Yup, what the mother describes in the below article about skepticism about food allergies is what it's like for most people before they eliminate gluten (or other foods...sensitivities to many foods and/or natural food chemicals are on the rise) or see someone close to them eliminate it and have dramatic improvements in health and/or mood. It's rather hard to wrap ones head around the possibility that food we eat everyday may be harming us.
Many people have a hard time believing that food and what we eat could possibly make some of us very sick. I've been covering gluten as one of the potentially offending foods lately as I've come to understand more and more about it. I've had to deal with multiple food sensitivities and so I've been... Continue Reading →
I've done a lot of commentary on the potential link with gluten and all mental health issues on Beyond Meds. It's another aspect of the general importance of diet and nutrition and having a healthy gut for general physical and mental wellbeing. As holistic beings total wellness often means attending to many things in our lives... Continue Reading →
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 →