Friday, August 5, 2011

Brain Health: "Crazy" From Casein?? (Doped with Dairy)

Evidence (see references below) shows cow dairy really can cause symptoms of "mental illness."

We’ve talked about Brain Health and the Gluten (Dis)Connection ( here ) and the connection found between gluten and some cases of schizophrenia ( here ). At the time, I mentioned my daughters also had to come off of DAIRY. They did test positive for IgA and IgG (immune) reactivity against the cow dairy protein (bovine casein). Such reactions may be involved in severe psychiatric disorders such as bipolar.[1]
Inflammation and other immune processes are increasingly linked to psychiatric diseases. . .   Anti-casein IgG associations with bipolar I diagnoses, psychotic symptom history, and mania severity scores suggest that casein-related immune activation may relate to the psychosis and mania components of this mood disorder.
But there is another way a person can be affected by casein even without the IgA or IgG allergic-type reactions. (See bottom of post for some IgA and IgG testing companies.)

I tested positive to casein as well (IgG), although my own symptoms were confusing severe chronic urticaria (chronic hives) and mild gut issues. I’d lived with it, along with issues with gluten, for so long I had not even realized I was also lactose intolerant!

Before I get back to the casein issue, let me explain the difference between lactose and casein.

Lactose is the milk sugar. Many people, after childhood, lose the enzyme, lactase, required to digest milk. Lactose is very different from casein, which is the milk protein. A dairy product which says “whey” or even “lactose-free” will contain casein—the protein. In fact, products that one might not think have dairy but have a “lactose” (dairy sugar) filler, such as many medicines, are contaminated with casein (dairy protein) and dairy peptides. Our family learned this the hard way, then verified it with several pharmacists.

We already know how addicted to milk and cheese some of our children who test positive to a dairy sensitivity/allergy seem. Why?

And... Why do some people have such a dairy issue even when they test negative to the IgG or IgA allergy testing for dairy?

And why do so many doctors talking about gluten and gut permeability often mention dairy in the same sentence?

First, there is another word we need to know – Peptide. Proteins are composed of peptides. Some peptides can be similar enough to other peptides that our body may respond to them in similar ways, such as when they bind to receptor sites on our cells. This is the case when a peptide from milk makes its way intact into our brain and binds to “opiod receptors.” Peptides during the digestion process are normally broken down to their basic components—amino acids (proteins are composed of various proportions of about 20 common amino acids).

The peptide in question in called β-casomorphin-7 (β-CM7) or beta-casomorphin. This milk peptide has been found to be taken up by the brain in people diagnosed with “mental” illnesses (i.e. DSM diagnoses) such as “autism” and “schizophrenia”[1][2][4] and even postpartum psychosis.[3] (See here for “Autism is Not A Mental Illness”.)

As we already have seen, gluten in some individuals, can contribute to intestinal inflammation and thus to gut permeability. One problem with this is then the gluten proteins can pass as peptides into the blood stream. One theory is that the gliadorphin (also known as gluteomorphin) molecule from gluten can affect brain function. It is similar to the casomorphin peptide, which is why some doctors will mention gluten and dairy in the same breath.

These peptides from gluten (grains such as wheat, rye, barley) and bovine (cow) dairy (casein) then act as neuropeptides (ie. Proteins that affect brain function). Here is a VIDEO lecture featuring noted psychiatrist James Greenblatt, MD about casomorphins, gliadorphins, and their implication in OCD, tics, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and eating disorders:
VIDEO: Neuroactive Peptides and Psychiatric Disorders (Click here).

And on an aside note, I knew my milk-loving child had problems with milk, but I thought it was just making her allergies worse—making her more congested and mucousy. And indeed, the same protein has been shown to make us release histamines (the stuff we take antihistamines for).[5]
beta-Casomorphine-7, a naturally occurring product of cow's milk with opiate-like activity, was studied for possible direct histamine liberation activities in humans. . . . Oral pretreatment with the H1 antagonist terfenadine [an antihistamine] significantly inhibited the skin responses to beta-casomorphine-7.
This is one of the ironies of my older daughter’s 13-year (mis)diagnosis of “bipolar disorder” (see “Bipolar and Off Her (psychiatric) Meds PART 1” and “PART 2” )—she now takes an antihistamine (Benadryl) as her “emergency med” rather than a psychiatric medication such as quetiapine or lorazepam. But mostly, she takes the preventative measure of staying away from gluten, dairy, and in her case, soy.

Since research is suggesting that some individuals may be reacting to gliadorphins and casomorphins regardless of the results from IgA and IgG testing for allergies/sensitivities to gluten or dairy, what is a person to do?

The simplest thing, in my opinion, is simply STOP gluten and dairy completely for a few months and see if that has any effect on symptoms, at the same time as taking steps to heal any potential problems with the gut (here).

But, there is a test available to see whether these milk and gluten peptides have actually slipped through intact and are therefore potentially wreaking havoc in the brain.

Click Here for the Gluten-Casein Peptide Test Brochure from Great Plains Laboratory.

And here is the direct link to the where the (urine) test for these gliadorphins and casomorphins can be ordered by either the patient or their physician: HERE

One of my daughters found that although cow (bovine) casein turned out to cause the exact symptoms that had been diagnosed as ultra-ultra rapid “bipolar disorder” according to the DSM, goat dairy did not. She had stayed off ALL dairy and healed her gut before attempting the goat cheese about a year later but then decided to not have even the goat dairy for reasons of her own particular general health.

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[1] Immune activation by casein dietary antigens in bipolar disorder.. Severance EG, Dupont D, Dickerson FB, Stallings CR, Origoni AE, Krivogorsky B, Yang S, Haasnoot W, Yolken RH. Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar Disord. 2010 Dec;12(8):834-42.

[2] A Peptide Found in Schizophrenia and Autism Causes Behavioral Changes in Rats Zhongjie Sun, J. Robert Cade Autism March 1, 1999 3: 85-95

[3] CSF and plasma beta-casomorphin-like opioid peptides in postpartum psychosis LH Lindstrom, F Nyberg, L Terenius, K Bauer, G Besev, LM Gunne, S Lyrenas, G Willdeck-Lund and B Lindberg Am J Psychiatry 1984; 141:1059-1066

[4] β-Casomorphin Induces Fos-Like Immunoreactivity in Discrete Brain Regions Relevant to Schizophrenia and Autism
Zhongjie Sun, J. Robert Cade, Melvin J. Fregly, R. Malcolm Privette Autism, March 1999; vol. 3, 1: pp. 67-83.

[5] A naturally occurring opioid peptide from cow's milk, beta-casomorphine-7, is a direct histamine releaser in man. Kurek M, Przybilla B, Hermann K, Ring J. Int Arch Allergy Immunol. 1992;97(2):115-20 also see:
Pseudoallergic skin reactions to opiate sequences of bovine casein in healthy children. Kurek M, Czerwionka-Szaflarska M, Doroszewska G. Rocz Akad Med Bialymst. 1995;40(3):480-5.]

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Herb said...

I once heard a respected health practitioner speculate that it was the difference in the size of a cow, as opposed to goats or sheep, that accounted for the difference in milk proteins that made the latter more acceptable to those, like myself, who cannot digest cow milk but have no problem with goat or sheep milk.

Anonymous said...

gut can be healed by chicken feet or goat feet soup on low heat for 3 hours liver can be healed by dandeloin and mineral deficiency by amd mineral drops.peanut do also heal the nervous system other name for tyrosine(excess of protein is bad only twice a week this soups or peanuts) fish oil for brain function thats key to healing schizophrenia and autism(cure for autism and schizophrenia) plus casein and gluten free diet culprit is herpes virus 2 same virus culprit in aids and cancer patients aids and cancer patients do go crazy like schizoid.billion dollar pharma drugs down the pike. but whose gonna believe me except desperate parents and patients.protein strengthens immune system sugar weakens it culprit is hypoglemia to in mental disorders

Anonymous said...

I am glad to have come across this sight. It only confirms what I have thought for many years but only recently was able to confirm that my son who is diagnosed - Emotionally Disturbed with a focus on Oppositional Defiance Disorder and Anxiety Disorder. The pediatrician and psychiatrists could not exactly pinpoint anything. My son has been on psychiatric medications since 1st grade even though those particular medications aren't even recommended for children. When he finally had to clean out his system to be able to take Lithium, he said he felt better without meds. Wow, he was 15 years old and able to speak his mind better off his meds. We decided to continue without any meds. He still continued with difficulties until we decided to take him to a brain therapy program that required him to do blood work prior to therapy to eliminate any reasons why their program would not be successful. That is when we found that he had a casein allergy that was causing an inflammatory response. The nutritionist at the therapy center also mentioned how people are often diagnosed schizophrenic and bipolar because of unidentified food allergies. I just wish there were more doctors willing to eliminate that possibility before they blow your mind with meds. My son is 16 years old now and is "normal." Thanks for posting this info. I only hope that more inquisitive parents will reach out and find out the cause of the problem and not just keep treating the symptoms.

Anonymous said...

I cured myself eating oatmeal and raw apple for 40-days. no cheating!

By third day, - you feel the results of getting better.

Discipline, - mind over body, appetite and passion restrained.

It can be done!

Anonymous said...

This is an excellent article and I am very grateful to you and the commenters. Dairy came out last night. Hopefully obsessive thoughts go away quickly. Thank you!

XAPKen said...

Yikes, I'm trapped in the respond box and can't review the blog while writing, so pardon if this is broken.

One characteristic of some opiates is that they can act directly as histimine analogs. Hydrocodone for example is well known in this respect.

The casien to histamine connection, might not be as a release agent, but rather a direct neurotransmission activity of the casomorphines.

I didn't even know casomorphines existed until last night, and considered the psychoactivity of cows milk as a myth. Amazing stuff!

Warning, I'm autistic. Communication screw ups are accidental.

Oliver said...

Can anyone tell me if there is casein in butter?

Jeanie said...

Yes, Oliver. Butter is made from cow's milk (dairy). There is casein in butter.

gridly1 said...

Dairy products that contain barely any protein, such as butter and cream, only have traces of casein.

Jeanie said...

Even traces of a protein to which a person is allergic or sensitive to can cause a severe reaction with inflammation and in some cases, even anaphylaxis and death.

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