Normally, I don’t go into great enough depth about particular foods that are suitable for a gluten and soy free diet and their potential effects on the human population. Avoiding gluten and soy together is a challenging enough combination that when it comes to other foods such as milk, eggs and nuts I’m often grateful that I’ve safely been able to enjoy alternatives with these ingredients present.
Soy milk, which is becoming increasingly popular on the market (at least here in Australia), has become a mainstream alternative for normal milk from dairy cows. While there is much debate on which is healthier, clearly there are advantages and disadvantages to both. In recent times, many media channels have been speaking about some of the dangers associated with dairy milk. These include : (a) the fact that at least 70% of western civilisation is lactose intolerant and therefore cannot properly digest milk; (b) environmental factors associated with production (such as treatment of stock, cleanliness of milking environment, chemicals used in treating the milk and more, along with (c) debate that some forms of casein cause a range of conditions ranging from autism to Type 1 diabetes.
On hearing these reports, I was somewhat surprised that so many are criticising ‘nature’s perfect food’s’ quality. At first I thought it was a scam. This was until recently, when I began to do some of my own research into this whole debate.
As I have a family relative who was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, I was rather surprised to see so many headings that (in actual fact) mentioned the word “Milk”. I started watching a couple to see where the connection may be. As I was going through these, one notable discovery was a segment of Dr. John McDougall’s lecture on this matter. Not only was he adamant that animal proteins can cause autoimmunity in individuals who have a ‘leaky gut’, he also explains that the sequence of amino acids in cows milk protein is very similar to that of the beta cells on the pancreas and as a result, type 1 diabetes occurs.
After watching this video for the first time, I must admit I was in a great deal of denial. Firstly, I asked myself why cows milk is so widely used in the industry if it is known to cause such a life-threatening condition. I also asked myself why I was eating so much dairy, and then realised that since I’m already positive for the type 1 diabetes genes (due to being coeliac). I was at a wits end!
It also leads me to wonder whether other animal proteins may cause tissue inflammation in the small bowel, a common trait of untreated coeliac disease. Although I continue to hear the common statement that “we don’t know what caused your problems”, it is always interesting to see what some of the latest research leads to. Maybe someday we’ll find out for sure what some of the causes of these autoimmune conditions such as diabetes, coeliacs, crohns, lupus and more are and how we, as susceptible individuals can avoid the presence of these diseases by simply making good dietary choices.