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Gluten a Cause of Bipolar Disease?

Another new study finds that Bipolar patients have elevated levels of antibodies to gluten. Unlike several past studies, this research does not focus on celiac disease, but rather identifies that patients with psychiatric bipolar issues are have elevations in IgG to gliadin.


Bipolar Disord. 2011 Feb;13(1):52-8. Research continues to show the link between gluten and nerve tissue damage. Bipolar disease is just one more neurological problem in a long list of problems that gluten can contribute to. The story below is not an uncommon one in my practice. Patients come in with psychiatric disease and show dramatic improvement with simple diet changes… If you have a similar story, please share it with us below. ..

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  1. I was diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder in Feb 2007. I tried several medication, but did not get better. The last medication I was on (Topamax)made me suicidal. My doctor took me off the medication and I refused to go back on any other medication. I read about how gluten free diet was helping patients with autisim, so I decided to give it a try. It only took one week to completely stabilize my moods. I was tested for celaic but was on the diet for several months before the test. The blood test came back normal and the doctors ignored what I was telling them. I can no longer tolerate casein as well. I stopped listening to my doctors about my diet and I stick with my gluten and casein free lifestyle. If exposed to gluten all my symtoms come back but as long as I follow this diet my disorder is non-existent.

  2. It’s amazing what a gluten-free diet can do for you. Discovering these facts can be too unbelievable for most, they can’t possibly believe that simply getting rid of gluten can help you in SO many ways! Food effects us more than we give credit and we need to start really waking up to how a gluten-free diet can help so many people.

    Fantastic research here! Shared it with my Facebook group. 🙂

  3. My daughter at the age of 5 was diagnosed with early onset bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD and ADHD. They started her on risperidol and within within weeks she gained so much weight it was a huge concern for me. They then wanted to add two more drugs to take care of the symptoms that were not being covered by this drug and to rid her of some of the side effects of the Risperidol. I happen to come across the book “What’s Eating My Child” and read just one chapter. I immediately took her off all drugs and changed her diet. She has been on a gluten-free, no preservatives or additives and no dye diet for 3 1/2 years now. Within a year all symptoms were gone and at 2 years they removed all diagnosis from her record. She still has some focusing issues but our lives have changed unbelievably since. She knows how gluten effects her and actually calls her behavior “mean love” after she has eaten something with gluten. I still have a hard time finding doctors that believe me since she had the blood test for celiac and it came back negative so I cannot get a doctors note for the school but we just learn to work around those abstacles. I am glad I found this website because it is comforting to know that I am not the only one that has lived through this.

  4. Unfortunately because only Celiacs has been identified with a specific protein in grains its is the only one that Doctors know about. There are many of these similar types of proteins in different grains and the big mistake made by Dr’s is they just check for Celiacs and if it comes back negative they say there is no problem. Dr’s used to believe there were only 4 vitamins some time ago also. The point being its incorrect to focus on just Celiacs – some people might have a problem with a number of grains and some people have to stop to consume any grains. A very good Book to help people get their head around the issue and also what can you eat instead is the book – No Grain, No Pain by Dr Peter Osborne. Find a different Dr. Best place to start is a a Dr who practices functional medicine. They are conventionally trained but go on to do additional training into the “why” does someone have a condition.

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