Eating Wheat Fuels Staphylococcus, Clostridium, and Klebsiella Growth, Study Suggests


Eating Wheat Fuels Staphylococcus, Clostridium, and Klebsiella Growth, Study Suggests

Research indicates that the consumption of wheat contributes to the growth of pathogenic bacteria in our gut, adding to growing concern that wheat (which is often contaminated with Roundup herbicide) is one of the worst foods to consume for gut health. 

A concerning study published in FEMS Microbiology Ecology titled, “Diversity of the cultivable human gut microbiome involved in gluten metabolism: isolation of microorganisms with potential interest for coeliac disease,” reveals something remarkable about the capabilities (and liabilities) of human gut bacteria (microbiome) when exposed to foods such as wheat.

Some of the extremely hard to digest proteins in wheat colloquially known as “gluten” (there are actually over 23,000 identified in the wheat proteome and not just one problematic protein as widely believed) were found metabolizable through a 94 strains of bacterial species isolated from the human gut (via fecal sampling).

This discovery is all the more interesting when you consider that, according to Alessio Fasano, the Medical Director for The University of Maryland’s Center for Celiac Research, the human genome does not possess the ability to produce enzymes capable of sufficiently breaking down gluten.

As reported on TenderFoodie in interview:

“We do not have the enzymes to break it [gluten] down. It all depends upon how well our intestinal walls close after we ingest it and how our immune system reacts to it.”

The new study helps to fill the knowledge gap as to how humans are capable of dealing with wheat consumption at all, considering it did not play a role in the diets of non-Western peoples until very recently (perhaps only a few generations), and even in those who have consumed it for hundreds of generations, it is still on a biological scale of time a relatively new food in the human diet which was grain free for 99.999% of human evolution.

As we have analyzed in a previous essay, The Dark Side of Wheat, the consumption of wheat is a relatively recent dietary practice, stretching back only 10,000 years – a nanosecond in biological time. We simply have not had time to genetically adapt to its consumption (at least not without experiencing over 200 empirically confirmed adverse health effects!).

The new finding reported here shows that bacteria in our microbiome extend our ability to digest physiologically incompatible foods – or at least tolerate them to the degree that they don’t outright kill us. This may explain why there is such a wide variability in responses to gluten and why the health of our microbiome may play a — if not the — central role in determining our levels of susceptibility to its adverse effects.

Another provocative finding of the study is that some of the strains capable of breaking down the more immunotoxic peptides in wheat, including the 33 amino acid long peptide known as 33-mer, are highly pathogenic, such as Clostridium botulinum – the bacteria that is capable of producing botulism. As we discussed in a previous article on Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide(glyphosate) contributing to the overgrowth of this pathogenic strain of bacteria in animals exposed to GMO feed,

“[It]t only takes 75 billionths of a gram (75 ng) to kill a person weighing 75 kg (165 lbs). It has been estimated that only 1 kilogram (2.2 lbs) would be enough to kill the entire human population.”

There are several important implications to this finding. First, the consumption of wheat preferentially favors the growth of pathogenic bacteria in the gut. Second, given that much of the Western diet now contains Roundup herbicide contaminated food, including wheat – where Roundup is used as a pre-harvest dessicant, virtually guaranteeing it is contaminated with it despite being non-GMO – there is likely an amplifying effect of this pathogenic bacteria in those who consume both wheat and GMO food (i.e. synergistic toxicity). This may help to explain why the mass introduction of GMOs over the past decade has contributed to the explosion in diagnoses of gluten sensitivity.

Additionally, a recent article by Dr. Kelly Brogan, MD, discussed how the hunter-gatherer microbiome is conspicuously low in the Clostridium bacteria family, based on research into the modern hunter-gatherer Hadza gastrointestinal flora. This study indicates that for much of our evolution – the vast majority of it – Clostridium was not present in significant quantities in our bodies, likely because their diet did not encourage it.

From the perspective of our ancestral microbiome, modern humankind has become almost a new species due to our reliance on novel new ‘foods’ like wheat and agrochemical contaminated GMOs that have contributed to the development of a relationship with strains of bacteria that were alien to us, for some populations, even 100 years ago. The microbiome’s genome is 99% larger than our genome – containing 2 million protein coding genes versus only 23,000 for the human body alone. The shift towards pathological strains may have to do both with a radical change in the human diet to a grain-based — and particularly wheat-based diet – and, again, the ever-expanding consumption of Roundup herbicide laden foods.

So, what does this mean?  Where do we go from here?

This study adds to a growing body of research showing that wheat is toxic to everyone, and not only to those with celiac disease. By forcing our body to become inhabitants of strains of bacteria that we have never before needed to occupy our bodies, and which are capable of doing great harm, it can lead to a wide range of health problems, such as infections and intestinal disases, that conventional medical thinking never connects to the diet. While some of the strains that degrade gluten are non-pathogenic (e.g. 39% were from the mostly beneficial Lactobacillus family), taken as a whole, the discovery that a variety of Clostridium strains (as well as related potentially pathogenic strains from genuses such as Klebsiella and Staphylococcus) thrive in a wheat-based diet, and adding in the fact that GMO foods further contribute to their overgrowth, it seems that the pathway towards optimal health requires the elimination of both.

PUTIN CLAIMS $400 MILLION FUNNELED TO HILLARY CAMPAIGN


A quip by Russian President Vladimir Putin during his conference in Helsinki with President Donald Trump that ‘business associates” sent $400 million to Hillary Clinton’s campaign has sparked a long list of questions.

Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge discussed the comment.

“Vladimir Putin made a bombshell claim during Monday’s joint press conference with President Trump in Helsinki, Finland, when the Russian president said some $400 million in illegally earned profits was funneled to the Clinton campaign by associates of American-born British financier Bill Browder – at one time the largest foreign portfolio investor in Russia. The scheme involved members of the U.S. intelligence community, said Putin, who he said ‘accompanied and guided these transactions.’”

The report explained the situation developed after an offer from Russia to allow special counsel Robert Mueller’s team to come to Russia for their investigation – as long as there was a reciprocal arrangement for Russian intelligence to investigate in the U.S.

Putin said, “For instance, we can bring up Mr. Browder, in this particular case. Business associates of Mr. Browder have earned over $1.5 billion in Russia and never paid any taxes neither in Russia or the United States and yet the money escaped the country. They were transferred to the United States. They sent [a] huge amount of money, $400,000,000, as a contribution to the campaign of Hillary Clinton. Well that’s their personal case.”

Putin continued, “It might have been legal, the contribution itself but the way the money was earned was illegal. So we have solid reason to believe that some [U.S.] intelligence officers accompanied and guided these transactions. So we have an interest in questioning them.”

The report cited comments from Philip Giraldi of the Strategic Culture Foundation that ascribed to Browder fault for the new Cold War. He’s described there as “a hedge fund operator who made his fortune in the corrupt 1990s world of Russian commodities trading.”

Continued the ZeroHedge report, “Browder made billions in Russia during the 90s. In December, a Moscow court sentenced Browder in absentia to nine years in prison for tax fraud, while he was also found guilty of tax evasion in a separate 2013 case. Putin accused Browder’s associates of illegally earning over than $1.5 billion without paying Russian taxes, before sending $400 million to Clinton.”

The report continued, “Browder is also symptomatic of why the United States government is so poorly informed about international developments as he is the source of much of the congressional ‘expert testimony’ contributing to the current impasse. He has somehow emerged as a trusted source in spite of the fact that he has self-interest in cultivating a certain outcome. Also ignored is his renunciation of American citizenship in 1998, reportedly to avoid taxes. He is now a British citizen.”

He also allegedly was behind the 2012 Magnitsky Act, “which exploited congressional willingness to demonize Russia and has done so much to poison relations between Washington and Moscow. The act sanctioned individual Russian officials, which Moscow has rightly seen as unwarranted interference in the operation of its judicial system,” the report said.

It continued, “William Browder is again in the news recently in connection with testimony related to Russiagate. On December 16th Sen. Diane Feinstein of the Senate Judiciary Committee released the transcript of the testimony provided by Glenn Simpson, founder of Fusion GPS. According to James Carden, Browder was mentioned 50 times, but the repeated citations apparently did not merit inclusion in media coverage of the story by the New York Times, Washington Post and Politico.”

Turkish President’s Allies In Press Freedom Attack Over Paradise Papers Reporting


Close political allies and a family member of Recep Tayyip Erdogan are suing a journalist and her newspaper not for inaccuracies, but for alleged damage to their reputations.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

JULY 16, 2018

Close political allies and a family member of Turkey’s autocratic president Recep Tayyip Erdogan are suing a journalist and her newspaper over its Paradise Papers investigation.

Turkey’s former prime minister Binali Yildirim, and President Erdogan’s son-in-law and powerful treasury and finance minister Berat Albayrak, and members of their families have filed defamation actions against award-winning journalist and International Consortium of Investigative Journalists member Pelin Ünker and her newspaper, Cumhuriyet.

The influential Turkish figures do not claim factual errors or inaccuracies but seek financial penalties for alleged damage to their reputations.

In November, Cumhuriyet published a series of stories as part of the global Paradise Papers investigation that revealed how politicians, multinational corporations, and criminals had hidden money offshore and avoided taxes.

President Erdogan and people close to him don’t tolerate dissent.
Christophe Deloire, Reporters Without Borders

Ünker and Cumhuriyet focused on opaque dealings by some of Turkey’s most powerful individuals.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) ranked Turkey 157th of 180 countries on the 2018 World Free Press Index. RSF describes Turkey as “the world’s biggest prison for professional journalists.”

“President Erdogan and people close to him don’t tolerate dissent,” RSF Secretary General Christophe Deloire told ICIJ. Investigative reporting has been increasingly targeted since 2013, Deloire said.

“Cumhuriyet is one of Turkey’s oldest newspapers, and it is one of the country’s very last independent media outlets,” Deloire added. “Nearly all the mainstream media now belong to government-affiliated investors, and they are used to wage a propaganda war against the opposition and civil society.”

Berat Albayrak, who is Turkey’s finance minister and Erdogan’s son-in-law, accused Cumhuriyet of “calumny” after the newspaper published details about the company he formerly managed and about his brother Serhat.

Serhat Albayrak was listed as a director of a Malta company named Frocks International Trading Ltd., according to the Paradise Papers documents. The company used nominees, which can be used to conceal the identity of real shareholders.

Documents from the Maltese company registry showed that Frocks International Trading Ltd. was in the garment and textile business.

The company was set up in 2003 and closed in 2009.

Throughout the same period, Berat and Serhat Albayrak were senior managers of Turkish textile, energy and media conglomerate Çalık Holding. Berat, who married President Erdogan’s daughter in 2014, was CEO of Çalık from 2007 to 2013.

Çalık has expanded rapidly under the favorable gaze of Erdogan’s government, according to Cumhuriyet. The newspaper reported that Çalık received a $750 million loan from state-owned banks in 2007 in a non-competitive bid to buy a media company.

Çalık Holding told Cumhuriyet before publication that Frocks International Ltd. had never been used and had made no commercial transactions.

A Turkish court recently blocked access within Turkey to tweets about the Albayrak brothers investigation by Ünker, the Turkish Journalists Union and Reporters Without Borders.

The next court date is November 22.

Former Prime Minister’s family refuses to comment, then sues over stories

Turkey’s former prime minister Binali Yildirim and his two sons are suing Ünker and Cumhuriyet for “an attack on his personal rights.”

Cumhuriyet reported on five offshore companies in Malta of which the Yildirim brothers, Erkam and Bulent, were shareholders.

The companies owned shipping vessels, according to Cumhuriyet. Erkam was the director of two companies, Hawke Bay Marine Co. Ltd. and Black Eagle Marina Co. Ltd.

https://offshoreleaks.icij.org/stories/erkam-and-bulent-yildirim/widget

Cumhuriyet reported that public records showed one offshore company shared an address with a Turkish business that won a $7 million research and shipping-related tender from the Turkish government.

The Turkish company’s owner was Binali Yildirim’s business partner before Yildirim entered politics, Cumhuriyet reported.

The Yildirim family did not respond to Cumhuriyet’s questions before publication.

After publication, Prime Minister Yildirim defended the offshore companies as routine parts of the global maritime industry. “There is no hidden business here,” he said.

One week later, Yildirim and sons launched legal action claiming that the reporting damaged “personality rights.” The next court hearing will take place on July 17.

“People need to know these stories,” said Ünker. Turkey’s government is targeting billions of lira in new tax revenue this year, while family and political allies of the ruling party are using offshore tax havens, Ünker said.

Yildirim was Turkey’s prime minister until earlier this month when the position was abolished. He is now parliamentary speaker.

John 14:22-31


Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture

In John 14:22-31 Jesus continues to talk with His disciples about His coming death.  They still don’t get it, as evidenced by Judas’ question. Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but his other disciple with that name) said to him, “Sir, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us disciples and not to the world at large?” His disciples were still expecting Jesus to rise up and become a powerful ruler.  But that wasn’t God’s plan.  “Jesus replied, “Because I will only reveal myself to those who love me and obey me. The Father will love them too, and we will come to them and live with them. Anyone who doesn’t obey me doesn’t love me.” It was about the relationship, which is still the foundation of our walk with Jesus today.  If we love Jesus, we obey Him.  It’s about the relationship!

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