Nocturnal Enuresis. AKA bed wetting. We all either know someone who has a kiddo that suffers from it, or one of our own kiddos does.
It’s just that common of a thing. And the sad thing – as we all know – is that continual bed wetting can have devastating effects on a child’s self-esteem.
One of my children – I won’t name names 😉 – slept with us in bed for years and literally wet the bed every single night. So you can understand why we appreciate Jim Gaffigan’s “4 kids” skit so dang much!
Really, my husband and I just considered it normal because this child was pretty young; we’re talking two, three, and four years old while this was going on. That’s just what little kids do, right?
Well, anymore I’m not so sure that’s true.
Because eventually the bed wetting stopped in correlation with a lifestyle change.
About two years ago our family cut way back on dairy, and then almost a year ago we cut it out completely.
My husband and I binge-watched all the essential documentaries, and I scanned through the research and medical lectures about the modern dairy industry and it’s impact on human health.
I learned about the surprising Type 1 Diabetes-dairy connection; how the same sequence of 14 amino acids in milk ( concentrated in cheese ) finds an almost identical sequence of 14 amino acids on the surface of the pancreas, and how the body can sometimes mount an autoimmune antibody response to the pancreas because of it.
I learned about how cheese contains protein fragments called casomorphins ( casein-derived morphines ) which actually cross the blood-brain barrier and attach to the very same cell-receptor sites in the brain that other opiates would, such as heroin and Demerol. This is why dairy is comforting, addicting, and universally the hardest food to quit.
I learned that the government knows exactly how addicting cheese is to humans, and that they gather and use that information to work with the food industry in manipulating both our palate and how we spend our money in grocery stores and in fast-food restaurants.
I learned that everything I was ever told about milk building strong bones was a profitable lie! In fact, the nations with the highest milk consumptions have the highest rates of bone fractures and osteoporosis, and the nations consuming the least amounts of dairy actually have less osteoporosis and the lowest fracture rates.
I read research and listened to lectures about the inhumane conditions of the factory farms, and how such treatment leads to diseased cattle, which in turn produce disease, blood, bacteria, and pus-filled milk that makes people extremely sick and acidic.
I was super grossed out to learn that the U.S. and Canadian governments allow a maximum limit of 750,000 somatic pus cells to be in every of millimeter of milk, to be exact. Somatic pus cells are formed by leukocytes, or white bloods cells, and are present in excess when a cow is sick and fighting infection, including mastitis, and is overall not being cared for properly.
So the question is, will drinking the bodily fluid of a sickly, infected mammal make humans healthy?
Not in my opinion. And to be honest that probably has a lot to do with all the startlingly poor dairy-consumer health outcomes I just shared with you. The majority of today’s ruminants are not happy, grass-fed animals producing a healthy breast milk supply.
What does this have to do with bed-wetting?
One night last month I decided to surprise my family with a cheesy enchilada meal. That night, in an unusual twist of events, two of my three kids wet the bed.
A few weeks later the same thing happened: a cheesy meal followed by bed wetting.
More than odd, I thought.
And it hit me. A clip of Dr. McDougall talking about the connection to bedwetting and dairy played out in my head. The coincidence of having two out of three of my kids wet the bed for the first time in about a year, after having a bunch of cheese for the first time also in about a year, was a funny realization to me.
So here’s in a nutshell what happens: dairy triggers inflammation in some children that causes a swelling in the lining of the bladder, which leaves the child numb to the feeling of having to pee at night.
Obviously this isn’t the issue for ALL children. For some there are psychological issues going on and it may not be physiological at all. But it’s funny to me how in Western culture everything within the physical and emotional bodies are compartmentalized. The biggest disconnect being between what we eat at the dinner table and our body’s functions.
The reality is that everything has to do with everything else when it comes to the body; every little chemical reaction and function is so delicately, intricately intertwined that to study the body, for me, at least, is to reaffirm my belief in an amazing creator, greater than any engineer or inventor on Earth.
Researchers from almost every bed-wetting study I’ve skimmed through have found a connection to three foods: dairy, caffeine, and chocolate.
I’ll share several of these references at the end of this page, so take a moment to glance through those, and definitely start doing some of your own reading.
The Cheese Trap by Dr. Neal Barnard is a great book to read to help when trying to break an addiction to dairy.
And I recommend definitely asking a naturopathic doctor or practitioner to aid you in this journey as a possible therapeutic protocol. Especially before you try any sort of medication or invasive therapy. Luckily there are SO many delicious alternatives to cow’s milk products!
In my research for this post I found more than a few cases of children reportedly being taken off of dairy and literally overcoming their bed wetting overnight.
There are also so many success stories with healing asthma symptoms, ASD symptoms and behaviors, and other autoimmune disorders in large part by going dairy-free.
Don’t take my word for it. Talk with your naturopathic doctor and wholistic nutritionist about these possibilities.
Hugs, happiness, and health,
500 children treated, 9 out of 10 children wetting the bed have allergies, 60% to dairy; Dr. Breneman