Disease My Story.
Since I was
a teenager I had strange episodes of mania or
unusual behavior. I was often angry and critical
of myself and others. I was usually sad and
often depressed. My sour demeanor led to being
a victim of abuse by peers and others. At times
I acted as if I was drunk and did things that
I would never do in my normal self. I
could not understand why I was different or
why my moods would go up and down. Sometimes
in a day I would go from happy to sad and back
to happy. I was incorrectly diagnosed as manic
or bi-polar depressive. I tried numerous depression
prescriptions to no avail. Usually they made
my symptoms worse, one nearly killed me and
caused me to be fired form a good job.
I searched and
searched without success until at the age of
I first learned
about Celiac disease when my grandson
reached age ten and stopped growing, he was
much smaller than his peers. Celiac can cause
children to stop growing. Fortunately his pediatrician
knew that Celiac could cause this, tested him
and found he was Celiac.
After several years on the Celiac diet he is
now equal size to his peers. His mother my daughter
told me she suspected I had it, because I had
many of the same symptoms. I researched it then
began the diet. Several times after starting
the diet, I got contaminated and within two
days I became suicidal. Unlike most food allergies
that produce immediate allergic reactions, gluten
often will not cause a reaction for a day or
two. This means one who has the reaction does
not connect it to food eaten days previously.
90% of my former depression problems disappeared
when I went on a Celiac diet. I still had some
problems, and eventually realized my oatmeal
for breakfast was causing problems for me. Celiac
upsets the digestive tract making it hard to
digest grains such as oats and especially corn
and they will mimic the symptoms of Celiac.
I had been sleeping up to 20 hours a day and
.after three years on a gluten free diet every
aspect of my health improved dramatically. It
did not restore all of my health immediately,
for me at my senior age it took a long time
to improve. Also like others I have had a very
hard time avoiding both hidden gluten in foods
and and overcoming my craving for delicious
I would cheat and eat a gram cracker or two
and other small amounts of gluten that would
make me less happy or cause minor manic episodes.
Because they were small I did not think gluten
was really bothering me.
Recently I ate one piece of pizza and within
two hours I became vocally critical of others
and the next day I did an act of terrible inconsideration
and acted as it I was drunk. My normal happy
and friendly behavior became mean and inconsiderate.
I was not able to recognize that I was not in
my normal personality. If this occurred at home
it would not be so bad, but it occurred publicly
and my actions hurt others. How can I express
my degree of embarassment or sorrow for such
an action that will be understood.
This type of behavior had occurred a few times
in my past, but never before had I been able
to connect it to gluten food. I cannot undo
my inappropriate actions, but I can increase
my resolve to avoid gluten foods and hopefully
avoid future bad actions.
Unfortunately most people, especially those
in main stream medical will not acknowledge
that anything except thoughts and emotions can
cause such behaviors. This is sad because many
people are not getting help they deserve. Some
who commit terrible acts may do so because of
Celiac, Lyme or Candida disease.
I write this article in the hope it may help
others connect the dots that took me years.
If you, or anyone you know has depression, mood
swings, anger issues, chronic fatigue, head
aches, brain fog or unexplained illness, please
get tested for Celiac disease. It is estimated
that up to 30% of european decent people have
it and do not know it.
For more information
and scientific research see Celiac disease.