The Neurological Impact of Wheat

Posted by on Dec 20, 2013 in Gut health, Nutrition | 1 comment


What are the neurological effects of wheat?  Dr. F. Curtis Dohan observed that during WWII when there was a shortage of wheat bread, there were fewer hospitalizations for schizophrenia. The number increased when the war was over.  He observed that in New Guinea where schizophrenia was unknown, when wheat products were introduced, it increased 65-fold. (Wheat Belly, p. 46).  While working with the Veterans Hospital in Philadelphia, Dr. Dohan found that symptoms of schizophrenia were much improved when wheat was removed from the diet for four weeks, and the symptoms worsened when wheat was reintroduced.

There is now an explosion of processed food products requiring just a few pennies worth of basic materials.  Wheat flour, cornstarch, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, and food coloring are now the main ingredients of foods in the interior of every grocery store.  Kraft’s processed foods generate $48.1 Billion in annual revenues, an increase of 1,800 percent since 1980, most of which comes from wheat and corn snacks  (Wheat Belly, p. 60).  Finally, wheat is an appetite stimulant.  It makes you want both wheat containing and non-wheat-containing foods.  For some people, wheat is a drug, and its drug-like neurological effects can be reversed with medications used to counter the effects of narcotics, and eliminating wheat creates unpleasant withdrawal symptoms (Wheat Belly, pp. 53-54).

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  1. A long time ago I made the switch of white bread to wheat bread….are you saying wheat breads are not good for you? What should my family be eating….I am a label reader.m I read all labels and avoid all breads and foods with high futose or corn syrups in them. I look for whole wheat breads.

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