I subscribe to a website called EmpowHer, as they are a great resource for health information and was reading a recent article penned by By Linda Fugate PhD titled “Celiac-Safe Wheat Coming Soon–Maybe” and just became angry! Not at the author Linda Fugate, but at the idea of creating Celiac “Safe Wheat.”
Why you ask am I angry at a potential resolution for many who suffer from Celiac’s Disease and/or gluten or wheat intolerance? Let me put it simply – We should not be genetically modifying our food! I believe that is largely in part why we are now seeing higher incident rates of Celiac’s Disease and intolerance to wheat/gluten, as well as other diseases. I am not a medical doctor or a scientist, but clearly as stated in this article ¬Å“In general, the toxicity of modern wheat varieties has increased, and is cause for concern.¬Â
I think the focus should be on creating health alternatives since the available wheat varieties are so toxic. If scientists or researches go about mucking around with the genetic makeup of our foods, what will be the next disease that goes undiagnosed and sprouts up 5-10-15 years later with no cure? I think it is so incredibly important to know where our food comes from, what goes into our food and to eat healthy whole foods. I have learned some great tips and tricks from other gluten-free bakers/bloggers and chef’s that have improved my gluten-free experience by leaps & bounds! My good friend Karen Morgan of Blackbird Bakery always talks about the trifecta of gluten-free cooking/baking: Taste, Texture & Appearance. I know we don’t have to genetically modify our foods to meet these three criteria! Keep it simple and keep it healthy!
Fugate, Linda PhD, “Celiac-Safe Wheat Coming Soon–Maybe”, EmpowHer May 24, 2011
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Reviewed May 24, 2011
Edited by Alison Stanton
Linda Fugate is a scientist and writer in Austin, Texas. She has a Ph.D.
in Physics and an M.S. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering. Her
background includes academic and industrial research in materials
science. She currently writes song lyrics and health articles.