Hey, Dr. Clark here, I want to share with you a study that I just read--
"Prevalence of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity in United States: clinical antipsychotic trials of intervention"
Here’s what they found....
They found that-- persons with schizophrenia have higher than expected titers of antibodies related to celiac disease and gluten sensitivity.
Now, if you’ve been following me at all, you’re not surprised by that finding.
Here is what confuses most doctors about what I just read you--
Celiac (gluten sensitivity) is not a GI problem.
I’ve said this time and time again that celiac disease... gluten sensitivity...whatever you want to call it-- an immune reaction to gluten,---can take a hundred different forms in the human body.
And schizophrenia is one of them.
And some will say, “Well, how is that possible?” It’s because this is an immune system battle.
If you eat something that your body reacts to and tries to kill with inflammation---and I make you eat that for 20 or 30 years--- that inflammation process is circulating throughout your body,...cells are looking for things to eat and chew up...
...and in schizophrenia what’s happening is the brain is being attacked.So, it’s just another example of how gluten sensitivity or Gluten Reactivity, as I like to call it, is rampant. I mean, it really is W-I-D-E-S-P-R-E-A-D. I was told by one lab that about 70 percent of the United States Caucasian population has at least one copy of a gluten sensitive gene.
So, let me explain what that means.
If you have one of these genes, it doesn’t mean immediately that your are 100% going to react to gluten.
But it means you have a really high chance of developing an immune system reaction--so you probably shouldn’t eat gluten.
If you know someone that has already been diagnosed with schizophrenia, here's what I’d do for them...
- I’d make them go on a gluten free diet---a very strict gluten free diet.
- I would have them take some very specific (meaning not from the health food store) digestive enzymes to help them breakdown any gluten they might accidentally get exposed to.
- I would have them take a few supplements to help control the immune system imbalance (do NOT try to do this yourself)
- I would use Brain-Based Rehab to address their obvious functional brain deficits. Usually they have a weakness in the right half of the cerebellum, left frontal lobe and left temporal lobe.
In fact, I’d do the same thing for someone with Alzheimer’s ‘cause I’m gonna show you in the next post how when we have even a little bit of an infection, it accelerates memory decline in Alzheimer’s.
So here’s the takeaway today.... if you have any health concern, I don’t care what it is. Here’s my first line of suggestion for you...
Go gluten free.
The second thing is, get checked out by someone who takes a functional neurological approach.
That’s it for today and it’s just another sign that gluten is not a good thing if you’re reacting to it, and this new study just shows that people with schizophrenia have much higher than expected antibodies, which just means their immune system is reacting to the gluten--this can only make things worse.Video File
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