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Post-partum Depression

If the viewer has read the above section on menopause, they have a good idea of what I have to say about post partum depression. This often terrifying syndrome has a number of fascinating and, I believe, very explainable aspects to it. If you have not read the section on menopause, I would encourage you to do so before proceeding. It lays some very important groundwork for what is written next.

It is all about hormones, as women so commonly volunteer in their defense. “Yes guys, they are right about this.” Once again, the pregnancy is maintained by our new friend progesterone. As the reader now understands, progesterone is a powerful hormone and is actually stronger than cortisone in its anti-inflammatory effect. During pregnancy, this compound coursing through the mother’s veins makes her nearly “bullet-proof” when it comes to immune-mediated events and reactions. For example, many moms-to-be have reported an abatement of food and inhalant allergies during pregnancy. I previously mentioned one that was totally milk intolerant unless she was pregnant. This speaks to the powerful effect of progesterone…one that “covers up” otherwise significant reactions on the part of the immune system. This is good and bad, I’m afraid. More on that in a second.

One of the major “side effects” of cortisone therapy in the pet is an increased appetite. Hmmm… That sounds a bit familiar when it comes to the pregnant woman, doesn’t it? Certainly a pregnant individual needs more calories for the proper development of the life inside of them BUT most would agree that the amount of weight (fat) gained by many woman in this condition is abnormal and is now frowned upon.

Then there is the matter of those “cravings”. As I wrote in the Food Addiction section, cravings are usually for something that your brain has become addicted to and start once the level of these addictive substances have dropped below a threshold level. The two most addicting foods are dairy and wheat due to the fact that they have both “downers” (the casomorphins and gliadorphins) and “uppers” (the neurostimulants glutamate and aspartate) in them. Cheese just has to be the most addictive food on the planet. Other food addictions include chocolate, diet drinks, and sugar. And as we established earlier, there are no physical addictions that are healthy for you…none.

So, let’s tie this up now. We have a pregnant woman with progesterone running through her veins to maintain the pregnancy. She begins having cravings induced by that cortisone-like hormone. This same “drug” is serving to reduce the inflammatory and any other type of reaction that she may otherwise have to the foods she is eating to satisfy those cravings. (Remember that dairy intolerant client of mine.) The cravings are for foods that are addictive in many cases…those that will do her harm….when the progesterone levels drop. Oh, oh.

Yes, all good things must come to an end and the “drug abuse” that has occurred during pregnancy suddenly has to come to an abrupt halt. Those women that had problems such as wheat, dairy, or soy intolerance prior to the pregnancy (and who either did or did not know that beforehand) have been suddenly subjected to a serious crisis. Their anti-inflammatory “medication” was just yanked away from them. This has the potential for resulting in a myriad of problems, ranging from allergic reactions (with subsequent histamine release, a very depressing substance) to gut damage, as seen in celiac disease, with a sudden drop in blood serotonin levels. (Celiacs very commonly suffer from acute endogenous depression from a rapid depletion of serotonin, a mood moderating hormone.) Add to that the fact that she is probably having some withdrawal symptoms from the drop in progesterone levels alone (as in cortisone withdrawal) and the reader can see why some individuals literally come apart at the seams. Depression in many of these cases can be acute and severe and can even result in violent behavior toward the child or spouse. It doesn’t just happen on Law and Order.

Now you see why I would write about such a thing on a “veterinary” site. This condition illustrates a number of the principles about which I write. But, the thing it drives home more than anything to me is the evil nature of food addictions. People make jokes about food cravings, especially within the context of pregnancy. Pickles and what? But…BUT…the cravings are a very real thing and are usually for the foods that we are trying to eliminate here, especially the number one and two allergens. Now that you have a better appreciation for the things that these foods are capable of, it should be easy to see why this topic is on the roster.

Dogtor J

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 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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Something to Chew On

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 (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 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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