With increasing recognition among medical professionals and the lay public alike that the health of gut and brain are intimately connected (i.e. the 'gut-brain'
axis), the concept that gluten-containing grains can damage the human brain
is beginning to be taken more seriously.
Books like Dr. William Davis' New York Times
best-selling Wheat Belly
made great progress in opening up popular consciousness to the subject of gluten's addictive properties, my own e-book The Dark Side of Wheat
explored the role that wheat and grains in general played as an addictive agent, and Dr. David Perlmutter's new book Grain Brain
places significant emphasis on this connection as well.
After all, if wheat is a common cause of intestinal damage ("enteropathy") both
in those with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, it is no wonder that gluten-associated damage to the gut - sometimes called the "enteric brain," or "second brain,"
- could have adverse effects to the central nervous system as well.
Indeed, our research project at GreenMedInfo.com has identified in biomedical literature directly from the National Library of Medicine over 200 adverse health effects linked to gluten-containing grains, with neurotoxicity
top on the list of 21 distinct modes of toxicity associated with this grain's effects.[i] These neurotoxic properties extend from neuropathy and ataxia, to distinct psychiatric conditions such as acute states of mania, and schizophrenia.