Grains – The Pillar of Disease

by drpaul


… and give us today our daily bread. - Matt 6:13-19

Come on, if it’s in the bible, even part of the Lord’s prayer for crying out loud, how can bread be bad? (I guess that would include bagels, pizza, cereal and crackers because they’re just variations of bread; for that matter, beer too – it being ‘liquid bread’.)

Are you sitting down? Are you ready for this – there are many, many respected scientists, researchers, doctors, athletes, and everyday people who, as part of their healthy lifestyles, do not eat bread or any wheat products (this includes the founders of Bonfire Health). Not because they have celiac disease or other gluten allergy, but because they understand how eating wheat will undermine their health in many ways.  One respected health lecturer has gone so far as to create and sell WHEAT IS MURDER tee shirts [click here if you don't believe me].

Grains are hard to digest, contain anti-nutrients gliadin and glutenin which cause intestinal permeability, promote inflammation, and cause high insulin levels – that’s a recipe for disaster/disease in the form of diabetes, obesity, cancer, heart disease and autoimmune disease (not to mention diverticulitis, a precursor to colon cancer).

Dr. Loren Cordain cites evidence in his book THE PALEO DIET, as well as his and other published research, that whole grain products frequently contribute to an elevated glycemic load because of the quantity of total grains the USDA recommends (8 ounces per day, equivalent to 8 slices of bread). Wheat in particular is problematic because it contains the proteins gliadin and glutenin, both of which are shown to increase intestinal permeability in celiac patients as well as in healthy persons.

Cordain notes that increased intestinal permeability promotes passage of a gut borne bacterial substance called lipopolysachharide into the bloodstream, producing a low-level chronic state of inflammation called endotoxemia (see Maelán Fontes’ article on Type 2 Diabetes and Endotoxemia). Endotoxemia likely underlies many chronic disease states, particularly cardiovascular disease and a number of autoimmune diseases, according to Cordain. [source: Dr. Loren Cordain comments on the  U.S. Federal Government's 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans]

I know, this is a shocker – after all, aren’t whole grains one of the pillars of health? Actually and resoundingly, NO!  It’s true – one of the quickest ways to get healthier is to stop eating grains of any sort, but especially wheat.

One problem besides the fact that people eat wheat at nearly every meal, grains in general and wheat in particular, are ‘hidden’ in many, many foods. Here’s a great article Hidden Sources of Grains.

In our house, we make cookies out of almond flour, Yambanana Bread with yams, bananas and nuts – you’d be surprised how you can still eat a healthy ancestral diet with modern recipes.


PS. The photo at the top, has another ‘devil in disguise’ – can you figure it out?


That’s right, fried food – it’s number three on the The Top 10 Disease-Producing Foods


PS. PS. Yes, although I don’t eat bread, I do still drink beer, which is in essence liquid bread – I love a good hand-crafted IPA.

Why Eating Grains Is Making Us Sick, Sad, and Fat

by drpaul

Whole, half, or any other way, grains aren’t good.

(Yes, that includes breads, pasta, pizza, cereals and pastries!)

If this is your first time hearing that grains are problematic in the human diet, then it can come as quite surprise.  More than just a surprise, it can be a downright shock to the core of your “think you know what to eat to be healthy” soul.  You may need to sit down for this one:  grains are largely responsible for the chronic diseases of civilization (obesity, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, auto immune disorders, strokes, and cancer).

Now, take a deep breath and keep reading, because this is where it will start to make sense.  We have to go back quite a ways to understand the problem with grains - about 10,000 years to be exact.  You see, before then, all human beings were hunter-gatherers (H/G), meaning they spent their days hunting animals and/or gathering fruits, veggies, seeds, nuts, bugs, and any other nature-made thing they could get their hands on to stay alive.  Now here is the kicker:  you are the same as them.  That’s right, our genes (the info in our cells that makes us human) haven’t changed really at all for the last 50,000+ years.

Why is that a big deal? More

Dr. Paul’s Pumpkin Pie [video]

by admin

Watch Dr. Paul and his daughter Hope make this delicious pumpkin pie made with a nut crust instead of a traditional crust (so it’s gluten free!) It’s easy to double this recipe and make two pies if you have company.


NUT CRUST (make this first)
1 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup raw almonds
6-8 dates, pitted
1 teaspoon grapeseed or coconut oil

  • Add nuts and dates to food processor and blend/process until granular
  • Press nut/date mixture into deep pie dish (lightly oiled with grapeseed or coconut oil) and slightly up the sides

1 can organic pumpkin
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup organic heavy cream (no rBGH – recombinant bovine growth hormone) or use NON-DAIRY SUBSTITUTE: 1 cup coconut milk (not “lite” but regular coconut milk)
2-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or use individual spices in amounts listed on can of pumpkin)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup organic raw honey or pure maple syrup

  • Mix all ingredients in medium-large mixing bowl
  • Pour into deep pie dish over nut crust
  • Bake at 425 F for 15 minutes, then lower temperature to 350 F and bake for 40 more minutes

1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • Place cream, sugar and vanilla into medium glass or copper mixing bowl
  • Beat until peaks form – don’t overbeat

Whole Grains: How do grains affect the human body?

by admin

Grains are almost single-handedly responsible for the removal of omega-3 fatty acids in the modern diet.  That’s right, those little fats that have been getting tons of press lately are as important as suggested, and maybe even more so.  There have been over 2000 studies done on omega-3 and for good reason: the omega-3s in our diet (or the lack their of) have massive implications on our health.  It all boils down to ratios: the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids in your diet is so crucial, it goes down to the cellular level.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids:  Essential!
Here’s the breakdown:  There are certain fats that we need to get from our diet, called essential fatty acids, and they are used for many different things in our bodies.  One of the big ones is the way they make up our cellular membranes.  We have something called a phospholipid (phosphate + fat) bi-layer that makes up our individual cell walls.  The lipid part is made out of a delicate balance between Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats. More