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Food Addiction

Here’s a good news, bad news thing for you. It’s not just an emotional craving for some foods that you should have complete control over with your will power. That’s the good news, believe it or not. The bad news is that we can become physically addicted to these trouble foods I keep talking about.

Once again, 60-70% of the calories in the standard American diet (S.A.D.) come from dairy products and wheat alone. Cheese is the most addictive food on the planet it appears, both from personal interviews I have done and from what I have read. When I speak of dairy addiction, it is very common for people to say, “Oh, I don’t drink that much milk”. But then I ask about cheese. “Well, that’s a different matter. I’ve got to have my cheese”, they will exclaim. One morbidly obese woman with fibromyalgia, migraines and diabetes told me that if she didn’t get some cheese regularly, even shortly after a large meal, she felt that she would “die”. There was no smile on her face. Does this sound familiar?

How can this be? How can we be truly, physically addicted to food? It is very simple, actually. I have already covered the culprits responsible for the addiction in many places on the site. Just like illegal drugs, they come in two categories: uppers and downers. The uppers that we get addicted to are our old friends glutamate and aspartate. The brain loves stimulants and our caffeine, sugar, chocolate, and diet drink addictions prove it. Yes, people become truly addicted to diet drinks once the brain gets hooked on the neurostimulating aspartame (NutraSweet). MSG is also addictive. Most have heard a comedian (or ten) talk about the Chinese food phenomenon: “Hey, what’s the deal with Chinese food, anyway? You eat a meal that would feed a small country and, in a couple of hours, you’re hungry again. What’s up with that?” You couldn’t possibly need more calories, could you? What does your body (or brain) want? It wants more MSG. It loves the stuff. Addiction.

So, what else contains MSG (monosodium glutamate)? Well, look at it this way: They can make MSG from wheat and soy. Oh, oh! And, as you have probably read somewhere on this site that the casein in cow milk is 20% glutamate by structure. Cheese is loaded with glutamate…absolutely loaded. The list of other sources can be found following many of my pain, epilepsy and G.A.R.D. papers.

What about the downers? Most of you who are familiar with this site won’t be surprised to find out that they are the same guys. The depressant narcotics are the morphine-like substances known as the food opioidscasomorphins and gliadomorphins. These LSD-like compounds are formed partly because of our digestive system’s failure to completely break down the casein in cow milk and the gliadin in wheat, respectively. These substances are long-chain polypeptides that are released during digestion and have a chemical structure that is very similar to morphine derivatives. In fact, it has been reported that beta-casomorphin 7 (BCM7) is10X more powerful than morphine. They determined this by subjecting rats to BCM7 and finding that it took 10X more naloxone (an opiate reversing agent) to reverse the effects of BCM7 than was required for morphine.

It is still amazing to me that most people (including doctors) have never heard these terms when they have such a universal application in our day-to-day lives. These downers are responsible for sleepiness after eating, caffeine addiction, chronic fatigue, and the down cycle to ADHD, and play a huge role in autism. Some enlightened medical clinics in this country understand the importance of these substances. They can now make a preliminary diagnosis of autism in children by detecting high levels of these polypeptides in their urine. Wow! And, most people familiar with autism know that these children have a very strict, self-imposed diet comprised of just those things that are contributing to their problem. They are hooked on macaroni and cheese, milk, pizza, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pasta, etc….all of the sources of casomorphins and gliadorphins.

This should be no surprise when we remember that we are dealing with addiction here and we become addicted to the foods that will do us harm. Whether they stimulate us, bring us down, or do both like the wheat and dairy do, the foods that are doing it to us are causing a myriad of problems while they keep us addicted to them. It is easy to see that there are no healthy physical addictions. I’m sorry to say that this not only applies to illegal substances but also to 60-70% (plus) of the food that sits on the American plate (or plastic tray).

Dogtor J

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Just Desserts

These are little tidbits of knowledge I’ve discovered or insights I’ve gained over the years while doing my in-depth studies.For example, did you know researchers have found that nearly 40% of the genetic information in our DNA is viral information? This explains what we call “genetic diseases” including familial and breed tendencies toward food intolerance (e.g. celiac disease), neurological disorders (e.g. epilepsy), and numerous cancers.

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Blogtor J

Welcome to the blog of the new DogtorJ.com. New research into the origin of our medical woes has revealed something startling: As it turns out, we are our own worst enemy. Yes, the Pogo quote of yesteryear found in the title of this article is quite accurate when applied to our medical lives. We love to discuss those things that we call “causes” of diseases even though we often have little clue as to how these things really cause illness. Even medical professionals can have difficulty grasping the true cause-and-effect. But that is understandable once some insight is gained into the true nature of medical training.

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News Flash!

In this section, I will be placing links to the latest breaking news in the food world, including updates on the use of elimination diets to control disease, articles on pet food, the truth about GMO foods and more. I will do my best to balance the bad with the good, but try to remember: Much of this will seem like bad news but at least we know about it now…and can change it!

 

With some of these stories, I will include a link to a blog entry so that you can comment on the article. This idea came to me after reading the first entry, which is a news flash that made my blood boil.

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What is the “Leaky Gut”?
The “leaky gut syndrome” is the root of many medical evils once the “big 4” induce it. Read how Italians have survived being a pasta-based society.

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Hip Dysplasia – “Genetics” vs. Diet

As misconceptions go, this is a high-priority item. Hip dysplasia is not what we were taught.

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Epilepsy and Diet

I have been studying “idiopathic epilepsy” extensively since April of 2000. Guess what? It’s not idiopathic anymore. A diet change can cure it!

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The Truth About Pet Food

Dogs and cats are carnivores yet most pet foods are grain-based. Knowing how to read a label is also very important. Does your pet food really have vegetables in it? Really???

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How to Control Epilepsy Naturally
 

I have been successfully treating pets with epilepsy using diet changes alone for nearly 10 years. The results have been astounding. This paper helps to summarize my findings and recommendations.

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We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us
 

This is the first blog placed on BlogtorJ.com (6-24-07) and pretty much covers the gamut of topics – from heartburn to cancer – that are discussed on this Website. The bottom line? Viruses and bacteria are not the enemy. We are! The good news: We do have our health destinies in our own hands.

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Gluten Intolerance and Your Pet
 

This paper is an article I wrote for the newsletter of www.celiac.com when asked about the prevalence of celiac disease (gluten intolerance) in the dog and cat. This condition has been definitively diagnosed in the Irish Setter but not many other breeds of dogs. I will not be at all surprised when we find that it does exist in numerous other breeds… and even the lovable mutt…but as this article explains, that may very well be a moot point. Gluten is only the beginning.

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The Answer
 

This 40-plus page paper is my first major paper, written in 2001 and hurriedly placed on this site on that fateful and tragic day of 9-11. It represents the culmination of nearly two years of research on the subject of food-related disorders and contains an amazing amount of facts that have been hidden from public view concerning this subject. It covers how the “big 4” trouble foods- gluten, dairy, soy and corn- came into being, catapulted into common usage, and became directly involved in most of our serious medical conditions, including epilepsy, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, ADHD, pain syndromes, depression, and allergies. Severe immune-mediated diseases such as diabetes, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis are also covered.

 

Yes, it is quite long, but it appeared on my computer screen and was placed onto the Web just as it came out of my head. And it is wordy in places. But, as I tell my clients, “There is no law that you have to read it all in one sitting. Think of it as a free, short book rather than a long research paper. It’s all how you look at it, right?”

 

The one thing I can say is that this information WILL change your life…guaranteed!!!

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