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Schizophrenia and Gluten Sensitivity – the connection continues

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Another research study identifies a connection between schizophrenia and lab markers for gluten sensitivity.  This study demonstrated that patients with recent onset psychosis and multi episode schizophrenia had a higher prevalence of anti tissue transglutaminase and anti gliadin antibodies.

Source:

Biological Psychiatry 2010

Gluten Free Society’s Stance:

Treating mental disease typically includes using mind altering anti-psychotic medications.  The success rate for treating these conditions using drugs is poor.  It should also be noted that many anti-psychotic medications contain gluten, dairy, sugar, and chemical dyes all of which are known to effect mental behavior.

Food is the ultimate drug.  It would go to say that dietary evaluation in these patients should play a major role in determining treatment.  Gluten, casein, sugar, food additives, dyes, and other chemicals have all been shown to cause mental disorders and temporary alterations in mental status.  If you suffer with a mental disorder, ensure that your doctor is capable of measuring food intolerance and allergies.  Additionally, make sure that your doctor can measure vitamin and mineral deficiencies, as these have also been shown to play a major role in the development of mental disorders.  Avoidance of food chemicals, dyes, and sugar is not recommended for human consumption whether one is healthy or sick.

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My sister has paranoid schizophrenia and what's worst she wont let us help her and she was still living homeless the last time I was in California.  I do believe that the glutens are causing her health problems, I have Celiac Disease.  Last time I saw her another homeless friend of hers came up with a huge pizza and she started to eat it with them.  That was before I learned what I have here.   If I get down to California and can find her I will tell her what I have learned.  She doesn't want help or listen, so I might find myself on deaf ears. 

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Shelly,

 

I work in the mental health field and mostly with Schizophrenia. I understand the struggle you are going through. That disesase makes it hard to help someone especially with the paranoia aspect. There are so many people out there with that condition and unfortunatley most could never afford to be gluten free because of finances. Its really sad. I hope your sister will listen.

 

-laura

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It's cheaper to be gluten free than not

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the sad thing is, Gluten free can be inexpensive, but most of us have only been taught to cook with prepackaged foods and know nothing about buying fruits and veggies in season and meats on sale.  I admit though the inexpensive way would be very boring and bland.  When going through any kind of mental illness, is not a time someone would  be likely to learn new things like cooking differently either.  It is so sad. Just thinking outloud.

Lori

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@laura  Thank you, I hope too! Smile

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