Have you watched Cyndi’s TEDx Talk – What’s With Wheat?

Written by Sue Moore

November 9, 2017

Sometimes when you chat to people about their health, they often say that they can’t change because of their genes replying ‘My Mum’s overweight, so that’s why I’m heavy too, it’s in my genes’ or ‘My dad had a heart attack at 45, so now I’m prone to heart disease too.’

Some people just accept their genetics as something that they can’t change, but what if you had the tools and knowledge to improve your own situation and reverse your ‘genetic lottery’. These were questions that Cyndi O’Meara, creator of the documentary ‘What’s With Wheat?’ asked.

Cyndi’s family is the largest haemophilic family in the world, originating in Iowa, USA. Her mother had six brothers and sisters who had the condition, while another sister was a carrier. Sadly, most of them died young, however it wasn’t the disease that killed them, instead it was the blood infusion they all received to treat the disease. This blood was infected with the HIV virus, which caused them to contract AIDS and eventually die.

As well as suffering from hemophilia, subsequent generations of Cyndi’s family also suffered from autoimmune diseases, cancer, hepatitis, brain hematoma, leukemia and diabetes. However haemophilia only started to appear in her family from the 1930s. This was a time when farmers started using chemicals to control pests, disease and weeds across the United States, including the corn fields of Iowa, where her family lived and worked. At that time large-scale spraying of chemicals like DDT and arsenic were common. These toxic substances have since been linked to a range of health conditions, including the possible mutation of the gene for haemophilia.

Cyndi discusses in her recent TEDx Wilmington talk, how she became passionate about understanding her family history, the connection between chemicals, food and the environment triggers that affect a person’s health. Through this study and research she discovered how people can improve their health by making dietary changes. She also discusses how ‘the story of wheat is the story of food’ and the devastating effect wheat is having on the world’s health.

You can watch the full video now – remember to ‘like it’ in You Tube to help spread the word so we reach more people!

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4 Comments

  1. sandie

    Great talk Cyndi. Well presented

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  2. Damon Baragwanath

    What an insightful talk and incredibly compelling. You’re a gift and treasure to the world. Namaste – Damon

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  3. Dave Prenger

    I agree that wheat sprayed with glyphosate is causing many health problems today. Has anyone done any studies or testing with organic wheat to see if it too causes health issues. People who have noticed health issues when eating USA grown wheat do not have any symptoms when spending a month in Italy eating wheat products there, where most wheat used is organic. When they return to eating USA wheat the symptoms return. Some doctors claim that USA wheat has become a problem because it has been cross bred over the years to produce more wheat per plant, and that this extra gluten is the main source of our problem with wheat. I have yet to see any testing of organic wheat. Any ideas ? Thanks.

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    • Kerry White

      Hi Dave. Thanks for getting in touch. Our nutritionist Sheridan says: “Yes, even if the new modern chemically hybridised wheat grain (triticum aestivum) is ‘organic’, it doesn’t mean it is well tolerated due to the genetic differences, higher gluten content, higher gliadin content and therefore it’s huge impact on our gut flora and gut lining. However, in European cultures some are still using the more traditional breeds of wheat which may include emmer wheat or einkorn wheat. They also prepare these traditional grains properly by fermentation which also makes it more tolerable and with less gluten.” I hope this helps 🙂

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