The November Prescott Area Celiac & Gluten Free support group meeting was full of information on gluten and moods, and also some little known symptoms of Gluten Intolerance.
Ingesting gluten to those who are Intolerant and have Celiac can have symptoms and that can be widespread in our bodies and have some surprising consequensenses.
Anger is one of those symptoms.
In an article from Gluten Free and More entitled Is "Gluten Intolerance Making Your Child Act Out", we read of one families' story of their 9 year old son and his anger problem.
Depression affects many with Gluten Intolerance, The Gluten Free Girl in her article titled, "On Why I Am So Happy Now" writes about her many years battling depression only to finally find out she had Celiac Disease.
Anxiety is talked about in Hypothyroid Mom's article "12 Shocking Symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity".
Schizophrenia is well documented in 2 articles. Dr. Mercola has a lengthy article titled,"60 Years of Research Links Gluten Grains to Schizophrenia".
Tragically the medical community has known about the link from gluten to schizophrenia for many years. People with Celiac/Gluten Intolerance are 2.13 times more likely to have Schizophrenia!
Why they don't share this information to the families of those patients is a tragedy and makes you wonder if the mental institutions would much less full if they did.
And what of the poor people who could lead normal lives if they were diagnosed, What a tragedy for them!
The Gluten Free society also has an article on "Schizophrenia and Celiac Disease Linked".
This is a sentence from that article, "As drugs are defined as- any chemical that changes the way we think, act, or feel, we should always consider food as having a potential drug like effect. One man's food is another man's poison."
From Suzy Cohen comes an article "Gluten's Impact on Your Mood and Skin and Why Acid Blockers Might Make it worse"
Suzy talks about how acid blockers actually hinder the complete digestion of our foods and how the can be responsible for bad moods because incompletely digested gluten can affect your neurotransmitters.
The neurotransmitters Serotonin and GABA ar more prevalent in your gastrointestinal tract than in your brain! If your gut lining is damaged due to use of acid blockers or consumption of gluten,
then your brain chemicals are imbalanced, which can lead to depression and anxiety.
Neurological Diseases; From Wikipedia "The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)... is a control system that acts largely Unconsciously and regulates bodily functions such as the heart rate,
digestion, respiratory rate, pupullary response and urination.
An article "The Gluten Syndorme: A Neurological Disease", from the Children's Gastroenterology and Allergy Clinic, explains that gluten intolerance can manifest itself in may neurological diseases.
Being as gluten can affect your Autonomic Nervous System it can cause many problems.
Incontinence. The Gluten Dude received an email from a mother wanting to know if anyone had ever heard of gluten causing bed wetting.
In 'Dear gluten Dude: My 13 Year Old Son Wets His Bed When He Eats Gluten, Is This Common"? one mom tells the story of her son and how ingesting gluten causes him to wet his bed,
and it happened when he spent the night at a friends house!
Sleep Apnea can be caused by gluten. If breathing is controlled by the autonomic system then our breathing when we sleep can be affected.
From a WebMD blog you can read "Are You Gluten Free and Sleep Free"?
Simple Sleep Services also has an article on it "Is There a Link Between Gluen and Sleep Apnea?
The above information is not intended to Depress you! But inform you that maybe one of the above conditions can explain some troubling symptoms you or your family have been having.
All of the above topics have many articles online that you can read. Just type in a diagnosis or symptom and the word gluten, what you may find may surprise you.
On our journey to health,
All information presented or discussed by the Prescott Area Celia & Gluten Free Support Group members at its meetings, on its bog, or sent by email is for informational & educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Persons with any health issues should consult a qualified, licensed medical professional for diagnosis & treatment.
Note: The Prescott Area Celiac and Gluten Free Support Group meets the second Tuesday of each month. Call Renee Richey @ (928) 443-0399 for info about meeting locations and times.