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What's the skinny on how & why gluten affects our mood or behavior?

I don't understand the connection yet. Can someone please explain it to me?

Thanks!!!

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What's the skinny on how & why gluten affects our mood or behavior?

I don't understand the connection yet. Can someone please explain it to me?

Thanks!!!

:D

As far as I know it's partially undigested gluten-molecule/particles circulating in the bloodstream and accumulating in the brain............can anyone else expand on this into more detail?? I'm no expert. I recently read (skimmed) this is "Recongnizing Celiac Disease".

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Once your body starts producing antibodies they can basically attack any organ in your body. I think it is the antibody reaction that can cause the effects on our mood and behavior. I have severe neuro effects from gluten including ataxia and overwhelming depression that now that I am gluten free is short lived. Unfortunately it seems doctors have a hard time understanding this and even when brought research on the neuro effects of gluten they still seem to just stick it in my file without even looking at it. I am seeing a therapist and psychiatrist to try and resolve my panic attacks and agoraphobia and I am still fighting them both over this issue. My last visit my therapist asked how my depression was and when I stressed once again that I am only depressed when I get glutened she gave me 'the look' and said ooookay....

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Some researchers believe that in gluten intolerant people gluten may be broken down into small peptides that cross the blood brain barrier and interact with receptors intended for endorphins and other endogenous opiates produced by the body. Also most of the problem is just Malabsorption and with that you'll have high levels of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and acetylcholine (ACh) often referred to as stress hormones. These high levels of ACTH and ACh interfere with learning and create anxiety, the desire to escape, a fear of new or unfamiliar things, and poor conditioning response.

Gail

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