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!
CASOMORPHINS AND GLIADOMORPHINS
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."
He 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: bit.ly/ftQtp3
, his old one (he's chattier, and I like that): bit.ly/feoPUa