Studies show that modern wheat (often called high-yield, semi-dwarf wheat) is significantly less nutritious than the older varieties (1, 2).
But there is also some evidence that modern "whole" wheat isn’t just less nutritious, it may also be significantly more harmful to your heart.
Studies that compare modern wheat to its older counterparts show that it can increase cholesterol levels and inflammatory markers… but inflammation is among the leading drivers of heart disease (3, 4).
Modern wheat also contains different gluten proteins than the older breeds and is significantly more harmful to people with Celiac disease and irritable bowel syndrome (6, 7).
By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives.
In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.