Opiate-like casomorphins liberated from the cow’s milk protein casein are accused of participating in the cause of such conditions as: autism, crib death, type I diabetes, postpartum psychosis, circulatory disorders, and food allergies.
Attacks of apnea, where babies temporarily stop breathing, and muscular atony, where babies go limp, after exposure to cow’s milk may also be explained by extracentral activity of casomorphin, meaning outside the brain. Casomorphin, this opioite-like peptide produced by cow’s milk, is also responsible for triggering pseudo allergic reactions and other abnormalities seen in crib death …and Moreover, similarly to morphine, they delay the gastric emptying time, and so may increase the risk of infants refluxing stomach back up into the lungs.
Thus, it can be said that the so-called milk-apnoea effect may consist of several components: an opioid-induced respiration depression, an opioid-induced pseudoallergic histamine-related respiratory response, an influence on the peripheral nervous system, a cow’s milk-induced reflux, followed by aspiration-induced apnoea.
Sudden infant death syndrome is not the only condition linked to these morphine-like compounds. From another medical journal recently, casomorphins liberated from the cow’s milk protein beta-casein are accused of participating in the cause of such conditions as: autism, crib death, type I diabetes, postpartum psychosis, circulatory disorders, and food allergies.
In terms of autism risk… whereas the human casomorphins, found exclusively in the breast milk of women who don’t drink cow’s milk, are associated with normal psychomotor development and muscle tone. In contrast, elevated levels of bovine casomorphin found in cow’s milk based formula-fed infants was associated with a delay in psychomotor development and muscle spasticity. This evidence suggests that the inability of some infants to adequately eliminate bovine casomorphin may be a risk factor for delay in psychomotor development and other diseases such as autism.
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Please also see the last two videos in this series, Cow's Milk-Induced Infant Apnea and
yesterday's video. Breast is always best, but the breast milk of women eating plant-based diets may not only exclude bovine casomorphins, but contain lower levels of industrial pollutants like dioxins. See Flame Retardant Chemical Contamination. For other effects animal products may have on healthy development, see Dairy & Sexual Precocity and Protein and Puberty. No wonder Dr. Spock, the most esteemed pediatrician of all time, recommended children be raised without exposure to meat and dairy (see Doctors' Nutritional Ignorance). And if that isn't enough, there are and hundreds of other videos on more than a thousand subjects.
For more context, check out my associated blog post, Cow’s Milk Casomorphin, Crib Death, and Autism.