|Students participate in Integral Movement "Hashimoto's Workshop", studiowild.ca|
When I made this film, I had been investigating and really pondering DEEPLY the root of all that is Hashimoto's for many years. I did not want to hover over the surface and continue to present facts and figures about the things that were really a distraction from the goal: eradicating dis-ease.
So, of course, as with any Hashimoto's story, the question of gluten came up and needed to be addressed.
Is gluten a problem for thyroid patients?
Well, yes, it appears that IT IS. I know that I feel much better being off gluten. Many report the same thing. As well, TPO numbers drop dramatically for most. Inflammation eases up.
The body does indeed, for some bizarre reason, mistake gluten molecular structure as thyroid material and the attack response is kept alive.
(But really, everyone I know, even those who are not dealing with Hashimoto's, feels better off gluten!)
Is gluten really the culprit here?
Yes, it is.
-- ONLY BECAUSE WE MADE IT SO.
It didn't used to be a problem, at all.
And, it only exacerbates the already manifested dis-ease state. It does not CAUSE it. If it did, everyone I know would have thyroid disease!
Here's the scoop on the wheat/gluten issue, in a nutshell:
According to "Wheat Belly" author Dr. William Davis,
“This thing being sold to us called wheat—it ain’t wheat. It’s this stocky little high-yield plant, a distant relative of the wheat our mothers used to bake muffins, genetically and biochemically light-years removed from the wheat of just 40 years ago.”
And now scientists are starting to connect modern wheat with all manner of chronic digestive and inflammatory illnesses.
But the truth is: "Grain has been at the heart of humankind's diet for thousands of years. It is, in fact, the foundation of civilization: it cultivates easily, stores for years in kernel form, releasing its nutritional bounty when the seed is ground and prepared into fresh breads or porridges. This is how grains have been consumed over the millennia: stored in whole kernel form and milled fresh, full of life and nutrients."
"We have mutant seeds, grown in synthetic soil, bathed in chemicals. They're deconstructed, pulverized to fine dust, bleached and chemically treated to create a barren industrial filler that no other creature on the planet will eat. And we wonder why it might be making us sick?" (More on the history of wheat here: http://www.grainstorm.com/pages/rant)
As per the deep core message of Walk Talk Dance Sing, (where you'll recall gluten gets mentioned but is not a major focus for good reason), "The call at this time is to tap into our feminine energy, and to speak up."
Mother Nature knows best. She always has.
To deflect blame onto "gluten" and refuse to address the real "underlying" problem is not in our best interest, and does not ultimately MOVE US FORWARD (which, I'm sure you've noticed, is what really excites me!)
You see, gluten didn't suddenly go against us.
We went against it.
All in the name of "progress," of course.
"Up until the 1950s, bread had been made using sourdough leavening as the main technique, which would take up to a day to produce. This amount of time was necessary for the proper conditioning of the dough. With the advent of bakery manufacturing facilities and mass-production of square (condensed) loaves of bread, the production time for bread had to be accelerated. It was discovered that the addition of certain chemicals and enzymes to the bread could shorten the process to two hours instead of the usual 12 to 24 hours." (http://realfoodforager.com/why-i-never-eat-commercial-bread )
Ironically, in this "male-energy-driven-modern-industrialized" quest for faster and more efficient, we have, in many ways, become slower and more deficient. (Case in point: Hashimoto's)
When Mother Nature goes out of whack, so do we -- as is evidenced by the autoimmune epidemic that has taken hold.
The big question is this:
If we do not address our underlying "wacky" value system as a society, and our enormous "need and greed" that allows for this ongoing toxic treatment and modification of food into "presto non-food!", and our denial of the female life-affirming intelligence, what will be the next "once safe and hearty" food that goes rogue and causes human distress?
"Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny." --Mahatma Gandhi
Walk Talk Dance Sing is here
The Hashimoto's Project is here