Are you being Grainwashed?

Are you being Grainwashed?

By Dr. Stewart Gillespie*, Osteopath, Functional Medicine, Clinical Nutritionist, Medical Intuitive

Since 2003, The Human Genome Project announced results to its study that was groundbreaking. It broke the mold of the origin of disease and how disease was inherited. Anyone ever heard of it?

Not surprising. Before these results came out it was believed that disease was as a result of our inherited genes. We could not avoid it, just bad luck. There was no known reason for it and there was no known cure as we could not alter our genes.

But this study altered that paradigm, maybe not for the drug companies, or the food industry, the health industry, but certainly for those people that were looking for a way out of chronic disease, or for those who were looking for a different way other than just consigned to years of taking drugs for an incurable disease.


The gist of this study was that our genetic code was not responsible for our function but instead it was how these genes were expressed that determined our health.  Its now known that disease that result from errors in the sequence of a gene are extremely uncommon, with less than 1% of diseases falling into this category, even Celiacs disease is not one of them!

Therefore disease is not written in to our genetic code, we cannot blame the parents anymore!

As a result of this, expanding research has produced a whole new way of looking at disease and genes based upon expression of genes rather than gene mutations, this science is known as Epigenetics. The study of genes has changed the way we think about eating.

Changes occur in organisms due to changes in our internal environment the majority of the time. So diet, environmental toxins, infections and hormonal changes under stress has made researchers look at metabolic syndrome, celiacs disease, cancer, alzheimer’s, dementia, ADHD, autism, autoimmune diseases and even allergies, a completely different way. So conditions that were thought incurable may actually be prevented or healed through the use of food rather than any modification or alternation of genes themselves. This article is going to focus on grains and the inflammatory cascade they produced if eaten on a consistent basis and their role in disease particularly brain disease like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ADHD, depression etc.

So grains, rather than a “must have”  in our diet that we have been told since the days of the industrial revolution, is now being seen as the trigger of gene expression in so many inflammatory disease we see today.

So if disease is not written in our genetic code, why is humankind plagued with so many diseases. It’s not the genes, but what they are exposed to that forms disease, and that includes our food and environment. Therefore it’s the food and what they are contaminated with. Wheat today is so different from ancient wheat which is why gluten allergies and sensitivities are on the rise. but there also other factors too. Although grain has been consumed for thousands of years, modern wheat is making people sick. What is different about wheat today, even the spelt and the kamut etc, that did not exist in ancient wheat-JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING!

  1. Modern Industrial Milling
  1. GMO and food alteration
  1. Irradiation
  1. Chemicals


Links To Modern Disease

Since that 2003 study, and the growth of epigenetics and Functional Medicine we are looking at the connection between wheat, inflammation, immune response  and modern disease. what your body does under this stress is what I figure out and then reverse it. Removing the trigger is only half the battle. More on that in later articles. But why does inflammation in the gut cause brain problems. Why does inflammation in inflammatory bowel disease eventually cause inflammation in the brain like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS ADHD etc.


The Gut Brain connection.

A little bit of science is required for this, but necessary in order to realize that everything in the body is connected and not separate entities as the multitude  of different “specialists” would have you believe.

Think of your gut as an extension of your brain as that is exactly what it is. Therefore disease in your brain is as a direct result of what is in your gut. What happens in your gut is a direct correlation to the foods that you eat. Your food determines your internal environment that determines what happens to your genes, your brain your immunity, and ability to fight off disease.

Here is what you need to remove from your diet if suffering from any brain disease.


 Found in nuts and seeds that prevent absorption of minerals. To help break them down, acidify your water with lemon juice and apple cider vinegar and soak them. 


 Forms gas cells as it contains enzyme inhibitors particularly amylase and  trypsin that stop us from breaking down food.  Ever wonder why we bloat after wheat? These inhibitors also drive part of the immune system that is catabolic and breaks collagen down.


Damage lining of gut: “Intestinal permeability” or leaky gut syndrome

Cause leptin resistance: ie make you fat

Are enzyme and heat resistant, therefore cause IBS.

Stimulates pro-inflammatory immune responses and antibodies: autoimmunity

What are some healthy alternatives?

  1. Replace grain flour with almond, tapioca or coconut flour
  1. Soak RAW nuts and seeds in water with lemon and vinegar to neutralize the enzyme inhibitors. Leave overnight and drain the water. The layer of film in the water are the enzyme inhibitors.
  1. Sprouted granola: Soak raw almonds, macadamia nuts, and chia seeds in water overnight. Add some raw organic honey. Add organic raisins, coconut flakes, cinnamon and sea salt. Place in oven

In conclusion: 

Our internal environment not our genetic code is responsible for gene expression.

Diet is a factor for our internal environment, particularly wheat and lectins, and nuts and seeds that are inflammatory.

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to stress. Stressors are:



Physical Injury or surgery

Poor food choices

Infections and Viruses


Excess Medications

Excess Exercise.


When we get stuck in that stress response we activate hormonal and immune responses that is associated with all our chronic disease like heart disease, diabetes, cancer and autoimmune disease.

They are preventable and treatable diseases. I am an expert in figuring out what the body does under stress and then reversing that process. Everyone has a different response which is why everyone needs a different drug-free non-surgical solution.

Recommended oils for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s etc: Any of the healthy gut oils set:

 Digestive: Anise, Fennel, Peppermint, Tarragon, Basil, Cardamom

Immune up: Black Spruce, Ravintsara, Thymes, Rosemary,  Niaouli

Large intestine: Peppermint, Fennel, Aniseed, Beautiful, Cumin

Stressed Out: Lavendin, Rosewood, White Spruce, Balsam Fir, Ylang-Ylang, Chamomile

Candida: Balsam Fir, Ravintsara, St John Wort, Laurel,  ArborVitae

Clove for detox

Ginger it soothes the digestive system

Lavender –  calming

Balsam Fir or Black spruce –anti bacterial, antiviral

Peppermint  it strengthens

Dr Stewart Gillespie, [email protected], — his website at  Feb 2017

Further reading:  Dr William Davis: “Wheat Belly” ; Dr David Perimutter: “Grain Brain”;