Be on Your Guard Against the Yeast

When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread.  “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

They discussed this among themselves and said, “It is because we didn’t bring any bread.”

Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? …”

  • Matthew 12:5-8

I know Jesus says in the Scripture above that we should not be talking about bread at this point, but I must.  I have not had a slice of wheat bread (whole wheat, white, whatever) since I was in Tennessee right after Christmas, and I don’t miss it.  I have tried a couple of brands of gluten free bread, and I have determined that they are both inedible.  I just take a lettuce leaf and turn my sandwich into a lettuce wrap, mostly avoiding ‘sandwiches’ altogether.

I have been doing a lot of thinking since my wife stayed in Tennessee and I returned to Pennsylvania.  For those that have been praying, I needed every bit of it.  My wife has needed a double portion of prayer as our son’s medication isn’t working and all the doctor does is to increase the dosage.  (Hey, doc, maybe it doesn’t work because he doesn’t have the problem that you think he has. Notice the lower case “d” in doc.)

But no, I have thought of this post a lot lately.  I am posting this in the morning, because I may not have a clear Biblical point to make, just trying to make sense of this issue.

I have a friend on a slightly different diet than I am on.  He read Dr. William Davis’ book Wheat Belly, and he lost a ton of weight.  That might be a wild exaggeration in that he didn’t weigh a ton to begin with and a much smaller version of him is still around.  I have not read the book, but my friend has, and he says that the doctor suggests that the modification of the wheat to get a more bountiful crop has altered the wheat so that it does not metabolize like the wheat did in Jesus’ time.

Well, I have lost weight without ‘dieting,’ just by eliminating wheat.  Maybe he has a point, my friend and the doctor who wrote the book, as they say in the South “Bo’fum” (the contraction of “both of them”).  I haven’t lost a lot of weight, because my metabolism is shot due to not having a working thyroid, but the pounds are slowly coming down.  And the thing is that my symptoms of an irritable digestive system, maybe not irritable bowel necessarily, have somewhat gone away, at least lessened, but returning when I eat ‘wheat’.  I said that I have not eaten a slice of bread, but I bought a couple of boxes of Girl Scout cookies the other day (How can you resist a Brownie who knocks at your door?) and one cookie sends me into fits, not bad, but one day I had two…  Big mistake.  And there is so little wheat in the things.  They are small cookies!

But the low FODMAP diet says that you introduce small portions of naughty things to find out which naughty things are tolerated and by how much.  Thus, I am not really cheating.

But, then my wife is having similar digestive issues.  And so many people are going on gluten free diets, wheat belly diets, low FODMAP diets, Keto friendly diets, etc.  Some blindly wish to lose weight.  Some get an occasional tummy ache and want to avoid it.  But some have legitimate medical issues with the digestive system, too many to be a coincidence.

And what do I have the most trouble with?  Wheat and processed foods.  Processed foods, especially sausage, contain polyols, the “P” in FODMAP.  Polyols are the carbohydrate preservatives and binders that hold it all together.  My last hot dog gave me hours of pain and a lot of belching.  Wheat gives me a lot of gas, especially if it has been fermented.  “Fermentable” is the “F” in FODMAP.  Wheat might also be the “M” as the polysaccharides in wheat, the carbohydrates, break down to form Monosaccharides once digested.

Wheat is sneaky.  I enjoy the wheat while I am eating it, but a couple of hours later, once the polysaccharides have become monosaccharides, I feel like I have swallowed a hot air balloon that wants to float above the clouds.  My insides cause so much pressure that it hurts.

All because of modified materials so that the farmer could boost the yield of his crop.

This sounds like a change in topic, but what I distrust in the global warming propaganda is that we, the imperfect humans on this planet, have never “fixed” any global or large systemic problem without creating other problems, and many times something worse than the original problem.  Have we done that with wheat, you know, especially with the wheat that we put yeast in for the dough to rise?

Be on your guard against the yeast…  Or should that be the wheat that the yeast goes into?

Are we causing digestive problems, because we thought God’s creation was not good enough, so we tried to improve upon it?

I don’t have any answers, but that is what I have been thinking about in my spare time in Pennsylvania.

Let us pray that we trust in God and that we survive the mistakes that we make and the mistakes that the scientists feed into us and the mistakes that our politicians force upon us.  Amen and amen.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.


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  1. I’m totally with you on this Mark— because you know this is also my Achilles heel— IBS— I’ve been trying CBD oil now for about a month— it’s some better but I think cutting back on gluten is something I need to be more diligent with. And I’m sorry your so is still wrestling with the meds and diagnosis

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  2. March 9, 2020 — 10:41 am

    After my illness over Christmas I had lost a total of 23 pounds. I was feeling very good about that. Here it is almost three months later and I’m sure I’ve gained a good portion of it back. I happen to love gluten. Give me a donut and I’ll do anything for you. I do know that if I cut back on bread alone I will lose weight, so maybe I ought to start that again. I am also sad about your son. Has he checked with another doc for a second opinion. So many doctors resort to medicating because they get a kickback on the prescription costs. Whatever the case, medications can often lead to worse problems.

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    • As for the weight loss, I have plateaued, if that’s a word, after about a 20lb loss. As for the second opinion, I doubt if he can afford it. We are still helping to pay bills, since he rarely works a full week and my wife eats from his table, after cooking and cleaning. And, yes, I am sure the doctor has a couple of vacation homes that we’ve paid for with Rx kickbacks, and all our son’s present problems did not exist before the therapy. He is interviewing with FedEx to see about teaching there.


      • March 9, 2020 — 12:32 pm

        I’ll keep you all in my prayers. Just a thought – would he qualify for disability?

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      • Some people have advised him to do so, but his wife is afraid that he would simply give up on everything. He has crunched the numbers. With add-ons for having three children, he’d make more on disability than he would in teaching school.

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      • March 9, 2020 — 1:15 pm

        Sounds like a no brained. When we went through our financial loss we did t have th


      • March 9, 2020 — 1:18 pm

        We didn’t have the option for disability, we didn’t opt for government intervention, and we survived, but your son has an illness which is really preventing him from working. Sometimes we have to set pride aside when it comes to providing for those we love.

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      • But the ‘illness’ is not preventing him from working. The medication, that is not really working in that he has seizures more often than before the therapy… The meds have side effects like suicidal thoughts, jitters, and greater risk of heat stroke. His classroom is not air conditioned, and he passed out a week ago – but he got paid, since he passed out in the afternoon. All of that is from the medication. He’ll probably kick himself for the rest of his life if he doesn’t apply for disability, but what kind of life will he have? And since they usually deny on the first submission, how do the bills get paid until the appeals have run their course (lowering the disability to pay off the lawyers). It’s not that cut and dried – should be, but then again, my wife has PTSD from her time in the Air Force – denied once, denied on appeal, now she wants to forget about it. Someday, I’ll write a series of posts about her hard life. One won’t cut it.


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