I just did a month-long gluten fast followed by a series of double-blind exposures, and the result seems to be that stopping or starting gluten has no effect on my mood, energy, cognition, or physical health. But lately I've seen some people suggest that gluten and casein have similar effects, and I wasn't avoiding casein.
Q1: Is it possible that I'd need to be off of gluten and casein at the same time to see a difference in my health?
Q2: How long would I need to avoid casein in order to possibly see improvement? Is it like gluten, where some people need to be off of it for a month or longer?
I don't need help figuring out how to not eat casein; just looking for advice on what kind of data I'd need to reach a confident conclusion. I know that for people with a classical allergic reaction the effects should be acute and pretty obvious, but I'm not sure if there are people who get other, subtler ones.
asked byAxialGentleman (2624)
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on May 18, 2013
at 03:00 AM
I think testing them separately will work unless you are concerned about the "opiod" type effects of gluten and casein. This is a dose related response rather than a true intolerance.
The Failsafe diet suggests 2 weeks for both gluten and casein together. The effects they are looking for are less obvious such as those related to mental functioning, emotional stability, etc. The note that spinach contains "opioid-like peptides in the form of rubiscolin." This post has some interesting comments: http://www.corepsych.com/2007/08/celiac-notes-opiate-withdrawal-from-gluten-and-casein/ http://www.livingwithout.com/issues/4_8/giving_up_gluten-2024-1.html
There are IgG blood tests for casein and whey intolerance, just FYI.