|Lilly rather annoyed that Tuppy is napping so near her|
Celiac and gluten intolerance do not always look the same, and for some of us, it looks quite different. The tests aren't perfect. Doctors don't necessarily think of it unless you are a "classic" case, and even then, it can take a long time for anyone to figure it out. Tests online can be misleading as they tend to emphasize those same "classic" signs.
But we are discovering, more and more, that there is reason to believe that a lot of what we call depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, and other "disease" is another (dis)function of Celiac and gluten intolerance.
It blows my mind (and makes me so sad) that there are so many people out there suffering deeply with depression, barely able to get out of bed, barely wanting to live, who could feel like brand new versions of themselves with a minor adjustment to their diets.
Getting this information out seems like Big Important Work to me now. So pass it along if it means anything to you.
I have spent far too many years of my life feeling like I was walking through a world made of sludge, where everything was covered in gray, a world in which my mind could sometimes not make it from point A to point B. I do not want that for other people.
This is not to say, again, that there are not reasons to feel badly or depressed or anxious. This is just a GIANT piece of the health puzzle.
After I wrote my post on Monday, Marcy did some research and we quickly found the evidence we needed to corroborate what I was experiencing.
You can read a good and simple overview in this article. If you don't have time for that, here is a brief explanation of what happens:
Gliadorphin is a 7 amino acids peptide which is formed during digestion of the gliadin component of the gluten protein. Gluten-derived peptides bind to opioid receptors in the brain and exhibit morphine-like effects, for example like heroin. These compounds have been shown to react with areas of the brain which are involved in speech and auditory integration. Urine samples from people with autism, schizophrenia, and celiac disease contain high amounts of gliadorphin. It is suspected that this peptide may also be elevated in other disorders such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and depression. Symptom remission has been observed after exclusion of wheat and dairy products from the diet.
And thus my Cotton Head after eating gluten. A Cotton Head is no good: it can't think straight; it gets caught up easily in circular, obsessive thinking; it has no capacity to defend itself against negativity.
This kind of validation of our experiences is so important. We have to stop blaming ourselves and start taking care of ourselves.
I will never ever eat gluten intentionally again, and I will be much more careful when I am out and about. My (happy) life depends upon it.
(P.S. If you haven't been over to Blisschick in a few days, I've added some bright light and PINK to the site; I figured we could use some of that sort of energy.)