Brain Function and Gluten

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Nutrition | 0 comments


Between 10% and 22% of people with celiac symptoms also have nervous system involvement. Cerebellar ataxia is a progressive problem with coordination that affects balance, and eventually basic self-care activities.  The average age of onset is 50.  Only limited recovery is possible, because brain tissue regenerates poorly, even when gluten is eliminated.  Wheat intolerance can also affect the peripheral nervous system, which is often accompanied by diabetes.  It presents as lack of sensation in the limbs, diminished control over blood pressure and heart rate, and poor muscle control.

Gluten sensitivity is also identified with seizures, migraine headaches and stroke symptoms, but the studies associating neurological symptoms with gluten sensitivity are small and inconclusive.  Yet as more is understood about the connection of gut health to brain chemistry, it becomes essential to examine the effects of new wheat on brain function.  Dr. Davis concludes by saying eliminating wheat, “this Frankengrain that has infiltrated every aspect of American culture,” is not enough.  You must eat real food—not highly processed, herbicide treated, genetically modified, ready-to-eat, high-fructose corn syrup filled, just-add-water food products.

Kellogg’s reaped $6.5 billion in breakfast cereal sales in 2010, and it spends a small portion of its massive profits funding “research” by dietitians and nutrition scientists, whose studies produce cereal-positive results which in turn influence the sympathies of media giants to their large advertisers in the cereal business.  Can you really believe the American Heart Association’s endorsement of Honey Nut Cheerios and Cocoa Puffs?  “Eliminate wheat abruptly and completely,” advises Dr. Davis.

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