Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Not Feeling Better on a Gluten Free Diet- Casein in Cow's milk Mimics Gluten

So you are trying to improve your health and are following popular gluten free advice and you still have signs and symptoms of inflammation. These could be chronic sinusitis, blocked ears, cough, diarrhea, or any other sign of inflammation. This can happen if you haven't eliminated cow's milk and milk products and prepared foods that contain casein. Even some red wines have casein. 

You may want to eliminate all forms of casein from your diet, even if you are breastfeeding. Recent research shows that the allergy producing casein goes through breast milk to the infant, in milk drinking mothers. 

You'll want to know more so you can decide if you want to eliminate dairy. The safest dairy products are those prepared the GAPS way, fermented, but not everyone can tolerate this even.

Here Dr. Osborne talks about the implications of that research: Do also go to the link Cow dairy and see an interview with Dr. Ford, who discusses the different variety of milks, A1 vs A2.

The Gluten Free Warrior’s Comment:

Cow dairy is one of the most common allergens in the U.S. Babies are no exception to this rule. Milk is often viewed as an essential staple food for kids. We have been told over and over again that we need dairy for calcium, and although dairy does contain calcium, there are many other foods rich in calcium as well.

Today’s modern dairy comes from genetically tampered with cows. The casein in the dairy from these cows is resistant to digestion and has been linked to autoimmune disease. The casein from these cows for many causes the same types of symptoms we see gluten cause. This same type of casein is one of the most common dairy based protein allergies known.

In my clinical experience, I have never seen a baby be allergic to mother’s milk. The typical scenario is that the mother is consuming foods that the baby is reactive to. Once the mother changes her diet, the baby’s symptoms tend to dissipate. The study above demonstrates that on of the most allergenic dairy proteins (casein) passes into mother’s milk. The take away message is that if the baby is having allergy symptoms while breastfeeding, mom should look at her diet and make adjustments.
Common symptoms of allergy reaction in infants are:
Chronic diaper rash
Sneezing fits after meals
Chronic facial rubbing (can indicate itchy eyes)
Chronic gas

Bottom line – if you suspect that your baby is allergic to your breast milk, don’t stop breast feeding. Instead look at your diet for foods that could be a problem for the baby. The most common food problems are gluten, dairy, sugar, beans or legumes, shellfish, and cruciferous vegetables. For more information on how gluten can affect children go here <<<

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To Your Health

Dr. Barbara

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