COULD THERE BE A CONNECTION TO GLUTEN?
"Seizures are symptoms. Children on the autism spectrum and those who live with one or more autoimmune disorders commonly have seizures. Up to 40% of those with autism may also have epilepsy. In all disorders, there is always some degree of inflammation—both systemically and in the brain." The March 13, 2013 issue of the Body Ecology website. You can look at this article's bibliography to see which peer-reviewed studies were being discussed with this quote.
"New research draws a connection between gluten-induced leaky brain damage and seizure disorders (epilepsy). We know that gluten sensitivity can cause seizure disorders. Additionally, we know that gluten sensitivity can contribute to blood brain barrier permeability (leaky brain). Now add to this the fact that a leaky brain will contribute to seizures and epilepsy. Thus the circle is complete. When added together these elements create a viscous unending cycle of perpetual food-induced damage. If you ask the doctor what the cause of the disease is, the most common reply is – “The cause is unknown (unknown etiology), but most likely genetic.”" From an article on the Gluten Free Society's website (Leaky Brain, Seizures, Epilepsy, & Gluten Sensitivity). This article was tackling several studies from 2009 and 2010. By the way, Leaky Brain Syndrome is a close relative of LEAKY GUT SYNDROME.
Harvard Medical School's Dr. Kenneth Mandl (a pediatrician) recently looked at insurance claims of 2.5 million Americans. He found that if you have Epilepsy, you were much more likely to have Autoimmune Diseases such as PSORIASIS, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, NEUROPATHY, or any number of others. Listen to what Dr. Mandl's team writes in JAMA Neurology. "Epilepsy is a debilitating condition, often with neither a known etiology nor an effective treatment. Autoimmune mechanisms have been increasingly identified. Epilepsy and autoimmune disease frequently co-occur; patients with either condition should undergo surveillance for the other. The potential role of autoimmunity must be given due consideration in epilepsy so that we are not overlooking a treatable cause." Oh, for those of you who have children, they are even more affected by this phenomenon than are adults ---- 520% instead of 400%. But then again, none of this is brand new information.
Last year, researchers at Mayo gave Epileptics a combination of prednisone (a CORTICOSTEROID, which suppresses the Immune System) and Immunoglobulins. After this combination stopped the seizures in 10 out of 29 of the participants, and slowed them down in 8 others, they essentially concluded that if you are one of those people whose Epilepsy is not responding to drug therapy, you had better suspect that it is Autoimmune. Here is part of the opening paragraph of Mayo Clinic's Autoimmune Neurology page
"Autoimmunity, a main component in nervous system disease, is a misguided immune response to the body's own organs. Neurological autoimmunity can target virtually any structure within the central or peripheral nervous system and often in a highly specific way... When the cell type that is targeted occurs in many different CNS structures, the syndromes that result may be diverse.... Cytokines, autoantibodies, and other immune factors culminate the disease process."
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