Gluten is toxic to the brain. There is ongoing accumulating evidence that gluten is harmful to the brain and nerves of the body even if a person does not have celiac disease. Those with celiac disease are typically affected much more severely. In this blog I have reviewed several scientific papers recently that document the adverse affects of gluten on the brain. I also reviewed research published in early 1900’s that proved the toxic effect of wheat on animals. Seizures in dogs and pasture bloat in cattle has been known about for years yet cereal grains have become an increasingly large part of the Western diet. During the same time obesity, autoimmune diseases and celiac disease are reaching epidemic proportions.
New DVD reveals facts of gluten's adverse affects on the brain.
Dr. Ron Hogan, editor of ScottFree, has a new DVD, Smarten up. It is a compilation of his presentations on the effects of gluten on the brain. The DVD is extremely detailed and informative. I must however warn who purchase it that Ron presents the material in a lecture format. Those who didn’t care for sitting through classes in school may find his approach a bit dry. But if you are looking for a detailed explanation of how gluten adversely affects the brain, you will not find a more thorough review of the information anywhere else.
An educator shares real world successes of the gluten free.
Ron recently retired from a lifetime in education. He has personally lived gluten free after his diagnosis of celiac disease as an adult. Unfortunately, he lost a brother to lymphoma that was likely due to undiagnosed celiac disease. He has extensively researched the effect of gluten on the brain. In the DVD he shares both scientific research and his personal real life stories as an educator with the success of the gluten free diet in kids with ADD, behavior problems, autism, and learning disabilities. I encourage everyone with an interest in this area to purchase a copy of his DVD.
Let he who has eyes to see, gluten adversely affects the brain.
These adverse affects of gluten on the body, especially the brain, are evident to those who have eyes to see. Yet Dr. Ron Hogan, Ed.D, author “Dangerous Grains”, Dr. Rodney Ford, www.doctorgluten.com, Dr. Ken Fine, founder of Enterolab, and I are considered bit too radical in our beliefs for most of the doctors with whom we work and associate. We are out of step because we are validating the experiences of many people who are chronically ill until they remove gluten from their diet. If we agree with the patients who report to us their positive experiences of a gluten free diet despite failing to meet strict diagnostic criteria for celiac disease we are accused of imposing an undue and unnecessary burden on people who do not need to be on a gluten free diet because they don’t really have celiac disease (yet). In fact, in my own gastroenterology practice a couple of my partners have berated, teased or ridiculed a couple of the nurses who have adopted a gluten free diet of being part of my “gluten cult”.
Dr. Ford and his experience with gluten affecting the brain.
You may also learn more from my good friend and colleague from New Zealand, Dr. Ford, who has a nice review in the newsletter ScottFree that also available online at www.celiac.com. He has much more detail in his books that can be purchased online at the Food Doc e-store.
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