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Not the Ducks – A Dissection of Quackery

Lynne McTaggart’s making some  waves out there in the anti-Medicine movement. For those who are unaware, Lynne leveraged her wide variety of skills into becoming one of the anti-medical lobby’s spokesmen. She’s the author of What Doctors Don’t Tell You and also runs a site. Needless to say? She’s a pretty big deal among the quack community.

And to new readers? They are quacks. They are bullshit merchants. That is the kindest thing I can say about them. They invent treatments for problems that either don’t exist or are being treated by other things and flog it for vast profit.

At a fundamental level the difference between medicine and quackery is that medicine is science. The quacks? None of what they do is scientifically proven or in some cases the advice that they give is nothing short of deadly.

Lynne McTaggart has absolutely no medical background what so ever. The people taking medical advice from her and her site? They think she is an expert. Many of the things she says are plain outright wrong. And she’s set her sights on the HPV vaccine.

The Human Papiloma Virus is at the moment the biggest single preventable cause of Cancer in women. Roughly 12,000 diagnosed per year in the USA and 3000 deaths thanks to the regular pap smear detection detecting so many. But here is the thing? Why treat when you can prevent? The treatment for a cervical carcinoma is not difficult but frankly? It’s a hysterectomy. It’s a procedure and a necessary one for a lot of people, but why would you want to not drop the rate of this procedure?

Well? For many people it’s because the “fear” of HPV keeps the wimminz in line. After all? If you aren’t scared of cancer causing penis cooties then you may run off and have a sex life. To which I point out that HPV is a STD you can catch from someone scratching their arse and shaking your hand. Did you wash your hands after putting on underwear? Did you wash your hands before? Infections spread a lot faster than people think. It’s not just Penis in Vagina that spreads it.

And again? Why is it a big deal that women get the HPV? Well? Because the vaccine is given to young kids. 12 to 14 so that they aren’t sexually active. Makes sense. What doesn’t make sense is to think that it means that we are encouraging 14 year olds to go out and have all that sex people assured me that I was having when I was a teenager. Won’t Someone Think Of the Slutty Children!

Well we did. I would rather my daughter not had to take her uterus out or die from cancer. I would also not want her to have disappointing sex with some boy I consider an imbecile with stupid pants but frankly that seems to be a problem with every generation. I was some girl’s young man with stupid pants (baggy, shapeless, metal jeans and bright red hair.) who would not achieve anything in his life. And try as I might I know that this hypothetical daughter will probably think the world of this hypothetical stupid panted imbecile who smells like an explosion in a Brut and Axe deodorant factory, but I don’t want her to suffer for her bad choices but learn and maybe the imbecile won’t turn out to be so bad.

The HPV is a killer of women. But most importantly it’s a killer of “slutty” women. Those who advocate against the vaccine think it’s a deserved infection for not marrying your high school sweetheart and having sex solely for procreation and not to see if you can move the bed. You have to be incredibly naive to think that even in the golden age of the past people were not shagging around. It also assumes the man in the relationship won’t cheat. Because men cheating on their wives just never ever happens. And if it does? It’s clearly her fault. Why if she had not picked a cheater she would not have crotch cancer! Maybe she was just a terrible wife so he had to get his jollies on the side. Clearly if you weren’t having sex with more than one person you wouldn’t have this…

In an ideal world maybe we would not need this sinful vaccine for sluts and whores but in our world bereft of gum drop fairies and unicorns, HPV exists. HPV infects women irrespective of how slutty you think they are. It infects men irrespective of how slutty you think we are too but the incidence of our cancer is lower which is why the focus has been on women. It can transmit via skin contact and a variety of other ways. Honestly? The fears that this vaccine will herald a new age in promiscuity is just nonsensical. It’s like suggesting that motor cycle helmets increased the number of people jumping over burning buses.

I actually think all of us should have the HPV vaccine since it protects against penile cancer in men and stops transmission. I do know a lot of men who do want the vaccine because they are gay and engaged in penetrative sex since Genital Warts are transmitted despite condom usage and the HPV vaccine is protective.

Sarcasm aside? The HPV vaccine is a godsend. India is trying to get the license for local production because cervical cancer and HPV infection rates are high here and this could save so many many lives. It was so effective that it’s trial was cut short because it was unethical to deny women in the control group this protection.

And Lynne McTaggart thinks you and your children do not deserve it’s protection. The Echo Chamber is astonishing. I don’t think I can get 14,000 people liking anything I complain about her. I know things I have written about Immunity have not reached such a wide audience. I suppose the lies she writes just make better reading.

The Times has implied that our story about the ‘cervical-cancer’ vaccine Gardasil was irresponsible. Here’s how we put together that story:

I spent weeks studying: 

Here’s the thing.

People think “Weeks” is a long time for anything. It’s not. Lynne has absolutely no qualifications. Her wiki says she diagnosed herself with “toxic yeast” but she has no actual medical qualifications. Her self description is grandiose but doesn’t mean anything. She is a spokesperson “on consciousness, the new physics, and the practices of conventional and alternative medicine” which doesn’t mean anything. Alternative medicine is bullshit but what on Earth is New Physics? My Chopra Senses Are Tingling.

And this means that the knowledge base is titanically unsound. There is nothing but ignorance. She is “speaking as a mother”. No one ever says “Coming from a position of total ignorance, my opinion must be as valid as those who are educated and my statement is no way daft”.

It is like me suggesting that CERN would be improved if they stopped trying to destroy the planet with a black hole. It’s a statement of such incredible ignorance. It’s like asking why no one would pick up the ball during a football match, it would be so much easier than trying to kick it.

Every quack is proud about the hours or weeks they spent studying a topic to which I must point out that education is tested for a reason.

1. You may spend years studying a topic and still flunk an exam. You can still be wrong you know.

2. The amount of time you study the topic does not correlate to the complexity of the issue and in my experience the anti-medical brigade has absolutely zero understanding of any topic.pertaining to medicine. It’s not a sin, I don’t have any idea about electronics. It’s why I don’t try to wire up my own house because in my mind there is a little voice that says “don’t do it, you will end up as a Darwin Award” while I assume there is no such voice for these people

3. The amount of time you spend learning something doesn’t make you an expert if you are reading incorrect sources.

• all information about Merck’s direct-to-teen TV marketing campaign 

I watched the advert.

See, here is the thing. The advertisement itself tells women the side effects and what it can and cannot do.

In the USA roughly 12,000 women will get Cervical Cancer a year. Gardasil will in a few years stop around 9000 of those. If we vaccinate men we can stop a lot more and stop genital warts and penile cancer. Yes, I think boys should be protected too.

This is a lot of women who don’t have to fist fight goddamn cancer. These are a lot of loved ones who will get to have a happy life free of fear of cancer.

There is absolutely no indication that HPV vaccines are linked to any of the things the anti-vax and quack lobbies claim.

• its major statements in support of the vaccine 

This isn’t research, this is paying attention

• all reports of reactions from Gardasil reported on the US government’s database of vaccine side effects, comparing that with its data on side effects of other vaccines 

Ah yes. The VAERS reporting system. Two problems? Firstly? Anyone can report something to VAERS and Secondly? VAERS collects ANY event that occurs immediately after a vaccine.

The point of VAERS is to collate all this information. Then to confirm the cases. When this has happened it will tabulate the data and analyse the statistics to look at trends in populations and then using that information to see if vaccinated people are more prone to certain conditions than others. Anyone can submit a claim to VAERS. Even me. And I don’t even live in the USA.

It is not a hard and fast list of side effects because many people report unrelated issues and many of these are not verified. It’s never been meant as a tool for listing side effects but to determine if side effects are caused or not.

• stats on the incidence of cervical cancer, the true incidence of HPV leading to cancer and on cervical cancer deaths 

It took weeks to do this?

• testimony made by the woman who helped to develop Gardasil (and is distancing herself from Merck) 

Ah you mean Dr. Dianne Harper.

No. Dr Harper did not say that. 

Dr. Harper explained in her presentation that the cervical cancer risk in the U.S. is already extremely low, and that vaccinations are unlikely to have any effect upon the rate of cervical cancer in the United States. In fact, 70% of all H.P.V. infections resolve themselves without treatment in a year, and the number rises to well over 90% in two years. Harper also mentioned the safety angle. All trials of the vaccines were done on children aged 15 and above, despite them currently being marketed for 9-year-olds.”

The HPV is extremely safe, it has a very large safety profile.

“I remain a vaccine supporter; and am grateful that GSK and merck have developed the vaccines.” – Dr. Harper

There is a notion that just 5% of HPV ever really harms someone and that notion is just daft. 5% of Polio leaves children paralysed and we vaccinate for that. 

• interviews with parents whose children died after being given the vaccine

Funny how there always seem to be other causes and parents just decide it’s the vaccine. None of these individuals seems to actually make it through any real investigation and often parents want something to blame.

• letters from Indian health professionals and published reports describing their experience of the vaccine and its present ban 

The HPV vaccine is NOT and I repeat NOT Banned in India. There were issues in the testing of the vaccine and to do with cold chain management. In India one of the major problems is a lack of infrastructure and the cold chain is hard to maintain. India does not have a good highway system nor does it have our massive 18 wheeler refrigerated trucks to ship bulk vaccines around at carefully controlled temperatures. In addition many vaccine staff are not that well educated when compared to the staff in the west because India has a massive population and people are desperate so they don’t understand why the cold chain is important.

The Indian Health Professional here I assume is Jagganath Chaterjee who is an Indian anti-vax (Yeah, I know. That’s what I like to call a Tiger Petter. It’s one thing to be Lynne who lives in the lap of luxury and not see the havoc caused by disease and it’s another to not be able to see what is outside your own window).

• statements of a US lawyer handling many of the legal cases of families whose children were allegedly damaged 

Hold your hands up if you contact your lawyer when you need to unclog your toilet or fix your shower. You call a plumber. Why the hell are you calling your lawyer for healthcare advice? If you called me for law advice I would advise you to talk to a lawyer. Why?

Because I understand what a professional is. Also? A court of law does not dictate what is and what isn’t science. Why? Because courts of law are about debate and convincing a jury or a judge who are either not experts or are experts in fields that have nothing to do with the subject.

To explain why this is, all I have to say is Eppur Si Muove.

• published articles and reviews carried out by researchers at the U of British Columbia who claimed the vaccine isn’t ‘evidence-based’ and shouldn’t be offered 

You mean stuff from Tomljenovic who has repeatedly been proven to not be an unbiased source on vaccination and who uses the University of BC as a paper mill to publish papers that often have no veracity and are thoroughly debunked including her infamous Autism papers which were categorically shown to be wrong?

The same Tomljenovic who seems to have a rather loose grasp of immunology in her work?

• all the major medical literature about the vaccine, including:

Which all supports the damn vaccine.

o all the medical studies Merck offered in support of the vaccine’s safety and efficacy; 

Why are you reading Merck’s stuff? I posted a non-Merck Study.

o studies showing evidence of links between the vaccine and a risk of other cervical abnormalities, damage to unborn babies of pregnant women, worsening cervical cancer diseases and a host of autoimmune and nervous system damage. 

The HPV vaccine is NOT recommended for pregnant women. In fact most vaccines are not suitable for pregnant women except the tetanus toxoid vaccine if it is a booster dose and that’s because neonatal tetanus is a bigger fear.

There has been absolutely no link to “worsening cervical cancer disease”, hosts of autoimmune and nervous system damage unless and until you consider Mercola and Natural News to be conductors of studies.

The problem here is that Lynne thinks HPV only affects the cervix. HPV is a major cause of viral warts. Any such would affect the injection site rather than go specifically to the cervix to affect the cells there. HPV has no problem causing warts on your finger so why does she think it’s going to travel from your arm to the cervix?

I wrote it once, had it edited by our medical copyeditor (who has written medical studies for years). She was satisfied with it, but I wasn’t. I rewrote it and sent it over again for a second review. 

I have seen anti-vax medical studies. My brother wrote with more scientific veracity and panache aged 13.

The thing is Lynne portrays her site and it’s not a little site as a journal. A Medical Journal.

For the Times article, in many ways a similar story criticizing the business of our company, the author appears to have 

The way the quackery brigade deal with criticism of their science is to try and make people lose trust in experts. Oh you cannot listen to the person who actually knows things! His knowledge creates bias and he is unwilling to discuss our poorly researched ideas.

1) spoken to three people who are part of the same, industry-backed organization campaigning to ban a magazine critical of that industry 

There is a notion that doctors are all paid by “Big Pharma”. Which is simply not true. So any “real” doctor who hasn’t seen the “truth” is a part of the shady cabal of evil wankers who want you to be sick.

And the magazine in question? It’s not critical of the industry, it’s quackery. It is pretending to be a source of medical information when what it is, is a glossy soapbox for quacks.

Critical of the Industry? For that you should read Dr. Ben Goldacre (link’s on the side). The medical industry has problems with direct advertising and non-independent testing, but you know what? We have actual oversight bodies that have quality as their vested interest.

Unlike the various quack industries. I have repeatedly pointed out that the Home BIrthers do not police midwives who do dangerous deliveries and who have high rates of stillbirth and that they routinely cook the stats (They don’t include ambulance call outs in the stats. If you eliminate all the negative issues from your stats then of course your stats will only be positive). Chiropractic boards are no better. And the less said about Homeopaths the better.

2) talked to one hapless editor of an AIDS publication who apparently was given the impression that we were telling AIDS patients to just have vitamin C and get off their medication 

No. I am sure you weren’t. No what you do is tell two stories side by side.

On one side you talk about all the horrors of HIV medication and then on the other side you talk about how something is a total wonder cure. You don’t tell people to get off their medication and have Vit C but only an idiot couldn’t get what your message is.

Interesting note? HIV is caused by steroids. You know who needs to take steroids? Many Asthmatics. What do you think they will do when they read that HIV is caused by steroids in your “journal”? Oh it may not say that HIV is explicitly caused by Steroids but it’s certainly making suggestive glances and winks and nods in that direction.

As for the Vit C thing?

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Again from inside the magazine (thanks to Alan Hennes and Josephine Jones)

Vitamin C is administered during HIV to individuals who are not eating sufficient fresh fruit. Not in mega-doses which is what the quacks want. Eat some fruits! This is something I tell a lot of people. If you can eat a balanced diet then please do so rather than taking pointless vitamins that should be only used in individuals who cannot eat a balanced diet.

When they looked at the effects of HIV and Mega-dose Vitamins vs medical multi-vitamins, they found out that mega-dose vitamins negatively impacted patients by increasing their ALT level.

ALT stands for Alanine AminoTransferase (SGPT) and is a sensitive indicator of liver damage. The advice given is not just bad but clearly untested and harmful.

3) left a message on our Accounts Department phone and with someone in the export department of our distributors Comag. 

As mistakes got that’s a smaller one than telling people that Steroids Cause AIDS when steroids are used as immune suppressants in some auto-immune disorders or transplants. I mean one’s calling a number they found on a website and the other is being 25 years or so out of date with medical science and evidence.

And they are challenging us for slipshod journalism.

No. I am challenging you for being quacks of the quackiest sort. If you quacked any harder you would attract ducks. You are currently quacking so much that I feel the urge to chuck bread at you. That’s not a journal that’s a bloody duck pond since it’s so filled with quack.

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  1. Bukhari says

    THE BREAD OF DEATH

    In looking at the cheapest foods you will be looking at wheat. So how does wheat, this so called staff of life, make a person fat? This new modern wheat may look like wheat, but it is different in three important ways that all drive obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia and more. 1. It contains a Super Starch known as amylopectin A, that is super fattening. 2. It contains a form of Super Gluten that is super-inflammatory. and 3. It contains forms of a Super Drug that is super-addictive and makes you crave and eat more.
    Our ancestors ate Einkorn heirloom, or Biblical wheat, which is something modern humans never eat. Instead, we eat dwarf wheat, the product of genetic manipulation and hybridization that created short, stubby, hardy, high-yielding wheat plants with much higher amounts of starch and gluten and many more chromosomes coding for all sorts of new odd proteins. The man who engineered this modern wheat won the Nobel Prize. It promised to feed millions of starving around the world. Well, it has, and it has made them fat and sick.
    This new super starch, amylopectin A, which makes bread nice and fluffy, but just two slices of whole wheat bread will raise your blood sugar equal to more than two tablespoons of table sugar. In people with diabetes, both white and whole grain bread raises blood sugar levels 70 to 120 mg/dl over starting levels. We know that foods with a high glycemic index make people store belly fat, trigger hidden fires of inflammation in the body and give you a fatty liver. This problem now affects every other American and is the major driver of nearly all chronic disease and most our health care costs. It’s estimated that diabetes now sucks up one in three Medicare dollars. The Super Drug in wheat are converted polypeptides, called exorphins. They are like the endorphins you get from a runner’s high and bind to the opioid receptors in the brain, making you high, and addicted just like a heroin addict.
    These wheat polypeptides are absorbed into the bloodstream and can get across the blood brain barrier. They are called gluteomorphins, after “gluten” and “morphine.” These super drugs can cause multiple problems, including schizophrenia and autism. But they also cause addictive eating behavior, including cravings and bingeing. The bottom line is that wheat is an addictive appetite stimulant.

    ON THE EVILS OF WHEAT
    Dr. William Davis on why it is so addictive, and how shunning it will make you skinny
    by Kate Fillion on Tuesday, September 20, 2011
    William Davis, a preventive cardiologist who practises in Milwaukee, Wis., argues in his new book Wheat Belly that wheat is bad for your health—so bad that it should carry a surgeon general’s warning.
    Q: You say the crux of the problem with wheat is that the stuff we eat today has been genetically altered. How is it different than the wheat our grandparents ate?
    A: First of all, it looks different. If you held up a conventional wheat plant from 50 years ago against a modern, high-yield dwarf wheat plant, you would see that today’s plant is about 2½ feet shorter. It’s stockier, so it can support a much heavier seedbed, and it grows much faster. The great irony here is that the term “genetic modification” refers to the actual insertion or deletion of a gene, and that’s not what’s happened with wheat. Instead, the plant has been hybridized and crossbred to make it resistant to drought and fungi, and to vastly increase yield per acre. Agricultural geneticists have shown that wheat proteins undergo structural change with hybridization, and that the hybrid contains proteins that are found in neither parent plant. Now, it shouldn’t be the case that every single new agricultural hybrid has to be checked and tested, that would be absurd. But we’ve created thousands of what I call Frankengrains over the past 50 years, using pretty extreme techniques, and their safety for human consumption has never been tested or even questioned.
    Q: What extreme techniques are you talking about?
    A: New strains have been generated using what the wheat industry proudly insists are “traditional breeding techniques,” though they involve processes like gamma irradiation and toxins such as sodium azide. The poison control people will tell you that if someone accidentally ingests sodium azide, you shouldn’t try to resuscitate the person because you could die, too, giving CPR. This is a highly toxic chemical.
    Q: Can’t you just get around any potential health concerns by buying products made with organically grown wheat?
    A: No, because the actual wheat plant itself is the same. It’s almost as if we’ve put lipstick on this thing and called it organic and therefore good, when the truth is, it’s really hardly any better at all.
    Q: A lot of us have switched to whole wheat products because we’ve been told complex carbohydrates are heart healthy and good for us. Are you saying that’s not true?
    A: The research that indicates whole grains are healthy is all conducted the same way: white flour is replaced with whole wheat flour, which, no question, is better for you. But taking something bad and replacing it with something less bad is not the same as research that directly compares what happens to health and weight when you eliminate wheat altogether. There’s a presumption that consuming a whole bunch of the less bad thing must be good for you, and that’s just flawed logic. An analogy would be to say that filtered cigarettes are less bad for you than unfiltered cigarettes, and therefore, a whole bunch of filtered cigarettes is good for you. It makes no sense. But that is the rationale for increasing our consumption of whole grains, and that combined with the changes in wheat itself is a recipe for creating a lot of fat and unhealthy people.
    Q: How does wheat make us fat, exactly?
    A: It contains amylopectin A, which is more efficiently converted to blood sugar than just about any other carbohydrate, including table sugar. In fact, two slices of whole wheat bread increase blood sugar to a higher level than a candy bar does. And then, after about two hours, your blood sugar plunges and you get shaky, your brain feels foggy, you’re hungry. So let’s say you have an English muffin for breakfast. Two hours later you’re starving, so you have a handful of crackers, and then some potato chips, and your blood sugar rises again. That cycle of highs and lows just keeps going throughout the day, so you’re constantly feeling hungry and constantly eating. Dieticians have responded to this by advising that we graze throughout the day, which is just nonsense. If you eliminate wheat from your diet, you’re no longer hungry between meals because you’ve stopped that cycle. You’ve cut out the appetite stimulant, and consequently you lose weight very quickly. I’ve seen this with thousands of patients.
    Q: But I’m not overweight and I exercise regularly. So why would eating whole wheat bread be bad for me?
    A: You can trigger effects you don’t perceive. Small low-density lipoprotein [LDL] particles form when you’re eating lots of carbohydrates, and they are responsible for atherosclerotic plaque, which in turn triggers heart disease and stroke. So even if you’re a slender, vigorous, healthy person, you’re still triggering the formation of small LDL particles. And second, carbohydrates increase your blood sugars, which cause this process of glycation, that is, the glucose modification of proteins. If I glycate the proteins in my eyes, I get cataracts. If I glycate the cartilage of my knees and hips, I get arthritis. If I glycate small LDL, I’m more prone to atherosclerosis. So it’s a twofold effect. And if you don’t start out slender and keep eating that fair trade, organically grown whole wheat bread that sounds so healthy, you’re repeatedly triggering high blood sugars and are going to wind up with more visceral fat. This isn’t just what I call the wheat belly that you can see, flopping over your belt, but the fat around your internal organs. And as visceral fat accumulates, you risk responses like diabetes and heart disease.
    Q: You seem to be saying that aside from anything else, wheat is essentially the single cause of the obesity epidemic.
    A: I wouldn’t go so far as to say that all obesity is due to wheat. There are kids, of course, who drink Coca-Cola and sit in front of video games for many hours a day. But I’m speaking to the relatively health-minded people who think they’re doing the right thing by limiting fat consumption and eating more whole grains, and there’s a clear subset of people who are doing that and gaining weight and don’t understand why. It causes tremendous heartache. They come into my office and say, “I exercise five times a week, I’ve cut my fat intake, I watch portion size and eat my whole grains—but I’ve gone up three dress sizes.”
    Q: You write that wheat is “addictive,” but does it really meet the criteria for addiction we’d use when talking about, say, drugs?
    A: National Institutes of Health researchers showed that gluten-derived polypeptides can cross into the brain and bind to the brain’s opiate receptors. So you get this mild euphoria after eating a product made with whole wheat. You can block that effect [in lab animals] by administering the drug naloxone. This is the same drug that you’re given if you’re a heroin addict; it’s an opiate blocker. About three months ago, a drug company applied to the FDA to commercialize naltrexone, which is an oral equivalent to naloxone. And it works, apparently, it blocks the pleasurable feelings you get from eating wheat so people stop eating so much. In clinical trials, people lost about 22.4 lb. in the first six months. Why, if you’re not a drug addict, do you need something like that? And of course there’s another option, which is to cut wheat out of your diet. However, and this is another argument for classifying wheat as addictive, people can experience some pretty unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
    Q: For how long?
    A: Generally about five days. And once you’re through withdrawal, your cravings subside, your calorie intake decreases and your alertness and overall health improve.
    Q: So do you believe food manufacturers are putting wheat into more and more food products, not just bread and crackers, because it’s addictive and stimulates appetite?
    A: These are not stupid people. The research showing that wheat stimulates appetite didn’t come from some little alternative health practitioner. It comes from the NIH. It stretches credibility to believe they have no awareness of the evidence.
    Q: If there’s all this evidence, why does the government encourage us to “eat healthy” by upping our consumption of whole grains?
    A: That’s the million-dollar question. Wheat is so linked to human habit, it’s 20 per cent of all calories consumed by humans worldwide, that I think there was the presumption, “Gee, humans have consumed this for thousands of years, so what’s the problem?” I don’t think the misguided advice to eat more whole grains came from evil intentions.
    Q: Wheat is a huge industry. What do you say to all the farmers who grow it?
    A: To me, it’s reminiscent of tobacco farmers, who would say, “Look, I’m just trying to make a living and feed my family.” Nevertheless, tobacco is incredibly harmful and kills people. It could turn out that if we wind back the clock 100 or 1,000 years, and resurrect einkorn or some of the heritage forms of wheat, maybe that would be a solution. Of course, wheat products would then be much more expensive. Instead of a $4 loaf of bread, maybe it would cost $7 when grown with a heritage wheat. To me, it’s similar to free range eggs or organic beef 20 years ago. Everyone said, “No one will pay a premium for those.” But people do. And when it comes to wheat, my main goal is to inform people, including farmers, that the prevailing notion that cutting fat and eating whole grains will make you healthy is not only wrong, it’s destructive.
    Tags: carbohydrates, flour, health, heart disease, Wheat, Wheat Belly, William Davis

    WHEAT: THE ADDICTIVE OPIATE
    William Davis
    Wheat Belly Blog
    Tue, 17 Apr 2012

    Although it is a central premise of the whole Wheat Belly argument, I fear that some people haven’t fully gotten the message:

    Modern wheat is an opiate.
    And, of course, I don’t mean that wheat is an opiate in the sense that you like it so much that you feel you are addicted. Wheat is truly addictive.

    Wheat is addictive in the sense that it comes to dominate thoughts and behaviors. Wheat is addictive in the sense that, if you don’t have any for several hours, you start to get nervous, foggy, tremulous, and start desperately seeking out another “hit” of crackers, bagels, or bread, even if it’s the few stale 3-month old crackers at the bottom of the box. Wheat is addictive in the sense that there is a distinct withdrawal syndrome characterized by overwhelming fatigue, mental “fog,” inability to exercise, even depression that lasts several days, occasionally several weeks. Wheat is addictive in the sense that the withdrawal process can be provoked by administering an opiate-blocking drug such as naloxone or naltrexone.

    But the “high” of wheat is not like the high of heroine, morphine, or Oxycontin. This opiate, while it binds to the opiate receptors of the brain, doesn’t make us high. It makes us hungry.

    This is the effect exerted by gliadin, the protein in wheat that was inadvertently altered by geneticists in the 1970s during efforts to increase yield. Just a few shifts in amino acids and gliadin in modern high-yield, semi-dwarf wheat became a potent appetite stimulant.

    Wheat stimulates appetite. Wheat stimulates calorie consumption: 440 more calories per day, 365 days per year, for every man, woman, and child. (440 calories per person per day is the average.) We experience this, sense the weight gain that is coming and we push our plate away, settle for smaller portions, increase exercise more and more . . . yet continue to gain, and gain, and gain. Ask your friends and neighbors who try to include more “healthy whole grains” in their diet. They exercise, eat a “well-balanced diet” . . . yet gained 10, 20, 30, 70 pounds over the past several years. Accuse your friends of drinking too much Coca Cola by the liter bottle, or being gluttonous at the all-you-can-eat buffet and you will likely receive a black eye. Many of these people are actually trying quite hard to control impulse, appetite, portion control, and weight, but are losing the battle with this appetite-stimulating opiate in wheat.

    Ignorance of the gliadin effect of wheat is responsible for the idiocy that emits from the mouths of gastroenterologists like Dr. Peter Green of Columbia University who declares:

    “We tell people we don’t think a gluten-free diet is a very healthy diet . . . Gluten-free substitutes for food with gluten have added fat and sugar. Celiac patients often gain weight and their cholesterol levels go up. The bulk of the world is eating wheat. The bulk of people who are eating this are doing perfectly well unless they have celiac disease.”

    In the simple minded thinking of the gastroenterology and celiac world, if you don’t have celiac disease, you should eat all the wheat you want . . . and never mind about the appetite-stimulating effects of gliadin, not to mention the intestinal disruption and leakiness generated by wheat lectins, or the high blood sugars and insulin of the amylopectin A of wheat, or the new allergies being generated by the new alpha amylases of modern wheat.

    The thing about plants is they have built in defenses to protect themselves from their enemies, mainly, (but not always), in the stage of caterpillars. Gluten is the protective agent of wheat. It is also what makes it appealing as a sticking agent for cooking; as I am sure some of you have found when using other ingredients for cooking and found it does not have the same consistency. Today’s wheat was created in a petri dish (in the late 1970’s), (not cross-pollinated), as crops have been done in the past. This new wheat was made more appealing to farmers because they all grow 2 feet tall and have larger grain heads. They also have way more gluten which has been creating more cases of gluten intolerance, Celiac and Crohn’s disease.

  2. smrnda says

    Wow, your blog sure attracts lots of people who like to cut and paste instead of just including a link.

    On the whole wheat/obesity deal; there are conditions which affect some % of people which, to my understanding, is because humans have been eating wheat for a relatively short time given our evolutionary history (Avicenna, if you know more, please let me know.)

    I’m also not sure that these problems are truly universal, I tend to eat lots of wheat, occasionally I don’t and end up eating rice instead. I’m actually underweight, my health metrics are fine, and I rarely feel horribly hungry or get any of these symptoms. It might be possible that some people do, but that’s like arguing that peanuts are objectively bad since they cause severe allergic reactions in some people.

    I also get a bit tired of the push for ‘organic’ foods. They cost more, and poor people can’t afford them, so it turns ‘good health’ into a form of classist elitism.

  3. jagwired says

    Yeah, smrnda, I was going to point that out too.

    Avicenna, you got yourself a mighty purdy blog thar. Mind if I paste all over it?

  4. F [is for failure to emerge] says

    Yeah, there was a lot of quoted quacking in the OP, attracted someone who thought a flock was forming up.

  5. Bukhari says

    I DON’T KNOW ABOUT QUACKING IN HEAVEN, BUT THERE SURE IS GOING TO BE A LOT OF F–KING:

    HUGH HEFNER & ISLAMIC HEAVEN

    Some so called modern Islamic apologists often try to fool the western infidels that Islam is a very simple religion and Islam never lures Muslims with erotic heavenly pleasures. Nothing could be furthest from the truth then this ridiculous claim of Islamists. Let’s examine very closely the facts about Islamic heaven.
    If we research on the heavens of world’s five famous religions this is what we can learn: Both Judaism and Christianity talk about heaven but do not describe what is in there! Hinduism talks about heaven and give some earthly material pleasures but does not go any further. Buddhism does not believe in after-life, and do not have any hell or heaven. They believe hell and heaven exists on this earth.

    But Islam emphatically describes many forms of heavens (at least 8 of them with various status/classes) with plenty of earthly greed’s and lusting/erotic pleasures which not many human beings (made of soil) can refuse to get it. Muslims devoutly pray at least five times (some pray even 10 times) a day, visit Mekka and fawns Pirs and Darbishes (Saints) just to get the ultimate ticket for those lustful happiness of heavens.

    In my childhood I asked our Huzur (Imam of the Mosque) what exactly will be the likes of heavenly rewards from Allah for which all Muslims are fawning Allah by five times prayers per day, and fasting for one month. The Imam shaheb replied: “after your death you will be resurrected again as an healthy young man of 25 year old. There in the heaven you will be given beautiful Houris/Gillman, wine, and plenty of foods to eat. You will stay young for ever and death, disease will never come near you again.” Folks, all those Islamic Mullahs, Maoulanas, all those Jihadis of Kashmir, Palestine, Osama-Bin-Laden’s terrorist gang, and all other gullible Muslims ardently believe just that.

    Islamic Allah and Prophet Muhammad frequently promised believers of Islam with lustful heavens and erotic pleasures of various kinds which we shall encounter later in this essay. Holy Quran got hundreds of such verses, and myriad’s of Sahih Hadiths dealing Houris and wine and sex for those pious Muslims. Truth of the matter is myth (superstitions), sex and violence are the main pillars of Islam. Below are some samples of divine promises from the Merciful Allah and Compassionate Prophet of Islam.

    Quranic verses (Translated by Maolana A. Yousuf Ali) that promise Heaven with Houris, Sex, and Wine for the pious Muslims:

    Quran-(52:17-20): “They will recline (with ease) on thrones arranged in ranks. And We shall marry them to Huris (fair females) with wide lovely eyes.” “There they shall pass from hand to hand a (wine) cup, free from any Laghw….”
    Quran: (37:40-48): …they will sit with bashful, dark-eyed virgins, as chaste as the sheltered eggs of ostriches.
    Quran: (44:51-55): Yes and we shall wed them to dark-eyed houris (beautiful virgins).
    Quran: (55:56-57): In them will be bashful virgins neither man nor Jinn will have touched before. Then which of the favours of your Lord will you deny?
    Quran-(55:72): “Hur (beautiful, fair females) guarded in pavilions;”
    Quran: (78:31-32): “As for the righteous, they surely triumph. Their gardens and vineyards and high-bosomed (pointed breast) virgins for companions, truly overflowing cup”
    Quran-(78: 33-34):“And young full-breasted (mature) maidens of equal age, and a full cup of wine.”
    Quran-(55:57-58): “Then which of the blessings of your lord will you both (jinn and men) deny? (In beauty) they are like rubies and coral”.
    Quran-(56:34-37): “ …we created the houris and made them virgins, loving companions for those on the right hand….”
    Quran-(55:70-77): “ In each there shall be virgins chaste and fair….dark eyed virgins sheltered in their tents whom neither man or Jinn have touched before…”
    Quran-56:22: “And (there will be) Huris with wide, lovely eyes (as wives for the pious)”

    Quran-(56: 35-36): “Verily , We have created them (maidens) of special creation. And made them Virgins.”
    Quran- (55:56): “Wherein both will be Qasirat-ut-Tarf (chaste females restraining their glances, desiring none except their husband) with whom no man or jinni has had tamth before them.”
    Quran: (2:25): “And give glad tidings to those who believe and do righteous good deeds, that for them will be Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise)……….and they will be given these things in resemblance (i.e., in the same form but different in taste) and they shall have therein Azwajun Muhtahharatun (purified mates and wives) and that they will have abide therein forever”.

    Quran:(47:15): “The description of Paradise which the Muttaqun have been promised (is that) in it are rivers of water the taste and smell of which are not changed, rivers of milk of which the taste never changes, rivers of wine delicious to those who drink, and rivers of clarified honey……….”
    Now some Sahih Hadiths:
    The main themes of the are: if Jihadi Muslims survive the battle, they secure concubines and plenty of booty, but if they fall (die), they are sure to enter paradise full of houris, wine and living in the most luxurious environment.

    TIRMIZI, vol. 2 states on page 138: Every man who enters paradise shall be given 72 (seventy-two) houris; no matter at what age he had died, when he is admitted into paradise, he will become a thirty-year-old, and shall not age any further. A man in paradise shall be given virility equal to that of one hundred men.

    Every man who enters paradise shall be given 72 houris (RENEWABLE PERFECT VIRGINS)

    Hadis number 1067:
    Tirmidhi
    Narrated Al-Miqdam ibn Ma’dikarib
    Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “The martyr receives six good things from Allah: he is forgiven at the first shedding of his blood; he is shown his abode in Paradise; he is preserved from the punishment in the grave; he is kept safe from the greatest terror; he has placed on his head the crown of honour, a ruby of which is better than the world and what it contains; he is married to seventy-two wives of the maidens with large dark eyes; and is made intercessor for seventy of his relatives.” (Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah transmitted it).

    Ghilman (Young Boys): In sura: (52:24) Allah promises to supply young diamond-sparkling beautiful boys for some inhabitants of Islamic heavens. Some deceitful western living mullahs will argue that these boys are there to serve drinks to the pious inhabitants of the heavens and not for having sex by those Beduin homosexual Jihadi Martyrs. They also will argue that Koran did not specify that these Ghilman (young boys) will be used as sex partners by Martyrs, i.e., it was not said so in the Quran. Well, Koran also did not specify what those Martyrs/pious Muslims suppose to do with the wide-eyed, firmed, swollen breast, white skinned beautiful houris! Your parent gets you married a beautiful young lady, and parents never say what you suppose to do with your wife, do they? Decietful Mullah’s logic/excuse that these Ghilman could be there as the waiters just to serve drinks and food does not sound right. I don’t think it is the purpose of supplying young boys just to be the waiters. Waiters could be adult person instead of pearl-sparkling everlasting young boys! Is not it folks?

    The Sex Market of Heaven (Islamic brothel) according to Ihya Uloom Ed-Din:

    Allah has arranged for Pious Muslims a non-stop and non-interrupted sex in Islamic heavens because Mullahs will remain busy only with unlimited sex and wine for billions of years to come. These are rewards from the merciful Allah for killing and torturing those enemies of Allah by Mumeen Muslims.
    In the Hadiths the Prophet Muhammad gave the believers a final choice of a open sex market in heaven where there will be no limit of the number of sexual partners. Women are in display like open fruit market. Hadith: Al hadiths, Vol. 4, Page-172, No.34: Hozrot Ali (r.a) narrated that the Apostle of Allah said, “There is in paradise an open market wherein there will be no buying or selling, but will consist of men and women. When a man desires a beauty, at once he will have intercourse with them as desired.
    In this open sex market of heaven one can easily imagine what type of fun is going to happen there. Say one particular day of heaven—one very pious Muslim (who prayed five times a day and visited Mecca) who has been permitted to the best of Islamic heaven. There one day he decided to visit (out of curiosity) the famous sex market of heaven, and when he reached there, he found out that all his great great grandfathers, grandfather, father, brothers also were there visiting “Islamic Brothel” called heavenly sex market. Now, they all got excited by the paragon beauty of heavenly houris with very swollen breasts, dark eyes and fair skin. The great great grandfather will command all his descendents family members to feel free to enjoy the sweet taste of houris. In that case the great great grandfathers, grandfather, father, brothers—they all will start simultaneous orgy of sexual intercourse right in front of each others. Can you imagine that terrific scenery folks? Allah is really great and merciful indeed!
    Now Some Descriptions of Houris from Quran and hadiths:

    Quran-(78: 33-34) The houris are ever-young full-breasted (mature) maidens of equal age having swelling (protruding/pointed) bosoms, and a full cup of wine.”
    Quran- (55:56): “Wherein both will be Qasirat-ut-Tarf (chaste females restraining their glances, desiring none except their husband) with whom no man or jinni has had tamth before them.”

    MISHKAT, (volume three Says on pages 83-97): If a houri looks down from her abode in heaven onto the earth, the whole distance (space) shall be filled with light and fragrance. A houri’s face is more radiant than a mirror, and one can see one’s image in her cheek. The marrow of her shins is visible to the eyes.

    TIRMZI, volume two (p 35-40): A houri is a most beautiful young woman with a transparent body. The marrow of her bones is visible like the interior lines of pearls and rubies. She looks like red wine in a white glass. She is of white color, and free from the routine physical disabilities of an ordinary woman such as menstruation, menopause, urinal and offal discharge, child bearing and the related pollution. A houri is a girl of tender age, having large breasts which are round (pointed), and not inclined to dangle. Houris dwell in palaces of splendid surroundings.

    Here are some incredible stuff in heaven waiting for Mumeen Muslims.
    Book by the great Imam Ghazzali: Ihya Uloom Ed-Din. The Sunnis consider this epic as next to Quran.
    Volume 4,
    Page-4.430
    “According to Prophet Muhammad (SW) the Hurs of Paradise will be pure women—free of menstruation, urine, stool, cough and children. The Hurs will sing in Paradise on divine purity and praise—we are most beautiful Hurs and we are for the honored husbands.
    Muhammad said that an inmate of Paradise will have the sexual strength of 70 men. Muhammad said, “An inmate of Paradise will have 500 Hurs, 4,000 unmarried women and 8,000 widowed women. Each of them will keep embracing him for the duration of his whole worldly life.”
    An appropriate Sahih Hadith for coping with the sexual urge of 500 houris, 4,000 unmarried women and 8,000 widowed women for each Mumeen Muslim:

    Ibn Majah, vol.v, page 547: Hadis number 4337Abu ‘Umama (Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Allah will not admit anyone in the Paradise but Allah, the Mighty and glorious will marry him with 72 wives, two will be from virgin (haurine) with big eyes and seventy will be his inheritance from the people of the Hell-Fire.” Every one of them will have a pleasant vagina and he (the man) will have sexual organ that does not bend down during sexual intercourse (perpetual erection).
    Hashim b. Khalid says, ‘The words “out of his inheritance (due) from the denizens of the Fire”, mean men who will enter the Fire and the inmates of the paradise will inherit their wives just as the Faroah’s wife will be inherited (by the believers).

    (I must conclude here that, Allah and Prophet Muhammad is really merciful and compassionate enough to give each Mumeen Mussalman sexual virility of 100 men, and a permanent penile erection so that he can handle very easily all those thousands of women and houris. Allah also arranged some heavenly benefits for the wives of infidels (especially American kaffirs) who will be allowed to serve inmates of heaven as extra pleasures, but I could not find any such heavenly arrangement for our pious Muslimahs! Sorry Muslim ladies, you will probably fill the hells, as our most merciful Prophet Muhammad said: “Hell will be filled with women” in hadith. Sorry!!! )

    P-4.431
    Muhammad said, “If an inmate of Paradise will wish to have a son born to him, he will get it. It stays in womb, its weaning away from milk and its youth will come to pass at the same time.” Muhammad said, “The inmates of Paradise will be beardless and hairless. Their color will be white and their eyes painted with collyrium. They will be youth of 33 years of age. They will be sixty cubits long and seven cubits broad.”

    More good stuff from the famous book of Imam Ghazali (Ihya Uloom Ed-Din)
    Who will go to paradise first?

    (P1.117; P.1.149-150; p.1.181)
    It is compulsory to believe in Paradise and Hell. Unconditional Paradise is assured for him who works as an Imam in a mosque. A Muazzin (crier of prayer) will enter Paradise unconditionally after his service of forty years. Your Imam is the representative of God on your behalf. An Imam stands between God and His servants. Pray behind an Imam to enter Paradise. You can knock at the door of Paradise through fasting.
    p.3.204
    Muhammad said, ‘The poor refugees will enter Paradise five hundred years before the rich refugees. The poor believers will enter Paradise before the rich believers. They will be engaged in enjoyment of food and drink when the rich will remain down on their knees. God will say, “I have got questions to ask you: You have wielded power over men. You were kings and rulers over them. Now inform me what actions have you done with the gifts I gave you.”’ [Key factor why Muslims all over the world are damn poor].
    p.3.205
    Muhammad said, “Those who will be the chiefs in Paradise among the believers are those who could not procure their night meal after morning meal, who did not get any loan when asked for, who had no cloth except what they got to cover their shame and who could not procure even their necessary things, yet they were satisfied with their Lord at all times. They were those persons on whom God showered His blessing—the prophets, the truthful, the martyrs and the religious people.” [Key factor why Muslims all over the world are damn poor].
    p.3.210
    Muhammad said, “Shall I not inform you of the dwellers of Paradise?—every weak and neglected man. If he is given oath in the name of God, makes him to fulfill it. Shall I not inform you of the inmates of Hell?—every proud, haughty and harsh man.”
    Muhammad said, “Those who are disheveled in hair, dust ridden, dressed in torn and tattered clothes, hated by people, those who are not given permission to go to the ruler when prayed for, who are not given girls in marriage when sought, who are not heard when they talk, whose wants and complaints are extinguished in their minds–they are the dwellers of Paradise. If their light is distributed among the people on the Resurrection Day, it would be sufficient for them.” [Key factor why Muslims all over the world are damn poor].
    (p.4.294; p.4.321; p.4.353)
    Muhammad said that, “during the resurrection day God will provide wings to group of his followers; they will fly to Paradise with the help of those wings. This was due to their devotion to God when they spent their time in solitude.” Muhammad also said, “He who keeps sitting in a mosque will meet God. If anyone seeks Paradise, he should not sleep at night; he who fears God takes rest at dawn. If you suffer from epilepsy you will go to paradise. There are two Paradises of silver utensils and two Paradises of Gold utensils. A Houri will fill the heaven and earth with light and scent and a martyr (Jihadist) would like to come back and be killed again and again.”

    Shape of the heaven and it’s surroundings:

    p.4.427
    Paradise has 8 doors. He who prayed will be called from the door of prayer. He who paid zakat will be called from the door of zakat. He who fought will be called from the door of jihad.
    Sahih Bukhari; No. 1214:
    Narrated by Syed Ibn Abu Moryam (ra): “Prophet Muhammad (SW) said, the heaven will have eight doors and one of the door is named as “Riayaaan” through which only those who are fasting during Ramadhan will enter the heaven.”
    (Ihya Uloom Ed-Din: 3.50.896; 4.52.48; 4.54.465; 4.54.466; 4.54.474)
    Knowing 99 names of Allah will lead one to Paradise… Paradise has one hundred grades; Al-firdous is the highest grade… Muhammad saw Umar’s palace in Paradise…A tent in Paradise is like a tent of hollow pearl thirty miles wide and sixty miles in height.
    (Ihya Uloom Ed-Din: 6.60.7; 6.60.402; 6.60.403; 7.70.555; 9.93.536; 4.52.53)
    The first food in Paradise will be caudite (tail) lobe of fish lever. In Paradise there is a pavilion made of a single hollow pearl sixty miles wide, each corner has wives for enjoyment. There is a huge tree in Paradise that takes a rider 100 years to travel its shade.
    p.1.190
    The Blackstone (of Ka’ba) is a jewel from Paradise. It will be raised on the resurrection day. It will have two eyes and one tongue with which it will speak. It will bear for everyone who kissed it and testified its truth. Allah made Ka’ba 2 000 years before He created Adam.
    p.1.207
    Kissing of Black Stone is like kissing the hand of God. Muhammad said: “The Black Stone is the right Hand of God in the World. As a man handshakes with his brother so God handshakes with the people buy means of Black Stone.”
    p.1.210; p.2.90
    Every verse of the Qur’an is a door of Paradise and a light of your house. The mutual lovers of Allah will live on the long pillars of red emeralds. There will be 70, 000 rooms in that pillar. From those rooms they will peep at the inmates of Paradise.

    Classes/grades of Islamic heavens:
    Just as there are many classes of hotels such as: two stars, three stars, four stars and five stars with various luxurious style and amenities to enjoy by the occupants; Islamic heavens are also of different classes and grades ready (by Allah SWT) for different classes of Mumin musalman who are bound to occupy them according to their respective pious achievements on earth, especially the number of kaffirs they have killed by suicide bombings and Islamic beheadings. Below are some classes of heavens,
    p.4.431
    Prophet Muhammad (SW) said, “The lowest rank of an inmate of Paradise will have eighty thousand servants and seventy-two wives.”
    Sahih Muslim: 1.0363; 20.4690, 4691
    The lowest ranking people of paradise receive 10 times of what they desire; the highest ranking people of paradise will be hand-picked by Allah; Allah will reward them with bounties which no eye has ever seen, no ear has heard and no human mind has perceived. Two-third of booty for the jihadists will be paid in paradise, they will get one-third in this world. If they do not get any booty in this world then they will get full reward hereafter.

    (Ihya Uloom Ed-Din: 40.6792, 6788, 32.6222, 6223, 6224; 30.5702)
    The water in Paradise will be whiter than milk and sweeter than honey and the two streamlets will be made of gold and silver. The gates of paradise are opened on Monday’s and Thursdays and records are checked on every Thursdays and Fridays. The inmates of paradise will look to the upper apartments of paradise just like we see planets in the sky. There is a street in paradise to which there will be an assembly and the North wind will scatter fragrance and there will have added luster, beauty and loveliness. [Only Islamic Allah and his prophet know how in the world there should be day and night, or Thursday and Fridays in the heaven! Will there be a Sun and Moon rotating around the heaven too?]
    (Ihya Uloom Ed-Din: 40.6797, 6798; 40.6800; 40.6802; 40.6808; 41.6998)
    The inhabitants of paradise will eat and drink but they will not spit, urinate, defecate nor suffer catarrh; their sweat will be musk…The inhabitants of paradise will digest food in the form of belching…In paradise none will be a destitute nor any clothes will wear out; every one will be youthful…Some people in paradise will have hearts like those of birds…The earth of paradise is like white shining musk.
    Conclusion:
    It is quite evident from the Quran and Sahih hadiths that Islamic heaven is full of lusts and earthly greed which had been formulated by Prophet Muhammad himself only to lure Arab Bedouin to join his venture of plundering, killing, rapping innocent Arab pagans and others who refused to believe his weird religion of Allah. Prophet Muhammad was extremely intelligent, cruelest, and very cunning human being indeed! He realized very well that to materialize his narcissistic dream, he needed to incite/energized Bedouin illiterate and desperately vagabond poor Arabs to unite and fight his enemy the Pagans and Jews.
    He understood very well, as to, what could be the crucial objects/materials that will be most attractive to those Pagan Arabs. He knew that Arabs are inherently sex maniacs and wine lovers which are historically true. In the Arab desert environment—water was another most precious commodity which no Arabs could refuse or neglect to get. Prophet Muhammad’s clever creation and wishful description of heavenly pleasures (which he also copied from other religions like Zoroastrian and Hinduism) did not miss any of the above most important and most attractive items to lure Bedouin Arabs. In fact, those poor, illiterate, Vagabond Arab Bedouin were simply mesmerized by the incredible lustful description of heavenly houries, wine, foods, and luxurious life style in the heaven.

    Most important driving forces behind their craze were war booties: sex with those beautiful young ladies of defeated pagans, wine, and other earthly goods which most Bedouin Arabs could not even dream in their entire life. As a result they were totally fearless fighters and wanted to die in a hurry in order to achieve those incredible heavens in the after life. This was the key factor which brought Prophet Muhammad’s victory after victory over the Arab Pagans.
    Without a question Prophet Muhammad used his most cunning mindsets to create most dangerous and horrendously cruel punishments in his weird Islamic hells (a separate essay will be written on Islamic hell later) which equally kept all Pagan Arabs totally in panic and subdued. The fear of hell fire, and unlimited greed for lustful heavenly pleasures were the most important driving force which has kept most pagan Arabs totally tamed to the Prophet Muhammad’s wishful mission of establishing Islam. Even today, the same fear of hellfire and greed of lustful heavens are the most important and primary elements (Opium) which is keeping almost 1 Billion human beings not only subdued or numb, but devoid of any norm, or human sense.

    Sourcees:
    1. Holy Quran translated by Abdullah A. Yousuf
    2. Book of Imam Ghazali (Ihya Uloom Ed-Din).
    3. Sahih Bukhari Sahrif
    4. Sahih Tirmizi

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