Gluten and Mental Health

I recently wrote a post on Facebook about an essay I was writing on the role of gluten and casein (a milk protein) in mental illness. It got such an overwhelming response and I had so many people request copies of that essay that I thought it would be a good idea to write a blog post about it based on the research I found while writing that assignment.

I am going to focus mainly on gluten for this post although casein is often linked to the same disorders and will get a mention too.

Gluten is a protein composite found in grains such as wheat, rye, barley and spelt. It actually consists of 2 different proteins – glutelin and gliadin and is the substance that gives dough its elastic texture. That is why baking with gluten free flours is so tricky!

Problems with gluten are usually associated with Coeliac disease which is an autoimmune condition where the immune system reacts abnormally to gluten causing damage to the small bowel. This damage interferes with nutrient absorption and leads to various gastrointestinal and other disorders. There are many psychiatric disorders associated with Coeliac disease including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, ADHD, autism and eating disorders. More about these later in this post.

Gluten sensitivity is an issue that has only been recognised quite recently. Individuals who are sensitive to gluten do not show the same gastrointestinal symptoms as people with coeliac disease and in fact, may not have any gastrointestinal problems at all. Neurological and psychiatric issues may be the prime presentations for people with gluten sensitivity and because this issues is largely unknown or unrecognised by the general medical profession, it can easily go untreated.

Dr Natasha Campell-McBride, author of GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) describes how researchers have found both gluten and casein peptides (a product of protein digestion) in the urine of individuals with schizophrenia, autism, ADHD and depression. She explains how these disorders originate in the gut (due to poor gut health and intestinal permeability) and that the gluten and casein proteins do not get digested properly and turn into substances with similar chemical properties to opiates such as morphine and heroin. These opiate-like substances from grains and milk are thought to cross the blood-brain barrier and block certain areas of the brain, just as heroin and morphine do. This theory also explains why people with sensitivity to these substances crave them and are often very fussy eaters, mainly eating foods containing grains or dairy – parents of children with autism will know what I am talking about!

Interestingly, there is a much higher prevalence of coeliac disease in people with schizophrenia even though these two disorders have approximately the same prevalence in the general populations and these incidences are far greater than would be expected by chance alone. The link between these disorders was recognised as far back as the 1950s and led to an hypothesis by Dohan in 1966 that in individuals carrying the genotype for schizophrenia, the actual occurrence of the disorder may be related to the consumption of cereals such as wheat and rye. That is, having a genetic predisposition to schizophrenia does not necessarily mean that one will go on to develop this disorder but that certain things can trigger its development. Dohan’s research suggests that this may be consumption of cereals. Other theories have linked the development of schizophrenia to stress, drug use, trauma and other factors. Cascella et al (2011) found that people with schizophrenia have a increased level of particular antibodies to gluten and concluded that these individuals have a specific immune response to this substance. Antibodies to gliadin and casein have also been found in bipolar disorder and autism. In 1984, further research by Dohan found that in countries where wheat, rye, barley and oats were not part of the diet (New Guinea and other South Pacific Islands), there were fewer and less severe cases of schizophrenia than in countries with where the diets were rich in gluten containing grains. Even more interesting was the finding that when the diets of those countries became more westernised, the incidence of schizophrenia increased – scary huh?

Similar findings have been shown in autism where families who move from countries where the diets are low in grains and milk to countries where the consumption of grains and milk are high, have an increased rate of autistic syndromes.

There have been many studies that have looked at the effects of gluten and casein free diets in schizophrenia, autism, anxiety disorders, depression and ADHD. Most of the latter disorders have been studied in the context of coeliac disease however several studies show a significant improvement in symptoms after following a gluten free diet. There are also many case studies documenting outstanding results and remission of symptoms after following a gluten and casein free diet in individuals with schizophrenia and autism.

There are several theories as to why gluten or casein cause or trigger these mental health issues in susceptible people. These theories include food allergies, immune responses, interference in brain processes, exorphins being absorbed into the blood stream from the gut and then passing through the blood-brain barrier to affect the central nervous system (note the link to poor gut health here), links to serotonergic functioning, and autoimmune responses.

So, what is the take home message in all of this research? The role of diet in the development of mental health disorders is overlooked in the general medical models and as doctors (and psychologists!) receive no training in nutrition they will rarely consider an issue such as food allergies or gluten sensitivity when looking to treat a patient. In fact, as doctors are trained to see symptoms and prescribe something to ‘fix’ them, they rarely look for the underlying cause or assume that these disorders are all genetic or biological in nature. Medications prescribed often lead to worse gut health (and overall health) and many contain dairy or gluten, leading to worsening of symptoms and often more medications. For many people medication is absolutely necessary though so please don’t think that I am anti all medication.

My theory is that there is not one explanation for every disorder. I spend much of my time working with individuals who have experienced significant trauma and adverse life experiences which I believe lead to a significant proportion of mental health issues. However, I am also a firm believer in the role of diet and particularly in the role of gut health in the development and maintenance of mental health problems. Gluten is a known problem for gut health and clearly has links with many mental health problems. I would strongly encourage anyone suffering from any of the issues mentioned in this blog post (or any mental health issue) to consider removing gluten from their diet. For many this may lead to an improvement in symptoms or a calming of the nervous system enough to be able to engage in therapy and develop useful coping strategies. For others removing gluten might not go far enough and they might need to consider cutting out dairy and other grains or starches. There has been a lot of successes reported from a paleo approach to eating and I am a huge fan of the GAPS diet for gut healing. Switching to wholefoods rather than processed food can only have a positive effect on anyone’s health. For people where medication is necessary, a change in diet can still make a difference.

There is no one size fits all approach – see what works for you as an individual. But, if things are not working for you at the moment then try some small changes and observe the effects. What have you got to lose?

For an amazingly delicious and easy to make gluten free bread click here.

Please feel free to share this post with anyone that might find it useful. Lets spread the word that there is a link between diet and mental health. I am unable to keep emailing out the essay but I have added the full reference list from the essay at the bottom of this post so you can read the research for yourself.

References

 Addolorato, G., Capristo, E., Ghittoni, G., Valeri, C., Masciana, R., Ancona C. & Gasbarrini. G. (2001). Anxiety but not depression decreases in coeliac patients after one-year gluten-free diet: a longitudinal study. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, 36, 502 – 506.

Addolorato, G., Mirijello, A., D’Angelo, C., Leggio, L., Ferrulli, A., Vomghia, L., Cardone, S., Leso, V., Miceli, A. & Gasbarrini, G. (2008). Social phobia in coeliac disease. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, 43(4), 410 – 415.

 Cade, R., Privteet, M., Fregly, M., Rowland, N., Sun, Z., Zele, V., Wagemaker, H. & Edelstein, C. (2000). Autism and Schizophrenia: Intestinal Disorders. Nutritional Neuroscience, 3, 57 – 72.

 Campbell-McBride, N. (2010). GAPS: gut and psychology syndrome. Revised and expanded edition. Medinform Publishing, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

 Cascella, N. G., Kryszak, D., Bhatti, B., Gregory, P., Kelly, D. L., McEvoy, J. P., Fasano, A. & Eaton, W. W. (2009). Prevalence of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity in the united states clinical antipsychotic trials of intervention effectiveness study population. Schizophrenia Bulletin doi:10.1093/schbul/sbp055

Coeliac Australia. http://www.coeliac.org.au/coeliac-disease/

Dickerson, F., Stallings, C., Origoni, A., Vaughan, C., Khushalani, S., Alaedini, A. &Yolken, R. (2011). Markers of gluten sensitivity and celiac disease in bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disorders, 13, 52–58.

Dohan, F. C. (1966). Cereals and schizophrenia. Data and hypothesis. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavia, 42, 125 – 152.

Dohan, F. C., Martin, L., Grasberger, J. C., Boehme, D. & Cottrell, J. C. (1972). Antibodies to wheat gliadin in blood of psychiatric patients: possible role of emotional factors. Biological Psychiatry, 5, 127 – 137.

 Dohan, F. C., Harper, E. H., Clark, M. H., Rodrigue, R. B. & Zigas, V. (1984). Is schizophrenia rare if grain is rare? Biological Psychiatry, 19, 383 – 399.

Elder, J. H., Shankar, M., Shuster, J., Theriaque, D., Burns, S. & Sherrill, L. (2006). The gluten-free, casein-free diet in autism: results of a preliminary double blind clinical trial. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 36(3), 413 – 420.

Jackson, J. R., Eaton. W. W., Cascella, N. G., Fasano, A. & Kelly, D. L. (2012). Neurologic and psychiatric manifestations of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Psychiatric Quarterly, 83(1), 91 – 102.

Kalaydijian, A. E., Eaton, N., Cascella, N. & Fasano, A. (2006). The gluten connection: the association between schizophrenia and celiac disease. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica,113, 82 – 90.

 Neibuhr, D. W., Li, Y., Cowan, D. N., Weber, N. S., Fisher, J. A., Ford, G. M. & Yolken, R. (2011). Association between bovine casein antibody and new onset schizophrenia among US military personnel. Schizophrenia Research, 128, 51 – 55.

Neiderhofer, H. & Pittschieler, K. (2006). A preliminary investigation of ADHD symptoms in persons with celiac disease. Journal of Attentional Disorders, 10(2), 200 – 204.

 Pynnonen, P. A., Isometsa, E. T., Verkasalo, M. A., Kahkonen, S. A., Sipila, I., Savilahti, E. & Aalberg, V. A. (2005). Gluten-free diet may alleviate depressive and behavioural symptoms in adolescents with coeliac disease: a prospective follow-up case-series study. BMC Psychiatry, 5, 14

 Reichelt, K. L. & Knivsberg, A-M. (2003). Can the pathophysiology of autism be explained by the nature of the discovered urine peptides? Nutritional neuroscience, 6 (1), 19 – 28.

Severance, E. G., Dupont, D., Dickerson, F. B., Stalling, C. R., Origoni, A. E., Krivogrsky, B., Yang, S., Haasnoot, W. & Yolken, R. H. (2010). Immune activation by casein dietary antigens in bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disorders, 12, 834 – 842.

Whiteley, P., Haracopos, D., Knivsberg, A-M., Reichelt, K. L., Parlar, S., Jacobsen, J., Seim, A., Pedersen, L., Schondel, M. & Shattock, P. (2010). The scanbrit randomised, controlled, single-blind study of a gluten- and casein-free dietary intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders. Nutritional Neuroscience, 13(2), 87 – 100.

 

If you have a story of how changing your diet has helped with your mental health I would love to hear it. Please share in the comments below or email it to me. I am always happy to share success stories as blog posts or facebook posts if you would like me to!

 

240 thoughts on “Gluten and Mental Health

  1. Hi. As a daughter and sister of two bi polar sufferers, I am very interested in this research. I have felt myself heading down this path too so decided to take matters into my own hands. 5 months ago, I started eating a Paleo diet. The changes in me have been amazing. The 3 times that I have lapsed and eaten gluten, my anxiety and depression returned. Any literature that I can pass on to my family to help to convince them that this is the way to go would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance, Emma.

    • Hi Emma,
      Well done for taking control in that way. Paleo works wonders for so many people.
      I will send you a copy of the essay via email.
      Cheers,
      Monique

      • Would love to read more. My husband is bipolar and his condition is taking a huge toll on our relationship. I am stressed to the hilt and wondering if I myself am depressed due to the circumstances. Looking at what we can do to improve things….anything! Thanks in advance

        • Hi Andrea,
          I will email you my essay and a good book to read would be GAPS by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride.
          It sounds like you need some support for yourself too.
          Feel free to contact me if you would like to think about arranging a consultation or looking at options for more support for both of you.

  2. This is a fascinating area of research. It really brings new meaning to “You are what you eat”. This must bring relief to many people troubled by symptoms that may seem unrelated to their eating choices. I’d love more insight into the impact of eating bush foods, and if harvesting from local plants in Australia would provide more nutrition and benefits than more traditional foods.
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  3. Hi Monique I am an Aboriginal social worker working in Mental Health and have an interest in using diet as a way of working more holistically with people. Could you email me your essay? Thanks a lot

  4. Please email me your essay , I would love to read it . Thanks Annette

  5. I have selective IgA deficiency, low immune and have been sick with infections all my life. My hematologist said there was nothing I could do but take long term antibiotics as a preventative. After 12 different lots of antibiotics last year I went and saw a naturopath. She advised me to go off gluten to regain health in my digestive system. I have had one infection in the past year. I have never felt better. I can now eat small amounts of gluten but if I eat too much I feel my throat and glands start to get sore.

    • Well done for taking control of your health and finding what works for you. Sounds like you have found a brilliant naturopath.

  6. Hi Monique, I have believed for a very long time that diet impacts psychological well being and emotional health and am perplexed that the topic of nutrition is not included in the psychology/medical curriculum. I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression since my teens. I would be very interested to read your essay please. Thank you. Kind regards Henri.

    • Hi Henri,
      I was told today that nutrition is being taught in a clinical psychology master’s degree in NZ – that is promising!
      I will email the essay to you now.
      Please contact me if you would like any help with anything.
      Cheers,
      Monique

      • Hi Monique, I am a Naturopath and am looking to start my Masters in Psychology next year so am very interested in your work. Do you know which university in NZ is teaching nutrition as part of the Masters Program?
        Rochelle

  7. Thank you, we have tried the no gluten for bipolar and it’s working well !!! Love your work Mon x

  8. Please email me a copy of your essay. i have been on this path for 12 years and it has made significant differences to my son’s ASD and improved his immunity. For me it reduces infection and sinusitis and reduces anxiety and depression. My son and I are happier abd healthier!

      • I am a high school science teacher and we have been discussing this very thing in my human biology class. My students are fascinated. Could I please get a copy of your essay?

        • Hi Jason,
          How fantastic that you are teaching this to your students!

          I have emailed the essay to you.

          Cheers,
          Monique

  9. 5 years ago I suffered from depression and anxiety was on medication, overweight, constantly sick, my doctors were looking at bipolar and I was miserable, a friend at the time introduced me to “eat right 4 your type” (I’m O+ so pretty well I should eat a paleo inspired diet) I started to follow the diet with his help and guidance, we did a little exercise each day (walked his dog) and within 6 months I stopped taking my pills (cold turkey – my doctor freaked – but I had never felt better) I was in a relationship with above mentioned friend πŸ˜‰ and I was happy at 12 months I had lost 36kg’s and I wasn’t getting sick anymore πŸ™‚ Now 5 years later I’m still eating this way with small improvements and I truly believe diet is a huge factor in so many health problems, I’m constantly looking at new (and old) things to improve my overall health (gut health – Kombucha and other superfoods) I love being me now and I’m so glad My partner introduced me to this way of eating all those years ago πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for sharing your story Emma!
      That is wonderful that you found what worked for you.
      I love kombucha!

      Cheers,
      Monique

  10. Hi, I so found this interesting to read for many reasons! I work in the mental health industry and to me this all makes sense. Please send me a copy of your essay. Kind regards
    Nikki

    • Thanks Nikki,
      So great to see other people in mental health getting on board.
      I am emailing the essay now.
      Cheers,
      Monique

  11. Very interesting. I have Coeliac Disease and had pretty much every symptom listed for it before I was diagnosed, including anxieties and (post-natal) depression. Yes, all symptoms were treated separately and not joined up until a marvelous haematologist made the connection. Now I am gluten free and have multiple food sensitivities, each being uncovered like peeling away layers of an onion. Often the first and only thing I notice when I react is that my mood drops. I am convinced this is caused by an over-active immune response, particularly to proteins. I had a flu jab the other day and guess what – I slumped mentally. There’s lots of proteins in a flu vaccine, not just flu virus but also the egg in which it’s cultured. I hear a lot about FODMAPS and CD but I think these are local gastrointestinal effects and the real damage is auto-immune reaction to the protein part of gluten. This is backed up by the fact that I react to other forms of stored protein in nuts, seeds etc whereas muscle protein in meat and fish is generally ok for me.

    • Hi Judy,
      A lot of the research suggests that it is an immune response causing the problems. It is great that you can notice what is going on. Is there anything that you have found to help when you do get that mood drop or do you just need to wait for the substance to leave your system?
      Cheers,
      Monique

  12. Hi Monique, I have a daughter with schizophrenia and has stopped taking her meds as she just sleeps all day and has 3 kids to look after, she is open to trying a differant approch, so I would love to read your essay.thanks Lin

  13. Hi Monique

    I am loving your post and have suffered from many of what the above readers have written…so I won’t go into it all but would love a copy of your essay. I think this hits the nail on the head! Thank you πŸ™‚

  14. I would dearly love this e-mail as I have had health an eating issues for a very long time. Cheers Gaylene

    • I am so glad to hear that it was helpful Gaylene!
      Please let me know if you need some help to make changes.
      Cheers,
      Monique

  15. Really interested in reading your essay. Love you approach ! thank you x

  16. Hi Monique, could you please email me a copy of your essay. I have suffered severe depression for most of my life and have been on medication for I don’t know how long. Would be so interested to read this, I find it hard to accept I will be on medication for the rest of my life. Many thanks and Kindest regards – Leanne πŸ™‚

  17. I feel as if I’ve had gluten sensitivities my whole life and won’t list the autoimmune and other disorders which affect me every day… I’m now 56 and have started feeling better on Paleo but still anxious. I just wish I’d learnt this years ago and find all your posts very helpful!

    • Thanks Lee.

      I hope that things continue to improve for you. Anxiety can also be from your body reacting to reminders of past events or internal sensations that are uncomfortable or distressing so if you have had some difficult life experiences then that might be playing a role.

      Cheers,
      Monique

  18. Hi there, thanks so much for this article. I noticed that food has a huge impact on my overall health and mental state and saw a huge improvement in a long list of symptoms after going grain free for several months last year. My trainer at the time was encouraging me to give up dairy as well suggesting that there was some connection between issues caused gluten and dairy. I did not get a chance to try it out before “falling off the wagon”. I want to get back to serious dietary changes that had been benefiting me and would love a copy of your essay to learn more. Many thanks, Laura

    • Hi Laura,
      I am glad you saw an improvement with a change in your diet. I am emailing you the essay now.
      Let me know if you need some help getting back on the wagon!
      Cheers,
      Monique

  19. Hi Monique. Love your posts and information! I am a personal trainer and have a client that seems to have suffered depression most of his adult life and has been diagnosed as bi-polar. He, as many have commented here, has been on medication a very long time. I have been reading with great interest all the latest info about this subject (gluten sensitivity / depression etc) and am sure that there is a connection. Interestingly his daughter suffers from coeliac disease – I wonder if there is some genetic pre-disposition?! I would be very interested to read your essay on this subject. Thanks.

    • Hi Katie,
      There are significantly higher incidences of mental illness in people with coeliac disease. There is a lot of info about that in the essay.
      I am emailing it now.
      Cheers,
      Monique

  20. I would love a copy of your essay. Thanks for all your hard work. Priscilla

  21. Love your work! I am a bipolar sufferer/enjoyed and would love to read you essay.
    Thanks

  22. Hi Monique,

    I find this very interesting. Could I have a copy of your essay too please.

    Thanks heaps

    Erin πŸ™‚

  23. I am very interested in reading your essay please. I have friends and family that could really benefit from it. A very interesting topic. Thankyou so much.

  24. Sooo interested in the effect of what we eat on our mental wellbeing. Would love to read your essay. Thanks!

  25. Hi. Loving reading your passionate perspective. It’s tough being a lonely voice. I am a NZ naturopath doing my masters in psychotherapy with the aim of combining the two in practice. Can u send me the essay please? All the best for your work.
    Megan.

    • Hi Megan,
      It nice to hear of others out there with the same philosophies!
      I am emailing the essay now.
      Cheers,
      Monique

  26. Dear Monique
    I have been on a gluten free diet for three months. There have been remarkable improvements in my health including a sense of well-being.
    I would like to get my ADHD daughter off gluten now and see if we have some results there. Please could you send my your essay
    Thanks
    Wendy

    • Hi Wendy,
      Well done for making those changes for yourself and for your daughter. There are strong links between diet and ADHD, not just with gluten.
      I am emailing the essay now.
      Cheers,
      Monique

  27. Hi Monique, thank you for sharing your passion. Your work resonates with me. I would love to read your essay, if that is possible. I have been trying to heal the brain of my 22yr old son who was in a persistent psychotic state without respite for over 12months. Removing gluten and dairy was my first decision. His brain starting regenerating. For others out there, never lose hope.

    • Hi Diane,
      That is really wonderful to hear that things are improving for your son. I will email the essay to you.
      To help his brain heal even more I would highly recommend you read The Wahls Protocol by Dr Terry Wahls. It is a diet specifically aimed at healing autoimmune and chronic health issues including mental health issues. Grain Brain by Dr Perlmutter and Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride are also great. All of these involve removing all grains and starches.

      I wish you and your son the best.

      Cheers,
      Monique

  28. I highly recommend you read the Wheat Belly books by Dr William Davis. Amazing information on how bad ALL GRAINS are and eating “gluten free” products are not good either. A very eye opening book which will make you think twice about eating grain again.

    • I agree totally. I eat completely grain free and there are several great books out there about how all grains affect us. I have some info about why I choose to eat grain free at the beginning of my banana bread recipe.
      I never advocate any processed food so would never support gluten free processed foods either.
      Gluten free is a great place to start though for people who need to make small changes and some people find that cutting out gluten makes enough of a difference that they are happy to stick with that if they choose not to cut out all grains.

  29. Hi Monique
    I would love to read your essay. I am interested in trying to solve some family health problems through nutrition. Thank you.

  30. Could you please forward me a copy of your essay? I have bipolar and am interested in reading your essay.

  31. Hi Monique
    I look after the social media for a big organic market place and we are always looking for interesting articles and new schools of thought to help us determine what products to stock, information to share etc. I would love to be able to read your essay. Congratulations on what seems to be some really progressive research.
    Lizzie

  32. Yes please, I would love to read your essay. My 3 year old suffers terrible anxiety issues and costantly craves grain based and sugar based foods. I have just started researching the connection between gut health and mental health. I also suspect she has a candida overgrowth. Thanks for the article helping me to confirm my belief.

  33. Hi Monique,
    Could you Ika email your essay/research paper.
    So interesting, with ongoing health issues of my own & my son diagnosed recently with ASD I’m keen to evaluate our diet.
    Thank you πŸ™‚

    • Hi Kendy,
      Having email troubles which I am told will be fixed in a few days.
      I will email it asap. If you want it sooner then you can send me a message through my facebook page and I can send it to you that way.
      Cheers,
      Monique

  34. Hi, I just stubbled upon this site and found it very informative. After the recommendation of my new doctor, she suspects I’m gluten/wheat sensitive, I read Wheat Belly and have been doing tons of research as I also have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, low stomach acid, poor adrenals, etc. I suffer with depression, anxiety, and overall feelings of hopelessness…I just went gluten/grain/wheat/dairy/soy free 3 days ago and hope this is the missing link as to why I feel so bad. With that being said, I’d love to read your essay.

    • Hi Allison,
      I am glad you have found my site helpful. The recipes will almost all be fine for you to eat!
      I would recommend you also read Primal Body Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas. It should help you to get more of an undertanding of how these foods affect the issues you are experiencing.
      I will email the essay now.
      Cheers,
      Monique

  35. I have bipolar disorder, gut issues, hypoglycemia and weight problems. I have heard alot of hype about eating gluten free but never for mental health. Please send me your essay, i am keen to read more. Also, if you conduct clinical trials , i may be interested in volunteering to aid your research.

  36. You are very generous sharing your work. I’m interested in reading the information too. I’ve been interested in healthy eating most of my life, (now in my 60’s) and although I’ve tried to be 100%, probably because tests showed that I wasn’t coeliac, I lapse. But the video link was interesting information and I’m going to try again. I’ve had many autoimmune conditions and always believed the condition of our gut health has to be influential in our general well being. Can I please have a copy of your essay? Thanks in advance.

  37. My daughter with ASD has been on a wheat and casein free diet for several years to help treat anxiety and sensory overload. It has been extremely helpful. Recently she has encountered alot more people and professors who think that this is not really helpful and uses this to justiffy cheating alot more on her diet. She has been on a very low dose of risperdol but says now it is not working as well. I’ve been trying to help her see the conection between not sticking with her diet and rising anxiety. Could you send me your essay, maybe it would help her to see that the connection is real

  38. Hi..is so good you are getting this information out there..i have been looking at the research and would love to read your essay if you are willing to share…regards ryan

  39. Hi, I would love to read up on your essay, my daughter is studying Psychology and has an interest in nutrition, might get her more interested. Thanks

  40. Hi Monique

    Mental health issues are a challenge in our family. I have been playing with the paleo way of eating for a little while so very interested to read about the connection between gut health and gluten. My sone suffers from bi-polar, I would love to read your essay. Thanks so much for sharing your research and recipes. I love your blog.

    Best

    Andrea

  41. I would be so grateful if you would email your essay to me. It will assist me in helping my two sons (ASD/anxiety) and myself (anxiety/depression). Keep sharing your wonderful work.

  42. I would love a copy of your essay πŸ™‚ I am ceoliac and have sisters diagnosed with bipolar, schizophrenia and depression/paranoia. I am on a strict gluten free diet and if I happen to get ‘gluten poisoning’, it takes about two weeks for mental clarity and stability of mood to return. I’m mostly dairy free except for the odd slice of harvarti cheese. My experience with mainstream medicine in relation to the understanding of ceoliac disease has generally been poor – I had one Dr suggest I slowly re-introduce gluten back into my diet. I ignored his suggestion. Your posts are informative and I like your recipes. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Amanda!
      I can’t believe a doctor would suggest that! I am glad you ignored it!.

      I will email the essay to you now.

      Cheers,
      Monique

  43. Monique, I would love a copy of your essay to read and I have a couple of people I could pass it on who would benefit from it

  44. I also would love a copy of your essay. Thank you so much Monique! X

  45. Hi Monique

    I would love a copy of
    Your essay. I have a 6yo who is medicated for anxiety. We are a whole foods household only and she is dairy and egg free. We did go grain free for a month and did not see any change so we stopped. In fact the stress of having such a limited diet and not eating what her friends and family were probably had a negative impact if anything. I think we need to revisit exclusion of gluten again. I would love for my husband to read your essay as he can not see the link and is not that supportive of my extreme dietary measures to help our daughter!! Thanks so much. So glad I stumbled across this article πŸ™‚

  46. Just wondering if there is a link between grains and colitis? Do you have any other suggestions for further reading on colitis? Would love to read your essay. Thanks

    • There certainly is a link.
      I would suggest reading up about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and also Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS). They are very similar diets, both remove grains and starches and both can be used to heal colitis. I use GAPS to manage/heal crohns. Grains, particularly gluten containing grains are inflammatory so it makes sense to remove them when you have an inflammatory disease.
      I will email you my essay.

  47. WOW!
    I have worked with clients in addiction and their stories of drug addictions are so similar to my ‘issues’ with gluten.
    Once I have consumed the smallest piece of bread, I fall into a comatosed state for up to 7 hrs, unable to be woken. When I emerge from this daze, I am groggy, angry, depressed and craving my next gluten fix for weeks on end. I have never read before that undigested gluten can have similar affects on the brain as consuming opium!
    Please, I would love to read more on diets/mental health as our 3/5 girls suffer from ADHD, autism, dyslexia and depression.

    • Hi Lisa,
      I would recommend you read Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride. Her GAPS diet addresses all of these issues and it is all explained really nicely in the book.

  48. Hi Monique, I am a psych student and I’d be interested to read your essay. Reading your post above has confirmed that I should try giving up dairy as well as being grain free to seeΒ  if my ADHD, anxiety and depression can be helped. Thank you πŸ™‚

  49. I have been suffering from chronic digestive disorder for 2 years or more as a result i loose about 20kg of my body weight. …doctor seeing a specialist at the hospital …I was told to go on gluten free diet….which I did…the first 3 month no improvement but after 6month I noticed great improvement in my skin…my stool got better and I was able to regain my body weight back…now am so happy. .

  50. Hi Monique,
    I have a 6 year old with suspected Auditory Processing Disorder and suggested to be under the Autism spectrum. Nothing completely diagnosed yet. Speech therapist has diagnosed Secere speech disorder. She struggles to learn at her age pace and retain in memory once learnt. Is there a way to be tested if grains / gluten are reacting this way in her body causing the brain to be not functioning at potential.
    Thanks Jodie

    • You can remove them from her diet for several months and see if it helps. I would also make sure you remove additives from her diet too.
      I would recommend that you read Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride.

  51. Hi Monique,
    What a fascinating area of study. I would love to look into this further too. Would you mind emailing me your essay?
    Thanks πŸ™‚

  52. I had massive panic attacks until I STOPPED eating Gluten ! I started to feel “stoned” all the time..I honestly thought I was being “drugged” and that led to panic attacks..I dealt with it for years..I went to a psychiatrist and he diagnosed me as being schizophrenic !It scared me witless ! I was also diagnosed with pernicious anemia..I had injections once a month for Vit B..I have always been a very healthy eater and luckily for me I never went down the “drug” line but kept to a healthy diet and tried to cope with it alone..There is no doubt in my mind that being an un-diagnosed Ceoliac wrecked a good part of my life for over 20 years ! I was lucky that a friend of my children’s mother was extremely ill and found to be a Ceoliac..I had never heard of it but “knew” that was my problem..I was diagnosed the next week..I always tell anyone with mental health problems..to get tested ! Unfortunately..its still not recognized by many doctors as being a contributor to mental health ! Great article..Thank you..Jeannie..

    • Wow Jeannie,
      Thanks for sharing your story. I hope it will inspire others to get tested and even if not coeliac, to test out the effects of removing gluten from their diets.
      Cheers,
      Monique

  53. Hi Monique,
    Thanks for sharing this. I am someone who has battled with seasonal depression which I have found be significantly reduced when I remove wheat from my diet. I went to a dietician to try and find out more and she told me that there was no scientific evidence to support such a theory. I was beginning to think it was all in my head! I think I could be gluten sensitive! I would be really interested in reading your essay. Thanks again for getting this information out there! It is really needed. Katie

    • Thanks Katie and great job noticing what works for you.
      If you want to seek further help regarding your diet I would suggest a naturopath over a dietitian.

      I am emailing you the recipe now.

      Cheers,
      Monique

  54. Monique, I stumbled on to your blog while looking for help for my husband. He was diagnosed incorrectly as bi-polar while in his early thirties, it took until he was in his late forties until he was correctly diagnosed as schitzophrenic/OCD. He also has mild psoriasis and I can’t help but think that a gluten free diet would be helpful, which is what led me to do a search. As he’s aged (he’s 59) the OCD has become more prevalent, his schitzophrenia is totally controlled by his meds and he’s very vigilant about taking them, but I’m hoping going gluten free, or possibly paleo would help. I would very much like a copy of your essay. Thank you! Be well!

    • Hi Alice,
      I will email you a copy now.
      Improving his gut health would be a great idea.

      Cheers,
      Monique

  55. Hello Monique,

    I came across the Gluten/dairy free lifestyle due to significant health issues that have left me disabled for several months. My health has improved with these changes! I find your theories very interesting and would love to have a copy of your essay to read. Knowledge is power! Thank you for sharing. God bless you.

  56. MIRACLE NUMBER 1!

    I have had the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder for the past 58 years. In 2004 I was diagnosed with Bipolar 2 disorder after binge eating on white bread for months.
    I was put on Olanzapine 5mg which stopped my psychosis.but put me in a state of
    moderate depression. I continued to have my symptoms for eleven years.
    I was 19stone 6 pounds. My doctor was hesitant to give me a anti depressant becase of the fear of inducing mania. Out of desperation and frustration I tried the supplement SAM-e 400mg and immediately went hypomanic ( iloved it but it was exhausting ) after 7 days I stopped taking it and I soon came down with the help of DARK THERAPY.
    Then I noticed most of my symptoms had changed.
    No hypersomnia (12 hours a night)
    Lots of energy
    Lots of motivation
    I was feeling good !
    with my new found energy and after a suggestion from my sister I decided to give up
    wheat/gluten.
    This was miracle number 2.
    My concentration and focus were fixed
    My whole body and mind were alive !
    I have lost 8 pounds in just over two weeks and I havnt started exercising yet .

    I now believe in modern day miracles ! I now have a life !

    Google “FRANKENWHEAT”

    cut grains,dairy and sugar from your diet it might just change your life !

    Good luck and good health

    Howard Kelly

  57. My sons preference is for bread and his behaviour is very challenging without any other apparent reason. I’d love to read more please!

  58. hi Moniqui. I had post natal and chronic fatigue and went gluten free around 18 months ago. Am now Medication free and living a healthy life but still interested in learning more. Also my 7 year old is gluten free after a recurring rash from gluten for her whole life that no one could diagnose!!! Would you please be able to send through your essay for me to read? Thank you

  59. I think this is all fascinating. I work as a pastry chef, and find we have so many more people asking for gluten free products now than we used to. I would love to read your essay and understand more about the links between diet and mental health.
    Many thanks

  60. Hi Monique,
    I have been gluten free for pretty much 6 years. I’d hate to think what I would be like with gluten now. When my daughter was born, I had to eliminate dairy from my diet because she couldn’t deal with it through my breast milk. She’s 18 months old now and I have recently discovered that I can’t go back to eating dairy.
    I am still battling with PCOS with I believe still has something to do with what I put in my body. I’m thinking maybe GAPS might be worth a go. I know my hormones are imbalanced (at specific times during the month i feel somewhat out of control like I did when i was taking clomid to fall pregnant) and I don’t want another type of hormone replacement therapy. I’d love a copy of your paper and if you wouldn’t mind writing the GAPS author in there for me I would be very appreciative.

  61. Hi Monique, I would really love to read your essay. I have recently gone back to uni to finish my psych studies after a few years break. I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and was basically bed bound for years until I eliminated gluten. I now feel worlds better. My partner has also reaped the benefits of GF living with her anxiety. I am absolutely fascinated with the role that nutrition plays in mental health but also with the emotional responses people have to nutritional recommendations (eg. some people around me are genuinely afraid to try a GF product, or the portrayals of paleo eating being “dangerous”). I would love to focus my further studies in these areas – so enlivening!!

  62. This is such a VITAL area of research. Just love that the impact of diet on general wellbeing & mental health is finally being recognised & studied. After reading”the grain brain” a book by neurologist Dr. Perlmutter, our family is gluten free & the benefits are amazing. My daughter who had been on medication for 3 years for digestion issues is medication free & has ‘found herself’ again. She had been so miserable. Everyone in the family has similar stories! A must, must read for anyone needing guidance & endless research & case studies.

  63. Hi Monique, please can you email me your essay as I am very interested in having this to help my mum. Thanking you xx

  64. Had allergy testing done yesterday…milk, eggs, wheat, garlic, onion, white potato, and candida (yeast/sugar). Ugh! I’d also appreciate a copy of your essay…thanks!

  65. My wife suffers Restless Leg Syndrome. It has become progressively worse over the years.
    There appears to be a genetic connection as her father suffered badly and our daughter has shown some symptoms. She has been diagnosed gluten sensitive, but no connection between food allergy and RLS has been suggested. Is it possible there may be a connection relating to this problem and food allergy?

    • There could be a connection. A lack of magnesium might also be a contributor.

      I would try eliminating gluten 100% for at least a month and see if anything improves. Make sure all possible sources of gluten are cut out including personal care products.

  66. Hi in 30 yrs i have never heard of gluten proteins changing into opiates. Eg gluten (C29H37N5O9) into (C17H19NO3). Which is a benzylisoquinoline alkaloid.
    But i am open to this discovery. Could you please e mail me or better yet show how this actually can chemically happen on this site.
    As the whole thread of this blog is based on this process.A valid explanation is of the 1st importance, otherwise its just a thought bubble of no actual physical consequence.
    Looking forward to your answer.

    • There is nowhere in this post that says that gluten proteins change into opiates.
      Read the work of Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride if you need a better understanding.
      This post is based on research that I did for an essay on the same topic. All the info is from published, peer reviewed journal articles that are available through a literature search.

  67. Hi your exact words printed above
    : gluten and casein proteins do not get digested properly and turn into substances with similar chemical properties to opiates such as morphine and heroin. These opiate-like substances from grains and milk are thought to cross the blood-brain barrier and block certain areas of the brain, just as heroin and morphine do.
    Again as the brains receptor effect your talkibg about only keys the C17H19NO3
    Molecule i again ask can you shownthe chemical equation of your above statement.
    Otherwise it is just a thought bubble.
    You state that your a clinical psychologist.
    That entails a BSC and then Masters degree
    I have had the pleasure of lecturing at Syd Uni the neural biology stream.
    Hence my aaking can you supply the nonmecmolecular changes as described in your essay.
    Thanks always interested in new findings.

    • Yes I have a Masters degree.
      No, I can’t show you the chemical equation because as I said, the article is an abbreviated form of an essay I wrote for a post grad diploma and as this is not my personal research I have no reason to do chemical equations which are not part of clinical psychology training anyway.

      I will email you the essay and you can have a read of the references for yourself. Dr McBride is a neurologist so I am sure she can tell you about the neurobiology and neurochemistry that she talks about.

  68. Hi, I am very interested in reading your essay. My husband is bipolar and my daughter has anxiety, depression and IBS, she has been tested for all the intolerances but nothing. I have been researching a change in diet for the whole family and everything points to cutting out gluten.
    I thank you in advance for your time.
    Belinda

    • I am emailing it to you now Belinda.
      Cutting out gluten is certainly worth trying.
      You might also want to look at reading Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride.
      There are lots of links between IBS and mental health, particularly anxiety.

  69. Hi, I would love to read your essay, if possible. I have suffered from severe anxiety for several years now.

  70. Hi, I’m studying social work and would love to read your essay, can you please send it to me ? Thanks πŸ™‚

  71. My grand daughter just went into a mental facility . Possible schizofrania(I know not right spelling )
    Could u email me your essay!
    Thank you so much!!
    P.s. She is 13πŸ˜”

  72. Dear Monique,

    I suffered from depression and manic since my uni days. Anti depressant made my condition worse to suicidal. But i managed to get rid of all medication years ago. Ive been on and off fruit diet but i cant stand long period due to hunger.
    Ive just started going gluten free after reading your blog , i think its working.
    Hope to read your essay soon..

    Please do email. Tq
    Sue

  73. Dear Monique,
    I suffered from depression,anxiety, diarrhea, fatique, nausea and many aches and pains for over twenty years, trying to find an answer to my problems. I visited doctors to get some results but as you have said in your blog that they just seem to patch the problem and not go to the source. I was prescribed EFEXOR XR for major depression, anxiety and terrible panic attacks, which I took for as many years. These symptoms became much stronger at around fourty years old. I had organs removed because they thought that the nausea was caused by gall stones and a hysterectomy for whatever reason but still no relief.
    I searched and searched for possible reasons for all of these symptoms thinking there was something really terribly wrong with me.
    But then, my mother told me that my niece thought that she was celiac and she was going to go onto a gluten free diet. I then realized that celiac disease is hereditary and passed on through a gene. So I decided to try a gluten free diet as well. Not realizing how much gluten is used in foods it took me several months before I actually become gluten free. I then decided to take myself of the medication (slowly of course) and low and behold every single symptom has gone.
    I definitely know when I have eaten gluten because it all returns by the next morning after it has passed through my stomach to my intestine.
    I have had tests done and it turns out that I am intolerant to gluten and do not have celiac disease which is a relief.
    I read your blog and am interested in your essay as well, could you please send it to me?
    Kind regards
    Beth Phillips

    • Hi Beth,
      That is fantastic to hear. I am sorry it took so long for you to work things out but great that you have now found something that works for you.
      I will email the essay.

      Cheers,
      Monique

  74. Hi Monique,

    Interesting article and blog entries regarding diet and mental health. I look forward to more continued studies on the topic in the future!

    Interestingly, when I was at my gym and on the treadmill, a woman in here 40’s stepped on the treadmill beside me and we began to talk. She had been a special ed teacher for several decades but has had to leave the profession as she was attacked by one of her students (a head butt to the chest), disabled after neck surgery, and is now unable to perform her duties anymore. It seems the 12 year old student’s mom had read about gluten free diets and mental health and had started to adjust her daughter’s diet but also took her off all her medications….The woman next to me on the treadmill that day said she now has to retrain has a physical therapist for hands. She is using the money for the new training obtained from her disability case, but now has to reestablish herself in her new profession. She could sue the student’s mom but realizes the family does not need another issue related to their daughter’s mental health.

    My point in sharing this story is to ask you to advise your reader’s to try the new diet but to work with their mental health doctors before making changes in their medications.

    • Of course people should always work with their current professionals and should never stop any medications suddenly.
      Some people can stop meds after a diet change but not everyone. There are many different underlying causes of mental illness so there will never be a one size fits all approach to treatment and healing.

  75. Thank you for this article. Please email me your essay. I suffer from anxiety and depression and I know it’s my diet. I’ve gone gluten free and it helps a lot. I wish my family would join me. Lots of mental illness in my family. I can’t convince my kids to stop eating gluten because that’s all they offer at school, friends’ houses, etc. They think I’m crazy. My son is adhd. I feed him gluten free at home but he feeds himself gluten when he’s not with me. He can’t imagine giving up bread, pizza and pasta.

    • Emailing it now.
      You might also want to look into removing sugar and additives.
      Food additives can have a significant effect on adhd.

  76. Hi Monique, I would love to read your essay. I’ve battled with bipolar for over 20 years now and am currently in the depressed state. Just today I started thinking about a gluten-free diet because of something that came to mind from a few years ago. I’d greatly appreciate any help your essay could give me. Thank you so much for what you do! Jane

  77. Hi Monique,
    I would love to read your essay. How fascinating!!
    I have just been diagnosed with coeliac disease and have been suffering with low moods for SO long!
    Thanks,
    Kate

  78. I would love to read your essay..been sick for years looking forward to health!😊

  79. Hi Monique.
    i went gluten free for bipolar disorder 2 years ago which fixed a health crisis i thought i would never recover from, even with medication. I have been allowing gluten to creep back into my diet for a while unwittingly and have been unwell for months. I would love it if you could email your essay. Also what do you think about lectins in milk as a culprit. Cheers, jane

    • Hi Jane,
      Emailing now.
      I can’t really comment on lectins in milk although they can certainly cause problems for some people and are associated with leaky gut.

  80. hi monique,
    This is very interesting and
    I would love to read your essay, could you please email me a copy.
    Kind regards,
    Cate

  81. Hi Monique

    By an odd chance I met an elderly lady who used to be a dietitian in a hospital and after sharing a cup of tea and exchanging our life stories, she advised me to try gluten/wheat free diet. I have two daughters who have aspergers and other mental health problems and i have been on antidepressants for many years. I came across your blog and feel its an omen. I would love to read your paper. Kind regards Debra

  82. I have suffered from schizophrenia and depression for 30 years, and 3 months ago started a gluten and dairy free diet. I have been symptom free fro the last 3 months, the first time this has happened in 30 years. Still on medication, but vast improvement

  83. hi monique,
    I love your work, please can you email me your essay, i need a solution to my severe SAD which medication has failed to address. Thank you

  84. Hi, could you email me a copy of your work, I’d be very grateful and want to say thanks for doing the research. It makes such a difference that someone realises the problem with gluten and that it extends much further than ‘tummy issues” as many people dismissively think!

    Cheers, Sue.

    • I am a clinical psychologist and treat people for mental health issues as my job so I agree that seeking psychological or psychiatric assistance is important, however, if an issue is caused by a gluten intolerance then no amount of psychiatric input is going to help. Looking at diet and lifestyle is a very useful first step or done in conjuction with mental health assistance. There are documented cases of people being treated for psychosis with antipsychotic meds that did not help but that once gluten was removed the symptoms ceased because the issue was one of gluten intolerance. I have had feedback from many people that their issues with depression and anxiety have improved significantly through dietary changes.

  85. Hi Monique, could I please have a copy of your essay? I have been struggling with mental health symptoms (depression, hopelessness, anxiety, withdrawal, feeling agitated/overwhelmed etc etc etc) for the last year or so now and it has absolutely ruined my life. I also have acne and some gut issues and your comments in this post and across the whole blog have really resonated with me. Thanks πŸ™‚

  86. Sorry there was a typo in my email address in the last post that I saw just as I pushed send! This is the correct address πŸ™‚

  87. I have worked in mental health for 10 years. In that time,i have argued this matter with many doctors. It is amazing to hear people are finally knowing the thruth.

  88. Yes, celiac symptoms are present and have been for50 years. I finally removed it from my diet 6 years ago and started living a more normal life but depression has always been present. Lived with a functionally depressed father and bipolar mother ( also quite successful ) but both had stomach/heLth issues. This is so interesting. I would love your essay. Thank you!

  89. I work in the mental health field and would very much like to read your essay. Could you please send it to me?

    Thank you!

  90. Hi Monique.

    I’d love to read your essay on this topic and would be grateful if you could email it to me.

    Scott

  91. Hello Monique,

    May you please email me your essay as well. Interested stuff

  92. Hi Monique,
    Could you please send me a copy of your essay. I’m trying to make the switch in our family & keen to learn more. Love your blog & recipes! Tania

  93. Hello Monique,

    I’m very interested in the topic and would love to read your essay.
    I’m a personal trainer and fitness instructor. On a personal level I have suffered from depression and anxiety but do much better on a “mostly” paleo diet.
    Professionally I come across people who struggle with weight, diet, eating disorders, self confidence and mental issues.
    I believe I could learn a lot from your writings, with further knowledge on the matter and a better understanding of the correlation between nutrition and health I hope to improve as fitness professional.
    Regards

  94. Hi Monique

    Please could you also email me a copy of your essay?

    I removed additives from my children’s diets, followed by dairy & recently gluten. I have noticed improvements in their behaviour, concentration and my youngest son’s speech, but not sure how long it takes to see the full benefits, or if I’m still giving them something they’re reacting to.

    I’d definitely be interested in reading your essay.

    Many thanks

    Regards
    Helen

    • Emailing now.
      It can take 9 months to get gluten out of your system but they may also be reacting to natural food chemicals such as salicylates, amines or glutamates or just a particular food. Watch out for things like yeast extract, hydrolysed anything and natural flavours which are all basically MSG.

  95. Hello Monique,

    I would love to read your essay. Could you please send it to me? Thank you for your great work!

  96. Hi Monique,

    Very interesting and informative blog post I must say! I would love a copy of your essay please Monique. This topic is extremely important to me after recently being diagnosed with coeliac disease and I believe it is somewhat relevant to a number of people in my family that have the coeliac genes but don’t want to acknowledge they have a problem. Even though I have recently been diagnosed ( about six months ago) I now know that I have been gluten intolerant my entire life and most likely coeliac for ten years or more causing a wide range of severe gastric problems, extensive inflammation throughout my body resulting in constant muscle and joint pain, fatigue and at times severe fatigue or even chronic fatigue. brain fog issues causing trouble concentrating, lack of focus, irritability, frustration,confusion and a feeling of always being under duress. I am almost 49 years of age all that time I have suffered in silence and when I did go to doctors and gastroenterologists I was either misdiagnosed or my symptoms were passed off as something else or something minor. Being a typical male in hindsight I probably bottled up a lot of the symptoms and tried to push through most days when I knew something wasn’t right with my health I should of went to the doctors more often and pushed for some answers because it was a very difficult period of my life. Now that I am completely gluten free, my mind is mostly clear and I may have healed my leaky gut other revelations are falling into place, which leads me to your blog. Since being diagnosed coeliac I have researched the far reaching effects of gluten problems and toxicity and now believe through the coarse of my life I have endured varied and extensive bouts of mental illness, just some of the problems I believe I dealt with were ADHD,( I had the complete set of symptoms and my son who shares the same genes as me has been diagnosed with it.) I have had a hoarding disorder the whole time and some OCD, I have also had periods of mild to severe depression especially in the last 15 years and I know there has been other problems as well. At the moment these conditions are self diagnosed because I am the one who had to live through them, I have recently sought help through my doctor because it all got too much and I felt I was going to have a nervous breakdown. I have been referred to a local psychology practice and then after that maybe a psychiatrist, so I was wondering if you knew of any physicians in Victoria or Australia that specialises in gluten related mental illnesses? I hope I haven’t rambled on too much but a lot has happened in 49 years, good luck with your work it is vital research, many regards Paul.

    • Thanks Paul!
      I am really glad that you have found a change from removing gluten and that you are seeking help.
      I don’t know of anyone in Victoria or really anywhere that specialises in gluten related mental illness. Dr Kelly Brogan is amazing but she is in the US. I would start with an integrative gp and go from there.

      I can’t send out copied of my essay anymore but the references are all listed in the blog post so you can read the articles for yourself.
      Best wishes,
      Monique

  97. Hi Monique.
    I loved reading your blog it just makes so much sense. My two daughters have depression furthermore i am a social eorker who works with people who have mental health diagnosis. I am always looking for more natural methods to reduce symptoms as i feel that some people are far to medicated and wouldnt need to be as medicated if other options were explored. Could you please send me a nopy of your essay as i would be very keen to read it to gain more knowledge and insight into this topic. And to utilise it with my daughters. Thankyou

    • Hi Gay,
      I can no longer send out copies of my essay as I have stated in the blog but I have included a list of references for you to read for yourself.
      Cheers,
      Monique

  98. Thank you so much for this article. after fighting for myself with drs for years, last year they finally listened, the right dr did right testing and took gluten and dairy /lactose out of my diet. I have to watch pills and even touching certain things bothers me, makes my skin itch. You are right.. at times, you crave so badly though. I passed this along to many, hoping it will help.

    • Thanks Andrea. I am so glad you found what works for you.
      Gluten and lactose are hidden in so many things πŸ™

  99. I have recently started working with the Extraordinary Lives Foundation that supports pediatric mental health and wellness and connects parents with holistic healing choices. We encourage parents to explore all avenues, in addition to traditional medicine. What a difference to future outcomes if a gluten allergy can be diagnosed early. I would love to receive a copy of your essay. Thanks.

    • Hi Jane,
      I can’t send out copies of my essay anymore but the references are all listed so that you can look them up yourself.

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