Peter Osborne posted another good link to an article on Gluten Free Society website which you can read here: http://www.glutenfreesociety.org/gluten-free-society-blog/the-many-heads-of-gluten-sensitivity/
This article talks about recent research being conducted to help shed some light on how similar gluten sensitivity is to celiac disease. Many believe that sensitivities are not as bad as true allergies or in the case of gluten, true disease. I copied this diagram from the above article to show the viscious cycle some may face when consuming gluten.
Recently I checked out a fellow wordpress blog from PaleoWorks which talks about diet. I also want to mention AVentography blog which is wonderful for those looking for information about Autism. You should check out their blogs, they have some really good information. I have also read many articles recently which have talked about the evolution of , well, us, and our diet. There are many articles, studies now being conducted, etc. which have tied gluten not only to pervasive developmental disorders but mental illness as well. I recently met a woman who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. She was also diagnosed with celiac disease. She is a successful professional and she swears by a gluten free diet eliminating any signs of schizophrenia.
You can run a search for schizophrenia and gluten and will find many articles which talk about the relationship between the two. Here is one example: A case study was done with a woman who had suffered from both auditory and visual hallucinations daily from the age of 7. She was obese and had many other health related issues besides severe psychiatric sypmtoms. She was put on a ” low- carbohydrate, ketogenic diet” ( http://www.dietketogenic.com/index.php) This was at the age of 70 years old. After being on the diet for less than a month with no change in her meds, she reported being more energic, and had no hallucinations.
You can read the entire case study here: http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/6/1/10
I know I started this blog to connect with other parents who have a child or children with PDD, ADHD, ADD or other similar disorders and this is a little off that topic but I beleive they are all related. I would never have believed that something as simple as a change in diet would have the remarkable effects on my son as it did.
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