Facial Palsy and Gluten Sensitivity – A Connection is Found
A recent paper published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry discusses a strong connection in patients with facial palsy induced by gluten.
Recurrent peripheral facial paralysis (PFP) is an uncommon disorder that often occurs in the setting of family history. In 2001, we observed a patient with recurrent PFP who manifested symptoms of coeliac disease (CD) several months later. Because of this observation and because neurological disorders may be the only manifestation of atypical forms of CD…
Facial palsy is a disorder characterized by paralysis of muscles in the face. It is sometimes referred to as Bell’s Palsy. It can be caused by a Herpes virus, and in sometimes caused as a result of inner ear infections. New research links gluten intolerance to this neurological disorder.
Gluten Sensitivity & Nerve Damage
There are numerous studies linking gluten intolerance issues with damage to the nervous system. Some doctors believe that the primary way that this protein induces damage is through nerves.
Dr. Charles Parker, a psychiatrist has great experience with gluten damaging brain tissue.
Dr. John Symes, a veterinarian has discovered a connection between gluten intolerance and epilepsy in dogs and cats.
Dr. Hadjivassilliou has discovered a link between gluten and multiple neurological diseases including cerebellar ataxia, nerve pain, numbness and tingling, dizziness, and more
Gluten can also contribute to neurological problems by inducing nutritional deficiencies…
Resolution of Nerve Disease on a Gluten Free Diet
Many patients experience a complete resolution of nervous system symptoms after going on a gluten free diet. I have personally seen the following conditions improve or resolve in my Houston clinic:
Although gluten is not a catch all for people with nerve disease, it is a known neurological toxin and intolerance/sensitivity should be ruled out in those suffering with unexplained neurological diseases. If you are already following a gluten free diet, but continue to have neurological symptoms, consider that other common environmental factors can contribute to neurological symptoms and nerve damage as well:
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