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Thursday, 08/14/14 - What Causes Brain Drain - the silent killer?

"Anyone who has experienced depression knows how debilitating it can be.  And the worse part is it's shoved under the rug. No one wants to talk about it and people are preceived as weak if they are depressed.  Why can't they just snap out of it?  Take a pill!   Oh if it were only that easy!   If you're still not feeling well and you've been exercising, taking medication, getting counseling, and nothing seems to be working why not try this?  What do you have to lose? 

Personally I got tired of being given prescription medications for every ailment I had including depression, anxiety and panic attacks.   I didn't want to take that junk anymore!  So I decided to do what my Functional Medicine doctor recommended and eliminated gluten/wheat from my diet and the issues resolved!  It was a miracle!  No, it was food!  The miracle was that I finally listened and did what she recommended in time before it was too late! 

Hopefully this information will help someone else.  If so mission accomplished!"  Sue Seward - Founder Gluten Free Lady

How Gluten Robs You And Your Children's Peace of Mind- (Excerpt from Grain Brain Chp. 6 Gluten's Role in Behavioral And Movement Disorders Page 153-155) -

“Aside from the dramatic rise in the use of medications to treat ADHD over the past decade, the use of antianxiety drugs soared between 2001 and 2010: IN children up to age nineteen, the use of antianxiety medication increased 45 present in females and 37 percent in males. According to a report by Express Scripts called “America’s State of Mind”, the overall number of Americans taking mental health drugs to treat psychological and behavioral disorders has substantially increased since 2001.

In 2010, the most recent data indicated that more than one in five adults was on at least one medication, up 22 percent from ten years earlier. Interestingly women are far more likely to take a drug for a mental health condition than men.  More than a quarter of the adult female population was on these drugs in 2010, as compared to just 15 percent of men. (David Perlmutter, MD, and Albert of Villoldo, PhD, Power Up Your Brain: The neuroscience of Enlightenment (New York: Hay House, 2011).  (Harvard researchers theorize that this could be due to hormonal changes in women that are linked to puberty, pregnancy and menopause. Although depression can affect men and women equally, women are typically more likely to seek medical help.)

Eleven percent of Americans over age twelve take antidepressants, but the percentage skyrockets when you look at the number of women in their forties and fifties who have been prescribed antidepressants—a whopping 23 percent.

Given the souring rates of mental and behavioral disorders for which powerful drugs are increasingly used, why isn’t anyone drawing attention to the underlying reasons for this trend? And how can we propose solutions that don’t entail hazardous pharmaceuticals?  At the root of the problem? That sticky wheat protein, gluten.  Although the jury is still out on the connections between gluten sensitivity and behavioral or psychological issues, we do know a few facts:

People with Celiac disease may be at increased risk for developing mental delay, learning difficulties, tic disorders, and ADHD. (Norman Doidge, The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science (New York: Viking, 2007)

Depression and anxiety are often severe in patients with gluten sensitivity. (J. Lee, et al., “Decreased Levels of BDNF Protein in Alzheimer Temporal Cortex Are Independent of BDNF Polymorphisms,” Experimental Neurology 194, no. 1 (July 2005): 91-96) (Perlmutter, Power Up Your Brain (see chp. 2, n. 6) This is primarily due to the cytokines that block production of critical brain neurotransmitters like serotonin, which is essential in regulating mood. With the elimination of gluten and often dairy, many patients have been freed from not just their mood disorders but other conditions caused by an overactive immune system, like allergies and arthritis.”

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