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Do Hidden Opiates In Our Food Explain Food Addictions?

Food addictions are not strictly "psychological" problems, but have a hard-wired, organic component. Many of the most commonly consumed foods in Western culture actually contain narcotic properties associated with the presence of psychoactive chemicals that bind to opioid receptors in the nervous system. These peptides are so powerful that researchers block their action with drugs such as naltrexone which is used to treat addiction among heroin abusers, and naloxone which is used to prevent death from heroin overdose.

These "food opiates" are heavily concentrated in wheat and dairy products, especially cow’s milk. Wheat contains the following opioid peptides, known as gluten exorphins, alongside which are listed their amino acid structure:

Gluten exorphin A5: H-Gly-Tyr-Tyr-Pro-Thr-OH
Gluten exorphin B4: H-Tyr-Gly-Gly-Trp-OH
Gluten exorphin B5: H-Tyr-Gly-Gly-Trp-Leu-OH
Gluten exorphin C: H-Tyr-Pro-Ile-Ser-Leu-OH
Gliadorphin: Tyr-Pro-Gln-Pro-Gln-Pro-Phe

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Why can't I vote this down more than once? This is a non subject if there ever was one.

I'm sorry--

not for everyone. I hope you don't become as ill as I did eating only organic wheat (and other grains), plus lots of healthy fruits and veggies--

Sometimes it is important to get others' perspective.

It wasn't 'til I cut out the wheat that I began to heal, and I was deadly ill--

it's been over a year, and I'm starting to get my life back.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Babies Are Born Craving Milk

How do animals know what to eat? They only know what they like.

Have you ever noticed that most "love" songs have lyrics that could be equally appropriate if they were talking about dopamine?

"I can't live, if living is without you, I can't live any more..." (she sings off-key).

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

trust me, there's no opiates in your food....

as a former addict, I'd know. (however, I am excluding poppy seeds and Imodium AD, but there's not enough of anything in those items to get the slightest bit of an opium high, so they're pretty much like everything else).
p.s. People need food. Please don't scare them away from it, they become quite irrational without it. (*see Hippocampus)

"sometimes I hug the coffee table when no one is looking."

depends upon the individuals' genetic make-up--

someone who can become addicted to heavy opiates and survive has a very strong physical constitution, no matter how broken down he/she might get before seeking help; there are others who do not and will be much more sensitive to trace amounts of other chemicals.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

No. If I were on opiates,

No. If I were on opiates, I'd probably feel better.

to me cheese is very addicting..

When I see a block of Montery Jack in the fridge, I can hardly resist cutting a flew slices

There is a reason


Cheese-related research going as far back as the ‘80s has also confirmed that cheese contains small amounts of morphine. Scientists postulate that cows produce morphine in their milk because it helps calm their calves, making sure the young cows bond with their mothers and come back for more (does this make cows the dairy farm equivalent of drug dealers?).

Maybe morphine contains small

Maybe morphine contains small amounts of cheese. That would explain why it is so tasty melted over tortilla chips.

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"We are not a nation, but a union, a confederacy of equal and sovereign States" John C. Calhoun

My Confession

I am a food addict. I didn't really even realize that I had a problem until reading that there is such a thing as food addiction. I eat every day, 2-4 times a day and I can't stop eating. Can anyone direct me to a place that can help with this problem, I really want to stop eating...

"Ehhh, What's ups Doc?" B.Bunny "Scwewy Wabbit!"E. Fudd
People's Awareness Coalition: Deprogramming Sequence

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Ya know TX...I eat everyday

Ya know TX...I eat everyday too, not a day goes by when I don't cram something good and wholesome in my gullet...what an addiction to have hey?


"We are not a nation, but a union, a confederacy of equal and sovereign States" John C. Calhoun

GEEZ, You need help too, this

GEEZ, You need help too, this has me nothing but worried!

"Ehhh, What's ups Doc?" B.Bunny "Scwewy Wabbit!"E. Fudd
People's Awareness Coalition: Deprogramming Sequence

You might want to take a look

You might want to take a look at EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques).
It's a free and easy to learn technique which can help enormously!

Basically it's tapping on certain parts of your body (acupuncture points) combined with some attention and affirmation-like sentences.

I know it sounds totally weird, but.. just try to step over that "how can that work?" thought.

See supporting research here:

But for the general info + how to visit this page:


I've fixed numerous headaches, nightmares, cravings, etc. with this. :)

It works on/for sooo many things too:


Many veterans have also benefited from it, resulting in reduced or removed stress, anxiety and PTSD complaints:


Read, Try & Learn and Spread this technique if it helps you. :D

But then won't I become a tap

But then won't I become a tap addict if I tap on myself every time I get hungry, 2-4 times a day, everyday, for the rest of my life (the rest of my life being quite short I suppose, if the tapping is successful that is)?

"Ehhh, What's ups Doc?" B.Bunny "Scwewy Wabbit!"E. Fudd
People's Awareness Coalition: Deprogramming Sequence

The Dangers of Wheat

Recently there was a great interview about the dangers of wheat on Red Ice Radio:

"April 29, 2012
Dr. William Davis, cardiologist and seeker-of-truth in health exposes "healthy whole grains" for the incredibly destructive genetic monsters they've become. Over 80% of the people he meets today are pre-diabetic or diabetic. In an effort to reduce blood sugar, he asked patients to remove all wheat products from their diet based on the simple fact that foods made of wheat flour raise blood sugar higher than nearly all other foods, regardless if the wheat is organic, multi-grain, whole grain or sprouted. The results were positively drastic. Dr. Davis will discuss the benefits of going wheat free. We'll cover genetic changes of wheat verses ancient grains. He explains how modern wheat is an opiate and appetite stimulant. William also breaks down the internal components of wheat and how they interact with the body in negative ways linked to a slew of health problems. He also explains the great lie of gluten free bread. Why aren't doctors giving this important research any attention?"

Listen here:


Thanks for posting this. It

Thanks for posting this. It explains a lot about today's "Frankenwheat."

Resist the temptation to feed the trolls.

I no longer eat wheat or any gluten-containing grain, but--

was "ancient" wheat this deadly, or is this largely a 19th to 21st century problem, due to gradual genetic modifications?

Why aren't doctors giving out this important information? If people had truly healthy diets, there would be very little need for medical doctors!

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

MDs make a lot of money

MDs make a lot of money treating "revolving door" patients' various symptoms but never curing them. If they told them to stop eating wheat and other grains, their gravy trains would dry up. No more Mercedes, no more house in the super-exclusive neighborhood, no more high maintenance trophy wife, no more days and nights at the club...you get the picture I'm sure.

Resist the temptation to feed the trolls.

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Yes, ancient wheat is just as

Yes, ancient wheat is just as deadly, your body was not made to process wheat, or just about any grain products...in fact, I stay away from all grains, legumes (beans), both cause inflammation and legumes also cause intestinal leakage. I also stay away from most processed oils/food and limit dairy products. I cook with lard, coconut oil, some grape and olive oil. I try to eat wild-caught fish, grass-fed meats, free-range chicken and eggs, root veggies (except potatoes), leafy greens, particularly wild leafy greens like dandelions, poke salad, sorrel, etc.

I don't have high-blood pressure, or, for that matter, any other illnesses...my doctor is constantly amazed by the fact that a man of my age (old as Methuselah) doesn't seem to have any medical problems, doesn't need to take any prescriptions and has less than 10% body fat.


"We are not a nation, but a union, a confederacy of equal and sovereign States" John C. Calhoun

I also (and spouse)--

eat only grass fed beef and free range chicken and wild caught (American) fish--

spouse eats wheat (whole, never refined, only in whole wheat bread that we make ourselves) and seems to do all right; I can't.

But, if I cut out all grains (I only use organic) I lose weight drastically--

spouse and I are also older (older boomers), and we have a hard time keeping weight on. We are both below our minimal ideal weight--true, we do work physically all the time, but still--it's nerve-wracking to be a 'bag of bones'--LOL!

I handle legumes well, though, and when I eat beans and a very small amount of organic non-glutenous grains, I can put on enough weight to survive.

Spouse just has to eat all the time to keep weight on--

this is tmi--

just wondering how you keep weight on, though--

idly wondering--

gives *us* a break from political talk--LOL!

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

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Here is some good advice I

Here is some good advice I found for you:

So here are my suggestions to those who want to eat paleo and also gain weight.

1. Go to the http://www.exrx.net/Calculators/CalRequire.html and enter all the required data as accurately as possible (given that tool). Generate your estimated caloric requirement.
2. Once you have your estimated caloric requirement for maintaining your current weight, add 300 to 500 calories to that amount.
3. Next, go to http://fitday.com/ and create a free online account.
4. Now, in your FitDay account, using Paleolithic (and analogous, e.g. butter) food groups, create a sample day menu for yourself that supplies the number of calories you need to gain weight (from step 2), and has the following nutrient profile:

Protein: about 0.8 to 1.0 grams per pound of bodyweight and not more than about 25% of calories
Carbohydrate: about 1 to 1.5 grams per pound of bodyweight and about 25% (20-30%) of calories
Fats: enough to supply the difference, i.e. 50-65% of calories

For example, you may calculate that you need 3000 kcal per day. You would then aim for 150 g of protein, 125 to 225 g of carbohydrate, and 167 to 217 g of fat each day.

This would look something like this:

16 ounces of meat, poultry, or fish
4 whole eggs
3 sweet potatoes (2” x 5” raw)
3 bananas (medium)
2 apples or other medium fruits
2 cups collards or kale (measured after cooking)
1 whole avocado
½ cup of nuts
3 T coconut oil or dairy butter
3 T olive oil

You can use the fats on or in the preparation of the vegetables.

This selection of foods supplies 3111 kcal, 161 g protein (21% of energy), 184 g fat (51% of energy), and 231 g carbohydrate (28% of energy). It also supplies all required nutrients except vitamin D at acceptable levels.

You could substitute a tablespoon of oil or fat for one banana or sweet potato to make the menu lower in carbohydrate and higher in fat, but I think most people would prefer the higher carbohydrate intake when trying to gain weight, for two reasons. First, eating more fat may kill your appetite whereas more carbohydrate may enhance it, and second, carbohydrate intake drives insulin, and a slightly higher insulin level will promote greater uptake of amino acids in muscle cells.

If you've been trying to gain weight, have you eaten like this day after day for at least a couple of weeks? Does it look like a lot of food to you? Get eating!

If you have eaten like this consistently and you still haven't gained, then eat more! Failure to gain simply tells you that you haven't eaten enough for your needs. Tall, thin folks have particularly high energy needs because their high ratio of surface area to body mass results in large amounts of energy lost to the environment as heat. These people simply have higher basal metabolic rates so they will have to eat more than others to get the same gain. Try increasing each food in the list by 20%. You may have to do this gradually, but you can do it if you want the result.

5. Once you have this start, keep in mind that as you gain weight you will have to increase the caloric content of your diet to keep gaining. If you stop gaining, simply increase your caloric intake by increasing the foods in proportion, e.g. increase each item by 20%.

6. Strength training: You must strength train or else you will gain fat, not desirable lean tissue. Your training should consist of squats, deadlifts, chin ups, pull ups, bench presses or dips, and overhead presses.

Before you strength train, correct any joint issues or muscle imbalances you may have, using a program designed for that purpose.

I recommend minimal volume, either high-intensity training (one set to failure after warm-ups), or a plan of 1-3 not-to-failure work sets of 5 repetitions, as prescribed in Starting Strength.

I also recommend full-body routines, because in my experience these most effectively increase the appetite. The increase of appetite tells you that you have stimulated a growth process.

If you have experience with squats and excellent form (see Starting Strength), you might try doing squats for one set of 15-20 repetitions. These can dramatically increase appetite.

A sample routine would look like this:

Day 1:
Squats -- Several warm-ups, then 3 sets, 5 repetitions, or 1 set, 15 – 20 repetitions
Chin ups – 1 to 3 sets, 5-8 repetitions
Overhead press -- 1 to 3 sets, 5-8 repetitions

Day 2:
Deadlifts – Several warm-ups, then one set of 5 – 10 repetitions
Bench press or parallel bar dips -- 1 to 3 sets, 5-8 repetitions
Pull ups – 1 to 3 sets, 5-8 repetitions

Perform day 1 and day two 3 to 5 days apart, i.e. train only twice weekly. If progression slows, increase the rest period by a day or so.

Important note: To progress in muscular body weight you must progress substantially in strength. A fifteen pound gain in lean body weight will likely produce a doubling in initial strength levels in the major movements. This means that if you gain fifteen pounds but your squatting resistance has only increased fifteen pounds, you have put on fat, not lean tissue. A fifteen pound gain of lean tissue will likely require a progression in resistance used in squats by about 100-120 pounds; a thirty pound gain will require a progression in squat resistance of more than 200 pounds. A healthy young male can aim to squat for repetitions with more than 150% of bodyweight, and do deadlifts for repetitions with 200-300% of bodyweight.

7. If in the 24 hour period following a training session you find that your allotted caloric intake does not satisfy your appetite, eat more.

8. Rest. Get enough sleep that you don’t need an alarm clock. Don’t walk if you can stand, don’t stand if you can sit, and don’t sit if you can recline.

Addendum: Its NOT Easy!

For most people, gaining quality (functional, i.e. lean muscular) weight does NOT come easy, it won't happen quickly and it takes discipline.

To illustrate the difficulty, consider this: Over his 15 career, 9-time Mr. Olympia Dorian Yates, a genetically gifted and anabolically assisted individual, gained a total of 70 pounds, an average gain of less than 5 pounds per year. Of course, he gained more per year in the earlier stages and less later, but this illustrates how difficult it is to gain muscular body mass.

The genetically average individual not using pharmaceutical assistance will gain more slowly. Many people have unrealistic expectations and lack the patience and persistence required to get the result they say that they want.


"We are not a nation, but a union, a confederacy of equal and sovereign States" John C. Calhoun

THANK you!!!

I really appreciate your thoughtful and speedy response.

I'll click on the link right now!


it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Ahhhhh, my nightly chocolate

Ahhhhh, my nightly chocolate malt most nights for 40+ years has a cause. Those darn cows. They knew they were getting us hooked all along. hehe

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Try it with Italian ice

Try it with Italian ice cream.......Gelato. Oh my, much more creamy and rich and yet "lower" in the fats. Amazing. Wonderful after a doobie too:)

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