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.