Is Your Food Causing You To Be High? Dr. Hagmeyer, Naperville, IL
The Food Opiods: Caseomorphins and Gluteomorphins
These morphine-like substances, casomorphin and gluteomorphin, 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.
Caseomorphins are the proteins that make up 80-90% of the protein content of cow’s milk and are formed during our attempt to digest casein. It is this same protein that can cause damage to the lower intestinal lining and a malabsorption syndrome similar to that seen in celiac disease, or gluten intolerance.
One of the main proteins found in gluten grains is gliadin. Gluteomorphins are derived from gliadin. Corn, Soy and Gluten are used to make industrial adhesives. All four of these foods are capable and guilty of damaging the lining of the intestinal tract and leading to the malabsorption of calcium, iron, B complex, C, and trace minerals (e.g. zinc). This malabsorption or leaky gut 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 caseomorphins and gluteomorphins 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. You may or may not know this, depending on how much contact you come into with these types of children but, 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. 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. 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, even most doctors have no idea what these substances are and how much they can affect a person. How can something that plays such 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 go without being learned and kept in the forefront of the minds of all doctors? Truly, this is amazing to me!
To find out what may be affecting you and causing symptoms similar to those stated above, call our office. We offer advanced testing that gets to the root of your problem. It’s time to stop the madness. Now it’s time to amaze your friends! Commit these to memory and talk about them at dinner parties. You’ll be the focus of attention.