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The BBC Cheese Nightmare

by Tony Bowling on April 17, 2012

I have just looked at an article on the BBC web site entitled “Does cheese give you nightmares?” The article then discusses the pros and cons of this and like most such articles does not come to any useful conclusion.

This is the article’s actual conclusion:

“So, incomplete as the evidence is, there is no solid proof that eating cheese at night causes nightmares. What we can say with more certainty is that if you eat immediately before going to bed, or have over-eaten, then indigestion might give you a restless night.”

It is not only inconclusive but throws some random statement about eating late causing a restless night. The writer knows this because it was tested on 50 people, a 100 people? No! No such test or survey was carry out. It is just given as a datum you are supposed to accept. I wonder where it came from?

 Who Knows What Causes Nightmares?

Now, I know exactly what gives you nightmares and exactly how to correct the problem! What? How can this be?

How come I know this when some professional writer on the BBC web site, which goes to millions, does not know this? How can it be that I am so wise and learned when I didn’t even do that well at school?

The answer, in part, is that I look for actual information that is supported by evidence. For example it you read one of Adelle Davis‘s books on nutrition she gives a LOT of proof for each statement. In her book Let’s Get Well she has 59 pages at the back of the book of medical references. Just line after line of references for 59 pages. That lady knew how to research. She would never accept some statement like “cheese is not good for you” without knowing exactly how and where that conclusion came from and, probably most importantly, that it made sense along side other datums already proven.  And neither do I, having studied these books and other material.

Once you start using and experiencing these proven datums in the area of nutrition it becomes easier and easier to see when someone else is giving you opinion, or hearsay, or is biased or is doing it just for financial gain, or is simply just careless about the subject. There are many reasons why incorrect nutritional information gets forwarded. Most start off with “My Aunt Mabel used mustard and that seemed to work”.

 Mustard and Leg Cramps

In fact just yesterday I was talking with a wonderfully spirited senior lady – she was as sharp as a tack! We were talking about leg cramps and I was saying I get them but that I always fix the problem by taking salt (which of course is not what most of the medicos will tell you – they will tell you that everyone ingests too much salt because of course they have checked what EVERYONE eats!). And I know salt works because within minutes of taking salt my severe leg cramps are gone and then my wife chastises me for not taking the salt beforehand! So this wonderful lady tells me that she gets leg cramps too and she cures it with mustard! So as soon as I get home I get out the mustard bottle to see what is in it: For a teaspoon worth it is mostly zero everything: zero calories, zero protein, zero carbs, zero fat but there is 55 mgs of salt. In fact salt is the only thing that is not zero on the brand of mustard I pulled out of my fridge. So this lady’s mustard cure stands up to the test for me because I had already established that salt helps with my kind of leg cramps. I simply had to find out how and why her mustard cure worked.

The Cause and cure for Nightmares

Now going back to the cause and cure of nightmares: Here is the answer. They are fixed by vitamin B1. Yes, the B vitamin called thiamine or B1. It is just one of the B-complex vitamins. And how do nightmares come about in the first place? Any activity that tends to burn (use up) a body’s B1 supply. It is VERY simple and very logical and best of all it works so well and easily that it is very provable.

Coffee burns B1 and a night of heavy drinking burns up a lot of B1. Antibiotics use a lot of B1. Taking a lot of OTHER vitamins without taking B1 causes a B1 deficiency. There are probably many other ways people used up their body’s supply of B1. So the simplicity of this is if you have nightmares know that you are low on B1 and take some B1 and you will no longer have nightmares until of course your B1 levels drop again for whatever reason. B1 is of course in some foods but apparently not always enough to compensate for some nights of heavy drinking, etc.

You can run the test for yourself. If you get a nightmare look over what you did that day: Drank a lot of coffee or took a certain medication, had a really stressful day at work, etc. Just realize it is simply an indicator that you are low of B1 and take some. Don’t stop taking your meds but realize the meds happen to be burning B1 in addition to what you are taking them for, so just supplement your diet with some B1.

I have observed this working 100s of time with myself, family, friends and others. I do not think I have ever heard of it not working. It dovetails with all of the Adelle Davis‘s research and her use of others’ research. Her book Let’s Get Well documents many ways the body gets low of B1 including some I mentioned above.


The Correct Conclusion

Now going back to the BBC article “Does Cheese give you Nightmares”. This would be a correct conclusion:

If cheese in some way reduced a body’s B1 levels (like caffeine and alcohol does) then it could cause nightmares but even if it did that problem is easily fixed by food containing B1 or B1 supplements.

Note: That you are not going to have nightmares just because you have an alcoholic beverage (it could happen but not likely) but if you drink a lot or heavily drink one night or any other B1 burning activity you may lower your B1 level to a point where you do have them.


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