A new report recently published in The Journal of Neurological Sciences recommends considering the diagnosis of gluten sensitivity in patients that present with propriospinal myoclonus (PSM). PSM is a movement disorders of the muscles characterized by twitching and jerking muscles indicating that gluten sensitivity should be considered in the differential diagnosis of PSM such that a gluten challenge test may prove diagnostically useful.
J Neurol Sci. 2012 Jan 5.
The Gluten Free Warrior’s Comment:
PSM is a disease affecting small little nerve receptors in the muscles. These nerve receptors are responsible for communicating with the brain about muscle coordination and movement. People with PSM have repetitive involuntary muscular jerking in the trunk and legs. The recent report listed above found that symptoms of this disease were linked to gluten exposure.
Gluten and Nerve Damage
Gluten is a known neurotoxin. It comes as no surprise that yet another research study links this toxic peptide to nerve damage. It has been speculated that gluten effects the nervous system in many different ways. If you missed this critical interview on gluten and brain damage with psychiatrist, Dr. Chales Parker, go watch it now...
The screen capture below depicts the gluten-nerve connection by displaying a search on the National Library of Medicines Database:
How Gluten Causes Nerve Damage…
- Gluten can contribute to autoimmune antibody production against nerve cells, myelin (the coating around nerves), as well as the receptors on cells that bind neurotransmitters (chemicals that allow nerves to communicate).
- Gluten has been shown to contribute to the break down of the blood brain barrier. This allows chemical toxins to leak into the blood supply of the brain itself .
- Gluten Sensitivity can cause malabsorption of vitamins, minerals (like magnesium), and other nutrients. The consequences of these deficiencies can lead to neurological disease. For example, vitamin B vitamin deficiency can prevent the body from producing important neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, acetylcholine, and epinephrine.
Neurological Disease Linked to Gluten:
- Carpal Tunnel Sydrome
- Sensory Neuropathy
- Cerebellar Ataxia
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Cognitive Decline
If you have a neurological disorder and don’t know the cause, have your doctor test you for gluten sensitivity today!