Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Learning a New Language

Reprendre Votre Pouvoir

Please excuse my lapse in blogging. I had a hard working summer, but now I’m back to a more normal pace of life. I was going to write about a NYC parking scam for commercial license plates, but rather, I decided to write about something a lot more fun - learning a second language. I have coached someone who was in the process of learning Spanish, and I myself, am now learning French with the view to becoming fluent soon!

Language Coaching vs Life Coaching 
I've been asked how I can coach someone learning a language that I do not speak myself and here is some clarification about this. Of course, I am not an expert in every field. However, I am an expert in listening and questioning.  As a life coach, I teach the techniques that are set out in my About Me article that can be used to attain goals more quickly and easily. I like to think that the ultimate thing I teach is how to be "full of life". I am a guide and facilitator regardless of the simplicity or complexity of the goal. It is for each person to provide the details for attaining their own success.  I also provide encouragement and support.

Actions speak louder than words.
This is a strange saying, especially from someone shouting at the top of their lungs. It stems from the idea that if you say you will do something but never do it, well then, actions speak louder than words. But, what propels us into action … words. We constantly have words going on in our minds. What do they mean? How does that meaning get attached to that sound, that word? Why do we allow this chatter? Why does it so often get out of control? Could it be that it is part of a complex plan or is it a disorder? Maybe learning another language could shed some light on these questions.

Why Learn Another Language?
Some may say it's hard enough to speak in and understand one language, and with righteousness I would say, at least for English! But learning another language, especially those that have a close connection to one another such as the Romance languages, Latin and English can help one learn about one's primary language. 

There are many reasons to learn a new language. Whatever is your reason, make sure it is sincere as it takes much discipline and dedication to learn a new language. It is a big challenge, especially for those in their senior years. However, learning a new language has many benefits above and beyond improving ability to communicate in more than one language. For one thing, learning a new language improves mental abilities, including memory, concentration, and focus.

Language is a Habit
I wrote about habits and make reference to this article to explain why learning a language is usually quite difficult. Basically, language is an in-grained neural pathway that is mostly unconscious. Sometimes these pathways can become like a broken record. Younger readers are unlikely to have experience of listening to a broken record (one with scratches and grooves that are too deeply worn), but I don't know of a better way to describe when, for example, a bar of music repeats over and over in the mind day after day and sometimes even longer. One's primary language may not be like a broken record, but the grooves for it will be well-worn. "Making new grooves" will require a lot of effort but it can be "groovy". I hope this pun is taken lighthearted as I intend it!

If one thinks of all the words, expressions and pronunciations that there are in any given language, the task may seem daunting. We may find that "we can't take it all in". Sometimes, it may seem like "nothing is sinking in". But the brain loves new information. It is like walking on a pristine beach and making footprints in soft warm sand that has no other tread marks on it. If you have a relaxed, happy attitude toward your studies, you will progress.

And never fear, no matter how much you use or practice a new language, you will never lose the ability to return to your first language quickly and easily. By being aware of this, you break down a barrier to learning and continuing on that journey. After all, one needs to immerse oneself in the language and even the culture to really learn it, but we usually do not want to "lose ourselves" in the process".

However, learning a second language will change you. You will be bi-lingual. You will be more than you were. Accept this new personality, even imagine how it will be, and break down another barrier to becoming fluent in the second language.

Develop a Format for Learning
It's not necessary to do the same thing everyday or sign up for formal classes, but some sort of daily exercises are necessary to make progress. For instance, a new language requires different movements with the tongue and mouth. These are purely muscular actions and one needs to speak the words out loud to build up these muscles to make these sounds form like second nature.

Start with the basics such as numbers and the alphabet. It's surprising how often one uses numbers during a day and easy to change to a new language for this. The alphabet can help with pronunciation.

Think in the foreign language, especially sayings and expressions that you repeat often to yourself. Repetition is key. By repeating simple words and phrases, strong neural pathways are created which make it easier to branch out and learn other words and phrases. A certain amount of translating is inevitable in the beginning, but then one moves on to referencing the thing, person, situation in the new language without any attempt at translating. This is when one is truly thinking in another language.

Constantly work on increasing vocabulary by looking up words as they come to your interest.

Put some time in to learn verb conjugations and other grammar rules.

Write a diary and/or keep a journal in the new language. 

Learn about the country of origin, its food, culture, history, and geography.

There are many resources on the computer. If you are studying French, I would highly recommend Thomas Studer's Francais Immersion TV, and his Free 7-Day Course.

Last but certainly not least, use the new language in social situations. Find someone to speak to who is fluent in the language you are studying, even join a group where they speak this language. Travel to a place where that language is predominant.

“I choose my words carefully.”
This was often said by the solicitor, Garrett O’Reilly in Northern Ireland.

Why do we have Courts with lawyers and judges where the meaning of words are often argued about?

Languages are interesting. Despite their shortcomings, languages are the primary way that we communicate with one another. I am of the opinion that it is possible, even probable, that just as there is embedded programming for computers in computer language, so too there is embedded programming in languages (which goes deeper than the meaning at a glance). Since there are many languages with many words, it would be impossible for me to figure it all out, but I like to make comments when I come across something I find interesting and I do so on Twitter (follow me!).

Electronic Communication
Speaking of computer language, I would like to add that artificial intelligence is growing every day with our daily use of electronic/artificial methods of communication. We are continuing whatever is/was encoded in our languages and passing it through to the computer. Just as we lose something when we translate from one language to another, so too we are losing something in the translation to computers. Increasing our knowledge of real language is another reason to learn another one!


Asking Questions, Ask and You Shall Receive,  Jennifer Wilson, Life Coach blog, April 21, 2017, https://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/2017/04/asking-questions.html

Changing and Forming Habits, Make Habits Work For You, Jennifer Wilson, Life Coach blog, June 24, 2016, https://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/2016/06/changing-and-forming-habits.html

Francais Immerson TV, Thomas Studer, https://www.francaisimmersion.com/

Nooks and Crannies: if the origin of most languages is Latin, what is the origin of Latin? Also, how is a new language formulated? And what is the origin of the far eastern languages such as Chinese and Japanese? Richard Lundy, Wirral https://www.theguardian.com/notesandqueries/query/0,,-197552,00.html

Learning a New Language at Any Age Helps the Brain, by Christopher Wanjek, June 2, 2014 https://www.livescience.com/46048-learning-new-language-brain.html

The Brain Benefits of Learning a Second Languageby Deane Alban & Dr. Patrick Alban, https://bebrainfit.com/benefits-learning-second-language/

Top 10 benefits of learning a foreign languageEton Institute, https://etoninstitute.com/blog/top-10-benefits-of-learning-a-foreign-language 

Photo Credit With Thanks: Love Languages, University of East Anglia, https://www.uea.ac.uk/lcs/learning-a-new-language

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Wilson Alternative Library

Read All About It

I deleted my Wilson Alternative Library page from this blog. It isn’t an e-library, and therefore, I decided it was unnecessary and possibly even inappropriate to have this page. This action ties in with my wanting to use computers as little as possible.

I believe that books can be a good tool for learning but reading is not an essential part of life. Much literature can be distracting, distorting and even destroying of reality and create a false perception that serves an artificial view of the world. At best, a lot of books are a waste of time and mental energy.

My library has recently significantly dwindled to less than 20 books. These books are relevant to my work and available for loan to my clients.

My blogs have many references for e-reading to find further sources of information and I will continue to add more references where appropriate.

Books are full of stories made-up by minds that are afflicted with disturbances of one sort or another. The better books grasp onto ways and means to stabilize and disconnect from the whirlwind of madness that is encircling our planet. I continue to look for such books to add to my library.

Photo Credit, Thank You: Pixabay. In the 'fake news' era, Americans increasingly value libraries, by Kate Kilkenny, August 31, 2017, Pacific Standard: ttps://psmag.com/education/americans-increasingly-value-libraries

Americans should also consider 'fake books' in this era too!!!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Guidelines for Dealing with Distress


The first formal definition of distress is when a person is in great pain, suffering from anxiety or sorrow, has acute physical or mental suffering, and/or is undergoing an affliction or trouble. Strangely enough, the definition of de-stress only refers to relaxing after everyday types of normal stress. That’s the English language for you.

As a matter of fact, the prefix ‘di’ and ‘dis’ as in the word distress should mean ‘not’ according to the usual rule. Also, distress comes from the Middle English word destresse and the Anglo French word distresse, destresse which look like de-stress.  Meanwhile, the prefix ‘de’ means down from or away from so that de-stress does actually mean away from stress. This analogy just goes to show how confusing language can be and yet words can have an effect on our well-being, so it’s good to think about these things.

By distress, I am mostly referring to episodes of pain, nausea, headache, migraine, strained muscles, cramps, tearfulness, bout of depression, sore eyes, feeling overwhelmed, and other such negative emotions and feelings. As humans in a messed up modern world that is changing faster and faster, we are apt to feel distress from time to time. We make mistakes, forget things and are pushed and pulled in every direction which is sometimes beyond our capacity to deal with immediately.

By de-stress, I mean taking steps to deal with distress.

1. The first step when in distress is to take time out. This is possibly best done in bed at home. But any place will do if it is quiet, calm, and on the dark side, where you can relax, be comfortable, and undisturbed. Turn off the TV and as many electronic gadgets as possible.

 2. Re-hydrate because stress is dehydrating. Drink cool water. It is probably best not to eat anything until you feel a bit better unless you feel that eating something will help. Avoid dehydrating food and drinks such as sugary and starchy food, alcohol, and caffeinated drinks.

 3. When you feel up to it, as you will because all things must pass, make a list of the things that you believe led to the distress attack. Then review it to see if there are any changes you need to make for the future. Making a list will also help just to learn what caused your distress so that you can deal with it better if you can’t avoid it.

4. At all costs and if at all possible, avoid people and places that could cause you more stress when in distress.

Often distress is an unconscious response to external stimuli. In other words, the reaction may actually a habit. In order to deal with this type of distress, it is important to write down triggers and anything that comes to mind which led to an episode of distress. By confronting learned behaviors, we can change to ones that enable us to cope better and avoid distress.


Alcohol is Dehydrating and then Some, Simple Food Remedies blog, https://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2013/10/alcohol-is-dehydrating-and-then-some.htmlPhoto image credit with thanks:  Excitable Cells.

Caffeine is Dehydrating Except for Coca Cola, Martians & the Similarly Minded, Simple Food Remedies blog, https://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2013/08/caffeine-is-dehydrating-except-for-coca.html

Changing and Forming HabitsMake Habits Work for You, Jennifer Wilson Life Coach blog, ttp://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/2016/06/changing-and-forming-habits.html

How TV Triggers the Stress-Insomnia-Stress Cycle, https://www.thecut.com/2014/07/how-tv-triggers-the-stress-insomnia-stress-cycle.html

Sugar is Dehydrating, Simple Food Remedies blog, https://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2013/08/sugar-is-dehydrating.html

Taking Time Out, Know Your Limits, Jennifer Wilson Life Coach blog, https://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/2016/09/take-time-out.html

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Electromagnetic Radiation


Have you ever noticed the sound of electricity surging in an electrical appliance such as an iron? I have. Do you hear the whining/humming noise of electricity at night when all else is quiet? Well, I do: whether in a city or in the countryside, and whether in a house, building or my camper. I even here it during the day when I'm resting. Sometimes it is louder than other times. I remember it was so loud in an apartment in Guildford, England that I had trouble sleeping. Sometimes there are several pitches and types of noises. I cannot hear silence anymore.

I attended a seminar on electromagnetic radiation given by Diana Schultz, a Building Biologist with Green and Healthy Homes.  I’ve been aware of these issues since 2008 right about the time Diana took up biological building, but this topic is becoming ever the more relevant as technology develops. Reviewing my notes from the seminar and the references below, I became inspired to put forward my view which does not seem to be very popular, but someone has to say it.

The real problem is not that some people get sick from electromagnetic radiation (EMR) even to the point of becoming hyper-sensitive; it’s not about lack of fertility and reproductive damage; and it’s not even about chronic diseases such as autism and Alzheimer’s. What it’s about is life. What kind of life are we creating with all the electricity? Every day more electronic gadgets appear from computers in cars, smart phones, smart meters and home security systems to robots, farm machinery, airplanes and rockets. Everything is connected to electricity in some way. In fact, almost everything in our lives has been manufactured, shipped, stored, processed, etc.by machinery that uses electricity.

To begin with, look at all the wires. The planet is encircled with tons of wires! They are underground, overhead, across streets, down long trails in the countryside, in the walls of all our buildings, in our gardens, in campgrounds, stores, everywhere. I remember considering buying an old  stone thatch roof cottage in Ireland which had no electricity or plumbing. It was near a stream. My biological being yearns to get away from the electricity.

Now, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and other wireless technologies are growing exponentially. They need electrical transmitters to operate. The frequencies are getting higher with the increase in traffic and larger bandwidths are needed to deal with the increase in data. Where is this leading? Is it improving anyone’s life or just making people sick?

Electricity with its EMR is so dense in the cities of developed countries that one cannot entirely get away from it but only partially by covering up, restricting movement and other life changing tactics.

We live in a bubble called Earth. Many people believe that we can live in a private sub-bubble that will supersede the Earth bubble. This is true to some extent. We have our skin, aura, and shelters that can protect us from some environmental harm. However, the Earth environment is ultimately our life source.

An example of a sub-bubble is the biodynamic farm. It strives to be self-sustaining, organic and self-contained, separate from the environment that surrounds it. I worked on one for a few years. Not only was it across the road from a care home that released toxic waste into the environment and resonated a good deal of EMR, but some people and animals (such as pet cats) living on the farm took medications, and ate foods with GMOs and chemicals (as did the chickens), or people used chemical laden personal cleaning products which were all released directly onto the farm land via a septic system. The farm was also ten miles from a major international airport with airplanes constantly flying back and forth directly overhead spewing out chemicals as they took off or prepared to land. The cows were milked right next to the road where cars rushed past at 60 miles per hour.

How much pollution is acceptable? Is it justifiable to continue leading a modern life-style based on electricity despite all the known harm that it causes to life if we can create our own personal protective bubble? I do not think so. I think everything counts. The drivers of the technology race do not care about the casualties and are more than happy when we spend money and make efforts trying to live with the technology race by creating our little disconnected bubbles rather than opting out and living closer to nature.

We talk about yoga, meditation and mindfulness today which are the new “rest and relaxation” which can be helpful like a lot of other things, but these often amount to nothing more than distractions from the technology race that is totally out of control. If only we could stop destroying nature, LOOK around and see with clear vision and LISTEN to our hearts, we might then walk away from technology and live in peace and health.

Looking for someone to blame? Thomas Edison had diabetes and was an uninhibited egoist. “… he set the stage for the modern electric world.” https://www.biography.com/people/thomas-edison-9284349 . The future would be brighter without light bulbs.


5G uses shorter, faster waves which don’t travel as far. This wireless airwave does not penetrate the skin as deeply as the lower frequencies, but would attack in a more dense-like manner. 5G would also be more stress to the eyes. 5G testing is underway in 11 States, including the controversial erection of cell phone repeaters in Long Island, New York.

Back to the Future by Jennifer Wilson, B'org Food Chain blog, http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-eyes-have-it-how-to-care-for-eyes.html

Bioinitiative Report 2012, http://www.bioinitiative.org/conclusions/
Bioinitiative Report, Wiki, http//: www.bioinitiative.org/

Brighter Future? by Jennifer Wilson,, B'org Food Chain blog, https://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/2013/08/brighter-future.html

Collaborative on Health and the Environment: https://www.healthandenvironment.org/

Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, Joel Moshowitz, http://www.saferemr.com/

Environmental Health Trust: https://ehtrust.org/

Firstenberg, Arthur (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Firstenberg), The Invisible Rainbow, A History of Electricity and Life.

International Institute for Building Biology and Ecology: http://www.buildingbiology.net

Jeromy Johnson, How to set up a low-EMF Internet Connection, https://www.emfanalysis.com

Klinghardt, Dietrich, M.D., - Smart Meters & EMR - The Health Crisis Of Our Time, video

Miller, Oram, Create Healthy Homes, http://www.createhealthyhomes.com

Nuclear Neighbor, Speak Up, Jennifer Wilson Life Coach blog, https://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/2017/08/nuclear-neighbor.html

Pall, Martin, YouTube interview with Dr Mercola on EMFs, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAqmT9KJBC8

Resonance; Beings of Frequency, film, https://vimeo.com/54189727  

Schultz, Diana, Green and Healthy Homes, http: www.greenandhealthyhomes.net

The Eyes Have It by Jennifer Wilson, Simple, Food Remedies blog, http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-eyes-have-it-how-to-care-for-eyes.html

What is Power, Take Back Your Power, Jennifer Wilson Life Coach blog, https://jenniferwilsonlifecoach.blogspot.com/2017/10/what-is-power.html

Why must green power mean a 160 ft pylon next to my home? Daily Mail, by Sarah Oliver for MailOnline, updaged  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2033463/Why-green-power-mean-160ft-pylon-home.html#ixzz55soL5Le7 Thanks for use of photograph.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Wonder of Wheat

Don’t Eat It

As a life coach, I generally don’t advise anyone on what to eat or not to eat. However, there are several things I would advise against such as caffeine, alcohol, sugar, and the subject of this article, wheat. First of all, wheat is:

“ … grown on more land area than any other food crop (220.4 million hectares, 2014). World trade in wheat is greater than all other crops combined. In 2016, world production of wheat was 749 million tonnes, making it the second most produced cereal after maize. Since 1960, world production of wheat and other grain crops has tripled and is expected to grow further through the middle of the 21st century. Global demand for wheat is increasing due to the unique viscoelastic and adhesive properties of gluten proteins, which facilitate the production of processed foods, whose consumption is increasing as a result of the worldwide industrialization process and the westernization of the diet.”

These are no small claims made on the Wiki site for wheat. Why is one food product so domineering? Saying it’s always been that way is not a good answer. There’s a long history of humans eating wheat, but there is a longer one of them not eating it. In this article, I describe how wheat is controversial from an historical point of view, and then go on to describe some of the many negative health effects that are cropping up in scientific studies and people’s lives.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Purdue, claims that “U.S. agricultural depends on trade.” As it stands, the diet of many people in the world depends on agriculture. It seems therefore, that our lives depend on wheat since it is such a big trade item. This has actually been the case since the beginning of civilization and that’s a sad story.

A Short History of Wheat

Wheat is a cross-breed of three grass species, which probably occurred when humans began to grow plants about 10,000 years ago. Cows and horses naturally eat grasses before they go to seed, whereas, humans cannot eat grass but eat wheatberries, cereals, cereal grains, whole grains, and wheat kernels from wheat grass. Reference is to wheat seeds when talking about planting. Caryopsis is the botanical name for wheat seeds which are a type of fruit and this is true for the seeds of all grasses. Some of these terms are efforts to make wheat more palatable and attractive to consumers.

Civilization was in the making ever since humans began to eat wheat. One conjecture is that they started eating wheat in desperation and that it is the price to pay for civilization. This time frame suggests that it took 5,000 years for wheat to result in it deleterious effect on human beings because evidence suggests that civilization started in 3100 BC (about 5000 years ago). Artifacts in ancient Egyptian tombs indicate that the Egyptians grew wheat and made bread around this time. One can surmise that wheat was used to feed the workers who built the pyramids.

The British Museum has a loaf of bread from AD 79 that was preserved in volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius in Herculaneum, Italy. You can follow the link to get a recipe for this sourdough bread, which had extra gluten added to it.

Wheat fed the Roman army, and indeed, the Roman Empire. Hadrians wall that was built by the Romans in Scotland is the furthest north that wheat can be grown due to the short growing season in the north. This shows that as the Romans conquered and pillaged all over the place, they brought their wheat growing and bread-making with them. Sort of like the U.S. military today.

Professor Eric Pallant tells a story in a short video about the development of bread making with the claim that sourdough bread was first made about 6,000 years ago. He points out that sourdough bread, which is made with four ingredients, is of far superior quality to modern varieties which can have forty ingredients (see Wonder bread for example). I have made sourdough bread and agree it’s better than supermarket varieties, but still believe that the discussion below makes this a moot point. 

Well-known British author, David Icke, comments in a radio interview that “humanity started to process information in a different way to what it did before” about 6,000 years ago. Some may say that this is just an interesting coincidence that the history of sourdough also began 6,000 years ago, but these two facts could very well be connected.

Professor Pallant also mentions wheat being used to pay taxes to the lord of the manor and tithes to the church during the Middle Ages. Another era with lots of warring.

It’s a wonder that people eat wheat, except like Professor Pallant, they have become addicted to it. It was ingrained in us thousands of years ago, but just because people have been eating wheat in such abundance for such a long time, does not mean that it is good.

People did not eat wheat for a longer time before 10,000 years. Even if we only consider true homo sapiens that existed from 30,000 years ago, that is 20,000 years without eating wheat and without so-called civilization. One claim, however, is that humans have been around much longer than that … around 300,000 years or more and our predecessors go back millions of years. At any rate, it seems that peoples who have a history of eating wheat also have a history of their physical health going downhill at an ever increasing rate correlated with wheat production and consumption.

Humans also have a history of hallucinating, making up grand stories, and demonstrating lots of mental illness. The effect of this madness is snowballing. Down the ages, we have created religion, myths, ETs, the Royalty, armies, and corporations. Histrionic personalities, superiority complex, narcissism, obsessive-compulsive behavior are examples of mental conditions shared by many top executives.  It’s not just the so-called insane who are mad, but all humanity with its mad tendencies (see my article B’org Mentality for more information).

History repeats itself, and therefore, madness must be why we developed into the mess that the world is in today. Some people are awed at what man has done, like building complex structures and the space explorations. However, some people are not impressed with man-made things. But everyone can see how biodiversity is dwindling and nature is disappearing from our lives. Everyone can see how the medical profession is growing with illness, pains, and deformities. Everyone can see the wars and torture going on. A lot of scientific evidence and common sense (what’s left of it) shows that wheat had and is having something to do with this.

Wheat in the Modern World

A rapid rise in wheat production occurred in the 1960s after Norman Borlough developed the semi-dwarf, high-yielddisease-resistant wheat varieties of wheat that he spread worldwide in the Green Revolution which included increased use of chemicals and machinery in agriculture.  Experimentation with wheat continues.

Wheat is a wonder, but it’s not wonderful. When I think of all the other things people regularly put in their bodies, it’s not so surprising that people are still eating wheat. But the tide is changing (e.g., Paleo – hunter/gatherer, GAPS – why no wheat or sugar beet, low carb/keto diets, and the new Wheatbelly diet, to name a few) even though wheat is an icon, a staple, a symbol, a tradition, and cheap. It’s a huge business that ties in with other huge businesses such as the pharmaceutical industry.  But it is also bad for health, well-being and personal development.

Governments advise us to eat a lot of grains, wheat being the most popular. Authorities claim that whole wheat is better for us, but people mostly eat products made with refined white flour. In addition, governments are promoting a diet with less meat. One global program is called Meatless Mondays.  Another problem is that the other foods eaten today have less nutrients due to farming practices and the ever growing popularity of processed foods. Finally, eating 40% -60% + of ones diet with wheat (although only 30% is recommended) and another 20% to 30% sugar (although only 5% is recommended) does not leave many daily calories for more nutritional choices. Americans regularly consume on a daily basis up to 90% carbohydrates … and then add in the popular alcohol and caffeinated products and it’s a wonder things aren't worse.

Wheat is symbolic of civilization. If it wasn’t for wheat, I think there would be no civilization and that would be a good thing. I know lots of people will disagree with that as much as my writing this article, but to each his own.

Depictions of wheat ears and wreaths are used in many symbols and logos. The wheat wreath has often been used on coins. Wheat is in the U.S. Federal Reserve emblem on paper money along with laurel which is said to mean victory. Victory with Wheat.  

The “olive branches” on the UN symbol look like wheat ears to me and the same for the World Food Programme symbol. 

The World Health Organization definitely has wheat wreaths in it's symbol. The “feed the world” mantra is advertisement for a world government that controls the masses in a similar manner to the ruling classes of the Egyptians, the Romans, and the Europeans in the Middle Ages. Controlling the food supply is one way to do this. It has been used since civilization began to control the masses, also known as the peasantry, and now known as the Minions, an example of the all too common overactive imagination in today’s society.

It’s a political symbol and used by many countries. For example, here we have the Coat of arms of China, the State emblem of the Soviet Union, and the National emblem of East Germany. When we see the repetition of the wheat wreath in symbols, we might wonder about it..


Wheat in Alcohol and Industry

Beer, vodka and wheat whiskey are made with wheat. Some claim that the gluten in this alcohol is still intact. Imbibing in alcoholic drinks is a matter of choice, but there is plenty out there to say that alcohol is best left alone.

Wheat also has industrial uses, including adhesives, coatings, polymers and resins. Wheat byproducts from the flour industry are used for livestock and poultry.

Religions use Wheat

Wheaten bread represents the body of Christ, who of course ended up suffering. “Give us this day our daily bread (made of wheat).” This is in the prayer to “our father’ which is said at every church service/mass. We have pancake Tuesday in the Christian religion too. Wheat symbolism is used to represent much from God.

And Jesus said unto them “I am the bread of life, he who comes to me will never hunger...” (John 6.35)


It’s a wonder that people eat bread even without considering the ways it’s processed today which is enough to put off people if they thought about it. Or the fact that most products made with wheat are stripped of nutrients and then had artificial ones added back. Also, the enzymes and yeast used in supermarket breads are genetically modified. The bottom line though is that wheat is a drug. Yes, it’s a drug, and humans historically have liked drugs. One might even say that it is the precursor to the stronger stuff that many people are on nowadays. I say this because the body adapts to drugs so that they are no longer effective unless the dose is increased which also often leads to an allergic reaction. Many people are allergic to wheat today, others are sensitive to it and the vast majority is unaware of how it negatively affects them.

Wheat has its advantages such as a long shelf life and versatility. No other dough can be stretched and molded like wheat flour. But it’s kind of like Play-Doh when it comes to health benefits. 

Wheat is an Opiate

True, wheat is not like morphine, but it is an opiate. The modern meaning of opiate is any substance, both natural and synthetic that binds to opioid receptors in the brain (including antagonists - substances that interfere with or inhibit the physiological action of another). Opiates are also addictive drugs. A drug is simply a substance that alters the normal functioning of the body and additive means that the body becomes dependent on it. On this basis, wheat is an opiate and an addictive drug. It’s not well recognized that it is a drug, like caffeine. In fact, some people argue that it’s not a drug. But the evidence is there for the taking.

Wheat affects brain opioid peptide systems which are known to play an important role in motivation, emotion, attachment behavior, the response to stress and pain, and the control of food intake. In particular, the “opioid effect’ blocks pain, slows breathing, and has a general calming and anti-depressing effect. This effect may not sound undesirable, but taking a laxative has a positive result too. The problem is that when a substance is used to force a body/mind response, the natural response is hijacked and the body/mind becomes reliant upon the artificial stimulation. And, if done long enough, the body will lose the ability to act without the artificial stimulant without withdrawal symptoms that can be extreme.

This ties in neatly with the report of the burgeoning Big Pharma opioid painkiller drug addiction epidemic. As I mentioned above, drugs become ineffective over time and the dose needs to be increased.  With wheat, the effect is very subtle. One does not notice the high so much, but the low is recognized in various ways such as headaches (pain) and increased appetite.

Specifically, Wheat Gluten causes opioid effects
Scientists have demonstrated high opioid-like activity in isolated peptides from wheat gluten hydrolysates. I am not going to explain this science but merely mention it as a guideline for anyone wanting to research further.
·        Gluten exorphin (from gluten found in wheat, rye, barley) and
·        Gliadorphin/gluteomorphin (from gluten found in wheat, rye, barley)
·        Gliadin showed the most active peptides in the wheat gluten complex.
“The effects of these peptides vary, but they all resemble those of opiates.”  Opioid-like activity means that it disrupts the normal functioning of the brain. One could say that it re-wires the brain.

Opioid-like activity does not just affect the brain but also includes attaching to and activating the opioid receptor proteins on nerve cells in the spinal cord, gastrointestinal tract, and other organs in the body.

Opioids can activate receptors because their chemical structure mimics that of a natural neurotransmitter. This similarity in structure "fools" receptors and allows the drugs to lock onto and activate the nerve cells. Although these drugs mimic brain chemicals, they don't activate nerve cells in the same way as a natural neurotransmitter, and they lead to abnormal messages being transmitted through the network.”

Thereby, an artificial response is established and if repeated often, it will create pathways that lead to a habit or when undesirable, it’s called addiction. A habit is an automated response that is seated in the subconscious and, as cigarette smokers know all too well, is hard to break. Like any other bad habit, there are lots of good reasons to quit and I review some more now.

Wheat Causes Inflammation

Skin conditions, arthritis, and gut irritation are some of the common inflammatory effects of consuming wheat. It is easy to observe because the inflammation will recede quite quickly if wheat is removed from the diet. Research also shows that wheat may activate inflammation in other chronic health conditions such as asthma and multiple sclerosis. This inflammation  will likely effect eyesight as well.

Wheat Promotes Nutritional Deficiencies

There are possible issues with wheat and magnesium, phytic acid and lectins. All of these issues potentially lead to less nutrition going from the food that is eaten to the bloodstream for distribution. Lectins are associated with unwanted substances entering the bloodstream and even crossing the blood-brain barrier.

Because of the starch in wheat, it requires a lot of magnesium to be digested. This can be a problem. I discuss it only because it is such an important mineral but is often in short supply.

Magnesium is an essential mineral that is involved in the catalytic activation of over 300 enzymes and around 18,000 other functions in the human body. We are often deficient in magnesium because of modern farming methods and food processing, in addition to chronic stress, diuretics (especially caffeine and alcohol) and highly refined carbohydrate diets that take up a lot of magnesium for digestion.

One example of the importance of magnesium is that the body requires it to utilize calcium. An interesting point made in an article by Lawrence Wilson MD (2011) is that when one’s calcium stores are used up or the body is unable to utilize the calcium that is in the blood, life ebbs out of the body. He draws an analogy to calcium representing the structure that holds the etheric energy which fuels us. Without the structure intact, the etheric energy seeps out like water from a bucket with a hole in it. 

There is a good supply of magnesium in whole wheat, specifically in the bran, but science has shown that the high phytic acid in wheat can block absorption of minerals, including magnesium.

Phytic Acid
I wrote an article about phytic acid  in 2013 and have now updated it. Wheat has a good supply of phytic acid. Some research  concludes that phytic acid blocks the absorption of minerals, but some of it shows that phytic acid can be a health benefit including preventing cancer. Whole wheat flour has more phytic acid than refined varieties. Also, the fermentation process in making sourdough bread lowers the phytic acid content.

To some degree, phytic acid can be broken down by microorganisms that can be found in a healthy gut. It’s an enzymatic process. The problem is that most humans today do not have a healthy gut because of an imbalanced inferior diet, as well as, too much stress and intake of diuretics.  Besides magnesium, iron and zinc may be particularly affected.  Iron deficiency affects a about a sixth of the global population. Iron is especially important in cognitive development.

Another problem is that a lot of scientific research in this area is for commercial purposes and focuses on farm animals and how to more effectively feed them grain which they are not designed to eat. Scientists are using genetic modification and cloning to change the phytic acid content of grains and create additives to address perceived problems with wheat and other grains in animal feed. As a by the way, I recently noticed in a supermarket, cat and dog food advertising that they were grain-free. At least the diet for these animals has improved in this respect.

Lectins are carbohydrate-binding proteins present in most plants and there can be health issues in relation to them in general, but the one present in wheat, wheat germ agglutinin, is documented as being very harmful to human health. Briefly, wheat germ agglutinin increases gut permeability, damages the gut along with gluten, and causes leptin resistance which interferes with satiety (feeling full).

Leptin, the hormone of energy expenditure, works in conjunction with the hormone ghrelin to regulate appetite and achieve energy homeostasis. The proteins in wheat are known to disrupt hormone production and functions.

Wheat Starch Damages the Digestive System

OK, we’re not wild horses, but it just so happens that our digestive system is not designed to process high sugar levels either. Further, Dr. William Davis says that we aren’t designed to eat wheat at all. Besides the damage done to the digestive system by gluten and wheat germ agglutinin, the starch damages the gut as well.

Whole wheat flour is comprised of 85% starch while the white variety is 96%. Starch turns to sugar during digestion. The more processed the wheat, the quicker it turns to sugar. The disaccharide sugar, maltose, is produced with the digestion of starch. These sugar molecules need to be processed by the enterocytes on the brush border that lines the small intestine. Only monosaccharides can be absorbed into the bloodstream for use as energy. Too much sugar and starch strains the enterocytes and this contributes to developing a leaky, damaged gut.

The condition of a damaged digestive system means that not only do double sugar molecules remain undigested, but foreign bodies are able to enter the bloodstream through the leaky gut. If the digestive system is in good condition, the negative health effects of wheat are lesser. However, a constant diet of wheat, sugar. caffeine, and alcohol will soon lead to a leaky gut.

It is worth mentioning as well that:

“Opioid-like peptides may also be absorbed from partially digested food (casomorphinsexorphins, and rubiscolins). The opioid food peptides have lengths of typically 4–8 amino acids. The body's own opioids are generally much longer.” Wiki: Opioid Peptide.

Wheat is Dehydrating

Digesting all that starch in wheat causes dehydration. I wrote about how sugar is dehydrating where I described the process in good detail.

Basically, starch by way of its conversion to sugar needs lots of magnesium to be digested, it needs water to be digested, and it causes the kidneys to excrete more water and magnesium, when all the while, magnesium is the energy source for maintaining cellular hydration.

This dehydration is not limited to any one part of the body. However, since a leaky gut is associated with autism, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses, it would follow that the brain is a likely target. The dehydration of brains of the mentally ill was known a long time ago in the 17th century:

“Thèophile Bonet, in his Sepulchretum anatomicum, declares that the brains of maniacs, insofar as he had been able to observe them, always seemed to be in a state of dryness, of hardness, and of friability.  Later, Albrecht von Haller also found that the maniac’s brain was hard, dry, and brittle.” (Madness and Civilization)

Hard, dry and brittle. Not a very good description of a body part that should be soft, moist and pliable. Your Amazing Brain says that the “brain has the consistency of warm butter”. Of course, they are referring to a healthy brain.

Another good example is Alzheimer’s disease where the brain actually shrinks notably. It is claimed that simple aging results in the brain shrinking as well as a hoard of diseases. I would conjecture that to a large part, a shrinking brain is due to loss of moisture from dehydration at a cellular level. The healthy brain is around 73% water. Water takes up volume.

A close second common-sense observation is that because the healthy brain is around 60% fat, if the fat content of the brain were to decrease, again the size of the brain would also decrease. But meanwhile, dehydration at a cellular level involves the cholesterol package (fats) and its interaction with water. So if one loses fat (with the help of a low fat diet) and water (with the help of a starchy/sugary diet), their brain will shrink!

Since the smaller the human brain becomes from its healthy state, the less able it becomes, it can be said therefore, that wheat is part of the “dumbing down” of humanity. Unfortunately, this wheat scenario is like the frog in the pot of cold water on a stove. When the heat is turned up slowly, the frog loses its defense mechanisms and fails to jump out before it is boiled to death.

Wheat is Fattening

What do farmers give livestock and poultry to fatten them up before slaughter? Historically, wheat and other grains were used because they’re fattening, but they also caused health issues in the animals. Although antibiotics and other things are used in feedlots today, wheat and the by-products of the flour industry are still used.

Again, wheat is an appetite stimulant and this is very important for many overweight people today. The addictive quality of wheat is tied in with sugar since the starch in wheat breaks down to sugar during digestion. So the well-known sugar craving is satisfied with wheat and sugar. There is no satisfaction from eating these foods. The body does not get what it needs nutritionally so it desires more food, but the addiction kicks in as well. So the appetite is crazy and so the story goes on and on.

Furthermore, the wheat germ agglutinin interference with leptin means that you will not feel full even though you have had enough to eat. Without this signal to stop eating, in addition to cravings, it is easy understand how many wheat addicts are overweight.

Finally, too much glucose in the blood whether from sugar directly or from digesting starch causes the pancreas to produce insulin which stores the excess glucose as fat. And then, if the cells become overloaded with glucose, they become resistant. Both of these unhealthy situations contribute to weight gain.

Food technology is advancing at an exponential rate. It is already present in many processed foods with additives. In the USA, there are currently nine GMO crops which are commercially available.
  • Squash, 1995
  • Cotton, 1996 (Monsanto has a terminator seed patented for cotton)
  • Soybean, 1995 (96% soybean grown in the USA is genetically modified)
  • Corn, 1996 (86% corn grown in the USA is genetically modified)
  • Papaya, 1997 (75% grown in Hawaii is genetically modified)
  • Alfalfa, 2006
  • Sugar beets, 2006 (96% grown in the USA is genetically modified)
  • Canola, 1999 (90% of canola grown in the USA is genetically modified)
  • Potato, 2016
  • Apples, to be released in Fall 2017
Wheat is set to go GMO as soon as public opinion can be swayed a bit more. There are health issues with GMOs as well as environmental ones, but this is the subject for another article.

Final note about food technology and wheat is that nanotechnology is another up and coming technique.


Why do people eat wheat when all the above knowledge is available now and to some degree has been known for thousands of years?  One reason is that people are looking for food that costs less money. Another reason is all the tempting products made with it. Although we seem to have more disease nowadays than in olden times, I think wheat has always been a cheap, second-rate choice of food for sustenance. In addition, I don’t doubt that modern wheat has been altered to enhance properties that entice people to eat more of it and put their health at even greater risk. Many today are moving away from eating products with wheat, but many more around the world are being sucked into this addiction.

It is hard, sometimes very hard to find affordable food without resorting to wheat. This is what happens when people are taxed or kicked off their land and all lands are taken over by governments/corporations and an artificial environment is created. Feed the world means make it so that they have to eat lots of wheat.

Wheat is part of many cultures and tempting dishes of all sorts are made with it. Giving up eating wheat may seem like a fad and crazy. The truth is that we have been conned with tales of the wonder of wheat, but we still have a choice. I say, don’t eat it.

selected References

Bread and Carbohydrate Addiction by Dr Lawrence Wilson, September 2011, http://www.drlwilson.com/articles/ADDICTION-CHO.htm

Book Review: Madness and Civilization, Simple Food Remedies blog, January 22, 2012, http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2012/01/book-review-madness-and-civilization.html

B’org Mentality, the B’org Food Chain blog, May 8, 2011, http://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/2011/05/borg-mentality.html

Caffeine Allergy, Simple Food Remedies blog, December 21, 2011, http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2011/12/caffeine-allergy.html

Demonstration of high opioid-like activity in isolated peptides from wheat gluten hydrolysates.

Dehydration during fasting increases serum lipids and lipoproteins,

by Campbell NR, Wickert W, Magner P, Shumak SL, PubMed,

Feeding Wheat to Livestock and Poultry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbBURnqYVzw

Gluten Sensitivity and Magnesium Deficiency with video by Dr. Osborne, https://www.glutenfreesociety.org/gluten-sensitivity-and-magnesium-deficiency/  

GMOs might Feed the World if only Investors weren’t so scared, Warnings of hidden risks have hurt interest in grains resistant to the flooding and droughts made worse by climate change, by Deena Shanker, December 14, 2017, Bloomberg, https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-14/gmos-might-feed-the-world-if-only-investors-weren-t-so-scared?utm_term=0_75a28a0eaf-d6bca04b69-511538441&utm_content=buffer6cfda&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Green Revolution 2, B’org Food Chain, March 20, 2015,

How do opioids work in the brain? 12/08, https://www.naabt.org/faq_answers.cfm?ID=6
Opening Pandora's Bread Box: The Critical Role of Wheat Lectin in Human Disease, by Sayer Ji, Green Med Info, http://www.greenmedinfo.com/page/opening-pandoras-bread-box-critical-role-wheat-lectin-human-disease

Phytic Acid and the Holographic Universe, Simple Food Remedies blog, May 23, 2013, http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2013/05/phytic-acid-and-holographic-universe.html

Reduction of phytic acid and enhancement of bioavailable micronutrients in food grains, by Raj Kishor Gupta, Shivraj Singh Gangoliya, and Nand Kumar Singh, April 24, 2013, published by PMC, U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4325021/

The B’org’s Prayer, B’org Food Chain blog, https://borgfoodchain.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-borgs-prayer.html

Sugar is Dehydrating, Simple Food Remedies blog, http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2013/08/sugar-is-dehydrating.html 

The Paleo Way, Pete Evans video interview with Dr. William Davis, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsI6oQN8fdE

War on Wheat – The Fifth Estate, video with Dr. William Davis, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO3cIrNEuIc
What is Gluten and Why is it Bad for Some People?, Medical News Today, by Adda Bjarnadottir, MS, last reviewed June 3, 2017, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318606.php

What is Wrong with Grains?, Paleo Leap, https://paleoleap.com/what-is-wrong-with-grains/

Wheat is an Opiate by Dr William Davis, April 17, 2012, http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2012/04/wheat-is-an-opiate/

Why Gluten is Bad for Your Health video by Dr William Davis, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbBURnqYVzw

Why No Sugar or Starch, Simple Food Remedies blog, http://simplefoodremedies.blogspot.com/2011/09/why-no-sugar-or-starch.html

Photo References
(with thanks)

Frankly Good Wonder Bread (they said it, not me): http://spreadthewonderbread.tumblr.com/post/99332675222

SPQR https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPQR , phrase Senātus PopulusqueRōmānus ("The Roman Senate and People", or more freely as "The Senate and People of Rome"; 
By Ssolbergj - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2992630

United Nations symbol which is said to contain crossed conventionalized olive branches to represent peace, but somehow they look the same as the wheat wreaths in the other logos in this article, www.un.org/en/sections/about-un/un-logo-and-flag/

World Food Programme -WFP (headquarters in Rome), symbol, http://lk.one.un.org/7060/en/world-food-programme-wfp-in-sri-lanka

World Health Organization Logo:

Wreaths of wheat ears from China, Soviet Union and East Germany: