Friday, July 4, 2008

Wheatgrass Part 2

This is part two of my refutation of "40 Benefits of Wheatgrass". Each installment will include five of the claims made by one of the most popular sites promoting wheatgrass and my attempts to refute those claims.

6 Chlorophyll is anti-bacterial and can be used inside and outside the body as a healer.

The evidence does seem to indicate that wheatgrass can kill bacteria. That doesn't suggest that ingesting it will help your body fight bacteria, or that you'd want your body to fight bacteria better, or that it's any better to use than any other antibiotic/antibacterial substance.

7 Dr. Bernard Jensen says that it only takes minutes to digest wheatgrass juice and uses up very little body energy.

Alright, let's assume that's true. Wouldn't that mean it just runs right through you with no effect?

But putting that aside, let's take a look at this Dr. Bernard Jensen. Here is his Wikipedia page, and this is a "tribute" page. Both indicate he was a chiropractor and proponent of Iridology. For those who don't know, Iridology is the "alternative medicine" style that claims you can examine the iris of a patient's eyes to determine information about a patient's systemic health.

Exactly what qualifies this guy to suggest anything related to health? He became a "doctor" at 21 upon graduating from West Coast Chiropractic College. Clearly a highly trained professional.

8 Science has proven that chlorophyll arrests growth and development of unfriendly bacteria.

This sounds an awful lot like number six. I think all of my refutations still apply to this one.

9 Chlorophyll (wheatgrass) rebuilds the bloodstream. Studies of various animals have shown chlorophyll to be free of any toxic reaction. The red cell count was returned to normal within 4 to 5 days of the administration of chlorophyll, even in those animals which were known to be extremely anemic or low in red cell count.

I'd like to see these studies, no links are provided, but even assuming that these were legitimate studies that doesn't tell us what kinds of animals were tested and whether the same effect could be expected in humans. What works for animals doesn't always work for us. In fact, it usually doesn't. This entire claim is extremely vague.

10 Farmers in the Midwest who have sterile cows and bulls put them on wheatgrass to restore fertility. (The high magnesium content in chlorophyll builds enzymes that restore the sex hormones.)

I've yet to hear of a single farmer actually doing this, but again let's assume that it's true. Why should we assume this will work for humans? The suggestion here is that wheatgrass will cure sterility. Were that the case, you would think something like that would make the news.

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