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Friday, 08/15/14 - What can be learned from Robin Williams' death? Important update from Dr. Tom O'Bryan

This message just in from Dr. Tom O’Bryan -


I was very saddened to hear that Robin Williams was gone. An icon in the world left us... way too early. And now, we've learned he was suffering with more than depression. From his wife, Susan Schneider, "Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety, as well as early stages of Parkinson's Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly."

Each and every time I hear news about someone taking his or her own life--and then hear about depression and, in this case, a chronic inflammatory condition such as Parkinson's--my emotions go from sadness to infuriated anger.

We have all of this research about undiagnosed celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). And, we know your "chain" is likely to break at its weakest link. Therefore, if your weakest link is your brain, then you may symptomatically present with:


  • "A study has now demonstrated that gluten is independently associated with depression in patients with NCGS." (READ MORE)

  • "A study has now demonstrated that gluten is independently associated with depression in patients with NCGS." (READ MORE)
  • "Exposure to gluten specifically induced current feelings of depression." (READ MORE)

  • "Lifetime depressive symptoms may be present in one third of the CD patients who adhere to gluten free diet. Long-term adherence to the gluten-free diet may reduce the risk of current depressive symptoms." (READ MORE)

  • Emerging scientific literature contains several reports linking gluten sensitivity states with neuropsychiatric manifestations including autism, schizophrenia, and ataxia. (READ MORE)

  • Five biomarkers of gluten sensitivity were found to be significantly elevated in patients with non-affective psychoses (schizophrenia) compared to controls. (READ MORE)


  • Aberrant TG activity is thought to contribute to Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, Huntington disease, and supranuclear palsy. (READ MORE)

  • a-Synuclein is a key pathogenic protein that increases in Parkinson's disease. Elevated transglutaminase levels (the biomarker in the blood for Celiac Disease) is associated with increase a-Synuclein. (READ MORE)

  • Blockade of transglutaminase activity counteracts a-synuclein accumulation in living cells. (READ MORE)

  • It would be silly to think that a gluten sensitivity caused any patient's brain disease, whether it is Parkinson's, depression, schizophrenia or...

  • But there are enough studies now to tell us that IF a person has a gluten sensitivity, with or without celiac disease, that eating gluten will be inflammatory to the body. And, where it will manifest in the body is anyone's guess.

  • WHY isn't this in the mainstream media?

  • WHY do people like Michael (my sister's neighbor), Steven (my patient's boyfriend) and Robin have to die early?

  • WHY are celiac kids 40% more likely to die of suicide?

  • Now, I'm not suggesting that any of these men had gluten sensitivity. I am suggesting that we find out about ourselves and our loved ones to see if they have a gluten sensitivity!

  • If you or a loved one suffers from depression,
  • do the test to check for antibodies to gluten.

  • Tell your doctor you want Cyrex Labs Array 3,
  • which is the screen for gluten sensitivity.  

  • If that test comes back positive, then consider Cyrex Array 7x: Neurological Autoimmune reactivity screen. Be informed. Find out if you are developing antibodies to your brain! 


Toward your health,

Dr. Tom O'Bryan

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