An estimated 50% of Americans are on some type of psychotropic drug. Half of the US population!
What is causing such widespread prevalence of mental health disorders? Prescription anti-depressants and sedatives don’t solve the underlying problem… So how do we get to the bottom of this?
The Gluten Free RN contends that there may be a connection between mental health and undiagnosed celiac disease. Today she explains how several disorders (anxiety, depression and paranoia, among others) have been linked to gluten, discussing how a leaky blood-brain barrier can lead to hypoxia, an inflammation of the brain.
Nadine walks us through the best research in mental health disorders and gluten sensitivity, sharing two landmark studies that emphasize the gut/brain connection and characterize celiac disease as primarily a neurological disorder. Nadine offers her insight around working with schizophrenic patients and the increasing number of children suffering from anxiety. Listen in to understand how gluten impacts your mental health, and learn how to eliminate brain fog, get off prescription meds, and enjoy a higher quality of life!
The connection between gluten and hypoxia
- Leaky blood-brain barrier leads to inflammation of brain, decreased oxygen flow
The shocking statistics around Americans and psychotropic drugs
- Estimated 50% of US population on psychotropic medication
The potential relationship between mental health disorders and undiagnosed celiac disease
- High instance of depression, anxiety, fatigue and paranoia
- May have difficulty sleeping, headaches or seizure disorder
- Nearly all experience brain fog
The health consequences of undiagnosed celiac disease
- Malabsorption of nutrients
- Damaged immune system
- Neurological symptoms
- Hormonal imbalance
- Neurotransmitter disruption
The findings of the landmark Cooke study in 1966
- Ten of 16 patients with celiac disease had severe progressive neuropathy
- All 16 had severe malabsorption
The conclusion of an editorial published in Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry
- Celiac disease, NCGS is primarily neurological
How a gluten-free diet can resolve gastrointestinal and psychiatric symptoms
- Celiac disease can manifest as depression, anxiety or psychosis
- Research published in International Journal of Celiac Disease demonstrates gut/brain connection
Nadine’s experience with schizophrenia patients
- Majority are gene positive for HLA-DQ2, HLA-DQ8
The increasing number of children diagnosed with anxiety disorder
- May be caused by undiagnosed sensitivity to gluten
The concept of food as medicine
- Body may read gluten as toxic, must remove from diet