Holy cannoli, this is BIG news! A new study conducted by an international team of researchers has concluded that NCGS (non-celiac gluten sensitivity)
is responsible for not only digestive disorders like constipation and diarrhea, but ALSO for a raft of neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, “foggy mind”, depression, headache, fatigue, and leg or arm numbness.
The results are so compelling that the researchers have actually coined a name - Gluten Psychosis - to cover this collection of symptoms and disorders. The study documented cases of psychosis, hallucinations and recovery (in one case, in a girl aged 14), and called for further extensive research.
The hypothesis for the cause of this sensitivity is 'leaky gut', the condition in which an unhealthy digestive tract allows gluten to enter the body, triggering various responses including all of the above disorders.
This is great news for the many, many people who just feel 'off' for no apparent reason, and also explains why many people feel so much better when they, perhaps in the process of a weight-loss program, eliminate breads and pasta and other wheat-based products from their diet, along with the sugars.
For years, the naysayers have been declaring gluten sensitivity as being a fad, or a myth, but we finally now have evidence to back up what we had suspected, and noticed from observing our own diets and symptoms.
The larger ramifications of this study are HUGE, given the prevalence of autism, depression, and chronic fatigue, perhaps coinciding with the vast amounts of wheat-based foods in our diet.
Bearing in mind that 'leaky gut' is a condition occurring in an unhealthy digestive tract, often as a result of taking antibiotics or using a lot of hand sanitizers, let me once again remind everyone that not all bacteria are bad! You need a good colony of the 'good' bacteria in your gut to stay healthy and happy. So please, please, remember to eat plenty of fermented foods like yoghurt, sauerkraut or kimchee, drink kombucha, or take a good quality probiotic supplement.
If you need to find alternatives to your favorite wheaty goodies, consider taking a look at my Pinterest page, or booking an appointment , to talk through what you need.
Lionetti E, Leonardi S, Franzonello C, Mancardi M, Ruggieri M, Catassi C. Gluten Psychosis: Confirmation of a New Clinical Entity. Nutrients. 2015;7(7):5532-5539. doi:10.3390/nu7075235.