The best data we have suggest that 1 in 133 people have celiac disease, yet 90% of those 1 in 133 don’t know it.
And neither do their parents.
It means that approximately 1% of all children in the U.S. (and likely worldwide) are experiencing both perceived and unperceived health effects by consuming modern wheat, or what I call modern “Frankengrain,” but have no idea that they are consuming a food with severe health consequences. It’s not “just” about intestinal destruction, diarrhea, and malabsorption of nutrients; it’s also about impaired learning capacity, difficulties with attention, inability to control behavior and emotion, type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune conditions–potentially lifelong, life-altering, even life-abbreviating effects.
But wait a minute: The USDA School Lunch Program advises that “healthy whole grains” should play a prominent role in the diet of all children. They have vigorously promoted this agenda, thanks in part to the well-funded and enthusiastic lobbying of wheat industry trade groups like the Whole Grains Council.
The USDA School Lunch Program therefore advocates a nutritional program that resigns the 90% of undiagnosed children with celiac disease to the damaging effects of modern wheat–no screening or parental permission required. We’re not even talking about the several percent of kids with gluten sensitivity without celiac disease, or the non-immune gliadin effects that stimulate appetite, or the wheat germ agglutinin toxic to the gastrointestinal tract, or the amylopectin A that sends blood sugar and insulin sky-high. We’re just talking about the 1% of kids with celiac disease.
But that 1% have become the unwitting and innocent victims waged by the nutritionally ignorant or greedy, AKA the dietary community, the Wheat Lobby, agribusiness, and Big Food.
OSHA estimates that more reliable backup alarms installed on forklifts can be estimated to save up to 20 lives per year, a number sufficient to install and enforce regulations to improve safety. Compare that to the 76.1 million children in the U.S. age 0-17 years. Being told to eat more “healthy whole grains” means that 684,000 children are being advised to consume more of what is essentially a poison to them, given their immune intolerance.
The problems with modern wheat go beyond that of celiac disease, of course. But this is yet another facet of how far wrong the conventional advice to consume more “healthy whole grains” can be.