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Gluten linked to schizophrenia & type 1 diabetes
stv.tv ^ | 27 April 2009 07:00 AM

Posted on 05/04/2009 7:31:49 PM PDT by MetaThought

Scientists study affect of gluten on mental health

Scottish scientists believe that gluten-rich foods could help trigger schizophrenia in people with a genetic predisposition to the condition.

Scottish scientists believe that gluten-rich foods could help trigger schizophrenia in people with a genetic predisposition to the condition.

The researchers at the prospective University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) are looking at the links between schizophrenia and diabetes.

The two studies undertaken by geneticist Dr Jun Wei and his team in Inverness are to be funded by £300,000 from the Schizophrenia Association of Great Britain.

The first project is to explore the links between schizophrenia and diabetes, while the second project focuses on the role of gluten in schizophrenia and diabetes.

Gluten is the protein commonly found in rye, wheat and barley, and it is already recognised as a trigger for serious diseases related to the gut, most notably coeliac disease.

It is now emerging that gluten might also be associated with other auto-immune diseases including schizophrenia and type 1 diabetes.

Professor Ian Megson, head of the UHI Department of Diabetes and Cardiovascular Science, said in a statement: "The reason that gluten might provide a link between these apparently quite different diseases is that, in people with a particular genetic make-up that results in their bodies' inability to handle gluten in the normal way, the immune system becomes unusually active.

"In this way, cells in the blood that are designed to combat infections begin to target healthy tissue, which can lead to impaired function of affected organs (gut, brain or pancreas) and disease."

He added: "This research is at an early stage, but if the theory is correct and those at risk are identified very early in life, a simple change in diet might prevent these diseases developing in some individuals."

Dr Wei said: "An individual's inherited genes, together with factors from the environment in which they have lived, are now considered to be central to development of both schizophrenia and diabetes.

"Gluten is one such environmental factor. More than 30% of schizophrenia sufferers have high levels of antibodies against wheat gluten in their body so a gluten-free diet might help to reduce the symptoms of this mental condition.

"We are also investigating if gluten acts as a trigger for schizophrenia in people who have a genetic predisposition to it."

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TOPICS: Food; Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: allergies; bipolar; diabetes; disorders; genetics; gluten; godsgravesglyphs; schizophrenia

1 posted on 05/04/2009 7:31:50 PM PDT by MetaThought
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To: neverdem

Diabetes ping.


2 posted on 05/04/2009 7:38:27 PM PDT by MetaThought
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To: MetaThought
Elisabeth Hasselbeck has a new book, "The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide," which she just discussed on Hannity. She said that even those who don't have Celiac can benefit from eating Gluten-Free. She heard from some non-Celiacs who tried the diet and reported improved well-being and energy.

Link to Book.

3 posted on 05/04/2009 8:14:02 PM PDT by Creme Brulee
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To: MetaThought

This association has been suspected — and disputed — for some time. It is good to see credible evidence being developed so as to resolve the question. Thanks for the post.


4 posted on 05/04/2009 8:16:14 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: MetaThought

What about when someone is paranoid and delusional about the dangers of gluten? What causes that?


5 posted on 05/04/2009 8:16:27 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: Creme Brulee
Oops, sorry link didn't work. Try this Link to Book
6 posted on 05/04/2009 8:16:37 PM PDT by Creme Brulee
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To: mamelukesabre
Good point. Wheat and barley were the cereal grains that civilization were built upon. When people have children who have a mutation that keeps them from digesting them, then they should keep them away from gluten and breeding.

The rest of us should just go along on our merry way.

7 posted on 05/04/2009 8:22:27 PM PDT by hunter112 (SHRUG - Stop Hussein's Radical Utopian Gameplan!)
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To: hunter112

I only like LIQUID bread.


8 posted on 05/04/2009 8:27:36 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: MetaThought

thanks, bfl


9 posted on 05/04/2009 8:33:15 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: mamelukesabre

Ah, yes, liquid bread! Had some Sierra Nevada Wet Hop Ale myself tonight!


10 posted on 05/04/2009 8:34:23 PM PDT by hunter112 (SHRUG - Stop Hussein's Radical Utopian Gameplan!)
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To: hunter112

I have spent a great deal of time in Germany over the past few years with an number of American ex-pats living there...they swear there beer made there in local breweries is made with so much wheat and barely that it is the equivalent of eating a loaf of bread with every stein...tell me that’s why they don’t pee as much as with our American beer...Don’t know if it’s true, but it sounds fun while we are sitting around roasting pigs and drinking till late in the night...and no ugly feelings in the a.m. and whether psychosomatic or not, I do need to go less frequently when there :)


11 posted on 05/04/2009 8:44:47 PM PDT by IrishPennant (Obama: Succeeding Where Bin Laden Failed)
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To: IrishPennant
they swear there their beer made there...typo - sorry
12 posted on 05/04/2009 8:47:55 PM PDT by IrishPennant (Obama: Succeeding Where Bin Laden Failed)
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To: IrishPennant
...tell me that’s why they don’t pee as much as with our American beer.

Well, there's typical American beer, and then there's American craft brewed beer! I would guess that your German friends would be able to tell the difference.

13 posted on 05/04/2009 9:30:23 PM PDT by hunter112 (SHRUG - Stop Hussein's Radical Utopian Gameplan!)
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To: hunter112
Wheat and barley were the cereal grains that civilization were built upon.

Good things can sometimes come out of bad beginnings. Say for example FDR creating the highway system. The highway system is great, but it doesn't excuse FDR.

...breeding

You can start with your children.

14 posted on 05/04/2009 10:05:54 PM PDT by MetaThought
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To: mamelukesabre

There are definitely reports that suggest that gluten-sensitivity is way more common than reported.

What about when someone is ignoring and mocking the dangers of gluten? What causes that?


15 posted on 05/04/2009 10:09:45 PM PDT by MetaThought
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To: IrishPennant

Well, you don’t have to worry about this problem with (formerly-)American (pseudo-)beers like Budweiser.

There’s no gluten in rice!


16 posted on 05/04/2009 10:14:18 PM PDT by B Knotts (Calvin Coolidge Republican)
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To: IrishPennant

BTW, I just had a gluten-loaded homebrew. :-)


17 posted on 05/04/2009 10:15:29 PM PDT by B Knotts (Calvin Coolidge Republican)
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To: MetaThought
MMM...

Delicious gluten.

18 posted on 05/04/2009 10:20:09 PM PDT by SIDENET ("You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.")
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To: MetaThought

Sarcasm.


19 posted on 05/05/2009 5:47:07 AM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: Elephant in VT

Ping


20 posted on 05/05/2009 5:50:54 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: mamelukesabre
For the most part you figure out early on that "something is wrong" when your T-cells get the idea they should kill off your villi.

Thanks to the internet you can learn that this is a dangerous condition in just under 10 minutes.

There are already 12 different alleles credited with causing the condition referred to as Celiac Disease.

21 posted on 05/05/2009 5:54:21 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: hunter112
Wheat, barley and rye are related to a degree with the development of civilization in the Middle East. Rice is strongly associated with that development in the Far East. Corn has its friends in the Americas.

Post Dark Ages European civilization owes its rise directly to the potato.

Rice, corn and potato do not contain wheat gluten.

BY THE WAY the world's most ancient still celebrated custom is Passover. "Kosher for Passover" prohibits the use of Wheat, Barley, Rye, Oats and I believe Rice ~ grains known to the ancients. In a number of ways the success of Western Civilization has depended on the "Kosher for Passover" standard.

22 posted on 05/05/2009 5:58:41 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: B Knotts

Yes, there’s no wheat gluten in rice, but they flavor rice beers with malted barley (aka “malt”), and barley has plenty of wheat gluten.


23 posted on 05/05/2009 6:01:02 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
And of all the civilizations that you mention, which ones have made the most progress? The ones based on gluten-free diets, or the ones based on gluten-laden diets?

The potato co-existed with the gluten-laden diet, so bringing that up is meaningless in this discussion, although I will concede that rice and corn were the staple foods of people in the Far East and the Americas, respectively.

24 posted on 05/05/2009 7:01:15 PM PDT by hunter112 (SHRUG - Stop Hussein's Radical Utopian Gameplan!)
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To: Apple Blossom; theKid51

ping


25 posted on 05/05/2009 7:03:22 PM PDT by bmwcyle (American voters can fix this world if they would just wake up.)
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To: hunter112
You also have to concede that the great advances in science, industry and economic well-being in Western Civilization happened coincident with the use of the potato.

Further, Many, if not most of the greatest minds in the West were, as is easily seen in retrospect, gluten intolerant.

26 posted on 05/05/2009 7:03:40 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
That does seem to be true. However, the golden age of Islam was between the 7th and the 11th centuries, and they didn't have potatoes, but they did have gluten-rich grains. That was while Europe was mucking about in its own dung, relatively speaking.

I also look to the advanced civilizations of the Greeks and the Romans, which were based on gluten-rich grains, and berift of potatoes.

I'm not familiar with lists of gluten-intolerant famous and/or prominent individuals, perhaps you have a source you can direct me to.

27 posted on 05/05/2009 7:16:35 PM PDT by hunter112 (SHRUG - Stop Hussein's Radical Utopian Gameplan!)
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To: hunter112

#1 is obviously Charles Darwin.


28 posted on 05/05/2009 7:22:29 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
#1 is obviously Charles Darwin.

I didn't know that about him, perhaps there is a list of the gluten-intolerant, I'd like to see who's not on there.

29 posted on 05/05/2009 7:31:11 PM PDT by hunter112 (SHRUG - Stop Hussein's Radical Utopian Gameplan!)
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To: MetaThought

I have been off gluten for over 6 months. I would never ever touch another piece of bread again, unless there were extenuating circumstances. My mind is 100% more clear (considering I have had 3 strokes) and I lost every gram of weight I had piled on in the last 2 yrs. Everyone makes fun of my “meat in a bowl” but I love it! I wish I could get my son on it, but he loves pizza.


30 posted on 05/06/2009 2:20:03 AM PDT by momincombatboots (The last experience of the sinner is the horrible enslavement of the freedom he desired. -C.S. Lewis)
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To: momincombatboots

Gluten-free pizza isn’t hard to make, especially since the dough isn’t as dependent on gluten for rising as it is for a loaf of bread. Do a Google search for gluten-free pizza dough and you’ll find plenty of recipes or even pizza dough mixes.

I also just recently discovered the Allergy Free Foods company; I haven’t ordered from them, but someone I know has, and was impressed with their products:

http://www.allergyfreefoods.com


31 posted on 05/06/2009 4:11:43 AM PDT by TruthSetsUFree
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To: muawiyah
"Further, Many, if not most of the greatest minds in the West were, as is easily seen in retrospect, gluten intolerant."

I'd be really interested in seeing a list of these.

One of the arguments some have against gluten being so "evil" is that the Bible refers so often to the "bread of life" and to wheat and barley quite frequently. I'm curious what your take is on that.

One of my answers to such an argument is that wheat has been hybridized over the years to have more gluten than it did in its original form, thus causing so many health problems, and that our American diet contains far more gluten than the Israelites' diet did.

32 posted on 05/06/2009 4:16:04 AM PDT by TruthSetsUFree
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To: TruthSetsUFree
Odds are good that the high gluten strains of wheat have come to dominate the marketplace due to the greater demand for protein, while the low gluten strains have been disposed of.

At the same time rye and barley haven't been much chainged since Biblical times and are just as troublesome.

Regarding "bread of life", that's obviously CORNBREAD or RICE CAKES eh.

33 posted on 05/06/2009 5:27:56 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Creme Brulee

Thank you. My daughter is in the process of being diagnosed as having celiac disease now.


34 posted on 05/06/2009 6:39:40 AM PDT by twigs
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To: muawiyah
"Regarding "bread of life", that's obviously CORNBREAD or RICE CAKES eh." Good point. Bread doesn't have to be made from gluten grains.
35 posted on 05/06/2009 6:06:39 PM PDT by TruthSetsUFree
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To: muawiyah

Isn’t corn also prohibited during Passover?

I thought that was the reason Kosher soft drinks were produced during the season.

Cane sugar used instead of corn syrup.


36 posted on 05/06/2009 6:38:48 PM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: Vinnie
Depends on what authorities you cite. The trick with AMERICAN CORN is that (unless the Mormons are correct on the issue) no Hebrew knew of it.

The folks who provide commentaries on the question say it arises out of the question of FERMENTATION, not the particular grains involved.

If FERMENTATION is the only issue, then all starch sources, which would include potatoes, carrots, rutabegas, etc. should be banned ~ which they are not.

If the issue concerns the classical grains as understood by the Hebrews in the time of Moses, then you'd want to ban wheat, rye, barley, oats and rice.

I've bothered looking up such commentaries because I wanted to know much more about what is called "Kosher for Passover". It had simply escaped me previously, even when told about it by a rabbi, that "Kosher for Passover" doesn't mean simply "made of unleavened wheat and wheat byproducts".

37 posted on 05/06/2009 7:06:56 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Creme Brulee

Medically, low grade celiac disease is probably under diagnosed.

On the other hand, has anyone checked about Asians and others who don’t eat wheat?


38 posted on 05/07/2009 12:34:56 AM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: LadyDoc
I wanted to post this so it may help someone. For the past several years my husband has been plagued with this horrible skin eruptions. They were welt-like and they were extremely itchy. The doctors really couldn't diagnose what it was, saying it was probably exzema and he'd just have to live with it. Once every three months he gets a shot, but each time it lasts less and less and needless to say, he's absolutely miserable. He has all sorts of prescription creams, but they don't really do anything.

Three days ago we decided to go on a little diet..just lose five to ten pounds before we go on vacation. We cut out all breads and starches and stuff.

Today, he said he feels good for the first time in years...we didn't put two and two together. I started doing some research online and one of the symptoms of gluten allergy can be these skin irritations. And the descriptions are not generic..they described his outbreaks exactly.

I can't tell you what a relief that this may POSSIBLY be it. We don't know yet, but we plan to go gluten free for a month and see what happens. I'm very excited.

39 posted on 07/07/2009 9:02:23 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: MetaThought
Going gluten free seems to have a beneficial effect on autoimmune disease. I do not have celiac disease but suffer from a few AIs, including eczema and mild rheumatoid arthritis, and since going gluten free 2 years ago I am feeling great. Skin problems have diminished and RA is completely under control without medication other than fish oil!
40 posted on 07/08/2009 4:29:08 AM PDT by EnquiringMind
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To: Hildy
Wheat can cause hives and celiac disease. They are related but not the same thing.

Low grade allergies have a lot of effect on the behavior of some people, hives, nose problems, and stomach upset.

Celiac disease can cause diarrhea and change the bowel lining.

I recently heard a lecture where one doc discussed that newer tests are finding a lot of mild celiac disease.

Milk is another problem. Non western Europeans have lactose deficiency, and can get bowel problems. But many "white" Americans may not realize a Cherokee great grandmom or a Hungarian ancestor that makes them unable to eat a lot of milk products.

And again, milk can also cause allergies (and so can soy, alas).

There is a relationship between low grade allergies and behavior, and giving a person a good diet often makes them behave better. But it is not true for everyone.

A lot of people with mild mental illness get obsessed with one idea. Sometimes this idea is a diet. But since schizophrenia is a description of symptoms not a disease, it may be years to find whether or not there is a link.

For example, pellegra can cause mental disease (low vitamin B) and thirty years ago people would treat schizophrenia with high dose vitamin B...and some would respond. But the number who got better with the vitamin wasn't higher than the number of normal remissions with no treatment at all.

although some people have allergies, they don't affect everyone.

One more note: Those with American Indian ancestry often get a sun allergy rash that can be quite bad. So if you get a dry itchy ecsema type rash in the summer, check your geneology. Most docs don't recognize it.

41 posted on 07/08/2009 4:31:27 PM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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42 posted on 09/02/2010 7:38:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Democratic Underground... matters are worse, as their latest fund drive has come up short...)
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I think the perfect diet is meat, fish, and vegetables, with some fruit and nuts thrown in.


43 posted on 09/02/2010 7:45:49 PM PDT by SuzyQue (Remember to think.)
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To: Vinnie

‘Corn’ in King James English refers to wheat. The English refer to what we call ‘corn’ as maize. Maize/corn is a New World crop, unknown to the Hebrews.


44 posted on 09/02/2010 8:22:44 PM PDT by Pelham (Islam, the mortal enemy of the free world)
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The Primal Blueprint. :)


45 posted on 09/02/2010 8:45:41 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (The War on Poverty is over. Poverty won. - Howie Carr)
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To: MetaThought

I’m a Gluten for pun-ishment. ;)


46 posted on 09/02/2010 9:06:45 PM PDT by Redcitizen
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To: Creme Brulee
"The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide," which she just discussed on Hannity.

Yeah and Hannity had no idea what a "gluten free diet" means. He quipped with a straight face, "I should probably look into that I've been putting on a few pounds" and she just stared at him.

47 posted on 09/02/2010 10:07:39 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (Now can we forget about that old rum-runner Joe Kennedy and his progeny of philandering drunks?)
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To: mamelukesabre

“I only like LIQUID bread.”

Our County Fair, this year, is advertising “deep fried beer”. Haven’t been to the fair in over a decade. I just might go this year.


48 posted on 09/03/2010 12:13:32 AM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: mamelukesabre

Me too. None better.


49 posted on 09/03/2010 4:20:37 AM PDT by TheOldLady (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: MetaThought

Eat Dead animal!!!!


50 posted on 09/04/2010 8:12:09 AM PDT by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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