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By Lisa James
Problems with gluten often range well beyond intestinal issues to affect other parts of the body, including the brain. For example, scientists have known for decades that people with celiac disease, in which gluten triggers an abnormal immune response, are prone to ataxia, a neurological disturbance marked by unsteady balance and jerky, uncoordinated movements.
However, the association between gluten and the brain has been found to go far deeper. Memory slippages, fuzzy thinking and low mood may all be linked to this troublesome protein.
Connecting the Dots
The linkage between gluten and a variety of brain dysfunctions is only now becoming a matter of concern among the general public. “It has awaited critical mass,” says David Perlmutter, MD, board-certified neurologist, president of the Perlmutter Health Center in Naples, Florida, and author (with Kristin Loberg) of Grain Brain (Little, Brown). “We now understand there is a powerful relationship between the gut and the brain.”
For example, “depression is found in as many as 52% of gluten-sensitive individuals,” says Perlmutter. He notes that up to 90% of the body’s serotonin, which helps regulate mood, is produced in nerve cells found in the gut (known as the “second brain”). Gluten has also been linked to anxiety and schizophrenia (The Psychiatric Quarterly 3/12).
Children with celiac disease have a higher risk for developmental delays, learning disabilities, seizures and headaches. In fact, Doni Wilson, ND, who maintains a three-location practice in the metropolitan New York area, says the most common signs of gluten sensitivity among her younger patients are “headaches and stomachaches. When a child has these, right away I’m thinking gluten.”