Will taking up the gluten question help solve neurological problems?
Andre H. Lagrange, a neurologist at Vanderbilt University in Nashville studied the brain spots on a patient’s brain scan and thought it to be lymphoma or a type of infection. Further testing concluded that it was neither. The man was under a dose of anti-epilepsy medication that didn’t help his seizures at all. The man’s mother said that the epilepsy attacks were accompanied by serious fits of diarrhea and constipation along with a rash and this prompted Lagrange think beyond that brain. Further tests found that he had celiac disease, an autoimmune condition that is triggered by gluten. A gluten free diet ensured that the man was almost fully cured and the brain lesions disappeared as well.
Further research over the years found that several symptoms like hallucinations, breakdowns, fits and even autism are all linked with celiac disease. Patients being diagnosed for neurological or psychiatric symptoms were given the recommended medication for these unsuccessfully. Further diagnosis linked celiac disease to these symptoms and when patients are put on a gluten-free diet, most of the symptoms disappeared.
Researchers around the globe have been studying the link between the intestinal tract and the central nervous system and have found a link between the two. As with the case explained in the opening of this article, treating celiac disease overcame a debilitating disorder of the brain. This shows that unexplainable neurological problems can indicate undiagnosed celiac disease.
Celiac disease has been linked with symptoms beyond the gut including painful rashes, nerve pain and loss of muscle control. Traditionally, these symptoms are linked with nutrient deficiencies. Inflammation in the gut can prevent proper absorption of nutrients like copper and Vitamins which can trigger neurological dysfunction.
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