The Woes of Wheat

from Ingrid Naiman

This will be one of those meandering posts in which seemingly random dots eventually connect in a way that makes a picture.

So, once upon a time, a patient came to my clinic determined to solve her terminal cancer prognosis through diet. She read so assiduously that I hired her and gave her a practically unlimited budget for buying books. She was a fast reader and quick study so when she first came up for air she said, “Is there anything upon which everyone agrees?” The easy answer would have been “No” but I left some gaps around which a few threads could be woven together. I said, “Well, most people agree that white sugar and white flour are not good for anyone. After that, it is more or less a free for all.” We have the raw foodists and the “man discovered fire for a reason” badgering us with their arguments. Therefore, ultimately, everyone has to cut through the jungle himself/herself.

People like to suggest that cancer is a disease of civilization but there is actually very little proof for this theory since cancer was found in the bones of dinosaurs who most likely were not foraging in dumpsters. In reality, for countless years, the incidence of cancer was about the same, 25% of people would eventually develop cancer and presumably die of it . . . though, so far as I know, there is no proof that people die of cancer. The exceptions were the Hunza people and some felt that Eskimos did not have cancer before the advent of processed foods. It quite possible that before the advent of processed foods, there were no diagnoses either.

The place in the body where the cancer develops has some epidemiological variations. For instance, nuns do not develop uterine-cervix cancer. If you are interested, you can read about chimney sweeps as well as various cultures around the world and see who develops which type of cancer. Recently, however, the pundits are saying that cancer is on the rise. Superficially, it looks this way because we are seeing a tremendous shift in the age of onset of cancer: more children and young adults as compared to 20, 30, 40, or 50 years ago. However, the global figure of 25% might not hold either, not because the incidence of cancer has increased but the previous number one killer was malaria; and it is much easier to control than cancer though I know a couple of patients who thought otherwise.

There are so many theories of diet that I want to toss out a few to help people make sense of some of the latest and greatest hype. First, the theory that we are here today because our ancestors were less prone to folly than the present generation is worthy of thought. All of us are deeply disconnected from our cultural roots and diets. In the early part of my career, I used to say that we have all evolved some resistance to certain microorganisms because we have co-existed with them for generations, but none of us inherited any genes that help us deal with chemical pollution. In the scheme of things, we probably could not be expected to evolve coping skills for ten thousand or perhaps a hundred thousand years, but we have been challenged to do otherwise. It simply is not possible.

A few more examples might serve to support the thesis I am struggling to present. As noted in recent emails, spaghetti — aka noodles — arrived in Europe thanks to Marco Polo. Tomatoes and potatoes came from the New World. Lots of us came from the Old World and we brought some dietary habits with us and adapted somewhat to two main influences: local foods like corn and eventually processed foods. When I was first studying dietary influences, Germans were the largest immigrant group in the U.S. I rather doubt this is still the case, but what we call a hamburger or frankfurter is prepared in a vastly different way than in Europe. Putting a hot dog on a white bun with ketchup is not the same as eating a sausage with mountains of sauerkraut. Wolfing it down with a coke or light beer is different from a bitter beer, the point being that without the sour and bitter components, the rest of the meal is almost impossible for most people to digest properly. Yet, what is the annual consumption of such mainstays in the standard American diet (SAD).

The direction I am going is not towards what is good or bad about any given food but taking one part of an indigenous diet out of context of the greater part is reckless. For instance, one can be a vegetarian but if the way one decides to become a vegetarian is to eliminate meat from the diet but not replace it with anything suitable, nutritional deficiencies are sure to arise. So, if we want to be vegetarians, we have to study the diets of people who have been vegetarians for centuries and find out how they manage their protein requirements.

In recent years, countless people have been tested for food allergies and been told that they are allergic to wheat and corn. We could write this off to GMOs except for the fact that genetically modified wheat does not have USDA approval. Despite this, it was recently discovered in a field in Oregon and Japan responded immediately by canceling imports. This is all relevant in the face of 71 senators blocking the effort to permit labeling of GMO foods. Oh, and Monsanto lost its corn battle in the EU:

Depending on your sense of time, wheat is not part of the native diet of anyone since it has only been cultivated for 12,000 years or thereabouts. For geneticists, that timeline is ludicrously short. They look at the paleo diet and consider this as normal for homo sapiens. Archaeologists may or may not concur with the assumptions of those espousing this diet. The theory is that all humans arose from tropical Africa and spread out to various other places. They were hunter-gatherers who lived mainly on fruit and a few other wild plants and animals.

It’s a colorful theory but skirts the evidence of highly advanced civilizations that were built in a manner that suggests the ability to cultivate food and transport it. If one lives in a hut in the forest, one can forage for wild plants and hunt, and we might all have some genetic components that are consistent with this life style, but there were also very sophisticated communities in which thousands of people lived in much closer proximity to each other than cavemen.

There are very few straight facts in today’s world, but there are lots of quaint theories. One of them is that the cultivation of wheat made cities possible. Wheat is easy to grow, easy to store, and relatively easy to transport. This meant that wheat could sustain large numbers of people in concentrated areas. It also made it possible for armies to be much more mobile. I might therefore suggest that wheat has not just some kind of hypnotic effect on our sensory organs but an underlying tendency to foment aggression. This might be a leap for some but wheat contains opioids that are addictive. All other things equal, which they rarely are, wheat would have a numbing effect that would promote lethargy and apathy, not to mention food craving. However, because of processing and nutritional deficiencies, the erosion of inhibitions can result in much more disruptive behavior. Also, many people have adverse reactions to gluten, not just the usual celiac disorders but also impairment of brain function. Foods that supposedly pacify are those with high quality dietary fats such as seeds and nuts as well as peas and lentils and my favorite: artichokes. Not surprisingly, brain and liver food and herbs also have many beneficial effects on both behavior and health.

Those who are gluten intolerant have no kind words for wheat, even if the bran hadn’t been removed. The bran is nutritious but it turns rancid so most flour is made without either the germ or bran. This is a nutritionally deficient food that is convenient for bakers and doctors who need more patients.

So, now to keep this complex subject as simple as possible, let’s look at the list of grains with gluten and those that are gluten-free.

Grains with Gluten: wheat, including spelt, kamut, farro, and durum as well as products like bulgur and semolina; barley, rye, and triticale.

Gluten-free Grains: amaranth, buckwheat, corn, millet, quinoa, rice, sorghum, teff, and wild rice.

Oats are gluten-free unless contaminated with wheat when growing. Not everyone agrees on terminology about what is a grain, a cereal, a plant, etc. The workaround for this is to consider what is used as a staple and fudge a bit. Technically, however, amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa, and wild rice are pseudocereal grains.


Every grain is “whole” at one point. This is called a kernel and it has three main components: an outer husk which is the source of fiber. This is what is labeled bran when packaged. There is a germ which is the embryo that has the potential of becoming another plant. It is a source of B vitamins and proteins, minerals, and healthy fats. It is removed in processing. Then, there is the endosperm, the part used as a food supply for the germ. This is starchy and comprises the bulk of the kernel. It does contain some nutrients but less than the whole grain.

Whole grains are more nutritious unless rancid and that “if” is important.

Now, to connect the paleo dot. Thanks to the Human Genome Project and its various spin off descendents, we are looking at humanity in new ways. First of all, the idea that our history is a mere 6000 or so years old is obsolete. In fact, it is argued, the bulk of our genes might be more than a million years old. In any event, it is maintained that we haven’t changed much in the last 20,000 years. Agriculture is believed to have been introduced 10,000 years ago and given how meaningless 100 centuries is in the broader scheme of things, our bodies haven’t yet adjusted to the novelty of either cereal-based diets or processed food.

Where this thinking leads is that we have ancient genes and some that are probably well-adapted to the present; but in a crisis, a switch is flipped and a gene that wasn’t previously expressed becomes active. This is alleged to be the cause of many chronic diseases such as cancer. According to the same thinking, the cure is in a diet that is more ancient. Naturally, this starts by eliminating everything that is processed because these are the newest and dare we say the “baddest”. Using this logic, all processed grains would go and so would dairy, the reason being that humans only began drinking the milk of other animals when the age of agriculture transformed us from hunter-gatherers. Interestingly, or ironically, these same medical speculators suggest that the closer we are to tropical Africa, the more gluten and lactose intolerant we are whereas by the time one gets to the North, a far greater tolerance for both wheat and dairy is exhibited.

The dairy argument is particularly interesting because it suggests that the gestation period for humans ought to be 21 months. Other species are born with the ability to walk but not humans. I suppose we could be compared to horses or elephants, but I know lots of birds who need to stay in the nest before they will be able to fly. Anyway, the purpose of drinking our own mother’s milk is to continue the gestation until we are actually developed enough to exhibit the motor skills of other mammals. Obviously, anyone can have a theory, but what is interesting in these speculations about our non-recorded history is that we have countless genes that are not expressed. We actually have no idea what would happen if we flipped some switches, but in the meantime, it is proposed that our traditional diet was composed mainly of fruit and that this is practical in Equatorial regions but not when the winters are harsh. In any event, the cure for the diseases that are caused by inadequate adaptation is to revert to a more ancient diet that is heavily based on fruit. In fact, the most astonishing cancer cures I have seen were based on grapes, not wheatgrass. I am not putting down any diet, just saying that after more than four decades of working with people with cancer, the most remarkable turnarounds, even for very advanced cases with many metastases, were to rely exclusively on grapes. However, I think many other fruits offer the same potential.

I am also convinced that the reason fruits like amla and bilwa and haritaki and bibhitaki and even pomegranates and sea buckthorn berries are so remarkable is that they not only are rich in antioxidants but they possess a wisdom that is beneficial for our health.

Many blessings,



Cloning Giant Sequoias

Archangel Project Founder David Milarch is a featured speaker at the Earth-Keeper Sequoia Gathering. He is the living spirit & guardian of the Sequoia & Redwood.


David Milarch inside a massive hollowed Sequoia stump in California
Photo: Jim Robbins

David Milarch discovered his calling as a tree evangelist during a near-death experience from renal failure 21 years ago. “When I came to, there was a ten-page outline that I don’t remember writing,” says the cofounder of this Michigan-based environmental group dedicated to saving the worlds giant trees. His mission, dictated (he sincerely believes) byArchangel Michael: to clean up the planet’s air and water and reverse the effects of climate change by cloning the world’s biggest, oldest trees….especially the Giant Sequoia & Redwood.

Once a hard-living biker, with an interesting love of trees, David Milarch’s astonishing  interface with the Archangels in his NDE changed everything. Almost instantly, he  developed a passionate spiritual connection to old-growth trees-especially redwoods and giant sequoias…including the extraordinary ability to suddenly clearly communicate with nature. He felt the Sequoia calling. He was given a mission. Save the trees – save the planet – save humanity!

“The Giant Sequoia pump out more purified oxygen and absorb more carbon than anything on earth….and we have cut down  98% of them !”

Both the Giant Sequoia and Redwood species can live for millennia, emitting oxygen and sequestering tons of atmospheric carbon, thus the perfect way to naturally lessen the global warming ‘greenhouse’ impact.

His Angelic Mission given in the NDE is to clone & replant them all across the planet, and its working!

Milarch, along with his son Jared and Archangel-Tree project coordinator Meryl Marsh, started taking cuttings from the tops of the most titanic redwoods and sequoias they could find, as well as sprouts from huge stumps. Working in a Monterey, California, greenhouse and using various propagation techniques, project consultant Bill Werner has coaxed bits of the plant tissue to root and grow into field-ready transplants. Archangel also maintains living libraries of more than 40 cloned species, from an ancient Monterey cypress to thousand-year-old Irish oaks.

“We want to rebuild the world’s first old-growth sequoia &  redwood forest,” he says.  “They’re the most iconic trees on earth….and they are are amazing. Jut stand next to one of these ancient enormous living beings , and you will understand !”



Clones of coastal redwood trees grow in the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive lab in Michigan.
Photo: John Flesher, Associated Press

A team led by a Tree expert  from northern Michigan and his sons has raced against time for two decades, snipping branches from some of the world’s biggest and most durable trees with plans to produce clones that could restore ancient forests and help fight climate change.Now comes the most ambitious phase of the quest: getting the new trees into the ground.

Ceremonial plantings of two dozen clones from California’s mighty coastal redwoods were slated Monday – Earth Day – in seven nations: Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Germany and the United States. Although measuring just 18 inches tall, the laboratory-produced trees are genetic duplicates of three giants that were cut down in Northern California more than a century ago. Remarkably, shoots still emerge from the stumps, including one known as the Fieldbrook Stump near McKinleyville (Humboldt County), which measures 35 feet in diameter. It’s believed to be about 4,000 years old. The tree was about 40 stories high before it was felled.

“This is a first step toward mass production,” said David Milarch, co-founder of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, a nonprofit group spearheading the project. “We need to reforest the planet; it’s imperative. To do that, it just makes sense to use the largest, oldest, most iconic trees that ever lived.”Milarch and his sons Jared and Jake, who have a nursery in the village of Copemish, became concerned about the condition of the world’s forests in the 1990s. They began crisscrossing the U.S. in search of “champion” trees that have lived hundreds or even thousands of years, convinced that superior genes enabled them to outlast others of their species. Scientific opinion varies on whether that’s true, with skeptics saying the survivors may simply have been lucky. The Archangel leaders say they’re out to prove the doubters wrong. They’ve developed several methods of producing genetic copies from cuttings, including placing branch tips less than an inch long in baby food jars containing nutrients and hormones. The specimens are cultivated in labs until large enough to be planted.

In recent years, they have focused on towering sequoias and redwoods, considering them best suited to absorb massive volumes of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas primarily responsible for climate change.

“If we get enough of these trees out there, we’ll make a difference,” said Jared Milarch, the group’s executive director.

Archangel has an inventory of several thousand clones in various stages of growth that were taken from more than 70 redwoods and giant sequoias. The challenge is to find places to put the trees, people to nurture them and money to continue the project. So far they have successfully re-planted the Sequoia  & Redwoods clones in 7 countries, and they are just getting started. The recipients of Archangel redwoods have pledged to care for them properly, said David Milarch. The first planting of about 250 took place in December on a ranch near Port Orford, Ore.


Tale of a Blue Land Crab

Throughout my Journey this time around, I have been blessed to live in several different locations around the U.S.  Each time, I experience the child in me surface, ready to discover the new wonders of Nature that our Beautiful Mother Earth sustains in the region.

For the last couple of years I’ve made my home in the Florida Keys, surrounded by so many new wonders and creatures:  Pelicans, Snow Cranes, Iguanas of all colors and sizes, Dolphins, Manatees, Alligators, even Raccoons, and of course Crabs!

About three weeks ago, I discovered we had a new resident on the property – A Blue Land Crab (among other names).  At first, it was difficult to observe her since she was very skittish at the slightest movement from us.  But as time went on, she began to realize we would not be a threat to her.  So days continued passing as we enjoyed the Gift of being part of her little Life.  As I constantly attempted to communicate and connect with her, she began to share more of her everyday life.  We watched as she fed on bugs and bits of plant, redecorated her “front yard” at the opening to her burrow, and lived wholly/holy.

I had been meaning for days to take time to research and learn more about her existence.  Finally, yesterday I did just that.  I got my question answered on the mystery of her gender, learned all about her life cycles, etc.  One of the fascinating things about crabs is how they grow inside their shells.  Crabs do not have just one shell their entire life:  as they get bigger and need more room inside of it, they molt – or “drop” – the old one when a new one is ready for them.  The new exoskeleton forms inside of the one to be shed and when it is ready, they prepare to go through the next amazing life cycle.  In order to do this safely during this very vulnerable time of life, they will barricade the opening of their tunnel-home so as to be less accessible to any predators.  Then the old shell will begin cracking and coming apart until the last of it drops off.  It only – Miraculously! – takes a matter of hours for the new shell to harden, but requires a vulnerable period until they can safely re-emerge.

As she listened to her little body, connecting with the Vibration of Life, instinctually knowing what to do next, her very focused work began.  If I had not done my homework yesterday, I wouldn’t have understood what I had the Blessing of being witness to last evening.  Beautiful synchronicity!

Last evening I watched the process of her diligent work:  Using her claws to dig, and dig until, loosening a good “armful” of dirt, scoop as much as she could between her claws, pulling it close, hugging it to her body, and then with a couple very crab-like sidesteps into the opening of her burrow, dropped it.  She then raised her large right claw, turning it sideways, and lovingly began tamping down what she had placed there.  When it met to her satisfaction, the process began again.  Sidestepping back out, digging, scooping and hugging, dropping and tamping.  By time I came back inside, it seemed she had finished her work.  Unless you already knew she had made her tunnel-home there, you would never know passing by that she was under there beginning an amazing Life cycle.  She had even, somehow, finished it off by placing a large leaf over any sign of the work just completed.  Upon my morning arrival outside to greet the Earth for today, her home had become completely invisible!  She clearly had continued working, sealing up the opening, and in a natural looking way, stacked an entire small pile of leaves on top as the final barrier to her home!

Why have I shared this story with you?  Because of the message I clearly saw in this Miracle of Nature and how we as Lightworkers, Warriors and Divine Beings could gain a reminder from this.

Now is our time to go inward, Connect fully with the Truths within, Embrace the Life Cycle/Vibration in this next important process of our Evolution.

To balance between the Honoring and melding of fully (finally) Knowing ourselves and who we really are in this Beautiful Cosmos, while holding the calm and Understanding through what is happening now in our outer World.  To send our Compassion, Love and Strength out to all our Brothers and Sisters everywhere and to the very Heart of our Beautiful Mother, helping all of us through the events occurring around the Planet and the Truths emerging.  We are the young and old, from all walks of Life, from all regions of Gaia, who are at the threshold of the next step up in Humanity’s Evolution.

It is our time to Balance the offering of this Energy with the Inner Journey now, the burrowing into the very core of Hearts, discovering what is waiting to finally emerge Within us.  And to take the last step by way of this Inner Loving Journey of shedding the constricting shell of duality once and for all.  It has been cracking for a while and it is about to drop away now.  We have outgrown the need to live inside the Vibrations of the past.  And as each of us completes our solitary time inside of ourselves, we will emerge from the burrows of our Hearts bigger, more powerful, stronger, ready for the next Evolutionary cycle that is beginning before our very eyes.

As each event happens, as each new “breaking news” item is brought to us, see the incredible Beauty in these events.  See these necessary and required steps for what they are:  the next cycle in our Journey together that forevermore, will now release and Liberate us from the captivity of the Energies that have made this place a prison planet for so many centuries.  Emerge from your vulnerable time Within, dressed in your new armor – Truth, Justice, Courage, Strength and the Self-Love to live wholly/holy.

Reject the fear if it arises.  Honor the process of the system dismantling – Within and Without.  Don’t run from it, but while rejecting any fear, rejoice and feel celebratory for this time in our Universe that never before has and never again will happen!  Be witness to it.

Take just a Moment or two, right now.  Close your eyes, Embrace what this moment in time really means for Earth, our Galaxy and our Universe.  We are being observed in Awe.  We are being Celebrated in the skies and heavens.  We have arrived at the Moment when our immersion in this grand happening is complete.  Feel the Truth of this Miracle Moment in all the Cosmos.  See and feel, through the Vibration of your Divine Power and Humility that we really… are… The Ones that we, our Mother Earth and Our Universe, have been waiting for.

I think I may have a little party when the time arrives to witness “Crabella” in all her new Beauty and Awesomeness, emerging as a new Being, more Sacred and Powerful than the last.

And I have already begun a little “party” and celebrating for my own Emergence from within, into a new Being, entering a New World.

Do the same for yourself.  Emerge anew into this new Sacred Light of day.  It is time.



Little “Crabella’s” Invisible Home




Snow Crane




African Rainbow Lizard


Monsanto and the Law: Action Needed

A Note of Urgency

from Ingrid Naiman, posted May 21

As most of you realize, Monsanto has a larger than life profile globally. It bankrolls countless politicians in innumerable countries and has bought its way to the highest positions in Washington, D.C. However, there is a backlash, and it may finally be possible to create some checks and balances that will protect consumers, the ecosystem, and maybe, maybe the integrity of government.

Monsanto is headquartered in Missouri and Sen. Roy Blunt of that state was behind the Monsanto Protection Act, a rider to the legislation that allowed the government to continue operating despite having allegedly run out of funds. Now, Sen. Jeff Merkely of Oregon has submitted an amendment to the Farm Bill that would repeal the protection that was railroaded through (without scrutiny).

This is a momentous occasion because without repeal, Monsanto would continue to have carte blanche to operate outside the law regardless of the consequences to our health and the health of the other kingdoms of Nature.

Basically, you need to contact your senators and ask them to support Sen. Merkely’s amendment, and you need to do this asap.

There is a lot more in the air.

Sen. Jon Tester of Montana has introduced an amendment that would support traditional agriculture, as in agriculture prior to genetic modification and seed patenting. You need to take a few minutes to phone the Senate at (202) 224-3121. You will be connected to your senator’s office and if enough people call, they will listen.

The march against Monsanto is scheduled for May 25th and is a global endeavor.

Dr. Vandana Shiva speaks here:

I will keep this short today and hopefully you will tweet this all over the web and our voices will be heard.

Many blessings,



Why Turmeric Is The Fountain Of Youth And The Key To Vibrant Health

(NaturalNews) To the many traditional cultures around the world that have long utilized the spice in cooking and medicine, turmeric’s amazing anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer benefits are no secret. But modern, Western cultures are only just now beginning to learn of the incredible healing powers of turmeric, which in more recent days have earned it the appropriate title of “king of all spices.” And as more scientific evidence continues to emerge, turmeric is quickly becoming recognized as a fountain of youth “superspice” with near-miraculous potential in modern medicine.

A cohort of scientific studies published in recent years have shown that taking turmeric on a regular basis can actually lengthen lifespan and improve overall quality of life. A study conducted on roundworms, for instance, found that small amounts of curcumin, the primary active ingredient in turmeric, increased average lifespan by about 39 percent. A similar study involving fruit flies revealed a 25 percent lifespan increase as a result of curcumin intake.

In the first study, researchers found that turmeric helped reduce the number of reactive oxygen species in roundworms, as well as reduce the amount of cellular damage that normally occurs during aging. Curcumin was also observed to improve roundworms’ resistance to heat stress compared to those not taking the spice. And in fruit flies, curcumin appeared to trigger increased levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD), an antioxidant compound that protects cells against oxidative damage. (

“Given the long and established history of turmeric as a spice and herbal medicine, its demonstrated chemopreventive and therapeutic potential, and its pharmacological safety in model system, curcumin, the bioactive extract of turmeric, promises a great future in human clinical studies designed to prevent and/or delay age-related diseases,” explained the authors of a review on these and other animal studies involving turmeric.

Improve the quality of your life with therapeutic doses of curcumin

Even with all the data showing that it can help boost energy levels, cleanse the blood, heal digestive disorders, dissolve gallstones, treat infections, and prevent cancer, some health experts have been reluctant to recommend taking turmeric in medicinal doses until human clinical trials have been conducted. But unlike pharmaceutical drugs, taking turmeric is not dangerous, and civilizations have been consuming large amounts of it for centuries as part of their normal diets.

According to consumption data collected back in the 1980s and 1990s, the average Asian person consumes up to 1,000 milligrams of turmeric a day, or as much as 440 grams per year, which equates to roughly 90 milligrams of active curcuminoids per day at higher end of the concentration spectrum. And these figures, of course, primarily cover just the amount of turmeric consumed as food in curries and other traditional dishes, which means supplements with similar concentrations are perfectly safe and effective.

But the truth of the matter is that you can safely take much higher doses of both turmeric and curcumin, and doing so will provide even more benefits. The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University (OSU) has compiled a thorough list of turmeric’s benefits with detailed information about the doses used to achieve such benefits. You can access this list here:

You can also check out the Natural Attitude Turmeric extract formula available at the Natural News Store. This particular product contains a highly-bioavailable form of turmeric for maximum benefits:

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