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New Huffinton Post Article: Gluten Sensitivity and the Impact on the Brain

I am very encouraged to see that the Huffington Post has written a new article on gluten sensitivity and its impact on the brain. The new article is correct in pointing out that gluten can have a severe impact on certain individuals who are sensitive to it. Hopefully this article will be covered by other papers around the country, as it is very important to convey this message to as many people as possible.

I've been writing about the gluten-brain connection for many years on this site, and you can find more information on this topic in this category:
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Dr. Rodney Ford has also written extensively about this, most notably in his book The Gluten Syndrome - Is Wheat Causing You Harm?

Last, I include much about this topic in a book that I co-authored with Dr. Ron Hoggan called Cereal Killers:

I am very glad to see that these ideas are finally becoming more mainstream!

As always, Celiac.com welcomes your comments (see below).


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kate

said this on
27 Nov 2010 6:48:55 PM PDT
What an interesting article! It is so encouraging to see that celiac disease is starting to gain recognition, especially with regards to its varying symptoms. This article presents just one story among many of patients who have found a link between a gluten intolerance and a host of strange symptoms.

 
Wendy Wilson

said this on
26 Dec 2010 4:59:48 PM PDT
Hi Scott,
Looking forward to get your book the Cereal Killers. My 25 year old daughter was diagnosed with celiac just 6 weeks ago and has had uncontrolled seizures with being on numerous drugs since she was 10. She also has DH flares which she has had for a couple of years and it is amazing to me the dermatologists didn't pick it up or her one of many neurologists never said anything about celiac. Since being on the diet her seizures are considerably less and we put her on Dapsone her skin is improving. To say the least it has been a nightmare!!! Thanks for spreading the news and I will do the same! All of her Dr.'s will soon know about celiac from me and hopefully will have some of their other patients tested.

 
Rich

said this on
05 Mar 2011 2:00:53 AM PDT
My wife is both gluten and milk intolerant. For years she would sometimes get migraine-like headaches in the frontal part of her head, which could last several days. From experience, not eating gluten stopped the headaches. She is now on a strict gluten free diet, although lesser so with milk.

She was recently diagnosed with frontal lobe dementia, with cognitive and memory loss. It is too big of a coincidence that her headaches were not related to the brain damage.

Yet, the internist and the neurologist that we recently have seen have no clue that there is a connection. "It is only an intestinal thing"

There could be multiple factors such as intolerance to casein.

We bought a multienzyme digestant which includes gluten, lactose, and casein enzymes, so that that if she inadvertently eats gluten or dairy when we dine out, it hopefully will be digested.

Unfortunately, the decline has slowed, but not stopped. We continue to look for nutritional ways to stop the decline, as well as consult with other doctors. There is no doubt in my mind that gluten is the culprit and that it is epidemic.




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I was diagnosed in 2002 and I think I have had maybe 2 actual colds since then. I figured the same as you that with my immune system not having to try and 'save' me from gluten that it now is able to fight off the occasional virus. The only thing it hasn't been able to fight off is shingles. Thankfully those are clearing and I blame myself for that with lack of sleep and a very poor diet for a bit. Lesson learned, one does not live off crackers and cheese alone.

Welcome to the board. I agree with the previous posters that you are very likely looking at celiac. Please do keep her on gluten until all celiac related testing is finsihed. After that do give the diet a good strict try even if the biopsies are negative. Also keep in mind that celiac is genetic so it would be a good idea to screen others in the family even if they don't seem to have symptoms.

@jddh So...did the restricted diet you were going to implement work (FODMAP or Whole Foods)? I recall that you were mis-diagnosed at one point with refractory celiac disease, but it was later determined that you were getting trace amounts of gluten in your diet. If you are not catching colds, I assume that you have healed from the damages of celiac disease? I hope so!!! ?

Peter is correct. You do have a positive so that warrants further investigation. Here is a link supporting our comments: http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/faq/are-raised-dgp-igg-levels-an-early-sign-of-celiac-disease/ http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/it-mmfiles/Celiac_Disease_Diagnostic_Testing_Algorithm.pdf Does she have celiac disease? You will never know for sure without an endoscopy. Even then, there is a chance the biopsies are negative, but keep in mind that she might just be starting to develop celiac disease or that the damage was not captured (the small intestine is the size of a tennis court if spread out). Personally, I tested negative on all but the DGP IgA, yet I had moderate to severe intestinal damage. The celiac blood tests are good, but they do not catch all celiacs, some celiacs can even test negative to ALL the blood tests. Consider yourself fortunate that your doctor ordered several of the tests and not just the screening TTG IgA (very good, keeps cost down, but does not catch all). The DGP is the preferred test in small children. I do not know why it caught me because I am old, but it did! Confusing, isn't it? I wish there was an easier way to diagnose, but we have to work with what we have available to us.

Thank you for your reply, though it's not necessarily what I wanted to hear, it is what I was thinking.