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Insomnia

Nearly every person I talk with that labels themselves as an insomniac has the same pattern. They do not have trouble falling to sleep. They have big time trouble staying a sleep. Most people have the exact same experience that I did for the 13 years I took a sleep aid. I would come home late from work, eat dinner about 7:30 or 8:00 PM, hunker down for my favorite 9:00 TV show like NYPD Blue, and promptly pass out 15-20 minutes into it. My wife would be elbowing me as I snored, trying to get me to wake up or to go on to bed. BUT, I was dead to the world. I would finally peel myself off the sofa about 10:30 or so and stumble off to bed. Then, I would wake up like a shot about 1 or 2 AM and not be able to go back to sleep. The sleep aid helped most nights, but some times it did nothing. Does this sound at all familiar?

I get a lot of head nodding or spousal elbowing going on in the exam room as I describe this pattern. It is extremely common as it turns out. This form of insomnia is taking over this nation to the extent that medical textbooks say that it is “normal” for people over 60 to experience it to some degree or another. Say what? If we are at all like dogs, we need more sleep as we get older, not less. How could this be so common that it has been considered “normal”?

Those who have read my work on epilepsy have a head start here. The culprits are the same guys: the depressants- casomorphins and gliadorphins- and the neurostimulants glutamate and aspartate. The passing out after meals is caused by the rush of casomorphins (from the cheese, ice cream, etc.) and gliadorphins (bread, pasta, cookies, etc) into the brain, which is nearly saturated with them. This saturation takes time, with it hitting me in my early thirties. My wife was beginning to think that I was a narcoleptic or something. One minute I was there talking or watching television and the next I was in la-la land, snoring up a storm.

But the foods that have the downers also have the “antidote”. This is the beauty of it all. However, the antidotes come at an inopportune time for the insomniac. The glutamate and aspartate take about 4-6 hours to hit the brain after the parent foods are ingested. That puts these neurostimulating antidotes hitting the depressed (but “uploaded”…see the pain paper) brain about one or two in the morning, a predictable amount of time after dinner and dessert. The pizza, pasta, macaroni and cheese, and cheeseburgers followed by the cookies, ice cream, brownies, and chocolate candy all add up, don’t they? If you throw in an appetizer of peanuts or cheese and crackers then you really have a tumultuous night ahead.

When I found out that I had celiac disease, I had to eliminate all of the wheat-containing meals and desserts. My sleeping improved quickly. When I subsequently realized that I was more milk intolerant than I first thought (as the wheat was masking the severity), I dropped all dairy products, which led to my freedom from prescription sleep aids. Once I studied the a chart that showed the glutamate and aspartate content of the foods we eat, it became even more clear why my wife and I had shared this cycle of recurrent restless nights with so many Americans.

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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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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