Yes, brain function may become impaired through the odd mystery of milk withdrawal. And if you don’t know about the opiate dependence possibilities with milk proteins, with casein, you won’t be prepared for the problems that arise with going off milk after identification with helpful IgG testing.
Milk withdrawal is real – you can’t make this stuff up. Take a look at my interview in Living Without on gluten withdrawal and you’ll appreciate more details on the larger perspective of brain function as related to opiate challenges.
For additional important details check out this Devil in The Milk CorePsych post from Dec, ’13.
IgG Testing Matters – The Ghost Immunoglobulin
In our offices we simply don’t count on the unreliable and, from my perspective, significantly outdated elimination diet strategy. If you use the elimination diet plan [click on that link] you will be looking for IgE results, not IgG. IgE: Think Immunoglobulin Emergency: IgE is important for immediate, acute allergic responses – eat shrimp, swell up and choke, have diarrhea, or pass out. It’s an Emergency!
IgG measures chronic response. Think Immunoglobulin Ghost – it resides inside, but is often undetected and Ghostlike in it’s subtle manifestations. The undetected medical implications are associated with chronic gut deterioration and the multiple consequences associated with leaky gut [see these Wikipedia references].
For IgE think “Emergency,” for IgG think “Ghost.”
Milk allergies and frequently associated milk addiction can add to the cytokine storm raging from the associated IgE milk allergens in the first place. Milk addiction and opiate withdrawal is real if you look for more subtlety. This withdrawal doesn’t look like convulsions in on a heroin detox unit, but the symptoms can create significant functional problems.
After a reader’s offline request for clarification a few weeks ago, it’s time we take a few moments away from wheat and gluten sensitivity to explore brain function downstream [yes, intended] from our old friend, milk.
But before we move on let me tell you candidly, I am not a big fan of an elimination diet strategy. After testing hundreds in my offices for both IgG and IgE I can report that most, not a few, suffer from significant multiple allergies not easily sorted out with an elimination diet.
In that previous post on opiate withdrawal from gluten and casein I addressed the frequency and challenges of going off wheat and milk after recognizing gluten/casein sensitivity. The culprit: opioid peptides which appear to mimic the effect of opiates in the brain, and can result in withdrawal symptoms in some sensitive people. Opiate withdrawal is real.
The name of the two peptides with links here for further review [noting that authorities don’t yet completely agree on this phenomenon] are casomorphin [a milk peptide] and gliadorphin or gluteomorphine [two names for the opioid peptide arising from partially broken down gliadin portion of the gluten protein in wheat.
While some may not agree, we have regularly seen “withdrawal symptoms” – commonly after discovering that IgG testing reveals wheat protein or milk protein sensitivity associated with those chronic, grave, psychiatric problems.
Remember this: Your GI specialist isn’t thinking Brain, he’s thinking Bowel. No disrespect, but he is not likely thinking Chronic, but is likely rather thinking Acute. With IgG problems the Brain most often shows the tell-tale first clear cognitive symptoms, not often reviewed in general medical practices. For us the Brain is the Canary in the GI Coal Mine.
From an immunity perspective your Brain is your Canary in your Coal Mine. That likely methane explosion is not detectable without closely observing brain deteriorations. The elimination diet does work for easily observable IgE reactions, not for the silent, almost ghostlike, symptom-free IgG.
A brief clinical example may help make the point on covering both the milk and the wheat sensitivity questions with your family or your clients:
A 12 yo boy presents with refractory ADHD and moods, just not getting better. He not only has problems focusing, but has an exquisite sensitivity to all of his peers, and is often quite irritable and depressed. Relationships with parents: great.
Concerned, informed parents spent hours and considerable money on evaluation of the possible causes of the moods and ADHD with SPECT scans at the Amen Clinic in Fairfield, CA [about 2 years ago, to evaluate his brain function].
Multiple bowel symptoms arise in the first interview including chronic constipation, GI upset, “touchy stomach,” sensitivity to many foods and picky eating. Testing at Enterolab [easily accomplished with a stool specimen and no needles] revealed casein and gluten sensitivity. [This original post: ’07 – and in this revised post ’12 we now use Great Plains labs for IgG testing.]
The parents had already taken him off wheat with an elimination diet as I suggested straightaway after hearing his history. Interestingly, in their compassion with the dietary changes, they had continued his milk. He already had experienced withdrawal and regression going off his addictive wheat, [felt foggy, more irritable and shaky] but continued behaviorally and emotionally symptomatic with the initial symptoms while still on milk. The informed elimination diet had not worked, because they didn’t follow the entire food, diet elimination protocol.
My prediction: He will have more difficulty with milk withdrawal, is already in an opiate withdrawal process in the first place, and will likely get worse with milk withdrawal. [In 2012, we would prepare him better by supporting his bowel healing and his measured, data-driven neurotransmitter imbalances.]
Having spent years working with “drug addicts and alcoholics” [as some call them] in withdrawal, I suggested they go low and slow, but stay on complete withdrawal as an objective. Their rationalization, as is the case with many: “he won’t feel so bad if he stays on some of these happy foods.”
But consider the other option: those sensitivities and the opiates will absolutely continue to diminish brain function if not corrected – if not completely corrected.
Some of the most challenging withdrawal symptoms [from milk, wheat or a variety of foods] – with cognitive and serious emotional regressions – arise in the context of severe GI Candida colonization. Yeast, Candida, can live in the bowel for years undetected – with serious brain developmental, brain health consequences. Candida causes leaky gut, immunity/cytokine reactions that interfere with neurotransmitters, and serious hormone challenges [adrenal, thyroid, estrogen, androgen] downstream from their proliferation.
See this list of Candida videos and tests on the second page here: http://corepsych.com/tests14
Immune challenges directly effect methylation pathways as well, directly interfering with predictable psychiatric treatment efforts. Download this 4 page Short Summary of Dr Walsh’s Book on Nutrient Power to start your inquiry in these new directions – new maps offer more predictable travels:
Milk addiction does encourage further biomedical inquiry.
Dr Charles Parker
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