Dr. David Clark, DC Functional Neurologist shares shocking new scientific evidence linking milk casein proteins and Bipolar Disorder.
I'm going to share with you a study just completed in 2010 called "Immune Activation by Casein Dietary Antigens in Bipolar Disorders." Okay, so let's review what did we just say? We said that there's a...
Connection Between Casein Dairy Protein and Bipolar Disorder.
The research literature over the last 10-15 years has finally recognized that inflammation is a big part of psychiatric disorders. This study says "Hey, let's take people that have these bipolar diagnoses, and let's see if they have antibodies to casein and see if they're elevated."
Guess what they found? Casein antibodies WERE elevated.
The study found that these persons diagnosed with bipolar disorder had abnoraml levels of antibodies to casein. That means their immune system iis reacting to the casein in their diet--trying to kill it--causing inflammation.
What contains casein? Casein comes from milk proteins.
- Butter--technically a fat, but usually contains some casein protein.
- ANYTHING made from milk.
When they did the analysis of these people and their blood workthey found that...
The amount of casein antibodies was correlated with the manic but not the depressive symptoms of bipolar. It was also associated with bipolar subtype 1.
This is exciting and scary at the same time.
If you've ever been to a psychiatric hospital, they're not feeding these people a gluten-free, casein-free diet. In fact, that's exactly what they pump into them--cheap gluten and cheap casein-based foods.
You may remember a year or so ago I reported to you a story about a young girl whose seizures were trigged by casein....
...how all the doctors that this little girls had been to pooh-poohed the idea that casein was related to her seizures. But here it is again, in a scientific journal.
What if there are people walking around right now that you know that have these psychiatric symptoms, particularly bipolar and the manic episodes, what if those people are sensitive to casein? You can test for that, by the way.
I think there's a whole new branch of healthcare that needs to be developed....functional neuropsychiatry or functional psychiatry.
(really, it should all fall under the category of Functional Neurology).
This new field would ook at all the problems that psychiatry and neuropsychiatry looks at --BUT--look at them from a non-drug perspective. Look at them from a molecular, functional, physiological perspective. Not a pharmaceutical one.
If we could take 1,000 people that were diagnosed with some of these bipolar diagnoses in the study and put them all on a casein-free diet----I guarantee you that in at least half of them, their condition would resolve or improve by 50%.
This study found, by the way, that their use of lithium and other medications had no impact on the study.
And I'll go one step futher....
If you took those study subjects (real people) and put them on a gluten-free and casein-free diet, you might their improvement to 70% or 80%.
And even further....
If you were to take those people--put them on a GF an CF diets.... AND...then do a full metabolic workup on those people from a functional perspective....look at:
- their immune system regulation
- other antigens they might have that are hidden like different infections and parasites that are occult
- adrenal gland function
- BRAIN function
...if you were to do that, I venture to say that you could have an astonishing success rate. (I've seen that personally happen in my own practice.)
So, the takeaway message is this:
Dietary casein antigens are related to bipolar disorder through an immune system stimulation pathway.
Casein is inflammatory, and casein IS connected to bipolar diagnoses.
If you want to help someone suffering with manic symptoms of bipolar disorder or bipolar Type 1---it's time to get tested for casein sensitivty, or just go 100% casein-free. (and gluten-free in my opinion)
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