. Few are spared.
So the mayor declares the water tainted. “The solution is simple,” he proclaims. “Stop drinking from the well and drink only from the river!”
Ah, but then the political fireworks start. The well stands on the property of the largest landowner in town. He permits use of his well to villagers because a portion of the taxes they pay all go towards paying for the use of the well. The landowner objects: “Why blame the well water? How do we know it’s not a contagious illness brought to us by visiting foreigners? Or it could be the wrath of God! Why should we blame the water–it’s only water, after all! What proof do you have? I insist you drink the well water!”
So this is the situation we find ourselves in with wheat. On again, off again, the adverse health effects, from mental fogginess to intestinal distress and destruction, can be triggered and can be turned off.
So should you continue to drink the water, i.e., eat this thing being sold to us called “wheat,” until the USDA and other “official” agencies give us the go ahead to NOT eat it? The landowner (the keepers of the status quo) will insist that you drink the water (eat the wheat) until you are given the go ahead to not drink or eat it.
I ain’t doin’ it. I’m not drinking from the well and I’m not eating the wheat.