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Schizophrenia Linked to Celiac Disease and Other Autoimmune Diseases

American Journal of Psychiatry 163:521-528, March 2006 03/14/2006 – Danish researchers have found yet another link between celiac disease and schizophrenia. In a large epidemiologic study the researchers looked at 7,704 Danish people who were diagnosed with schizophrenia between 1981 and 1998, including their parents, and matched them to comparison control subjects. The data linkage required that the autoimmune disease be diagnosed before the diagnosis of schizophrenia. The researchers found that patients with a history of an autoimmune disease had a 45% increased risk for schizophrenia, and nine autoimmune disorders were indicators of a higher prevalence for schizophrenia when compared to the controls. The researchers conclude: “Schizophrenia is associated with a larger range of autoimmune diseases than heretofore suspected. Future research on co-morbidity has the potential to advance understanding of pathogenesis of both psychiatric and autoimmune disorders.” welcomes your comments below (registration is NOT required).

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Lisa Hamner
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06 Dec 2007 6:53:15 AM PST
The magnitude of the possibility of a known cause/cure for schizophrenia is a completely different iceberg.

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19 Nov 2011 2:53:29 PM PST
This is nonsense. I'm sick of this garbage about mental illness. These technocrats are always trying to link it to a legitimate illness like CD or CFS/ME/Fibro so that providers are encouraged to diagnose a mental illness in lieu of screening for celiac disease. It's cheaper as long as they control for the risk.

I myself was diagnosed with schizophrenia by a primary care physician. I do *NOT* have hallucinations, delusions, disorganized thinking, disorganized manner speech.

But even though I was negative for those hallmark symptoms, my provider still went ahead and diagnosed me with schizophrenia because I had told her that I was misdiagnosed for decades with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

She told me that it was possible to have both bowel disease and mental illness. But I told her that I simply did not trust doctors because of the cover ups.

She then diagnosis me with autism! But she clarified that it was only around healthcare providers.

Oh, and of course she finished off the slander with "anosognosia" because I refused to undergo psychological treatment.

Talk about a conflict of interest! She works alongside psychologists and psychiatrists. It makes you wonder if there are quotas at that place for referrals. Her boss said I could no longer be seen unless I went ahead with the referral. Then a security guard of cop came and removed me from the building. He even watched my car as I drove away. He then reported back to someone within the facility on his walkie talky.

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11 May 2012 8:12:01 PM PST
ioprem - Sadly, your inability to "smile and nod" is the only "mental illness" one needs to have in order to receive a diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder. Next time you find yourself balking at the diagnoses made by a health care practitioner, smile and nod. You can't change their mind most likely; why waste your precious time trying? Dump them and move on. You will eventually find a provider who meets your needs.

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25 Apr 2013 5:33:41 PM PST
There are other documented cases to support the connection. Our GMO hybrid wheat in the food chain is causing not just celiac disease but diabetes, spiking insulin, what feels like emotions is a chemical reaction. And there is a direct link to candida overgrowth that can cause irritable bowel syndrome. A few months after I went gluten and sugar-free, my irritable bowel syndrome and mood swings disappeared. If you haven't removed all forms of sugar, including starch and gluten from your diet, and are still having health issues, your closed mind will keep you sick.

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