Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Depression & Gluten, A reader's success story

I received this uplifting email from a reader today. I thought it might brighten your day and encourage you to share the data with anyone you know suffering from nervous system problems such as depression, anxiety, autism and the like.

The devastation such symptoms cause to not only the patient but their family is difficult to measure. Yet the dramatic results when the correct solution is implemented are a joy to behold!

Enjoy this success story:

Hi there,

I have been gluten-free for two weeks.

Within the first few days, I no longer suffered from depression, panic attacks, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder.

In the past my thoughts raced constantly and I found it impossible to withstand noise of any kind - even a radio.

Now my mind is clear, I can tolerate noise more easily, my spots are decreasing. (I cut out both sugar and milk from my diet last year, but the spots still stayed).
I had no abdominal pains or issues - only mental health issues.

To go from deeply unhappy to very well within a matter of days is truly remarkable.

My friend's son has autism and she has him on a gluten-free diet. Within two weeks, his headbanging stopped completely and his emotional outbursts decreased.

You probably hear anecdotal evidence on a regular basis, but I wanted to share with you, just how remarkable 'the freedom of being gluten-free' truly is.


I am excited about your blog - because it articulates the problem with gluten so well, which makes it easier for me to understand and to describe to others.
I would love to find ways of encouraging and promoting the awareness of the link between gluten and depression - if you have any ideas, please let me know.

In deepest appreciation for the work you do, with your words of confidence, passion and hope in your articles.
Thank you for your common sense!


Best wishes,
M.R.


To your good health,

Dr Vikki Petersen
Founder of HealthNOW Medical Center
Co-author of "The Gluten Effect"

3 comments:

AKLAP said...

M.R.,

It was nice to hear your story of success, keep up the good work!

Have you considered joining a local celiac/gluten-free support group or even online discussion boards? No only will that help you in your journey, you might be an inspiration to others in the same situation.

If there's depression support group in your area, you might consider asking them if you could share your story with the group.

Good luck in your journey to gluten-freedom! It's a path that's not always easy, but it's always worth the effort.

Al

Anne said...

Hi MR - I love hearing success stories and thank you for sharing yours. I am also glad to hear your friend's son is doing well too.

I have been GF for over 6 yrs now and my depression is gone. I did not even know how depressed I was until I went GF.

You say you have been GF for 2 weeks. Most find there is a bit of a learning curve for the GF lifestyle. Hang in there, it is worth sticking with the diet. It will get easier with time too. I agree with Al, getting involved with an online and/or local support group can help.

Well wishes.

loveandlight said...

Thank you so much for your encouragement. I really appreciate your kindness. The depression support groups is a great idea - thank you! Best wishes. M.R.