The Whole Grain Connection
A way out from under Covid-19.
diabetes with a full supply of whole grain foods
You will have noticed that many
people have only a mild response to covid-19, such that they do not need hospitalization, and certainly they do not overload
the healthcare system.
However, people with underlying epidemic metabolic
disease (obesity, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and hypertension) tend to suffer severe symptoms if infected with
covid-19 and need intensive hospital care. Because there are so many people (an estimate is greater than 50% of the population)
who have metabolic disease, the healthcare system is likely to be overwhelmed if these people contract covid-19. It is for
this reason that the world economy has shut down, while we shelter in place, practice social distancing and wear protective
masks, all with a view to preventing the infection of these vulnerable people with metabolic syndrome. Of course, there are
others in society with compromised immune systems and lung problems who also need this protection, and extra care if infected
with covid-19 but the healthcare system has not been and likely would not be overwhelmed by these particular cases.
It is therefore this epidemic
of diabetes (metabolic syndrome) that we should be fighting with all our might!
The very well-known way to prevent
diabetes and pre-diabetes is a diet with basic grain foods eaten in the whole grain form, and general avoidance of refined
sugar and refined carbohydrates.
Every one of us can to draw attention to the dilemma
in California as elsewhere, of a totally inadequate supply of whole grain foods, which are so much needed in this fight against
diabetes. This is about the lack of supply of whole grain foods and not about people’s taste
preference, since well-made whole grain products are actually better flavored and visually more interesting than bland, white
refined flour products. Tell me, who does not want to be healthy?!
The blame rests squarely on a recalcitrant commodity grain, milling and baking community, who
have refused to act on the science that has evolved over 140 years since refined milling began. We cannot tolerate
the economy of the whole world being shut down, because the commodity grain, milling and baking industries worldwide refuse
to address the need for pleasing 100% whole grain products enough for everyone. They have been on notice since the 1940s when
they gave us the compromise of enriched refined products. Much more is known now about the need to eat all parts of the whole
grain, in order to maintain good health. We should not tolerate the so called whole grain flour produced in a refined mill
system over these many years; not even as a compromise. Government intervention is essential, with immediate funding for local
mills to efficiently produce fresh 100% whole grain flour from dry, locally stored clean grain. Grains such as rice should
be presented whole, as brown rice. Corn should be presented with the germ included. All these whole grain foods need to be
produced in amounts that are enough for absolutely everyone rich and poor, to have the choice to eat their grain foods whole.
Please, we need legislation to enhance the production of healthy whole grain foods and a campaign
to educate people in the avoidance of diabetes. Please, bring this to the attention of Governor Newsom, the California Surgeon
General and everyone who can help us with this fight to eliminate diabetes as fast as possible
Making diabetes a rare disease might be the only way possible for us to reduce the healthcare
burden of Covid-19 and once again live in fully open societies.
you for acting on this important message.
Supporting scientific references
The origin, transmission and clinical therapies on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak- an update on status
Prevalence and impact of cardiovascular metabolic diseases on COVID-19 in China
Whole grains in amelioration of metabolic derangements
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The 14-Day Whole Grain Challenge
Whole Wheat Flour & Bread Nutritional Values
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