I have some introductory remarks here, but below them is a video that explains the difference between gluten sensitivity, gluten intolerance and Celiac disease. If people have any of these issues at play eliminating gluten can be a very good thing for their over all health and well-being. I've heard people "poo-poo" the importance of diet for mental health issues and they use the argument that if programs like Soteria and Open Dialogue can heal those with "schizophrenia" it's not very credible that diet has much to do with it. I find this argument rather lacking since, first of all, we don't see a 100% recovery rate even in these programs. 15 to 20% remain unwell. What if diet were changed in these folks in addition to offering psycho-social supports? Also, being that we're holistic beings, more than one thing can be causing dis-ease in our body/mind/spirit. We might find that attending to something psycho-socially gets us back on our feet and functioning, but we don't feel REALLY good until we attend to diet and exercise etc. Black and white thinking doesn't serve anyone here.
Celiac disease among other illnesses that can be fairly easily treated without psych drugs is one physical illness that sometimes gets people diagnosed with mental illness including schizophrenia and bipolar. All sorts of mental health issues can arise from someone with Celiac who is still actively eating gluten. It's worth ruling it out if you... Continue Reading →