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Bread Madness – Schizophrenia or Gluten Sensitivity?

The more we study gluten, the more we learn how antiquated and out dated the current definitions being used to define it are. Less than a year ago, it was thought that celiac disease was the only manifestation of gluten sensitivity. Today this false misconception has been dis-proven in multiple studies, trials, and anecdotally in thousands of people around the world who have gone gluten free and experienced the great benefits to their health. Unfortunately, many doctors and patients diagnosed with celiac disease still cling to these archaic notions. Fortunately, the efforts to raise awareness and education on this matter are paying off. The following excerpt was taken from a recent ABC News story on gluten sensitivity based on interviews with Dr. Fasano and Dr. Peter Green (both of these doctors are leading celiac researchers): …recognize gluten as an invader and unleash attacks on the small intestine, producing diarrhea, abdominal pain, along with fatigue, headaches and joint inflammation. Over time, celiac disease can lead to malnourishment, osteoporosis, neurological conditions, and in rarer cases, infertility or cancer. An estimated 3 million Americans, or 1 in 133, have celiac disease (the source of the website name for Shepard’s campaign, However, most of them aren’t aware of it, in part because it can strike at any time. Only 200,000 to 220,000 Americans have been diagnosed, said Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Celiac Research at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, also a summit sponsor. Gluten disruption of the nervous system can lead to nerve damage, neurological diseases, mental disorders and more. Another 300,000 to 600,000 Americans avoid gluten because of wheat allergy, Fasano estimated. A third group within the growing gluten-free constituency comprises the 18 million to 20 million Americans who Fasano estimated suffer from gluten sensitivity, with pain, fatigue, headaches and brain fog much like that of celiac patients. However, his research has found that although they don’t make the same antibodies that define celiac disease, they have an inflammatory reaction to gluten.

Bread Madness

An emerging group of people with gluten sensitivity have such psychiatric and neurological disorders as schizophrenia, ADHD, depression, and bipolar syndrome, and “a higher rate” of some antibodies, said Dr. Peter H.R. Green, director of the Columbia University Celiac Disease Center in New York, another summit sponsor. Dr. Green was quoted as saying:
“Schizophrenia used to be called bread madness”

Gluten Sensitivity = More than Just Celiac Disesase

It wasn’t very long ago that both Dr. Green and Dr. Fasano denied the connection between gluten and mental disease. Now both of them are publicly confirming the connection. This is fantastic news! It should be known that Gluten Sensitivity is now re-classified separately from celiac disease. The following diagrams illustrate how one should look at the issue:

If you want to learn more on this, watch our Glutenology tutorial here <<< Many patients with undiagnosed gluten sensitivity have mental and neurological disorders as a result of gluten exposure. They do not have symptoms associated with the gut. This mainstream admittance that gluten intolerance and brain disruption are connected will help a lot of people get the proper diagnosis and the help that they need. Know someone with bipolar, ADD/ADHD, schizophrenia, or autism? Share this article with them…  

5 Responses

  1. I have also lost weight easily since becoming gluten free :)I am so happy to see this artical finally out there. I too hope it circulates around the world.

  2. I find this information very interesting. I had no idea that gluten could be harmful to my husband’s mental state. (He has celiac disease). He has been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, bipolar, anxiety and depression. He is on about 4 different anti-depressants. Is there any way to determine whether his diagnosis are accurate or if it is just his celiac disease? He has been wanting to get off the anti-depressants for a long time now.

  3. I wish that I had had all this information when I was at school 50 years ago. I didn’t know that I was sensitive to wheat then (I already knew about my corn intolerance), but I suffered from depression in my teens. I now think that this was due to gluten intolerance and candiasis.

  4. In the Paleolithic period dairy products were not consume because animals had not been domesticated.
    Finally, you will find that it is not appropriate for you
    to order oatmeal when you are out in a restaurant because you will never know if it is pure or not.
    So the prospect of eliminating my baguette when having my cheese
    or not having my Sunday treats was a little daunting.

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  5. Over time my gluten sensitivity got worse and finally I went to the doctor complaining about not being able to concentrate. He asked me about 3 questions and said that I was depressed. My new doctor said he gave me a celiac test which came back negative and he just left it at that. He sent me for a test because I complained about vomiting for days on end with no idea why.

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