Could Your Psychiatric Illness Not Be Psychiatric At All? – Vol. 372, July 28, 2016
Over the years I have written quite a few articles that explain how illnesses that look to be a mental health problem, can be physiological conditions. Depression is one such subject that has been explored in this weblog as a syndrome, much like pain, to help us to know that there is a deeper cause that needs to be found and healed.
This week, we are going to explore how gluten can cause psychiatric looking problems in those who have sensitivities to it or are suffering with celiac disease.
Since 1951 we have known of gluten’s connection to psychotic illnesses. Sayer Ji of Greenmedinfo.com has given us the history. Patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia are 2-3 times as likely to have immune reactivity to wheat. A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by F.C. Dohan, M.D. Titled Wheat “Consumption” and Hospital Admissions for Schizophrenia During WWII.” that compared the admission rate of women into psychiatric hospitals before and after WWII from several countries. When wheat and rye were decreased in the diet due to the war, there were fewer admissions to psychiatric hospitals. Since then there have been many other studies to back up this finding.
We have found that gluten can cause a dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system causing many diseases. These include losing coordination – otherwise known as cerebral ataxia, decreased muscle tone, developmental delay, learning disorders, depression and migraine all without damage to the gut, or due to a nutritional deficiency. This is known as “The Gluten Syndrome.” Gliadin, a complex of proteins found in what we call gluten, is an immunotoxic class of proteins, meaning that it is toxic to the immune system.
The discovery of the antibodies to gliadin in the blood of celiac disease patients and schizophrenics could mean several things:
1. The gliadin isn’t breaking down during digestion which means it isn’t being broken down into the amino acids our body needs.
2. Wheat proteins found in the blood cause auto-immunity. This also indicates permeability of the intestines.
3. Wheat protein could be the cause of immune system attacking the nervous system causing neuropathy, ataxia, seizures and neurobehavioral changes.
In the cases where antipsychotic medication isn’t reducing the symptoms, all the while creating many more burdensome and body ravishing side-effects, this could be an explanation why.
If you remove the gluten containing grains from your diet and experience a decrease in symptoms both mental and physical, you have found the source of your problem. So easy, and yet few doctors are aware of this connection. It’s a far safer remedy then ingesting psychotropic medications that can cause brain shrinkage or risk of severe relapse due to discontinuing the drug, not to mention the toxicity to your kidneys and liver when your body can no longer rid itself of these chemicals.
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