The Addictive Opioids In Wheat And Dairy Foods

Photo: Janine Chedid (CC)

Photo: Janine Chedid (CC)

A 2008 article from Brad Weeks, MD, on his blog WeeksMD.com:

In Short: Wheat- and dairy products contain opioid peptides influencing endorphin receptors in the brain. These peptides are physically addictive, causing dependence, asthma, obesity, apathy, ignorance and numbness. The same goes for beta-carbolines from prepared food.

To be sharp and investigative, you ought to consume neither dairy- nor wheat-products. You don’t need those ‘foods’ at all.

To obtain all required nutrients and to remain sharp and investigative; consume as much fruits (there are about 6000 different fruits), and some fresh raw animal food regularly (like sashimi or egg yolk). And for munch-food; only consume what you really, really love to eat (and not because they say it’s healthy), containing little protein, but much fat and / or sugar, satisfying your cravings for munch-food.

In Detail: Zombies

Look around you; don’t you see many zombies ?

Why do so many people act like zombies nowadays ?

It’s not natural, for every specie has to react swiftly upon changes, and needs to explore new opportunities. You might say that humans are mainly ‘followers’, like it would be true for cattle. But by nature, humans do not live together in large numbers; we’re not like cattle. Millions of years ago, humans at the most lived together by the dozens, and not thousands, or even millions. Therefore, lots of us humans should be curious, investigative and explorative.

What makes so many people so apathetic, slow and ignorant ?

Opioid Peptides

Everybody knows that if one uses morphine, one is slow and apathetic. Simply because morphine is an opioid substance.

The only reason why we, and other animals, are sensitive to such substances, is because our body and brain contain receptors for opioid peptides. Why ?

When we have to flee from danger but are wounded, we have to be able to run away anyway. Therefore the body produces opioid peptides to ease the pain, when necessary. These opioid peptides are called endorphins. Marathon-runners know the action of these endorphins as ‘runner’s high’ ; it enables them to go on even when exhausted. Without the proper receptors, these endorphins (and anesthetics !!) don’t work.

Besides drugs and endorphins, opioid-receptors in the brain are susceptible to some other opioid substances: those that are absorbed through consuming food. This happens because far from all peptides are entirely decomposed into single amino acids in the digestive tract. (1) Also, most opioid peptides are hard to decompose. (2)

But why do some foods contain opioid peptides ? And what foods ?

[continues at WeeksMD.com]

  • Belcat

    By the time you’ve looked at all the food fads, there probably would be nothing left to eat. This is got to be one of the more unlikely ones I’ve heard. I don’t get a craving for cereals or milk. And it sure isn’t going to be more than my craving for coffee or other things.

  • Belcat

    By the time you’ve looked at all the food fads, there probably would be nothing left to eat. This is got to be one of the more unlikely ones I’ve heard. I don’t get a craving for cereals or milk. And it sure isn’t going to be more than my craving for coffee or other things.

  • Anonymous

    First we had Frankenstein-food, now Zombie-food. What next I wonder… Dracula-food? Wolfman-food?Certain elements in Brad Weeks’ article are true, milk and wheat do indeed contain opioids. However the premise of his article that wheat and milk are drugs which are both addictive and psychoactive is a gross exaggeration, a clear case of orthorexic puritanism. There is certainly no reason to stop eating wheat and milk for fear that these foods will turn us into “brain dead zombies”. In moderate quantities, like all nutrients, they are harmless (providing you don’t have gluten allergy or lactose-intolerance). The term “opioids” sounds a bit scary, but they should not be confused with “opiates”, the alkaloids that are present in the opium poppy (opiates are opioids, but not all opioids are opiates). The presence of opioids in our body is perfectly natural.”Because wheat contains opioid peptides, priests in ancient Egypt used wheat to hallucinate...”It was ergot fungus growing on wheat that made them hallucinate, not the wheat itself. The ancients may not have understood that the fungus was a separate organism, and not part of the plant itself.

  • Tchoutoye

    First we had Frankenstein-food, now Zombie-food. What next I wonder… Dracula-food? Wolfman-food?Certain elements in Brad Weeks’ article are true, milk and wheat do indeed contain opioids. However the premise of his article that wheat and milk are drugs which are both addictive and psychoactive is a gross exaggeration, a clear case of orthorexic puritanism. There is certainly no reason to stop eating wheat and milk for fear that these foods will turn us into “brain dead zombies”. In moderate quantities, like all nutrients, they are harmless (providing you don’t have gluten allergy or lactose-intolerance). The term “opioids” sounds a bit scary, but they should not be confused with “opiates”, the alkaloids that are present in the opium poppy (opiates are opioids, but not all opioids are opiates). The presence of opioids in our body is perfectly natural.”Because wheat contains opioid peptides, priests in ancient Egypt used wheat to hallucinate...”It was ergot fungus growing on wheat that made them hallucinate, not the wheat itself. The ancients may not have understood that the fungus was a separate organism, and not part of the plant itself.

    • sean

      Actually I believe it was the wheat. I develop schizotypal behavior after consuming a gluten product. I can notice this even when I am unaware that the food I ate contained gluten.

  • http://www.plantsasmedicine.com Don

    The problem with sashimi, which contains raw fish, is that raw fish can transmit parasites to humans. Raw fish also binds to biotin in the gut and can cause biotin deficiency.

  • http://www.plantsasmedicine.com Don

    The problem with sashimi, which contains raw fish, is that raw fish can transmit parasites to humans. Raw fish also binds to biotin in the gut and can cause biotin deficiency.

  • Bkitchin

    Is this a joke?

  • Bkitchin

    Is this a joke?

  • sean

    Actually I believe it was the wheat. I develop schizotypal behavior after consuming a gluten product. I can notice this even when I am unaware that the food I ate contained gluten.