The Effect of Gluten and Dairy on the Brain

I just found out about a new book, “Why Isn’t My Brain Working” by Dr Datis Kharrazian. I downloaded it and it is really mind-blowing! He is a researcher, clinician and chiropractor and he has done studies that prove wheat, dairy and other grains can attack the cells of the brain leading to an auto-immune disease and degeneration of brain cells. It has long been known that allergens can attack your intestinal system and cause all kinds of havoc but the brain connection was not firmly established before.

The symptoms are classical, everything your regular doctor calls ‘getting older’-
depression, fatigue, lack of motivation, poor sleep, poor impulse control, stomach problems, bad pms, headaches, etc. etc.

I am really fond of my brain and I watched my mum’s brain go in the last years of her life. It was very painful to watch and I definitely don’t want to go there. PLUS I have noticed some signs of problems already. I forget words that I know quite well for one thing. That’s one of the early signs. He has case histories that are amazing and show that the brain is capable of recovery from very severe damage. You mostly need to go on an anti-allergy diet and I’ve done that before and felt really good on it – BUT, it’s difficult. I went off it after a year from pure boredom and also a resurgence of bread and sugar addictions after a visit with my family.

Family can be your worst enemies when it comes to diet change, even if they see all the improvements in you they still say, “Oh, just one won’t hurt,” dadadada. Basically it is either too much trouble for them or it makes them feel bad about their own crazy eating patterns.

So I’ve finished the book now and I’m really impressed. Actually, anyone who is having brain problems is not going to be able to get through it. There is so much chemical information about what is going on in your body and your brain. It is fascinating.

What convinced me to go and see a practitioner is that I have had low blood pressure my whole life and every doctor I’ve asked about it has said, “Don’t worry, no problem.”
Well, that didn’t make sense to me. Finally this book says it is very bad for your brain to have low blood pressure all the time so I’m adding salt to everything and taking licorice root powder to bring it up.

I will go to Dr Flannery, who is not far away and who lectures for Dr Kharrazian and keep you posted on my experience. I am already back on the strict anti-allergy diet that cuts out ALL allergens, not just dairy and wheat. It’s much more work but I’m getting into it and feeling more energetic already.

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I am looking forward to blogging on this site. Health is such a huge topic, I can talk about anything! I am still writing all the static pages but the blog will be a more spontaneous thing that I can use to update the information with all the new ideas I come across.

I’ve had a blog on the Weight Vest site for years but I have to limit myself to bone related topics there. Yet everything is related to everything. Today I was not only learning how to configure the website on WordPress but have it look the way I wanted it and I was getting pretty stuck in my head and obsessive and edgy. When I was walking with Dragon, my new dog, down near the beach I just let it all go and instantly felt better.

There is a eucalyptus tree on my walk that I love and standing next to that tree with my head against the beautiful peeling bark I can bring myself back into a space of acceptance of what is, and gratitude. Sometimes I used to climb up in the tree and sit above the people walking by and they rarely noticed me. I can’t do that anymore because Dragon thinks the world revolves around her and she doesn’t want to wait for me to talk to trees.treepam

Thinking back over my day there was such a contrast between the mental intensity of learning a new computer skill, getting things wrong a zillion times and starting over, being totally in my head, and walking with Dragon and being present with trees and the ocean. I love them both. I couldn’t do a Walden Pond thing, alone in a cabin in the woods. My computer is my friend and ally and I learn so much from it. I could easily live without a cell phone but not without my computer.

I have read a lot of lovely blogs by amazing women lately and one of them said that when she started she had only one reader – her dad 😉 So I will start out with a few friends and see where this leads me.

Move in Joy,
Pam