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Casomorphins and Gliadomorphins for Food Addiction

Friday, March 04, 2011

Have I ever mentioned Dogtor J? I think I have, but I must again. His blogs have enlightened me since 2006, so I want to pay him forward. Someone in a Diet and Nutrition thread asked about people's thoughts on milk and I wanted to back up my experience on how depression lessened off the drug of dairy. I shared this link after a quick google search for casomorphins. One link was for Oprah? I wondered why Oprah would have ANYTHING as controversial as this topic (the public seemed to not appreciate the vegan stuff), so I checked out the link. Oh, of course, it's in the comment section: and was written by my Dogtor J, celiac veterinarian. Nary a comment to his brilliant share either. I wonder what people thought if they read it? A lot of people I hang with already get this, but if this is new to you, please share your initial thoughts. I'd love to know!


The morphine-like substances, casomorphins and gliadomorphins, which we derive from dairy and wheat respectively, are critical to our understanding of the power of these two foods in our health and well-being.

Casomorphins are formed during our attempt to digest casein, the glycoprotein that makes up 80-86% of the protein content of cow's milk (versus 0-2% of goat's milk). It is this same protein that can induce villous atrophy of the duodenum (intestinal lining damage) and a malabsorption syndrome similar to that seen in celiac disease, or gluten intolerance. It is casein that is used by Borden to make Elmer's Glue.

The gliadomorphins are derived from gliadin, one of the main proteins found in the gluten grains (wheat, barley, and rye). Gluten is also used to make industrial adhesives, as are soy and corn. All four of these foods are capable of damaging the lining of the intestinal tract and leading to the malabsorption of calcium, iron, iodine, B complex, C, and trace minerals (e.g. zinc, magnesium, lithium, boron, and more). This malabsorption syndrome contributes greatly to the ill health of the brain (and immune system), setting the stage for the action of these food-derived opiods.

Both casomorphins and gliadomorphins are morphine-like opiods that have been likened to drugs like LSD. They can be very sedating and addictive and help to explain why 75% of the calories in the standard American diet (S.A.D.) come from wheat and dairy alone. Food addiction is a very real thing and these opiods play a huge role.

As many of you know and have expressed, autistic children are very addicted to wheat and dairy, which is consistent with the tenet that we become addicted to what will make us ill (cigarettes, drugs, alcohol and food ). There are no healthy addictions and food is no exception. If an individual feels that they cannot give up cheese or bread, then they are very likely to be having a problem with one of these foods. I talk with people like this all of the time and can use that dependency to help them see that those very foods are a major contributor to their IBS, arthritis, asthma, depression/chronic fatigue, or other typical signs associated with food intolerance. And withdrawal from these foods can lead to classic drug-withdrawal symptoms.

These sedating compounds are also the single biggest contributing factor to post-meal drowsiness. I have proven this in my own life as I used to become extremely sleepy after meals starting in my late 30's. My wife was beginning to think I was a narcoleptic. I would literally pass out during our favorite TV show. I no longer exhibit this annoying and even dangerous symptom now that I am gluten and dairy-free. In fact, it has been stated that more people die from falling asleep at the wheel while driving than from alcohol-related accidents. What could be doing this? What could keep us from doing the most important thing (staying awake) while driving down the Interstate at 65-80 mph? Now we know. Throw alcohol into the mix and we have a tragic situation just waiting to happen.

We need to become very familiar with these two terms. Sadly, I have yet to casually meet anyone who was knowledgeable about these substances during the seven years I have been reading about them...not a doctor nor a lay person. That is amazing to me. And yet they play a vital role in the lives of the multitudes, contributing to autistic symptoms, food addiction, clinical depression, chronic fatigue, caffeine addiction, highway deaths, and more.

Amaze your friends! Commit these to memory and talk about them at dinner parties. You'll be the focus of attention. Now, "Go have some nice, warm milk and get a good night's sleep". Talk about knowing something without really KNOWING it."

emoticonHe cracks me up: "Amaze your friends! Commit to memory and talk about them at dinner parties." Love it. Yeah, they'll remember you alright - lol Oprah link. His new site: , his old one (he's chattier, and I like that):

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-SHAWN- 3/7/2011 10:54PM

    What surprised me was how much better goat milk was...

All in all, I think after drinking our moms milk, we should be done with the stuff altogether. Unfortunately I wasn't raised that-a-way. So getting off dairy is going to be such a challenge. I guess that means I'm a dope

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GEEKSMEGGLY 3/6/2011 2:13PM

    I do enjoy better health with less dairy and gluten in my diet.
Thanks for this blog. I have passed this information on to family and friends.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/6/2011 10:57AM

    Thanks for this information. I have to admit I never knew any of it.

What about things like almond and soy based milks?

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    A celiac veterinarian? I had no idea there was any such thing. I guess that would work for dogs and cats but what about herbivores? Just nuts and seeds? Do they have celiac disease too?

Why am I not surprised that your "doctor/dogtor" is a vet? LO. emoticon

Is it possible that anything of importance has come from Oprah? I'm amazed if so. I thought Oz and Roizen were in love with whole grains and such.

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WEEZYB7881 3/4/2011 6:07PM

    thanks for the ongoing education. valuable informaiton. I am working with a doc right now because my dermatitis herpetiformis (celiac) is not healing properly. please keep sharing this information. man yof us benefit from your knowledge.

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EGRAMMY 3/4/2011 5:22PM

    emoticon for the education. I did not know these terms. Nor had I ever heard of DogtorJ. I will do some more reading.

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CINDYTW 3/4/2011 3:35PM

  emoticon Even as I was reading that the cheese junkie was thinking "Oh good! Goat is only 0-2% I can have that!!" emoticon Cheese is the devil! I must not succumb!

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BOBF15 3/4/2011 12:43PM

    Thank you for this blog and passing along the information.

I may well have an addiction to milk and wheat.

These are "comfort foods" for me.

I also suffer from arthrities and it is likely the toxins produced from the casins are collecting in my joints.

I am going to cut back, and if my family would cooperate would like to totally go gluten and milk free. emoticon

Milk has such a strong "American" connection. 'When I was a boy, I watched a TV show and at noon, we toasted the President with a glass of milk while they played Hail to the Chier.

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LOSINGIT23 3/4/2011 12:01PM

  Thank you! I have heard of the opiate like effect of casein and I totally have experienced it. I told my Nutritionist that I felt tired and almost drugged after drinking milk and she said go off it for a month. I did and had more energy! I also am cutting out dairy and I keep getting headaches turns out I may have been addicted to it? Wow! I used to joke that I was addicted to frozen yogurt turns out I was.

I am also looking into going Primal so if you have any words of advice on that please Spark Mail me and I would love to add you!


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New Saliva Gluten and Serum Food Sensitivity Tests

Friday, February 11, 2011

Listen to Dr. O'Bryan, then decide about the tests below: Slides: , , .

or Listen only, no slides (does not include testing info):

Recently got a mass email from Dr. Tom O'Bryan because the food sensitivity tests he has been promising for a few years are finally available.

Ask your doctor or health practitioner to open an account with this new lab: .

Learn more at Dr. O'Bryan's site: . More info on specific tests here:

Why test:

"Over the last few years, we have seen the correlation of Gluten Sensitivity as a common initiator of multiple pathologies. From Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to Hepatocellular Carcinoma [liver cancer], from Migraines to Recurrent Pancreatitis, from Cardiomyopathy to numerous autoimmune diseases, we have seen the association of sensitivity to this protein of wheat, rye and barley with the initial manifestation of multiple pathophysiologies."

"Gluten has to have significantly destroyed the gut wall for current blood testing to be effective. For the majority of people that isn't the case...especially if the brain, heart, liver, or some other part of the body is the main target of attack.

A very recent study in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition screened 5,000 children with a saliva test to see how it compared to the blood tests. Their Conclusion? It was as good as the best blood test to screen for Celiac Disease..."

Tests Now Available:

$150 - Array 1: Gluten Sensitivity Screen
The most research-validated 'screen' of Gluten Sensitivity (oral fluids)

$230 - Array 2: Intestinal Antigenic Permeability Screen
Finally a test that will identify antigenic Intestinal Permeability

$360 - Array 3: Wheat/Gluten Proteome Sensitivity & Autoimmunity
There are multiple peptides of gluten that are antigenic. Until now, we have only been able to test one - gliadin. Now we can test for 10 gluten peptides.

$260 - Array 4: Gluten-Associated Sensitivity and Cross-Reactive Foods
When a patient doesn't 'feel like a million dollars' on a GFD, are they ingesting foods that cross-react with gluten? Now the Array is available looking at 24 of these foods.

$575 - Array 5: Which parts of the body are affected by a gluten-sensitivity?
People typically shrug off the possibility of a gluten sensitivity by saying, "I don't have any digestive problems." Little do they know that gluten produces digestive symptoms in only a minority of people (1 out of 8). For the majority gluten damages the brain, the heart, the skin, the respiratory tract, or the joints.

Already gluten-free? Q&A about gluten challenge for testing:

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TMF620 7/14/2012 2:22PM

    THanks for the reply on my page. I emailed the links to my doctor. :)

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BEESPARKLE 3/28/2011 8:23AM

    Nice you want to share the info. Thanks for helping and being concerned for you yourself first of course and all on here and others you have encouraged.

It takes time and you take your time.

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BOBF15 2/11/2011 8:29PM

    Yes, you definitely have done your homework.

I heard a good way of describing taking care of your health. You are the general contractor and as such choose who to subcontract work to.

You get this and so do other comments I see here, but what concerns me is the number of Americans that fall for the 4 most dangerous words in health care.

"Your Doctor knows best."

Yes, there are great doctors but for every great doctor there is one that is not so great. One more comment:

Over half of all doctors graduated at the bottom of their graduating class. emoticon

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    So do you have any idea how much these tests run? I would be interested but would have to pay out of pocket.

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WEEZYB7881 2/11/2011 7:51PM

    thanks so much for all your work. I'm a celiac but with dermatitis herpetiformis. and yet, with every breakout (mostly my arms, for some strange reason) I am exhausted. and it takes months for a bad break up to clear. this last time it was a skin reaction to a body wash, rather than an ingested reaction, but it tells me I'm getting worse.

can't wait for these to come to Canada.

i'll look up the doc you mentioned too.


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ILLINITEACHER52 2/11/2011 5:26PM

  Do you have to start eating gluten again for the test to be valid? (I already know that gluten affects my brain. I am so grouchy when I eat gluten that I don't even want to be around myself.)

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GRAMMACATHY 2/11/2011 3:11PM

    I am so glad to hear this. When I got sick with the CFS and other issues, gluten was the first thing my daughter wanted me to get out of my diet. My GD her DD has autism. There also seems to be a connection to gluten and autism.

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GEEKSMEGGLY 2/11/2011 8:47AM

    Thanks for this info.
I'm dealing with Fibromyalgia and my Dr. alerted me to a possible Gluten connection.

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GROKGRANNY 2/11/2011 6:34AM

    I'm off to work in a few, but I can't wait to come home and read this carefully and look into the link.

I have always felt (and so does my doc) that their is widespread health damage associated with gluten sensitivity.

I love your "searching" heart. You are so like me in that arena (and others). You would not believe how many times I sat slack-jawed when I was studying in school to take my nutrition boards. It's criminal to think what we are led to believe is "safe" we "trust" the FDA...oh, and help me God. "Wheat" being "The Staff of Life."

My SIL who has always been fit, near vegetarian all her life, baked her own whole grain bread, has osteoporosis so bad, Dots. Low Vitamin D. So many aches and pains and has broken both wrists twice. We have a good relationship and she is listening to me with the D, but she would never in a million years follow Paleo or delve into food sensitivity. She is hard wired to believe wheat is "good." Yet her brother (my hubby Tom) and my son (Tim) both were tested with elevated tissue transglutimase readings. Clear markers of gluten damage.

Love your blogs. I subscribe to them. You do your homework and you share. That's a heart that I loved. If you lived here? I would drag you into my business and you'd be there with me at school giving my presentation to the Staff!!!

Big hugs of love and encouragement to you today, my friend. You are a blessing in my life.

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What happened when I tried dairy and sugar?

Friday, February 11, 2011

I'm in correspondence with a "fibromaniac" who is a celiac. She knows not of the correlation between not only celiac, but leaky gut and dairy, sugars, additives, you know, the stuff I've written about avoiding for fibro. She's a breath of fresh air, though, because she understands the gut and is open to slowly changing her diet. She loves dairy and drinks alcohol. She asked me what happens when I have any of the AVOID foods. Well, I've been too fearful to try, but decided to try just for her (and to answer my own curiosity):

1. Three days ago I tried 1 cup of 0% organic Oikos plain yogurt thinking that full-fat would be more inflammatory:

Within hours my left leg was in slight pain, above the knee - the subtle fibro ache I'd almost forgotten was noticeable and tolerable, by old standards. My ham strings are sore and stiff when I bend.

2. Today I made Elana's Pantry's carrot cake for DH's bday (almond meal, carrots, raisins, walnuts, 1/3c agave - yuck, but i used it), and with cream cheese/butter/powdered sugar icing (wicked stuff):

Within an hour my left leg quad is aching way higher than above just the knee, and now my right knee area is hurting. The sugar made my throat GERDy, too. Blech.

It has been two hours, and now my left arm is aching and my left calf is aching, too. *argh*

edit to add: AND I GOT A ZIT on the left side of my chin!

I am not ready to reintroduce these foods for sure. Another science experiment done. FAIL. :P


I hope I don't reverse the leaky gut protocol the nutritionist has me trying right now. I realized I never really mentioned what that was, so maybe by my mentioning it, someone else could share the idea with their own health practitioner. I've read most celiacs have low stomach acid and might benefit from taking betaine. I asked the MD which came first, the chicken or egg in this regard, ie, do celiacs have low stomach acid to begin with, or does eating gluten have something to do with it? He said he didn't know.

I listened to Suzanne Somers on Rosie O'Donnell's radio show. She said that eating meat with antibiotics also ruins your gut flora setting one up for leaky gut. Huh. I doubt there're many people out there who've not eaten gluten with their meat, but interesting.

One hour prior to eating breakfast and dinner:

Take 1 5g scoop of Xymogen GlutAloeMine in 2-4oz water
Take 1 Metagenics CandiBactrin-BR (for 2 days, then 2 for 2 days, then 3 thereafter)
Take 1 Metagenics Ultra Flora Plus probiotic
Take 1 Bromelain

Do this for 1-3 weeks or until the CandiBactrin bottle is empty. This was about three weeks for me. Then:

Take 1 Metagenics CandiBactrin-AR immediately before one meal. (strong herbal)

1 Hour before meal: Continue taking a scoop of Xymogen's GlutAloeMine
Continue Metagenics Ultra Flora Plus.
Continue taking Bromelain

After all protein meals, take enough betaine to just before the "burn" to help digest protein. I took too much betaine last night (changed brands/doses) and woke up with a burn in my esophagus. I took my GlutAloeMine early, and it helped, thank goodness. :) I saved you about $300 in nutritionist appts by sharing that. :)

I hope to keep you posted on my fibromaniac friend. My fingers are crossed that she will graduate into fibro freedom.


DH is home for some minor surgery. YaY? lol I've been enjoying his company and not online as much. I'm out the door at 6am, so I best end this shorty entry. Peace out SP buds. Keep up the good fight! I have faith in you.
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2CATS2LOVE1 2/15/2011 9:18PM

    Sugar is bad all around for me. When I eat it I re-addict myself and can't seem to get enough. Then my joints hurt, I gain a lot of weight and can't roll out of bed. Lol. Seriously, I do better w/out it. You will too. My treat of choice is an Atkins shake or a celery stalk w/ Laura Scudders natural pnut butter. Umm umm GOOD!

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GROKGRANNY 2/11/2011 8:56PM

    I was sure I had low stomach acid when I had the Leaky Gut problem, Candida outbreak and multiple food sensitivities starting. I began taking digestive enzymes with HCL. Some of the bloating went down. I removed my sensitive foods and rotated what was left.

Then I developed a stomach pain that felt the worst went I bent over to tie my shoes.

Went to the gastro doc and I had developed an ulcer! He felt I had too much acid. I still take digestive enzymes but without the HCL. But, I do on occasion take a small dose of ACV (apple cider vinegar). No problems.

What healed my leaky gut was taking Theralac religiously for about 6 months. This a a medical grade probiotic that was given to me by my homeopathic MD. I STILL take one almost every day. I also take their digestive enzymes.

As a Celiac and dairy allergic person, I can tell you I've taken just about every probiotic on the market. THIS is the only one that worked for me. You can check them out at:

I, too, have done "the experiment!" Also an epic fail!! You and I are birds of a feather, Dots.

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CINDYTW 2/11/2011 1:58AM

  Oh that stinks!! Sorry it is bad like that for you! Me and my dairy cravings are getting along ok with the occasional stomach ache, as long as I don't take it too far and have several servings in a day. people were right it is better the longer GF! At least for me!

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Baby It's Cold Outside

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

This is a common sentiment this time of year, I know. Only three or so days ago it was in the 70s! Will Rogers once said, "If you don't like the weather, just wait a minute!" So true here. Yesterday I walked the dogs with a -16* windchill. I was layered and warm, except my thumbs. I guess glove and mitten manufacturers don't fluff 'em up cause we need those opposable thumbs to maneuver whatever. Note to self: find some industrial strength thumbed mittens in the Everest dept.

We're in a State of Emergency and everything's closed down. I had an appt w/the MD today to go over my labs. After many calls all morning, i got through, and yes, I could go to my appt. I'm glad I weathered the roads because I was the only patient to go. I had a solid hour or more with him. He's usually so busy and backed up I barely get a word in (you know i have a lot to say, too). ;0) He's making me choose between him and my ND, which is the right thing to do, and I know it. I love my ND. But I chose him.

1. I don't have Wilson's Disease (copper toxicity). I knew I didn't. This site lists higher copper with lower progesterone ... doc says we'll focus on hormones now, not copper; to not worry about it.

2. I had a ZRT saliva hormone test via the ND, and a serum hormone test via the MD, both of which indicate I need more progesterone. He recommended oral pill vs the topical cream I've been using. He said it's more protective for the uterine lining ie for endometrial cancer. He mentioned my OB also agrees. We both like my OB. Take daily before bed. He said I'll lose weight easier when I'm more hormonally balanced. He said he'll ask me "questions" next visit to see if it's working. I said whose to say if it's the progesterone or the Armour? He said, wait for the questions. lol (Do I feel more amore?! I have to say I'm dead lately, which is okay since DH's not here - lol - so anything's got to be better.) I look online and see that low progesterone affects the thyroid ie memory and mental clarity, insomnia, dry skin, depression, more apt to gain weight. It all interrelates, doesn't it?

3. He talked me into trying Armour thyroid again vs Synthroid and T3 sustained release. I'd tried it about 4 yrs ago and didn't like it. I'd only taken it once a day, he wants me to try twice a day on empty stomach at least 30 mins before bfast and dinner. 3/4 grain/day I think. Retest in 6-8 wks.

4. He highly respects my nutritionist.

5. The doc mentioned he's reading a book about how fat has been villified, but it's really carbs ... um, written by a Harvard trained researcher ... "Gary Taubes' Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It" I say? YES, he says (he couldn't remember, he has a thyroid problem like me - lol)! He wrote, "Good Calories, Bad Calories?" YES, he says! Yeah, I read it. (Does this man KNOW me?) It's my own fault. I sat there when he'd tell me to "go Mediterranean" and said nothing (I'm tired of getting "the quizzical look" from friends and doctors. ... well, today I told him I'm paleo. He knows not what this is. He may be open if I give him Dr. Cordain's book ( ). What I failed to mention at the time was that the nutritionist likes paleo, too. He might appreciate that. ;)

6. Going to cardiologist appt anyway despite low thyroid. PA friend says I should see a woman cardiologist for second opinion, too. The PA works for a cardiologist and says sometimes men are men. (It's a reason I hate to let go of my ND.)

I lost two pounds eating two pounds of cherries last night. Carbs. I had a lot of them, and I lost weight (I shoveled snow). What's up with THAT Gary Taubes? What's my liver doing with all that fructose?! I do not get my body! LOL.

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2CATS2LOVE1 2/6/2011 9:35PM

    Sending you some sunshine from sunny SoCalifornia!!
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    Glad that you made it to the doctor's and great that he
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EGRAMMY 2/4/2011 9:22PM

    Respecting your nutritionist is a big deal.

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    This winter we only 2 kinds of weather - bad and worse. LOL. I wear Thinsulate gloves and they work for me. It sounds like your M.D. is very progressive unlike a lot of them. Definitely a keeper.

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LADYVIDORA 2/4/2011 11:59AM

    I had a Dr appointment, too (Rheumatologist) and I just decided not to go. At this point most of what I am doing is maintenance. I do have a question, though, what are the different thyroid medications you are talking about? I've been on the same dose of synthroid for 20 years and only recently found out I'm supposed to have it on an empty stomach.

Stay warm!

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CINDYTW 2/3/2011 9:36AM

  emoticon Glad things are going in the right direction for you!

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GROKGRANNY 2/3/2011 9:12AM

    Dots, have you ever heard of Reverse T3? Let me know...if not I'll explain it to you. THAT was a big piece of my problem with rapid weight gain. I had a hysterectomy in June. I had to return to my integrative MD because conventional docs would not treat me with hormones and disagreed with using bios. The adrenal exhaustion was also a piece.

Without Paleo and ample exercise? I simply stop right in my tracks losing weight.

Do you follow Mary Shomon? SHE IS FABULOUS! She wrote a great book, "What Your Doctor Will Probably Never Tell You About Hypothyroidism." Her website: She is a well renowned patient advocate, herself affected by hypothyroidism. You can join her group if you are on FB. carries her newsletter.

Let me know if you have knowledge of that T3. I used to be on Armour before it got yanked off the market for months. Now I have it compounded.

I love that you are ALL OVER IT, as far as taking care of yourself and doing your detective work!!

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WALKSFAR 2/3/2011 9:06AM

    Great that you got to your doctor yesterday. Glad that he has a plan for getting you feeling better.

Best Wishes

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GIRLINBRAZIL 2/3/2011 3:51AM

    Great! Glad you "weathered" the storm and made it to your appointment. Maybe you should visit all your doctors in the snowiest times! He he!


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PEACEFULONE 2/2/2011 11:54PM

    So glad you are getting answers. It's amazing how much most Docs don't know about nutrition. Fortunately you have found a good one. Wishing you well!

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Copper Syndrome, Methylation and Epilepsy

Thursday, January 27, 2011

This is unfinished, but I'm going to post it because the computer needs repairs/updates and don't want to lose it. Relevant tidbits for me to remember:

Before I got my Element Profile, I asked the nutritionist if my daily avocado was too much. He didn't think it was worrisome. My avos are usually about 120-160g, about 5 oz, or about a cup cubed, and that supplies about 14% of your daily copper RDA according to Nutritiondata

Now that I have my Urine Element Profile results, he's thinking otherwise, and recommended I not have one daily. Kinda vague, but we were talking about a lot of things during my appt. But I know: rotate my foods. When I like something, I tend to stick to it, but that didn't work very well with gluten, did it? All this food change is hard. If you're tired of reading about it ad nauseum, think how I feel. I want to move on.

Copper and Zinc Balance

from: Dr. Kaslow:

Quote: "The human body has an elaborate system for managing and regulating the amount of key trace metals such as zinc, copper, iron, manganese, chromium, etc. circulating in blood and stored in cells. Nutrient metals from our diet are

(1) incorporated into blood if blood levels are depleted,
(2) transported into cells if cellular levels are inadequate, or
(3) excreted if blood and cell levels are sufficient or overloaded.

When this system fails to function properly, abnormal levels of trace metals can develop in the brain and other parts of the body. One of the most common trace-metal imbalances is elevated copper and depressed zinc (the optimal plasma or serum ratio is 0.70 - 1.00). The ratio of copper to zinc is clinically more important than the concentration of either of these trace metals.

Copper and zinc are regarded as neurotransmitters and are in high concentrations in brain hippocampus. As a result elevated copper and depressed zinc have been associated with hyperactivity, attention deficit disorders, behavior disorders, and depression. Also, many of those labeled with autism and paranoid schizophrenia have elevated blood copper levels in addition to other biochemical imbalances.

It has been reported (HRI-PTC) that 80% of hyperactive patients and 68% of behavior-disordered patients have elevated blood copper levels. Their families often report worsened hyperactivity/behavior after consuming vitamin supplements or cereals rich in copper. In many cases, symptoms may be provoked by consuming chocolate (rich in copper) or food dyes rich in hydrazines, which lower blood zinc levels.

Many high-copper patients (often labeled "depressives") experience severe PMS, are intolerant to estrogen [i don't know what 'intolerant' means, but my estrogen is high compared to progesterone], and may have a family history of postpartum depression [i had pp depression].

This group also has a high incidence of acne [as a teen i had acne, but not now], eczema [yes, i have a history which is worse when thyroid is off/hypo], sensitive skin [yes], sunburn [try not to], headaches [not since starting gf diet, staying hydrated and eating meals on time], poor immune function [by having a few autoimmune diseases, i'm prone to more. however, i've not been ill - knock wood - since having a 5-day cold last winter (when i found my zinc was low!), and white spots under their fingernails [i grew up counting them like they were prized possessions. i don't have them now].

Elevated copper/zinc ratios can be especially serious for persons with low blood histamine (over-methylation). This combination of imbalances has been associated with anxiety [yes, a bit - it makes me procrastinate i think], panic disorders [not me], paranoia [not me], and (in severe cases) hallucinations [not me].

Copper and zinc levels are regulated by metallothionein, a short linear protein composed of 61 amino acid units. When this protein fails to perform its necessary functions, abnormal levels of nutrient metals (such as copper, zinc, and manganese) and toxic metals (such as cadmium, mercury, and lead) can result. Nutrient treatment to eliminate these overloads must be cautious and gradual to avoid worsening of symptoms and kidney damage. From E.P. Heleniak and D.M. Frechen in their report, “Histamine methylation in Schizophrenia,” (Medical Hypothesis, 1989, 30:167-174), if the laboratory tests showed a high copper:low zinc ratio and low histamine levels, folate, vitamins C and B6, niacin, zinc, penicillamine (chelates copper), a high protein diet, and essential fatty acids as in evening primrose oil reportedly often improved these patients thinking." WOW.

Remember, I have kidney issues (idiopathic kidney infection. Though 70% are likely due to e coli bacteria, what's the other 30% from? I'd been swimming a lot, so I can't imagine being too "dirty" at the time, so maybe I was too clean from chorine? Also, it could have been I should have been peeing in the pool - ha ha. Really, holding your urine too long can cause a kidney infection). Interesting that it's my left side that's problematic, and I think I've even mentioned it was my weak side in prev. blog entries. Dr. John Symes, the celiac vet, wrote an article about how the left side is often the weak side for most. You'll have to share your experience. If you or someone you know has epilepsy, do them a favor and share that site. He's VERY interesting and has been so helpful in my making my diet choices. Anyway, sometimes my left kidney hurts, sometimes both hurt, but the left one always first. Sometimes my left ankle swells. And of course, can't help but wonder if it's related to my heart issues/palpitations. Taking dairy out eased the BULK of my palpitations, but I still have them sometimes more than other times; esp noticeable at night.

The nutritionist has a blood pressure cuff machine which doesn't measure blood pressure, but the elasticity of your vessels - this is a helpful indicator for heart disease (I told him my cath was clean in May). It's hooked into a computer which makes a heart rhythm chart similar to an EKG. My heart was palpitating too much for the $50 test to work. He strongly suggested I get another EKG by a doctor, and I told him I'd have my thyroid checked to boot. He showed me my EKG and it was very abby-normal every third beat and more - very hilly and up/down (more than usual, and I could feel it). He showed me his, and it was up/down, up/down. It's disconcerting.

So, zinc:COPPER imbalance: can we say arrhythmias, depression, thyroid imbalance?

I got some labs done (surprise? ha ha) from MD for hormones, Wilson's Disease (copper disease - very likely negative), and also asked for B5, B6, folate and homocysteine. MD is referring me to a cardiologist mid-Feb. I think my heartbeat irregularity is due to calcium/magnesium imbalance, but I doubt he'll help me with a nutritional approach. MD just told me my TSH is high, so that disrupts calcium balance.

ND just got results from a ZRT hormone test and I need a bit more progesterone.

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I've not been able to THINK lately, heart's been palpitating too much again. I tried some Oikos 0% fat organic yogurt cause the kid didn't like it: NO palpitations this time as in the past when I tried Jay Robb's whey protein(?)!

Am working on house organization, but cannot THINK. Argh. Weight is back to the same now, but has fluctuated 2-4 lbs for months. Difficult to not want gf white carby foods since Dec, so I've enjoyed some Udi's bagels and toasted bread & Kinnickinick hot dog buns since. What excites me most is that I don't gain just "looking" at white food. Trying to not be depressed despite obstacles in current physiology.

Am grateful we don't have snow and ice like so many of you out there. I can deal with cold.

Jenny-dog has a weird blood blister growing between her toes. Vet has opened, drained and flushed it twice thinking he'd find a thorn to no avail. Other dog loves the sofa when I'm not home. He's so arthritic I bought a specific dog blanket for the sofa. I'm a pushover.

That's all folks. I miss being more active, but can't muster the focus lately.
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PEACEFULONE 2/3/2011 12:23AM

    Dear Dot, You always have so much worthwhile information to share. Thank you for your blogs and best wishes on you journey to health. Peace always, Elaine

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1CRAZYDOG 1/29/2011 11:05AM

    Wow, lots of great information. Thanks! It really got me to thinking as my DS was diagnosed @ age 13 with depression, ADHD and mood disorder. HMMMM...he's 18 and chose to leave home, but I'm going to try to convince him to get labs done to check for copper:zinc.

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2CATS2LOVE1 1/28/2011 5:41PM

    I'll be honest...I didn't read it all emoticonbut I did like the avocado thing. Avos are very healthy for us. Good fat our bodies need. I tend towards more salads now and green veggies. Oh, and proteins ~and I feel GOOD.
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    Very interesting. I used to have palpitations really bad. I only drank one cup of decaffeinated coffee a day but my M.D was convinced I was sensitize to other compounds in coffee that cause coronary artery constriction. It sounded nutty but I finally decided to humor him and gave up the coffee and the palpitations went away. LOL.

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GROKGRANNY 1/27/2011 6:55PM

    Love all of your blogs, Dots. You sure do your homework and are an EXEMPLARY ADVOCATE for your own health. I salute you, girl!!

You are in my thoughts and prayers. You are a very special lady, Dots.

Hey, I don't know if you heard/read, but I had my Spark Page blown away and needed to start over. And, if THIS doesn't beat all, my Gmail account was hacked and ruined this past weekend. So frustrating. So, I've been picking away at re-connecting with my Spark Buddies. I am not sure if you have been returned to my buddy list, but you know I want you there!!

Hang in there, Dots. I hope you feel better soon and can get all the answers you need.

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CINDYTW 1/27/2011 5:30PM

  I hope you get some things sorted out and feel better soon! The heart palpitations can be scary I used to get them years ago. Mine cleared up with med changes and I can't remember what specifically.

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    That was very interesting - I am definitely going to have to read up on that.

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