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Type 1 Diabetes And Cows' Milk

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Dr. McDougall says dairy and type 1 are linked. The amino acids in milk protein are the same as those on the pancreas cells that produce insulin, apparently. Because I am celiac my local physician told me I'm even more likely to have type 1.

Should I eliminate dairy from my diet? I don't have any problems with it so far. Yet it seems many members of our family have type 1 already (including ALL of my siblings) so I'm worried and wonder what I should do.

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He's close but it's not the whole story. This issue of "leaky gut" and intestinal permeability and autoimmunity is extremely important. There are studies showing that introducing cows milk, eggs, and even root vegetables too early in infancy can help trigger type 1 diabetes. Even more compelling is one showing that the combination of an enterovirus (that causes temporary leaky gut) and cows milk can be a trigger. Another study ties endogenous opioid peptides in casein to diabetes. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21335999

I am in the middle of reading the GAPS diet book and let me tell you, it's an eye-opener. If you are in glowingly good health the casein is probably fine because the population of bacteria in your intestine will break it down before it gets to the blood stream and can interact with your immune system. If you're having issues with fatigue, depression, asthma, eczema, or allergies, Dr. Campbell-McBride suggests that your gut may not be in great shape. Then there is risk of food chemicals, including milk opioids, autoimmunity-triggering peptides, toxic plant lectins, and even toxic bacterial substances from gut bacteria getting through and messing with your immune system. Milk isn't your only worry with a leaky gut!

This guy is not taking the bacterial layer in the gut into account. The BIG reason Americans have "leaky gut" and poor digestion is becasue a lifetime of antibiotic exposure has damaged the terribly important bacterial layer protecting the gastric mucosa. Imagine his drawing, but on top of the single layer of cells is a thick layer of mucous and bacteria and you get the correct picture. Good bacteria produce vitamins, help you digest food, protect the gut, and prevent growth of yeast. If you lost all your gut bacteria, you would probably die. Bad bacteria and yeast fight the good ones, produce toxins, and expose that single cell layer Dr. McDougall is talking about to damage. Then not only milk peptides, but all sorts of junk gets into the bloodstream.

I would recommend the main GAPS book to just about anyone on this board, whether or not you're considering trying the diet. http://gapsdiet.com/

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